It’s that time again, another Sephora Play! unboxing. A quick reminder that the Sephora Play! Box is a monthly subscription service from Sephora where you receive samples of beauty and skincare products curated just for you. The theme for February was “The Soft Side”, my satin bag was filled products meant to enhance one’s natural beauty.
With this February box there were hits and a miss or two but my overall experience has been positive. I still enjoy my boxes and being introduced to different brands and products I may have overlooked.
I know I am a little late with this unboxing, but as the phrase goes “life happens”. My little mini got sick, my computer had issues and hubby had a birthday. Thank you all for your patience, without further a do, lets get into the products. At least with being busy, it gave me an opportunity to try some of the products because as always I want to share my honest opinion.
First up is the Tarte Quench “Rainforest of the Sea” lip rescue ($19.00).
This is my favorite! This right here is the truth!!!! This does exactly as it describes. “Sheer ultra-moisturizing lip balm delivers vitamin-rich hydration and nurtures dry lips while providing a soft natural tint.” My lips truly felt moisturized and just lovely. There is a light nude tint that would go well with a brown lip liner if you want a little more color. After wearing it for a while my lips felt super soft and amazing!
About the Ingredients
This contains Rainforest of the Sea complex, which apparently, includes algae and marine flower extracts along with coconut oil and vitamin E. I don’t know what marine flower extract is but all the ingredients combined have won me over. I’d definitely purchase the full size product!
Clinique Prep- Start Hydro-blur moisturizer ($29.50)
It’s an oil-free moisturizer and a primer in one. How neat! It’s the first one that I’ve tried. Usually, I use a separate moisturizer first and then prime my face. This actually had the right formula, not too thick or oily.
Did You Know?
For Rubies with sensitive skin, Clinique is a great cosmetic brand to try because all of their products are tested for allergies and 100% fragrance-free. Also, a little bit goes a long way, a pea-sized amount can moisturize/ prime your entire face. I’d purchase the full size product.
Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream ($30.00)
“A luminous eye cream infused with coffee beans, ginseng, and magnolia extract to visibly brighten and de-puff the under-eye area”. I was very excited to try this. I’ve been waking up with puffy eyes in the morning and I was doing the old-fashioned cold spoon in the fridge trick for a bit and tried this. I noticed that it didn’t work right away, or at least with no instructions, I’m not sure if it goes on in the evening or 30 minutes before you apply your make-up. I haven’t given up on it yet. I haven’t given up on it just yet, I can’t say if I’d buy the full size product just yet.
Too Face Lip injection glossy ($22.00)
This was not one of my faves. “Sheer tinted gloss uses a botanical-infused formula to visibly plump lips instantly while also hydrating and softening over time.” I was not a fan of the shade but mainly I was not a fan of the”lip plumping” formula. As you Rubies can tell I already have full lips so I don’t usually gravitate towards products like this, but I don’t mind trying some just see what happens. With this particular formula, mainly I didn’t like the tingly feeling it left my lips. It felt very uncomfortable for a good 15 minutes and at the end there was no difference (truthfully, I didn’t think there would be but I really didn’t like the feeling).
Now, this gloss does come as part of a collection. If you fancy “lip plumping” products then you can also get this formula in other shades such as: a pink-nude called Spice Girl, a watermelon-pink called Let’s Flamingle, and an orchid shade named Like a Boss! I don’t think I’d buy the full price product right now.
Prada Candy ($90.00)
This is a fragrance, that in my opinion is feminine with a hint of masculine. The major key ingredient benzoin, and notes of vanilla. While vanilla is the scent I usually run away from, being that I prefer more clean, fresh, feminine scents. This one has the right balance that I don’t find overpowering. See, this is one of the reasons why I enjoy being able to sample and try the products out. If I were in the store, at first whiff I would not have thought twice about it. Since I had the opportunity to wear it, and test it for more than a few days it’s opened my eyes, or should I say nostrils lol. I’d purchase the full size.
LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara ($12.00)
Last but certainly not least is the Sephora “jet-black volumizing mascara with an innovative flat paddle-shaped wand to lengthen and lift lashes.”
The wand has two sides that make it easy to use, one for volumizing and the other for lengthening, it is best used if you flip the wand back and forth while applying to your lashes. It does also reach very short lashes on the inner corners of the eyes with ease.
While it did give my lashes a voluminous appearance, it also burned when it was time to remove it at the end of the day. That I did not like and therefore, I don’t believe I’d buy the full price. I didn’t notice any irritate besides that as I wore it throughout the day for several days.
So there you have it the February Sephora Play! unboxing, have you tried any of the above mentioned products? What are your thoughts?