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!


“The Soft Side” is the theme for February.

This box definitely evokes soft + girly feelings.


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


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.


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!


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!


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!


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! 🙂


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!


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!


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 – July 2016

Hello everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived, and I can’t wait to share it with you!


Popsicles!! Nothing says summer like Popsicles!


The July theme is “Effortless Summer.” Sounds great to me!


As always, the PLAY! BOOK is full of tons of tips and tricks for this month’s products.


Box Contents:

  • NEST Fragrances – Citrine
  • First Aid Beauty – Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
  • Ouai – Wave Spray
  • Smashbox – Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
  • beautyblender – blotterazzi
  • Too Faced – Soleil Matte Bronzer – Chocolate
  • Drawstring Bag


NEST Fragrances – Citrine

Unlike like last month’s fragrance sample, this one is a little too much for me.  I like how it smells in passing, but it’s too fragrant for me to wear.  No big deal though!  I never expect to like the perfumes!


First Aid Beauty – Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

I’ve been using this cleanser for several days now with my Clarisonic.  It works well and smells great! It has a minty almost menthol scent to it!

Although I like it, I don’t think I’ll be switching from my usual face soap.  I will continue to use it until I finish it.  I might even throw it in my travel bag for my next trip!


Ouai – Wave Spray

I’m not a huge fan of beach spray hair products, but I gave this one the benefit of the doubt and tried it out!

You can use it on either damp or dry hair.  I tried it out on my dry hair and wasn’t in love with the results!  It just kind of looked like I hadn’t brushed my hair that day! YUCK!


Smashbox – Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I use a pore minimizing primer almost every day, so I was quite pleased to see this in my box!  I typically use Benefit’s version but Smashbox’s is great too!

I’ve almost finished using the Becca primer from last month.  I’ll be adding this one into the mix as well!



beautyblender – blotterazzi

I absolutely LOVE my beautyblender, so I was very excited to see one of their products in my box this month!

Blotterazzi is a blotting sponge that won’t disturb your makeup when removing oil.  I don’t have an overly oily face, but I do need to blot every now and then. I’ll be sticking this little sponge in my purse just for those occasions!


Too Faced – Soleil Matte Bronzer – Chocolate

I mentioned last month, that I’m not a big fan of bronzers.  I don’t ever use them.  However, I can use powder bronzers as eye shadows, which is what I’m doing with this one.

One thing I absolutely love about this bronzer is the smell! It smells just like hot chocolate!  How yummy is that?! It’s funny to smell chocolate while applying your makeup, but it’s also kind of fun too! 🙂


I think this drawstring bag is my favorite one to date!  I just love the pink Popsicle!

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with all these bags!  I better think of something quick though!  I imagine there are quite a few more of them in my future!


Aside from the funky wave spray and perfume sample, I’m very pleased with this month’s PLAY! box!  I know I’ll get great use out of many of these products!  The ones that I won’t use will be given to a friend of mine who loves trying out new things too!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the July box?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review – September 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review!

IMG_5062To receive fun boxes each month like I do, click here!

IMG_5065Box Contents:

  • Hudson+Bleecker – Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio
  • Kris Nations – “XO” Stud Earrings
  • Too Faced Cosmetics – Brow Envy
  • Briogeo Rosarco – Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray
  • NCLA – So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil
  • Nourish Snacks – Almond to Cherries

IMG_5079Hudson+Bleecker – Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio – Retail Value $42

I love this travel bag set!  It comes with a TSA-friendly clear pouch and then two drawstring bags for shoes and intimates.

IMG_5082I’ll probably end up using the clear bag for sunscreens and the two patterned bags for my shoes.  I absolutely hate it when the bottoms of my shoes touch my clothes in my suitcase, so these are perfect for me!

IMG_5091Kris Nations – “XO” Stud Earrings – Retail Value $35

I love these earrings, and the packaging is pretty great too!  The little jar is glass not plastic, which makes the packaging that much nicer!

These would be perfect for a gift, so I think I’m going to save them!

IMG_5071Too Faced Cosmetics – Brow Envy – Retail Value $39

I absolutely LOVE Too Faced products, so I was pretty excited when I saw that they were going to be featured in the September box.  I just wish they’d given out an eye shadow palette instead of this brow kit.

I know eyebrows are all the rage right now, but I would’ve preferred a different product.

IMG_5074The palette comes with two shades of brow powder, a highlighter, setting wax, tweezers, a brush, and a spoolie.

I don’t ever do anything besides pluck my brows, so I won’t be getting much use out of this product. 🙁

IMG_5088Briogeo Rosarco – Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray – Retail Value $20

I love trying new leave-in conditioners, so I was pretty excited when I saw this in my box!

This conditioner is way more watery than I expected and more watery than other leave-in conditioners I’ve used in the past.  I feel like I have to use a ton of it to get the silky texture I’m used to getting with other conditioners.

Even though it’s watery, it smells pretty great!

IMG_5076NCLA – So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil – Retail Value $18

I haven’t used many cuticle products in the past, so I’m not exactly sure what this is going to do for me.

I’ve been using it for several days now.  I haven’t seen any results, but it smells pretty great!!

IMG_5085Nourish Snacks – Almond to Cherries – Retail Value $2

This little snack looks awesome!

I love almonds and cherries, so it is perfect for me!

I’m going to pack it in my backpack and take it to class with me tomorrow!

IMG_5065The September POPSUGAR box has a total retail value of $156!  How awesome is that?!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?

What do you think of the September box?!

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