Play! by Sephora: August 2017

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Play! by Sephora: August 2017

Play! by Sephora: August 2017

Play! by Sephora: August 2017

Swatch

It looks like another great Play! by Sephora box this month!

First up is the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. I’ve actually heard about this quite a bit recently. I’ve been curious about it so I’m pretty excited to give it a try. It’s a fast absorbing body cream that is said to help tighten and smooth the look of skin. It smells nice (very tropical like) and the packaging is pretty cool.

I was surprised to see the beautyblender beautyblender® micro.mini included in this month’s box. I’ve only ever purchased the regular sized BeautyBlender. So I’m pretty excited to give the mini version a try. I can see it coming in handy for concealer and highlighter.

Another product I was excited to see is the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème in L11. The sample size is pretty generous and the shade appears to be a decent match. Right away I noticed how thick it was. I’m not sure how I’ll get along with that, but I can’t really say until I test it out on my face. So I’ll definitely report back on this one.

I don’t really do dry shampoo and most Living Proof Products just don’t work well for me, but I suppose I could at least give the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo a try. It can’t hurt, right?

The Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil seems like it could come in handy. It’s a cleansing oil that dissolves regular and waterproof mascara. It claims to be effective and gentle. I do have a few mascaras that never seem to budge so I’ll have to put this sample to the test for sure.

Last, but certainly not least is the Kat Von D Saint Eau de Parfum and the Kat Von D Sinner Eau de Parfum. I actually received deluxe samples of these from Influenster that I have yet to review. I’ll quickly note that I love them both! Keep an eye out for that review!

Overall, I’m very impressed with this month’s box. I received some new-to-me items that are both useful and even exciting. I can’t wait to dig in!

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Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Posted in Beauty, Play! by Sephora on July 17, 2017 | 6 Comments »


Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Swatch: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

After quite a few disappointing Play! boxes I’m really happy to report that the June box is a winner! I’m digging the Summer Starters theme.

Ok so I wasn’t too excited to receive another Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, but at least it’s something I can use. Not that I’ll get much use from Benefit’s super tiny samples.

I was very excited to see Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub though! Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks are some of the first I’ve tried and fell in love with. And I don’t already own K-Dub. It’s a gorgeous bold fuchsia that will really stand out this Summer.

The First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is an oil-free priming moisturizer. It claims to brighten, smooth, and visibly blur pores and imperfections leaving your skin with a natural, dewy glow. I can definitely get some use from this.

I’m really digging the packaging on the IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel. It’s a coconut oil-infused gel. I assumed it would smell like coconut, but instead it smells like perfume. I don’t really wear gel, but maybe one of the guys can get some use of it.

I was also very excited to see the Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil. I loved the past few Ouai products I’ve received. The Rose Hair & Body Oil claims to be a luxurious, fast absorbing oil that is rich in nutrients to illuminate and hydrate. I’ve only quickly tested it out and the smell isn’t so strong. I get a faint floral scent which is very nice if you’re sensitive to the stronger scents.

Last, but certainly not least is Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. My only complaint here is that my sample bottle was only like 1/3 way full. And that’s a bummer because I really love this perfume.

Overall, I’d have to say the June box was a real winner. I was happy with everything and for the most part they’ll all get used up. No duds here!

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Play! by Sephora: May 2017

Posted in Beauty, Play! by Sephora on June 3, 2017 | 10 Comments »


Play! by Sephora: May 2017

Play! by Sephora: May 2017

Play! by Sephora: May 2017

Swatches: Greystone, Maldives Luminescent

I know it’s a little weird to post a May subscription box in June, but as I’ve mentioned before I’m really behind. If you think this is bad, wait until next week. I have a Valentine’s Day collection post set to go live. I wish I could say I was kidding. I’ve made progress on the pile that was taking over my desk though. I even did a bit of decluttering. That alone was a lot of work. It’s always sad parting with products, but if it’s something I just know I won’t reach for often I see no point in letting it go to waste. Especially when someone else can show it some love. Anyway, let’s talk about last month’s Play! by Sephora Box!

First up is the trèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent. This shimmering champagne pink highlighter comes in a convenient stick form. I’ve tried a concealer stick from the brand and love it! I’m sure I’ll love this pretty highlighter too.

I was pretty excited to try something from NUDESTIX, but I don’t think I’m feeling the NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone. I’m all for a pretty greige, but this looks more brown than anything. I’ll be adding this to my declutter bag.

I didn’t have a lot of luck with the last essence I tried. But I suppose it couldn’t hurt to give the belif Hungarian Water Essence a try. It’s an instant, lightweight, recharger serum that is said to provide deep, lasting hydration.

The Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Face Wash is a gentle foaming cleanser with soothing cucumber and chamomile extracts. It’s suitable for all skin types. Nothing too exciting, but I do like the packaging.

I love getting hair masks in my boxes. The Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask sounds wonderful, but I’m not digging the scent. It smells like a medicine cabinet. Not something I want my hair to smell like after hopping out of the shower/bath.

Aside from the highlighter, the only other item that I know will get use is the Tocca Stella. I just know I’ve received a few perfume samples from Tocca in the past, but I don’t mind. Stella is a wonderfully fresh scent. The blood orange is so refreshing! I added this to my loves list and plan to purchase the full size.

I’m really hoping for a better box this month. I want to try something new and exciting!

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