Ever After February 2016 Box: Barista’s Brew

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Ever After’s second sub-box, released in February 2016, was coffee-themed, named Barista’s Brew. Like the Tea in Wonderland Box, I was fortunate enough to be able to pick it up in a later restock. The polish included was Orange Mocha Frappuccino, “a rich and creamy coffee color filled with sparkle”. The bath and body product was a Coffee and Cream Face Mask. The mini product was a cuticle oil dropper, in a few possible coffee related scents; I received Coffee. As usual, the box included an edible treat, matched to the theme. This month featured chocolate-covered coffee beans.

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I found Orange Mocha Frappuccino’s formula to be very smooth, leading to a very easy application. I applied three thin coats to achieve full color coverage, with a slightly faster than normal dry time in between coats. Once each coat was dry, I topped with Ever After’s Quick Dry Top Coat to finish off my mani.

Orange Mocha Frappuccino is a delightful, sophisticated nude polish that gives you a very classic look with a little something extra. Depending upon the lighting, the shade shifts from a warm, golden tan to a cooler, silvery taupe. The base is complemented by gold/copper flecks and some soft holo shimmer, which catch the light and give the polish a reflective finish. It isn’t excessively sparkly, but has a soft shimmer for a gorgeous and mature look. I really like Orange Mocha Frappuccino, which will probably be a go-to nude for me in the future. I actually ended up wearing this shade to a job interview about two months ago (I’m way overdue to share it, sorry), because I thought it gave me a very professional, polished look. Incidentally, I got the job. Must have been because of this lovely shade!

The Coffee and Cream Face Mask is made with real coffee grounds, and while I don’t usually use a lot of face masks, this one sparked my curiosity. I’m also always game to try a new Ever After creation, as they never disappoint. The first thing you notice about this mask is the scent, as it smells exactly like coffee with just a touch of creamer. It’s strong and invigorating without overpowering your sense of smell. To apply, you massage a small amount onto damp skin, leave on for five to ten minutes, and rinse off. The coffee gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it smooth, soft, and invigorated. I really appreciated the fact that the mask is quick to use and doesn’t require a lengthy dry time or peeling to remove. It’s easy to work into my routine but still feels like a luxurious indulgence.

I’ve reviewed Ever After’s oil a number of times, so I won’t go into great detail here, other than to say that the Coffee Oil smells just like the real thing. It’s an invigorating and lively smell, perfect for a little midday pick-me-up. I always love adding a backup cuticle oil in a new scent.

As usual, I was very happy with the curation of the box. Opening it was like stepping into a coffee shop, with each item evoking traditional coffee scents, colors, and even flavors. I enjoyed every item in the box, and was excited to have a chance to review it, despite not getting it during the original release. Ever After recently announced that they’ll be restructuring the box a bit moving forward, doing a monthly mystery duo of polish and crelly, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with. I have no doubt we’ll see many great scent and color combos in the coming months.

-Abby

 

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