BoxyCharm Base Box January 2022

I apologize for taking so long to get this post up. A lot of stuff has been going on in my personal life that has me extremely depressed. Doing anything right now is difficult and I just haven’t had the energy to write anything. I am trying to pull myself out of this and I’m hoping messing with some makeup will help to do so.

Farmacy Filling Good Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Serum $44

I think Farmacy is my favorite skincare brand so I am always happy to try something new from them. I have never tried a Hyaluronic Acid serum so I am interested to see what this does. I did get a Hyaluronic Acid serum from Studio Makeup in a box last month, but I have yet to try it. Honestly my skincare has been lacking with everything going on.

Aesthetica Cream Contour Kit $40

I have some brushes from this brand that I really like, so I am interested to see how well the cream contour performs. I’m not much for contouring, but I can definitely give it a try.

Earth Harbor Naturals Nymph Nectar Superfruit Radiance Balm $38

I am really interested in this brand. I have heard a ton of good things about it, but I have never tried it myself. This balm is meant to make your skin look bouncy and dewy. I am excited to see how well it works.

Haus Laboratories Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer Powder “Chained Ballerina “ $20

First off, I’m never going to use this. It’s a glittery black liquid/cream shadow. I wish I had gotten a different color because I have heard good things about this product. I am going to be passing this along to someone else.

Dragun Beauty Lip Job Liner and Sharpener “2.0cc” $18

All I know about this brand is that it was founded by a YouTuber who I have never watched. I believe the color corrector from this brand was a big thing for a while. The liner is a good nude color I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use out of and the sharpener seems to be great quality and will probably be replacing my old one that’s in pretty poor condition.

That’s it for my box! I’m pretty happy with everything omitting the cream shadow. I am sorry if this post feels a little rushed through and I’m sorry nothing is swatched. My boyfriend of close to two years left me and I am still trying to figure out how to be without him.

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BoxyCharm Premium January 2022

I got a lot of great stuff in my BoxyCharm Premium this month, let’s get into it!

Athr Beauty Desert Sunset palette $48

This palette has a beautiful color story. I cannot wait to give it a try.

The mattes swatch beautifully. The shimmers left a little to be desired, but we will have to see how they apply to the eyes.

Kosas Air Brow Tinted Volumizing Treatment Gel Soft Brown $22

This is a product I have wanted to try since it came out. I’m really excited to see it in my box. I think soft brown will be a great match for me.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Palette $42

These are supposed to be their highlighter drops in pressed powder form. This is a neat concept, but blinding highlights are really for me. I am going to keep it long enough to give it a try, but I’ll probably end up passing this on to a friend.

LYS Beauty Secure Skin Gripping Primer Serum $20

I am all about gripping primers! I have a few from the drugstore. I am excited to use one that is sold In Sephora. I have to say, this is a great price for a makeup brand that’s in Sephora. I do have a bronzer from this brand that I really enjoy, so I have high hopes for this primer. I may just have to do a “test it out” post!

Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Refining Mask $36

“Clear and hydrate your skin at the same time with this pore refining mask. Help protect against “maskne” with bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay to help detox, aspen bark to help smooth and hydrate, and exfoliating polyhydroxy acids for a softer, smoother complexion.”

That all sounds fantastic. I am a Covid Screener so I obviously have to wear a mask all day and work and the break outs are REAL. I am going to give this a try tonight and hope to see some improvement after a few uses.

Persona Cosmetics Lip Liner 90210 $14

This is a very pretty lip liner and the color is right up my alley. I think I will get a ton of use out of it.

My box was great! I’m really happy with everything, besides the highlighters, but I think I got my moneys worth!

What was in your BoxyCharm?

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Ipsy Glam Bag December 2021

My December glam bag arrived before my November glam bag.

The Ipsy Glam Bag is $11 a month and comes with five usually sample sized beauty products.

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream

This hand cream smells fine. It has a rather floral scent. It is very moisturizing. I am going to toss this is my bag to use through out the day while I’m at work.

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Hydrate Primer

I believe I have tried a sample of this before and it worked fine. I am going to toss this in the drawer with the rest of my sample sized primers where it will probably be forgotten.

The Beauty Crop Fineapple Powder Brush F203

This powder brush is really cute and very soft. I think I am going to get a lot of use out of it.

Ofra Cosmetics Blush in Chameleon

This is such a pretty shade of blush! It’s pretty pigmented and soft so there is some powder kick up. Nonetheless I think I am going to be using this blush a ton.

LYS Speak Love Glossy Lip Treatment Oil

This is a really nice lip treatment. It feels really moisturizing on the lips without feeling sticky.

What was in your ipsy bag?? I know I’m super happy with mine!

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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| 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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