My Sephora Sale Haul & Reviews

A small haul, but they’re all wins!

I picked up three things from the Sephora Sale back in April and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all three! That’s a win for me because I usually like to swatch or smell everything before buying, but with all the stores closed, I picked these sight unseen. 2/3 three times I do that, the product doesn’t work out for me (I get migraines from strong scents and I’m really picky about colors), but I’m so happy these three worked out!

Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask

The Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask ($25) is my favorite find from this haul. It is SO effective. I’m going to share a full review with photos of my results, but in the meantime, just know that this rivals my oil treatments from the salon and takes 1/100th of the time and costs 1/4th of the price of those!! If your hair is dull or frizzy, I highly recommend this 60 second mask.

Nails Inc Cosmic Blur Swatch

I had been looking for a sheer, shimmery polish with a blue reflect for months! This is the Nails Inc. Cosmic Blur polish ($15) and the formula is really easy to work with. The level of sheerness is perfect and I adore the blue shimmer (it’s super smooth – no glitter here). However, in certain lighting, it makes my nails look yellow, which isn’t super flattering and it also has a pink reflect. I was hoping this would be my wedding nail polish, but I’m not sure it’s exactly what I was going for. It’s still really fun and pretty for every day though!

Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil in Oasis

I absolutely love Wander Beauty and basically want everything they come out with, so I decided to finally treat myself to this Lip Retreat Oil ($22) since I just finished my Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy. It comes in four shades, but I chose Oasis (clear) because most days, I’m really just looking for hydration versus color. (Plus, if I do want a tint, I can’t get over the Tower 28 Beauty Lip Jelly in Fire!)

This provides a beautiful shine with a formula that feels very plush and moisturizing. The pointed applicator picks up the perfect amount of product without having to re-dip too. The Lip Glossy is only $13 and just as hydrating (plus it smells delicious), but I do like this wand applicator over the squeeze tube.

Did you haul anything this time around? Let me know your favorite pick!

Birchbox August Unboxing and Mini Reviews

Monthly unboxing and review

It has been the busiest summer! I can’t believe we’re 2/3 through August already… Does everyone say that? Summer usually flies by for me, but it’s pretty relaxing.  Between traveling more than usual, having friends and family visit, building a bunch of new furniture for the apartment, getting ready to transition into an exciting new role, and working on a new fitness schedule, I’m feeling pretty stretched. All good things thankfully, but I have to say I’m looking forward to things settling down a touch this fall.

Anyway, here’s my August Birchbox! I chose the curated box this month because I knew I would use every single product. I was really excited to see Amika in this month’s edit as I love their hair-care products; I’ve also never tried a dry shampoo foam and was pretty intrigued. The Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam is fun to use, effective at removing oil, and actually adds volume to my strands as well. I dispense about a golf-ball size puff, flip my hair down, and massage it into my roots. It feels almost wet, but it doesn’t leave any residue or dampness behind and (as with all Amika products) smells lovely.

The other hair-care item I received is Oribe’s Featherbalm Weightless Styler. I was definitely looking forward to trying this because Oribe products are so luxurious; their Apres Beach Spray is one of my favorites. This balm provides light hold, nourishes, and protects against UV rays and heat. I think it did a surprisingly great job moisturizing as my hair was nowhere near as frizzy as usual, but I could use a bit more hold for my curls.

For skincare, I have yet to try this Borghese Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask because my skin is currently a bit dry and mud masks tend to dehydrate my skin. It’s a decently sized sample though – I think I will be able to get about three uses from this jar – which makes it perfect for travel. I’m heading to Mexico in a couple months and the humidity there might contribute some oiliness/clogged pores that this mask would be perfect for.

I received two makeup products this month, a cute Kabuki Brush from Birchbox and a Cheek Blush from Doucce. The brush is really soft and would be great for travel since it’s so small. It smelled a tiny bit like vinegar at first, but I washed it before using and that disappeared thankfully. The size and shape of this brush makes it great for setting powder or even bronzer. This RSVP blush is such a pretty, subtle shade of pink. The powder itself is very soft and blendable too. However, I don’t love the packaging as it’s meant to go in a Doucce case or z-palette (neither of which I own).

Box Breakdown

  • Dry Shampoo Foam: .75 oz = $3.54
  • Hair Balm: .5 oz = $6.18
  • Mud Mask: .5 oz = $8.8 (this same mini sells for $12 on the Borghese website, but this is the value of actually product based on the full size)
  • Kabuki Brush: full size = $5
  • Pink Blush: .12 oz = $12 (That’s with the packaging, so I’m docking $2)

For $10, I received $33.50 worth of product. I love the Amika Dry Shampoo Foam and was happy to try another Oribe product. I also received a full size brush and got to try two new-to-me brands.

What did you receive this month? Do you like choosing the Curated box or being surprised? If you’re interested in Birchbox, you can sign up with my link!