Review – Sephora Play May Box

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Happy Friday Bookish Babes! A few weeks ago I did a first impressions type of review on the May Sephora Play Box. Now that I’ve had some time to play with the products I wanted to let you know my full thoughts.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

This cologne has a significant orange scent to it that I was skeptical about at first, but I actually ended up quite liking it! Would I actually go buy a bottle? Probably not, it’s just not something I’m that in love with (plus it’s $120 for 3.3 oz…yikes). I do think that this is a wonderful summer scent and I definitely plan on using the whole sample (which goes a surprisingly long way). Others must agree with me, because all but the 6.7 oz size are sold out!

Origins Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer

The Origins Maskimizer is meant to be used BEFORE putting on a face mask to optimize the performance of said mask. I honestly think this is such a gimmicky product you guys. I used it a few times, but I just didn’t see a difference. At $22 for 3.2 oz I would skip this one.

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores

The Maskimizer came with two Origins mask to try out with it. I was so excited for these, I’ve badly been wanting to try this brand! As an acne prone lady I was particularly interested in this pore clearing mask that everyone and their mom seems to rave about. This sample was only enough to do one mask and I typically like to try a product more than once before reviewing it. For the one time I tried it I don’t think that it was a strong enough mask for me personally. My favorite clear skin mask is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, that stuff is STRONG and wonderful. I will say that the Origins mask did not dry out my face as much as other pore clearing masks, which I quite liked.

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask

So…when I tried this I did not realize it was an overnight mask, I thought it was another 10 minute mask like the charcoal one. I put this all over and prepared to sit for about 10 minutes while I waited. As I was waiting I decided to check out reviews for this on Sephora’s website and there were ALOT of people saying it broke them out badly. I kinda started to panic at this and decided to rinse it off after only 5 minutes. I have a feeling if I had left this on overnight my face would have been a mess in the morning as it was already getting slightly irritated from the short time I had it on. I am oily and acne prone so I don’t think this mask was made for my skin type.

KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

This sample is SO generous at 0.34 oz when the 0.51 oz size is $19. I’ve been using this every day for the past 2 weeks and I think it’s an okay moisturizer. I didn’t think I would like the rose scent at first, but it grew on me and now I look forward to putting it on at night and smelling so pretty! I haven’t seen any noticeable changes in my skin from using this and I think some of the drugstore night creams that I’ve tried have left my face feeling more hydrated by morning.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask

I’ve only used this product once, but I do plan on using up the rest of the sample. This did make my hair softer, but it felt more like just a really good conditioner instead of a deep conditioning mask.

tarte Tarteist™ Lip Crayon

Did. Not. Enjoy. As I expressed in my first impressions post this sample is more in the form of a lip liner and it was very dry. It ended up breaking off several times just while swatching. Application on my lips was no better, I had to press down pretty hard to get any color payoff and it kept breaking. I would not recommend this product based on this sample.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

It’s SO bright. Bright lipsticks are definitely out of my comfort zone, but after wearing it for a while it ended up growing on me. What do you think?


As for the formula this stuff is FANTASTIC! I wore this for 8 hours through 2 meals, including pulled pork sandwiches, and it still looked pretty darn great at the end of the day. Not perfect, but I was thoroughly impressed. On initial application I thought this would slide around on my lips and get everywhere because it was so creamy. It did take a while to set but once it did this thing did not budge, the shine also diminished once it set which I was pretty happy about. This formula was also pretty hydrating, I really didn’t feel like my lips were dry at all throughout the day. I will definitely be buying more of these in the future…perhaps something more wearable?


That wraps up the Sephora Play box for May! Do you get this subscription box? Let me know what you thought about it! If you didn’t get this box, what product are you most interested in?


Allons-y Bookish Babes!



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