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-This page only pertains to the subscription. View my Sephora page for details on everything else.
-Update your Play! Profile. Starting with the July 2016 Boxes, they are customized based on skin type. I receive Box B for normal/dry skin. Box A is for normal/oily skin. It may have more customization down the road.
-Spots are extremely limited. The best shot at subscribing is to arrive early on the 15th of each month. Before or after the 15th, spots only open up as individuals cancel. That means you can get extremely lucky if you try to sign up right after someone drops, but you are more likely to end up on the waitlist. If you get an invitation from the waitlist, respond as quickly as possible. Spots are not reserved and are first come, first served. Those who are not on the waitlist can go straight in if they check when there are openings. Being on the waitlist will not improve your chance of subscribing, but it is the only way to receive notification that a spot is open.
Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers six beauty samples 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. Spots are limited now, but you can place your name on the waiting list. This is one more sample than the standard $10 box offers (which makes me feel better since I have to pay tax), because it considers the monthly fragrance as a bonus item. 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.
Items populate in your Beauty Bag around the middle of the month, so you can usually see them before they arrive. Past boxes have not had any variation. Sephora added emphasis on the updating the Play! Profile. This could mean future boxes may have variation. Make sure you update your profile. There is a shop the products link that gives a history of all items sampled since September 2015. If and when a month pops up with more than six items, we’ll know that there is finally variation in the boxes.
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.
I am still pretty new to this subscription, so I suggest reading the FAQ section if you have any questions I did not answer. When spots open up on the wait list, they go quickly. Act as fast as possible once you receive the email confirming your spot. They send more invitations than spots they have available, so ignore the countdown saying you have more time. Remember to check all Sephora offers before ordering anything you love from the box.
There are no known promo codes for joining Play!
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