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Hey friends! Welcome to my February PLAY! by Sephora review. Every few months I think about canceling this box but then I get a great one and then never end up canceling. I honestly don’t think I ever will cancel because… this is just who I am as a person.

PLAY! BY SEPHORA

Price: $10/month

Box Type: Beauty products, 5-6 deluxe samples

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all fun products that come from Sephora? Some boxes will send you random products from brands you’ve never heard of before but Play! by Sephora will only send you brands from their own store – basically all high end fun things you are excited to try! Here’s a breakdown of the benefits:

  • The awesome products, of course.
  • The $10 you spend earns you Beauty Insider points if you are already part of their rewards program. (I’m VIB Rouge because I clearly have A Problem buying makeup.)
  • Each month you will also receive a card that you can bring into Sephora that will earn you 50 additional bonus points on your purchase!

How to Subscribe: Click here!

UNBOXING & REVIEW Click to view slideshow.

The Play! by Sephora insert is always really cute. It also had a little card for 50 extra Beauty Insider points but I grabbed that and put it in my wallet since I *never* use it and I’m trying to make use of this perk more, now that you can add multiple promo codes per order. I think other Beauty Insiders who subscribe never used this because if it’s between points or a code for a cool new product, I’m always going to go for the product. But now, I think we are able to do both. I’ll keep you posted if I have any issues with it.

And here’s everything we got this month! It’s a pretty decent little haul, and seems to be on-theme for a February box.

Stella McCartney Stella Perfume ($52-$97): This is one of my all-time favorite perfumes, and one I always go back to. Like I mentioned above, I love roses and this perfume is a dark and sexy rose. I feel like this is more of an “after-dark” perfume more than “a day at the office,” but either way you wear it, I think you’ll get compliments. If you love rose scents, this is for you.

Fresh Rose Face Mask ($25-$62): I think this is the product I’m most excited about from this box, as I love rose-scented/infused things and I’m not sure I’ve ever tried this before! This is supposed to moisturize and calm the skin, which seems like it would be a great Sunday evening mask, ya know? Getting ready for the week by taking s moment to take care of yourself and your skin? I’m in.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick ($14-$36): I bought the full-size of this a long time ago when it first came out and all the Influencers were talking about it. I’m honestly not sure this does anything for me. I like the fact that it doesn’t have silicone in it, but I think it would DO more for my pores if it DID have silicone in it. Maybe this would work better on younger skin, I’m not sure. But it’s not my fave.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet ($20-$39): I’ve tried this moisturizer before and I really like it. Every now and then, I continue to get this in boxes and I never put it in my donate bag. It’s more of a lightweight moisturizer, and wears well under makeup. It has such a light, airy texture, unlike a really thick, heavy cream. If you have dry skin, this probably won’t do it for you, especially in the winter. But if you are oily or combo, I think you’d really enjoy this!

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks ($25/6 pairs): I like these types of eye masks. I have learned my lesson in terms of wearing these right before applying makeup, but I do think they do well to deliver ingredients to the delicate eye area and keep them there for a bit, which is nice. I do think this type of thing is expensive to actually intentionally buy – I don’t think I’m there yet. But when I do receive these, I’m definitely going to use them. I’ve seen similar things on Amazon for much less money, so maybe I’ll do a comparison someday? Like here, you get 30 pairs for $18. So I am mildly curious about all of this. Filing this away for later.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb ($26): I am always so bummed when I get Bite Beauty lip products in boxes because they look SO beautiful, but I can’t use them since I have an allergy to castor oil. I love the look, feel and whole aesthetic of the brand, so I would actually recommend it if you don’t have any issues with castor oil. I love how their lip product packaging has that soft-touch feel. I think it’s really nice to receive lip minis in a box because I know I’ll never make it through a whole lip product (except the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb!) so minis are perfect for me. I think the color is really pretty and universal, and a pretty on-theme type of color for a February box.

Note: I purposely didn’t swatch this since the first ingredient is castor oil. I want to be able to give someone a fresh lipstick since I won’t be able to wear it! 

Final Grade: B+

I really enjoyed the February Play! by Sephora! I am excited to use most of the products with the exception of the Milk Blur Stick. However, I do think it’s cool that they included it in the box for people to try, since it is one of those really hyped-up products. I think it’s cool that they included a lipstick from Bite even though I can’t use it because it’s a really popular brand with great products and I’m not going to knock off points just because I personally can’t use it. I’m really excited for the Fresh Rose mask and the Wander gold eye masks (and I’m now super curious about the Amazon ones…) and I’m happy to be able to have a little Stella to throw in my makeup or travel bag.

If you are interested in subscribing, click here! I’m not really sure if they do referrals yet, but I think I might get some money via affiliate link. (Like, fractions of pennies. This is not how I pay my bills.)

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Y’all know I go back and forth on whether or not I even want to keep this subscription, and this is another month where I am very mehhhhh and should I cancel? I am so hesitant to actually cancel. But maybe I will. Because of boxes like this. Someday…

Play! by Sephora

Price: $10/month

Box Type: Beauty products, 5-6 deluxe samples

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all fun products that come from Sephora? Some boxes will send you random products from brands you’ve never heard of before but Play! by Sephora will only send you brands from their own store – basically all high end fun things you are excited to try! Here’s a breakdown of the benefits:

  • The awesome products, of course.
  • The $10 you spend earns you Beauty Insider points if you are already part of their rewards program. (I’m VIB Rouge because I clearly have A Problem buying makeup.)
  • Each month you will also receive a card that you can bring into Sephora that will earn you 50 additional bonus points on your purchase!

How to Subscribe: Click here!

Unboxing + Review Click to view slideshow.

And here are all of the products from the box. There are definitely a couple products I’m excited about but there are a few items I’m sort of perplexed about.

beautyblender blendercleanser solid pro ($45): I am actually excited about the beautyblender cleanser, as I think it’s a great brush cleaner! I’m trying to make it a habit to wash my brushes more, and with that comes more brush cleaner. TBH, if you ever stay at a hotel, grab a few hand soaps, as I think they are very similar to the brush cleaning soaps I have used. But I’ll def use the brush cleaner from beautyblender, as it’s proven to be pretty great.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($25): I am about to be out of my current sleeping mask, Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask ($52) that I actually got for free from Influenster (you should join with my link!) last year. I really loved the Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping mask, and I think the texture of the Laneige one is very similar. Both are very moisturizing and bouncy, and make my skin feel healthy and hydrated the next morning. Both are fantastic but the Laneige one is cheaper, so you know. If you haven’t ever tried a sleeping mask before, this could be a nice one to try!

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Brightening Serum ($85): I have the full-size version of this, and I think I got it in some sort of box, because I did not actively seek this out. Out of all of the Vitamin C serums I have tried, this one is my least favorite. It’s more like a cream than a serum, and I’ve never really noticed a huge difference in my skin, especially for the price. I kept it in my gym bag, so I would use it sometimes and I didn’t mind it, but it’s not something that I really sought out and I won’t buy it again.

Four Sigmatic Golden Latte Mushroom Mix with Shitake & Tumeric ($20): This was the product where I was like… wait, wut. I am not going to eat/drink this. Full-stop. I don’t want to drink any of those things. Hard pass. If you know me in real life and want this shit, hit me up. It’s yours.

Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Balm and Scrub: I like the Bite Lip Balm, but it’s INCREDIBLY thick. A little too thick for my preferences. However, if you wear a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, you might need a super thick balm to help repair all that. You know I love the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I prefer the Laneige to the Bite for sure. I haven’t used the scrub yet, but I can’t imagine it’s going to be so much different from other lip scrubs.

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé ($24): I really like the Bite lip crayons, and I think this color is lovely. I think most people really love this formula, I just can’t enjoy it because it has castor oil in it, so I’ll (sadly) be giving this away.

Final Grade: B

Like I said, this wasn’t my favorite box from Play! By Sephora. Sure, there were some products I liked, but did it thrill me? No. Not really. I always wonder if I should just cancel this box, but at the end of the day it’s $10, so it doesn’t make a huge impact on me either way. I’ll probably hold onto it but it’s one of those things I’m asking myself about this. You know what box I NEVER question? The Allure Beauty Box. Now THAT is a great box I never want to cancel.

But if you want to subscribe to the Play! by Sephora box, click here. Or not. Whatever.

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I apologize for getting this review up late, but I thought the box was great and still wanted to share with y’all!

Play! by Sephora

Price: $10/month

Box Type: Beauty products, 5-6 deluxe samples

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all fun products that come from Sephora? Some boxes will send you random products from brands you’ve never heard of before but Play! by Sephora will only send you brands from their own store – basically all high end fun things you are excited to try! Here’s a breakdown of the benefits:

  • The awesome products, of course.
  • The $10 you spend earns you Beauty Insider points if you are already part of their rewards program. (I’m VIB Rouge because I clearly have A Problem buying makeup.)
  • Each month you will also receive a card that you can bring into Sephora that will earn you 50 additional bonus points on your purchase!

How to Subscribe: Click here!

The Insert Click to view slideshow.

This month’s little insert was really cute, and talked about all the products the PLAY! box has sent to subscribers over the past year by the numbers. It also describes the December products, as usual. It also mentioned that they included an extra product this time, which we will discuss later.

And here’s all the products I received in the December PLAY! by Sephora box!

Inside the Box

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ($39): I haven’t used Clinique products in a long time so I’m not sure if I’m going to hold onto this or find it a new home. However, this is one of the first gel cream moisturizers I’ve seen from Clinique, so I may keep it and test it out to see how well it wears under makeup.

Trèstique Lip Glaze in Paris Pink ($25): First of all, the Trèstique packaging is super cute. Second of all, it does not contain any castor oil. YAY. So I get to keep this one! This looks like a nice, “your lips but better” kind of shade. (See the swatch a little ways down.) The full-size actually comes with a little lip primer on the other side, which is convenient AND cute.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel ($29): This was the extra gift Sephora threw in this month. This is supposed to help give an effortless air-dried style. It says it’s lightweight so it shouldn’t weigh hair down. You are supposed to rub it through hair when it’s almost dry. I am thinking it will prevent frizz and keep it smooth and straight.

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Mini ($15): I’ve actually tried this before and I am thinking about using this again soon. I can’t remember if I tried it prior to going so blonde, so I wanted to check with my hair stylist before using this. My hair stylist says that apple cider vinegar alone is a great way to clarify hair. This version contains mostly Apple Cider Vinegar but it also has things like lavender extract, argan oil, and aloe vera to help nourish hair. My hair stylist gave me the OK to use this on my hair, which is great news!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara in Black ($23): I’ve used this mascara over the years and while it’s a fine mascara, it’s not my fave so I wouldn’t buy the full-size. (Especially since I don’t buy from Tarte right now.) However, I decided to try it again because it had been awhile and it’s been working great on my lower lashes without smudging. Recently, I have been dealing with lower-lash mascara smudging issues and I’m on the hunt for a new lower lash mascara. Like I said, I won’t buy this one, but it was nice!

Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eyeshadow Duo in Titiana ($25): I have swatched this product in Sephora after I first learned of it, but I didn’t know there were minis until now! The liquid shadow side is very pretty – I tried to capture that it’s a duochrome on camera, but even with my new lens, I am not the best photographer. The glitter side is a little chunky, so I’m not quite sure how I’m going to work with that, but I do think this will be fun to play around with.

Final Grade: A+

I’ve been considering canceling the PLAY! by Sephora box but this box was fantastic, so I think I’m going to hold onto my subscription for a few more months – just in case. This is one of those rare situations where I’ll use every product in the box, and I’m excited!

If you are interested in subscribing, click here!

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I know it seems like it’s been All Sephora Boxes All The Time around here lately, so I think I am going to tone it down a bit on the one-off, non-subscription Sephora boxes, but I am definitely not getting rid of my regular monthly Sephora box, which is what we are discussing today!

Play! by Sephora

Price: $10/month

Box Type: Beauty products, 5-6 deluxe samples

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all fun products that come from Sephora? Some boxes will send you random products from brands you’ve never heard of before but Play! by Sephora will only send you brands from their own store – basically all high end fun things you are excited to try! Here’s a breakdown of the benefits:

  • The awesome products, of course.
  • The $10 you spend earns you Beauty Insider points if you are already part of their rewards program. (I’m VIB Rouge because I clearly have A Problem buying makeup.)
  • Each month you will also receive a card that you can bring into Sephora that will earn you 50 additional bonus points on your purchase!

How to Subscribe: Click here! 

What I really like is that Sephora is now sending plastic makeup bags instead of an actual little makeup bag. I really don’t need a new makeup bag (that would never in a billion years hold the makeup I would actually need it to) which is why I stopped subscribing to Ipsy years ago. They could honestly forgo the bag altogether, but at least I can recycle this one.

I forgot to take a picture of the insert that describes all the products, but if you look at the rest of our blogs, you will get the idea. On one side, it describes all the products, and on the other side, they have a theme. This month, it was easy Halloween costume ideas. It was cute, but I can’t find it! I’m sorry!

Here are all the products we received this month!

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin in Y245 ($38): Dang, it’s a bummer that they included a shade that it a few shades too dark for me, or else I would really like to try this! I honestly might go in-store and get a sample to see if I like it. I have been steering clear from full-coverage, matte foundations, but as an oilier girl- no. That sounds gross, Lauren. As an oily-skinned girl. Yes. That is better. As an oily-skinned gal, I do like to see what brands wear for a long time on my skin without breaking up and creasing for special occasions and days when I need my makeup to last. So far, my fave foundations are the Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation ($36) and the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24-Hour Foundation ($12.99). I definitely do want to see if the Make Up For Ever version will make the ranks because it has a reeeeally good shade range, so I think this could work for a lot of people.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Hydrating Primer ($32): This reminds me so much of Belif’s Aqua Bomb! If your skin needs more moisture prior to applying foundation, this could be for you. I feel like I would be ok with Belif’s Aquabomb, since I have that already, but if you have dry skin and are in need of a new primer, this would probably be really nice for you! Now that I think about it, if you have dryer skin, this primer would probably work really well under the Make Up For Ever foundation!

Caualie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum ($79): I’m very interested in this serum, from this description (taken from Sephora’s site) alone:

A highly concentrated, natural, oil-free serum that combats dark spots, evens skin tone, and boosts radiance—and proven to be 62 times more effective than vitamin C.

Y’all know how I feel about vitamin C, so this makes me excited. I think I will try to use this for a week (or as long as it lasts) to see if I see a difference on my skin! I’m excited. I’ve gotten a few serums from Caudalie lately that excite me, so who knows – it’s possible I may buy a full-size of one of these someday!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38): This cleanser is super soft and creamy, almost cushion-y, and would never over-dry skin. If you’ve ever used Philosphy Purity, I think you would like this. It’s sort of basic but still really nice. I’ve never bought the full-size of this, but quite honestly, I might end up getting it someday. I think it will make an excellent second cleanse after first washing off makeup with an oil cleanser. I’m running out of my go-to cleanser, so I’ll definitely use this

Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ Sailing Day ($126): Do any of y’all remember Jennifer Aniston’s perfume? The one that used to be in Sephora years ago? I used to get samples of it with purchases and this scent reminds me so much of that. Jennifer Aniston’s fragrance is no longer sold anymore so I won’t be able to compare it. But her scent was very intentionally beach-y, and this one is meant to evoke emotions from a sailing day. This probably isn’t a fragrance I would purchase, but it does smell really nice. Below is what Sephora says about it.

Scent Type: Fresh Aquatics Key Notes: Aquatic Accord, Coriander, Red Seaweed Essence

About: Sailing Day is a fresh fragrance that recalls the memory of soft rolling waves and the spirit of the sea through aromatic and pure notes of aquatic accord, iris asbolute, and red seaweed accord. Explore the infinite deep blue and feel the freshness of the ocean spray through notes of juniper essence and a unique aquatic accord. Dive deep into the sea and feel the refreshing sensation of rose superessence and a sharp adrenalin rush of iris and coriander. Navigating your sails in a new direction, charter through grounding notes of red seaweed essence and salty ambergris accord as you explore the ocean’s abyss.

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 01 Light ($24): I was kind of bummed because this shade is way too light for me. Even though I have platinum blonde hair, I like my brows to look more like my natural color, so I tend to tint them a darker brown. However – y’all – I have found a new favorite AFFORDABLE brow gel – the Colourpop Brow Boss ($6)! They used to only have clear brow gel, but now they have a few tinted versions, and it’s AWESOME. It has the exact kind of brush that my holy grail Glossier Boy Brow but WAY LESS EXPENSIVE. If you are in the market for brow things, I recommend checking out the Colourpop things, they have pomade, pencils and brow gels!

Final Grade: B

This box would have gotten an A if the foundation and brow gel were good shade matches for me. But I def won’t be able to use them as-is, which automatically removes them from the running. I am excited to use the Fresh cleanser and the Caudalie serum though!

If you are interested in subscribing to PLAY! by Sephora, click here!

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I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been frustrated with Sephora lately or if it was just that this box was kind of disappointing, but I’ve been considering cancelling my subscription. I do have just… boxes of samples I need to use up anyway, so it might be good to take a little break, and just buy the occasional ad hoc box? I’m still not sure if I’ll cancel, but I’ll let you know.

Play! by Sephora

Price: $10/month

Box Type: Beauty products, 5-6 deluxe samples

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all fun products that come from Sephora? Some boxes will send you random products from brands you’ve never heard of before but Play! by Sephora will only send you brands from their own store – basically all high end fun things you are excited to try! Here’s a breakdown of the benefits:

  • The awesome products, of course.
  • The $10 you spend earns you Beauty Insider points if you are already part of their rewards program. (I’m VIB Rouge because I clearly have A Problem buying makeup.)
  • Each month you will also receive a card that you can bring into Sephora that will earn you 50 additional bonus points on your purchase!

How to Subscribe: Click here! 

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I honestly don’t pay too much attention to the Sephora insert, other than as a reference when I’m writing this blog and don’t have every product in front of me. However, I have to admit that this one was pretty cute.

And here’s everything we got this month. I’m honestly less than impressed, let’s put it that way. However, that might be due to my own makeup preferences and current stash, so I’ll go through my reasoning.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25): I have tried this dry shampoo several times over the years, as I’m pretty sure I used to get it in Birchbox. It just doesn’t do what I need a dry shampoo to do for me. I need a dry shampoo to add a bit of grit to give me some volume. This dry shampoo doesn’t do that for me. I don’t think it’s necessarily making anything worse, but for me, it’s almost like I sprayed nothing in my hair. I tried this out again when I got the box, just to see if my opinion had changed. And I had to go over it with my other dry shampoo because my hair still seemed kind of greasy. I’m just not a fan. However, it does smell good, and the packaging is cute. I wish it worked for me.

Grande Cosmetics HydraPlump Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Peak ($25): Y’all. This BURNS. I guess I didn’t realize that they made plumping liquid lipsticks that are like those lip glosses of yore that basically give your lips a reaction so they will swell a bit. It felt sort of like I was chewing Big Red and just held it up to my lips. Like, not a TERRIBLE burn where I ran to rub it off, but it was sort of like, “Wow, this is uncomfortable, how long is this going to last?” I’m not sure if I have the fortitude to wear this again.

Erborian CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector in Clair ($44): I recently got this in a Sephora PLAY! SMARTS box, where I learned even the lightest shade is too dark for me. I’m going to donate this.

Juliette Has A Gun “Not A Perfume” ($135): This is one of those perfumes that makes me go… “Meh.” It didn’t smell bad necessarily, but I wasn’t like, “holy hell, I need to buy the full-size version immediately.” I was like, “Well, that was fine.” Though the perfume is kind of interesting because it literally has one note, called cetalox. (Whatever that is.) Description from Sephora is below. However, I really enjoy the branding and name of this brand. It reminds me of Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies for some reason. Maybe it’s the gun reference?

This minimalist, fresh, and clean fragrance is hypoallergenic and ideal for those who don’t normally wear perfume. It is composed of a single note, called cetalox, which is usually used in perfumery as a base note. Here it plays the lead role for a fragrance that will easily satisfy the most difficult tastes, and particularly those preferring discretion over complexity.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38): This is the one product in the box that I’m mildly feeling positive about. Though I say “mildly” because I have received this many, many times. I will never run out of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I should have given out all of these little jars I have for Halloween. Maybe I will give them away at parties when people come over to my house. I use so little setting powder that it will take me the rest of my life to go through the setting powders I have, and I just bought the Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder ($33) recently because I wanted to try an alternative to the Laura Mercier. I think the Too Faced is the slightest bit peachier, whereas the Laura Mercier is more white. I have been enjoying the Too Faced more, but I can rest easy knowing that I have more Laura Mercier powder in case I ever need it. However, it does do a good job of mattifying without getting too cake-y. I do think it might be a bit too dry to bake with though, however, I don’t do that. #old

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream ($26.50): I used to use this eye cream, but at this point, I think of it as an eye cream I might recommend to someone in their late teens (never too early to start using eye cream!) or early 20’s, as I feel like I need an eye cream that does more for me. However, this does wear well under makeup, and isn’t a bad product. I’ve just graduated, ya know?

Final Grade: C

The mix of products in the November PLAY! by Sephora was nice, and a decent value, I just didn’t really care for/won’t use most of them. Which doesn’t make even a $10 box worth the value when the only thing that you’ll use is something you already have a ton of. Obviously, that is the luck of the subscription box draw, as everyone has different needs and preferences. While I do think that PLAY! is a great box overall, I’m still not sure if it’s something I am going to continue with in 2019. I might do OK with just the Allure Beauty Box, but TBD.

Do you still get the PLAY! by Sephora box? Are you still happy with it? Let me know!

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Sephora is really killing it with these PLAY! SMARTS boxes. They seem to be coming out monthly now, which is pretty cool. These are boxes you can buy without a subscription, but they are more expensive than the regular boxes as they tend to include bigger and higher-priced products.

This month, they came out with a bunch of different boxes focusing on skincare by age. There was a box for 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. I decided to grab the 40s box because at this point, I’m closer to 40 than I am 30 (that’s kind of terrifying) and I thought the products would be a bit more anti-aging, and I was correct.

Play! by Sephora

Price: $20/box but not a recurring subscription

Box Type: This special-edition trio of PLAY! SMARTS boxes will help you master a skincare routine specific to your stage in life. You’ll get access to an in-depth, live-streamed class with your one-time delivery of six trial-size skincare products inside a special-edition beauty bag. Get to know your samples, stream your CRASH COURSE at the date and time specified in your box, and ask our experts any questions you might have.

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all high-end products that come from Sephora?  Plus, you get to watch a special live-stream if you want, as mentioned above.

How to Subscribe: Click here to buy this box. Click here to buy the 30s box. Click here to buy the 50s box.  Click here to subscribe to the regular monthly box!And click here to view all of our Play! by Sephora box reviews.

I thought this little bag was actually really nice, which is part of the reason I bought the box this month. I got a similar box back in November, and I use it all the time when I travel, so I thought this box might come in handy as well.

And here are all the products we got this month! I’ll describe them in more detail below, as per usual.

The little “booklet” was substituted with these little cards for each product in the box, which I’ll detail below. On the back of each card, there was information about each of the products. There is also a special card that allows you to get 50 bonus Beauty Insider Points either in-store or online.

Like the last Play Smarts box, there is an invitation to another streaming “crash course,” but this time the subject is “Skincare by Age: 40s” on Sept. 17, at 7pm Central. I really think anyone could watch the course if you are interested. Just go to Youtube.com/Sephora on Sept. 17 to watch live!

Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelée Mask ($60): I was really curious about this mask because I’ve never in my life used a mask with silt in it, as far as I know. They said it was a gelée mask but it sort of just felt like putting mud on my face as usual? Except the consistency was thinner than a typical mud mask, I guess. It’s marketed as “detoxifying” and “super-moisturizing” which sort of seem like opposites to me, but what do I know. My skin did feel really soft afterwards, but I doubt I will ever buy the full-size.

Tatcha The Water Cream ($68): I’m a big fan of this moisturizer, but weirdly enough, I’ve never actually shelled out for the full-size. I’ve gotten several deluxe-size samples of this and I really, really love it. At some point, I may actually buy the full-size version of this. But I wrote more about this and my love of water creams in my round up of fave moisturizers.

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream ($99): I had never tried this eye cream before and so far, I really like it. The consistency is pretty thick, but not TOO thick, which is nice. This is definitely something I would wear at night tho, versus under makeup during the day. It moisturized my eyes nicely. I’ve only used it a few days so I can’t speak to its claims of getting rid of dark circles and minimizing fine lines, but the reviews are really good. The only thing that gives me pause about wanting to purchase a full-size version of this is that many of the reviews say that the packaging is really terrible. If it was just in a squeeze tube like this, I think people would be much happier, tho then people would probably complain that it doesn’t feel luxe enough.

Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator ($38): I normally like Kiehl’s products but I didn’t really care for this moisturizer. It has the slightest bit of shimmer in it, which did not bother me, but because of that, I would prefer to wear it during the day to give my skin a bit of a glow. However, it made my skin feel kind of oily and greasy, so I just don’t think this one is for me. If you have dry skin, this might work for you, but with my combo skin, it was a no-go.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment ($105-$158): I just bought the full-size of this a couple weeks ago, so I’m only a few weeks in but I really enjoy it so far. Good Genes uses a high-potency lactic acid that helps exfoliate skin to reveal smoother, younger looking skin. With continued use, stubborn hyper-pigmentation and visible signs of aging are reduced. I can’t speak to most of these claims yet because I think I need to use it a little longer to be able to see some of the results they claim, but as of now, it’s not affecting my skin in any sort of negative way. My skin looks clear and bright, which is what I’m going for. I will say this… it STINKS. Like every time I use it, I’m like, “Whoa, this smells terrible.” I’m trying to think of how to describe it but “moldy dirt” comes to mind. But the smell dissipates quickly, so it doesn’t really bother me.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($55- $105): Y’all already know I love the Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I got a deluxe sample of this in an Allure Beauty Box which made me go ahead and buy the full-size. I wrote about this at length in my recent favorites blog, but to summarize: I love this. After I started incorporating this into my nighttime routine, I feel like my skin looked really great. Just really clear and bright. Almost glow-y, which is always the goal. I was using this every night but I pulled back a little because the retinol was starting to make me a little dry. Now I use about every other night. I’m glad I got another little sample to pack for my next trip!

Final Grade: A

I really enjoyed trying all of the products in this month’s PLAY! SMARTS box. I use about half of the products already, so I’m happy to have even more of them (because they aren’t cheap!) and I liked trying the other products. I’m definitely interested in using the eye cream for a bit to see if I see any visible results.

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I’ve been buying a lot of the special-edition Sephora PLAY! boxes, but I have to admit, the regular monthly PLAY! by Sephora this month was pretty freaking great. There were six products total, one was a full-size, and one was a huge deluxe sample, so the value of this $10 box is pretty awesome!

Play! by Sephora

Price: $10/month

Box Type: Beauty products, 5-6 deluxe samples

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all fun products that come from Sephora? Some boxes will send you random products from brands you’ve never heard of before but Play! by Sephora will only send you brands from their own store – basically all high end fun things you are excited to try! Here’s a breakdown of the benefits:

  • The awesome products, of course.
  • The $10 you spend earns you Beauty Insider points if you are already part of their rewards program. (I’m VIB Rouge because I clearly have A Problem buying makeup.)
  • Each month you will also receive a card that you can bring into Sephora that will earn you 50 additional bonus points on your purchase!

How to Subscribe: Click here! 

As always, each Play! by Sephora box comes with 50 bonus points, and I honestly need to get better about taking advantage of this benefit. Usually, I shop online and there are sometimes better deluxe samples I can take advantage of versus getting 50 points. But I need to keep this in mind, especially since there are better rewards these days.

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And here is everything we got from Play! by Sephora this month! Of course, all the details are below.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint Foundation – Shade 6 ($36): This actually seems like a foundation I would really like except that Shade 6, Warm Sand, is several shades too deep for me, so I would never be able to give this a good wear test. That aside, the foundation is very light, with just a hint of coverage, and when I tried it on my hand, I could see some blurring properties. I’m into super light foundation these days, so this really does seem up my alley. I’m also really interested with experimenting and trying out more light foundations so I might actually try to pick up a sample of this in my shade sometime.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer ($34): Let’s be honest about what this is – it’s a lightweight moisturizer. That is all this is. I sort of think it’s funny that we are calling moisturizers primers now, when primers are fairly unnecessary if your skincare is up to par. But now that the beauty industry is cashing in on the whole primer situation, we have products like this that are essentially moisturizers. That doesn’t mean this is a bad product though – I think it’s totally fine. I will probably use this in lieu of a moisturizer prior to applying my makeup. But when it’s gone, I won’t be getting more – a regular water cream moisturizer will give you similar results.

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask ($58): This mask was a really interesting texture – it was slightly grainy – but like, ALMOST smooth. It sort of reminds me of the consistency of toothpaste – you know where it’s just the SLIGHTEST bit grainy? And so you apply the product on your dry face and wait a few minutes. Then, when you go to rinse it off, you feel a quick warmth and then… poof, it’s gone. It happens so fast you’re kind of like, “Wait, did that just happen?” I am honestly not sure if this mask did anything for my skin. I normally like Peter Thomas Roth products but I’m almost positive this one is very gimmicky. Obviously, this product didn’t make my skin WORSE or anything, but I would save your $60 and spend it on something different.

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer ($38): I am really happy with the sheer amount of product in this deluxe sample, as this will last me a long time. The consistency of this moisturizer is actually a bit tacky, which I personally think makes it great for layering under makeup. I think it actually helps makeup stick to it a bit, which is partly what makes it a great primer, in my opinion. I don’t think this is the most exceptionally moisturizing moisturizer on the planet, but for this combo girl, it’s plenty. I think a little of this product will go a long way, so I think the $38 price tag is pretty fair, and you’ll get decent mileage out of it.

Chloé Nomade Eau de Parfum ($30 – $132): I think I’ve talked about this before, but Chloé is one of those fashion brands that I romanticize in my head. In my head, I have these status symbols that I hope to own someday that might equate to “success.” I know we all define success differently but there are a few designer things I have in my mind, and one of those things is a Chloé purse. (Maybe I’ll write a blog about my other designer fantasies? Let me know!) I feel like Chloé is that eternally cool-girl brands, and I love her original scent. Nomade isn’t my favorite and I won’t be getting the full-size, but it wasn’t AWFUL or anything. I just like other scents more right now. But I’ll show you the Sephora description below because, who knows! It may appeal to you!

Key Notes:
Oakmoss, Freesia, Mirabelle Liquor

Nomade Eau de Parfum is the essence of a free-spirited and confident women, taking inspiration from her experiences and encounters throughout the world and asserting who she is.

The intense mineral character of oakmoss is enveloped in the voluptuous softness of mirabelle plum. From this freshness emanates a bright floral note carried by freesia. Natural ingredients brought into focus by the perfumer Quentin Bisch, revealing accords as exhilarating as the feeling of escape they inspire.

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Kiss ($24): Ummm how cool is it that Sephora included a full-sized $24 lipstick in a $10 box?! That’s so rad. I’ve been so interested about Nudestix lately. A few of my favorite Influencers are always raving about some of their products but I’ve never quite pulled the trigger on an all-pencil eye look. It makes me nervous, especially when I have a house full of eyeshadow palettes I could be using. I think the formula of this lipstick was really nice – it wasn’t overly drying like a liquid lipstick, and didn’t sink into every single line and make my lips look like they are shriveling into themselves. Always a win. However, the color was just a little strange so I’m not sure I’m going to be reaching for this. But I really did enjoy the formula, so I may consider getting a different color someday. And who knows, maybe I’ll try one of the eye pencils, too. TBD.

Final Grade: A

This was an amazing PLAY! by Sephora box! I still can’t believe there was a full-size Nudestix product in here, which is 2.5x the value of the whole box! I’m mostly excited about the Boscia Cactus Water moisturizer. I think this will be a much better primer than the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, though I’ll use that one as well. And it’s always fun to try new masks, like the bougie fancy one from Peter Thomas Roth.

This really is an awesome box for just $10! If you are interested in subscribing for yourself, click here!

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I have been really interested in these little special edition “Play Smarts” boxes that Sephora has been releasing outside of a subscription for $20. I enjoy buying them and testing them for the blog, and just for… me, because I like skincare/makeup. (Understatement of the year.) However, is this particular box worth $20? I’m not so sure this time, but I still really enjoy the box itself!

Play! by Sephora

Price: $20/box but not a recurring subscription

Box Type: This is a special edition version of the regular Play! by Sephora boxes, which includes 6 trial-sized eye products from prestige brands. This box also includes access to an exclusive live-streamed CRASH COURSE called “Superfoods: Feed Your Face.”

Why you’ll love it: Ummmm, did you see it’s all high-end products that come from Sephora?  Plus, you get to watch a special live-stream, as mentioned above.

How to Subscribe: Click here to buy this box.  Click here to subscribe to the regular monthly box! And click here to view all of our Play! by Sephora box reviews.

The little “booklet” was substituted with these little cards for each product in the box. On the back of each card, there was information about different ingredients in the products. I’ll go into more detail below! Like the last Play Smarts box, there is an invitation to another streaming “crash course,” but this time the subject is “Superfoods: Feed Your Face” on Aug. 7, at 7pm Central. I really think anyone could watch the course if you are interested. Just go to Youtube.com/Sephora on the Aug. 7 to watch live!

And here’s everything we got in the box! I’m really excited about all of these skincare items, and I look forward to incorporating them into my routine going forward! Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to use them pre-blog, but keep an eye out for my Summer 2018 empties blog, and you’ll get to see my full thoughts once I use all of these samples! That blog will be coming in a few weeks, because my little container I use to collect my trash is getting a little out of control. Matt also thinks I am nuts.

Tarte Mermaid Skin Hyaluronic H2O Serum ($42): I won’t go into why I’m not buying Tarte right now. Y’all know already. But if they do make some changes, I really would consider buying some of their skincare products, as I’ve heard pretty good things. I don’t always think makeup lines make great skincare lines and vice versa, but I do think Tarte has managed to pull it off. This serum feels like an extremely lightweight formula that would wear really nicely under makeup. The main hydrating ingredients in this serum are hyaluronic acid (which we naturally have in our skin) and sea algae, which according to the card, it produces massive amounts of oxygen. Some people have said they don’t need a moisturizer after using this, but I think if you have normal to dry skin, you will probably still need to use a moisturizer. However, if you are super oily, this might be really nice for you!

Dr. Roebuck’s No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer ($45): First of all, I have never heard of this brand before, so I’m excited to try a product from this line! Unlike the Tarte serum, this is more of an actual moisturizer than a serum. It actually just seems very much like a no-nonsense moisturizer. Not overly thick, absorbs quickly, but still feel very moisturizing. I’m excited to use this more, as it seems like a nice moisturizer for the spring/summer months, when you typically don’t need something too heavy. The ingredients the card calls out are the rosehip oil, which helps to repair skin, and macadamia nut oil, which softens.

ILIA Soft Focus Finishing Powder ($34): This is another brand that I haven’t ever used before, so I am interested in trying this as well. What’s important to note is that this is a finishing powder, NOT a setting powder. So this is essentially used as the last step in the makeup routine, prior to setting spray, to just sort of apply all over, to get more of a blended, blurred effect. It says it will leave your complexion looking radiant with a soft-focus finish that blocks the shine, not your healthy glow. This powder is unique in that it’s talc-free, which is typically an ingredient found in powders like this. The ingredients the card calls out are bamboo stem, which helps skin revive, rosemary leaf, which has anti-bacterial and skin-healing properties, along with aloe vera leaf, which helps soothe skin.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream ($34): I have definitely tried a few products from First Aid Beauty over the years but nothing really consistent – I have tried what I have received in boxes but not much else. But one of my best gals, Loren, who is a major skincare junkie, always speaks so highly of the brand, so I am excited to try more. As you know if you’ve read my favorite moisturizer blog, you know I love water creams, so I am very excited about this one! Like other water creams, it’s very lightweight, so it’s great for combo/oily people, like me! The card mentions the main ingredient in this moisturizer is the coconut water, which contains electrolytes, potassium and sodium, so it helps plump your skin and keep it hydrated.

Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil ($44): This facial oil contains Acai Berry, Goji Berry and Maqui Berry, which are all antioxidants! They help with defending your skin from free radicals from pollution and UV rays which can speed up the aging process. I typically don’t use facial oils during the day- I prefer to use them at night after moisturizing. However, this one is supposed to be lightweight, so it might absorb quickly without leaving skin oily or greasy. You can also mix this in with a heavier/matte foundation to help sheer it out and give it more of a glow.

Origins Dr. Andrew Well For Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment ($34): I am really interested in this treatment, as I think this product is kind of like an essence. It goes on like a toner but moisturizes like a lotion with its mushroom and hyaluronic acid-rich formula. According to the card, the reishi mushroom helps to renew skin, while the chaga mushroom strengthens your skins defenses. I am currently finishing up a little essence sample, so I’m excited to work this into my routine and see if I like it!

Final Grade: B

So that’s it for this Sephora Play Smarts box. There isn’t anything in the box that I don’t think I will use but I’m also not sure it’s worth the $20. If this was the regular $10 monthly box, I think I would be really impressed, however, I just really don’t think the value is there for a $20. I do like reviewing this kind of box on the blog, considering I did pull back many of my subscriptions. This is a box I do enjoy. If you are looking to try these different skincare products, it might be worth it to you, but otherwise, might be worth skipping out on this time.

I’m not sure if I’m going to attend the live-stream. I didn’t attend the last one, but maybe I will try to watch this one to see if it adds to the value of the box. I’m still not really sure this is a true benefit for me, but I should probably watch before I judge too harshly. TBD on that!

Click here if you are interested in trying out this Sephora Play Smarts Box!

xo,
L

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