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?

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The most BASIC Halloween Makeup!

I love spooky season. Honestly though, all year is spooky season to me!

I found a shirt I bought ages ago with Freddy and Jason on it and it inspired me to do the most basic AF and easy Halloween look.

Literally SO easy!

I used two inexpensive eye palettes to do this, and any higher end products I used can easily be replaced with drug store products.

The palettes I used

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill “Ring the alarm” $15

I used Access as my transition and Secure to deepen the crease a bit.

BH cosmetics Festival Palette currently $10.80 at Ulta!!

I placed Hippie all over my lid.

I used Spirit to high light my brow bone.

I used Kandi as my inner corner high light.

I then used Access and Secure on my water line. I also tried to pack Hippie closer to the last line.

I lined my eyes and did a TRASH wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. (The NYC Epic Ink liner is a good replacement at the drugstore.)

Crazy easy, but still Halloweeny, as Coty called it.

I hope you enjoyed this short post and easy AF eye look!!

What is your favorite fall eyeshadow palette?

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Iluvsarahii x Dose of Colors | Review and first experience w/ Dose of Colors!

He guys.

I’m sure you have noticed that I have been lacking on looks and reviews. My blog has turned into mostly unboxings.

I am not proud of this. Sometimes motivation and inspiration just seems to completely disappear. I am hoping that it is finally starting to come back to me.


I finally purchased my first Dose of Colors products, and boy am I excited.

Iluvsharahii is a beauty influencer, who I actually am not familiar with- but I can tell that she has great taste!

Dose of Colors is a paraben Free, gluten free, and cruelty free brand.

Eyeshadow Palette $35

This 6 pan palette consists of 2 matte, 2 shimmer/metallic shades, and 2 glitter shades.

All are very pigmented and very on par with recent beauty trends. Warm shades with a pop of blue.

The blue and black (glitter shades) do have quite a bit of fall out, but I expected this to be so.

Liquid Lip “Aesthetic” $18

This shade is a stunning warm red.

I love this Liquid lip. It is very pigmented, applied evenly, and has great staying power. It is also vegan.

I have to say, I think this is my new favorite liquid lip stick formula.

I will gladly be spending the $18 to purchase more shades from the brand.

The Look

  • I started by priming my eyes with the NYX Glitter Primer and set it with a matte powder of my skin tone.
  • I started with the lightest pinky peach shade in the palette and buffed it in to my crease and over most of my lid as the transition shade.
  • I then took the darkest matte shade in the palette and blended it in to my crease, but more centered into my crease than the other shade.
  • I then took the glittery black shade and placed on my outer v and then buffed the remainder of the pigment on the brush into my outer crease.
  • After a lot of blending, I placed the blue shade all over the rest of my lid.
  • I then did I basic line with my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper.
    • On my lower lash line, I lined the outer part with a random black liner.
      I buffed the lightest matte shade under my lower lash line as a transition, again.
      Then I define my lash line with the deepest matte shade.
      I then popped the lightest shimmer shade into my inner corner.
      I finished my eyes off with the Younique Epic Lash Mascara.

    Over all thoughts on the Palette?

    I love it! I can’t think of a single bad thing. The packaging is beautiful and compact. The mirror is very use full. The shades are pigmented, very pretty and easy to blend.

    So far my opinion of the brand is outstanding and I have this urge to buy everything they have available at Ulta!

    Speaking of, you can pick up the two featured product online at Ulta.Com

    What is your favorite Dose of Colors products?

    Thank you for reading πŸ’œ

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    Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Palette | Review and Look

    I am sure you all know about the original Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette. It is an all Matte palette separated into 4 quads. It is fantastic and has became a favorite amongst the beauty community.

    But, did you know that Kat came out with a Shimmer version? Because I didn’t until I say it in Sephora. It is essentially a shimmery sister to the OG Palette.

    Visually, shade layout and packaging wise, this Palette is very appealing to me. The packaging is a hard plastic, and you get a fantastic mirror. The design of the palette is simple yet beautiful, in true KVD still. The shades are displayed in a very cohesive manor, which makes the palette easier to navigate.

    Let’s look at some swatches!

    Quad one

    • Porcelain A staple Matte Cream Shade. The only Matte in the Palette
    • Copper when swatched appears as a shimmery Gold.
    • Bronze a bronze shade. More powdery then the last larger glitter chunks.
    • Sterling a sheer glitter cream shade with Silver glitter. Seems like more of a shadow topper.

    I enjoy the first two shades in this quad. The other two I find hard to work with.

    Quad Two

    • Dusk a light shimmery neutral brown.
    • Cinder a neutral brown Shimmer, green under tone.
    • Onyx a black with chunky glitter. I found this shade very dry.
    • Glacier a white glitter shade. Another one that seems to be more like a shadow topper.

    Again, I only like two of the four.

    Quad Three

    • Dune shimmery light orange shade
    • Rust a shimmery orange-red
    • Jasper shimmery light warm toned brown. Chunky glitter.
    • Quartz a very light orange with chunky glitter. Again, appears to be more like an eye topper.

    I bet you can guess that I only like two of the four shades in this quad as well.

    The Look

    • I primed my eyes with the NYX Glitter Primer to stop a foreseeable disaster, and set it with Porcelain. Porcelain is also the shade I used to blend out harsh lines.
    • For my transition and blending I pulled in the lightest brown in the KVD OG shade + Light Eye Palette. This is the only time I dip into other palettes.
    • I tried to deepen up the crease with Dusk.
    • I placed Cinder on my outer corner and blended it into the outer crease ever so slightly.
    • For my lid, I placed Dune all over it.

    • For my lower lash line, I lined it with a black liner. Then applied Cinder as close to the lash line as possible.
    • Blended that out with dusk.
    • Then I blended that out with porcelain.
    • Lastly, I popped Glacier in my inner corner.

    Over all thoughts

    For $49 you get 12 shades. 6 of which I dislike. The other 6 I really enjoy. The 6 shades I did not like were hard to blend, due to how powdery they are. I also found that the ones that were reminiscent of eye toppers were hard to build (and blend), because they have such a slick almost cream like texture.

    I love KVD and I hate to say it, but if I could find the box to this Palette I would return it. For almost $50, technically over $50 after tax, I want much more than half the shades to work. I think the concept of the palette was great, but I find that it is really unnecessary and not worth the price.

    🐝🐝 out of five bumble bees. The packaging and the shades I liked earned it the two bees.

    Have you tried this Palette? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

    Thank you for reading πŸ’œ

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    Kat Von D Shade&Light β€œPlum” Quad | Look & Review

    How is everyone doing tonight? Typing that made me feel like I was opening a concert, when really I’m blogging and watching Bob’s Burgers with my cat, Carl.

    If you have been with my for a bit, then you’ll remember that about a year ago I got the KVD quad in “Sage” and did some posts on it. Thanks to them being on sale, I finally got more! They are currently $15, On the KVD site, but I got mine at TJMAXX for $9.99. People are finding them at TJMAXX everywhere!

    Tonight, we are going to focus on the “Plum” quad, but I am sure y’all already gathered that for yourselves!

    Let’s start with the packaging. Kat knows packaging. I keep all the product boxes and I hate storing the products away. The packaging is insanely sturdy, very aesthetically pleasing, and includes a great mirror. It is a little bulky, but who is seriously putting these quads out of site!? I know I am not.

    The quad includes a base, definer, contour, and highlight shade. I REALLY like the base shade. It’s a really nice transition shade for other looks.

    I did want to mention that the shadows are awfully powdery. I didn’t find this an issue though, concerning fallout, as long as I remembered to tap my brush off- which is essentially a habit.

    I also found that the plum shade was a little patchy and a bit hard to blend.

    But, over all the shades are Incredibly pigmented, and I was pretty happy with how my look turned out after working with them for a bit!

    Keep in mind I’m not a pro, just an enthusiast!

    • I used the “base” shade as my transition/blending shade.
    • I deepened my crease with the “contour” shade.
    • I made my crease and outer corner even deeper with the “define” shade.
    • I then took the ” highlight” shade on my lid. My eyes are slightly hooded, so I am still trying to really figure out how to work with them the best…
    • For my lower lash line I smudged a plum liner with the “definer” shade, then blended it out with the “contour” shade, then that with the “base”, then finished that off with a skin toned powder to really balance everything out.

    My inner corner high light is “Valley Girl” by ColourPop, my liner is the KVD Ink liner in “Trooper” and I am still using the BWC mascara!

    Will I pick up more of these quads while they are in the $15-$10 range? Hell yeah! I love KVD! This quad may have been a little difficult to work with, but I am in love with the outcome! 🍐🍐🍐🍐🍐 out of 5 pears, I can’t find a plum emoji. (At least at the price they are now, not the original…which still isn’t too bad considering it’s KVD.)

    That’s it guys! Which KVD quad is your favorite? Should I get the “Fawn” set…it has a limited edition quad? Comment below!

    Thank you so much for stopping by ⭐️

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    Email me for inquiries or advice about anything!

    Kat Von D Serpentina Palette!


    Y’all I caved.. I told myself I wasn’t going to get this palette, because I wouldn’t use it much. I couldn’t not get it though, it is just too beautiful!! Every part of it!

    This palette retails for $45 on the Sephora website, I think this is a fantastic price for an eye shadow palette.

    I want to start off by talking about the packaging. I am in love with the design, isn’t it beautiful! It is right up my alley! The packaging is really bulky, which I usually hate, but I am displaying this in my little beauty room, so in this case it doesn’t bother me that much. It does come with a pigment in it, causing it to have to be bulky.


    Look at how jewel toned and perfect these shades are!!! The first and last shades are both matte, the remaining shades and the pigment are super metallic. Obviously looking at this palette you can tell you aren’t going to be getting any neutral, everyday look with these shades. If you are into the pops of color, or just using tons of color in general you will love this palette!


    All the shades are crazy pigmented. Even the mattes. The matte purple is probably my least favorite shadow in this palette, it is just a little more patchy than the other shades. But, that is fine I have my holy grail matte purple “Daphane” by Nars.

    I look at these shades and just think “holidays”. Especially NYE and Christmas, I dig it!

    I do not have a look for you today, but I do have a few in the works that I will be posting and doing pictorials for.

    I do not think the is a palette you MUST have, it obviously isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But, if you like colorful looks, I really think this is a fantastic palette for you to pick up. I know I am let down by colorful shades a lot, this palette didn’t stray me wrong. All the shades pack a punch and all the shades apply beautifully!

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this post! What looks would you like to see with this palette? What are your favorite colorful eye shadows?

    XoXo Manda

    Fire Ball Eyeshadow Look *Ipsy Product Review*


    I got this little duo chrome shadow from Urban Decay “Fire Ball” from my June Ipsy bag, I knew if I didn’t do a look with it, it would never be used.

    It came in a small pan. Like really small. It is a pink/orange duo chrome, not the best duo chrome I have used, probably one of the worst. To get the shadow to really wow me I had to apply it with fix + sprayed on to the brush. Not going to lie I expected much more. Really wish I would have gotten the shade” lounge”.

    The Look:

    • I used Urban Decay Primer Potion as my base
    • I then used the more yellow shadow, ;Ludwin”from the Kat Von D shade and Light Eye palette to set it.
    • In my crease I used the entire last quad in the shade and light eye palette. Going deeper and deeper as I blended.
    • To really define my crease and outer third of my lid I mixed the red and dark brown shades. “Succubus” and “Sytry”
    • I then used “Fire Ball” all over my lid.
    • I dipped into my original Naked palette and used “Virgin” To highlight my brow bone and inner corner.
    • Under my eyes I used “Succubus” on the outer part then used “Fire Ball” in the inner part.
    • My liner is the Kat Von D Tattoo liner in “Trooper”, my mascara is the Benefit They’re real and the Essence Lash Princess.


    If you are wondering what is on my lips it is the NYX Lip Suede in “Sand Storm”.

    I hope you enjoyed this look, let me know what you think!Β  What is your favorite duochrome shadows? What type of looks do you want me to do?

    XoXo Manda