A few skincare empties | If you were waiting for updates- here are a few!

Look! Surprisingly it isn’t an unboxing!

Here I have a few reviews of skincare products I have either gotten in sub boxes, and one from PR. So, if skincare is what you are vibing with, sit back relax and enjoy!

Alba Botanicals Acnedote Face and Body Scrub

This is a product from Vegan Cuts. I have actually used this product off and on for years prior and have always enjoyed it. I do get acne on my chest and shoulders and this scrub does a great job at clearing it up- without being packed full of harsh chemicals.

RP? Once I finish a few of the scrubs I currently have, I will absolutely be repurchasing. Acnedote is amazing. My brother tried it and liked it. Even my step mom has used it in the past.

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

This is another product from Vegan Cuts, a subscription that I truly miss and will probably resubscribe to again soon.

If I remember correctly this mask is rather pricey. I had heard amazing things! Unfortunately, it didn’t do much for me. It was nice for a spa night. But, I never noticed it doing anything for my skin.

RP? No, I have other masks I enjoy much more.

Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk

If I remember correctly, I received this in a Petit Vour box.

This product did its job at removing makeup, but it never left my skin feeling clean.

RP? No, this is rather pricey for the full size and I did not like it anywhere near enough to justify the price.

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

This is another product from a Petit Vour box.

I love this stuff. It worked so well to clear up my acne, without aggravating my skin. I highly, highly recommend trying it out if you have acne prone skin!

RP? A million times yet! I haven’t repurchased it yet, and my skin really misses it.

Bio Clarity Cleanse

I received this product in PR.

I did enjoy this cleanser. It was gentle and did its job really well.

RP? No. I have others that are more easily accessible at say Ulta, rather than having to go online to order this. However, if that doesn’t bother you at all, I say give it a try! It is a nice cleanser.

That is it my my little empties and updates post!

What is something you have recently used up that you fell in love with?

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BoxyCharm | January 2020

I, of course, have another unboxing for you today!

This time it is BoxyCharm! Fair warning, I lost my little card, so I have none of the pricing information.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

The first product is a popular one. This is my first time trying this mask. First impression time! It feels nice on the skin, no irritation, but the artificial watermelon scent is a bit overwhelming. We got a nice 1oz deluxe sample size. In substantial glass packaging.

Petite ‘n Pretty Fully Feathered Mascara

One of my favorite things to try is mascara. I love reviving ones I have never tired, especially from brands unknown to me. The packaging is cute, and the wand itself reminds me a lot of the TF Better than Sex wand. However, I have heard in people refer to it as a “child’s makeup item” in Facebook groups I am in. I will give it a go myself and let you all know!

Pretty Vulgar Under Cover Concealer “Little White Lies”

This is the first foundation or concealing product that I have gotten since BC sent out the testers to acquire everyone’s shade. It’s a perfect match! The concealer is long wearing on my skin and does a great job at concealing blemishes.

Wander Beauty Trip for Two Blush and Bronzer Duo

Clearly, this is more of a blush and highlight duo, but it’s still pretty!

The shades work great for my light skin tone. I have been reaching for it constantly since getting it in my BC. It gives my cheeks a glowy wind bitten look.

Ace Beaute Scarlet Dusk Palette

I am very excited about this palette. I really enjoy the AB formula.

Here are swatches of a few of the shades. I will be creating an in depth post for this palette!

That was my BC for this month. I am very happy with it. A great selection!

What was in your BC?

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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate | January 2020

Sorry for skipping my Ipsy post last month. It was a great box! I just haven’t had much motivation to post lately. Hopefully that is starting to change.

Glam bag ultimate is $50 a month. There are a lot of mixed opinions on this box, but I actually really like it, and use a ton of the stuff I get. It is pretty skincare heavy, but I love being able to gift the nicer items that I am not going to use to friends and family.

This months theme is clean slate, which is rather fitting. There is literally no info on the card this month. Just a spot to write what your aspirations are for the year. Mine is “This year I will, treat myself with the same care and respect that I do others.” Having body dismorphia makes that difficult- but I am determined to heal!

Per usual, we are starting off with the bag. They nailed it this month. It is marble, pink and rose gold. It’s cute and the perfect size for an over night trip. It’s very sturdy and well made. I know I will be using the hell out of it!

The next items are two sheet masks from Avette. Not really sure what they are meant to target, so I will have to do a bit a research. I do love getting sheet masks in my boxes though.

Next I have toner pads from Essenherb. These game at the perfect time. I am almost out of my current toner. Hopefully these work well with my skin, it has been crazy sensitive lately.

Next we’ve got a kale and vitamin C serum from Sweet Chef. This is a product I will be passing on to my mom. She is in need of a new serum, and I have so many.

Here we have the Take the Drama Away honey and copper peel off mask. It is meant to exfoliate to lift away impurities. Which, lord knows I need my impurities lifted right now. So far 2020 has been a bad year for my skin. I have never used a mask with copper, so I am intrigued.

Of course, we have a nail polish. This is the Pretty Woman Polish in I’m So Jelly. I may pass this along, I have so many polishes in this shade… but it is my favorite shade of polish- she may just stay with me in my stash.

I am hyped about this one. It is the full size of the super hyped up Thrive Causemetics mascara. I have tried a sample and LOVED it. I am really thankful that I got this mascara, especially right now. I have been trying out the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara, and I am not really vining with it like I thought I would.

For me, this is a super exciting product to get. The It Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I love pillow sprays and this one I have tried and did enjoy. It just smells so nice!

Here with have a moisturizer from Ahava. Apparently this product is an ipsy exclusive. It is meant for normal to dry skin. I am going to give it a shot and see if it is helpful at all. I have had some success with their hydrating mask.

Here we have the best FARAH brush I have gotten thus far. It’s well made and super soft. This is a 160F Face Brush. I am going to be using it for cream blush, bronzers and maybe even highlights. It is the perfect size and density. I really like that it matches the bag with rose gold, pink and marble.

Here we just have a basic black pencil liner from Sugar. Usually this wouldn’t be too great. But I have been using the crap out of black liners lately, so I am totally fine with getting such a basic, run of the mill product.

Next, we have the Flesh Highlighting Balm in StarLite. The shade is beautiful and really packs a punch. I will be using this a ton. Before I saw the shade I figured I would pass it on to my sister. But, no. This is mine!

Our last product is the Alternative Rock Vol. 2 palette from The Balm. This palette is super neutral, and has shadows blush, bronzer, and a highlight.

This is for sure going to be my new travel palette. It’s easy to work with, and neutral. I am planning on doing a whole review of this palette, so I wanted to keep my opinion short for now.

That is it for my Glam Bag Ultimate this month! I am very happy with it, and do think it is worth the price! I have yet to actually be disappointed by this box.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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Glamour Ghouls Unboxing | Beatle Juice Theme

I am finally back on the Glamour Ghouls train! And I am very excited about it.

For around $35 a month you get 5-6 themed indie products. Any makeup is cruelty free!

I love this box because it morphs two of my most favorite things in the world, movies and creepy things- and makeup.

The first thing in the box was this small notebook and pen. I will be tossing both of these into my bag to write down reminders and such. The paper in the notebook is graph paper, so I may even turn it into a small bullet journal.

The next thing is this awesome Beetle Juice pin from Creep Cake’s play house. I love pins. I put them on my bags and leather jacket. This one will eventually find a home on one of them! It’s very well made and nicely sized.

The next thing is a perfume oil. It is from Dante’s Inferno Room. I believe the scent is called fire and funery. This perfume oil isn’t my type. To be honest, it smells just like fire ball, and it makes my stomach hurt. I am going to try to find someone to pass this along too- but it is pretty strong.

Our first makeup item in the box is a neon pigment from Rebel Rouge Labs. It is in the shade Bioexorcist. It is a beautiful neon green. I’m excited to see all the looks that I am able to create with this pigment!

Our last item in this box is a lipstick from Medusa’s Makeup. I do really enjoy their bullet lipstick formula. The shade is Lydia, and it is a nice lavender purple. Basing looks and outfits around this lipstick is going to be so fun!

That is it for this months glamour ghouls box! I love everything. This box is so fun, I highly recommend checking it out!

What is your favorite indie brand?

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Boxy Charm | December 2019

Sorry for the late upload! My life has been a mess with all the medical issues going on, I even spent the Christmas holiday in the hospital.

I also wanted to mention that I will not be uploading and Ipsy post this month, but the box was amazing! I will be reviewing products from the box individually, so that y’all can have a taste as to what was in my Ipsy Ultimate.

BoxyCharm is $25 a month, and you receive 5 + full sized beauty products.

Story Book Cosmetics Fairy Tales -Little Briar Rose Palette $55

We are starting off strong with a very ascetically pleasing, and great quality palette. I was so excited to see this palette when I opened my box.

The color story is beautiful. I really enjoy the more warm tones mixed in with the blues. And can we just look at how stunning the packaging is!?

Here are a few of the shades swatched. I will have a full review of this pallet coming soon, once I play along with it some more.

Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier WaterCream $39

I am pretty excited to finally try something from Saturday Skin. Once I test out the product some, I will definitely give you all an update.

Ciaté Confetti Highlighter $32

In the pan this highlight is stunning. However, when swatched and applied to the face, it is too dark for me. It has made a great lid shade though.

I am really contemplating picking up this highlight for my best friend. I think it would look stunning on her!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser $48

Obviously, I have heard some amazing things about this cleanser on YouTube, I am excited to see if it is worth the hype and the high price tag.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lip $21

Unfortunately, metallic lips are not my thing. But one of the perks of having a sister, is that you have totally different tastes. This came just in time to throw in with her Christmas gift. She is loving it!

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox DryShampoo $27

Yes!! More dry shampoo! And to top it off, it is one I really enjoy. It doesn’t leave a cast in my hair, and it works longer than just a few hours.

M.Greengrass Dry Oil Spray in Beach Air $36

This scent was exactly what I needed for these cold winter months. The oil sinks in quickly and leave the skin feeling crazy soft.

QMS Lip Line Corrector $200

A $200 product!? I have been testing this serum for a few weeks now, and I’m actually enjoying it! My lips look much more supple. I would never repurchase it, but it’ll be nice while it lasts.

Daily Concepts Daily Hair Towel Wrap $18

I already own one of these and love it. I am very glad to have a second one and totally recommend them to everyone!

That is it for this months BC! What was in your box?

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Pusheen Box December 2019 | A super cute Unboxing!

I have a fun Un-boxing for y’all today. It’s the winter Pusheen box!

This months theme seems to be baking. And, per usual, it is super cute!

Let’s jump into the box.

Silicon Spatula, measuring spoons, and recipe cards

We are all set to get baking and to share our recipes with our friends! There is a little Pusheen that goes on top of the measuring spoons. But, mine popped off and I need to glue it back on.

Pusheen Cooling Rack

Next, we have a super cute, sea foam green baking rack. It’s a little small, but its just me, so I bake in small amounts normally.

Pusheen Pot Holder

We have a cute pot holder, that matches our cooling rack very well. At this point my kitchen is going to be adorable.

Pusheen Cup Cake Liners

The cupcake liners look just like the pot holder. They are almost too cute to use. I am going to have to find a special occasion to use them.

Pusheen Mini Vacuum

This is precious. A tiny desk vacuum! I gave this to my mom to take to work and use on her desk. I thought it was nice to throw in with her birthday gift.

Pusheen Cupcake Vinyl Figure

This seasons vinyl figure is Pusheen as a cupcake! She’s adorable, and now has a spot with the rest of my little Pusheens.

Pusheen as a Baker Embossed Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt is super cute and super comfy! It’s a pretty shade of yellow, with an image of Pusheen baking.

This seasons box was, as I have said a hundred times, very cute. I love how practical all of the products are!

Which item was your favorite?

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Petit Vour Un-Boxing | November 2019

Welcome back!

Petit Vour is $18 a month, and features cruelty free and vegan beauty products. These products are usually sample and deluxe sample sizes. Though there is sometimes a full sized item.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peal Sensitive Exfoliating Mask Deluxe sample $11

I really enjoy the Juice Beauty Skin Care Line. This mask is meant to reduce dark spots and discoloration, and leave a brighter complexion. That sounds like it will be really helpful for my dry, dull winter skin.

Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm $13 Deluxe sample size

I have never heard of this brand before. It’s always exciting to try new brands! This balm has rich butters combine with orange blossoms and blue Tandy oil to nurture the skin and reduce inflammation. This product smells amazing. I am interested to see if it may some how help the breaks outs I have been having. If that can be considered inflammation.

Lavido Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion $5

This lotion is scented with mandarin, orange and bergamot. It smells fantastic, very citrusy. The lotion sinks in quickly and makes the skin feel very soft. I will be tossing this into my bag!

Joséphine Cosmetics L’oeil Définite- The Eye Define $26

This is an exciting makeup product to get! This liner is meant to be richly pigmented and waterproof. It also contains grapefruit seed extract to allow for a smooth application.

The pigmentation is great, and the felt tip glided very easily for the swatch. I am excited to actually use it on my eyes.

That was it for my box this month. I am pretty happy with the selection and think I will get use out of all of the products.

What did you think of the box this month?

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