Unboxing November 2015 Sephora Play!

This month’s Sephora Play! theme is “The Exclusives”, which are items that can only be found at Sephora.   Let’s see what I got!

What is Sephora Play!?  Play! is a monthly subscription box that is $10.00 a month + any taxes and it looks like your subscription will be counted towards your Beauty Insider points as well

What will be in Play!  A monthly box of deluxe samples, along with an exclusive PLAY! BOOK — packed with helpful advice — and a PLAY! PASS to redeem in store for a free one-on-one learning session with a beauty expert. The six product samples in your PLAY! by SEPHORA box are from the same prestige brands we carry in store and online, and they are sized to use multiple times.  For a limited time, show your current PLAY! PASS when purchasing items in store to receive 50 bonus points each month.

Click here to sign up now to be waitlisted

03 November 2015: The Exclusives

Play! included a really nice booklet, explaining all of the products plus some beauty hacks too.  It also contained a card that if you purchase something at Sephora’s store (in-store, not online), you will get an additional 50 points on your Sephora Beauty Insider account🙂

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer ~ Hydrating Primer   This is a universal formula for normal skin.    MUFE has several primers, including a Mattifying Primer for oily skin and other textures (smoothing, nourishing, redness) as well as tone primers ~ to add radiance to your skin.  You add this prior to your base makeup and after your skincare items.    This is very hydrating but a thin primer, but doesn’t leave a dewy finish ~ it is satin and the finish is smooth and silky.  However, the scent is a bit off putting ~ it smells like cheap perfume to me with a chemical undertone.  5 mL RV $4.17

Description: A makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear.  Prep skin for your makeup routine with Step 1 Skin Equalizers, and address your skin concerns with this innovative makeup primer. Perfect for balancing skin and achieving an ideal makeup result, it’s lightweight and creamy, leaving a more evenly-toned appearance, and increases foundation’s hold. This primer for all skintones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin.  HYDRATING PRIMER instantly quenches skin’s thirst by helping boost and refreshing tired skin. Formulated with our specific  H₂O Complex, it provides moisture transforming dehydrated skin into a supple, healthy, plump surface for a flawless makeup all day long.

Ingredients: water, dimethicone, isododecane, orzya sativa (rice) starch, butylene glycol, polymethylsilsesquioxane, glycerin, dimethicone crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, laureth-4, ethylhexylglycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, carbomer, caprylyl glycol, fragrance, cichorium intybus (chicory) root extract, sodium hydroxide,  avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, sodium hyaluronate, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate cosDNA.com analysis


Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb  Rhubarb is described as “plum-rose” and that is a pretty good description for it.  I love Bite Beauty lip crayons and am very happy to have this in my box.  I totally love the color and it is a matte crayon but it has a creamy application, so there is no tugging and it is moisturizing.  I am so into matte lip products right now!  I just love them.  This is also made with 2 mg of resveratrol, which is derived from vitis vinifera (grapes)  and polygonum cuspidatum and is an anti-oxidant.  Our lips also need to fight free radicals!  Based on my past experience with Bite Beauty’s matte lip pencils, these are fairly long lasting ~ so long I don’t eat anything, it will last 2 to 3 hours.   If you don’t like the matte finish, just wait for the next product and layer that over it.   Swatches are at the end of this blog post.  Deluxe Size .05 oz RV $13.33

Description: Made with a double-dose of premium micronized pigments, this lip pencil delivers a modern matte look. This lip color delivers super antioxidant resveratrol, which fights free radicals with potent long-term antiaging benefits. Each lip pencil contains the amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine.  What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates.  This product is free of synthetics, polybutenes, and petroleum byproducts and made exclusively with lip nurturing food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat.

Ingredients: Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Silica*, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Tocopherol*, Natural Flavor*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinefera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit)*. May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019)*, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Fd&C Blue No. 1 (Ci 42090), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), Fd&C Yellow No. 6 (Ci 15985), Fd&C Red No. 40 (Ci 16035), D&C Red 6 (Ci 15850), D&C Red 7 (Ci 15850), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*. *Natural. **Certified organic.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly  This is a favorite shade of mine in the Buxom Lip Creams ~ it is a sheer mauve and it is so flattering on just about ever skin tone.  Now, I thought this was the lip gloss, as I am very familiar with that line, but this is the lip cream, so it is the same shade, but without the shimmer.  Very nice!  This has the classic minty taste and tingle with a vanilla scent, which I love about Buxom products.    You can layer this over the Bite lip pencil for some shine, if you want to.  Again, love the lippies in this month’s box.  Deluxe Size .07 oz RV $9.50

Description: A creamy, no-shimmer lip gloss with a tingling, plumping effect.  No shimmer or glimmer—just creamy, glass-smooth gloss, decadent color, intoxicating shine, and famous tingle for a gentle plumping effect. Encapsulated hyaluronic spheres infuse lips with moisture while vitamins A and E help keep them supple, protected, and extra kissable.  What it is formulated WITHOUT:  Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Octyldodecanol, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Benzyl Benzoate, Flavor (Aroma), Tribehenin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Bht, Sodium Saccharin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Carmine (Ci 75470). (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410)


SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil in 29 My Boyfriend’s Jeans   I actually love blue eyeliners ~ so much so, that I have an overload of blue eyeliners!   If I didn’t have so many, I would love this, but as it stands, I will gift it.   This is an electric blue shade.   Deluxe Size .017 oz RV $4.25

Description: A contouring eye pencil for a big, beautiful look that lasts up to 12 hours.  Enhance and enliven your eyes with the bold, long-wearing color of these eye pencils. The silky formula is resistant to water, heat, and humidity, ensuring up to 12 hours of smudge-less wear.  What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

Ingredients: Isododecane, Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polybutene, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Nylon-12, Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), Polyethylene, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Synthetic Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Ci 75470 (Carmine), Tocopherol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phytosterols, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate



Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Well, I have oils that I already like to use and this does get great reviews.   There is a light version of this oil, which is more suited for oily and blemish prone skin.   Made with 100% pure, organic and natural Moroccan cold-pressed Argan oil, this is a multi-purpose oil for body, hair and face.   This version is more suited for dry and sensitive skin types  ~ according to the actual box it came in.  Sephora neglects to mention this!   I am thinking this will go in a little fun IG giveaway I am planning to do next week.   It will have 3 oils ~ this one, a perfume oil from Haus of Gloi and an aromatherapy oil from Stinky Yogi.    Should be fun and look for my IG post later on this week!   Sample Size .16 oz RV $4.52

Description:  This legendary, 100 percent pure Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to deeply hydrate and nourish skin. Grown organically in Morocco, the multitasking formula contains astonishing healing, conditioning, and antiaging properties to create a nourished, youthful-looking complexion. It easily absorbs into skin, delivering a fresh, dewy glow, and keeps you looking beautiful from head to toe.  What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

Stella McCartney Stella Perfume  This is a rose scented perfume.   I am allergic to rose.   I am sure it is lovely, but I will never know ~ haha  Sample 2 mL RV $3.33

Description: The first scent from Stella McCartney, STELLA, is a homage to the English rose, and an effortless expression of femininity. The refined floral evokes a rose in full bloom in a traditional English garden with a sultry amber contrast. Beautiful and unapologetically feminine, STELLA’s scent composition is approachable and enduring.  Soft rosy floral top notes drive the fragrance, subtly balanced with sharp, fresh mandarin essence and light peony flower. Intensifying and elongating the opening notes, the heart is pure rose, to represent absolute femininity. Stella’s base notes give a strong, sensual finish. Resonating up through the rose accord, the masculinity of the amber contrasts the floral side, making it bold with a sensual finish.

Notes: Rose, Peony Flower, Mandarin, Rose Absolute, Amber.



  1. Bite Beauty in Rhubarb
  2. Buxom in Dolly
  3. MUFE Hydrating Primer
  4. MUFE Hydrating Primer blended in

Once again, even though there are products in here I can’t/won’t use, Sephora Play! is a  fantastic value ~ I paid $10.00 + sales tax (so it was still under $10.50 or something like that) and I received a RV of $39.10.   The Bite Beauty and Buxom Lip Cream made the box for me ~ those two products alone are worth $22.83  ~ and I am sure I can find nice homes for the other items.

Did you get this month’s Sephora Play! Box?  What did you think of it and what was your favorite item?  I hope that the waitlist will open up for the New Year for those who are all waiting ~ that would be a nice present!!

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