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Sephora Play! April 2018

sephora play april 2018 box


What’s Up! Before the month of May hits, let’s talk about this month’s Sephora Play! Finally, after some product misses with my previous Play! boxes, it looks like here’s one box with some very interesting stuff in it. This month’s theme is called “Insta Beauty” the kind of products that will give you that selfie-ready face. So ready to check out what I got for this April?


Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For, No- Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint Foundation SPF 25 in shade #08 (1.01 oz: $36) – I’ve tried this in-store before and I really love the consistency. It has a lightweight, kind of sheer but buildable texture, and it feels breathable on the skin, at least when I swatched it. I don’t really know why I didn’t purchase one on the spot, I must have have been distracted at that time, but I was so excited when I saw this mini inside my Sephora Play box this month. However, Sephora sent me the wrong color, which looks too dark for my skin tone, and obviously, I couldn’t wear it, but I really love how it feels on the skin. It feels like a skin tint or a tinted bb cream and it seems perfect for this coming Summer since it has an Spf 25.


Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For, No- Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector (1 oz: $28) – This feels cushiony and light, like the Benefit Porefessional Primer, but a bit more hydrating, in my opinion. I love that this feels creamy and this really blurs the pores and mattifies. It makes the makeup look non-shiny and not dry at the same time. Before, I could care less about mattifying primers, but this one does the job well, and it works even on a hot sunny day. Love it!


Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer (4.7 oz: $25) – A simple lightweight moisturizer that feels very hydrating. It has vitamins and antioxidants and it smooths the skin very well. It has a nice fresh clean scent and I love that it spreads evenly across the face without feeling like I put too much. This also feels quite calming upon application and as with most Philosophy products, this is definitely worth a try.


Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in shade SPL


Elizabeth And James Nirvana White Eau de Parfum (mino/0.34 oz: $28, 1 oz: $68, 1.7 oz: $85, 3.4 oz: $110) – This a very light feminine scent that smells like light cotton or a white fresh linen. It’s kinda hard to notice its notes because it’s very subtle. Something about this fragrance seems very crisp and clean. A nice new scent for the summer.


Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in shade SPL (0.23 oz: $20) – A holographic candy pink with iridescent sparkle. It’s super pretty and sparkly, which kinda reminds me of the Dior Addict Lip Glow in Holo Purple (swatches here). Also, it smells like yummy menthol and it feels very hydrating. It’s doesn’t feel that oily and not that sticky either, so it pretty much feels like a balm. It can be worn alone or as a lip topper. I noticed some plumping effect and it lasts about 4 hours on me, give or take, including eating and drinking.


Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask


Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask (mini/1 oz: $25, 3.3 oz: $62) – This mask smells like strong rose extract plus seaweed. It’s very moisturizing and softening on the skin but it can be pretty hard to wash off since it’s very creamy and very concentrated. But don’t worry because it’s all worth it. Your skin will literally feel pampered and very smooth. You can even see and feel what looked like seaweed particles and they make for an exfoliating effect.


Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in shade SPL swatch


To sum it up, I think this month’s Sephora play is a hit for me. I almost love all the products they sent me and they’re something that I could readily use. I only wish that in the future Sephora will make an effort to send the right match/shade for my skin tone whenever they’d decide to include a foundation mini inside my box. So, there you go guys, that’s what I got for this month’s Sephora Play.


Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in shade SPL


What stuff did you get this month? Did you like them?



Sephora Play! May 2017 Box

Sephora Play! May 2017 Box review


Hello! This month’s Sephora Play! Box has been pretty exciting with its “Beauty On The Rise” products. A couple of new and interesting brands, a cult-favorite, and some really unique formulations of products were included in my box. There’s a highlighter, a few lip products and another mysteriously featured scent. There’s even a hair care and skin care in there. Hmmm, this is definitely one of the most exciting box I have ever received. Oh, and also, the products didn’t come in a cute pouch this time, instead, it came in a cute transparent envelope marked with the words “Play” on it. A different take on the usual Sephora Play! pouch bags. Hmmm, Interesting…

Sephora play may 2017


       1. Grande Lips Lip Plumper in Clear – Gone were the days when you can just purchase a Grande Latte, now you can definitely purchase a Grande Lips, Hahah! This clear lip gloss can be worn alone or under a lip product with the promise of plumping your lips with regular usage. It has hyaluronic acid to soften the lips as well. While I haven’t noticed the plumping effect, I did feel the stinging feeling on my lips once this product was applied, which is quite similar to Too Faced Lip Injection. I’m not really a fan of the tingly sensation on my lips, I feel like I’m having that bee-stung allergic lip reaction, but I do get the intention and effect of making the lips feel and look full.

Grande Lips Lip Plumper

       2. Trèstique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent – I love this gel highlighter a lot, and I now love Trèstique. This multitasking product can be used to add a subtle or layered glow on the face, or it can be used as a shimmery eyeshadow. I like its soft smooth texture the Maldives Shade is just perfect for daily use.

       3. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt – Don’t be mistaken by thinking that this product is a body scrub like I did, because I almost used it as one. That’s what happens if you don’t read the instruction. You will always fail the test. LOL. This is a product for the hair and it’s more like a shampoo, or should I say, a hair scrub. Designed for oily hair or dandruff-prone scalp, this hair care product smells divine. Slightly lemon-ish and slightly perfumey, this feels really good on the hair and the scalp. Best of all, it didn’t leave my hair dry and I like that this foams very well, making my hair feeling so clean. A little bit goes a long way and follow it with your favorite conditioner. I love this product much already.

       4. Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Spray – With bergamot, ylang ylang, pink pepper and cedarwood, this is a light musky scent. I’m normally not a fan of musky fragrances but this one is especially pleasing to the senses. It’s light enough for day time wear and even though it smells like a thousand jasmines, this scent is bearable enough for me and it’s not too heady.

       5. Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone – Another new formula and new brand for me. It’s supposed to be a lip stain, a lip color, and a lip liner in one. The pigment is so rich in this interesting lip color. It’s also very long lasting that it almost didn’t budge when I first tried to take it off. Hmmm, it’s another surprise love for me, though I didn’t really like the Greystone shade, but I’ll be off looking for some wearable shades of this very very promising lip product.

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone


       6. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser – Apparently a fave in the fashion industry, this greenish clay cleanser is meant to minimize pores and balance the skin. It smells slightly spicy and earthy at the same time, but not clayish at all. It also has a hint of neroli and is actually quite refreshing. It cleanses my face well, but it doesn’t lather much. I usually leave it on my face for one minute as instructed and complement it with another face cleanser whenever I feel like I needed more cleansing.



Sephora may 2017 play box review


Bottom line, I enjoyed this month’s Sephora Play! box contents. Never knew I’d like Replica scents, while now I know that I’ll be on the lookout for other Christophe Robin and Sunday Riley Products. I have my eyes set on more shades of the Nudestix Lip Colors for sure and perhaps a full size of the Trèstique Hightlighter + Multupurpose Stick.


What’s your fave from this month’s Sephora Play! goodies?


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