Play! by Sephora Unboxing July 2016!

Play by Sephora July

Happy Tuesday everyone!  How was your weekend?

The July 2016 Play! by Sephora is in and I must say, I’ve really been loving these curated boxes and the cute bags they come in. The theme for this month is Effortless Summer and I think the featured brands were spot on.  Here’s the breakdown of what was included.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleaner

This cleanser is rich in antioxidants and botanicals.  This cleanser lathers creamy and is free of harsh chemicals, parabens, phtlates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes.  I’ve tried this cleanser before and it didn’t work for me.  It kind of made my skin itch so while I liked that my face didn’t feel super dry afterwards, it wasn’t for me.

BeautyBlender blotterazzi 

A cushion blotter that is designed to remove shine and absorb oil, you can wash and reuse this as you please and it’s great to smooth away cracks or cakey texture that makeup can form on your face.  I really love the Beauty Blender so I was happy to see this one in the box.  I used it once and it absorbed some of the shine but not as well as I thought.  I need to use this a few more times-maybe I used it wrong?

Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer  

Based off of the popular Hoola Bronzer, this liquid version is lightweight and shimmer-free to create a warm radiant look.  I’m a fan of the original bronzer so I’m uber happy that this one was included and I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s subtle and blends out nicely that gives a very natural look.

Dew the Hoola

Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola swatch

Nest Fragrances Citrine

Describes as, “layers of fresh lotus flower and freesia mingle with bright citrus and a base of precious woods.”  I like this fragrance but not my favorite and I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it as it’s not really my style.

Ouai Wave Spray 

This weighless texture mist gives hair an effortless, undone look while adding volume and shine.  I’m addicted to the smell of this as it leaves hair smelling soo good.  Combined with other products, this does a nice job of keeping curls in place.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

An iconic primer for normal to dry skin that keeps helps keep makeup in place-a must for the summer! I’ve used this primer before and I like it but because I have combination skin with a tendency to be oilier in the summer, it doesn’t really provide a mattifying effect and I’m a shiny mess by the end of the day.

Overall, I’m happy with box. 🙂

Sephora Play July

What box did you get this month? 



13 thoughts on “Play! by Sephora Unboxing July 2016!

  1. That BB Blot thing looks gimmicky! I can’t imagine it could absorb oil as well as a blotting paper?
    That Benefit liquid bronzer looks like it would be a good item to mix with your base foundation to tint it for the summer. I like that it’s not shimmery.
    This box looks great!

    • I have to try it out more to really get a good idea but it didn’t work very well the first time. Perhaps I expected too much out of it? Yes, I’m loving this bronzer. It’s not that overpowering but still has a nice kick. I’m really loving these boxes so far. 🙂

  2. This is a really good box! I’m dying to try the Ouai spray as I’ve been hearing great things about it. It’s sitting in my Sephora checkout cart. I love anything from first aid beauty and love the hoola bronzer too. Good stuff! 👌

    • Oh I hope you do like it if you decide to get it. Unfortunately, none of the First Aid Beauty items I’ve tried worked out for me but I hear it works great for a lot of people. Yes, the Hoola bronzer is HG status. Have you tried the Dew the Hoola one?

  3. I meant to mention this the other day and forgot! Usually we have identical Play boxes, but this month they were a little different! Mine came with a bronzing powder (Tarte, I think?) and the purple Smashbox photo finish primer. Everything else was the same though. I wonder if they are starting to vary items based on presences or if it was a one time change?

    • The Bronzing powder is from Too Faced I think. I really love that one but I had about 2 samples of that already so I’m happy that I got the Hoola Bronzer. I wonder if maybe they are tailoring it to skin types?

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