Sephora Play! March 2017

This blog is late this month, but I still wanted to share what I got! This month I got box 469. There were 4 variations.

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  • Atelier Cologne Clementine California – 2g – full size 100 g retails for $130, sample worth $2.60
  • Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer – .24 oz – full size 1.7 oz retails for $49 – sample worth $6.92
  • Josie Maran Finishing Balm – .1 oz – full size .5 oz retails for $36 – sample worth $7.20
  • Verb Ghost Oil – .57 oz – full size 2 oz retails for $14 – sample worth $3.99
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – .06 oz – full size .33 oz for $20 – sample worth $3.64
  • Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter – .08 oz – full size .33 oz retails for $30 – sample worth $7.27
  • Full value: $31.62

    This month, unfortunately I was pretty underwhelmed. I already have a sample of the Finishing Balm and haven’t used it yet, because it’s such a weird concept, but maybe I need to give it a chance. The hair oil is okay, but nothing better than what I can get at the drug store, and I don’t like the smell. I am not planning to try the highlighter because I already have too many, so I’ll probably end up trading this.

    I was, however, pretty happy to receive the UD Primer Potion because I’m almost out of my full size, so this will last me a little longer before I need to purchase a new one. I also love all Glamglow products I’ve tried, and so far I really like this one! I have been using it all over my face on the days I don’t want to wear foundation. I don’t think I would purchase full size because it’s so expensive.

    This was one of my least favorite months so far, so I hope April is better!

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Sephora Play! February 2017

Sephora Play! is a monthly box for $10. Each month you get 5 products, and a perfume sample. You also receive a card for 50 bonus beauty insider points if you buy something in store.

February 2017 Sephora Play! There are generally a few different box variations that get sent out, and this month I got box 575.

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I like the bag, and the overall Valentine’s theme.

What I got:

  • Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence perfume sample – full size retails for $97 for 1.7 oz, sample is .04 oz worth $2.28
  • Nars Velvet Lip Glide in the shade Bound – full size is $26 for .2 oz, sample is 0.07 oz worth $9.10  
  • Lashcraft Length and Volume Mascara – full size is $12 for .33 oz, sample is .094 oz worth $3.42  
  • Origins GinZing eye cream – full size is $30 for .5 oz, sample is .17 oz worth $10.20
  • Clinique Pep Start hydroblur moisturizer – full size is $29.50 for 1.7 oz, sample is .24 oz worth $4.16
  • Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in the shade Milkshake – full size is $22 for .14 oz, sample is .03 oz worth $4.71

Total value of this month’s box – $33.87

My quick first impressions:

  • Marc Jacobs perfume – I always love his perfumes and this is no different. It has a vanilla-y scent and I can see myself using this sample quickly.
  • Nars and Too Faced lip glosses – I was disappointed to get 2 lipglosses in the same box, because I’m not a gloss girl. The Too Faced one is a cream color, which I imagine shows up clear on the lips. I didn’t do a lip swatch because I plan to give it away. I did however like the Nars lipgloss, because it can be opaque on the lips, and shows up as a dark nude. I am going to try wearing this since my lips have been too dry for matte lipsticks lately.
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  • Lashcraft Mascara – it has a unique brush that I’ve never seen before. It is almost flat on one side, and wide on the other. I was able to start on the flat side and curl to the wide side to get a long, feathery effect.
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  • Origins Ginzing eye cream – it has a color to it, which has an illuminating effect under the eyes. It looked good after I applied it, but unfortunately gave me a burning effect in my eyes that I have never experienced with an eye cream before, so I will not be using this again!
  • Clinique Pep Start moisturizer – I have tried this in the past and I really love the Pep Start line. This is good morning moisturizer, because it isn’t heavy and dries into the skin quickly, making it good to apply underneath makeup.

Overall thoughts: this was more of an off month for me. I wish they included a different type of lip product instead of 2 glosses, and I’m disappointed the eye cream burned my eyes. I will probably only be using 3 of the items regularly, but will be giving the Nars lip gloss a try and may end up wearing it more than I expect.

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Sephora Play! January 2017 Unboxing

Sephora Play! is a $10 monthly subscription box. It comes with 5 makeup, skincare, or haircare items, as well as one perfume sample per month. It also comes with a card that gives you an extra 50 points with purchase at a Sephora store.
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This month the bag was something new – it is a waterproof bag with netting on one side – I believe it’s meant to take with you to the gym.

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In the bag:

  • Amore Pacific color control cushion compact sample. The top one isn’t labeled, but the other two shades are 104 Tan Blush, and 106 Almond Blush.
  • Farmacy Honey Potion renewing antioxidant hydration mask. I keep bees, but have never tried honey on my face, so I’m curious to try this!
  • Tarte Frxxxtion Stick exfoliating cleanser
  • Clinique Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey
  • Oui Treatment Mask (for hair)
  • Tory Burch Love Relentlessly perfume sample

Cost breakdown:

  • Amore Pacific Cushion Compact – full size retails $60 for 1.05 oz – sample is .1 oz worth $5.71. I am disappointed, however, because I will not be able to get full use out of this product because not all 3 shades are going to work for me, and they aren’t resealable, so look to be one time use (even if you don’t use all the product inside).
  • Honey Potion – full size retails for $56 for 4.1 oz – sample is .32 oz worth $4.37 
  • Tarte Frxxxtion Stick – full size retails for $22 for 1 oz – sample is .22 oz worth $4.84
  • Clinique Black Honey – full size retails for $17 for .07 oz – sample is 0.04 oz worth $9.71 – pretty generous sample, at more than half of the full size.
  • Ouai Treatment Mask – full size retails for $32 for 2.4 oz – sample is .5 oz worth $6.67
  • Tory Burch Love Relentlessly – full size retails for $86 for 1.7 oz – sample is 0.05 oz worth $2.53 

    Total value of the box: $33.83 more than triple what I paid, plus it comes with the bag and 50 bonus points.

Overall, I am always happy with my Sephora Play! box, as I generally love the variety and enjoy getting to try out high end brands, that I wouldn’t normally purchase in full size. The only thing I was unhappy with this month is the foundation – I wish they had made a greater effort to customize to the customer, but they only send out 6 box variations, so I would rather get something else if it can’t be customized.

Ipsy vs. Sephora Play! 

This month, the value of Ipsy won over Sephora Play, with a $51 value of items. This month Ipsy gave me 2 full size items, which you will never get in a Sephora box. They also gave me a few items that I expect to last a long time before running out, such as a blush and bronzer. This months skin and haircare samples will be used up fairly quickly, but Sephora did give the Clinique lipstick which I was happy with.

I am going to continue to subscribe to both boxes, and keep doing a price breakdown to see if I find any trends between the two. In the long run, I have liked Sephora better for the brands and types of samples I receive, and for the fact that I always use everything I get, whereas I ended up getting rid of many items from Ipsy. For January, Ipsy was the winner for me, but I did like both boxes.

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Sephora Play December Unboxing

About this subscription: 
Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription that costs $10 and comes with a bag of 5 deluxe sample items that are makeup, skincare, or haircare, and one fragrance sample. It also comes with a “Play Pass” which you can take into the store and receive 50 bonus points on your purchase.

When the boxes first came out, there was no variations between boxes – every subscriber got the same thing. Now the  boxes are becoming somewhat customized; at least one item you get is based on your answers to a survey. The box I got this month was box 244.

The box:

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The products:
I received

  •  Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot
  • Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain (01 Always Red)
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon

My first impressions:

MUFE Step 1 Primer – This definitely smoothed out my skin and gave my foundation a smooth application. I usually use a translucent powder after my foundation, but it didn’t feel necessary – my makeup felt smooth and set. I will definitely continue to use this.

UD All Nighter – I have heard great things about this, but never used it. My first impression was the mister seemed to let out almost too much product, but after it dried my skin felt soft and nice, and I couldn’t feel it on my face at all, which is a big plus.

Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara- I really like to play up my lashes, so I was initially disappointed because the wand has short bristles and isn’t anything special. However, after putting on even 1 coat I was really impressed. It added a lot of length and volume. I can definitely get on board with this!

Sephora Creme Lip Stain – this is a matte liquid lipstick that claims to be moisturizing. It does have some transfer at first, but dries down completely and is quite comfortable on the lips. It definitely isn’t as drying as other formulas I’ve tried. As for the color, I normally hate really bright colors because I think warm, dark colors look best on me, but I actually liked it quite a bit and it is growing on me the more I see it on myself! (It clashes with my sweater though!)

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I did not try the Drybar product because you are supposed to use the entire bottle at one time, and use it after shampooing.

Overall, this was a great box, and I will definitely be using all 5 products. I also loved that they switched up the bag, which is normally white, to black with gold lettering. At first look, this is one of my favorite boxes I have received.