BoxyLuxe | Fall 2020

BoxyLuxe is $50 a quarter and is an expansion of the BoxyCharm base box.

There is a lot to un-box here, so let’s jump in!

111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Masks x5 $135

$135!? These face masks better solve every problem I have! They are supposed to give you a glowing complexion.

Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask $ 26

This is one of the products I picked for this month. I have been wanting to give it a go for a while now. It is supposed to control oil, balance skin, and calm redness.

Keratherapy Deep Conditioning Mask $24

This mask comes in a giant size and smells soooo good. I can’t wait to try it. I really love hair masks.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment $85

This is the second item I picked for my box this month. I have tried a few samples of this product and love it. I’m excited to have the full size.

Pür Signature Travel Essentials 12 piece cruelty free brush set $49

This is such a cute brush set. I love the shade of pink and that it comes in a nice sturdy holder. I have used a few of the brushes already and they are very soft with no shedding.

Persona Season One lip gloss “honey” $16

Now this is a gloss I can get behind. No glitter and the shade looks perfect for fall!

Fenty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlight “Mimosa sunrise/ Sangria Sunset” $36

While these shades are pretty, I’m never going to use this. I am passing it along to one of my sisters.

Hipdot Zion Palette $30

This palette is beautiful! I am in love with the color story. I am really excited to finally get to try the Hipdot formula.

That is it for my Fall 2020 BoxyLuxe! I am pretty happy with this box, and it’s value of $401!!!

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BoxyCharm | August 2020

BoxyCharm is $25 a month. It contains 5 sample – full-sized beauty products.

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Primer $20

I think I have tried this primer before and I liked it from what I can remember. An eye primer is useful, so there’s that.

MudMasky Blue Light Protection Mask $54

This is neat. This is a mask you leave on all day to protect you from the blue light that comes from electronics. I am in front of my lap top pretty much all day for classes, so this will be lovely.

Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector “Velvet Nude 01” $26

I have heard some pretty good things about this product, and the shade is pretty. However, I am unsure if Clarins is CF, so I will have to do abit of research before I use it.

Butter London Teddy Boy Eyeshadow Palette $28

This is a small cool toned eye palette. I usually don’t lean towards cool tones, but it will be nice to actually have a palette with that option.

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer “Pearl” $29

I selected this shade, and it was too dark for me. Which is sad, because it is one of my favorite concealers. I actually have the correct shade in right now! This shade will match my mom, so I hope she likes it!

I am pretty happy with this box. I am sad that I am so bad at shade matching though. I thought the concealer would be light enough. Oh well! My box came to a total of $157.

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Kinder Beauty Box |August 2020

Kinder Beauty Box is $25 a month. All products are cruelty free and vegan. You receive 5 products, two of which will be full sized.

Delia Organics Dew Drops Serum $30

This serum is lightweight and meant to balance out your complexion while providing hydration. This is going to be the serum I use bevy after I finish my Kypris one!

Delizioso Watermelon & COQ10 Facial Polish $39.95

Here we have a very fine facial polish that is packed full of skin loving ingredients. Oh, and it smells ahhhmazing!

Glov BioBased Pocket Mirror $10

This is actually an awesome little mirror. Mine is going right into my backpack so I can do makeup touch ups while at work and college.

Eco Tools Lip and Cheek Tint “Pink” $8.99

I am obsessed with cream blush and multi tasking products lately, so I am really excited about this. The shade isn’t too pink, and looks illuminating as well. You will see more of this guy in an upcoming post.

100% Pure Creamy Long Last Liner “Dark Cacao” $26

I already own this eyeliner, and it is by far my favorite liner. It’s long wearing and very pigmented. I’m so happy so have another!

I am really happy with this box! It’s full of amazing products and I’m excited about everything. My box came to a total of $114.94.

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BoxyCharm Premium | August 2020

BoxyCharm Premium is $35 a month. You receive 5-6 full sized beauty products.

Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid Serum $85

I’m going to be honest. I have no idea what this stuff is supposed to do. I am going to do some research before using it. It is fun to get such an expensive skincare product though.

Dermelect XL Lash Volumizer $49

Lash serums never work for me, but my mom loves them. This will be going to her.

Fenty 150 Portable Contour and Concealer Brush $24

This is going to be great to just toss in my bag. I think I am going to use it to touch up around my nose and under my eyes through out the day.

Milk Long Wear Gel Eyeliner “Biz” $22

I think this is the first time I’ve gotten a liner that isn’t black! It’s a navy blue. I actually really like blue eye looks, so this will come in handy.

Ciaté London The Editor Palette $32

The color story of this palette is really pretty. There are some beautiful jewel tones. I will be doing a separate post on this palette, so keep your eye out for that!

MAC Lipstick “Dubonnet “ $17.99

The dark red shade of this lipstick is beautiful. However, MAC is not cruelty free, so I will be passing this along.

That is it for my Boxy Premium. It isn’t the best one yet, but it isn’t horrible either. My box came to a total of $229.99. Not a bad value!

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My Day Time Skin Care Routine | Summer 2020

I have a combination skin type. Oily in the Tzone, dry everywhere else. My skin is pretty acneic. I think I have found a great summer, morning skincare routine for me, and I wanted to share it with you!

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic

Every morning I start by using a face halo and a Micellar water. I know I should really wash my face, but I’m lazy in that department. What can I say? It cleanses well and leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

ELF Keep Your Balance Toner

This isn’t my favorite toner, due to the scent. It reminds me of tequila. But! It does help balance out my skin, and has improved my acne, thanks to the witch hazel.

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion

This moisturizer is meant for acne prone skin, and it is so helpful! I have just started using this and I have already seen an improvement in my acne. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew

This serum is fantastic! It has vitamin C that helps brighten the skin and even out skin tone. It also includes algae, that has antioxidant properties, which is also very helpful to the skin- especially for acne.

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

I am 24, and it’s never too early to start trying to tackle those fine lines and wrinkles. But for now, I find that this eye cream is great for dark circles and puffiness. However, it has a strong scent of alcohol, so that is not one I will not be purchasing again.

Blissoma Photonic Light Shifting Solution SPF 25

This is my favorite facial SPF. It is more of a skin tone, so there is no white cast. It also has antioxidants and vitamins that are great for the skin.

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Clove + Hallow Sunrise Pressed Pigment Palette | A Look & Review

Let’s play with some eyeshadow!

Clove + Hallow is a cruelty free, vegan, and clean beauty brand. I hear a lot that it is more affordable, and in the green beauty space I would agree. However, it is still rather pricey in my opinion.

The Sunrise Pressed Pigment Palette contains six shades. Two lattes and four shimmers. It retails for $36.

It also has some nourishing ingredients for the eye area. There is rosemary, rice bran, and sunflower extract to protect and soothe the eye area.

The pigments are contained in recyclable cardboard, mirror free, packaging.

There are no shade names, so I will try to do a little bit of a description.

  • Copper shimmer
  • Champagne shimmer
  • Very light champagne shimmer with more of a yellow pull.

  • A matte chocolate brown
  • A matte warm toned brown, very orange undertones.
  • A shimmery gold.

I did a super light take on a halo eye.

  • I started by applying the warm orange brown on my inner and outer corner, and blended it into my crease, and up towards my brow bone.
  • I then placed the chocolate brown over the other shadow on the inner and outer corner of my eye and lightly into the crease.
  • After that, I used that sort of coppery shimmer and placed it on the center of the lid with my finger.

  • I took the orangey brown and buffed it along my lower lash area. I wanted to keep it blown out and simple.

Over all thoughts?

I enjoy this palette. I think the pigmentation is lovely, and the formula is rather creamy. I didn’t notice much kick up, which can be a bit of a problem with more natural shadows, which isn’t an issue for me. If you are into, or just getting into using more cleaner beauty items, I recommend picking up this little palette. You can get a variety of day time and night time looks, with very little effort!

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Tom Ford Traceless Matte Foundation | Review and Wear Test

I was sent this foundation by Influenster for review.

Welcome back to my foundation journey! I got lucky with this one, thanks Influenster.

Before we even get into my thoughts and the wear test. I do not, and will NEVER recommend ANYTHING from Tom Ford to you. Tom Ford is NOT a cruelty free brand. HOWEVER, not everyone who enjoys my blog is cruelty free, and I saw this as a great opportunity to give my personal opinion about a very expensive foundation.

Now, let’s begin.

The Tom Ford claims that the Traceless Soft Matte Foundation is hydrating with a silky formula. It is supposed to be medium to full coverage that lasts all day without looking cakey or dry. It has soft-focus microsphere powders that are meant to blur skin and wear extending pigments that are supposed to provide medium to full coverage. It is supposed to move like skin and feel smoother over time.

Here is the foundation look upon initial application.

I used a moisturizing primer and applied two layers of foundation with a brush. I would not say it provides full coverage as you can still clearly see the freckles on my nose and the few on my cheeks.

6 Hours later (the voice for time skips in sponge bob)

I do agree that the foundation is extremely comfortable! It wasn’t itchy, or dry, or cakey at all. There is the normal wear in my T-Zone. But other than that, everything stayed beautifully through an easy, mostly indoors day. But! This foundation is $88, why are you wearing off my T-zone like any other foundation?

Do I think the foundation is worth the $88? 100% NO! For one, it is not Cruelty free. Secondly, you can get a SIMILAR type of wear from, for example, the Too Faced Born This Way foundation.

If you are not Cruelty Free and don’t mind shelling out the money on an expensive foundation, sure; give it a try, I’m sure you’ll be happy if you like matte finishes. But personally, absolutely not. I am going to pass this on to my sister that is as fair as I am, and I’m sure she will be very happy about it.

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My First Integrity Botanicals Haul | What did I get!?

Integrity Botanicals is a website that sells clean products. So no nasty ingredients! If you did not know, Integrity Botanicals also has a YouTube channel where the amazing Ashley from Green Bunny Video demos and reviews a tone of the products they sell on their site. Which is insanely helpful!

Let’s hop into my haul!

Something great about the Integrity Botanicals site, is that you can purchase sample sizes of some of the products! I took advantage of this feature to color match a few things, so let’s start there.

Hunt Beauty Duet Concealer $6 2 samples

People RAVE about this concealer, and I needed to try it. So I decided to start by sampling the sages fair and light. You get enough for a use or two. Perfect to match your shade, as well as see how you like the wear.

Lily Lolo BB Cream Sample $3

For this sample you get a foil packet. Lily Lolo is a brand I love, and I have been curious about their BB Cream, now I get to test it before I shell out the money for it!

Now for the full sized items I bought!

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara $20

This is a very popular mascara in the clean beauty space, and I have been dying to try it myself. The brush looks very fluffy and promising!

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up Cream Foundation $52

This is a foundation that Ashley raves about on both channels alllll the time, so I needed it for myself. I picked up shade 11. I am so excited to try this and let you all know my thoughts!

Not only can you purchase samples, but you get 3 free samples with every order. And the sample options are vast!

I picked up the Ritual De Fille Ash and Amber Eye soot in “Anima”, the Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation in “Latte” and the Vapour Soft Focus Foundation in “100s”.

I am excited to try them all and give you some mini reviews!

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Bite Beauty Change Maker Foundation & Primer | Review & Wear Test

Let’s talk about foundation for a minute. I think it is one of the most, if not the most important part of your makeup routine to really get right. A bad base can ruin everything! I am continually on the hunt for the perfect foundation, today I’m going to take you all on part of that journey.

But before foundation, I gotta prime! So let’s start off with the Bite Beauty Change Maker Skin Optimizing Primer $38.

There are two different formulas, one for normal to oily, and the one I picked up, normal to dry.

This primer really feels and acts as a moisturizer. I love how moisturizing it feels on the skin. It is meant to neutralize your skin type, while also gripping foundation.

This product also has some wonderful highlighted ingredients:

Willow Bark (Mattifying Primer): Helps mattify, control shine, and blur the look of pores without stripping skin. 
– Hyaluronic Acid Complex (Hydrating Primer): A specialized blend of micronized hyaluronic particles and sodium PCA for enhanced hydration.
– Olive Oil (Hydrating Primer): Helps boost hydration. 
– Maqui Berry: An antioxidant-rich ingredient that helps nurture your complexion. 

Do I think it holds up to these claims? Yes and no. I really do think it neutralized my skin type. It was hydrating, nourishing, and did actually help control shine. However, I really do not think that it helped grip on to my foundation. You will see why in just a moment.

Now, the fun part. The Change Maker Supercharged Micellar Foundation $39.50

I believe there are 32 shades. The best fit for me was the lightest shade L 10. It is described as fair light with neutral under tones.

This foundation is meant to be creamy and long wearing, with buildable medium coverage.

Here are the highlighted ingredients:

Maqui Berry: Antioxidant-rich and helps nourish your complexion; native to Patagonia, known to be one of the purest environments on earth
Micellar Technology: Inspired by skincare, it gently mimics skin texture for a smooth, non-cakey look

Here is my face after the initial application. I find that this foundation applies best with your finger tips or a brush. I noticed that a sponge soaked up a lot of the product and make application a bit spotty.

Upon initial application I thought the base looked beautiful! I definitely believe that the coverage is buildable, but I wouldn’t say it builds to full coverage.

Here is 4 hours into wearing the foundation. I was spending time with my boyfriend’s family inside and out of the heat. You can see there is some break up around my nose and cheeks, and you can see some of my weird freckles.

Here is the wear after 6 hours, coverage is essentially gone from my t zone. Please note! I did wear a mask for about 30 minutes, so that does have an affect on the foundation.

Now, these pictures were taken the second time I tried this foundation. The first time I wore it, we had gone to the mall, then a bar, and the break down from heat and wearing a mask was horrible. I did not think that was a fair testing environment.

Overall, I thought this foundation was a great match and very comfortable. However, I do not think it is the right foundation to wear in the summer in warmer climates, or if you are going to be moving around a lot. I found that it noticeably sunk into my pores, and broke up quickly.

Before I give this foundation to one of my sisters to try, I want to try it again once it cools down here.

As of right now, I am not a fan of this foundation, but you never know. The climate could change my thoughts completely! At first I loved the Huda Beauty foundation, but now I hate it and gave it away. So, we will see what the future holds for the change maker foundation and I.

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Boxy Premium July 2020 | Sunshine

BoxyCharm Premium is $35 a month. You receive 5-6 full sized beauty items.

Let’s just get right into this unboxing!

Cuccio Naturale Milk and Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil $18

Yessss! I needed this so bad. My cuticles are always horrible, but I never use anything specifically for them. Let’s see if their “natural hydrating complex” does the job.

Byroe Bitter Essence Toner $95

$95!? This stuff better change my life! This toner contains 33 green vegetable extracts that are meant to hydrate, purify, and help smooth unwanted texture. I have to admit, it does sound very promising.

Morphe x Manny MUA Glam Palette $20

This palette is very pretty, and I enjoy that they included highlighters. I am already thinking of some great looks to do with this baby, and can’t wait to show them to y’all.

Kenia Ontiveros Beauty Set and Define Kit $42

This palette contains setting shades, bronzer, contour and a highlight. The powders feel very soft, and I have a feeling they are going to wear beautifully on the skin.

Laura Geller Line -N-Define Dual Dimension Eye Liner “Black/teal” $24

I have tried liners from Laura Geller before and really liked them. I think this shade combo will really make my green eyes pop!

Folly Fire Matte Manipulation Trio $39.99

Lastly, we have a trio of red toned lipsticks. These lipsticks are vegan, cruelty free, gluten and fragrance free. I am excited to play with them. I love mixing lip shades to create new ones. I think sets like this are so fun.

That is it for my premium box! I’m really happy with everything, this month was definitely a hit! My box came to a total of $238.99. What a value!

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