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.

What was in your BoxyCharm this month?

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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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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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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.

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