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

PLAY! By Sephora Review: September 2017

Hello, friends!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! Mine is shaping up to be a pretty good one! Starting it off with a PLAY! by Sephora review is always fun!

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“Fall Into Beauty” is the theme for the September 2017 box. Quite fitting since fall just officially began!

This month’s PLAY!BOOK is full of tips and tricks for transitioning your beauty/hair/skincare routines to fall. Lots of great tips this month!

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

Box Contents:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
  • stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • DevaCurl – Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask
  • Laura Mercier – Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy
  • belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
  • Giorgio Armani – Acque di Gioia
  • Drawstring Bag

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

Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

Y’all have probably figured out by now that I’m a lover of Benefit Cosmetics. I use their moisturizer every single day and one of their primers several days a week.

You probably also know that I don’t do much (anything actually) with my eyebrows. I have thick brows, so I never feel the need to fill them. Even if I wanted to, this shade of brow gel is a little too dark for me.

My sister-in-law has darker hair, so I’m going to see if she’d like to give this product a try!

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stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Another thing I’m sure you’ve noticed is that I rarely wear eye liner. I have the hardest time applying it, so I usually only wear it for special events.

My mom uses this particular eye liner every day, so she’s happy to take this sample off my hands!

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DevaCurl – Melt Into Moisture Match Butter Conditioning Mask

One thing I do love? Hair masks! I discovered my love of hair masks in a POPSUGAR Must Have box many moons ago!

Because of their brand name (devaCURL), I always thought that all their products were for curly-haired girls. As a straight-haired curl, I don’t have much use for curly products.

I am happy (ECSTATIC, actually) to report that this hair mask is INCREDIBLE!! I’ve used it twice now and have been so impressed with the results. One of my good friends told me that my hair looked “the best she’d ever seen it” after I used this mask!

I worked a quarter-size amount into my hair after shampooing. I went about my shower (about seven minutes) and then rinsed and combed it through. I slept with it wet and brushed it the next morning. TA-DA! The best hair ever!

I will definitely be purchasing a full-size bottle once this sample is empty.

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Laura Mercier – Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy

Another thing I love? Lipstick! There’s just something about lip color!

I’m not sure if you can see it, but this lipstick has tiny shimmers in it. That scared me a little at first. I don’t particularly love glitter on my lips. However, once the lipstick is applied, you can’t really see the glitter! Woohoo!! That makes me very happy! 😉

“Happy” is a warm fuschia color that’s quite fun! It’s bright, but I like it! I think this color is better suited for spring/summer instead of winter/fall though.

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belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

One of my friends really likes this cream, so I was excited to give it a try. I’m always wary of breaking out when I try new moisturizers. Thankfully, this one agreed with my skin!

Although it agreed with me, there’s nothing super exciting about it for me. There’s nothing bad about the product. I just prefer my Benefit moisturizer.

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Giorgio Armani – Acque di Gioia

Another month. Another fragrance sample.

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The drawstring bag for September is super fancy and satiny. It’s a pretty color too! My sister-in-law took the last satiny bag, so maybe I’ll manage to hang on to this one for a bit! 🙂

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September was a decent month for me! The lipstick is great, and I LOVE the hair mask!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your September box?

❤ Natalie


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PLAY! By Sephora Review: June 2017

Hello all!

My PLAY! Box has arrived! I try my best to avoid all spoilers so that my box remains a true surprise when it arrives each month.

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The June box is all about summertime!

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Part of the June PLAY! BOOK includes tips on beating the heat this summer.

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I love the mermaid, swimmer, and hula girl illustrations. They’re too cute!

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Box Contents:

  • Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer
  • COOLA – Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
  • Verb – Sea Spray
  • Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick
  • Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
  • BVLGARI – Omnia Crystaline
  • Drawstring Bag

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Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer

I’ve been using POREfessional for over three years now! I’ve tried many primers over the years, but I always come back to this one. It goes on very smooth and does a great job minimizing my pores.

My large bottle is almost empty, so I’m very pleased to receive this sample.  I won’t have to buy another full-size bottle for a little while longer. Yay!!

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COOLA – Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

I’ve received sunscreen setting sprays before.  They’re a little thicker and greasier than regualr setting sprays but are SO much better than applying lotion sunscreens on top of your makeup!

I haven’t been able to locate my other sunscreen setting spray, so I’m happy to receive this one just in time for summer!  I could’ve definitely used it over Memorial Day Weekend and will have many other opportunities to use it as the summer progresses.

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Verb – Sea Spray

It wouldn’t be summer if I didn’t receive a sea spray in a subscription box! I received some last summer and will surely receive more this summer.

I don’t have much luck with sea sprays. My hair always ends up looking ratty and like I haven’t brushed it! Because of that, I gave this spray to my sister-in-law for her to play with!

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Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick

I always love a lipstick sample! This one looks very similar to the NARS liquid lip I received a few months ago. However, this liquid lip is matte. I’m not usually drawn to matte lipsticks, but I really like this one!

Lovesick is a mauve nude that adds just the right amount of color to my lips. It’s nautral and great for everyday wear. I’ve worn it several times already and have added it to the growing collection of lipsticks that I keep in my purse!

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Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I’m a firm believer in washing my hair, so I don’t ever use dry shampoos. I used to try them in high school but never liked how my hair felt afterward. I have a friend who LOVES dry shampoo, so I’ll probably end up giving this sample to her.

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BVLGARI – Omnia Crystaline

As always, the fragrance samples just aren’t my thing! I don’t subscribe for the fragrance, so that’s okay!

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Drawstring Bag

More cute swimmers! I love it! 🙂

I always look forward to seeing what Sephora comes up with each month for these bags!

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I like half of this month’s products. One of which I’ll use everyday! The ratio of love/hate could be better, but I’m okay with it this month.

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your June box?

❤ Natalie

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: March 2017

Hello friends!

It’s always such an exciting day when my PLAY! by Sephora box arrives on my doorstep.  I can never keep up with the tracking for these boxes, so when they’ll arrive is always a mystery me.  I enjoy surprises though, so it’s all good!

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“The Gleam Team” is the theme for March!  Lots of shimmery, shiny products ahead!

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Sephora mixed it up a little with the illustrations in the March PLAY! BOOK.  I love the watercolors they usually do, but these illustrations fit much better with this month’s theme.

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Box Contents:

  • GLAMGLOW – GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
  • Benefit Cosmetics – Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
  • Josie Maran – Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm
  • Bobbi Brown – Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink
  • Living Proof – Full Dry Volume Blast
  • Chloé – Fleur de Parfum
  • Drawstring Bag

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GLAMGLOW – GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

In the PLAY! BOOK it says that illuminating moisturizers like this one are being dubbed “glotions.”  How funny is that?!  It definitely makes me chuckle! 🙂

I was expecting this product to be super moisturizing based on how moisturizing their THIRSTYMUD mask is.  Unfortunately, I’m not finding it to be very hydrating.

It smells fantastic though!  I can’t put my finger on what exactly the scent reminds me of though!  It’s sweet + sugary with a touch of fruit.  Yummy!

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Benefit Cosmetics – Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

I’m a lover of all things Benefit, so I was pretty excited to find this product in my box!

I don’t do much highlighting in my makeup routine, so I’ll be using this bad boy as an eye shadow and inner eye highlight.

It’s a light champagne color that is perfect for everyday wear!

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Josie Maran – Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

I’m not so sure about this balm.  It makes my skin feel nice, but I don’t love the packaging.

The rose gold lid and clear pot are beautiful, but I hate sticking my finger in products like this.  When pots are super small, I always end up jabbing my finger in there and getting a ton of product stuck under my nail.  This is most likely just a personal problem and not something that everyone struggles with!

I’ll most likely end up giving this product to a friend of mine to enjoy!

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Bobbi Brown – Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink

I love the convenience of eye shadow sticks!  They make application so quick and easy.

This shadow stick is super similar in color to the Laura Mercier shadow stick that I received in my November box.  I’m okay with that though, because I love the rosey champagne color! I swatched the two side-by-side and gathered that the Bobbi Brown shadow has a tad more shimmer to it.

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Living Proof – Full Dry Volume Blast

I’m super low-maintenance when it comes to my hair.  I always air dry and rarely straighten it these days.

Since I don’t style my hair, this product is kind of lost on me.  I did a little test earlier and did see a little volume boost after spraying certain parts of my hair.

My mom does way more styling with her hair than I do, so she’ll probably end up with this product.

I’m a little reluctant to let it go though, because it smells absolutely amazing!

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Chloé – Fleur de Parfum

Those of you that read my reviews each month know that I am not a perfume person.  This month is no different.

I spritzed this perfume before writing this post, and I’m now regretting it.  The scent is a little much for me!  Whoopsie!!

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This month’s bag is very fun!  I love the neon-esque font they chose!  It works so well with the theme!

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This month’s box was okay for me.  It wasn’t the best but wasn’t the worst either.  I’ll definitely be using up the Bobbi Brown shadow stick and the Benefit highlighter though.

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the March box?

❤ Natalie

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review – June 2016

Hello everyone!

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

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The theme for the month of June is “The Minimalists.”

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Sephora is going for a “less is more” look this month.

I like the minimalist look myself.  I wear makeup everyday and have no problems with it, but I feel like some people completely over do it in their everyday lives!

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I can’t get over how cute and informative their PLAY! BOOK is.

The drawings are adorable and they give you some really useful tips!

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Box Contents:

  • Bumble and bumble – Don’t Blow It
  • bareMinerals – bareSkin Bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics – They’re Real! Mascara
  • BECCA – Backlight Priming Filter
  • TARTE – Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • TOCCA Beauty – Florence
  • Drawstring Bag

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Bumble and bumble – Don’t Blow It

The idea of this product is that it gives your hair the look of a blow dry without actually having to blow dry it!  That sounds fantastic!  All you have to do is apply it to towel dried hair and then let air dry!  Sounds super easy to me!

I wash my hair at night and sleep with it wet.  Because of that, I haven’t had a chance to give this a try yet!  You could argue that I could sleep with this product in my hair, but I don’t think it’ll look blow dried in the morning after being mashed into my pillow all night!

As soon as I get a chance, I will be giving this a try! I can’t wait to see the results!

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bareMinerals – bareSkin Bronzer

I have very fair skin, so I’ve never really used any bronzing products.  I’m quite comfortable with my fairness, and most bronzers are too dark for me anyway.

I won’t be getting any use out of this product, but I’m sure one of my friends will!

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Benefit Cosmetics – They’re Real! Mascara

I love Benefit products!  I use quite a few in my everyday routine!

I’ve used the They’re Real! Mascara in the past and it’s nice.  However, I prefer Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara.

The brush on They’re Real! is a huge selling point for many women, but I don’t actually like it.  I’m afraid I’ll poke myself in the eye with it!

Even though I prefer the Roller Lash, I will still keep this mascara in my rotation!  When I use up my current tube of Roller Lash, I’ll most likely start using They’re Real! again!

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BECCA – Backlight Priming Filter

I’ve never used any BECCA products before, so I was so excited to see this primer in my box!

I’ve been using it for several days now, and I like it!  It gives my skin a dewy look, which is different, but not bad!

I don’t think I’ll be making this my everyday primer, but I will definitely continue using it!

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TARTE – Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

As I mentioned earlier, I’m very fair, so sunscreen is one of my best friends!

I went on vacation in May (and got quite a burn), so I wish this product had been in the May box instead of the June!  I’ll be going on vacation again in August and will definitely use it then!

The sunscreen is very light and smells great!  It’ll be perfect for layering under makeup or by itself!

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TOCCA Beauty – Florence

I love the packaging of this sample!  The little birdies are too cute!

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I’m very sensitive to perfume smells, so I’m always worried about whether or not I’ll like the samples I receive!  Luckily, I love this one!

Florence is light and fresh!  I’ve worn it twice this week, and it’s been great! I think I’ll wear it again tomorrow!

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Once again, Sephora packed all of their fantastic samples in a fabric, drawstring bag!

I love these bags!  The quality is fantastic, and I think it adds quite a bit to the box!

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Aside from the bronzer, I will use/have used all of these products!  I’d say June was a success!!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the June box?

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