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SEPHORA PLAY DECEMBER '16 : REVIEW



January is over, and it seems like yesterday, that we were getting ready for the Holidays. And Sephora's Play Box for December could not have been better put together. There is no need to how many different kinds of Holiday parties, we all get invited to, and a bag, with the best selection for the party season was much welcome. Titled "The PartyGoers", this box was not the usual monochromatic one, but rather a Black and Gold party pouch.


I am well known among my friends and family as a Red Lipstick Lady. Its a weakness, you can say, but Red Lipstick is hard to resist. But its all the more easier for me , to realize which Red Lippies are great and which are duds. Sephora Collection Creme Lip Stain in Always Red has been a favorite of mine for the past few years. I had first heard of it, from British Blogger Estee Lalonde, who could not stop raving about it. Then other British Bloggers, jumped the gun and everyone had it. And its one product, which is worth every hype. To find a sample size of it, was indeed a great start. As a liquid lipstick, this lip product, goes on glossy and dries matte. It does not cake off or flake off, as liquid lipsticks tend to do. Its described by Sephora as a Matte Classic Red.


The second product in the box, was another favorite of mine - Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray. I have been using this product for years now, and it has never let me down. And its a savior of trips, especially when you want your make up to last all day. The trick with this make up setting spray is that, you have to spray it , at a distance from the face, and let it mist you. I made a mess when I tried it the first time, and sprayed it too close to my face. It almost washed off my eye shadow. I was in tears almost, as I was getting ready to attend a wedding. I learnt my lesson the hard way. I know there are make up enthusiasts, who also use this spray as a make up primer, before they start doing make up, and as a setting spray after their make up. A Winner Product by all means.


 I am usually not great at describing Fragrances. But Elizabeth and James Nirvana has beome quite popular over the last few years, in the beauty circuit. So I was excited in finally receiving a product from the line. And being a Bourbon lover, I must say, I was more interested. Elizabeth and james Nirvana Bourbon is an intoxicating blend of vanilla bourbon and spice wood with a delicate floral note. IT came across to me as more woody than floral, I must add. If I had a full size of it, I would rather gift it to my husband, than use it myself. Sometimes its worth it, to use hyped products, and see whether they are worth the hype or not.


I  might leave my home without a full face of make up, but I always try and add a touch of eyeliner and mascara. So its good to try out newer Mascaras. I dont use much of Bobbi Brown products, in my Make up stash, so the sample was try out my hands. I must add though I personally prefer Waterproof Mascara, as a formula, and so wished all mascara samples were waterproof ones. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is described as Jet-black, kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high impact volume, with a  smudge free formula. Its a good formula, but honestly, my drug store Maybelline Falsies Mascara delivers an even better result at less than half the price.


As I have mentioned earlier. I am not much of a Primer user. But Sephora Play is getting me to chnage my habit with their primer samples, every month. Make Up Forever is a brand i really trust with my base make up. Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Soothing Primer claims to do as its name suggests. I would not purchse this product on its own, but its nice to try out primer samples, in a bid to figure out which one suits me the best.


My least favorite product was the Dry Shamppo. I am a big fan of Dry Shampoos, as I use them pretty often. My favorite Dry shampoo is a drug store one - Batiste , as it has  adarker pigment. Even a drug store dry shampoo like Tressemme, does not leave as much as residue, as this high end dry shampoo left behind. Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo claims to be lightweight, extending the life of blowouts by absorbing oils and adding body. I have blonde balayage but dark roots and this product is a strict No No.

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