Play! by Sephora – June 2016 Review


Play! by Sephora is a beauty and makeup box that sends you five deluxe samples and a fragrance every month. They also include a Play! Book with tips and a Play! Pass for an in store tutorial. The box is $10/month and they ship around the 3rd week of the month. All the items were packed in a cute drawstring pouch!

All the items in this month’s box:

This month’s theme is The Minimalists!

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It – 0.5 fl oz. (~$3.75)

I’ve used Bumble and Bumble products once before when I went to their salon in NYC. My hair doesn’t really “style”, I also never blow dry my hair (because I’m lazy). This is meant to give you a laid-back, air-dried style. If I’m lucky, I can get loose waves to stay for a few hours if I used hairspray – I’ve got pin straight Asian hair. Another thing to keep in mind is if you compulsively touch your hair like I do, it’s going to look greasy for sure. This helped keep some stray hair strands down but I think people with textured hair will get a better use out of it.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara – 0.1 oz (~$8.00)

I have way too many little mascara bottles, but they’re great for traveling! This mascara lengthens and volumizes your lashes. It’s designed with a special brush that gives your lashes a full look in two simple steps. I’m really glad I got to try this out!


Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – 0.23 fl oz. (~$6.00)

I love love love Tarte products! Who gets excited about sunscreen though? Yeah, I do. Given that it’s been a billion degrees in SoCal, I have to wear it. What I love most about it is that it doesn’t smell like sunscreen. It has a soft, ocean-lily scent and contains maracuja, red algae, soybean extract, apple extract, honeysuckle extract and sodium hyaluronate which keeps your skin moisturized and hydrated all day.


Becca Backlight Priming Filter – 0.20 fl oz. (~$7.60)

This is a makeup primer that is made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. I wear this under my foundation and it makes the creases around my eyes a lot less noticeable – I have really bad dark circles under my eyes ): I love that it gives your face a flawless look! #fab

BareMinerals bareSkin Bronzer – 0.10 fl oz. (~$2.80)

This serum can be used to contour and define or layered on top of foundation to give your skin a natural warm glow. I personally don’t use bronzer (I try to keep my makeup minimal) and this shade seems a bit too dark for me or I’m just not used to seeing myself that tan. You can also mix this with lotion to add some color to your arms and legs.


Tocca Beauty Florence – Sample Size

This smells of beauty and sophistication! It’s got a sweet light floral scent to it and contains a blend of Italian Bergamot, violet petals and blonde wood. A few dabs on your wrist and neck is good enough to last all day!

Overall, I thought this month’s box was great for many people, but a bit of a miss for me personally – which is totally fine, there will be hits and misses. The sunscreen was my favorite product by far! Next month’s theme is Effortless Summer. Sign up here to get on their waitlist. The sub may or may not be in waitlist mode. I’ve heard people be on the waitlist for months and still not get a spot, whereas I was on the waitlist for 2 months. May also vary depending on your location.

Purchased. Affiliate links. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.


I live in California with my boyfriend and 2 furry trouble makers. I first started getting into box subs with Julep and Allure, and now subscribe to about 10 other subs. I love discovering new beauty products and masks! I enjoy lifestyle, geek/fandom, tea and snack boxes.

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