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Happy anniversary to Sephora Play! This month marks the subscription’s two-year anniversary, and since joining the Play Fam in October ’16, I have discovered so many favorites through this service!
To celebrate, Sephora Play gathered some of their cult favorites over the past two years to help us fall back in love with them or discover them on a first impression. When I unboxed this month’s Play, I was disappointed at first because a lot of these were products I’ve already tested. This is the one subscription that I can guarantee to find either a product/brand I’ve been wanting to test or to discover something brand new and innovative.
However, this Play reminds me why these products have stood the test of time and why they’re favorites, and in hindsight, made me fall back in love with some them.
Here’s what was inside my Sephora Play this month:
Mascaras are my ride-or-dies in my makeup bag and it’s the one product I refuse to leave the house without. Even as a person who is fortunate to have thick natural lashes, I love to enhance one of my favorite features.
I have only tested out one other product from Buxom in my entire life, and it’s truthfully one of those brands I often forget about when makeup shopping. I was a little hesitant when I unboxed this, because I didn’t think Buxom was known for its mascaras, but I’m always down to experiment.
Immediately, I was wowed by how effective the wand was: The bristles are short and thin, which adhere to the lashes for easy separation and definition, while its rich black pigment adds insane volume and length. It was a breeze to reach those stubborn baby lashes and it dried quickly in-between multiple applications.
I love the illusion of false lashes and this mascara has quickly become a favorite in recreating that look every day. I love it so much that it could easily take a knock at my OG favorite (Benefit’s Roller Lash). It might not win the battle, but it’s always good to have a back-up plan.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This primer isn’t like most: It’s silky and melts into the skin while also adding elements to help smooth texture and repel water, all while being oil-free. It also has SPF 15 in it, so even on those mornings I forget to put sunscreen on, I’m protected. Plus, on those days I might have indulged in some extra Vitamin D, it will help combat and reduce redness.
Testing this with both a full-coverage foundation and a skin tint, I noticed that my makeup didn’t separate or patch like it normally does with other primers. (AKA that dreaded 2 o’clock shine). It created a blank slate to work with and it was so lightweight, it felt like a cloud. This will definitely be a hot commodity with the upcoming summer months because who wants to be bogged down with heavy primers?
My only downside is that this is a bit pricier than other primers, but if it works, go ahead and treat yo’self.
Rating: 4 out of 5
As the days get longer, my hair gets crazier and curlier because who has time for hot tools?! It’s no secret that I love to embrace my hair’s natural texture during the summer, but I don’t love how frizzy and weighed down it gets with product build-up.
This wave spray is lightweight but adds some insane body to my hair, which is normally something I try to avoid since my hair is so thick. It’s formulated with rice protein to help protect it and eliminate that dreaded sea-salt crunchiness that most beachy waves get associated with.
I’ve tested this a multitude of ways, including just spritzing, scrunching and heading out the door, twisting the hair meticulously, and using heat tools after it’s dried through. Every time, I was obsessed with how the waves came out and how they looked bouncy and healthy.
I’ve mentioned my detest in OUAI products before, but I think I just hadn’t found that magic product, but the search is over. This will be a staple in my summertime haircare routine and it might become my BFF when we head to Europe because it gives me the peace of mind every time I use it.
Rating: 5 out of 5
It wouldn’t be a true celebration of product favorites if we didn’t have my one beloved and faithful product. I love KVD’s Tattoo Liner so much, I currently have three stockpiled (not intentionally, of course)!
This is one of the OG’s when it comes to liquid liners: It’s smudge-proof, quick-drying and precise with its needle-esque point that’s easy to maneuver and create a flawless wing. I’ve been such a longtime fan of this liner, it’s hard to recall when/how I fell in love with it. I just know that it’s the one liner I go back to every single time.
Sephora’s always teaching me new tips and tricks and in the Playbook, I learned that it’s important to wipe the tip with a damp tissue before applying. This helps prevent powder buildup, causing it from drying out as quickly.
Rating: 5 out of 5
With laying out in the sun (or artificially baking in a tanning bed), it’s time to start taking the extra step to hydrate my skin. Plus, who doesn’t love sorbet on a hot day? Pro tip: Throw this in the fridge to help depuff the skin and add a cooling sensation!)
This moisturizer has organic grape water, chamomile and grape-seed polyphenols that replenish and soothe the skin. There’s also elements of this moisturizer that helps strengthen the skin overtime, making it less sensitive and irritated.
I received this in one of those Sephora birthday sets and couldn’t recall if I loved it or hated it because it’s been that long since I’ve tested it. After trying it again, I realize it’s just a standard moisturizer and I didn’t notice an immediate difference in the appearance of my skin.
Rating: 3 out of 5
I received this in my March ’17 Sephora Play and was excited to test it out again. Over the course of the year, my palette of scents has changed and it was fun to see how my thoughts changed on a perfume that I already liked.
This time around, I really liked the warmth of it with its notes of star anise and vetiver. I’ve become more open to the ideas of muskier scents and when I first tried it, all I could get by was the citrus blend. My overall thoughts haven’t changed on this perfume, and I still don’t love its hefty price tag, but I could see why it’s a cult favorite.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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