Is everyone else blown away by summer curation from your Play! by Sephora July box like me? They are absolutely amazing.  Great customized box, awesome beauty brands and brilliant price.  They gave me a jumbo wand mascara, a hair spray that changes my haircare routine, a gorgeous summerly lipstick shade, a smash of red wine antioxidant in a tube and more. I’ve got such a good Play box this month.

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At a glance, I guess I was excited and didn’t notice, I only got two skincare items this month and no house brand?

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The six beauty samples come housed in a pink drawstring bag.

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The best part about this box is it includes a little Sephora Play! Book giving you mix ideas for each of the items and Sephora Play Pass for a free 50 points on any in store purchase. This is the second month I received the default box, please note that I haven’t filled out my profile.

I paid $10 for this box and here’s my Sephora Play July beauty box reviews:

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Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum Review | Full size $52

A highly concentrated, light, and non-sticky serum that protects against the effects of pollution to promote a youthful-looking glow and address damage caused by environmental aggressors.

IcanGWP Review: I haven’t reviewed Caudalie products very much and here’s is a good one. We know how decent antioxidant in red wine is. The brand new Caudalie Vine[Activ] line draws the well-known and long time proven highly effective antioxidant from yummy red grapes and packs it in this tube! It plays a major role to reduce redness, irritation, free radicals and protect skin’s surface from negative environmental influences.

This water-based milky serum is very lightweight and smells nice, sort of like wine and floral scent. It sits on my skin a little bit. If you don’t like heavy silicone in skincare, you have one good option here. They put quite a lot of vitamin C (Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate) that may make a few people feel a little bit of heat for a minute or so – not an issue for me. It is also formulated with vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid. Even the preservatives are plant-based which is good. I like that they have all the well-established divas in this bottle and the price range is right. I only wish that it came in a fragrance free option.

Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara Review | Full size $30

A high-impact mascara that gives you high drama in a blink. It features a revolutionary jumbo brush that fans and pushes lashes up and out, intensely thickening, curling and lifting your lashes from root to tip for the ultimate eye-opening effect that holds for eight hours.

IcanGWP Review: I haven’t seen such a controversial mascara. The jumbo bristle and massive tube are among the biggest I have tested which can be difficult to use depends on your eye shape. It’s a perfect piece to own if you prefer Too faced better than sex mascara. But if you are more of a Blinc mascara fanatic, you may not like this product. It absolutely and incredibly opens my eyes like its name! It stays curled, pumps up the volume and lengthens lashes so… dramatically. I’m in love. It’s super easy to clean this mascara with warm water.

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If you are looking for an easy to use, 100% clump free and natural lash style, look somewhere else. If you also received it and feel frustrated (how big, how clumpy), try to follow their instructions and then hold the wand vertical and do some touch up at the outer corner of your eyes. Or simply get a mascara wand that you like instead of the biggie! This is a pro series all-in-one mascara and base!

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray Review | Full size $20

An ultra-light, leave-in conditioning spray that brings hydration and moisture to locks without weighing them down.

IcanGWP Review: My hair LOVES this! I like how easily it calms and nourishes my hair. It visibly helps my summer frizzy hair. I was thrilled when I looked at the ingredients, how many nourishing oils and conditioning goodies that can only do long term benefits in this product – yet it’s so light, non-greasy and with no build-up. The scent is divine. I tested it out on my fine straight hair. It was before the afternoon party on the dock with the speed boat ride and etc. It turned out to be the right decision for once. I’m the only one that didn’t tie my hair on the boat and it still looked good afterward.

Fresh Rose Face Mask Review | Full size $25 – $62

A hydrating and toning gel mask with a cult following that’s infused with real rose petals, pure rosewater, and a “smart” algae that delivers optimum moisture.

IcanGWP Review: I admit I was hoping for the cool Boscia mask variation but I can’t have it all. This mask is a clear moisturizing gel mask. The color is pink and it smells like rose. It contains real roses, 1.5 rose in every jar, no surprise. Very good smell not overwhelming at all. Like most gel masks, it’s nice, calm and has a refreshing feeling when it is on. Reviews are split. Some really like it and feel that it hydrates and helps their dry skin. But others think it irritates their sensitive skin.

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Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Color Splash Lipstick review | Full size $21

Discover long-wearing lip color, powered by water, with this full-coverage, hydrating lipstick. The ultra-creamy, vegan formula pairs intense pigments and buttery-smooth conditioners for comfort-swipe color that locks in place—without feathering or bleeding. Each sea-inspired shade is infused with regenerative lip-quenchers and tarte’s antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to help smooth the look of lip lines.

IcanGWP Review: Can we take a moment to appreciate how cheerful this lipstick is! A new dimension of long lasting and moisturizing lipstick. People love it and I love it. I adore this lovely coral hue that’s so perfect for the summer. Its formula offers pigment, hydration and antioxidants. It feels luxurious considering it’s only $21. I like this diversity. It doesn’t spark me any more with red lipstick in almost every box.

CLEAN Reserve Sueded Oud | Full size $95

Sueded Oud is a fresh and creamy approach to a traditional oud fragrance. It is a discovery of natural textures and an exploration of the fluid movement between the brighter and darker facets of fragrance.

Notes: Incense Oil, Blue Cypress, Birchwood, Red Pimento, Honeysuckle, Temple Oud, Night Blooming Jasmine, White Magnolia, Fir Balsam, Sarcocaulon, Soft Suede, Gold Patchouli, Black Amber, Praline, Skin Musk, Olibanum Tears.

IcanGWP Review: It’s woody, musky and feels masculine.


Quick Take:

Hands down one of the best Play! by Sephora beauty box!  I couldn’t be happier with my Play! by Sephora box this month. They are loveable beauty products that have already made their way to my beauty routine. Their July edition is curated perfect for summer months. I can see myself getting a lot of use from these samples.

It’s also a well-rounded category with a touch of eye, lips, hair, fragrance, and skincare. The sample size is good enough to give us time to figure out if we personally like it or not.

If you want to try a new set of beauty samples from famous, well-known or emerging brands at affordable price, you may hop on the bandwagon. The spots are open now and it’s not an annual sub – you can cancel any time and they charge us at the beginning of the month.

Own them already? How are you liking them?

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