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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A very late BoxyLuxe Unboxing | June 2019

I am late. My bad. But, better late than never I guess?

Let’s just get into this BoxyLuxe unboxing!

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Cheek Palette V3 $45

This box started off strong! I have wanted one of the Tarte Pro Glow palettes for a while, but never bought one.

The shades all work well with my skin tone, and I have been using it a ton since I got it!

Touch In Sol No Poreblem Essence Primer $23

I haven’t notice as much pore filling qualities as I do with their original primer. But, I do really like this. It turned my skin in to a super smooth canvas, and I have yet to find a foundation or concealer that it doesn’t mesh with.

Dominique Cosmetics Lemonade Lip Glass “Strawberry Lemonade” $17

Spoiler alert, this is my only dud in the box. I don’t really use glosses, much less really pink glosses. However, I do have it listed on my Poshmark @mandajanette for $10 so maybe I will get some extra cash from it!

PYT Mini Turbo On The Go Dryer $85

This hair dryer is so cute! It works so much better than the cheap conair one I was using, despite its small size. I love that it is so easy to travel with, and also came with attachments.

Dr.Brandt Clean Biotic PH Balanced Yogurt Cleanser with Chlorophyll. $35

I love Dr Brandt. I don’t think I have ever tried a product that didn’t work wonders for me. I am excited to used up my current face wash so I can move on to this one.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum $58

Farmacy is another brand that has never done me wrong! This actually came at the perfect time, as my current night serum is on her last leg.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast $29

Who doesn’t want more volume in their hair? Lord knows I need it! I have already heard great things about this product, and when I tried it I was not disappointed.

Trestique Good Vibes Mascara $25

Let’s start with the little lash curler that is attached. It’s super small and I hate it. It’s just extra packaging. The mascara itself is awesome though! I have used it a ton since I got it.

Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Radiant Dew Mist $35

This stuff has been fantastic in the nasty humid weather we have been having. It is a really nice refresher through out the day, or to spray on before or after applying makeup.

Over all

I am blown away! This box was well worth the $49.95ish that it cost! BoxyLuxe is so exciting, I wish I could get It more often.

Here is my face after using all the products, but the lip gloss.

What is your favorite product from your BoxyCharm this month?

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Ipsy January 2019| First impressions!

With it being the beginning of the new year, I feel that I am hold my Subscriptions to higher standards. I am hoping the quality of them this month will set the standard for their quality for the rest of 2019.

Let’s get into Ipsy and see what kind of year it is going to be.

Ipsy is $10 a month. You receive 5 deluxe sample-full sized beauty products or makeup. It is supposed to be geared to your likes, based on their quiz.

The bag itself

The bag is cute, reminds me of spring. It is not something I will use though, passing it on to a friend. That is no big deal tough.

So Susan Dream Maker Light Shifting Highlighting Cream “POP Star”

I have wanted to play with cream products more, so I was pleased to receive this high light.

1st Impression: Blinding! Blends out best with your fingers or a beauty blender.

Illamasqua Coloring Pencil “Honour”

This is the first Illamasqua product I have ever tried! I am actually really excited about this, which is silly because it is just a brown eye liner.

1st impression: The product is creamy and lasted a long time in my water line. I think this is my new go to liner!

Hola Neon Velvet Liquid Lipstick “DF”

I have never heard of this brand. But, it was nice to receive a full sized liquid lip. I do love trying new to me brands.

1st Impression: The color is really pretty. It last quite a while, then I decided to drink some water. Then it came off patchy. So, don’t expected it to last through drinking or eating. But, what does last through it?

Akar Mini Care Lip Butter

I feel like I have heard of this brand before. Anyway, I have been in the market for a product to repair my winter worn lips.

1st Impression: The lip butter is super creamy. My lips actually felt really nice the rest of the day. I can see myself going through this rather quickly.

Jeju:en Sheet Masks

I will be honest, when I read the names I actually laughed out loud. I’m so mature.

I haven’t tried these masks yet, but I am anxious to see how well they work. Keep yours eyes out for an empties post, they may be in there with a mini review!

Ipsy Add Ons.

I took the opportunity this month to purchase two add ons. I really enjoy this new program!

Luxie Small Contour Brush added on for $3

I have said it a million times. I LOVE Luxie brushes.

1st Impression: I used the Wet n’ Wild contour duo and it blended out seamlessly extremely quickly. Great brush from Luxie as always.

Tarte Double Duty Beaty Make Every Moment Count Cheek Palette added on for $12

What a steal!!

I love Tarte blushes, so I jumped on this as soon as I saw it.

1st Impression: I used the shade “Love”. Must I say more besides Tarte Blush? They have my favorite blush formula. Love this palette, I am so glad I added it to my bag!

Here are all the products that I tried on my face! Please ignore my too bold brows.

Over all?

I am super happy with this bag! I am really looking forward to what Ipsy has to bring for 2019.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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BoxyLuxe December 2018

I just could not resist BoxyLuxe it is $50 a month and seems really cool. This months theme is “‘Tis the season”.

Let’s open her up!

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream $89

I have heard a lot of good things about Elemis. It is never to early to start trying to prevent wrinkles. I am excited to try out this fancy fave cream.

Tarte Glitter Lip Paint $20 “Insta-Famous”

I am not excited about this. I am not in to straight shimmer on the lips. This formula feels very gunky. I am going to see if a friend wants it.

It’s pretty but not for my lips.

Violet Voss Pro HG Palette $45

If you have follows my blog at all you would know this is my all time favorite palette. Pictured open is mine.

I was still excited to receive this palette, I am putting with a friends Christmas gift, she has tried mine and loved it!

There it is on my eyes the other night when we went to Garden Glow at the Botanical Gardens in St.Louis.

Suva Beauty Protégé Palette $34

I have wanted to try Suva Beauty shadows for quite some time. When given the choice between this palette and the little PYT straightener, the choice was easy for me.

6 pretty shadows and two highlights/shadows.

A warm and pretty color palette.

Luxie Rose Gold Complete Face Brush Set $65

I love Luxie brushes, they are my favorite! I am so excited for these, I got this cheaper than sale price plus seven other products essentially! These alone make the box worth it for me.

Spongelle Bodywash infused buffer $20

I used to have one of these from a dog company for my dog. It was useful then so I figure the human version is nice as well. The scent I got is blossom bliss. Is smells fantastic! Reminds me of spring.

Grande Cosmetics Grande Mascara $25

I am never mad to try a new mascara. I have actually made a dent in my mascara collection. This lovely gold tub is very welcome to live in my eye product drawer.

Pretty Vulagr The powder room translucent setting powder. “Matte about it.” $32

I guess pretty vulgar and body charm are a thing now because this is the 5th product we have gotten in a box and I haven’t seen them in Sephora in ages. This did come at a nice time, as I am almost out of my Ofra setting powder.

Crimes of Beauty Wristlet and Portable Charger $22

The wristlet is super cute. This is going to be my new going out bag. It seems to be nicely made. The portable charger will come in handy for when Coty and I go to Pokémon Go Community days.

This box was fantastic! I am very glad that I signed up! I can’t want for next quarter to get another one.

Would you guys like to see a make collection post?

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation | All day wear test + Review

Do fall allergies just destroy anyone else? All the stuff in the air here in Missouri just ruins me. I apologize for how TERRIBLE i look in these pictures a head of time.

I purchased the Tarte Shape Tape foundation while it was on sale for $23 at Ulta. Which is the only reason I bought it. I love the concealer, but didn’t really have interest in the foundation- until the stupid sale. Always gets me.

It usually retails for $39 at Ulta.

I wasn’t even going to review the foundation. Then I forgot to put primer on the other day and figured why not? So I have tried it with and with out primer and setting it. You have actually already seen it in most of my recent pictures with primer. ( Look at the most recent selfie on my Instagram @manda_janette)

7:19 AM

I like the doe foot applicators on foundation. It isn’t hygienic, but I’m lazy. I like buffing it in with a brush or with a beauty blinder- either way works. As I said I forgot a primer, I did sent my under eyes though. Nothing else.

It is super easy to apply and I find that porcelain is a great match for me. I am pretty fair.

I also want to mention that I have combination, scared up blemish prone skin. This foundation has pretty decent coverage.

11:44 AM

I apologize for the picture quality, I was in my office.

Not much break down besides under my eyes. It’s normal for break down under my eyes. My nose and chin aren’t looking too shabby. Coverage is still good. Impressed so far.

3:13 PM

I apologize for what you just had to see!

As you can see, everything, including my Liquid Cat Suit liquid lip, is broken down.

My nose, eyes and for head have really deteriorated. The sides of my face aren’t looking too good either.

Please ignore my watery eyes and hives, like I said, ALLERGIES.

Thoughts w/o primer and setting:

It held up for a good four or five hours. I was surprised it held up that long. Never again will I got with out primer and setting though. I just don’t like doing that. Yes foundations break down, but the way this one hardcore broke down around 7-8 hours, just not happy with that.

W/ Primer and Setting:

I didn’t want to like this foundation, but I do. A lot.

I have it on in the above pictures and it looks great, and it stayed that way the entire night out.

It is easy to apply, doesn’t feel heavy, and wears very well ( with primer and being set) for a hydrating foundation.

Will I repurchase? If it is on sale yes. Full price, no. I have too many inexpensive foundations that I enjoy just as much.

🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of five pumpkins. Lost a pumpkin for the shade range that they threw at the world and the fact that it is nearly $40..but there are drugstore foundations I like just as much.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading 🎃

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Ipsy Nov 2017 | All you

A few nights ago I had a dream that Ipsy started to include product info and prices on their cards. I am here to tell you that dreams don’t always come true and that the card is still pointless.

This bag though, is super cute. I love the blues and the fabric and zipper seem to be of great quality. 👍

Crown Brush C141 Chisel Blush

I love getting brushes in subscriptions. I feel like I can never have enough. This blush brush is very soft. It is quite a bit smaller than the brush I usually use for blush, but I’ll give it a go.

Skyn Iceland Berry Lip Fix

Skyn Iceland is a brand that I am always glad to try. This lip fix is going to come in handy, I get very chapped lips during the colder months. I have used it once so far and love it. The berry taste is not overpowering and it made my lips tingle a little!

ColourPop Ultra Satin “Calypso”

I love the ultra satin formula, so I was really excited to see this in my bag.

The shade is really nice, I will definitely be getting my use out of this liquid lip.

Tarte Blush “Feisty”

I only have one other Tarte blush, even though I love the formula. I was stoked to open my bag and see this little baby wrapped in bubble wrap. Was really hoping for the Lisa Frank bronzer though.

Carl decided to photobomb my swatch photo. I am a bit concerned that this blush will appear too orange on my fair skin, but I think if I use a light hand it will turn out nicely.

Naked Cosmetics “Mother Nature”

I love Shadow pigments. The color pay off is always amazing. Naked makes some pretty great pigments. Their shadow stacks are pretty pricey and use to be all the rage. Always glad to get one of their shadows!

I am in love with this shade. I cannot wait to use it!

That is it for my Ipsy bag! 100% worth the $10 this month. Not a single dud product!

What did you get in your Ipsy bag? Comment below!

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*Ipsy Product Review* Tarte Tartest Mascara

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Evening, y’all!

I was siting in my living room watching “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” when I realized I didn’t wash off my makeup from today. Which then reminded me that I have been trying out this Tarte mascara for a few days and I believe I have my thoughts collected on it!

If you read my Ipsy Un-Bagging September 2016 post, then you know that my first impression of this mascara was not the best. This is the post where I am going to elaborate my thoughts and give you my full opinion of the product.

Packaging:

In the Ipsy bag I was given the travel size. Which I prefer for mascara,  it is much easier to use it up this way before it expires. The packaging is cute. I really like black and gold. However, there is a major flaw, the way it closes. It doesn’t just screw on, you have to snap the cap on. What?! What other mascara does this? None! Because it is the worst idea. The product collect where it clicks, then it gets all over the place. It is just a matter of time before the cap gets UN-snapped by something and the product dries out. Typically a travel sized mascara is $12. This packaging flaw should not be on a small $12 mascara.

Details from product site:

“A jet black lash paint mascara that increases lash volume by 2700% instantly with a patented soft bristle brush. Vegan, ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested.

  • triple-black painted mineral pigments: deliver rich, ultra-black pigment while nourishing and softening skin around the lashline

Product performance: Paint it black for stronger, thicker, sexier-looking lashes with this amped-up, drama-filled mascara. Powered by triple-black painted mineral pigments, it soften and nourishes lashes, while painting on glossy, ultra-black definition for a 2700% increase in lash volume. The custom sculpted paint brush wand features flexible, molded bristles that grab-and-lock even the tiniest lashes, saturating them in 360° root-to-tip, jet-black pigment. In a simple stroke, it sculpts, separates and lifts lashes so you can dramatically boost volume, length and curl with the grace and ease of a tarteist™. “

*I also want to add that this product IS vegan friendly.*

The Application:

The wand is large with spikey rubber bristles. Actually, the wand looks quite a bit like the Benefit They’re Real mascara, with the spikey ball at the end. If any of you remember from the earlier days of my blog, I love the Benefit They’re Real mascara. They way the bristles are lined up on the wand makes it so easy to get each and every lash. The more product you apply, the bigger your lashes will get. And the clumpier. This mascara is not particularly wet, but it still gets clumpy quickly.

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Wear and Over all thoughts:

There was some flaking after my 9+ hour work shifts under my eyes, but that is to be expected. My lashes did still look amazing though, each time.

Do you see my lashes in the picture above?! They look fake! This is the best my lashes have ever looked! I am ordering the full size. Surprising plot twist right? After using this mascara I can’t let it go. I really hope the full size does not have the same packaging flaw. But, geeze I almost think it is worth it even if it does. Want to try it as well? Pick it up here!

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried this mascara? Comment your thoughts down below! Want more B&T? Check this out!

XoXo Manda