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Beauty Talk: October Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Ok, first of all, holy November. Did October even happen?! I was on vacation for a good portion of the month (#champagneprobz) and when we got back it was like… BAM! the holidays are here.

Speaking of, do the holidays seem to hit earlier and earlier every year? Seth and I are putting up our Christmas tree in the next couple of weeks because I’ll be traveling for pretty much the entirety of the last six weeks of the year, and it’s a tradition in our house that we decorate the tree together and listen to Christmas music.

October’s box came the day before we left for vacation, so I didn’t have time to shoot it before we left, hence the delay. SO here we go:

  • BareMinerals Mineral Veil – This sheer setting powder provides a little more coverage than my everyday setting powder (IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder). I liked it a lot! I love the extra coverage it gives to my everyday foundation and I think it’ll also look great with my fuller coverage foundation as well.
  • Gucci ‘Bloom’ – As if the name didn’t say it, this is a very heavy, floral scent. It’s definitely not something I would purchase myself, but I’m wearing it today and though I kind of feel like an old librarian, I’m also kind of into it.. am I crazy?

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

  • dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator –  I do a ‘heavy’ exfoliation once a week, generally and this week, I tried this one. I liked it a lot! My normal exfoliating treatment is this one from Murad, which is a great price so I don’t know that i’d switch necessarily, but I will definitely be using this on occasion.
  • Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum – I was SO excited this was in my box, since I’ve been wanting to try it, but $$$$. SO, after trying it in this box, I’m a fan (Unfortunately, because again…$$$.) Sunday Riley products really do what they say they’re going to do, which is definitely worth the investment. Plus, I’ve found that with high end beauty products, while they cost more up front, you definitely use less product on a daily basis, so they last MUCH longer.
  • Make Up For Ever Ulta HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I actually used to wear this foundation as my everyday in college. I stopped using it because I didn’t feel it stayed on super well, but then again.. I also wasn’t using a primer or setting spray. SO…. I used it again and I definitely think it’s great for lightweight coverage.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

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Beauty Talk: September Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; September Sephora Play! Box

I know it feels repetitive to say this, because I feel like I’ve been saying it pretty much all year, but how are we nearly to October already!? I admit, I was pretty excited to receive this month’s box. August’s wasn’t amazing (full review here) so I was hoping this one would be great, and it didn’t disappoint! (Don’t forget to catch my last few reviews here and here.)

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; September Sephora Play! Box

  • Benefit Gimme Me Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel – I’ve been using this since it came in the mail instead of my normal e.l.f. brow pencil, and I definitely like it. It subtly darkens my brows without making them too dark (hello, light hair and fair skin I don’t want to overdo it). for the price point vs. my e.l.f., I don’t think I would purchase a full size, but I really do like the tiny brush and how easy it is to apply.
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in black – This liner goes on super smoothly, and it did a pretty good job of staying in place all day. My daily liner is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner.
  • I don’t think I would replace, as I think the Kat Von D creates a smoother line than the Stila and stayed just a touch better, but it’s a great alternative.
  • Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lips in ‘Happy’ – Candidly, I totally forgot to add this into my shoot, because it was in my purse, which should tell you all you need to know. I’ve been wearing this lipstick and really like it. This totally surprised me, because I don’t normally wear non-matte lipsticks and this one has a little glitter but the color is perfect, which will make it perfect for holiday parties.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; September Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; September Sephora Play! Box

  • Belief the True Cream Moisturizing Bomb –  This was the product I was least excited about, but it turned out to be not so bad! It’s not super crazy thick like a lot of ‘moisture’ products are, but I’ve used it once a week and it definitely makes my (normal/combination) skin happy, and will be using it in winter to keep my skin hydrated. It’s light and has a citrus smell – which is exactly what I didn’t know I wanted!

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; September Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; September Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; September Sephora Play! Box

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Beauty Talk: August Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; Sephora Play! box review

Another month, another beauty box from Sephora Play! (again, this post is not sponsored, I just love sharing new-to-me beauty products). You can catch my previous posts here from July and June.

This month’s box was exclusively products that were new to me. Most months, I’m super excited by at least 2 of the products, but this month was a bit meh.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; Sephora Play! box review

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – Probably the product I was most excited to try, yet also most skeptical about. I started using this on the backs of my legs and booty, and immediately love the smell and the glow it provides (super subtle, but definitely enough to make you feel like a Brazilian babe!). Does it actually firm? Jury’s still out on that one, but it feels really smoothing as you put it on.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; Sephora Play! box review

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme– This concealer was a bit too thin for me to use on a spot treatment (I use this Tarte concealer for that) but would probably work well as an undereye concealer if you like something with a thinner consistency.

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Waterproof Mascara Remover – I admittedly don’t generally wear waterproof mascara, but this is definitely an interesting concept. It comes out as a thicker oil on the wand. Definitely helps take off mascara without having to pull on your lashes with a cotton pad. (Overall, meh, I’ll probably stick to my liquid remover.)

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; Sephora Play! box review

Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Perfume Duo – My little secret is that rather than buy full-size bottles of perfume anymore, I have a small jar of samples that I rotate through. I liked both of these scents, they’re about what you’d expect. ‘Saint’ is a lighter, more floral scent while ‘Sinner’ is a darker, more masculine.

Micro Beauty Blender – Admittedly, I don’t use beauty bledner’s much, but the suggested use for this little guy is as a corrector, which I can totally get behind. Wet it, ring it out and you can use it to correct makeup missteps while creating that perfectly sculpted face.

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