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Play! by Sephora – March Box Review

Damn Sephora! Back at it again with an awesome box! (I AM SO SORRY, I couldn’t resist).

March's Box Theme

March’s Box Theme

The theme for March’s Play! box is The Perfection Collection, with Sephora collecting their “favorite” products to entice us to play with new formulas and techniques.

The contents

The contents

Very nice! Lots of great products in here, including several things I’ve been wanting to try but had not gotten around to yet.

Products included:

Reviews to follow after the jump!

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Drama, drama, dramaaa

Spring Glam Look

Hi ya’ll! So it’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve got a bunch of new stuff coming up on here soon. I also put in a solid effort to film my very first “get ready with me” makeup tutorial, but as I was editing I noticed the entire video was blurry😦 I didn’t realize my camera does not auto-focus when filming in video, so the whole thing is out of focus which I couldn’t see until I viewed the clips in fullscreen on my laptop. I need to rethink this whole video tutorial thing.

Anyway! Let’s move on to the fun stuff. I did this look about a month ago, in preparation for spring and I love how it turned out! So much so, that when I looked at the pictures again I really want to recreate it for myself. Again. Especially the lip color.

Springtime!

Springtime!

I kept this light with a neutral eye, luminous skin and a pearly pinky coral lip, mostly because I wanted to wear my coral jewelry I bought in Sicily a few years back.

Drama, drama, dramaaa

Drama, drama, dramaaa

This could definitely be used as an evening look as well by smoking out the lower lash line a little more and using a darker, more dramatic lip color.

Fresh and pretty!

Fresh and pretty!

Product List!

Face

Eyes

Lips

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Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Lipgloss in Black Honey

Nude Lip Kick

Hi ya’ll! I don’t know about anyone else, but with makeup I definitely go through phases constantly. There’s the bright lip phase, the smoky eye phase, the winged liner phase, the blue eyeliner phase… it goes on and on, depending on who knows what. So right now, I’m in the middle of a glossy nude lip phase! I know, exciting right? These are the little things that get me through the week.

What’s funny is that while I was formulating this post in my head, Jaclyn Hill posted this on Snapchat and Instagram:

The only nudes you will get from me… Well, lipstick too. 👠💄 Snapchat – Jaclynrhill👻

A photo posted by J A C L Y N 😜 (@jaclynhill) on

 

And then, here’s a Snap I sent today:

See a pattern?

#makeupaddictproblems

Ha! And that’s only about three days worth of lip stuff.

Anyway, here’s the lineup of what I’ve been digging the last week or two.

The suspects

The suspects

Warm, pretty and goes with everything!

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The contents! (the MUFE lipstick is not shown because it was buried beneath all the white filler, whoops!)

Play! by Sephora – February Box Review

YA’LL. FEBRUARY’S BOX WAS EV-REE-THANG. It was just the best! So let’s dive right in.

Play! by Sephora February Box

Play! by Sephora February Box

The February box is called Now & Later featuring “lip tips, hairstyle savers, purse essentials.” Basically, the types of products that can take you from the office to happy hour.

The contents! (the MUFE lipstick is not shown because it was buried beneath all the white filler, whoops!)

The contents! (the MUFE lipstick is not shown because it was buried beneath all the white filler, whoops!)

Products included:

Down and dirty deets here!

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I legit use this nearly every day.

The Favorites: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup

I apologize for not getting a post up last Friday! Last week at work was super busy, with two deadlines and I have an event happening on Monday AND I spent this weekend trying to catch up on the Oscar nominated movies (as I’m writing this, it’s 10 minutes till the ceremony starts and I’ve seen all the Best Picture nominees except Spotlight!). Anyway, moving on…

Today is another installment of The Favorites, semi-regular posts featuring single-product focuses on my favorites pieces in my collection, the ones I reach for and wear time and again. The Favorites are all products I’ve purchased myself and are considered permanent items in their respective brands.

I legit use this nearly every day.

I legit use this nearly every day.

Today’s focus is on L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi foundation. Back in college through a couple years after, I used the OG True Match makeup religiously. I don’t remember why I ever stopped using it other than just wanting to experiment with other brands and formulas. But I never tried the Lumi version until late last year and I’ve been hooked ever since.

For me, it’s the perfect everyday foundation. This is what I wear day-to-day, always to work and sometimes on the weekend too, if I’m not skipping foundation entirely or going for a different look with my MAC Matchmaster. No joke, I’m on my third bottle already. It feels so light on, with a light coverage but you can build it up to medium. I probably would not suggest this for oily-skinned as it is a hydrating and luminous finish, but it is perfect for us dry-skinned people. Even though we’ve had an incredibly mild winter in Texas this year, my skin never felt dry or tight while wearing this.

Two pics of the same swatch, with and without flash. Left is unblended, right is blended.

Two pics of the same swatch, with and without flash. Left is unblended, right is blended. This is the shade W3 Nude Beige.

I find that this does need to be set with powder and I’ve tried several and most seem to work pretty well, including NYX Mineral Setting Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder and MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural. Right now, I just picked up a tub of Coty Airspun loose powder but I’m still testing and figuring out how I feel on that one.

Below are some recent pictures I’ve featured on the blog where I’m wearing True Match Lumi foundation.

What I like most about this is that my skin still shines through, it isn’t hiding beneath a layer of thick makeup. Like I said above, it’s great for everyday and for work. I’m interested in trying the new cushion version of True Match Lumi, too! Maybe I’ll do that for a future post.

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Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay 714 lipstick and lip liner

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay – 714 Lipstick & Lipliner!

If I had to list some of my earliest pop culture influences, No Doubt and Gwen Stefani would be pretty high on that list. I remember buying Tragic Kingdom in seventh grade and listening to it CONSTANTLY. I would sit in my room and study the liner notes to memorize all the lyrics. Gwen’s style and aesthetic left quite the impression on me over the years.

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay

I’ve waxed poetic already on my longtime love for Urban Decay on here before, so I won’t repeat myself, but basically the combining of Gwen & UD is everything high school aged me ever wanted! It really is a perfect pairing if you think about it.

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay 714 lipstick and lip liner

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay 714 lipstick and lip liner

While there are several pieces in the collection, I only purchased the lipstick and 24/7 Glide-On lip liner in 714. It’s a super matte, neutral red. It’s the red lip you think of when you envision Gwen’s iconic style. And the packaging! I love the geometric gold on black and white, it’s so pretty. However, one thing I did notice is that the packaging on the lipsticks is a lighter weight plastic than the eyeshadow and blush palettes and even the regular line of Revolution lipsticks and I found that to be a little disappointing. But the Gwen lipsticks are $4 less than the permanent Revolution lipsticks, so maybe it’s not that bad.

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay Mega Matte lipstick in 714

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay Mega Matte lipstick in 714

There were several lipsticks included in the release (with about four of those being shades of red), but 714 is the only one with a brand-new finish and formula – Mega Matte. This is very close to MAC’s Retro Matte finish or like a matte liquid lipstick. Very dry, flat and pigmented. I have many reds in my collection, but none with a truly neutral tone like 714. When I say it’s neutral, I mean that it doesn’t lean too cool with blue or pink undertones or too warm with orange or yellow undertones. This lipstick is the iconic Gwen Stefani red lip that she’s been sporting for basically forever.

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On lip liner in 714

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On lip liner in 714

The lip liner is UD’s permanent line formula 24/7 Glide-On, so it’s slick and creamy and the perfect base for the matteness of the lipstick. For best results, especially with really flat mattes like these, is to make sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips really well before applying. Don’t have a lip scrub? You can make your own with a little olive oil and brown sugar or even just running your toothbrush over your lips after brushing your teeth works, too. Let your lip balm have about 5-10 minutes to absorb before applying the liner and lipstick.

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