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Sephora Play December 2016

December 23, 2016
Sephora Play December 2016

Well I got my Sephora Play December 2016 Box in the mail!

I wanted to share it with you all.  I am not thrilled with many of the products and have already re-homed some of them 🙂  (Crystal should see the dry shampoo soon I hope!)

Sephora Play December 2016

The bag is cute, and different from the typical white one that they have been sending.  The theme this month is “The Partygoers”.  “Small soirees, all-out holiday bases: no matter how you’re celebrating, this is the selection to see you through party season.  We’re wrapping up 2016 with an inky-black mascara, a show-stopping red lip shade, and more must-haves for looking your best at any fete.”

Sephora Play December 2016

First up is Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

Sephora Play December 2016

What it is

A silky, long-lasting lip stain that keeps lips covered with bold color from AM to PM—no need to reapply or touch up throughout the day.

What it does
This bestselling, high-coverage lip color glides on smooth and transforms from a creamy texture into a silky, lightweight stain. Infused with avocado oil, the long-lasting formula delivers rich color that feels comfortable, is never sticky, and won’t dry out lips.

Sephora Play December 2016

Bonus
The options are (nearly) limitless! This stain comes in matte and satin finishes, and a wide range of richly-pigmented colors.

Sephora Play December 2016

Pro Tip

Bold color calls for precise application, but don’t worry if you color outside the lines!  After applying, dip a small angled brush in concealer and line the outer edge of your lip to fix any mistakes.

Did You Know?

Lipstick has been around since ancient times, but liquid lipstick formulas weren’t invented until the 1990’s.

My Thoughts and Value

I am not a red lipstick girl, but a lady I work with loves lipstick so it is currently sitting on her desk along with some other items I have gotten lately!  Full size is $14, Sample is $3.31.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon

Sephora Play December 2016

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon is a provocative blend of sultry vanilla bourbon, oakwood, and a hint of tuberose for a bold, oriental-woody scent with intoxicating confidence. Bringing a lightness to Nirvana, the amber toned bottle with rich gold accents blends feminine curves with contrasting architectural lines.

Launched in 2007, Elizabeth and James embodies the duality of sophistication and feminine detail balanced with downtown edge and masculine tailoring. The fashion brand’s contemporary-yet-timeless aesthetic offers the modern girl clothing and accessories that make stylish everyday dressing effortless.

Ashley and Mary-Kate wanted the signature fragrance for Elizabeth and James to embody the same sense of duality inherent to their partnership and the brand. The Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrance collection represents the ultimate state of happiness: an idyllic memory, feeling, moment, or experience.

Notes:
Vanilla Bourbon. Oakwood. Tuberose.

Style:
Passionate. Unpredictable. Provocative.

Behind the Blend

Vanilla bourbon: sweet and spicy

Oakwood: toasted and woody

Tuberose: floral and exotic

My thoughts and Value

I don’t usually include the fragrance samples, because I usually don’t care about them!  But I was excited to see this one as I really like it!  I have loved Elizabeth & James fragrances and was excited to receive this one.  I really like it. I like it better than Rose which is their other new fragrance.  These fragrances are designed to layer, and this one is supposed to layer with Rose.  I liked that this was a spray bottle and not one of those fragrance samples with the little stick in them.  I would for sure consider buying the roller ball of this one.  Full size is $85, Sample is $3.54.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer

Sephora Play December 2016

What it is
A makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear.

What it does
Prep skin for your makeup routine with Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers, 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.

What else you need to know
Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer is available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern:

Texture:
Mattifying Primer reduces shine for oily skin.
Smoothing Primer evens the skin’s texture.
Hydrating Primer preps normal skin and restores balance.
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts.
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes.

Tone:
Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin.
Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin.
Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin.

If you’re not sure where to start, try the Smoothing and Hydrating Primers.

“Like painters, who need a perfectly smooth, even-colored, and flawless canvas, makeup artists require even-toned and smooth skin for an optimal and professional makeup result.”—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director

MAKE UP FOR EVER’S exclusive Equalizer Technology features Acti Tensor 3D, Hyaluronic Acid, and Regeactive, which help to hydrate, firm, and smooth the skin to create the perfect makeup canvas.

Did you Know?

Not only does primer help makeup glide on more smoothly, but it also creates a barrier that protects skin from harsh elements and prevents makeup from clogging pores.

Pro Tip

A little goes a long way!  You only need the size of a pea when applying primer, since too much product might cause your makeup to pill.

My Thoughts and Value

I have confessed on here before, that I don’t really buy into primers.  I don’ t know if I am lazy or just too rushed.  When I have used primers, they do seem to work.  I don’t have a lot of issues with my skin other than, dry patches, and uneven skin tone.  Based on the Did You Know? and the Pro Tip above, I will give this one a try.  Full size is $37, Sample is $5.92

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Sephora Play December 2016

What it is
A weightless setting spray that keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours.

What it does
Is makeup meltdown ruining your midnight mojo? Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. Developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this groundbreaking, clinically tested formula is suitable for all skin types and features patented Temperature Control Technology. It actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. The result? Smoother-looking skin and vibrant makeup that lasts all day (or night) without melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines.

Sephora Play December 2016

What else you need to know
Unlike similar products on the market that feel sticky or tight on your skin, the sprayer delivers a microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it—and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there.

Research results:
In a 7-day clinical study of All Nighter:
– 78% of participants said All Nighter helped their makeup last for 16 hours
– Over 80% said their makeup not only looked better, it stayed on better (even in the T-zone) without settling into fine lines
– Whether they had combination, oily, or dry skin, 88% or more said All Nighter was the best product to help their makeup last

My Thoughts and Value

I think laziness comes into play, but I don’t really use products like this, and have several of other samples of this product.  I will most likely find someone who will actually use them 🙂  Full size is $31, Sample is $3.87.

drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Sephora Play December 2016

What it is
A unique dry shampoo for all hair types that absorbs oils and impurities while adding body.

What it is formulated to do
Prolong your blowout with Detox Dry Shampoo! It absorbs oils, impurities, and odor while providing body and fullness, leaving hair feeling fresh and clean. Lightweight and easy to use, the micro powder blends in perfectly with hair color, leaving no white residue behind.

What else you need to know
This product is safe for color treated and keratin treated hair.

Did You Know?

Drybar originally began as a hair salon business with the goal to perfect the art of the blowout.  It has since expanded to create a wide-ranging line of professional-quality hair products.

Pro Tip

Focus on the roots when you apply dry shampoo, because that’s where oil collects.  After spraying, wait a few moments and then brush or comb to distribute throughout your hair.

My Thoughts and Value

I love dry shampoo just like the next girl, but I don’t like this one.  The product works fine, great in fact.  I just can’t STAND THE SCENT.  It is so strong, and when I use it, I smell it ALLDAYLONG.  I will send it to Crystal to try, in fact I think I have nother sample, other than the one I am using!  Let’s hope she likes it.  It is funny, people say they love the scent of drybar products – are they ALL like this??  Full size is $23, Sample is $5.26.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Sephora Play December 2016

What it is
A kohl-pigmented mascara that delivers instant volume and super-saturated length for dramatically dark, stretched-out lashes.

What it does
This creamy, kohl-pigmented mascara builds volume lash by lash, as opposed to traditional volumizing formulas that create the appearance of volume by clumping lashes together. The result is thicker, longer, bolder lashes in an instant—the perfect complement to any eye look.

Sephora Play December 2016

Did You Know?

Kohl has been used for centuries across cultures to protect eyes from the harsh desert, prevent eye ailments, and guard from the evil eye.

Pro Tip

When applying, start with your bottom lashes and then proceed to your top lashes.  This will help keep mascara from smudging or transferring underneath your eye.

Sephora Play December 2016

My Thoughts and Value

I love mascara, and can’t ever have too many!  I honestly, haven’t tried much from this brand, and saw something recently that Bobbi Brown was actually leaving the brand.  I am not really sure what that means.  My quick Google search told me all would be ok.  She has been doing this 25 years and her brand and products will still be there, but she won’t.  So I have been doing it wrong based on the Pro Tip above, I always start with the top lashes, I will for NOW ON do bottom first!!  I really like the looks of the brush! Full size is $30, Sample is $15.

FINAL THOUGHTS AND VALUE

Well I am most excited about the mascara and fragrance!  Final Value was $36.90 – not too shabby.  And the 2 products I know I will enjoy are still worth more than I paid for the box!

Did you get a Sephora Play box this month?  Be sure to check out my previous Sephora Play reviews!

Kerry

Sephora Play December 2016

 

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