Play by Sephora: November 2016

For Throw back Thursday, I’ve got the last of my November box reviews.  Today is my budget pick: Play by Sephora.  At only $10 a month, they send a fun assortment of beauty items under a monthly theme.
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November’s theme was “Best in Glow” – Meet Your Partners in Shine.  Sephora described this as “It’s love at first bright: bypass winter dullness and wake your skin up with this month’s lustrous lineup of gleam-getting, radiance-ready beauty.  We’re hitting the highlights with an ultra-shiny lip gel, refreshing face mask a, and other illuminating makeup and skincare essentials.”

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COVER FX Illuminating Primer
(Full Size: $38.00)
Description: “Glow-inducing, silicone-free primer preps skin with a light-reflecting mineral complex and helps eliminate dullness.
Verdict: Hit!
Primers are relatively new to my beauty regimen so I’m always excited to try out new ones.  I have a couple other Cover FX products and so far it’s a brand that I really like.

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
(Full Size: $39.00)
Description: “Rejuvenating and lightweight, this luscious gel cream hydrate and softens skin while visibly calming redness and congestion.
Verdict: Hit!
I really like trying out moisturizers with unique textures and I love the lightness of this cream.

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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold

(Full Size: $29.00)
Description: “Multi-purpose, high-pigment eyeshadow stick glides on and blends easily for transfer-proof, all-day wear.”
Verdict: A Favorite!
Laura Mercier is one of my go to makeup brands.  Their eye sticks go on so easily and have a great color payoff.  I actually already own the full size of this so I’m putting it in my makeup stash for when mine runs out.  This color looks beautiful on so many skin tones and gives that shimmery candlelit glow.  This size is also quite generous and this sample should last for a long time.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink
(Full Size: $12.00)
Description: “Hydrating, glossy lip gel visibly plumps lips with a lustrous sheen and always flattering hot pink hue.”
Verdict: Like
I like getting fun makeup samples and this is probably not a shade I’d choose on my own.  I didn’t swatch it because I have so many open products, I want to finish a few first.

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GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment

(Full Size: $69.00)
Description: “Exfoliating mud mask increases skin’s vibrancy by gently resurfacing and tightening the appearance of pores.”
Verdict: Like
I hear so many folks rave about Glamglow, but the high price tag just isn’t in my budget.   I tried this out and it definitely felt like it exfoliated my skin, but it’s worth $69.

This Month’s Perfume Pick:
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Stella McCartney Pop (1.6 oz $72.00)
Description: “A celebration of self -expression and independence, this bold, contemporary scent layers birgight floral notes over a base of sandalwood.”
Verdict: Nope.
As usual it’s too strong for me.  I’ll pass it along to a friend.

OVERALL
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Verdict:
Hit!
With tax, I paid $10.70 for this box and I feel like I definitely got my money’s worth. The Laura Mercier eyestick is pretty much worth the price of admission.  Once again, I feel like Sephora offered a great variety of products from quality brands in generously sized samples.  Of all the budget beauty boxes in the $10 and under slot, I think this one is the best.

THE BACKSTORY
Each month Play by Sephora, will send you 5 deluxe samples handpicked from their shelves (plus a fragrance bonus) – all in a collectible bag.
Cost: $10 per month (plus any applicable tax)
Bonus:  Each month you’ll get an included card that you can bring to Sephora for an extra 50 bonus points for any Purchase.  These points are part of Sephora’s VIB program and can be traded in for an assortment of samples.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of living somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” is set to be released May 30, 2017 by Xist Publishing. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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