PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017

Hello, hello!

It’s always an exciting day when my PLAY! By Sephora box arrives! I do my best to avoid any and all spoilers each month. I love for my PLAY! and POPSUGAR boxes to be complete surprises! 🙂

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

The August 2017 box revolves around the Elements of Beauty.

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

This month’s PLAY!BOOK has an adorable periodic table of all the different ingredients that can be found in beauty products. It lists the ingredient, in which product(s) it can be found, and what it’s best for.  How neat is that? I’ve learned a lot from looking at this little table!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • beautyblender – beautyblender micro mini
  • Clinique – HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo
  • Hourglass – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Shell
  • Korres – Golden Krokus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum
  • Alterna Haircare – CAVIAR – Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist
  • Burberry – My Burberry Black
  • Drawstring bag

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

beautyblender – beautyblender micro mini

Beautyblenders are the best! I’ve been using the full-size one for years and love the way it applies my foundation. I was so excited when I pulled this little, cutie out of my bag!

Once you add water, the blender grows quite a bit. It’s still pretty tiny though so gripping it while applying your concealer is a little awkward! I’ll still be using it though. 🙂

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Clinique – HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo

I’ve been using Clinique makeup for years. It’s actually the first real makeup I ever used! I have sensitive skin (as I’m sure you know by now!), so all their products work really well for me!

I haven’t used a mascara+primer product in years, so I wasn’t really sure about this product. Surprisingly (at least to me), I LOVE it!! The primer goes on really nicely and my lashes are long and soft after it’s all said and done. I will definitely be using this duo until the bitter end!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Hourglass – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Shell

I’ve never used a stick foundation before, so I was quite intrigued when I pulled this out of my bag.

At first, I was concerned that the shade might be too dark, but I actually think it works well on me. I don’t, however, like how much product you have to use to cover your face.  I applied the foundation two times and still felt like I needed a little more for the right amount of coverage.

I think what I’m going to do is save this foundation to use as a concealer when I have a particularly stubborn blemish!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Korres – Golden Krokus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum

I LOVE a good anti-wrinkle product, so I’m always pleased when I get them in my subscription boxes. Unfortunately, this serum isn’t for me.  After one use, my face broke out in lots and lots of places. Yikes!!

Because of that, I will have to find another home for this guy!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Alterna Haircare – CAVIAR – Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist

I’m a big fan of Alterna hair products. I’ve been using their leave-in conditioner for many, many years now. I also love their heat protecting spray.

This product is for blow-dried hair (which I never do), so I gave it to my mom to test out. She likes it a lot! She has thin hair, so she often worries about the weight of the hair products she’s using.  This spray is very light, so it works really well for her. Also, it smells wonderful! 🙂

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Burberry – My Burberry Black

If you’ve read any of my PLAY! reviews before, then you know I’m not big on fragrances. So there’s nothing new on the perfume front this month!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

The August bag is quirky and cute! I’m a glasses-wearer, so I appreciate the red specs! 🙂

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

August was a so-so month for me. I will gets lots of use out of the mascara and the beautyblender, but not so much out of the other products. That’s okay though. You can’t win them all!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your August box?

<3 Natalie

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PLAY! by Sephora Review – July 2016

Hello everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Popsicles!! Nothing says summer like Popsicles!

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The July theme is “Effortless Summer.” Sounds great to me!

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As always, the PLAY! BOOK is full of tons of tips and tricks for this month’s products.

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Box Contents:

  • NEST Fragrances – Citrine
  • First Aid Beauty – Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
  • Ouai – Wave Spray
  • Smashbox – Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
  • beautyblender – blotterazzi
  • Too Faced – Soleil Matte Bronzer – Chocolate
  • Drawstring Bag

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NEST Fragrances – Citrine

Unlike like last month’s fragrance sample, this one is a little too much for me.  I like how it smells in passing, but it’s too fragrant for me to wear.  No big deal though!  I never expect to like the perfumes!

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First Aid Beauty – Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

I’ve been using this cleanser for several days now with my Clarisonic.  It works well and smells great! It has a minty almost menthol scent to it!

Although I like it, I don’t think I’ll be switching from my usual face soap.  I will continue to use it until I finish it.  I might even throw it in my travel bag for my next trip!

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Ouai – Wave Spray

I’m not a huge fan of beach spray hair products, but I gave this one the benefit of the doubt and tried it out!

You can use it on either damp or dry hair.  I tried it out on my dry hair and wasn’t in love with the results!  It just kind of looked like I hadn’t brushed my hair that day! YUCK!

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Smashbox – Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I use a pore minimizing primer almost every day, so I was quite pleased to see this in my box!  I typically use Benefit’s version but Smashbox’s is great too!

I’ve almost finished using the Becca primer from last month.  I’ll be adding this one into the mix as well!

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beautyblender – blotterazzi

I absolutely LOVE my beautyblender, so I was very excited to see one of their products in my box this month!

Blotterazzi is a blotting sponge that won’t disturb your makeup when removing oil.  I don’t have an overly oily face, but I do need to blot every now and then. I’ll be sticking this little sponge in my purse just for those occasions!

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Too Faced – Soleil Matte Bronzer – Chocolate

I mentioned last month, that I’m not a big fan of bronzers.  I don’t ever use them.  However, I can use powder bronzers as eye shadows, which is what I’m doing with this one.

One thing I absolutely love about this bronzer is the smell! It smells just like hot chocolate!  How yummy is that?! It’s funny to smell chocolate while applying your makeup, but it’s also kind of fun too! 🙂

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I think this drawstring bag is my favorite one to date!  I just love the pink Popsicle!

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with all these bags!  I better think of something quick though!  I imagine there are quite a few more of them in my future!

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Aside from the funky wave spray and perfume sample, I’m very pleased with this month’s PLAY! box!  I know I’ll get great use out of many of these products!  The ones that I won’t use will be given to a friend of mine who loves trying out new things too!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the July box?

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