Play! by Sephora: June 2017

My June 2017 Play! by Sephora box arrived last week but I’ve had trouble getting myself to sit down and write about it. It’s not that it was a bad batch of samples; I simply wasn’t overly excited about them, so it’s been harder to motivate myself to write this post. But here I am, making it happen on the final day of June!

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Friday Five

1. tarte cosmetics Tight & Bright Multi-Mask: If you read my blog regularly you know how much I love tarte and face masks. So when the brand released this dual mask I simply had to have it in my arsenal! The purple mask is for detoxifying, exfoliating, and purifying, and the gold mask is for hydrating and firming. You can use each one all over your face, or you can spot treat using both simultaneously (hence the term “multi-mask”). How fun!!

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Limited Edition Birchbox x Vogue 125

In my birthday recap post last week I mentioned one of my gifts: the Limited Edition Birchbox x Vogue 125. I’ve finally had a chance to try out each of the items inside and to sit down and write about them here!

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My 39th Birthday: A Recap

I turned 39 yesterday and had a great day to kick off the final year of my 30s (OMG WHAT?!)! I started the day by going to the Starbucks on H Street to get a free birthday drink—a perk of being a Starbucks Rewards member. Here I am squinting into the sun with my (necessary) toasted coconut cold brew around 7:30am, when the temperature was already 78 degrees!

Shoulda worn my big floppy hat.

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Play! by Sephora: May 2017

My May Play! by Sephora box showed up last week before I went on a mini-vacation, and I spent some time this week trying out my samples before sitting down to write about them. May’s theme is The Rising Stars: stellar “cult favorites, hard-to-find-formulas, and one-of-a-kind brands that are making their mark.”

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Friday Five

1. The Handmaid’s Tale: Hulu’s TV adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel is simply stunning, disturbing…and terrifyingly relevant, given the current tenor of our world. The cinematography, direction, music, and above all, the acting, are top notch. The cast is jam-packed with incredible women: Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel, to name just a few. I’m only three episodes in, but I’m hooked. Somehow I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s en route to my house and I’ll be diving in as soon as it arrives.

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Sephora Spring 2017 VIB Sale Haul

Every year I look forward to the two Sephora VIB sales: each April, members get to take 15% off and in November, we get 20% off! The sale applies to everything in store and online, and is basically a feeding frenzy for beauty geeks like myself. I’ve done a pretty good job of restraining myself during these sales, but I ALWAYS take advantage of them because they’re too amazing to pass up!

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Play! by Sephora: April 2017

My April Play! by Sephora box showed up last week but I’ve been busy with family visiting so I’m just now getting to sit down and write about it. April’s theme? Step it up!

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Massive Sale Alert: 30% Off Tarte Cosmetics!

I guess this has been going on for a few days already, but I just became aware that Tarte Cosmetics is holding a huge 30% off friends & family sale on just about everything on their website! The sale only runs through 11:59pm EST today (Thursday, April 6) so now is the time to stock up.

All you have to do to get the discount is enter the promo code FESTIVAL at checkout. Plus, shipping is free when you order at least $40 worth of paraben-free, cruelty-free products. BTW, I promise this post is 100% not sponsored…I just got really excited about the sale because it is SO GOOD.  🙂  It’s not often that a beauty brand offers such a big ass sale.

The brand is leaning super hard into the current unicorn-magical-festival-fairy trend, so if you’re into the whole mystical desert nymph look, this is the perfect sale for you.

I just ordered a bunch of goodies for myself, so you can bet on seeing a future post about them! Woohoo!

Play! by Sephora: March 2017

I’m a little late with this post, but that’s because I was super late with my February Play! by Sephora post and I needed a bit of distance before writing my next one.  🙂  My March Play! by Sephora box arrived last week and it was all about the GLEAM.

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