I Found a Random Ulta Palette | Let’s Review it!

I was digging through my collection the other day and found this random Ulta gift with purchase palette.

I figured, hey! Let’s give it a go and see what it’s like!

It is a very cool toned palette. It has three matte and three shimmer shades. As well as a rosy pink blush with some shimmer, and a duo chrome pink highlighter.

As you can see, the swatches aren’t impressive. Besides the blush. I am enjoying that.

  • Sugar Coat – light shimmery grey
  • Mocha- dark matte gray
  • Glaze- deep shimmery purple
  • Sweets- matte light pink
  • Drizzle- dark shimmery gray
  • Indulge- matte gray-purple
  • Cotton candy- pink blush with some glitter
  • Frosted- white highlight with a duo chrome pink shift.

Hopefully you can tell in the picture, but the shimmers basically are non-existent in a swatch.

  • I primed my eyes then set it all with Sweets. So far so good!
  • I used a fluffy blending brush and buffed Mocha into my crease and a bit above.
  • I used a more precise brush to buff Indulge into my crease.
  • I placed Glaze in my outer corner.
  • I placed Drizzle in the middle of my lid.
  • After that I placed Sugar coat on the rear of my lid and the inner corner.

  • I placed Indulge closets to my lower lash line, and blended it out with a mixture of Mocha and Sweets.

Over all thoughts

The mattes from this palette did their job well enough. But, the shimmers are non-existent.

The highlighter also, did absolutely nothing.

However, I kind of love this blush! It showed up well, and gave my skin a healthy flushed look.

This is not a palette that will stay in my collection. Honestly, I am probably going to depot the blush and trash the rest. I don’t even thing any of my sisters will want this disaster.

Do you have this GWP palette in your collection? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

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Ipsy Ultimate June 2020 | Make Waves

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Today, I am going to Un-box my Ipsy Ultimate for June 2020 and give y’all my thoughts.

Ipsy ultimate is $50 a month. You get a larger makeup bag, 8 full sized products, and 4 deluxe sample sized products.

My Add Ons

This month I was a day late for add ons, so a lot of the cool stuff was gone. But I did get a few things I wanted!

Hanalie Full Face Sheet Masks pineapple, pear, lychee, and papaya

These masks came in a set of two, I bought both. They address a variety of skin concerns, and I’m sure I’m going to love them.

Luxie 640 Pro Precision Tapered

I already have one of these and love it for highlight. These was either $4 or $6 add on and I just couldn’t pass it up.

First Aid Beauty Pores be Gone Matte Primer

This is something else I have already tried and loved. This was a $4 add on. Just couldn’t pass it up!

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30

A perfect day cream for the summer, can’t be mad about that!

Biorace Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask

The other day I noticed how bad the pores around my nose are looking. I am definitely going to use this mask to spot mask the area around my nose and cheeks.

Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Facial Oil

I have never tired an acne treatment in an oil form, I’m excited to give it a go. I hope it works. Lord knows I need it.

H2O+ Hydration Oasis Nourishing Gel Cream

And we have another face cream. I am probably going to pass this little one on to a friend. I have one that really likes gel creams and always asks if I have any I want to pass on.

Dr.Brandt Pores no More Luminizer Primer

I have one of these primers currently in my rotation and it’s almost empty, but I love it! This was the item I picked for my box this month.

Yensa Super 8 Lip Oil “Pink Shine”

I enjoy lip oils. They feel soooo nice. I’m excited to try a new one out. I just hope the color doesn’t show up much on the lips.

Verb Hydrating Mask

This is a hair mask I have already tried and love. It works very well and smells great. I am happy to have another sample of it. I get about two uses out of this sample size.

Pixi Fresh Face Blush “Beach Rose”

The formula of this blush is really buttery and nice. It’s a rosy brown, which is a color I have been leaning to a lot lately for blush. So this is perfect!

Ciaté London Dewy Stick Highlighting Balm “Glow”

I have had one of these before from boxy charm, and I hate it. It broke me out really badly. I am going to pass this along to one of my sisters.

Wander Beauty Frame your Face Precise Brow Gel “Clear”

I wish I would have gotten this in a tint so that it could be a one and done brow product. But, whatever, I can always use a clear brow gel- I fly through them.

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner “Black”

I have been wanting to try this liner out of curiosity, but I can never justify purchasing eyeliner, because I get so much in sub-boxes. I am happy I get to try this one out!

The Balm Auto Balm Pic Perfect

At first glance and swatch, I am not too excited about this palette. It just isn’t one I think I will use. I am going to test it on my eyes before I make a decision. However; I’m pretty sure this is another product I am going to pass on to one of my sisters.

LaRuce Brush Set

I couldn’t find this specific set online to link. The set name isn’t on the packaging and ipsys included card is useless. I wish I could have found it through! The brushes are very soft and seem very sturdy and well made.

The set includes a flat foundation, angled contoured, small kabuki, tapered blending, and shadow brushes.

That is it for my Ipsy this month! It isn’t my favorite box of all time, but I definitely will use all but like two of the products, which isn’t bad for a subscription box to be honest.

What was in your Ipsy this month? Comment or link below!

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Karity Picante Palette | A look and Review + Swatches!

Look! A post that isn’t subscription box or empties related!

Today, I am going to give y’all my thoughts on the Karity Picante Palette.

It is a warm toned palette, with beautiful splashes of berry and purple.

The Picante palette retails for $29, Pick it up here! It is cruelty free and vegan, as well as paraben free. There are 21 shadows, coming out to $1.38 a shadow.

  • Delia- Matte Peach
  • Fearless- Shimmery Champagne
  • Dune- Matte Mustardy Brown
  • Embers- Shimmery yellow gold
  • Pimento- literally a matte version of the orange shade in Pimento cheese.
  • Bronzed- Shimmery Bronze
  • Mornin’- Shimmery Gold

  • Sunrise- Shimmery orange gold
  • Bobbie- Warm matte brown
  • Fuego- shimmery reddish brown
  • Harvest- A very warm matte brown. Lots of orange
  • Hayley- shimmery copper
  • Flamenco- A matte warm brown, a lot of red undertone
  • Fahrenheit- This one is hard to describe. A shimmery reddish brown but deeper.

  • Spicy- Matte Berry
  • Passion- Shimmery berry
  • Epice- Matte purple
  • Sass- Shimmery lighter purple
  • Flora- Shimmery basic purple
  • Aish- another warm matte brown, midtone.
  • Bittersweet- matte deep warm brown

As you can see, there are a lot of warm browns in this palette, you will never need another warm blending shade in your collection.

Every single one of these shadows is very buttery, pigmented, and easy to blend. This palette is a breeze to work with!

* Peep my boyfriends Hawaiian shirt I wore for the luau themed rehearsal dinner for my brothers wedding!*

  • I started off by priming my eyes and setting them all over with Delia.
  • I then used a really fluffy brush to buff Pimento into my crease.
  • I used a less fluffy brush to buff Flamenco into my crease and outer corner just a bit.
  • I then used a flat brush and placed Sass all over the lid.
  • I popped Embers into the center of my lid with my finger.

  • I used a liner brush and placed Epice as close as I could to my lower lash line.
  • I used a clean fluffy brush to buff Epice out, using a mixture of Dune and Delia
  • I popped Fearless into my inner corner.

I promise one day I will start listing the actual brush I used. Just know they are mostly Luxie.

I LOVE how the look turned out. I highly recommend this palette. It’s so easy to work with and the shadow quality is phenomenal. This has quickly become my most reached for palette. Honestly, it’s probably one of my favorite palettes in my collection!

Have you ever tried this palette or another one from Karity? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

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My First BoxyCharm Premium | Did I waste my money?

I had been toying with the idea of subscribing to premium for a while, and finally decided to jump on it. It’s right around $35 a month and you get 5-6 full sized beauty products.

To begin this post. Apparently my box didn’t meet the minimum price requirement for Boxy Premium, so I was emailed a discount code for the next Boxy Pop up. Which is nice, but I tend to miss the pop ups anyway.

Now, for what I actually got.

Spongellé Salted Rose Mani Pedi Treatment Set

I don’t think this is something I will use. I just get mani pedis done at a salon. But, I have never tried to do my own. So, maybe I will actually crack this open and see how I do.

Sugar Rush Best Bud Lip Butter “Peony”

The formula feels amazing, and it smells so good!! Like vanilla. And that packaging? Precious!!

Now on to the makeup products!!

Milk Beauty lip and Cheek Glow Oil “Flare”

I am not putting this on my cheeks. It seems like a break out waiting to happen. But, I will use it on my lips! I love products like this for the summer time.

Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Blush “Diffused Heat”

This is a product I already own and love. I’m not even mad about getting something I already have. I love this blush and I am more than happy to have a back up.

Now, for some eye makeup!

KVD Ink Well Liner “Lolita”

This is a product I have almost bought a dozen times. I love the ink well liner in Trooper, and think Lolita is such a pretty shade. I am excited to finally have it so I can experiment with different looks!

Smashbox Photo Edit Eyeshadow Quad “Holy Crop”

The packaging is so cool, it looks like a camera lens! This is the perfect on the go, or quick look quad. The formula is buttery and the shades are really pigmented. I am sure I’ll be able to create some beautiful looks with this quad.

Over all thoughts?

I’m not completely disappointed, but I’m not as happy with it as I wanted to be. Hopefully, next month I will receive the correct value. However. I am happy with the products I got, and can’t wait to use many of them.

What was in your BoxyCharm box this month, on any level?

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Target Beauty Box April 2020 | Spring into Clean

The two April beauty boxes are currently still in stock on Targets website. So, of course I had to pick them both up as well.

This box retails for $7. This box just happens to be full of clean beauty products, which I absolutely love!

Pacifica Glowing Makeup Remover Wipes

Pacifica makes awesome makeup remover wipes, so I was happy to receive these. There is coconut water in them though, and my skin tends to dislike coconut. We will see how they work for me.

Acure Resurfacing Overnight Glycolic Treatment

This treatment is meant to refine and resurface the skin, while improving the skins tone and texture.

Shea Moisture Skin Rescue Cream Cleanser

This cleanser contains hemp oil, witch hazel, and vitamin E. All fantastic for the skin. I am excited to test it out.

The Good Stuff Complete Repair Balm

This is a lightweight detangler. I go through detanglers like crazy. I have long have that gets knotted crazy easy. The scent is very light and fresh.

Spring & Vine Tea Tree and Mint Scalp Soothing Shampoo bar

I love shampoo bars! I have only tried the ones from Lush. I am excited to try another companies version. I have eczema on my scalp, so I am sure the tea tree and mint will feel wonderful.

Overall thoughts

$7 very well spent! 5 clean beauty products I am excited to try as well as a $3 off $15 on beauty purchase at Target.

What item in this box interests you most?

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Target Beauty Box April 2020 | Spring into Clean

The two April beauty boxes are currently still in stock on Targets website. So, of course I had to pick them both up as well.

This box retails for $7. This box just happens to be full of clean beauty products, which I absolutely love!

Pacifica Glowing Makeup Remover Wipes

Pacifica makes awesome makeup remover wipes, so I was happy to receive these. There is coconut water in them though, and my skin tends to dislike coconut. We will see how they work for me.

Acure Resurfacing Overnight Glycolic Treatment

This treatment is meant to refine and resurface the skin, while improving the skins tone and texture.

Shea Moisture Skin Rescue Cream Cleanser

This cleanser contains hemp oil, witch hazel, and vitamin E. All fantastic for the skin. I am excited to test it out.

The Good Stuff Complete Repair Balm

This is a lightweight detangler. I go through detanglers like crazy. I have long have that gets knotted crazy easy. The scent is very light and fresh.

Spring & Vine Tea Tree and Mint Scalp Soothing Shampoo bar

I love shampoo bars! I have only tried the ones from Lush. I am excited to try another companies version. I have eczema on my scalp, so I am sure the tea tree and mint will feel wonderful.

Overall thoughts

$7 very well spent! 5 clean beauty products I am excited to try as well as a $3 off $15 on beauty purchase at Target.

What item in this box interests you most?

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Target Beauty Box April 2020 | Spring into Clean

The two April beauty boxes are currently still in stock on Targets website. So, of course I had to pick them both up as well.

This box retails for $7. This box just happens to be full of clean beauty products, which I absolutely love!

Pacifica Glowing Makeup Remover Wipes

Pacifica makes awesome makeup remover wipes, so I was happy to receive these. There is coconut water in them though, and my skin tends to dislike coconut. We will see how they work for me.

Acure Resurfacing Overnight Glycolic Treatment

This treatment is meant to refine and resurface the skin, while improving the skins tone and texture.

Shea Moisture Skin Rescue Cream Cleanser

This cleanser contains hemp oil, witch hazel, and vitamin E. All fantastic for the skin. I am excited to test it out.

The Good Stuff Complete Repair Balm

This is a lightweight detangler. I go through detanglers like crazy. I have long have that gets knotted crazy easy. The scent is very light and fresh.

Spring & Vine Tea Tree and Mint Scalp Soothing Shampoo bar

I love shampoo bars! I have only tried the ones from Lush. I am excited to try another companies version. I have eczema on my scalp, so I am sure the tea tree and mint will feel wonderful.

Overall thoughts

$7 very well spent! 5 clean beauty products I am excited to try as well as a $3 off $15 on beauty purchase at Target.

What item in this box interests you most?

Thank you for reading 🐍

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Target Beauty Box April 2020 | Spring into Clean

The two April beauty boxes are currently still in stock on Targets website. So, of course I had to pick them both up as well.

This box retails for $7. This box just happens to be full of clean beauty products, which I absolutely love!

Pacifica Glowing Makeup Remover Wipes

Pacifica makes awesome makeup remover wipes, so I was happy to receive these. There is coconut water in them though, and my skin tends to dislike coconut. We will see how they work for me.

Acure Resurfacing Overnight Glycolic Treatment

This treatment is meant to refine and resurface the skin, while improving the skins tone and texture.

Shea Moisture Skin Rescue Cream Cleanser

This cleanser contains hemp oil, witch hazel, and vitamin E. All fantastic for the skin. I am excited to test it out.

The Good Stuff Complete Repair Balm

This is a lightweight detangler. I go through detanglers like crazy. I have long have that gets knotted crazy easy. The scent is very light and fresh.

Spring & Vine Tea Tree and Mint Scalp Soothing Shampoo bar

I love shampoo bars! I have only tried the ones from Lush. I am excited to try another companies version. I have eczema on my scalp, so I am sure the tea tree and mint will feel wonderful.

Overall thoughts

$7 very well spent! 5 clean beauty products I am excited to try as well as a $3 off $15 on beauty purchase at Target.

What item in this box interests you most?

Thank you for reading 🐍

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Ipsy Mystery Bag | I believe this is March?

Of course I couldn’t get just one $14 mystery bag. And yes, there is one more on the way!

If my memory serves me correctly this is the March Mystery bag. The bag itself is super cute, let’s just start with that.

In the mystery bags ( the $14 version) you get five random products that were featured in that certain months glam bag. (The one that has a $12 subscription fee.)

Hanhoo Bubble Up Peeling Pads

I have never heard of a bubble up peeling pad, so we are already starting out on a great note. These bubble pads are meant to cleanse the skin of surface oil, dirt, makeup, and dead skin cells. While brightening and smoothing the skins appearance. There are five in the pack and they recommend you use it once to twice a week.

Beauty For Real Lip Balm “Hannah”

I really love products like this for the summer time. It gets very humid where I live, so I tend to do the minimal makeup thing. Tinted balms like this are perfect for that routine. It doesn’t hurt that the shade is really pretty either.

Defy & Inspire Nail Polish “Pinky Swear”

First of all, how is this polish only sold at Target, but I got it through Ipsy? Weird. Not sure how I feel about it. I guess Target teamed up with Ipsy?

As for the color itself. I usually don’t go for pink nails, but I really like this shade! It’s a really like pink and I think it will look fantastic.

H2O+ Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream

As I have mentioned in my last few posts, my skin has been crazy dry lately. So, this little tube will come in handy. I also really like gel moisturizer formulas. I am thinking I am going to really end up liking oasis.

Real Her Eyeshadow “Victorious”

I have had a few of the Real Her palettes, and always pass them along because I just didn’t love the formula.

But this single shadow, I love it. It’s creamy and pigmented and looks beautiful on the eyes. Why can’t their palettes be this good!?

That is everything I got in my mystery bag, including a super cute keychain. I just enjoy surprises, so I think these bags are a super fun way to experience products from past months. I only get Ultimate, so the stuff in the regular glam bags are new to me, and it’s neat. I may also purchase some of the Glam Bag Plus mystery bags, they retail for $32.

What do you think of the Mystery bags? What is your favorite product I received?

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Target Beauty Box May 2020 | Summer Hair & Skincare

I remembered Target beauty boxes exist! So I picked up the three that are currently in stock. There are new boxes each month to watch out for, and they are sold until they are out of stock. They retail for $7.

Bioré Charcoal Deep Cleansing Pore Strip

There is one strip. I have tried the charcoal pore strips before and do enjoy them. I will probably end up using this tonight actually.

Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner Packet

Another product I have tried before and do enjoy! I like to empty these packets into a rubber wear container that you would put a dressing in. That way I can have more than one use, and not just leave an open packet in my shower.

Heritage Store Rose Water Spray

I have been wanting to try the Heritage store rose water, but for whatever reason never have. I use a rose water spray most days. I am currently using the Mario Badescue one.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for face SPF 50

This is such a cute little sunscreen sample. I will be tossing this into the travel makeup bag that I take to the lake.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

I really do enjoy the Not Your Mother’s brand. I was already considering picking up this sea salt spray to experiment with this summer. Now, I have the chance to try and fake beach waves!

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

According to the info card this product does everything you can think of for your hair, besides wash it. It reduces frizz, strengthen and softens hair, adds shine, cuts down dry time, and protects against thermal and UV damage. I am excited to see if it really does work some magic on my hair.

Colab Original Dry Shampoo

Can’t go wrong with dry shampoo! I have never used anything from Colab, so this will be a nice introduction.

Overall Thoughts

Definitely worth the $7. I will be getting use out of every single product. I also like that the box comes with a $3 off a $15 beauty purchase at Target. It’s a coupon I will for sure use!

What did you think of this beauty box? In my opinion, Target usually knocks it out of the park.

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