Play! by Sephora July 2016 Review

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I am so excited to be sharing this review with you today. I have been on the wait list to get this subscription box for quite a while now. Seeing that this is the first one I have received, I must say I was very impressed with it. Now on to tell you a little bit about the box in more detail.

What is Play! by Sephora? It’s a $10 a month beauty subscription service with five samples and one perfume sample each month. All of the brands are carried at Sephora. I love this because Sephora has a lot of high-end brands that I would love to try out; however, sometimes spending the money to try those products can be pricey. This is why this box is perfect (for me at least). I love that the box comes with a pamphlet that tell you all about the products and how to use them (see below). Another bonus that you get with the box is a Play! pass which lets you earn 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase.

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The theme for this months box was: Effortless Summer. I find that all these products are great for the summer time. The bag is also adorable.

Here’s a recap of what I received in my box this month:

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate (Full size $30// $6.86 value)// I am a huge fan of Too Faced products, so I was excited to receive this bronzer. I have used this one before and I loved it. It’s very matte and gives you a natural glow without looking orange (which some bronzers can do). This bonzer is also great for using it as a contour. The best part about this bronzer is that it smells like chocolate. If you’re looking for a new bronzer to try, I highly recommend this one.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing PrimerΒ  (Full size $39// Value $9.75)// I have never used this primer from Smashbox. I have used the original one and I really like it. This one is a mattifying oil free primer that is perfect for combination to oil skin. It helps control oil, minimize the look of pores, and helps make up last up to eight hours. Seeing that it is so hot here in TX, this prime will come in very handy because I get very oily in the summertime.

Beauty Blender Blotterazzi (Full Size $20// Value $10.36)// I use my beauty blender religiously every day when applying my make up, so when I received this product I was really excited. I had never heard of this product so this was a first for me. It helps remove shine and absorb oil without taking your make up off. Unlike the beauty blender, you use this product dry. Another great product for me to use because of my having oily skin in the summer.

Ouai Wave Spray (Full Size $26// Value $8.58)// When I looked at this brand I was like how do you pronounce this? Thank god they gave a little insight on how to pronounce it. It is pronounced Way which is a take from the French word “ouasis” which is a casual way of saying “yes” like “yeah” or yep”.Β  It is a weightless texture mist that gives your hair that undone beachy wave look. It can be sprayed on your hair dry or wet. I will say that I am not a fan of the smell (at least smelling it in the bottle). I am still going to use it to see how it does with giving my fine straight hair some waves.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay (Full Size $24// Value $5.11)// This is a gel cleanser that uses botanicals and red clay to remove excess oil, purify and balance skin. I have heard a lot of great reviews on this brand. It is safe to use on sensitive skin, which is a plus because some skin care products irritate my skin. I also love that it is good for oily skin.

Nest Fragrances Citrine (Full Size $25-$68)// Value $1.60)// In each Play box they include a fragrance sample in it. This perfume is very fresh with a combination of citrus and floral scents. Not sure if I would wear it all the time but it is growing on me.

Total Box Value: $42.26 which is a great value even for sample sizes.

I hope you enjoyed my review! You can sign up here to join. I will say that there is still a slight wait list for this box. If you already subscribe to Play! how do you like it? What other subscription services do you subscribe to? I’d love to know in the comments below.

Welcome to STH! I'm Mistle, a Texas based beauty and life style blogger. I'm a makeup enthusiast, who loves true crime tv and a good glass of moscato. I'm a wife and dog mom, who loves sharing my latest beauty finds and snippets of my life. Thanks for stopping by!

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59 Comments

  1. Cassandra wrote:

    I’ve never tried a beauty subscription box, but this looks like a fantastic one!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Cassandra I subscribe to Ipsy and this one. Ipsy is also $10 and it is okay for the most part but I am loving this Play! by Sephora so far.

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  2. Chelsie wrote:

    I’ve heard amazing things about the Ouai hairline, but I’m bummed that it doesn’t smell good! Boo! No one wants stinky hair! Also, I think I am STILL on the waitlist for this, haha!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Chelsie it doesn’t smell bad it’s just a little bit overwhelming for me personally. It may smell better to someone else. I am still going to try it out to see if maybe the smell isn’t quite as strong once in my hair. I hope you get off the wait list soon!

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  3. Lily wrote:

    Omg I loved this review! I just cancelled my Birchbox so I’m going to have to subscribe to this now! I loved all the goodies!!!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Lily! I’m glad you loved the review. I was subscribed to Birch Box years ago and cancelled it. I did not find that it was that great. I am loving the Play! box so far.

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  4. I was so curious about this box! I signed up and hopefully I make it out of the waiting list!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Adriana I hope that you are able to get off the wait list soon. Seeing that it was my first box I was really impressed with it.

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  5. Abby wrote:

    I have an Ipsy subscription, but have seen these rise in popularity…. Wondering if I should switch subscription boxes lol!

    Xoxo takingonthekitchen.weebly.com

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Abby I also do Ipsy and it is hit or miss for me with them. Sometimes the products are great and sometimes they are just okay. This is my first box from Sephora and so far I am impressed. I am going to give it a try for a few months to see if I stick with it.

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  6. Theresa wrote:

    Looks great! What a lovely array of beauty supplies.

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Theresa that box is really great for the price range. Really great products.

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  7. After you left a comment on my blog or Instagram about the Target box I put my name on the waiting list for this box, too! I had the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer but thought it would be too dark for me so I passed it on to someone I thought could use it but it smelled Heavenly!

    I want to try the Blotterazzi now though! I think this is on my wish list. This looks like such a fun box!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Leslie hopefully you won’t be on the wait list long! I was really impressed with this box, so I am hoping that it continues to be good! I saw last months box and I would have loved to have gotten it. I love the bronzer. Actually I love most of all Too Faced products that I have ever gotten. The blotterazzi is really awesome. You do have to clean it a little more often than a beauty blender but still a great product.

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  8. Cara wrote:

    This seems like a great deal! That bronzer sounds awesome! πŸ™‚

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Cara I was really impressed with it. Hopefully the boxes will continue to be good ones. I love the bronzer!

      Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  9. Jenny wrote:

    I get this box each month too! I am so obsessed with it.

    xoxo, Jenny

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Jenny I really wish that I would have gotten off the wait list last month because it was amazing. I am loving it so far though!

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  10. Shann wrote:

    This sounds like such a fun box! The bronzer that smells like chocolate? I need this! Great review! I’d never heard of this box before, but it sounds like a really great value.

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Shann I love Too Faced bronzers. Their palettes also smell like chocolate. So yummy! Lol. The box is really great for the price. $10 for high end products. Not bad at all. πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  11. Candy wrote:

    Sometimes I’m hesitant about some of the boxes. Several products in this one I would use.

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Candy I can understand that. Some boxes that I have done in the past have not been great while others like this have been great.

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  12. Sarah Jean wrote:

    I’m a VIB Rouge member at Sephora (i think I spend too much..haha) and never heard of Play. I love this though! $10 is a great price to get a bunch of cute things. Thanks for the info.

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Sarah I def suggest signing up for it! I feel that they give you great products for $10.

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  13. I love beauty subscription boxes and didn’t realize Sephora had one. So cool!

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Joules it’s been around for maybe a year now. For my first box I really loved it. Hoping they continue to be good.

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  14. Lindsay wrote:

    This seems like an awesome subscription box! Do you think the sample sizes are worth it?

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Lindsay for $10 I feel that the sample sizes are worth it. If I were to buy the samples at Sephora it would cost more than $10, so it’s a really good deal. πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  15. Kara wrote:

    Ah! I love Sephora and can’t wait to get this. Looks like you got some good picks πŸ™‚ First Aid Beauty is phenom!!

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Kara I was so excited when I finally got off the wait list! I have never tried First Aid Beauty before this, so I am happy I received this.

      Posted 7.27.16 Reply
  16. Deynece wrote:

    This I so exciting!!! Signing up now! What a great way to try product!

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Deynece it’s a great way to try products from Sephora! Hope you are able to get a box soon. πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.27.16 Reply
  17. OH MY GOSH I NEED TO GET THIS!!! I had no idea Sephora had its own subscription service for $10!!

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Erica they have had it I think for about a year now. Maybe a little less. I was on the wait list forever! I love the box so far. πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.27.16 Reply
  18. Southern & Style wrote:

    I’m on the waiting list for this box because I think it’s a great value for the products that you get to try-especially that bronzer!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      This box is amazing so far! I hope that you are able to get off the wait list soon! I love the bronzer!

      Posted 7.27.16 Reply
  19. Chrystal wrote:

    I love this! I need to get myself a box!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Chrystal! I def recommend signing up for it.

      Posted 8.1.16 Reply
  20. Whitney wrote:

    This looks like a great combination of products! I would love to subscribe but I don’t wear perfume (allergies) so I would hate to immediately not be able to use one of the products!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Whitney it’s a great box so far. I completely understand about the whole allergy thing. I deal with allergies all the time and it is no fun!

      Posted 8.1.16 Reply
  21. Heather wrote:

    I don’t currently subscribe to anything right now, but I’ll put it into consideration if I do. Thank you for sharing an honest opinion πŸ™‚

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Heather I hope that if you do decide to subscribe to anything that you love the products. There are a lot of fun boxes to subscribe to.

      Posted 7.28.16 Reply
  22. Kierra wrote:

    I really need to check some of these products out. I actually need to get more into skin care. I just have such sensitive skin I don’t want to put in the work to find something good for me.

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Kierra I currently use Tula skin care products and I love them. It is a little pricey but completely worth it. I also have sensitive skin and their line works really well for me.

      Posted 7.28.16 Reply
  23. Amanda wrote:

    I have never heard of this before, but it looks like something fun to try!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Amanda this was my first box and I love it!

      Posted 7.28.16 Reply
  24. Chimee Ahaiwe wrote:

    I love Sephora! Def need to get their subscription

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Chimee it’s a really great box.

      Posted 7.28.16 Reply
  25. Colleen wrote:

    Sephora and I need to have a date very soon! The sooner the better!

    Posted 7.29.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Colleen Sephora is a lot of fun! Hopefully you’ll get a date there soon!

      Posted 8.1.16 Reply
  26. This post is great. I am in serious need of new facial cleansers. My pores are failing… failing so hard.

    Posted 7.29.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You. I love experimenting with facial cleansers. I currently am using Tula and it’s amazing.

      Posted 8.1.16 Reply
  27. Alli wrote:

    I’ve never heard of this service, thanks for sharing!

    Posted 7.29.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Alli it’s a great service. I can’t wait to get more boxes in.

      Posted 8.1.16 Reply
  28. That Beauty Blender Blotterazzi (say that 3xs fast!) is right up my ally. I love my beauty blender so I can only imagine I would love this. Loved the review!

    Posted 7.29.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Michelle I could not say that 3 x’s fast! lol. I would be completely tongue tied! I also love my beauty blender. It’s a must have. So def try out the blotterazzi!

      Posted 8.1.16 Reply
  29. Jo-Anne wrote:

    I’m sold! I’m def going to subscribe! Thank you
    xJo

    Posted 7.30.16 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Jo-Anne it’s an awesome subscription service. If you sign up I hope you like it!

      Posted 8.1.16 Reply