I have been super late in catching up with the reviews of my Play ! By Sephora Subscription boxes. I have been enjoying them and using them. Maybe playing a bit too much with all the new beauty items, that the blogging took a hit. I plan to correct that and catch up with you all, with all that I am loving and all that I am not. Fall is here in full swing, and I might still have some late Summer beauty picks. My October Box is on its way home, so lets see which products featured in the August and September boxes. Of the two boxes, if you ask me, which one I loved more, I would clearly say, it was the August box. Without further ado, lets get on with it, shall be.
SEPTEMBER : THE UNBASIC BASICS
If you are new to the Play ! by Sephora Subscription boxes, then let me fill you in. You pay a monthly fee of $10 plus taxes, and a box containing handpicked beauty , skin care and perfume sample reach you by mail. Every month has a theme, and the products are woven around it. The theme for the month of September was The UnBasic Basics. It also comes with a Info Sheet describing the products and also a Play Pass. Sadly for me, my city's Sephora does not host Play Dates yet. This was clearly a Summer Box . The box was a mix of some cult products and some new products.
KAT VON D TAOTOO LINER IN TROOPER :
This is the latest holy grail of liquid eye liners. Every beauty guru raves about it. Personally speaking, I am not a fan of liquid eye liner. I am partial to my gel eye liners as I find them to be more convenient somehow. But if I had to pick out my favorite high end liquid eye liner, it would be Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Don't be fooled into thinking its a felt tip. I thoight so too. Its actually 300 brush bristles blended together to give you that precise line. The color is highly pigmented. Even if you feel you struggle with eye liner, it should be easy for you to use this product. Its waterproof and long wearing. You can apply a thicker line, a thin line or even a double line. I love a good black eyeliner, and this surely fits the bill by all means.
SEPHORA COLLECTION ROUGE SHINE LIPSTICK IN LOVE SPELL
Dont get me wrong, I love pink lipstoiks. But since its a Septempber Box, I would have preferred a more Fall appropriate color on the lips. Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell, is a dusty rose lipstick. Its sheer but buildable. I found the formula to be moisturising. Good for a dash of color on the school run in the morning. Not a wow product.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CLEAR BROW GEL
And the box had another cult favorite product. I am a big fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel . It locks in your brow make up, without crunching it. Its long wearing. Clearly there's nothing wrong in it, if you ask me, I have gone through tubes and tubes of these as I use it every day. If you want to invest in your brow products, then this is a must have.
LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY NIGH CAP OVERNIGHT PERFECTOR
This was a new product for me. I am a bit sceptical about new hair products, as I have colored hair. My hair is also very dry. The product claimed that it was safe for colored hair. I used it as recommended. I used it on dry hair from roots to ends, at night and let it absorb for some time, before I crashed out. I didnt wrap my hair in a towel or a shower cap, and there wasn't a residue on my pillow. I washed my hair the next morning. My hair was noticeably soft. Now that's a hair mask, I am going to purchase. It was fast absorbing, which makes it a lot hassle free to use.
DR JART+ WATER DROP HYDRATING MOSITURIZER
This was another new product for me. I have dry skin, so I am always on the look out for a good moisturizer. But I am skin is extremely sensitive so I have to be careful about the ingredients and formula. Its a water based moisturizer which claims to plump up your skin too. I liked texture and it seemed pretty light. Its something I could wear under my make up.
TORY BURCH JOLIE FLEUR VERTE
AUGUST : THE EYE OPENERS
The focus was on the Eyes in August. And I love my eye make up, if you didn't know already.
SEPHORA COLLECTION CONTOUR EYE PENCIL 12 HOUR WEAR IN LOVE AFFAIR
I like products which can be mulititasked. This is an eyeliner, which can also double up as a cream eye shadow. Its in a lovely plum shade, which can be used as a bold line. Or can be smudged into a soft smokey eye. Although this box came in August, I must say, this eye product is perfect for a Fall Eye. It comes in a range of colors so you can take your pick. I used it over a eye shadow primer, as I have oily lids. The pencil is creamy and glides on when you are lining your eyes.
URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA
MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544
This is another Fall Beauty Product and can be used very well, with eye liner and mascara included in this box. The three of them together would make a cohesive Fall eye. The formula is pretty silky when I swatched it, and medium pigmented, if I may say. The color is a mauvy pinky brown with a hint of glitter. It can be used as an overall wash of color or can be built up . Personally I would use it across the lids, with the plum liner smudged along the upper lash line, and a few generous coats of the mascara.
CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON
The perfume sample of the month of August Clean Reserve Warm Cotton. Its inspired by the beauty of the natural world. I am not a perfume expert, but it did have some vanilla notes. A so so perfume, if you ask me.
LANCOME ENERGIE DE VIE SMOOTHING AND GLOWING LIQUID CARE MOSITURIZER:
As I have dry skin, the keyword, " Glowing" always catches my attention. I am always on the look out for products which are hydrating. And I am not telling you this, because I have a tie up with this brand . Its just that , I love my skin care to be extra hydrating. I used it as a primer beneath my make up , and it stayed pretty well. The product was runny which was pretty surprising and I did have to use a lot of it.
ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM
The final product. I am in my mid 30s and I do try and follow a daily skin care routine.Retinol and eye creams feature heavily on that routine. The product claims to soothe and moisturize, and visibly reduce dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles with anti-aging Alguronic acid.