Just like fashion, makeup can be quite seasonal. You can always wear whatever you want whenever you want, but makeup trends do seem to change throughout the year: from soft, fresh looks in the spring, to bronze and bold colors in the summer, to deeper, autumn-color inspired looks in the fall, and finally to bright, crisp looks in the winter (especially around the holidays!). Along with trends, the needs of our skin changes throughout the year, which in turn changes the types of products we need/want to use.
Play! By Sephora is a $10 a month subscription service curated by Sephora; it includes about five deluxe-sized/full sized products and one fragrance sample vial. This is a newer subscription service and it seems like Sephora is still trying to figure things out; it used to come in a box (now it comes in a bag) and it looks like Sephora is starting to make different versions (where before everyone got the same thing). It can be kind of hard to get this subscription since it's not offered everywhere right now and you have to join a waitlist and wait for an invite to sign up.
Overall, I got five deluxe samples, plus one fragrance sample vial, with a total value of about $35.45. Not the highest value, but it's still over 3x what I paid for the box, and all the brands sample are well known and/or respected. I also like that all the products/brands are purchasable from Sephora. While there have been changes to the service itself (some of them even steps backwards, in my opinion), the quality of the products and samples has stayed consistent, which really is the most important part.
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