Here’s a look at the boxes, the samples and all the things I’ve emptied out this May.
May 2018 Sephora Play Box
BB Thickening Spray :: Nothing is helping this hair.
Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying :: Personally, I’m partial to the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment.
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer :: I’m not a primer professional — seems to do the job, but can’t really speak to how it holds up against other brands.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop :: Love this color. Great little highlighter. Not sure if I’ll purchase the full sized version — feels like this super sample will last me a lifetime!
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner :: Game. Freaking. Changer. I’ve been a devout fan of Loreal’s liquid eyeliner for maybe a decade. Nothing else compared…until this. I can’t imagine I’ll go back to Loreal after trying this little wonder.
May 2018 Birchbox
Matrix Mega Sleek Shampoo & Conditioner :: I tried this for a solid week in a variety of climates (thanks to a long weekend away), and this didn’t do much to tame my curly hair. I’m in the market for a new shampoo and conditioner — really wanted this to work.
Hanalei Lip Treatment :: This was a nice balm, keeping my lips moisturized. So partial to my Farmacy Honey Butter Beeswax Lip Balm (which is half the price of Hanalei) for day, and my Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask (which is the same price) for night, that I probably wouldn’t make a switch at this point.
[ comfort zone ] Remedy Cream to Oil Ultra Gentle Cleanser :: It took a while for the cream to become an oil, and I’m not exactly known for my patience. I had no problem with it — it was a nice first cleanse — but I probably wouldn’t purchase a full size.
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish :: I actually LOVED this. My skin felt silky smooth and almost moisturized after using it. I have a few samples and full size face polish-type products to get through before I can commit to a full size version, but I would definitely consider purchasing this in the future.
Tatcha Bestsellers Set :: During the Sephora VIB sale, I purchased this set to try out some of these products without the hefty price tag. I fell in absolute love with The Water Cream, so much so that I decimated the sample in no time flat. Already went back and made a full size purchase.
Volition Oceanene Youth-Boost Gel :: This would be great for daytime — it’s lightweight, which is perfect for oily skin (like certain spots on my combo skin!).
AmorePacific Time Response Eye Reserve Crème :: First, this was amazing — this is a product that WORKS. For $260, though — wow, it better also take my son to school in the morning. I would love to purchase a full sized version, but can’t justify the cost.
Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub and Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator :: Strong scent, but effective product. Great to use after a weekend at the beach.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow :: This produces the most amazing glow with no effort. I’ve been using the sample almost as a foundation, then topping with Becca’s Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder. Amazing combination. Will definitely be buying a full sized version.
Where have all of my Drunk Elephant products gone?! Nooooooo!!!!
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra :: Can’t live without this. Already had a new bottle ready to go.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum :: Love this, but I have so many night serums I want to try. My gut tells me I’ll be back…and soon.
Drunk Elephant Shaba :: This is my second empty for this amazing product. Again, I just have so many different eye treatments I want to explore, but I can’t imagine staying away from this for long.
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette – Seductive Beauty :: I’ve lived in this palette for the last year, scraping the sides of the shadows to get every last drop. These colors are GORGEOUS! I didn’t use the face makeup as much, so I’ll probably repurchase only shadows going forward. I can’t say enough about how flattering and long-lasting these shadows are. Pure perfection.