August Sephora Play Review 2016

September 15, 2016

Another month, another late Sephora Play review.

This time my talented and super sweet friend Emily and I teamed up for a collaboration! Emily is amazing, and crazy talented. Capturing not only my moody matte flat lays + lattes, but also pictures for the K-State Collegian, check it out here!

Most of the time when I do my makeup I have a latte in front of me and NPR playing whilst I’m trying out all these new products. So I thought let’s bring August's Sephora Play box to Radinas (a popular, local coffee house in Manhattan with a cult following). P.S. here are two more fascinating podcasts to listen to 1, 2.
As these boxes get more and more popular it’s disheartening to see unfavorable reviews. All in all I love Sephora Play and think it's a great price! This month I was pretty excited to try so many new shades and products (surprising, huh?). August’s theme was all about eyes, with this adorable “Wink outside the box” pouch.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (0.1 oz) 
I love trying mascara samples and this mascara’s packaging is 10/10. There’s something feisty about gun metal mascara. I didn’t notice anything extra ordinary with this mascara other than that it was lengthening.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (0.23 oz) 
When I opened this little balm up I nearly squealed. It was filled to the brim with product. I love products that are filled to the top. I think its just good manners. I loved the texture of this eye cream it was so soft and billowy. I didn’t see instance results but my face did feel plumper and better in the morning! Now Pop Chips can someone tell them to fill the bags to the top???

Clean Reserve Warm Cotton Perfume Vial 
I love Clean perfumes but in general I don’t feel like they last very long =( Clean Reserve is essentially a line extension from Clean. It is a personalized collection that represents ingredients and individuality. I bought a mini rollerball trio of Clean perfumes consisting of Rain, White Woods, and Skin back in 2013 from Sephora’s Black Friday deals. They were nice to have on hand in my backpack if I had forgotten to wear perfume that day. However they weren’t very scented. I had really wanted Rain to work out for me, but it didn’t have that strong a smell =/

When I put Warm Cotton on today I was surprised. I smelled like a Yankee Candle in the best way possible. I’ve heard this perfume smells like Yankee’s Fluffy Towels (will get back to you). I can’t really explain the nice, fresh (lol) scent of this perfume. I felt like this line lasted longer throughout the day than the other Clean perfumes I've tried. However, I don’t think this is something that will become a signature scent anytime soon but it was very cool to try, and a nice break from my Prada Candy and samples of Tom Ford.
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in I-544
I usually am an all matte eye shadow gal. My eye shadow routine can basically be best summarized as the Shade & Light palette by Kat Von D. I was surprised to like this shade instantly. I like this eye shadow because it’s not something I'd pick and it’s wearable. It's a smoky kind of purple but moody, very 90s in my opinion. I put it in my outer lid and outer crease and loved the results.
Lancome Energie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care (0.16 oz)
Although I'm fond of Lancome I didn't particularly like this product. Mainly because when I opened it, it started oozing out. I did like this product as a replacement to moisturizer at night. Unfortunately there wasn't anything overwhelmingly noticeable about this product. I love luxe skincare though so I can't complain too much.

 Sephora Contour Eye Pencil in Love Affair
 I loved this eye pencil from the moment I saw it. It’s dark enough to look like a brown or black, but it’s plum! Who would’ve thought? I lined my waterline with Love Affair and although it looked black at first later in the day I loved the little smudged out plum that was left there. I wore this color entirely on a Sunday to work and quite liked it. The formula is awesome, and super creamy. I had a little trouble acing the cat eye with this liner but you can fake the tip of the wing with black felt eyeliner and it looks fine!

I did notice that this eyeliner was a little to tricky to take off, my Sephora eye makeup remover was not enough to take this off. Even paired with Glam Glow Supercleanse I still felt this eyeliner stayed in some crevices.

Overall,
I think what I liked most about this box was the pairings. This eye shadow + eye pencil are perfect together for vampy fall looks. I loved that the Lancome Energie de Vie worked perfectly with Algenist’s Eye Balm. I like the fact that these items all kind of pair together (minus the perfume which I surprisingly liked too). I'm hoping Sephora Play pairs more items together in the future!

Wishing you all a healthy, productive, love filled, 72 degree September. See you soon!

Photos c/o the sweet Emily Starkey
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47 comments

  1. Great review dear, the products sound great and I love your photographs! Thanks for sharing lovely!

    Faye .x

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  2. Looks like it was a good month! I need to sign up for one of the beauty subscriptions. I usually have coffee in hand while doing my makeup too. :)

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks Amy Ann! Good to know my addiction is normal!

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  3. I love these photos and the drawstring bag is soo cute!

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  4. Great review pretty, lovely photos and Thanks for sharing your honest review.

    www.tessyonyia.com

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  5. Great detailed reviews! I will have to try that mascara!


    Jenna from www.visionsofvogue.com

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  6. Nice review! I'd love to try this out myself!! Thanks!
    Adi xx
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  7. ah you got some great things, love the sound of the eyeshadow!
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  8. Love the pretty bag and your cute mug. :)

    XoXo Noma

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  9. Looks nice! Thanks for the review!

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  10. It looks like you've got some pretty amazing products, girlie! I'm particularly interested in the eye balm, it sounds great and I always love when products are filled to the brim, too. You made me laugh with the Pop Chips, so true! I also have to check out Radinas the next time I'm in the city, I've never been and I'm a huge coffee drinker! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend ahead, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. It was great Jalisa! I'll keep you posted on the eye balm. ugh I love Pop Chips, wish there was more in a bag! Take care hope you're doing superb lady!

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  11. I do Birchbox, so I've never tried Sephora play, but it looks like you get some pretty amazing products! Here's to 72-degree September :)
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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    1. I want Birchbox too Annie =( Thanks for stopping by, here's to!

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  12. Ahh Radina's!!! You're making me want to go visit Manhattan! Love Radina's. And you're so right, it IS good manners for companies to fill up their products all the way to the top. So true! :) A plum colored liner sounds fun, I want to try that for fall. Enjoy some Radina's coffee for me Sonia!!

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    1. Thanks Mme! I love Radinas they're so cute. Although I do love Strabucks too! Love the plum liner, I will!

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  13. That's actually a really good bag and I would be thrilled if I got that. The only thing I dislike is Clean perfume, I'm not a fan of their scents.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks Shireen! Ya this one smelled like laundry but I did like it!

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  14. Oooh such a cool collab with your friend and the flatlay photos are beautiful.

    xoxo
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  15. Great review hun! I love that cute little pouch! xx

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  16. I love the Clean original- I need to try Warm Cotton! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  17. I didnt even know sephora had a grab bag of stuff. I'd def like to try it!

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  18. I love the cute pouch (: all them products look so good, I totally wanna get this Sephora bag of goodies. x

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  19. I love the scent of fresh linen! Sounds like such a great item. This was such a diverse box. I've been hearing a lot about Sephora boxes. I definitely need to give it a try.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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  20. These are lovely photos and it's great you were so impressed with so many of the products you got to try - seems like a really good subscription :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  21. We're box twins! After reading your post I realized how many of the products in this box I didn't try and just automatically passed onto other people lol. I'll have to go back to the eyeliner and eyeshadow because after reading this post, I want to rock a purple smokey eye :D

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. We are! I'm so excited you get this box too! Twins! Awh I always try them no matter how daunting they seem. I just mix in a bit of purple with a cream eyeshadow (boring but I've come to terms with who I am haha).

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  22. Also I love your nails! What polishes are you wearing?!

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    1. Awh thanks! This is OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-Go? from the OPI Brazil collection! I adore this orange, a summer fave. My nail tech put some gold glitter on my ring fingers but its the tap on with a brush kind not the glitter polish kind haha.

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