BoxyCharm Premium June 2020

I finally got my Boxy Premium in the mail today!

This box retails for $35 a month. You receive 5-6 full sized beauty products.

Unfortunately, the box did not come with an info card, and I never received an email containing one.

Let’s get right into the products.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask $49

This was one of the teased items for this months box. I believe everyone was supposed to receive it. I am almost finished with my current sleeping mask, which is also from Glow Recipe, so I am excited to try this one out.

Skin & Co Sardinian Spirit Shower Gel $22

I love soap. So much. This shower gel has strong floral and citrus notes to it. It’s beautiful!

Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle and Energizing Face Masks (x6) $25

This is the bulkiest packaging I have ever received face masks in. I am always happy to try more masks. Especially when they are cruelty free, vegan, and sulfate and paraben free like these.

Battington Powder & Contour Brush Set $90

$90 for two brushes!? These better blow my mind. They do feel very sturdy, and the bristles are very soft. But, $90? Come on.

Lashaholic Lashes “They’re real, I swear” $14.99

I rarely wear lashes. However, I think this style is really pretty. I am going to keep these around for the special occasions when I do wear lashes. They aren’t too much, but they aren’t too subtle either.

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette $44

This was also a teased item for this mont that all premium subscribers were supposed to get. However, I have seen in Reddit groups that there were some issues with that.

Once upon a time I had the original Cocoa Contour palette. It’s kind of neat to have the super pretty updated version. I do wish it still came with the little kabuki brush though. I loved that brush, and mine has vanished. I think this palette would fit a wide variety of skin tones, which is fantastic!

Over all, I think this was a pretty nice box! High quality items, all of which I am excited to try.

My box came to a total of $244.99. Not too shabby for a $35 sub!

What was in your BoxyCharm this month? What was your favorite item? Comment below!

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I Found a Random Ulta Palette | Let’s Review it!

I was digging through my collection the other day and found this random Ulta gift with purchase palette.

I figured, hey! Let’s give it a go and see what it’s like!

It is a very cool toned palette. It has three matte and three shimmer shades. As well as a rosy pink blush with some shimmer, and a duo chrome pink highlighter.

As you can see, the swatches aren’t impressive. Besides the blush. I am enjoying that.

  • Sugar Coat – light shimmery grey
  • Mocha- dark matte gray
  • Glaze- deep shimmery purple
  • Sweets- matte light pink
  • Drizzle- dark shimmery gray
  • Indulge- matte gray-purple
  • Cotton candy- pink blush with some glitter
  • Frosted- white highlight with a duo chrome pink shift.

Hopefully you can tell in the picture, but the shimmers basically are non-existent in a swatch.

  • I primed my eyes then set it all with Sweets. So far so good!
  • I used a fluffy blending brush and buffed Mocha into my crease and a bit above.
  • I used a more precise brush to buff Indulge into my crease.
  • I placed Glaze in my outer corner.
  • I placed Drizzle in the middle of my lid.
  • After that I placed Sugar coat on the rear of my lid and the inner corner.

  • I placed Indulge closets to my lower lash line, and blended it out with a mixture of Mocha and Sweets.

Over all thoughts

The mattes from this palette did their job well enough. But, the shimmers are non-existent.

The highlighter also, did absolutely nothing.

However, I kind of love this blush! It showed up well, and gave my skin a healthy flushed look.

This is not a palette that will stay in my collection. Honestly, I am probably going to depot the blush and trash the rest. I don’t even thing any of my sisters will want this disaster.

Do you have this GWP palette in your collection? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

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Ipsy Ultimate June 2020 | Make Waves

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Today, I am going to Un-box my Ipsy Ultimate for June 2020 and give y’all my thoughts.

Ipsy ultimate is $50 a month. You get a larger makeup bag, 8 full sized products, and 4 deluxe sample sized products.

My Add Ons

This month I was a day late for add ons, so a lot of the cool stuff was gone. But I did get a few things I wanted!

Hanalie Full Face Sheet Masks pineapple, pear, lychee, and papaya

These masks came in a set of two, I bought both. They address a variety of skin concerns, and I’m sure I’m going to love them.

Luxie 640 Pro Precision Tapered

I already have one of these and love it for highlight. These was either $4 or $6 add on and I just couldn’t pass it up.

First Aid Beauty Pores be Gone Matte Primer

This is something else I have already tried and loved. This was a $4 add on. Just couldn’t pass it up!

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30

A perfect day cream for the summer, can’t be mad about that!

Biorace Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask

The other day I noticed how bad the pores around my nose are looking. I am definitely going to use this mask to spot mask the area around my nose and cheeks.

Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Facial Oil

I have never tired an acne treatment in an oil form, I’m excited to give it a go. I hope it works. Lord knows I need it.

H2O+ Hydration Oasis Nourishing Gel Cream

And we have another face cream. I am probably going to pass this little one on to a friend. I have one that really likes gel creams and always asks if I have any I want to pass on.

Dr.Brandt Pores no More Luminizer Primer

I have one of these primers currently in my rotation and it’s almost empty, but I love it! This was the item I picked for my box this month.

Yensa Super 8 Lip Oil “Pink Shine”

I enjoy lip oils. They feel soooo nice. I’m excited to try a new one out. I just hope the color doesn’t show up much on the lips.

Verb Hydrating Mask

This is a hair mask I have already tried and love. It works very well and smells great. I am happy to have another sample of it. I get about two uses out of this sample size.

Pixi Fresh Face Blush “Beach Rose”

The formula of this blush is really buttery and nice. It’s a rosy brown, which is a color I have been leaning to a lot lately for blush. So this is perfect!

Ciaté London Dewy Stick Highlighting Balm “Glow”

I have had one of these before from boxy charm, and I hate it. It broke me out really badly. I am going to pass this along to one of my sisters.

Wander Beauty Frame your Face Precise Brow Gel “Clear”

I wish I would have gotten this in a tint so that it could be a one and done brow product. But, whatever, I can always use a clear brow gel- I fly through them.

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner “Black”

I have been wanting to try this liner out of curiosity, but I can never justify purchasing eyeliner, because I get so much in sub-boxes. I am happy I get to try this one out!

The Balm Auto Balm Pic Perfect

At first glance and swatch, I am not too excited about this palette. It just isn’t one I think I will use. I am going to test it on my eyes before I make a decision. However; I’m pretty sure this is another product I am going to pass on to one of my sisters.

LaRuce Brush Set

I couldn’t find this specific set online to link. The set name isn’t on the packaging and ipsys included card is useless. I wish I could have found it through! The brushes are very soft and seem very sturdy and well made.

The set includes a flat foundation, angled contoured, small kabuki, tapered blending, and shadow brushes.

That is it for my Ipsy this month! It isn’t my favorite box of all time, but I definitely will use all but like two of the products, which isn’t bad for a subscription box to be honest.

What was in your Ipsy this month? Comment or link below!

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Ipsy Ultimate Un-Boxing | May 2020

It’s time for my longest post of the month! Ipsy Ultimate. It is $50 a month. Ipsy also has a $25 and a $12 option.

Let’s jump right into the products!

We will begin with the add-ons. Yes, I actually remembered the add-ons this month!

Nomad Kiss of Sun Palette

This palette was a $12 add on. It’s a highlighting and bronzer palette. I thought it was super cute. I also love supporting Indie brands, which Nomad is.

I should be able to use a few of these shades. I can’t wait to give them a try.

MOTD Eye Brush Set

I also believe that this was a $12 add on. I have wanted to try MOTF brushes for a while now, so there was no way I was passing up on this offer.

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Foundation “Fair Light” & Yensa BC Concealer “Light Neutral “

These add-ons were either $6 or $3 dollars. Either way, I thought it would be a fun little way to test a new foundation and concealer.

They both seem like they will be pretty good matches.

Please be aware, that Ipsy did not include a pricing card this month.

Innbeauty Project Lip Oil “Candy Apple”

This lip oil taste and smells amazing. It is a bit more like a gloss than I am use to in an oil. It gives a slight little tint of color.

Hey Honey Look into My Eyes Eye Mask

I have never tried an eye mask. I am interested to see if this product is helpful or not. My under eye are has been dry.

Invigorating Hand And Body Lotion “Sweet Orange & Elemi

This lotion is slightly thick, so it feels amazing. The citrusy scent is magnificent. It is a little hard to get out of the bottle though.

KISMET Buff Sugar Scrub

I do believe I got a Kisment primer in my last Ipsy box. I am currently using a different lip scrub, but I will not have a back up!

The Beautiful Factr. Water Jam Cleansing Gel Balm

I love balm cleansers! I really love trying out new ones as well. I have never tried a gel balm, so this should be fun to try.

PureHeals Pore Clear Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask

I just finished a toner from this brand! I just had to throw away my yes to tomatoes charcoal peel off mask because I neglected it and it tried out. This couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

Murad Resurgence Renewing Eyecream

Strange, on my profile I said I rarely wanted eye treatment products. Yet this month I got two. However, I do enjoy Murad, so I will give this product a go.

Dermedicine Weightless Face Moisturizer SPF 25

A moisturizer and an SPF. I am all for being able to skip a step in my routine. With this I can knock out moisturizer and SPF.

Araceil Ojos Perfectos Liquid Liner “Black” and “Brown”

I could do with out another black liquid liner. But, I have really been wanting a brown one. Now I’ve got it! I will probably pass the black one along to someone else.

Dr. Huang Beauty Lab Shea Butter Nourishing Mask & British Rose Hydrating Mask

I love sheet masks. I use one basically every night. These two seem like they will both work well for my current, crazy dry skin, concerns.

Huda Beauty Golden Sands Highlighter Palette

I am not sure if these shades will work for my skin tone or not. But, I sure am going to try it. The formulas in the palette are nice, and the shades are very pretty.

Smashbox Cover Shot Ablaze Eye Palette

I chose this palette this month. Yes! I actually remembered to make my choice as well.

I love the Cover Shot palettes and have wanted this one for a while. I am excited to have it, Ablaze will be a great, easy, go to palette.

That was all that I got in Ipsy this month! I really enjoyed this box. Not so much all the eye creams, but I loved everything else! And will use the eye creams regardless.

What was in your Ipsy bag or box this month?

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A full face of makeup I am panning | I let the music guide the look

I have started following a lot of panning groups on Reddit ( u/mrsmandreedus) and decided to start my own project pan.

I will not solely use these products, but for work, and when I need a quick look. These are the products I will be reaching for.

I decided it would be fun to do a full face for y’all with the products, but I decided to add a twist. I listened to the “Sad Covers” play list on Spotify, and let the music help guide the look! Let’s just say, it turned out grungy.

Base products

For my primer I am using up the last little bit of my last Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I love this primer, I just have so many and need to use them up.

For my concealer I am scraping out the last bits of my Tarte Shape Tape in Fair. This is my favorite concealer and I will repurchase it once this one is gone.

For my foundation I am trying to finish the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation in F1. I am not 100% on how I really feel about this foundation. Some days I love how it looks, but othersI HATE it.

The powder I am trying to pan is the Elf Tone Correcting Powder in Cool. I enjoy this powder, but it doesn’t do enough color correction for me to repurchase it. It does set well though.

Face color products

For my blush and bronzer I am using up the ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzer in Fiji Matte. I have gone through a few of these over the years. As you can see the bronzer is pretty much done for. I will probably be repurchasing this guy.

The highlighter I am trying to pan is Citrine from Jouer. I love this highlight and don’t want to see it go. But, I dropped it once and keep having to repress it. So I want to use it to get it out of the way. I probably won’t repurchase because I do have so many similar highlighters.

Brows

The pencil I am trying to use up is from Winky Luxe. I have had it so long that the packing design has rubbed away. It is a decent pencil, but nothing special.

For my brow gel, I am using up The Brow Gal Instant tinted brow gel in Brown 02. I actually really like this product. It really helps to make my brows look full and natural. I have another one to use up after this one. Then I will probably repurchase.

Eyeshadow

The primer I am trying to pan is the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ocher. This stuff last forever. It works great, but it isn’t something I would spend the money on again.

The eyeshadow palette I am hoping to pan is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. This is my all time favorite eyeshadow palette. If I pan a decent amount of it I will repurchase.

Eyeliner

For my water and tight line, I am trying to finish is the Covergirl Liquiline Blast in Black. I love this liner. I won’t repurchase it though, because I have so many black liners.

For liquid liner, I am trying to pan the never ending Revolution Renaissance Flick liner in Black. I really love this liner and will be repurchasing it. Even though I have like 15 black liquid liners, but whatever.

Mascara

I always use two mascaras at a time. It’s a weird habit, but I have always done it.

The first one I am trying to use up is Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express in Black. It’s an okay mascara, but nothing I would repurchase.

The second mascara I am trying to use up is the Tarte Big Ego mascara. To be honest, I was let down by this mascara. I usually love the Mascaras from Tarte, but this one is leaving much to be desired.

Lips

I have almost panned the KVD Liquid Lip and Lip Liner in Lolita. This is my go to lip shade and I will be repurchasing.

Setting Spray

For setting spray I am almost done with my second to last Mac Fix Plus. I actually do really like this stuff. However, I have others sprays that work just as well, for a lower price. As of right now, I probably will not repurchase.

The Look

What is a product you are trying to use up?

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Ipsy October Mystery Glam Bag | Unbagging

Ipsy has this thing now where you can purchase mystery bundles from past months. The regular glam bag bundles are $14, GBP is $32, and GBU is, I believe, $60.

Today, we are unbagging the October 2019 Glam Bag Mystery bundle.

Soo AE Panda Eye Brightening Mask x2

I have tried these masks before and do really enjoy them. My under eyes have been really dry recently, so these came at a great time.

Murad Acne Control Clarifying Cleanser

This is a product that I have been wanting to try out, but wasn’t sure if it would be worth the price tag. Now, I have a pretty nice sized deluxe sample to test out!

Ipsy x Betty Boop Lipstick “Mauve it Baby”

Bullet lipsticks aren’t really my thing, but this is a really pretty color. The packaging is also pretty cute too.

Space Case Highlighter 1-E

This is a product I do already own, so I will be passing this along. It’s a very pretty highlighter and I love how it looks on the skin.

Kaleido Cosmetics eyeshadow “Sizzle”

This is a really metallic silver. I love everything about it. My the formula and pigmentation, down to the embossing on the product. I can’t wait to use this on the eyes.

That was everything I got in my mystery bag. Not too shabby! Really, the only thing I won’t be using is the highlighter. And that is just because I already own it.

What do you think of these mystery ipsy bags?

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Ipsy October Mystery Glam Bag | Unbagging

Ipsy has this thing now where you can purchase mystery bundles from past months. The regular glam bag bundles are $14, GBP is $32, and GBU is, I believe, $60.

Today, we are unbagging the October 2019 Glam Bag Mystery bundle.

Soo AE Panda Eye Brightening Mask x2

I have tried these masks before and do really enjoy them. My under eyes have been really dry recently, so these came at a great time.

Murad Acne Control Clarifying Cleanser

This is a product that I have been wanting to try out, but wasn’t sure if it would be worth the price tag. Now, I have a pretty nice sized deluxe sample to test out!

Ipsy x Betty Boop Lipstick “Mauve it Baby”

Bullet lipsticks aren’t really my thing, but this is a really pretty color. The packaging is also pretty cute too.

Space Case Highlighter 1-E

This is a product I do already own, so I will be passing this along. It’s a very pretty highlighter and I love how it looks on the skin.

Kaleido Cosmetics eyeshadow “Sizzle”

This is a really metallic silver. I love everything about it. My the formula and pigmentation, down to the embossing on the product. I can’t wait to use this on the eyes.

That was everything I got in my mystery bag. Not too shabby! Really, the only thing I won’t be using is the highlighter. And that is just because I already own it.

What do you think of these mystery ipsy bags?

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BoxyCharm Base Box | April 2020

I am toying with the idea of bumping up to the premium box. What are all of your thoughts on that subscription level? Is it worth it?

For now, let’s focus on the April BoxyCharm Base box. It is $25 a month.

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Hydrating Primer $32

Unfortunately, benefit is not cruelty free. So, this is a product I will be passing on as a gift. It’ll make a great gift for someone else. But, so far this box isn’t for me.

Zoeva Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette $28

I am so happy to finally have a Zoeva palette, and it’s one of the ones I wanted! Though I have to admit, I want most of them.

Here are a few random swatches. The formula is a nice as I expected it to be and the pigmentation is great. I have tried it and loved the look I came up with. Look coming soon!

This is worth the box to me.🤷‍♀️

Iconic London Illumination “Original” $41

This is something that I have been intrigued by- due to Instagram. But, I don’t think it will work well on my skin tone. I am willing to try it though! If it works, this is an awesome item.

Dose of Colors Lip It Up Satin LipStick $17

I enjoy the Dose of Colors liquid lips, I am excited to try a different lip format from them.

I am not sure how great this shade will look on me, but I do love the formula! I will have to check out the other shades they have.

Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Mask $9 x3

Lastly, we have some tony moly sheet masks. I don’t believe tony moly is cruelty free. I will have to do some research. I hope so though, because I would love to try these masks.

Over all, this was just an okay box for me. I have been more impressed by BoxyCharm before, but I am really excited about the palette.

What was in your BoxyCharm?

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Ipsy Platinum | April 2020

Is this bag not the cutest? It typically wouldn’t be my type. But, as I have learned more about myself during lock down. I am in love with this makeup case!

How is lock down treating everyone? I hope you are all doing well mentally! As someone who is immunocompromised, I have been stuck in side. I have really been working on my mental health, and processing things I refused to before. I’m stuck in the environment where i feel safest, so I figured now was the right time for self improvement and discovery.

How have you all been handling this lock down? Need anyone to talk to during all of this, for any reason? PLEASE snap chat me @manda_janette. Or DM me on Insta @_notan_alien

I have had this box for a few days now, but have put off posting. I want to enjoy doing this, I don’t want to feel like I have to. So no more attempts at schedules. We are going back to the good old, I want to do what makes me happy, fueled posts!

Now, let’s actually get into the Unboxing! BTW, we have the info card back this month!

Jules Smith Beauty Power 5 Shadow Palette $28

This is a brand I have never heard of, so I am very intrigued.

Each shadow is inspired by different powers and properties of different genres stones.

I haven’t fully researched the brand, so I cannot speak of them as a whole. Just this palette. This palette is gluten free, cruelty free, and vegan.

I could not use this palette on its own, but the shadow quality is really nice, I think it will make a great companion palette.

YENSA CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil $38

I do have a primer from YENSA that I really enjoy, so I am excited to try another product from them. This is an oil to milk emulsion that removes, face and eye makeup, as well as other impurities on the skin.

I am excited to give this a try. I don’t have much experience with cleansing oils, and I think this is a good place to start.

CIATÉ London Triple Shot XXL Mascara in Black XXL $22

I have some friends who love this mascara, so I am excited to try it for myself! Lately, I have just been doing my mascara and brows for a makeup routine.

I am a little apprehensive about the wand itself. I prefer wands that are fuller, fluffier.

Trèstique Mini Lip Glaze Set $48

This is a nice little set, with a nice variety of colors. But, there is no way I would pay almost $50 for this. I do however, enjoy all of the shades, and the texture feels very nice. I think I will actually get a lot of use out of these minis!

Il Makiage Long Wear Eye Pencil in Batman $17

I have already used this a liner and I really enjoy it. It goes on smooth and stays on. I have pretty watery eyes and it did not budge from my water line.

Céla Seed to Skin Scrub Natural Grain Polish $34

I love body scrubs. It’ll be exciting to try a new one. Especially one so pricey.

Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio $28

The formula of all three products is buttery and pigmented. I also think all three shades will work great on my fair skin. I can rarely use every shade in palettes like this. So that’s fun.

Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush in Primadonna $8

I actually really enjoy this blush. It gives my cheeks and flush, healthy glow.

Lavido 2-in-1 Purifying Facial Mask and Exfoliator $36

My skin has been horrible lately. This mask and exfoliator is meant to increase cell turnover and nix clogged pores and breakouts. Hopefully it does it’s job, because I really need it.

Goldfaden MD Hands to heart anti-aging and brightening hand treatment deluxe sample

I am going to be honest. I already gave this to my mom. I have so many hand creams and I would never use this. I’m 24, my hands are still fine for a bit.

PureHeals Propolis Softening Toner Deluxe Sample

I have used this toner some, and I am enjoying it. It is meant to help brighten skin. It also contains anti-inflammatory aloe Vera and propolis.

Kismet Pure Vitamin C Primer Deluxe Sample

I want to give this primer a fair chance. But, it is FULL of silver glitter. It is meant to brighten skin, the vitamin c. Apparently, it is also meant to smooth out pores. We will see about that one.

That is it for my box. I am really pretty happy with it. It was a nice pick me up during this lock down.

What was in your Ipsy this month?

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Boxy Luxe |March 2020

I’m sure most of you are only around for the unboxing posts- so here’s a little Tuesday treat!

I bring you the March BoxyLuxe! This is a quarterly box, which will cost you $50 a quarter. It is meant to be filled 8 full-sized beauty products.

This months theme is pretty edgy. Let’s see what BC thinks is edgy.

Sutra Beauty Mini-Ceramic Curling Iron $50

This is a really cool tool to get. However, I literally NEVER curl my hair. I have one curling wand; I don’t really need another. But! I know my sister in law will love this!

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum + CoCo Cabana Cream Duo $15

Unpopular opinion coming. I don’t like the way either of the scents of these creams smell. Let’s hope some one else I know does.

BoxyCharm Hello, Charmer Palette $39

First and foremost, BoxyCharm throwing in an in house branded product doesn’t really scream luxury or high end to me. BUT, the quality could prove me wrong.

But, maybe not.

I searched a few select shades. There are no actual mattes in this palette, my matte shades appear to have shimmer bits. The pigmentation is nice, and the formula is smooth. Those metallics though, Beautiful.

I will definitely be doing a look with this palette in the future to come to a final conclusion.

PMD Beauty Smart Facial Cleansing Device $99

This is exciting! You have the rubber bristle end for cleansing, and the other side is for applying serums. I am so excited to start using this.

NARS Power Matte Lip Pigment “Low Rider ” $25

I will be sweet and simple with this product. NARS is definitely not cruelty free, and the shade just isn’t for me. I will be passing this on.

Becca Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick $28

This stick highlight is much more sheer than the other ones I have, and I love it! Perfect for those light makeup days that will be coming with the hottest weather.

Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer “Freesia Pear” $16

The scent of this buffer is amazing! I am throwing it into my shower right after I finish writing this. It’s so floral. I cannot wait to see how the buffer itself makes my skin feel.

Appeal Cosmetics Gel Liner “Fancy” $21

This liner is smooth! The color payoff is great with one swipe. The shade will match my most worn lipsticks, so I know I will get use out of it.

That is it for my Boxy Luxe! Over all, I’m not super impressed this month. I always get so excited to get the Luxe box. The house brand palette, a small curling wand, a Becca product that I’ve literally never heard of. I have come to expect more from them.

What was in your box this month? Were you impressed? Comment below!

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