Unboxing: PLAY! BY SEPHORA The All-Star Edition


August has been a really good month for my makeup and skincare addiction. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but in any case, I’ve spent some money this month, and I’ve gotten some pretty good stuff. I had a spectacular e.l.f. haul, which added to some brand new essences and first cleansers, which I can’t wait to test out. I got the Naked Heat palette and discovered my love for red and orange eyeshadows. My Sephora Play box for August (which will be reviewed shortly) had some fabulous items that I loved and had a retail value of over $50.

And then there was this. This is only the second time I’ve seen Sephora offer a super special Play box (no subscription required), and the last one was only available to Rouge members. This one is now available to anyone who wants to buy it. I didn’t get the last one because I wasn’t too excited about the products they mentioned. (Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is okay, but it smells weird on me after a while. Plus, it included a second perfume sample.)

This time, I saw mention of a Tom Ford makeup product, which is a WHOLE other situation, in addition to skincare products from two brands I adore AND a bonus Victor & Rolf fragrance (and I knew what it had to be), and snatched one up on Tuesday. It was on my porch the next day– not my typical Flash shipping experience lately, and I’m definitely not complaining. Continue reading “Unboxing: PLAY! BY SEPHORA The All-Star Edition”

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Sephora Play! February 2017 Unboxing


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Sephora Play! October 2016 Unboxing


Much like my Memebox order, this month’s Sephora Play also went through some bumps here and there. After a full week of waiting for it to arrive with no updates on the tracking information, UPS straight up told me that it had been lost. Since Sephora doesn’t have extra boxes laying around to send, that meant that I wasn’t going to get October’s box. I called up Sephora’s CS and explained the situation, and they promptly issued me a discount. Two days later, the box mysteriously arrived.

I called Sehpora and told them as much. They’re letting me keep the box and not re-charging me for it, which is swell. I’m tickled pink, since there were a couple of items here that I was looking forward to trying out.

Sephora Play is just $10/month for five deluxe samples and one bonus perfume sample. As you might guess, the box includes items sold at Sephora stores. The samples can be tiny, but if you’re a Sephora shopper, they’ll include brands you might actually be inclined to buy. If you’re interested in signing up, you can click here to do so. Yes, there’s a waitlist, but you do see them open this up quite frequently these days. Just keep an eye out and keep trying, and you should eventually find a window.

This month’s theme was “The Cool Cut” and is supposed to include “breakthrough formulas, indie brands and products that truly stand out from the crowd.” Continue reading “Sephora Play! October 2016 Unboxing”

Sephora Play! July 2016 Unboxing


It’s that time again! It’s July, and I have a new Sephora Play box to play with! This is one of those boxes that I started out with high expectations for, then found myself underwhelmed as I saw all the reviews, then as I actually started experiencing it found myself loving. This has quickly become my favorite subscription not just because of the value but because of the curation and because of the interaction Sephora has worked into its subscription. Each box so far has had at least one one item that was added to my repurchase list, and as soon as I run out of product, I do plan to purchase a full size of those.

This month’s theme is “Effortless Summer” though I honestly don’t see much of a link between this month’s theme and the products included. It was the first month where a more customized box was sent to subscribers based on skin type. I got the box for oily/combination. Others got a slightly different box for normal/dry skin. Continue reading “Sephora Play! July 2016 Unboxing”

Sephora Play! June 2016 Unboxing


Admittedly, Sephora Play doesn’t have the highest value among my subscription boxes, and we’ll get to that breakdown shortly, but it does have what I believe to be one of the best curations with higher end items I use, and the other goodies like in-store classes and trials and bonus Beauty Insider points make this a very worthwhile subscription, particularly if you shop at Sephora. If you’re interested, there is a waitlist, but you can sign up here.

This month’s theme is “The Minimalist” and includes products to help you achieve that look. I think I had a much easier time understanding why items were included this month as opposed to last month’ theme. Sunscreen, bronzer, shimmering primer, and mascara are definitely what I’d call minimalist makeup, and the hair care item is designed to remove a step from your hair styling routine. This is absolutely a box that I’d say is designed to help you get ready and out the door more quickly in the morning. Continue reading “Sephora Play! June 2016 Unboxing”

Sephora Play! May 2016 Unboxing

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

I’ve been waiting ages to get off of this waitlist, and I’ve finally received my first box from Sephora Play! I’m not even going to mess around. I’m just going to jump right in…

Each month, subscribers will get a “play book,” which is a foldout detailing the items inside. This also includes a card that you can take into any freestanding Sephora (NOT a Sephora inside JC Penny) for a one-on-one tutorial as well as 50 extra points added to your Beauty Insider account with any purchase. Continue reading “Sephora Play! May 2016 Unboxing”