Play! by Sephora Review | August 2017

When I saw the previews for this month’s Play! by Sephora, I got really excited to see which variation I would be receiving. The spoilers showed so many brands that I either already love or that I’ve been dying to try. This subscription has been on a roll lately introducing me to products that actually work and that have prompted me to buy the full size.

Play! by Sephora August 2017 - Info

As usual, the box comes with a detailed info sheet describing everything inside.

Play! by Sephora August 2017 - Makeup Geek Bag

And the products come bundled inside a cute fabric bag. When I first saw this image I knew there would be trouble afoot. And there was.

Play! by Sephora August 2017 - Contents

That aside, the actual contents of the box this month were really fun to try out. Let’s take a look at what was in my box!





Play! by Sephora August 2017 - Beauty Blender Mini

Beauty Blender Micro Mini

I’ve been wanting to try one of the mini beauty blenders for my concealer because the larger one is just a little too large for the undereye area. It was kind of nice to have a smaller version! It was much more precise and even though it appears comically small at first, after dampening it under water the sponge does expand to something more workable. The only downside here is that I felt like it took a little bit longer than usual to make my concealer look blended. However, I will continue to use this in combination with my larger blender.

Play! by Sephora August 2017 - Clinique Mascara and Too Faced Cleansing Oil

Clinique HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo

I love the idea of a primer and mascara dual ended tube. It’s convenient and would be very easy to travel with. Interestingly, I had a hard time finding this exact product online either at Sephora or anywhere else. The full mascara and the full primer were both available, but not the dual-ended tube. I wonder if this is a product made exclusively for the box?




As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m simply not allowing myself to open any new mascara products until I go through my already opened collection. I have a whole stash of unopened mascaras waiting for me now from subscription boxes!

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil

When I first read about this in the info sheet, I thought I might not like it. And… I was right. The wand doesn’t have bristles on it. It’s flat and the remover is a clear liquid. I followed the instructions to paint it on and let it set for a minute and then tried removing. It did loosen up the mascara, but it kind of made a big mess of it all over my face. Also, I’m not a huge fan of adding steps to my makeup removal process. My usual makeup remover takes off mascara just fine. I feel like this one is a bit of a gimmick.

Play! by Sephora August 2017 - Alterna Haircare and Glamglow Volcasmic

Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist

This volume mist from Alterna is without a doubt the biggest winner in the box for me! I was skeptical at first because I don’t always love my hair to have added volume. But this added just the right amount and at the same time made my hair so soft and smooth that I had to do a double take. I used this right before blow drying and since trying it the first time, I haven’t wanted to go back to styling without it. I’m definitely going to be picking up a full size during my next Sephora haul.

Glamglow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer

The smell of this moisturizer is heavenly! It reminds me of a creamsicle. At the same time, if you’re sensitive to fragrances this may be a negative for you. The product appears to be a solid when you first open it up, but as soon as you touch it, it becomes a cream. This was a very thick, luxurious moisturizer and it did make my skin smoother. However, this sample is so small it seems that I will only get 3 or at most 4 uses out of it. Even though it was nice, it didn’t impress me enough to purchase a full size.

Play! by Sephora August 2017 - Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Perfumes

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner




In general, the Play! by Sephora box will include one perfume sample as a bonus item every month. Because of this, I was expecting to only receive the Saint or the Sinner sample, but not both! I tried Sinner first and liked it well enough. It’s another darker perfume reminiscent of Black Opium and Mon Guerlain. Later I tried out Saint and my first impression was that it smelled fruity and sweet and probably wouldn’t be my thing. Shortly thereafter the fragrance settled on my skin, and it transformed into something magical. I haven’t been able to stop wearing it! This is another contender for my next Sephora haul.

I’m quite happy to have found several amazing new products in this month’s box. I love when a subscription box can introduce me to something that really works for me, which is why I love the Play! by Sephora subscription in particular.


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What did you think of this month’s Play! by Sephora?

Thinking Out Loud | Birthdays, Trello, and New Makeup Releases

Happy Thursday! I have a three day weekend up ahead, and I’m quite looking forward to it. In the meantime, it’s time for some random thoughts with the weekly Thinking Out Loud link up.

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Thinking Out Loud about Life

1. August is the month of birthdays for my family. My mother, my brother and myself all have birthdays days apart so we always end up having a combined party together. That’s what we’re doing this weekend. The immediate family will be coming over to the house for cake and presents which will kick off the birthday season.




2. My actual birthday is near the end of the month, and usually D and I will celebrate together on or near the actual day. We were going to take a long weekend to either Mohegan Sun or Canobie Lake, but it’s just a little too close to our Disney trip. I’m still taking the day off though to give myself a long weekend. I’m sure we will go out to dinner and do lots of other fun things too!

3. When I heard Pur Cosmetics was going to be releasing a My Little Pony palette, I decided I had to get it. I ordered it on release day, and it’s on the way now! I’m a huge fan of My Little Pony and I’ve heard some great things about Pur Cosmetics. I’m excited!

4. I was also very interested in the new Desi/Katy collaboration with Dose of Colors that released this week. I think I missed my chance though because it’s sold out now! Did you pick anything up from this collection?




5. It’s kind of hard to believe that fall is right around the corner now. The weather hasn’t changed any at this point – we’re still getting really high temperatures and high humidity everyday – but I know it’s imminent. Usually by the time August is over, summer weather comes to an end for us. In some ways I’m looking forward to fall and Halloween, but in other ways, I really don’t want summer to end.

Thinking Out Loud about Blogging

6. I just started a new method of planning out my blogs, and I’m loving it so far. I was inspired by Boho Berry’s post on using Trello as an editorial calendar so I decided to give it a go! There’s something about having all my blog tasks laid out and being able to schedule things far into the future that makes me happy.




7. In case you missed it, this week on the blog we discussed my Disney World Wishlist for our upcoming vacation. We also took a stroll down memory lane in my Instagram Throwback.

8. Stay tuned this weekend for my Sephora Play review for the month – I’ve already discovered a huge winner in it!


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Have you picked up any new makeup releases lately?

Has the weather started to change in your part of the world?