March 2017 Favorites

I’m sharing an old school video today with my current favorites: makeup, skincare, and media. I talk about some of my favorite podcasts over the last few months too. Let me know what your favorites of this month were in the comments section!

March Sephora Play | Review

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This month’s theme for the Sephora Play subscription box is “Glow Your Own Way.” I love the cheeky reference to Fleetwood Mac, and the box spotlights products that will give you a glow.

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I have a full size of the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, so I am going to put this sample in my travel bag for use when I go on vacations. I have used the Chloe Fleur de Parfum sample already, which lasted maybe a week’s time. The notes are lemon essence, verbena, freesia, and rose. I actually liked this smell a lot, and it lasted longer than a few hours on me, which I sometimes have a problem with other perfumes.

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I got Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream to Powder Highlighter. This formula is really dry and is difficult for me to apply and blend. I’m not sure if it is because of the size, but I probably won’t use this often. The other product is Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink. This is gorgeous (see swatch below). However, I used this on my eyes with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, and it creased really bad. So I need to try it again with another primer, as I don’t think UD is the best one.

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Lastly, Sephora included GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer and Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. I did not have high expectations for the moisturizer, but I actually really like it! It gives a glisten and glow to the skin without getting oily on me throughout the day. It smells just like Starbursts though, so if smells bother you, you’ll want to pass. The Josie Maran product is tricky to me. I don’t know how to use it. As a highlight, it did not show up, and I am a little scared to use it as a primer or finishing step. I might try it as a primer over the weekend, but I have a feeling this will just sit in my collection.

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From top to bottom: Glamglow, Josie Maran, Bobbi Brown, Benefit

Overall, this box was nice. I enjoyed the perfume and the moisturizer. I will have to experiment more with the eyeshadow stick and finishing balm. While this isn’t my favorite box so far, I think the amount of product given was worth the $10 fee. What did you get in your box this month? Did you enjoy it?

Beauty Heroes | March Box Review

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I have been a Beauty Heroes subscriber since January, and I have loved it so far. This subscription service aims to feature full size eco/green beauty products from higher end brands. Many of the boxes so far retail between $70-110, and it is $115 every three months ($38.33/month). You receive one full-size product and a side kick, which is usually travel size (but a decent travel size). This month we received THREE full size products and a smaller item! It retails for $106. I feel like this is highway robbery!

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Innersense is a brand that believes in the power of the ritual and values self-care practices and brand transparency. In the current state of the world, this really speaks to me. The items in the Beauty Heroes box are a part of Innersense’s hair ceremony. The founders encourage practicing a ritual in caring for your hair when shampooing and conditioning. While I don’t really have time to sit in a sauna with product in my hair, I can appreciate the vibe and intention behind a hair ceremony.

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Included in the box are brand new products that have not been launched yet: Hydrating Cream Hair Bath (shampoo) and Hydrating Cream Conditioner. Also included are Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner and Healing Harmonic Oil. The first three items listed are all full size (10 fl oz), and the hair oil (1 oz) is the side kick.  There is a ton of product included in this month’s box!

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Innersense’s aesthetic is luxe and clean. I love the white packaging with gold lettering. Great display qualities to these products! The smell is also lovely. The performance aims to hydrate and protect your hair. I think the best hair type for this line would be dry, damaged, and thick hair. For me, I can only use this once or twice a week as it can be too heavy for my medium fine hair. The products do leave my hair soft and shiny though.

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While I do enjoy the products featured in this month’s box, they are not everyday products due to the heavy duty hydration qualities. I am interested in trying other Innersense products as I appreciate their ethos and aesthetics. The price point is also comparable to Sephora stocked hair care items ($20-$40).

If you are interested in becoming a Beauty Heroes subscriber, you can use my referral link: https://shop.beauty-heroes.com/refer/Amy-WIRBUDAS (not a affiliate link, I just get points added to my account). Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!