I was unimpressed with the theme for April right when I opened the box: Insta Beauty.
I don’t have a personal Instagram so none of “how to have the perfect feed” mattered to me. I will say that on the back side of the newspaper; the watercolor style drawings of each product, instead of just actual pictures like usual, was SO cute. They were well-drawn (or painted?) and different. I loved it.
That bag, though… (in the bad way) I know I’m in the majority when I say that this bag was LAME. When I first saw it, I immediately grabbed it out and showed it to my boyfriend, exclaiming “look how boring this bag is!” and then, I read everyone else’s review on it… I was happy to establish that I wasn’t the only one who hated it. Buuuuut, back to what you guys are REALLY here for…
What Was In My Bag?!:
Elizabeth and James – Vanilla Bourbon
“This intoxicating scent blends vanilla bourbon with oakwood and tuberose, transporting you to a cozy couch in front of a crackling fireplace.” (via Sephora)
My Review: I had high hopes for this perfume since it was created by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I do think it has a pleasant, feminine scent but it’s much too strong for my preference. One single spritz went a long way and ended up giving me a headache by the end of the night– I couldn’t get it out of my nose. The name, Vanilla Bourbon, suits the scent extremely well.
Full-Size Retail Value: $85 (50mL)
Dr. Dennis Gross – Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel
“A clinical strength peel with a high dose of retinol to fight signs of aging.” (via Sephora)
My Review: I didn’t use both packages yet but I did use one last night. It has that traditional soapy but, noticeably alcoholic scent. It’s a flat cotton pad drenched in some type of super face-drying liquid treatment. It’s simple and easy to apply, you just gently rub the pad all over your face. It’s a refreshing feeling until it dries up and makes your face start to feel like a prune. There’s a reason they tell you to follow with moisturizer in the How To Use. As for the fighting signs of aging claims? I see no difference after the single use but, I can’t possibly say it doesn’t work when you’re obviously supposed to use it more than once for it to have an effect. Also, it could’ve been my fault for not using enough moisturizer but my face felt itchy constantly after using this. Maybe it’s just really dry now.
Full-Size Retail Value: $88 (16 Applications)
Urban Decay – Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in SPL
“An on-trend, iridescent lip gloss that visually plumps while it moisturizes.” (via Sephora)
My Review: This didn’t give me that stinging feeling like most plumping lip glosses do but, I still did not like it because it was way too sticky. I didn’t even see the plump effect happening, either. There was no color, just a ton of sparkles. I haven’t used it since I tried it out. It’s reminds me of the lip glosses I used when I was a child.
Full-Size Retail Value: $20
Philosophy – Purity Made Simple Moisturizer
“An ultra-light face cream packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and natural oils to leave a lasting glow.” (via Sephora)
My Review: I love the fresh scent of this moisturizer. I like how it’s kind of gel-like instead of thick and lotion-like. I have experienced more effective moisturizers to soften and hydrate your skin but, this is still nice. It doesn’t leave that greasy, heavy feeling after you rub it in which is the most important trait that a moisturizer should have if I’m to continue using it.
Full-Size Retail Value: $25 (4.7 oz)
Kiehl’s Since 1851 – Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C
“A fan-favorite anti-wrinkle treatment full of Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.” (via Sephora)
My Review: Hmm… the little description by this product warns us that it may burn or make your skin feel hot but, fortunately, that didn’t happen for me. I’ve used this only twice and didn’t have any bad reactions. I don’t think I’ll ever use it again though unless I read a review that says it really does rid of wrinkles… (before and after pics must be included). I just thought it was way too greasy and I absolutely hated the smell of it all. I can’t even explain it… it smelled like a wet dog. I also got a tiny bit of acne across my forehead that lasted for a few days after using this. When the product comes out it looks like lotion but when you rub it on your skin… it turns more into an oil or a serum. It’s not for me and it def won’t be finding it’s way into my daily skincare pile.
Cruelty-Free?: Yes (except where required by law)
Full-Size Retail Value: $62 (50mL)
Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Perfector in Shade #8
“A weightless skin tint that blurs imperfections and protects skin.” (via Sephora)
My Review: Meh. This was really liquidy. It’s supposedly a mix between a BB Cream and a foundation but it was leaning way more towards the BB Cream side. I tried to apply it like foundation but it seemed the product sat in the lines of my face, it looked horribly cakey and dry. It wouldn’t evenly spread and it was super hard to blend but it did match my skin tone and eventually did give me that matte, “blurred” face effect. I needed a lot of product to achieve that look though and the whole time I was cringing because I hated the smell– it reeked like poison. It also made my cheeks feel tons of pounds heavier and horribly greasy… it felt like I just made bacon and put my face right by the pan while it sizzled. I am so not a fan of this product, not at all.
Cruelty-Free?: Yes (except where required by law)
Full-Size Retail Value: $43 (30mL)
I am still enjoying my Sephora box so look out for May’s Unboxing & Review. I gotta be honest though, this box is actually my least favorite out of the 3 that I get each month. It’s only $10.83/mo. and they usually send 5 products but, more than occasionally, they’ll send you 6. Click here to subscribe!