Play! By Sephora Unboxing October 2016!

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Hi everyone!

I have a look into the October Play! By Sephora box.  In case you don’t know, this is a monthly $10 curated subscription box featuring samples of different brands available at Sephora.  The theme for this month is The Cool Cut, with products that truly stand out from the crowd and destined to become mainstream with breakthrough formulas.

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How cute is this Lipstix and Chill bag?!

Let’s get into the rest of the contents!

Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel 

An advanced, non-abrasive peel that is supposed to gently exfoliate skin to reveal a bright and renewed complexion.  The active ingredient is AC-11, which is derived from cat’s claw and helps gently exfoliate.  As an esthetician, I have a different expectation for a peel.  Personally, I didn’t see a difference with this at all and it actually left behind a sticky feel and residue. Not impressed at all.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil 

A conditioning hair mask that strengthens strands while enhancing color and shine.  The unique ingredient in this is prickly pear oil that comes from the seeds and contains over 80% fatty acids that provides an unparalleled amount of deep nurturing oils to hair.  This mask it quite thick and has an interesting smell.  When I used this mask, I found that it did leave hair shiny but it didn’t have a conditioning effect as I assumed it would.  It does not state that it’s supposed to condition hair so it’s best to mix in your own conditioner with this mask to get knots out.

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat 

This matte liquid lipstick claims to last 8 hours and have a water-resistant, non-feathering formula. Jojoba, apricot and sunflower oils are included to provide a non-drying finish.  The shade I received was Driver’s Seat which is described as a warm pink however I kind of find it to be a terracotta-red type shade.  The shade is gorgeous and it is highly pigmented.  This does come off when drinking and eating food and I do find this formula drying to lips.  If you’re looking for a true matte liquid lipstick, then definitely check this one out.

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Blinc Mascara Amplified 

What makes this mascara special is the innovative “tube technology” that coats lashes with easy-to-remove, tiny water-resistant tubes that won’t run, smudge or flake.  Removing this mascara is simple as you only need warm water and a cotton round or ball to remove.  I’ve used this mascara before as part of my simple makeup routine and I love it for a natural look.  I find that it doesn’t provide much volume though.

Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb 

This South Korean skincare brand is made with Scottish botanicals and based on the research of Duncan Napier, a Victorian botanist from Edinburgh.  This lightweight gel-cream is meant to tighten the look of skin and sink in for a smooth, supple feel.  It can also be used as a mask and tissued off after 5 minutes. I love the feel of this cream and it does feel very lightweight and refreshing when applied.  However, I did notice that as I was using this, my face started to breakout.  I’ve discontinued use and will try again to see if this was the source of my breakouts.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris 

Inspired by a love for the sophistication and allure of Paris, this scent layers fruity and floral notes over a musky base.  It contains notes of bergamot, pear, raspberry jasmine, musk and patchouli.  My sense of smell hasn’t been the best so I haven’t tried this one yet but I will update this once I’ve had a chance to give it a fair try.

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Overall, I’m happy with this month’s box and look forward to receiving November’s.

What did you get in your box this month? 

Stephanie 

 

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7 thoughts on “Play! By Sephora Unboxing October 2016!

  1. I’m surprised! It looks like they’ve started differentiating the boxes now (maybe I’m a bit late to the party in observing that though XD)! I was so excited to see the Smashbox lipstick–I can never resist trying new shades–but the orange tones pop right out as soon as it hits my skin, so that one’s not for me. My box had a NudeStix lipstick crayon in Belle as well. Unfortunately, it also had the same orange-y problem on me that the Smashbox one did. Perfume sample was Tom Ford Orchid, and I also got a leave-in hair mist by Verb. I forget what the other two samples were now. haha

  2. I have a sample of that mascara that I picked up at Sephora’s Black Friday sale last year and I’ve yet to use it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a tubing mascara so I’m kind of excited to try it but I need volume and thickness, so it might not work for me.

    I like the variety of products they include each month!

    • Yes I found that for volume and thickness, this doesn’t do much. It’s easy to remove which is a plus but it might not be the best choice if you want volume. It’s nice that they are mixing it up now. 🙂

  3. What a cute bag!
    I like the Smashbox lipstick colour but not so much the drying aspect.
    I had that Blinc mascara and I didn’t care for it. It doesn’t build any length or volume – I really wanted to like tubing mascaras but my experience was very meh.

    • I love it! So adorable. Yeah for whatever reason, this one was drying. I like the color though. I like the Blinc one for everyday but yes for drama, this one is not my first choice for that. Still love the Benefit Roller Lash. 🙂

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