January Sephora Play: Should I end my Subscription?

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to my sports-watching friends out there!! Truth be told, I'm not watching much of the game tonight. Other than the halftime show that is! Gaga KILLED it! But other than that my plan for tonight is to buckle down to study and work in my bed! Bring on the tea and super bowl apps. Anywayyyy, today I want to share what came in my January Sephora Play box. Spoiler: I wasn't all that impressed. So, I need your advice should I continue with my Sephora Play subscription? Let me know in the comments!

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First things first, I did want to mention that I really liked the little bag this month's products came in! The concept behind it is so cute and very practical. So, the front it pretty typical to the bags they send, it has a cute little quote that reads " Sweat is just another way to glow." But, the back is the cool part! It's a sort of mesh material with little holes in it, similar to a beach bag. PERFECT for storing your lip gloss and sunscreen when heading to the pool or beach.

The first thing I pulled out of the bag was the Tarte FRXXXTION Stick. My first thought after opening: "Wtf is this...."It's a tube like packaging, similar to a foundation stick, but the product is dirt black. After reading about it a little more I realized that this is actually an exfoliating cleanser. The concept behind this product is actually pretty cool. When on the go this stick makes it easy to wash up. Swipe on your dampened face, lather up and rinse. I like the concept a lot for things like travel or going to the gym (not that I do lol). Plus, it's nice to not have to worry about your cleanser spilling all over your bag!

This is the product I was probably most excited about from January's box! This little cream is Youth to the People's Kale + Spinach + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream. (A mouthful right? ) This cream claims to be ultra moisturizing and 100% vegan for "health conscious" beauty lovers. I'm excited to try this product out and possibly add a new addition to my skin care routine! Especially since I'm in need of some new moisturizers for my INSANELY dry skin.

Okay so there's a few reasons I hate foundation/BB/CC cream samples. First, my skin is SO light and I know neither of the shades provided will work for me and second, I feel like a sample never does justice to the actual product with this type of formula! Needless to say I was a little disappointed to receive this. But, I will try it out to see how it works. I've been pretty intrigued with cushion foundations lately and have had my eye on the Amore Pacific one.

Again, hair care products are kind of a bummer for me in sample size! I just feel like I can't decide how much I like a product for my hair when I can only get 1-2 uses. This is a Treatmeant Masque by OUAI, it's supposed to restore damaged hair and leave it feeling "smooth and touchably soft." It definitely sounds like something I would love, so maybe this sample will be a good intro to a new hair care product!

Next up is the Clinique Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey. This was the product that put the biggest damper on this box overall. First of all, it came broken. I was very disappointed to find the lipstick had broken and stuck to the lid. This makes it kind of difficult to use in general, but even if it came in mint condition I still don't think I would have loved this product. It's a very sheer formula, almost like a tinted lip balm, which is nice. But, I'm just not a fan of this color. If it was a lighter pink or red I probably would've really liked it, but the wash of deep red just doesn't work for me.

As for the perfume sample of the month, I was SO impressed! This is actually the first perfume sample I have gotten and truly like. This perfume is called Eau So Lovely and lovely it is! It's said to be inspired by the most "romantic couple Tory Burch knows" and it definitely smells like it! (If that even makes sense??) It's such a light, feminine scent. But, it still packs the punch and lasts forever on the skin! I may have to pick up a full size when this sample runs low!

So there you have it. I'm kind of torn! I've gotten a ton of great products from Sephora Play that I LOVE, like the Laura Mercier Caviar stick from a few months back and the Bobbi Brown Mascara from last month. But, this month kind of had me down! Hopefully February's box is a little better, otherwise I may have to try another subscription service.

What were your thoughts on January's box?

XX,

Shannon

Amorepacific 'Color Control' Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum Spf 50 - 102 Light Pink • Amore Pacific • $60 Youth To The People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream • $48 Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Eau De Parfum Spray • Tory Burch • $115 OUAI Treatment Masque Deep Conditioner • Ouai • $32 Clinique Almost Lipstick - Black Honey • Clinique • $17 tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser • Tarte • $22

Blogmas Day 13: December Sephora Play

Finals week is kicking my butt you guys. I'm running low on energy and sleep and I think I'm getting sick. So when I came home to the December Sephora Play box I basically jumped up and down like a little girl in a candy shop. It was just what I needed to give me a little burst of happiness, and luckily what I found inside made my day even better!

Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer

I was excited to see a product by Makeup Forever included in this month's box. I'm completely obsessed with their foundations and I've heard very good things about this primer as well. The little informative sheet included with the box describes this primer as "a silky primer that helps makeup last longer while the targeted formula balances skin's texture, resulting in a smoother, more even look."

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

When I think of setting sprays this one immediately comes to mind. But, because of its price tag I've never given it a try.  Until now! This sample is actually a pretty decent size and I can't wait to try it out! It's described as a "weightless setting spray that prevents makeup from fading, smudging and settling into fine lines for a touch-up free finish."

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Seriously, I am SO impressed with the brands included in this month's box! BOBBI BROWN! I've never tried anything by this brand because, as Kathleen Lights would say, "das essspensive"! So yes I'm pretty pumped about this product as well. It's described as "jet black, kohl-pigmented mascara that delivers high-impact volume with a smudge-free formula."

Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo

When I was shopping around the Sephora app the other day I actually spent a lot of time scrolling through the Dry Bar line. I've been spending a lot more time on my hair these days and dry shampoos are  an essential at this point! I can't wait to try more higher end products like this one! This dry shampoo is a "lightweight dry shampoo that extends the life of blowouts by absorbing oils, adding body and leaving hair feeling fresh and clean."

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain

I gotta be honest. I was super disappointed with this product out of everything in the box! I loved everything else, they were all nice sizes, but this one is too tiny! I mean it is super cute, but come on Sephora, it's your own brand! Make it bigger! Anyway, besides that little flaw this actual product is very nice. I have several other cream lip stains by Sephora Collection and they are som of my favorite liquid lipsticks on the market! Highly recommend!

I will update soon with my thoughts on the products in this box. Overall I was really impressed. This was definitely my favorite box I have received so far. I LOVE the bag and will definitely use it a lot more than the others, plus the products were all very high end and good sizes (besides the lip stain!!).

I hope everyone's having a great week!

XX,

Shannon