Summers are made for road trips with your friends and seeing new places and making memories. Don’t weigh yourself down with excessive items: Pack these beauty products in your travels!
This month’s Play Box is all about products that will maximize your time and all about giving yourself a little pampering session. Whether you’re going cross-country or staying home, you’ll want to keep these guys handy.
Here’s what’s inside my Sephora Play this month:
While I was away at Cape Cod over the Fourth of July, I felt so miserable. (Aside from the fact that I had bacterial pink eye, an earache and a head cold!) Half of the reason why was simply because I was so bare faced and didn’t feel confident. A swipe of mascara, and your girl was back to normal.
Isn’t it weird how something so minute as a coat of mascara can throw our game off?
Mascara is hands down the one makeup item I cannot live without and I don’t discriminate against any kind: Lengthening those lashes? Please. Volume to high heaven? You betcha. Black as night? Key to my 🖤!
Bobbi Brown is a luxury brand that all beauty guru’s swear by. For me, your girl is broke and can’t ball out on a $30 mascara often, but if it packs a punch, then I’ll splurge.
Maybe because it’s a sample size, this wand is INSANE. And not in the best way. It’s short, stocky and really loads up the product on its wand, which makes it incredibly difficult to coat those bottom lashes. I had to be extremely cautious when applying because the product is heavy on the wand and slightly messy, but this all could be due to the size of the component.
It’s not my absolute favorite formula, but it’s not the worst I’ve used. If the wand wasn’t so stocky and the product didn’t deposit on it as heavily as it does, I’d fall more in love with it. It’s just not worth the $30 price tag, in my opinion.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
One of my favorite pastimes is giving myself a self-date filled with pampering, especially face masks. On Sundays I like to kick back with a few episodes of a Netflix series (Hi Shameless) and take the time to give myself a manicure and goop on a good face mask. It’s 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted, zen time to help gear me towards a busy week.
But if you want to pamper yourself on a Tuesday, that’s cool too. You do you, boo.
This rose petal face mask from Fresh is something that I’ve had stockpiled in my collection for years, (thanks Sephora VIB birthday presents!) but have never actually tested out. I go through a lot of face masks, whether it’s sheet masks, GLAMGLOW products or homemade things, so it’s just a matter of not having the time to try it out.
I’m not someone who lives for floral scents, so this one isn’t exactly my favorite smelling one. The scent wasn’t overbearing, but it is definitely noticeable. Since it’s a gel mask, I felt that I was wasting product for how much I tried to slather onto my face, though I barely made a dent inside the sample, so a little goes a long ways.
While on the skin, there is a notable cooling sensation, which isn’t uncomfortable, but it is an adjustment compared to being used to tightening masks! The longer the mask was on, my skin became ticklish along my nostrils and the top of my lip. It wasn’t an allergic reaction, since I didn’t have any redness or irritation after the fact, but more of a weird observation.
I don’t want to lie to you and say that it changed my skin drastically. I’m not sure if it’s something I’d incorporate into my regime routinely, but I’ll turn to again for a pampering session.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
It’s no secret that I change my hair more than the seasons. I never like to keep a color for more than a few months and I’m always willing to step out of comfort zones for these locks. I’ve been every color under the sun (aside from bleach blonde, though does an ombre count? 🤔) and I probably will be another 40 times more…
So needless to say, my tresses are T H I R S T Y.
My hair requires some serious moisture and I don’t have time to wait around for deep conditioning treatments. So I settle for the next best thing: leave-in conditioning sprays!
Last month, we received the Briogeo curl cream, which I was already a major fan of after testing it in an Ipsy GlamBag. Receiving this leave-in conditioning spray was a win-win, since my locks need a lot of love and Briogeo is already a brand I like.
First off, the smell is lovely! It’s spritzes nicely on the hair and doesn’t leave it too heavy to work through. I tested the product out using my overnight curl technique (I promise I’ll do a blog post soon about it!) and felt that my ends were more hydrated than before. I especially love that you spray it on your hair, then let it get to work. No fuss, no hassle.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Lipsticks are a weird thing for me in the summer. All these companies come out with gorgeous shades, but I hate having to worry about my lips between the various hamburgers and ice cream cones I eat.
This shade from Tarte is absolutely gorgeous and it’s even more of a bonus that if I do eat/drink/kiss it off, it’s similar enough to my natural lip that it doesn’t leave me panicking for a mirror. It’s hydrating, left my lips feeling soft and supple and complimented my skin tone nicely.
Since it is a small sample, I ran into the same issue I had with the Tarte lip product I received in my February Play Box. The product broke within the component before I could remotely test it out. 😭
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
At the ripe and tender age of 24, I think it might be time to start being proactive and take a step ahead of aging.
This serum from Caudalie is a step in the right direction. I’ve recently been trying to amp up my skincare regime, mainly because of the toner I got from Ipsy this month. After browsing the Ipsy website to check out that said toner, I discovered a foolproof way to master my skin.
Always cleanse your face first, then tone. From there, layer up on your serums and treatments and then top it all off with a moisturizer and your SPF!
This serum has an unique smell, though this brand is known for its vine-y, earthy smell because of their products. It left my skin feeling softer, though I didn’t notice any immediate effects.
Rating: 3 out of 5
At a first whiff, I immediately thought of the Elizabeth & James perfume sample I got in my first-ever Sephora Play Unboxing on this site. If we take a trip down memory lane, we’ll recall that I H A T E D that perfume sample.
However, that’s in the past. Let’s move forward.
There’s similar notes of jasmine in this one from Clean which made me skeptical at first. The more I wore it, the less I minded the smell because it settles into my skin. It doesn’t pack a long-lasting fragrance, which is probably why I don’t mind it so much.
Also to note, it left a tacky residue on the skin where I applied it.
Rating: 2 out of 5
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