April Sephora Play Box

For this beauty post I actually created my first youtube video! It is just a start and I’m still learning the ropes, but you gotta start somewhere. I’m realizing how much effort goes into filming and editing these videos and have a higher degree of respect for youtubers! It is hard to get the camera to focus on you when you can’t see yourself… anyways – here is my video and a list of the products I tried. Below is a more detailed description of the products in the video. Please let me know what you think in the comments or message me.


FRESH
Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask

What it is:
A multi-benefit, five-minute facial in a jar that instantly resets the skin while targeting dullness, rough texture, and uneven skin tone.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Uneven skin tone
– Dryness

Suggested Usage:
-Apply a generous layer using circular motions and let it work for five minutes.
-Add warm water and massage the skin, then rinse well.
-Can be used two to three times a week.

My overall thoughts:
It really worked well for my skin! I suffer from dullness in my skin and this really helped brighten it up and make me look more refreshed – plus I love that its a 5 minute only mask, its a lot quicker than the other 15-20 minute masks I use which makes it practical for morning use if needed.


PHILOSOPHY
Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer

What it is:
A daily ultra-light moisturizer packed with good-for-you ingredients that deliver 24 hour hydration and in just three days, see a radiant, dewy complexion with less-visible pores.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Pores

Suggested Usage:
-Use in the morning and in the evening on clean, dry skin.

My overall thoughts:
This is a decent moisturizer but I don’t think it is necessarily special or distinct from other moisturizers I’ve used.


PETER THOMAS ROTH
Skin to Die For™ No- Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector

What it is:
A sheer, lightweight, mattifying primer that provides immediate results and long-term benefits.

Solutions for:
– Pores
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Oiliness

Suggested Usage:
-Gently pat over face or areas where pores and wrinkles are of most concern.
-Wear alone as a primer or over makeup.
-Apply twice daily for 28 days for best results.

My overall thoughts:
I really like this primer! I’m also excited to see if its claims of helping diminish pore size over time stay true.


MAKE UP FOR EVER
Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint Foundation SPF 25

What it is:
A revolutionary skin tint that blurs and enhances the look of skin for a perfected complexion.

What it does:
This innovative, weightless formula creates a blurring effect that enhances and perfects the look of skin. Whether you’re new to foundation or an enthusiast seeking a fresh alternative, this sheer-to-medium coverage tint flatters every face. Long-lasting hydration combined with SPF 25, keep skin feeling supple and protected. Ultra HD Perfector breaks all of the limits we’ve come to expect from foundations with a texture that’s effortless to apply with your fingertips, a nurturing formula, and a long-lasting natural finish. This is your most natural, perfected skin, on demand.

My overall thoughts:
This is a high quality, lightweight decent coverage foundation. I think it also photographs well, however it is a bit more liquidy and therefore wouldn’t be ideal for oily skin. This is definitely not cakey and gives you a nice glow. I recommend it!


URBAN DECAY
Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss

What it is:
An ultra-shiny lip gloss that glides on cushiony-soft and provides long-lasting wear that’s comfortable, not tacky.

What it does:
Laced with vitamin E and peppermint oil, Urban Decay’s hydrating formula leaves lips feeling nourished, creates the look of fuller lips, and comes in a yummy vanilla-mint flavor. And wait until you see the lineup. Whatever gloss frequency you’re on, Hi-Fi has got you covered.

My overall thoughts:
The gloss is sheer and made my lips tingle. It did not have a smell, which I was happy about; however I think it would be better layering over another color to give it a pop. I would not buy this on my own just because I’m not into shiny sparkly lips much. I prefer matte dark lips, but its just personal preference!


ELIZABETH AND JAMES
Nirvana White

Scent Type:
Powdery Florals

Key Notes:
Peony, Muguet, Tender Musk

About:
Pure, floral, and feminine, Nirvana White is a soft fragrance that will captivate you. With delicate notes of peony, chic muguet, and musk, this eau de parfum exudes sophistication and confidence that will let you accomplish anything you set your mind to.

My overall thoughts:
So I’m extremely picky about perfumes and thats why I’m not a huge fan of this scent. Its not for me. Its very feminine, strong, and something I imagine my mom’s friends would like wearing at a brunch party lol. But thats just my opinion!


Anyways, thanks for reading and watching! Let me know if you have any feedback.

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