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-This page only pertains to the subscription. View my Sephora page for details on everything else.
-Read articles regarding Sephora Play: Play Sign-Ups, Sephora Play vs Birchbox, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, There no articles for December 2016-December 2017, but the products I received for every month get mentioned in January 2018, February 2018, March 2018, March 2018 Bonus, April 2018, Play! Date Experience, May 2018, June 2018, July 2018, August 2018, September 2018, October 2018, November 2018, December 2018, Birchbox vs Sephora Play – The 2018 Year of Reviews, and January 2019.
-Sephora hosts monthly Play! Dates for subscribers to attend. The events vary from store-to-store, but I highly recommend going at least once.
-Update your Play! Profile. Starting with the July 2016 Boxes, they are customized based on skin type. There is still limited customization, but there are generally at least 6 variations in boxes based on profiles.
-In order to receive a box from the current month, you must sign up by the 7th. Those who sign up after the 7th will get their first box the following month. You will be charged immediately upon signing up and your box.
Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and 1 bonus (fragrance vial or foil packet) for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is included. The charge posts from the 1st through the 4th, and the boxes start shipping around the middle of the month. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the box so it only includes well-known mid to high range items. 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 and applies $10 toward your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status.
Update your Play! Profile. Boxes are somewhat customized based on how you answered your profile. While there is not a lot of variation, they try to get you items for your skin type and color. There is a shop the products link that gives a history of all items sampled since September 2015. Over 20 unique products are sampled between the box variations each month, and those with updated profiles have a better chance of getting samples suited for them.
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 is very helpful and provides information not easily available on the website.
Each box comes with a Play! Pass. The Play! Pass is only valid in store though the end of the following month. It is redeemable with any purchase (even items not received in the box) for 50 Beauty Insider points. Only one 50 point pass is valid per day, so using two in a single trip will not work. These points may take up to 24 hours to apply. It takes 100 points to receive a deluxe perk, but online orders over $25 come with a deluxe perk. While this is wonderful for those trips you have to make in store or when you are spending less than $25, it will generally be a better deal to order online and redeem a deluxe perk. You can also use the Play! Pass for a one-on-one consolation with a beauty expert.
Items come inside a collectible makeup bag. This is a small drawstring thick cotton bag that is very cute but not practical for holding makeup.
There are no known promo codes for joining Play!
My annual recap where I go over the year of my Sephora Play! Boxes and compare them to my Birchbox subscription is up.
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