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?

Thank you for reading πŸ’™

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A Super Late November 2018 BoxyCharm Unboxing

The Holidays already have me all kinds of flustered, so I am pretty far behind on posts right now. But, I did want to get this up. I love seeing what people get in their subscriptions, so I try to always post mine.

BoxyCharm is $21 a month and contains 4-5 full-deluxe sample sized beauty items.

Cover FX Glitter Drops “Nova” $44

I am going to be straight forward and make this one quick. The product is pretty, but the idea of glitter drops is not for me.

The shade is pretty, and I would love it with out the glitter. However, I have a friend who would LOVE these. So at least I can re-gift it πŸ˜‚

Ace Beaute Grandoise Palette $24.99

Ever since Ace Beaute came out with those paradise (or whatever) palettes came out, I have wanted to try their shadows. I am super excited about this. I love warm tones.

They swatch really nice, pigmented and buttery. I am anxious to try this palette on the eyes.

Luxie Luminous Eye Set $21

Luxie brushes are my favorite. I am always super happy to receive them. This set is really pretty I love the gold. And the glitter on the handles.

Farah Galaxy Gold Tweezers $12

Who doesn’t need an awesome pair of tweezers? This set has a slanted side and a pointed side. These are gonna be very useful.

Bodyography Makeup Brush Cleaner $12

I am almost out of my current brush cleaner, this came at the perfect time. For $12 you don’t get very much though..

that is is for my box! Besides the glitter drops I happy about everything!

What did you get in your BoxyCharm?

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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Vegan Cuts Makeup Box Fall 2018 | Glitz & Glamour

I have really been slacking in my posting this week. I just really haven’t been feeling at my best, or anywhere close to it.

But, I actually feel a bit up today, so I am going to write and schedule as many posts as I can!

I have some spooky movies playing, a face mask on, a fall candle lit and I am ready to do this.

……

The Vegan Cuts Makeup box comes quarterly and I believe it is around $35 a quarter. Much cheaper than other quarterly subscriptions.

Axiology Lip Crayon “Valor” $26

I have really been wanting to try Axiology products, specially their face products. But lips are a start. This is a conditioning lip crayon with a matte finish. Sounds perfect.

The shade “Valor” looks perfect for fall. I am off to a good start.

Aesthetica Color Correcting Concealer $18

I have just never taken to color correcting. Now that I have some products to do so with I may give it a go.

I may just pass this along to someone else though. I can’t decide.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Brow Trio $21

I love brow powders and this powder is super soft and pigmented.

I can’t wait to actually put them on my brows. I think the middle shade might be a nice match.

Au Naturale Pore Minimizing Finishing Powder $26

I am all for pore minimizing. I have some big pores and the extra help to minimize them is always wanted.

I have actually heard great things about this product, which makes me even more excited to use it. Weird to be excited over a finishing powder.

Bonus Tool: MOTD Rose Gold Vegan Leather Canvas Bag $27

I really want to try the MOTD brushes. I am glad to have this bag though. It is great quality and super cute as well. Very sleek.

I am really happy with the fall box. I might not use the color corrector, but everything else still makes the box well worth it’s price!

What is your favorite Axiology product?

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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Makeup Slayve Autumn Equinox Palette | Indie Spot Light

The more I watch main stream brands come out with more releases, the more redundant everything seems. Which has propelled my journey into Cruelty Free Indie Beauty brands.

I have made posts about indie brands in the past, but I am going to be exploring more!

To start we are going to talk about Makeup Slayve. I purchased their new Autumn Equinox palette and their highlighter pan in Snow Queen.

Autumn Equinox $35

The packaging is very cute and compact. Instead of a mirror there is a a quote that reads,

” Take time to watch the leaves turn.”

I quite like that.

The shade names are on the back of the palette.

This palette contains 6 matte and 3 shimmer shades.

The matters are literally the MOST buttery mattes I have ever felt in my life!

The shimmers, unfortunately are pretty basic- nothing to write home about.

Starting from the wrist back

  • Fuzzy Flannel- a shimmer teal
  • Cherry Blossom- a matte mauvy pink
  • Pumpkin Pie- a matte orange
  • Spiked Cider- a matte mustard yellow
  • Trick 4 Treats- a purple shimmer
  • Jean Jacket- a matte navy blue
  • Witch please- a matte purple
  • Cranberry Sauced- a matte brown mauve
  • Ugg Boots- a shimmery taupe

The matte shades are spectacular, I don’t think I have better matter shadows than these.

The shimmers, as I said, are pretty basic.

There is a ton of powder kick up, but that’s because they are not pressed as hard as most shadows.

The Look

  • After priming my eyes I buffed “Spiked Cider” all over my lid and almost up to my brow bone.
  • I did the same thing with “Pumpkin Pie” but not as high up.
  • I then placed “Cherry Blossom” on the inner and outer third of my lid.
  • I placed “Cranberry Sauced” on top of that
  • Tons of blending
  • I placed “Fuzzy Flannel” in the center on my lid.

I repeated these steps on the lower lash line.

I popped “Ugg Boots” in my inner Corner.

For my High Light I used Snow Queen

It is a really pretty stark white highlight. It is not pressed hard and it really packs a punch!

It is also only $10!

Over all

I am buying more of their shadows, particularly the mattes. I just can’t get over how awesome they are!

I also plan on ordering more of their highlights. I also want to try their blushes.

You can purchase their products Here.

What is your favorite Indie Brand?

Thank you for readingπŸŽƒ

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation | All day wear test + Review

Do fall allergies just destroy anyone else? All the stuff in the air here in Missouri just ruins me. I apologize for how TERRIBLE i look in these pictures a head of time.

I purchased the Tarte Shape Tape foundation while it was on sale for $23 at Ulta. Which is the only reason I bought it. I love the concealer, but didn’t really have interest in the foundation- until the stupid sale. Always gets me.

It usually retails for $39 at Ulta.

I wasn’t even going to review the foundation. Then I forgot to put primer on the other day and figured why not? So I have tried it with and with out primer and setting it. You have actually already seen it in most of my recent pictures with primer. ( Look at the most recent selfie on my Instagram @manda_janette)

7:19 AM

I like the doe foot applicators on foundation. It isn’t hygienic, but I’m lazy. I like buffing it in with a brush or with a beauty blinder- either way works. As I said I forgot a primer, I did sent my under eyes though. Nothing else.

It is super easy to apply and I find that porcelain is a great match for me. I am pretty fair.

I also want to mention that I have combination, scared up blemish prone skin. This foundation has pretty decent coverage.

11:44 AM

I apologize for the picture quality, I was in my office.

Not much break down besides under my eyes. It’s normal for break down under my eyes. My nose and chin aren’t looking too shabby. Coverage is still good. Impressed so far.

3:13 PM

I apologize for what you just had to see!

As you can see, everything, including my Liquid Cat Suit liquid lip, is broken down.

My nose, eyes and for head have really deteriorated. The sides of my face aren’t looking too good either.

Please ignore my watery eyes and hives, like I said, ALLERGIES.

Thoughts w/o primer and setting:

It held up for a good four or five hours. I was surprised it held up that long. Never again will I got with out primer and setting though. I just don’t like doing that. Yes foundations break down, but the way this one hardcore broke down around 7-8 hours, just not happy with that.

W/ Primer and Setting:

I didn’t want to like this foundation, but I do. A lot.

I have it on in the above pictures and it looks great, and it stayed that way the entire night out.

It is easy to apply, doesn’t feel heavy, and wears very well ( with primer and being set) for a hydrating foundation.

Will I repurchase? If it is on sale yes. Full price, no. I have too many inexpensive foundations that I enjoy just as much.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of five pumpkins. Lost a pumpkin for the shade range that they threw at the world and the fact that it is nearly $40..but there are drugstore foundations I like just as much.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading πŸŽƒ

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