Oh wow, May’s bag was so not my style. It’s a mix between jeans and a tennis shoe? I have no idea what they were going for, really.
I thought the little comics on the back were so cute and definitely true! I’ve certainly learned a lot by subscribing to these beauty boxes. Except I’m still not great at the liquid eyeliner and I’ve never been to a Play! Date. Have any of you fellow subscribers been to one?!
What was in my box?!
Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner in Trooper
“A waterproof liquid eyeliner with a superfine brush tip that goes on smooth.” –via Sephora
My Review: I’ll be adding this into my giveaway stash because me and eyeliner do not get along. I was excited to see the Kat Von D brand in my bag though. I really hope I’ll receive something else by her to try.
Full-Size Retail Value: $20.00
Drybar – Detox Dry Shampoo
“A fan-favorite dry shampoo that adds volume and absorbs dirt and oil between washes.” –via Sephora
My Review: I’m now a former hater of dry shampoo. I read Birchbox’s gif tutorial on how-to-use dry shampoo and followed the steps carefully. I actually did take a shower the day I tried this out but, my hair felt dry and a bit oily because I hadn’t shampooed in a few days.
At the first spray, boyfriend exclaimed that it smelled nice and he wasn’t even in the same room as me. I agree that it smelled nice but, I’m more sensitive to scents and I found it a bit strong and a little too long-lingering… it was fresh and similar to Dove’s original soap bar. I definitely prefer it over those super floraly or alcoholy scents.
I instantly felt my roots were drying out, the oiliness was lessening and my hair was feeling fluffy and soft within minutes. It seemed to flatten my hair instead of giving it volume like it said it would. It really helped untangle my strands and I was easily able to run my fingers through my hair. The next day when I showered, I could feel that my hair felt so much softer and lighter, it felt like I had freshly washed my hair with both shampoo and conditioner.
Full-Size Retail Value: $23.00 (100 g/3.5 oz)
Marc Jacobs Beauty – Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir
“A velvety, no-clump mascara that creates voluminous lashes with a unique, curvy brush.” –via Sephora
My Review: I hate hate HATED this mascara. It was super clumpy and wet. It was hard to evenly distribute with the crooked, weird bristles on their spider-legged wand. It’s not right that it gets fatter towards the end; it made it extremely hard to get the corners and ends of my lashes. It didn’t really create volume, instead, it pretty much just tried to clump all of my lashes together. Both the formula of the mascara and the wand were not for me– it is safe to say, I am not a fan. The dynamics of it is all wrong. It did last throughout the night, it didn’t leave any smudges nor any black flakes on my cheeks… I just hated the way it made my lashes look so none of the pros even matter.
Full-Size Retail Value: $26.00
Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional Face Primer
“An oil-free priming balm that minimizes the look of pores and controls shine all day.” –via Sephora
My Review: I thought the shade was going to be a bit too light for me but, luckily, it was just perfect. It blended into my skin nicely and left a smooth, even, and matte canvas for me to do my makeup on. I wasn’t fond of the perfumey scent and I thought the texture was odd, it looked gritty but, didn’t feel that way so it wasn’t really a problem. I do think it dries a bit too quickly and a lot of product is needed to completely cover your face. There were a few ways to use this primer but, I only tried it as a before makeup thing.
Cruelty-Free?: No (sold in China)
Full-Size Retail Value: $31.00 (22 mL/.75 fl. oz.)
Yves Saint Laurent – Black Opium
“An intoxicating and invigorating blend featuring notes of high-energy coffee, seductive vanilla, and sweet white flower.” –via Sephora
My Review: Someone please help me. I have NO idea how to open this little guy. I’ll update this review if someone comments on this and gives me some detailed instructions on how to actually use it.
Full-Size Retail Value: $145.00 (5.0 oz/150 mL)
Sephora Collection – Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying
“A detoxifying mud mask that clarifies skin with zinc and copper.” –via Sephora
My Review: There was a floraly, perfumey scent to this mask. It wasn’t the worst but, would have been better if toned down. Luckily, this mask is ready to be wiped off super quickly so the scent doesn’t have enough time to cause a headache. Though, the smell does linger even after removing the mask. It goes from a dark grey to a ghostly white to signal that it’s done working on your face. I’ve not tried that many spreadable masks in the past but, I’ve tried a good enough amount to say that this was by the far the easiest one to spread across my skin and the only one that changes colors. It took a tiny amount of product to evenly coat my entire face, a little goes a long way– which is always a good thing. The mini beads kind of gave me the heebie jeebies, I hate the way they look… and they were annoyingly difficult to wipe off at the end. I accidentally opened my mouth during the wash, too, and I tasted poison… it was like when you accidentally talk immediately after spritzing yourself or the air with perfume. It wasn’t deadly and didn’t stay on my tongue too long but, it still bothered me for a second. I did enjoy the refreshing, minty feeling this gave me while working its magic. As for the effects of it “magic,” I can’t actually confirm. I don’t know if it does everything that it claims because I’ve only used it once. It does say that my skin will feel softer and immediately after removing the mask, it did. I’ll use it again sometime as I don’t see that I’ve gotten any bad skin reactions from it.
Cruelty-Free?: No (sold in China)
Full-Size Retail Value: $20.00 (2.03 oz/60 mL)
I think there was a good variety of products in my box this month though there wasn’t anything I was that overly excited about. I noticed they repeat the same brands (and even products) a little too often– it gets boring. Come on! Let’s mix it up a bit, Play! box.
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