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Sephora Play! beauty box subscription costs only $10 a month.  This month had some nice samples, but for most, the size was too small. Sephora Play! is for those that enjoy beauty products that are not every day drug store items.  
This months theme is " The soft side", which matches the elegant silky bag our goodies arrived in.  Visit the Play! By Sephora section of our forums if you wish to read past discussions and subscription details. 

Our first sample was Sephora Lascraft Mascara in a tiny 0.094 oz sample.  This is likely the smallest mascara sample I have recieved to date.

The perfume sample of the month is Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence.  Full sized sells for $97.  It smells sort of strong at first but mellows after it dries.  This does not get along with my perfume sensitivities. Notes:
Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom, Creamy Bergamot, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle, Saffron, Vanilla, Liquid Amber.

Too faced Lip Injection Plumping Gloss 0.03 oz and costs $22 for the full size version.  This has a very strong sting to it but didn't seem to perform as well as one I got this same month from Allure.  It was a very generous sample size for a gloss.

Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream 0.17 oz and the full sized sells for $30 for 0.5 oz.  This is a lower end Origins skin care line.  I do like the scent this line has, so I will try it.  This sample is so tiny though!

NARS Velvet Lip Glide in bound 0.07 oz.  Full size costs $26.  I do like the feel of this gloss on my lips. And it does have a decent amount of pigment.  The shade, bound, is not one I would wear and none of their shades appeal to me on a spectacular level.  I would try nude pink if presented with a sample.  

CLINIQUE Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer 0.24 oz and full size is $29.50.  In the description, it says light which would likely not be a good match for 53 year old skin.  Love the idea of the peptides in it, so I will use it on my decollete as a base to a non peptide moisturizer.

Thank you for reading my subscription box review for Play! By Sephora.  Last month was so spectacular, that maybe they should spread it out a bit so we don't have a disappointing box like this one. The lippies were its only salvation,

January's  Allure Beauty Box theme is, "Outside of the box".  Although this box isn't super exciting for me, I can make use of everything in it. I honestly feel that someone that hasn't been around the beauty box block for years, like myself. would be tickled pink. The sizes were extremely generous and this box is a spectacular deal.  
The Allure box costs $15 a month and is a recurring subscription until you cancel.  Stop by the Our Beauty Talk Allure  discussion area for spoilers and subscription details.  Or you can  Click here to subscribe to the Allure beauty box.   New subscribers can save $5.  

The first item is a Doucee Freematic eye shadow palette full sized $35.  Just love this although my eyes are sensitive and I can't use it very often.  Back in October, we got a single which I will be able to pop in here.

Sigma E25 Blending Travel Brush.  Now Allure states this is worth $16 but I suspect that price was not for the travel sized brush that we got.  Anyways, this was perfect timing. and I will be able to use it with the eye shadow listed above.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray 1.4 oz and sells for $25 for the full sized.  This has always been my favorite dry shampoo and I use it on my bangs, especially when they get hit accidentally with moisturizer.  This dry shampoo does not have that white powdery residue that the others have.  Yeah!

Biobelle Facial Sheet Mask $4.99.  I got the #Iwokeuplikethis which has vitamin C to help brighten dark spots.

Burts Bees Lipstick in Blush Basin full sized and worth $8.99.   I have walked past this in the drug store more times than I can count.  Could never get myself to try this,   So now I have.  For the price, it just doesn't have enough pigment or lasting power. A very generous full sized item, that just feels like an upgrade to a chapstick.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion .25 oz.  The full sized sells for $79.  This is my favorite microdermabrasion products.  I seem to get this somewhat often in every beauty box I have tried.  But that's ok, I can always use another.

And this concludes my subscription box review of the Allure beauty box for January.  Like I mentioned earlier, nothing exciting but all stuff I can use.  The sizes are what impresses me the most about Allure.  Great job!

Sephora Play! beauty box subscription is a great deal at only $10 a month.  Even though some months may be hit or miss for me, due to sensitivities, the products are always top notch. Sephora Play! is for those that enjoy beauty products that are not every day drug store items.  
This months theme is " Beauty, Set, Go", and came in a white and peach draw string bag  Once again there are variations this month, and I did not get the Dermablend Setting powder.  Visit the Play! By Sephora section of our forums if you wish to read past discussions and subscription details. 
This here is the entire contents of the box.

First we have the Ouai Treatment Masque 0.5 oz.  This normally sells for $32 for 2.4 oz.  A very generous sample that made me super happy!  Loved how it performed.  It must have been the artichoke leaf extract,

Now I mentioned that I didn't get the setting powder.  This is fine with me since I like what I got better. I got Boscia B.B. Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 - 0.35 oz in Natural.  Another generous sample since this sells for 1.75 oz for $38.  I would say this is my 3rd favorite BB cream.  I loved the coverage, but after it dried it was mildly dry feeling on my skin.  Not certain it would fare well in the winter months.

Tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser 0.22 oz and sells for $22 for 1 oz.  This is a mask, exfoliator and cleanser in one.  Just tried this tonight and thus is a MUST TRY for everyone!  My skin is 53 years old and looks glorious afterwards. 

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 0.5 oz.  OMG what an awesome sample size!  This sells for $66 for 1.3 oz.  I am saving this for summer even though I am dying to try this now.  Love their products!

CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.  The writing is too tiny to catch the weight.  This sells for $17 for 0.07 oz.A somewhat sheer shade that is fine.  Any more pigment and I could not have worn this.  I am more of a pink gal.

PINROSE Wild Child perfume in a foil packet.  Sells for $55 for 1 oz.  This was my first foil anything in this box.  Hmmm...  Usually we get a tiny vial of perfume with every box. Notes: Tiare Flower, Bergamot, Freesia, Gardenia, Jasmine, Frangipani, Vanilla Bean, Amber. 

Hope you enjoyed my Play! by Sephora beauty subscription box review.  This month was one of my all time favorites.

Having never bought an Amazon Prime beauty box, I thought I would give it a try.  It just so happens that they had  both the luxury and regular beauty boxes available.  Which one I chose was easy since I rarely use drugstore products.  You can see which boxes are presently available at this link.   Amazon Prime Beauty Boxes
Now, how this works is that a certain amount of time after your box is shipped, you get a credit equal to what you paid.  Usually limited to a group of items.  This time they had a massive list of luxury beauty items to choose from.  I just used my credit towards Avene Physiolift for eyes, since I have deep set eyes and this makes them brighter. 
I ordered this Dec 28, 2016 and it did not arrive until Jan 5.  Not very speedy like you would expect with Prime shopping.
Anyways, here is the pretty box it arrived in.  I  think a Velcro or snap box would have been nicer so I can reuse it.

And here is a picture of everything together.

The first item is Ahava hand cream 1.3 oz. And the sample was very decently sized.  I have used this before and it is just ok.  I would like to find a nice anti-aging hand cream.
The next item was a Julep nail polish (full size) in the shade Nedras IT girl.  To be honest I would never use such a shade.

Ok we are doing much better here.  1 oz of Phyto Specific deep repair cream for hair. This was a very luxe cream without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.  Just loved it!
Next is Obliphica Seaberry hair serum 0.5 oz.  A very nice quality serum that is not too oily and does not weigh hair down.

Perfumes include what I have listed below.  Nothing really stood out to me and I was disappointed that 2 perfumes in a ladies box were for men.
Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle Sparkling Calvin Klein Euphoria Clean Cashmere Eternity for men John Varvatos for men
The Marvis toothpaste 0.5 oz sample intrigued me.  Reminded me of an old fashioned tube from decades ago.  Anyways, it was nothing special and I would not purchase this.
MD Solar Science 30 SPF Daily Anti-aging moisturizer 0.25 oz.  I am saving this to try once it gets sunnier out.  I am looking forward to trying this.  A very tiny sample though much like many were in this box.

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial brightener and Primer 0.24 oz.  It does go on smooth, and does not dry out the skin upon drying.  It does brighten a wee bit.
Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford Skin renewing peel .33 oz.  Since I have many peels open, I did not try this.

La Roche-Posey Redermic Anti Aging Concentrate 0.17 oz  Many of these items, such as this, I didn't try, but I will tomorrow.  
Skin and Co Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate 0.17 oz.  You know how tastes change?  Well, I used to love the smell of Truffle Therapy products and now I don't  Gave away an unopened $70 set of the wash and body lotion to my daughter.  And threw away 1/2 bottle of the serum.  Hey I always try to be honest.

Always have liked the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC cream in Natural Glow 0.17 oz.  But it doesn't fit into my beauty regime since I  have specific skin care that I like to use.  A warning, use it fast because it does go bad quickly after opening.
The remaining samples are paper and foil packages which don't deserve any special comment.  Except for yet another mens product in a ladies box, aka the shave cream.


Final impression?  I was not extremely impressed with much, but the hair products stood out.  At least I had the credit to use on something I liked from an Allure beauty box.  But it also got me to spend an additional $24.  

Popsugar Must Have had 3 mystery boxes on sale for cyber Monday.  I chose the The Fashion and Beauty Mystery Box for $29.95.  A $250+ value with the items chosen from past monthly boxes.  A remarkable deal I could not pass up.
8 items were in my box and I was surprised to get both the hat and umbrella.  Both the Smith and Cult items arrived with dented lids since the box was packed without any stuffing.  All items are full sized. Here is a picture of everything together.

Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer $22.00 in the shade, The Warming.  The container is very stylish and pretty.  But don't let the hot shade fool ya.  I can't wear reds, but this is fine. Neiman Marcus says it has a terrifyingly glossy finish, but I don't think it does.  It has a barely noticeable flavor that dissipates.  A very very mild and barely noticeable stickiness.  Not the perfect gloss, but pretty decent.

Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil & Bubble Bath $28.  This contains topical probiotics and is paraben, sulfate and phthalate free.  The scent is pleasant although it does seem artificial. I truly did want to love this, but I don't. My whole entire body was dried out.  Just tried this on one hand compared to my peppermint liquid hand soap on the other.  Huge difference!  My hand soap left my skin less dry than this!

The Original Mini MakeUp Eraser® Makeup Remover Cloth $12.  I was in need of a soft face cloth, so this is perfect!  Oh wait, just realized it is a mini version when I tried it.  I will use it but with cleanser.  Germ removal is necessary for healthy skin repair.

Stowaway Dusk To dawn Palette $25.  These are very nice rich shades and come with a nice double ended brush.  The black can be used as eye liner.  I love how thin and compact this is and I can throw it into my purse. Now I have never known eye shadow to have a scent, but I swear this smells almost smokey.   LOL..

Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask (2.5 oz.) $38.  This product is vegetarian, and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, harsh chemicals, and artificial colorants.  Just one small problem ingredient wise, why is Tumeric not listed  It does have a tumeric color to it.  This has a mild unpleasant scent which may actually just be a byproduct of the ingredients.  The scent is barely noticeable and tolerable. This mask is actually quite nice and I will look forward to using this.

Jack and Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat $58.  Such a pity hats do not look good on me.  Just love this hat to pieces.  Someone I know will be very happy!  So sharp!

Henri Bendel Folding Umbrella – Retail Listed Value $58.  Ok I have never owned a $58 umbrella.  $25 yeah, but never spent this much.  It is very pretty and made well.  I shall put this in my car for guests since I have a mini fold-able in my purse.

Smith and Cult Nail Polish (8 free) in the shade 1972 which is an opaque rose gold foil $18. Ok I am an OPI gal here and nothing else ever impresses me nail polish wise.  Well, I am totally in love with this.  It dries fast and the color is lovely.  Now OPI can look a bit flat, but this certainly doesn't.  I have a new favorite.

Thank you for taking the time to read my lengthy review.  Everything in this box was expensive and also quite luxurious.  I would definitely do this again!


Although I will be sharing pictures of the August and September 2016 boxes, I will be omitting the reviews.  Instead I wanted to alert you to an important issue since we have reviews for the Hatchery Tasting Box on this site. 
I have not received a box since September 2016, even though I had a 1 year subscription.  I should be getting 3 more boxes.  Being wrapped up in a project I delayed emailing them etc.  I wasn't horribly concerned since they have a FULLY FUNCTIONING website.
Now I realize this is even more worrisome since I put a message on the Facebook Page (not updated since Sept.).  And another customer responded that they went out of business and were still charging people and that you have to cancel your CC card!
Anyways, here are some pictures I took from the August and September boxes.  Not going to comment since this box is a done deal.
August 2016


September 2016



Sephora Play! is one of the most reasonable beauty boxes out there for a mere $10.  I keep going back and forth between this and Allure as to being my favorite.  This month it was hands down Allure. Sephora Play! is for those that enjoy beauty products that are a step above drug store.  
This months theme is " The Partygoers", and the black bag with a gold ribbon draw string as a great touch!  It appears there are variations again this month.  Visit the Play! By Sephora section of our forums if you wish to read past discussions and subscription details. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray 0.5 oz.  The full size retails for $31.  Never used a makeup setting spray, but will try it on a day I am going out vs to work. 

Sephora Cream Lip Stain 0.04 oz in always red. Full size costs $14.  Being as I never wear red lipstick, I shall give this away.

Makeup For Ever Primer 0.16 oz - Full sized is $37.  This primer goes on very nicely and drys fast,  Would be nice if it was an illuminizing primer. 

Elizabeth James perfume sample in Nirvana which sells for $85.  This smokey and spicy scent is very nice.  Is there a hint of vanilla also?  Not certain.  It also does not bother my perfume sensitivities. 
Bobby Brown Smokey Eye Mascara 0.1 oz.  I don't wear mascara but I bet my daughter would like it.

Detox Dry Shampoo 0.8 oz and the full sized goes for $23 for 3.5 oz.  This will come in handy for my bangs, especially when I accidentally get moisturizer on them. 

Thank you for joining me for my Sephora Play! beauty box subscription review.  My overall impression with this box is that the grinch stole Christmas.  


December's  Allure Beauty Box theme is, "The Big Chill. Being a skincare addict I am head over hills for this box. Amazingly my favorite item in this box wasn't skin care. Plus everyone got a free surprise mystery gift for Xmas.  The Allure box costs $15 a month and is a recurring subscription until you cancel.
Stop by the Our Beauty Talk Allure  discussion area for spoilers and subscription details.  Or you can  Click here to subscribe to the Allure beauty box.   New subscribers can save $5.  

This first item was my favorite from the box.  Oh My Brow Highlighter for brows.  Full sized and worth $19!  I love the pretty pink and gold tube and the illuminator works great.  Easy application also since it is a crayon. 2 thumbs up!

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré 0.17 oz - Sells for $28 for 75 ml  Will save this unopened for someone else since it contains paraffin and beeswax which I don't use.

Beautyblender Liquid Blendercleanser - Don't see a weight on the bottle, but it appears to be 1/2 to 3/4 of an ounce or so. Sells for $10 for 30 oz.  This will come in handy to cleanse a mini blender I got earlier.  I think it was from Allure.

Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Defense - No weight on this but it is a generous sample bottle.  Sells for $90 an ounce. I love Skinceuticals products, and have tried this before.  Spilled most of the bottle, but loved the first 2 uses before the mishap.  This contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and citric acid to help acne and aging.

Coastal Salt & Soul Heavenly Hand Cream in the scent Mediterranean Citrus. Full sized, 1 oz tube that sells for $10.  To me, the scent reminds me of a garden with a myriad of scents.  I love how the lotion goes on, but after it sets, my hands don't feel very moist.  I feel that 2 layers help.

Tula Advanced Neck Cream 0.5 oz. Sells for $80 for 1.7 oz.  A very generous sample indeed.  If feels very moisturizing and think I am going to love this! I can use a good neck cream. I once got a sample of something I liked, and forgot the name.  Oh gee, the ingredients sound so wonderful, I need to share this:

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas Allure, and thank you for the awesome box!  I hope everyone here enjoyed this beauty box subscription review as much as I have.  Even better, I can throw the brow illuminator and hand cream into my purse now that my review is done.

Sephora Play! costs only $10 and I feel it is the best beauty box out there for the money.  It is for those that truly want to experience luxury beauty items!  Visit the Play! By Sephora section of our forums if you wish to read past discussions and subscription details.  This months theme is " Best In Glow".
It appears that I got a variation from the box shown on their site. My Glamglow is a different product and I got Caudalie instead of Estee Lauder.  And also got Replica perfume instead of the Stella McCartney. This time I am pleased with the substitutions,


CaudalieVinosource Moisturizing Sorbet .33 oz - Contains no parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.  I do like this brand a lot.  It does seem to be a lighter product for younger skin.  But perhaps I could use this at bedtime?  I do prefer more active ingredients in a moisturizer at my age.
Laura MercierCaviar Stick Eye Colour in rosegold.  0.03 oz.  I have an eye sensitivity and don;t use eye shadow that much.  This does not seem to bother me.  So may decide to get a bunch of colors. 

Glamglow Gravity Mud Firming treatment 0.5 oz - Tried this the day it arrived.Pleasant change from their mud colored products.  This is a shiny pearl shade.  Has a very mild scent and leaves my skin feeling soft.
SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultra Shine Lip Gel 0.1 oz - This is a heavy mildly sticky lip gloss.  It does have a little bit of color to it.  I would suggest wearing this on top of a lipstick with heavy pigment.  Has a very mild barely noticeable flavor.  I probably would not buy this.

Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace Perfume - This was not what was advertised for this months box.  But lucky me, this ended up being one of my top 2 perfume finds in the last several years. A smoky musk scent.  Love love love!
Cover FX Illuminating primer 0.16 oz - Not using primers I was not that into trying this sample.  Well, lo and behold, I tried it and loved it!  Leaves skin silky soft and the illuminating part is not what you expect.  Instead it gives your skin a bright youthful appearance.
This November 2016 Sephora Play! subscription box review made me realize just how wonderful this beauty Box subscription is.  I hope you enjoyed my review as much as I did sampling everything!  

November's Allure Beauty Box theme is, "Party central.   This months box was much better than Octobers.  Wish they could put out a great box every month.  The Allure box costs $15 a month and is a recurring subscription until you cancel.
Stop by the Our Beauty Talk Allure  discussion area for spoilers and subscription details.  Or you can  Click here to subscribe to the Allure beauty box.   New subscribers can save $5.  

The first item is BLVGARE Omnia Crystalline 0.17 oz bottle.  These bottles are so pretty but I have spilled it due to difficulties opening them.  This is my second BVLGARI scent from Allure and I loved both!  Crystalline is a little more clean smelling than Coral and is a light floral.  

Next I have Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower body lotion 1 oz. - It has a very earthy floral scent that is appealing. And it also leaves my skin soft feeling and is missing the heavy oils that I have associated with this brand. Paraben and cruelty free.  There is a code on the bottle for a free bottle of body wash with lotion purchase.
Eyeco London liquid eyeliner 0.04 oz.   Even though I have eyes sensitivities I tried this. Love it!  My daughter will be very happy!

Seche full sized nail polish in Godess with a sample sized boittle of dry fast top coat.  Although an OPI gal, I am going to try this shade next along with the top coat.  Their generosity deserves this and I will report back.

Bonivant Botanical Mask pack in Aloe 1 mask - Looks like a typical Korean mask, I have a whole box full of those.   This one impresses ingredients wise.
Thank you for reading my review Allure subscription box review, and I hope you enjoyed it.  I liked everything in this box.  Awesome!

Sephora Play! is the only $10 beauty box for those that like to really spoil themselves with awesome quality beauty  Visit the Play! By Sephora section of our forums if you wish to read past discussions and subscription details.  This months theme is "The Cool Cut".
Apparently some people got a variation on this box, and I have box envy.  So sad when they send the older lady the items that appeal to the younger set.
This here is the contents of the whole box in one picture.


The first Item is a Christopher Robin Regenerating Hair Mask 1.7 oz A paraben and silicone free mask with a mild perfume scent.  Have to admit that I forgot to try this and I have quite the hair lineup to try. But I love the non greasy thick texture so I am anticipating great results.
Yves Saint Lauren Mon Paris Perfume - I like this better than I thought I would.   But it is a bit strong and is certain to aggravate perfume sensitivities.  Sort of reminds me of the Macy's perfume section.

Erborian Bamboo Crème Frappée Skin Reviving Fresh Gel 0.17 oz - This item is for younger ladies than myself.  It does absorb in almost to well and has silicone.  It is also lacking considerable age fighting ingredients.  Great for someone starting with their first moisturizer in their late 20's.   Parabens, sulfates, and phthalates free.
The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss 0.1 oz  in shade 01 white flash- Estee lauder breaking into the younger lady market.  The product is thick, sticky and dry.  I could probably get away with layering this on top of a lipstick.  Just tried it with a Bite lipstick sample that is too dark, and now it works.  So 2 products I can now use.  Yipee!

SmashboxAlways On Matte Liquid Lipstick (No clue what the shade is)  - Although the shade is not my preference, I did like this upon application.  Rich color although a slight gritty feel.  Well, given enough time, it entirely dried on my lips like paint.You HAVE to wear a gloss on top.
FarmacySkin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray 0.68 oz - The mild scent is pleasing and I like how it feels on my skin.  But, it sprays too much and my makeup runs.  Needs to be a finer mist.
And this concludes my October 2016 Sephora Play! beauty box subscription review.  
I do hope you appreciate my honesty, and something I do not like you may find you like yourself.  Age makes a huge difference in preferences.

October's Allure Beauty Box theme is, "Seasons Best".   This months box was nice, but not overwhelmingly great. The Allure box costs $15 a month and is a recurring subscription until you cancel.
Stop by the Our Beauty Talk Allure  discussion area for spoilers and subscription details.  Or you can  Click here to subscribe to the Allure beauty box.   New subscribers can save $5.  

The first item was a Spongelle.  A body wash infused sponge in the scent Freesia Pear.   It cleanses and exfoliates.  The body wash on the sponge contains skin cancer causing sulfates.

Next we have The Doucee eye shadow sample in Shimmer.  It is smaller than it appears.  The shade is very nice and rich, but in that small plastic container it will get lost.  Unless you keep it in the box.

Mally Volumizing Mascara full sized in black - I can't use most mascaras, and I would hate to open this to expose to the air.  I will give this to my daughter.  
Tatcha Soothing Silk Hand Cream 0.34 oz - Ok, hand cream addict here so you know you will be getting a 100% review on this. It is a dark turquoise color, has a very light sweet scent, and has a sticky waxy feel on my hands upon application.  Thought I would be more impressed with this. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo 1 oz - This has been circulated over and over again in every beauty box imaginable.  My daughter loves dry shampoo, so I will give this to her.
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 1 oz -  It works more like a hair conditioner than a mask performance wise.  Also has been circulated via beauty boxes longer than I can remember,

And this concludes my Allure Beauty Box Subscription review.  Like I said, this one didn't introduce me to anything exciting this month.

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    • Nikka1
      Well, I've now hit pan on #31, the SN Dark Auburn brow cream. It's a fantastic colour for me with the red hair so I'm not actually happy about hitting pan; but it means it's over time to put in a new Silk Naturals order. The fluidline Blacktrack #28 is done (I never had trouble with it drying out) and I'm surprised to be really liking the brown 30. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Sepia Ink. I use the black too. 6. Alverde Naturkosmetik 07 Flamingo puderrouge is also done. My home-blended Alima Pure/Silk Naturals Foundation Powder is such a great colour this time I hope I can do as well next time! 27. a) is now Silk Naturals Exposed, a fab soft crease colour for me. 39 Lancome Hypnose Drama, Black is almost done. I'm dragging it out as isn't it something to actually finish a mascara?
    • Nikka1
      It's great fun watching this, but not being in the US, it isn't very practical to join. I am so gratified having the generous gifts from the last secret Santa I was in here. So many fabulous things to use and try. I've been using the blush I got for over a year and loving it: Alverde puderrouge Flamingo which I would have never thought to hunt down and try myself; Tarte cream (pencil) contour that was super convenient to apply. The box has similar benefits for finding neat new favourites. I hope you get an interested group at some point this year!
    • Nikka1
      I realize I haven't commented here and I have some products I love for this. I use Dermablend Cover Creme in two shades as part of my strategy (just a touch with a finger). "Smoke and mirrors" indeed! I use the lighter shade at the under-eye; the darker one covers redness elsewhere. Then I apply powder foundation to set. Silk Naturals Sleep in a Jar under eye concealer (powder) in Light Peach works wonders for setting and illuminating the area without settling too much in the skin.
    • Nikka1
      Hi Kate, Welcome! a bit late. I'm the same in that I haven't gotten up the determination to do a open up a blog and share a whole bunch more at this point, though I have lots of ideas and post fails and successes here and there, occasionally. It might be fun, but it also takes time and energy. Are you a happy makeup fan or a passionate collector with so many options that they can't all get finished? What is your passion(s) if the second? I have to admit nail polish and indie eye shadows are two of mine. It is a hobby for me, so I'm not desperately worried about it, but there is the no buy section I like to keep myself thinking about what I love vs need, and how to enjoy my makeup to the fullest. Sometimes it's good to find out that only with dedicated full work-week use can you hit pan on (but not finish) 10 shadows in a year. The Pan that Palette 2016 was great; we're just getting started this year. Without it, I realize I barely use eye shadow, so I want to do it again this year and having 8 months is OK. With over ten blushes, it's also handy to know it takes a full year to use one when I'm considering other beautiful blushes that just came out from 'x' brand and have an exciting bonus set with purchase.. I like to find out about new brands and what's worth trying. I was so thrilled with the beauty of things I've received from oh-so-generous prizes and swaps. I'd also like some company with a little casual nail challenge.
    • Nikka1
      Things to use for 2017: L’Oreal Dermablend Cover Creme, Chroma 2 1/8 Natural Beige 25N, 28 g L’Oreal Dermablend Cover Creme, Chroma 2 True Beige, 28 g L’Oreal Dermablend Cover Creme, Warm Ivory 10N, 28 g Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation - Cashmere 06, 10 g my home-blended Alima Pure/Silk Naturals Foundation Powder Alverde Naturkosmetik 07 Flamingo puderrouge I'm very close to finishing Silk Naturals Gemini blush Silk Naturals Forbidden blush Silk Naturals Guava blush Alima Pure Bronzer, Mauna Loa, 5 g Reload in Palette, position 1 Honeybee Gardens Risqué lipstick, 3.7 g Reload in Palette, #2 Wet ’N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy lipstick, 3.3 g Reload in Palette, #3 Silk Naturals Kisser Slicker Raindrops on Roses lipstick Reload in Palette, #4 Yves Rocher Beige moisturizing cream lipstick, 3.7 g Reload in Palette, #4.5 Silk Naturals Kisser Slicker Bitten lipstick Reload in Palette, #5 Honeybee Gardens Innuendo lipstick, 3.7 g Bite Beauty lipstick mini in Pepper Bite Beauty lipstick mini in Fig Bite Beauty lipstick mini in Honeycomb EOS lip balm #1 EOS lip balm #2 lip balm #3 MAC Eyeshadow x15 Warm Neutral Palette, 19.5 g [2 of 15 are panned; hit pan in 8 more] Catrice Chocolate Nudes 010 Choc’Let It Be eyeshadow palette, 6 g Reload of Chocolate Nudes Palette, position 1 ColourPop Girly super shock shadow, 2.1 g Reload of Chocolate Nudes Palette, position 2 ColourPop Get Lucky super shock shadow, 2.1 g TBD eye shadows MAC Fluidline eyeliner - Blacktrack, 3 g Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Black Ink Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Sepia Ink Silk Naturals - Dark Auburn 2 g  MAC Brow Set - Beguile, 8 g full size Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel, Auburn 9 g full size Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper, Auburn Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! 24-hr setting gel Brow Shaper and Setter Benefit High Brow highlight & lift pencil Universal Benefit Conditioning Primer Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil 03 Lancome Hypnose Drama, Black, 0.135 oz Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, Black Kirkland Signatures Daily Facial Towelettes, 30 (28 right now) Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF50 Ultra-Light Lotion, 40 mL I have a few more things to add. I'm close to finishing one blush, here from March 2016: and now:
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