Sephora Play! December 2016 Unboxing

Purchased

If you’re like me and have subscribed to a fair number of beauty boxes, you’ve probably got a small army of dry shampoo samples, so getting more dry shampoo doesn’t interest me much. In fact, I’ve been using these as a daily makeup brush cleaner to get through them faster. That said, taking a small can of dry shampoo with me probably isn’t the worst idea to freshen up my hair mid-shift, and this stuff smells nice, so it’ll do. I don’t purchase expensive dry shampoos, though. It’s not something I consider to be worth the price. I am, however, intrigued by the dry conditioner. I didn’t know this was a thing, and I might be picking one up out of curiosity.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER
Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer Link

I have so many primers from subscription boxes that I can’t remember the last time I bought one, but I will be needing a good one. This one appears to be of the “pore filler” variety. So far I’ve had good luck with those. I might actually pair this with my BECCA Backlight primer (also discovered through Sephora Play) because for New Year’s I’m going to want to have a bit of a glow, and I find these to be a little too mattifying. Also, for those unaware, yes you can layer and even mix primers.

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Bobbi Brown
Smokey Eye Mascara Link

One of the things I’ve loved so far about my Sephora Play subscription is that they’ve managed to send me a new mascara every three months or so, which means I have a new mascara just as I’m tossing out an old one. This is one I haven’t tried yet, and it’s also half the size of a full-size mascara. That’s a nice changeup from the usual samples I get. (As much as I love Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, I’ve gotten it about a gazillion times, now.) I won’t be using this for New Year’s Eve, since I have my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara already opened and ready to go, but this will definitely come in handy.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION
Cream Lip Stain in Always Red Link

I kinda feel like, with as inexpensive as the Sephora Collection products are, they could include full sizes of many of their products. That said, I really like this formula. I’m not sure about the color (swatched below). I can pull off a red lip like it’s nobody’s business, though I’m feeling more like big, sparkly eyes on New Year’s. The red lip might have to wait for my birthday or Valentine’s Day.

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The mess up on the lip swatch was totally my bad. It’s actually pretty easy to apply, but I was in a hurry and bumped my elbow while doing it. This is kind of a combination matte liquid lipstick and stain. I feel like it’s comfortable to wear, on par with the NYX liquid lippies, and there’s minimal transfer. It dried quickly, so I wasn’t standing there for several seconds wondering if my lips were going to stick together. It does leave behind a nice stain, and it lasted several hours.

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Urban Decay
All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Link

I love Urban Decay’s De-Slick setting spray. It’s one of those things in my collection that I must have at all times. It’s done a good job of keeping me pretty slick-free, and it’s one of the few setting sprays that I find works in keeping my makeup going longer. I haven’t tried the All Nighter spray, and it claims to keep your makeup lasting for up to 16 hours, so I look forward to seeing how it performs.

One trick someone showed me with this stuff… Don’t just put it on over your makeup. Spritz a little bit on under your makeup, too. It really seems to work for me.

 

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Elizabeth and James
Nirvana Bourbon Link

Sephora includes a bonus fragrance sample each month, and though I’m not a perfume gal, I’ve really come to look forward to these. Elizabeth and James, for those who don’t know, is a fashion company started by the Olsen Twins (A.K.A. Michelle Tanner).

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This scent has a nice, warm vanilla scent to it and so is pretty versatile and inoffensive. Normally I don’t like tuberose, but it seems to work here.

This month’s box was valued at around $36 retail, which is a little over three times what I paid for the box. I have no complaints. I’ll use everything here.

If you’d like to subscribe to Sephora Play, you can do that here. Be warned… There is a wait for new subscribers. That said, they seem to open up subscriptions pretty frequently, so my best advice is to bookmark the page and try entering your email address a couple of times per day. You should eventually find a window.

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