Review: Play! By Sephora

Hello hello! Sephora, (my heaven) has a beauty subscription box called Play! By Sephora. I’ve been a subscriber for five months now and I thought I would give you all my thoughts.

The box is $10 a month or $10.80 with tax to be exact. Here’s what you get:

  • A cute draw string bag
  • 5 deluxe skincare, makeup, or haircare samples with a fragrance bonus
  • Play! Book. Which gives you info and tips on the products you just received
  • Play! Pass to redeem for 50 beauty insider points
  • Play! Date for you and a friend to learn how to apply the products in the box
  • Free Shipping!
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How Cute! Themed!

Each month has a different theme and the product range is pretty impressive. I have received items from Cover FX, IT Cosmetics, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Too Faced, Makeup Forever, and Smashbox just to name a few. The samples are indeed deluxe, some of the samples I have received I will use quite a while before I need to run to Sephora for a full size!

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A few products I’ve gotten

The Play Box is in high demand so subscriptions are not available all the time; you can sign up for Sephora to notify you when a subscription is available.

My thoughts: for 10 bucks a month it’s a way to try new brands and also add variety to your beauty routine. I have been introduced to new brands that I now love and I’ve tried new products from brands I’ve loved and used for a while. I have enjoyed my box each month I’ve gotten it and I don’t see me cancelling anytime soon. What sets it apart from other beauty subscription boxes is that it’s from a brand (Sephora) I trust and love!

Live it. Love it. Style it.

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Vision Board: 2018 and Beyond

Hello! I figured what better way to kick off 2018 then with a vision board for the brand new year! Now I’ve never put much stock in vision boards but my mindset and my goals have evolved so much over the last year that I thought a vision board would be a good way for me to keep track of what I’m working toward.

 

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Now my vision board is a little different. These are more affirmations and encouragements to keep me pushing and going after my goals. Life can get a bit heavy sometimes and we all need a reminder of not only what we’re striving for but how great we are! Can I get an Amen!?

My vision board can and probably will transcend past 2018 which is why I wrote 2018 and beyond.

Do you have a vision board? What’s on your board?

Live it. Love it. Visualize it.

 

 

Meal Prep: Chicken Stir Fry

For the past two months I have been meal prepping. It is a life saver! I do it every week for my lunch for work. It’s easy and nice not to have to worry about food each day. It is also great for trying to get in/stay in shape.

I have fun coming up with different meals each week.

What I do:

Every Sunday is meal prep day. I do meat and veggies at the very least. This past week was chicken stir fry.

I made the chicken stir fry with chicken tenderloins, broccoli, mushrooms, and peppers. I cooked rice and I eat fruit with every meal prep. Depending on my work week I do prep for three or four days.

I add fruit or apple sauce and I’m set for the week! I reach in the fridge each morning pull out lunch and hit the road. This is so easy and stress free plus it’s fun coming up with a new recipe every week!

Love it. Live it. Eat it.

Table Makeover

I have a table and chair set that my parents gave me when I moved into my own place. This table and chair set is almost thirty years old! So you can imagine it needed a little makeover.

I not only wanted to update the table but I needed it to match my style and color scheme a little better.

This makeover was a total of $10!

What I used:

  1. spray paint (black and white)
  2. fabric
  3. staple gun

I did this over the span of the weekend but this project could be completed in a day or less.

Before:

After:

How I style it:

What do you think?

Live it. Love it. Style it.

Sofa Style

Often times the biggest piece in your living room is the sofa and it draws the most attention in the room as well. So make it look good! I styled my sofa a couple of different ways so you can get a feel for all the different looks you can do with your own sofa.

What you will need:

pillows and blankets

First up: Monochromatic

My sofa is gray so I incorporated silvers, grays, and gray toned beige.

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Next up: Oversized Pillows

Make your sofa super comfy with oversized pillows!

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Lastly: Color and Texture

With a neutral sofa I try to have fun with color and adding texture to anything is my jam! I added fun colors and shapes with the pillows and some texture through the patterns and fur blanket.

Last thoughts:

Remember your space is what you make it! Whether you want cozy, inviting, fun, happy, or relaxing you can achieve any look with a few pieces! Don’t be afraid to have fun and take some risks with color and patterns!

Live it. Love it. Style it.

 

Mini Mascaras

I think mini mascaras are the best thing that ever happened to the world! Ok a little dramatic but they are pretty awesome.

Pros:

  • Try it first! For more expensive mascaras it is really nice to be able to purchase a mini size for less and try it out to see if you want to purchase the full size.
  • Travel– Duh.
  • For those of us who don’t go through a tube of mascara in a month the mini size is perfect so you aren’t tossing half a tube of mascara at the three month mark.
  • If you don’t like it you didn’t waste 20 bucks or more on a full size.
  • Cuteness!!!!

Cons:

  • Really? After those pros how could you have cons?

Makeup chains like Sephora and Ulta are getting really awesome about selling “to go” mini products or offering deluxe samples as a part of a gift with purchase or rewards program.

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Try some today!

Live it. Love it. Style it.

DIY: Table Refresh

For this project all I used was paint and painter’s tape. Now for a little extra I used a sealant so the table wouldn’t get scratched up when it is in use.

Before:

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After:

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Total cost: $4

Live it. Love it. Style it.