BoxyCharm Unboxing | November 2019!

Welcome!

Today, we are going to look inside the, now, $25 a month basic BoxyCharm subscription. Specifically the November 2019 “Stellar” box.

Each month you will still receive 5 full sized, sometimes super deluxe sample sized beauty products. It appears that the over all value of the box is going to be high, but we will see if it is worth the price increase.

I did want to mention that I will not be purchasing the $35 a month BoxyCharm subscription. I already get BoxyLuxe, as well as Ipsy Ultimate and other boxes, so I just couldn’t justify it at this time.

Now, to what you are actually here for. The products!

Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation sample packets.

I wanted to include this little addition, because it is neat. BC sent out sample cards so you could find your best shade match. This is so you can relay the findings to them, and they can send out the correct complexion products. I am excited about the possible new additions to the box.

Tula Skincare Star Power Nourishing and Brightening Cosmic Hydrogel Mask, set of 2. $22

These masks contain an acne gel with 2% salicylic acid. I do suffer from break outs, and I will be testing out these masks and reporting back to you all once I have a chance to try them.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench and Glow Serum $90

I am very excited to see a product from Kypris. I have heard amazing things about this clean, and expensive beauty brand. This product is in collaboration with BC and has made a great addition to my skin care routine. It has really helped my cold dry skin not look as flaky and dry. It also serves well under makeup as a primer.

BoxyCharm 2 Piece Brush set $35

Here we have a foundation brush and a large oval brush, that they say is good for powders, creams, and minerals. The brushes are very soft and do their job well. I would not pay $35 for them, but I wouldn’t do that for just two brushes from any brand. I do enjoy the brushes and will continue to use them.

Dose of Colors Liquid Lip “New Mood” $18

The DOC liquid lip formula is one of my favorites. I am surprised that I didn’t already own this shade, because it is beautiful!

Nude mood is a peachy nude and wears very comfortably on the lips. Per the DOC usual!

Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder Eyeshadow Palette (Mini Version) $35

Dominique Cosmetics recently came out with the Celestial Thunder palette. This is a smaller version of said palette, but just happens to have the shades that caught my eye.

Here are the shades swatched. I will not say much about the palette now, as I have an in depth Subscription Box Win or Whomp post coming up about it, which will include a different look than the one in this post!

I also wanted to include the sales that boxy included this month, Incase any of you were interested!

Over all thoughts and the products on my face!

Please disregard the bumps on my face. I am currently having an allergic reaction all over me. We tried a new detergent. My body did not like it. AT ALL.

over all, I am super happy with this boxy! The Kypris serum alone made the $25 price tag more than worth it!

My box came to a flat total of $200. I have to say. I see the price increase in my items. I mean come on, an amazing $90 skin care item was included! And it’s from a beautiful brand!

What was in your BoxyCharm this month? Would you like to see more reviews of any of these items?

Thank you for reading 🐠

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Petit Vour Unboxing | October 2019

It is time for our monthly; clean, cruelty free, and vegan subscription box. Petit Vour!

Petit Vour is $19 a month with free US shipping. Shipping does vary to other countries.

Let’s see what we got this month!

Province Apothecary Moisturizing cleanser + Makeup Remover $20

I am always up for trying a new clean cleanser, especially if it’ll get all this makeup off my face. This cleanser is meant to restore natural radiance to your skin by gently cleansing without over drying, or destroying the skins natural pH.

Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Moisturizer $10

This moisturizer is infused with vitamin C rich Camu Camu. This super fruit from the Amazon is meant to fade the appearances of dark spots and repair environmental change.

This moisturizer is thick. But, it sinks in to the skin quicker than you would think. And it feels amazing!

Akar Balance Toning Mist $12

I have heard some pretty good reviews about this toning mist, so I am excited to try it for myself.

It is meant to provide hydration, neutralize pH, and allow greater absorption of nutrients into the skin.

KVoss Shine on Stick “Sparkling Rosé” $28

This highlighter stick is made of capaçu butter to create a beautiful and blend able glow with an iridescent finish.

I am usually not one for stock highlights, it the roses glow to this one is really pretty. I could even see it as a beautiful lid and inner corner shade as well. I am going to have to test it out in all three ways.

That is it for me Petit Vour box. Over all, I am still really impressed. I will get use out of all of the items and all of the items are great for the colder weather we are starting to get in Missouri.

What is your favorite skin care or makeup product for the cold weather?

Thank you for reading 💕

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Tetris x Ipsy Game On Palette | is it better than Block Party?

If you follow my blog, you would know I have started a subscription box product win or whomp series. This is part of that series.

I really wanted to see if the Game On palette was any better than the Block Party palette. If you read that post you would know that little palette would left me with much to be desired.

Let’s get to applying and swatching and see if Game On is an improvement, the same, or some how even worse!

The Swatches

  • Game changer: a matte light orange. Appears better on the eye than swatched.
  • Game Day: A metallic light pink.
  • Game Night: A metallic green based gold

  • Stack it up: A matte cream shade
  • Block Party: A metallic rose gold
  • Game Over: A matte Navy

Thoughts?

The palette is slightly better than its counter part. I enjoy the metallic shades. The mattes really aren’t anything special. I may end up depoting the metallics. The packaging itself is cute with a nice sized mirror, so they did good again on that aspect. It could be a little smaller though. The palettes are pretty large for just 6 shadows.

For me this is still a whomp. It is only a 6 pan palette. I want to enjoy all the shades, not just half.

Have you tried this palette? What would you like me to review next?

Thanks for reading 📖

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BoxyCharm Unboxing | October 2019

It’s Boxy time guys!

Before we begin, BoxyCharm is making some changes next month. They are making a $35 premium box, which I will not be subbing to, well I’m going to try to stop my self. The regular BoxyCharm is going to go up to $25 a month rather than $21. But! You will get to pick one item in your box, and they are also going to be doing add ons like Ipsy does. The value of the box has also gone up to $125, but I feel like the boxes are usually worth more than that any way.

Now that the technical stuff is done, let’s get into the fun stuff!

Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Baked Browns $32

The box is already paid for plus some! I have been wanting to try these little palettes, but just never picked them up. I would have like to receive one of the other variations, but this is still a nice palette that I will get use out of. A super easy palette to reach for, for a quick grungy eye look.

The shadows are buttery and actually very easy to blend. They are pretty powdery though so be aware. I also wanted to mention that the little brush included is pretty useful, which is always a nice little extra!

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator “Diamond Dust” $26

I have this highlighter in a little holiday trio, and it is the only shade I use. I am happy to have the full size so I can pass that trio along. Diamond Dust has a beautiful pink shift to it.

Iconic London Lip Pluming Gloss “Nearly Nude” $26

This gloss is a great my lips but better shade. You can feel the tingly sensation from the plumping ingredient, which I enjoy the feeling of. This gloss isn’t sticky, like at all. I can see myself getting quite a bit of use out of this gloss, which is not something I say often.

Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm $32

I never understood or got into the glassy skin trend. So, I did not have high hopes for this product. However, I actually really like it. It reminds me a lot of the Unicorn primer I got in my Ipsy. It made my skin smooth and lit from within glowy.

Illuminati Cosmetics Sponge $21

Okay, this thing. It does expand with water and it worked really well with my setting powder. BUT, everything else was bad. It’s really hard and absorbs so much product. Maybe I will use it a few more times to see if I grow to enjoy it, but first impression- this is not a sponge that I enjoy. I don’t understand how it is $21.

Over all thoughts?

Besides the sponge, I really enjoyed my boxy this month. I got something I have been wanting, something I already know I love, and two surprise awesome items! For $21 I got $137 worth of beauty products. Not bad, not bad at all!

What was in your Boxy? Would you like in depth reviews of any of these products?

Thank you for reading 🦈

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The first Ipsy Ultimate Box | October 2019

Ipsy has made some big changes. With those changes came another subscription level I just couldn’t pass up. For $50 a month, you receive 12 beauty products. 8 full sized and 4 sample/ deluxe sample sizes.

Because I am spending $50 on one box, I will no longer be getting the regular Ipsy or Ipsy plus. But, let’s get into the box and see if the change is worth it!

The included bag.

I am not sure if this will occur every month, or we got a bag just because Ipsy came out with a Betty Boop collaboration. Either way, this double sided bag is super cute and nicely sized! It is different than the bag that regular Ipsy subbies will get.

Nanette Lenore Beautiful Times Perfume

This fragrance has notes of mandarin, violet, and caramelized sugar. I really enjoy the mixture of the floral and warm scents. The fragrance does linger quite a while. I think I have found my fall fragrance!

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

This is a product I have actually talked about before. This so happens to be my favorite makeup melting balm. If I am correct, we were actually sent the limited editing jumbo size, which is awesome! I am so happy to have this balm back in my life. I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase it, when there are less expensive options that work almost as well.

The Saem Natural Avocado and Shea Butter Sheet Mask Set

I love sheet masks. I do them a few times a week. Can’t go wrong with some extra hydration! I may even use the avocado one today to prep for some poorly done FX makeup I am doing for a Halloween Costume tonight.

Papa Recipe Egg Plant Clearing Mud Cream Mask

This is a creamy mask with a slightly grainy texture. The egg plant extract is to soothe and exfoliate. Ipsy says it is setting your skin up for a bright and clear future. Sounds good to me. I’ll give it a try.

C’Est Moi Beauty Reflect lip gloss in Opulence

This gloss is made with natural and organic oils- which I love. The shade opulence gives your lips a really juicy sheen, and I am really enjoying it.

Coloured Rain Eyeshadow In Champagne Life

It’s no secret that I love the Coloured Rain shadow formula so I was happy to get this in my box. Ever since I did my singles cruise look, I have been reaching for my single shadows much more often!

The shade is a really pretty and pigmented champagne, just as you would expect. It really makes the inner corner pop. It also makes a beautiful lid shade.

Makeup Geek Highlighter In Midnight Sun

This is my first ever makeup geek highlight! Looking at the shade in the pan I was a little disappointed, because I thought it may end up too dark for my skin tone.

It actually turned out looking really nice on the skin. It kind of reminds me of how Becca Opal looks on me. The makeup geek highlight is buttery and pigmented. I’m stoked that i finally got to try one!

L.O.C.K Color Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer

I really like this primer. It gave my that lit from with in glow, with out making my skin look glittery or oily. I am probably going to pick up the full size once I finish this sample.

Betty Boop x Ipsy Cheek to Cheek Blush Palette

I was initially hesitant about this product, because I wasn’t too impressed with Ipsy last colab. Fortunately, this is a great little blush palette. You get on matte blush and two toppers.

The shades are just a bit chalky. But, that isn’t a big deal to me, I can tap my brush off. The shades look beautiful on my fair skin. I can see my self reaching for this a ton. Good job Ipsy!

BioRace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum

This serum felt very moisturizing and I do feel that it helped improve my complexion. It didn’t not feel like too much either. It was gentle and sunk in to my skin quickly.

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Midnight Pro Trio

It wouldn’t be an Ipsy bag or box without som FARAH brushes. This trio actually feels like much better quality than the previous FARAH brushes I have gotten. This trio comes with a blush brush, a foundation brush, and a smaller stippling brush. They do their job well and there was no shedding. The shape of the handle makes them easy to hold as well.

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Funny story. I used to have this palette. Then got rid of it and regretted it a week later. However, I wasn’t going to go buy it again. So, getting it in my box made me super happy!

The mattes are buttery and pigmented. The metallic really packs a punch. This is the perfect quick, easy and cohesive fall palette. I honesty prefer the smaller huda palettes to the larger ones.

My thoughts?

The one con I have with this box is that product prices are not included on the card. Other than that, I love it! There was a nice mix of skin care and makeup. Everything works for me, and it’s all stuff I will actually use. I have seen other people review their Ipsy Ultimate, and they didn’t seem to happy. I must be the weird one out, because I am excited about this box. I am totally okay with the $50 price tag. I do have to say, I miss the regular Ipsy. I may end up re subbing, just because I miss her.

Did you get Ipsy Ultimate? What are your thoughts on the box?

Thank you for reading 🔥

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6 Drugstore Beauty Products I can’t Live Without

Makeup can get expensive. But, you don’t always have to break the bank to find some amazing products.

I am going to share with y’all, my beautiful readers 6 of the drugstore products that I just cannot live with out!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint $10 mo Buy it here!

I have talked about this brow tint in a recent empties. I haven’t had time to run to Ulta to grab a new one, my brows are not the same. This product is great for quick brows, but I also love to set my brows with it. It gives great hold and more tint. I do like my bold brows!

ELF Acne Fighting Foundation $6 Buy it here!

In the beginning I did not have high hopes for this product. All my initial opinions were wrong. The foundation is infused with salicylic acid and witch hazel. My skin has never been so clear! It has definitely made a huge difference in my skin. The coverage isn’t full, but it is just right for me. It doesn’t wear off all gross and patchy through out the day. I would almost go as far as to say that, at this moment, the ELF Acne Fighting Foundation is my favorite foundation.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Flick Liquid Liner $9 Get it here!

I initially tried this liner because of Soph Does Nails on YouTube. It’s great. She’s right. It’s pigmented, dries down matte. The tip is felt and flexible, which makes it easy to work with. There is also something about the shape that makes it so easy to hold and control. I prefer this liner over my higher end ones.

ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder $6 Get it here!

This is my favorite setting powder in general. It makes my under eye area so smooth, and really helps to set the rest of my face. It also does not cake when you reapply it through out the day to control shine.

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder Fiji Matte $4 Get it here!

I have gone through so many of these through out the year. The shades are perfect for my skin tone and really packs a punch.

Morphe Continuous Setting Spray $16 but the $3.50 off $15 ulta coupon does apply! Get it here!

This is another product that was in a recent empties. I love this setting spray. To me it works just like Urban Decay All Nighter, for like half the price!

Those are a few of my drugstore favorites! What are some of yours?

I want to apologize if all of the images do not upload. I am having some technical difficulties.

Thank you for reading 🐰

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Ipsy x Tetris Block Party Palette | Sub Box Win or Whomp

I love Tetris. It is a nice way to relieve anxiety and relax after a long day. Of course, a Tetris themed makeup collaboration was super exciting to me. While I was excited, life got in the way and I had not been able to play with the palettes.

Well, I finally played around with Block Party, and I have some two cents to throw at y’all.

The packaging

The packing is made of a sturdy card board. The out side sports Tetris shapes in different shades of purple and pink. There is a magnetic closure.

Fun fact: purple is my favorite color! As well as my Mama Tams, and my Mama Kathy’s who recently passed away. Please expect a post discussing Lupus and how it has affected my family. I want to spread awareness, she would want me to.

Back to the point.

The inside is decorated with different colored hearts, the palette name and a nice mirror. The shade names are also included.

Over all, super cute packaging and it isn’t too bulky.

The Swatches

  • Skyline: A matte cool brown. I would say it is right in the middle of a basic transition and a defined shade. It did work for both of these purposes.
  • T-Spin: A Metallic silver. Very pretty swatched, but I had a lot of trouble working with it. Wet or dry. It just wanted to fall all over the place.
  • Top out: A royal blue metallic. This ended up being my favorite shade. A bit difficult to work with, but it looks beautiful on the eyes.

  • Back-to-back: A matte cream shade. I think this is a great staple shade for palettes to have. Great for setting primer, great for blending.
  • Line Clear: A Metallic hot pink. This shade works best with the fingers and is very pretty. The fallout is crazy though. Other metallic shadows I have do not do that.
  • High Score: A metallic Purple. This is the shade my eye draws to, however, I could not get it to appear on my eye as it does in the pan and the swatch. Disappointed.

The Look

The look I did was super simple.

  • I primed my eyes with concealer and set it with Back-to-back. I would continue to use this shade to blend out harsh edges.
  • I used a fluffy brush with Skyline to create a transition, I also used a more packed brush to define the crease using the same shade.
  • Using my finger I placed High Score on the outer part of my lid.
  • Using a different finger I placed Line Clear on the rest of my lid.

  • I placed t-spin on my inner corner.
  • For my lower lash line I applied Top Out, which really popped!

Over All Thoughts?

I have to say, for me, this is a whomp. The color story is beautiful and I love the nostalgia of Tetris, but I just had to much trouble working with this palette. The lattes are great, and the blue is a dream, but I have all these shades in other palettes, in formulas that work for me. I will be passing this palette along to a friend or family member. I am currently unable to find the price of the palette, but if my memory serves me right, I believe it was in the mid $20 range.

That being said. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. If it sparks your interest, people are selling theirs on eBay and Mercari and much lower price points. Just because someone else doesn’t like something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go if you are interested!

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading 🦇

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