July PLAY! by Sephora box

I can’t say enough about how much I love the Play! by Sephora box. It’s so fun to get larger samples of beauty products to really get a feel for how something works for you, and this box is no exception. Read on for my reviews of this month’s box!


Wave Spray


Texture mist, lightly scented with a lovely lemon-based fragrance.

Packaging: This spray bottle is perfect for when I’m traveling and want something on hand to refresh my hair in a hurry. It sprays evenly and doesn’t leave hair feeling too damp.

Product: I love that it’s lightly scented – it’s a bit of a pick-me-up for both hair texture and overall freshness. It gave my hair a bit of added volume, as it’s usually fairly limp. I’d like using this when I’m trying to put my hair up, but it works equally as well on just-showered hair as I let it air dry.


Photo Finish Primer

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Primer to keep your makeup in place all day long.

Packaging: It has a very small opening so you don’t overuse the product, which is great!

Product: I don’t ordinarily use a primer, so I was interested to see how I liked this. My skin is definitely a bit on the oily side (particularly in the summer months), so I was wary of putting another product on my face. The texture is extremely silky and leaves skin feeling smooth, and it’s almost like it isn’t there at all. I did feel like it helped my makeup stay in place, but it might be of better use in the fall when it’s cooler.

First Aid Beauty

Face Cleanser


Gentle, creamy cleanser perfect for removing impurities.

Packaging: It’s a simple tube, easy to stash in a suitcase when traveling.

Product: I used this with my Clarisonic Mia face brush (on sale now!) and really liked how it lathered. It’s a creamy formula that cleanses skin without overdrying it. My usual face wash from Ole Hendriksen has a milkier consistency, so this felt especially decadent while washing. Afterwards, I liked how clean my skin felt.

Benefit Cosmetics

Dew the Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer

Liquid bronzer that’s easy to layer to achieve the perfect hue.

Packaging: It has a little pump topper that is good for controlling how much you get out – I found I only needed about half a pump of it.

Product: I honestly thought I’d hate this, but ended up loving it! It is a sheer liquid bronzer, which I rubbed in with my fingertips. After applying, you really need to see it in good lighting to get a good feel for how dark it is. I love that it isn’t shimmery, but rather just adds some warmth and dimension.




Washable blotting sponge to remove oil and shine without messing with your makeup
(read: replaces blotting papers).

Packaging: Unfortunately it came in a little cardboard package, which isn’t very sturdy and doesn’t keep the sponge secure. If I toss it in my purse, it can get dirty easily. However the full-sized version comes in a small compact.

Product: Who couldn’t use this during this scorching hot summer? It came at just the right time for me, as I feel like my face gets shiny easily in hot temperatures. The shape is great, and it does a good job of blotting up excess oil.

NEST Fragrance


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Bright citrus scent mixed with woody florals.

Packaging: I adore the floral design on the packaging. The sample has just a bit of the floral design, but the full-sized bottle is too pretty! It would look perfect sitting on a vanity.

Product: I’d wear this on a regular basis for sure. It’s fresh without being overly citrus-scented, and it’s definitely feminine, which is a necessity when I’m finding a fragrance. It reminds me of a fragrance I had years ago from Gap that I couldn’t get enough of! You can see other options from NEST here.

Would you consider trying out the Play! by Sephora box?


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