Play! By Sephora April 2018: Unboxing & Review

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I was unimpressed with the theme for April right when I opened the box: Insta Beauty.

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I don’t have a personal Instagram so none of “how to have the perfect feed” mattered to me. I will say that on the back side of the newspaper; the watercolor style drawings of each product, instead of just actual pictures like usual, was SO cute. They were well-drawn (or painted?) and different. I loved it.

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That bag, though… (in the bad way) I know I’m in the majority when I say that this bag was LAME. When I first saw it, I immediately grabbed it out and showed it to my boyfriend, exclaiming “look how boring this bag is!” and then, I read everyone else’s review on it… I was happy to establish that I wasn’t the only one who hated it. Buuuuut, back to what you guys are REALLY here for…

What Was In My Bag?!:

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Elizabeth and James – Vanilla Bourbon

“This intoxicating scent blends vanilla bourbon with oakwood and tuberose, transporting you to a cozy couch in front of a crackling fireplace.” (via Sephora)

My Review: I had high hopes for this perfume since it was created by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I do think it has a pleasant, feminine scent but it’s much too strong for my preference. One single spritz went a long way and ended up giving me a headache by the end of the night– I couldn’t get it out of my nose. The name, Vanilla Bourbon, suits the scent extremely well.

Cruelty-Free?: Yes
Full-Size Retail Value: $85 (50mL)

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Dr. Dennis Gross – Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel

“A clinical strength peel with a high dose of retinol to fight signs of aging.” (via Sephora)

My Review: I didn’t use both packages yet but I did use one last night. It has that traditional soapy but, noticeably alcoholic scent. It’s a flat cotton pad drenched in some type of super face-drying liquid treatment. It’s simple and easy to apply, you just gently rub the pad all over your face. It’s a refreshing feeling until it dries up and makes your face start to feel like a prune. There’s a reason they tell you to follow with moisturizer in the How To Use. As for the fighting signs of aging claims? I see no difference after the single use but, I can’t possibly say it doesn’t work when you’re obviously supposed to use it more than once for it to have an effect. Also, it could’ve been my fault for not using enough moisturizer but my face felt itchy constantly after using this. Maybe it’s just really dry now.

Cruelty-Free?: Yes
Full-Size Retail Value: $88 (16 Applications)

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Urban Decay – Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in SPL

“An on-trend, iridescent lip gloss that visually plumps while it moisturizes.” (via Sephora)

My Review: This didn’t give me that stinging feeling like most plumping lip glosses do but, I still did not like it because it was way too sticky. I didn’t even see the plump effect happening, either. There was no color, just a ton of sparkles. I haven’t used it since I tried it out. It’s reminds me of the lip glosses I used when I was a child.

Cruelty-Free?: Yes
Full-Size Retail Value:
$20

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Philosophy – Purity Made Simple Moisturizer

“An ultra-light face cream packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and natural oils to leave a lasting glow.” (via Sephora)

My Review: I love the fresh scent of this moisturizer. I like how it’s kind of gel-like instead of thick and lotion-like. I have experienced more effective moisturizers to soften and hydrate your skin but, this is still nice. It doesn’t leave that greasy, heavy feeling after you rub it in which is the most important trait that a moisturizer should have if I’m to continue using it.

Cruelty-Free?: Yes
Full-Size Retail Value:
$25 (4.7 oz)

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 – Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C

“A fan-favorite anti-wrinkle treatment full of Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.” (via Sephora)

My Review: Hmm… the little description by this product warns us that it may burn or make your skin feel hot but, fortunately, that didn’t happen for me. I’ve used this only twice and didn’t have any bad reactions. I don’t think I’ll ever use it again though unless I read a review that says it really does rid of wrinkles… (before and after pics must be included). I just thought it was way too greasy and I absolutely hated the smell of it all. I can’t even explain it… it smelled like a wet dog. I also got a tiny bit of acne across my forehead that lasted for a few days after using this. When the product comes out it looks like lotion but when you rub it on your skin… it turns more into an oil or a serum. It’s not for me and it def won’t be finding it’s way into my daily skincare pile.

Cruelty-Free?: Yes (except where required by law)
Full-Size Retail Value:
$62 (50mL)

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Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Perfector in Shade #8

“A weightless skin tint that blurs imperfections and protects skin.” (via Sephora)

My Review: Meh. This was really liquidy. It’s supposedly a mix between a BB Cream and a foundation but it was leaning way more towards the BB Cream side. I tried to apply it like foundation but it seemed the product sat in the lines of my face, it looked horribly cakey and dry. It wouldn’t evenly spread and it was super hard to blend but it did match my skin tone and eventually did give me that matte, “blurred” face effect. I needed a lot of product to achieve that look though and the whole time I was cringing because I hated the smell– it reeked like poison. It also made my cheeks feel tons of pounds heavier and horribly greasy… it felt like I just made bacon and put my face right by the pan while it sizzled. I am so not a fan of this product, not at all.

Cruelty-Free?: Yes (except where required by law)
Full-Size Retail Value:
$43 (30mL)


I am still enjoying my Sephora box so look out for May’s Unboxing & Review. I gotta be honest though, this box is actually my least favorite out of the 3 that I get each month. It’s only $10.83/mo. and they usually send 5 products but, more than occasionally, they’ll send you 6. Click here to subscribe!

XO, Hunida

21 thoughts on “Play! By Sephora April 2018: Unboxing & Review

    1. I’ve only ever liked one foundation! I use Tarte’s Amazonian Clay & there’s no other foundation that compares! It’s the perfect color for my skin tone, it’s easy to blend and apply, it’s not heavy nor greasy & lasts all day. Before I found that foundation, I wouldn’t even wear liquid foundation because I hated the feeling so much.

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  1. That bag is pretty boring, I agree. Man, I hate when perfumes are too strong and end up giving you a headache. Sometimes it can bother people around you too if you’re in close proximity. Girl, you’re still young. You don’t even need to use products like those wrinkle recovery peels. Usually 25 (at the absolute earliest) is when you’re supposed to use anti-aging products. Of course since you got them in your bag you wanted to try them. I don’t blame you. I don’t really think I’m a big fan of peel pads because they do seem drying to me too, though I’ve never used that specific kind. I love the sparkle in that lip gloss, and it looks great on you! That’s too bad about it being sticky though. I hate sticky lip glosses too. I love gel-like moisturizers, though I haven’t tried that one by Purity. That’s a shame about the Make Up Forever product because it sounded like something I might be interested in trying. I’ve used one of their mascara’s before and absolutely loved it.

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    1. Yeah, I was so disappointed in the design of the bag! Yes, girl! All my co-workers wear such strong perfume, I always have to leave the dressing room so I don’t get headaches from them. Lol I figured I should use them since they came in the box and I am around cigarette smoke all the time & occasionally smoke them myself.
      I had never tried a peel pad before! It was weird!
      Yeah I like the gel-like moisturizers!!! They feel so much better.
      I still recommend that Marcelle BB Cream I got in a diff box. It was much better!

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  2. Although you hated the Elizabeth and James perfume, your review sold it to me, lol. I love vanilla scented fragrances (they’re SO rare!); at the moment, Hanae Mori is my vanilla scent of choice but it’s very soft and dainty. I’ll definitely have to grab a sample of this next time I’m in Sephora!

    I hate Keihl’s so much. I hate every single product. Every item is SO expensive and SO greasy. Unless you have dry, flaky, red skin I don’t see the need for this line.

    I agree with you on the presentation—this looks a bit thrown together, an after thought even? They’ve done better in the past. Still can’t wait to see what you get next month! 😬

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    1. Lol! It was a pleasant scent, it just wasn’t for me! I bet you’d love it!! Let me know if you try the sample!!

      Lol I had never tried anything by Kiehl’s before but after this one product, I’m scared to try anything else by them!

      I know, right? The bag design was bad and the products were even kind of boring. I hope this month is better!

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  3. I haven’t even tried any of the stuff so major props to you for doing so! I think this is my least favorite box ever (I know we already discussed we got the same stuff haha!) and I’m just not into any of the items.

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  4. Sounds like this month was a bit of a bummer in the products you received! Anti-wrinkle and aging products make me wonder if I’m really that old yet that I should start using those products 😂 I wish there was a way to tell them not to send stuff like that until you’re ready for it. How can you tell if it helps with wrinkles if you don’t really have any? Hopefully next month is filled with better products for you 🙂

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    1. I actually think you can say no to anti wrinkle products on Sephora but I checked that I would try some out. Not that I have wrinkles now but I thought may be to prevent them from ever coming lol.

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      1. Ohh really? Makes sense then lol. And yeah I mean it can’t really hurt to start now! I guess I’m in denial I’m at that age 😂

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  5. How fucking ugly was this bag am I right?! Lol
    I should be reviewing mine next week. I still haven’t used all the products and the ones I’ve used I have mixed feelings about.
    Uh, I don’t think I would like that perfume because I don’t like sweet scented perfumes lol. I like floral ones but even those can suck if they have too much alcohol. I feel the same way about the Kiel’s product, I’m glad it’s not just me lol.

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    1. LOL YES. SO fucking ugly. 😛 Yeah I thought the products were all pretty lame. I hope this month’s is better…
      Yeah most perfume is too strong for me. I never wear it, really. That Kiehl’s product was yucky!!

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      1. I cannot wait to get this month’s subscriptions.. I’m excited but I don’t want to get my hopes up. Sephora has been sending way too many lipsticks and also,their own brand too..kind of annoying 🙄

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      2. Me neither!! I think my Birchbox is in the office (I’m gonna have to remember to get it tomorrow)! & the Ipsy bag said it’s on it’s way. Sephora is always so late & YES, I noticed they really do send a lot of their own brand. So annoying!

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