A very late BoxyLuxe unboxing!

I have dropped the ball recently.

My motivation has not been present and I didn’t not want to just throw up junk posts. My motivation may not be all the way back, but I wanted to get this unboxing up before I lost any inkling of motivation again.

Cover FX Perfector Face Palette “Light/Medium” $45

I think this was one of the most anticipated items in the box. For good reason, Cover FX makes amazing quality products, it’s cruelty free, and I mean look at it.

I am in a Boxy Charm swap group, and I saw a lot of people got the wrong shade or palette, so I was relieved when I got the correct one. This did not come in a box, like it would when you purchase it…I just feel uneasy about that for some reason.

Moda Brushes Powder and Soft Glow Set $29.99

I have said it 100 times and I will say it again, I love getting brushes in these boxes.

Moda brushes are very nice quality, soft and sturdy. The packaging of the brushes also says that they are 100% vegan, yay!

Iconic Eyebrow Cushion “Medium” $40

This is an interesting product. I feel like it is going to take some work to get a handle on using. It also maybe a bit too dark for me currently.

Wander Beauty Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask $34

My room mate and I tried this mask right after I opened the box and we both love it!

I have been using it frequently since I received it and my skin has never looked this good! My skin is clearer and my complexion over all looks really nice.

Lily Lashes Exclusive Faux Mink Gaia Lashes $24.99

I very rarely wear lashes. I do want to start wearing them more though.

The lashes look dramatic, but not over the top. Not something I would wear every day. But, definitely for a night out or an event.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream transforming Moisturizing Super Cream $48

I love this Cream. I think this along with the mask are doing great things for me. I think I am going to have to repurchase it when I run out. Well worth the $48 that it costs!

Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love “Chocolate” $24

This lipstick shade is right up my alley.

The formula is moisturizing, the shade is nice, the packaging is pretty. I think this one is a win.

Morphe 15 Shade Artisty Palette “15D Day Slayer” $16

I am one of those people who genuinely likes Morphe. Which is a little unfortunate, they get into a lot of sticky situations it seems.

HOWEVER, I don’t like this palette. When I used it it seemed like all of the shadows just muddied together. I may give it another try, but I doubt it.

Deborah Lipman “O’Donna and Modern Love” $20

I rarely paint my nails. These shades are both really pretty though and smaller bottles so I may end up getting use of them! I usually pass on Nail polish, but I am actually gonna keep these.

Bonus: BoxyCharm Train case $20

I will never say no to a good train case!

This BoxyCharm one is rose gold faux leather. The material and stitching appears to be nice quality. I think this is a great add on.

Over all, I think this box was well worth the $49.99!!!

Here is a picture off all the products on my face.

What was in your BoxyLuxe?

Thank you for reading 🌸

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The Organic Skin Co. | Review and a Look

For such a small blog, I receive quite a few PR samples. But, I only share the ones that I think deserve more attention. The Organic Skin Co is a company that I believe definitely deserves all the attention.

The beauty products are cruelty free and vegan, and with each product purchased a tree is planted. That isn’t each order, that’s each PRODUCT!

The products are also all natural!

This post will be long. So, let’s get into the products and my honest thoughts.

4 pan palette $28 Blush

The palette it’s self is extremely sturdy. It is made of a hard plastic, has a magnetic closure, and contains a nice mirror. For an empty palette, $28 is steep. With all of the options out there, I would not say this in particular is a must have. However, if you can spring it, I 100% recommend it!

The palette also comes in charcoal and stone. There is also an 8 pan option.

Check out the 4 pan palette Here.

The Pods

We are going to go in order from left to right.

The Eyes Have It Pod “Day Dreamer” $21

Cream shadow wasn’t my thing, until now. The formula is long wearing, easy to apply, and blended really nicely.

The shade I have “Day Dreamer” is the perfect one and done shade. There are also 9 other options to pick from.

“Day Dreamer” also makes a fantastic cream bronzer/contour.

If you enjoy cream shadows, or don’t I mean I didn’t, and enjoy easy and quick application, with a lasting formula… give the Eyes have it pods a try.

You can look at all the colors Here!

In the Spotlight Pod “Lunar” $21

If there was one product I could have skipped, it would be this one. It is still great quality and makes a great inner corner highlight. But, as a face highlighter it isn’t for me. I like that in your face highlight.

If you like a natural ethereal glow though, this highlight is amazing. It did not make my foundation patchy and it applies well with a finger or a sponge. It blended out effortlessly.

You can check out both shades Right here.

Hide and Seek Pod “Porcelain” $21

I did not go into this thinking I was going to find my new favorite concealer. I assumed this was going to be light coverage and hard to work with.

I was WRONG!

The Hide and Seek concealer covered blemishes, dark circles and scaring like a dream. Blends out well with a finger, sponge, or brush. Once the weather warms up here in Missouri I may just wear this concealer and go with out foundation!

I do have to say… the shade range leaves much to be desired. There are 8 shades, most of which are a shade of beige.

You can view all 8 shades Here.

Cheeky Lips Pod “First Blush” $21

This Pod is for your lips and cheeks.

Personal preference, I prefer a matte lip, but for quick easy days I always go glossy. Now, I don’t think I need any of my other glossy lip shades!

As a lip color the pigment is great! The formula is comfy and relatively long wearing. It will not last through food or drink. And no, it is not kiss proof. ( Sorry Coty πŸ˜‚)

As a blush? I am in love! If used lightly it gives your cheeks that wind flushed look. Just like the other products, it blends out easily and lasts ages.

There are 7 shades that you can view Here.

Meet the Press Eye Shadow “Nutmeg” $31

Nutmeg is a matte cool dark brown. It isn’t unique to my collection, but what is anymore? The pigment is fantastic! The texture is buttery and it blended in like 3 seconds!!

There are 10 shades Here, and I really want more.

  • For my eyes I placed “Day Dreamer” all over my lids and blended it out with “Nutmeg”, then I took “Nutmeg” on my Lower lash line.
  • Lastly for my eyes I popped “Lunar” in my inner corner.
  • I applied “Day Dreamer” in the spots that I would bronze and contour.
  • I applied “First Blush” a little further back than the apples of my cheeks.
  • I applied “Lunar” on my Cupid’s bow, nose, brow bone, and cheek bones
  • I placed “First Blush” all over my lips.

That’s it! A quick and easy clean look!

I will never say you absolutely need something, because that just isn’t true. But, I will say I will pick up more of both shadows and repurchase the concealer and lip/cheek product when mine run out.

Personally, I am happy to pay a higher price if it is going to an ethical company that has the well being of our environment in mind.

Have your tried Organic Skin Co?

Thank you for readingπŸŒ™

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Please note, all opinions are honest and I earn nothing from this post or the links.

Ipsy January 2019| First impressions!

With it being the beginning of the new year, I feel that I am hold my Subscriptions to higher standards. I am hoping the quality of them this month will set the standard for their quality for the rest of 2019.

Let’s get into Ipsy and see what kind of year it is going to be.

Ipsy is $10 a month. You receive 5 deluxe sample-full sized beauty products or makeup. It is supposed to be geared to your likes, based on their quiz.

The bag itself

The bag is cute, reminds me of spring. It is not something I will use though, passing it on to a friend. That is no big deal tough.

So Susan Dream Maker Light Shifting Highlighting Cream “POP Star”

I have wanted to play with cream products more, so I was pleased to receive this high light.

1st Impression: Blinding! Blends out best with your fingers or a beauty blender.

Illamasqua Coloring Pencil “Honour”

This is the first Illamasqua product I have ever tried! I am actually really excited about this, which is silly because it is just a brown eye liner.

1st impression: The product is creamy and lasted a long time in my water line. I think this is my new go to liner!

Hola Neon Velvet Liquid Lipstick “DF”

I have never heard of this brand. But, it was nice to receive a full sized liquid lip. I do love trying new to me brands.

1st Impression: The color is really pretty. It last quite a while, then I decided to drink some water. Then it came off patchy. So, don’t expected it to last through drinking or eating. But, what does last through it?

Akar Mini Care Lip Butter

I feel like I have heard of this brand before. Anyway, I have been in the market for a product to repair my winter worn lips.

1st Impression: The lip butter is super creamy. My lips actually felt really nice the rest of the day. I can see myself going through this rather quickly.

Jeju:en Sheet Masks

I will be honest, when I read the names I actually laughed out loud. I’m so mature.

I haven’t tried these masks yet, but I am anxious to see how well they work. Keep yours eyes out for an empties post, they may be in there with a mini review!

Ipsy Add Ons.

I took the opportunity this month to purchase two add ons. I really enjoy this new program!

Luxie Small Contour Brush added on for $3

I have said it a million times. I LOVE Luxie brushes.

1st Impression: I used the Wet n’ Wild contour duo and it blended out seamlessly extremely quickly. Great brush from Luxie as always.

Tarte Double Duty Beaty Make Every Moment Count Cheek Palette added on for $12

What a steal!!

I love Tarte blushes, so I jumped on this as soon as I saw it.

1st Impression: I used the shade “Love”. Must I say more besides Tarte Blush? They have my favorite blush formula. Love this palette, I am so glad I added it to my bag!

Here are all the products that I tried on my face! Please ignore my too bold brows.

Over all?

I am super happy with this bag! I am really looking forward to what Ipsy has to bring for 2019.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

Thank you for readingπŸ¦™

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Ipsy November 2018 | New Bonus Add Ons!

Ipsy had something exciting this month, which will hold me over until I can get on the Glam Bag Plus waitlist.

They had bonus add one ranging from $3-$9. I believe you were only allowed 3. Luckily the 3 I chose were are $3 each and they were a great bargain!

I got the Lottie London Blush Crush in the shade “Zac”. It is just a pan. I am throwing this in with my best friends Christmas/Birthday gift, it will look really pretty on her skin tone. BTW, both of our birthdays are really close to Christmas, so we just combine them.

I also go the Juno & Co Microfiber sponge that has been all over the inter webs. It usually retails for like $6, so I got it half off!

Lastly, I got the Tarte Blush in Quirky. I love Tarte blushes, so I am happy to add another for only $3.

The bag.

This month the bag is navy blue with black hearts and gold accents. I may uses this one to gift a part of a gift. It is more their style than mine. It does seem to be nice quality though.

Timeless Beauty Bar sheet Masks “Glam and Glow” and “Up in the clouds”

I am always happy to try new cruelty free sheet masks. I am going to save Glam and Glow for a night out like the packet suggests. I do not fly enough for up in the clouds to be saved with out going bad.

Lottie London Blush Crush Zayn

Lottie London is not a brand that I have ever seen in stores, but I have heard some of their products raves about by beauty influencers in other countries.

The blush is a really pretty shade. Very pigmented! I am excited to give it a try.

(Please ignore my nails. It is almost time for a fill in.)

Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lip “Trusty Rusty”

This is such a tiny sample! It has to be like three wears. This is my first product from sugar, and to be honest, I don’t think I have really heard of them before.

I do have to say, the shade is very pretty.

MAC Strobe Cream

I know for sure MAC is not cruelty free. Not sure about Lottie London.

This product is also getting thrown in with Wethonia’s gift. It is apparently in the shade “Pinklite”

I will be honest I am not sure what strobe cream is meant to do. Is it a high light or a primer or either?

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmic Light Pigment “Pulsar”

This is a giant size for a pigment. It is going to last me ages!

A nice icy blue. Perfect for a halo or spotlight eye!

All in all, I have to say I am very happy with my bag and I hope that Ipsy keeps up this add on program! I am super excited to try most of what I got. Much worth the $10 for the bag and the $9 for the add ons.

What was in your Ipsy bag? Dis you purchase any add ons?

Thank you for reading πŸ¦ƒ

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Ipsy October 2018

Let’s knock out another post while we can!

See my Vegan Cuts Makeup Box post for what I mean.

Ipsy is $10 a month and you get 5-6 deluxe sample sometimes full sized beauty items. I really want to get on the Ipsy Plus wait list!

This months bag itself is red leather type material with a masquerade mask made of flowers embossed on it. I actually really like it.

SL Miss Glam L50 Brush

This brush is so pretty that I almost don’t want to use it!

The hairs are really soft, will be fantastic for blending.

Catherine Malandrino L’Energie De New York

This fragrance smells nice. It reminds me of Clinique happy, which reminds me of my mom.

Tarte Shape Tape “Light Sand”

This mini is so cute. It is darker than the shade I usually buy, but I think it may work well for covering blemishes. I usually use Shape Tape just under my eyes.

Nomad Cosmetics “Stockholm”

I really enjoy the Nomad shadow formula. I was actually very tempted to purchase their palette that just came out.

Stockholm is a really pretty cranberry shade and I can’t want to put it on my eyes.

Space Case Cosmic Gangster Blush

This packaging is so cute. I love UFO/Aliens. I had never heard of this brand previously, so I am super interested in finding out more about them.

The shade is very light. But I have pale skin, this would be great for spring. A light pretty pink.

I am very happy with my Ipsy bag this month! What was in your Ipsy bag?

Thank you for reading πŸŽƒ

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Boxy Charm Oct 2018 | Alter Ego

I don’t know how to start this post. I have no motivation today. Work was a struggle to get through and I just want to sleep.

But, I wanted to get this post up so that I could get the contents of my BoxyCharm put away.

BoxyCharm is $21 a month, it contains five full sized makeup and beauty products.

It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara $24

I have gone through a few sample sizes of this mascara and I really like it. I never buy high end mascaras so I love getting them in boxes, especially when it is one that I know I enjoy.

It is Cruelty Free

Get 10% off the It Cosmetics website plus 3 free samples until 11/15/18 with code JUST4YOUBOXY

Dermovia Lace A Peel black bamboo charcoal peel off mask $30

This mask seems pretty neat. You apply the product to your face then use the lace masks to compress it into your skin for 15-20 minuets.

I will have to give it a try and let you know if it is worth the $30 price tag.

Brand claims to be cruelty free

PΓΌr Midnight Masquerade Palette $38

This palette claims to be a full face palette. The large pans are the face products and the the small ones are shadows. FYI, the only matte is a dark brown shadow.

I am going to try to do a full face with this in a future post.

Above are some of the shades swatched. Searches aren’t reliable when it comes to how a product will look on your face, but right now I don’t think I will get a nice look with this on my fair skin.

PΓΌr is Cruelty Free and this palette is vegan friendly.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick “K-Dub” $20

Thankfully, I got a shade I didn’t already have a full size of. I did have an unopened sample size that I am going to throw in with my best friends birthday gift.

It isn’t a shade I would gravitate toward, but I will definitely try it sense I love the formula.

I really want to pick up the shade “Bow N’ Arrow” and “Tank Girl”

Kat Von D is Cruelty Free

Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup melting balm $22

I am quite happy to have gotten this in the box, I have been wanting to give it a try. I like the color of it and it smells nice. I hope it works well.

Farmacy is Cruelty Free

Over all, this isn’t the best or worst box. If the palette works or is at least good quality it will be a good box.

The Green Clean and mascara make the box worth it for me. I wish I would have gotten a different lip shade. I don’t much like pink. As for the face mask, I am going to have to try it to form any type of feelings towards it.

What was in your Boxy Charm?

Thank you for reading πŸŽƒ

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Revolution Emily Edit | The Needs

I spent all day thinking it was Wednesday, sadly it is Tuesday.

But, not sadly, we get to talk about inexpensive cruelty free makeup!

Not only is this face and eye palette only $15 and cruelty free, but It was created with an amazing YouTuber.

I have been watching EmilyNoel83 since i was 13 years old- almost ten years. She is the person who taught me most of what I know about makeup, how to take care of my skin and hair, and really helped me discover my love for makeup.

She is a fantastic role model. A strong woman and she has the most adorable little family. She really is a wholesome, amazing person and I am proud to say that she is someone that I really look up to!

Enough of my rambling, typing that was making me emotional hah!

The inside

As you can see my palette is already getting a ton of love. I wanted to really play with it before I have my opinion.

The Packaging

The palette itself s a light baby pink, I am not one for pink but this is cute.

It is made of a hard sturdy plastic and has a GREAT mirror.

I am very impressed with the packaging for how inexpensive it is.

The Face Products

  • Courage- a darker bronzer, don’t be afraid it is really easy to sheer out and make lighter.
  • Joy- a warm toned blush. I actually found this blush to be patchy, but if you work with light layers it looks pretty
  • Gratitude- a subtle very light gold highlight. This isn’t my usual highlight taste, but it makes sense to be in this palette because Emily loves subtle highlights.
  • Kindness- A light under eye setting powder. I love that this is included in this palette, it makes it even better for travel. The powder works great.

Over all I really enjoy the face products. At first I didn’t like the blush or bronzer. But, using a light hand with a fluffy brush they look beautiful.

The highlight isn’t for me, I like BAM highlights, I have been using Gratitude to highlight my brow bone and inner corner a lot though.

Like my giraffe shirt? I got it at TJ Max!!

The Eye Shadows

  • Honesty- a matte orange peachy shade
  • Passion- a dark purple with glitter
  • Peace-a mid tone warm cream
  • Faith- a warm brown
  • Hope- a chocolate brown
  • Love- essentially the same shade as kindness.

All of the shades are matte, besides passion. I wish love would have been replaced with something like a light pink shimmer. You really don’t need the shade of Love with Kindness in the palette.

I really like the formula of the shadows. They are easy to blend and pretty pigmented for the price. Definitely Emily shades!

Please ignore the mascara dot on my eye, I couldn’t be bothered with cleaning it up.

I do this simple look with this palette most days when I have work. On this day I had family stuff.

  • I start with blending Peace high in my crease and all over my lid
  • I then take Faith more in the crease.
  • I deepen up my outer edge with hope.
  • I place Honesty all over my lid
  • I highlight my inner corner and brown bone with Gratitude.

Super quick and easy look.

Over All

If you don’t mind learning a bit to work with the blush and bronzer I think this palette is a fantastic deal. It is really all you need as far as powder products for travel.

The formula is nice and it is only $15!! I have to say I have just been crazy and Revolution Makeup recently.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5 pumpkins. You have to work with the blush and bronzer and Kindness and Love are too similar.

But, over all I really do enjoy this palette and, as you can see in the pictures, I use it a lot.

You can pick it up Here!

Have you tried this palette yet? What did you think?

Thank you for reading πŸŽƒ

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