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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Ipsy Ultimate | November 2019

On this fine Saturday, I bring y’all a late Ipsy Ultimate Unboxing for the month of November!

Is it worth $50?

Let’s find out!

The Bag

This month we got a large travel makeup bag. I think this bag is very cute and will definitely be using it. It is roomy and well made. Perfect for the trip I have coming up next week!

Soo AE Panda Eye Brightening Masks

This is a mask I have tried before. I did enjoy it, and the cuteness adds a nice touch to your pamper session. However, you can get them at Walmart 2/$5. Not exactly something I want in my $50 box. But, I’m not disappointed about having them again.

Beau Gachis Concealer Brush

This is a nice, basic concealer brush. You could also use it to pack shadows on your lid. It seems to be made well and none of the hairs were shedding. This isn’t my preferred way to blend or apply concealer, but I have been enjoying it for eyeshadows.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser

This is a cleanser I have been wanting to try, so I was happy to see it included. Hopefully, their “skin-transforming” claim holds up! I could definitely use some skin transformation during these cold months.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum

I know this serum is, or is almost the price of the box. This isn’t a product I will be using for myself. However, I was able to gift my mom nice skin care- and she is loving this serum! That’s worth it enough for me.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I will never be mad about receiving dry shampoo, lord knows I need it. I have already used this one. It works well, doesn’t make my scalp itch, and doesn’t have an over whelming scent.

Youth to People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream

I haven’t had to chance to try much from Youth to the People. This little sample may be a good way to dip my toes in the water.

Smith and Cult Nail Polish “Bite your Kiss”

This polish is a really pretty, dark, wine red color. This is usually my nail polish color of choice, so that worked out well!

Context Matte Lipstick “Sweet Emotion”

This is a brand I have never heard of. It’s fun to get to try a new to me brand.

The shade is a really pretty burnt red shade. I think it is perfect for this time of year. The formula isn’t too drying, and there is no scent that I can detect.

Billion Dollar Brows Best Seller Kit

This is really neat. In this get we got a brow highlighting pencil, a brow pencil, a brow brush, and a brow gel.

I have really been enjoying using these brow products. The shade matches well, and the gel has great hold!

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

Fun fact, I have never tried High Beam before. Benefit has never been a brand I was super into. They aren’t cruelty free, so I never felt to inclined to try either.

The shade is a light pink. It didn’t really highlight my face like other liquid highlights do, which I think is intended. I have a feeling my little sister would love this, so I am going to pass it on to her. Again, I’m glad I will at least be able to give someone else the product, makes it not a total dud for me.

Gi Gi Gorgeous The only Blush Duo “Authentic and Pride”

I am so excited about this! I love GiGi!! I am guessing she has come out with her own line, and now I want everything! This blush does say it is cruelty free and vegan.

You get a more peachy shade that is matte, and a pinky shade with some glitter. I don’t go for pinks much, but when both shades are mixed, it shows up stunning on the cheeks!

Wander Beauty Wandress Rush Palette

We have a six pan palette from Wander beauty, subscription services favorite brand. There are 4 cream metallics, and two shimmers. I have gotten a palette from them in this formula and layout, just different shades, but I can’t find it. Anywhere.

I think this is a great little palette for the Holidays! The creams are beautiful and don’t crease on my lids. The two shades that look matte in the pictures, aren’t. Which is unfortunate. However, I was able to make them work. I can see myself reaching for the shades Blitz and Avenue a lot.

Full face of the products

Here is a hideous picture of me. Fun fact, I was broken up with, over the phone, after two years, While I had this makeup on. The shadows lasted through a few tears. Good going Wander Beauty.

Over all thoughts?

I liked this box! I got a lot I’ll use and love, but I was also able to give my mom something she is really enjoying, and I will get to give my little sister a clue classic piece of makeup.

I think Ipsy Ultimate will be sticking around for a while.

What was in your Ipsy, of any level, this month?

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Found Active | Letโ€™s play with some new-ness!

Recently the makeup gods blessed me with a little PR package from Found. Found is a 90-99% natural brand that you can get at the drugstore for amazing prices! How great is it that we can now walk in to Walmart and buy beauty products that aren’t full of damaging ingredients?!

If you have stuck around my blog for a while, you may remember a post where I raved about their blushes. I still love the blushes, and you bet I will be doing a full face of Found very soon.

Before we continue. Even though I received these products for review, for free, all opinions are my own and HONEST. I will never miss lead y’all. I want my blog to be a safe and honest place!

Now, let’s get into the products!

Active 1- Minuet Flash Cooling Sheet Mask. Pack of 3 $7.50 at Walmart.

“This is a cooling sheet mask that instantly hydrates, calms, and refreshes skin. Formulated with soothing avocado, aloe, and cucumber, this sheet mask helps calm and soothe redness while locking in essential moisture. ”

First off, a one minuet sheet mask is a dream to me. I’m busy. I work, I blog, I have a busy friend and family life. I don’t always have time for proper skin care. Now, I have no excuse. I can throw this mask on, do my hair real quick, massage it in, then out the door!

I also wanted to throw out a little tip. This mask is awesome for makeup prep. If you are going out and getting glam, this small step will help your skin feel and appear better- while helping your makeup last. I tested my theory, and I was right!

Active Coconut Exfoliating Cleanser Stick. $9.88 at Walmart

An exfoliating stick that purifies pores, scrubs away fullness and effectively cleanses skin. This convenient stick sloughs away dry, dead skin while thoroughly removing dirt, oil, and impurities. Formulated with crushed coconut shell and Hibiscus extract, this product gently exfoliates skin for a smoother, brighter, more vibrant looking complexion.”

If I were a person who, let’s say, goes to the gym, I can see how this would be a super convenient format for a cleanser. However, I am not. Personally, I do not feel that the whole cleansing stick concept is too hygienic, so it really puts me off.

I do, however, REALLY love the product it self. My skin is so smooth after use, that I can almost excuses the product format. The exfoliation truly is gentle. I really wish that the product was in a more traditional format. Because if it was, I would always have it on hand.

If you don’t mind the cleansing stick format, I do recommend giving the exfoliating cleanser a try. Your face will feel like you have shiny brand new skin.

Active Universal Face Powder w/ Lemon Peel Oil $8.88 at Walmart.

A color correcting powder that mattifies skin while neutralizing and concealing redness. Formulated with lemon peel oil, this lightweight powder helps brighten and promote healthier looking skin. Can be worn alone or over makeup to set. The universal shade works for all skin tones with no white cast or flash back.”

As you can see, the powder is really yellow. Which had me worried at first that my skin was going to be tinted yellow. It wasn’t! I would be a little cautious if you are much fairer than I am.

I have used the powder all over my face and it works great! I really love it under my eyes. I didn’t have a ton of creasing and there was no yellow cast. It also works very well all over my face. I have rather oily skin, and I do feel that this powder helped to keep my skin more mattified, than say the Extraordinary Powder from Ciatรฉ did.

Here is a picture of my face, just to show that there is no yellow cast as far as I can tell. The Universal powder has not knocked my ELF HD pressed powder out of first place, but it is definitely one I will be using again and again.

Over all?

I think everything is great! I don’t like the format of the cleanser, but I do love the cleanser itself. I think calling the face powder “Universal” is a large claim, but I can’t knock it until I have seen it on other skin tones- but for me it’s wonderful. And the masks. Ugh. A makeup god send!

What products have you tried, or want to try from found? Comment below!

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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?

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6 Drugstore Beauty Products I canโ€™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?

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My last Ipsy Un-bagging | September 2019

If you read my Ipsy Plus post for this month, you would know that I sadly will no longer be getting the normal ipsy, because I opted in to their new level service and did not find it practical to still receive Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus.

Ipsy Glam Bag is now $12 a month and you receive 5 deluxe samples sized, some times full sized beauty items.

The bag

This months Bag is beautiful. It is a dusty mauve color with a what appears to be rose quartz crystal on the zipper. The bag feels very nicely made! I will miss getting a bag each month.

What’s inside?

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

I am not a big fan of sleeping masks. My skin never reacts well to them, so I am wary of trying this. I will probably throw it in as a freebie with a Mercari purchase.

IBY Beauty Highlighter in Private Jet

My next item is a cute little highlighter from IBY. It is the perfect size for travel, with sturdy packaging. It is also cruelty free and vegan!

I think the shade may be too gold for my fair skin tone, but I am willing to give it a try. Maybe more so for my inner corner and brow bone.

Ofra Cosmetics x Madison Miller Ollie need is love Blush

This is a really peach blush. I think it is really pretty and will appear nicely on my skin. It is very buttery, and there is the smallest bit on shimmer in the product. This did not transfer to the swatch.

Phase Zero Makeup Satin Eyeshadow In Velvet

If I remember correctly, Phase Zero is also a cruelty free brand!

The shade Velvet is a very pretty metallic burgundy. I cannot wait to just throw this shadow all over my lids!

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara

I actually already own the full size of this mascara and love it. It really does give the false lash effect. The packaging is also adorable.

My Add-ons

With Ipsy’s add on program you can purchase a few extra products at some awesome prices!

Ofra x Madison Miller Highlighter In Moondance

This highlighter is beautiful and I got it for only $12, maybe even $9!

It is a light yellow gold- perfect for my fair skin!

Ofra x Madison Miller Liquid Lip In Oh My Ry Ry

This liquid lip is named after Madison’s daughter Riley, who is precious.

The shade is a really pretty mauve, so just my type. The Ofra Liquid Lip Formula is fantastic, I would try any Ofra shade thrown at me and probably love it.

Over all?

I think this was a great bag to go out on. I got some beautiful products and the bag itself is stunning.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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