play1Accidents are part of life.  Take today for example:  after a long work week, I come home to update my holiday wish list at Sephora.  I just needed to unwind a bit, and my husband has already started asking what he should get me.  So, to make life easier for him (because I always think about my loved ones first!) I put my items directly into the shopping cart instead of making an actual wish list.  Then, somehow (it’s a mystery) I accidentally hit ‘purchase now’ without realizing that my credit card information is saved and boom – I bought all the things on my wishlist.  ALL THE THINGS!  I really don’t know how it happened.

I know what you’re thinking – and you’re right.  He’s totally not going to buy that lame excuse either, buuuuut I’m sticking with it.

With that as background info, imagine my surprise when I got home to discover my very first Play! by Sephora subscription box arrived today! I’m no subscription box rookie.   I’ve had Glossybox for almost 2 years now and I’ve never been disappointed.  I recently subscribed to Ipsy which I’ve been pretty happy with and the price is right.  I cancelled Birchbox because the sample sizes were to small to truly get to know the products, at least generally speaking.  With subscription boxes, I’m paying you to market to me, so I’m pretty choosy about which subs stay and which aren’t.

The Play! box did not disappoint.   Details on the items with tips on use were included in a cute little glossy magazine, and the products – OH! The products.

I’m not much of a fragrance person, mostly because many irritate me (in an allergic sense, not an emotionally labile sense, but Stella by Stella McCartney is a light, floral scent that I actually quite like.  I’m not likely to purchase the full-size as I’m drawn toward scents that are more earthy, foodie or unique, but it is a pretty scent.

The first time I tried a Bite lipstick was two years ago.   It was the first time I had ever used an entire tube of lipstick and dug out every last bit with a lip brush.  It’s THAT good.  Since then, I’ve used various shades of the lipstick and lip gloss but I’ve never tried the pencil, so I’m sure you can imagine my joy at finding it inside Play! in a subtle color that can definitely be used every day.  What sets Bite apart is their use of  food-grade raw materials.  Besides being able to literally eat an entire tube of lipstick if you were so inclined, it’s a nice testament to the safety and quality of their goods.  If you take into consideration how much lipstick one probably consumes over a lifetime, I like the idea of food-grade.  The pencil apparently contains resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red wine, recently made famous by the RHOC’s apparently cancer-faking DB Brooks.  Guilty TV pleasures aside, Bite makes a great product and I’m delighted to try a new-to-me product from a company I already love.

Speaking of lip products, I had not had the pleasure of trying Buxom’s minty, tingly lip gloss.  It’s fresh, it’s spunky and it’s glossy – what’s not to love?   Nicely rounding out the box was a bottle of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil which is always great to have around for a multitude of beauty applications and, the product I’m most excited to try, Make Up Forever‘s Step 1 moisturizing primer.  Everything they make is making-up perfection, so I can’t wait to see how great my skin looks tomorrow – especially after finishing the look with Sephora’s fun and rich blue eye liner.

Sephora curators, listen up – if your subsequent forays into the subscription box world are as awesome as this one – you’ll have a loyal subscriber for life.  Readers, if you’re considering a subscription box, this one sure packs a bang for the buck.



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