Play! by Sephora: March Review

Monthly subscription boxes are the hottest new trend to treat yo’ self. In addition to just the pure excitement of receiving mail, there’s also the aspect of literally opening a package of surprises catered to your tastes. The idea of sending deluxe beauty/cosmetic samples for a low monthly fee, first came from Birchbox in 2010 and was later revolutionized by ipsy. Sephora hopped on this train at the end of 2015 and was apparently so well received that they have a wait list at times to subscribe to the box. Being thrifty, I’ve always been skeptical that the samples you receive in these monthly boxes will actually be valued for the $10 price, or that the samples will simply be disappointing. However, I felt compelled to try Play! by Sephora since I regularly shop at Sephora and am a fan of their brands which are more high-end than drugstore names, like Kat Von D Cosmetics, tarte, Make Up Forever, Anastasia Beverly Hills and so on.  

I received my first box the other day, so let’s take a look at what’s inside!

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March’s box focused on all things glowing, gleaming, and bright. Having glimmering cheeks like the sparkling light blue waters of a tropical beach is the latest trend. Everyone on Instagram has been sporting shimmering highlighted faces in the sun.

The samples were neatly packed in cute ribbon tie pouch that reads, “Glow Your Own Way”.

The items are:

  • A card for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with purchase (this is standard with every box)
  • GlamGlow- Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow- This is a two in one moisturizer that doubles as a highlighter. It’s creamy, sparkly, and smells super sweet like a dessert yogurt drink!
  • Benefit Cosmetic- Watt’s Up!– This is a highlighter stick that glides on smoothly and provides a more natural shine. Benefit Cosmetic’s products are of really good quality, but I’ve personally received the same Watt’s Up sample so many times I couldn’t be excited for it. Despite all the times I had it, I’ve actually only gotten close to buying the full size. Still didn’t do it though. I think for me, the pigment isn’t dramatic enough for the price.
  • Algenist- REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops in Pearl- This sample was the one I was most excited for! They are pure concentrated liquid drops of a creamy white pearl highlighter. You squeeze them out in a eyedropper bottle and it looks like a tiny gleaming pearl falls onto your skin. This color is more of a brighter white-cream shade than the other samples, but is so vibrant and pigmented.
  • Make Up Forever- Artist Shadow in I-544– I wasn’t excited when I saw this but it grew on me. It’s an eyeshadow that looks like a very dark bronze to the eye, but when applied it actually has very subtle whispers of pink. They call it a “pink granite” color but to me it’s more of a bronze gold dust with very slight hints of pink which results in a dusty purple. I have applied it in the picture below. 
  • Living Proof- Full Dry Volume Blast– Travel sized spray can to provide hair some life with volume and texture! I haven’t tried this yet but I’ve heard great things about Living Proof.
  • Atelier Cologne- Clementine California– There’s a post card and tiny cologne sample that’s more for smelling than actual use. It’s a very heavy citrus aroma with floral tones. I think they were going for a sunny Californian day, which I can totally imagine. It reminds me of a countryside highway besides an orange farm and a field of poppies!
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I’m wearing the Make Up Forever & Algenist samples!

My verdict? The box was definitely worth $10 and the products were carefully and thoughtfully  picked! I’m excited to receive April’s box which I hope is a beautiful Spring themed box.

Lolita & Mauve Pink Lippies

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Top: Lolita – Kat Von D

Middle: Lolita II – Kat Von D

Bottom: Cannes – NYX

My go-to lip color is a dusty mauve pink. It’s an elegant yet fierce color that’s appropriate for almost any social situation.

My all time favorite brand of lipstick is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.

Pros:

  • Wand makes it easy to apply evenly
  • Long lasting
  • Over 25 different bold and varied colors
  • Matte

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Popular shades are often sold out
  • Can be drying

Kat Von D’s cult classic shade is Lolita, a dark mauve rose color. It’s a lovely color, but can be come out very dark if you apply more than one layer and can be somewhat of a chameleon in different lighting. In fluorescent lighting it looks a lot more mauve but when taking a photo in flash it looked really pink.

The shade pictured above is the most current batch that is being sold at Sephora. It is rumored that there first batch created was much lighter, and the second batch, the “bad” batch which had a brown tint.

Sephora recently released a Lolita II, which is a more of a nude/pink Lolita. I actually prefer this shade over the original Lolita, which I find to be more flattering and flexible with my skin tone.

If you’re looking for a lighter shade than Lolita, NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes is a great option. I’ve been wearing it almost everyday.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Matte
  • Vibrant colors

Cons:

  • Comes off easily
  • Strange perfume scent (I find it a turn-off but I suppose other people may like it)
  • Drying