Sometimes I'm not sure how to start these posts because I don't want to start them all the same, but what else can I say about getting another PLAY! by Sephora box each month? So... it's March, and today I'm unboxing my March PLAY! box. Well, I already unboxed it, but I'm going to show you what's inside, so let's just end this weird intro and get started.
March's theme was "The Gleam Team," so it was all about that glow. I think the highlighting craze has died down a bit, but Sephora is trying to keep it alive with this month's box.
GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow
This GLAMGLOW moisturizer and luminizer ($49, 1.7 oz) is supposed to hydrate, blur, and enhance your complexion and give you a lit-from-within glow... definitely not my thing. Moisturizers like this never end up in my skincare or makeup routine because I'll be glowing enough later in the day since my skin can get very oily, especially as the weather starts to warm up. I'm sure this is a great product for people with dry skin, but I'm not one of those people so this "glotion" (a luminizing moisturizer) will sit in the bottom of my skincare drawer gathering dust.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow Eyeshadow in I-544
Another product I don't really use: shimmer eyeshadow. This pink granite shadow ($21, 0.07 oz) has a gel-powder formula that gives off a highly saturated and iridescent color that's wearable day or night. MAKE UP FOR EVER is a makeup artist favorite, so I'm sure a lot of people were excited to get one of their popular Artist Shadows in the box this month. I'll probably give this eyeshadow a try for a night out look, but I definitely can't see myself wearing this during the daytime.
Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops in Pearl
So far this box is really not for me. I try to do everything not to glow, so most of these products will be tried once and then go unused for the rest of eternity. Concentrated, serum-like luminizing drops like Algenist's ($38, 0.5 oz) have been popular among other brands such as CoverFX as well. This one in particular gives you a glow while also helping with anti-aging and color-correcting. It's also suitable for all skin types (yeah, right). Maybe I'll give these a try sometime soon.
Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast
FINALLY. A product I can get behind. I love Living Proof products and I'm already in love with this volumizing and texturizing spray ($29, 7.5 oz). I've only used it once, but it gave my hair a ton of texture and volume that lasted all day. It can also double as a dry shampoo of sorts, but I think I'll stick to using this as a volumizing and texturizing spray only.
Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
I think this is a highlighting product from this box that I can actually use. The cream-to-powder formula ($30, 0.33 oz) is perfect in my everyday makeup routine since I don't normally use a setting powder now. It's convenient that it's in a stick formula, but I like to take my finger and grab some product then blend it on my face so I'm not getting too glowy. Either way you do it, this product will give you a radiant highlight with minimal effort.
Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume
First off, the postcard that came with this is very cute and makes me wish for warm weather instead of the rain we've been having the past few days. This fresh-scented perfume with notes of clementine, mandarin, and juniper berries ($130, 3.3 oz) is made with genuine citrus scents, classic ingredients, and high concentrations of essential oils. It's also a cologne/perfume that can be worn by both men and women. I think I might like this perfume because of it's citrus notes as well as other notes of star anise, Sichuan pepper, basilica, vetiver, sandalwood, and cypress.
That is all for this month's box! What did you get this month and what products are you excited to try? Let me know in the comments!
When I was still in England, I abused the generosity of my loving boyfriend and used his debit card to pick up some items to try from French Girl Organics, the perfectly Instagramable beauty brand on Etsy. I was inspired to try out the recommended products from a Byrdie post, so check them out for an expert review on these products. Today, I'm finally sharing my thoughts on the products I tested.
Remedy Roll-On – Clear
This tiny 1/6 mL sample was hardly used, to be honest. My current skincare routine has been working really well for me (update coming soon) so I didn't really have a reason to use this. When I did try it a couple of times, I didn't think it did much. I found regular tea tree oil to be more effective, and cheaper if you buy it from your local drugstore.
Dry Shampoo – Jasmin Vert
So I only wash my hair once a week. That makes dry shampoo my literal BFF. This, though, was my least favorite product of the bunch. I know aerosol sprays aren't the greatest and don't contain natural ingredients like this dry shampoo, but I found the FGO dry shampoo to be messy and ineffectual on my very dirty hair. I just felt like my hair had a bunch of sand it in and I didn't see any noticeable decrease in the oiliness of my head.
Liquid Parfum – Tabac No. 1
I will admit it. I did not even try this sample. I am way too picky about my scents, and I knew I wasn't going to like this. It was a waste of Adam's $8 because I already know that I'm dedicated to light floral scents.
Lip Tint – Terre Rouge
If it had been fall when I got this lip tint, it would have been my go-to color. Unfortunately winter had already arrived, so this orange tint got pushed to the side. In the few times that I have worn it, I can say that I do like the product—it's really moisturizing on the lips and has a vibrant tint. When fall comes around again, I'm sure that this lip tint will be in my regular lip rotation. Also, this is not the only color, this is just the color I purchased since it was recommended by Byrdie. If I had it in a more spring-like color, I'm sure I'd be wearing it a lot right now.
Lip Polish – Rose du Maroc
This is the most Insta-worthy item of the bunch and has been seen on many a beauty editors' and obsessees' feeds. I personally didn't find it to be that amazing. I typically don't spend my money on lip exfoliating products because I can get the job done with some warm water and a toothbrush. This is definitely a product for when I'm feeling extra and want to do a full on beauty routine before going out or going to bed or something. I find it's hard to get all the sugar off as well once I'm done exfoliating. Regardless, it will still be a go-to item for those nights I'm feeling extra Queen Hal Pal.
Floral Toner – Néroli du Maroc
I saved the best product for last. I went through this toner spray too quick. I was a little thrown off by the scent at first, but I came around. I typically use toner sprays because they're refreshing and have some skincare benefits as well. I don't rely on them to completely cleanse and tone my face, but they add some moisture back in after using a couple of drying acne-fighting products. Now that I'm out, I use the bottle for my Lush Tea Tree Water because the packaging for the FGO toner has a better sprayer than the Lush packaging.
Let me know down in the comments if you've tried this brand before and send me suggestions of what products I should review next!