Play! By Sephora | December 2015

 I’m so excited to share what’s in my December 2015 Play! By Sephora beauty box.

In case you don’t know, this box is $10 a month, and they will send you 6 deluxe size samples from prestige brands. You don’t take a quiz or anything, and you can’t select what products to receive.  There is currently a wait list for this box, so sign up here to get on the list to get your box ASAP!

You’ll get the same lipstick printed box each time, and inside is a neat little book that tells you all about the products.  It also gives tips and tricks for using each thing, which I love!

Let’s jump into December’s Box!

Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Duo – I was super excited that they included this in the box!  This duo includes a matte brown color and a shimmery gold color, and they look beautiful!  I have the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette, and I love it, so I’m sure I will love this too.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Matte Black – this is a really good eyeliner, it is super black, and stays put all day.  I have it in a few colors, and it’s one of my favorite eyeliner pencils.  This little size is perfect to throw in my purse.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Poredermabrasion – this is an exfoliating product that is supposed to deep clean pores to reveal a smoother skin texture.  This is a really nice size, and I’m excited to try it- I’ve never tried anything from the brand, but I’ve heard good things!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb – I love this perfume, it’s one of my all-time favorites.  It is floral and fresh, but sophisticated at the same time with patchouli and vanilla notes.  I really like getting these little samples to keep in the car.  

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil – I love this brand, and I’ve heard good things about this product in particular.  This oil is supposed to lock in moisture while protecting and smoothing the skin.  Can’t wait to give this a try!

Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Serum – this comes in 7 little packets (1 per day) and it is a lightweight serum that is supposed to firm and renew the skin.  It also helps prevent visible signs of aging.  I like how they give you 7 treatments, that way you can really get a feel for the product before you buy it.

So, it seemed like this month’s box was heavy on the skincare side, which I like!  I’m happy with everything I received, especially the eyeshadow duo.

Have you signed up?

View November’s Box here!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Play! By Sephora | November 2015

Well, I guess dreams do come true!

 I am sooo very excited to bring you this post today!  I was able to get my little hands on the brand new Sephora beauty subscription box called Play! By Sephora.  

In the past, I have subscribed to other boxes, and I have not been thrilled with the products I received, nor did I end up using all of the products each month.  I kind of just felt like it was a bunch of junk that I’d never heard of, tbh.

When I found out Sephora was offering a box, I knew I had to try it, because I want to use products and brands that I have heard about and seen before.  There is a wait list since it is brand new and it is in high demand (obvi), so use the link below to be notified when the box will be available to you.

Sign up here to get on the wait list for the box!

This box is $10 a month, and they will send you 6 deluxe size samples from prestige brands.  You don’t take a quiz or anything, and you can’t select what products to receive.  This box is a total surprise, and that’s why I like it!  Also, everyone who is subscribed gets the same exact products.  No box envy here! Haha.

So, let’s jump into November’s box!  When you open up your mailbox, you will see a black and white striped box that says Sephora on the side.  And then, inside that box is this little box with the lipstick print.

When you open the box, you will see  this booklet, and it tells you all about each product.  This little book is actually useful and fun to look through.


And then under that are all of the products!

Josie Maran Argan Oil – this is a multipurpose beauty oil that you can use on your face or body.  I like to mix a drop into my foundation.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb – Bite is known for their “edible” lip products that don’t contain any harsh chemicals.  I haven’t tried these pencils, but I love their lipsticks.  This pencil is a beautiful color (a plum rose), can’t wait to try it.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Hydrating Primer – I’m so excited to receive this product, as I’ve been wanting to try these primers out.  I’m glad they sent a hydrating one, because I have dry skin, so maybe this will help!

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly –  I have tried the Buxom lip glosses in the past, but not these lip creams.  The glosses are amazing and non-sticky, so I’m hoping this is just as good.  The color is a creamy mauve, and looks really pretty.

Stella McCartney Stella EDP – Ordinarily I wouldn’t care much about receiving a perfume sample, but this perfume happens to be one of my favorite scents of all time.  It’s very floral, with Rose and peony notes, which I love.

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 HR Wear Waterproof Pencil in My Boyfriend’s Jeans – I have a bunch of these pencils, but not this color.  I love to use a purple or blue liner as long as they aren’t too bright, and this one fits the bill. It’s a pretty sparkly cobalt blue color.

So, I am very pleased with this box . I love that the lip colors are actually WEARABLE colors that I will try out.  The eye pencil is also a nice color.  These are all either products I have tried in the past, or have seen and wish to try.  Everything is a sample size, but they are bigger samples (similar to 100 point perks).  I can’t wait to see what’s in my next box!

Have you signed up for this box?

Thanks for reading! 🙂



Julep Maven April 2015

  I love getting this Julep Maven box!  For someone that loves nail polish as much as me, this is a great subscription box.  This month’s theme was the Paradise Collection, all about summery, tropical colors.  They also sent me a little bag of Gobstoppers candy, maybe because of Easter?  I don’t know!  I ate them, though. Haha

If you are unfamiliar with Julep Maven, it is a monthly subscription service that sends a box to you every month. They pick the products for you based on a profile quiz that you do during the sign up process. If you prefer, you can actually go on the site when the collection is released each month and pick what you want to have sent out to you. I prefer to be surprised, so I don’t ever go on the site to choose or see the colors. It is $19 per month, and they send a mix of makeup and nail polish. Julep is a high end makeup brand, and all of the products you receive are full size.  The formula of the nail polish is great, and the colors are always on trend. If you want to sign up for Julep Maven and get your free welcome box, click here.

Here is what was in my box:


They sent two nail colors, Drew, a bright hot pink, and Cassidy, a teal color.  Both of these are colors that I do not have.  Julep always surprises me by sending colors that I don’t have in any other brand.  Of course, I have some colors that are close, but not identical.  Both of these colors are bright and perfect for spring and summer.  They remind me of a beach vacation. 

The last thing they sent was the Julep Don’t Leave Your Brows at Home All-in-One Brow Powder & Brush.  This is a little pen with a brow powder on one end and a little brush on the other.  Genius!  This is perfect to keep in my bag for touch-ups throughout the day.  The shade is Rich Brown, which matches my brows perfectly.  (When you take the quiz they ask what color hair you have).  

The nail colors retail for $14 each, and the brow powder goes for $24.  So, I paid $19 for this box, and got $52 worth of goodies.  

What did you get in your box?

Thanks for reading, xo Amy

IPSY November 2014

Hello! This is going to be my last IPSY post. I have decided to cancel my subscription because IPSY just isn’t wow-ing me anymore. I really just wasn’t using all of the products and I felt like it was a waste. I have subscribed to Julep Maven, and have a post about that here. I think Julep Maven will be a better box for me!

Anyway. Onto the IPSY bag!

If you don’t know, IPSY is a beauty sample subscription box where you pay $10 a month (you can cancel anytime) and they send you a grab bag full of goodies based on your profile every month. Most of the time they send full size products! The value of what is in the box is always over $10, and it’s a great way to try out new products!


This month’s theme is “Girl Meets Glitter” and came with 5 products in this glittery silver bag with hot pink trim. My 3-year old has claimed this bag and already has her crayons in it.


Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray 1.5oz Value $2.99
Rouge Underground Makeup Sealant 0.5oz Value $3

This is a pretty good size can of hairspray, and I really like the scent of it. I have used it already and it seems to hold my curls well. It’s a winner! Now, I’m not a fan of setting sprays. I usually don’t have a problem with my makeup lasting throughout the day, so I don’t really use them. I will save this for a special occasion. It’s in a nice size bottle, perfect for travel.


J Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter FULL SIZE Value $4.99
Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Waterproof Liquid Liner in Glitterati FULL SIZE Value $17.99
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye in
Neutral Medium 0.11oz value $9

I really like this lip paint. It reminds me of the OCC Lip Tars, where you only need a tiny bit, and lasts all day long. It’s a really pretty berry color too. Hmm. This liner is black, but it has chunks of silver glitter in it. I don’t usually like liquid liners with glitter in them, but maybe I will give this a shot on NYE. Ok, so this IT Cosmetics sample did not make me happy. I was so excited (so excited) when I saw this in the bag. And then I saw the shade. IPSY – if you are reading this – you should know that not everyone subscribed has the same skintone. Why would you even send this out? This sample is WAY too dark for me. Thanksssss.

So, I paid $10 for this box, and I received about $38 worth of products. I do really like the hairspray and lip paint, so I’m excited to use those.

What did you get in your bag?

Thanks for reading!

Julep Maven – Welcome Box


Since I need more nail polish (haha), I recently signed up for Julep Maven, a monthly subscription service that sends out a box of goodies every month based on your profile. Julep carries mainly nail products, but the brand also has makeup and other beauty products.

During the sign-up process, you take a little quiz for your profile that determines what kind of products they will send you. (They ask you things like your hair color and skintone).

I signed up for the box that is $19.99 per month, and with that, they send you a welcome box for free! Today, I thought I would share with you what they sent me.


They sent me this Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat, which is not only supposed to make your manicure last longer, but allow your nails to grow strong and “breathe” with the oxygen formula. This retails for $18 at Sephora btw!

They also sent me two nail polish colors, Bette, a cream bright magenta-purple color, and Zelda, a champagne-gold shimmer. These colors are GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to try them out! These nail colors retail at Sephora for $14 each, so I would say that this is a pretty good welcome box!

If this sounds like something that you would enjoy getting, you can click here to sign up for Julep and receive your welcome box!

Stay tuned for more Julep Maven posts!

Thanks for reading!

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