What’s in the Play! by Sephora – August 2016 Box

What's in the Play! by Sephora - August 2016 Box

I got my Play! by Sephora – August 2016 Box in the mail later in the month. For those unfamiliar with Play! by Sephora, it is a monthly beauty subscription launched by Sephora. You pay $10 a month and receive a box with the following:

– 5 deluxe samples plus a fragrance bonus
– Play! Book (a pamphlet which has information on the box contents + tips and tricks)
– Play! Pass (a card which allows you to redeem a free one-on-one tutorial + bonus points with any product purchase during the same store visit)

What's in the Play! by Sephora - August 2016 Box MAKE UP FOREVER

The only way to subscribe is online at Sephora.com/play – but you have to sign up for a waitlist and once a spot opens they will send you an e-mail to claim a spot and join. I’ve been a member since April of this year and I have to admit I look forward to this box every month. And what’s even better is that the contents truly are a surprise because they don’t get revealed until the boxes ship out and everyone who subscribed to the Play! box receives their box at the same time – so no spoilers on the web.

The August 2016 Box arrived in the mail last week and this is what was inside – six sample-sized products wrapped in a super cute drawstring pouch. The theme for this month’s box: The Eye Openers. In the box was the following:

•Lancôme – Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer
•Algenist – Complete Eye Renewal Balm
•MAKE UP FOREVER – Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush in Pink Granite
•Sephora Collection – Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in 33-love affair (plum)
•Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara
•Clean perfume in Reserve Warm Cotton (in a tiny vial)

What's in the Play! by Sephora - August 2016 Box Sephora Collection

I’m so glad I’m able to subscribe to Sephora’s Play Box because I find myself pleased with everything inside. I’ve never tried any of Urban Decay’s mascaras and believe it or not I live off sample sized mascaras. I probably own only two full size mascaras that I’ve actually purchased.

I can never have enough pencil eyeliners and I’m a huge fan of the ones from the Sephora Collection. The Contour Eye Pencil I received is indeed water proof and the color is a nice deep plum that I think will look flattering on all skin tones.

What's in the Play! by Sephora - August 2016 Box Urban Decay

The description of the Make Up Forever eyeshadow in pink granite is a soft shimmery pink. While the description makes it seem that all of these eyeshadows can be used on the cheeks as well. The website gives the names of just a few that were meant to be used on the cheeks. I didn’t attempt with pink granite simply because it has too much shimmer and it wasn’t included in the list I just mentioned.

What's in the Play! by Sephora - August 2016 Box Lancome Clean Algenist

I haven’t’ used Lancôme moisturizer or the Algenist eye balm but those are definetely next on my list. I especially like the packaging of Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie line.

Overall, I give the Play! by Sephora August 2016 Box a thumbs up. If you haven’t subscribed for these you can add your name to the wait list online at sephora.com/play – right now the only way to purchase a subscription is online. I think the wait time for each person is different depending on location. When I told a local Sephora sales rep that I got on the list she commented “Yeah, they started sending to our area.” There’s a page of FAQs here in case you have more questions.

Have any of you signed up for the Play! by Sephora Box? If you already signed up and received previous boxes what are your thoughts?


How to Color Correct Part 2: Algenist. Sephora Collection, Make Up For Ever and Bésame


Today I’m going to share another post on color correctors. This time however, rather than reviewing color correcting using a single palette, like I did here, I’m going to share my review of a diverse group of individual color correcting products. For this post I’ll be using

Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops in blue($38/ 0.5 oz.)
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Color Correctors in green($14/ 0.14 oz.)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Concealer($27/0.23 oz.)
Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Face Powder in Violet($22/ 0.21 oz.)

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First thing I use after moisturizing and priming my face is I apply the Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops in blue to perk up my face, make it look alive and less sallow. This comes in a dropper and is used all over the face. I put two droplets in the palm of my hand and then apply all over the face.

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Next I use the green Bright Future Color Corrector from the Sephora Collection to cover up any red spots, particularly my acne scars, any pimples that are currently showing on my face and on the bottom sides of my nose. I blend with my beauty blender using a very light hand and wait a few minutes for it to dry before applying my concealer and foundation. I don’t want the colors to mix and look muddy.

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Then I apply the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer in R32. The Ultra HD Concealer is a two step process. The R shades have more of a peach tone to color correct and the Y shades act more like a concealer. I lightly dab this under my eyes and wait slightly for it to dry. I make sure to cover my whole eye area and the area slightly under. This helps when applying your concealer and blending. The color correctors have a slight peachy tone to them to help counteract the dark/bluish color under your eyes.

How to Color Correct Algenist, Sephora, Makeup Forever, Besame

Once my under eye color corrector us applied and set, I apply my concealer and foundation and blend in.

Once my makeup is fully applied, I set with Bésame Brightening Face Powder in violet to help brighten the face and set my makeup. I have used both the puff that comes with it and my powder and I prefer to use my powder brush to apply.

I’m overall pleased with this method of color correcting. I found it less cumbersome than using a palette because it felt like each item was custom for my needs as opposed to using a ‘one size fits all’ palette where only one or two of the colors are suitable for you.

Have any of you tried color correcting lately? What are your go to products?