Ooh, I LOVED how vibrant this bag was! The tie-dyed blue is eye-catching. It says: BEAUTY IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL. The fabric of the bag was very soft… like one of those skirts or scarves you buy from a festival.
The newspaper had a little game to play to figure out “What’s Your Festival Beauty Vibe?” (I got Full-On Festival Fanatic) on one side and on the other side, they have photos of the samples included in my bag along with a little description about each product.
What Was In My Bag?!:
Sephora Collection – Matte Perfection Powder Foundation in Shade 26 Neutral Sand
“A buildable powder foundation with a creamy texture and natural, matte finish.” (via Sephora)
My Review: I haven’t tried this product on its own because I’m scared a non-liquid foundation won’t give me the coverage that I’m looking for. I have been dusting this powder over my face after I apply my liquid foundation though. It’s not too light for my skin, it’s actually perfect! I was nervous at first but was pleasantly surprised that they got it right. 🙂 I really like the matte finish this gives me.
Full-Size Retail Value: $20
Sephora Collection – Triple Action Cleansing Water
“A refreshing no-rinse micellar water cleanser that removes makeup from your face and eyes in one swipe.” (via Sephora)
My Review: This does not remove your make up in one swipe. Try a thousand swipes and over ten cotton balls. I never came up with clean cotton balls until I gave up and decided to wash my face with some real water and my go-to facial cleanser. This was the first micellar water I’ve ever tried so I was excited to try it. I wonder if the other ones out there work better. This stuff is nice to use after you wash your face. It makes you feel refreshed and it’ll wipe away any leftover residue but, it just can’t do the job on its own like it claims to be able to.
Full-Size Retail Value: $12
My Burberry – Blush
“A fruity and beautifully feminine floral fragrance that captures the vibe of strolling through a London garde.” (via Sephora)
My Review: The description Sephora gave for this perfume’s scent is absolutely spot on. It’s the first perfume that I can wear that doesn’t give me a headache. It’s strong enough to last all day after one squirt on your wrist but, it’s still subtle and sweet. I love it.
Full-Size Retail Value (90ml): $125 (50ml): $95
Coola – Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
“A refreshing setting spray and sunscreen duo that fights signs of aging.” (via Sephora)
My Review: I usually use setting powder and my makeup doesn’t wear off. I continued to use my setting powder and I have been spraying this on top of that… so I couldn’t tell ya if this product on its own could do the job. I’m so used to doing the setting powder, I kept forgetting to leave it out of my routine, sorry! I will keep spraying this until it’s all gone because it has SPF 30 in it even though I don’t really like the scent. It’s not super bothersome, it just smells like rubbing alcohol mixed with that fake sweet “cucumber” scent.
Full-Size Retail Value: $36
Lancôme – Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
“A black volumizing mascara with an S-shaped curve for extra drama.” (via Sephora)
My Review: I think the S-shaped brush helped in separating the lashes nicely. I don’t think the mascara had that much of an effect on my eyelashes, though. They made them only a bit more noticeable. My eye on the right has the mascara on and the one on the left does not. I also curled my eyelashes before I applied this mascara, I don’t think this would have done that for me on its own. I prefer darker and more effective mascaras but, one plus: this mascara doesn’t smudge under your eyes as much as other mascaras. It does a little but it’s easy to swipe off with your finger.
Full-Size Retail Value: $27.50
Briogeo – Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Spray
“A dual-action spray that provides instant volume and texture.” (via Sephora)
My Review: I didn’t even take the cap off of this, spray it, or anything. It’s for backcombing your hair and blow drying your hair… I do neither of those things to mine. I have a feeling it smells yummy, though.
Full-Size Retail Value: $20
I was happy with everything in my bag except the Briogeo Volumizing Spray, of course… only because it wasn’t something I could actually try. I would love to try something else from the Briogeo brand so hopefully they give me a different product by them someday. I will be getting April’s box so stay tuned, I’m already excited! ;D