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Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos

Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.OOOOkay … So, I am back from my few-weeks-long hiatus and I have A LOT to blog about. So many reviews to get up, a couple subscription boxes, outfits, and lots more. I’m also working on revamping the layout of my blog, and just really doing a lot more blogging in general.

Summer is finally here! I have really good feelings about the upcoming summer months and I have already done a lot of summer beauty shopping — new bronzers, blushes, lighter makeup and moisturizers … just tons of new stuff. I’m going to do a haul post after this one, but I wanted to get a review up of this awesome little summer beauty kit first.

Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I love Sephora’s “Favorites” collections so much that I always try to pick them up when a new one comes out. The past few Sephora Favorites kits that I got were a little pricier than this one (this one is only $45), and they came with mostly full-sized items (and lots of them), but this kit in particular includes mostly smaller, sample-sized beauty products. I’m definitely not complaining about this, and the value of the kit surpasses the $45 price tag, so it is worth it.’nn

The Sephora Favorites Summerstash ($45; sephora.com) comes with nine large, deluxe-sized samples, which makes it great for trying out new products and getting travel-sized versions of products that you already use (which is one of the reasons I bought it). Plus, all the items come packed inside a really cute shimmery, beachy-looking makeup case (below), which is the perfect size for carrying makeup on-the-go in your handbag, beach bag, whatever.

Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I’m trying to get more photos of myself up on my blog, especially in review posts to show how the makeup looks, so for this post I did try but I really feel the need to put up a disclaimer. I’m just a littttttle self conscious about putting such large photos of my face up on the Internet, and the photos really didn’t come out as well as I would have liked because I had to use my iPhone instead of my regular camera. I’m working on it, and the next time I take pictures I promise they will look a lot better (and I also won’t just be using the iPhone camera). Baby steps …

Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Review & Photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, 0.50 oz.

The first product was my favorite setting spray by Urban Decay. I go through this stuff like water, so I love having mini bottles around to carry with me throughout the day, especially in the summer. This bottle is a lot smaller than the regular-sized version, but I think I’m going to save the empty mini bottle this time around and fill it up with the spray from the regular-sized bottle for travel purposes.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (reg. $30 for 4 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a weightless setting spray that keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours.” UD has a whole line of setting sprays for different skin types (which I’m sure everyone already knows about), and even though I was using their spray for dry skin a lot throughout the winter, I still like this original one better. I find that it makes makeup look brighter and all-around prettier, and it definitely helps it last throughout the day. Sometimes if I need extra hydration I’ll spray UD’s Chill Setting Spray (for dry skin) or MAC’s Fix+ spray on top of the All-Nighter — I find that they all work very well together.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L, 0.025 oz.

I am lovingggg blue/green/teal eyeliner shades right now and the Make Up For Ever liners are one of my favorite formulas so this mini pencil in the Sephora Favorites Summerstash was another selling point for me. I tried to take photos of what the eyeliner looks like on my eyes but, like I said before, they didn’t come out so great (it was nighttime so the lighting isn’t very good, and I need to work on the angles better for up-close makeup photos). I’m working on it. There’s a better photo of how the liner looks with my eyes closed below.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L (reg. $19 for 0.04 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a creamy, long-lasting eyeliner for intense non-stop color.” MUFE’s Aqua Eyes eyeliners come in 26 different vibrant, waterproof shades. This is one of my favorite eyeliner formulas because I find that it has serious staying power and stays put even when my allergies are at their worst and my eyes are super watery.

It’s hard for me to wear non-waterproof eyeliner because my eyes do tear a lot, and I know that a lot of people don’t really like waterproof liners, but I’ve read that even those who aren’t huge fans of waterproof formulas still love the MUFE Aqua Eyes line. 

Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten and Nars Travel Size Laguna Bronzing Powder review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten, 0.049 oz.; and Nars Travel Size Laguna Bronzing Powder, 0.08 oz.

Everyone loves the NARS Laguna bronzer, and this wouldn’t be much of a summer beauty kit without including this top-selling favorite. Currently, I only have the full-sized Casino bronzer, but I like Laguna better because it’s a bit lighter, and this little one is perfect for on-the-go use (although it’s a little hard to get product onto my big bronzer brush because of the small pan).

NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder (reg. $38 for 0.28 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “true brown-based bronzer with a gold shimmer fusion” that’s “excellent for creating or enhancing the look of healthy, glowing, tanned skin.” Everyone loves this formula so much because it’s extremely blendable and pretty long-lasting on its own … and then if you set it with a spray it should last for the whole day (or night) with minimal touch-ups. 

The next product is a mini eyeshadow in Stila’s new “Magnificent Metals” formula. I like the fact that the Sephora Favorites Summerstash included this little shadow, but the regular-sized Magnificent Metals shadows come with this liquid primer/base that you either apply directly to the lid or mix with the shadow to make it apply smoother and more evenly (I picked up a couple of these shadows months ago but I haven’t done the full review yet). The liquid primer is so important that it’s also sold separately for $20, but I figured that the kit came without it, so I should be able to still apply the shadow just fine. I was wrong.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L and Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten, blended with Stila’s regular Kitten shimmer eyeshadow

 

I ended up having to mix it with some of Stila’s regular Kitten shimmer shadow (above) because the metal finish shadow just came out like a clumpy mess. I know I could have just used the liquid primer I already have, but I wanted to see how it would apply on its own (I used a regular shadow primer underneath). I really thought it would have been a lot easier to work with. Maybe it’s just me, but I doubt it.

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten (reg. $32 for 0.07-oz. shadow and 0.06-oz. primer; sephora.com) is described as a “one-of-a-kind, buildable, high-metallic cream eye shadow with a striking foil finish.” These shadows allow you to create “a variety of effects” and the set, which comes in 16 different colors, includes a mixing tray and a deluxe Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer, to prep, prime, and create “long-lasting adhesion to lids.” 

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée, 0.095 oz.

This is another product in the Sephora Favorites Summerstash that I already own and love. I think I actually have three of these cheek colors now, so I’m definitely set for the summer and straight through the fall. This blush is veryyy natural-looking (don’t be fooled by how it looks in the jar), and it lasts forever because you only have to use a little, tiny bit to get a great color payoff.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée (reg. $22 for 0.18 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “an innovative coconut water-infused cheek gelée with up to 14 hours of color and hydration.” It’s an awesomely buildable, blendable “blush hybrid” that “provides the natural look of a cream blush with the long-lasting hydrating color of a gel stain.” This blush is infused with 50%-pure coconut water to instantly hydrate skin, and vitamin E-rich argan oil for extra nourishing benefits.

Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Mermaid's Dream and BUXOM Divine Goddess Luminizer in Venus review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream, 0.27 oz. (left); and BUXOM Divine Goddess Luminizer in Venus, 0.23 oz. (right)

Another summer beauty must have is a shimmery liquid luminizer, and the Sephora Favorites Summerstash included this highly-rated version from Buxom. This is the first time I’m really using this product — I received a sample of it awhile ago (at least over a year ago), but I never used it; I think I ended up losing it or giving it to one of my friends. Now that I have a shiny new (mini) bottle, I’m definitely going to be getting a lot of use out of it this summer. This luminizer is especially great for drier skin types (like me).

BUXOM Divine Goddess Luminizer in Venus (reg. $28 for 2 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “face and body cream luminizer with a unique, refreshing sensation.” It has this slight minty, cooling effect that a lot of people seem to like, but some others don’t like it at all. I’m 50/50 on this minty feeling; I find it a little strange to have your whole face (or wherever you apply the product) feel tingly for such a long time (the “sensation” lasts for awhile). At first, I thought my face was too sensitive to the product and it was actually burning my skin, and I’ve never really had that happen before so I was a little freaked out. Then I read up on it and saw that it’s supposed to feel that way. Either way, I really like this luminizer a lot and I want to try it out on the rest of my body as well; a lot of people say it looks great on their legs/arms/decollete during the summertime.

Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Mermaid's Dream review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream, 0.27 oz.

The Sephora Summerstash also included a summery nail polish – this glittery formula from Deborah Lippmann. I don’t usually like glitter polishes, but this one went on really well (my nails are in horrible condition in the photo above — the polish itself went on nice, but my nails need a good professional manicure this week) and it looks like it has almost a multi-dimensional effect. It also dried really quick, which I always love since I am such a mess.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream (reg. $20 for 0.50 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “seafoam splendor” — a pretty seafoam green/teal with specks of blue and light-gold glitter throughout. Deborah Lippmann nail colors are infused with “treatment benefits” from ingredients like biotin and green tea extract, they are “5-Free,” and are not tested on animals.

 Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave with Lip Brush review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave, 0.08 oz., and OCC Lip Brush

The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics gloss was one of the only products in the Summerstash that I haven’t already tried. I have been meaning to try out these glosses for awhile now, but I’ve been so stocked up on lipgloss lately that there are many that I haven’t even opened yet, so this is like the one product that I really can’t justify buying (and it takes a lot for me to hold myself back from buying new beauty products).

The OCC lipglosses seem to be a bit less popular than the brand’s Lip Tars (which I also haven’t tried yet), but they have gotten okay reviews. A lot of people complain that they come off too quickly, which is something I’m just so used to with lipgloss so I guess that’s not really an issue for me. This gloss looks like it would be super sticky, but it’s not at all, which is a huge plus for me, and I was pretty impressed with the color payoff.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave (reg. $18 for 0.33 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a gloss that combines the pigment potency of Lip Tar with a casual glossy finish.” These glosses can be combined with OCC’s Lip Tars “for added shine and color-transformative options,” or they can be worn alone for a more “translucent” look. There are 13 different Stained Gloss shades to choose from.

Marc Jacobs Mini Lash Lifter Mascara in Blacquer review and photos. Sephora Favorites Summerstash Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Mini Lash Lifter Mascara in Blacquer, 0.09 oz.

I pretty much saved the best for last. This mascara is awesome and amazing and wonderful and I am loving it so much. This was another product in the Summerstash that I haven’t already tried, and I’m sooo happy I got a chance to test it out. The mini size (0.09-oz. tube) is great for travel and you will get tons of uses out of it. My lashes are sparse right now because I had the very awful habit of pulling my mascara out and my lashes went along with it, so I’m currently waiting for them all to grow back (NEVER do this, it is the worst thing ever and I’m kicking myself for it). So this mascara actually made my sparse lashes look so much better — normal, even (normal for me), and I was so surprised. I love this stuff.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Mini Lash Lifter Mascara in Blacquer (reg. $26 for 0.24 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “the blackest, shiniest mascara with the ultimate lift, length, definition, and curl.” The innovative triangular brush is combined with “exclusive E-Lash-Tic Lash™ technology” to create “ultimate glossy lashes.” Micro-crystalline powders coat and stretch your lashes and provides for a rich, smooth application that “never clumps.” I was pretty blown away by this mascara so I’m definitely buying the full-sized version on my next trip to Sephora.

 

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Wow … that turned out to be a pretty long, photo-heavy post. The Sephora Favorites kits are always so awesome, and even though this one didn’t have any full-sized items, all of the deluxe sample sizes are great for travel purposes and you will get plenty of uses out of them (some more than others). This was definitely one of my favorite Sephora Favorites kits and it was great for me because I was able to stock up on travel-sized versions of some of my favorite products and then I was also able to try out a few products that I’ve never used before, and I ended up loving those, too. Plus, the makeup case that comes with the set is also really cute.

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The Sephora Favorites Summerstash Kit costs $45 (items are valued at $123) and it is available for a limited time in Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com.

 

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Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review + Photos — The Best in Cleansers, Scrubs, Masks & Moisturizers

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I had to make a quick mini-order at Sephora.com a few days ago to replace my much-used eyeshadow crease brush as I somehow lost mine and it’s one of those items that I use every single day — I was itching for the few days that I had to go without it. I ended up buying Hourglass’s Crease Brush and it works wonderfully. Then, of course, I added some other items that caught my eye to my online shopping cart (who can really only buy ONE thing at Sephora??), and this skincare set happened to be one of them.

I usually love the Sephora Favorites sets and I try to get them whenever a new one comes out (except for the perfumes — I have enough perfume samples from beauty boxes and through points prizes to last me well through the next 12 months, AT LEAST). I find that these kits far surpass their price as far as value goes; the products are usually great sizes (if not full-sized), and the items chosen are almost always the “best of the best” and work extremely well.

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This kit is no exception and it contained a bunch of products that I have never tried before (but have been meaning to try for awhile) and it’s really a great mix of products that cater to a very broad group of different skin types. I guess a variety kit like this would be kind of pointless if people couldn’t use a lot of the products in it because of their specific skin type, so Sephora did a great job at including a range of products for everyday skin concerns (it’s a very good combination-type skin kit) with formulas gentle enough for those with sensitivity issues.

The major selling point for me, besides the fact that I could definitely put every item in this kit to use, is that each one of these items is fantastically formulated without parabens or sulfates.

The Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Set Contains:
– Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (0.7 oz.)
– Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner (0.25 oz.)
– Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 (0.33 oz.)
– First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay (1 oz.)
– GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment (0.3 oz.)
– Kate Somerville Skincare ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.5 oz.)
– Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (0.33 oz.)
– Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (0.5 oz.)
– Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel (0.5 oz.)

Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

All these items came packed into a black makeup bag that’s big and durable enough to hold a ton of full-sized products (pictured above).

Kate Somerville Skincare ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I love Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Treatment and I actually just ran out of the tube (same size as this one — 0.5 oz.) that I received in a previous Sephora Favorites kit. This is actually a full-sized product, although it is the smallest size that you can buy it in. At $22 for 0.5 oz,, it is a bit pricey, but, if you want to try it out, then this is the size to try. If you happen to love it (and see noticeable results like I did), I would definitely splurge and go for the $85 2-oz. bottle. I personally don’t think it’s worth it to spend $175 on the even larger (5-oz.) size, especially because I wouldn’t use this product everyday, but hey, if you’re absolutely in love with it and have the extra cash to spend then you can own a whole 5-oz. tube of this stuff.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (reg. $22-$175 for 0.5 oz.-5 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “dual-action exfoliation method” that works both physically and enzymatically to deliver “safe, dramatic results in one application.” This treatment is meant to combat acne and blackheads, reduce discoloration and polish skin for a smooth complexion.

I don’t really know how to describe how my skin felt/looked after using this product other than all-around healthy. It contains Salicylic Acid to hydrate (without over-drying); microbeads and fruit enzymes to clear out pores, remove dead skin cells and eliminate bacteria; Rosewood and Cinnamon extracts to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and Aloe Vera, honey and Vitamin E to smooth and soften skin. Kate Somerville also makes an ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment for more sensitive skin.

The next product is a black peel-off mask from Boscia. I own a similar mask from Julep (the Mask Noir) that I’ve hardly even tried since I got it, and I haven’t tried this Bosica mask yet either, so I have a feeling I’ll be putting one of them to use when I get home from class tonight.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (reg. $34 for 2.8 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “groundbreaking, mineral-rich mask that peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying and brightening effects.” This mask is made with a “premier-quality clay,” with deep-cleansing properties that draw out dirt and oil. It is also formulated with other natural ingredients to exfoliate skin and refine pores, as well as powerful antioxidants that shrink pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. You apply the mask to clean, dry skin in an even layer and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes until it’s completely dry. Once it’s dry, you peel the mask off, along with “dead skin, impurities and excess oil.”

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I love the way this eye gel looks and it definitely feels as good as it looks. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (reg. $38 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “dual-action cooling gel to visibly firm and de-puff fatigued eyes while you sleep.” I love Ole Henriksen products and I find that they work very well and feel great on my skin, plus the blue gel of this product looks (and feels) super cool.

This “unique gel-mask” contains calming calendula and cucumber that wraps the eye area, while a “gravity-defying complex of peptides infused with arginine visibly lifts and contours.” It is supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines while revitalizing and brightening the eye area. I have only used this gel once so far, but it definitely felt wonderful on my skin.

GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment and Murad Oil-Free Mattifier Lotion. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The main reason I bought this Sephora Favorites kit was really for the GLAMGLOW Clearing Treatment. Of course I wanted to try out the other products that were new to me, plus there were some old favorites of mine mixed in there, but, more than any other product in here, I have been meaning to try a GLAMGLOW treatment for awhile now, and I have read such great things about them across the whole beauty review spectrum.

I saw instant results with this product — and that’s saying a lot because I hardly ever see instant results with skincare products. I have my tried-and-true staple skincare products that I buy over and over again, and then dozens upon dozens of samples that I receive, and out of these samples that I try it’s honestly very rare that I find one that I absolutely love like this GLAMGLOW treatment. To me, this product is well worth the full-size price of $69 (I would even pay way more than that) and I will be buying it as soon as this sample (which you can get a bunch of uses out of) runs out.

GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment (reg. $69 for 1.2 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “scientifically advanced SUPER-MUD clearing treatment to target, prevent and heal problem skin.” This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW dermatological chemists to “help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps and in-grown hair.”

You can actually see this stuff work in action: Dirt and congestion is drawn out by powerful, skin-clearing mud, and you will literally see GLAMGLOW’s “Pore Matrix” at work as it reveals dots of vacuum extractions. It is formulated with a “proprietary six-acid blend” to brighten and soften the skin, while “Activated-X Charcoal” magnetically draws out dirt and clears up pores. I have never seen such a noticeable difference in the look and feel of my skin so quickly after just one use of a product. 

With all that being said, I guess the next product is a bit more boring (for lack of a better word?) in comparison to the GLAMGLOW treatment.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (reg. $39.50 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “shine-reducing moisturizer that controls oil for up to eight hours, decreases breakouts and protects skin.” My skin is a LOT more dry in the winter than it is during the rest of the year, and this cream felt almost more like a pore refiner than a moisturizer on my face, so I’m probably just going to leave this one in the bag until this dry-skin season is over (although my skin is never really “oily”). For those of you who do have more oily skin, this Murad moisturizer has been clinically proven to control oil for up to eight hours while effectively reducing breakouts, and it also regulates oil throughout the day.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay and Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 review and photos. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I wish there was at least one more daily cleanser in this kit, but this one from First Aid Beauty is pretty good and it comes in a great size (a 1-oz. tube) for lots of uses. I never used this cleanser before buying the Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse set, and I’m always happy to try out new products. I can’t really say that I have seen crazy noticeable results, but I only used this cleanser twice so far and both times I was just in too much of a rush (as per usual) to really take in the results.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay (reg. $24 for 4.7 oz.; sephora.com) is a gel facial cleanser meant to “detox, cleanse and unclog pores.” This foaming cleanser is formulated with a “powerful combination of red clay, rosemary leaf oil and botanical antioxidants” to remove excess oils, unclog pores and purify the skin.

This product is also formulated with clay, which is the magic ingredient that draws out toxins on the skin, while controlling outbreaks and even reducing the size of pores. This product is “perfect for anyone with problem-prone, combination, or oily skin or as a deep treatment cleanse for normal skin.” It really is an all-star cleanser for every skin type and it also does a good job at removing makeup.

The next product is Dr. Jart’s famous BB Cream. I have heard wonderful things about this BB Cream, but, like many of the other BB Creams on the market, this one just isn’t for me. This product is a true BB Cream, made in Korea, and it is way more in tune with the original Asian BB Creams than it is with some of their newer American counterparts. Personally, I love Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm because of its moisturizing and “glowing” properties (and the fact that it comes in a range of shades); the original BB Creams, on the other hand, are more like what you would see in Dr. Jart’s formula.

Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm (reg. $36 for 1.5 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “purifying face cream that provides age defense, and hides uneven skintone and blemishes.” This “botanical formula” is formulated to “purify and calm blemish-prone or sensitive skin while also combating dark spots and pollutants for an enhanced radiance.” It comes in one universal shade and features SPF 25 sun protection.

As I said before, this is more of an “original” Beauty Balm, and actually made in Korea where the Beauty Balm craze originated (along with Japan), and pretty different than some of the American BB Creams that have been recently over-saturating the beauty market. I found this cream to have a matte-like feeling/texture, and while it is great for those with blemish-prone, oily skin, it might not be as great for people like me who have drier skin, especially in the winter time. Either way, this product has received rave reviews across the board, and if you want to try out a *REAL* BB Cream, I would definitely check this one out.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner and Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel. Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 Review and Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I kinda dropped the ball on the photo for these two — it was sooo late (3am maybe??) and I just wanted to get all the photos done so I could get this post up. Please, please excuse the poor photo quality!

To round up the Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 set, Sephora included a pore refiner with serious results, and a firming, peeling gel to unveil a fresher, smoother complexion.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner (reg. $45 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as an “instantly effective, mattifying pore refiner” that “smooths and evens the skin’s texture, providing a matte finish with or without makeup.” It is formulated with infusions of microspheres and flaxseed to “effectively shrink pores, absorb oil and keep shine at bay.” I only tried this out once so far and I used it on my nose where my pores tend to be more visible, and it worked very well — I loved the silky feeling of this product.

What’s so great about it is that you can re-apply it throughout the day “as necessary” over makeup for a quick touch-up (although I wouldn’t necessarily re-apply it over the entire face, as that will probably mess up any blush/bronzer/highlighter application you got going on). This pore refiner can also be used as an “excellent makeup primer,” and I’m going to try it out as a primer today, especially after already witnessing how silky this stuff feels, and how it really did smooth out the skin around my nose area (where I tested it out).

The last product in this set is the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel (reg. $48 for 3.4 oz.; sephora.com). I haven’t used this gel yet, but I find that Peter Thomas Roth skincare products always work very well, and this specific product received a nearly 5-star review on Sephora.com. It is described as a “peeling gel that visibly rolls, lifts and sweeps away dead skin cells when massaged onto skin.”

This peeling gel is formulated with multi-action enzymes (pineapple, pomegranate and keratinase) and cellulose, to “effectively peel and help uncover a smooth, fresh, new complexion without drying, irritating or causing undue stress to skin.” This product will also remove impurities and unclog pores for a “youthful, radiant look.”

 

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The Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse Vol. 2 skincare set is available in Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com for a limited time. The set costs $45 (and is valued at $112).

 

 

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