Hello Friends! Daaaaaaaaaaamn it has been a long time since I’ve posted on the blog. For that, I am truly sorry. Unfortunately, my school life has been absolute chaos for the past two months. Fortunately, the awful trials and tribulations of the semester have come to a close, and I finally have time to sit down and get back to blogging. In my weeks away from blogging, my brain has literally been exploding with ideas for fresh content, so I am seriously SO PUMPED to share some of that with y’all. With the annual Sephora sale, holiday launches, and tons of new trends out there, there is sooooo much to talk about. You also might have noticed I didn’t review last month’s (October 2017) box. It’s also December, and I’m just now getting around to posting the November box…whoops. Once again, school was crazy, so the timing just is what it is.
I received my November Sephora PLAY! box on Saturday, and I just couldn’t wait to play with all the new goodies in this month’s box! If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about right now, check out my previous posts all about the Sephora PLAY! subscription boxes (here) and about my favorite box ever (here). This months box turned out to be fairly decent, including a product I use on a regular basis, as well as a hyped-up product that didn’t crack up to be all that exciting. If you want to see the products included in my box, their values, and my honest review, just keep reading!
October 2017 PLAY! Theme: Survival of the Chillest. This month’s box is all about treatin’ yourself with some self-care before the insanity of the holiday season.
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (Full size 0.32 oz @ $26, Sample 0.17 oz, value $13.83)
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (Full Size 3.4 oz @ $27- Sample 1 oz, value $7.94)
MOROCANOIL Moroccanoil Treatment (Full size 1.7 oz @ $34- Sample 0.34 oz, value $6.80)
Sephora Collection Ultra-shine Lip Gel in “Perfect Nude” (Full size 0.11 oz @ $12- Sample 0.1 oz, value $10.91)
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum (Full size 1 oz @ $49- Sample 0.33 oz, value $16.17)
Burberry (Fragrance) My Burberry Blush (Full size 1.6 oz @ $90- Sample 0.06 oz, Value $3.37)
Total Box Value: $59.02… I think this is the highest valued box I’ve ever gotten.
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara: So a few months ago, I feel like this mascara was literally all the rage on youtube. All the beauty influencers were talking about how great it was, etc. At the time, I had just discovered the L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara, which is legit AMAZING. And it literally costs $9. So I wasn’t super motivated to run out and spend $26 on a high-end mascara. After opening this months PLAY! box, I was freaking pumped when I saw the Marc Jacobs mascara. Mascara is one of my favorite products to try out, and its one of those things you can always throw on for a more put together no-makeup look. At first, this particular mascara just didn’t do it for me. There are a handful of drugstore mascaras that are just way better, and way less expensive. To be fair, I feel like this mascara definitely thickened my lashes, and it didn’t flake off at all during the day. I personally prefer a mascara that also gives my lashes a lot of length- and this just didn’t do that. However, after trying it a few more times, I found that I liked it more and more. I think it may be one of those mascaras that preforms better once its been a teeny bit dried out (even if that just means it needs to be exposed to the air a few times).
The verdict: I will definitely use this product up, but I don’t know if I’ll be spending $26 to purchase it in the future.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: Full disclaimer- I’ve tried this product before, and I just so happened to be 99% done with the bottle when I got this months PLAY! box. I tend to rotate through a few different brands of charcoal masks, so I would have bought another one of these in the future. I don’t think charcoal masks are something absolutely required in a skincare routine, and certainly not for those with really dry skin, but I personally love them. When my skin is being a little finicky and breaking out, I love multi-masking with a charcoal mask, followed by an exfoliating and then hydrating mask. It always leaves my skin feeling (and looking) so much better the next morning. I don’t think masks are a necessary component of a skincare routine if you consistently use quality products. But after a long, stressful week at work, sometimes if just feels great to take a bubble bath, slap on a face mask, and relax with a nice glass of wine. While I wouldn’t say its an absolutely essential product to my skins overall health, I love the soothing process of masking and giving myself a little love.
The Verdict: I already know that I love this product, and have bought several in the past. I will purchase again in the future.
MOROCANOIL Moroccanoil Treatment: I was super skeptical of this product when I saw it.. another overpriced oil? It just seems unnecessary if you already use high-quality hair care products. I personally use salon-quality shampoo and conditioner, and that works out really well for me. The instructions on the product say you can use on your hair wet or dry, but the thought of putting oil in my dry hair sounded disgusting and counter-productive… I’m not trying to look like a greaseball over here. I opted to use it on towel-dried hair after my shower. My hair didn’t feel any different afterwards. However, after my hair finally dried, it felt like silk! From roots to ends, my hair felt absolutely amazing. I only used the tiniest amount, but I was impressed.
The Verdict: This product did great things for my hair, I just don’t know if I think it is worth the price tag. I don’t style my hair a lot right now, so its not very damaged either. I’ll chalk this one up to a “maybe”.
Sephora Collection Ultra-shine Lip Gel in “Perfect Nude”: Not gonna lie, I was reaaaaaal confused about this product when I was trying to calculate how much it was worth. Somehow, this tiny tube only has 0.01 less oz of product than the full size. That just doesn’t make sense to me, but whatever. I’m typically not all that into lip gloss, because I don’t really enjoy having a bunch of sticky nonsense on my lips that gets all over my coffee cup, water bottle and snacks. I also don’t really reach for high-shine products when I decide to put something colorful on my lips. That being said, this gloss felt really moisturizing, and was a great nude color. It’s honestly just not something I’m going to reach for, because it isn’t really my style. However, I do LOVE the Sephora collection cream lip stains. If matte lips are more your style, its an excellent long-wearing, comfortable, and affordable option.
The Verdict: Felt nice on the lips, but not something I will every really wear. I won’t be purchasing in the future.
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum: When I receive skincare products, one of the first things I do is check out the ingredients. I have never really been a fan of Caudalie products in the past, mainly because they almost always contain fragrance or alcohol. Those are ingredients I try to steer clear of in my skincare, because they can do more harm than good. Unfortunately, this product had several ingredients that turned me off before I even tried it. Fragrance is listed higher on the ingredients than any of the beneficial ingredients this product boasts, including the hydrating hylauronic acid and antioxidant grape juice.
The Verdict: Definitely a no-go.
Burberry (Fragrance) My Burberry Blush: Back in August, I got my first-ever Burberry fragrance sample. It wasn’t really my style, but the “Blush” version I received this month is definitely right up my alley! It has that lighly floral/fruity finish that I personally love in a fragrance.
The Verdict: Great scent, but still can’t top my favorites. I won’t likely purchase.
While there were a few products I probably won’t get any use out of, there were definitely a handful of winners in this months box. The more I played with the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, the more I loved it. I also immediately fell in love with the moroccan oil treatment for my hair. Of course, the Origins clay mask was also a big hit! You never know what you’ll get out of Sephora PLAY! boxes, but this month did not disappoint me.
Do you get the November box? I’d love to hear your thoughts about the products you got to try!
Until next time,