January 2018 Sephora Play! Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Sephora Play! box.

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Sephora Play! is a monthly subscription box that costs $10.00 a month. Every month, you’ll receive six samples, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning.

This month’s theme is Happy You Year.

When resolutions look this good, they’re easy to keep. Kick off 2018 with a new beauty routine that puts hydration first.

On the opposite side of the information card, there’s an illustrated list called “Here’s To A Beautiful 2018”. The list is monthly challenges to make 2018 a more beautiful year. There is also a Play pass that you can take to a Sephora store and redeem for 50 Beauty Insider points.

Each month, the products come in an exclusive drawstring bag. This month’s bag features a black haired girl peering out over a banner that says “Happy You Year”, wearing a crown that says 2018.

Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base, $9.39.

A creamy, conditioning primer that preps lashes for smooth application and a boost of drama.

Your lashes are delicate and sometimes they require a little R&R. This formula is infused with vitamin E and microfibers, which not only make your lashes look fuller and longer, but also nurture and rejuvenate lashes.

Apply from roots to tips of lashes and then apply mascara while formula is still wet.

I have used this before, and while the product itself is nice, I’m just not a fan of lash primers or mascara bases. I feel like they make my mascara a bit clumpy and make it much harder to take off, which I get is kind of the point, but I don’t have an issue with my mascaras on a day to day basis. While I will use this on occasion, it’s definitely not my favorite from Sephora.

Glamglow SUPERCLEANSE Clearing Cream-To-Foam Cleanser, $3.20.

Ultra-creamy cleanser uses a blend of three charcoals to clear pores and remove excess oil and makeup.

End the day feeling fresh with this powerful yet gentle cream-to-foam cleanser that removes every trace of makeup while maintaining moisture in your skin.

Squeeze a generous amount into your hands. Add water and rub hands together to create a foamy lather. Massage over face morning and night. Rinse clean.

I am a huge Glamglow fan. Their masks are amazing, although quite expensive. This cleanser has a nice minty smell, and foams up really nicely. Glamglow products always make my skin feel super clean after using them, and this one meets that expectation from the first trial. This is a thumbs up for Sephora!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, $5.46.

Lightweight, non-greasy primer and moisturizer delivers deep hydration while prepping skin for makeup.

Streamline your morning routine with this two-in-one primer-meets-moisturizer, which contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, two all-star ingredients for deep hydration. The result? Glowing, dewy skin.

Using your fingertips, apply a small amount all over face before applying makeup.

I have tried several Smashbox primers in my days, and I’m a pretty big fan of the entire line. I do however, love multi-use and multi-tasker products so I’m really excited that Smashbox came out with this little guy. And I mean little literally. This is a very tiny sample. Cute, but tiny. It’s a very thing formula with no scent that I can detect and is a nice change of pace from their silicone based primers. It blends into skin nicely and holds makeup in place. Another win!

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, $5.30.

A hydrating and brightening under-eye cream that’s easy to pop in your bag for pick-me-ups throughout the day.

Say goodbye to tired eyes with this moisturizing and brightening eye cream. Powered by peptides, it will keep you looking refreshed all day long, no matter how little sleep you got.

Using a circular motion, apply a small amount directly to under-eye area in the morning or as needed throughout the day.

This is another product that I have used before. I actually have a couple little baby sizes like this one in my stash. It really is a great eye cream. My under-eyes feel hydrated and soft and look smoother and brighter after I use this, which is amazing in my opinion. Especially as a mother of three.. 🙂 This is a win for me, because I love having smaller options for eye cream so I can try out more since a little goes such a long way.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner, $2.82.

A hydrating facial toner infused with soothing rosewater for a refreshed, healthy-looking complexion.

Keep this by your side during flights, long work days, trips to the gym, or anytime your skin needs a little pick-me-up. This gentle formula is great for giving dull skin a boost of vitality.

Apply using a cotton pad morning and evening. Avoid the eye area.

Fresh is another brand that I really enjoy. This is a cute little mini bottle of their Rose Floral Toner. It does have a strong scent of rose to it. I never used to like the rose scent, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to appreciate it more and more. Nowadays, it doesn’t bother me at all and I quite enjoy it. This is a really nice toner, it makes my skin feel cleansed and refreshed and I do like the scent. All in all, another win.

Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Moisture Shampoo, $1.00.
Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Moisture Conditioner, $1.00.

Luxurious moisture-boosting shampoo and conditioner packed with age-defying proteins, minerals, and vitamins for silky strands.

Feed your hair the nutrients it needs with this replenishing shampoo and conditioner fortified with caviar extract, vitamin C, and cytokines. We love that it provides color and UV protection!

Apply a generous amount in the shower and rinse with water.

I have used this before, in these same little sample sachets actually. I actually still have a couple from GWPs and sample bags. These are okay, but the size is something that really bugs me. Small bottles is one thing, but these little one-time use foil packs never comes with enough products for the length of my hair. Especially the conditioner packet. Eh, I’ll use what I can out of them, or combine with the other ones I have to get enough product but I’m not really impressed with this as an addition in the box since this really just feels like a free sample to me.


All in all, I think that this was a good month for the Sephora Play! box. I’m happy with 4 of the 6 products in here and I’ll still use the other two products, so I call that a win. I think the value is definitely a plus with this box and I love shopping at Sephora, so I think it’s a great way to try out a variety of the products they sell at a discount.

I paid $10.00 for $28.17 worth of product!

What do you think of this box? Do you shop at Sephora regularly?

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