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

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I recently received my Play! by Sephora – June 2016 Box in the mail. 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 - June 2016 Box

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 don’t quite remember when I signed up for the waitlist, but I only recently got accepted. In April I got my first Play! by Sephora box, but never got around to putting up the post on the blog.

The June 2016 Box just arrived in the mail last week and I’m going to share my first impressions of the items – six sample-sized products wrapped in a super cute drawstring pouch. In the box was the following:

•Bumble and Bumble – Don’t Blow It (0.34 fl oz/10 ml)
•BECCA – Backlight Priming Filter (0.05 oz/1.55 g, swatched on lips here)
•Bareminerals – Bareskin Bronzer (0.05 fl oz/1.5 ml)
•tarte – Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion (0.1 fl oz/3 ml)
•Benefit – They’re Real Mascara (0.1 fl oz/3 ml)
•Tocca Beauty perfume in Florence (in a tiny vial)

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I was excited to receive June’s Play Box because I didn’t what to expect this time around and the clues left everything up to the imagination. However, I’m happy with the results. Everything in the box is new to me with the exception of the Benefit – They’re Real Mascara (which I’ve purchased before and love). Can never have too much sunscreen so the tarte lotion should come in handy and the item I’m most excited about is the Becca priming filter.

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Overall, I give the Play! by Sephora June 2016 Box a huge 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?


April 2016 Birchbox Contents with Rifle Paper Co.

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Happy Monday everyone. I recently received my April Birchbox in the mail and I must say this month’s box is one of the cutest. For those unfamiliar with Birchbox, it is a monthly beauty subscription. You pay $10 a month and receive a set of diverse beauty samples according to your beauty profile.

Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. This review is of the curated box. This months box is in collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. I mentioned them before in here, here and here.

For this month, my Birchbox contained:

– Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues
– TOCCA Crema da Mano – Hand Cream in Giulietta (pink tulip and green apple)
– Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution
– Dr. Jart+ Liftra™ Contour Cream
– PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray
– Coupon for 20% off at Rifle Paper Co.

I’m glad I chose the curated route because I love all the products in this month’s box. My previous Birchbox contained the Parlor Smoothing Blowout Spray and I really liked it so I was more than pleased to try out the Volumizing Lifting Spray, I’m already a huge fan of Micellar Water (review here) and you can’t go wrong with an extra bottle of TOCCA hand cream. Overall I am extremely pleased with this months box. Everything in it I can definitely see myself using up.

When I first saw the Laura Geller blush, I thought of NARS infamous orgasm right away and swatched the two of them together. I think it’s a beautiful color that can be universally flattering and applies well on the cheeks. But I found it necessary to use a light hand for a subtle blush look when compared to NARS.

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If you’re interested, its not too late to get the April Birchbox subscription. And if you use the code RIFLEBOOKS at checkout you’ll receive a free pair of Rifle Paper Pocket Notebooks (which are super cute.) Best of all when you review your products you can get $5 back to use towards full size items in their store. I’m currently saving mine for this beauty. Can’t wait till I save enough points.

Are any of you subscribed to any box subscriptions? Which box subscriptions are your favorite?