Sephora Play! February Box

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You know the drill! Now that I’ve had a whole month to test out the Sephora Play! box from February, it’s time to share my findings with you all.

 

I’m quite excited about what February had to offer, (and looking forward to my March box, but hello.. it’s the 21st – why isn’t it here already?) and had lots of fun playing with the unusual amount of color products in this month’s curation.

 

Let’s start with the Tom Ford Black Orchid fragrance and work clockwise, shall we?

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It’s Play Time Again!

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My toddler loves to play, of course. It’s so much fun to watch him run around and try out different toys, make noise, and continually learn about the world around him.

That same unbridled excitement is exactly what I feel when I open Sephora’s Play! box each month! Exploring 6 or 7 new products at a time is my idea of heaven ?.

 

While I’ve been critical in the past, I’ll say right off the bat that this month’s box is my favorite so far!

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Play! by Sephora – Feeling December Disappointment in January

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In my December review of November’s Play!, I hinted that I was less than pleased with this box.

Let me clarify beforehand: I love several of these products. Some of the main reasons I’ve been so frustrated with these boxes are –

 

  1. I feel that they consistently lack cohesion.
  2. The service has been redic – for example, this box was shipped on December 15th and didn’t arrive until the 26th (est. delivery was the 19th). I understand this was right around the Christmas rush, but it’s happened with every box before it, too.
  3. Presentation is also kind of a fail. The white confetti that’s stuffed inside always leaves a film of white powder on every product. It makes them feel grimy and gross. Also, as you can see in the picture above, they actually sent out stapled sample packets this month. REALLY?

 

Now, let’s get down to the finer details. This month’s theme was “Oh, What Fun!”, which honestly made little sense to me. Perhaps if the curation had contained bright colors, or festive products, or something that said fun in any way, I would feel differently.

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November’s Episode of Play! By Sephora

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So, a couple of nights ago when I posted this picture on Instagram, I hinted that I was less than pleased with last month’s Play box. On a side note, I think I’ll just go ahead and make reviewing each box a month late a thing ?

 

This month’s theme was ‘The Exclusives’. I get introducing clients to brands that are only carried within Sephora, because it practically ensures that you’ll fall in love with something you can only buy there, and always be a repeat client. That being said.. Play subscribers are already loyal to Sephora. I feel like each month’s curated selection should either work in conjunction to achieve a common goal, or have some other cohesive theme. It seemed to me that these products were all random 100-point gifts thrown into a box together.

 

The individual products here, however, are all good quality.

 

If you’ve never tried Josie Maran’s argan oil, it’s an all-purpose miracle worker that deserves a space in everyone’s routine. This argan oil is organic and full of vitamin E, making it hydrating and nourishing to the skin.

 

Stella by Stella McCartney is a beauuuuuuutiful fragrance! Assuming you like rose, of course – which I do! I loved this fragrance the moment I smelled it on a magazine tear-out when I was in high school. This is the only one I actually didn’t know was exclusive to Sephora (I don’t think this has always been the case).

 

Have you been searching for a lip plumper ever since you saw Kylie Jenner’s new lips last year? Buxom full-on lip cream is a classic choice! All their lip products are plumpers that have a tingly, cinnamon-y feel and taste to them. Years ago, I was obsessed with the gloss in ‘Bambi’, but ‘Dolly’ is a best-selling neutral shade. The lip cream formula is also thicker and more opaque than the glosses, but still maintains a shiny finish.

 

While I do like Sephora’s creamy liners, I found this electric blue pencil to be very out of season. It’s not even a trend shade, so the inclusion of ‘My Boyfriend’s Jeans’ was a puzzling choice to showcase the contour eye pencil’s formula.

 

At last! My favorite product of the month- Bite Beauty’s High Pigment lipstick in Rhubarb. I have several Bite lip products because they’re just AMAZING! Natural, full of antioxidants, and so conditioning to my poor perma dry/flaky lips. They’re also beautiful and pigmented, and wear for basically forever. Rhubarb is described as a plum rose, which I agree with, but it has some warmth to it as well. These pencils also give me more of a satin than matte finish, but definitely not shiny.

 

Finally, we have Make Up For Ever’s new Step 1 primer in the hydrating formula. This version came out as a replacement for the old HD formula, which I actually loved. The new one isn’t half bad either! My skin is often dry and flaky, but this smoothed right over those dry patches and visibly helped the texture of my foundation.

 

That’s all there is! Spoiler alert: December’s box is leaving a much worse taste in my mouth. I’ll update you all once I’ve tried everything!

 

 

It’s Play! Time

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Well, I’ve done it again. Here we are at the end of November, and I’m showing you October’s box! Not only that, but subscribers of Play! by Sephora will notice that I accidentally left something out of the picture!

 

First, let me please eat my words.. In September, I lamented the lack of makeup and abundance of skin care in the collection, but this month, I love it! My bone dry skin has been drinking these in and loving the glow.

 

Fresh’s Black Tea Age Delay Instant Infusion is a mouthful, but it’s also a highly effective treatment/toner hybrid. This is more viscous than a regular toner, but thinner than a serum. You get hydration, anti-aging skincare, pore refinement, and antioxidant protection all in one product that’s super easy to add into your current routine.

 

Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Day Tint is creamy and lightweight, but I didn’t get much use out of it, as it is too dark for me. I hate finding complexion products like this in a universal package. What about us fair girls? What about deeper skin toned buyers? Not everyone has a light/medium complexion!

 

Now, we approach the missing product. Pictured is Boscia’s Detoxifying cleanser- great for problematic skin, but a little drying for my skin type. Still, my chin and nose have been a little congested lately, so I did use this black gel a little on my t-zone to help combat blackheads. What’s not pictured is the konjac cleansing sponge that I used with it! The mini size was a little awkward to use, but I do LOVE konjac sponges. They offer more exfoliation than a clarisonic, but aren’t abraisive. This one has active charcoal in it to help draw out impurities.

 

You can bareeeeeely make it out here, but there’s also a little vial of Atelier Cologne in Mandarine Glaciale. This is the one product I haven’t tried, but I suspect I will love the citrusy notes, as I’m a huge fan of Guerlain’s mandarin fragrance. I did find its inclusion in this collection odd, though. Why all skin care and ONE fragrance, Sephora? Pick a theme!

 

Belif’s Aqua Bomb moisturizer is something I’ve been interested in trying for quite awhile. The light, super hydrating texture felt like a literal drink of water for my dehydrated skin, but I still found myself reaching for something creamier at night.

 

Last one! Sephora’s pearl mask.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. I love sheet masks! They’re cheap, hydrating, brightening, and so convenient. This one is no exception! I loved the glow my skin had after using it, and I look forward to trying some of the other varieties they offer.

 

That’s all she wrote, guys! This box was a great value and had some really cool skin care finds. I highly recommend Sephora’s subscription if it’s available in your area!

 

 

It’s Never Too Late for Play Time!

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Better late than never! Right? Although this review is for the September Play! box, I’m hoping it will still interest those of you to whom the service is not yet available.

 

This being the first box, I have some general thoughts on the service itself: Firstly, I was expecting more color. While I love all things cosmetic, I anticipated that this subscription service would really be focused mostly on makeup, instead of a mix of all worlds. Secondly, my box arrived REALLY late. I actually didn’t even get it until the beginning of October, which was disappointing because by the time it arrived, I had already seen other bloggers posting about theirs.

 

Let’s start at the top left, with Ole Henriksen’s Sheer Transformation moisturizer. This natural product is a great lightweight, oil-free hydrator, but is really ideal for Summer. I would expect something richer to be featured instead with the upcoming weather changes that are brought along by Fall and Winter.

 

This month’s goods did include one of my favorites – Marc Jacobs Highligner! I consider this to be the BEST waterline liner, with crazy pigmentation and unrivaled staying power.

 

Fragrance is very personal, but I do enjoy Nirvana White. It almost runs too floral for me, and I don’t wear it often, but it’s definitely a scent to try for a special occasion. This perfume is also very nostalgic in a way for me. I grew up loving the Olsen twins, and always wore Mary-Kate and Ashley jewelry and makeup. Now that we’ve all grown up, I can still wear their very sophisticated fragrances while maintaining that connection to childhood.

 

Rouge Infusion in Peony is a very thin textured lip stain that offers a nice wash of color, but again was something I consider a more summery product.

 

Do you remember when eye primers exploded onto the scene? They really caused a chain reaction in the makeup world that brought tons of exposure to prepping and priming, even to things like hair products! Enter Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser invisible oil priming spray. To be honest, I don’t really get a ‘priming’ result from it- I feel as though my other hair care has the same effectiveness and application ease whether I use this or not. However, I do like the way it allows me to detangle my hair while providing a light hydrating effect. It really seems more like a standard spray leave-in conditioner than a big innovation in hair.

 

Glamglow is one of my favorite brands! Their masks are amazing, and I actually hadn’t tried the cleanser before receiving this deluxe sample. My skin is dry and I rarely have issues with breakouts, but I do often get skin congestion around my nose and chin, and loved how clean my skin felt after using this with the clarisonic.

 

While the box itself is a great value at $10/month, all-in-all I’d like to see more makeup included, and a seasonal-appropriate selection. I still can’t wait to receive October’s box!