Survival of the chillest
It’s the most hectic time of the year.
With the holidays buzzing, it’s really easy to lose track of all the progress we make throughout the year. (Calories don’t count from Halloween to New Years, right?). With time dedicated to our families and friends, it’s hard to etch out time for yourself.
S/O to Sephora for knowing what’s best for us.
This month’s PlayBox is choked full of items to help maximize those self-love dates we should schedule for ourselves before the craziness begins. Cancel your plans, pop in a bath bomb and pour yourself your favorite wine, you deserve some TLC after crushing it this year.
Here’s what’s inside my Sephora Play this month:
Marc Jacobs has really been stepping up its makeup game, popping out some insane primers and bronzers that has taken the beauty community by storm.
Mascaras are my absolute must-have for any makeup look, so I was definitely hyped to receive this one. My expectations were kind of faulty because even though Marc Jacobs already has some bomb products, I’ve noticed in my own personal experiences that high-end mascaras always fell short and left my eyes irritated.
I’m happy to admit that this one really blew me away. There was visibly no flaking like some of the other “boujee” brands and the dry time for this mascara was almost instant.
I like the length it gave my lashes, which was almost falsie-length. It didn’t irritate my eyes and it wasn’t heavy and weigh my lids down. The mascara also lasted all day and didn’t smudge.
Rating: 4 out of 5
After receiving the Origins Mattefying Moisturizer from Influenster, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for Origins products to incorporate into my skincare routine.
Thankfully, Sephora was listening and hooked a sister up.
Charcoal is one of those magical ingredients that’s suppose to unclog even the deepest pores, which is a major skin concern of mine. I don’t understand the science behind it, but I stand behind it 110%.
This mask was easy to apply, it really tightened my face (which is such a major bonus for me when it comes to masks) and it didn’t have a stinging sensation, but rather a cooling sensation as if there was mint in the mask.
It didn’t take terribly long to dry (even though I left mine on long enough to catch-up on some of my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube!) Upon washing it off, I noticed that my pores did look smaller and that my skin did look clearer and brigther. On a first time use, I was definitely impressed and can only hope to see continued results.
Rating: 4 out of 5
This was one of my O.G. hair care staples from back in the day. One of my stylists used it on me once and I swore that it would solve all the world’s problems. I was obsessed with how soft it made my hair feel.
If I’m being honest, I’ve fallen out of love with it, only because I’ve discovered a lot more products that really help figure my hair’s true texture.
Sephora has a way of making us fall back into love with some of our faves. While reading the pamphlet, I noticed that this is actually suppose to act as a base for other products.
Consider it as a primer for your hair that’s going to help dry your hair quicker. Sign me up.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
My lip gloss is coo’, my lip gloss is poppin’.
Even though I loved Lil Mama growing up, I hated lip gloss. I technically still do to this day. I’ve never met a gloss I liked because all of them have been too tacky.
However, we can only wear so many matte lipsticks before our lips fall off, so maybe it’s time to start changing my tune.
I like this nude gloss because even though it’s sheer in color, it does make a world of difference when it comes to covering the natural pigmentation of my lips. It’s moisturizing, not too tacky and light enough that it doesn’t wear my lips down.
Because it is a gloss, it didn’t hold up to a eat/drink/kiss test, but it is fun to pull a gloss out of the vault from time to time.
Rating: 3 out of 5
S.O.S. My skin has been bugging out lately.
Caudalie comes through again with a thirst quenching serum that uses grape water that will soothe even the most sensitive skin, which is how my skin has been acting lately.
Hydration is usually one of those problem concerns for me, but as of late, my skin has been beyond oily and shiny. I like this because it’s lightweight and it does brighten and repair the skin for a smoother complexion.
Rating: 3 out of 5
This perfume is suppose to give vibes of strolling through a London garden. With the snow starting to fall, it’s really hard to get into the mindset! Thankfully, Burberry has some trench coats and iconic scarves to keep us warm.
When I applied this perfume, I noticed that on original contact, the scent was almost minimal, having to really get in close for a good whiff. However, as the day went on, the scent did develop into a stronger scent.
Unfortunately, it developed into a scent I didn’t love. The pomegranate and lemon top notes get lost with a scent similar to baby powder and the geranium is too overbearing for me because it’s no surprise that florals and I don’t get along, regardless of the season.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Remember: Sephora Play is $10/month. To sign up: visit here.