Happy April y’all! So far 2018 is flying but I am just so happy we are *almost* out of the dreary, cold, grey weather that is an Atlanta Winter/Early Spring…Maybe it’s my inner Floridian, but I need sunshine, pool days, lake weekends, beach trips, and tan lines to be my happiest and i’m crossing my fingers sunny days are up ahead soon!
Earlier this week I posted the first of my Play! box reviews for the month of February , so I wanted to dive right in to my March box – full of Festival-friendly multi-benefit products to help you look your best with minimal effort.
- Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in 35 Bohemian Purple (Full Size: $14): Described as a “Silky lip stain in a wearable purple shade that doesn’t require reapplication”, the consistency on this Sephora lipstick is pretty impressive. At first glance I wasn’t super thrilled with the shade, as I’m not big on purple…however, upon applying this was surprisingly wearable as described and perfect for the festival theme this month. This shade would be GORGEOUS on darker skin tones or very fair, porcelain skin IMO. While I won’t be reaching for this for an everyday, office appropriate look, it’s perfect for a spunky night out and would be so fun to play up for a festival look. I’ve tried quite a few lip products from the Sephora line, and for the price point they have all been pretty nice!
- Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (Full Size: $38): Described as “Mattefying primer that minimizes the look of pores and makes your look last”, my initial thoughts on this primer were not positive…upon applying it felt tacky and thick on my face, and hard to distribute compared to other primers I’ve used. However, after a few seconds of drying and applying my foundation, I have to say I really love the final look. This primer does a great job at fully covering your skin texture to create an even, smooth base, and MAN did my makeup look good even at the end of the day. This helped to control my oil-prone t-zone, even well into the afternoon where I’m typically a melty-mess if I don’t blot or reapply. While I do think it’s a bit heavy and thick and prefer more breathable primers, it did work really well. I’ll definitely be reaching for this for long days where I go straight from work to a Braves game and don’t have time to redo my makeup, or for weekends where we spend all day out on the belt line (aka the best days).
- IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer (Full Size: $24): I had high, high hopes for this “Waterproof under-eye concealer that provides anti-aging benefits” simply because I love all other IT Cosmetics products I have tried thus far, however FAIR WARNING on this concealer…use a tiny amount and work your way up if need be. Upon trying for the first time earlier this week, I applied entirely too much (applying how I typically use concealers in my under-eye area) and was left with a cakey, thick mess. I could not wait to wash this off by the end of the day and felt like I had a rubber mask on all day. The texture is extremely thick and latex-y feeling, and it is extremely full coverage. This is also not a matte concealer, as it does have some illuminating features that on my skin looked super oily. I do think this would be a good product for mature skin that runs more on the dry side, and if you’re looking for a very full coverage. I personally favor concealers that feel lightweight and breathable, but still have full coverage (cue Shapetape), so this was a big miss for my skin type. However…for the purpose of this box, this concealer definitely would do the trick of covering up tired (and possibly hungover, no judgement here) festival eyes from the night before.
- IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm (Full Size: $29): Upon first trying this “Nourishing leave-in balm that boosts your hair’s hydration for frizz-free style”, I didn’t quite have noticeable results in my hair while still wet. I used this after using this months bonus item (below), and the combination of the two left my hair feeling weighed down and greasy, even right out of the shower. The combination of both products did feel very moisturizing, but left my hair super flat and oily. I really couldn’t do anything with my hair other than flat iron super straight, as it was so weighed down. Typically I can go a few days after washing with dry shampoo to get more life out of my style, however after a day I couldn’t stand how greasy and heavy my hair felt and had to re-wash. I may try again after using a purple shampoo which typically is more drying, but overall wasn’t impressed.
- Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 (Full Size: $39): This “Concealing, sun-protecting beauty balm that brightens and smooths skin” felt great upon application and made my skin look super radiant and healthy. The SPF is not noticeable at all fragrance wise or texture wise (which typically is a turn off for me using SPF products), so this is a great multi-benefit product that you can apply quickly and easily and be on your way. I’ll need to give it a few more tries to decide if I would buy this on my own, but I can totally see this being a great gym-bag addition for active mornings when you’re short on time, or on tropical low-key trips where you’re going minimal on makeup. This and some mascara would make for a perfectly protected, fresh face.
This Month’s Bonus: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo & Conditioner (Full Size: Shampoo $31; Conditioner $34): I really, really wanted to love this duo. This was my first time trying Bumble & Bumble product, and after all the hype I was excited to finally try for myself. Fun Fact: Shampoo & Conditioner are kind of the last product category out there that I really do not splurge on. My hair does well with so many brands that can be found at target/drugstore etc that I don’t even browse Sephora/Ulta or my salon for higher end Shampoo and Conditioner. I am totally open to trying new lines and would be down to spend $30-ish a bottle if I really saw a reason to (like, a big, big reason to), but so far I haven’t found anything worth the difference… including this Invisible Oil line from B+B. Between this and the IGK balm mentioned earlier, my hair was way too weighed down and oily feeling, even through heat styling and a touch of dry shampoo. Maybe one day I’ll find a shampoo and conditioner that change my mind on this, but for now I’m sticking to $10-ish a bottle straight into my Target cart. (Want to know my drugstore favorites for shampoo/conditioner/hair products? DM me or drop a comment below to let me know!)
March Total: $209
This month’s bag was also super cute, and a perfect stretchy material to hold your small items in a weekend bag or gym bag. I use these around the house to store my sample sized items, and for more costume-jewelry pieces that don’t necessarily need to crowd my jewelry box. Does anyone else have a ton of costume jewelry that you just can’t part with? I have so many pieces that I would never wear out in public but have the hardest time parting with…eek!
Overall while I wasn’t blown away by the products in the March box and many of the items didn’t work well for my skin/hair type, I was still happy with the assortment, brands, and products so I could try for myself. Many of these items have caught my eye in Sephora and I’m glad I didn’t get stuck with a full size item that I wasn’t crazy about! Many of these products were very full coverage, heavy, one step products that I found to be not breathable at all, which I don’t like even for a regular day much less out in the sun at a festival.
I just got my sneak peak for April’s box and will be reviewing as soon as it hits my mailbox. As always, drop any questions you have on the products above down below!