BoxyCharm Unboxing | October 2019

It’s Boxy time guys!

Before we begin, BoxyCharm is making some changes next month. They are making a $35 premium box, which I will not be subbing to, well I’m going to try to stop my self. The regular BoxyCharm is going to go up to $25 a month rather than $21. But! You will get to pick one item in your box, and they are also going to be doing add ons like Ipsy does. The value of the box has also gone up to $125, but I feel like the boxes are usually worth more than that any way.

Now that the technical stuff is done, let’s get into the fun stuff!

Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Baked Browns $32

The box is already paid for plus some! I have been wanting to try these little palettes, but just never picked them up. I would have like to receive one of the other variations, but this is still a nice palette that I will get use out of. A super easy palette to reach for, for a quick grungy eye look.

The shadows are buttery and actually very easy to blend. They are pretty powdery though so be aware. I also wanted to mention that the little brush included is pretty useful, which is always a nice little extra!

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator “Diamond Dust” $26

I have this highlighter in a little holiday trio, and it is the only shade I use. I am happy to have the full size so I can pass that trio along. Diamond Dust has a beautiful pink shift to it.

Iconic London Lip Pluming Gloss “Nearly Nude” $26

This gloss is a great my lips but better shade. You can feel the tingly sensation from the plumping ingredient, which I enjoy the feeling of. This gloss isn’t sticky, like at all. I can see myself getting quite a bit of use out of this gloss, which is not something I say often.

Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm $32

I never understood or got into the glassy skin trend. So, I did not have high hopes for this product. However, I actually really like it. It reminds me a lot of the Unicorn primer I got in my Ipsy. It made my skin smooth and lit from within glowy.

Illuminati Cosmetics Sponge $21

Okay, this thing. It does expand with water and it worked really well with my setting powder. BUT, everything else was bad. It’s really hard and absorbs so much product. Maybe I will use it a few more times to see if I grow to enjoy it, but first impression- this is not a sponge that I enjoy. I don’t understand how it is $21.

Over all thoughts?

Besides the sponge, I really enjoyed my boxy this month. I got something I have been wanting, something I already know I love, and two surprise awesome items! For $21 I got $137 worth of beauty products. Not bad, not bad at all!

What was in your Boxy? Would you like in depth reviews of any of these products?

Thank you for reading 🦈

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BoxyCharm Unboxing | July 2019

Yay, another Unboxing!

I promise I have more than just un-boxing’s coming up, just hang tight!

But for now, let’s see what is in this months $21 BoxyCharm!

This months theme is Au Naturale, which is super cool.

Elemis Super Food Vital Veggie mask $35

This mask is meant to nourish, smooth and brighten skin. Which sounds great! I always love trying new masks.

Every time I see an Elemis sneak peak for boxy I get my hopes up that it’ll be their makeup melting balm. Have any of you tried it? Is it worth the price?

Butter London Natural Goddess Eyeshadow Palette $32

The packaging is beautiful, but for some strange reason I did not have high hopes for the shadow quality. I am not quite sure why though.

The shades themselves look beautiful, it is not a stand alone palette for me, but that’s fine, I have a million of the shades that I would need to make a look with this palette.

The shades swatch beautifully. Soft and pigmented. I hope the work the same way on the eye.

Luxie Gaea 3 piece Brush Set $30

It is no secret that Luxie brushes are my favorite. So getting eco friendly brushes from them in this box is a great addition.

The brushes included are:

250 Large Eye Blending

246 Precision Crease

510 Foundation.

Alamar Cosmetics Des-Nude-As lip gloss “Dulce” $15

I love Alamar Cosmetics products. So I am stoked to get to try one of their glosses. The shade I got is a peachy nude, which I will definitely use.

Appeal Gel Liner Forest Green $21

This liner didn’t feel dry, or pull at all during swatching, so I have high hopes.

As someone with hazel eyes, I do love a green liner.

Over all thoughtS

I am very pleased with this months box! We got some awesome products that I am excited to try. I also really appreciate the natural theme that they followed this month. The only think that could have made it better would be throwing in something from a clean beauty brand.

What is your favorite green beauty products?

Thank you for reading 😘

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BoxyCharm May 2018| Boxy Bash

Hi everyone!

My boyfriends birthday was yesterday, so we all went to a newer restaurant. This place smelt like mildew and it was hotter inside than outside. BUT, they had fantastic sweet tea.

This month is not just my persons birth month, but it is BoxyCharms birth month!

For their birth month celebration they included an extra product in the box, which is always exciting.

Pur Sculptor palette $30

One product down and it always has covered the cost of the box, plus some. I love palettes that have all, in this case most, of the face powders I need. So much easier for travel. Especially when they have a nice mirror like this one does.

I think the shades may be too dark for my slime time right now. But, I will have to try them to see. The highlighters and bronzers are all very pigmented and buttery. I think they would make great shadows as well.

Cover FX Blurring Primer $38

I have really been wanting to try more products from Cover FX. I have also wanted to purchase a nicer primer. I am very glad that I got this in my BoxyCharm, saved me a bit of money!

Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Liner “Black List” $24

The packaging for of this gel liner is magnificent. However, I rarely use liners in this format. I just haven’t gotten the hang of it.

The liner itself is extremely smooth and pigmented. I may actually be able to work with this. If not it is going to be a decoration piece because of the packaging.

Aesthetica 3 Piece Eye Trio $45

I have never heard of this brand before. I am always intrigued when I am introduced to new brands, I will have to learn a bit more about them. These brush seem to be of good quality. The angled brush will make a great eyebrow brush I think. I will have to try the liner brush with my new gel liner.

Aesthetica P12 Face Brush $27

This brush seems nicely made as well. The hairs are very soft and the rest of the brush feels sturdy. I think this brush will be nice for blush or bronzer. I love getting brushes.

Han Skin Care Lip Gloss “Raspberry Chardonnay ” $15

I am not a huge lip gloss person. This one is a pretty color though and looks opaque. If I don’t get use out of it rather soon I may pass it on to a friend who likes glosses more than I do. I just don’t like that they are messy because they don’t dry down. Glosses always end up on my teeth.

I wish this was a liquid lip or a lip pencil, the shade is one that I enjoy.

That is it for my box! For $21 I got a box valued at $179 😯😯😯😯. I not hate any of the products. I may not get use out of the Gloss, and I need to learn how to learn the liner, but over all I am ecstatic with what I received.

What was in your Boxy Charm? What products would you like to see reviewed?

Thank you for reading ❤️

Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

Vegan Cuts Gift Box| Spa Day Box

This was originally the “Serene Beauty” Box from August, now it is a Gift Box! I love that VC does this, you can get past boxes as gifts for people for just $25 and free shipping. This box has a retail value of $62.95, so it’s a steal! 

William Roam Sense Lotion $4.95


Luxurious, creamy moisturizing body lotion that leaves skin velvety soft and hydrated”

This lotion has the same scent as the Sense hair care by William Roam. I love that line and the scent is beautiful! I wish the notes were listed so I could describe it to you. The lotion itself is really nice. I was told by my new man friend that my hands were super soft after I applied it. So thank you William Roam. 

Sade Baron Fresh Luxe Body Mist


“Hydrating Mist for your face and body made with nourish antioxidants and extracts.”

First of all, isn’t this bottle cute? I love the blue. The body Mist is scented with Neroli, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot. I love it! The scent is very clean and fresh, it will be perfect for next summer. Or if I need a little reminder during the cold weather coming up that it won’t last forever. 

Saiva Naturals Brightening Facial Serum $16


The card info for this product was wrong- it was for a lip balm. I will go more in-depth on its ingredients and such in my review for the Serum.

Who doesn’t want a good Serum? I recently ran out of the one I have been loving (review to come) so I was in need of another! The packaging for this sample is really nice by the way. It’s class with a sturdy dropper. A plus for that.

100% Pure Gemmed Gloss “MoonStone” $26


“Lip gloss with sheer coloring from fruit pigments and glimmer from semi precious gemstones”

I seriously want everything 100% Pure makes. I think I am going to pick up some palettes and face products soon, probably during a sale! 

Anyway, the product at hand. I find this product stunning. The fact that it is made wth semi precious gemstones gives me whimsical vibes. I love it.


The shade is a very sheer pink, this is going to look perfect over my 100% Pure Cocoa Semi Matte Lipstick in “Pink Canyon”!

Also, excuse my nails. I rarely paint them, and I actually don’t enjoy getting them done. But, when I do have them painted they get chipped to hell in a day or so. I think it’s the one beauty related thing I don’t enjoy. 🤷‍♀️

Derma E Rose Cleansing Oil $6


“Rinse free nourishing rose Cleansing oil that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and soft.”

I am lazy, and cleansing oils help me be lazy. On days where I don’t wear makeup I tent to use a rinse free way to clean my face. If I wear makeup Cleansing Oils are just the first step before actually washing my face. 

I am excited to try one from Derma E, it is a brand that has never disappointed me.

That’s it! What did you think? Comment below! I highly recommend checking out their gift boxes for the up coming holiday season, I know I will be gifting some! Thank you so much for reading. 💜

SC and IG @manda_janette 

Frosted Berries Lip Gloss | The All Natural Face

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Greetings!

If you read my October Vegan Cuts Un-Boxing, if not you can here, then you saw that I got this gloss from The All Natural Face. After getting this product I decided to browse their site, and they sell so much! Vegan and natural, oral, body, and hair care, makeup up, tools, and empty jar and palettes! Everything is very inexpensive, so you better believe I will be trying out a lot of their products.

But, this post is about the gloss in “Frosted Berries”.

It is a sheer berry gloss with shimmer. I think this is a wonderful shade for this time of year, especially if you want to follow the bold lip trend, but don’t want to do super dark.

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I really have been enjoying throwing this on my lips when I am short on time, it feels really nice and lasts about as expected for a gloss.

My favorite way to wear it; however, is over lip liners. For the lip picture I am gong to include this is what I did, just so I could show y’all how to dress it up.

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  • I lined the outer parts of my lips with the Essence lip liner in “Soft Berry”
  • I then lined the inner parts of my lips with the Essence lip liner in “In the Nude” to create an ombre look.
  • I then applied the gloss on top and put the Notoriously Morbid high lighter in “It’s Only a Dream” on the very center of my lower lip to make it look like it has more of a  pout.

Will I buy more?

YES! I love this gloss and want to try everything from this brand. I love natural and green products, so when I find a brand I really enjoy I kind of go crazy. I am really glad that I am subscribed to Vegan Cuts so that I can discover things like this.

I hope you enjoyed this little post! Have you tried this brand? What are your must have products? Comment below! Want more B&T? Check this out! You can also find me on Instagram and Snap Chat as manda_janette

XoXo Manda

5 fall lip colors you can get at your local drugstore, right now. That are Cruelty Free!

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It’s finally fall! Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it, all the pumpkin, the cute clothes, obviously Halloween, and the makeup changes that come along with the weather changing.

One thing that always stands out to me in fall is the Vampy and deep lip colors. Vampy lips are my favorite lips! But, it can get expensive finding good lip products, in such deep shades that really wear well. This is where this post comes in and saves your wallet!

You don’t have to spend a ton of dough or wait forever for online purchases to arrive…Here are 5 Fall lip shades you can go get, right now, from your local drug store.

Wet n’ Wild Mega Last lip stick in shades “Cherry Bomb” and “Mocha-licious”:

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If you watch YouTube, I am sure you have heard of this line of lipsticks. They are easy to get your hands on and crazy Inexpensive. Only $1.99!

The first swatch is of “Cherry Bomb”, it is a cranberry shade and is extremely creamy. I does not dry down 100% matte, it is more of a demi matte.

The second is of “Mocha-licious”. This is a beautiful deeper mauve that does dry down matte. I picked this up beacuse it reminded me of the popular “Kardashian” lip color every one is all hyped up over.

For just under $2, these lipsticks last much longer than expected, and feel even better than anything I would have imagined at that price. If you want a good fall lip color, but don’t want to spend big bucks, or if you need a color you will rarely wear so you don’t want to spend a ton, I highly recommend this line.

Here, is where you can pick them up if you are like me and don’t like leaving the comfort of your home.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Vintage” and “Cherry Skies”:

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I have done a review of this entire line, back in the early days of my blog. I love the line, and these just happen to be 2 of my favorite shades.

“Vintage” is another deep mauve, but mucher deeper than “mocha-licious”. It also has a bit more gray and mauve tones to it.

“Cherry Skies” is a beautiful, well cherry red. It is just a true deep red. True deep reds are my favorite shade for lips, it looks classy and elegant, but also sexy and edgy.

This formula is very creamy and doesn’t feel uncomfortable once it dries down. It is not a completely matte finish, but it doesn’t look glossy either. They last quite a while on the lips and don’t seem to really transfer once dry. They are a bit messy when they are first applied though, so be careful! The best part about them though is that they are only $6.99! You can order them, here, if you would rather shop online.

NYX Butter Gloss in the shade “Devil’s Food Cake”:

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So, you want to follow the fall lip trend, but you are not too confident with super saturated lip colors. I have got you covered!

The NYX Butter Glosses are amazing and have a ton of fall shades that allow you to still rock a vampy lip, but can save you the hassle of worrying about the deep saturated color becoming a mess.

My personal favorite is “Devil’s Food Cake”. It smells good, feels very hydrating, and gives my lips a deep red tint. Almost like they were bitten really hard. Which sounds strange, but I think you under stand what I mean. This is a great way to be vampy in a hhurry or if you are just afraid of the deep shades.

You can pick it up here, for only $4.99!!

I really hope you enjoyed this quick post! What are your favorite fall easy to find lip shades? What types of posts would you like to see? Comment below! Want more B&T? Check this out! You can also find me on Instagram and Snap Chat as manda_janette

XoXo Manda

Wet N’ Wild Mega Slicks Lip Gloss *Gem or Dud?*

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What’s up everyone?!

I bring you a review of the Wet N’ Wild glosses that I have purchased and been trying out. Lip glosses have seemed to become more popular lately, which is nice. I, personally, tend to be more neutral towards lip gloss…I could take it or leave it. Colour Pop recently released their gloss line, so I thought, “why not review one even more inexpensive?” Only $1.99! They have a wide a-ray or not so crazy shades, and I am going to show you 6 of the 17 shades. You can see the rest here.

Aesthetic 

I really like the packaging. The part that contains the product is plastic, the lid is a thinner metal type material. I do wish the lid was a little thicker, but I will take what I can get for the price The packaging isn’t colorful or crowded, it is simple with just the brand name and a few details. If you have read any of my previous posts you know this is what I prefer. The shade however, is only labeled on a sticker on the bottom, which kind of sucks. I would really rather it be printed on the packaging.The smell is faintly vanilla, but not to were it is overwhelming.

Application/Wear

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Not pictured “Crystal Clear” (It’s just a clear gloss), “Sun Glaze”, “Sinless”,  “Rose Gold”, “Berry Bronze”, and “Wined and Dined”

Besides the clear gloss and the last one, the shades all have some type of shimmer to them. Which, is okay with me, when I reach for a gloss it is usually just because I am too lazy to do anything. Unless I want a clear gloss. Anyway, MY faves are  “Crystal Clear”, “Sun Glaze”, and “Rose Gold”.

I do not really like the other 3, because they have too much pigment. They are a bit sticky, so my hair would get caught in them, which resulted in strikes on my face. Especially with “Wined and Dined”! I do really like “Berry Bronze” as a center of the lip pop though, turns out beautiful, right alot with the lighter shades.

They feel real moisturizing, but they do not last long. But, what can you expect from a gloss that cost under $2, right?

Overall, I would say to pick one up and try it out for yourself, at least the clear one, I kind of wear it a TON. For under $2 you can’t really go wrong, and they are pretty nice in a pinch!

As for are they a Gem or Dud? I really can’t decide solely because I am not the biggest lip gloss fan, and I knew that going into this product purchase!

Let me know what you think! Any comments, concerns, or requests? Please let me know! I really need some inspiration!

XoXo Manda