Play! by Sephora Subscription Box

Hey! Today I wanted to give you guys my thoughts on the Play! by Sephora monthly subscription box. In the past, I’ve tried monthly subscription bags or boxes from Ipsy, Birchbox, and Julep. I did enjoy the boxes, but after a few months, I felt like I was collecting products I was not going to use. I’d maybe have one item per box that I really liked, so after about four to six months, I’d cancel my subscription with the reasoning that if I skipped out on a subscription for a while, then that money would add up and I could go do a little makeup haul and get items that I really wanted.

About a year ago, I heard that Sephora was testing out a subscription box, and I immediately put myself on the wait list. After months and months of impatiently waiting, I got my first box in May. Each box contains four or five deluxe samples and a perfume sample. It’s $10 a month plus tax and shipping is free. Each month’s box has a theme to it and the items are packaged in a cute little bag that you can reuse. When you sign up for your subscription, you fill out a quick survey about your skin, hair, etc, and Sephora recently began sending out two different boxes depending on what you filled out.

I’m not going to recap every box that I’ve received, but I think that my June and September boxes have been my favorite so far. If I get something that doesn’t suit me or know I won’t use, I usually pass it on to someone that will use it. I know that these boxes are just for fun to get to try new things, but I am 100% honest so you can determine if this is something you’d be interested in.

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Pros:

  • It’s $10 a month! Skip Starbucks or Chick Fil A run a couple times, and you’ve got your box paid for.
  • It’s like you send yourself a present every month! I would be fibbing if I said that the day my box reaches my doorstep isn’t one of my favorite days of the month. (I’m pretty easy to please.)
  • Everything in a tiny size is just stinking cute. I’m a total sucker for a tiny bronzer or eye cream.
  • Every product can be found at Sephora, so you don’t have to search the internet and stores to find a product if you want to purchase the full size.
  • Inside the box is a leaflet that explains how to use each product, and there is a card that you can take into Sephora and get 50 extra *Beauty Insider points if you make a purchase. (And you get 10 points just for purchasing the box!)
  • Quite a few of the samples are generously sized and will last quite a while.
  • Travel a lot? This is a great way to get smaller products to travel with.
  • I love it when I get products that I already love and use. This month I got a Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner in Trooper and an Anastasia of Beverly Hills clear brow gel. I use them all the time, so I was so excited to stock up!
  • Your box is slightly tailored to your profile you fill out when you sign up. You may get items that are more specific to your skin type. You can go back and edit your profile settings if you need to.
  • They sometimes will include products that are brand new and just launching.
  • You will never have to buy mascara again. I haven’t received mascara every month, but I love getting mascara samples. They always seem to perform better than the full sized tubes, and since mascara is something you throw out frequently, it’s nice to have a stash of mascara.
  • I like how there is usually a variety of products in each box. Along with makeup items, they also usually include skin care and hair products. One month I even got a blotting sponge from Beauty Blender.

Cons:

  • You will probably be on the wait list for a few months. Be prepared.
  • I haven’t cared for the perfume samples at all. Yes, I’m picky and sensitive to scents, so that doesn’t help. I usually end up tossing them.
  • I got a liquid bronzer two months in a row. Yes, they were from different brands, but I was disappointed, especially since the alternate box one month had an awesome powder bronzer in it that I really would have liked to try. #firstworldproblems
  • Since they are trying hard to build a box that will work for people of all skin tones, skin types, and hair types, the colors of items won’t always work. I was so excited to get a Bite Beauty lipstick in my first box, except that it was a bright pink. Epic fail for this pale faced gal. Also one of the liquid bronzers I got was super orange on me. I know this is part of the experience and part of being fair skinned with cool undertones.
  • This really isn’t a con, but I put in here more as a suggestion. I think that Sephora has done a pretty good job of getting a variety of really good brands in the boxes, but it would be fun to get something from a luxury brand in the box (YSL, Dior, etc). Since those brands a pretty expensive, it would be awesome to have a little treat in the box every now and then!

 

So overall, I think that I would definitely recommend trying out the Sephora box. Below is a link to sign up for the wait list. Do you have a subscription box that you love?

 

-L

Here’s the link if you’re interested in signing up (aka getting on the wait list):

http://www.sephora.com/play

*Sephora has a customer rewards program called Beauty Insider. You get points for every dollar you spend and you can use those points to get deluxe samples to try. They update the samples every month. And you get a free gift your birthday month just for being signed up! (And the birthday gifts are usually pretty good!)

Note:  This post was not sponsored by Sephora or anyone else.  I just really like makeup, especially mini sized products.

My “Go To” Beauty Products

Hey everyone! There’s been a tag video going around YouTube about your “Ride or Die” products. Basically, what are your all-time favorite, “can’t live without” beauty products. I wanted to do my own version on the blog today!  You’ve probably heard me talk about them already, but these are products that I love, know that they will always work for me, and would be content using forever!

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PrimerMakeup Forever Hydrating Primer. I’ve tried many different primers over the years, but this one is definitely my favorite. It hydrates and plumps my skin to get it ready for foundation, but is not the slightest bit greasy. Most days I use this as my moisturizer!

Foundation – I’m pretty picky about foundation, but the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel wins in this category. I’ve been using this consistently for over a year and a half. I like how it provides light coverage and adds a healthy glow to my skin. I just started my fourth tube of this!

ConcealerMakeup Forever HD concealer. I’ve been using this since it came out earlier this year and love it. I didn’t think anything could replace my love for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but this one has. I provides the perfect amount of coverage and isn’t cakey or heavy.

Corrector – This wasn’t in the actual tag videos, but I cannot live without my Bobbi Brown Corrector to hide my dark circles. I use this everyday!

Setting Powder – Hands down my favorite powder is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This powder is perfect at setting my makeup without being cakey or powdery.

Undereye Setting Powder – Since I use concealer under my eyes every day, I like to set it with a powder and the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder wins the prize for my favorite under eye setting powder. It doesn’t settle in fine lines and wrinkles. I went through an entire one of these, told myself not to buy another one so I could use up some other stuff. That lasted maybe three months.

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Brows – I’ve tried all the different types of brow products out there and the one I always go back to is the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I like how the tip of the pencil is small, so it’s easy to mimic actual brow hairs. And I love that the color caramel is a perfect match for me.

Eyeshadow – Choosing this one was easy. I could use the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 all day, erry day and never get tired of it. (As you can tell, mine is well loved.)  I love the cool tones and how I can create a simple or smokey eye with just the colors in it.

Eyeliner – This one was hard. I would have to say that I’d have to go with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Desperation. I love the taupey gray and it goes perfectly with the Urban Decay eyeshadow palette and I love how it applies and wears. Now, if I were allowed to have two eyeliners, then the other one I’d chose is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper.

Mascara – I can’t say I have a favorite mascara for my top lashes, I generally switch it up, but I always use the Cover Girl Clumper Crusher in Waterproof for my bottom lashes. Most mascaras smudge on my bottom lash line, but this one never does. And the small brush makes it easy to apply to those tiny little bottom lashes.

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Bronzer – This one was hard to choose! I dug through my bronzers and hemmed and hawed over them for a while and then finally chose the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. Are y’all tired of hearing about this bronzer yet? I would definitely miss this if I didn’t have it around!

Highlight – This was another though one, but I decided on the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlight in 01. This one adds the perfect subtle glow and is the one I know will always look good, no matter what makeup look I’m going for.

Blush – Blush is my weakness in the makeup realm and is definitely the item that I have the most of, so you’d think it would be hard to choose just one blush. Nope. This was easy. The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Dollface is hands down my favorite blush ever. It wakens up my face, is long wearing, and always looks good on me.

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Lipgloss – Since I’m more of a lipgloss kind of gal, this one was hard to choose since there are three brands that I really really love. But at the end of the day, I know that I will always be happy with the Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian. It is the perfect nude with a tad of pink, which is right up my alley.

Lipstick – I don’t wear lipstick, but when I do, I wear fancy pants lipstick. (Insert a meme with the Dos Equis dude…) If I had to choose only one lipstick to use for the rest of my life, it would be the YSL Rouge Volupte in 01 Nude Beige. This lipstick is pinky nude perfection, and I love the way it wears and its watermelon scent. I’ve recently repurchased this, which is something I rarely end up doing with lipsticks. I could get rid of all of the rest of my lipstick and just have this one and be completely satisfied.

Perfume – I don’t have a ton of perfume because I’m pretty picky (and sensitive to scents) when it comes to perfume. I tend to rotate through about four scents, but hands down my favorite is Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture. I received a sample of this a few years ago in a Sephora order, sprayed it on, fell in love, and walked straight out of the house to the perfume counter and bought a full sized bottle. I’m on my second bottle of this and my love for it has yet to waiver.

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Beauty Brushes/Tools – There are only two beauty tools I can’t live without. And if you’ve been makeup shopping with me, you probably are saying, “It’s the BeautyBlender and MAC 217 eyeshadow brush.” And you’re right!

 

And that’s it! What are your “Ride or Die” products? I want to know!!!

 

-L