Hi everyone! It’s time to look at my August Sephora Play box!
Sephora has joined the subscription box scene! For US$10.00 you get five beauty samples plus a perfume sample, each month, all of which can be bought at Sephora! It also includes a cute bag, an informative paper all about the products, and a card worth 50 BI points. Sephora also gives extra tips and tricks out, and offers in-store chances to learn how to use your products. They also strike a good balance between customizing boxes and following the monthly theme.
The Innovators. I think this was done very well, especially with making the periodic table of elements into beauty ingredients. Especially cute were the ones like sleep and hugs. The three products with these elements/ingredients all use the appropriate icons on the other side of the sheet. Of the other products, one is an innovative tool, leaving just the perfume and one other product as non-thematic. Good job, Sephora!
Again, I thought the bag was very cute. The science experiment scene works well with the periodic table, and is just adorable. It’s a nod to the often-forgotten part of the beauty industry – the science and innovation behind the products! The words Makeup Geek felt like a weird choice, considering the brand of the same name which isn’t even available at Sephora.
Beauty Blender Micro.Mini
Too Faced Mascara Melt-off
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in N11
Sol JaneiroBrazilian Bum Bum Cream
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Kat Von D Saint and Sinner perfume duo
The Beauty Blender:
I reviewed the original Beauty Blender and compared it with the Real Techniques sponge here. I find that sponges unnecessarily add extra time onto my makeup routine with little added results. The big turn-off for me is just that a sponge usually doesn’t have enough time between uses to always dry out, and can be a perfect feeding ground for mildew and bacteria. The smaller size of this Beauty Blender does mean that it can dry out quicker and should be easier to clean and rinse out.
The Too Faced Mascara Melt-Off:
This is essentially a mascara wand with makeup remover/oil cleanser on it. It’s a cute concept, but I find it much easier to just use my normal oil cleanser to remove mascara. The only time it seems useful is with a cleanser with a formula that isn’t as eye-friendly, like a thicker stick formula of a cleansing balm. I probably would have enjoyed this more a couple years ago before I fell in love with oil cleansers. It did work well and was faster and easier to use than my normal cleansers. Overall, though, I didn’t really find that the ten seconds I saved really is worth adding another product to my skincare routine.
The Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in N11:
I’ll just start by saying I’m spoiled with the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. This seems like a thicker, gloopier formula, and can be a bit harder to work with because of that. I think the formula actually reminds me partly of wall paint. When I tested it out, I wore it for fifteen hours. I noticed some settling into fine lines when I first checked my makeup at around seven hours in, but after that there was barely any creasing, fading, or settling. I did have slightly less coverage than I’d prefer, so I’ll have to play around some more!
The color seems to match my skin’s shade (as in darkness) pretty well, but I have a yellow undertone instead of a neutral one. I think this is possibly a tad bit dark, which I actually prefer in a concealer, but the undertone did make some areas look kind of orange. I’ll probably have to look at the shade range if I do purchase the full size.
The Sol Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream:
I liked the scent of this. It’s nutty but also a little tropical somehow, and it’s still not overpowering. I needed about ten or fifteen minutes for this to fully sink in, but then I was left with baby-soft, super smooth skin!
The Living Proof dry shampoo:
This dry shampoo worked very well and seemed to go to work within minutes. It didn’t feel like I needed a lot of product, but the spray nozzle is very loud in a way that makes me think it also deposits a lot of product. I did end up with a white cast on one side, as well. Most of it blended/brushed away easily enough. Overall it seems like a pretty good dry shampoo.
The Kat Von D Saint perfume:
This is very lightweight. For something quick and mundane like a run to the store, it’s perfect! I need to test it more if it’s actually something I don’t like or if I’m just not in the mood for it. I do like light floral scents, but I’m not big on a lot of citrus scents in perfumes. Notes include mandarin, jasmine, tiare flower, and musk.
The Kat Von D Sinner perfume:
For something called Sinner from a brand like Kat Von D, I thought it would be sultrier and edgier. This felt toned down and safe, in a way, like Sinner Lite or even Sinner Workplace Edition. I think it needed to be tweaked a bit more to better match the name. It evokes a romantic nighttime stroll through lush gardens. I do enjoy the scent, but it’s not really what I expected. Notes include orange blossom, cinnamon, patchouli and vanilla.
This was a more middle-of-the-road bag. The body cream was possibly my favorite item this month, even though it’s just a body cream. I enjoyed the theme this month, however I wish that it included more actual skincare products (not just a body product and Too Faced’s makeup remover).