You know the drill! Now that I’ve had a whole month to test out the Sephora Play! box from February, it’s time to share my findings with you all.
I’m quite excited about what February had to offer, (and looking forward to my March box, but hello.. it’s the 21st – why isn’t it here already?) and had lots of fun playing with the unusual amount of color products in this month’s curation.
Let’s start with the Tom Ford Black Orchid fragrance and work clockwise, shall we?
Do you like black licorice? Then you’ll love Black Orchid. That’s what this fragrance reminds me of, at least. It’s very heavy, very woodsy, and very spicy. Absolutely nothing about this perfume screams Spring to me, unless it’s supposed to be reminiscent of the dreaded black jellybeans you’d find hidden amongst the good candies in your Easter eggs as a child. Lots of people love Black Orchid, but I am not one of them. However, this sample was the month’s only miss for me, so just know that its all uphill from here!
Like Clinique, Bare Minerals is a brand that doesn’t typically do much for me. But, as soon as I swatched the new Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop, that all changed!
The color is rich and gorgeous. I’m a lover of hot pinks, and I’m not ashamed! With perpetually flaky and dehydrated lips, everything about the texture of this balm speaks to me. It’s slick, moisturizing, and still manages to pack a pigment punch that brightens up your whole face. Once the sheen wears off, a light wash of stain is left behind, so it’s even pretty long wearing! At only $16 each for the full size Pop of Passion balms, I know I’ll be picking up more than one shade in the very near future.
Now, we’ve come to the surprise hero for this month!
When swatching Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Noir Intense, I expected a smooth texture and intense color payoff, but I got so much more.
After drawing this little heart and photographing it, I grabbed a wipe to perform my normal ritual of cleansing the product off my hand. Surprisingly, it didn’t budge. Like, at all. Even when I started to scrub with the wipe, Lancome’s liner remained fully intact. Impressed, but not swept off my feet yet, I moved about my day. For this day in particular, that meant deep cleaning my makeup brushes – all 115 of them (and 5 beauty blenders, since we’re keeping score), a process that left my hands in warm, soapy water for about 3 hours. At the end of the day, I took a long, hot shower, including shaving, deep conditioning, and exfoliating. The works.
The two swatches you see here? A before and after, taken about 8 or 9 hours apart, with all the aforementioned activities in between. That liner looks amazing! I feel like I could sit under a raging waterfall in this stuff, and it’d be no worse for wear. I’ve been pretty loyal to Marc Jacobs, but the tides may very well be turning.
Next, we have Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural in N9. The lipstick formula is long-wearing and smooth, and the color itself is a really wearable beige.
That’s not the point here, though. If this shade looks familiar to you, it’s no coincidence – it was the color featured in 2014’s Sephora birthday gift. Come on, Play! You can do better than that.
Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-a-Powder is already a hair care staple for me, but if you haven’t tried it yet, here’s why it’s great: It’s a super-strength dry shampoo and volumizer/texturizer in one. All you need is a sprinkle of this pixie dust to give your hair Texas Hair heights, or make your day 4 hairstyle look like you just had a blowout. When I know I’ll be too exhausted to wash my hair the following morning, I shake this throughout my roots before bed to let it absorb excess oils while I sleep, knowing that I’ll wake up with fresh smelling, clean looking locks the next day.
Last, but not least, there’s Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara! This lash lover is a workhorse. It lengthens, volumizes, curls, and conditions lashes all at once. It’s also a natural formula, so contact wearers or those with sensitive eyes have nothing to fear when brushing it on. The hydrating formula never flakes or gets crunchy, so you always have plush lashes to bat after applying Tarte’s best-selling mascara.
Thanks for sticking with me through all that! I hope you learned something new today (: Thank you for reading, and I’ll be back very soon to review a Guerlain blush I posted a sneak preview of on my instagram (@lovelybyleann). See you then!