BoxyCharm Premium| September 2020

BoxyCharm Premium is $35 a month with 5-6 full sized beauty products.

Firstly, I want to apologize for the lack of posts. I have been crazy busy with work and classes. I have had no down time. So I decided to start scheduling in posting sessions. Hopefully this works out.

Let’s hop into the box!

Eloise Beauty The Queen Eyeshadow Palette $46

This palette is beautiful. I love the color story and I can’t wait to see what looks I can create with it. This is a cruelty free brand!

Marc Jacobs Enamored High Shine Gloss “ch-ch changes” $29

This is not a gloss I’m going to use, so I’m going to pass it on to someone else. I am just not one for glitter on my lips.

Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub $18.95

I am excited about this. I have wanted to try one of their body scrubs, and not I finally get to. I am really glad that it is sensitive skin friendly. Hopefully that claim holds up! The brand is cruelty free, vegan friendly and 99% natural.

Kitsch Ice Roller $18

I wish this would have come a month or two sooner, because it is already starting to get chilly here and I’m not going to want to roll something freezing all over my face. But I will give it a try, maybe it will make a big difference.

Ole Henricksen Phat Glow Facial $50

This was the item I picked for my box this month. I have heard great things about it and really wanted to try it myself. Let’s see if it holds up to the hype!

Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner $30

I need this so bad right now! Wearing a mask all the time has caused some bad break outs on my face, and my current skincare routine just isn’t cutting it. I really hope this helps.

That is it for my months box. I am really happy with everything besides the lip glass. My box came to a total of $192.95. An awesome value!

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BoxyCharm Premium| September 2020

BoxyCharm Premium is $35 a month with 5-6 full sized beauty products.

Firstly, I want to apologize for the lack of posts. I have been crazy busy with work and classes. I have had no down time. So I decided to start scheduling in posting sessions. Hopefully this works out.

Let’s hop into the box!

Eloise Beauty The Queen Eyeshadow Palette $46

This palette is beautiful. I love the color story and I can’t wait to see what looks I can create with it. This is a cruelty free brand!

Marc Jacobs Enamored High Shine Gloss “ch-ch changes” $29

This is not a gloss I’m going to use, so I’m going to pass it on to someone else. I am just not one for glitter on my lips.

Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub $18.95

I am excited about this. I have wanted to try one of their body scrubs, and not I finally get to. I am really glad that it is sensitive skin friendly. Hopefully that claim holds up! The brand is cruelty free, vegan friendly and 99% natural.

Kitsch Ice Roller $18

I wish this would have come a month or two sooner, because it is already starting to get chilly here and I’m not going to want to roll something freezing all over my face. But I will give it a try, maybe it will make a big difference.

Ole Henricksen Phat Glow Facial $50

This was the item I picked for my box this month. I have heard great things about it and really wanted to try it myself. Let’s see if it holds up to the hype!

Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner $30

I need this so bad right now! Wearing a mask all the time has caused some bad break outs on my face, and my current skincare routine just isn’t cutting it. I really hope this helps.

That is it for my months box. I am really happy with everything besides the lip glass. My box came to a total of $192.95. An awesome value!

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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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Tom Ford Traceless Matte Foundation | Review and Wear Test

I was sent this foundation by Influenster for review.

Welcome back to my foundation journey! I got lucky with this one, thanks Influenster.

Before we even get into my thoughts and the wear test. I do not, and will NEVER recommend ANYTHING from Tom Ford to you. Tom Ford is NOT a cruelty free brand. HOWEVER, not everyone who enjoys my blog is cruelty free, and I saw this as a great opportunity to give my personal opinion about a very expensive foundation.

Now, let’s begin.

The Tom Ford claims that the Traceless Soft Matte Foundation is hydrating with a silky formula. It is supposed to be medium to full coverage that lasts all day without looking cakey or dry. It has soft-focus microsphere powders that are meant to blur skin and wear extending pigments that are supposed to provide medium to full coverage. It is supposed to move like skin and feel smoother over time.

Here is the foundation look upon initial application.

I used a moisturizing primer and applied two layers of foundation with a brush. I would not say it provides full coverage as you can still clearly see the freckles on my nose and the few on my cheeks.

6 Hours later (the voice for time skips in sponge bob)

I do agree that the foundation is extremely comfortable! It wasn’t itchy, or dry, or cakey at all. There is the normal wear in my T-Zone. But other than that, everything stayed beautifully through an easy, mostly indoors day. But! This foundation is $88, why are you wearing off my T-zone like any other foundation?

Do I think the foundation is worth the $88? 100% NO! For one, it is not Cruelty free. Secondly, you can get a SIMILAR type of wear from, for example, the Too Faced Born This Way foundation.

If you are not Cruelty Free and don’t mind shelling out the money on an expensive foundation, sure; give it a try, I’m sure you’ll be happy if you like matte finishes. But personally, absolutely not. I am going to pass this on to my sister that is as fair as I am, and I’m sure she will be very happy about it.

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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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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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Ipsy Ultimate June 2020 | Make Waves

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Today, I am going to Un-box my Ipsy Ultimate for June 2020 and give y’all my thoughts.

Ipsy ultimate is $50 a month. You get a larger makeup bag, 8 full sized products, and 4 deluxe sample sized products.

My Add Ons

This month I was a day late for add ons, so a lot of the cool stuff was gone. But I did get a few things I wanted!

Hanalie Full Face Sheet Masks pineapple, pear, lychee, and papaya

These masks came in a set of two, I bought both. They address a variety of skin concerns, and I’m sure I’m going to love them.

Luxie 640 Pro Precision Tapered

I already have one of these and love it for highlight. These was either $4 or $6 add on and I just couldn’t pass it up.

First Aid Beauty Pores be Gone Matte Primer

This is something else I have already tried and loved. This was a $4 add on. Just couldn’t pass it up!

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30

A perfect day cream for the summer, can’t be mad about that!

Biorace Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask

The other day I noticed how bad the pores around my nose are looking. I am definitely going to use this mask to spot mask the area around my nose and cheeks.

Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Facial Oil

I have never tired an acne treatment in an oil form, I’m excited to give it a go. I hope it works. Lord knows I need it.

H2O+ Hydration Oasis Nourishing Gel Cream

And we have another face cream. I am probably going to pass this little one on to a friend. I have one that really likes gel creams and always asks if I have any I want to pass on.

Dr.Brandt Pores no More Luminizer Primer

I have one of these primers currently in my rotation and it’s almost empty, but I love it! This was the item I picked for my box this month.

Yensa Super 8 Lip Oil “Pink Shine”

I enjoy lip oils. They feel soooo nice. I’m excited to try a new one out. I just hope the color doesn’t show up much on the lips.

Verb Hydrating Mask

This is a hair mask I have already tried and love. It works very well and smells great. I am happy to have another sample of it. I get about two uses out of this sample size.

Pixi Fresh Face Blush “Beach Rose”

The formula of this blush is really buttery and nice. It’s a rosy brown, which is a color I have been leaning to a lot lately for blush. So this is perfect!

Ciaté London Dewy Stick Highlighting Balm “Glow”

I have had one of these before from boxy charm, and I hate it. It broke me out really badly. I am going to pass this along to one of my sisters.

Wander Beauty Frame your Face Precise Brow Gel “Clear”

I wish I would have gotten this in a tint so that it could be a one and done brow product. But, whatever, I can always use a clear brow gel- I fly through them.

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner “Black”

I have been wanting to try this liner out of curiosity, but I can never justify purchasing eyeliner, because I get so much in sub-boxes. I am happy I get to try this one out!

The Balm Auto Balm Pic Perfect

At first glance and swatch, I am not too excited about this palette. It just isn’t one I think I will use. I am going to test it on my eyes before I make a decision. However; I’m pretty sure this is another product I am going to pass on to one of my sisters.

LaRuce Brush Set

I couldn’t find this specific set online to link. The set name isn’t on the packaging and ipsys included card is useless. I wish I could have found it through! The brushes are very soft and seem very sturdy and well made.

The set includes a flat foundation, angled contoured, small kabuki, tapered blending, and shadow brushes.

That is it for my Ipsy this month! It isn’t my favorite box of all time, but I definitely will use all but like two of the products, which isn’t bad for a subscription box to be honest.

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Ipsy Ultimate | November 2019

On this fine Saturday, I bring y’all a late Ipsy Ultimate Unboxing for the month of November!

Is it worth $50?

Let’s find out!

The Bag

This month we got a large travel makeup bag. I think this bag is very cute and will definitely be using it. It is roomy and well made. Perfect for the trip I have coming up next week!

Soo AE Panda Eye Brightening Masks

This is a mask I have tried before. I did enjoy it, and the cuteness adds a nice touch to your pamper session. However, you can get them at Walmart 2/$5. Not exactly something I want in my $50 box. But, I’m not disappointed about having them again.

Beau Gachis Concealer Brush

This is a nice, basic concealer brush. You could also use it to pack shadows on your lid. It seems to be made well and none of the hairs were shedding. This isn’t my preferred way to blend or apply concealer, but I have been enjoying it for eyeshadows.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser

This is a cleanser I have been wanting to try, so I was happy to see it included. Hopefully, their “skin-transforming” claim holds up! I could definitely use some skin transformation during these cold months.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum

I know this serum is, or is almost the price of the box. This isn’t a product I will be using for myself. However, I was able to gift my mom nice skin care- and she is loving this serum! That’s worth it enough for me.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I will never be mad about receiving dry shampoo, lord knows I need it. I have already used this one. It works well, doesn’t make my scalp itch, and doesn’t have an over whelming scent.

Youth to People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream

I haven’t had to chance to try much from Youth to the People. This little sample may be a good way to dip my toes in the water.

Smith and Cult Nail Polish “Bite your Kiss”

This polish is a really pretty, dark, wine red color. This is usually my nail polish color of choice, so that worked out well!

Context Matte Lipstick “Sweet Emotion”

This is a brand I have never heard of. It’s fun to get to try a new to me brand.

The shade is a really pretty burnt red shade. I think it is perfect for this time of year. The formula isn’t too drying, and there is no scent that I can detect.

Billion Dollar Brows Best Seller Kit

This is really neat. In this get we got a brow highlighting pencil, a brow pencil, a brow brush, and a brow gel.

I have really been enjoying using these brow products. The shade matches well, and the gel has great hold!

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

Fun fact, I have never tried High Beam before. Benefit has never been a brand I was super into. They aren’t cruelty free, so I never felt to inclined to try either.

The shade is a light pink. It didn’t really highlight my face like other liquid highlights do, which I think is intended. I have a feeling my little sister would love this, so I am going to pass it on to her. Again, I’m glad I will at least be able to give someone else the product, makes it not a total dud for me.

Gi Gi Gorgeous The only Blush Duo “Authentic and Pride”

I am so excited about this! I love GiGi!! I am guessing she has come out with her own line, and now I want everything! This blush does say it is cruelty free and vegan.

You get a more peachy shade that is matte, and a pinky shade with some glitter. I don’t go for pinks much, but when both shades are mixed, it shows up stunning on the cheeks!

Wander Beauty Wandress Rush Palette

We have a six pan palette from Wander beauty, subscription services favorite brand. There are 4 cream metallics, and two shimmers. I have gotten a palette from them in this formula and layout, just different shades, but I can’t find it. Anywhere.

I think this is a great little palette for the Holidays! The creams are beautiful and don’t crease on my lids. The two shades that look matte in the pictures, aren’t. Which is unfortunate. However, I was able to make them work. I can see myself reaching for the shades Blitz and Avenue a lot.

Full face of the products

Here is a hideous picture of me. Fun fact, I was broken up with, over the phone, after two years, While I had this makeup on. The shadows lasted through a few tears. Good going Wander Beauty.

Over all thoughts?

I liked this box! I got a lot I’ll use and love, but I was also able to give my mom something she is really enjoying, and I will get to give my little sister a clue classic piece of makeup.

I think Ipsy Ultimate will be sticking around for a while.

What was in your Ipsy, of any level, this month?

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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?

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus July 2019 | Unboxing

Another month, another box.

This months Ipsy GBP theme is Dive In. Which is nice. I love to swim! I am lucky enough to have a pool, and we definitely take advantage of it!

Let’s dive in (lol) to this months box!

Pixi by Petra Glow Mist $15

This is a cult favorite, that I have actually yet to try! I am really excited about this. I have heard nothing but great things. I am always up to try a new setting spray! It is a nice size for travel as well.

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara $24

I have said this before, but this is my all time favorite mascara! I love getting it in boxes, because the box is usually less than $24 and I get other products. Super happy about this one!

Touch In Soul Pretty Filter Waterful Glow Cream $38

I love getting expensive skin care in my sub boxes. I have a fancy skin care routine for being a broke chick!

This product is a pretty light purple color. It has a fresh citrusy sent and claims to work for all skin types. I may make this my morning moisturizer.

Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions $27

This is a product I already own, but it is so cool to get it in this box!

I will have this listed on my Mercari and Poshmark.

Anyway, this is an awesome palette, I actually use mine quite a bit, even though it doesn’t look like it.

Here are a few random swatches. The formula of all of the shadows is fantastic!

Ofra Rodeo Drive Highlighter $35

This is another product I already own, but in the older packaging.

I will also list this on my Mercari and Poshmark.

I love this Highlighter. I reach for it a lot. I know it’ll be blinding and easy to blend. Never lets me down!

I am sure everyone knows what this Highlighter looks like, but here is a swatch for good measure!

Over all thoughts

I am really happy with GBP this month!

It is full of great products. I am not even disappointed about getting two I already own, because I can sell them or pass them on to a friend.

What was in your Ipsy Glam Bag this month?

What is your fave mascara?

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