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Sephora Play! December 2019 Review – Award-Worthy Beauty

By Kimberly

It’s time for my December 2019 Sephora Play review. Play! by Sephora is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and a bonus foil packet or perfume vial for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is free. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the Play! box so most items are from well-known, high-end brands. While Sephora does carry a few low-end and luxury brands, they do not really appear in the subscription boxes. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points to Beauty Insiders, 12.5 points to VIB members, and 15 points to VIB Rouge members. This Play! box also applies $10 toward your purchase minimum to maintain your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status. The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and from the 1st through the 4th for succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 11th through the 15th.

Annual Play by Sephora Review

This article covers my December 2019 Sephora Play Box review, but you can see a synopsis of a year of Play! by Sephora Box reviews vs a year of Birchbox reviews. Every year, I review my $10 boxes against each other, so I can declare the annual winner. This is also helpful for those who would like to see a year of reviews for either box in one place. Birchbox did raise its prices for select members, but it is still $10 for me. For those who are not ACES on the $10 plan, I will consider that when I do the annual comparison for 2019.

About the Play! by Sephora Subscription

You can view contents on one box at a time accessing the links through your Sephora order history. There are times when I can see all my Sephora history from that link and other times where it cuts older orders off. The past boxes link does give complete details on the last six boxes.

Boxes get customized based on your profile. Make sure you update your Play! Profile, because it does not use the Sephora profile for this box. There is not a lot of variety in the boxes, but there is enough to justify updating your profile. If you received a box that does not suit you, update your profile. You can continue to play with your settings until you are happy with what you’re receiving. If no adjustments help, cancel your subscription. You can view 20 samples that were available this month through shop the products link. My Sephora Play September 2019 review is from box version is 2293306.

Sephora Play December 2019 Box Theme

Each box comes with a Play! Book. This is a booklet that unfolds into a large sheet of photo paper to show info about all the items inside the box.

It also goes over the theme for the box and shows how the products tie into the theme. The theme for December 2019 Sephora Play box is Award-Worthy Beauty.

Items come inside a thick ziplock bag. You can reuse these bags. The colors keep changing, so I have a rainbow.

My December 2019 Sephora Play Box Review

I received one skincare product, two makeup products, two haircare products, and two body products.

The full-size 0.3 Grande Cosmetics GrandeDRAMA Intense Thickening Mascara retails for $25. I’ve never received a full-size product in a Play by Sephoraa box before, and it even looks like a sample sized box. However I triple checked the size of the box versus the size listed on the site. Merry Christmas to us. It’s legit. Our fist full-size sample, and I am excited to try it.

The 0.01oz Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer is worth $25. Even though it is the sample size, Marc Jacobs places the same amount of product in the sample container as it does in the full-size. I think that is ridiculous, but knowing that and how easy it is to get your hands on Blacquer, you’d be a fool to buy the full-size. Say hello to a fool. Anyway, this is a fabulous eyeliner that glides on like a dream, never skips, and stays put. With so much on hand, I may or may not keep this duplicate.

The 1oz OUAI Body Cleanser is worth $2.80. I am very intrigued by this product as it has Lactobacillus Ferment to kill bacteria and create a healthy skin environment. Hopefully, it does not kill healthy bacteria as it eradicates the unhealthy. It also has some lovely oils, which should leave me with soft skin. This could be very nice.

The 0.84oz Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream retails in this size for $10. I got it in this size for $10 before and ended up gifting it. This is the perfect size for about two days worth of body cream, so it would be great to pack in a bag for a weekend trip. There is no way I am gifting it this time. When it is empty, I will refill it from my larger one and use this for shorter trips.

The 0.33oz tarte SEA limited-edition drink of H2O hydrating boost is worth $7.57. This is a product I’ve been interested in for a while. Anything with h2o in the title is something I want to try. I’ve gotten my hands on a few of these now. Once I try one, I will decide whether I want to keep this duplicate.

The bonus was a 0.23oz drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Conditioner foil. My hair is pretty blonde right now, so this is a good sample if I use it soon. I am thinking of changing the color.

The other bonus is a 0.23oz drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo foil. Same as above. 

The December 2019 Sephora Play box has a $70.37 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $41.98. My personal value is at least $37.80, because I will keep the body wash, the body cream, and the mascara. My value will go up if I decide to keep the duplicate face cream and eyeliner. It is an amazing eyeliner, but gifting something I know is amazing happens a lot. I think this box is worth more than the $10 I paid for the mini Bum Bum cream alone. If it returned, I was prepared to drop $10 to purchase it as I regretted gifting my mini from the day I did it. Everything else is just a bonus.

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What are your thoughts on my December 2019 Play! by Sephora Box review? Let me know below. Sephora does not inform any Beauty Insider of all promotions. It does list a great deal of them on its Beauty Offers page, but I list some it does not on my Sephora Deals Page. Between the ones it lists and the ones I list, you can catch most of them. Sign up for Sephora emails to get targeted offers. If you’re spending over $25 online, there is always a promo code that you can apply. Most major events run on a set schedule, which is why I track them. See all Sephora Play! articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal When Shopping Sephora. Subscribe to the blog to get updates on all posts. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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