February Subscription Boxes | Glossybox & Play! by Sephora

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Both my Glossybox and Play! by Sephora box arrived last week. These are two very different subscriptions, so this isn't so much of a comparison as it is showing you my subscription boxes. This month's Glossybox came in a special Valentine's Day themed box, even though it arrived well after the holiday. I appreciate the cute box anyway. 


What is Glossybox?
  • Monthly beauty subscription service
  • Delivers 5 deluxe and/or full size products
  • $21/month - 6 month & 12 month options
  • Subscribe to Glossybox, and get points for referring people and for taking surveys on the products included in the box. Here's my referral link for anyone interested. 

Teeez Cosmetics Oasis Gem Lipstick - Heat Wave Ruby - This is a longwearing matte red lipstick that stains the lips. I haven't heard of this brand, I like this lipstick. I cannot find a link to this lipstick anywhere, except for the Glossybox German site. The Teeez Cosmetics site doesn't even have it because it's a limited edition color.



Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Face Primer - I've used samples of this before. It's a nice blurring primer for any areas with large pores. I like to use this on my T-zone during the summer. 

BioRepublic Skincare Sheet Mask - Aloe Rescue - I've been getting a lot of different sheet masks in my subscription boxes lately, but I like trying all of the different brands. I can't wait to give this a try!

Glamglow Thirstycleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser - Glamglow has really interesting cleansers. I received a sample of the Supercleanse in my first Play! by Sephora box. (Review of that box here.) Like that cleanser, this one is also a mud to foam cleanser that you start off using over dry skin then add water. It cleans really well but is also moisturizing, and it has a really nice smell.

Etre Belle Cosmetics Golden Skin Roll-On Caviar Eye Gel - Claiming to erase signs of fatigue, this eye gel is firming and cooling. It's very lightweight, so it goes well under makeup. If you want something more creamy and moisturizing, this isn't a good option for you.

Overall, I like the mix of brands that I know and like and brands that are new to me in this box. I do wish that there would have been another makeup item instead of so much skincare in this box, but at least I like the skincare that was included. On to the Play! by Sephora box! 

What is Play! by Sephora?
  • $10/month beauty subscription box
  • 6 samples of products from Sephora
  • sign up at sephora.com/play 
  • comes with a Play Pass that you redeem in store with a purchase for 50 extra Beauty Insider points
  • This month's theme - Now & Later

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum - This is one of my favorite fragrances. It's deep and woody and not for everyone. People seem to love it or hate it, so it's one you need to sample first. I have a small bottle of this. I love this fragrance, but I really wish they would have included a sample of one of Tom Ford's newer fragrances.

Lâncome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner - Noir Intense - I have another sample of this in a blue color, and I really like it. It stays put until you remove it. Great product!

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-powder - This is a dry shampoo, volumizer, and style extender in one. I like dry shampoo, so this will get plenty of use. My only exposure to Bumble and bumble products has been through this box. This is the product I'm the most excited to see in here.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara - I have used this mascara before, and it's one of my favorites. I love getting mascara samples.

Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm - Plumberry Pop - It really feels like an oil balm! It feels great on the lips and has nice color. It's more pigmented than I was expecting. It feels like a balm and looks like a lipstick.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural - N9 Copper Pink - This was a birthday gift from Sephora, so I already have this. It's a nice color, but I will be passing the extra one along. (Photos below are of my old one. I didn't swatch the new one.) I'm not crazy about getting a repeat sample.

The February Play! by Sephora box was pretty good, but there are still two items that I already have. I like that they took it easy on the skincare this month and included more makeup items. 

Do you subscribe to either of these boxes?
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Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 Review

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It's an early spring here in Texas, and the weather has been quite warm and sunny for February, even by Texas standards. That means more time spent outside. As a huge believer in sunscreen, there's rarely a day that I'm not wearing at least SPF 30 on my face no matter the weather conditions. I do like to add more protection when I'm spending more time in the sun. While I like the idea of using a mineral sunscreen, I have had trouble finding one that doesn't feel too heavy on my skin. Usually, I have to resort to a formula that has a combination of mineral and chemical sunscreens to get a more lightweight feel. I've tried a few that make promises of being a lightweight mineral sunscreen, only to try them once and promptly return. The Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 promises high SPF protection with a weightless feeling.

From the brand:
This Triple Antiaging fluid provides sheer mineral UVA/UVB protection against photodamage and Multi-Antioxidants to help neutralize environmental damage.
  • Sheer mineral UVA/UVB protection enhances natural skin tone
  • Broad spectrum SPF 50 protects against photodamage, the primary cause of signs of aging
  • PA++++ highest level of UVA protection
  • Multi-Antioxidants help neutralize environmental damage
  • Green Tea Extract helps protect cellular DNA for healthy skin
  • Virtually invisible universal tint smoothes imperfections and helps even tone

The directions state to "shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds before each use to ensure uniform product consistency." This is very important. If you don't shake it enough, the product will still be separated. The well-blended product has a tint to it and almost looks like a tinted moisturizer. At first I expected it to have some coverage. Once it's applied, the color completely disappears. I'm not sure about the claims for a universal tint that smooths out imperfections. When I apply this, my skin feels moisturized, and there does not appear to be any coverage. I like how this feels on my face, but I don't think that it made any difference in hiding imperfections. Unlike other mineral sunscreens, this one doesn't look white on top of your skin, so I think this is why they added a bit of a tint into it.
Looks like a tinted moisturizer, but applies sheer.

As for its claims of feeling weightless, this is the most lightweight mineral sunscreen I have used. It dries very quickly after it's applied, and it doesn't feel heavy on my skin. It dries to a demi-matte finish. I can still apply makeup over it. This is really impressive for the high SPF content. I must say that this is not the most lightweight sunscreen out there if you count chemical and chemical/mineral combination sunscreens, but this is the most lightweight mineral sunscreen I have come across. This is a fantastic option for anyone with sensitive skin. 

The Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 retails for $42 and can be purchased through the Exuviance website and Dermstore.

Do you have a favorite daily sunscreen? Let me know what you use in the comments! 
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Ultimate Skin Repair & Hydration Combo | Valentia True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask

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The Valentia Even Glow Serum was one of the first products I ever accepted for review. (You can read that review here, if you're interested.) I really enjoyed the vitamin C serum, and was interested in trying more products from this brand. As a brand, I've been impressed with Valentia because they use mostly natural ingredients, 98% natural ingredients for both of these products, and they are cruelty free! I've been fairly conscious of ingredients in my products for a while now, and I am becoming more are more aware of cruelty free products.



Claims:
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Nourishes and hydrates
  • Tightens
  • Brightens dark circles
  • Restores radiance
  • Key ingredients: astanxanthin, resistem, vitamin C, rosehip oil, arnica
This is an eye cream that can be used morning and night. It comes in an amber glass bottle with a pump. One pump is enough to apply around both eyes. It has a slight citrus smell, but it's not strong at all. The first thing I noticed about this eye cream is that it absorbs and dries quickly. Makeup applies over it without any disruption. It feels like it tightens a little bit as it dries but not in a way that's uncomfortable. Right before I started using this, I had an irritated patch of skin right under one of my eyebrows. It wasn't painful, but it was red and flaky. I discovered that my eyelid was becoming irritated from an exfoliating face wash that had been regularly making it's way onto my eyelid in the shower. I began using this eye cream around that time, and I am pleased to say that it did not sting or cause any extra irritation to an already irritated area. 




Claims:
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Increases skin radiance
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Secures skin moisture
  • Key ingredients: green tea, aloe vera, rosehip seed oil, silk protein amino acids, botanical hyaluronic acid, sea buckthorn oil
Hydrating masks are still a bit new to me. Most of the masks that I have used have been clay masks or some kind of clarifying mask to reduce oil and breakouts. This mask is not that kind of mask. When I first opened the jar, the mask looked like yellow goo. This gel mask has a bit of a scent to it, and from looking at the ingredients, I think it's supposed to be acai berry. Even though the mask is yellow, it applies clear. You can leave it on from 15 to 30 minutes before washing it off. There is a bit of a tingling sensation, but it's not anything like a chemical exfoliant. I notice it a little bit at first, and then it goes away. When I wash it off, I notice that my skin looks more plumped and moisturized. I really like using this in the morning if I have time, so my skin will look more hydrated throughout the day.


                          

Both of these products can be purchased on Amazon or on the Valentia site.

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Jesse's Girl Eyeshadow Palettes

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I really need to start a series on this blog about products that I forgot to blog about. Does that happen to anyone else? A couple of month's ago Ashely from Ashley Sue Makeup and I did a swap. Because I don't have a Rite Aid close by, she sent me a couple of palettes and a lipstick from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics. From what I can tell, there's not a lot of Jesse's Girl products available online, so you really do need to go to a store to get most of their items. 


Starting with the colorful palette, I have the Jesse's Girl Eye Color Collection in Tickled Pink. This palette has nine shades ranging from pinks and purples to oranges and reddish browns. With the exception of the pink shade, all of the shadows have a shimmer finish. I immediately knew I would like this palette because purples are some of my favorite colors to wear. That light purple shade makes a great one color eyeshadow look. Most of the shades are really pigmented and blend out nicely. I do wish that the pink shades were more pigmented, but I can get the color to build up over a primer. I wear eyeshadow primer every day, so that isn't much of a problem for me.


Here's a look I created using some of the orange tones.

From the Tickled Pink palette (I can't find links to these palettes online. Sorry!)
1. Under Brows
2. Inner half of lid
3. Outer half of lid
4. Crease
Tarte Skinney smolderEYES liner - Moonstone Brown
L'Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Black Angel mascara
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer - Neutral Medium
It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation - Light 
It Cosmetics Vitality Matte Bronzer
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush - Je Ne Sais Quoi 
It Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Illuminizer
L'Oréal Le Matte Lipstick - She's So Matte

Next, I have the Jesse's Girl Back Stage Collection Sounds of the City Collection eyeshadow palette. This is a great palette for a neutral lover. There are ten eyeshadows in this palette -- six shimmer and satin shades on the top row and four mattes on the bottom row. Most of the shades lean pretty cool toned. I don't have any of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes, but I get the same vibe looking at this one that I do when I see those. I didn't know what to expect just looking at the colors (you never know with any palette really), but when I applied them they were very easy to work with. The matte shades blended beautifully. The only shade that's slightly disappointing is the shimmery white shade. It was a bit patchy when I swatched it. I've only used it for highlighting small areas, so it's not even a big deal. Sometimes, eyeshadows behave differently when applied with a brush than they do when swatched. 


Here's a look I wore using this palette.

1. Under Brows
2. On lid
3. in crease
4. outer corner
5. Inner corner highlight
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner - Blacquer
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer - Neutral Medium
It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation - Light 
It Cosmetics Vitality Matte Bronzer
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush - Je Ne Sais Quoi 
It Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Illuminizer
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lip Gloss - Rose Hill

I'm really impressed with both of these palettes. They're really nice quality shadows, and I was able to achieve some great looks with both of these palettes. Thank you so much Ashley for sending these to me!  It was so nice to try a new brand.

Have you tried any of the Jesse's Girl eyeshadow palettes?

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Anastasia Artist Palette | Review & Swatches

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Since I seem to be on a roll with trying new things, I am delving into using more colorful eyeshadows. Colorful eyeshadows don't scare me, but I tend to stick to more subtle and subdued colors. The Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette had some colors that started getting me interested in wearing more colorful eyeshadow looks again, so the Anastasia Artist Palette became the next palette to review. I've had this palette for a little while and just had no idea what looks to create with it. After some playing around with it, I've come to enjoy colorful eyeshadow looks again.


Like most palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills, this palette was limited edition and can't be found in stores anymore. There were still some available online recently, but they have since sold out. The only place I can find it available is on Amazon at an inflated price. I think this palette was $35. 


       Dusty Rose, Aubergine, Anaconda, Punch Fuschia, Buttery, Blue Velvet

        Coal, Unicorn, Phresh, Baby I'm a Star, Orange You Fancy, Beigely

The Anastasia Artist Palette contains 12 shades with a mixture of matte, satin, and shimmer shades. Some of these colors are easier to work with than others. While Beigely and Anaconda were easy to blend, I had a lot of trouble blending Baby I'm a Star. Even when it did blend, it turned gray on me. I do like the fact that there are so many bright colors included. I was able to create many different looks using this palette alone, but I really prefer using it with other neutral palettes. Stila's Kitten eyeshadow makes a beautiful eyeshadow look when paired with many of these. Baby I'm a Star blends out a little better when paired with Kitten, and Punch Fuschia and Kitten make a beautiful pink eyeshadow look. Here are some eyeshadow looks I created using this palette.

  
Beigely - on lid 
Dust Rose - crease
Aubergine - outer corner
Buttery - under brows
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara 
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon - Blacquer


Buttery - under brows 
Dusty Rose - crease
Aubergine - in crease to darken
Unicorn - center of lid
Blue Velvet - outer corner
Blue Velvet with Beigely layered on top - inner corner
Phresh - inner part of lower lash line
Baby I'm a Star - outer part of lower lash line
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-One Eye Pencil - Zero
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara
Buttery - under brows
Anaconda - lids
Coal - outer corner
Dusty Rose - blending shade in crease
Baby I'm a Star - darker crease color
Phresh - inner corner blended into the lid
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-One Eye Pencil - Zero
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara

I had a lot of fun experimenting with these fun colors. Dusty Rose and Aubergine make a pretty unexpected neutral eye, and I really enjoy wearing Beigely on its own. It's nice to get out of your comfort zone when it comes to makeup and try something new. 

Do you have any of the limited edition palettes from Anastasia of Beverly Hills? 
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Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé - Watermelon/Moonstone

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Hey there! You may notice something different here. Will Sing for Makeup got a makeover! I'm thrilled with the new look and still getting things exactly how I want them. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I do. Thank you for being here!

I know that people aren't really talking about the new year anymore, but I've really wanted to focus on trying new things lately. The beginning of the year seemed like a good time to start. That may sound silly when it comes to makeup, but it's so easy to get stuck in a makeup rut, even for a junkie like me. So, I would like to get out of my comfort zone and try products that I wouldn't have in the past -- starting with cream products. My initial venture into cream product territory has been with cream blush and the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Watermelon/Moonstone. 


The consistency is more of a whipped soufflé than a heavy cream. If you're a bit scared of cream products like I was, then this is a great product to try first. Watermelon/Moonstone is described as a coral red infused with pale gold. While this color does have a fair amount of shimmer, it's nothing over the top. It gives a nice sheen to the cheeks. If you like highlighter, then you will probably want to add a bit on top of this blush. I'm really impressed with how easy this blush is to apply. I stayed away from cream products thinking that they would be so difficult to use. Not true with this one! I've used my fingers and a brush to apply this, and it blends and builds beautifully. My favorite brush to use with this product is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It places and blends the color quickly and easily. The staying power is only as good as what you use under it. I find that when I use this over a light tinted moisturizer my blush will disappear in a few hours. Wearing a more long wearing foundation helps the blush last all day. The final test I had for the Beach Tint was wearing it over a powder foundation. I'm a huge fan of mineral powder foundations, so I wanted to see how this would behave over one. I'm happy to say that it worked! It blended out without moving around my powder foundation. I'm wearing over a mineral foundation below.

Wearing Watermelon/Moonstone over Laura Mercier Pressed Mineral Powder
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My first cream blush turned out to be a success! Do you have a favorite cream product?
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