Friday, May 27, 2016

May 2016 Battle of the Boxes: Birchbox vs Play! by Sephora

Hey, everyone! I decided I wanted to combine and battle my May Birchbox to my Sephora Play box. Both boxes are $10 a month and contain 5 deluxe beauty items. Sephora Play does give a bonus sample as well and that is perfume, however, they do not curate your box based on a profile like Birchbox does. This is my first month doing Sephora Play and I have been on the waitlist forever and last month I got an e-mail telling me I was off the waitlist and I can join. Also, this is my ninth Birchbox.

Let's start with Birchbox first! This month I got seven items because one of the items came with two bonus items.

-Davines Oi Conditioner Packet: This conditioner has a light clean scent and a little product goes a long way. It is also a light conditioner.

-Davines Oi Shampoo Packet: I feel with this shampoo it takes a lot of product to wash all my hair and I have a lot of hair that is thick and I found this product to be not foamy or have suds in it.

-Davines Oi All in One Milk: I have been dying to try this leave in conditioner since I have seen reviews on it in past Birchbox YouTube review videos. This leave in conditioner has a clean scent just like the shampoo and conditioner. This product helps with detangling, frizz control, heat protection, and makes your hair shiny. I have found that this product does all of these and I really love it.

-Coola Mineral SPF 30 Day Dream Makeup Primer: This product has SPF 30 in it which is good, but I barely got any product in this tube. It has a nice consistency and feels soft as you apply it to your face.

-MDSolar Sciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen:This has SPF of 50 which is really great. My face was super dry when I got my box and this product clung to my dry spots and didn't seem like it was really sinking in.

-Model Co. Lip Lacquer In Viva: This gloss is a gorgeous light pink with a bit of a citrus scent, but it is super sticky.

-Real Chemistry 3 Minute Body Peel: I have Keratosis (KP) which is small red bumps on the skin and they are on my arms, and this did an okay job on my arms. You are not supposed to use this product on the face, but I got very desperate because one of my cleansers dried out my face to where it was really flakey and it took all the dry skin off, so that was nice.


With Sephora Play I got (and anyone who got this box got) eight items:

-Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi: I have heard great things about Bite Beauty. This has a citrus scent to it and is described as a shocking pink that reminds me of Barbie's. The lipstick does have some blue undertones to it. I am not afraid of bright colors and I think this color looks great on my fair skin. I love the formula of the lipstick. The color last for a long time and is very comfortable to wear since it is hydrating.

-Origins Maskmizer: I can't really tell if this works for my skin and I feel like it is okay. This product is an interesting concept because is a mask primer that you spray and rub into your face before applying a mask.

-Origins Charcoal Mask: This was a one-time use packet for me and it helps with imperfections and pores. I liked the feel of the mask on my face and noticed my complexion looked brighter after using the mask.

-Origins Drink Up Intensive Sleeping Mask: This is one of my holy grails out of this whole box. Oh my gosh it smells super good and it left my skin very, very soft. I used the other Origins mask before I put this one on and I actually slept with this mask on. I could not stop touching my face after I washed the product off. So smooth. I have some Birchbox points so I will be buying a 3.4 oz with them and I think it will last a while since you are only supposed to use a small amount 2-3 times a week and it is $24 on Birchbox and I think $26 on Sephora. So far I have gotten 3 uses out of this packet and probably can get one or two uses out of it before my full size comes. Also, this product has a citrus scent to it.

-Korres Wild Rose+Vitamin C Sleeping Mask: This product smells like roses/floral and it is a really light scent. It is a pretty thick cream and does hydrate my face, but it does not hydrate my face like the Origins Drink Up Intesive Sleep Mask does.

-Atelier Cologne: This an orange scent and it smells so good. It is a musky sweet smell that smells like orange.

-Briogeo Don't Despair Hair Mask: I actually got this in my April Birchbox and loved it. I was actually happy to get another sample. It has a nice smell to it and I can't describe it, but it smells nice. I actually go a little extreme when using this product and put this product in my hair then put my hair up into a bun, then put a bag over my hair and take my hair dryer to it for 20 minutes and after that I rinse my hair out. It leaves my hair very soft and makes my hair look healthy.

-Tarte Lip Pencil in Latergram: I like the color because it is a nice nude/mauve color and think it will look good with the Tarte Lip Paints in Namaste and TBT, but the tip keeps breaking off because the lip liner is very dry.

This month both of my boxes were really good. It does feel like it is a draw with both boxes, but I am going to choose Sephora as the winner of this month because with Birchbox I didn't like two products.

Have any of you seen the spoilers for the June Sephora Play Box? If so what do you think?

If you have Birchbox what did you choose for sample choice? I am an ACE and got to choose yesterday and I chose the featured box since I have enough brow products to last me for a while, plus  I really wanted another PBJ Smoothie Stick since they are so nice and I already have the other color.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Tarte Amazonian 12 Hour Clay Foundation

Hey everyone, sorry for me being MIA lately. I have been very busy with school and am trying to figure out what days I will be blogging.

Today's blog is on the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation. It is a 1.7 ounce squeeze bottle that retails for $39, and you can buy at Sephora, Ulta, or Tarte's website.

I really like the fact that this bottle is 1.7 ounces for $39 compared to the 1 ounce foundations that retail for the same price. Anyway, I was on the market for new foundation that matched my skintone, my undertones, and was gluten free. Well, I stumbled upon this foundation and the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and decided on the Tarte foundation.

I ended up buying the color Ivory which is for fair skin with pink undertones and it matches me very well and I have not had a foundation that matches me this well.

The foundation does not have a smell. It is a thick consistency and is mousse like, which you only need a little to get a medium to full coverage. I use a real techniques brush expert brush to buff in the foundation and it works very well. I found using a real techniques sponge or Beauty Blender would take some of my makeup off my face and soak it up into the sponge.


I have had this foundation for two months now and I am almost out so I just ordered a new bottle a few days ago for when I run out.

What is your favorite low end or high end foundation? Have you tried this foundation? If so what do you think? I will try to get two blogs out sometime next week and really think of days they will come out. I am planning on blogging on the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette soon too. Do not forget to follow me on Twitter @allthingskayla1 and on Instagram @allthingskayla.