July Sephora Play! Review


My July bag came with:

IT Cosmetics mascara

Boscia Charoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-off treatment

Briogeo Leave in Conditioning Spray

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte in Swag

Milk Makeup Cooling Water

Atelier Cologne

Problem with my July bag-  Some of the items packaging was opened.

Solution- a quick call to Sephora and they refunded my monthly payment.  Much appreciated and super easy!

Because of that, I didn’t try most of the items.  I did try the mascara (it was securely packaged), and the leave in conditioner.

Thoughts:  The conditioner was fine.  It was light; in fact, when I let my hair air dry after putting it in, it seemed to enhance my curls and waves.  Very nice!  I can’t say if it made a difference as to conditioning, but it didn’t hurt.

Mascara-  it (“IT”) was fine.  It went on well enough and I liked it okay.  It didn’t seem to hold as well as other brands.  I will definitely use it up, but I wouldn’t buy it.


Play! by Sephora June 2017

Okay, first Sephora box is here.  Not a box, though!  More on that in a minute.  Items were removed from packaging and a card placed by them for scale as several tiny items had deceptively large packaging.  It seemed like these samples were pretty small, which wasn’t great- how am I supposed to know if I like a product if I can only try it twice?

A benefit of Play! is it comes in a little bag.  I can definitely see myself reusing these- they are smaller than a usual makeup bag and will be great when traveling or throwing a few items in my purse.

Another benefit of Play! is that it comes with a card to use in Sephora stores for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points.  You have to use with by the end of July with a purchase, but if you shop at Sephora a ton, it’s an easy way to rack up points.


Okay.  So.  Play!, like everything else, comes with five items and sometimes, a free ‘scent’.  I got a scent this time as a bonus.  Let’s run down what I got, left to right.

  • Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil.
    • I’m not sure what this is.  The instructions say I am supposed to put 1-3 drops through wet hair or after blowdrying to calm frizz.  What does that even mean?  One drop on my whole head or per strand or… what?  You can also put it on dry skin, daily.
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick- bold fuschia
    • This went on nicely, but the color… NO.  I am looking for something to use in a professional setting.  Just.  NO.  Dumping it.
  • The POREfessional Face Primer
    • It is so tiny I fear one use will kill it, but I will give it a try.
    • Update:  I used it.  It was fine, but I don’t think a primer I would buy.  
  • Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel
    • Hey there clearly half full sample.  This is supposed to go on my hair before I air dry it.  I will check it out…
    • Update:  This worked really well and didn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy or an odor.  And, even better, no scent.  Wish it had been a full sample…
  • First Aid Beauty:  Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
    • The name makes me not want to try this, but I will.
    • Update- This was actually a really good primer.  It was very smooth and my foundations seemed to hold well.  I liked it.  There was also a lot in the sample so I  can use it for a while.  
  • Bonus:  Black Opium YvesSaintLaurent perfume
    • Okay, this was a surprise!  I usually HATE perfume.  This one, I actually didn’t mind. Of course it is just a teeny tiny sample but given that I never wear perfume, if I wore it only to special occasions it might last me for years!


Major negative:

There doesn’t seem to be a way to review and rate the samples!  So…. I assume that means there is no way to adjust for feedback.  I took the quiz again and they didn’t ask for color preferences, so how will they know not to give me that horrendous shade of lipstick again?  I’m concerned about this.


Subscription Boxes- The Great Box-off of 2017

So, as someone who does not really have much make-up skills beyond the basics, but likes to check out new things at times, I decided the most economical way to do so was to choose a subscription box. Of course, this was inspired by seeing a Facebook friend do a video review, and I thought it sounded fun. During my search into the world of subscriptions boxes, I discovered there are many. And they don’t all come in box form. And they are of widely varying prices and difficulties to subscribe to.

I decide to sign up for three $10 subscriptions and see how they fared over a few months. A trial period, if you will. At the end, I can decide which one is best for me. $10 a month seemed reasonable- $30 a month, less so.

My choices were:

Sephora Play

I signed up for all three in mid-May. Only one, Ipsy, claimed a ‘waitlist,’ but you could get off it by spamming the world through twitter and Facebook messages. Also, probably the one I am least likely to stick with- only chosen because a friend nagged me about them. Birchbox was the only one who sent me a box in May, so that will be my first review. Then we can delve into- when do the boxes ship? What order do they arrive? Are boxes even involved? (SPOILER ALERT: ONLY ONE COMES IN A BOX.) What am I supposed to do with the packaging? How does my feedback and reviews change future subscriptions? Will I even use any of the products? Am I just destroying the environment? And more…