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Sephora Play!


Are you ready for this month’s Sephora, PLAY! subscription? Here’s what I got! I’ve put descriptions of each photo in the captions of the photos, because I’m short on time today. I promise a better post next month!

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Opening the box!

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This month’s bag!

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A photo of all the items

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TARTE TARTEGUARD 30 SPF SUNSCREEN: You can never be too careful!

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BECCA BACKLIGHT PRIMING FILTER: I don’t use primers, but I’m interested to see how it works for me!

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BENEFIT COSMETICS THEY’RE REAL MASCARA: I am really REALLY excited for this!

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TOCCA BEAUTY FLORENCE: I’m disappointed in the size of the purfume samples, as you can get these free inside any Sephora…

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BAREMINERALS bareSkin bronzer: I’m not a bronzer type person, but the paper that came with the box has me intrigued and I will be trying it this time!

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Bumble and Bumble don’t blow it: SUPER excited to try this – as It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, in regards to my hair!

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Sephora Play!


Last year, about the time I started having issues with my IPSY subscription, and started considering cancelling it (which I did do, last August.) Sephora announced their very own subscription service! I was super excited, and put my name on the waitlist immediately.

I got an email about a month (maybe more) ago that Sephora’s subscription service is now available in our area!

This post is about my very first box from Sephora Play!

Disclaimer: I am not paid or sponsored by any of the companies listed in this post. This is just a review/un-boxing for entertainment purposes only!

Lets jump into the unboxing! The box itself is super cute!

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As you can tell – I obviously blurred out my address and such. When you first open the box you’re greeted with box/Sephora related paperwork.

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Each month has a theme, and this mont’s theme is the forces of nature. It also includes an in-store bonus. This is the Play pass, which if you bring it into the store you get an extra 50 beauty insider points, with any purchase. Which is pretty cool — though I’m not sure what the points are for at this moment.

A booklet with each product, and an explanation is also included. I’ve included a photo of this months below.

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Now lets get to the good stuff!

Not pictured: Tarte lip crayon.

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how cute is the bag that it came with? I love it!

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Each box comes with a fragrance, this month was Orange Sanguine. It came with a super cute postcard!

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Also in my box was Amuse Bouche in Kimchi by Bite Beauty. I have pretty fair skin, but it has a rosy tone to it, and lip colors are usually pretty tricky for me — but I think this one is pretty cute!

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My box also had Origins Maskimizer + drink up & clear improvement masks. I’m pretty excited to try these out!

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This month’s box was big on skincare – which is okay with me! It also had Korres Wild Rose sleeping facial. Which I’m not sure how I’ll feel about that, as I can’t usually sleep with scented things because I always wake up with a sore throat…

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Finally, Briogeo don’t despair, repair! Deep conditioning mask… for your hair of course! as someone who struggles with her hair, I’m super excited for this too!

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Month #1 down, and so far even better than Ipsy was. For $10 I’d say this is by far better than ipsy… but I can’t be certain until I’ve had it a couple months 😉

Do you have a favorite subscription service? Do you like reading this? Let me know! I still get Julep – but stopped posting because life got busy. I know I gained many more readers once I started posting these, so I’d be interested in knowing if anyone is still interested!

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Julep Fuchsia Fizzy Mystery Box


I’m VERY late posting this, please forgive me. Life has been very hectic, and I’ve been very forgetful. It wasn’t until the September Julep Maven box showed up today that I realized I forgot to post this!

I’ve been pretty good about not giving in to the wonderful mystery boxes the Julep offers…But this time I couldn’t resist. Not sure why, but I just couldn’t.

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This box came with 4 polishes (5 because I ordered an extra polish, Alexa, it’s the light purple one.) Lock down your brows and the Beach Tonic dry body oil and nail decals.

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The colors that came in the box: Connie, Jenny (Favorite!!) Mariska, and Trisha.

I have not even opened the Lock down your brows, but I hear it’s good to help keep them in place or help them grow–both problems I don’t experience yet in life. The Body Oil, is a great item, but malfunctions easily. I e-mailed Julep and a replacement is on it’s way— but reviews say that ALL their bottles have issues with the sprayer.

This box was 100% worth the money. Don’t believe me. I’ve done a price break down below:

Connie: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Jenny: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Mariska: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Trisha: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Body Oil: $23 for non Maven and $18.40 for Maven

Lock Down your Bows: $22 for non Maven and $17.60 for Maven

Total: $101 for non maven and $80.80 for Maven
The box costs just $24.99 (plus tax) which is a steal of a deal if you ask me!

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Review: Julep Maven


My last post I reviewed ipsy. Today, I’ll be reviewing Julep Maven, the subscription service from Julep. As some of you may remember from my first Julep post, I was kind of dreading the customer service standpoint from Julep. I had heard horror stories on the beauty box group I’m a member of… I was not looking forward to having problems with the polish, or my monthly box.

I felt a little bit of pressure to actually LIKE Julep because Mitchell’s family knows someone who works at their Seattle office. I felt like if I didn’t like their products, then I’d be causing more problems for myself than I needed. This caused me to be apprehensive about the subscription box. I never would have imagined I’d fall in love with not only their polish, but their makeup!

The first few days, I did have some issues with the polish. After some stressful posts online, a friend of mine mentioned I needed a bonding base coat. This literally solved all my problems.

Their polish quality has gone up a LOT over the two years I’d been getting them from Mitchell’s family. I love every one of my Julep polishes.

I didn’t get make-up until a few months into the subscription service, and my oh my do I love their products. Their gel eye liners are my absolute favorite– I have to say though, Navy Smoke seems to be my top favorite. I never could have imagined loving them enough to get one in EVERY color they offer.

One month, I got their Konjac Sponge in my box. After tons of research I noticed a lot of people telling me that their sponges are over priced and not worth your money. I ordered a second one off amazon for myself and gave the Julep one to Mitchell. Big mistake. The Julep Konjac sponges are more than worth their current cost (they’re on sale for $9.60 and they usually go for $12) It’s lasted much longer and does a better job.

Overall review:
Julep has never gotten my order wrong, and has wonderful products. I will be keeping this subscription as long as I can afford to! 🙂 I love that I can edit and customize my box, so if I want only polishes one month, great! If I want only make-up, done! They really do a great job with all their products!

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Review: ipsy.


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned on this blog. All comments/opinions on this post are 100% my own, and are not sponsored in any way.  

Well, here it is! The long awaited review of the beauty boxes I’m subscribed to! I’ve been getting both ipsy and Julep Maven beauty boxes for about 6 months now, and I think I have a pretty good feel on both.

Lets start with ipsy!

I was really excited to start ipsy. So many people I know get it, and raved about their monthly glambag. My first month was a little disappointing, but wasn’t too bad. It didn’t kill my excitement. As months wore on, I found myself re-taking the ipsy quiz and removing things from my preferences. I still have yet to be amazed or in love with ANYTHING from ipsy. Last month (July) I didn’t even get everything in my bag, and when I wrote them in, they said they’d fix their error… and only sent me 2 items. This month, I got a bag, with the tiniest lipstick ever and that was it. It was THE most disappointing waste of my money. Yes, I could contact their customer service, but after only getting part of my glambag last month, I’m not interested in contacting them and waiting two weeks to see if they actually got it correct. I’m on the verge of cancelling ipsy. September may be my last month. The Sephora subscription box cannot start soon enough!

The rewards points from ipsy are pointless. You get very few, and have to post all your quizes and information to facebook. It’s a cheap way for them to advertise, yet they only let so many people join and have a wait-list. They want me to invite friends, but my friends have to post a bunch of spam to facebook to even get taken off the wait-list. I have found their rewards points to be pointless and frustrating, seeing as they expire before you can rack up enough to get a free glambag.

up next: Julep Maven.

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August Julep Maven unboxing!


My August Maven came today! I’m still waiting for my July Ipsy… even though they conveniently took my money for August already… Julep is pulling ahead for my favorite company so far. I plan on posting a review blog soon. So watch out for that! I do want to state, that it’s my birthday month (my birthday was Aug 2nd) and I wish that Julep and/or Ipsy had recognized that.

Without further adieu, here is my August (Birthday month!) Maven!

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No candy this month, but they provided nail decals, and their new “Brave Pretty is..” note card, where you write in your answer and then post it online. IMG_0844

I must admit I’m guilty of completely editing my box 100% this month. That’s the greatest thing about Julep subscription boxes… you can customize them!! Nothing too fancy this month, Oxygen nail treatment, and eye-glider. My Sister, got me hooked on their eye gliders. Sorry Mary-Kay… but these babies are GLORIOUS! I now own almost all the colors! 🙂 I ordered the Oxygen nail treatment because after I had an (awful) experience with jamberry several months ago, it left my nails damaged and they just haven’t been the same…so after reading this blog, I’ve decided to give it a shot!

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My first lipstick as an adult! I love it, and it’s the perfect color for my fair skin. It’s called “Twirl”

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