In Our Makeup Bag: Givenchy Play and Play Intense

[Is it just me or is there another “revolutionary” new makeup product introduced every freaking day?! Just walking into Ulta or Sephora (or even Walgreens!) sends many chicas into fits of hysteria, reaching for the nearest brown bag to regulate their breathing. It’s all so overwhelming. So how can you know which product – among the sea of thousands – is the best? Which does what you need it to do? Which ones are worth the extra money? Let me help. I don’t know every beauty product out there, but I’ve tested a lot of them and I’ll let you know which are worth the money and which are not.]

(Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes)

What it is:
Givenchy ‘Play’ and ‘Play Intense‘ Eau De Parfum Spray

Why this should be in your bag:
Every girl should have a signature fragrance! I’ve been on the hunt for mine for a while now and while I’ve dabbled in different luxury and not-so-luxury brands, I never found anything that jumped out at me. Until I took a whiff of this.

Givenchy describes Play as “a woody, fruity floral aromatic fragrance. A sparkling fragrance, Play for Her Eau de Parfum radiates smiles and freedom, leaving a delicate musky imprint on the skin.” Smiles and freedom? Sounds good to me!

Play Intense is described as “a woody, ambery floral aromatic fragrance. A warm fragrance, Play for Her Eau de Parfum Intense exudes a dark sensuality with the promise of exhilerating playtime.” I don’t know if I agree with everything the description promises (exhilerating playtime?!), but it sure does smell wonderful!

How to use it:
Firstly, you have to make sure this is the right scent for you. Go to your local department store and ask for a sample. Scents change when applied, so what you smell in the bottle may not be what you get with wear. The tester should last you for a couple days in which you can ask your friends and family how they like your new perfume. As long as they’re honest people, you’ll have a good idea of whether the scent works for you!

Once you’ve decided, then you need to get your scent on. Perfume can be a surprisingly tricky thing to apply. If you want the scent to be strong, apply it in the crooks of your elbows and knees and at your neck or behind your ears. These are areas that tend to get “heated up” over the day, which allows the scent to disperse. For a more subtle, everyday application, I like to get completely dressed and then spritz a cloud to walk through. I find that the scent is still noticable, but not so in-your-face.

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Seriously, I have never smelled a better perfume! This is hands-down my new fav. You know you’ve got a keeper when you get compliments on your scent from complete strangers (flattering, albeit creepy).

I also love that Givenchy created two complimentary scents with this collection. They’re the same, yet different and I find Play Intense great for stepping it up for a special event or whenever you feel sassy.Whenever I catch a whiff of Play or Play Intense on me, I immediately smile because it smells so darn good (maybe it does radiate smiles….).

I might as well chuck all other scents from my collection, because Play and Play Intense by Givenchy are here to stay!

[Looking to overhaul your makeup bag? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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