But that's not what this post is about and I'm sure that's not what you were expecting to read about when you clicked here! What I actually want to talk about in this post is my Spehora Inside JCP exclusive Lip Service Lip Sampler! If you've been on Sephora's website or to an actual store, you'll probably have seen the "Sephora Favorites" sampler sets. They release them every year around the holidays, and they usually have a mascara one, an eyeliner one, an expensive one with a bunch of different types (it's called the "Superstars" set this year), a fragrance one (there are like four of these this year...it's weird), a special glitzy party look one, and two lip product ones (one's smaller than the other, by a lot). These sets are really nice to get if you're interested in trying out a lot of different products at once, or if you want travel sizes of some favorites. Most of the products in these kits are "deluxe sample" or "travel size", but you do get full sizes as well. This year, the favorite, and most often sold out set, seems to be the big "Give Me Some More Lip" set which retails for $59, has 16 products, and is worth $209 (compared with the smaller "Give Me Some Lip" set which is $25, has 6 products, and is worth $90).
I have found a somewhat secret, third lip sampler set - the Lip Service set! It's a little more expensive than the Give Me Some Lip set at $28 for 6 products (it also seems to be worth a little less, too, valued at $83), but what really drew my attention to it was that, unlike the Give Me Some Lip, it included samples that are in the Give Me Some More Lip set. The best way to describe it is a smaller version of the More Lip set, which is totally awesome!
The front of this box is pretty informative; it shows the price, value, and the six lip products that are included. I got lucky and got the last one (at least when I went; actually, I should back up and talk about that...so I was shopping at my mall and, as usual, I stopped by the Sephora in JCPenney because they seem to have better stuff on sale and will have things in stock that aren't at the regular Sephora. There was a stand outside one of the entrances and it had three different Sephora Inside JCP sampler kits. There was this lip kit, an eyeliner kit, and a mascara kit. They are all around $30 and they seem to be smaller versions of the Sephora Favorites sets. I had spent a lot of money and convinced myself that I didn't need to spend anymore so I didn't get it the first time I saw it. After I went home and thought about it, I realized that, since these kits are exclusive to the Sephoras in JCPs, you can't just buy them online. You have to actually go to a JCPenney and get them. I assumed that these lip kits would be hot ticket items so I regretted not getting one. When I could make it out to the mall again, a couple days later, this was the last lip kit left. It had some pink makeup marks on it, but it was still sealed so I bought it. I'm very glad I did, since these are so popular, though, since these are exclusive items and not found on the Sephora or JCP website, it doesn't seem like this purchase counted towards my Beauty Insider points nor my total purchases. I e-mailed customer service and they were able to credit me the BI points, but not credit the $28 towards my "total spent at Sephora this year". Bummer.) and couldn't wait to get home and try the products out!
super-rich fuchsia". I especially like that it even came with a little OCC Lip Tar brush! I've heard a lot about OCC's Lip Tars and I've always wanted to try one. OCC's Lip Tars are 100% Vegan and are cruelty free, which is an added bonus since it's already a pretty awesome product! These work a little differently from "normal" lip products; you pretty much have to use a brush to apply them because of how pigmented they are and the texture they have. Probably the biggest (only?) downside to the Lip Tars is that they're difficult to reapply if you wear them out for dinner or dancing or something. There's an OCC Lip Tar in the Give Me Some More Lip set, but it's in the color "Strumpet". ]I'm hoping to be able to buy more of these guys, especially the color Black Dahlia, a gorgeous blackened red.
I'm so, so, so happy I went back and picked this up when I did. I know the other Sephora Favorites lip sets are sold out in a lot of places (I don't think you can even get them online anymore) and these sets are just so much fun to play with! These are colors/products that I either really wanted to try or that I may not have ever picked up and tried on my own (haha, weird, I know) and I'm super glad I got a chance to try them all out! I do like some a bit more than others (I think my favorite out of this set is the Tart lipstick and the OCC Lip Tar, even though I don't think I can ever pull that color off...) but I think all the products and colors in this set are ones that I can get some use out of! $30 well spent, I think!
Thanks for reading! <3