Hope everyone is enjoying the summer! I just got back from an amazing mini mountain vacation, where I took my first 6 mile trip down the river in a canoe. It was so serene and beautiful and I highly recommend trying it if you haven’t already. Now it’s that time again, another Sephora Play! has arrived and I want to give y’all the scoop. That darn exclamation point drives me nuts when posting, btw. I decided to do things a little differently and wait until the end of the month so that I have a better understanding and more time to use the products and give more input.
Sephora Play is a monthly beauty subscription service. Unfortunately, as of this post, it is only available in 48 contiguous United States. The website says they are working to change this and will update when it becomes more widely available. It costs $10 USD/month plus tax. Each month you will receive:
- 5 deluxe samples plus a bonus fragrance sample from in-store brands.
- Play! Book with tips, tricks, and advice about your samples.
- Play! Pass (to redeem in-store) for a free one-on-one tutorial plus 50 extra Beauty Insider Points with any product purchase. Doesn’t have to be an item from your Play! Box.
- Collectible makeup bag.
- An email invite to Play! Date, a subscriber meet-up at select stores.
Sephora Play! June theme: The Minimalist
Bumble and Bumble- Don’t Blow It in sample size/full-size $15-$31 USD.
What it is: a creme that adds body and enhances fine to medium hair for a laid-back air-dried style.
Tip: braid hair after application to contain frizziness.
Bareminerals-bareSkin Bronzer Sheer Sun in sample size/full-size $28 USD.
What it is: a light-weight liquid bronzer to be worn alone, or mixed for a natural looking touch of sun.
Tip: Mix a drop or two in your moisturizer or foundation for a more subtle natural sun glow.
Benefit Cosmetics-They’re Real Mascara in sample size/full-size $24 USD.
What it is: a mascara that volumes & lengthens with a specially designed precision wand.
Tip: Use the dome tip of the wand to fan out lashes for a more dramatic look.
Becca-Backfight Priming Filter in deluxe sample/full-size $38 USD
What it is: shimmery makeup primer made to blur imperfections and give a luminous look.
Tip: For a minimal and polished look dab on the eyes instead of shadow, cheek bones to highlight, or lips for a shimmery nude lip.
tarte-Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion in sample size/full-size $12-$32 USD.
What it is: Anti-oxidant infused, non-chemical SPF 30 sunscreen that moisturizes and protects without being sticky.
Tip: Apply sunscreen prior to moisturizer to allow it to work on the skin.
Tocca Beauty- Florence sample/full-size $22-$68 USD
What it is: A fragrance from long ago Paris with notes of violet, blonde wood and bergamot.
Tip: Mix it with a non-scented lotion to stay moisturized and fresh
Review: I was a slightly excited and a little disappointed at first glance because I owned everything minus the Becca Backlight and the whole reason behind the subscription is to try new products right? Granted they are all items I love but I’m just a little sick of seeing.
I must have 12 Benefit’s They’re Real and they’ve made 2 newer mascaras since so come on Benefit!!! (I think they made enough for each girl on the planet to have at least 2 and now they have to get rid of the extras. lol). Oh well, I can always use backups of one of my favorite mascaras and I won’t ever have to buy the full-size. This is my FAVORITE wand of all time and I keep an empty to use with other mascaras. Do you ever find the perfect formula and the wand sucks?
I’ve only used the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It twice and it kind of shocked me because it worked really well on my fine hair. The only issue is I never have time to air dry my hair but I am making an effort for my hair’s sake. It is light weight and a small amount goes a long way it’s a thin creamy consistency and applies easily. I like it but I’m sure there is something better for the price. Probably won’t purchase the full-size.
The gem of the box was Baremineral BareSkin Liquid Bronzer. I loved this from first swatch!! This tiny little bottle sound like a spray paint can when you shake it. I’ve never used it as a straight up bronzer, I mix it with my foundation for a flawless and natural sun-kissed glow. I immediately purchased the full-size even though this little one will last a long time cause one drop is enough but I’m using 2 drops because I’m pretty tan right now. It’s perfect for us girls who need a winter and summer foundation. Now you can save money and add this to your lighter shade foundation in the summer. Go get it!!
Becca Backlight is just ok. I can’t use it under my foundation because it’s too oily for my combination skin and it made my drug store foundation oxidize faster. As for the tips-DO NOT use this on your lips unless you like the taste of perfume. I do like it as a cheek highlighter and I also really liked it on the eyelid alone but not as a primer. It gives the eyes a little natural shimmer for very minimal makeup days. I just can’t see paying that price for super subtle eyes or highlighted cheek bones so I won’t purchase the full-size.
Tarteguard is a nice little thing to keep in your bag. I used it when I was on vacation and it works great without feeling sticky or oily. Will I purchase the full for $32? No, I will stick with my regular sunscreen for that price and how much sunscreen do you need for your face? It’s a nice product but I already like what I use at a much better price point. I have 3 of these now so I’m good for the rest of the summer.
Tocca Florence is my favorite of the Tocca line. It’s a nice floral/bergamot scent and it’s very distinct. I get compliments every time I wear it. It is reasonably priced with the full-size being $68. It does need a re-application throughout the day so the sample is great. My only problem is I hate a dabber!!!! Please, fragrance companies!!! spend the extra cents and add a spray pump to your sample. I find myself reaching for other samples because they have a pump. Maybe it’s just a personal issue with me making a mess with a dabber. Does anyone else have the same issue? Bottom line is YES I recommend Tocca Florence and I will keep purchasing it, regardless of how they design their samples. lol. FYI: they sell a deluxe sample set of Tocca fragrances, all with spray pumps. That is how I originally discovered florence.
I would rate this month a 7/10 just because it had some favorites and I found a possible holy grail.
Thanks for reading and until next time, Give Me Some Lip!