My December Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box ~ "The Party Goers"

My December "The Party Goers" Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box is a bit of a bummer. This party beauty themed lineup has left me feeling as if the party was over, before I even arrived. The black bag with rose gold printing and the gold ribbon tie is kind of pretty, tho!

my december play by sephora beauty subscription box

The six products in the box are curated to get us to a party looking our fresh, beautiful best. Let's take a gander at the contents, shall we?

my december play by sephora beauty subscription box dry bar detox dry shampoo

Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo. I have heard so many rave reviews of this dry shampoo and I was excited to receive this cute little can and I couldn't wait to try it. Until I read the ingredients. Oh, Dry Bar! Why did you have to do me dirty? Whyyyy?? Tell me why anyone would put Octinoxate in dry shampoo? Who is applying and reapplying enough dry shampoo to their hair to derive the slightest bit of benefit from the sunscreen? Thanks a lot for killing my enthusiasm for your brand. I'll likely toss this product as an extra into a giveaway package. Someone may as well enjoy it, as I certainly can not.

my december play by sephora beauty subscription box urban decay all nighter makeup setting spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. I have been wanting to try this setting spray so I was tickled to receive this snack sized bottle to test drive. I have dry skin and as long as I use a primer, my makeup normally lasts all day for me but this spray should come in handy to help prevent makeup meltdown on hot Arizona Summer days or if I know that it's going to be a very long day and I won't have the chance to check and touch up my makeup.

my december play by sephora beauty subscription box bobbi brown mascara

Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara. I think that they gave the wrong name. The Smoky Eye Mascara is in a white (silver?) tube. This tube is black. Whatever. I have never tried Bobbi Brown mascara so it will be fun to play with this sample.

my december play by sephora beauty subscription box mufe skin equalizing smoothing primer

Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer. I like a good foundation primer, for sure and I hear good things about this one so I should enjoy it. I'll let ya know.

my december play by sephora beauty subscription box sephora cream lip stain

Another fucking Sephora Cream Lip Stain? This one is in Always Red. Stahp! with the Sephora lippies in almost every box! They are pretty enough to look at but the formulas destroy my lips and I'm over receiving samples of them. This is another toss in a giveaway package extra. Bleargh!

my december play by sephora beauty subscription box elizabeth and james nirvana bourbon

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon. The notes listed are: Vanilla Bourbon, Oakwood and Tuberose. I'm not sure what I think of this fragrance. There are notes I love, including the vanilla, bourbon and the tuberose but this fragrance is a bit more woody than I normally like. I can take woods, if they are very soft and a distant note. When wood is this forward, I struggle with it. I don't know. A part of me wants to adore this scent and the other wants to run screaming far, far away from it. I have a tiny rollerball of this scent, as well so I need to really wear it and live with it, mix it with other Nirvana scents and see how it goes.

Out of the six products in my Play by Sephora box, three are going to be good, I can just feel it. Two are an abject failure and will be rehomed, unopened and one is on the bubble. Not an overwhelming success. I have been so pleased with past boxes that receiving one that doesn't blow my skirt up is not a big deal. I have no doubt that January is going to be a delight.

It had better be!

If you are thinking that a subscription to the Play! By Sephora Beauty Box, it is an affordable ten dollars a month and is billed to the credit/debit card you keep on file with Sephora. What could be easier or more fun?

Do you subscribe? Are you happy with the service and what you have received? What did you think of this month's box?


  1. I think there's some very nice products inside.

  2. I bet that Nirvana Bourbon smells amazing. I usually have a difficult time enjoying vanilla scented things, but that really intrigues me.

  3. I subscribe! The lip stain and dry shampoo went to family members who came down to AZ to visit during the holiday! HAHA :) I agree with you on the products that were usable!

  4. Love their lip stains! And, that bag is SO cute! <3

  5. Wow, I'm quite impressed with the number of products in this month's box. Definitely something I would look into.

  6. This would not be a hit with me like past boxes would. I probably wouldn't use all of it.

  7. I look forward to your review of the primer.

  8. Elizabeth And James Bourbon smells so good. It's on my wishlist.

  9. I like the Nirvana Bourbon but I have to make sure I apply it very lightly or I give myself a headache. The setting spray is awesome, it keeps my makeup from going cakey or weird during the day, since my skin is dry and bitchy. The rest of the box was meh for me. We got the same products. The bag is cute, though!

  10. Great box as always!!! I would love to try that setting spray!!!

  11. You cracked me up when you ranted about the lip stain! I don't subscribe to this or any beauty boxes. I just like buying products I truly love.

  12. I do love the setting spray. I usually use it for weddings and all day events.

  13. Just out of curiosity...why is Octinoxate such an awful ingredient to see in dry shampoo?

    1. Hi Tab, that's a good question. I am allergic to chemical sunscreens, including Octinoxate so any product that contains a chemical sunscreen is out, for me.

      I also feel that adding sunscreen to a product like dry shampoo is not productive. Generally, people don't apply and, every few hours reapply enough dry shampoo to their hair and scalp to get any benefit from the sunscreen ingredient so why have it in there? :)

  14. I've read so many good things about that setting spray.

  15. Looks like a great box! I can't wait to hear what you think of the UD and Makeup Forever products!

  16. It's a shame you didn't love this box as much as you'd hoped! x

  17. This does look like a really nice box, such a shame you didn't like all of the products x


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