Sephora Play! July 2017 Review

The theme for this month’s Play! Box is “Glamp Out.” And like ipsy and BoxyCharm, this is my first Sephora box.

For $10 with free shipping, this box’s
value is a bargain!
This month I received:

  • Clean Reserve perfume sample in “Sueded Oud”
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk reparative leave in conditioning spray
  • Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating anti-wrinkle serum
  • Fresh Rose face mask
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash lipstick in shade “Set Sail”
  • Bobbi Brown Eye Opening mascara in black

My favorite items this month are the Fresh Rose mask, tarte lipstick and Bobbi Brown mascara.

Clean Reserve perfume

This perfume is described as having a woodsy scent with notes of

  • incense oil
  • blue cypress
  • birchwood
  • red pimento
  • honeysuckle
  • temple oud
  • night blooming jasmine
  • white magnolia
  • fir balsam
  • sarcocaulon
  • soft suede
  • gold patchouli
  • black amber
  • praline
  • skin musk
  • olibanum tears (?)

The style is “sophisticated, mysterious and sexy.
In my opinion, this smelled very masculine and heavy. Definitely not my favorite and wouldn’t purchase a full size bottle.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk

A plant based leave in conditioner spray that nourishes hair without weighing it down.

I wasn’t feeling this stuff at all. If anything it made my hair feel very brittle and sticky like a cheap hairspray. On a positive note, it did smell good and clean!

Caudalie Vine[Activ]

This serum was selected for me based on anti aging skin concerns I opted for when taking the personalization quiz.

I used this mainly around my eyes where crows feet may form and forehead and neck as suggested in the directions. I haven’t really noticed a difference, and it didn’t enhance anything, so maybe this has to be used consecutively for a while before a noticeable change happens. I did think though, that it smells like a cat.

Fresh Rose mask

Another personalized selection for my skin type. This is a hydrating and toning gel mask with rosewater and rose petals. There is actually petals in the formula!

This is an awesome mask! I love to use it on the days when I go tanning because it’s super moisturizing and my face feels so soft afterward! I am looking into buying the full size very soon. It also smells like actual roses and not that fake rose smell.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea lipstick

I am pleasantly surprised with how well the color stays put as I never had much luck with traditional lipsticks and always favored the staying power of lip stains. The color, “Set Sail” is a brownish mauve neutral and complements my skin tone. I guess I also have to take into account that only recently have I ventured out to more high end brands of makeup so I can’t fairly compare tarte to Cover Girl!

Besides being a beautiful shade and lasting color, the formula goes on smoothly!

Bobbi Brown mascara

Another high end brand that I am stoked to find in my box this month! If you would have asked me a year ago, I would have laughed and said it is ridiculous to pay $30 on mascara. That was until I realized you get what you pay for in some cases!

I really love this sample and have been using it everyday since I got it. It has buildable coverage and dries quickly with no marking. I don’t see where it says anything about being waterproof, but at the end of the day when I’m removing my makeup with micellar water, I have to scrub a little harder to fully remove this from my lashes. I would absolutely buy this full sized!

Overall, I am very impressed with July’s Play! box. I already can’t resist trying to find spoilers for August!

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