Play! by Sephora -- My First Box

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As soon as I heard that Sephora was coming out with a monthly subscription service, I knew I was interested. Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription box for $10 a month that contains six samples every month. All of the samples are of products that you can purchase at Sephora. There was a waiting list when I signed up, and I got an email when the service became available to me. You can go to if you want to get on the list.

The theme of this box is Uncover the Essentials. It came with a booklet that has a lot of information and trivia about the products. Also, it came with a Play Pass that you can scan at Sephora when you make a purchase and receive 50 extra Beauty Insider points. The only drawback to that is that you have to go to Sephora and buy something to get your points. Sephora has had a lot of customer dissatisfaction when it comes to their loyalty program lately, so I'm not sure if this is an attempt to do better or if it's more of the same.

Let's dive into this box!

Glamglow Supercleanse - I am a huge fan of the Glamglow masks, so I am very happy to find this in the box. It is a different sort of cleanser. You use it dry first, and then you add water. I like it!

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil - I haven't used much Bumble and bumble, so I'm happy to have this deluxe sample. This oil is a heat/UV protective primer. I use something like this in my hair every time I wash it, so this will get plenty of use.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation - This is a light moisturizing cream containing vitamin C. I have so many samples of moisturizers at the moment. Ole Henriksen is a great brand, so I'm eager to try this anyway. This can also be found in a set of Ole Henriksen bestsellers. So tempting!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White - This is a simple floral fragrance with notes of peony, musk, and lily of the valley. It's very crisp upon first spray but sweetens a little as it dries down. It's soft and pretty but nothing unique. This is the size of sample that you can get with most Sephora orders. It's not amazing. I like getting perfume samples, so I'm not disappointed.

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer - Most subscription boxes are full of black eyeliner samples, but this is a good one. It's a twist up gel crayon. The product applies smoothly and stays put. 

Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion in Peony - I've heard a lot about the Sephora brand lip stains, so I'm glad to have the chance to try it. Peony is a neutral pink color that would flatter a variety of skin tones. I've only tried this once, and it was a bit patchy on my lips. I think this one will be better for me with a gloss over it.

swatches of the Marc Jacobs Highliner and Sephora lip stain
Wearing the lip stain
Overall, my first Play! by Sephora box was a success! I love the variety of products and the thought that went into this first box. There's a good mix of products -- makeup, skincare, haircare, fragrance. I love that a couple of the brands are exclusive to Sephora. This box is a great way to try out products and maybe even find a new favorite. With the exception of the fragrance, all of the items in this box are completely new to me. I can't wait to see what comes in October's box!

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YSL Pop Water Glossy Stains

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As a blogger, I constantly see and enter giveaways. Most of the time I quickly enter a giveaway and then immediately forget about it. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to actually win one, and it was a good one. If you don't follow Canadian beauty editor, Dave Lackie, on Twitter and Instagram, then you need to get on it! He's constantly running different giveaways on his accounts, and they're for amazing products. I won five of the YSL Glossy Stains from the Pop Water collection.

Your eyes are not deceiving you. I do have two of the same color.

The YSL Glossy Stains are my favorite lip products of the moment (see previous review here), so I'm very happy to review part of the Pop Water collection. This collection was released as part of the Spring/Summer collection 2015, but unfortunately, a couple of these colors are limited edition. There are eight permanent colors in the Pop Water collection, though.

208 Wet Nude, 205 Pink Rain, 211 Rose Cascade, 209 Aquatic Fuchsia

The Pop Water Glossy Stains come in the same packaging as the others. The only difference I notice is the YSL logo is black instead of red. The applicator is exactly the same. The color payoff for the Pop Water colors is supposed to be watery and bit sheer or as YSL describes it, "a translucent pop of color." One swipe of color will give you a more sheer color payoff, but you can build up the color. I received 208 Wet Nude (2 of these), 205 Pink Rain, 211 Rose Cascade (limited edition), 209 Aquatic Fuchsia (limited edition). 

208 Wet Nude
208 Wet Nude is a light nude with peachy undertones. This one is the most translucent of all of these, and it may not show up very well on very pigmented lips. I really like this over a nude lipstick. You wouldn't think that these would work over a lipstick, but they do!

205 Pink Rain is a light pink shade. This one builds up nicely to a Barbie pink color.

211 Rose Cascade is one of the limited edition colors, but it is similar to 205 Pink Rain. 211 Rose Cascade is more of a blue toned pink. It could pull a little lavender depending on your skin tone. 

209 Aquatic Fuchsia is a deep berry pink. This color is my favorite, so it saddens me to say that it's limited edition. This would be a great color to use as a gloss. I think it would look nice over Revlon's Cherries In The Snow lipstick. I need to try it! 
Top - bottom: 209 Aquatic Fuchsia, 211 Rose Cascade, 205 Pink Rain, 208 Wet Nude
I'm so grateful to Dave Lackie for sending these. YSL Glossy Stains get more use than any other lipsticks or glosses in my collection. If I'm busy, then I can't be bothered with any product I need to reapply.

Have you tried anything from the YSL Pop Water collection?

P.S. I didn't mean to take a hiatus from the blog and visiting all of your blogs. I got busy, and then when I had time my Internet went out. So frustrating! I missed all of you!

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