PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

I wanted to test the October products for a little while longer this month, so I pushed back my review until the last possible moment!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

“Complexion Companions” is the theme for the October box! All of this month’s products (aside from the fragrance sample) are complexion-related.

This month’s PLAY!BOOK features an adorable “get ready with me” series full of tips and tricks to prepare your face for the day.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • Becca – First Light Filter Face Primer
  • Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • Laura Mercier – Translucent Powder
  • Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops
  • Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Skin Booster
  • Chanel – Gabrielle Chanel
  • Drawstring Bag

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Becca – First Light Filter Face Primer

You know me well enough by now to know how much I love trying new primers!

This Becca primer is the prettiest shade of lilac and is very thin and lightweight. The primer is so light that I actually think the bottle feels half empty.

There’s nothing that excites me about this primer (aside from the color!) I don’t love it enough to by the full size, but I will be finishing up this little tube.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in R230

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I pulled this foundation sample out of my PLAY! bag. If you watched my IG Story a few weeks ago, you can attest that I was very pleased!

One of the two foundations that I currently switch off between each day is actually Make Up For Ever Ultra HD. I’ve been using it for several years now and absolutely love the formula and the coverage!

Unfortunately, the shade I received in this month’s box doesn’t work for me. However, my PLAY!BOOK says that I can go into a Sephora store with my PLAY!PASS and get a sample that’s just right for me! (I wear shade Y235.) That is fantastic news!

Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Skin Booster

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I put off writing this review for a week or so because I wanted to really get an in-depth feel for a few of the products. This skin booster was one of the products that I needed a little more time with.

My PLAY!BOOK says that this product is “a skin-perfecting serum that plumps, smooths, and hydrates your skin for flawless makeup application.”

I’ve used the skin booster several times and haven’t noticed any difference in my makeup application. I think this might be one of those products that just doesn’t work for me.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Laura Mercier – Translucent Powder

A few months back, I went on a mission to find my new, favorite setting powder. I used the Urban Decay loose powder for years and LOVED it. Over the last few years, it’s become increasingly difficult to find. Because of that, I decided to abandon ship and find a powder that worked just as well but was easier to come by.

While on that mission, I tried the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.  I thought it was going to be my new favorite, but alas, I was wrong. This powder is a little chunkier and perhaps slightly more moist than I would like.

Eventually, I settled on the bareminerals Mineral Veil loose powder. Their powder is nice and fine and perfectly suits my needs.

Even though I didn’t find the Laura Mercier powder to be my favorite, I’ll still save this sample and use it in a pinch!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

Cover FX drops have interested me for months now. I heard about their Custom Cover Drops at an in-store PLAY! event and have wanted to try them ever since.

These drops are slightly different but are still the same idea. All you have to do is add a few drops to your foundation and then apply to the areas of your face where you’d like a little highlight.

I’m not the best at highlighting my face. I usually stay away from contouring products, because I don’t want to accidentally make myself look like a clown! However, these drops were super easy to use! I’m going to save them for special events when I want to add a little extra glow to my face.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Chanel – Gabrielle Chanel

You know by now that perfume and I don’t get along! 😉

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Sephora is at again with the adorable doodles! <3

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Sephora did a fantastic job this month of picking a theme and sticking to it!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your October box?

<3 Natalie


PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Advertisements

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017

Hello there!

It’s that time again!  My PLAY! BOX has arrived, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

“Step it Up” is the theme for April.  It’s all about updating your everyday routine.

Sephora mixed it up with the style of the April PLAY! BOOK.  I love the little redhead that takes center stage this month!  She’s so cute!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

I can’t help but miss the product illustrations! 🙁

They didn’t eliminate the doodles completely though, so I’m happy about that!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • Peter Thomas Roth – Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
  • Philosophy – Made Simple Face Cleanser
  • Smashbox – Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Make Up For Ever – Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Sephora Collection – Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
  • Miu Miu – L’Eau Bleue
  • Drawstring Bag

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Peter Thomas Roth – Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

I don’t think I’ve ever tried any products from Peter Thomas Roth before.  I’m always intrigued by brands I’ve never used before.

I’ve substituted this moisturizer into my evening moisturizing routine.  It’s a little wet, but I expected that since “water” is in the name!  I like it and will finish off the bottle.  I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the full size anytime soon though.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Philosophy – Made Simple Face Cleanser

I’ve received this Philosophy sample before but didnt actually try it until it arrived in my PLAY! BOX.

I love that this cleanser works as a makeup remover too.  I don’t typically use makeup remover, so I always rely on my face wash to do the job.  Sometimes, my face wash doesn’t completely get the job done.  This cleanser sure does though!

I’ll definitely be finishing up this bottle.  I might save it for traveling though.  It’s the perfect sample size to slip into my travel bag!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Smashbox – Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

As you know, I love testing out different foundation primers.  I’ve tried a few Smashbox primers before, but not this one.

I found this primer to be very wet.  I’m not a huge fan of the texture either, so I don’t think I’ll be using this primer too often if at all.  I will have to see if any of my friends are interested in giving it a try.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Make Up For Ever – Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner

I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that I’m not so good at applying eyeliner.  I can’t see well enough and shake a little.  That is not a recipe for flawless eyeliner application! 🙂

I love Make Up For Ever products, so I did test this eyeliner out!  In the PLAY! BOOK, it gives explanations for easy, medium, and expect eyeliner application.  I loved that!  I tried out the “easy” application and added a little to my bottom waterline.  It was super easy to do, and I liked the look.  I think I’ll be adding it to my eye routine a couple times a week!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Sephora Collection – Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

As I mentioned above, I don’t typically use makeup remover.  I probably should, but I’m just a little too lazy to add it to my routine.

I do like that Sephora included two products this month that would work on removing the waterproof eyeliner that was also included.  That was great thinking on their part!

Although I don’t use remover often, I will save this for a time when I need it.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Miu Miu – L’Eau Bleue

As usual, I’m not a fan of this month’s fragrance sample.  I don’t buy this box for the perfume though, so that’s okay!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

As I mentioned above, I love the little redhead this month!  She is just too cute!

The quote on this month’s bag is pretty fun too! “The best things in life are me!”

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

This month’s box wasn’t super exciting for me.  I love the illustrations and like a few of the products, but I don’t think I discovered any “must have” products for myself this month.

I’m excited to see what next month holds though!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?

What do you think of this month’s box?!

<3 Natalie

PLAY! by Sephora Review: December 2016

Hello everyone!

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

img_6125

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

img_6126

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

img_6135

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

img_6130

Bobbi Brown – Smokey Eye Mascara

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

img_6129

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.  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.  It’s very nice, but right now I’m more into the illumating primers.  I’m sure I’ll jump back to the smoothing and “pore minimizing” ones like this soon though! 🙂

img_6131

Drybar – Detox Dry Shampoo

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

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

img_6132

Urban Decay – All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Unlike dry shampoo, I use setting spray every single day.  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!  I hate lugging the big bottle around on trips.  When this mini bottle runs out, I’ll just fill it up again from my full size and keep on spraying! 🙂

img_6128

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.  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!  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!

img_6127

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!  Oh well!

img_6133

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

img_6134

All in all, I’d say I’m pretty pleased with this month’s box!  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?

Bow signature pink

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! 🙂

IMG_2303

“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! 🙂

IMG_2304

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

IMG_2619

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

IMG_2321

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!

IMG_2323

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.

IMG_2325

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!

IMG_2312

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!

IMG_2309

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!

IMG_2318

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! 🙂

IMG_2315

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! 🙂

IMG_2328

The drawstring bags just keep getting cuter and cuter!

IMG_2627

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?

Bow signature pink