So, this month’s box post comes with no handy photographs, because I didn’t even realize that it was at my sister’s house until after I was already there for some Saturday night shenanigans, and I drunkenly gave half of the contents to her. Sephora’s order tracking is pretty inaccurate, when it comes to its subscription boxes. I am informed when the boxes are shipped, but more often than not the estimated time of arrival seems like a random guess. About the giving away of the contents, I gave her three out of six things in the box, two of which I already had and one of which I couldn’t see myself using. More details on that to follow.
This month’s box theme was “The Unbasic Basics”. In the words of Sephora’s own copy, these items are supposed to take us “back to beauty school”. There are these bras that I buy only to wear to work, Bali Passion for Comfort underwire minimizer bras. They’re not cute. They’re not sexy. But they do what they’re supposed to do, comfortably contain and minimize my outrageous chest situation so that I can do my job, and that’s why I keep buying them. The stuff in this box is the cosmetic version of the comfy work bra. It’s not exciting, but it exists to do a job and it does that job reliably.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
This was probably the thing in the box that I was most happy about receiving. I like the ABH brow products I already use, but my eyebrows continue to be a struggle for me. Even though I use the lightest blonde shade that most brow products offer, it’s still too dark, really, because my eyebrows and eyelashes are not very dark, so it looks weird, and my eyebrows are patchy because I have thyroid disease and so I get random bald spots in my already thin brows. I like the clear gel because it gives my brows a neater, more uniform appearance, without adding a color that reads as obviously fake.
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
I gave this one to my sister. Not because I don’t like it. I already have it and I do like it. I think Tattoo Liner is a pretty good liner and the pen design makes it easy to use. I just don’t need another one.
- Atelier Cologne Collection Azur Sud Magnolia
I also gave this one to my sister, because I already had a sample of it. That said, Atelier Cologne is usually pretty hit or miss with me. Love at first sniff or outright revulsion. I’ll never forget the time I ordered a mini bottle of Rose Anonyme and was horrified when I smelled it, because it smelled less like any rose I’ve ever smelled and more like men’s after shave. I just went to the drawer where I keep perfume mini bottles to smell it again, to make sure I was remembering correctly, and, yes, it totally smells like something they would sell in the men’s shaving section. My point is, Atelier Cologne samples are kind of an adventure. I didn’t dislike Sud Magnolia, but it didn’t really smell much like I would want a magnolia perfume to smell. Magnolia are big showy blooms that explode into beautiful life and then quickly fade, leaving behind a gorgeous carpet of decaying petals. That’s what I want when I smell a magnolia perfume. A great burst of exuberant life followed by a beautiful death. So, yeah, Atelier Cologne perfumes can be very disappointing. I still love getting them as samples, though, because they come with postcards with little snippets of creative writing about the sort of people they envision wearing their perfume. I put the postcards on the mirror above my desk.
- Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell
I’m a bold lip kind of girl. This pale pink color is an absolute nothing of a color. I gave it to my sister because maybe she won’t hate it. It wasn’t just the color, either. There was a decided lack of color payoff, and I had to work to get the wishywashy stuff to even show up. Not for me.
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Protector
That is a long frickin’ title, is it not? Much word salad. I haven’t used this, because I’m waiting until the next time I wash my hair before I go to bed. I don’t have high hopes. I have long, thick hair and the bottle is not very large. There probably won’t be enough product to cover all of my hair, so it’ll just end up half-assed.
- Sheer Transformation by Ole Henrikson
I’m pretty sure I already own a sample size of this product, but I’ve never used it, because I already have a go-to moisturizer and I”m not looking for another one. I might give this a try, though. I guess it can’t hurt.
So, those are my feelings about the contents of my box. This month was kind of a bust, but maybe next month will be better, especially since we’re heading toward holiday gift set territory