Sephora Play! July 2017 Review

Sephora Play! July 2017 Review

Hi everyone! I had to do some travelling for work (a post with what I took with me is coming). But I still managed to receive my Sephora Play! box and play around with this month’s goodies!

The service:

Sephora has come out with their own subscription box. It ships monthly for $10, and includes five beauty samples, one perfume sample, and a bag each month. Sephora also plays up all of the extra perks – 50 Beauty Insider points, lots of tips and info on the products, and an ability to learn about the products in-store. These are all products you can buy in Sephora and are more high-end products from brands that you’ve heard.

One of the things that I like with the Sephora box is that it offers customization without giving a completely random assortment of products. The theme can be followed without having products that don’t work for certain people.

The theme:

Good Beauty Vibes. I like the idea of indulging, both at home or on-the-go. A couple products don’t really fit it well, though, because they felt a little bit more everyday.

The bag:

The pink gingham print and red ribbon looked rural and cute. I would have loved the plain bag, but someone decided to write “Glamp Out” on it. I think it’s supposed to be a combination of glam and camp? I’d rather Sephora leave words off the bags.

The goodies:

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag
Milk Makeup Cooling Water
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

The It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara:

Since mascaras have a short shelf-life before drying out/becoming unhygienic , I generally prefer only having one or two open at once. I like getting the most out of them. I already have a couple other unopened mascaras in my collection, as well. It’ll be a couple months, at least, before I try this mascara.

The Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding mask:

This mask is one of those products that I’ve wanted to try for a while but never wanted to buy blindly/pay for. The cleanser from Boscia’s black charcoal line broke me out, and I wasn’t sure if the black charcoal swirl in this would do the same. The black and white mix together easily in the jar, and it seemed like I’d apply this and just end up with a gray mask. This didn’t mix completely evenly, so I’d end up with darker or lighter sections, and I have no idea if that makes a difference in use. The mask did work pretty well in cleaning out my skin and pores, but I have to try it out a bit more to see if I’d actually buy the full size.

The Briogeo Rosarco leave-in conditioner:

This leave-in treatment smells very nice, like a mix between conditioner and a coconut-and-floral spray. I liked that the name came from the first few letters of rosehip, argan, and coconut, as well – a cute touch! The conditioner seemed like a good, standard spray/treatment. It did give some extra frizz protection, but otherwise I just didn’t notice much out of the norm.

The BareMinerals Gen Nude lippie in Swag:

It’s a very pretty nude liquid lipstick, and did actually look like my exact natural lip color with just a hint more pink to it. The formula is more mousse-y and takes a bit to dry down completely. This also smells like chocolate cookies! I’m not sure if I’ll get much use out of it, just because I like a lipstick to at least look like I’m wearing something.

The Milk Makeup Cooling Water:

It’s a stick formula but called water… it seems a bit weird. I actually really enjoyed the stick on a hot day when my face is feeling hot or just starting to sweat. I don’t want to try this with makeup on, as I think it could smear or break up. It does leave a slight residue, as well, but for getting into a hot car, it’s great!


The Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine perfume:

Anyone know how to tell Sephora to stop sending me citrus scents? I think all but one scent so far has included citrus, and I’m just not big on the type. I liked this one better than some of the other citrus scents I’ve tried, but I still don’t want to wear it. Notes include blood orange, bitter orange, geranium, jasmine, sandalwood, amber woods.

The verdict:

I enjoyed the box, even if it wasn’t especially great. I don’t particularly care for getting mascaras in subscription boxes because I have so many and wait so long between receiving and using them. The perfume was also a dud, but I’m not particularly put out by it. I’m also on the fence with the lippie, but did like the other products.

-xo, Andi

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3 thoughts on “Sephora Play! July 2017 Review”

  1. I’m the same with mascaras although I appreciate getting them to try once I’ve never tried before. I won’t be opening mine either. I thought this month’s bag was interesting. I got the same products you did. I’m hoping I like at least the charcoal mask and the lipstick because those were the products I was most excited about. I have the briogeo spray I got from Iipsy and I love it. Nice to have a spare.

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