Play! by Sephora|March 2016

Hey lovelies! I’m back with another subscription box. You may be surprised to know that this is actually my 3rd Play! by Sephora box. Because Sephora was not opening this subscription up everywhere, I got a lot of questions on social media on how that was working. I made a lot of guesses in replying to everyone based on patterns I was seeing like how it really had to do with where you were located geographically and little to do with how much you had spent with the company. I live about an hour from Austin and was invited in February of this year to finally join. Since I have become a subscriber they have opened this all over the United States and I saw a HUGE wave of people signing up last month! Not all of those people received this box but are for sure in next month’s line up!

This month’s theme is Forces of Nature.


Along with the apparent “opening up” of the areas they are shipping this box too, it also underwent a tiny make over (you can see my past two boxes on my Instagram @TheRosySnail)  and not in comes in a box that you would likely throw out and they now include this cute little bag! Like many subscriptions out there, this beauty is $10 a month. I live in Texas and did pay $.83 in tax as well. For that price you receive 5 deluxe size samples PLUS a perfume every month. You do get points for the purchase and one of my favorite little bonuses of this box is the Play! Pass. You can go in and get a mini makeover and advice on how to use the products in your box (which I’ll likely never do because I feel like a.) no one does my makeup like I do and b.) there is a wonderful amount of information sent with these products and the internet is a beautiful thing) AND you get 50 bonus points with ANY purchase if you take this with you. There is bound to be something you need to get once a month and those point can really add up!


This bag has a cute design (and it has the #SephoraPlay on it, which has been confusing because I also see #PlaybySephora out there and I just need some clarification) but it is also very thin so I don’t know if I’ll be using it for much else aside from storing these goodies as I work them into my beauty routine.


The perfume this month is by Atelier Cologne in the scent “Orange Sanguine“. I know some people HATE getting perfumes in their subscription boxes and I totally understand. I like that the perfume in this box is almost like a bonus or “6th item”. If I really think about it, the perfumes are actually the only thing I’ve used all the way up from these boxes! This smells amazing and has a great orange note and one of my favorites, geranium. If you’ve ever heard the debate on EDT vs EDP, scratch everything you think you know because the Atelier line is actually “cologne absolune” or pure perfume and has the highest percent of oils meaning it lasts the longest and has none of that alcohol smell.  One draw back would be that this is a stopper type lid and not a spray (I received spray bottles the last 2 months) Based on the price of the 1oz bottle, this 3ml sample is worth $7


Probably the item that was the most exciting for those color addicts out there was this Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick mini in “Kimchi“.


If you haven’t heard the buzz about these natural, food grade and amazingly pigmented lipsticks, you’re so missing out. I got to try some of them through Influenster and I’ve purchased 3 more since making this the 7th color in my Amuse Bouche collection (and counting, I’ll want to buy something for those 50 bonus points and these lippies are SO good!) This color is a super, super bright pink and while it might be intimidating, I say go for it! I have a running joke among my friends when they tell me, “I wish I could pull of that color!” because I’m always wearing weird lipsticks. I like to lean in close and tell them that I’ll divulge the secret before I whisper, “Step 1: Put it on.” They don’t always think it’s as funny as I do.
This might not look like a huge sample, but it is actually 1/3 the size of a full tube making this a sample value of $8.67
* I want to make a little PSA that IF you do not love this color PLEASE try it on anyhow and experience the formula! These lippies are so amazing and they have 40 colors to choose from everything from your perfect nude to black.


I’d like to introduce you all to the hardest item to photograph in this box, the Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram. This is a wonderful choice to contrast the bold impression left by the last lip product and I’m a sucker for lip products in general so I’m down for getting two every month! This is a great formula when I swatched it, but people have said it doesn’t last long. I’m not sure if those who said that are trying to use this as a lipstick or as a lipliner is intended so I’m going to try this out for myself before jumping to any conclusions! I did note that this is a tiny product at .001oz which is 1/10th the size of the original. This is a sample value of $1.80. I just hope I get to use it more than once. This is a weird “clicky” pencil and once you roll it up, you cannot roll it back down so I’m sad that I won’t know when this sample is nearly out.


I was a little “meh” on this product upon hearing it would be in this months box because well, I guess I just don’t see the need for it? This is the Origins Maskimizer which is essentially a primer to use before doing a face mask. I read about it online and it sounded like it would work best with masks from the Origins line and much to my delight, we did get one time use samples of TWO masks as well!


I won’t lie, I’m most excited about the actual masks than the primer, but I’ll absolutely use the Maskimizer with the masks we got. Because this sample is a bit of a 3-in-1, the sample value is $.54 It’s a small value, but it’s a real experience so I’m hyped!


Another skin care goodie we received is the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. I like the idea behind this and that it’s good for all skin types. I don’t have too much to say on this one until I’ve tried it. I’m mostly looking forward to the softening effect this is suppose to have more than the brightening. Unless brightening means glowing in which case, yes. Just yes. This is a sample value of $12.09 (whoa Mama)


Last, but not least is this Deep Conditioning Mask by Briogeo. So, I get this brand in a lot of beauty boxes and every time I end up really enjoying the sample and I have NO clue why, but I never end up repurchasing! Maybe it’s because I feel like I have so much hair stuff? I am seriously baffled by myself. I want to make a pledge that IF I like this one, I’m buying it. I love, love conditioning masks and I use them 2-3 times a week so there is no excuse not to get this. You can actually purchase this same size (just in a tub) for $9 at Sephora so, full size? Travel…mini? I dunno, but at least 2 uses for medium/long hair!

This was a total value of $39.10. I really like the items in this box but for those out there who think they’re going to get a better value just because this is made by Sephora, I have to stop you right there. I’ve gotten this value and more out of boxes like Beauty Box 5, Ipsy and Birchbox. Not to bash anything, just putting that out there. I’m not planning on cancelling anytime soon.

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