The box also had a folded info sheet detailing each item I received and how to use it and a Play Pass that can be taken into any Sephora for a free consultation on how to achieve a certain look and an additional 50 Sephora points towards your account when you present your card when making a purchase.
Items featured this month included:
- Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara - $11.90
- Fresh Rose Face Mask - $12.50, CF
- Clean Reserve Sueded Oud -$3.68
I can't say I was a fan of the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara. The wand is ridiculously large and the formula is pretty piss poor. I have oily lids and even with a primer the mascara is just a mess. Upon immediate application the ovesized brush had punched me in upper waterline and lid, and possibly even the cornea. I have oily lids so even with a primer the mascara has traveled far beyond its allotted boundaries and flaked under my eyes. Too many times now I've found dark smudges on the lenses of my glasses so I guess it's lengthening at least? At least it closes very securely. Think of a two stop micropipetter. Thumbs down, sorry guy.
|Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara applied to left eye, naked right eye.|
|I wasn't wearing eyeliner. Failed Bobbi Brown application.|
|I still wasn't wearing eyeliner.|
|After applying two coats of the Bobbi Brown mascara. How. The. Actual. Fuck.|
I love face masks so I want to love the Fresh Rose Face Mask but I can't. It's nice and hydrating but holy hell this reeks to high heaven. It smells like a rose assault to the olfactory system. After a couple of minutes on the face the smell mutates into potpourri mixed with overstepped Tazo Passion Tea (yeah, I'm that basic). And it's hydrating and could be relaxing, save for the smell, but I
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lipstick in Set Sail was a pleasant addition to this month's box. It's supposed to be a deeper brownish nude on lighter skin tones but on me it was a very nice nude/pink shade that was neither too deep nor too pink. It has a very creamy, moisturizing formula and great pigment. I'll be honest, I haven't found a Tarte lipstick formula yet that I don't care for aside from the Quick Dry Matte liquid lipsticks. Even then, I don't hate the formula, it's just a bit much to deal with removing and lip conditioning.
|Mind the glare/flashback throughout the post. Tired/lazy?|
I received Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray in a previous Ipsy bag (reviewed here) and holy shit did this thing work wonders on the kids. I'm seriously tempted to buy a bottle but I keep talking myself out of it knowing how quickly I blew through 0.75oz last time. I will definitely take this opportunity to see if it is indeed worth purchasing 5oz for $20.
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|Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Set Sail swatch|
Clean Reserve Sueded Oud has a musky scent that would be nice if it weren't so damn strong. I put it on and it mixes with my body chemistry to make me smell like a 1963 whore who just slept with a stranger in a fedora drinking whiskey with a highball scotch chaser who woke up with smeared lipstick in a foreign hotel room with a kind parting note, a rip in her pantyhose and a $15 for cab fair and a new pair of Topaz for her walk of shame to a taxi. Sorry, I just finished watching Mad Men last night. It's a sexy smell after several hours but the first application is pretty eye-watering.
|MRW first applying Clean Reserve-Image from YouTube|
Not bad for a first box, Sephora. Not bad. I enjoyed the mix of mid range to high end products but rue the fact that they aren't tailored to me and probably never will be fully tailored to me due to the pre-assigned box combinations. $54.93 is pretty effing amazing for a $10 box + tax. I love the lipstick and the serum despite my skepticism regarding its claims. I will also enjoy the pampering myself with the cloyingly scented mask-it should go well with the gagging strength of the perfume. In fact, I might find my tartiest red, incidentally a Tarte liquid lipstick, slap on some perfume and a dress and force my husband to dress in something nice and go out. Probably just a local diner but hell, I never said I was a classy broad.
|Wearing Tarte in Set Sail and Bobbi Brown mascara|