BoxyCharm Unboxing | November 2019!

Welcome!

Today, we are going to look inside the, now, $25 a month basic BoxyCharm subscription. Specifically the November 2019 “Stellar” box.

Each month you will still receive 5 full sized, sometimes super deluxe sample sized beauty products. It appears that the over all value of the box is going to be high, but we will see if it is worth the price increase.

I did want to mention that I will not be purchasing the $35 a month BoxyCharm subscription. I already get BoxyLuxe, as well as Ipsy Ultimate and other boxes, so I just couldn’t justify it at this time.

Now, to what you are actually here for. The products!

Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation sample packets.

I wanted to include this little addition, because it is neat. BC sent out sample cards so you could find your best shade match. This is so you can relay the findings to them, and they can send out the correct complexion products. I am excited about the possible new additions to the box.

Tula Skincare Star Power Nourishing and Brightening Cosmic Hydrogel Mask, set of 2. $22

These masks contain an acne gel with 2% salicylic acid. I do suffer from break outs, and I will be testing out these masks and reporting back to you all once I have a chance to try them.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench and Glow Serum $90

I am very excited to see a product from Kypris. I have heard amazing things about this clean, and expensive beauty brand. This product is in collaboration with BC and has made a great addition to my skin care routine. It has really helped my cold dry skin not look as flaky and dry. It also serves well under makeup as a primer.

BoxyCharm 2 Piece Brush set $35

Here we have a foundation brush and a large oval brush, that they say is good for powders, creams, and minerals. The brushes are very soft and do their job well. I would not pay $35 for them, but I wouldn’t do that for just two brushes from any brand. I do enjoy the brushes and will continue to use them.

Dose of Colors Liquid Lip “New Mood” $18

The DOC liquid lip formula is one of my favorites. I am surprised that I didn’t already own this shade, because it is beautiful!

Nude mood is a peachy nude and wears very comfortably on the lips. Per the DOC usual!

Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder Eyeshadow Palette (Mini Version) $35

Dominique Cosmetics recently came out with the Celestial Thunder palette. This is a smaller version of said palette, but just happens to have the shades that caught my eye.

Here are the shades swatched. I will not say much about the palette now, as I have an in depth Subscription Box Win or Whomp post coming up about it, which will include a different look than the one in this post!

I also wanted to include the sales that boxy included this month, Incase any of you were interested!

Over all thoughts and the products on my face!

Please disregard the bumps on my face. I am currently having an allergic reaction all over me. We tried a new detergent. My body did not like it. AT ALL.

over all, I am super happy with this boxy! The Kypris serum alone made the $25 price tag more than worth it!

My box came to a flat total of $200. I have to say. I see the price increase in my items. I mean come on, an amazing $90 skin care item was included! And it’s from a beautiful brand!

What was in your BoxyCharm this month? Would you like to see more reviews of any of these items?

Thank you for reading 🐠

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My last Ipsy Un-bagging | September 2019

If you read my Ipsy Plus post for this month, you would know that I sadly will no longer be getting the normal ipsy, because I opted in to their new level service and did not find it practical to still receive Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus.

Ipsy Glam Bag is now $12 a month and you receive 5 deluxe samples sized, some times full sized beauty items.

The bag

This months Bag is beautiful. It is a dusty mauve color with a what appears to be rose quartz crystal on the zipper. The bag feels very nicely made! I will miss getting a bag each month.

What’s inside?

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

I am not a big fan of sleeping masks. My skin never reacts well to them, so I am wary of trying this. I will probably throw it in as a freebie with a Mercari purchase.

IBY Beauty Highlighter in Private Jet

My next item is a cute little highlighter from IBY. It is the perfect size for travel, with sturdy packaging. It is also cruelty free and vegan!

I think the shade may be too gold for my fair skin tone, but I am willing to give it a try. Maybe more so for my inner corner and brow bone.

Ofra Cosmetics x Madison Miller Ollie need is love Blush

This is a really peach blush. I think it is really pretty and will appear nicely on my skin. It is very buttery, and there is the smallest bit on shimmer in the product. This did not transfer to the swatch.

Phase Zero Makeup Satin Eyeshadow In Velvet

If I remember correctly, Phase Zero is also a cruelty free brand!

The shade Velvet is a very pretty metallic burgundy. I cannot wait to just throw this shadow all over my lids!

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara

I actually already own the full size of this mascara and love it. It really does give the false lash effect. The packaging is also adorable.

My Add-ons

With Ipsy’s add on program you can purchase a few extra products at some awesome prices!

Ofra x Madison Miller Highlighter In Moondance

This highlighter is beautiful and I got it for only $12, maybe even $9!

It is a light yellow gold- perfect for my fair skin!

Ofra x Madison Miller Liquid Lip In Oh My Ry Ry

This liquid lip is named after Madison’s daughter Riley, who is precious.

The shade is a really pretty mauve, so just my type. The Ofra Liquid Lip Formula is fantastic, I would try any Ofra shade thrown at me and probably love it.

Over all?

I think this was a great bag to go out on. I got some beautiful products and the bag itself is stunning.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

Thank you for reading πŸ’™

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BoxyLuxe Un-Boxing | September 2019

Hey guys!

Today I bring you a BoxyLuxe un-boxing! BoxyLuxe is $49 every quarter and contains 7-8 full sized beauty products.

This months theme is “All Access” and it appears that I got version 8.

Violet Voss Essentials Eyeshadow Palette $29

If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I love Violet Voss shadows. In fact, they have one of my favorite shadow formulas.

I really enjoy the color story of these palette. For just a 10 pan palette, I find it very inspiring.

The shadows are pigmented and very easy to blend. This palette is so easy to create beautiful looks with.

Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask $52

This is the only product from the box I will not be using. When I have used sleeping masks in the past, the next day my skin has been extremely broken out. I am a little wary of using them, and do not want to risk it. I do have a family member who will really enjoy this product, so I will be passing it on to her.

Hank & Henry Blickity Black Eye Liner $20

This is the first Hank and Henry product I have tried, and I am happy to finally have the chance.

This liner has a brush tip applicator and it very pigmented. It reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D tattoo liner upon application. After trying the liner some I really enjoy it. I think it may be my new favorite!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick “Angelo” $22

Stila’s liquid lipstick formula is beautiful. It dries down quickly and is very comfortable to wear. I highly recommend giving the Stay All Day Liquid lipsticks a try if you have not already!

Angelo is a little peachy nude. I think it is very complimentary of my skin tone.

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Palette $45

I have wanted this palette since it came out, but never picked it up. I am super excited to finally own it! The shades are beautiful, and the palette smells like chocolate. The palette is very sturdy with a great mirror, perfect for travel!

Glow Recipe Pineapple C-Bright Serum $49

This is another product that I have had my eye on. The packaging is cute and it smells like dole canned pineapples. The scent does dissipate rather quickly. The serum sunk in to the skin quickly, and actually worked lovely as a primer.

Moda 8 Pc Brush Kit $69.99

In this brush kit you get close to a full face of brushes. They are well made, very soft, and I have yet to notice any shedding with use. However, there is no way I would pay $69.99 for these brushes. That price seems very steep for what is more of a drugstore brush line.

IGK Mistress Hydrating Balm $29

I am all about leave in conditioner. I have thinker frizzy hair, and boy does it need hydration. I am really enjoying this Balm so far. It seems to be helping maintain smoothness in my hair through out the day, and the scent reminds me of a salon.

Above is a look done with all of the products included in this seasons box. Over all I really love everything and I am super happy with the version that I received.

For $49 I got $315.99 worth of product! Needless to say, I highly recommend giving BoxyLuxe a go.

Have you tried BoxyLuxe? What was your favorite item that you received?

Thank you for reading πŸ’™

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Ipsy Un-Bagging | June 2019

Another late unboxing! Geeze, just another unboxing in general.

But, at least it is cute an inexpensive right? For the regular monthly Ipsy it is only $10. I don’t think I have ever had a month where I wouldn’t pay $10 for the products that I like, even if it is their value to me combined.

Every now and then they give us a bag I don’t like, but this one is super cute! It’s nice quality, I love Tetris, which is who it is in collaboration with! Oh, and mine has purple in it, which is my favorite color.

But, I am sure y’all care more about the products.

Half Caked Lip Fondant in Sweet Tooth

I wish I would have gotten a shade that I would actually use, because the packaging is so cute!!

However, a hot pink shade is not one I am into. Please ignore my crap swatch. They formula actually feels really nice. I just have hairy arms that made it look patchy. No shame.

Sugar Contour De Force Mini Blush in Peach Peak

If I remember correctly, this is the only Sugar product I have gotten in Ipsy. But, I have seen other people get their products. I fact those circumstances is the only time I have ever heard of this brand.

The shade is pretty. I love peach blushes. It sits really nice on the skin as well.

Ipsy x Tetris Detailed Blender

This brush is so stinking cute! The quality is nice. It feels rather cheap, but the brush it self is soft, and no shedding yet.

Farmacy Brightening And Hydrating Sheet Masks

I love the brand Farmacy. They have some awesome skin care! I also love sheet masks, so I am really excited to use this and give y’all my thoughts.

Delectable By Cake Beauty Triple Citrus Butter Wash Body Polish Triple Citrus Blend

Omg. This stuff smells amazing! Depending on how well it exfoliates, I may end up buying the full size.

Add Ons

I love the add on program. I literally have an alarm on my phone so I remember on the second of each month to see if I want any of the add ons.

I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel Off Masks

I had the brightening mask from them a fell in love with it. My sample is gone! I decided to try their T Zone Clearing mask, since my face has been so broke out lately. I believe this add on was only $3!

Ipsy x Tetris in Block Party

If you saw my Glam Bag plus post for this month, then you saw I got the other palette from their line, in that box.

This one appeals so much more to me, color scheme wise!

I love purples. And blues. This is a small palette, that I believe I can make a full eye look with.

Same formula as last time. Buttery, pigmented, some powder kick back. I got this add on for $12, but I still don’t think I would pay the full $24 for it. But $12? Worth it!

Smash Box Cover Shot Priam Eye Palette

Purples. 😘

I really love the formulas in the cover shot palettes. I got one as an Ipsy add on, I believe last month, and REALLY like it. When I saw this one as a $12 add on, I jumped at the chance!

My over all thoughts?

This months bag was more than worth my hard earned $10! Only one dud for me, but I have a friend who I know would love it, so is it really a dud if you can gift someone something?

I do really love Ipsy. Their social media. Their customer service team. How awesome their app is. If you are thinking of trying Ipsy, you totally should!

What was in your Ipsy bag this month?

Thank you for reading πŸ’•

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus | June 2019 Un-Boxing

This only took me a week to get up. (insert eye roll emoji) But, it has been a busy week!

My moms brought my cousin up from Louisiana, THE BLUES WON THE STANLEY CUP, I went to my first Cardinals game, and my boyfriend got a promotion- which means we get to move quicker, so we had to celebrate!

Now that I finally have some down time, I am catching up on some YouTube videos and brining you all my favorite thing, an unboxing!

This months theme is “Block Party”, because Ipsy came out with a collection with Tetris, which is super cute.

** For some reason not all of my images would up load. I apologize.

Ciate London Velvet Matte Liquid Lip “Pin Up” $19

I always think it is neat to get Ciate products in these boxes, sense they are a brand sold at Sephora. I think the only other lip product I have tried of theirs was one of the glitter flips, and I gave that away.

This shade is rather pretty, and it felt comfortable to swatch, so it is looking promising.

Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream $65

I actually use the serum companion to this cream already and I LOVE IT. My skin is brighter and my acne scars are much less dark than they have been in the past.

I am amazed to see the CEO Cream in my Ipsy Plus. I would have bought just this for the I believe $25 that the box costs.

Tetris x Ipsy “Game on” Eyeshadow Palette $24

The palette it’s self are cute, and the shades work for a simple look for the most part.

I have yet to try the shadow on my eyes, but this is not a 6 pan palette that I would spend $24 on. For just a few more dollars you can get the Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes, and I love those.

Keep an eye out for an upcoming post using this palette, because I am hoping it proves its price to me!

Pixi By Petra Lash Lift 188 $18

I didn’t realize that Pixi had mascaras.

This mascara has a typical large brush, but also a thin long brush house with in. I am hoping that this will work for my lower lash line. I am so tired of smudging.

FARAH Brushes 5 Piece Eye Perfection Set $50

I have tried some FARAH brushes in the past. They are soft but the handle itself feels super cheap. I will definitely use the brushes, I just can’t believe that this five piece set retails for $50!

Over all, it’s a good box. I’m not wowed or super excited, but I’m not mad either.

Again, I apologize that not all of my images wanted to cooperate!

Thank you for reading 🐾

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My Recent Makeup Favorites | Cruelty Free and mostly inexpensive!

It has been ages since I have shared my current favorite makeup products.

Now seemed to be as good a time as ever!

Omitting two products, all of the products are in the drugstore price range, and all are cruelty free!

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Blur Primer $8 Here

Not only do I use this primer to improve the look of my pores, but I love using this primer all over my face.

It minimizes the look of my pores in my problem areas, but always helps to create a blank canvas on the rest of my face.

Kokie Be Bright Illuminating Concealer “Light” $8 Here.

I believe that I received this product in a past Ipsy bag, and I am glad I did!

The shade allows me to cover spots, and the illuminating properties also make it great for the under eye area, with out creasing!

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation “Snow” $36 Here

To be completely candid, I HATED this foundation at first. But, with recent medical and medicine changes, my skin has gotten more oily than it ever has been.

Now, I am in love. It lasts through out my work day and actually seems to control oil as it claims.

Well worth the $36 price tag!

I πŸ–€ Revolution “Rose Gold Glow” $7 Here

I was attracted to this product at first due to the packaging. It is a pink and rose gold chocolate bar! But it really is the product that gets me.

Inside the compact you have a nice mirror, the packaging is sturdy. For $7 these highlights are fantastic! They won’t blind you from space, but they are more than subtle.

On the face, both shades work with my light complexion.

I πŸ–€ Revolution “Bronze and Glow” $7 Here

Have I mentioned I am obsessed with bronzer lately? Because I really am.

The packaging for this product has all the perks as the “Rose Gold Glow” duo does…

But, with the benefits of a matte bronzer! The shade of this bronzer is perfect for my skin tone, and so is the highlight!

Did I mention that this particular duo also smells faintly like chocolate?

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss “Pink Cadillac” $6 Here

The shade itself is a super light pink. It does not show up on my lips, but this is what I want for how I use it! On no makeup or light makeup days, I love this gloss to give my lives a little life and plumpness.

The gloss does make my lips a bit fuller, but it doesn’t make them tingle or burn like I have found other plumping glosses to. The smell is not over powering, and it isn’t as stick has I find other glosses to be!

Black Moon Liquid Lipstick “Warrior” $18 Here

The formula is long lasting and comfortable. It’s so comfortable that it’s easy to forget that you even have lipstick on!

The shade “Warrior” itself is a pretty dusty nude, that leans pink. It looks more mauve in the tube than it applies on me. But, I think the shade that it does come out as is stunning.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip “Sueno De Coco” $7 Here

This liquid lip is part of the Colour Pop and I Luv Sarahii collaboration.

It is the typical Colour Pop Ultra matte formula, which I really enjoy. In fact, I really like all over the Colour Pop liquid formulas!

The shade is a ready nude and I am obsessed with it. This is probably the lip product that I have been wearing the moss recently.

Here are the products all on my face! For my lips I went with “Warrior”. And yes, that is the lighter highlight from the “Rose Gold Glow” popping in my inner corner!

Now I want to know, what are your recent Cruelty Free favorites?

Thank you for reading πŸ’€

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Ipsy Glam Bag | May 2019 Un-Bagging

I think this is my first Ipsy post in three months!

I definitely got the last two bags, just my motivation to post, much less play with makeup, was non-existent.

But, my motivation is starting to come back, so we are starting with unboxing, hopefully soon I can get back into reviews!

In this months bag I got…

First! Let me start by saying, the bag is super cute, but the glitter does come off.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara, deluxe sample

This is the size you can buy for like $12 at Sephora and Ulta. I honestly prefer the little mascara sizes. You can use them up before they go bad.

However, Benefit is not cruelty free. But, I am going to throw this in a gift for a friend, so not a total loss.

SL Miss Glam SS 57 Blending Brush

This Brush is super cute and soft. I have already used it and it helped to blend the shadows I used nicely.

Naisture Charcoal 3 Step Nose Pack

So, if any one knows anything about this brands cruelty free status PLEASE let me know! Their products are paraben and silicon free, which is awesome!

I got two in the bag, and I used one. I really liked it! It was a longer process than just a normal nose strip, but it was worth it! My nose looked much more clear!

INMO Velveteen Dream Eyeshadow in Super Bass

This shadow is a pretty pink shade. I have a Zpalette on the way to me, so it will be deported and placed in there.

I think Super Bass will make a really pretty all over lid shade.

Pixi By Petra Endless Silky Eyepen in Copper Glow

I love Brown and Copper eye liner, it really makes my hazel eyes pop.

The formula is super soft! I have used it and it does not tug on the eyes at all.

That is all for my Ipsy bag! Not too bad for only $10! Definitely will use, and have used, everything but the mascara.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

Thank you for reading πŸ‘½

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