Monday, January 23, 2017

Sephora PLAY! | January 2017 - Review

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Sephora PLAY!, $10.00/month
It's the start of a new year and that means it's time to refresh our beauty routines. Maybe it's time to find new everyday favorites or perhaps it's time to step outside of our comfort zones and try new brands and trends. Either way, Sephora PLAY! has you set with their Beauty, Set, Go bag this January. From ground-breaking, new skincare to makeup bag essentials, this month's bag has a little something for everyone. Let's dive in!

Sephora PLAY!, January 2017, Tarte FRXXXTION Stick, Subscription Box, Skincare Sample

• Tarte FRXXXTION Stick | Full-Size, $22.00 (Sample, $4.84)

Cleansing sticks have become all the rage in the skincare world over the last several months. Not only are they faff-free, but they are perfect for travel as they're a solid rather than a liquid. I hadn't settled on one to try for myself, so I was excited to find the Tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser in my bag this month. Paraben and phthalate free, this gel based stick is packed with suspended diatomaceous earth particles for a natural exfoliation and glow. I wouldn't recommend this alone for those with serious dry patches as I don't think the grit is quite strong enough for real results. But for a gentle scrub, this vegan cleanser would be a great addition to your skincare routine.

Sephora PLAY!, January 2017, Caudalie Resveratrol Life Face Lifting Moisturizer, Subscription Box, Skincare Sample

• Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer | Full-Size, $66.00 (Sample, $25.38)

When it comes to skincare, Caudalie is at the top of their game. Packed with resveratrol and hyaluronic acid, this Caudalie moisturizer is perfect for nourishing and plumping the skin, leaving it soft and youthful. And the added SPF will keep harmful rays at bay, a key beauty must. This moisturizer has left my skin feeling amazing! Caudalie knocks it out of the park yet again. Plus, this moisturizer/SPF combo triples as a primer meaning more room in my beauty bag and less time getting ready. Fab!

Sephora PLAY!, January 2017, OUAI Treatment Mask, Subscription Box, Haircare Sample

• OUAI Treatment Masque | Full-Size, $32.00 (Sample, $6.66)

Since beginning the journey to make my brown hair blonde, I've been needing to take extra care to keep my locks in tip top shape. Bleach sucks a lot of moisture and luster out of my tresses, and treatment masques have been my savior these past months. This one from OUAI is stuffed to the gills with hair repairing ingredients like coconut, shea butter, and rice oil to help revive your dry, damaged mane.

I worked this into dry hair, making sure to coat every strand, and then threw my hair up into a bun while I let it do its magic. After 20 minutes, I gave it a rinse, shampooed my roots only, and then gave my hair a quick blow dry. Y'all, my hair was so soft, shiny, and lightweight afterward, I can't recommend this masque enough! Be forewarned that it's quite runny so you may need a lot of it in comparison to other hair masques. Regardless, this is a must purchase product!

Sephora PLAY!, January 2017, Dermablend Loose Setting Powder, Subscription Box, Makeup Sample

• Dermablend Loose Setting Powder | Full-Size, $27.00 (Sample, $4.86)

I have a love/hate relationship with setting powders. While necessary to keep your makeup in place all day, the wrong one can give you serious cake face. However, this one from Dermablend ticks all the right boxes. It's translucent, so it works with all skin tones. It's lightweight and finely milled, so it applies like a dream and doesn't settle into lines or dry patches. And it sets your makeup all day to a gorgeous satin finish. A full-size of this is definitely in the future.

Sephora PLAY!, January 2017, PINROSE Wild Child Perfume, Subscription Box, Perfume Sample

• PINROSE Wild Child Perfume | Full-Size, $55.00 (Sample, $1.00?)

I love a perfume sample. Especially when it is from a brand I've never tried before. And when you get a perfume that has notes that you love in it? Absolute heaven! The PINROSE Wild Child Perfume is a bright, sunny floral beautifully crafted with notes of gardenia and jasmine, two of my all time favorite scents. This is the perfect perfume for the upcoming warm months and I definitely think I'll need to pick up a bottle to add to my ever growing scent wardrobe. I'm just slightly annoyed that Sephora sent this as a one use wipe versus a mini phial as I'd love to be able to wear it more than once.

Sephora PLAY!, January 2017, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Subscription Box, Makeup Sample

• Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey | Full-Size, $17.00 (Sample, $6.80?)

The Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey has been a makeup bag staple in my house for years. First introduced to me by my mom when I was a teen, this sheer raisin lippy is one of my HG products. Moisturizing and foolproof to apply, Black Honey is the ultimate everyday lip color. While it will never be truly opaque, it can still be built up somewhat making this a fantastic day to night transition lipstick. I've got a full-size in my stash already, but having a smaller sample will be perfect for throwing into my purse or travel case.


Overall, my January Sephora PLAY! bag has knocked it out of the park. I mean, just look at that total value! Not only did I find a couple of new favorites, but I received a few items that will help me top up my travel beauty kit. As much as I love my Birchbox, I honestly think that Sephora PLAY! has the edge and would recommend it first of the two. I can't wait to see what's in store for next month's bag!

What did you get in your Sephora PLAY! bag this month?


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