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Sephora Play for September 2016

Sephora Play for September 2016

Sephora Play is now open for new subscribers which means it’s a good time to show you what the latest subscription box has brought. Obviously since it’s a sub from Sephora, everything you get in the package is sold at Sephora. The theme for the month is The UNbasic Basics. So let’s peek in and see what they consider unbasic.

Sephora Play for September 2016

Sephora Play for September 2016

In alphabetical order (old habits die hard) I’ve got pictures of 5 of the 6 deluxe sample items.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW GEL

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

They hit this UNbasic out of the park. First it’s clear so everyone can use it. Second the size is perfect since, like a mascara, you really shouldn’t use it more than 3 months. Third it’s Anastasia Beverly Hills who made their name with eyebrows. You can use this to tame your brows or to set your color.

KAT VON D TATTOO LINER in TROOPER

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Absolutely perfect for me. While all subscription buyers grouse about black eyeliners, including me, this is different since it’s a liquid liner. I love liquid liners. The best part is that just 2 days before this arrived in the mail I had bought the brown one, Mad Max Brown, in the store. I’ve been using it non-stop too. Now I have both shades so color me UNbasically happy.

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY NIGHT CAP OVERNIGHT PERFECTOR

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY NIGHT CAP OVERNIGHT PERFECTOR

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY NIGHT CAP OVERNIGHT PERFECTOR

When I reported on my Ipsy Glam bag there was also this size product from Living Proof, 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. I now have this to add to my Living Proof collection which is a good thing. I haven’t tried this yet but it sounds like it could be perfect for my hair. It works overnight and then in the morning you wash it out. I think it’s going to be a great conditioner. Score one more for UNbasic.

OLE HENRIKSEN SHEER TRANSFORMATION

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

This is where there was some variation in Sephora Play for September. Some people received a Dr. Jarts product, others Ole Henriksen. This moisturizer is very light and can double as a makeup primer. There’s basically no fragrance to it (yea) and is oil free. It contains Licorice Root for brightening, Chamomile for soothing, and Vitamin C to encourage production of collagen. I’m on board to try this for sure.

SEPHORA COLLECTION ROUGE SHINE LIPSTICK in LOVE SPELL

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell

The Rouge Shine Lipsticks are available in 29 High Shine colors. This is a beautiful pink though it is highly fragranced so I’m pretty sure it will be available in a giveaway. As much as I love the shade I haven’t been able to wear Sephora’s lipsticks before. I think it’s the color though that makes this UNbasic.

Missing is ATELIER COLOGNE in SUD MAGNOLIA since it too will be given away so I left it in its opaque envelope. This is described as a floral blend with delicate notes of magnolia with layers of wood and citrus. But I’m not a fragrance wearer.sephora-play-bag

How did I think that Sephora Play did this month? A WINNER. Even with two products that will be given away it definitely hit the mark. These are basics that aren’t so basic and ones that are a welcome addition to my collection. What do you think of the subscription? Is it worth $10 to you?  — Marcia

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Sephora Play vs Allure Beauty Box – which would you pick? #sephoraplay #allurebeautybox

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

I can’t seem to keep away from subscription boxes. At the moment I’m buying 4 of them even though I keep promising myself that I’ll quit some. Not only don’t I quit but I started up with Allure Beauty Box this month. The longest running one for me is IPSY Glam bag, next is Boxycharm, then when Sephora Play opened a few months ago I added that, and now here I am with Allure’s Beauty Box. Both of the boxes I’m showing are the August boxes. Which is your favorite of the two?

Sephora Play for August 2016

Sephora Play for August 2016

Each month Sephora Play ($10) has a theme and for August it’s THE EYE OPENERS. Up until this month I’ve been very disappointed in the Sephora box and it’s been sitting on the cutting block. This month though was better for me and I’ve got items in this box that I’m actually going to enjoy using.

Sephora Play pamphlet

Sephora Play pamphlet

As you open the box you’ll find a pamphlet explaining each product within and giving you some great ideas. There’s also a card worth 50 Beauty Insider points which can be redeemed in store only. I have yet to use one but I’m hoping to shop soon.

August Sephora Play products

August Sephora Play products

THE EYE OPENERS contains 4 eye products and 2 others. All items are deluxe samples so it’s not just packets.

Eyes 1: ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM is already a favorite. I’ve actually used up an entire jar and my deluxe sample is mostly gone so this is a welcome addition.

Eyes 2:  MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544 is small but mighty. I stands for iridescent which is going to make my eyes pretty happy. It’s described as a “highly saturated iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula”. The texture is so smooth! The color appears to be a purple and taupe combination that went on beautifully and easily.

Eyes 3: SEPHORA COLLECTION CONTOUR EYE PENCIL in LOVE AFFAIR (33) is a shimmery plum liner. It’s awfully small so I had a hard time using it. But the color is very pretty, it’s lasting well on my upper lashline, and I don’t see any glitter.

Eyes 4:  URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA is a lengthening and volumizing formula that gets lots of love. I just opened a new mascara today but I’ll try this in a few days.

Fragrance:  CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON will be in a giveaway package since I don’t wear fragrance. Each month Sephora include a vial of perfume in Play. Reserve Warm Cotton is described as “bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens”.

Skincare: LANCOME ENERGIE DE VIE – SMOOTHING & GLOWING LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER is a fragranced liquid lotion meant to visually relieve dullness, diminish signs of fatigue, and promote a healthy looking glow. This too will be an extra in a giveaway package since I’m not able to tolerate Lancome fragrances.

Sephora Play for August

Sephora Play for August

These all came in a cream linen bag that’s winking outside the box. What do you think so far? Worth $10?

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

With my first month of the ALLURE BEAUTY BOX I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve read reviews for a long time with this and the last few boxes seemed to be outstanding so I decided to give it a chance. The box is $15 which includes shipping. There’s usually $5 off your first month if you start a subscription. Allure Beauty Box is also deluxe sample sizes with some being very generously sized. For August there were 8 items in the box.

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Hair #1 and 2: GARNIER WHOLE BLENDS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER in HONEY TREASURES. These are each 1.7 fl oz so they’d be great for travel. I can’t use these though because they have Sodium Chloride which pulls the keratin from my hair and they contain sulfates. I think these were bonus items since they aren’t listed in the booklet that comes with the box.

Hair #3: WET BRUSH in MIDI SIZE is an exciting find in this box. I had just given away a new full size Wet Brush to a relative in need and this is a great size for home or travel.

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Skincare #1:  PIXI GLOW TONIC is a product I’ve written about many times. It’s Pixi’s best selling Skintreat. While Pixi sells a smaller bottle now on their website this is a great travel size. There’s even a $2 off $10 purchase of any Pixi product at Target on the back. I know exactly what I’m buying too.

Skincare #2:  SUPERGOOP DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPRAY WITH ROSEMARY. I love Supergoop but not this unfortunately. I’ve tried it before and the fragrance (sunscreen w/alcohol and a hint of mint) fades but it still doesn’t work for me. This will be a great extra though in one of our giveaways to help mattify skin and give a shot of SPF 50 to your face.

Skincare #3: FREEZE 24-7 ANTI-AGING EYE SERUM is a product I’ve used before. I had a much smaller size that I took with me on my last trip. It’s a good eye cream but not one I’m likely to ever buy. I didn’t notice the tightening it’s supposed to have but it was a nice moisturizing effect.

Skincare #4: PUR-LISSE BLUE LOTUS BALANCING MOISTURIZER is a lightweight lotion for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. I know you don’t want to hear it but the fragrance = no/no for me. It’s a floral aquatic one which is probably wonderful for a future giveaway winner.

Cosmetic: CARGO SWIMMABLES EYE PENCIL in PEBBLE BEACH. At first I feared this was another black pencil eyeliner of which I have dozens but it’s actually a deep espresso brown. I’ve noticed Cargo making a reappearance after what I considered a long snooze. The new Swimmables line is making headway with water resistant products. This is a nice size, about half the size of one you’d buy.

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Sadly for me the Allure Beauty Box is too fragranced but I’m still impressed with the brands and quality in the box. My lose will be other’s gains.

So which one wins the battle? $10 for Sephora Play or $15 for Allure Beauty Box? I think my choice is pretty obvious in this post. — Marcia

 

*affiliate link for Allure Beauty Box which would earn me a small amount towards my next box if you decide to order.

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