Boxy Charm September 2016 UN- Boxing

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Yees, it is obviously the week where all of my subscription boxes arrive.

Today, it is Boxy Charm!

Boxy Charm is $21 a month, and you get 4-5 usually full sized items. You can sign up, HERE! I really enjoy boxcharm it is a great way to get good quality products and try out things you have never heard of, with out having to but a bullet in your wallet.

Let’s dive into this box:

Project Beauty Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Hair Masque (fullsize):

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This is a nice sized bottle to get in a subscription box, especially of a hair mask! I feel like every time I get a hair mask, it is only enough for maybe two uses. Not the case with this. It is 4 ounces of product! I really love the smell, I can definitely smell the fresh banana in it. It is free of parabens, sulfates, harsh salt systems, harmful colors, and harmful fragrances.

The card reads..”A smoothing yogurt hair masque with yogurt protein, prebiotics, quinoa, a botanical oil blend, and bio-keratin.”

You are supposed to apply this product from roots to ends and leave on for 5-10 mins. This is an $11 value. I can’t wait to try it out and update you on it!

butter LONDON Trend Nail Lacquer (fullsizze):

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I love nude polish, and butterLONDON’s formula. This is 100% a win for me. I think this shade will look great paired with the one I got in my Ipsy bag.

The card says…”An 8-free lacquer in a heavily pigmented colour and finish. This vitamin enriched formula promotes nail strength and provides beautifully consistent coverage”

This shade is named “Yummy Mummy” and I think that is perfect for this time of year. This is a $15 value.

PUR Cosmetics Lip Lure (fullsize):

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Tell me this isn’t a beautiful berry fall shade! It is called “Mystic”. I am in love, it actually reminds me of the shade “FIG” from the Too Faced Melted line upon first glace. Up on swatching them though, this shade is much darker than “FIG”.

The card says..“Let your lips speak for you with beautifully bold color and brilliant shine! This richly pigmented lip lacquer saturates your lips in true color and pout-perfecting hydration. Using a unique, flocked, shower-head applicator, this creamy, full-coverage liquid formula creates a show stopping look in just one stroke!

I think this type of applicator makes it much easier to evenly apply the color. I can really see myself using this a ton in the coming months. This is a $22 value.

Hikari Cosmetics Eyeliner (fullsize):

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I think this is the only thing I am not excited for. It is a normal twist up liner, in the shade “Raven”. When I opened it the tip was all mashed and broken, so that is why this swatch looks so bad. It is a deep black, and doesn’t budge. I guess we will see how it works on the eyes soon.

The card reads…“The perfect mechanical eyeliner with a smooth formula for easy application.”

I have a few black liners I already love, so this is just a, keep it in the wings just in case, product for me. It is a $13.00 value.

Studio Makeup “on-the-go” Palette (fullsize):

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Upon first look at this palette I though, “great another neutral palette”. I also looked at the name and it made me think of the cheap sets you can get from wal-mart during Christmas. I honestly was expecting this to be crap…I was wrong. Look at those swatches, it is beautiful! I already know I will be using the heck out of this palette.

The card says…”On the go eyeshadow palette is a compilation of shades that updates the bare beauty look with a cosmopolitan attitude. Includes 9 shades that are perfect for creating day or night looks.”

I can not wait to give y’all a full review of this palette! It is a $49.95 value, that is like getting a Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette!!

Over all:

4 out of 5 isn’t bad for $21, especially when those 4 are major hits! This box is the perfect transition in to fall. The boxes over all value is $110.95! Jesus!!! Boxy Charm is truly awesome.

What did you think of this box? What about the products? Comment below! Want more B&T? Check out last months BC un-boxing!

XoXo Manda

Ipsy Un-Bagging September 2016

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Hello loveys!

As I am sure you can tell from the title, we are going to be unbagging my Ipsy bag today! If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a beauty subscription where you get 4-5 sample to full sized beauty items for only $10 a month, plus a super cute bag! Sign up here!

Ipsy does not include prices on their card or on their sight, so I will be including personal value for each item. I got this idea from Jen Luvs Reviews on youtube and decided to give it a shot!

The theme this month is glamazon. I always like to start this type of post by talking about the bag itself, sense it is something I actually use. The bag seems to be made of pretty good quality material. The bag itself is black with gold shimmer in it, with a really pretty gold band in the center. On that band are little people that remind me of those things from The Blair Witch Project. But, that may be because I just saw the commercial for the new one. (Super Super PUMPED!!) I actually know exactly what I am doing with this bag, using it to hold part of a gift for a friend.

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Naked Cosmetics Advanced Aloe Cream: The first sample I pulled out of the bag is a moisturizer. I do like the brand naked cosmetics, they have some really pretty pigments. I actually had no idea that this brand made skin care products. It has no smell at all, which I prefer in skin care, and has made my skin really soft right after use. I will have to get some more use out of it and get back to y’all on it. However, there isn’t much actual product in this sample tube. Personal value $2

Amie Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish: Next up is a face scrub. This product came at the perfect time, I literally used up the last bit of mine this morning. This product apparently uses rice granules to lift out dirt and impurities from your pores. It is a really gentle exfoliator and smells like mango. I love mango. For some reason the smell makes me think of Freshman year of High School. The sample size for this product is really good! It is full to the top, and about the size of a travel toiletry. Personal value $5

Tarte Tarteist Mascara “Black”: Before I get into my actual thoughts on this product I want to give you my thoughts in mini mascaras. I love them. I prefer having them to full sized ones.I never go through a big one and just feel like I am wasting money, but with the smaller sized ones I feel like I am getting my moneys worth. But, this one I am not that happy with. The cap closes in a strange way, that causes me to be afraid it is going to just pop open and dry out. The formula also seems pretty gummy, so that throws me off as well. I will have to test this product out some more and let y’all know my full thoughts. Personal value: $5

Pixi by Petra Matte Luster Lipstick “Rose Naturelle”:

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Isn’t this color pretty?! That is pretty much the end of what I like about this product. It does not dry down matte, which I am not 100% sure if it is supposed to sense it is a “matte luster.” The sample size of this product is truly ridicules. It makes me think of a free Avon lipstick sample. There is no way I am going to use this, I will be surprised if I can even find it in an hour. Personal value: $0

Trust Fund Beauty nail polish “Champagne Socialite”

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I love this brand. It is cruelty free and vegan, which I obviously love. It is pretty difficult to find a cruelty free AND vegan polish where I live, so I am glad that I got this. It is a gorgeous shimmery nude color, which I personally think is perfect for fall!  Personal value: $10

Overall:

This isn’t the best Ipsy bag I have ever gotten, But it isn’t terrible either. Really the only product I am not happy with is the lipstick.

Overall Personal Value: $22

I can’t be mad about only spending $10, but getting a personal value of $22!

I really hope you enjoyed this un- bagging! What did you get in your Ipsy bag? What is your personal value of these products? Comment below! Want more B&T? August 2016 Ipsy UN-bagging! Check out last months un-bagging!

XoXo Manda

MY FIRST BIRCHBOX! April 2016

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I received my first ever birch box, and quite honestly my feelings are pretty mixed about it right now.

The keepsake box itself is very cute and I will for sure be using it. But, the contents of the box…not too exciting.

P.S. I will be actually reviewing these products next month when I  post what I received in my next box, sense it is mostly skin care items!

  • When I opened the box I saw that I got a 20% off code for Rifle Paper Co. I actually may end up using this. I write a lot and journal so it is always nice to have cute note books!

(Malin + Goetz) Grapefruit facial cleanser – Full size $32 First let me start off by saying I really hate how this product smells. I am probably one of the few people who hates grapefruit. I also try to avoid scented products on my face, my skin is very sensitive and it tends to get rashes from fragrance in face washes and such. I will keep you up to date on this. It does claim to be good for sensitive skin, I guess we will find out. Purchase it here.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask- I really like how this product smells, first of all. I also really enjoy the fact that it is all natural, it is always nice to use natural products! I was pretty pleased that I got this product, I have been wanting to try a new deep conditioner, now I can! In a few weeks I will let you all know how well it works! You can get it here for $34.00.

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution- ” This is a toner and makeup remover in one. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin and full of complexion calming ingredients.” I love my Garnier Micellar water, but it is hard to travel with such a large bottle. This bottle is a smaller size, so it is nice to have that. This is also claiming to be good for sensitive skin, I guess we will see! Get the full-size here for $21.00.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in “Strumpet”- I do really love this brand itself, actually this product itself. It is cruelty free and matte which is great. The sample size is small, which isn’t that big of a deal because you just need a teeny tiny bit with each use. But, this color really is not for me, unfortunately.

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Get the full-size here ( or another color) for $16.00.

WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask- “A non-drying deep cleansing mask packed with purifying China clay.” You are only supposed to use a thin layer of this product, but it has a lid that can not be resealed, so not too sure how that will work out. I will test this little guy out and get back to you. Get the set here for $42.00.

Over all, I am not happy with this box right off the bat, but I am not upset either. I guess my decision will be made after I test the products out!

What was in your BirchBox? Have you tried these products? What do you think?

XoXo Manda