October Sephora Play Review

November 9, 2016

Hi friends. I feel that before I go back to regular programming I need to discuss in brevity my exasperation. After the election it has been so hard for me to focus. To find equilibrium. To see the glass half full. I believe in a lot of things but I firmly believe that, "Love wins, love always wins." So here's to hoping we can be kind to each other, sincere, and love despite our overwhelming differences.

Nevertheless, I'm finally back on the blog with my October Sephora Play box. This was the most interesting box yet. Interesting for two reasons. One, because I was only familiar with one product in the box, everything else was a new brand or product! Two, there were so many different combinations for this October 2016 box.
When I looked on the Sephora Play hashtag on Instagram so many people had gotten different items than what I had received. I wasn’t sure if this had to do with the customization preferences of your Sephora Play subscription settings (you can customize your preferences fine hair, normal skin, etc).

I started to make a list of every other product I saw that I hadn’t received: Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream, Verb Leave in Mist, Derek Lam 10 AM Crosby, Madam CJ Walker Coconut Oil, Drunken Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Tom Ford Orchid Soleil, Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel, Belief the True Cream Aqua Bomb, Blinc Mascara Amplified, Nudestix Lip and Cheek Pencil.

Personally,  I didn’t feel like I wasn't personally missing out on any of the above although I did want to try Egg Mellow Cream, Drunken Elephant Night Serum, Skin Inc. Peel, and the Nudestix Pencil. I also adore Tom Ford samples since I refuse to pay for a full size bottle of Black Orchid, y so expensive TF?! I had already received Belief the True Cream in a previous box and 10 AM Crosby by Derek Lam. I wasn’t too fond of either of them.
SMASHBOX Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat
I’ve never tried a Smashbox lippie before so this was a cute surprise. I was initially annoyed because this sample was so tiny! Hello I need more lipstick! The color is beautiful. Driver’s Seat is a warm pink more of a warm peach rose nude to me. It looked a bit orange ish, because it has an orange nude undertone. It’s a color that I've never tried before and that's the beauty of Sephora Play. New surprises!

I put on some Grapefruit EOS and put this liquid lipstick on before running to class. This lipstick is a true matte for sure. The formula for this liquid lipstick is pretty drying but if you moisturize (and exfoliate) this lipstick is pretty long lasting. I was able to eat and drink with little movement and about 6 hour wear! 

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappe Skin Reviving Fresh Gel
I had never heard of Erborian before, but was excited to try a new moisturizer. This moisturizer is whipped, has a frosty gel-cream texture, with a refreshing effect. I will admit I was rather delighted when this cream absorbed quickly into my skin. This cream is super light weight, and definitely helped soothe a couple of tricky and painful pimples. This moisturizer is made out of a unique Bamboo Waterlock complex, bamboo sap, and fibers. $43 for 1.7 oz so I will probably not be purchasing a full size product sadly. 
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil 
Hair masks are almost always a miss for me, I just don't have the time. I'm incredibly impatient waiting for products to soak. After yoga yesterday I decided I would try this product (which was filled to the brim). You spread a small amount into your hair (after shampooing), lather, and leave for 3 minutes. I wasn't sure if you were supposed to condition, but I didn't. This mask has pure prickly pear seed oil which regenerates hair from roots to tips and inula extract which revives pigments.

Much to my dismay I was surprised at how soft and good my hair felt the next morning. It felt soft and looked surprisingly shiny. My hair has always been somewhat lackluster but this hair mask seems like a game changer.

The only two problems I had with this product were the price($71 for 8.33 oz full size only). This sample is a good size though, I'd be willing to buy another on eBay. The second problem I had was the smell. This product smells like expensive baby shampoo, but I guess I can get passed that. This mask reminds me of Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask (which smells a million times better and is cheaper), but I don't think the results are as noticeable, unlike this product.

The Estee Edit By Estee Lauder Flash Photo Gloss
I was pretty excited to get this product. I love the Estee Edit branding. I drink so much coffee and tea I feel like this is an essential for me. Unfortunately I didn't notice my teeth look any whiter upon first use. =/

Farmacy Skin Dew Mist
This makeup mist contains glycerin, a blend of rosemary, peppermint, and bergamot essential oils. I tried this skin mist on before I set out for a long day at work and then school. The first couple sprays were forceful, but the third was less harsh. I thought the minty scent of this spray was refreshing. About 6 hours into my day (with 10 hour Sephora Collection foundation on) I did think my makeup looked better than usual. Less worn from the day, more natural, and luminous. I think putting on setting powder after this spray makes your makeup set better. An interesting tip Sephora gave was to spritz this on every step of your makeup routine!

This product is definitely a hydrating mist. I really like this product, however, for 3.3 oz this product is $44 I'm hesitant. However, I really did like this product.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris
 I adore this perfume. I ordered some eyeshadow from Sephora not too long ago and I chose this as one of my samples. It's such a beautiful perfume, fruity and floral. Specifically, a fruity-floral fragrance with notes of bergamot, pear, raspberry, strawberry, jasmine, citrus blossom, musk, and white datura. It's a sophisticated and passionate perfume. However, I don’t feel as if it’s super long lasting. I would love this gift set though, the lotion would be incredible.

Overall I really liked this months box! I was surprised everyone got such unique and different items, but was still pleased with what I got! I was so glad I didn't get mascara this month, it takes me forever to go through a sample anyways. 

What samples did you get if you're subscribed to Sephora Play? Also, what beauty products are you guys trying that you're loving?

Photos by Mallory Taylor!



  1. Such a cute bag! looks like some great products to try!


  2. Fun items! I always love seeing the cute bag too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  3. I am very saddened by the elections, but America will be able to get through it! BTW, great post! xx

  4. Sephora play is by far my favorite monthly beauty subscription!


    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

  5. Those are some great items and the bag is cute. I love the Farmacy Skin Dew Mist.

    Face to Curls | http://facetocurls.com

  6. Oohh must be so fun to try all these products!


  7. Wonderful post!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  8. Is that the cutest makeup bag ever or what!! Love it! xo

  9. I really wanna try this!


  10. I feel the same way after this election. It still hasn't sunk in. Have you seen the petition going around on change.org? https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college-electors-electoral-college-make-hillary-clinton-president-on-december-19

    I don't know if it'll change anything, but I'm still holding on to a glimmer of hope!

    As for this play box, I like the variety! I've been wanting to try Farmacy so I'm glad you liked the mist.

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    1. Thanks for understanding Nida. Thanks for sharing. Try it, let me know!

  11. Looks fantastic. I love getting sample fragrance in beauty boxes. This one sounds lovely.

    Gemma x

  12. Ooo, that does look like a great box and definitely one of the best that I've seen so far!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  13. It looks like you received some great products here, girlie! Out of everything you've mentioned, I'm most interested in the pear seed oil because I've never tried anything like it before. In fact, I've never even heard of pear seed oil, which sounds pretty cool and your results sound amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week!



  14. Such a cute bag it all came in! Yes lip gloss/stick samples are usually so tiny. Nars has good sizes though.

    xx Yasmin

    1. Thanks Yasmin! The are so tiny but I make do!

  15. I'm always so impressed by the Sephora play box. Love that you got something from Estee Edit! xx


  16. I've heard good things about that Farmacy mist- I want to give it a shot!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  17. The Smashbox lipstick sounds really good. I've been on the lookout for something that won't budge with eating and drinking

  18. I totally feel you, I think a lot of us needed to take a moment after the election. I was super happy with my box, but I wouldn't have minded trying out that erborian lotion ;) It sounds so good, especially for acne prone skin. Holy cow, that is one expensive hair mask! At least it works :D Buying ebay samples is such a great idea to save money! I'll have to do that the next time I want to try out a pricey product. I go the farmacy mist too and haven't really tried it. Now I'm excited too :D

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    1. I agree, just a breather. The lotion is so nice(I have acne prone skin too)! I had a cold this past week and it helped my nose from drying out. At least it works right! I tried it again last night, yup I love it. eBay samples are my life ^__^ I love it! I hope it works for you!

  19. I totally know what you mean--it will take a while to process and be okay with the results. But you're right, love WILL win. I always love reading your beauty reviews, because I never know what to try. The face mist sounds like a great product, although I don't think I would spend that much!

    1. Thanks Mme. Me neither but I do like the results, I'd consider another sample ha!

  20. ha I know your feeling. I'm not even American but I was so disappointed. I'm just hoping for the best now.
    All those products sound so lovely. Thanks for sharing :)
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

    1. Hoping for the best is all we can do now, right? Thanks for visiting Sauniya!

  21. It's been hard trying to feel normal after the results, but at least we have blogging! I love the haul, especially that bag!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

    1. Thanks for stopping by Annie, at least we have blogging!

  22. Such a cute bag...
    Love the products


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