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

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017

Hello, Beauty Gurus!

It’s that time again! My PLAY! By Sephora box has arrived, so let’s dive on in!

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

“Beauty Staycation” is the theme for the July 2017 PLAY! box!

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

The July PLAY! BOOK includes lots of beauty and skincare tips for when you’re on vacation or just relaxing at home.

My favorite travel tip is packing your compacts with cotton rounds so the powder doesn’t break in transit! I’m definitely doing that the next time I go on a trip! A broken compact (spilled all over your pants) is guaranteed to ruin ANY day! ๐Ÿ™

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

Here’s a look at the July PLAY! BOOK. The “How to use/How to apply” section is my favorite each month. Sometimes, I just really need to be told exactly how to use a product! Don’t you?

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Box Contents:

  • Bobbi Brown – Eye Opening Mascara
  • Fresh – Rose Face Mask
  • Briogeo – Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
  • Tarte – Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick – Set Sail
  • Caudalie – Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum
  • Clean Reserve – Sueded Oud
  • Drawstring Bag

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Bobbi Brown – Eye Opening Mascara

I love a good mascara sample! I’ve received so many since subscribing to my first subscription box that I won’t need to buy any for a long, long time! Sometimes, I still do though! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is my second Bobbi Brown mascara sample. I also have the Smoky Eye Mascara.ย  Between the two, I prefer the Smokey Eye.

As you can see in the photo above, the Eye Opening Mascara is very chunky, which makes it hard for me to apply. There’s very little space between the handle and the spooli, so it’s hard to coat all my lashes without getting some product on my face. I don’t imagine that would be a problem with the full-size mascara though!

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Fresh – Rose Face Mask

I love Fresh so trying their products is always fun for me!

I’m not usually a face mask person, but I decided to give this one a go! I’ve already used it twice now.

This mask has more of a gel texture, so it’s super easy to wash off without making a huge mess. I’ve been putting it on after I get out of the shower and leaving it on while I brush my teeth and clean my makeup sponge. So far, it’s working out pretty well.

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Briogeo – Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

I’m a HUGE believer in leave-in conditioner. I use it every, single night!

I use conditioner for two things. One is obviously conditioning and the other is as a detangler. This Briogeo conditioner works wonderfully to condition my hair but doesn’t work so well at detangling.

I do think it’ll work pretty well after I use my favorite Briogeo hair mask though. I meant to try them together the other night but completely forgot until after applied a different conditioner!

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Tarte – Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick – Set Sail

I love Tarte lipsticks! I keep one in my purse (along with five other lip products!) at all times.

When I first saw the color of this lipstick, I didn’t think the dark nude shade was for me. However, after applying, I’ve decided that I love it! It’s a great natural, neutral shade for everyday wear.

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Caudalie – Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum

I may only be 23 years old, but I’m a big fan of wrinkle cream! It’s never too early to start preventing wrinkles, right?!

I’ve been out of my usual wrinkle cream for a few weeks now (whoopsie!), so this sample couldn’t have come at a better time!

I love how this serum smells. It has a very earthy, planty scent like it came straight from the garden! Very nice!

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Clean Reserve – Sueded Oud

Surprisingly enough, I like the way this month’s fragrance sample smells! I still probably won’t wear it though. Perfume wafting all around doesn’t usually end well for me.

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How cute is this month’s gingham bag?! I am ALL about it!

“Glamp out!” is pretty cute too!

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I’m pretty pleased with the majority of this month’s products!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your July box?

<3 Natalie


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

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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.ย  I can never keep up with the tracking for these boxes, so when they’ll arrive is always a mystery me.ย  I enjoy surprises though, so it’s all good!

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

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Sephora mixed it up a little with the illustrations in the March PLAY! BOOK.ย  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
  • Chloรฉ – 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.”ย  How funny is that?!ย  It definitely makes me chuckle! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

It smells fantastic though!ย  I can’t put my finger on what exactly the scent reminds me of though!ย  It’s sweet + sugary with a touch of fruit.ย  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.ย  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.ย  When pots are super small, I always end up jabbing my finger in there and getting a ton of product stuck under my nail.ย  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!ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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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Chloรฉ – Fleur de Parfum

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

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

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

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This month’s box was okay for me.ย  It wasn’t the best but wasn’t the worst either.ย  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?

<3 Natalie

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review: December 2016

Hello everyone!

My PLAY! box has arrived, and I’m very excited!

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Sephora is prepping us for all the Christmas and New Year’s parties with this month’s “The Partygoers” box!

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All the rose gold detailing this month is just gorgeous!ย  So glitzy!ย  I love it!

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Box Contents:

  • Bobbi Brown – Smokey Eye Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever – Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer
  • Drybar – Detox Dry Shampoo
  • Urban Decay – All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Sephora Collection – Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
  • Elizabeth and James – Nirvana Bourbon
  • Drawstring Bag

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Bobbi Brown – Smokey Eye Mascara

I’ve been using this mascara for several days now and really love it!ย  The spoolie is super fluffy (way fluffier than my usual Benefit Roller Lash), and I love it!ย  My lashes are loving it too!

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Make Up For Ever – Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer

I recently mentioned in another post how much I love trying out different face primers.ย  I’ve gotten a ton recently and have enjoyed mixing up my primer several days a week!

I received my first sample of this one several months ago.ย  It’s very nice, but right now I’m more into the illumating primers.ย  I’m sure I’ll jump back to the smoothing and “pore minimizing” ones like this soon though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Drybar – Detox Dry Shampoo

I never use dry shampoo, so this product is a loss for me.ย  That’s okay though.ย  I have several friends that use a great deal of it!ย  I’ll just give it to one of them.

I gave this product a test spray though, and it smells pretty fantastic!

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Urban Decay – All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Unlike dry shampoo, I use setting spray every single day.ย  I actually use this exact spray, so this is perfect for me!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally have a travel size bottle of this stuff!ย  I hate lugging the big bottle around on trips.ย  When this mini bottle runs out, I’ll just fill it up again from my full size and keep on spraying! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sephora Collection – Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The perfect red lip for all your holiday parties!

I like the formula and pigmentation of this stain.ย  However, I don’t wear red lipstick often (if ever), so I’d definitely be interested in trying out this product in a more neutral, every day shade!ย  The next time I’m in Sephora I’m going to have to swatch a few different shades to see which one will work the best for me!

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Elizabeth and James – Nirvana Bourbon

As you know, fragrances and I don’t typically mesh well.

This perfume isn’t terrible, but also isn’t for me!ย  Oh well!

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This month’s bag is so pretty!ย  The black with the rose gold is just so glamorous!ย  It goes perfectly with the “holiday party” vibe that Sephora has going!

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All in all, I’d say I’m pretty pleased with this month’s box!ย  I think the setting spray and mascara are my favorite products this month!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your December box?

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