It’s a typical Wednesday morning, I wake up and of course the first thing I go to do is check my phone, texts, snapchats, and emails.
I always receive Sephora promo e-mails, and typically I try to avoid them because let’s face it ladies, those promo e-mails are pure evil in the eyes of our bank accounts, however, this specific e-mail caught my eye because it read “By Invite Only: Join Play!by Sephora”, and I thought to myself “hmmm, I should check this out”. So I open the e-mail and it was an invite to join Sephora’s new monthly membership program called “Play!”, just like Ipsy’s Glam Bag or BirchBox, this is a monthly subscription box that contains 5 or 6 deluxe samples, and of course just like any other subscription box there is a monthly fee of $10.
I’m not exactly sure about the amount of samples it contains because in the initial e-mail sent to me it stated that there will be 5 deluxe samples, but in the e-mail sent to me after I signed up it stated that there will be 6 deluxe samples. I’m hoping for 6!
Personally I have been contemplating which monthly box I want to subscribe to, which is why I haven’t up until I received this e-mail. I am a loyal Sephora customer, I am a Beauty Insider, and I have committed to purchasing most (if not all) of my make up from their stores. This helped me in making my decision.
When you are a Beauty Insider with Sephora you receive 1 beauty point per every dollar spent. The minimum points you need to collect a deluxe sample is 100, meaning you have to spend $100 to get a deluxe sample. BUT with the new monthly subscription box you only have to spend $10 to get 6 deluxe samples. Meaning, if you were getting these samples through your Beauty Insider points, you would’ve had to spend $600 just to get these 6 deluxe samples! That reasoning was another factor in making my decision.
Whether you are with Ipsy, Birchbox, Julep Maven, or Popsugar, I think this whole new Play! by Sephora is worth taking a look at! The e-mail I received said that it was “invite only” but if you already have an account with Sephora I believe you can subscribe by using your e-mail address.
Once I receive my first box I will post about all of the great samples that comes in it =)
This past week was my sister Leah’s 16th birthday, so I told her to celebrate I would take her and a few friends out to her place of choice. She invited 2 friends (Nadia and Amanda) and I invited 2 friends (Jessica and Shay). We decided on Old Town Alexandria for lunch and shopping, then Georgetown for more shopping and macarons.
Nando’s Peri Peri Hummus with Peri Peri drizzle.
We couldn’t decide on a restaurant for lunch, at first we were going to try Majestic Cafe, but Leah said she didn’t think she would like anything on the menu, so we ended up at Nando’s Peri Peri. Out of the 6 people with us I was the only person who had ever eaten here, so it was cool to show the girls around and tell them about the menu. The pleasant thing about Nando’s is that their food is quality food and extremely affordable. Above are some pictures of the hummus we got, I will forever rave about how delicious their hummus with Peri Peri drizzle is, it’s tasty and this may sound weird, but it has a fluffy, light-weight factor to it, which I enjoy.
After lunch we walked around and (of course) took some pictures.
After leaving Sephora we walked to Olivia Macaron, this was everyone’s first time going so we didn’t really know what to expect. I will tell you that we definitely were not expecting these macarons to cost $2.50 a piece, we all found the price to be a bit ridiculous, nevertheless we were there for the experience and that’s what mattered the most, so I spent $17 on only 7 little macaroons for Leah and I to share.
We waited until we arrived home to eat them because we wanted to really indulge and appreciate the taste, so I made some hot tea and we sat down to try all of the different flavors. Lydia, our youngest sister, was with us at this point so she joined in on the tasting.
When you take your first bite of these delicious pastry treats the outside shell has a bit of a crunch, but once you get to the center they are soft and all around heavenly.
Here is what we thought of the flavors we tried: Vanilla- the vanilla tasted like real vanilla as opposed to vanilla extract, which was refreshing and overall tasty. Wedding Almond- The wedding almond tasted exactly how I expected it to, it tasted like an almond. The outside shell was a light, sort of baby blue color, and the middle was just a white almond filling. Salted Caramel-I did not try the salted caramel, Leah and Lydia and our friend Jessica did. Jessica raved about it (but she also raved about ALL of the flavors), Leah said she there was too much caramel, and Lydia seemed to enjoy it. Espresso- The espresso was delicious, it tasted what you would expect espresso to taste like, although it was not bitter, it was espresso with a sweetness to it, kind of like a latte in the form of a macaroon. Red Velvet– The red velvet was by far my favorite, it wasn’t too sweet and just like the others, it did not have an artificial taste to it. Rose- The rose flavor was the most unique out of them all. At first it tasted like a normal, sweet macaroon, but after a few seconds the flavor hits you and it tastes like you are eating a bar of rose scented soap. It’s always great to try new things, and this is one of those things I was only willing to try once.
Overall Olivia Macaron was good, however it did not live up to my expectations. I would probably go there again if I was in the area, but I wouldn’t go out of my way specifically to go there.
I would say the weekend was a success. We all had so much fun, we got some cool new pictures to post on our social media, and we got an experience together that will always be remembered. Days like these I do not take for granted, the smell of spring was in the air, the weather was gorgeous compared to Maryland’s recent weather, everyone was out with their families and dogs and children. Overall it was just a refreshing day full of love and laughter, great friends and great food. I think we all need a day like this every once in a while, it made me look forward to warmer weather.
Until next time!
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