Under the (beauty) boardwalk 🎡
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Things are heating up on the Beauty Boardwalk and this month’s Sephora Play will have you covered from sunrise to sunset. Memories are made in Summer Nights and nobody likes to be caught not looking their best.
This month’s PlayBox will not only have you looking fab, but also refreshing you so you can go until dawn, including everything from a kiss-worthy liquid lipstick, a reliable makeup remover to a boost of hydration.
Here’s what was inside my June Sephora Play:
Milk Makeup is elevating their game with a cannabis oil-infused mascara that not only boosts volume and lengthen lashes, but also conditions long after you’ve washed it off. The cannabis oil also helps make this formula creamy, unlike any other mascara I’ve used and the wand tapers at the tip, so those baby lashes become so much easier to reach.
The volume this mascara pumps out is impressive and can easily be layered without looking too spider-leg like. One or two coats is my preferred because anything more will look too dramatic for my liking. It says that it’s a clump-free formula due to its heart-shaped fibers, but I did notice the more you layer, the more likely you’ll clump (as with any mascara).
This formula claims to be flake-free, but I noticed every time I wore it (which was all through Germany and Amsterdam), it would flake off and give me the dreaded Panda Eyes 🐼 after a few hours. I normally never have issues with mascara flaking, so I was annoyed with how quickly this melted off.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Queen B is a wicked complimentary soft mauve matte that dries down with cool-tone properties and gives an illusion of whiter teeth. It’s a perfect nude to throw in your bag to complete any kind of look, taking you from day to night. It has replaced my favorite every day nude, at least for the summer!
This liquid lippie also acts as a plumper (minus the plumping sensation) and it conditions the lips with avocado oil and vitamin-E. It applies like a gloss, but finishes like a matte lipstick that won’t weigh your lips down. It never cracks and my lips feel incredibly hydrated after taking it off.
It might not pass the eat/drink/kiss test, but the doe-tip applicator makes applying on the go a breeze and its opaque finish is achieved in one swipe.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This volume mist delivers two times more volume on a first application and will multiply overtime. For someone who already has thick hair, this sounds like an actual nightmare. However, I received a lot of compliments that my hair looked healthier and ‘fluffier’ (thanks Dad), after a one-time use.
When it came to the results I personally saw, I didn’t see anything major, but that could be because my hair is already so thick and I know what a pain in the a$$ it is to deal with. It felt a little sticky in my hair, even after brushing it thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb and blow-drying. I noticed myself grabbing my brush throughout the day to help combat it, which was slightly irritating.
I give this product a bonus point solely for the fact it smelt like Fruity Pebbles. I am obsessed with the scent, but as for the results, I won’t be purchasing a full-size when I run out.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Being a longtime lover of the Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, I was excited to test out this formula because it claims to be super gentle. It doesn’t tug, especially around delicate eye areas and it doesn’t leave the skin feeling grimy and gross, which is usually why I opt out of taking the extra step to fully remove.
One cotton pad is more than enough and this remover dissolves the toughest waterproof mascaras (which luckily, I don’t wear a ton of anyway.) I still like to wash my face post-remover, but I know that this will remove the most stubborn liners and lipsticks without stripping the face and leaving it irritated.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This cooling gel-cream moisturizer is packed with antioxidants that help combat dryness and minimizes the appearance of pores. It has a spa-esque smell that’s refreshing on the hottest days and doesn’t leave the skin feeling heavy, delivering the right amount of moisture. (Bonus tip: Keep this guy in your fridge for an even cooler sensation!)
I’ve tested BELIF products in the past and hated them, but this guy became a literal life saver while traveling. Airplane cabins are drier than the desert and my elbows were suffering from some serious flakiness. I used this as a spot treatment and immediately noticed a difference as it melted into the skin. Ryan also used this on his second-day post-shave and also noticed he didn’t have as much dry skin.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Note to self: Don’t judge a perfume on a first squirt impression.
If you watch my Sephora Play Unboxing (down below), I immediately hated this on a first impression. After an extensive Google Search (Try googling ‘Tan/Pink Perfume Bottle 1990s and see how many results you get!), I discovered this reminded me so much of Love’s Baby Soft perfume, which was something I used to ‘play with’ as a child. It smelt incredibly musky and old lady that I almost thought about just throwing it out!
However, as it settled into my skin, I noticed the vanilla and bergamot notes and the crispness of apple was clean-smelling, all while being intoxicatingly sweet. I don’t think this will be something I run to buy, but I was surprised with how much I ended up liking it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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