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. 🙂

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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: February 2017

Hello there!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived!  It’s always an exciting day when this box lands on my doorstep!

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“The Soft Side” is the theme for February.

This box definitely evokes soft + girly feelings.

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Box Contents:

  • Clinique – Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer
  • NARS – Velvet Lip Glide in Bound
  • Marc Jacobs – Divine Decadence
  • Sephora Collection – Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara
  • Too Faced – Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake
  • Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
  • Drawstring Bag

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Clinique – Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer

I’ve been interested in trying out several items from Clinique’s Pep Start line.  I’ve tried the eye cream from this line before and like it quite a bit, so I was very pleased to see this moisturizer in my box this month.

The Hydroblur Moisturizer also doubles as a makeup primer.  I love a product that does double duty!

I use a lot of Clinique skincare products, so although I’ve only used this cream a few times, I’m not worried about skin irritation after prolonged use.

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NARS – Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

I love NARS products, so I let out a little squeel when I pulled this out of my bag.

I own several NARS lipsticks but have never tried their liquid lipstick before.  After several uses, I know I’ll be using this lipstick in its entirety.  I’m also very likely to purchase the full size version in the future!

The formula is creamy and the color is perfect for me!  I love it!

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Marc Jacobs – Divine Decadence

As usual, I’m not a fan of the fragrance sample.

I don’t buy this box for the fragrances though, so that’s okay!

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Sephora Collection – Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara

I don’t typically buy store brand beauty products.  However, I’ve been very pleased with every Sephora Collection item I’ve received through my PLAY! box.

After using this mascara, my lashes look great!  They’re quite long and rather dark!  That’s a win win for me!

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Too Faced – Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake

I love lip products, so I was rather excited when I saw two of them in my box this month!

I’ve tried several lip plumping glosses in the past, and I was not a fan.  Unfortunately, this gloss falls into the same category.  I don’t like the intense tingles that these glosses generate.  It burns a little, and I don’t ever see the results that the tingles are supposed to bring.

Another negative for this gloss is that the color is just not flattering on me.  Yikes!

I’m going to see if any of my friends want to plump their pouts!  If so, I’ll be gifting them this gloss! 🙂

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Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

I LOVE receiving eye creams in my subscription boxes.  Eye cream is a product that I love to use but hate to buy! Receiving it in a box is the ideal solution to that problem!

I don’t think I’ve ever tried an eye cream from Origins before, so I’m excited for this product.  I used it last night and so far, so good!

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I LOVE this month’s bag!  It goes perfectly with the soft + girly box theme! The dark blush and silky material is so fancy!

This bag is a huge improvement from last month’s!

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All in all, I’d say I’m very pleased with this month’s box! I’m going to be taking the NARS liquid lipstick with me everywhere for the foreseeable future!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your February box?

<3 Natalie

 

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review: January 2017

Hello everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived, and I’m excited to share it with you!

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The theme for January is “Beauty, Set, Go.”

A fun, little “fresh start” “girl on-the-go” kind of thing!

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Box Contents:

  • tarte – FRXXXTION Stick
  • OUAI – Treatment Masque
  • Tory Burch – Love Relentlessly
  • Youth to the People – Kale + Spinach + Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream
  • Clinique – Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
  • AmorePacific – Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
  • Drawstring Bag

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tarte – FRXXXTION Stick

I’ve never seen face cleanser in a stick form before.  I think the stick form is pretty cool!  When cleanser comes in a bottle, I inevitably end up dumping a little on the floor at some point. Since this soap is in stick form, that’ll never happen.  How handy!!

I’ve never tried a charcoal cleanser before, so the black color of the soap was new for me.  It was rather fun!  I actually saw the tip of my nose turning black, so I hopped out of the shower so I could see what my entire face looked like! 🙂

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OUAI – Treatment Masque

Since receiving the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair mask several months ago, I’ve fallen in love with hair masks!

I enjoy trying new things (as evidenced by my love of subscription boxes), so I was quite intrigued when I saw this hair mask in my box.

I was rather surprised when my PLAY! BOOK said that one treatment could end up using the entire sample bottle.  I don’t like the idea that you may only get one use out of a sample.  It seems like a bit of a waste to me.  How can you accurately judge whether or not you like a product or whether a product likes you off of one application?  Luckily, I only ended up using about half for my first treatment.

My hair feels very soft today, but I think I like my Briogeo mask better.  I don’t end up using nearly as much product, and I get the same results.

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Tory Burch – Love Relentlessly

My nose has been rather stuffed up recently, so I haven’t been able to tell whether or not I like this fragrance! 🙁

However, I do really like the pink and gold packaging!

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Youth to the People – Kale + Spinach + Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream

This moisturizer is very light and agrees well with my skin.

I had a problem last week with a moisturizer that was too heavy for me (uh oh!) and am very glad that this one is light.  I also like that it’s anti-aging!  It’s never too early to start preventing wrinkles!! 🙂

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Clinique – Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Clinique is actually the first makeup brand I ever tried, and I used it for many, many years.  I still use them for the majority of my skincare.

Throughout the years, I’ve received tons and tons of free samples of Black Honey, but hadn’t ever really given it a try until now.

The lipstick appears to be quite dark but is actually very light once it’s applied.  It slightly enhances my natural lip color and is quite pretty.  It’s perfect for everyday wear!

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AmorePacific – Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

I’ve been waiting for a foundation/BB/CC cream sample to come in my box!  Unfortunately, neither of these colors worked for me.  I have very fair skin, and both of these were just a little too dark for me.

That’s okay though.  I know how difficult it must be to match the skin tone of each and every subscriber that Sephora has.

I do like that this sample came with two colors though.  I’m sure it worked out for many people!

This month’s drawstring bag is plastic on the front and mesh on the back.

The quote is, “Sweat is just another way to glow.”

This bag and quote definitely goes with the theme for the month, but I am not a fan.

That’s okay though.  I’ve been subscribing for nine months now, and this is the first bag I have truly disliked.  I’m actually glad I don’t like it, because I won’t feel bad when I throw it away! I like all the other month’s bag, so I haven’t thrown a single one away yet!

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January wasn’t my favorite month of PLAY! by Sephora, but I do like a few of the products.

I’m going to tuck the Clinique lipstick in my purse and finish off the hair mask sometime this week!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your January box?

<3 Natalie