Stella May I know what you got for July's Play by Sephora box? July 2016

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Of course you may! Today is the first official At First Blush post and it's going to be what is in Play by Sephora's July 2016 box. Mine arrived late yesterday, just in time for today's post! As usual, I received 5 samples (+1 bonus fragrance) in the same stripey box and drawstring bag as the first two boxes. So let's dive straight in:
In this month's Play box: 
Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate (Medium/Deep) 0.08 oz worth $6.86 (full size 0.35 oz, $30.00)
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing 0.25 oz worth $9.75 (full size 1.0 oz, $39.00)
beautyblender blotterazzi 1 sponge (full size includes compact $20.00)
Ouai Wave Spray 1.7 fl oz worth $8.84 (full size 5 oz, $26.00)
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay 1.0 oz worth $5.11 (full size 4.7 oz, $24.00)
NEST Citrine tiny vial (full size 0.27 oz rollerball or 1.7 oz spray, $25.00- $68.00)
Total worth: $30.20 + sponge + fragrance 
This month's box samples from basically every category offered at Sephora. First two we have hair and skin care. The Ouai wave spray is probably the product I am most excited for. (& good thing it comes in such a nice size!) As we are in the middle of summer, I want to be spending little to no time on my hair. Like last month's box with the Don't Blow It from Bumble and bumble, but in a lighter spray form. It also smells so good! The First Aid Beauty cleanser is supposed to be good for more acne prone skin. I've had lots of luck with FAB in the past as it's very kind to sensitive skin. This one is also a very good size, I think it will last quite a while.
Next comes a primer and the fragrance. Again they've included a primer. Last month's was a glowy one and this month is a pore minimizing one. It is purple tinged, so I wonder if that will have some sort of brightening effect. The description doesn't mention anything about brightening, but it does claim to prolong your makeup to an 8 hour wear and hide the look of pores. This and the cleanser are aimed for oilier skins, which is basically all us of in the summer no? This time fragrance comes in a little spray bottle. It smell floral and pretty.
And why not bronze up your skin with bronzer? This Too Faced one is one of their hero products and it smells of chocolate! It's infused with cocoa powder. It comes in some sturdy plastic packaging, but the pan size is a little small.
I have the full size one, so I though we could compare! I almost always use bronzer with a bigger, fluffier brush. I would say it's the size of a bigger eye shadow pan. This is one of my favorite bronzers, but it is a little dark on my skin tone. Too Faced also offers a lighter shade of this bronzer. I also use this as a eye shadow color.
Lastly is a makeup brush product. It's funny I just recently mentioned this in my last Sephora purchase. I was so excited when this product came out. It comes in a cute teardrop compact and you can reuse the sponges. Sadly, the sponges don't do anything with my shininess.
The reviews on Sephora are pretty mixed. Some say that it works well, while others are on the boat I am in. I say the easiest way to know if it'll work for you (if you didn't get this box) is to use your beautyblender sponge dry and see if it helps your shine. It's basically a slice of the cult favorite sponge. I have my sponge here to show you the size comparison.
Not only do we get the one sponge (the full size includes two), we also get a little sample of their cleanser. Normally I just use castille soap to wash my sponge. This is nice to travel with since I like to wash my sponge immediately after I use it.

From skin to hair to makeup to tools, we all really all over the place in this month's Play by Sephora box. It's like we got to try things from the entire store. Oh and you get the 50 extra bonus points with an in store purchase and the poster with descriptions of all the samples. It doesn't include the full size price. Have you received your boxes? I am still pretty content with this $10 subscription service so expect to see one next month!

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