sephora play unboxing: september ’17

Fall into beauty. 

Last month’s box was the absolute pinnacle of Sephora Plays. Going into it, I knew it was going to be hard to top it this month.

Well, I certainly wasn’t wrong: it fell a little short of grace with THREE repeat products, whether from previous Play Boxes or from other beauty subscriptions. One out of the three was actually a favorite of mine last year, so I wasn’t too tight about it.

Fall is here and we’re ready to vamp up our beauty routine. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for pumpkin picking, apple-eating, watching scary movies, watching the fall foliage and recreating some of those bomb makeup posts we see all over the ‘Gram.

Here’s what’s inside my Sephora Play this month:

Belief | The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb 

I received this in my Ipsy Unbagging May ’17 bag this year as a redemption of my beauty points (which I was a little pissed about because I didn’t mean to spend nearly 800 points on it!)

Even though I never did a full review of this product, I do recall absolutely hating it. I was excited to try it out because Korean skincare is suppose to be the best in the game. However, I tested this when I was in Florida in May and it left my face feeling so heavy and clogged down with excess oil that I immediately tossed it out, getting even more mad that I wasted my beauty points on it.

When I pulled this out of my Play Box, I was a little bummed, but figured this would be a good time to really put it to the test with the change of season. It’s still a heavy dose of moisture that my skin doesn’t need at this current point in time, but this will be good to keep for the winter months, where my skin is begging for as much hydration as it can get.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Benefit Cosmetics | Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in No. 3

Sephora comin’ clutch with another favorite product. #stockpile

I received, tested and fell in love with this eyebrow gel last month. You can read my thoughts about it over there and you can see why it made it in my August Faves & Hidden Gems.

There’s no need to reiterate, but I will stand by that this has quickly become a favorite when it comes to my daily brow routine and I don’t see it leaving any time soon.

Rating: 5 out of 5

STILA | Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black

Nothing can piece together an eye look better than a sharp, clean-cut wing.

This liner has been voted time and time again as one of the best liquid liners in the game and I can totally see why. And, I’m an avid lover of Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner!

It’s long lasting, waterproof and this doesn’t budge. Its applicator makes flicking the wrist so easy and the precision is undoubtably one of the best I’ve ever used.

For the rookie wing enthusiast, I can see this being daunting, but for the beauties who have been winging it for a while, this is definitely one to keep in your collection.

STILA has been stepping it up with a lot of products lately and I really want to get on board with them. This was one of the products I’ve been meaning to get my hands on, but just haven’t had the chance to. I haven’t tested a lot of their products (aside from a liquid lipstick that I absolutely adore), but that might be changing in due time.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

DEVACURL | Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

Since going blonde, my hair has been thirsty af and beyond needy.

A good hair mask can fix that in a jiff.

I popped this mask on while in the shower and used it for only three minutes and immediately felt a difference in how soft my hair felt. I couldn’t imagine how it’d feel if I used it as an actual treatment for 15-20 minutes.

After washing my hair, I put my hair in a wet braid and fell asleep with it. When I woke up, my hair still felt soft and the frizz was practically eliminated. Normally, when I braid my hair and sleep on it, there’s always some sort of frizz that I can’t combat through the day, which leaves me feeling more frazzled with my locks.

My hair has never been soft to the touch, but with this product, that could easily be changing how I look at my hair. I’ll consider doing this at least once a week in the future.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

LAURA MERCIER | Velour Lovers Lip Colour Lipstick in Happy 

Metallic lips was one of those trends that fell short (at least for me) in the spring/summer months, but they’re back and better than ever.

Last year, I purchased the Jeffree Star No Tea, No Shade velour liquid lipstick and wished I rocked it a lot more than I actually did, but it’s a little dramatic for everyday office wear (and when you work as much as I do, it’s hard to find other times to wear it when you have a collection as big as mine!)

This lipstick is flashy enough to add a pop of color to a neutral look, but it doesn’t scream “Look at me!”. Normally, fuschias and pinks are something I avoid because I don’t think they compliment my skin tone well, but with the new blonde locks and the slight tan left over from summer, I’m willing to venture out of my comfort zone.

The reflectants in it are gorgeous to pair with the burgundy color stories of fall, especially the cult-favorite ABH Modern Renaissance palette I’ve been grabbing lately, and I see this quickly becoming a major staple in my everyday look.

In fact, there might even be a GWRM featuring it coming soon…

As for wear, it did withstand eating, drinking and kissing, however, touchups throughout the day were necessary. It was lightweight, breathable and stayed in place and the mango butter left my lips feeling hydrated and moisturized.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Stella McCartney | POP! Perfume 

Believe it or not, there was a point in time that I used to receive a Sephora Play Box and NOT share my thoughts about it with the world! I know, crazy right?

I received this in my November ’16 Box and I couldn’t remember if I loved it or not. (Guess  subconsciously that’s why I started doing this blog, since I can’t remember sh!t anymore.) When I pulled it out, I remembered that I had definitely tested it out, but had no recollection on my thoughts about.

And to my surprise, this perfume was very lackluster, just like my memory of it.

It smells very alcohol-based and the scent didn’t last long after I applied. It has tuberose in it, which we all know I don’t love floral scents so this was an immediate pass for me. Thankfully, its a small sample and I can quickly go through this one without feeling too much remorse.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Remember: Sephora Play is $10/month. To sign up: visit here.


About sarah

28. writer. obsessed with makeup, traveling, nyr and sparkle.
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