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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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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Kinder Beauty Box | The Welcome Box

Kinder Beauty Box retails for $25 a month. It contains all cruelty free and vegan products. You get 5-6 items, two of which will be full-size.

Glov Makeup Remover $12.99

This is so useful! I have been obsessed with my makeup eraser as of late, and I’m glad to have another similar product. It’s very soft and fits nicely on the hand for better control. Not only does it remove makeup, but it is supposed to help leave your skin balanced and soft.

Dirty Lamb Ultra Night Serum $52

Great timing! I am on the last few uses of my current night serum. This serum contains a high antioxidant blend of fatty acids to really hydrate skin through the night. It also has a hint of lavender, ylang-ylang, and orange. It smells great! I also love the little lamb on the bottle.

100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask $7

These are a caffeinated eye mask to brighten and de-puff. I have tried these before and really enjoy them.

Fleur & Bee Eyes Eyes Baby Anti-Aging Eye Cream $22

This eye cream contains botanicals, vitamins, and moisturizing ingredients to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is a really nice sized jar for $22. It’s going to last ages!

Medusa’s Makeup Eye Dust “Penny Wise” $8

This pigment is a really pretty metallic copper. I have other eye dusts from Medusa’s makeup and they are all wonderful and really pack a punch. If you haven’t check out Medusa’s Makeup, I highly recommend you do.

BONUS ITEM Folly Fire Lipstick “Full House”

I used a coupon code I found, which I believe was MSA, and got a mystery bonus item. Unfortunately, it is a lipstick I already own. However, it is a beautiful color and formula and I know one of my sisters will love it!

Over all thoughts?

I am so happy with my first box! I am blown away! I have replaced my VeganCuts subscription with this one, and I am very happy with that decision! For $25 I got a total of $101.99 worth of products. That’s fantastic!

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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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Products I have been using on the daily | Summer 2020

This summer has been sweltering. So I set out to find a low effort routine, that handles well under heat. I think I found it for myself! And it is surprisingly full of powder products.

Base

After my skin care, I start by priming. I have been loving the Pür Cosmetics 4 in 1 correcting primer $33. It is moisturizing and sinks quickly into the skin. It has a nice light scent. It really helps to calm my skin down, and I do find it helps reduce redness.

My next step is concealing. I really love the Organic Skin Co. Hide and Seek Concealer in the shade Porcelain ($18 for the refill, magnetic pod). It doesn’t crease under the eyes and does a wonderful job at covering up blemishes. I find it blends in best using your fingers to really warm up the product.

I have been loving powder foundations specifically the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in China Doll $22. It gives a brightened and smooth look to the skin, and does a great job at covering up any remaining discoloration.

Colored Cosmetics

For bronzer I have been in love with the W3ll People Bio Baked Bronzer in Natural Tan $24.99. It gives a lovely sun kissed tan look to the skin. I also love packing it all over my lid and buffing it into my crease and under the eye, for a super easy, sultry eye look!

The highlighter I have been obsessed with is PYT Radiant Powder Highlighter in Backstage Pass $22. It gives a very luminous look to the skin. I also pop this under my brow bone and in the inner corner of my eyes, to complete that super easy eye look.

I have found my new all time favorite blush, and I can’t stop using it! The Lily Lolo Pressed Blush in Tickled Pink $20. This blush gives my cheeks a wind flushed look, while providing luminosity.

For the lips I have constantly been reaching for the Axiology Natural Lip Crayon in the shade Valour $26. For a lip crayon, it is rather long lasting. It is also not drying on the lips at all, even though it is matte. The crayon shape to the product makes reapplication through out the day a breeze!

Please ignore my red eye, I tried the Tarte Big Ego mascara, and I don’t think my left eye is okay with it.

Look at that highlighter!!

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Sephora Favorites Clean Makeup Kit | What’s Inside!?

Sephora has a clean makeup section now, and if you are just getting into clean beauty, I think the Sephora Favorites Clean Makeup Kit $29 is a great, inexpensive way to try out products from a few different brands!

However; the real reason I bought this kit was because it contains two products o was already going to buy, so I figured why not get them, plus some!

So, what’s inside?

Āether Beauty “Rose Quartz “Crystal Gemstone Single Shadow

The Āether shadows have a beautiful formula, and I’m dying to get their palettes. This shade is a beautiful shimmery pink. I am enjoying it as a one and done shadow. I pack it all over the lid, then buff it into the crease. Perfect for summer!

Tarte Sufer Curl Mascara mini size

I do have the full size of this mascara and I have been loving it! I love throwing minis in my purse, I’m glad I can now take my new favorite mascara everywhere, without it taking up a ton of space.

RMS Beauty Living Glow Face and Body Powder travel size

If used lightly, this gold powder actually works pretty well as a highlight for my fairer skin tone. However, my favorite way to use it, is to mix it in with a moisturizer and lather it on my body. It gives such a beautiful summer glow!

Lilah B Lovingly Tinted Lip Oil “B. Elegant” travel size

I love lip oils lately. I used to hate them, but something has changed! The shade is a beautiful nude, and feels very comfortable on the lips.

Kosa Sport “Pulse” Hyaluronic Lip Balm Full Size

This is one of the items I was already going to purchase; the exact shade too! I have mainly been wearing tinted lip balms in my day to day life. I prefer a more red tint to them, they just give the lips such a pretty look. This formula is fabulous! It gives the lips so much moisturization!

Ilia Color Haze Multi Use Pigment “Before today” Full Size

I have been hearing some amazing reviewers for the color haze pigments, so I was dying to try them for myself. This was the other item I was already going to purchase! The more I am getting into clean beauty, the more I am loving cream products. I mainly use this one on my cheeks. It’s easy to blend and lasts all day!

That is it for the Clean makeup kit! I highly recommend purchasing it, it’s a great price and full of awesome items!

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Vegan Cuts Makeup Box Summer 2020 | Bronzed and Bright

I have another Vegancuts subscription for you today. The quarterly Vegan Cuts Makeup Box! This box retails for $39.95. You get 4+ vegan, cruelty free, and clean makeup items.

Carlucce Cache Cream Brush $38

This brush is soooooo soft! I love receiving brushes. According to the card this brush works great with a powder bronzer that is also in the box.

Code Beautiful CODE VLM Mascara $26

It’s always fun to try a new to me, more natural mascara. This one is meant to give volume and length. It is also water resistant.

Ere Perez Rice Powder Blush & Bronzer “Roma” $38

Everywhere I have looked online the retail price is $44, but for box value sake, we will go with the Vegancuts listed price.

This bronzer is beautiful and I can’t wait to try it. The rice powder is supposed to absorb oil. Great for these warm months.

Wild Berry Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm $14

I love tinted lip balms. This one is a pretty pink shade that gives your lips a nice bitten shade to them.

Red Apple Lipstick “Let’s Flamingle” $25

I really enjoy the Red Apple Lipstick formula. Let’s Flamingle is a glossy rosey pink. I actually wore it the other day- so pretty!

That is it for my box! I am so happy with everything I received! The total value of my box came to $144. Fantastic!

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BoxyLuxe June 2020 | The Oasis

It’s a new season, which means it’s time for BoxyLuxe!

BoxyLuxe retails for $50 quarterly. You must have an active BoxyCharm base subscription.

Let’s dive right in!

Pürlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream “Light” $35

I have been looking for a BB cream to wear through out the summer, so this arrived at the perfect time. From a swatch I did the shade seems to be a pretty good match.

Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash $24

I have tried this face wash before. It worked alright, but I only used it once, so I couldn’t gather my full thoughts on it. It is pretty neat to see Kylie products in a subscription box!

Hallmart Collectibles Satin pillow and mask set $50

This was one of the products that I picked. For some reason I have always wanted a satin pillow case, but never bought one. Please note! The insert card says this set costs $50, I found it online for $36.

Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil $82

A luxurious facial treatment that combines nine natural oils to help protect skin from free radical damage and renew skin’s appearance

I love oils and serums. I am excited to see how well this works. Especially for that price.

Bodyography Lip Pencil Set “Pouty and Rosewood” $28

For some strange reason I am really into lip pencils, so I am always happy to get more. I have an excessive amount, and my toxic trait is that I don’t care.

Lily Lashes Triple X Mascara $24

I picked this item as well. I have high hopes for this mascara, because of the brand name. I will update you all on rather or not it crushed my hopes.

Billion Dollar Brows 5-Piece Charcoal Brush Set $55

Brushes! I love getting brushes in subscriptions. I can never justify buying them anymore. The bristles of this set are very soft and the handles seem very sturdy and well made.

Tarte Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette $49

I am so glad I got this palette over the remix. I have always been curious of its quality and I’m excited to try it out.

I think this is the best Boxy Luxe that I have gotten. I am excited about every single product.

My box came to a total of $347. What a great value for $50!

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Another Month, More Empties | Reviewing the Highlights

From Mid- May til Mid- June I made a pretty big dent in my collection! I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you on the products that were this months highlights!

Earth Therapeutics Elixir of Dreams Pillow Mist $11.99

The packaging of this product has changed in the time it took to use up.

I love pillow sprays, I use them most nights. I really like the scent of this one. The price isn’t too bad either!

RP? Once I finish up my current one, I will be repurchasing Elixir of Dreams!

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm $10.99

I love cleansing balms, and I have been trying to find an affordable dupe for the Farmacy Green Clean.

This balm is 97% organic, nicely priced, and readily available at Walgreens. It does work very well and has a nice light scent.

RP? No, you don’t get very much, so I went through this very fast. When you have to repurchase so much it defeats paying less. The Farmacy one comes with so much! I suppose my search continues.

Yes To Cotton Micellar Cleansing Water $7.43

I enjoy micellar waters and I’m not picky when it comes to them. I really enjoy the Yes To brand. They always seem to be on sale at Walgreens and Ulta, which is super nice!

RP? Probably! It cleanses well and actually seemed to soothe my skin.

Found Active Exfoliating Cleanser Stick with Coconut

The brand Found is sold at Walmart, however I couldn’t find this product actually for sale on their site. This product was sent to me in PR.

RP? No, I just do not like cleansing sticks, they seem really unhygienic to me.

Derma E Radiance Toner 1FLoz mini

I really enjoy the brand Derma E. They have some amazing products. This toner works very well and I did see an improvement in my skin while I was using it.

RP? Yes! But, the full-size.

Pure Heals Propolis Softening Toner 1 FLOz mini

I got this toner in an Ipsy bag. It was a nice toner, but I didn’t see much of a difference in my skin while I was using it.

RP? No, I prefer the Derma E one.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer Mini $12.54 (£10)

This is another product I got in Ipsy. I do enjoy how my makeup wears over it. However, the scent is a little too strong for me.

RP? No, I have a full-size and once I use that up I think I’m done with this primer. I worry that what causes the scent is going to break me out.

Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth and Blur Primer Mini $15

I have had this since the holiday collection came out last year, maybe even the year before, and I finally got around to using it! I had had this primer previously so it’s nothing new. It works very well.

RP? Probably, but only during a sale.

MAC Fix Plus Mini $16

This mini took me longer than I thought it would to get through. I love fix plus, I just really wish MAC was Cruelty Free.

RP? No, I have a million comparable sprays, none of which are $16 for a small size.

Tarte Shape Tape “Fair” $27

The infamous Tarte Shape Tape. I think a lot of people’s opinions on this product have been changing, but I for one, still love it.

RP? Yes, after I finish up a few of my current concealers, including a Shape Tape in another shade.

Ofra Cosmetics Laguna Beach Mini

If my memory serves me correct, I received this liquid lip in an Ipsy bag ages ago.

The shade is beautiful and I love the formula.

RP? Not yet. I have a few other identical shades. But, if I ever use those up, I think this is the one I would purchase again.

Over all, the past month I used up $194.67 worth of products. That is including the products I did not give an individual review of.

Not to shabby! I am happy to have made a nice little dent in my collection, but there is still a long way to go!

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My First BoxyCharm Premium | Did I waste my money?

I had been toying with the idea of subscribing to premium for a while, and finally decided to jump on it. It’s right around $35 a month and you get 5-6 full sized beauty products.

To begin this post. Apparently my box didn’t meet the minimum price requirement for Boxy Premium, so I was emailed a discount code for the next Boxy Pop up. Which is nice, but I tend to miss the pop ups anyway.

Now, for what I actually got.

Spongellé Salted Rose Mani Pedi Treatment Set

I don’t think this is something I will use. I just get mani pedis done at a salon. But, I have never tried to do my own. So, maybe I will actually crack this open and see how I do.

Sugar Rush Best Bud Lip Butter “Peony”

The formula feels amazing, and it smells so good!! Like vanilla. And that packaging? Precious!!

Now on to the makeup products!!

Milk Beauty lip and Cheek Glow Oil “Flare”

I am not putting this on my cheeks. It seems like a break out waiting to happen. But, I will use it on my lips! I love products like this for the summer time.

Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Blush “Diffused Heat”

This is a product I already own and love. I’m not even mad about getting something I already have. I love this blush and I am more than happy to have a back up.

Now, for some eye makeup!

KVD Ink Well Liner “Lolita”

This is a product I have almost bought a dozen times. I love the ink well liner in Trooper, and think Lolita is such a pretty shade. I am excited to finally have it so I can experiment with different looks!

Smashbox Photo Edit Eyeshadow Quad “Holy Crop”

The packaging is so cool, it looks like a camera lens! This is the perfect on the go, or quick look quad. The formula is buttery and the shades are really pigmented. I am sure I’ll be able to create some beautiful looks with this quad.

Over all thoughts?

I’m not completely disappointed, but I’m not as happy with it as I wanted to be. Hopefully, next month I will receive the correct value. However. I am happy with the products I got, and can’t wait to use many of them.

What was in your BoxyCharm box this month, on any level?

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