Saturday, July 23, 2016

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edit

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now in full swing! It opened up today (for those of us that don't hold a Nordstrom credit card) and ends on August 8th. Check out my picks below for some fashionable finds at all different price points. Go ahead and treat yourself this summer with something sweet! 

There are lots of great finds this year from top brands like: Kate Spade, L.K. Bennett, Molton Brown, Ted Baker, Hunter, Milly, Mara Hoffman, Kiehl's, Tory Burch, Kendra Scott, and more. All items are pretty limited in quantity so be sure to shop the sale early for the best deals. See you over on the #NSale site, Nordy Girl!


$200 & Under

$100 & Under

$50 & Under

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Play! by Sephora June 2016 Review

As you may have noticed if you saw my review last month, this is my second Play! by Sephora box - ever! It took a while to get off the waitlist, but it's been well worth it so far. I was really pleased with my first box and this one certainly didn't let me down either.

BareMinerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer
(Full Size, $28)

At first glance, this product looked far too dark for my fair skintone. However, it blends extremely well - just remember that a little goes a very long way! I would recommend just using a single drop in one area and spreading it around with either your finger or a Beauty Blender. 

I've read elsewhere that it works nicely when blended into your foundation or moisturizing cream. I think I'll try it in my moisturizing cream next time. That sounds like a really great way to get a subtle glow. 

I don't know if the full size bottle has the same applicator. I don't believe it does. I was a bit surprised by the applicator on this sample. It looks almost like an eye dropper but the opening is actually quite large, so product comes out quickly.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
(Full Size, $38)

I don't really use any other products like this at the moment, so this was a fun new product to experiment with this month. As you can see below, the product goes on in a nice thick texture. It just kind of rests on top of your skin, so you need to make sure to blend it in well with a sponge or your finger. It has a nice glow and can be layered with any other products you would like in your routine. It provides a sort of nice, glistening base that makes your face look energized and healthy. It reminded me a bit of the Tarte Illuminating Moisturizer which seems to be a product they are phasing out of most retail stores. This Becca product works more as a highlighter than an overall moisturizer or BB cream though.

The swatches above will show you what the products were like when first applied to my skin tone. The top one is the Becca product which matched my skin tone very well but came out really thick. The bottom one is the Bare Minerals product which came out extremely dark but could be easily blended across that patch of my skin to look much more natural.

Benefit They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
(Full Size, $24 / Travel Size, $12)

This mascara has been my go-to for several years now. So, needless to say, I was pretty thrilled to get a sample in this box. It's always nice to have a travel-sized version for my purse. This mascara adds incredible length and volume to your lashes to make them instantly glamorous. The brush shape also lends itself well to helping you create some curl in your lashes. This is the main mascara I use, so I could go on for days. If you haven't tried it, you definitely should! 

The only negative things about it I can possibly think of are: 1) it creates a pretty dramatic effect so you might want to use a more subtle mascara for the office and 2) some people say this mascara is really hard to remove - my experience, it's actually not at all, just get some TopCare/Ponds/Simple make-up removing wipes and you can very easily get it off.

Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It (H)air Styler
(Full Size, $31 / Travel Size, $15)

I have to admit I was a bit in the dark about how to use this product because there are no instructions provided on the tube or on the pamphlet that describes the products in the box. So, I have no idea whether I used the right amount of product (about the size of a quarter) at the right time (after my hair had air dried a little bit following a shower). 

Since I air dry my hair more often than not, this product sounded like a great one for me. The first time I used it, I used it in the same washing as another new product, a John Frieda gloss. So, I have to admit it was hard to tell which product caused which effect. However, my hair turned out being so soft to the touch and beautifully shiny that I was just floored. 

Admittedly, I did try the product a second time without the John Frieda gloss and noticed much less of an impact. My hair was relatively smooth and most of the "bumps" or "waves" I dislike in the back of my hair were minimized. However, I did get a bit of a cowlick toward the back of my part from air drying my hair. I wouldn't say in that instance I noticed that this product made a huge difference. I think I will need to try it a few more times to really make up my mind.

Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
(Full Size, $32 / Travel Size, $12)

First off, I love this sample because the packaging is just so lovely. The little bottle is actually made of glass, not plastic! It is super easy to use and fragrance-free. When applied about 30 minutes before you go out in the sun, this sunscreen will keep you protected for about 2-3 hours. It's really gentle on your skin and is great for your face. If you apply a few drops to your hands, rub it around, and then pat it on your face, you can get pretty full coverage after you apply your makeup.

Tocca "Florence" Eau de Parfum
(Full Size, $68 / Travel Size, $34 / Rollerball, $22)

This perfume has a really lovely (but strong!) Gardenia scent. I absolutely love Gardenia so this is a great fit for me. A little goes a long way, so dab on just 1 drop if you want a subtle all-day scent, or 2-3 if you want something more noticeable. In my Play! Date event Catherine from the Sephora team suggested mixing it in with lotion for an all-over subtle scent. She also pointed out the really unique high-quality metal cap on the full-sized bottle. Not only does it have an intricate attention to detail, but no two metal caps are the same! What a fun thing to know - each bottle is unique and collectable.

I delayed posting this review for a little bit because I did get to go to the Play! Date event this month at my local store. It was just this past Thursday. I have to admit that my expectations from this other blogger's review set the bar really high. I think these events vary greatly from store to store and my local store (86th Street in NYC) was nothing like that. It was definitely not as big of a production - more of a "welcome to the neighborhood store". 

The event was from 7-8pm. When I arrived at 7:15pm it looked like there wasn't any event going on at all in the store. I went around a bend and found a tiny table set up in one corner with the products from this month's box. There were two staff members talking to a group of three women. I popped over and joined them, making the Play! Date a total of 4. Nobody new joined after me and by the point when I joined they'd already gone through explaining half the products. I had no idea I needed to be there right at 7 on the dot, I thought it was more of a "drop-in" event. The explanation of how to use each product ended around 7:30pm and that was the end of the event. 

The staff members, April and Catherine, were extremely knowledgeable and it was such a delight to meet them. It was a great, really brief event, it just wasn't what I'd expected from other review which reported that there was a big crowd, a bag of giveaways, selfie stations, and makeup applications (other than the mini makeovers always available) - my location didn't have any of that. Next time I might check out the Play! Date at another location to see if it's any bigger.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Birchbox "Multifaceted and Mighty" June 2016 Review

This month rather than selecting a sample choice, I went for the curated box. After all, it has two of my absolute favorite brands in it - Nuxe and Davines - so why would I take a risk? It turned out to be a really nice variety of makeup, skincare, and haircare. Everything sort of had that natural, effortless feel to it. 

Davines Authentic Cleansing Nectar for Hair & Body (Full Size, $28.50)

Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter for Face, Hair, & Body (Full Size, $38.50)

Admittedly I haven't used either of these samples yet because I want to save them for when I really need a high-end travel size shampoo & conditioner for a trip. However, I have to say that the Italian haircare brand Davines is my absolute go-to for the most incredible hair days. I regularly use their OI and MOMO, and MINU collections. They are better than any other shampoo or conditioner I've ever used. The down side is that they are quite expensive. However, I have to say I think they might weigh down your hair a bit if you use them every single day. I try to rotate them into my haircare routine about 2-3 times each week to keep my hair looking fresh, shiny, and sleek. This set has a really nice light herbal scent.

LOC One & Done Shadow Stick in Haute Cocoa (Full Size, $10)

One application and I'm absolutely sold! This is a fantastic on-the-go eyeshadow. I was in a rush to get to a birthday this weekend and was able to steadily apply this on a moving train.

The crayon glides so smoothly but is very easy to control and doesn't smudge or get too blunt. This was the perfect shimmering shade of brown that works for both the summer (bronzed/golden look) and the autumn. It is long lasting and doesn't seem to easily melt or smudge. The concentration of pigment is relatively intense and the application is pretty exact, so I intentionally smudged it with my fingers just a little bit after applying it to avoid the crisp lines and to take away/lighten some of the pigment. 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel (Full Size, $19)

I am absolutely obsessed with French hair and skincare brand Nuxe. It is such a great, high-quality brand offered a reasonable mid-tier prices. It's also so easily accessible in the US now - available through Target, Birchbox, and their own site (which offers free shipping pretty frequently and lots of great gifts with purchase)!

Everything in their "Reve de Miel" line has the most heavenly scent of honey. I have been using their Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream for years. This product is also very impressive. It still has the lovely scent but comes out as a medium-thick translucent gel. It's really easy to apply to your whole face or just one particular spot. You just rub it in a circular motion to massage it into your skin a bit and rinse off. It removes all kinds of makeup really easily - even gel eyeliner and mascara. It's important to note though that this product is not recommended to use around your eyes - trust me, I had a bit of an oopsy trying to remove some eyeliner from near my tear duct, it will definitely sting! I would recommend putting some on a tissue and dabbing it on your lids and lashes keeping your eyes completely closed the whole time, if you plan to use it to remove eye makeup.

Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer (Full Size, $21)

I was pretty excited about receiving this product in my Birchbox because I have very dry skin and am always looking for effective moisturizers. The active ingredient in this one is Hyaluronic Acid which isn't something overly unusual. You can find it in a lot of drugstore brand moisturizers like Neutrogena. The texture was pretty average as well. It's not thick like a Nivea cream, in fact it's a bit runny. I found that my dry skin seeped it up right away. So, I needed to use about half of the sample just to cover my whole face. Even with that, my skin didn't feel particularly soft or dewy to the touch. It still felt very matte and dry. I will say that my complexion did look pretty even - perhaps it calmed some of the redness. However, I wouldn't count on this as a staple moisturizer for those with really dry skin.

The Beauty Crop PBJ Beauty Stick in Raisin the Roof (Full Size, $14.95)

The "Raisin the Roof" color is a nice sort of purplish light pink. It goes on relatively sheer, so if you want some real pigment, you will need to apply several layers. The product glides on really nicely and feels really moisturizing. Unfortunately, I found that the pigment kind of stuck to certain parts of my lips vs. others (i.e. especially to any chapped/dry parts) so the color looked uneven, kind of light purplish clumpy spots sitting on top of the majority - the natural color of my lips which is darker than this. It looked pretty awful and the color wouldn't blend at all. So, as much as I loved the slick moisturizing feel of this product, I definitely didn't like the look.

Here's a comparison of the Raisin the Roof PBJ Smoothie Stick (top) vs. Guava Nice Day PBJ Smoothie Stick (bottom). Since I received the Guava Nice Day one in my Rifle Paper Co Birchbox just two months ago, I thought I'd point out that they are two different colors - but not super distinct from one another. The Guava one is a bit more reddish pink rather than purple, and a bit more bold.

So long for now, BB!

Unfortunately since Birchbox changed their points system this month and I recently started the Sephora Play! subscription, this may be my last Birchbox monthly review for a little bit. I can't believe it's been so long. I bought my first Birchbox back in 2012! Sadly, my annual subscription ends this month. I may get a few more boxes on the monthly subscription basis at a later date, but I'm having trouble justifying the annual subscription again (between the change in the points system and my accummulation of so many sample products I haven't used up yet or need to swap/sell). It's nice to end this 33 box, 183 sample journey on a high note though! Of course, I'll still buy full-size products from their website and Soho store. They both have excellent selection and superb customer service!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Influenster Bloom Voxbox Review

I was thrilled to get not one, but two Influenster Voxboxes this month! You may have already seen my review of the Influenster Procter & Gamble Voxbox. Well, the Bloom Voxbox was extra special too! It had a nice variety of product: nailcare, haircare, deodorant, bodycare, and food.

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish Enamel in Teal Midnight ($2.00)

From everything I've seen, Sinful Colors Nail Polishes are a real steal. If you're looking for a quick, cheap color to match a particular outfit, this is definitely your brand. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the color I received in this box. Being in my late 20s, I don't wear a lot of bright blue glitter on my nails anymore. I left that back in my Limited Too days. When I put it on it looked bluish-purple so I decided to nickname it "the mermaid manicure". It's definitely a lot lighter than it looks in the bottle. I see this color is no longer available on their website, so perhaps it wasn't too popular. However, the polish was quick drying and was relatively thick - only required 2 coats for a translucent look, 3 coats for an opaque look. Check out my Sinful Colors manicure here.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads ($1.49)

This sample was full-sized which includes three individually wrapped pads. What they advertise is absolutely true. Each one of these Nail Polish Remover Pads will remove regular nail polish (and top/base coat) from all 10 of your fingernails. It really worked like a charm and didn't require much scrubbing.

I then got a little greedy and tried to use the same one on my toes. Unfortunately it doesn't really work for more than 10 nails. I found that they weren't quite as effective on my toes. I don't know why. I really struggled to get the same polish off with them. So, I would definitely recommend these for your manicures but perhaps not for pedicures.
They are really perfect for travel. You can avoid bringing an extra liquid with you and they don't make a mess or have a particularly strong smell. I always forget to bring nail polish remover along with me on a trip. If I'm attending a wedding or another big event I always bring polish or get my nails done during the trip at a nail salon. It's important to bring along remover too just in case a nail chips and needs to be re-painted or you need to change your nail color to match a last-minute wardrobe change. Chipped nails never look great at a formal event.

Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy Thickening Hair Lifter ($5.99)

Admittedly volume isn't a major issue for me unless I haven't washed my hair in a while and haven't used any dry shampoo. My hair is marginally fine but there's a lot of it and while it's relatively straight, it's definitely got some waviness to it that gives it natural volume. So, I can't say I initially thought this product was really made for me. Thin, flat hair is never really my problem. Maybe the occasional cowlick instead when I get out of bed after sleeping on wet hair!

This spray can be used on either damp or dry hair. I opted for trying it on dry hair because I thought it would be easier to see the results that way. The product comes out as a sort of lotion spray which you spray into your palms and spread on your hands. When you apply it to your hair, you simply scrunch your hair with your hands from ends to roots. The product has a really nice peach or apricot scent. I didn't notice any added shine to be honest, but I did see some instant volume. I think this product would be more effective if I had more fine or thinner hair.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ($23.20)

Nuxe is one of my absolute favorite brands, so I was absolutely thrilled to see Influenster include it in this box. I first learned about the brand while traveling in Paris. It's a local favorite at the French chain store Monoprix (sort of an upscale Target equivalent). I definitely consider this more on the luxe side of skin and haircare. The quality definitely stacks up with premium brands. However, in addition to higher-end retailers like Ulta and Birchbox, you can also now buy a lot of Nuxe items at Target and Amazon.

The one thing I love about all Nuxe products is that they have subtle but very delightful scents. This is especially true of my favorite product in their line, the Reve de Miel Hand & Nail Cream, which smells deliciously of honey. This Dry Oil is no exception to the rule with its light, powdery botanic scent. If you use this product on a significant portion of your skin, there's really no need to wear a fragrance or use any other scented body lotion, spray, or cleanser.

What I really like about this product is that it is multi-purpose. It's great for moisturizing your face and body to make it silky-smooth AND it can help make your hair shiny and healthy. I like to use it as a "shower oil" right before I've toweled off to help lock in some moisture in some problem areas like my forearms and elbows. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave any greasy residue - perhaps because of the 6 Precious Botanical Oils and Vitamin E in it. It's also a great way to add some shine to your hair if you have to skip a conditioner or use a cheap hotel one that leaves your hair squeaky clean. 

Secret Outlast Xtend Antiperspirant & Deodorant ($3.99)

I'll spare you the repeat review, as I also received this item in my Influenster Procter & Gamble Voxbox this month. You can read my previous review here.

Sunbelt Bakery Oats & Honey Chewy Granola Bar ($2.69)

This was a lot more moist and chewy than I expected. I was actually very pleasantly surprised by this. They just break apart like a rice krispy treat! I can see why they advertise it as having a "bakery-fresh taste". It's a lot more like the taste of the Quaker Chewy granola bars I had as a kid, but the size of a Nature Valley granola bar (1 piece of the 2-bar packs). It's sweet but not too sweet (contains 12 grams of sugar). The full size is a package of ten, so the price is an absolute steal. I will say that looking at the nutrition facts there's nothing super healthy about them as opposed to an average granola bar but they definitely serve as a nice breakfast item or snack to keep you full throughout the day.

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I received all of these products for free for review purposes via Influenster, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pool Party Essentials: evian® Facial Spray

It's gonna be a long hot summer and this weekend the pools and beaches have just started to open up! When I'm poolside or out at the beach, I want to be sure I'm protecting my skin and keeping hydrated.

The travel size evian® Brumisateur®  Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray is perfect for a pool party. It slips easily into a beach bag or clutch and packs some powerful minerals to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant - while also soothing it after exposure to the summer sun and harsh pool chemicals. It's also safe to use over your makeup and helps blend make-up into your skin for a more natural look. So, you can still look glamorous in your cabana!

Enter below for your chance to win a prize pack!

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This is a sponsored post. The Wilkes Group / Evian Facial Spray and Brandbacker
provided me with a travel size facial spray for review purposes.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The 6 Best Memorial Day Sales

These are the six best deals I've found this long weekend:

Last Call by Neiman Marcus | Extra 40% Off Everything
Mark & Graham | 25% Off Sale Items w/ code EXTRA25
Elizabeth McKay | 30% Off Everything w/ code MDW30
Links of London | Up to 70% Off Select Items
Jack Rogers | Up to 50% Off Select Items
Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale | Up to 40% Off Select Items

This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to get a Links of London Friendship Bracelet for under $100, a personalized gift for Father's Day from Mark & Graham, an elegant Scotland Wrap Dress form Elizabeth McKay, or some 2016 sandals by Jack Rogers for your recent grad

There are also tons of gorgeous swimsuits, jewelry, and shoes on sale at Nordstrom and Last Call by Neiman Marcus from some of my favorite designers like...Kate Spade, Clover Canyon, Kendra Scott, Tory Burch, Barbour, Astley Clarke, Kenzo, Hunter, and Rebecca Minkoff

Top it all off with a luxurious collection of perfumes by French darling Annick Goutal or indulge your inner jetsetter with the latest Bose headphones (trust me, these are worth every penny!).
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Play! by Sephora May 2016 Review

This month I was just absolutely beyond thrilled to finally get off the waitlist for the Play! by Sephora beauty subscription box. It's pretty much just like Birchbox - once per month, $10 each + tax, and at least 5 samples. I think the main difference is that it appears everyone gets the same Play! box. I don't believe they are varied or customized at all. That being said, this was one of the most incredible subscription boxes I've ever received. 

I absolutely adored everything in it and was psyched to see a few premium brand names I already love! I struggle with that a bit with my Birchbox subscription because I feel like I'm frequently unlucky - other subscribers are always randomly getting products from the brand names I already know and love like Benefit, The Organic Pharmacy, theBalm, Dr. Jart+, Ciate and Caudalie. I almost never get them.

I also loved the decorative cloth pouch that came with the products. It was so cute, good quality, and will be a great place to stash some of my samples on-the-go. I know Birchbox delivers its samples with a little pouch in the UK (where it charges more than $10/box) but I've never gotten something like this in a Birchbox here. It's a really nice touch.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask ($36)

I got this exact same sample just last month in my Birchbox. However, that really wasn't a bad thing at all. I really like Briogeo products and the full size versions are quite expensive. So, I was super happy to get a dupe! I have dry, color-treated hair so deep conditioning masks really help repair my hair and make it look shiny, healthy, and strong. This product has a really nice subtle floral/herbal scent and leaves your hair feeling thick and moisturized but not at all greasy.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume ($25-195) 

I've received a few Atelier Cologne samples in Birchboxes before. They're really good quality and the scents are always highly concentrated, so a bottle would last you a long time! I've definitely received this sample before. I thought it would be a bit floral with a subtle orange scent; however, it's really dominated by the citrus notes. It smells a bit more sour then I would think a typical orange would smell. It actually reminds me of the scent left on your hands after you eat a bunch of tangerines. It's pretty powerful but not unpleasant at all. 

With my personal taste though, I think I prefer some of Atelier's other scents that smell more subtle like their Rose Anonyme. Most of their scents come in four different sizes (0.25 oz, 1 oz, 3.3 oz, 6.7 oz) which is great for travel or if you haven't yet decided to invest in the large bottle.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi ($26.00)

I've never tried any Bite Beauty products before so I was excited to receive this one in my box. The sample is a really nice size that will last quite a long time. Kimchi is a super bright pink which might turn off a lot of people, but I actually really like the color. I also really liked how the lipstick was moisturizing on my dry lips and the color blended quite naturally - or as natural as hot pink can! 

I'm now really interested in visiting the Bite Beauty Lip Lab here in NYC where you can customize your own lip color for $36 (tip: be sure to book about 2 weeks in advance).

Tarte Tarteist™ Lip Crayon in Latergram ($18)

This liner has a pretty fine point which makes it a bit delicate. Although the sample is smaller than the full size, I think it is still relatively close to the full size and has the same type of mechanics/packaging. The liner glides really easily as you twist it. The color is really nice - a sort of mauve mixed with beige or "pinky nude". I wouldn't use this to fill in my lips, as it's not moisturizing like a lipstick, but it makes a nice standard liner that blends well with a variety of different colored lipsticks, like my Olivia Palermo x Ciate Satin Kiss Lipstick in Praline and my Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita.

This photo should give you an idea of sample size. I'm holding up both lip products in front of a standard sized business card. They were both actually pretty substantial sizes that will last months.

Origins Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask primer ($22.00)

The primer feels a bit like a misting spray. I found that I had to use quite a few sprays to cover my face. So, with the first use I used a bit more than half of the sample vial. It smelled a bit like mint to me but the packet says it has a Marine Algae Complex. It kind of reminded me of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir or Farmacy Skin Dew.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask ($4-26)

Since the main purpose of this mask is to clear pores and I've recently used quite a few masks and cleansers, I've decided to hold off on testing this one until a time when I really need it. I'll be sure to update this post once I have.

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask ($4-26)

After applying the primer this nighttime mask gives you two options. You can either apply it for 10 minutes and then tissue it off or you can leave it on overnight. This mask is yellowish-cream in color and has a really pleasant tropical scent - sort of like a mixture of guava, passionfruit, and orange. I think the scent comes from all the lovely flower extracts listed in the ingredients. I've never used a mask with such a fruity smell, but it was pretty nice. The mask has a thick texture like a sunscreen, and absorbs into your skin in a similar way. It still felt a bit sticky on my skin when I woke up the next morning so I had to wash it off then. I can't say my skin felt especially moisturized in the morning, but to be fair I have very dry skin and it was an especially hot day.

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($19-48)

Korres is a brand with such a great reputation, so I was excited to try out a new product by them. Since I have dry skin with some red splotchiness, skincare products with rose are absolutely perfect for me. They calm the skin in a nice natural way.

This facial is really easy to use - simply apply before bed right after your cleansing routine and leave it on overnight, no need to wash it off. The scent of this product is absolutely divine! If you love anything rose scented, you will adore this. The texture, much like the moisturizing Origins mask, was of the same sort of consistency as sunscreen. I was a bit surprised by the texture and color (white). I was expecting this one to be more like Fresh's Rose Face Mask which is a petal-infused clear gel. 

I used this product the night after I got an eyebrow wax, which is always a little tough on my skin the first couple days - irritation, redness / bumpiness, extra dry skin. It definitely worked to calm my skin and stopped it from itching. I can't say I noticed a massive difference in the morning, but the product absorbed completely and didn't leave any sticky residue. I'm curious if I'll see more results after multiple uses.

Each month the Play! box comes with a Play! card. If you bring your card into the store you can get a "free one-to-one tutorial" and a bonus 50 Beauty Insider points with any purchase. I bought a travel size Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder for just $12 and got to walk away with 62 points after my visit! 

I also presented my card to a staff member to see if I could get the advertised tutorial. The staff in the store I went to (Princeton, NJ) said that I was the first customer to ever bring in a Play! card. They assumed the "tutorial" meant one of the "mini makeovers" that are available to all customers any time they come into the store. That sounded fine with me, but I was wondering if anyone else has had a different experience? Did they do a tutorial with the products in our box? Anyway, I went ahead with the "Mask & Moisturize" mini makeover which was really great and taught me about some very high quality Peter Thomas Roth products to combat my dry skin. I even got to take home a little sample they made up for me of one of the products they used!

It turns out each month they have "Play! Dates" at a few select stores where they event Play! subscribers in for a special night of advice and treatments. Unfortunately when I tried to RSVP for the one at my local store (NYC Upper East Side) right away, it had already filled up. Hopefully I can go next time. It would be fun to meet some other subscribers in my area.

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