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!

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“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!

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

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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!”

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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

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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!  So glitzy!  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!  The spoolie is super fluffy (way fluffier than my usual Benefit Roller Lash), and I love it!  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.  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! 🙂

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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!

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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! 🙂

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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.  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!

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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!  Oh well!

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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!

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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?

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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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