October 2016 Sephora PLAY! - The Cool Cut

I have been taking a break from beauty boxes for a while, but when spots opened up for Sephora's PLAY! box (yes, I'm always going to write that in all-caps with an exclamation point), I decided to sign up.

It's $10 per month, and you get a bunch of deluxe samples that would normally cost you 100 Beauty Insider points each. For those of you who don't know, every time Beauty Insiders spend a dollar at Sephora, they get one point, and you can save up the points to redeem for samples, beauty sets, etc., so essentially, it's as if each item in this box is the result of $100 spent. An entire box for $10? Okay, I'll bite.

This was my first box, so I was excited to see what I would get. In case you haven't noticed, I've been buying/using less makeup as of late, so this is a good way for me to try new stuff (high end stuff!) for really cheap.

This month's theme was "The Cool Cut," which is about up-and-coming awesomeness, and there was a nice variety of products. I've only tried out one thing so far, but here's what I got.

Let's go:

First off, all the products are in this cute little drawstring bag, and you might notice that there are no foam peanuts or paper worms or anything like that. THANK YOU, SEPHORA. In the first picture above, there's a fold-out insert detailing the products (as well as instructions for use! Thank you, again!!), and a little pass that gets you a free one-on-one session (and 50 extra BI points if you buy something) if you bring it into your store.

I guess every month has a perfume pick, and this is October's. I'm not into perfume at all, and I usually toss out any samples I get because they give me headaches. This one does smell nice and I do like it better than other ones I've smelled, but I don't see myself ever wearing it. The full-sized product retails for $120.

This brand is called Too Cool for School, and apparently they're a Korean brand. This is the Egg Mellow Cream 5-in-1 multitasking cream, so it apparently works as a serum, priming moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream, and sleeping mask. I actually tried this one out today, and I like it - my skin feels moisturized, but not greasy. Bonus points for cute packaging. I'm going to keep using it to see how well it works. The full-sized product retails for $36.

I laughed when I saw this because the whole reason why I quit a bunch of beauty boxes is because in a span of three months, I received, like, FIVE things of leave-in conditioner. But that was a while ago, and I'm glad to have this now since I plan to add swimming into my workout repertoire. It's a conditioning mist. The full-sized product retails for $14.

This is a skin peel from Skin Inc, which is a Japanese brand. (I'm very curious to try out more Asian brands, and I'm trying to be more diligent about skincare lately as well.) This is a product you're supposed to use 2-3 a week to remove dead skin cells. The full-sized product is $55.

This is Smashbox's Always On matte liquid lipstick in the shade Driver's Seat. Can't wait to try it. Full-sized, this is $24.

Lastly, we have Nudestix's Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Belle. You're supposed to be able to use it as a lipstick, lip liner, and blush (like a cream blush). I've heard good things about this brand, so I'm excited to try it. This product retails for $24 full-sized.

Overall, I'm really happy with this box - I got some interesting things I want to try (that could lead to full-size purchases), like the skincare stuff. The lip products, I'm glad to have because I will probably never actually use them up, and I probably would never have bought them full-sized, so at least I get to try them, and they will last me a long time. The only thing that is kind of useless for me is the perfume, but perfume comes in every box, so *shrug* Overall, well worth the $10.

Okay, Sephora PLAY!, you will live to see another month :)