Play! by Sephora August Review | Subscription Box

by Lisa on Monday: Aug 29, 2016

As you know if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, I really love subscription boxes. I’ve been subscribed to the Play! by Sephora box since they launched, and for the low price of $10, it really can’t be beat.

Sephora Play August Box

This post is not sponsored and I pay for this subscription with my own money. It’s just fun to share!

Sephora Play August Box - Wink Outside The Box

For the past few months, Sephora has been sending all the products in the box inside these cute little bags with makeup sayings on them. It’s a fun touch, though I never know what to do with these bags after I open the box. Keep them? Reuse them somehow? Maybe I’ll use them to hold stocking stuffers during Christmas.

Sephora Play August Box - Contents

This month’s box was a hit with me because I was able to use and enjoy every single product. There were no duds and no products that didn’t work on my skin tone. (This is a rare event!)

Sephora Play August Box - Eyeliner and Mascara

First up was the Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil in the shade “Flirting Game”. I used this as an eyeliner, though apparently you can use this as a smoky eyeshadow base (work fast when blending though – once it dries, it’s on there good). I was very impressed with it as an eyeliner and am always happy to have an eyeliner that won’t budge on me.

I had never before tried the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, but it’s one I’d heard a lot about on Youtube. After trying it out for the first time, I have to say I’m a fan. It made my lashes look long and volumized. I liked it so much, I might rotate this sample into my mascara routine now rather than waiting until I run out of my current one.

Sephora Play August Box - Caudalie and Eyeshadow

The next item was the Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm. Because I have such troubled undereyes, I love trying out new eye balms/serums in subscription boxes. I’ve tried it a few times thus far and will keep at it to see if I notice any slight reduction of my dark circles.

I’m always excited to see a shimmery eyeshadow sample in boxes like this one, and the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in the shade I-544 was no exception. This shade looked as pretty on the eye as it does in the pan.

Sephora Play August Box - Lancome and Perfume

The Lancome Energie de Vie Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer is a very thin liquid, but it did do a good job of moisturizing my face. I used it right before putting on makeup and thanks to the fact that it absorbs into the skin quickly, it seems the perfect time to use it. I’m not sure if it made a huge difference in the appearance of my skin, but I will keep using it.

The last item in the box was the Clean Reserve Blonde Rose perfume sample. I’m very picky about my fragrances, especially because I work in an office and don’t like to wear anything very heavy that will overwhelm my coworkers. But this one was very fresh smelling and best of all – subtle. I’ve been wearing it regularly.


Stay tuned later this week for a post about some of my vegetarian meal highlights from Tokyo!


What was your last Sephora purchase?

Thinking out Loud Thursday

by Lisa on Thursday: Aug 25, 2016

Today I’m linking up with Running With Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

Thinking Out Loud

  1. I’m writing this post at 5 in the morning, and I’ve already been awake for two hours! Yeah, not so good. I’ve been having a ton of trouble getting a full night of sleep lately and have taken to waking up between 2-4 AM and not being able to go back to sleep. Not very fun.
  2. On the flip side, at least I’m being productive during the extra hours I suddenly have during the day.
  3. Before starting on this post, I spent some time with my planner, looking ahead into the first few weeks in September. There’s just something so calming about working on my planner. Anyone else feel that way?
  4. I’m looking forward to the weekend because my birthday is on Sunday! D and I will be heading to my family’s house on Saturday to celebrate and then will be going out to eat on the day of. My birthday completely snuck up on me this year what with all the excitement from the wedding/honeymoon.
  5. Whenever we go out for dinner on my birthday, I inevitably end up picking a Mexican restaurant as my choice. Mexican food is my absolute favorite, and unfortunately it seems so difficult to be able to find a good one in the area where I live.
  6. For the first time in many years, I’m actually looking forward to the fall season. Generally, fall is a depressing season for me because I know that it means winter is around the corner, and where I live, winter is fairly bad. But this year, there is a lot less life stress in general, and I find myself actually looking forward to the subtleties of the season.
  7. In the meantime, I’m still enjoying the last remnants of summer. The weather hasn’t cooled off yet, which is fine with me, and I’ve been getting out and doing a lot of walking during the work week.
  8. Which is great because I recently joined a Step Bet. I’m in the last two weeks of the six week bet right now and I’m still hanging in there! I thought it would be a lot easier than it is, but the step goals they give you really keep you on your toes. I’ve been averaging 75,000 – 80,000 steps per week since I started.


Are you looking forward to fall or dreading winter?

Do you have good Mexican restaurants where you live?

August BoxyCharm | Subscription Box Review

by Lisa on Tuesday: Aug 23, 2016

I’m so happy to be back to reviewing my favorite subscription box of all time: BoxyCharm!

August Boxy Charm Box

I honestly don’t think there’s a better box out there for the price, and I love the fact that they always send full sized products.

August BoxyCharm - full box

This is not sponsored in any way, and I pay for BoxyCharm with my own money.

August Boxy Charm Box - Hashtag

This month, BoxyCharm debuted a new box design, complete with its own hashtag. I’m sure they launched this new design with Instagram in mind.

August Boxy Charm Box - Blush and Bronzer Palette

The biggest item in the box this month was the Coastal Scents blush and bronzer palette. The palette comes with its own brush, which is pretty cute and very soft.

August Boxy Charm Box - Blush and Bronzer Palette Colors

When I first swatched the colors, they didn’t seem to have very much pigmentation, but when applying on the face it was a whole different story. I’ve been using the bronzers the most and going very lightly with the blushes as they look pretty heavy on my very pale skin.

August Boxy Charm Box - Serum and Liquid Lipstick

I was very excited to see such a large skin serum in this box. The brand is Aloette and it retails for $48 (more than twice the cost of the box)! I’ve tried it a few times and like the way it feels on the skin. I will be incorporating this into my nightly routine as soon as I run out of what I am currently using.

The next product in the box is the Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick. This color is a very bright red and WAY outside of my lipstick comfort zone. I will keep it around though for special occasions/when I’m feeling brave.

August Boxy Charm Box - Mascara and Shadow Stick

I had high hopes for the Beauty for Real Shadow Stick, and it even looked pretty awesome when swatched on my hand. I had never tried a shadow stick before, and it had been something I thought I might like. On the eyes, I tried this two ways: first on top of a primer. Total fail! You couldn’t even see that I had put any product on. Today I tried using it as a base for my regular eyeshadow. This worked better, but it still wasn’t anything magical.

August Boxy Charm Box - Shadow Stick

I have not yet cracked open the Doucee Cosmetics Maxlash Volumizer Mascara since I’m working through several mascaras at the moment. However, I’m always happy to have another high quality mascara to add to my collection.

August Boxy Charm Box - Card

And that’s it for this month! I’m very happy with the contents of this box, and most things I started using immediately because I was so excited about them. My favorites from the box are the blush and bronzer palette and the face serum.


What is your favorite subscription box?

Do you enjoy wearing bright red lipstick?

I’m Back! | Life Updates

by Lisa on Tuesday: Aug 09, 2016

I’m back! And I’m married!

Wedding Cake

Our wedding was on June 25th, and all the stress and planning leading up to the event turned out to be worth it (and trust me, it was quite a bit of stress). We’ve heard reports back from many of our guests that they had an incredible time, and so did we. It was so nice to see all our out of town friends who came in for the event as well.

The Monday after the wedding, we took off for our honeymoon in Tokyo.

Japan Shrine

Tokyo was a whirlwind of a trip. We went for slightly less than 2 weeks, and it felt like it wasn’t nearly enough time. We revisited a few of our favorite places from our last trip (the trip where we got engaged), like Akihabara (the anime/electronics district), several different places in Shinjuku, Harajuku and more. We also spent a good amount of time exploring plenty of new-to-us places and learning more about the country.

I will have some more in depth posts in the next few weeks about both the wedding and honeymoon, since there is quite a lot to cover about both.

While the wedding and honeymoon were both incredible experiences, I’m SO glad to have my normal life back. The year and a half of planning was quite stressful, especially considering the majority of our wedding party lives out of state and were unable to assist with the planning.

It’s been about a month since returning from our trip, and I finally feel like we’re both settling into a normal routine. I have quite a few plans now for the rest of the year, including much more blogging and some home organization projects that have been on my list for quite some time.

Stay tuned for more!


For those who are married, where did you go on your honeymoon?

Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Wedding Edition

by Lisa on Thursday: May 19, 2016

It’s been a little while, but I’m back with a roundup of things going on with my wedding, which is now just a little more than a month away! Obviously, wedding planning has been eating into my blogging time, but I wanted to check in for a quick chat.

Thinking Out Loud

  1. I have a confession: I am so over wedding planning. It’s been taking up every minute of my day for so long now, and the stress is getting a bit old. We’re down to the little details now, but wow, I had no idea how stressful making every decision would be.
  2. Last weekend was my hair trial. I had printed out a few ideas ahead of time and ended up really liking one of the up-dos with a few modifications. Then I had to decide what to do with the bridesmaids. Originally I thought I would have my hair stylist do their hair as well, but when she told me how long that would take, it turned out not to be possible. There are only so many hours of wedding prep we will have that day! I am pretty excited about how my hair came out that day though.
  3. After finding out about the amount of time needed for the hair, I decided makeup would have to be a similar scenario. Luckily, my maid of honor’s sister is a makeup artist, so I contacted her this week, and we will be doing a makeup trial soon. I am pretty excited to see what a professional can do with my makeup.
  4. I also had my first dress fitting last week and had a few struggle with the seamstress. I’m not sure if she’s just a harsh person in general or what, but she argued with me and was not listening at all to what I wanted. It was honestly a pretty bad experience, and I left a little upset, though one of the sales associates did step in and had a talk with her at one point. In the end she agreed to what I wanted, so I just hope everything comes together when I go back, even though I’m not looking forward to dealing with her again.
  5. On a brighter note, D and I are both extremely excited about our honeymoon. We’ve made a wish list for our return trip to Tokyo and booked everything we need. I think it will be such a happy moment when we’re finally on the plane there.
  6. We’ll also be making a brief stop back at Tokyo Disney while we’re there since we had such a good time before. Now that we have some experience with Tokyo Disney under our belt, I feel like we’ll be able to get a lot more out of the parks this time.
  7. We have nearly all our RSVPs at this point, but it has been a bit of a struggle to get some people to give us their decisions. I’m sure everyone deals with these stragglers when planning a wedding. Now we’re down to maybe 5 or less who haven’t responded, so I’ll call that a win.
  8. I have bought and returned SO many pairs of shoes in the search for the right pair. I want to be comfortable and not be thinking about how much my feet are hurting, so that is a top priority. I now have 2 possibilities in the house that both seem to work both in how they look and how they feel, so I’m hopeful.

So, that’s what’s been happening! I’m very happy that a lot of the planning craziness is starting to come to an end and pretty soon we’ll be able to have a bit of a break. It’s a very exciting time, and I can’t believe it’s almost here!


Any upcoming travel plans for the summer?

What was the last place you visited?