Play! by Sephora – October 2017

Hi, guys! I hope you are all well this weekend. I can’t believe it has already been a month since my last box! For anyone that isn’t familiar with Play!, it’s a month subscription box by Sephora. It’s $10.00 (plus tax) a month and has free shipping. You receive 5 deluxe samples (plus a perfume sample) of products for a certain theme. This months theme is Complexion Companions! To learn more, click here.

Inside this months box:

The Best of the Boost MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Skin Booster $41.00 USD for 0.4 oz.


What it is:
A hydrating face serum that delivers a plumped look, preps skin for makeup, and hydrates to smooth the appearance of fine lines.

What it does:
Recharge your complexion with Ultra HD Skin Booster. Rich in hyaluronic-acid and argan oil extract, it instantly hydrates skin to smooth the appearance of fine lines. It illuminates skin to prep it for makeup application, and its expertly designed, drop applicator provides the perfect amount of product. Apply before your favorite primer formula to make your makeup work even harder. The result is a perfectly smooth canvas ready for makeup application.

What else you need to know:
Deeply connected to the evolving needs of professional makeup artists and consumers alike, MAKE UP FOR EVER developed Ultra HD to meet the demands of the next generation of digital devices that display images with stunning clarity, unbelievable detail, and heightened color. Featuring a wide array of foundation and concealer shades for diverse skin tones, Ultra HD offers everything you need to prep, cover, and finish for a flawless, natural-looking complexion.

They had me at hydrating. I applied this on my hand to see what was up with it and my hand instantly plumped, lines reduced, etc. You can mix this in with foundation, primer, or use it on its own.

Don’t Hate, ExfoliateDr. Brandt Skincare – PoreDermabrasion™ Pore Perfecting Exfoliator $58.00 USD for 2 oz

Claims:What it is:
A unique professional-grade physical and chemical exfoliator and pore perfector in one.

Solutions for:
– Oiliness
– Pores
– Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
PoreDermabrasion™ Pore Perfecting Exfoliator reduces the look of enlarged pores and mattifies shine. Minimize pores while smoothing and evening skin’s texture with this dual-action formula. This exfoliator instantly* works to deeply cleanse pores while it strengthens and tightens the look of pores by removing congestion- and clogging-causing impurities. Your skin will look and feel smoother, more even, and shine-free. *Individual results may vary.

I’ve seen this in quite a few subscription boxes lately. I have a good amount of pores on my nose, upper lip, and cheeks so I’m really excited about this product! I’ve used it once so far and I really like it. A little goes a long way. I did notice a reduction in the size of my pores. I also have sensitive skin and after washing with this my skin was really red and irritated to the point of doing a hydrating/clam down/please go back to normal face mask.  I will be using this every night for the next week or two to tell you guys the full results.

Filter Perfect Urban Decay – Optical Illusion Complexion Primer $34.00 USD for 1 oz, $15.00 for .5 oz.

Claims:What it is:
A complexion primer that instantly blurs the look of flaws, reduces fine lines and minimizes the appearance of pores.

What it does:
Ready for your most perfected-looking skin? Instantly blur flaws and smooth out your skin with Optical Illusion Complexion Primer by Urban Decay. This primer reduces fine lines and makes pores seem to vanish—for a gorgeous, porcelain-like texture. Makeup not only goes on better, but also lasts longer.

The velvety soft, lightweight primer has a slight pink tint to illuminate skin pre-makeup, but it dries down to a translucent, matte finish. It imparts a beautiful, airbrushed, and provides just enough glide to fill in lines for a smoothed-out complexion, and dries down to the perfect powdery finish.

This cushiony formula contains optical blurring pigments for beautifully perfected skin. A luxurious blend of argan, rosehip, and meadowfoam seed oils provides moisturizing and antioxidant benefits while vitamin E conditions. The perfect all-around primer, this formula works great for every skin type and concern.

Research results:
In a clinical study on 30 people, immediately after use:
– 90% of participants saw reduced visibility of pores
– 90% had smoother-looking skin
– 93% had more even-toned skin
– 81% reported a visible reduction in fine lines and blemishes

SO EXCITED WHEN I SAW THIS. I love Optical Illusion! It’s definitely in the top 5 for primers and a favorite. After applying (without foundation) I notice smoother-looking skin, reduction in blemishes, more even-toned skin, as mentioned in the clinical study. It does reduce my pores significantly, not as good as Benefit’s POREfessional. This also has a pretty thick consistency, I’ve found it’s best to apply with my hands. This dries down to a really nice silky, powder-like finish.

Got You CoveredMAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation $43.00 USD for 1.01 oz. Shade Y245 – Soft Sand


✔ Medium

✔ Natural

What it is:
A bestselling HD foundation with an ultra-lightweight texture that melts into skin for unfiltered perfection in every light.

What it does:
Developed specifically for the film and TV industry’s most advanced technology, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion—on and off camera. Completely invisible under the latest, super-focused 4K lens, this innovative foundation is infused with uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium-to-buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin. It delivers the very same flawless results as before when applied with a flat foundation brush in a tap and stretch motion.

Lasting all day and imparting a natural-looking finish, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation is formulated with hyaluronic spheres to ensure comfortable wear on all normal, dry, and combination skin types. Now available in an expanded range of 40 shades to match all skintones, it’s the perfect everyday foundation for a flawless complexion.

This month’s spotlight product! So excited when I saw this. I got a sample about 8 months ago but it was in a color was too dark so I never got to try it out. When swatched on my hand it seemed a bit dark but according to the Play! pamphlet you can bring the Play! pass in store and get matched and receive a different sample. There are also 40 shades offered so I’m sure everyone will have a match. After thinking it was too dark I was really surprised by how much coverage it had! It claims to be medium but just from a hand swatch, it seems more full. Anyway, fingers crossed this shade will work for me!

Mist Wantedtarte – 4-in-1 setting mist – Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection $25.00 USD for 2.5 oz, $12.00 USD for 1.01 oz.


What it is:
A four-in-one primer, makeup setting spray, hydrating mist, and skin refresher.

What it does:
– Multipurpose setting spray
– Primes, sets, hydrates, & refreshes while locking down makeup for 12 hours
– Formulated with antioxidant-rich algae to help smooth fine lines & wrinkles & reduce the appearance of pores

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested.

You guys know I love tarte. Of course, I was so excited to try this. I actually got a deluxe sample awhile back in a value set and really liked it so I’m happy to try this multi-purpose spray out again. It also smells so freaking good!

Azur Wish Tory Burch – Tory Burch Bel Azur $126.00 USD for 3.4 oz, $96.00 USD for 1.7 oz, $30.00 USD for 0.20 oz (rollerball)


Fragrance Family:

Scent Type:
Fresh Citrus & Fruits

Key Notes:
Mandarin, Tuberose, Vetiver

Bel Azur transports you to the Côte d’Azur, a legendary paradise on the French Riviera. Inspired by Tory’s love of the sea, this refreshing fragrance exudes the golden sun shimmering on clear blue waters. A solar burst of bergamot washes over breezy floral notes of neroli and peony to rejuvenate the senses, while creamy cedarwood and earthy vetiver melt into a lingering sunkissed warmth.

The fragrance is encased in a beautiful glass bottle in a wave of blue ombre—a perfect escape.

This is a very powerful fragrance, a little goes a long way. I think it smells great but if you use too much it will definitely give you a headache. It has a really nice fresh scent with a hint of citrus.

I’m so happy with this box and love everything I got!

What is your favorite subscription box? What’s your plan for the weekend?Check out past Play! by Sephora boxes here:

Play! by Sephora August 2017 Review

Play! by Sephora September 2017

Play! by Sephora September 2017 Follow Up Review

P.S…. in the future would you like to see a full post on what I got and reviews or would you like to continue to see this kind of post and a follow up two weeks later?

Disclaimer: All prices and words in blockquote are from All info in front of the product name, such as “Don’t hate, exfoliate” are from the Play! by Sephora October 2017.

11 thoughts on “Play! by Sephora – October 2017

  1. I got the Dr. Brandt thing in my Boxycharm!! The makeup forever serum looks awesome! I really want to know if the optical illusion Urban Decay primer works!

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