Play! by Sephora February 2017

Beauties; I have for you, the Play! by Sephora subscription box!   This is a monthly beauty product sampling subscription with a different theme or focus each month.  This month’s being: the Soft Side, Low-Key Lovely


This month’s bag includes products in muted, mellow shades and skin-perfecting, never fail formulas to spotlight your natural beauty. A radiance-boosting eye cream, a stellar mascara and a skin perfecting moisturizer are just a few of the items that you will find in February’s bag…so read on, and let’s Play! 😉

The Bag:



The Goods:


Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara: Deluxe Mini.  Full Size $12.00

This mascara is an ultra pigmented, nylon infused formula designed for creating dramatic lashes.  I was really impressed with this stuff and at only 12 bucks it’s definitely worth a purchase to check out the full size.  The brush has a unique paddle style so you can flip it in either direction for different effects and lash areas.  This brush really lifts lashes with the flat side and separates them with the reverse.  I was able to coat and coat my lashes without any clumping and plenty of length and volume.



I should have done a side-by-side; but, this shows the brush turned in both directions.


Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream:  Deluxe Mini.  Full size $30.00

This light and luminous eye cream is infused with coffee beans, ginseng and magnolia extract, designed to visibly brighten and depuff the undereye area.  I’ve used this eye cream on and off for day time use for some time.  It has a lightweight feel and a slight luminous tint to it.  Makes eyes feel a bit more awake and refreshed while imparting a subtle glow.  Sometimes I layer it with additional product, sometimes I use it alone.


Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer:  Deluxe Mini.  Full Size $29.50

When this Clinique ‘pep-start’ line first launched, with it’s bright poppy colors, I figured it was geared toward a younger audience.  I feel like they’ve been kind of trying to revive the brand which has remained mostly the same since I can remember, full of classics, but little new or exciting.  The chubby stick line gave them a fresh new offering and then came this, followed by the Crayola styled chubby stick lippys.  It all looks really fun and I was excited to try the eye cream when I received it in a deluxe sample size, but it really didn’t do much for me.  This product is pretty nice, it gives you that blurring primer aspect but it really does give you a burst of moisture along with it.  Products like this generally clog my pores though, so I’m afraid to ever use it more than a day, maybe, and the thought of using a product such as this over makeup as a touch-up throughout the day seems an even worse idea, though suggested.  It does as it says though and if I weren’t so worried about breakouts, I would like it much more.


Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew:  Deluxe Mini.  Full Size $24.00

I love Bite Beauty and I have a lot of their lip products.  This is my first multistick though; designed to be used on your eyes, cheeks or lips, this special formula blends like a cream and wears like a lightweight powder (it truly does).  The shade is a perfect understated nude that looked great on.  I have not tried it on my eyes, but it works perfectly on lips and cheeks.


Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake: Deluxe Mini.  Full Size $22.00

I own the original lip injection as well as the extreme, but this is the first lip injection glossy I’ve tried.  I’ve reviewed lip plumpers plenty of times (once already today) and my feelings are generally always the same.  You either love or hate the ‘tingle’, and maybe some people are just really sensitive to it.  I love the way it feels, so I like them. But.  They are what they are.  They fill out the lines in your lips a bit, but do not actually make your lips bigger.  A lot of them can be quite drying for your lips in the long run.  The tingling somewhat inspires you to make a poutier face and if you get it outside your lip line a bit and you are sensitive to it, it will pinken the area some.  They are fun if you are in to it.  I must say though; the bite multistick in cashew, with this over the top, looks amazing together.  I love the pouty nude look it gives me.  Well played Sephora, well played. 😉

The Fragrance Sample:

My apologies as I must have forgotten to photograph the perfume sample vial; but the scent I received was Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford.  I adore Tom Ford.  His fragrances are typically the epitome of luxury; but, apparently I lean toward the more masculine side of Tom Ford in that aspect because while Tobacco Vanille is my all time favorite scent, and I’ve been a fan of many other masculine scents, I’ve not been too ‘in to’ the women’s scents I’ve sampled thus far.  To me this fragrance is not the transport to the Italian riviera I’d hoped for but instead reminds me of summers at the local pool, Clarins body oil and slathering my face in Clinique’s City Block. I don’t know, but it didn’t work for me.

The Play Pass:

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(redeem this is any store and receive 50 extra beauty insider points with purchase)

 Any ‘newbies’?  What do you think of Play!(?) I thought this bag had some really great products and most of them were actually new to me to try!

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Thanks for reading!

-Kelli xoxo


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  1. jessiesthreads

    Awesome post! That sampler looks amazing. You gotta love Sephora. It is the best beauty store ever! Even their own in-store brand is awesome. I heart their body wash, for example! Perfect for all beauty and fashion lovers.

     If you want to see some fabulous outfit pairings and fashion show reviews, you should click this link to my blog, view and come and follow me:

    It is the fashion complimentary to Sephora itself! So incredibly chic and essential.

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    1. kelifornia79

      Absolutely! Thanks for the follow! I will be checking yours out right now!! 😘

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      1. jessiesthreads

        Thanks hun!


  2. outnaboutweb

    What a great collection! I think especially the bite beauty multistock looks incredible!
    Love, elena

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    1. kelifornia79

      It’s a great product and an excellent brand 🙂 xx

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  3. GlamRituals

    I’m loving that play pass! Didn’t know that was a “thing” LOL
    thanks for sharing

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    1. kelifornia79

      Right!? Definitely a nice little extra perk!!


  4. Azra

    The shade of that lipstick is absolutely stunning. Totally my cup of tea. xx

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    1. kelifornia79

      Same! I absolutely love it. I’ve worn that or the duo every single day since I received it!!

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  5. TheTypicalBeautyBlog

    Awesome post! The bite beauty multi stick sounds so interesting! So it goes on like a powder? How does that feel on the lips? 😊 & I don’t think I follow you on Instagram or Twitter yet! So thanks for adding those links in the bottom ha! I’m gonna follow you now 💋

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    1. kelifornia79

      Thank you! And; thanks for the love! xx It’s kind of hard to explain…it goes on smooth but dries to a soft, powder light finish, but it doesn’t feel as drying as say your typical matte lipstick…b/c it’s so light, but it’s not as creamy as say other lip and cheek duo products so it feels ‘right’ elsewhere too…and less like you just dabbed lipstick on your cheeks or lids. The color is so pretty and I’ve never met a Bite product I didn’t love. However; every time I’ve worn it, I put the Too Faced over the top b/c it looks so good together. It’s a great product though and a great shade! Hope that helped!

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      1. TheTypicalBeautyBlog

        Oh wow! Thankyou for replying! So informative, I totally get what you mean by the lip & cheek duos that feel like you’ve put lipstick on your cheek ha! So I guess Bite has a good formula down for this, I havnt tried any Bite product before but you’ve deffo got me interested! Thanks! 💙💙💙

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      2. kelifornia79

        YES! Ha! It is a great product and I really love the brand. They are a natural brand, food grade, in fact. I adore their lush fruit lipglosses and they have some great lipsticks. I really liked this product and shade though!

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      3. TheTypicalBeautyBlog

        Oh wow, that sounds amazing! I’ll definitely be checking them out! 💋

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  6. Lise

    The eye cream sounds like its really good! And i love the variety of products in the bag.

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    1. kelifornia79

      yes! It is a good one. I don’t use an under eye concealer, so I like an eye cream with a bit of a brightening property.


  7. Adryana

    I love Sephora Play box! We haven’t Sephora here but I love to read about the hauls and subscription boxes people get. It’s always so interesting 😊 Ps. Have you already seen the giveaway I’m doing? Details are in my blog (couple of posts back).

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    1. kelifornia79

      I always check out the boxes and products available in other areas as well. I will definitely check it out. thank you! xx

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