BoxyCharm Un-Boxing | February 2020

We are going to make our post today short and sweet!

Let’s see what the BoxyCharm fairy brought me for $25 a month.

Kate Summerville KX Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum $98

First off, holy cow on that price!

This serum is meant to live up and tighten dull and sagging skin in just a week.

Unfortunately, I am over loaded with serums, but I think my mom or step mom would love this!

Luxie Beauty Complete Sponge Set $40

If you have read my blog at all, then you would know I love Luxie brushes. I am very excited to try their sponges. There is one for baking, contour, and detail work.

They feel a little hard dry, but we will see how they actually perform.

Amika Supernova Moisture + Shine Cream $25

This stuff smells amazing.

I use the heck out of leave in conditioner. Really happy about this one.

Moda Five Piece Brush Set $27.95

Yay! A brush set!

It contains a detail brush, a smudger brush, a line brush, a shading brush, and a crease brush.

The bristles feel really soft, hopefully they apply shade as great and they feel.

PÜR 4 in 1 Correcting Primer $17

This is our last product. So no color cosmetics this month.

This primer is meant to soothe and smooth the skin. Made with aloe, coconut water, caffeine, and probiotics.

Sounds like it’ll feel great!

That is if for this months box! I like it! A little disappointed by the lack of actually makeup, but the products I got are still really nice.

What was in your Boxy?

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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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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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The first Ipsy Ultimate Box | October 2019

Ipsy has made some big changes. With those changes came another subscription level I just couldn’t pass up. For $50 a month, you receive 12 beauty products. 8 full sized and 4 sample/ deluxe sample sizes.

Because I am spending $50 on one box, I will no longer be getting the regular Ipsy or Ipsy plus. But, let’s get into the box and see if the change is worth it!

The included bag.

I am not sure if this will occur every month, or we got a bag just because Ipsy came out with a Betty Boop collaboration. Either way, this double sided bag is super cute and nicely sized! It is different than the bag that regular Ipsy subbies will get.

Nanette Lenore Beautiful Times Perfume

This fragrance has notes of mandarin, violet, and caramelized sugar. I really enjoy the mixture of the floral and warm scents. The fragrance does linger quite a while. I think I have found my fall fragrance!

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

This is a product I have actually talked about before. This so happens to be my favorite makeup melting balm. If I am correct, we were actually sent the limited editing jumbo size, which is awesome! I am so happy to have this balm back in my life. I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase it, when there are less expensive options that work almost as well.

The Saem Natural Avocado and Shea Butter Sheet Mask Set

I love sheet masks. I do them a few times a week. Can’t go wrong with some extra hydration! I may even use the avocado one today to prep for some poorly done FX makeup I am doing for a Halloween Costume tonight.

Papa Recipe Egg Plant Clearing Mud Cream Mask

This is a creamy mask with a slightly grainy texture. The egg plant extract is to soothe and exfoliate. Ipsy says it is setting your skin up for a bright and clear future. Sounds good to me. I’ll give it a try.

C’Est Moi Beauty Reflect lip gloss in Opulence

This gloss is made with natural and organic oils- which I love. The shade opulence gives your lips a really juicy sheen, and I am really enjoying it.

Coloured Rain Eyeshadow In Champagne Life

It’s no secret that I love the Coloured Rain shadow formula so I was happy to get this in my box. Ever since I did my singles cruise look, I have been reaching for my single shadows much more often!

The shade is a really pretty and pigmented champagne, just as you would expect. It really makes the inner corner pop. It also makes a beautiful lid shade.

Makeup Geek Highlighter In Midnight Sun

This is my first ever makeup geek highlight! Looking at the shade in the pan I was a little disappointed, because I thought it may end up too dark for my skin tone.

It actually turned out looking really nice on the skin. It kind of reminds me of how Becca Opal looks on me. The makeup geek highlight is buttery and pigmented. I’m stoked that i finally got to try one!

L.O.C.K Color Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer

I really like this primer. It gave my that lit from with in glow, with out making my skin look glittery or oily. I am probably going to pick up the full size once I finish this sample.

Betty Boop x Ipsy Cheek to Cheek Blush Palette

I was initially hesitant about this product, because I wasn’t too impressed with Ipsy last colab. Fortunately, this is a great little blush palette. You get on matte blush and two toppers.

The shades are just a bit chalky. But, that isn’t a big deal to me, I can tap my brush off. The shades look beautiful on my fair skin. I can see my self reaching for this a ton. Good job Ipsy!

BioRace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum

This serum felt very moisturizing and I do feel that it helped improve my complexion. It didn’t not feel like too much either. It was gentle and sunk in to my skin quickly.

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Midnight Pro Trio

It wouldn’t be an Ipsy bag or box without som FARAH brushes. This trio actually feels like much better quality than the previous FARAH brushes I have gotten. This trio comes with a blush brush, a foundation brush, and a smaller stippling brush. They do their job well and there was no shedding. The shape of the handle makes them easy to hold as well.

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Funny story. I used to have this palette. Then got rid of it and regretted it a week later. However, I wasn’t going to go buy it again. So, getting it in my box made me super happy!

The mattes are buttery and pigmented. The metallic really packs a punch. This is the perfect quick, easy and cohesive fall palette. I honesty prefer the smaller huda palettes to the larger ones.

My thoughts?

The one con I have with this box is that product prices are not included on the card. Other than that, I love it! There was a nice mix of skin care and makeup. Everything works for me, and it’s all stuff I will actually use. I have seen other people review their Ipsy Ultimate, and they didn’t seem to happy. I must be the weird one out, because I am excited about this box. I am totally okay with the $50 price tag. I do have to say, I miss the regular Ipsy. I may end up re subbing, just because I miss her.

Did you get Ipsy Ultimate? What are your thoughts on the box?

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6 Drugstore Beauty Products I can’t Live Without

Makeup can get expensive. But, you don’t always have to break the bank to find some amazing products.

I am going to share with y’all, my beautiful readers 6 of the drugstore products that I just cannot live with out!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint $10 mo Buy it here!

I have talked about this brow tint in a recent empties. I haven’t had time to run to Ulta to grab a new one, my brows are not the same. This product is great for quick brows, but I also love to set my brows with it. It gives great hold and more tint. I do like my bold brows!

ELF Acne Fighting Foundation $6 Buy it here!

In the beginning I did not have high hopes for this product. All my initial opinions were wrong. The foundation is infused with salicylic acid and witch hazel. My skin has never been so clear! It has definitely made a huge difference in my skin. The coverage isn’t full, but it is just right for me. It doesn’t wear off all gross and patchy through out the day. I would almost go as far as to say that, at this moment, the ELF Acne Fighting Foundation is my favorite foundation.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Flick Liquid Liner $9 Get it here!

I initially tried this liner because of Soph Does Nails on YouTube. It’s great. She’s right. It’s pigmented, dries down matte. The tip is felt and flexible, which makes it easy to work with. There is also something about the shape that makes it so easy to hold and control. I prefer this liner over my higher end ones.

ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder $6 Get it here!

This is my favorite setting powder in general. It makes my under eye area so smooth, and really helps to set the rest of my face. It also does not cake when you reapply it through out the day to control shine.

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder Fiji Matte $4 Get it here!

I have gone through so many of these through out the year. The shades are perfect for my skin tone and really packs a punch.

Morphe Continuous Setting Spray $16 but the $3.50 off $15 ulta coupon does apply! Get it here!

This is another product that was in a recent empties. I love this setting spray. To me it works just like Urban Decay All Nighter, for like half the price!

Those are a few of my drugstore favorites! What are some of yours?

I want to apologize if all of the images do not upload. I am having some technical difficulties.

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Primer Declutter | Clean up 2019

Guys, I am running out of space for makeup and beauty products, and that just won’t do. So, I figured it was time to do a declutter.

We are going to go in the order that I apply my makeup, so we are going to start with primers!

What you are seeing above is a lazy Susan type thing that I got at a whole sale place. For the most part it holds products that I am trying to use up, or find my self reaching for frequently.

On the top are most of my primers. They just fit nicely there.

Let’s get into this declutter.

Serum primers

Keeping

Physicians Formula 24 Karat Collagen Serum:

I really enjoy this serum as a primer. It hydrates a plumps skin, making for a great base.

Cosmetica Illuminating Rose Gold Serum:

If you want glowy skin with out the glitter, this will do it. It also creates a somewhat tacky base, which helps the make up stick. You can also use it as a highlighter, if you like that sweaty highlight look.

Touch N Soul No Poreblem Priming Essence:

I received this primer in a BoxyCharm and really enjoy it. It hydrates skin, which creating a smooth base. I have noticed that it also blues some of my more problem pores.

The Declutters

NYX Honey Dew Me Up:

This primer is way too sticky for me. Every time I try to use it, it gets every where! It feels like literally putting honey on my face and I just can’t handle it.

Wet N Wild Rose Primer Serum

I actually enjoy this primer. But, after Wet N Wilds immoral lies, I just don’t want to keep anything from them in my collection.

Pore Filling Primers

As you can tell I have two of the Touch N Soul No Poreblem Primers. The unused one will be going. But that is the only declutter.

Cover FX Blurring Primer:

I really enjoy the feel and look of this primer. It blurs out my pores, helping to create a flawless base.

Touch N Soul No Poreblem:

This was my favorite blurring primer, before I started using the Cover FX one. I do still use this primer a lot, because I can use it all over my face, with out creating a break out.

Smash Box Photo Finish Smooth and Blur Primer:

This particular tube is from holiday last year. This is a tried and true primer for many people. It creates a soft smooth canvas on the skin and really helps foundation last.

Illuminating Primers

I only have two of these and they are both staying!

Physicians Formula Spotlight Primer:

Beware! If you spread this primer with your fingers your hands will be covered in glitter. But, this primer does not make it look like a glitter bomb exploded on your face. Nor does it make you look like the tin man. It is a great drug store alternative to the recent trend of priming with liquid highlighter- without looking over the top.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer:

This primer performs just like the Physicians formula one, just more expensive and has a nice smell. I am almost done with this one. Once it is gone I will not repurchase, because I do have the other one!

Primer Samples

The ones the Survived:

Smashbox Primerizer:

This one is also in the packaging from holiday last year. I enjoy this primer on days that I am too lazy to do my skin care routine. I am still toying with the idea of purchasing the full size once the mini is gone.

Ciaté Watermelon Burst Primer:

I just got this primer in Ipsy. I have to try it before I just pass it along!

Tarte Base Tape:

This is another one that I am yet to try, so it is staying until I get to try it and see what I think.

Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smootie Priming Moisturizer:

This one serves the same purchase of the smashbox one, but smells like coconut. I am almost done with this sample, and I am considering buying the full size.

Smashbox Radiance And Pore minimizing primers:

I have two little one use sample of smash box primers. I have really enjoyed the one I have used, so I wanted to sample more to see if there are others I want to purchase. I just haven’t gotten around to this yet.

The declutters:

MAC Strobe Cream in Pink Lite:

I am only decluttering this primer because MAC isn’t cruelty free.

Benefit Porefessional:

I never fell for this primer like other people did. I tended to really clog my pores. It also isn’t cruelty free. So, I won’t use it anyway.

Kevin Aucoin The Sensual Skin Primer:

It would be fun to try such a high end brand. But, it isn’t cruelty free, so I am not going to tease myself.

So, how much did I declutter!!

Over all, I decluttered 6 Primers and kept 14. I don’t feel too bad about this, because I will use up Primers. I use a porefilling and another type of primer everyday, so they will get used up.

What is your favorite and your least favorite primer?

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Ipsy Un-Bagging | July 2019

It’s Sunday night, we all have work tomorrow. So I figured it would be nice to throw up a simple un-bagging while I do a face mask!

I am currently using the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel off mask. Mainly for my T zone where I have been having some breakouts.

I highly recommend this mask, and you can always get Yes to products on sale at Ulta!

Now, for the reason you are reading this, my July Ipsy bag!

The bag itself.

I think this months Bag is so cute and fun. Perfect for July! I may make this the makeup bag that I keep in my purse.

But, the contents of the bag is the most exciting part!

Laritzy Cosmetics Dew Pot In Utopia

I really enjoy all the products I have gotten from Laritzy in the past, but I am a little hesitant about this one.

I am not sure it will work for my skin tone. However, I am willing to give it a try as a highlight. But, I will probably end up using it as a Cream shadow. It looks like a really pretty kid shade.

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer

I have been very curious about this primer. The dissolving black beads, meant to look like seeds, is an interesting concept to me.

I do plan to review this product, since it does have me so intrigued.

FEEL Mindful Pali Santo Soothing Mask

I really enjoy soothing masks in the summer time. My skin tends to break out and develop rashes much easier in the summer. However, the same also occurs in the winter when the air is dry. This Is a nice sized deluxe sample, I am sure I will get a use or two out of it!

Pacifica Bronzer and Blush Duo Bronzed Rose

Apparently this duo was made just for Ipsy, which is neat! I have another Pacifica Blush and bronzer duo that I really enjoy. It actually lives in my makeup collection at my boyfriends house.

The blush is a pretty shimmery rose, with a warm matte bronzer. I have to say, Pacifica makes amazing products!

TheBalm Single Shadow in The Run Down

I like getting these little samples of the balm shadows in my Ipsy. They are always great quality, and since the packaging is so cute I do tend to reach for them.

This is a plumy grey that can be used as a shadow or liner, which is handy when traveling. The formula is very buttery and I have tried it on my eyes. It is easy to blend and made for a beautiful smoky eye.

The Add Ons

This month I only did two ads ons.

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Brush $3-6 as an add on, I can’t remember.

My Anastasia Brow Brush is really beat up, so I was in need of a new brush. I couldn’t pass up the price on this one. I have tried other brushes from this brand that are great quality. The brush is a bit more thick than I prefer, but I am sure I can make it work.

It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara $12 as an add on.

If you saw my Glam Bag Plus In-boxing, then you know that I also got this mascara in the box.

This is my holy grail mascara, I just could not pass it up at such a great price! This one is now my back up, as I have already cracked open the one from my GBP.

Over all thoughts

I am super happy with my bag this month!

I got some handy products and one that I have been curious about! The only dud may be the dew Pot, but who knows I may end up loving it!

What was in your Ipsy bag this month?

Thank you for reading 🌴

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