SEPHORA PLAY APRIL 2019 - UNBOXING + FULL PRODUCT REVIEWS

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Hey guys, Happy Monday!! This week, we’re starting off strong with our monthly review of the Sephora Play box - April edition. April is my birthday month, so I was super excited about that one, because it just feels like one more little birthday present (that I paid for myself, lol). If you’re curious about wether or not that birthday present was a satisfying one, then just keep on reading!

For those of you who may not know what Sephora Play is, it’s a program that you sign up for, it costs $10 a month, and Sephora sends you a box every month, with 5 trial size beauty samples, and a bonus sample size beauty sample (usually perfume or shampoo + conditioner). In each box, you also get a play pass, that you can redeem in store or online for 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase - not only something that came in the box. So let’s say you’re buying a $20 product and using your Play Pass, instead of getting 20 points (or 30 if you’re a Rouge member), you would get 70 points (80 if you’re a Rouge member).

Now without further ado, let’s look at what came in this month’s box:

1. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

2. Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Night Serum

3. Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water

4. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance

5. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

6. (Bonus) Verb Hydrating Shampoo + Conditioner

And now, here are my thoughts on these 6 products after testing them out:

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Sample’s Value: $6.00 - I’ve been really into testing out mascaras lately, and I’m even working on a “mascara battle” post to find the best mascara in my collection, so definitely stay tuned if you’re on the market for a good mascara. I tried this one on Thursday, for a photoshoot, and after the first stroke, I was like “Oh, she’s gonna need some help”. The effect was super light and subtle, and I like a more dramatic lash (especially since I was wearing a dark smokey eye). But as I kept stroking my lashes with the wand, it built up really, really nicely, and it ended up looking AMAZING. There was no clumping, no spider lash effect, just beautiful, long, defined lashes.

I love that this mascara seems to be very customizable, so you don’t need to have a mascara for days when you want to go natural, and another one for when you want more drama. This one can really do it all.

As far as wearability, it lasted all day with no flaking or melting, until I was ready to take it off, more than 14 hours later.


Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Night Serum

Sample’s Value: $9.67 - To be totally honest, I didn’t even try this one out. It contains AHAs, which I’m not supposed to use with my Curology, and the last time I tried it anyway, my face was covered in little annoying white heads the next day… So I decided to skip this one. I was bummed out, because it’s the second most expensive sample of this month’s box, but what can you do? Not everything is going to work out for you.

That being said (and I’ve mentioned this before in another review) when you sign up for Sephora Play, they make you fill out an entire quiz, but then you get products that go against your answers on the quiz. So I’m not really sure what goes on behind the scenes, or if everyone even gets the same boxes, but it seems like that’s the case, based on the printout they include in the boxes. I find that to be a little frustrating, especially if it’s not really about personal taste, but more like certain ingredients that don’t work out for a specific person. I feel like this is definitely something Sephora could work on if they’re looking to improve the boxes.


Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water

Sample’s Value: $1.50 - I won’t waste any time here: I really didn’t like this product. There you have it. I hate saying that about a product, but truth is, I personally found this product to be completely useless. I’ve tried a few Sephora Collection products before, and liked all of them, but this one was just a flop for me - it happens!

I tried removing my makeup with this, and it took me literally 6 times of soaking a cotton pads with product. I used A LOT of product in one use, and still woke up the next day with what looked like dark circles under my eyes. Thankfully they were just remnants of eyeliner and mascara, and they came off… With my regular makeup remover (that’s less expensive and from the drugstore, mind you).

To my surprise though, this actually has really great reviews on Sephora, so maybe there’s just something I’m not seeing. Just putting that out there.


Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance

Sample’s Value: $11.40 - Every time I hear someone talk about Laura Mercier, it’s always in such a positive way that I was super excited to try this out. I’m super picky with primer, because I have oily skin. So for me, it’s really a make or break.

I also tested this one out for the first time on the day of a photoshoot, so I really took a risk, but it paid off in the end. I like that it has illuminating properties, which is perfect for the girl like me, who always wants more glow. My foundation held up the whole day, even though we were shooting at the beach and the sun was blasting. It also didn’t make me breakout, which can sometimes happen since I have acne prone skin.

I honestly don’t know if I would purchase this full-price, since it is a little on the pricey side and my current primer (by Milk Beauty) works just fine, but I definitely enjoyed it enough to recommend it if your budget allows it.


Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Sample’s Value: $3.36 - Once again, I hate feeling like a downer, and I swear I’m a really positive person… But this didn’t work for me. My friend Kristin swears by it, and I know a lot of other women do, but for me, it just missed the mark. When I applied it, it felt super oily and like it wouldn’t adhere to my skin. If I tried rubbing it harder, it would just foam a little white, but it just felt like it was sitting on my face like an oil spill…

It kind of makes me wonder if I got a bad batch (?) or if the product just doesn’t work for me. If any of you guys have tried this out, please let me know what you thought in the comments section below, because I’m really curious to know if I’m the only one who experienced this.

I used to use almost exclusively Clinique products (and still use some every day) but this one really wasn’t my fave.


VERB Hydrating shampoo + conditioner

Sample’s Value: $0.90 - Now this duo, I actually really liked. I always run into the same problem with shampoo + conditioner samples, and that is there’s never enough conditioner for my long, thick hair… So I try to keep that in mind when I review shampoo from a sample, even when it’s just for myself, lol. Even considering that I could have used a lot more conditioner, my hair felt super healthy and hydrated the next day when I woke up, and I really liked it.

VERB shampoos and conditioners aren’t that pricey for such quality products, and now I really want to try their “Volume” one, which might be more for me, since I always want bigger hair without the heating tools.

I Would highly recommend trying this duo out if you’re looking for something gentle that will really hydrate your hair and make it feel soft and healthy.


TOTAL VALUE OF THE APRIL BOX: $32.83

WAS THIS MONTH’S BOX WORTH IT? I think this month’s box was my least favourite of all the boxes I’ve gotten so far, in fact I feel like the more it goes, the less exciting the boxes get. Maybe that’s just me? As I mentioned above, I hate approaching things with a negative perspective, and I understand not everything will work for me every single time… I usually don’t even do reviews of products I’m not completely in love with. You might have noticed that if you read the blog regularly, but every time I do a beauty review, it’s always of a product I love and use. When I don’t like something, I just don’t talk about it and move on.

As a blogger, I also don’t like bashing a product, because beauty is so personal, and just because something completely sucked for me doesn’t mean it won’t work really well for you. But I know you guys enjoy the reviews, and I personally love them myself because I find them super helpful when I’m looking to buy a product, so there you have it. I’ll keep doing my best every month to review these as objectively as possible, and I hope to go as great of a job as I possibly can. In the meantime, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that next month’s box is going to be just a liiiittle bit better, ha!

Love you guys!

Jenny xx