Play! By Sephora September 2016

Play! By Sephora is a monthly subscription box by Sephora. It costs $10 a month and you received 5 beauty and skincare samples plus a perfume sample each month. Previously, you needed to put yourself onto a wait-list and wait to receive an email before you could subscribe, as they were rolling it out to limited quantities.

In addition to the products, Sephora includes a booklet that includes information about the product, the brand, and then tips of how to use the products. Also at the back of the book is a Play! PASS. This Pass gives you a complimentary one-on-one session with a Sephora artist as well as an extra 50 Beauty Insider points when you scan the pass at the register with any purchase. If you have the Sephora app, you can also scan the images of the products to learn more about them.

The past couple of months, the boxes were not personalized and everyone who signed up for the subscription received the same products. This is the second month, they sent out two different boxes which had similar products but for different skin and hair types. The theme for this month was The Unbasic Basics

As a heads up, the boxes are a little bit larger and will not fit into a small apartment sized mailbox. For reference, a Birchbox box is able to fit almost perfectly into my mailbox, but this one has no chance. Therefore, I’ve had to go to the post office both months to pick up my box.

This month the products I received were as follows:

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell (Full-size $12.50)
This lipstick is a moisturizing formula made with shea butter. The color is absolutely beautiful and felt really smooth on my hand. Unfortunately, this color is way too pale for me so I didn’t even bother trying it on my lips. It doesn’t feel as though it would have a lot of staying power as it is a glossy formula, but it feels like it would be nice to reapply.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel (Full-price $22)
From everything that I’ve heard, Anastasia Brow products are the holy grail of all brow products. I’m terrible about my brows and I literally do nothing with them. However, I’m a little curious to try this out and see how it works. It’s meant to hold you brows in place without adding any color. Supposedly, it also includes chamomile that is said to condition your eyebrow hairs.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Full-size $20)
This is another product I have heard so much about! Everyone that has mentioned this liner has raved about it. I’ve only recently gotten into liquid liners, so I think this will take some practice. It has a soft brush tip but the color is super dark and is waterproof.

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer (Full-size $36)
This is a moisturizer meant for all skin types. It is water-based but also includes hyaluronic acid which is meant to even complexion. It says that is bursts into liquid droplets while rubbing it in and that you pat those into the skin to absorb. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to test it because I’ve already misplaced it! I swear I put it right back into the bag after taking my pictures, but it’s not there. So weird. I’ll definitely have to go on the hunt because this is the product I’m most excited about trying.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector (Full-size $28)
Another overnight hair mask. This particular one is meant to enhance shine and manageability and claims that results will last all week. It also says that you don’t HAVE to wash is out the next morning. This means it might be one of the few overnight hair masks I actually try. I am a night time shower person, so I’ve never actually tried any of the other masks. I’ve had some good luck recently with Living Proof products, so I’m curious about how this works. I will see if it leaves my hair heavy and greasy the next morning.

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte (Full-size $95)
The Tory Burch fragrance has notes of Lilly of the Valley, Jasmine, Mandarin, Neroli Oil, Green Accord, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Musk.  I love the balance of the sweet and floral with the musky scents. It’s a really pleasant scent and I enjoy it a lot. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it to have much staying power. I currently own the Tory Buch Absolu and I find similar results with that. I love the scent, but I wish the staying power was a bit longer, especially for the price.