Sephora Play! February 2019

I don’t even know where to begin with this one.  There are repeat items, and man .. I really don’t care about Clinique.  Clinique engages in animal testing and it’s always felt like something more suited to my grandma than me.  I want to see indie brands who are cruelty free and do something new and unique, not the same old boring crap some company has been doing for far too long.  Sephora, you’re better than this.  Also, the website “View Box” detail hasn’t matched what I received for this and last month.  Minor nitpick, but clearly something is wrong on Sephora’s side.  Either I’m getting the wrong box or they’re not showing the customization on each box on the website anymore.

  • Kat Von D Saint & Sinner perfume – 50 mL / $65 – (Two samples, 1.5 mL each, value of $3.90 by volume) Received in the August 2017 Sephora Play box, so I’ll just point you there. (link).  But also, Kat Von D is also apparently an anti vaxxer, and I’m pretty much done with her as a result.  She backtracked later, saying she just had concerns, but you don’t make a post saying you’re going to raise your child “without vaccinations” and then say LOL JK later.
  • Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks – 6 masks / $25 – (One mask, value of $4.17)  I mean, this is neat, and it’ll be fun to try, but this isn’t a product I’d ever buy for myself.  The price point is way too high to be a regular-routine kind of thing, and I just don’t need them.
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – 30 mL / $79 – (10 mL, value of $26.33)  I find it kind of hard to believe this tiny sample is worth $26.  While I don’t think I’ve gotten this in the Play box before, I know I have samples of this around from other Sephora orders, so this is just not that exciting.  Also, that tube is only about 1/4 full, with the product only coming up to just under the line above “Radiance Serum” which is a total waste of packaging.
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – .15 oz / $26 – (.05 oz, value of $8.67)  The color I received is “Sake” which is described as a Dusty Mauve.  You know, basically the same shade as the other Bite Beauty product I got last month.  I still love this company and they’re cruelty free and awesome, but two products, two months in a row in the same color?  Mix it up a little!
  • Clinique Moisture Surge – 1.7 oz / $39 – (.24 oz, value of $5.51)  The first bunch of ingredients are silicones and glycerin, which is really not that exciting.  I mean, I’ll still try it because I’ve got crazy dry skin, but .. meh?
  • Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense – .012 oz / $18 – (.005 oz, value of $7.50)  It’s a black eyeliner pencil.  Yay?  I mean, again, nothing new.  If it had been a unique color or new formulation or something, I might have been interested.  But.  Clinique.  Black.  Eyeliner.  It’s basically plain oatmeal.

So the total value comes to $56.08 for a box that only costs $10.60 per month.  For a personal value, while I’ll use the lipstick and everything but the perfume, I’m just not excited about any of this.  It’s all old news, repeats, and nothing thrilling.  I’m not even sure this box was worth $10.60 since I can pretty much get any of those as samples with purchase or using reward points from other orders.  Sephora, if the point of this box was to get people to try new things to encourage future purchases of the full size items?  This was a complete flop.  I mean, again, for $10 a month, I’m having a hard time cancelling the box, but after the last two, I’m getting closer to just saying the hell with it.

Sephora Play! January 2019

Since I’m back on blogging, here’s my Sephora Play! box for January 2018!  My box was variant #279, and I have to say it was mostly a miss, but I’ll get into that below in the box contents.  I’ve been subscribing to this one since nearly the beginning (since it was available in my area), and sometimes it’s a big hit, and other times it’s just all wrong.  They still can’t seem to get the curly hair items together, and I really don’t need yet another Smashbox Primer product (I’ve gotten Photo Finish twice, and I know I have samples of the Primer Water around too).  I do like the switch to these plastic zip bags – I mean, they’re plastic which, meh, but they’re way more useful for travel since they’ll contain spills and products that accidentally open mid-flight, but again, overall I could do without the bag.

  • Hum Daily Cleanse Supplement – 60 capsules / $25 – (Product is 6 capsules, value of $2.50)  These are going straight to the trash.  I don’t want ‘dietary supplements’ in ANY beauty box, not to mention that stuff like this is worthless.  You’re not going to detox or cleanse anything by taking these, other than that you’re going to pee out nearly 100% of what’s in there, and you could possibly do harm to your body by taking a supplement you don’t actually need.  What a waste.
  • Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon – 1.56 g / $24 – (Product is .89 g, value of $16.27)  Color received is “Glacé” which is a dusty mauve.  Mauves usually don’t work well with my skintone, but this one is just cool enough that it looks great!  Plus, Bite is cruelty free and already a favorite.
  • Origins Clear Improvement Mask – 1 oz / $13 – (Product is .5 oz, value of $6.50)  Charcoal masks are great and I use them all the time, so I’ll definitely use this one.  It’s nothing new to me since I know I’ve bought this before, but at least it’s not sketchy vitamins.
  • Smashbox Primer Water – 115 mL / $32 – (Product is 5 mL, value of $1.39)  Meh.  I don’t use primers often since I rarely to never use foundation, and I know I have a sample of this around here already anyway, plus I have probably a dozen of the regular non-water Smashbox primers too.
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – 70 mL / $25 – (Product is 10 mL, value of $3.57)  I have super dry skin, so this will be fun to try!
  • Marajo Cleansing Creme & Deep Treatment Butter – 8.5 oz / $29 and 5.3 oz / $29 – (Products are both .23 oz, total value of $2.04)  A hair product that contains silicones, acrylates, and sulfates.  Curly hair that isn’t washed using a traditional shampoo with SLS/ALS cannot use these products because they cause buildup.  This is going straight to the trade/give-away box.

I think the reason I’m so disappointed with this box is that here we are starting a new year, and it’s all old products really.  I’m super disappointed with the inclusion of a supplement especially considering the science keeps proving over and over and over again that they’re useless and can actually do more harm than good.  It’s irresponsible to send these out without having some kind of opt-in for this kind of product.  The value in total comes to $32.27.  For a personal value, the Bite Lip Crayon makes this box worth the $10.60 cost for me alone since I really do love the color and will absolutely use it.  The rest is kinda meh.  Two products (hair care and supplement) are either being tossed or traded/gifted, and while I’ll probably use the remaining three (primer, two masks), I’m not really thrilled about them.  I know Sephora is sending out TONS of these boxes at this point, but they’re doing a really poor job at customization and keeping things fresh and new – it’s been a lot of repeats and old products instead of new items to explore and discover.  I wish they’d let you review your box and give ratings to let them know what you loved, hated, didn’t use, or were ambivalent about.  Anyway, I suppose for $10.60 a month, I really don’t have a lot to complain about, and getting samples to try, even if I’ve tried them three times before, is still worth the money for now, but if this keeps up, it might not be.

 

Sephora Play! April 2018

April’s Sephora Play! arrived this past week, and it was box variant #351.  I’m WILDLY underwhelmed.  I got a ton of anti-wrinkle products that the product sheet says were selected for my skin concern, but nowhere at all on Sephora’s website – not in the Play! Profile or in my regular Sephora Profile – do I ever list wrinkles as a skin concern.  In fact, I rather love my little wrinkles.  They’re badges of honor for all the times I’ve smiled and laughed, squinted and raised an eyebrow.  I don’t find trying to stop the inevitable march of time a worthy effort when I can actually do something about dry skin and acne.  It’s just silly to me.  Anyway, so yeah, this box was basically a total miss for me because I DO NOT CARE ABOUT WRINKLES.  Way off base, Sephora.  The theme this month was, “Insta Beauty” which was all about getting a perfect selfie, but again, if you know me, I’m not going to all perfect up my face when I take a selfie in my beekeeping suit.  I am who I am, and FWIW, sparkly lip gloss looks terrible on camera, so.  I don’t even.  *sigh*  But hey, at least the bag isn’t culturally insensitive this month?

  • Dr Dennis Gross Wrinkle Recovery Peel – 16 treatments / $88 – (Product is 2 packets, value of $11 by volume)  A wrinkle product I don’t need, not to mention how it contains AHA and increases sun sensitivity while we’re working our way into Spring and Summer.  This would’ve been way better in Fall or Winter, but nevermind that because I don’t even want this.  I don’t want to ‘recover’ wrinkles that are just going to come back anyway – again, I’d rather work on my dry skin and acne than worry about things you can’t stop.
  • Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Concentrate – 1.7 oz / $62 – (Product is .17 oz, value of $6.20 by volume)  Another ‘wrinkle reducing’ creme that contains ingredients that make your skin more sun sensitive.  Poor timing, and another poor choice for my profile.  Straight to the give-away box with this too.
  • Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum – 1.6 oz / $90 – (Product is .06 oz, value of $3.38 by volume)  Oh gosh, this is hideous.  I sprayed a little on the card and it’s just a mess of florals including my least favorite, Jasmine.  Straight to the give-away box you go!
  • Buxom Full-On Lip Polish – 4.44 mL / $20 – (Product is 1.5 mL, value of $6.76 by volume)  The color I received is Celeste which is described as a prismatic soft peach.  I have to tell you that I’ve never bought a Buxom lip product because I get SO many of them as samples, and I find the tingle a little off-putting.  This is no different.
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturizer – 4.7 oz / $25 – (Product is .25 oz, value of $1.33 by volume)  It’s a pretty basic moisturizer, though the first two ingredients are water and silicone, so, I’m not all that impressed right off the bat.  For a moisturizer, I’d expect to see an actual moisturizing ingredient in there, but silicone is kind of an inert filler, not a moisturizer.  Philosophy is also not cruelty free, so while this is basically the one product in the box I’d consider using, I’d never repurchase it since their parent company, Coty, engages in animal testing (they sell in China).
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint – 30 mL / $36 – (Product is 5 mL, value of  $6 by volume)  The color I received is #6, Warm Sand, and it’s WAY off base for my skin tone.  I fall somewhere between a light and fair, and this has some wild yellow tone to it that shows up as fake-spray-tan orange on my face.  Another huge miss, not to mention that the company isn’t cruelty free anyway.

Overall the value of the box comes to $34.58 which is about average.  The cost is only $10.60 including tax and shipping for me, but my personal value here is basically zero.  This box is pretty much a huge waste and I feel like I got a box intended for someone else since NONE of it matched my beauty profile.  Hugely disappointed this month, Sephora.

Sephora Play! March 2018

Another Sephora Play! has arrived, and it’s a little on the late side this month.  The theme is, “Festival of Beauty,” but again, a pretty nebulous theme that doesn’t actually make sense for any of the products in the box.  This is box variant #364 and it arrived yesterday, March 21, 2018.  I saw the spoilers and wasn’t too pleased with what was going to show up, but again, for $10, I guess I don’t have a lot of room to complain, but!  Then I saw the bag.  Sephora, you’re better than this.  There’s a great article here that goes into the detail on the use of the term, “Spirit Animal,” and it’s really awful that Sephora chose to use it on the bag this month.  It’s a shame, because I love the bag fabric, color, and ribbon, but the use of a culturally insensitive term like that really ruins it for me.  They could’ve easily said, “Beauty is my life,” or, “Beauty is my passion” instead of using a term that’s garnered some controversy.  Anyway, rant aside, on to the contents.

  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – .016 oz / $22 – (Product is .008 oz, value of $11 by volume)  I know I have a sample of this that I’m already using, but it must be from a gift-with-purchase or something.  I could’ve sworn it came in another Sephora Play! box, but I guess not since I didn’t find it in the blog archives (I missed posting a few months, so maybe it was in one of those?).  Anyway!  Waterproof black eyeliner from a cruelty free company?  Yeah I can use that!
  • IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm – 5 oz / $29 – (Product is .5 oz, value of $2.90 by volume)  Well, sure, it’s paraben and sulfate free, but unfortunately the third and fourth ingredients are silicones, so it’s a hard pass for me.  If you’re using products without parabens and sulfates, then you’re not able to wash out the silicones in this product that build up on your hair, so it’s silly to be all “we’re good for curls!” when you’re not.  It’s also incredibly heavily perfumed and smells just awful to me.  I’ll stick to my natural hair products, thank you very much!
  • Supergoop Setting Mist – 3.4 oz / $28 – (Product is .5 oz, value of $4.11 by volume)  It’s got an SPF 50 rating, but it’s heavily alcohol based which is bad for dry skin, and it has peppermint and spearmint oil, so that pretty much makes it a nope for me (mints tend to irritate my skin, and they just smell awful to me – why would you want a face product to smell like toothpaste?!).  This goes traight to the trade/give-away pile.
  • Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm – 1 oz / $68 – (Product is .17 oz, value of $11.56 by volume)  It’s basically a moisturizer with a very, VERY subtle pearlescence.  It’s okay – nothing really amazing, definitely not $68 for an ounce amazing, plus it’s not cruelty free, so this wouldn’t end up in my skincare routine on the regular.
  • Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser – 5.07 oz / $26 – (Product is .68 oz, value of $3.49 by volume)  I haven’t yet tried this, but I love Korres products already.  Even though they started selling in mainland China, it’s only via internet sales, so they maintain their cruelty free status.  The cleanser smells light and fresh, and I love having these smaller sizes for travel.
  • Amika Soulfood Hair Mask – 2 oz / $12 – (Product is .7 oz, value of $4.20 by volume)  This is another product I haven’t tried yet since it’s going to be a single use foil packet tube.  Unfortunately, a quick glance at the ingredients means I won’t be trying this either since it contains silicones that don’t wash out without a shampoo containing SLS/ALS which I don’t use, so they just build up over time, and that’s no good.  It also contains Isopropyl alcohol (ie. Rubbing Alcohol) which is a heavy NO for dry and curly hair (SERIOUSLY?!).  I’d never EVER put rubbing alcohol on my hair and expect it to be nourished, so I can’t even believe it shows up in the ingredients here.  Hard pass.

The total value of this box comes to $37.26 which is pretty great for a cost of $10.60 per month including tax and shipping.  Unfortunately this box is mostly a miss for me since they included products that they thought were suited to my curly hair profile, but aren’t actually suitable for curly hair at all.  Super disappointing.  I will keep and use the eye liner, cleanser, and moisturizer which still make up for the cost of the box, but I’m bummed about the two hair products being absolute misses as well as the controversy over the bag.  Honestly, I’d be happy to go without the silly bag if we can get a full-sized product each month.  We’ll see what next month brings!