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.

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BoxyLuxe Un-Boxing | September 2019

Hey guys!

Today I bring you a BoxyLuxe un-boxing! BoxyLuxe is $49 every quarter and contains 7-8 full sized beauty products.

This months theme is “All Access” and it appears that I got version 8.

Violet Voss Essentials Eyeshadow Palette $29

If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I love Violet Voss shadows. In fact, they have one of my favorite shadow formulas.

I really enjoy the color story of these palette. For just a 10 pan palette, I find it very inspiring.

The shadows are pigmented and very easy to blend. This palette is so easy to create beautiful looks with.

Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask $52

This is the only product from the box I will not be using. When I have used sleeping masks in the past, the next day my skin has been extremely broken out. I am a little wary of using them, and do not want to risk it. I do have a family member who will really enjoy this product, so I will be passing it on to her.

Hank & Henry Blickity Black Eye Liner $20

This is the first Hank and Henry product I have tried, and I am happy to finally have the chance.

This liner has a brush tip applicator and it very pigmented. It reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D tattoo liner upon application. After trying the liner some I really enjoy it. I think it may be my new favorite!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick “Angelo” $22

Stila’s liquid lipstick formula is beautiful. It dries down quickly and is very comfortable to wear. I highly recommend giving the Stay All Day Liquid lipsticks a try if you have not already!

Angelo is a little peachy nude. I think it is very complimentary of my skin tone.

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Palette $45

I have wanted this palette since it came out, but never picked it up. I am super excited to finally own it! The shades are beautiful, and the palette smells like chocolate. The palette is very sturdy with a great mirror, perfect for travel!

Glow Recipe Pineapple C-Bright Serum $49

This is another product that I have had my eye on. The packaging is cute and it smells like dole canned pineapples. The scent does dissipate rather quickly. The serum sunk in to the skin quickly, and actually worked lovely as a primer.

Moda 8 Pc Brush Kit $69.99

In this brush kit you get close to a full face of brushes. They are well made, very soft, and I have yet to notice any shedding with use. However, there is no way I would pay $69.99 for these brushes. That price seems very steep for what is more of a drugstore brush line.

IGK Mistress Hydrating Balm $29

I am all about leave in conditioner. I have thinker frizzy hair, and boy does it need hydration. I am really enjoying this Balm so far. It seems to be helping maintain smoothness in my hair through out the day, and the scent reminds me of a salon.

Above is a look done with all of the products included in this seasons box. Over all I really love everything and I am super happy with the version that I received.

For $49 I got $315.99 worth of product! Needless to say, I highly recommend giving BoxyLuxe a go.

Have you tried BoxyLuxe? What was your favorite item that you received?

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Ipsy Un-Bagging | July 2019

It’s Sunday night, we all have work tomorrow. So I figured it would be nice to throw up a simple un-bagging while I do a face mask!

I am currently using the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel off mask. Mainly for my T zone where I have been having some breakouts.

I highly recommend this mask, and you can always get Yes to products on sale at Ulta!

Now, for the reason you are reading this, my July Ipsy bag!

The bag itself.

I think this months Bag is so cute and fun. Perfect for July! I may make this the makeup bag that I keep in my purse.

But, the contents of the bag is the most exciting part!

Laritzy Cosmetics Dew Pot In Utopia

I really enjoy all the products I have gotten from Laritzy in the past, but I am a little hesitant about this one.

I am not sure it will work for my skin tone. However, I am willing to give it a try as a highlight. But, I will probably end up using it as a Cream shadow. It looks like a really pretty kid shade.

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer

I have been very curious about this primer. The dissolving black beads, meant to look like seeds, is an interesting concept to me.

I do plan to review this product, since it does have me so intrigued.

FEEL Mindful Pali Santo Soothing Mask

I really enjoy soothing masks in the summer time. My skin tends to break out and develop rashes much easier in the summer. However, the same also occurs in the winter when the air is dry. This Is a nice sized deluxe sample, I am sure I will get a use or two out of it!

Pacifica Bronzer and Blush Duo Bronzed Rose

Apparently this duo was made just for Ipsy, which is neat! I have another Pacifica Blush and bronzer duo that I really enjoy. It actually lives in my makeup collection at my boyfriends house.

The blush is a pretty shimmery rose, with a warm matte bronzer. I have to say, Pacifica makes amazing products!

TheBalm Single Shadow in The Run Down

I like getting these little samples of the balm shadows in my Ipsy. They are always great quality, and since the packaging is so cute I do tend to reach for them.

This is a plumy grey that can be used as a shadow or liner, which is handy when traveling. The formula is very buttery and I have tried it on my eyes. It is easy to blend and made for a beautiful smoky eye.

The Add Ons

This month I only did two ads ons.

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Brush $3-6 as an add on, I can’t remember.

My Anastasia Brow Brush is really beat up, so I was in need of a new brush. I couldn’t pass up the price on this one. I have tried other brushes from this brand that are great quality. The brush is a bit more thick than I prefer, but I am sure I can make it work.

It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara $12 as an add on.

If you saw my Glam Bag Plus In-boxing, then you know that I also got this mascara in the box.

This is my holy grail mascara, I just could not pass it up at such a great price! This one is now my back up, as I have already cracked open the one from my GBP.

Over all thoughts

I am super happy with my bag this month!

I got some handy products and one that I have been curious about! The only dud may be the dew Pot, but who knows I may end up loving it!

What was in your Ipsy bag this month?

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A very late BoxyLuxe Unboxing | June 2019

I am late. My bad. But, better late than never I guess?

Let’s just get into this BoxyLuxe unboxing!

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Cheek Palette V3 $45

This box started off strong! I have wanted one of the Tarte Pro Glow palettes for a while, but never bought one.

The shades all work well with my skin tone, and I have been using it a ton since I got it!

Touch In Sol No Poreblem Essence Primer $23

I haven’t notice as much pore filling qualities as I do with their original primer. But, I do really like this. It turned my skin in to a super smooth canvas, and I have yet to find a foundation or concealer that it doesn’t mesh with.

Dominique Cosmetics Lemonade Lip Glass “Strawberry Lemonade” $17

Spoiler alert, this is my only dud in the box. I don’t really use glosses, much less really pink glosses. However, I do have it listed on my Poshmark @mandajanette for $10 so maybe I will get some extra cash from it!

PYT Mini Turbo On The Go Dryer $85

This hair dryer is so cute! It works so much better than the cheap conair one I was using, despite its small size. I love that it is so easy to travel with, and also came with attachments.

Dr.Brandt Clean Biotic PH Balanced Yogurt Cleanser with Chlorophyll. $35

I love Dr Brandt. I don’t think I have ever tried a product that didn’t work wonders for me. I am excited to used up my current face wash so I can move on to this one.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum $58

Farmacy is another brand that has never done me wrong! This actually came at the perfect time, as my current night serum is on her last leg.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast $29

Who doesn’t want more volume in their hair? Lord knows I need it! I have already heard great things about this product, and when I tried it I was not disappointed.

Trestique Good Vibes Mascara $25

Let’s start with the little lash curler that is attached. It’s super small and I hate it. It’s just extra packaging. The mascara itself is awesome though! I have used it a ton since I got it.

Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Radiant Dew Mist $35

This stuff has been fantastic in the nasty humid weather we have been having. It is a really nice refresher through out the day, or to spray on before or after applying makeup.

Over all

I am blown away! This box was well worth the $49.95ish that it cost! BoxyLuxe is so exciting, I wish I could get It more often.

Here is my face after using all the products, but the lip gloss.

What is your favorite product from your BoxyCharm this month?

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My Recent Makeup Favorites | Cruelty Free and mostly inexpensive!

It has been ages since I have shared my current favorite makeup products.

Now seemed to be as good a time as ever!

Omitting two products, all of the products are in the drugstore price range, and all are cruelty free!

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Blur Primer $8 Here

Not only do I use this primer to improve the look of my pores, but I love using this primer all over my face.

It minimizes the look of my pores in my problem areas, but always helps to create a blank canvas on the rest of my face.

Kokie Be Bright Illuminating Concealer “Light” $8 Here.

I believe that I received this product in a past Ipsy bag, and I am glad I did!

The shade allows me to cover spots, and the illuminating properties also make it great for the under eye area, with out creasing!

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation “Snow” $36 Here

To be completely candid, I HATED this foundation at first. But, with recent medical and medicine changes, my skin has gotten more oily than it ever has been.

Now, I am in love. It lasts through out my work day and actually seems to control oil as it claims.

Well worth the $36 price tag!

I 🖤 Revolution “Rose Gold Glow” $7 Here

I was attracted to this product at first due to the packaging. It is a pink and rose gold chocolate bar! But it really is the product that gets me.

Inside the compact you have a nice mirror, the packaging is sturdy. For $7 these highlights are fantastic! They won’t blind you from space, but they are more than subtle.

On the face, both shades work with my light complexion.

I 🖤 Revolution “Bronze and Glow” $7 Here

Have I mentioned I am obsessed with bronzer lately? Because I really am.

The packaging for this product has all the perks as the “Rose Gold Glow” duo does…

But, with the benefits of a matte bronzer! The shade of this bronzer is perfect for my skin tone, and so is the highlight!

Did I mention that this particular duo also smells faintly like chocolate?

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss “Pink Cadillac” $6 Here

The shade itself is a super light pink. It does not show up on my lips, but this is what I want for how I use it! On no makeup or light makeup days, I love this gloss to give my lives a little life and plumpness.

The gloss does make my lips a bit fuller, but it doesn’t make them tingle or burn like I have found other plumping glosses to. The smell is not over powering, and it isn’t as stick has I find other glosses to be!

Black Moon Liquid Lipstick “Warrior” $18 Here

The formula is long lasting and comfortable. It’s so comfortable that it’s easy to forget that you even have lipstick on!

The shade “Warrior” itself is a pretty dusty nude, that leans pink. It looks more mauve in the tube than it applies on me. But, I think the shade that it does come out as is stunning.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip “Sueno De Coco” $7 Here

This liquid lip is part of the Colour Pop and I Luv Sarahii collaboration.

It is the typical Colour Pop Ultra matte formula, which I really enjoy. In fact, I really like all over the Colour Pop liquid formulas!

The shade is a ready nude and I am obsessed with it. This is probably the lip product that I have been wearing the moss recently.

Here are the products all on my face! For my lips I went with “Warrior”. And yes, that is the lighter highlight from the “Rose Gold Glow” popping in my inner corner!

Now I want to know, what are your recent Cruelty Free favorites?

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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?

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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 😂)

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?

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