Beauties; I have for you, the Play! by Sephora subscription box! This is my 5th month with this sub, which has a different theme or focus each month. This month’s being: Anything but Ordinary; The unbasic basics. An anything but ordinary assortment of hair, makeup and skincare must haves.
Here’s the lowdown:
Play! by Sephora
The beauty subscription box that brings you the best of it.
Each month, you’ll look forward to:
A curation of five deluxe samples handpicked from Sephora shelves (plus a fragrance bonus) all in a collectible bag – for just $10.00 (ships free) US only
Tips, Tricks, how-tos and beauty advice to get the most out of your products.
Free one-on-one tutorials and subscriber meet ups in your local Sephora.
The UNBasic Basics
Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell: Deluxe Mini. Full Size $12.50
While I would not say the name or description necessarily fits this product perfectly; I like it. I expected intense and really shiny, but I think it’s more like a lip color balm/treatments (with a bit more pigment) Don’t get me wrong, I’m not mad about it, I love it, just expected something different and others may too. The not so fall shade, which I would describe as an orchid pink, is pigmented, smooth, but not too intense and works perfectly on not so perfect lips. I personally love the shade as it looks perfect with my cooler toned skin and ultra cool toned blonde hair. It’s a great every day lip color for me which is great b/c I know I’m about to be bombarded with reds and other deep shades that I’ll rarely use.
A closer look and a swatch
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Protector: Deluxe Sample. Full Size $28.00
This is an overnight hair mask designed to be worked through damp (or dry hair) prior to sleep which can either be washed out come morning, or left in. It’s benefits are supposed to last through one week or 5 washes. It sounds pretty intensive, lasting 5 washes, and because I just had my roots and toning touched up, I figured it would be the perfect time to try it out. I put mine on dry hair b/c I do not go to bed with damp hair. I used quite a bit putting extra on my ends and it was a little better come morning, a little softer and slightly more manageable; I definitely expected more though…for a treatment that supposedly lasts through 5 washes. I feel like I get better results just adding a dab of Moroccanoil. I will finish the tube but I will not repurchase. It just didn’t do enough for my hair.
Dr. Jart Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer: Travel Size. Full Size $36.00
This is a water based moisturizer that provides a burst of hydration designed to plump and boost skin’s appearance with hyaluronic acid. I love this technology in a moisturizer in which the product almost bursts in to a little splash of water when it hits your skin, (hints the whole ‘water drop’ thing in the name)…tiny little droplets of water. It’s one of those things you have to feel for yourself. I like that its light but feels as though it’s giving a good amount of hydration that’s not too heavy on my skin to use during the day. I’ve been using it for an extra dose of hydration and it seems to be working. Because hyaluronic acid also helps retain moisture, I figure adding a bit more will help keep my dehydrated skin from producing more oil.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper: Deluxe Mini. Full Size $20.00
This is a waterproof fine brush tipped liquid liner. I have several of these in both of the available shades which is cool b/c it is one of my favorite liners to use. This eyeliner ‘type’ is what I use daily and tattoo liner from KVD is one of a few brands/lines I really like. I prefer the smaller sized versions, such as this too, as I can use them all up before they dry out. I find precision easier with the mini sizes. The tip is just thin enough for ultra precise wings and more creative eyeliner styles as well. Plus; it stays put and lasts all day.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel: Deluxe Mini. Full Size $22.00
While I love ABH; I own several of these and I just do not use them. I use plenty of brow products including products to hold them in place all day; but this just doesn’t work too well for me. I’m sure it is perfect for holding brows in place without making them stiff or sticky..but I have too many sparse areas and when I get the perfect fill, applying this product tends to mess it up, rubbing product away. I can make it work if I am careful, but for my brow type there are other products that work much better.
The Fragrance Sample:
Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte: Sample Vial. Full Size $29.00-$125.00
Back when I first learned of a beauty launch from Tory Burch; I was excited about it. Luckily, I received a sample of her first fragrance right when it launched, which saved me from purchasing it for the pretty bottle. It was just boring to me, something I felt like I had smelled a thousand times before, at any price tag. I felt the same about this one, it dried down to a simple floral on my skin. The scent profile sounds lovely, but it’s just so ‘basic’ and while I spend plenty on high end fragrance, I like unique scents and Tori Burch just falls ‘flat’ 😉
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