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Rounding off my beauty boxes for the month is Sephora Play! This subscription has been on a probation period as of late. I am hoping that what I received this month turns that all around for me, but I am not overly confident.


Let’s see what I got:

Hits:

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I am always surprised when boxes include products that have to match a certain skin tone. That is just so specific! Imagine how many different samples would have to be sent out. Sephora tried the impossible and nailed it because this foundation matches me quite well. Make Up For Ever is a great brand and well known for their complexion products. I thoroughly enjoy wearing this foundation, it has the perfect amount of coverage but doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. The liquid consistency only needs one layer for perfect application so this sample will last you longer than you think. It blends seamlessly and makes my skin look flawless for hours and what more can you ask for?

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist

Settings sprays hold a special place in my heart. The fact that this one is from the brand Tarte (another amazing brand and one of my favorites) certainly doesn’t hurt either. This spray can be used as a primer mist to prep the skin or as a makeup finishing spray to set your face once makeup is complete. I have used it both ways and while I don’t notice a huge difference in my makeup’s appearance throughout the day, I still enjoy it. The mister is very fine and coats the face well without feeling like you just took a ride on Splash Mountain. The smell is pleasant, applying this product comforted me and if it made me look just a tad better, I’ll take that any day!

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Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

Just like setting sprays, I am also obsessed with primers. Both these types of products work to keep your makeup on longer and heighten the appearance, who wouldn’t want that? Urban Decay did not get very good reviews about this primer but I was still happy to try it for myself.  While my makeup looked good when using this item, do I know that I can chalk it all up to this primer? No, but I am sure it did not hurt the situation either. It is fairly thick so unfortunately you have to use a lot of product to cover the face. It makes your skin velvety smooth and does an okay job of filling in pores which creates a better base for foundation application. I just didn’t notice anything spectacular happening. This product wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t the worst either.

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster

Two Make Up For Ever products in one bag? Yes please! This one is a serum, which is my favorite step in my skincare routine. This serum is geared more towards using prior to makeup application than your typical skin benefiting serum but I’ll still take it! It has a milky appearance and spreads so quickly across the skin that it is almost fun to apply. The purpose of this item it to really hydrate and plump up the skin, which my dry skin could always use. It almost works as a primer before you go in apply a true makeup primer. I find this product very interesting and am intrigued to try it out more.

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Misses:

Dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator

If you read my last post you know that I received a full size of this product in my Boxycharm for the month. Brands must have some sort of deal with these boxes that lets them send out products in as many subscriptions as possible. I enjoy using this product, I just don’t need another little sample of it. No need to be greedy here, I will happily put this in my giveaway pile in order for it to find a new home.

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Sephora Play nailed it with the brands they included this month. The product sample sizes were small, yes, but they typically are in this subscription so I am use to it by now. I am fairly happy with this bag, happier than I have been in recent months. So as of now, I will continue this subscription. They are finally proving their worth to me. What products did you get this month? I would love to know!


 

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Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion

tarte cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

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You can get just about ANYTHING delivered to your door through subscription boxes these days. My favorite out of these options is services that cater to my beauty addiction. Receiving these gifts to myself each month makes me SO giddy. If you are thinking about signing up for a beauty box subscription, you are in for a treat! This is the perfect opportunity to try out fun new things you wouldn’t ordinarily buy for yourself. With there being so many options available it can be overwhelming to decide which service is right for you. Don’t stress, that’s where I come in! I am going to break down the high and low points of the beauty boxes I receive.

Ipsy

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I have been subscribed to Ipsy for a year and a half and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. This was the first subscription I ever received and is the reason I fell in love with this process. For $10 a month you receive five beauty samples. The samples range from makeup to skincare and everything in between (I get SO many makeup brushes with Ipsy). This is the perfect service to start off if you are just looking for one. You receive fabulous items that will build your collection in an inexpensive way. If you are ballin’ on a budget, Ipsy is perfect for you. This is the only service that will cost you ten dollars (that’s basically a large coffee) and still give you some full size products!

Pros:

– full & sample size products

– personalized survey to pick products

– cute makeup bag each month

– rewards program

Cons:

– sometimes receive low-end products

– waitlist period

Sephora Play

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I was excited when I heard that Sephora was coming out with their own beauty subscription service. I have been subscribed to this box for just about a year now. All the samples you receive come from products you can purchase at Sephora stores. If you fall in love with a sample you can easily find the full size! This is another $10 a month box that gives you five beauty items PLUS a perfume sample. The products range from all aspects of your beauty routine with an emphasis on hair and skin care. If that sounds up your alley, Sephora Play is the right service for you!

Pros:

– high-end products all sold at Sephora

– personalized survey

– a lot of great skin and hair care samples

– bonus perfume sample each month

Cons:

– small sample sizes, never full size

– waitlist period

– not as many makeup products

– no rewards program

Boxycharm

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I have been getting Boxycharm for the least amount of time but it did not take long for this subscription to steal my heart. For $21 a month you get a box filled with five full size beauty products equaling a total retail value of over $100 (the value cannot be beat). If you are a beauty junkie and want to build an impressive collection, this box is calling your name! They send out a full size eyeshadow palette almost every month, so much to love! Boxycharm is a makeup addict’s dream come true!

Pros

– full size items

– high-end brands

– easy to build an impressive collection

– features trending beauty items

– rewards program

Cons

– more expensive

– waitlist period

– if you do not like a product it’s hard to use up a full size

– no personalized survey

As you can see there are pros and cons to each one of these subscription services. Hopefully my input helped you out a little bit. My final ranked list is #1 Boxycharm #2 Ipsy and #3 Sephora Play. I am just far more excited by the first two each month. However, I think all of these services offer a great selection of items that would be the perfect treat each month. I have fallen in love with so many products from each of these boxes. You should go and read my previous beauty unboxings to see which subscription you most identify with! Order away pretty thang, you deserve a little pampering!

 Do you subscribe to any of these and have a favorite? Are there any other beauty boxes I should sign up for? Let me know down in the comment section!


 

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Ipsy Subscription

Boxycharm Subscription

Sephora Play Subscription

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It is that time again, the time I receive my Sephora Play box in the mail! I feel like I am still testing out the products i got last month, time really doesn’t slow down now does it? I looked at the spoilers for the possible boxes this month and the one I received was the one I was hoping for!


Lets see the products:

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Hits:

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Anti-Aging Collagen Booster

This is the item I was most excited about, quite frankly it is almost the only product I am excited about. I have been very into serums lately, they just feel so great on the skin. I cannot wait to add this one to my collection and try it out! It says to apply day and night but I think this will be best used in the morning because it smells of citrus which would be a great wake up call in the AM. The packaging is great too, the sample size will last long because a little serum goes a long way and it comes in a beautiful glass bottle.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

This product is a hit because I do love this primer, but it is also a miss because I have SO may primers in my collection right now. More specifically I have so many samples of this exact primer! I will of course use it, I adore primers and Smashbox is such a great brand. I only wish I had received something I have never tried before and would get me more excited.

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Dr Dennis Gross Freulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel

This product or should I say products because you receive two treatments, confused me at first. I then realized they are pads that have strong anti-aging ingredients in them, retinol being the main one. When thinking of anti-aging retinol is the ingredient you want to deal with, it is powerful and works extremely well. You wipe these pads all over a dry, clean face at night which gives the ingredients time to sink in. When you wake up in the AM you will have radiant, younger looking skin! Seems pretty perfect doesn’t it? Two treatments is not enough to see real results but it is still a cool product to try out. Just make sure you apply sunscreen in the morning because retinol makes you light sensitive! I am excited to try this and the packaging makes it easy to use and travel friendly.

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Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

This product came at the perfect time because I am almost out of my remover. The products I have tried from the Sephora Collection I have enjoyed, so I am happy to try a new item from the line. I do not wear a lot of waterproof makeup mainly since I do not wear mascara and that is the most common waterproof makeup item. However, since it is waterproof it gives me the impression that it will be stronger than your average eye makeup remover, making it easy to get off pesky long-wearing eyeshadow and eyeliners!

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Misses:

Makeup For Ever Aqual XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner

This is only a miss because do I really need ANOTHER black eyeliner?! The answer is no, so much no. I am excited this product is by Make Up For Ever though, I have heard so many incredible things about this brand and am stoked to have something from them. This eyeliner is very long wearing which is no surprise because “For Ever” is literally in the title, and the swatch took forever to remove. This seems like a great choice to apply in the waterline because it won’t budge!!

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This box was certainly not my favorite. The products were not bad by any means, they  just didn’t particularly excite me. Some of these will be used and some may be put into my giveaway pile. I still always love Sephora Play for the brands they include!

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Sephora Play Subscription

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I was very excited to see that my Sephora Play box had arrived today. I have been using the products I received last month on a daily basis. The only thing I heard about this month’s box was it was going to be centered around “lip items.” This makes sense for the month of February, which hopefully brought us all lots of kisses.

Let’s see what I received:

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Hits:

NARS Velvet Lip Glide

I was very excited to have gotten this. I believe everybody received one of these in their bags. I was under the impression this would be a matte liquid lipstick, which are everywhere right now. However, it goes on more like a cream lipstick. The color”Bound,” is a dusty rose shade. I can picture myself wearing this everyday, it is a “your lips but better” type of shade. I love NARS and I think it is incredible to receive a high-end brand in a ten dollar subscription.

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Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy

This stuff is fun, but not for the faint of heart. I actually have one of these lip plumping lip glosses already. I received the shade “Milkshake” a pale creamy nude color. It does make the lips look more plump and fills in the lines in my lips. This product does sting and burn, but it doesn’t last forever. The shade is a bit pale on me, but over a lipstick I could  see myself rocking this. This is the type of product I will usually swipe on while I am getting ready, to receive the plumping benefits, then wipe off the excess and apply my lipcolor. The only thing I do not understand, why must it smell like licorice?!

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Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream

I was happy to receive an eye cream. I don’t usually get eye creams in these subscriptions, so this was refreshing, no pun intended. I have only tried a few things from Origins, so I am excited to test this out. It is never too early to start focusing on skincare. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate so it is vital to nurture the area. This one in particular has ingredients like coffee and ginseng which will perk up the skin and make you seem more awake (AKA help with dark circles, which we could all use). This will be a great thing to try in the morning.

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Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer

Okay, another moisturizer. Usually I would be upset, considering I receive a moisturizer sample in just about every Sephora play bag. However, this one is a little different. It claims to blur imperfections and it dries matte. I rubbed a bit into my hand and did notice a difference with how my skin’s texture appeared. So instead of using this as a typical moisturizer, I believe it would be a perfect primer before makeup application. It will create an even canvas and keep me matte throughout the day. So re-purposing this product makes it a hit for me.

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Marc Jacobs Fragrances Divine Decadence

We always get a small fragrance sample each month as an extra. I am terrible at describing scents, so I will not try too hard. It is warm and woodsy. It is masculine & feminine at the same time, which i enjoy, not overly sweet. I plan on throwing it in my makeup bag, its always good to have a fragrance with you.

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Misses:

SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara

The only reason this is a miss is because I do not wear mascara.  I have eyelash extensions and you’re not supposed to put any product on them.  Sephora collection has blown me away with some of their products in the past, so I am sure this mascara would do the same. I enjoy the fact that it is a natural bristle wand and not a plastic one. I plan on putting it in my mascara drawer (yes, i have a whole drawer full) and will use it when I take a break from my extensions. This product says it comes off with just warm water, which would be great. So, this is only kind of a miss, just because I don’t have a use for it at the moment.

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Overall, I am pretty stoked about this month’s bag. I am mostly excited about the brands they decided to include, all well known, and mostly high-end!

What did you receive this month, I would love to know!

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Sephora Play subscription

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You could say i am obsessed with beauty subscriptions, and you would not be wrong. They img_6939are the easiest way to update your beauty routine each month! For 10 dollars a month, Sephora play will send you 5 makeup, skin or hair samples PLUS a perfume sample all right to your mailbox.

These samples are usually smaller than the ones i receive in my Ipsy, but you still get the idea if you like the product or not. I have gotten some great items from this service. The Play box is chock full of samples that are all sold at Sephora, (DUH). Thus,  you naturallyimg_6938 end up with some more high end brands, that in the full size, would come with a hefty price tag. Therefore paying 10 dollars a month to get to try this stuff out is great. Also, some of the sample sizes last a good deal of time!

Sephora play is a set box, so everybody receives the same items. However, recently they have been sending out three or four variations of the box,  usually containing only one or two samples that differ from the other ones.

Here is what i got this month:

I was very pleased with my box this month. The item i enjoyed the most was the Clinique “Almost Lipstick” in the shade Black Honey. I have heard about this product for years. It is one of the brand’s best sellers, i am so glad i finally get to try it. The color seems a bit scary when you first look at it, but it goes on very sheer and is famous for looking good on all skin tones! I love foundation products so much. They are my favorite makeup to buy. Naturally i was stoked to get the Amore Pacific cushion foundation in my box. I am happy it came with two sample pads, because cushion foundations can tend to dry up fairly fast. I just now hope this shade works for my skin tone, but if not, that is what self tanner is for! The Tarte cleaner stick looks awesome too, i am getting more and more into taking care of my skin, so this black cleanser will be fun to test out, and the fact that it comes in a stick is so convenient!

To get your own subscription, go here:

http://www.sephora.com/play-subscription-P396286?icid2=play_lp_top_subscribe_box_image_081616

Believe me, you won’t regret it.

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