Hello! Hope you all had a great Valentines Day! Mine was pretty okay; it could have gone better, but that's only because the food at the restaurant my husband and I went to wasn't very good. Otherwise, it was a nice night and my husband got me some nice, thoughtful gifts. Unfortunately though, the main gift he got me didn't arrive in time. We're hoping it comes today, otherwise it will have to wait until next week (President's Day on Monday will slow things down even more). We were also going to go see The LEGO Movie, which I hear is really good, but we didn't have time so we'll have to do it sometime next week as well.
But this post isn't about Valentines Day, it's about my Sephora Favorites Vol.2 Skin Cleanse kit! I showed this kit in a haul I did a while ago (a long while ago now, back in mid-January I think...) but I wanted to take some time and look at the products included in it individually. As of today, this kit is still available on the Sephora website (I just checked), so if you're interested in purchasing it, you can!
And yes, I am using the same picture as in my haul. It's just easier that way.
I really love these "Sephora Favorites" kits; they're a great way to experiment and try a bunch of different products from a bunch of different brands (though I have noticed that Sephora likes to reuse a lot of the same brands in these kits, but that also might be just because the brands are that well-liked). I'm one of those people that loves trying new things, especially new new things AND I really like sample sizes, so these kits are basically tailor-made for me. When I first saw this kit (and it's sister, the Vol.1 Skin Bender) I wasn't all that interested in it. I have a lot of skincare samples sitting around my home from all my various subscription boxes, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to pay $45 ($48 for Vol.1. I ended up buying that kit as well. Because I have problems) for more, especially since I wasn't sure if I could even use some of the products with my skin type (which I admittedly don't know what it is. I think I have combination/sensitive skin that leans on the dry side but who even know). After I went home without purchasing it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. When I can't stop thinking about a product, I know I have to have it (I think I explained this before and, no matter how many times I do, it still sounds like backwards, silly, unlogic). After I went back the next day and bought it (I bought this kit in-store, Vol.1 online a few days later), I thought it would be fun to wait and try out all the products so I could do a real review, not only of this bag itself, but of each individual product inside!
Let's start with the bag! I didn't actually take a picture of just the bag for some reason (and I have a long and complicated reason why I can't just go take one now that I'm sure you don't want to read), but it's pretty easy to see in the first two pictures. It's a black bag with white side patches and black 3D, uh, nubbins (I couldn't think of a better word) all on the outside. The bag for the Vol.1 is similar, just with the colors swapped, though instead of white nubbins on white it has black nubbins on white. It kind of reminds me of an old school bowling ball bag and to be honest...it's not the cutest. It feels kind of mod and retro and that's not really my style. It's a pretty good sized bag so it would be good for traveling but it's a bit too big to go in a purse.
Now, I said I was going to wait to do a review until I've used every product in this bag at least once and, unfortunately, I didn't actually use every product yet. I still haven't used the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier.
From here on, I'll probably go at random and I won't really follow the order that I went in the video.So next I'll talk about...
Next is a product that I've tried before, Dr. Jart's Black Label Detox BB Cream.
As you can see, I have a lot of things to say about each of these products, which is why I wanted to take a look at this kit all by itself! Moving on, we have FAB's Red Clay Deep Cleanser.
Again, this is another brand that I have a lot of experience with and that I really love! First Aid Beauty (FAB) initially caught my eye since it's a skincare line formulated for people with incredibly sensitive skin. Their products are irritant-free (at least when it comes to common chemical irritants. If you have allergies or anything, make sure to check the labels) and are general fragrance/dye and paraben-free as well. FAB's most popular product, the Ultra Repair Cream, is absolutely amazing and will make your skin feel wonderful and you really should try it if you struggle with dry skin or certain skin conditions (they say you can use it for atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, and keratosis pilaris). I use/have used their face cleanser, eye cream, face cream, radiance pads, and of course the Ultra Repair Cream and overall have been pretty impressed. This cleanser is no exception! I've used this a few times now and I really like how it leaves my face feeling clean, but not stripped! This is exactly the kind of cleanser I'm looking for; I have blemish-prone skin so I really need something that will keep it clean, but since my skin is so sensitive, harsher cleansers can really mess it up. This is a nice balance between the two. I might even consider picking up the full size of this when I finish my other FAB facial cleanser. The full size is $24 for 4.7 oz, so this 1 oz sized sample is worth about $5.10.
Next we have GlamGlow's SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment.
Over halfway done! Next is the Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.
This is Ole Henriksen's Ultimate Life Eye Gel, another product that attracted me to this bag.
Last two products! Almost done! This is the Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel.
Finally, we have the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner.
And that's everything in the Sephora Favorites Vol.2 Skin Cleanse kit! For $45 you get nine different skincare products; 8 of which are deluxe size samples and 1 which is a travel/full size, depending on what your definition of "full size" is. Sephora says this bag has a value of $112, though according to my calculations, it's closer to $106. You still get your money's worth, but I really don't like it when companies give a value and then go under it. If Sephora said it was a $100 value, or a $100 + value, that'd be great, but since it's about $6 under the promised value, I'm a little sad (but I'm not upset or anything, it is only a $6 difference and I'm not sure how Sephora calculated the value of the bag. I'm going purely buy how much a product costs per ounce).
Is this bad worth it? Eh, maybe. I like it, because I like trying new things and I love samples. This would be a good bag for someone trying to figure out a good skin routine and what kinds of products or brands they want to look into. For $45, it is kind of expensive for what it is, so if you already have a great skincare routine or if you aren't really interested in these types of products, I'd say don't buy it. It's really a personal preference kind of thing.
Thanks for reading! <3