Sephora Play! July 2018

Sephora Play is one of two subscription boxes I still subscribe to (the other being FabFitFun) and for good reason. Most of the times, my boxes are filled with deluxe-sized samples that are things I’m actually thrilled about trying.  This month had some exceptional choices that are perfect for me, so I’m beyond thrilled with my box. I know I’m really bad at sharing them with you, but I promise I will try and get better about making it a monthly habit to share these subscriptions.

This month’s box was themed “the good stuff,” which means everything in the box is free of parabens, phthaltes, and sulfates for a cleaner beauty routine. 

Here’s what my $10 earned me this month.  

Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

A hydrating gel that uses 100% plant-derived ingredients for brighter, balanced skin. Both squalene and probiotics are definitely hot in skincare right now, so it’s nice to have them both packed into one little moisturizer.  Biossance is a brand that seems to be getting really high reviews, and while I’ve only ever tried a sample of their retinol serum, it’s a brand that is on my radar, so I’m excited to have something else of theirs to try. 

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen

A vegan, collagen-based serum that visibly restores skin’s suppleness and resilience. Collagen is also very trending right now, both topically and as something to take internally.  Apparently, we don’t get enough collagen naturally, and it’s one of the best things for our skin to help prevent signs of aging. I tried this serum once, and the consistency is a little weird because of the beads of microalgae in the container, but they melted into my skin quite nicely. This is also something I’m looking forward to using. 

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Creme

A heat protectant blow dry cream that boosts hair’s luster and softness. I love a good blow dry creme, as I find they really do help make my blowdry a little sleeker and smoother. My current go to is by Bumble & Bumble, but I’m always open to trying something new.  The only bummer about this is it’s a single use packet, but I much prefer something like this over a perfume sample, so I’m glad to have received this instead. 

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil

An Ultra concentrated vitamin C face oil that reduced the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Two oils in one box? Yes indeed.  This serum is formulated to help brighten the skin with a heavy dose of vitamin C in each drop.  I gave this a try last night, and I won’t lie, my skin feels really soft this morning. I’m not entirely sure if it’s because of this serum or the combination of products I’ve been using lately, but either way, I like it. Buyer beware: if you don’t like the scent of rose, you will not like this product. 

Tarte Color Splash Lipstick in Salt Lyfe

A long-wear, full-coverage nude lipstick with a satin finish that hydrates and conditions. It’s formulated with algae to helps lips look smoother, and it’s vegan-friendly. I just applied it to see how it looks and feels, and I actually am really enjoying it. The color applied evenly and with pretty heavy pigmentation considering how light the lipstick feels. It’s got a hydrating almost watery feel to it, which is pretty comfortable, but I’m not optimistic as to how long the color actually lasts. Still, it’s hydrating, looks nice, and feels even nicer, which is good enough for me. Also, thank you Sephora for sending me a nude shade rather than the crazy bold colors you normally send that I’ll rarely wear. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Paaarty

This blush was worth the $10 alone for me, so if you add in everything else, I definitely got my money’s worth this month. The shade Paaarty is a Sephora exclusive shade and it was actually part of last year’s Beauty Insider birthday gift, so I already have this exact shade in this size. Why am I so pumped about getting something I already own? Becuase I absolutely love it! It’s a beautiful matte pink that is perfect for everyday wear, and it has been the blush I’ve been reaching for most often, so of course, I’d be thrilled to have another one. 

As I said, I am super pleased with this box, and I look forward to giving all of these products a try. For $10 a month, Sephora Play is hands down my favorite monthly subscription because it sends products from brands found in their store, which are all brands I trust. Are you a Sephora Play member? What did you receive in your July box?

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