SEPHORA PLAY JANUARY 2019 - WHAT'S IN IT + FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you probably know I’ve been subscribed to Sephora Play for a few months now. This month, I actually decided to do a full breakdown of the first Play box of the year, and I feel like it’s something I will keep doing on a monthly basis from now on.

If you’re not familiar with Sephora Play, it’s basically a monthly subscription box for which you pay $10/month (shipping included) and receive a different box every month, including 5 “deluxe” beauty samples (meaning you should have enough for at least a few applications/uses) and one bonus “regular” sample, which is usually just the basic sample size, that lets you try the product once. Each box also includes a Beauty Insider points card, that gives you 50 bonus points on any purchase at Sephora (online and in store), until the end of the following month. For example, I can use my January points from January 15 to February 28.

My Play box was delivered over the weekend, but I only got to open it this morning, since we were in San Fransisco for the weekend. So I thought I would give you the complete breakdown and my first impressions on it right away! First off, let’s start by taking a look at what came inside the January Play box:

  1. BITE BEAUTY MATTE CRÈME LIP CRAYON (In the shade Glacé)

  2. LANEIGE WATER SLEEPING MASK

  3. ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROBVEMENT ACTIVE CHARCOAL MASK

  4. SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH PRIMER WATER

  5. HUM NUTRITION DAILY CLEANSE SUPPLEMENT

  6. (Bonus) MARAJO NOURISHING CLEANSING CRÈME & DEEP TREATMENT BUTTER

And now, here are my first thoughts on each of them:


BITE BEAUTY MATTE CRÈME LIP CRAYON

Sample’s worth: $14.40 - This is by far the sample with the highest value in this month’s box, and even though it’s not a full-sized product, it’s pretty damn close. I tried Bite Beauty’s agave lip mask last year (see it here) and I liked it a lot, so I was excited to try another one of their products. Now, this isn’t the type of product I usually use on my lips - it’s a medium-dark matte lip crayon and I usually go for clear-pink glosses. So this is obviously not something I would have bought for myself. BUT, I have to say, I’m extremely impressed. Usually, matte lip products are super drying and feel heavy… And this is not drying at all, it smells amazing, and I honestly couldn’t even feel it on my lips. So even though this specific shade might be out of my comfort zone, I really like the product itself and would actually purchase this, in a lighter, pinker shade.


Laneige water sleeping mask

Sample’s worth: $3.26 - This has to be the product I’m the most excited to try in this month’s box. I have heard so much about it and about the brand, and I’ve never tried any of their products before, so I feel like I’m gonna be putting this on my face tonight before going to bed. At first sight, I feel like this sample is big enough for about 3 to 4 times, so it’s really gonna be enough to give me a pretty damn good idea of if I like this product or not. Super pumped about this one.


Origins Clear improvement active charcoal mask

Sample’s worth: $5.20 - I actually had this mask in a full size already, so I know this product quite well. To be totally honest, it’s not my favourite face mask, but it’s not a bad one either… It’s just not the one I reach for the most, although if you have clogged pores and acne-prone skin, this is a great one to have. I know a lot of girls who also swear by this one. Since I already have the full size, I’m saving this one for the next time I travel and need a little post-flight detox to prevent those nasty pimples. There’s also enough in that sample for 2-3 uses.


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Sample’s worth: $1.31 - I used to be a real Smashbox whore - I was obsessed with anything they put out, and the Photo Finish Light was my primer of choice for years. With time, I kind of moved on, and it’s been a while since I haven’t used one of their products. That being said, I’m still kind of excited to try this, because it’s one of their products that I keep hearing about, but haven’t tried. I doubt it’s gonna become a holy grail for me, because I’m obsessed with my Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, but I’m still curious to try it out and it’s something I’m probably gonna end up packing the next time I want to travel ultra light.


HUM nutrition Daily cleanse capsules

Sample’s worth: $2.50 - This was one of the samples I was super excited about when I first received it, since I heard SO MUCH about this brand so much, and you guys know I love learning about new supplements, especially when they’re beauty-related. (My daily supplement breakdown is right here!) But my excitement left the building pretty quickly when I realized that this sample is a 3 day supply… Which is WAY too short to tell if this supplement does anything or if it’s any good. Now if I already took the supplement and loved it, I would be happy to have this to pack on a weekend trip without having to bring my bottle with me, but to try it out, this is completely useless. Since I feel like the Play box’s first purpose is to try exciting new products, I feel like this one kinda really misses the mark.


BONUS: Marajo Nourishing cleansing crème & deep treatment butter

Sample’s worth: $2.04 - I actually received the exact same sample last year (not from a Play box) and I loved it, so I’m happy to try it out again. Expensive shampoo (read: not drugstore) is something I veeeeeery rarely buy for myself, but LOVE using. I feel like it’s just super luxurious, and I’m honestly having such a hard time with my hair lately, that I’m wondering if I shouldn’t make the switch and be as diligent with my choice of shampoo as I am with my makeup and skincare… So all in all, I’m pretty happy with this simple shampoo sample, especially because I love packing 2 or 3 when I travel, just in case.


TOTAL WORTH OF THE JANUARY BOX: $28.71

WAS THIS MONTH’S BOX WORTH IT? Price-wise, definitely. I paid $10 for close to $30 of product, so I consider that a win. Am I happy with all of these samples? No, and I definitely wish the lip product would have been the right shade for me. This definitely isn’t my favourite box out of the 4 I got so far, but that’s the chance you take with subscription beauty boxes. Some months are bound to be better than others. I feel like this is more like a little treat for myself every month, that I kind of forget about and then get excited once I receive it. This month, I’m the most happy with the 2 masks.

Do you guys receive the Sephora Play box or any other subscription beauty boxes? Is it something you would try? Let me know in the comment section below!

Love you guys!

Jenny xx