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Play! By Sephora September 2016 Subscription Box

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I’m super excited to use my version of the moisturizer for this months box themed “The Unbasic Basics”. Though the subscription only costed $10, the value of products added up to $37.64. Let’s dive into the breakdown:

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1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel ($ 6.68  Value)

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Brow Gel is so ideal if you have full brows that need some taming but not much added pigmentation – one of those products I would never think of picking up off the shelf but thanks to this subscription I got to try it out.

2. SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick ($ 3.36 Value)

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What I like about this lipstick is that it’s moisturizing and the shade flatters most skin tones but it tends to settle in the creases if you try and layer it. It is best used as a sheer lipstick.

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($ 7.00 Value)

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This eyeliner is perfect! – everything from the felt -tip applicator to the formula to the packaging is worth it.

4. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector ($ 7.00 Value)

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What’s so un-basic about this hair mask is that it leaves your hair hydrated for almost 5 days after use. It’s one of those products that would go well with your routine if you have really long hair and trouble getting natural oils from your roots to the ends.

5. Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer ($ 10.9 Value)

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Light weight, easily absorbed – great for oily/ combination skin especially if you prefer long wearing foundations. This one behaves well under foundation.

6. Tory Burch Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte ($ 2.7 Value)

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Another floral scented fragrance sample. This one smelled pretty strong though.

Triumph over faded lipstick this Valentines Day

With valentines day around the corner, a lot of you are probably looking around for the best lipstick to last all day. Let’s be real… no one wants to go through the taboo of being left with a darker outer ring of lipstick after a hearty dinner while sitting across from your date or even worse- leaving behind red lipstick stains on cups and glasses … specially on v-day. So I went out on a haul and picked a couple of lipsticks to test out which of these are worth the hype. Hope this helps some of you to pick out a shade.

Here are my top 5 picks in 3 popular valentines day shades – Raspberry  Pink, True Red and Burgundy. I swatched all 5 of the shades on my arm at approximately the same time.  All of these look gorgeous on Medium to tan skin.

  1. Urban Decay Vice liquid ipsticks- Blackmail
    A gorgeous deep burgundy wine shade and the darkest one you can purchase at Sephora with the UD Vice matte lipsticks. This is the perfect shade to unleash your inner bad ass and can be perfectly paired with a subtle eyeliner and a neutral eye. Urban Decays Blackmail is a shade that will literally go with any skin tone and is one of the best dark berry lip shades out there right now besides the Kat Von D line.
  2. Urban Decay Vice liquid lipstick – Crimson
    Crimson is a slightly toned down red that gives out very passionate and confident vibes. It has excellent pigmentation and staying power. This one tends to look slightly different on each person based on their skintone. If you are on the tan side like me, this shade will look a little lighter on you.
  3. Sephora Cream lip stain- Always Red
    This bright energetic shade can transform you by projecting the more confident side of yourself. True red is all about making a bold statement and of all the shades of matte red in this review, true red stands out to the most – not just because of the beautiful bright hue but because of how well it compares to lipsticks waay out of it’s price range. I first got this shade in one of my sephora playboxes – back then for some reason it didn’t really impress me as much but after a while it started to grow on me. I have most definitely changed my mind about it after seeing how it compared with the others.
  4. Chanel – Choquant
    In terms of color, Choquant is another really beautiful red shade. This formula claims to set with a velvet like finish without drying out the lips. While it does have a velvety matte finish and is hydrating, don’t expect it to set like your trusty Kat Von D liquid lipstick. It tends to take forever to dry – which is the downside to the added hydration. The only way this one will last on your lips all day is if you don’t eat.
  5. Kat Von D – Bauhau5
    This review on long lasting matte lipsticks would not be over without reviewing a Kat Von D shade. Bauhau5 is the most unique deep raspberry shade from her collection that goes well with tan skin. In terms of lasting power, this one trumps over all the other lipsticks I have tried including the vice liquid lipsticks.

I left these swatches on my arm for about 4 hours and then ran them under a stream of water for about 15 seconds before smudging them. Here’s what they looked like after. As you can see, the Chanel lipstick took the longest to dry and still managed to smudge after letting it set that long. I guess that speaks for the fact that you don’t always get what you pay for.

So what lipstick are you going with today?