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!

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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! 🙁

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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! 🙂

This is my second Bobbi Brown mascara sample. I also have the Smoky Eye Mascara.  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: November 2016

Hi everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived!

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I never received a tracking email for this box, so the arrival was a welcomed surprise! 🙂

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“Best in Glow” is the theme for the November box.

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So many great tips included in this month’s PLAY! BOOK!  I also enjoy watching the Sehpora unboxing video to learn even more tips and tricks!

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Box Contents:

  • COVER FX – Illuminating Primer
  • Laura Mercier – Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold
  • MAISON MARGIELA – ‘REPLICA’ Lipstick On
  • Caudalie – Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
  • Sephora Collection – Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink
  • GLAMGLOW – THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment
  • Drawstring Bag

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COVER FX – Illuminating Primer

I’ve been itching to try some new primers recently, so I was very pleased when I pulled this product out of my bag.

I loved the BECCA illuminating primer I received in my June box and ended up using all of it.  This COVER FX primer is fantastic, and I definitely see myself using all of it too!

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Laura Mercier – Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold

I’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but I love Love LOVE eye shadows, especially champagne, shimmer ones!  This shadow color is perfect for my everyday, natural look and the stick form is pretty handy!  Just a few swipes and I’m good to go! 🙂

I’ve used this shadow stick everyday since receiving my PLAY! box and will continue to use it until it’s all gone!

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MAISON MARGIELA – ‘REPLICA’ Lipstick On

I love this product packaging.  I think all the details on the front are super cute and rather informative!

I’ve worn the fragrance once and wasn’t in love with it.  That’s okay though, because I don’t typically enjoy wearing perfume!

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Caudalie – Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Before even trying this moisturizer, I was in love!  The pink bottle and the name “sorbet” were instant hits with me!

My skin is having some moisture issues right now, so I can’t form an honest opinion on this moisturizer.  I’m sure I’ll really like it when my skin is back to normal though!

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Sephora Collection – Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink

This lip gloss is super duper hot pink looking, so I was rather intimidated by it at first.  I assumed that it would look just terrible one me!

Surprisingly enough, the gloss is actually a sheer pink that’s very flattering!  I think it’ll be a nice color for spring and summer.  I live in Florida, so I will get some use out of it now, but don’t see myself using it in the winter months.

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GLAMGLOW – THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

I’m not a huge fan of face masks, so I wasn’t as excited to see this product in my bag as some people might be!  I take a shower right before bed, so face masks really don’t fit in with my nightly routine.

That being said, I did see in the Sephora unboxing video (linked above) that you can sleep in this mask and not worry about washing it off in the morning.  That sort of low maintenance application is right up my alley, so I will be giving it a go tonight!

I already promised one of my friends that she could have the mask, so I better not use too much tonight! 🙂

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This month’s bag is pretty fun!  I like all the product sketches and that they included the month of the box! 🙂

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All in all, I’d say that November was a pretty great box for me!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your November box?

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: August 2016

Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, I was on vacation all last week, so I’m a teensy bit late with my PLAY! review this month!  Only by one day though!  That’s not too bad! 🙂

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“The Eye Openers” is the theme for the August box!

Most of this month’s products revolve around the eyes! What a fun theme!  I hope they do a lip theme soon! 🙂

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Along with reading my PLAY!BOOK each month, I also watch Sephora’s unboxing video to learn even more about the featured products!

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Box Contents:

  • Make Up For Ever – Artist Shadow in I-544
  • Clean – Reserve Blonde Rose
  • Caudalie – Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm
  • Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara
  • Lancôme – Énergie De Vie – Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer
  • Sephora Collection – Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof – Flirting Game
  • Drawstring Bag

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Make Up For Ever – Artist Shadow in I-544

I use Make Up For Ever  foundation every single day, but I haven’t tried any of their eye shadows until now!

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Every box came with this pink granite shadow sample! So pretty!

This shadow is a little too dark to wear all over my lids, but I really like it as an eyeliner!  I don’t wear eyeliner often, but when I do, I typically use darker eye shadows and apply them with an angled brush.

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Clean – Reserve Blonde Rose

I have yet to make a final decision on whether or not I like this fragrance!  I think I like it from afar but not when it’s too close.  Does that make sense?!  Maybe not!  One spray isn’t bad, but I think it could quickly become overwhelming!

If I can remember, I’m going to try to wear it tomorrow and see how it goes!

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Caudalie – Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm

I’ve been needing to buy eye cream for a long time now, so I was very pleased when I saw this in my box!  Now I can put off buying eye cream for even longer!

I’ve heard great things about Caudalie products, and so far, I’m a fan!  Who knows?! When I finally get around to buying eye cream, I may just purchase this one!

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Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara

I love Urban Decay and use many of their products.  Perversion mascara isn’t one of my favorites though.

I’ve received samples in other subscription boxes and have even bought the full size before.  After buying the full size, I realized that this mascara isn’t for me!  I think it’s a little too wet, and I always end up with it all around my eyes! 🙁

I gave it to my sister-in-law for her to try!  Hopefully, she’ll like it more than I did!

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Lancôme – Énergie De Vie – Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer

I didn’t realize how liquidy this moisturizer was until I spilled a good portion of it on the floor when I went to use it for the first time!  I know, I’m a dork! Oh well!

Once I cleaned up the floor, I applied the moisturizer, and I like it!  Its liquid formula is quite a bit different than the moisturizers I’m used to!  I probably won’t end up purchasing this item, but I will definitely finish off the sample!  That won’t be too difficult for me, since I spilled a lot of it! 🙂

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Sephora Collection – Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof – Flirting Game

As I mentioned above, I don’t wear eyeliner that often.  However, I can see myself using this taupe color more often than I would any of the black liners I own.  The taupe is subtle and will go very well with my blue eyes!

If I wasn’t so shaky and could see better, I would wear eyeliner more often.  Maybe one day soon I will master the art of applying it!  Maybe! Probably not though! 🙂

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The drawstring bags just keep getting cuter and cuter!

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All in all, the August, PLAY! by Sephora box was pretty great for me!  I will use the majority of these products!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the August box?

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