February Birchbox vs. Sephora Play!

It’s that time of the month, where I share what I received in my Birchbox and Sephora play! subscriptions. Both are $10 and come monthly. I may be hooked to beauty boxes… new items sent to me every month in the mail? YES PLEASE.


M·A·C Cosmetics Lipglass || full size $17.50 sample value $14

Whoa this is brown on my lips. Paul said I looked terrible, which he never does even when I usually do. It is that bad on my skin tone.

GLOV Quick Treat || full size $3.99 sample value $3.99

I have actually used this weird little finger glove, and I like it. I’ve seen those “just add water, no soap needed” washcloths for removing makeup and this concept is the same, just very petite. Would I go out of my way to buy it, no. But I have been using it at night because I LOAD on the mascara.

Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Conditioner || full size $17.00 sample value $3.88

It is just conditioner. Nothing special.

Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo || full size $12.00 sample value $2.66

Once again this is just shampoo nothing special.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Skyline Mascara || full size $15.00 sample value $9.10

I thought I was going to love this mascara. The brush is small, and the formula dry like how I prefer it, and yet it didn’t keep my lashes curled and all flaked off after 8 hours. Whomp whomp.

Ok so box had a value at $33.63, I’ll use everything but the lipgloss so I’ll use $19.63 worth of product from this box. The problem is I’m not excited about anything in this box, and it has continually been a slight disappointment so I’ve cancelled it! Whoa, I must have FOMO over getting this box because that was hard to do.

Birchbox Total Box Value - $33.63

Alright, on to sephora play! next. I have loved every box since I started getting them and this is again no exception. The fact that they send the fragrance as a bonus item, I have always loved. Birchbox could learn a few things about that…

MILK MAKEUPBlur Stick || full size $36 sample value $3.60

I really like pore blurring products, and this one is great. They are not in my daily routine, but this sample is great and will postpone me purchasing a full size of this type of product for a few more months. I actually really am loving using pore filling products and then not wearing any foundation, it makes my natural skin just look amazing.

BITE BEAUTYAmuse Bouche Lipstick in rhubarb || full size $ 26 sample value $8.66

Ok, so the color is great and so is the product but I already have 3 of this sample…

WANDER BEAUTYBaggage Claim Gold Eye Masks || full size $25 sample value $4.17

I used these the other day after a long day at work, and not much sleep the night before to just pamper myself and it was nice. I would never buy them on my own, but I do like the occasional pamper session.

CAUDALIEVinosource Moisturizing Sorbet || full size $39 sample value $9.75

Man, I have a hard time with a moisturizer that is $39 and works like my $20 one does. It works well and I will certainly use it all, but this isn’t being added to my wishlist.

FRESHRose Face Mask || full size $62 sample value $9.30

I have had several samples of this product before, and I love it! There is a noticeable difference in my skin when I take it off, and I will get tons of value from this item.

STELLA MCCARTNEYStella || full size $97 sample value $1.46

Meh, this got thrown into my perfume sample box, and I may pull it out and try it from time to time but it didn’t knock my socks off.

Box Value Total - $36.94

So the box values were actually pretty close between the two, but I liked almost everything in the play! box, and nothing in the birchbox. I’ll give my play box a value of $28.28 because I have already started using everything but the lipstick.