Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box for February ~ My First Impressions

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My affair continues with Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box Service. This month's theme is The Soft Side.

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My Play! by Sephora box contained six snack sized products and a very pretty rose pink satin bag with a muted rose sating drawstring ribbon tie. Tres` girlie. The products I received this month were all nice quality but only half were right for me.

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Nars Velvet Lip Glide. The first thing I noticed when I pulled this little lippie from it's bag is the high quality packaging, even for a sample. I received the shade Bound, a flattering, wearable rose pink nude. The applicator is a velvety doe foot that evenly and precisely applies the creamy smooth, lightly vanilla scented colour to my lips. The finish is glossy but not shiny, the feel is soft and comfortable. I only wore this for an hour, the first time out so I don't know how long it wears. My lips didn't have a royal, screaming hissy fit about wearing this formula for that time but I'll need to give it a longer test run to see if this is something I'll be happy to pay $26.00 for a full size. We'll see.

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Clinique Pep Start HydroBlur Moisturizer. This product is intended for oily/combo skin (so why the hell Sephora sent it to my dried out old ass is beyond me) but it is supposed to lightly hydrate, as well as blurring the appearance of pores and control shine so I thought that it may come in handy in the summer, over my usual moisturizer as a light additional primer step for my t-zone where I tend to get more visible pores and a little shine when it's hot and muggy. This is a product I don't foresee myself purchasing in the full size. That is $29.50 I can spend on something else.

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Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to brighten and depuff. I have used Origins products in the past and I really liked them so I have high hopes for this eye cream. I currently have a couple of snack sized eye creams as well as my usual full sizes going so it will be a bit before I am ready to open this one and dive into it. If I love it, $30.00 isn't an outrageous price for a full size jar.

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Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake. This nude has a gloriously pretty, ultra fine golden shimmer sheen that my old, tired point and shoot didn't even come close to capturing. Ah, well. I sent this along to a new home, unopened. I have heard that the Lip Injection plumping formula is quite an intense experience and I doubt that my very sensitive, fussy lips would appreciate it. I would have loved one of the BITE Beauty Lip and Cheek Sticks that were in some recipients' bags, instead.

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Sephora Collection Lash Craft Length & Volume Mascara. A lot like the Sephora Collection lippies I have tried, I don't have a lot of luck with their mascaras. This little one was passed along to a new home.

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I usually like Marc Jacobs fragrances. His Daisy scents, in particular so I had high hopes that I would love Divine Decadence. With notes described as Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom, Creamy Bergamot, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle, Saffron, Vanilla and Liquid Amber I was expecting a lush, gorgeously floral, softly vanilla-sweet scent that I would love. Nope. This fragrance is none of that. It is a weak, thin, vaguely floral with a weird, mint undertone and no vanilla, no rich, lush, deliciousness. What you see in the vial, above is what is left and it will stay that way, as this scent is not for me.

Well. Ya can't win 'em all, I guess. This Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box was hardly a ringing success, as far as I am concerned. Half of the products were a bust for me but I have high hopes for my March box.

Play! by Sephora is, overall a beauty subscription service with which I am pleased and I am keeping on with it. If you think that you might enjoy it, it's ten dollars a month and bills to the credit/debit card that you keep on file with your Sephora account. Signup is easy, just enter your e-mail address where prompted and you will be notified when your subscription is about to begin.

Do you subscribe to Play! by Sephora? What products did you receive, this month? Were you happy with them? Please, do tell.

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36 comments

  1. Some pretty nice products in here.

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  2. I didn't bother to read the insert so I didn't realize the Clinique blur was for oily/combo skin. I'll give it away too, I guess. The NARS is a gorgeous shade. I didn't have high hopes for the Sephora mascara but I actually like it a lot.

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    1. I gave the mascara away. I thought that I'd hang on to the primer, see how it does in the summer, when I can get a little bit glow-y.

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  3. Bummer that so many aren't going to work for you. I was in the same boat. I don't use lip products other than gloss (clear or slightly tinted) and I'm picky with face products, so they will all go into my box of supplies that my sisters poke around in when they visit. :)

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    1. Your sisters will have fun trying them. I do think it's a bummer that so many weren't right for me, this time around but that's how the cookie crumbles with these subscriptions. Most of the time I like everything I receive so it's okay.

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  4. I wasn't very happy this month actually. There's not much I can use. I did get the tiny Bite Beauty stick but it looks dried out. I've given away the mascara and fragrance but I'll try the others.

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    1. I would have liked to receive the BITE. It would have been fun to try.

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  5. What a bummer! I'm a big fan of MJ Daisy scents too, but I'll remember to stay away from this one. Also, I really need to get my hands on one of those NARS lippies!

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    1. I normally like the Daisy scents but Decadence wasn't for me. lol The NARS lippie is a good one! I love the shade and the formula ain't bad, either.

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  6. can you believe that this month was the month my debit card expired! I missed the best box!

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  7. It's a good value for the money, but none of those products are screaming out to me.

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  8. I'm not seeing anything overly enticing for me but I guess that's the gamble you take with subs boxes.

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    1. Exactly! Overall, I like the subscription.

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  9. That lip glide looks pretty :)
    This is exactly why I've never signed up for any boxes, though. I just know half the products would constantly go to waste.

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  10. I am always impressed with how Nars does their minis or samples... definitely package wise, they are great. This looks like such a great box this month - definitely enjoy seeing them each month.

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    1. I was so impressed when I pulled that little tube from the bag. It is just as luxe in look and feel as it's full sized counterpart.

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  11. In terms of the sizes of these samples, this play is the best I've seen thus far.

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    1. I agree. I get a lot of use out of most samples.

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  12. These products all look pretty fantastic to me!

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    1. This would have been a good box for you!

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  13. I used to use that Origins eye cream, don't know why I moved on LOL!

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    1. I'm working through another sample, once it's gone, I can try the Origins.

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  14. I'm curious about the Too Faced Lip Injection gloss - if it's intense, my lips probably wouldn't like it either!

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    1. I've heard horror stories of burning and pain. I wasn't even going to try it, my lips are far too sensitive.

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  15. I always want to subscribe to this when I see other people's bags. Sorry this bag was a dud for you. Let me know how the Origins eye cream works for you, I'm curious about picking it up.

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    1. I will! It's how it goes with these things. Overall, it's a good service that makes me happy for a bum bag, occasionally isn't going to stress me, too much. :D

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  16. I wanted to love the Play box but like you, I just wasn't having much luck. I canceled and am still on the hunt for that perfect sub box.

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    1. I like Play, for the most part. I tried Ipsy and wasn't happy, at all. I'm considering Glossybox or Boxycharm.

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  17. Weird how noses differ. I love love love Daisy dream from Marc jacobs. And that Nars sample has super awesome packaging

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    1. I like Daisy Dream! It's beautiful. This Decadence, tho. Not so much. I can't believe how lovely that sample is. NARS hooks us up right.

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