August Play! by Sephora Box

Sampling beauty products is my favorite thing to do. I love getting to try something out before splurging on the full size when I know I’ll love it (and use it all). This month’s Play! by Sephora box has so many amazing products – hello, perfect smoky eye.

Urban Decay

Perversion Mascara

Creamy mascara that lengthens and thickens without feeling heavy.

Packaging: This little tube is sleek and has a great slim design. Love!

Product: This might be my favorite product in this month’s box. It volumizes my lashes while still adding to the length, and the brush is so nice to use. I have visibly more gorgeous lashes. One coat will do for everyday, but two is perfection for a night out. Highly recommend this – they also offer travel size if you want to purchase a sample first!

MAKE UP FOR EVER

Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush

Iridescent gel-powder eye shadow.

Packaging: As far as shadow samples come, this is great. It comes in its own little cardboard pod with a lid. Easy to throw in my makeup bag (without worrying about it opening up!).

Product: Another love. I was wary about an “iridescent pink shadow,” but it’s more of a deep rosy shade that is very complementary to my skin.  The color is I544 Pink Granite (Iridescent), and it’s selling out quickly! This is a great color to have in your stash. I’ve been wearing it mostly for daytime, but it’s also nice to use a wet brush for a darker look.

Lancôme

Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer

Light serum-like moisturizer for morning and night.

Packaging: I was a bit frustrated at the basic tube because this is a serum that just sort of oozes out if you aren’t careful.

Product: This is the perfect summer moisturizer. It’s very light as not to clog pores, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and full when I wake up. I’m a big fan of this product.

SEPHORA COLLECTION

Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof

Shimmer-finish waterproof eye pencil.

Packaging: Your standard eye pencil. Nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately it didn’t stand up well to extreme heat with the package sitting in the sun, and the tip did melt a bit.

Product: The color does stay on well, and it’s bold. I love the formula, though I usually stay away from shimmer liner. However I could see this being great to create a smoky eye or filling in close to the lash line. For the price, this is a definite steal. This color is 15 Flirting Game Taupe.

Caudalie

Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm

Silky eye balm to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Packaging: I appreciated the smaller tip that allowed me to use only as much product as needed (which isn’t much!).

Product: I noticed a visible different in my under eye area since using this. I didn’t notice much of a difference in the appearance of dark circles (mine aren’t bad but they’re there), but my eye area felt smoother overall.

CLEAN

Reserve Blonde Rose

Woody, floral fragrance for every day.

Packaging: This had your standard sample fragrance squirt bottle, which is nice to be able to toss in my purse to use on-the-go.

Product: I liked the pretty scent that’s a bit muskier than I’m used to wearing. I’d probably use this as more of a special occasion fragrance, as I like brighter, fresher scents, but it’s definitely a nice perfume to have on hand.

XO
Amanda

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