Play! by Sephora | August 2016 Review

Sephora Play August 2016

I am OBSESSED with Sephora.

Okay, maybe not. But I adore it more than I should. For just $10 a month, subscribers receive:

  • Five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands we carry in our stores that are sized to use multiple times.
  • A PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice.
  • A PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit.*
  • A collectible makeup bag.
  • An invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country.

This subscription is definitely worth $10. I understand that you can get a bunch of samples from the Sephora store or online, but I rarely shop there and the nearest store is miles and miles away. I also enjoy the fact that I can sample a bunch of high end products and discover new brands and products that I would have never thought to experiment with on my own.

This is my second box and this month’s theme was focused on The Eye Openers- Wink Outside the Box!

Sephora Play August 2016 2

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Sephora Play August 2016 Lancome

Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer

Lancome is a very high-end brand and nothing this brand produces comes cheap. A full size of this liquid moisturizer retails for a whopping $55!!!

I have been using this liquid moisturizer for the past week and I love it so far.  It claims to be good for all skin types.  The moisturizer is infused with antioxidants and is very light and refreshing.  I use it in the morning as a day “moisturizer”.  The consistency itself is very watery and essence-like and a little goes a long way.  At first, it is very fragrant but doesn’t linger. I find that my face has a nice dewy glow after application. It’s also good to know that this moisturizer is formulated with parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. It’s way out of my budget when it comes to skincare, but I will definitely keep it in mind if I really feel like splurging on myself in the near future.

Sephora Play August 2016 Algenist

Complete Eye Renewal Balm

I’m very excited to have received this product this month.  I have not been in the market for anti-aging products, but could always start as a way for prevention. I’ve never used an eye cream before so I was super excited to try it out.  The sample size is a very generous amount as you only need a pea-size amount for each use.

This eye balm is formulated with Alguronic Acid (encourages cell regeneration for smoother complexion), vitamin C (boosts radiance & reduces wrinkles), caffeine (reduces puffiness), cucumber (soothing and hydrating effects), aloe, and green tea extracts. This too is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.  It is supposed to treat fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.

 I’ve been using this balm every morning and in the evening before I go to bed.  It’s too soon to tell for immediate results.

Sephora Play August 2016 Make Up For Ever

Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush in I544 Pink Granite (Iridescent)

This is a very nice shade that I’ve been using over my lids for a pop of color each morning.  It is very soft and creamy and blends nicely.  It is also a very buildable shadow.  (Swatched below). It pairs nicely with the eyeliner I received below.

Sephora Play August 2016 Eyeliner

Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in 
33 Love Affair – Plum

Surprisingly, I was very impressed by this eyeliner.  Again, I’m not a big fan of pencil liners, but this one is lovely.  It is definitely waterproof!  I swatched it about 9am along with the eyeshadow and it was still present later that evening (even after doing dishes and giving baby a bath!!).  I am in love with the shade and have been using it on weekends when I don’t have to be all dolled up. I’ve been browsing through their color selection and I definitely plan on purchasing this specific shade and others after I am out of this sample.

Sephora Play August 2016 Urban Decay

Urban Decay
Perversion Mascara

Everyone raves about this mascara…and I wasn’t impressed. The brush is nice and fluffy, but the mascara didn’t lengthen or volumize my lashes like it claimed it would do.

Sephora Play August 2016 Clean

Reserve Warm Cotton

I love that this subscription includes a bonus fragrance each month.  This scent reminds me of fresh laundry. It’s not something I’d wear daily, but it’d be nice to spray around the house if it needs a bit of freshening up.

Sephora Play August 2016 Swatch
L to R: Make Up For Every Eyeshadow, Sephora Eyeliner. How amazing is this combo?!

Click here if you want to be added to their waitlist or if you want to check out Septhember’s box!



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