Welcome to my review of the December 2016 Play! by Sephora box! It’s a very high demand box and new subscribers are being added every month (check your spot here). I love that they use the white cute little bags every month but finally they came up with a festive black and gold bag! I was hoping to get a new HG mascara sample and Sephora granted my wish!


Dear readers, Sephora Birthday Gifts 2017 reviews and full spoilers (for both options) are coming soon (as soon as tonight)! Next year Sephora birthday gifts are Tarte cosmetics (makeup) or Caudalie (skincare). They are not available to redeem online yet. I am so excited to share it!

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Play! by Sephora Box ships via USPS.  All boxes should arrive between the third and fourth week of each month. Here is the little booklet called PLAY! BOOK with tips, tricks, how-tos and beauty advice. The PLAY! BOOK will also outline how to use the products!


This is the past Play! By Sephora November 2016 contents on their official page. Here’s everything we got this month! December’s Play by Sephora box was themed “The Partygoers” and was all about party must-haves!


With your bag of goodies, comes a small PLAY! PASS – to redeem in store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 points with any purchase. What I’ve learned from PLAY! DATE (See more details here) is that you must be a subscriber to be able to use this card – no gifting!

The December 2016 Play! by Sephora included the following items:

  1. Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara | Full size $27.50
  2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer | Full size $37
  3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain | Full size $14
  4. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose | Full size $85
  5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray | Full size $31
  6. Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shots | Full size $38

The first five items are included in their default box and the last item is different. Next up, let’s take a closer look at these goodies!


Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara | Full size $27.50

We all know LANCOME mascaras are great and this one lives up to their name. This version is on steroids compared to other Lancome mascaras I’ve tried. Its wand is weirdly s-shaped. I’m (painfully) practicing to use it. With just one coat, this wet formula will create dramatically fuller, voluminous, more visible, longer, and fanned out lashes. The best part? It stayed curled! The more you play with this, the more you’ll like it.


Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shots | Full size $38

Housed in a spray bottle but it has a whipped, frosty cream texture. It felt cool and refreshing when I put it on and massage it into my hair and scalp.


MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer | Full size $37

This lotion-like primer creates an instant baby soft, warm tone, smooth canvas yet it feels so light. It is recommended for oily skin. I loved sampling it but (sadly) too much alcohol content, so I have to pass.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose | Full size $85

Notes: Rose de Mai, Geranium, Vetiver.

Style: Confident. Refined. Seductive.

I can only tell you that I sniffed it from the paper, and sniffed it right after I sprayed it on my wrist and a while later it smells totally different. I encourage you to read the review direct from Sephora’s site, it was fun and confusing!?


SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain | Full size $14

My next highlighted beauty product for this month is this little cream lip stain. Always Red is a warm red color. The color is very rich. It’s matte in my opinion. It’s a unique lip stain that gives you a little bit of time to work before it completely dries. This lip stain has an opacity of an original lipstick and is long lasting. It feels a little bit dry but is still comfortable. The shade options are also good. A word of warning though – it can bleed around the mouth before setting. This product contains fragrance.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray | Full size $31

My Thoughts

Samples included in the December 2016 Play! by Sephora are from well-respected leading brands in the beauty industry. This box includes a professional-strength hydrating haircare shot, a fake-lash effect mascara, an everyday and everywhere makeup setting spray, a seductive an Allure Best of Beauty award winner fragrance, a bestselling, high-coverage lip stain and a viciously instant tone correcting primer. What’s not to like?

I won’t use everything in it but I enjoyed the variety of my box this month!

The theme of the next box:

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