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Sephora Play! May 2018

sephora play box may 2018 contents


Hello Everybody! It’s time again for a review of what’s inside my Sephora Play! this month of May. As expected, there are some repeat products and a few new ones that I haven’t tried before. But it’s no surprise because this month is all about product roundups that became so popular and have achieved cult status as a celebration of Sephora Play’s 2nd year Anniversary.


Let’s take a closer look at the products I got this month…


Buxom Lash Mascara


Buxom Lash Mascara (0.37 oz: $20) – I didn’t expect much from this mascara at first, but when I applied it on my lashes, I then realize that I actually love it. It curls and separates the lashes well and it doesn’t smudge. It has a volumizing and lengthening effect and it keeps the lashes looking glam and dramatic for a long time. I also have not noticed any eye irritations. So this is a big hit for me.


Buxom Lash Mascara review


Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Absolue Pure Perfume (0.37 oz-6.7 oz: $26-$195) – Probably the most popular scent from Atelier Cologne and one of the best-scented colognes ever, I wouldn’t be surprised if this fresh Clementine Orange fragrance has achieved cult status. It’s one of the most perfect summer signature scents to have, and that’s why you may keep finding this in your Sephora Play box as it does for me.


Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (0.25 oz-1.5 oz: $12-$49) – This is one of the best face primers ever and you will never be disappointed when using this. It keeps the makeup stay longer and it blurs the pores. I also keep receiving this on my Sephora Play and have purchased several small sizes of this for traveling. It’s worth stocking up on and it’s perfect for my oily-prone skin.


Bareminerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder


Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction (2.5 oz-5.1 oz: $26-$42) – Got so excited when I saw this in this month’s box. I’m a huge Alterna Haircare fan, and this is such a nice little deal. I love the scent of this which is very similar to the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Shampoo and Conditioner (reviewed HERE). This cream is the extension of that haircare mentioned, and it’s a versatile leave-in conditioner treatment that helps the hair in a lot of ways; such as making it shiny, preventing it from constant breaking, protecting it from extreme heat or styling, and making it more manageable, to mention a few. A little bit goes a long with this, and so far, what I noticed is that it really relaxes the strands of my hair and it tames frizzes and flyaways even for the next day. It’s also very reliable for this summer heat.


Bareminerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder (0.3 oz: $23) – This powder is very fine-milled, so soft and it controls oil and shine. It sets the foundation well and I noticed that it kept my oily-prone skin from being oily too soon. It actually comes in different finishes, but what I got is the sheer version which is so light and it doesn’t leave a white cast on my face. I was a bit weary before testing this since I tend to react on some Bareminerals powder foundations, but so far, this one seems ok.


Sephora Collection Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying (1.0 oz-2.03 oz: $10-$20) – One of my most favorite mud masks of all time, and it works very well. For me, this is the next best thing to Glamglow Supermud Mask (HERE) because this also controls oil or excess sebum and it clarifies the skin. It cleanses deep into the pores yet it comes at a much more affordable price. I also think that this has a slightly better scent because even though this is also quite earthy like the Supermud, I find that this has a bit of a fresher note. Though this doesn’t set as well as Glamglow because it has some clumps (which doesn’t really bother me), I find that this mask is still a very good deal.


sephora play may 2018


Bottom line, this month’s Sephora Play has been quite useful for me, even though some products were already repeated but at least they’re one of my favorites. Did you like the stuff you got this month?




Sephora Play! June 2017 Box

Namaste! This month’s Sephora Play contains products that address your summer needs. Sephora calls it the “Summer Starters”. It’s all about reinforcing your makeup to keep it longer in this warming temps while keeping your look fresh as always.

Sephora Play! June 2017 box

Here they are:


Sephora Play! June 2017 benefit professional verb sea spray bvlgari omnia crystalline


1. Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Eau de Toilette (0.34 oz/Travel Size: $25, 1.3 oz: $66, 2.2 oz $82) – Similar to Omnia Coral but way fresher. It has notes of bamboo and lotus, while it dries down into slightly woody, but still very floral fresh. This scent lasts a long time and it’s not boring.


2. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (0.25 oz/Mini: $12, 0.75 oz $31) – Always been in love with this primer, together with Smashbox Photofinish Classic Primer. I love this because it truly blurs your pores and other imperfections as what it promises. It’s also very lightweight and without the strong silicon feel. It’s great for oily skin and I love the light powdery scent.


3. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick (0.22 oz: $20) – Mauve Nude. The texture is just like any other KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks which is matte and very long lasting, reviewed further HERE. But this shade is not really my cup of tea. It’s a little too bright of a pink for me.

kat von d everlasting liquid lipstick lovesick shade


4. Coola Makeup Setting Spray Spf 30 (1.7 oz: &36) – Seems like a really promising product, but it hurts the eyes and it irritates the nose upon spraying it on the face. The scent is like a strong isopropyl alcohol and the spray does not release a fine mist. It does make your makeup stay long enough though.


5. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (1 oz: $10, 3.2 oz: $20) – An Allure Best of Beauty 2016 winner, this is a well-made dry shampoo and one of the best I’ve ever tried. It has a very light lemon/perfume scent and it doesn’t leave any powdery residue on the hair. On top of that, it doesn’t weigh the hair down, instead, it adds a slight volume.


6. Verb Sea Spray (2.4 oz: $7, 6.3 oz: $14) – With quinoa protein and tea extract, this is a lightweight non-sticky hairspray or hair mist. It’s great for creating that airy windblown hair or even creating some very light soft curls. I think this is best when you want to create that Melania hair, a little windswept on the sides, here and there.


Sephora Play! June 2017 contents


So far, my favorites from this month’s box subscription are; Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Eau de Toilette, Verb Sea Spray, and the Klorane Dry Shampoo, despite my lack of enthusiasm about this month’s products. I think Sephora could’ve sent better products or something new or unique. Oh well, next time perhaps.


What did you get for this month’s Sephora Play? Did you like yours?


Until then friends,



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