Play! by Sephora May 2018 Review – Beauty Goals

As we creep into summer it has come time for another unboxing with a Play! by Sephora May 2018 review. The theme of the May box is Beauty Goals, or #beautygoals. The products inside are touted to be tried-and-true beauty staples that have stood the test of time and have a huge cult following. The theme makes me slightly eerie that I am going to get a box full of samples that I have tried over and over again, but I am trying to keep my head held high. I can at least trust that the box will be full of excellent products with great reviews, leading to a higher success rate that the products will work out for me. I think that I have built up the anticipation long enough, so I will cut open the seal and reveal the gems inside with you now.

Play! by Sephora May 2018 review
Play! by Sephora May 2018 review

Yay! We finally got a cute bag this month. It looks like denim with red shoelaces. I reuse the nice bags all over the house for different storage/organizational needs.

Play! by Sephora May 2018 bag
Play! by Sephora May 2018 bag

Right off the bat I see that three out of the six products are repeats that I have gotten in Play! boxes in the past. That is really discouraging to me, even though I love the repeated products. While I am not trying to be dramatic over samples, my point is that if I am paying $10 I want to branch out and try some new items.

Play! by Sephora May 2018 products
Play! by Sephora May 2018 products

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet 

The first item in this Play! by Sephora May 2018 review boils down to be a moisturizer, because Sephora loves their moisturizers and primers. This particular moisturizer claims to have a unique formula that transforms from a cream into a gel as you rub it over the skin. The cream itself is white with no distinguishable scent. The moisturizer is supposed to hydrate, soothe, and soften while providing lightweight hydration. It is also should protect the skin from free radicals. The directions state to apply a dime-sized amount to the face and neck morning and night.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Ouai Wave Spray

I am a big fan of Wave Spray, which you probably know because you have seen it on the blog multiple times. Since getting a sample in a Play! box, I have purchased the full-sized bottle. Despite it's price tag and being outside of my haircare price range, this stuff truly is worth the money. I have tried other wave sprays that claim to curl, add beachy waves and texture, so on and so forth. The issue with them is that they make my hair extremely crunchy and frizzy, which in turn leaves my hair so knotted up that I basically cannot brush it without showering and dowsing my hair with conditioner. Wave Spray actually works- and without the crunch and tangles. It is also perfumed in a good way. While the directions state to apply it to damp or dry hair and then scrunch, I have some pro tips. I have found that the more water, the better for maximum wave. I was not using much water in conjunction with this product. One day I used it for an outdoor event, which ended up being rained out, but my hair look gorgeous! Since then, I take a spray bottle of water and go to town. You do not have to make yourself look like you took a shower, but be generous. Next, you should also be generous with the Wave Spray. You can even follow up from there with more water. Then scrunch and let your hair dry without messing with it.

I also noticed that the sample in this box is 1 fl oz, while the last sample that I got was 1.7 fl oz. Getting cheap there on us, Sephora?

Ouai Wave Spray
Ouai Wave Spray

Buxom Lash Mascara

I have to be a jerk for a moment and laugh at the generic name of this mascara- "Lash Mascara." As if I had no idea where to apply the product. I thought that I was supposed to smear it all over my belly button. Anyway, getting back on track here, Lash Mascara makes the same claims as pretty much every mascara ever. The claims are separation, length, volume, no clumping, with a deeply pigmented formula. The wand is a thick hourglass shape, which is supposed to aid you in reaching all of your lashes. You may notice that I tend not to show the mascara wands. I have a bunch of mascaras in my collection with no idea as to when I will get to a particular one. I do not want to dry out my mascara by opening it months before use.

Buxom Lash Mascara
Buxom Lash Mascara

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Tattoo Liner may just be my favorite eyeliner in the brush/liquid category. Besides getting one in a Play! box a while ago, I got another when I bought a Sephora gift set for myself. This deluxe sample makes for three. I do feel fortunate to be able to keep Tattoo Liner around without having to drop the money for a full size. I feel as though it is highly innovative with it's fine and long brush tip that is inspired by a tattoo needle. The liner tip makes it easy for me to control the thickness of my line unlike any eyeliner I have ever used. Some days I like a thick line, and others thin. All too often my thin liner days turn into an eyelid covered in eyeliner in a hurry, but not with this eyeliner. A common issue that occurs with felt tip liners is that over time the tip of the applicator gets bent, or the entire applicator looses form. This one does not. I have also used up Clinique's version of this eyeliner, with a brush tip as well. Toward the end the brush hairs started to stick out in different directions. This one does not do that either. It really is good until the final drop.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Hourglass products are gorgeous in their frosted glass packaging. I am excited to try this primer. It is supposed to be good for oily skin such as mine. It claims to reduce the look of redness, pores, and fine lines, which is right up my alley. It is also supposed to provide weightless UV protection, repel water, and smooth skin's texture. The directions state to apply a pea-sized amount to the face. This primer has a unique applicator- a silicone stick and paddle. It has a lot of flex, which is good. I figure I will just wipe the paddle all over my face to apply, then rub with my fingers. My only worry is being able to use up all of the product as it dwindles down. I am afraid that will be a hard feat with the paddle. I would prefer a primer that I can squeeze, pour, or pump, but I do not want to discredit the unique applicator.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Atelier Cologne Clementine California

The bonus item to end this Play! by Sephora May 2018 review is a perfume sample. As we know by now, Atelier Cologne specializes in citrus scents. As someone who has had a Clementine California sample before, you will definitely smell like citrus all day long. The perfume is definitely perfect for summer, with notes of fruit, floral, star anise, vetiver, and California clementine. It features a warm base with a hint of something fruity.

Atelier Cologne Clementine California
Atelier Cologne Clementine California

Despite half of my Play! by Sephora May 2018 review being repeat samples, it is hard to be mad when you are getting great products that you know, love, and trust. I would definitely repurchase- and have- the eyeliner and wave spray. I do think that the theme of the box matched the products. Were any of the products in the box ride or die products for you? Did you subscribe to this box and receive some different favorites? Please start a discussion with me in the comments below! Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

Be sure to check out my April 2018 review and all of my Play! by Sephora reviews.

You can subscribe to the Play! box at sephora.com/play.

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