Play! by Sephora: April 2017

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Play! by Sephora: April 2017

Play! by Sephora: April 2017

I feel like my Play boxes are getting less and less interesting. I just feel like there’s so much that could be done here yet they somehow miss the mark.

First up is the philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. I actually like Philosophy and I just ran out of my go-to cleanser so this will definitely come in handy. It’s a one-step facial cleanser that is said to tone and hydrate your skin. I’ll definitely try this one out soon!

I’ve got quite a few samples of the Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer in my sample drawer. For some reason I keep getting these. It’s a translucent primer gel that smooths skin and blurs flaws. I guess I can finally give it a try to see if I like it. It’ll be a good thing if I do because I have so many of them laying around!

I’m not sure if I’ve tried anything from Peter Thomas Roth. The Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream sounds interesting. It’s a 30% hyaluronic acid cream that transforms atmospheric vapor into fresh, pure water, providing your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Aside from the cleanser I think this is the only other item I’m sort of excited about.

I already have so many makeup removers (seriously I have an entire drawer full!) so I’ll probably pass the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover onto someone else.

I don’t think I’d mind receiving eyeliners if I was sent different shades. There are only so many black eyeliners you can have laying around. I’ll probably pass the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner onto someone else as well. I would have loved to receive one of the blue or green shades. This is what I mean about missing the mark. They could have increased my excitement with a bit of color!

The perfume sample this month is Miu Miu MIU MIU L’eau Bleue. It’s a little too ‘woodsy’ for my liking. It reminds me more of a cologne than a perfume. It’s not the worst scent in the world, it’s just not something I’d wear. I’ll be passing this one along too.

I’m really hoping for better items next month. I really want something I can get excited about! Take a page from your own book, Sephora, and um… step it up!

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Play! by Sephora: March 2017

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Play! by Sephora: March 2017

Play! by Sephora: March 2017

The award for the lamest Play! by Sephora box goes to the month of March! Let’s get on with it… I guess.

I’ll start with the most exciting item in the box. The Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. The brand is appealing to me and I hear nothing but great things. Their packaging is always really colorful and cute. So I’m very excited to see this included in the box this month. This moisturizer is a hydrating, super-charged cream with iridescent illuminating pearl particles to blur, reflect, and enhance your complexion for an instant luminous finish. I received the shade Nude Glow. Sephora has 2 other shades available in Pearl Glow and Sun Glow. I’ll have to properly review this beauty.

I don’t even know what to say about the addition of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I mean it is my go-to primer, but it’s really not exciting. And who doesn’t already have about a dozen of these laying around?

The Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter is a champagne cream-to-powder highlighter. And I have about 3 of them in my sample drawer. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

You know what else I have a ton of? Hair oils! I’m sure the Verb Ghost Oil will get some use and I’m kind of digging the packaging. But I would have preferred to see something different included in my box this month.

I haven’t tried a lot of Josie Maran products and I would like to. But I don’t think the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm would have been my first choice. It’s a skin care finisher and makeup primer in one. It sounds interesting and I’ll definitely give it a try, but it’s not really my kinda thing. I would have loved to see the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer included instead.

The Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume is pretty nice. It has a nice, sweet, citrus scent that I found to be quite refreshing. It’s not something I plan to run out and purchase a full size bottle of, but I will use up the sample.

So there you have it. The least exciting box ever.

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Play! by Sephora: February 2017

Posted in Beauty, Play! by Sephora on February 23, 2017 | 26 Comments »

Play! by Sephora: February 2017

Play! by Sephora: February 2017

Play! by Sephora: February 2017

Swatches: Bound, Milkshake

So the Play! by Sephora bag this month seems to be a huge hit. Everyone is loving the bag and I can totally see why. It’s definitely one of the prettiest bags. But how about its contents? Let’s see!

The Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream is said to rapidly wake up tired eyes while helping to reduce dark circles and bags. I’ve probably received a sample before. It sure seems familiar. But I love Origins and who couldn’t use a little extra eye cream?

I don’t have a whole lot of NARS in my life and I honestly don’t know why. I’ve loved the few items I’ve tried over the years, but it’s just not a brand I buy from often. I might have to change that! I’m pretty excited to try the NARS Velvet Lip Glide. I received the shade Bound which is a pretty rose pink with a semi-matte finish. I’ll have to use this in a look real soon!

The Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy is a moisture-rich gloss which is infused with jojoba and avocado oils to soften and smooth lips. It’s also said to give your lips a nice plumped look. I received the shade Milkshake which is a nude. The shade isn’t anything special, but it’s an interesting product and I’ll definitely give it a try. I really like the packaging!

I can’t wait to try the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer. It’s a lightweight moisturizer that blurs imperfections. Some of my favorite moisturizers are from Clinique and I’m hoping to add another favorite to that list.

I really don’t think I need another mascara laying around, but I’ll still give the Sephora Collection LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara a try.

I’ve always loved Marc Jacobs fragrances and Marc Jacobs Fragrances Divine Decadence is no exception. It’s a little on the sweet side, but it’s still very nice.

Overall, it’s a pretty nice bag this month. And the bag itself is really pretty!

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