PLAY! By Sephora The Beauty Remedy Edition I


Once a year, the Sephora subscription box goes luxe, and this was the first year I decided to partake. While the usual box costs only $10, this luxury sample bag costs $20, but promises to include the highest quality samples. I chose which edition I wanted, but got sent the other one instead (this seemed to happen to a lot of people) but I was happy with what I got. Let’s get into a quick review of each sample in the box!



Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick in 400 $38.00

This lipstick mini from Giorgio Armani really surprised me! I am usually somewhat disappointed when another mini is a red shade, but this turned out to be a glossy berry color perfect for the colder weather. Because of the shine, this lipstick feels comfortable and moisturizing on the lips, but it lacks to staying power of a more matte finish.


Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm $36.00

Is there anything more needlessly luxurious than a Givenchy lip balm? I think not. While I would never spend almost $40 for a name brand chapstick, I am very happy to have this little sample to throw in my purse. I am also a sucker for anything millennial pink, so that might have something to do with it.


Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer $52.00

A substantial sized sample of a primer I would never consider shelling out the cash for? Yes please! I haven’t used this oil based blurring primer yet, but I will be back with a more in depth review once I do. Filled with tiny flecks of golden shimmer, not only is this supposed to minimize the appearance of pores, but also luminize and brighten up the complexion.


AMOREPACIFIC Vintage Single Extract Essence $145.00

This was the product I was most intrigued by, simply because I still have very little idea how exactly I want to incorporate it into my skincare routine. The downside to having such a large sample of this product is that I have the potential to fall totally in love with it, then have my heart broken by the insane price tag. Korean Beauty is known for having the best anti-aging products, so I know this will impress me.


La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream $85.00-$315.00

Imagine my shock and happiness to find the holy grail of skincare just sitting in my $20 box. La Mer face cream has always been my reach dream (aka one day I will be able to buy as many jars as I want with no regard for the price) so getting a taste of the good life has me hooked. I am almost so in love that I have been avoiding using any more, preferring to save it for the most luxurious self spa nights.


Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume $250.00

Every Sephora Play! box includes a perfume sample, but this one is really impressive. Much bigger than the typically tiny vials, this ultra-expensive perfume is worth more than the box as a whole. Carmin Pure is such a sexy scent, with Bergamot and Sandalwood giving the perfect mix of woodsy and feminine. While I could never hope to own the full bottle in the near future, I will use this little spray sparingly until that time comes.

Let me know if you got this box and what your thoughts were!

Glowingly yours,


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