sephora play unboxing: september ’18

Welcome to next-gen beauty 💡

⏲ Read time: 5-7 minutes

This month’s Sephora Play is all about the up-and-coming innovative beauty goodies to hit shelves and your Insta feeds so you can become a beauty trendsetter. There’s a lot of products that multitask and cut down your routine length, protect and hydrate as well as a bunch of new ingredients that you’ll obsess over.

Not only are we using products great for us, this month’s Play bag is 100% recyclable. If you’re like me and toss out old Play bags, have a little peace of mind that this won’t be harming the environment.

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

Peter Thomas Roth | Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask

You will absolutely want to sing Heat of the Moment while you use this face mask!

Doing some research for our upcoming trip to Budapest, I discovered that public baths are a BFD in Hungary. This not only hyped my wanderlust and excitement for the trip, but it made me curious as to why Hungarian thermal water is currently all the rage.

Come to find out, Hungarian thermal water hydrates skin and infuses it with vital nutrients to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and uneven skin tone. Over time, the botanical blend will help replenish, nourish and moisturize the skin while the kaolin clay and magnesium sulfate will open pores and force impurities to the surface.

This heat mask is definitely unlike anything I’ve ever used before: It’s quick acting, since it only requires 3 minutes to settle into the skin and the heat activation is such a unique sensation! Keeping it real, I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect when it came to the heat aspect, but I enjoyed it because it feels like it gets deep within your pores for a total clean.

However, I didn’t love how my skin felt post-mask. It felt heavy, as if I didn’t wash all of the mask of, which I certainly did. It could have been the hydration benefit coming into effect, but it felt like the product just sat on top of my skin and it would eventually wreck havoc overnight.

The next morning, I noticed my face was a little more red, but that was the kaolin working to pull those impurities. I won’t be quick to write this off, because I think with continued use, I could see some long-term results. A little goes a long way and the jar at Sephora is HUGE, so it might be worth investing in (and if anything, it will look gorgeous on your vanity).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sunday Riley | Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

This isn’t your average moisturizer.

This water cream has two types of hyaluronic acid that boosts the skin with an extra dose of hydration. Papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate while the skin’s dark spots are brightened with alpha-arbutin. I don’t know what any of that means, but it sounds boujee AF.

While reading up on the Sephora website, I also read that this can be used ON TOP of your makeup to lock in hydration. I’m not so sure how I feel about that, but I imagine that it has a similar effect that the Josie Moran Finishing Balm we received eons ago had.

I really like another product we received this month is suggested to be used with this, essentially giving us a real glimpse into a high-end skincare regime that might work for us. Using both Good Genes and Tidal together, I saw that my skin appeared brighter, more hydrated and overall healthier.

The more I’ve been testing out Sunday Riley, the more excited I get to want to commit to a full time skincare routine, and could easily see myself adding a few pieces from their lineup.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Too Faced | Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

Sometimes, you indulge a little too much and have one too many cocktails. On a Tuesday. (I get it, adulting is tough!) Or you might not get enough sleep (Hi Netflix marathon) and your skin takes the brunt of it.

Fake it until you make it to the local Starbucks for an venti latte with this hydrating primer. This primer delivers a dose of coconut water to help revive your skin and make it appear plumper and more radiant. It also helps with the longevity of your foundation. Even with a matte foundation, this primer helps give thirsty skin a boost of much needed hydration.

I’ve tested Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 setting spray in the past and I love how refreshed it makes my skin feel. I’m also pretty sure that I have tested this primer long before the life of this website/channel. This primer melts quickly into the skin, so that helps cut down time on those busy mornings when you opt to hit the snooze button too many times.

I don’t personally love Too Faced’s ethics, and there are plenty of other primers I love a little bit more, so I don’t think I’ll be running out to buy the full size.

Rating: 3 out of 5

NUDESTIX | Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Kiss

We barely knew ye.

Before I even had a change to test this lip/cheek pencil out, it suffered a major tragedy and fell off my desk and broke. But call me Doctor Lokker, because I Macgyver’d my best out of it so I could give it a fair assessment, sine I really wanted to love it. I also realized that this was a FULL SIZED product, which enticed me even more to salvage it to my best ability.

Given the fact it was broken, I had to be really careful while using it. In an attempt to smush it back to semi-normal, I tested it both as a blush and lipstick formula, which wasn’t originally the game-plan. Admittedly, this is a gorgeous blush shade because it flushed my cheeks just enough for those cool, crisp fall mornings without making me feel like Pennywise the Clown.

As a lip shade, I was a little apprehensive because it was so pink based, but shockingly, I quickly became OBSESSED with the color. It didn’t budge passing an eat/drink/kiss test, lasted for hours on end and it wasn’t drying at all. The shade Kiss was nude enough that it didn’t look Barbie pink, and it would compliment a lot of everyday looks I create.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Sephora Collection | LashCraft Big Volume Mascara

Big volume, big deal.

This buildable formula will give your lashes a major pick-me-up with nurturing jojoba oil. Jojoba oil helps prevent clumps, smudges and flakes. It also has polymers to make lashes thicker and bolder.

Mascara is the one thing I don’t skimp on as it’s the only thing that can make me feel semi-human on those rough mornings. I have quite a few that I already love, so I’m always a little skeptical of testing new formulas. I’ve tested another LashCraft formula in the past and remember being very disappointed with it, so I had some slight influence on this rating.

Although I didn’t have the same reaction this time around, I just wasn’t overly impressed with the formula. If anything, I felt as if it made my lashes appear like spider-leg as they clumped together, even though it claimed it wouldn’t.

Take a peep at the photo: the left eye has the LashCraft mascara and the right eye is au natural. It definitely gives my lashes some volume, but it was with several attempted coats and there’s plenty of other mascaras that can do the job with less product.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Viktor&Rolf | Flowerbomb Nectar

A floral-based perfume that explodes with smoky fragrance? But more shockingly, a floral-based perfume that I am actually OBSESSED with?!

Flowerbomb Nectar shouldn’t be classified as a floral, but rather, something that’s warm and spicy and incredibly inviting. The top notes of osmanthus (which is technically not even a floral scent, but rather fruity!) and orange blossom keep this perfume light and airy, but the gun powder accord and tonka bean liquor hits you hard with a smoky finish that entices the senses and creates a realm of mystery.

Based on the Playbook, I didn’t think I would like this, but the more I wore it, the more I loved how it reacted with my body’s natural chemistry and pairing it with Hempz Triple Moisture Body Cream made it an even more dynamite combo.

Even though it’s price tag is stupid expensive for a perfume, it is definitely a big girl scent I could invest in.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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About sarah

25. writer. obsessed with makeup, french bulldogs, nyr and sparkle.
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