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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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!