September 2018 Sephora Play & Birchbox

So I have been receiving the Sephora Play box for about 2 years and have enjoyed it for the most part.  It’s only $10 a month and usually includes what amounts to the products you get when you redeem rewards at checkout at Sephora.  I usually feel like I get my $10 worth with these boxes and every month includes a 50 point reward that you can apply to your account in store (which I have yet to do…I know, shameful). I also really like this subscription because all of the products are ones sold in Sephora so I either know the brand or it is a name brand product that I haven’t tried but at least recognize the brand.  All of that being said, this month was not the greatest.  I already had the Sunday Riley moisturizer (a reward I redeemed during a previous Sephora order) and used it previously.  It wasn’t anything really special but still great travel size.  I love the Too Faced coconut primer so that was nice but the sample was teeny tiny.  Viktor Rolfe perfume sample was just okay and the Sephora brand mascara was another nice travel product.  I am looking forward to trying the Peter Thomas Roth mask because I generally really like that brand.  Last product was a lip and cheek product by Nudestix in “Kiss”.  Lip products are my least favorite because they are either a random color that was left over or just not my style. Overall, not terrible but not great. But for $10, I can live it.  Again, the point is that next month will be better so that’s where they keep me hanging on to my subscription every month.

This month’s Birchbox was honestly underwhelming for me.  I have already cancelled the box for October because I just didn’t feel compelled to keep receiving it.  I used to really enjoy this box and it’s relatively inexpensive in terms of a beauty and skin care subscription box.  Like Sephora Play and Ipsy, Birchbox is $10 a month and usually has skin care and beauty samples according to your beauty profile.

So this month, I received 5 samples.  First was a moisturizer from Avéne that was pretty small.  The Vasanti makeup wipes would have been useful for travel but once I opened them, they were about a quarter of the size of a regular makeup remover wipe so they were a little difficult to use. The product I will most likely get use out of is the QUAI wave hair spray.  It is a texturizing spray that gives body and volume without drying it out.  The last two products were Love of Color shadow stick and Clarins water lip stain.  The eyeshadow stick was like a champagne gold that is pretty but nothing really special.  The lip product was like a watery weird formula in a cherry color but since it was difficult to apply, I will probably pass on.

Even though the Sephora box wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it over the Birchbox. And of course, different variations were sent so this was just one combination of products.

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