November Sephora Play Review

January 12, 2016

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I'm sorry my Sephora Play reviews are always so late! They ship around the 18th of each month and I really like to use the products quite a few times before I culminate a review/opinion. However I've been so busy over winter break and I'm still getting into the swings of things as the spring semester commences.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
I don't know much about Josie Maran or argan oil, but I've always admired her packaging. The description of this product is also pretty vague as to what to use the argan oil for suggesting nails, hair, cuticles, and on your skin. This is where the Play Book comes in handy suggesting useful tips about the product and interesting facts about the brand. I had a really awful, terrible, whitehead not too long ago. After popping it there was kind of a puffy acne scar but I put a few drops of this argan oil throughout the week, and after a week the acne scar faded completely! It probably helped that my skin care game is pretty serious, but I really think the argan oil helped. This product is one of the reasons why I adore Sephora Play, I would never have thought of using it until I had it!

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof - 29 My Boyfriend's Jeans
I'm going to be honest here, I'm scared to try this eyeliner. I remember the days in high school where I was really eclectic and purple, electric blue, and hot pink eyeliner were apart of my beauty routine. Now I'm in that stage of life where I have some sort of aversive conditioned response to saying no to colored eyeliner and jeans. I will say that this is eyeliner is pigmented and a cool color, but I honestly have no idea where to start with it. Any suggestions?

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream - Dolly
Interestingly enough I've tried this lip cream before. On a positive note I love the smell of this lip cream it has a strong and sweet cotton candy scent. I love the shine and the fact that it really is a full-on lip cream although gloss is a better word. Now for the negatives. This lip cream is incredible sticky, like maple syrup sticky. If you have crazy long hair like me imagine constantly having to pick your flyways out of your lips, not pleasant whatsoever. I don't like the white/bubblegum pink color to the lip cream either. It reminds me specifically of when Lindsay Lohan's character is applying lip gloss while her character Cady realizes that she's nominated for spring fling queen. Lindsay does no wrong to me though, she can pull off anything. For the semi-normal girls of the world I'd suggest another less-sticky-pigmented lip product. I just honestly hate lip gloss but this is the only one I can really stand despite its flaws.

Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer - Hydrating Primer
I'm extremely skeptical about most things- NASA, the NSA, Roswell, and watching the X-Files doesn't help either. The one makeup product that makes me super skeptical is primer. I've never really seen its effects or product claims unfold as I have normal skin. However, I really love this primer. I would consider buying the full product. It's a nice smooth and even base that I think helps even out my foundation and use less! I think I like this primer more than Hourglass'

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil - Rhubarb
I knew I was going to love this pencil, and I certainly did. It's lightly pigmented but in a good way, and the color is completely buildable. Sephora says its a plum rose, but I'd say its a softer berry. I've been wearing this shade quite frequently especially when I'm not feeling a bold lip. It's the perfect, simple lipstick.

Stella McCartney Stella
I'm not going to lie, I truly hate floral perfumes. This perfume is primarily comprised of rose, peony, and mandarin. I didn't even spritz any on me but immediately once I sniffed the tester holder I knew wearing this perfume, even trying it, would be completely inauthentic (plus it'd give me a migraine). My Mom loves perfume testers so its nestled on top of a Chloe gift set I bought her. Sorry Stella, but Stella isn't for me.

Overall  a few of these items just were not for me. Nevertheless, the remaining products were all winners. I would definitely consider purchasing a full size Bite Beauty Pencil and Make Up Forever's primer.



  1. Such gorgeous photos Sonia! I just picked up some Argan oil myself after it was recommended to me. So far I like it on my super dry winter skin. (I went cheap and got the Physician's Formula version from Target though :) ) The eyeliner looks fun but really bold--maybe layer a gray or black powder shadow on top (instead of doing liner over shadow) to tone it down? Anyway, this was a fun review! Hope you're doing well!

    1. Aww thanks Mme! Good to hear! I've been trying it when I don't want to use moisturizer, I have normal skin.! Hmm I'll have to try your recommendation thanks! Hope you and your family is well!

  2. You look absolutely stunning! I really love these photos as well. The Josie Maran argan oil sounds great but I haven't tried any of her products before. :]

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    1. I haven't either but I was very impressed by the quality of it and love the packaging! Thanks for stopping by Carmen!

  3. The lip color suits you well.
    Lovely look!

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  4. Love all those products! Bite is a fav!

    1. Thanks Chichi! Agreed it was definitely my fave


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