Subscription boxes can be hit or miss. In theory, it’s a great opportunity to sample new products before committing to full size. But most times, you’re left with three or four minis that just don’t work for you. The Sephora Play box is an exception. Already we have a drawer full of Sephora samples, so this just saves us a trip to the store.
The August box is filled with products perfectly-sized for your back-to-school backpack. Between Econ 101 study group, debate club, and sorority parties, there’s not always time for a two-hour grooming session. These hair and makeup minis fit well in a shower caddy and they’re also good for on-the-go. From a best-selling bronzer to a multi-tasking hair styler, this month’s Play box has everything you need to start off the school year strong.
Learn more about the six items featured in the August box ahead, and subscribe to Sephora Play to get all the miniature versions in your mailbox.
The satin finish lipstick is great alone or mixed with another color. With its moisturizing ingredients, you don’t have to worry about drying your lips out. And it’s a pinkish nude shade that won’t distract in your summer internship interview.
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick, $22, available at Sephora
This multifaceted styler is designed to work for hair textures from straight to kinky curls. You can also use it on wet or dry hair to get the definition that you need. A one-product hair routine is ideal when you’ve got to carry all your product to the communal bathroom in a shower caddy.
Living Proof T.B.D. Multi-Tasking Styler Mini, $15, available at Sephora
When you’re in a time crunch, adding some definition to your brows can make you look more put together — even if you don’t have time for the full pencil, powder, concealer, highlighter brow routine. This brow gel goes on clear so it will work for any hair color and perfectly holds your brows in place.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel , $22, available at Sephora
Who doesn’t love a good mask that works well on oily, dry, or combination skin? After those long nights in the library, your skin is guaranteed to need a boost. This exfoliating treatment will refresh dull, tired skin so that all-nighter you pulled the other day won’t show on your face.
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay, $28, available at Sephora
In this month’s box, there’s a bonus sample! This shampoo and conditioner combo will not disappoint. It restores moisture to your hair while providing the clean feeling we all need.
This cult-favorite bronzing powder gives you the perfect sun-kissed look with a natural glow. It’s perfect for on-the-go contouring, especially when you’re running late to class… again.
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer Mini, $20, available at Sephora
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