PLAY! By Sephora May 2016 Review

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Hello lovies, I hope everyone has been good, it has been like a month, and a half since I have blogged last, how does time go by so very quickly, busy, busy life that’s for sure. If you haven’t read my life update post, please jump on over, and give it a read, I would greatly appreciate it! Anyways, I am still getting tons of subscription boxes, and really feel the need to review them, even though this one is late, and not the best pictures, I wanted to get this post up. I hope you all enjoy, if you haven’t heard, this box is now open to everyone so go ahead, and subscribe if you want to try it out, it’s a great way to sample high end brands that sephora carries for $10 a month! This was my first box, and here is what I thought 🙂 

For $10, it really can’t be beat, I kinda wish that they kept the “spoilers” from us, because by the time my box came, I knew exactly what I was getting, which kinda takes the fun out of it, in my opinion. The box arrived beautifully packaged with a heavy duty box, which I can appreciate so things don’t get broken yeah!!! Then, inside the box there is a great pamphlet telling you everything that is is the box, but not just that, it tells you HOW to use them, double yeah! There is also your PLAY card which if you bring it into your local sephora, you get 50 extra bonus points when you make a purchase, oh man, I just realized that I should have used it, of course I forgot about it, bummer! Next month I hope to remember lol! Everything, all your samples are packed in a super cute drawstring pouch,  how fun, kinda reminds me of another popular subscription service…… 😉 wink, wink. It is very cute though, and I definitely will use it! The samples are a great selection so far, I love the mix of skincare, makeup, haircare, and perfume, that’s pretty cool, such a variety that you get to sample, but I would love to see more makeup obviously, but you knew I would say that lol! Overall the samples are tiny, sadly the tarte cosmetics lip liner is beautiful, but it is SOOOO tiny 😦 Oh well, I am happy with the box, and love samples, so it all was good to me! 

I think this subscription box is a great deal, although I kinda wish they offered a 6 month, or a year subscription to save a little money, hmmm maybe I should tweet, and suggest that! Did any of you subscribe to this box, please comment, and let me know what you think, I would love to know 🙂 Do you think it’s worth the $10? I love how every month is a different theme as well, I am excited about June’s box, fun, fun, because you never know what your getting, or what brands! I definitely think it’s worth a try if you are a beauty lover like myself, and can’t get enough samples!! I love sephora, so this was perfect for me, they sure do make that money lol! My favorite product this month was the bite beauty lipstick, bite has always been my favorite lipstick brand, I just love the pigmentation, and quality, it makes my lips feel wonderful too!

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*Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine* 
*Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi*
*Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram*
*Origins Maskimizer, Drink Up, and Clear Improvement Masks*
*Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial* 
*Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask*


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Thank you for your continued support as always, remember to seek joy in everything you do, I am really focusing on that daily! 🙂



Sephora Black Friday $10 Makeup Deals With Links!

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Don’t forget to get a FREE mini (5 to choose from) use code: ESCAPE or if you are a VIB or ROUGE use code: VIB PLUS to get 2 minis! 

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4:00 PM PST ***UPDATE*** Sadly, a lot have already sold out on, I hope the direct links helped you get what you wanted, sorry about that! These go very quickly online, and in stores as you may have guessed 🙂

Oh you know what time it is! OMG I hope you all had a wonderful, and happy Thanksgiving! My meal was delicious as usual, and spending time with my amazing family is even better, so very thankful! I am in a total food coma, no joke I just spent the last hour getting this blog post up, I hope you guys are able to grab some great deals at sephora!!! I was able to get all I wanted, yeah, such great deals! If you are interested in the first tarte blush set, as you may remember, I did a blog post recently on this set with swatches, yep it was a total glitch when I saw it, and grabbed it on the sephora website, so if you would like to check that blog post out I will link it below. Happy Black Friday everyone, okay as I am writing this it’s not quite midnight here, but no, I will not be going out into the craziness lol, but I wish all of you the best of luck! I may go to one store, but not sure if I want to brave it yet! Get those great deals, they only come this great once a year! Enjoy, and happy shopping! This post is only for all the black friday $10 items at sephora, they are both online, and in stores, but please realize these will sell out VERY fast, and some are online only exclusives! The sets that I picked up, and felt like I couldn’t live with out were, The tarte set (I already purchased this), the nest trio, the caudalie set, the buxom set, and the bare minerals trio lipgloss set, so I am excited that I got all that I wanted, yeah! Please let me know in the comments what you are most excited about or what you were able to get. Do you have any suggestions to where I should check to get more great black Friday deals? I feel like I have checked, okay stalked everything lol 🙂


I wanted to add some NEW Makeup this week too, because there are some GREAT ones coming out this week, that Urban Decay Palette (Gwen Steffani) YES PLEASE!!! I am just including pictures though, time for bed! 🙂

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My blog post on the target blush set below check it out for swatches! 

Tarte Blog Post & Swatches Here

Tarte $10


Make Up For Ever $10


First Aid Beauty $10


Nest $10


Too Faced $10


Boscia $10


Ciate $10


Jack Black $10


Formula X $10 (each)



Caudalie $10


Tokyomilk $10


Buxom $10


Sephora $10


Living Proof $10


Tarte $10


Clarisonic $10


Urban Decay $10


Clean $10


Sephora $10


Cover FX $10


Josie Maron $10


Orgins $10


Sephora $10


Tocca $10


Caviar $10


Clarisonic $10


Sephora $10


Ole Henricksen $10


Blinc $10


Smashbox $10


Bare Minerals $10


Bare Minerals $10


Butter London $10



Nails Inc. $10


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Tester Tuesday Samples (Late) NARS & PIXI


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Hi there lovies! Wow, this week has literally flown by, I have been super busy this week, and have had little time to blog, I am sorry that I am getting this up so late, I have no idea where the week went, and now will be playing catch up on blogging, that’s for sure. I hope you all aren’t to upset that I didn’t post much last week! Okay, let’s just right into it since I am posting this super late today, it is 100 degrees out today, and I am super hot, no motivation to do anything today lol, but that’s okay. I hope all of you are doing great, I’m sure everyone is just as busy as I am lately, summer goes by way to fast! I have some fun blogs I am working on coming up through the end of the month, I hope you will continue to show love, and support 🙂 I decided to pick some great makeup items this week, as you know, I like to change it up as far as what I am testing/reviewing. I just recently became a rouge at sephora, and every once in a while they offer pretty great sample sets only for vib and rouge members, which are pretty awesome. I think so far, I have received a 3 piece set from marc jacobs, nars, and just placed an order today for hourglass! They are high value sample sets, so they do go quickly, you have to grab them, and place an order as soon as you get the email that’s for sure. I am excited about the hourglass one, I don’t own anything from the brand, I don’t know why, I just haven’t tried anything, most of the products are hit, or misses, so I am curious to try some out! YEAH! So anyways, one of the samples that I chose this week is from one of those sets, the nars one, and it’s a definite cult favorite! Let’s jump right into the reviews! 

Nars: Blush **Orgasm** $30


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What it is:
A soft and sheer, pressed powder blush.

What it does:
NARS Blush offers a range of translucent, natural shades, each with a subtle pink for a natural-looking blush undertone to highlight the complexion. Designed to be worn alone or layered together for more depth, it provides a healthy glow that flatters any skintone.

My review: 

Oh my goodness, this color is absolutely beautiful, I mean seriously I know why it’s a cult favorite! It is the perfect peachy pink blush. It has sparkle, and light shimmer, but just the right enough so your not looking like a disco ball. I have swatched this color before, and loved it, I was excited to get a sample of it, as I knew I would love it! This is perfect for any skin tone I think, and works perfectly with mine. It sparkles perfectly in the sunlight, I know the name is kinda crazy, but lol, it fits it well, and we know nars has some scandalous names that’s for sure! I know this is more on the expensive side, but I feel that it’s a cult favorite for a reason, so worth it! 

Pixi: Fairy Dust **Snow Sparkle** $10

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What it does: 
Create a lit-from-within radiance with these gemstone effect powders – highlight eyes and cheeks for a soft focus glow.

Product Form: Loose Powder
For Use On: Face
Beauty Purpose: shine enhancing
Color Palette: Metallic
Color Finish: shimmer
Color Family: White
Health Facts: Phthalate-Free, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free, Paraben-Free
Includes: Eyeshadow
Product Warning: no warning applicable

My review:

If you are unaware of the brand pixi, it can be found at target, it’s definitely a step above drugstore, but it is still pretty affordable, and it’s a great makeup brand. I have loved pixi for years now, OMG let me tell you, their eyeliners are my all time favorite, so silky, and smooth. I saw these individual pigment eyeshadows, and thought they looked pretty, and sparkly, I knew I had to try one, and the white just really called to me. The white shade is metallic yet, shimmery, and really does look like snow. It blends very well on your eyelid, and stays well throughout the day. I think this white color is very versatile, and works perfect as a brow bone highlight to compliment any eyeshadow look!

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Love With Food Snack Subscription Box JULY Unboxing & Review

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Oh yes it’s time for a love with food oh and let me tell you, this month is a good one! I literally just got done trying out and snacking on some of the products, I actually tried to take some food pics, and wow, food is SO hard to photograph with artificial lighting, and it made a mess, so ya ummm not gonna work, I tried though lol! How is food harder to take pictures of than makeup? No idea ha ha! Alright so love with food is a snack subscription box, and guess what? They just lowered their prices like this month, awesome right? Thanks love with food! I feel like it is definitely affordable, and worth it for the variety of snacks that you get, and they are healthier, good for you options which is always good! I will list the pricing down below if you are wanting to subscribe! I actually bought a groupon for 3 boxes, and it broke down at only $9 per box for the deluxe option. That 3 boxes option is no longer available, but there is one on right now for 1 box for $9 per box, but you only get one to try unfortunately. I think this is awesome if you want to give it a try! I love groupon I tell ya, always find amazing deals on there! Okay so my favorite snacks from this months box is definitely the bbq chips from one potato two potato, OMG they are so good, I ate them in like 2 seconds, I love kettle style chips so these were perfect, and they tasted delicious! I also loved the fruit snacks, yep I love me some fruit snacks, I can’t help it, the berry ones were delicious! Alrighty, let’s get right into some of the pictures! If you want to subscribe go to the website, and check it out! Thanks! Also please check out my video unboxing!

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Sephora Favorites Kits Haul x3

Okay, okay so am I the only one that falls for these kits, I mean seriously? I absolutely LOVE these amazing kits from sephora, every time a new one releases, I have to at least check it out, if not buy it lol. I have 3 sephora favorite kits to share with you today, that I recently was able to get, some of these are currently sold out on the website, but they are still available in store, both the inside JCPenny store, and sephora. These kits are such high value, for a great price, they tend to sell out very quickly! One of these kits isn’t even on the website yet, also is exclusive to JCPenny stores, but is brand new, I just happened to see it, and knew I had to have it. So like I said there is 3 kits, they are the following:

*Bronze Bares All* $39

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*Ultimate Cleanse* $34

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*Sun Safety Kit* $32

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Now that I have bombarded you with pictures, lol so many great kits right? I am so glad that I got all 3, I am already using them, and really am loving the huge variety that each kit offers. The sun safety kit has really come in handy because we have had extremely hot weather here lately, and will continue to through summer, yeah for sun! Let’s talk about a few favorites from each kit- Number one favorite from all the kits is the Nars lip gloss from the bronze bares all kit, that lip gloss is life, seriously always am impressed with anything nars, and when it’s full size, even better, yes please! I also really love the becca opal mini from that kit, I have a full size and absolutely love it, but it’s great to have a travel size for on the go highlight bling! Okay, my favorite thing from the ultimate cleanse kit is definitely the fact that you can pick from any of the samples included, and get a full size of it, I literally was shocked, some of the prices for full size is way more than the kit even cost, such a great value, it was a awesome addition, I love when the kits include these vouchers, so great! My favorite thing in the sun safety kit is the the fresh sugar lip treatment, this stuff lasts forever, and has always worked so well for my chapped lips, I love it! Where you able to get any of these kits? Which one is your favorite? Let me know!

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Ready For Action Whole Foods Beauty Bag Review

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Hi there everyone! I hope all of you are having a great week so far! I am excited to share with you a great bag from whole foods! If you remember a few months ago in the spring whole foods released their very first beauty bag. I did get that one as well, but unfortunately my bag was missing an item, so I felt like I couldn’t blog about it, and tried to exchange it but they were completely sold out everywhere in all my local stores, which was a total bummer, because I wasn’t able to exchange it for a complete bag to share with all of you. It was a great bag though that’s for sure!! That bag was priced at $18 and included all makeup, and beauty items. I honestly didn’t even realize this bag was released, because I didn’t hear about it until a few days later, I was SO glad my local store had a few left, and grabbed one! These bags are amazing value, and a great way to sample out some great natural products! I have been using more natural, organic products, especially for my skin care needs, it’s always great to try, and see if you will fall in love with something that is better for you, and your body! This bag is not only super cute, but was jam packed with items, for $12 it was a bargain, I am so glad that whole foods started doing these, so fun! I can’t wait for the next one! The bag featured a full size toms of maine deodorant, which I use anyways, so that was a welcome addition, and it was in a scent that I don’t have currently, yeah! I also really love the aubrey pure aloe vera, which a great sample amount at 4 oz. this will definitely come in handy this summer for my summer burns, I have always been a huge fan of aloe, as I was raised in Florida, and it was the ONLY thing that would soothe my sunburns, and it was all natural, I would literally cut it out of the backyard, and apply it, wish I had that kindof access now, but aloe in a bottle will have to do 🙂 I am sorry if this is no longer available, I still thought it was a good idea to share, so you could at least be on the lookout for the next one! What do you think of this bag? Do you think it’s worth $12? I am loving it so far! 

How Much: $12 (valued at $50!)

What: Our curated collection of supplies for active summer living, including sunscreen, aloe, electrolyte tablets and superfood shake mixes.

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Toms of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant, Natural Powder Scent (2.25 oz)
Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera (4 fl oz)
Boiron Arnicare Gel (.5 oz)
Amazing Grass Amazing Meal, Vanilla Chai (.88 oz)
Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen SPF 30, Everyday or Kids (1 oz)
Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Green Super Food, Real Raw Chocolate Cacao (.34 oz)
Nuun Active Natural Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs, Lemon + Lime (10 tabs)
Spectrum Essentials Seed Blends – Orchard Fruit, Savory, Tropical Fruit, or Warrior Vitality (.5-.7oz)

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The Idea: All these summer essentials are zipped up in a durable jute bag that’s handprinted by RIJI Green, a company committed to ending human trafficking. As an added bonus, you’ll find coupons inside for CalNaturale Svelte Organic Protein Shake, Amazing Grass Amazing Meal and Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera.

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Tester Tuesday Try Out: Tarte & Jack Black Review


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Hi Lovies! I am so glad you are all enjoying this weekly post every week, it really makes a difference, and makes me want to try products every week, and post for you, so thank you for your support! I have been trying SO many great products lately, I think I am going to work on a “sample empty” post I literally have 3 large zip lock bags full of samples I have tried, I am slowly getting through them all lol, what you all don’t know is that I use samples every day trying to use them up, but only pick 2 to do full reviews on every week, it’s pretty fun I tell ya! I am ready to through some in the garbage, so I will be doing that post in the next few weeks, and will be posting a video as well, so stay tuned for that 🙂 Okay I picked 2 great samples this week, but let me tell ya I could only get this one picture of them because the purple color really throws off my camera, turned everything yellow, glad I at least was able to get one picture, the taste sunscreen bottle is so cute! Okay on with the review, I am sampling tarte sunscreen, and jack black shea lip balm, and let me tell you I loved them both!!! Yeah for trying, and loving new products! Have you tried either yet? I was able to score through point perks from sephora 2 sample size bottles of the tarte sunscreen so was happy about that, because I love it! 

Tarte: Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen full size $32


What it is:
A portable, non-chemical sunscreen that helps to protect, moisturize, brighten, and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance.

What it does:
Protect skin from harmful rays—even on-the-go—with tarte’s first multi-tasking, antioxidant-infused daily sunscreen. The lightweight, non-sticky liquid lotion contains all-mineral, non-chemical and broad spectrum SPF 30 ingredients that help protect against the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays that can cause dryness, redness, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use, the skinvigorating™ formula is also infused with maracuja, red algae, soybean, apple, and honeysuckle extracts to nourish, tone, and retain moisture while helping to combat signs of aging for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance. The fresh, ocean’s lily scent allows for luxurious, spa-like daily applications, while the high-performance liquid emulsion seamlessly melts into skin, leaving it supremely soft and silky.

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Wow, let me tell ya, I love everything tarte, let me just start with that disclaimer, as tarte has always been one of my favorite makeup brands! I seem to love everything they release, and own a lot as well. So they released this sunscreen a while ago, and to be honest I was kinda like, why would they release a sunscreen, I didn’t understand the concept really, and thought it was way over priced as well. The purple bottle packaging really got to me though, it was so darn cute! So sephora had it in point perks this last month, and I was able to get 2 bottles of it, and I am so glad that I did. I had been really wanting to try it out! This sunscreen has ALOT of really unique ingredients which I loved that it was actually good for your skin. Take a look above at all those awesome ingredients, seems amazing right? Well it really is. I love the way it smells, very non sunscreen smelling, light, airy, natural, and it applies so well, absorbs right into the skin, a little goes a long way, so if you only use it on your face, it will definitely last a long time, literally a drop is all you need! I really didn’t see the firmer, brighter skin part after using it, because I use this as a last step in my skin care routine. I am on retin a for my severe acne scars, and using sunscreen daily is a MUST for me, so I have a pretty regulated skin care routine, that involves, wash, toner, eye cream, face serum or face oil, moisturizer, and sunscreen. So ya it’s a lot but my skin needs it that’s for sure. So, yes I LOVE this sunscreen and definitely recommend you checking it out, it’s that great! 

Jack Black: Intense Therapy Lip Balm full size $7.50


What it is:
An emollient balm that soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips.

What it is formulated to do:
This hydrating lip balm is enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants to heal cracked and chapped lips. Grapefruit and ginger refresh and soothe, while shea butter and avocado oil soften and condition lips. Vitamin E, green tea extract, and antioxidants help protect lips from damage caused by free radicals.

3e3ce176a3f601f8d7dbfd9c7312b06f My review: 

I have been wanting to try this lip balm for a long time, but have so many lip balms currently, I just don’t go through them fast enough, I tell ya. I was happy to get this sample in an ulta gift recently. There are many different scent/flavor options in this balm which is great. Okay so your probably thinking, Renee this is for men why are you testing it? Okay well, maybe it is for men, but it’s a great lip balm for either lol! This Jack Black line is definitely geared towards men, but hey if it works well, that’s all that really matters. I think this lip balm is great for how cheap it is, I love the way it made my lips moisturized, and very supple, and soft. The scent is very subtle, because it is shea butter, which to me was sweet, yet not over powering at all, which is good. I actually have it on my lips right now, it’s completely non sticky, and I love that it has green tea extracts to really soothe chapped lips. I definitely suffer from chapped lips from my retin a medication, its a not so fun side effect, but always enjoy testing out new lippies, especially really hydrating, thick balms, I would consider purchasing the full size, especially for a gift for men. 

Alrighty, I hope you enjoyed this weeks tester Tuesday products, and post. I love trying out new stuff for you guys, I can’t get enough! Yeah to new products! I hope you all have a wonderful week, and enjoy the sunshine. Let me know what your testing this week! 


Disclaimer—-This is a personal blog for reviewing purposes, and I do not receive monetary compensation for any of my product reviews, if I received them for free I will say. All reviews represent the opinion of bflyrenee’s reviews, and beauty. All images are property of myself, and sephora. 

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