It's Finally Here - May Play! by Sephora Bag!

To say that I was excited to finally receive my bag was a massive understatement. If you've read my blog before you know that I am a total sucker for anything that is subscription based, and so when I saw that Sephora had its own service I had to get on that list one way or another. One small problem; to receive this bag, you have to almost always join a waitlist because everyone and their mother want to get their hands on this. For $10 a month, you receive 5 deluxe samples (nothing from the drugstore!) and one fragrance sample, as well as a makeup bag and a coupon for 50 additional points in store.

The box that the bag arrives in is absolutely adorable. Its covered in the signature Sephora black and white stripe, with the bag itself being a clear plastic makeup bag. I really love how cute everything was packaged up, it really made the entire experience feel special, right from the first moment you start unpacking.


The first item that I pulled out of the bag was a mask by Tata Harper. The theme this month was up and coming products, so I am super excited to try this out (and will probably post a separate review soon!) and see if I enjoy the brand. The little jar is glass and heavy, which made it feel expensive. It has a fresh scent which is delicious. I can't really foresee getting more that one use out of the jar, which is a little disappointing, but I am really thankful that I get to try it out soon. The full sized jar is a hefty $58, so I won't complain too much!


The second item that I received was the tréStique mini highlighting stick. I was really surprised by this item, because I was a little leery of a cream highlighter. This formula isn't a cream after all though, its a gel which is perfect for all skin types. The highlight on this isn't blinding or super metallic like some would like, but it has more of a natural glow which is perfect for everyday wear. The formula is smooth, creamy and soft, and doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. The full sized item is $34, so getting this in the bag this month was a big treat!


I am super excited to get the Milk Makeup Blur Stick this month! I have seen this product in so many videos and everyone seems to be loving it. This product is great for mattifying and blurring pores, two of one of my major skin concerns. A full size is $36, so I'm excited to try this before buying the full size out.


I also received a small size of the Grande Lips plumper! I've only tried out one plumper before and it is my favorite gloss, and have seen this brand floating around on the Sephora website, so I am really pleased to have received this sample! I imagine that this bottle will last me at least a month wearing it daily, and it is perfect to just toss in my bag and take with me everywhere. The full sized item is $27, so for an item that I probably would've purchased otherwise, I am really excited to have received this.


I. LOVE. HAIR MASKS! There is nothing like deep conditioning your hair, and having super curly hair, my hair tends to get dry really fast, making it super frizzy and unmanageable. Theres nothing better than taking a bubble bath and putting a mask in your hair, and just relax. I can really never have enough masks in my kit, so I am super thrilled to get to try out this product! This mask retails for $58, so this is a real treat.


Every month with Play! by Sephora, you also receive a fragrance sample. This was part of the bag that I was really excited for, because I can be super indecisive when it comes to fragrance. Getting a vial to test out over and over is amazing for me. I received a sample from Clean Reserve, in the scent Sen Santal. It is a light scent, clean and refreshing. I plan on trying it out a few days this week to see if its a possible purchase for me in the future. The full sized bottle is $95, so to try this out this month is really exciting.


One of the amazing things that Sephora does is also offer you bonus points on your account for subscribing! If you make a purchase within the month in store, 50 extra points can be added to your account. 50 points equates out to $50 spent, so I'm not complaining about this extra freebie.

Do you subscribe to the Play! by Sephora box? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below!



Favorite Products of April - Glitter, Glitter & More Glitter!

I have to say, April was a great month! School is starting to wrap up for me, and summer is almost here! I'm so ready for a summer full of fun, new cosmetics, and I'm counting the days to my Disney World Vacation! I am so excited to bring the blog some travel content and Disney magic to everyone! This month has also been a great month when it comes to new products! I got to try out so many new and exciting products this last month, but some products rose to the top for me.


1. Stila - Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows


I am OBSESSED with these shadows. I have absolutely never seen a shadow that has such intense shimmer and the glitter is to die for. If you like your makeup low-key, I can say without a doubt these are not for you. But, if you like shimmer and glitter, these will be your best friend. I purchased one shade, and quickly went back for more. These are insane for inner corner highlight and for an all over the lid shadow. These cost $24 at Ulta and Sephora, but I think that they are totally worth it.


2. It Cosmetics for Ulta Airbrush Radiance Fan Brush #116


These brushes hold a special place in my heart, because way back when my mother bought me a few brushes from this collection for Christmas. It was way back in the beginning of beauty journey, where I knew next to nothing. Those brushes have survived and thrived with me, living through a billion washes and still working perfectly. While I still have a long way to go, those brushes will be along for the whole ride. Sometimes the splurge is worth it!

Recently, I figured that I was seriously lacking a good fan brush, and headed out to Ulta to see if I could find a brush that would fit the bill. Since I love the It Cosmetics line,  I beelined to that aisle to see if they had any fan brushes. The #116 brush is so buttery soft and gorgeous, and I picked it up for about $18. I think that brushes are an awesome investment into your kit, because they will be with you forever if you take good care of them.


3. Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum Lip Balms


Okay, this might be a bit of a childish pick, but I am totally obsessed with Disney's Tsum Tsums. The line of little tiny plush characters is my favorite thing, so when I saw that they made Tsum Tsum balms, I needed one. This flavor is strawberry, and it is exactly like the silly lip balms I had as a kid. For about $5, you can have a little bit of nostalgia in adorable packaging. You're welcome.


4. Kat Von D Trooper Liner and Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 


These two belong together forever and ever for me. I just stumbled upon the trooper liner pretty recently, and I love the brush style tip, super opaque pigment and long wear that it offers. Urban Decay's Perversion has been a favorite of mine for years now, and is my go to mascara on a day to day basis. The formula helps my lashes too look fuller and brightens up my face, helping me to look way more awake than I actually am. Both products retail for about $20, but they are so worth every penny to me.


5. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation


I never thought that I would find a foundation at the drugstore that I would love. As a super pale girl with combination skin, I have a fear of looking orange or oily, and for some reason I am really awful at color matching myself, but this foundation is perfection. It's only about $6 at Target and the color range is great. This foundation keeps me matte all day long, and for the price point I can't complain at all.


6. Anastasia Bevelry Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit


Before this collaboration, I had never purchased any glow kits from Anastasia for some reason, and really, wasn't super into her brand. I have a cream contour kit that I use on occasion, but most days I don't contour, so its used every once in a while. This palette, however, has changed the game for me. I have never gotten to use pigment that is so creamy in my life, and these highlights are the best I own. I use Forever Lit daily, sometimes layering it with Kitty Kat for a little more of a pinkish glow. The other shades are way too dark for me, but I plan on using them as shadows because the pigment is amazing. I really wish that she would make a line of highlighters that had a palette with shades specific to skin tones, because no one really gets full use out of highlight palettes that have too dark or too light of shades. Just a thought. No complaints with this baby though. At $40, it might be a little on the pricey side, but I think that it is totally worth the price.


7. LimeCrime Diamond Crushers Lip Toppers


While Lime Crime is a bit on the controversial side, I decided to try out one of their newer products, a iridescent lip topper. This lip product smells like the grape lip glosses that we all used as kids, but packs a serious punch of shimmer. It dries down quickly on top of other lip products, leaving you with a super glittery lip. I haven't seen any other products work like this one does, which makes it a total winner for me!


8. Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Limited Edition Palette


Last but not least, the gorgeous Make Believe in Yourself palette from tarte cosmetics. They recently put out an entire Unicorn themed line, with this palette at its center, and it is so perfect its not even funny. I swatched the palette here if you'd like to check it out, but this palette is creamy, blendable perfection. If you love shimmer as much as I do, then this palette is definitely something you need to add into your arsenal as soon as you can, because this palette is limited edition! I picked mine up from Ulta for $40, not too bad if you ask me.

Do you use any of these products? Love them or hate them? Let me know in the comments!

Happy May!


Tarte's Newest Collection - Unicorn Magic!

It seems that one of the current trends in makeup is whimsy and nostalgia. While some have argued that this is almost infantilizing to women, I am one of those people who has absolutely fallen in love with all the trends that have come out in the recent months. Tarte has really really stepped up the game with this trend, putting out a whole line of unicorn inspired products, from brushes, to a brand new palette. While some brands may think that they invented the concept (*cough* Too Faced *cough*), I am really excited that everyone has put out such fun lines recently. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Make Believe in Yourself palette, which comes complete with tons of shimmer shadows and a massive pan of iridescent highlighter. I picked mine up at Ulta, but it seemed like these palettes were going pretty fast. After all, this palette is really perfect for the summer and is a welcome departure from the normal toned palette. IMG_0021

First off, the box that this comes in is gorgeous. The pattern on the packaging is so colorful and bright, and the metallic accents are to die for.  This palette is a little on the small side, with the palette itself being circular.


The actual palette is gorgeous. I love the golden tones, combined with the same pattern from the carton on top of the palette. This baby feels expensive and heavy, and I am so in love.


The shadows are absolutely gorgeous in the pan, even before you use them. My only complaint is this palette really isn't a stand alone palette, as it only comes with one matte. Even so, its not really a complaint because I purchased this palette for the killer shimmer shadows, not mattes. I'm thrilled that these shades are unique, because I am so tired of getting palettes that have the super generic colors that all other palettes have.



I swatched each color in the palette without a primer, or being foiled. These shadows are seriously intense, shimmery and absolutely perfect. The shadows blend to perfection, are super creamy, and not powdery or chalky or at all. They feel expensive, and like your typical tarte shadow. This palette also smells absolutely amazing, like most tarte products do.

I absolutely love my palette, and would totally suggest that other people who want some whimsy pick one up too.

Do you have this palette? Have it on your list? Let me know in the comments below!



Urban Decay Moondust Palette - Worth it?

Urban Decay has my whole heart, whole wallet, the whole deal. I have really followed this brand since my makeup love began, my first real palette was a Naked palette that my mother got me for Christmas way back, and I've been hooked since then. Pretty much any time that they released something new I wanted to get my hands on it, try it out, and pretty much every time I have fallen in love. There have been some misses along the way, but when you purchase cosmetics you are bound to find things you don't really prefer. When I saw that they were releasing this super glittery palette, I NEEDED to see it in person and swatch some, possibly purchase it if I liked it. So, I had the hardest time getting my hands onto this palette. I searched and searched but NO WHERE had this available, or even a tester out for me to look at. I drove all over the place, no luck. I eventually gave up and blindly purchased it on Sephora's website, and really had to hope for the best. I hate purchasing cosmetics online, because I really like to see the texture and colors in person before purchasing. I took the plunge, bought it, and waited a couple days for my package to arrive, along with some other things I picked up.


First things, the carton that this palette comes in is gorgeous. I love the holo effect on the text, and the little galaxies all over the box are so pretty. I'm kind of a fiend when it comes to packaging, so I really appreciated the box being really beautiful.


The outside of the palette is glittery and has mirrored text, also love this. It's super pretty and the glitter doesn't flake off. That was a huge concern for me, because who wants glitter all over their makeup area? Literally no one.


The inside of the palette started to get a bit dicey for me. The packaging on the inside looks and feels like really cheap plastic. Sorry Urban Decay, but for the price point, it shouldn't feel like its about to fall apart. The inside of this palette fell super flat for me, it doesn't feel special or luxe or anything like that. At best, this felt like a drugstore palette. Huge disappointment there. It does have a large mirror, so I can't complain too heavily.


This is where my real disappointment started to set in a little more. In the palettes, the shadows look like pure glitter pigments that would be super shimmery on the eye. When I swatched them, I expected them to be really beautiful and eye catching, and they ended up chalky and not really glittery. The glitter is in the pigment, but it needs at least 10x more to be worth it for me. I was really, really disappointed.

Do you have this palette? Better luck? Let me know in the comments below!




Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Dupes!

img_4237 Looking for a hot pink liquid lip, like Kat Von D's Backstage Bambi? Currently on clearance at Sephora, the Luster Matte Long Wear Lip Color in Magenta Luster is affordable at $7, and Wet N Wild's Liquid Catsuit lip in Oh My Dolly is $4.99 at most drugstores and Walmart! Enjoy a Barbie pink lip on the cheap!

Happy Valentine's Day!