Morgan Taylor Editor’s Picks Spring 2020 Collection

Hi All!  Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend is going well!

I’m here with a beautiful nail polish review.  I was sent these Morgan Taylor polishes for my honest review.

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Morgan Taylor’s spring collection is so stunning! It is the Editor’s Picks collection.

Spring is such a great time to wear softer shades like nudes and pinks.  This is a very feminine collection that I LOVE!

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The shades from left to right are:

  • Barely Buff — Palest pink creme
  • I Speak Chic — Taupe nude creme
  • Call My Blush — Soft sheer creme
  • On Cloud Mine — Sheer peachy pink
  • It’s Your Mauve — Mauve creme
  • Going Voque — Antique rose creme

What is so exciting for me about this collection is that I will wear every shade in this collection.  I also love the formula of these cremes.  The are opaque and cover well in 2 or 3 coats. They do chip after a few days, but most nail polishes do.  They stay fresh looking for most of the week.

These retail for $9.50 a bottle and the mini 4-pack is $14.95, which is nice if you want to try more than one shade.  It includes On Cloud Mine, Going Vogue. I Speak Chic and It’s Your Mauve.  The collection is available for a limited time now at Sally Beauty.

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I’m really enjoying these polishes.  What shades of nail polish are you loving right now?

Colourpop UR A QT Pressed Powder Palette Review

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you have a fun or relaxing day ahead of you.  Any plans?  I’m not sure what we are going to do tonight.  Probably eat at home and watch TV. LOL!

I thought I’d do a fun kind of Valentine’s themed palette review today.  I hope you enjoy!

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This is the UR A QT Palette from Colourpop.  Right now, it’s an Ulta exclusive. It’s so adorable and pretty.  It’s perfect for Valentine’s and Spring looks, as well as soft, neutral looks.

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Stunning!  I love the purples, pinks and neutrals in this palette.  And I love that the shades are soft.

The Ulta website doesn’t give a description of each shade, so the descriptions are mine:

  • 2 Hot 4 U — matte light peach
  • Luv Me — metallic light pink Super Shock Shadow
  • Angel Face — cool toned medium pink matte with glitter
  • With Luv — light warm brown
  • So Fine — light-medium mauve matte
  • Kiss Me — light-medium plum duo-chrome
  • Lover — medium-dark berry metallic
  • Love Note — medium lilac matte
  • 1st Date — medium warm brown
  • Candy Gram — deep plum metallic
  • Cutie Pie —  light pink frost
  • Heart Eyes — deep purple matte

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From Left to Right: 2 Hot 4 U, Luv Me, Angel Face, With Luv, So Fine and Kiss Me — I love the names, just like the little conversation hearts!

All of these swatched well. I love 2 Hot 4 U as a base color.  Also Angel Face is a gorgeous Super Shock and Kiss Me is a lovely duochrome.  I’m not much of a fan of With Luv just because of the very pink shade. I do love the pigment though.

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From Left to Right: Lover, Love Note, 1st Date, Candy Gram Cutie Pie and Heart Eyes.

I love all of these purple and plum shades!  Heart Eyes looks like a dark brown in the pan, but it’s such a gorgeous plum.  Plus Love Note is so pretty in the crease!

I’m so glad I picked this palette up.  It’s so pretty on and I really love purple!  This also has a couple of neutral shades, but I can see myself using this more when I want a bright and fun look.

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Have you purchased the UR A QT palette?  What do you think? Or, what is your favorite palette to use for Valentine’s Day? palette

PÜR Products For A Glamorous Valentine’s Day Look

Hey all!  How’s your week going?  I’m doing pretty well.  Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day Tomorrow???

I was sent these pretty PÜR products that can glam you up for V-Day for my honest review.  Here’s what I received:

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I don’t usually wear false eyelashes, but these are so pretty.  I think I’m going to give them a try.  I’ve heard PÜR’s lashes are really nice. Plus, the packaging is stunning!

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I almost always use a mascara primer before I apply my mascara.  I do this instead of curling my lashes.  I find that it helps give my lashes more curl, volume and length.

This one is really nice.  And it works especially well with the Fully Charged mascara.  It uses their innovative Magnetic Technology that has a revolutionary “magnetic” polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for maximum, long-lasting performance. It also conditions the lashes.

I love that this helps with the health of lashes as well as making them look amazing!

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This blush is so gorgeous on.  It’s applies so smoothly on the cheeks. This is formulated with good-for-you skincare ingredients, including nourishing Energy Complex and Ceretin® Complex—a proprietary blend of super-hydrating ceramides that is exclusive to PÜR. It claims to improve the skin’s appearance with each use.

I love the peach color this gives and the soft matte finish.

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I have redness on my cheeks and sensitive skin.  This primer helps brighten and firm the skin’s appearance, while neutralizing the look of redness from breakouts and irritation.  It has a green tint to it that really helps offset the redness.  I find that it also minimizes the look of my pores, which my aging skin needs!

I’m loving the 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer.  It’s a moisturizer, primer, foundation and SPF 20 all-in-one! This innovative 4-in-1 formula infuses the skin with powerful hydrators and proven correctives, including sodium hyaluronate and PÜR’s exclusive Ceretin Complex, a one-of-a-kind ingredient engineered to radically renew the skin without irritation.

I like that this gives a natural finish.  I can use it alone for a minimal coverage or as a base for a full coverage foundation of glam days. I enjoy it on days where I just want to look fresh!


Have you tried PÜR products?  Which are your favorites for glam or natural looks?  Check out these products an more at http://www.purcosmetics.com and Ulta.

 

Kendra Scott Jewelry Valentine Gifts

Hi all!  Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  There’s still time to shop for the holiday, or just to pick up something special for the important people in your life!

If you are looking for the perfect gift to show how much you care on Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, look no further than Kendra Scott where the options are limitless – whether you are creating a one-of-a-kind style at the Kendra Scott Color Bar or selecting a piece of fine or sterling silver jewelry – your Valentine is sure to treasure this gift for a lifetime!
There is time to go into a Kendra Scott Store and pick up a beautiful gift!  Here are some of my favorites:
Kendra Scott Macrame Danielle Statement Earring Rhodium Ivory
Kendra Scott Macrame Danielle Statement Earring Rhodium Ivory Mother-of–Pearl 

Macrame Danielle Statement Earring Rhodium Ivory Mother-of–Pearl ($88 USD) — A beloved style with brand new detail, you’ll adore the Macrame Danielle Silver Statement Earrings in Ivory Mother-of-Pearl. With the signature silhouette surrounded by intricacy, these statement earrings will be outshined only by you. Pair with your favorite pieces or let them stand out on their own, either way you’re sure to catch compliments in the Macrame Danielle Statement Earrings.

Kendra Scott Fallyn Cuff in Gold
Kendra Scott Fallyn Cuff in Gold

Fallyn Cuff in Gold ($68 USD) — Add some structure to your bracelet stack with the Fallyn Cuff Bracelet in Gold. This modern cuff bracelet features our custom version of a classic chain link. With sophisticated metalwork in a wearable style, we know you’ll love the Fallyn Cuff Bracelet as an everyday accessory.

Kendra Scott Presleigh Ring Set In Mixed Metal
Kendra Scott Presleigh Ring Set In Mixed Metal

Presleigh Ring Set In Mixed Metal ($58 USD) — Beautiful and meaningful, knots have been used in jewelry design to represent love and unity since antiquity. The Presleigh Ring Set in Mixed Metal features our take on the technique in three band rings of Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. This ring set is the perfect start to your ring stack. We know you’ll enjoy the subtle romance the Presleigh Ring Set brings to the everyday.

Kendra Scott Diamond Letter Pendant Necklace In 14k Yellow Gold
Kendra Scott Diamond Letter Pendant Necklace In 14k Yellow Gold

Diamond Letter Pendant Necklace In 14k Yellow Gold ($595 USD) — The Diamond Letter Pendant Necklace in 14k Yellow Gold is a striking example of sentimental style. Beautifully timeless and personal to each wearer, the Diamond Letter Pendant Necklace was designed to be treasured for a lifetime. To create these pendant necklaces, each letter is hand drawn in our Austin design studio, then layered with pave diamonds for breathtaking sparkle.

Kendra Scott Poppy Gold Pendant Necklace In Abalone
Kendra Scott Poppy Gold Pendant Necklace In Abalone

And of course I had to include a heart — Poppy Gold Pendant Necklace In Abalone ($88 USD) — Each hand-carved heart in the Poppy Gold Pendant Necklace in Abalone is completely unique, just like the one you love. Whether chosen as a gift or just for you, the details of this one-of-a-kind pendant necklace were designed to be adored. Pair the Poppy Pendant Necklace with your favorite delicate pieces for a lovable layered look.


What do you think of this gorgeous jewelry? Have you purchased any Kendra Scott pieces or are you thinking about giving one as a gift?

Derma E Mood Rituals Line

Hi all!  I hope you’re week is off to a great start! It’s still winter, sigh.  And it might snow in Kansas City tomorrow.  I hope you’re weather is better!

I was so lucky to receive a February influencer package from Derma E.  I love their products so much and use them every day.  Here’s what I received this month:

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This is Derma E’s Mood Rituals line.  These mists contain purified spring water and skin-nourishing herbs with therapeutic essential oils.  They claim to enhance the mood and enrich the skin.  Here’s info from the Derma E website about the products:

Balanced blends of therapeutic, skin-benefiting essential oils combined with purified Spring Water, Witch Hazel, Coconut Essence and Herbal Waters work to comfort and nourish your skin, leaving it hydrated and softer while herbal adaptogens and sacred cleansing plant extracts provide re-centering, mood-enhancing benefits.

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These are the three different mists:

CREATE Mood Enhancing Skin Beneficial Mist ($18.95 USD) — Revitalizing therapeutic blend of Cordyceps & Cardamom, aromatic waters, coconut essence, and witch hazel improves skin’s health while enhancing your mood. Essential oils of Rosemary, Ginger, Spearmint stimulate one’s senses and helps to revitalize your skin while adaptogens, Cordyceps and Cardamom promote focused thoughts and clarity allowing you the freedom to create.

UPLIFT Mood Enhancing Skin Beneficial Mist ($18.95 USD) — This uplifting and therapeutic blend of Eleuthero & Artic Root, citrus waters, coconut essence, and witch hazel improves skin’s health while enhancing your mood. Essential oils of Orange, Grapefruit, Chamomile, Lavender and more combine to help boost your mood, soothe skin and elevate your senses while Adaptogens Eleuthero and Artic Root help to calm feelings of fatigue and anxiety to uplift and energize your spirits.

CALM Skin Beneficial Mist Mood Enhancing ($18.95 USD) — This relaxing and calming therapeutic blend of Amla & Gotu Kola, herbal waters, coconut essence, and witch hazel improves skin’s health while enhancing your mood. Essential oils of Lemon, Eucalyptus, Sage and Rosemary soothe and calm skin while adaptogens Amla and Gotu Kola help to reduce feelings of fatigue as they relax and calm your senses.

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I really like these mists.  They smell very herbal.  I think my favorite scent is the Uplift.  I can definitely smell the citrus and lavender.  With the create, the spearmint takes over, so if you like mint scents that might be for you.  And in the Calm, the rosemary and sage give off a savory fragrance.

I really like how hydrating these make my skin.  They are so nice under makeup for extra hydration and over it for a pick me up.  I haven’t noticed any mood-changing effects yet, but I’ll keep using them.

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What do you think of these products.  Do you like to use essential oils to enhance your mood?

Boxycharm Subscription Box Review — February 2020

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Hey all! I have just received my February BoxyCharm! I love receiving this box each month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for two and a half years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is now $25 a month plus tax for 5 full-sized beauty items. The value is at least $125 each month.

The only subscription boxes I’m currently getting is this box, BoxyLuxe four times a year and the new BoxyCharm Premium.  I think Boxy has been doing an amazing job curating their boxes lately.

The theme this month is Adore. My version is 47. This month I received:

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These are gorgeous!  They are very soft and seem to be of good quality.  I really enjoy the Alamar eye brushes I have, so I’m excited to use these!

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The serum was my choice this month.  I love anything that smooths and firms my skin.  I will be testing this out once I’m done with my current firming serum.

The powder is okay.  I already have a Ciate powder in my stash that I got from a Boxycharm.  It’s a different name then this one but it looks like almost the same thing.  I’ll either save it for later or give it away.

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These are my least favorite products this month.  I don’t wear liquid lipstick and haven’t heard of the brand Qveen.  I will pass it on to someone else.

I like Pretty Vulgar and have tried a few things in my Boxycharm, but I haven’t found anything I love yet.  I have tons of mascara, so I’ll either throw this in my stash, or give it to one of my daughters.

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The box this month was okay for me.  I am loving the Kate Somerville serum and the brushes and will use those.  I might use the powder and mascara, or I might give them away.  I will definitely give the liquid lipstick away.

Do you get Boxycharm?   What did you get this month?

bareMinerals Limited Edition Beauty of Nature Collection

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Hi All! I hope your weekend is going well!

I was sent the above products from bareMinerals Limited Edition Beauty of Nature Collection for my honest review.  It is inspired by blooming tropical hues and natural textures. Here’s what I received:

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The Beauty of Nature Gen Nude Powder Blush in That Peach Tho ($24 USD) — This buildable talc-free blush is formulated with light-reflecting mineral pearls that blur the look of pores for a soft-focus finish.  The shade is so pretty and natural looking on, and it can be built up for more of a flush.  So pretty!

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The Beauty of Nature Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette Natural Oasis ($29 USD) — Build a colorful smoky eye, create a wash of color, or add a vibrant pop to your look with these 6 new island-inspired shades, from shimmering sand to rich coral. Each features Jet-Milled Mineral Pigments for buildable, blendable color while botanical extracts help nourish skin around the delicate eye area, Cucumber Extract and Caffeine help soothe skin’s appearance and Cold-Pressed Borage Oil moisturizes skin. These eyeshadows are crease- and smudge-resistant to ensure your eyes look flawless all day long.

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The shades from left to right are:

  • Sandy Beach: Shimmering Cream(shimmer)
  • Papaya: Creamy Papaya(matte)
  • Cabana: Terracotta Brown(matte)
  • Red Hibiscus: Red Copper(shimmer)
  • Shimmering Sunset: Warm Violet(shimmer)
  • Palm Leaf: Rich Palm Green(matte)

I really enjoy this palette.  It’s nicely pigmented and lots of looks can be made with it because of the gorgeous shade selection.  I love that it’s not just variations on one color, that there are 6 distinct shades in it.  Also, since it’s so small, it will be nice for travel this spring and summer and they shades will even look nice in the fall!

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Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick in Wisdom and Perception ($20 USD) — This creamy moisturizing lipstick is made with minimal ingredients for maximal results; it’s proven to significantly improve the look of lip lines, texture and dryness in just one week — even after you take it off — and provides 2X hydration* and 2X rich color** with one swipe.

With just 19 ingredients — 40% less than top-selling lipsticks*** — MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick is formulated with 76% naturally derived extracts, including sustainably sourced botanicals from around the world. MINERALIST Lipstick is infused with omega-packed, cold-pressed European Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil; Mediterranean Olive Oil and antioxidant-rich Moroccan Pomegranate Extract to hydrate, nourish and replenish for softer, smoother lips. Because we believe less does more, we left out the unnecessary additives, including Parabens, Phthalates, Synthetic Fragrance, PEGs and Mineral Oil.

Each MINERALIST shade is inspired by the healing powers of natural minerals, crystals and gemstones, and features a subtle, uplifting natural scent of Prickly Pear and Açaí.

I also received the Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner in Agave ($17 USD) — I can’t find the shade anywhere, so it might be an older shade.  But you can purchase this eyeliner in a few other shades.

Here are swatches:

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The liner is very pigmented and is nice for the waterline, or just lining the eyes.

The lipsticks are creamy, but have almost a satin-matte finish.  They feel very hydrating on.   These aren’t shades I normally wear, but the formula is gorgeous.  I might have to pick up a nude or lighter pink!

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I’m really enjoying these products!  The packaging is gorgeous and it’s making me think of spring and summer.  The blush and eyeshadow are my favorites, but I do recommend the lipstick in a shade that’s wearable for you.  Such a beautiful formula.

What do you think of this collection?

 

BoxyCharm Premium Review – February 2020

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Hi all! I’ve just received my February BoxyCharm Premium! This is a fairly new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

I’ve been receiving this box since it launched last November. The products I received are:

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My total this month is $259 — Amazing for a $35 box!

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This is the item I chose this month.  It was between this and a hair straightener.  The photos I saw of this made the palette look so bright, but in real life it’s a lot more wearable.  I’m excited to test it out!

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I’m very excited about this blush!  I don’t have any Hourglass Cosmetics products and I’ve heard their blushes are gorgeous. This is in Dim Infusion – A subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth.  I’m trying it out soon!  I’ve been sick the last few days and haven’t been wearing makeup, but I have lots of new makeup to play with, so I’m getting up and putting makeup on!

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This is the skincare I received.  I love Glow Recipe and am looking forward to use this mist, but I’ve never heard of Faccia Skincare before, but I’me game to try this spendy face cream. I have a few moisturizers open right now, but I’ll put it in my stash for later.

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I have heard good things about this Tarte primer.  I love all types of primer, so I will use this, too.

The packaging of this Korres Body Butter is gorgeous.  It’s very floral, but I will keep it in my office and use it when I need some hydration.


I am quite happy with this month’s BoxyCharm Premium!  I plan on using everything that I got in the box this month!  Amazing!  Next month’s Premium is all Fenty Beauty products and I’m looking forward to that box as well!

I also just received my regular BoxyCharm for February and will be reviewing that in a couple of days.

Do you get BoxyCharm or BoxyCharm Premium?  What did you get this month?

 

 

 

Ulta Haul — Treating Myself for Valentine’s day!

Hi All! January was a looong month!  I’m glad it’s over and we are well into February. So I decided to treat myself with an Ulta Haul. This is a Valentines to myself.  It helped that I had a 20% off coupon and a Christmas gift card I hadn’t used yet!

Here’s what I picked up:

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I fell for this palette as soon as I saw it online, and love it even more in person! I’m excited that there are neutrals along with the pinks and purples.  It will be so wearable for every day as well as special occasions.IMG-2749IMG-2761

Sorry this is a bit dirty, but that’s how it came to me.  Maybe the trip was too rough for it! I ams looking forward to using it.  It’s so pretty and soft.  I think it will be lovely for the spring as well as now!

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I have just finished my Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA serum and I really loved it.  But I decided to try something new.  Lactic Acid is supposed to be more gentle but still resurface the skin.  Hopefully I’ll love the Ordinary Lactic Acid.

This Milani blush is new and I’m looking forward to trying it out!

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My skin has been really dry and I need a new body cream.  The Unicorn Fruit Body Butter looks like fun and smells really nice.  Plus, I just wanted a new bath bomb and thought this one seems calming.

The NYX lip liner is a favorite of YouTuber Allie Glines, and I really need a new nude one.

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So, there’s my haul.  Have you picked up any new makeup or skincare?

StriVectin Peptight Tightening & Brightening Face Serum Review

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great Thursday! I hope your February is going well.

I was sent an amazing product from BzzAgent to review. It’s the StriVectin Peptight Tightening & Brightening Face Serum ($99 USD).  Here’s more about the product:

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This dual-focus formula harnesses the power of two unique types of peptides, proprietary NIA-114™ and potent botanical extracts for visibly tighter, brighter skin. Tetrapeptides and botanical tensors visibly tighten, and firm for more sculpted-looking contours. Hexapeptides, vitamin C-rich Australian Kakadu Plum Extract and naturally-derived brighteners help even skin tone and enhance clarity and radiance.

I am loving this serum! I apply it before moisturizer in the morning and evening. I like how light but creamy the serum is. It absorbs quickly into the skin.

After about a week of use I noticed tightening, especially around my neck and jawline. I do have some loose skin on my neck, and I love how the serum made it look firmer!

I think this is a beautiful product that really works!


Have you tried this serum or anything by StriVectin?

Shop My Stash — February 2020

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Hi all!  Happy Superbowl Sunday.  I live in Kansas City, so it’s a pretty exciting day! Plus, it’s time for my February Shop my Stash! Win win!

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen products that I have only used a few times, but I am excited to see how I really feel about them. I’ve picked out two palettes, a blush, a highlighter and a lip gloss.  You can probably tell that I chose lots of pinkish tones.  I love wearing these shades in February!

Here are the palettes open:

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So many pretty shades to play with!  I have already used them today and loved playing with something I haven’t tried in a while.

Here are close ups of the products:

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Anastasia Beverly Hills x Carli Bybel Palette — This is such a pretty palette.  I got it last fall with my Ulta points (LOVE Ulta’s reward system).  The shades are gorgeous, but I haven’t used it more than a few times.  I’m excited to really give it a try!

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Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Marvelous Mauves — I received this in a BoxyCharm last year.  I really love the tones in the palette and the shades are so soft and buttery, so they blend so well!  This is an all matte palette, but I can use one of the ABH x Carli Bybel shimmers on top if I want to add some sparkle to the look.

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Makeup Geek Highlighter in LitNanacoco HD Pressed Blush in Shimmery Dusty Rose and Milani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper in Soft Rose

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I love the formula of the lip gloss, but it’s a bit dark of a shade for me.  I want to use it more to see if I like it.

The Makeup Geek highlighter looks golden in this photo, but it has a bit of a pink tint to it.  It’s pretty.  The blush is pretty, too. It has a bit of a shimmer.  I have been wearing matte blushes lately, so this will be a nice change.

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I’m excited about his month’s Shop My Stash!  Do you do a Shop My Stash or Project Pan to use up your products?

Shop My Stash January 2020 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All! Happy Saturday! I’m back with my January Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for January.

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I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these products this month!  And I have decided to keep all of these products for now.

The Colourpop blush and Milani blusher are both amazing products! They are still fairly new to me, but I now have a good idea of how they perform, and I love them.

I’ve found that I don’t really wear lipstick any more, just liner and gloss.  I did wear my MAC Creme in Your Coffee lipstick once or twice.  It is nice and I’ll keep it, but I now want to go through my lipsticks and get rid of most of them. I did a pretty big declutter last year of my makeup, but I really want to pair it down to just what I use.  Would you be interested in seeing that on my blog?

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I used this palette a lot this month!  I tried every shade.  I’ve found that I like it okay.  Many of the shades have to be built up, especially the shimmers.  I am okay with building up mattes, but I like my shimmers to be soft and very blingy.  I do like the variety of the shades and I made a lot of varied looks with it.  I think I’ll keep it for now, but I might pass it on when I declutter.

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Urban Decay On The Run palette in Detour  – I really love this palette.  It’s the opposite of the Emily Edit palette in that it’s very pigmented and easy to use.  The shimmers, especially Dash, are creamy and are very blingy!  And the mattes are so easy to blend.I am very happy to keep this in my collection.

On to my empties:

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I had a lot more empties than I thought I would this month, but I have been trying to go through my products more.  So I’m proud of these.

For skincare, I finished the PIXI Jasmine Oil and the PIXI Collagen & Retinol Serum.  I’ve had the Jasmine oil for a while, but I concentrated on using it the last few months.  I love the scent.  I also liked the serum, which was unscented, but I don’t know if it did much to my skin.  The Glow Recipe Pineapple Bright Serum was very scented like extremely ripe pineapple.  I didn’t care for the scent  but I loved the serum to brighten my skin.  I would repurchase the PIXI Jasmine oil and the Glow Recipe. 

The Laneige Choco Mint lip mask was amazing! I got it in a holiday set with a full size of the berry and another little one.  I use the lip mask every day.  And I will continue to repurchase them so I always have one on hand. I also used up the Body Shop Fall For Pumpkin body butter I purchased in October and two hand creams, Juicy Pear and Mango, from my The Body Shop advent calendar.

For Makeup, I finally used up the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer.  I’ve had it for about 18 months and have been working on using it up.  It’s okay.  It works fine, but was really expensive.  I don’t know if I’ll purchase again in the future.  I also finished my L’Oreal Lash Paradise primer, a deluxe size of the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara and the Pop Beauty lip liner.  I would purchase the lip liner again, I loved it.

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I had fun playing with the products in my Shop My Stash last month.  I’ll be posting my new one hopefully tomorrow.

January 2020 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you had an amazing week!   I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that January is over.  Bring on a fresh new month!

Below are my beauty faves for January. I didn’t purchase much this month, so these are mostly older items to me. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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Pixi Beauty Retinol Jasmine Lotion — I use retinol products a few days a week and love using this as my last step at night.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea — This is cooling and smells amazing.  It also helps to brighten my dull winter skin.

StriVectin Peptight Tightening & Brightening Face Serum — I received this from BzzAgent a couple of weeks ago and have been using it every day (review to come).

Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation — The shade I have is 20CP.  It’s a bit light for me except for right now when I’m at my palest. I love how this makes my skin look, very smooth and youthful!

Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder — I have the Universal Translucent shade of this.  I love the texture of this powder.  It’s very finely milled and doesn’t make my aging skin look textured! I do really use the brush that’s in the lid, but I can use it in a pinch.

e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer — This is in my 2020 Project Pan this year.  I got this last spring and liked it okay.  So I thought I should give it some love and use it up. I have found that I am really enjoying it. It’s full coverage and easy to blend.

Milk Makeup Mini Bronzer in Baked — I received this in a holiday gift set and was so excited to try it.  And, it doesn’t disappoint!  It’s easy to blend and the shade is so pretty on.  This is the first cream bronzer that I have really enjoyed using.

Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist — I received this in my November BoxyCharm.  This was my first Farsali product, and I really love it.  It has a fine mist and gives a light glow to the skin.

And…

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Colourpop Going Coconuts Palette —  I love this palette!  It’s an amazing everyday palette that is more cooler tones.  This has made me want to purchase more Colourpop palettes and I have!  Colourpop releases so many palettes that I was kind of overwhelmed last year and only purchased a couple.  But I’m really loving some of their current neutral collections.


I have enjoyed using what I have this month!  I’ve really been going through my skincare, too.  I will have my empties in my January Shop My Stash results coming up next.

What are your current favorites?

 

 

 

Colourpop Eye Shadow Palette Haul!

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Hi all! I hope your week is starting off well!  I was so excited because a ColourPop order I made came in!

The ColourPop website had a 25% deal, and I picked up a couple of palettes I had been eyeing:

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The palettes I picked up are the Bare Necessities Shadow Palette and the Flutter By Shadow Palette.

I’ve been wanting both of these since they were released. I love neutrals shadows and mauvey purples.  Both are so gorgeous!

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This 30-pan shadow palette has mattes, metallics, and shimmers. Create any look from your everyday look to a sultry glam look.  I’m excited to play with this and see what type of looks I can make with it!

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This 12 pan palette is stunning — I love these shades! Cool mauves and rich purple, in matte, metallic, and Pressed Glitter finishes, create the dreamiest soft glam look.

I’m super excited to play with this.  I’ve used it once already and loved it!  The only shade I’m not crazy about is Overpacked, the pressed glitter.  I’m glad that it’s the only one in the palette!

I’m going to be reviewing these soon (I hope) with swatches.  I want to get some use out of them first.


Do you have any Colourpop’s palettes?  Which ones do you love?

 

Tati Beauty Blendiful Review

Hi all!  I hope you are having a great weekend!

I’m back with a new Tati Beauty review.  I have already reviewed the Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 palette when it was released.  Tati Westbrook is the founder of the brand.  She’s a Youtube star, as I’m sure you know!

This is the Blendiful makeup applicator.  I wasn’t going to pick this up at first, but after watching reviews of the Blendiful, I decided to pick it up!

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Here’s info from the Tati Beauty website:

The Blendiful is the makeup applicator you didn’t know you needed. This game changing soft textured fabric tool is a blending dream that’s designed to seamlessly apply & soften both liquid and powder products. The rounded edge & pointed tip help to provide a perfect blend step to step in your makeup application.  Buff in foundation with little product waste, experience seamless contour, smoother concealer & the most airbrushed powder application… even in those hard to reach areas of the face. Save product, save time & become the expert artist of your own unique routine. However you choose to use the Blendiful, your look will be one with no harsh lines every time. 

Here’s the back of the sponges:

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Here’s the package it came in, front and back:

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This is very thin and sleek.

I also wanted to show how it washed.  Below is my Blendiful after using it for foundation, concealer, cream bronzer and blush:.

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It’s dirty! I washed it with a little soap in the sink.  It washes up pretty quickly.  I lay it out to dry over night and this is how it looks afterwards:

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Nice and clean!  It’s still nice and soft.  Maybe not as soft as before you use it, but it still works just fine.

So, how do I like it?  First a confession.  The real reason I picked this up was the fact that I am lazy and when I heard this doesn’t have to be wet like a makeup sponge, I was in! I always forget to wet my sponge, sit down and get ready to apply my makeup, and have to get up and wet it.  Every. Time.

But, I’m so glad that I purchased it because it’s really a great product! The Blendiful is very easy to use.  I use it flat to quickly apply foundation.  It blends out so seamlessly.  The, it can be easily folded and manipulated to apply concealer, cream contours, blushes and highlights and all powder products. And my full face is applied in minutes.

I have tried it with stick and liquid foundations so far and like how it blends both.  It also blends my stick contours so nicely!

The little one is good for touch ups throughout the day if you have oilier skin.  I don’t, so I use it for powder.  It’s very soft and cute!


I highly recommend this if you love innovative ways to apply your makeup and want to try something new.  I will continue to use this everyday to apply my face makeup.

Have you picked up the Blendiful?  What do you think of the brand Tati Beauty?  Let me know!

 

 

 

 

20 Palettes in 2020 — #1 Colourpop Going Coconuts

Hi all!  I’m starting a new series this year.  I’m reviewing 20 palettes that I purchased or received last year (and maybe previous years) that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I might also include palettes from this year if I don’t get around to reviewing them right away.  These will include eye shadow and face palettes.

The reason I started this was as I was doing my Shop my Stash last year, I realized that I hadn’t reviewed a lot of the palettes I featured (check out my January Shop my Stash here).  I’ve used them, of course, but haven’t given my review.  So this year, I’m going to get that done!

The first palette I’m going to review is the Colourpop Going Coconuts ($12 USD) eye shadow palette.  I picked this up a couple of months ago.

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Going Coconuts is a cooler toned neutral 9 pan palette. I picked this up , perfect for your every day look. This super wearable palette is cute and compact.

The shades are:

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Shredded: creamy vanilla with silver pinpoints
Palm Reader: white with gold flip
Coolada: cool taupe brown
Lovely Bunch: mid tone yellow brown
Coco Crush: icy pale champagne
Shell Yeah: neutral ginger brown
Get Crackin’: cool brown with silver flecks
Da Coco: icy bronze with violet pinpoints
Nutty: deep umber

Here are swatches of the whole palette:

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From Left to Right — Shredded, Palm Reader, Coolada and Lovely Bunch, Coco Crush, Shell Yeah, Get Crackin’, Da Coco and Nutty.

I dip into Shredded every time I use this palette. It’s a great base color.  I also really love the matte shade Coolada for cooler looks, which is what I usually do with this palette.  My very favorite shade is Coco Crush.  It’s a beautiful lid color and I apply it every time I use this palette.

My least favorite shade is Palm Reader.  It’s chunky like a glitter and sheer.  Da Coco, the other shimmer in the palette, is dry and doesn’t blend easily.  The mattes all work well.


I have to say I really like this palette.  It’s compact and easy for travel, and it’s great for everyday looks.  But, I do create the same look each time I use it.  It’s a pretty look, but the same each time, LOL!

I do recommend this palette if you like a basic neutral look and something that you can use everyday.

 

Do you have this palette?  What is your favorite Colourpop palette?

 

Skincare Sunday: Derma E Blue Light Shield Collection

Hi all! Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend is going well!

I recently received Derma E Blue Light Shield products from their Purify + Protect line.  These nutrient-rich products contain ingredients that work to protect skin from blue light exposure caused by digital devices.

Here’s more about The products I received:

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Derma E Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum ($22.50 USD) — This concentrated mineral-rich serum delivers skin-boosting moisture to defend against environmental aggressors while neutralizing the look of photo-aging, reviving skin’s appearance. Nourishing Blue Green Algae Extract, rich in antioxidants, softens and deeply moisturizes skin while antioxidant-rich Lutein helps provide a shield from blue light. Powerful Activated Charcoal helps purify while Ginseng Root re-energizes.

I apply this in the morning to my clean face and neck. It can be used in the evening too. It’s a green cream, but it absorbs into the skin and you can’t see the color. It’s slightly hydrating him feels really nice on my skin.

Derma E Blue Light Shield Spray ($16.95 USD) — Enriched with Lutein for ultimate hydration and protection from blue light, this mineral-rich spray instantly nourishes, rebalances, and revives stressed skin. Blue Green Algae Extract boosts skin’s natural moisture levels, purity, and resiliency while Activated Charcoal uplifts and purifies dull tired skin and Ginseng Root revitalizes for a fresh and brightened

This mist has a pretty strong herbal scent, but it has such a fine sprayer. It’s really nice to use. Can be sprayed over makeup to set in place.

Both products include:

Blue Green Algae: ultra-moisturizing ingredient to help protect skin against environmental pollutants and reduce free radical damage.

Lutein: helps to hydrate and shield skin from free radical damage and blue light aggressors.

Activated Charcoal: powerful, absorptive ingredient helps to deeply detoxify and purify skin.

Ginseng Root Extract: Contains properties that prevent free radical damage and improves elasticity.

I’m enjoying these products! I love how they feel on my skin. I’ve only been using them for a couple of weeks, so I don’t know if they’re helping with blue light skin issues. But I’m going to keep using them and hoping that they do help!

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Have you tried any blue light products? I’m excited to see if these make my skin look nicer. I definitely don’t want to age more because of my cell phone!

 

 

 

Keep Hair Frizz-Free This Winter With John Frieda Frizz Ease

Hi All! Hope everyone is doing well!

The cold air is really doing a number on my hair and making it fly-away and frizzy.  I definitely have to use some sort of anti-frizz product during the winter!

I’ve received some John Frieda Frizz Ease products for my honest review.  They have also given the following three steps for hair guaranteed to stay frizz free all winter long:

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Step 1: Apply Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum ($8.99 USD) to soaking wet hair to protect each dehydrated strand against the onset of frizz. Style as desired.

Step 2: Once hair is dry and styled, use Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Créme  on flyaways, static frizz, and split ends to create a supple, shiny finish and silky touch.

Step 3: Complete your look with Frizz Ease Hairspray Moisture Barrier Firm Hold ($6.74 USD) to hold style firmly in place and prevent frizz, rain or shine.

I really do love these products!  I have used them before and I am happy to have them in my routine again. They all work beautifully (and are all really affordable), but if I had to recommend just one, my favorite is the Touch Up Creme.  It really works on dry, frizzy hair!  Just apply a bit and disperse with a comb or fingers.  I then brush it through.  My hair looks very shiny and healthy after applying this!

You can purchase these products at Walmart and other great mass market retailers!

 


What do you like to use for frizzies and fly-aways?

Books for The New Year!

Hi All, how’s your 2020 going? Mine is going okay.  I’m trying to eat better and exercise more.  It’s hard to improve yourself, you know?

Below are some great books to help along your resolutions, or just make you smile!

Gratitude with Attitude - How Journaling Thankfulness for Just 5 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

 

Gratitude with Attitude: How Journaling Thankfulness for Just 5 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life by Ronnie Walter ($10.65 USD) — Whether it comes at the start of our day or the end, making time to think about what we’re grateful for is beneficial in many ways. Practicing an attitude of gratitude strengthens our spirit and quiets our mind, even if just for a moment. It provides the peace and zen we long for and need in the midst of busy days and packed schedules. Find inspiration through writing prompts and quotes in this gratitude journal by bestselling author Ronnie Walter. The creator of The Coloring Café®, a coloring series dedicated to stress relief and fun, Ronnie brings over twenty years of successful illustrating and writing to this daily journal dedicated to personal growth and happiness. By using this 5-minute journal to record things we’re grateful for, spot meaningful intentions, and celebrate tiny victories, we create a space to grow in gratitude for what we have and see better who we want to be.

Life Is a 4-Letter Word - Laughing and Learning Through 40 Life Lessons

Life Is a 4-Letter Word: Laughing and Learning Through 40 Life Lessons by Dr. David A. Levy ($16.95 USD) — The path to living a smarter lifestyle is not always smooth. Levy encourages readers to embrace all the feelings his book may bring out as they read his stories, from laughing to wincing, and learning along the way. Discover the power of positive thinking as Levy shares a lifetime journey of personal reflections, growth, and wisdom.

Dive into Dr. David Levy’s latest book, Life Is a 4-Letter Word, and find…

40 autobiographical essays, each one containing a relatable and applicable life lesson
A unique source of both humor and inspiration that reassures readers that life is good
A self-help book for men and women from a published professional in psychology

I'm So Full of Happy Today - The Hygge Wisdom of Children

I’m So Full of Happy Today: The Hygge Wisdom of Children by Martin Andersen and Moira Tuffy ($4.58) — Is there anything more likely to make you laugh and put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? The Danes have a word for the feeling of happy delight that you get from simple things in life, such as the funny things kids say: hygge.

I’m So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children. All of the stories are real and personal, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning, laughing, and sharing the love long after you’ve turned the last page.

The Healthy Teen Cookbook - Around the World In 80 Fantastic Recipes by Remmi Smith

The Healthy Teen Cookbook: Around the World In 80 Fantastic Recipes by Remmi Smith ($12.99 USD) — Who knew healthy cooking could be so awesome and delicious?! This Chopped kid chef and entrepreneur is on a mission to bring healthy food options and easy-to-cook scrumptious recipes to a busy and heavily-scheduled generation of teens. The Healthy Teen Cookbook is not your typical teen cookbook: it’s written “for kids by a kid,” and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Through the colorful, easy-to-read book, Chef Remmi sets out to inspire her peers to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. The Healthy Teen Cookbook takes you on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting countries and their top foods. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, helpful tips, and fantastic recipes―making it a geography lesson, a cookbook, and a social studies class all in one.

The Crafty Gardener - Inspired Ideas and DIY Crafts From Your Own Backyard

The Crafty Gardener: Inspired Ideas and DIY Crafts from Your Own Backyard by Becca Anderson ($16.33 USD) — The perfect gift for any gardener! Gardening allows us to live in a much more human way, grounded in nature and connected to Mother Earth and all she provides. It adds pleasure to your life and gives you a sense of calm. With your garden, you are quite literally growing a bounty of blessings. Lifelong gardener and bestselling author Becca Anderson has put her love of crafting and of gardening together in this book of inspired DIY ideas. Along with gardening tips and secrets for growing flowers, herbs, and veggies, Anderson shares dozens of how-to’s in this delightful guide on making candles, potpourri, bath salts, essential oils, floral waters, tinctures, liquors, pickles jams, and even fountains, birdhouses, and fairy doors. Even if your garden is just a hanging basket of cherry tomatoes or a windowsill filled with herb pots, you will still reap the benefits of gardening.

 


There are so many good books to get the year off to an amazing start!  Are you reading anything helpful for fun currently?

 

 

 

10 in 2020 — Rolling Project Pan

Hi all!  I’m back with my first Project Pan in a year!  I took a year off, but have decided it’s time to use up some makeup.

The Project Pans I did in 2019 were mostly skincare.  This year I’m starting with 10 makeup products and once I use one up, I’ll replace it with someone else.  In the case of pressed powder products, I will probably keep them to see how far I can pan them this year.  Here’s what I’ve chosen to start off with:

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I have close up photos of the powders and stick products.  I can’t really tell how much of the liquid products I have, but I’d say they are all half to 3/4 full.

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Here’s the starting photo of my Butter Bronzer.  I’ve had this for a year and a half.  I use it consistently, and it’s crazy that I haven’t hit pan!  I’m hoping to make a big dent in it this year!

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I’ve had this powder foundation for a couple of years.  It’s starting to get a little dry, but it still works well.  I’m hopefully going to pan it this year and at the end of the year (or sooner), I’ll decide if I want to keep it.

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I purchased this last spring and used it a lot in the spring and summer.  I haven’t used it for a few months, but I wore it today and remembered how amazing it makes my skin look!  I’m sure I will use it up this year.

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I have been using this pencil since fall, but I thought I had more left in it!  It shouldn’t take me long to use this up.

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I’m excited to see how this project pan goes!  Hopefully I’ll use up some of my products this year.  Also, check out my monthly Shop My Stash results to see my mostly skincare empties.

Are you doing a project pan this year?

 

 

 

BoxyCharm Premium Review – January 2020

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Hi all! I’ve just received my January BoxyCharm Premium! This is a fairly new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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The total this month is $221 — good for a $35 box!

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This is such a gorgeous palette in person.  This is what I chose this month, and I’m so glad I did.  The packaging is stunning, and so are the shades!  I am going to try to review this sometime this month and I’ll do swatches when I do.

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I was very surprised to see this in the box!  I heard that a single Kat Von D shadow would be included, so I was very excited to see the Natasha Denona top coat shadow in my box! I love anything purple, too, so that made it even better! IMG-2605IMG-2607

This is a close up of the shadow and a swatch.  It’s just a wash of shimmer, but it looks gorgeous over shadows!  Since it has gold and silver in it, it can be used in both cool and warm toned looks.  I’ve used it with a purple look, but I’m going to keep playing with it.  Stunning!

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I’m always on the lookout for new brow products.  I think 2019 is the year that I started getting my brows together and I hope to perfect them in 2020!  The brow pencil in this kit is more of a medium brown, and I have dark brown hair.  But, I might keep this in my stash and try it when I finish a pencil or two.  I think the concealer/highlighter stick looks pretty nice.

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I’m very excited for this.  I’ve already used it a couple of times and love it! I’ve been using it as a primer. It sits nicely over my sunscreen and makes a gorgeous base for makeup.  I also layer a pore filling primer in my t-zone over this serum and my makeup looks amazing with it.  I have just started trying out Farsali products and have been loving them so far.   I received the Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist in my November BoxyCharm and I purchased the Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set for myself and have been trying those serums and primers.

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I was so excited to see Tula in the box until I realized that it’s an acne cleanser.  I haven’t had acne for years, so I’m wondering if BoxyCharm uses our beauty quizzes at all!  It’s the only type of skincare I can’t use.  I will have to pass it on to someone else.

I do think I’ll keep and try the bliss mask.  My pores are large and look congested, even though I don’t have oily skin.  So, I’ll test it out and if it’s too harsh for me, I’ll pass it on.

 


I’m pretty happy with my box this month. I love the Farsali serum, the eye shadow palette and the Natasha Denona eye shadow topper.  I won’t use the Tula cleanser and I might try the mask and brow kit.

I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this box.  It’s $10 more than the regular BoxyCharm. In the last few months, I have loved about half of the box and felt meh about the other half.  So is it worth it? Maybe?  I’m going to keep getting it at least for a few more months.

Do you get this box?  What do you think?

2019 Annual Skincare Favorites

Hi all!  I’m back with the second part of my 2019 favorites. This one will be mostly skincare, and maybe a hair care product or two!

Check out my first favorites post that’s all about my makeup faves and one big foundation fail here.

Now on to the skincare goodies:

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I have been loving the products above — and more.  I will probably have more than one favorite or some runners up in some areas.  And as for cleansers, my favorites aren’t pictured because I used them up and haven’t repurchased yet.  I have so much skincare that I have purchased, received in subscription boxes or PR that I really want to use up before I get more.  Unless, of course, it’s a category that I have completely run out of.

So, starting with cleansers, my favorite this year is the Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel.  This cleanser is so refreshing!  And it cleans my skin without leaving residue and without drying out my skin. I also enjoyed the Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream. It’s very creamy and removes makeup without irritating my eyes.

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For eye cream, I currently love the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream. It brightens dark under eye circles.  I also really enjoyed the Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream for intense moisture when my eyes need it!

This is my second full size Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. And I will continue purchasing it. It hydrates my lip so well.  I use it at night, and sometimes during the day, too!  My favorite day lip balm is the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy.  It’s so moisturizing, which I need as my lips get very dry.

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Derma E Skin Restore Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer — This is hydrating, plus it has tons of anti-aging ingredients so it helps with lines and wrinkles.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask — This is my last step at night.  It locks in all of my other products and my skin is insanely hydrated in the morning.

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These are my fave serum’s and oils from 2019:

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum — I use this a couple of times a week to resurface my skin.  It contains a 14% AHA/BHA/gentle flower acids blend, Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic Acid and a proprietary honey blend.

Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum — This is such a beautiful hydrating serum.  I use it day and night before other serums and moisturizers.  I also really enjoyed The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. It’s such a lovely hydrating serum and keeps my skin moisturized all day.

Glow Recipe Pineapple Bright Serum — This is such a nice Vitamin C serum.  I use it each morning and it brightens my skin.  It does have a very strong ripe pineapple scent, but it goes away.

Pixi Jasmine Oil Blend — I’ve had this for over a year and have just used it up.  A little goes a long way.  It’s very hydrating and is nice to use at night

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These are my two favorite hair products from this year:

IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm —  I apply this balm two ways — on damp hair then I comb through it.  Once it’s dry, I apply a bit more.  It makes my hair so soft and I love the coconut scent.

Cloud 10 CBD-Infused Glossing Mist — I love this for two reasons:  It makes my hair shiny and healthy looking and it smells amazing.  Oh, I guess three reasons — the benefits from the CBD oil!


So that’s it for my 2019 favorites!  What were your standout skincare products for 2019?

I’m so excited for a new year and new favorites.  Bring on 2020!

Skincare Sunday — Derma E Skin Restore

Hi All! Happy Sunday!  I’m back with a skincare review.  I love Derma E and am lucky to get sent some of their products to review from time to time.

I received these Derma E products in December, and have been enjoying using them.  Here’s information about the products:

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Skin Restore Advanced Peptides and Collagen Serum ($36.50 USD) — helps support skin’s need for moisture with Vitamin E, and highly effective antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Green Tea provide comprehensive anti-aging benefits. With ingredients that are thought to support collagen health, this is an amazing collagen and peptide serum to give glowing skin!  I love using it at night with my other treatments. I find that it plumps my skin by morning and gives a youthful glow.

Skin Restore Advanced Peptide and Collagen Moisturizer($35 USD) — restores a more youthful appearance to skin by diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles. A highly advanced formulation packed with the peptides and collagen needed for healthy-looking skin makes this the best moisturizer for wrinkles. We use the powerful multi-peptides Matrixyl®synthe’6® and Argireline®, as well as Pycnogenol®, an amazing antioxidant that is thought to support healthy collagen, which is the protein essential for vibrant skin that has a wonderful smoothness and elasticity. This also includes Vitamin C and Green Tea for extra anti-aging antioxidants. Plus, it’s so hydrating without being greasy!

Beauty Sponge ($4.99 USD) — This multi-tasking beauty sponge is perfect for skincare and makeup application. This soft sponge works to blend creams, liquids, and serums for a flawless finish. Pair with a favorite serum, moisturizer or BB cream for effortlessly beautiful skin.


I am loving all of these products!  I need the extra hydration and anti-aging properties in my skin right now.  It’s get’s so dry in the winter, and that doesn’t help aging skin.  But these lovely products do!

Have you tried Derma E?  Which of their products do you love?

Shop My Stash — January 2020

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Hi all!  It’s time for my first Shop my Stash of 2020!

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen two palettes that I have barely used and a blush, bronzer and lipstick that I just purchased in the Black Friday sales.  I usually don’t choose brand new (to me) products, but I really want to try these out.

Here are the palettes open:

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So many pretty shades to play with!  I have already used them today and loved playing with something I haven’t tried in a while.

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Makeup Revolution The Emily Edit The Wants Palette— I purchased this in June of 2019 (on sale at Ulta), and I haven’t used it since summer.  Most of my palettes have less shades then this, so it’s a little intimidating when I open it.  I used it today and I kept adding different colors of shimmer on my lid (Cupcake, Top Story, Eve Rose and Pizzaz).  They do all work together, but I need to calm down and know that I can use some shades for other looks this month, lol!  Do you have that problem with larger palettes?

IMG-2499IMG-2500Urban Decay On The Run palette in Detour — This is such a pretty little palette. And the blues definitely give me winter vibes. I received this from Urban Decay in 2019 and am exited to play with it. The formula is gorgeous.

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Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted — This warm pink blush is so fresh and pretty on. It works so well with cool and warm looks. It’s a more matte blush, but that’s what I currently like.

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Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sun Light — I also love matte bronzers.  This one is new to me and very light.  But, I can build it up and it’s so soft and natural on.  This is perfect for the winter when I am more fair.

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I wear lipgloss more than lipstick, but I have bought a few lipsticks last year that I need to use.  This is the MAC Lipstick in the Cremesheen formula.  The shade is Creme in Your Coffee— a creamy mid-tone pink brown.  I love hydrating lip formulas and this one is very nice.  I’m looking forward to using it!

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Here are swatches of the bronzer, lipstick and blush.

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I’m so exited for this month, and this year!  I’m hoping to use more of my stash, and purchase less.  I’m also doing a new series that I will be starting soon — I will be reviewing 20 of my palettes this year that I haven’t reviewed yet.  And I might do a Project Pan.  I’m still thinking about that.

Are you planning to use what you got this year — or is it spend, spend, spend (like I did last year)?  LOL!  Let me know!

Shop My Stash December 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my December Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for December.

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I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these products this month!  And I have definitely decided to keep all of these products!

I usually wear a lip pencil and lip gloss everyday, but I do enjoy these lipsticks.  They are matte, so I wear a gloss over them.  They are very long wearing.

Here are the palettes open:

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The ABH Sultry palette was my favorite product in my stash this month.  I haven’t really used it much before this month.  I love it!  It’s so gorgeous.  All the looks I made with it have been every day looks with a touch of glam.  The shimmers/metallics take all looks to the next level!  I used most of the shades in this.

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I also used the Urban Decay Elements palette a few times in December.  I like this palette, especially the purples and bronzes.  I don’t really wear the blues, greens or the matte pink. The gold in this palette is so gorgeous!  I’m going to keep this for now, but if it takes me until next holiday season to use it again, I will pass it on to someone else.

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I used the highlighters in this Ofra x Madison Miller palette a lot. I would often forget to wear the blush, but when I did, I liked it.  It’s not my favorites shade, but it blends out nice and wears well.  The highlighters are so glowy!  I will keep this and see if I reach for it.

Now, on to my empties!

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I have a good amount of empties for December.  Mostly skincare as always.

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Out of these products, I can see myself repurchasing the Smashbox Primerizer (on sale) and the Ordinary Hyaluronic acid (when I am needing it).  I have other hydrating serums that I am using now.  The Primera water cream was nice, but I have a lot of moisturizers open and in my stash, so if I purchase it, it won’t be for a while.  The Meaningful Beauty SPF moisturizer is okay.  It’s a bit greasy and I’d like to find a less heavy sunscreen this year.

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I LOVE both of these mists.  The Skin & Co one is great for setting makeup and the Botanics mist is one I use after washing my face as a toner.  I’m not going to purchase new ones write now because I have lots of mists to use up.

The Primera essence is so lovely!  I may be repurchasing it.  I have been working on the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter for a long time!  I do like it, but don’t have to have it.  I’m using other body creams right now.


December was another successful Shop My Stash and I used up lots of good products!

I’ve decided I’m going to do the same style Shop My Stash this year.  From time to time I might add in some complexion products.  We’ll see.  I was thinking of doing a Project Pan, too.  But I’m not sure.  What do you think?  Do you shop your stash or do Project Pans?

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — December 2019

IMG-2361Hi all! I received my December BoxyLuxe about of week ago. But, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to review it. I started subscribing to BoxyLuxe last December and have been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for two and a half years.

The regular BoxyCharm box is $25 a month now. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $25-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $24.99, you’ll get the Luxe box, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.  I did get to pick some of the items I would receive, which I really liked.

The theme for this month is Whimsy. There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and hair care this month.  Here’s what I received:

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My total this month is a whopping $485.50!  Wow!  Amazing for a $50 box.

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I’m excited about both of these!  I love Rituals and I haven’t tried this shower gel before.  I’m going to put it in my shower after we’ve used up all the holiday shower gels, LOL!

The IGK dry shampoo gets great reviews.  I don’t usually use dry shampoo much, but I will give this a go!

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The bottle of the Elemis oil is so gorgeous!  It is very rose-scented.  I like it, but I hope it isn’t too strong for me.  I have a few oils open now, so I will be trying it later.

The QMS product is so expensive!  It would be great if it worked on my lip lines.  I will be trying this soon.

I am already using the FRESH cleanser.  It’s such an OG cleanser, but I haven’t used it before. I like it so far.  It has a refreshing scent and really cleans skin without drying it out.

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I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep the Ciate blush, but I think I will.  I don’t really have one in this darker pink shade.  I’m excited to try it!

I am not keeping the metallic lipstick or the liquid eyeliner.  I don’t wear either.  I’ll find someone who will love them, though.

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This is a very pretty palette!  I love how it looks like a book, and the shades are gorgeous.  I’m gifting this to someone, because I have so many eyes shadows that I need to use!  I am actually going to start a new series in 2020 where I review 20 of my current palettes that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I have so many that I bought last year or the year before and haven’t reviewed!


Do you get BoxyLuxe?  What did you get this month and what were your favorite products?

Madam Glam Ho Ho Holo Collection Review

Hi all! Madam Glam has released a festive holographic nail polish collection for December. They sent a few of the shades to me for my honest review.

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Madam Glam offers Vegan, Cruelty-Free, 9-Free and Gluten-Free nail and gel polishes. They are easy to use and so long lasting when cured!

I received the four beautiful shades above — Candy Cane, Let it Snow, Holo Night and Mistletoe.

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The shades are:

Candy Cane — Dark pink with gold sparkles

Let it Snow — Dark blue with gold sparkles

Holo Night — Shimmery gray with silver and gold sparkles

Mistletoe — Green with gold sparkles

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Here’s wet swatches, I haven’t cured the nails.  But this shows the pretty shades! There are 6 more shimmery shades in the collection.  At the moment they are sold out, but hopefully there will be a restock.


Have you tried Madam Glam before?  Do you like gel polish?

 

Holiday Gift Guides — Last Minute Natural Beauty Gifts

Hi all!  I’m back with one of my final gift guides this season.  This one focuses on natural skincare and bath and body products.  I love to give products that are so good for us and smell and work amazing!

Here’s a few great brands to choose from:

With a variety of safe, natural products from Garner’s Garden, everyone can live the naturally healthy lifestyle they deserve. Keep your skin healthy and glowing with a variety of body products from Garner’s Garden! I received some  products to review and these are my favorites — plus they all would make great gifts:

Body Butter in Lavender ($15.99 for 10 oz) — This is the most luxurious whipped body butter on the market that you can purchase. Not only does it provide moisture to your skin, but because it is made with beeswax, it will lock moisture into your skin all day long! The body butter is an official product in the Fall 2019 BE KIND. by ellen subscription box.

DIY Detox Face Mask ($5.99 USD) — The DIY detox face mask is made with pure detoxifying bentonite clay, mineralizing kaolin clay, and activated charcoal. It is very simple to use, add three scoops to a plastic or glass container and mix with water until it becomes smooth – then add your favorite ingredient(s) based on your skin type and situation. It is very simple to use this powerful detox mask!

Natural Body Oil in a pack of Citrus, Tangerine and Grapefruit.  ($12.99 USD) — This natural body oil has a variety of scents and aromas that will please all of your senses. Each natural body oil includes ingredients such as, rice bran, sweet almond, jojoba, and vitamin E oil that will serve as a moisturizing blend that not only softens the skin but also rejuvenates the natural glow.

Available at https://garnersgarden.com/

Cannabliss Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set
Cannabliss Organic Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set

While many CBD products on the market use cloned cannabis plants which weaken hemp oil’s consistency, Cannabliss Organic takes a “seed to face” approach. They only use certified organic plants grown from seed to harvest each year while using the entire plant to extract the oil. The end result is a highly concentrated form of CBD that provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties far more powerful than vitamins C and E. The brand takes their products one step further blending this full spectrum CBD oil with ancient Korean herbs to help the CBD absorb better. Cannabliss doesn’t use any water, chemicals or preservatives in their formulas. The brand uses an airless pump to keep liquids safe from oxidation and bacteria so your favorite skincare essential stays shelf stable. Rooted in everything natural, all products are packaged in eco-friendly PET plastic.

Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set ($185 USD) — Give glow! This Cannabliss Organic gift set, Beauty is Bliss, contains 50ml age-defying Moisturizing Face Lotion and 30ml Revitalizing Face Serum. Certified vegan. Gentle enough for all skin types.

Purchase at https://cannablissorganic.com/ and Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Bergdorf Goodman, Dillard’s and other boutique retailers nationwide as well as the Four Season spa in Beverly Hills and the Waldorf Astoria spa in Orlando.

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nyl Skincare

nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in the products as what is, and have found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything they make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients.

Available at https://www.nylskincare.com/

Glitter Skincare Holiday Slay
Sunshine & Glitter Holiday Slay

Glitter just makes everything better, including sunscreen! New this year, Sunshine & Glitter is thrilled to announce an entire Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line! Yaaass! Sunshine & Glitter have something for everyone this season including the already viral Mermaid SeaStar Sparkle. This gorgeous sunscreen is already flying off the shelves and has everyone bringing out their inner sparkling sea diva with mermaid iridescent turquoise glitter that’s eco-friendly and biodegradable.

Above is the Holiday Slay Moisturizing Gold Glitter Body Gel Warm Sugar Cookie Scent 9 oz bottle ($18.95 USD) — Infused with antioxidants and essential nutrients, this magical lotion will leave your skin feeling radiant. PABA & paraben-free.  Shake well, apply liberally onto skin & glitter on! For external use only. Moisturizing potion with gold glitter. Made with love in the USA.


Do you like to use natural products and/or give them as gifts?  Which brands are your favorites?

 

 

BoxyCharm Premium Review – December 2019

 

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Hi all! I’ve just received my second ever BoxyCharm Premium! This is a fairly new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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My total this month is — $197.  This is a pretty good value for paying $35.  It is over the $175 promised value.

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The shades in this neutral palette are so pretty, but I don’t like the layout of it.  I think nice looks can be created with it, but I think I’ll gift it to someone else.  I have lots of neutral palettes and I’m sure a friend will be happy to get this for Christmas!

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This is a fun little palette.  I’ve never heard of this brand before (Basic Beauty).  I have plenty of highlighters, and these look dark for my skin tone, so I was going to give it away.  But when I opened it, the shade No Spraytan’s had a scratch that looks like someone’s nail got in it.  So, there’s no way I would give this to someone else.

So I swatched it and the shades are gorgeous!  I have used No Spraytan’s as a highlighter.  It is a bit too dark, but it does look a glowy and pretty on.

Here are swatches:

IMG-2356 See how stunning they are.  I can actually use all three of these as eye shadows.  And the texture (and look) is like Colourpop’s Super Shock shadows.  I will be playing with these to see how I like them.

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Three of the products are skincare.  It’s so interesting because when I first started BoxyCharm a few years ago, it was only makeup.  Now half of the products are skincare.  I’m not sure how I feel about that yet.

My eyelids have been dry and flaky lately, so I’m happy to get the Laneige eye sleeping mask.  And I have a small bottle of the Glow Recipe Pink Juice, so I am happy to have a full size one.  I haven’t used it for long, but it seems like a nice moisturizer.

I’m going to give my daughter the Skinfix balm because she has Ezcema.


I am pretty happy with this month.  I am giving away two products and will keep the rest! Nothing is super exciting to me, but I’ll use them and maybe I’ll find a new favorite.

Do you get BoxyCharm Premium?  How was your box this month?

 

 

 

Colourpop Black Friday Haul

Hi all! I did a little bit of shopping for myself during the Black Friday week. I have a couple of makeup hauls to share.

The first one is from Colourpop.  They had 30% off most of their site for about a week.  Here’s what I got:

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The Going Coconuts palette, the Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer in Fair 4N, the Super Shock Shadow in Flying Circus and the Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted Mirror. Everything was on sale except for the Super Shock Shadow.  The shade was so pretty that I had to get it.  As always, you get free shipping with orders of $30 or more.  

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Here are the palette, Super Shock Shadow and blush opened.  I am loving all of these shades!

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I picked this up because I saw a lot of reviews saying that it’s an amazing palette.  It’s really pretty.  I’ve used it a couple of times and like it okay.  I’m going to try it some more and review it.  I actually am going to do a palette review series in 2020.  I’m going to review my older palettes that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I think I’ll review 20.  That will be fun and this one will be included!

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I have also heard a lot of great things about this tinted moisturizer.  I’ve tried it a few times and I like it.  It doesn’t cover my redness well, so I only use it when my skin is good that day.  I need something with a higher coverage when my skin is red or has any issues.

But it does feel really nice on. I love hyaluronic acid!

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These are both so pretty!  I don’t use Super Shock shadows often, but this one was too pretty to pass up.  I love purple!  It wasn’t on sale, so it was $6,  which isn’t bad.  Colourpop is so reasonably priced.  Here are swatches:

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I love both of these shades!  The Super Shock is easy to apply with my fingers.  It makes any look more special.

The blush is so gorgeous!  It really brightens my pale skin.  So pretty for this time of year!

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Did you buy any beauty products during the sales?  Do you purchase Colourpop?

FHI Heat Rose Gold Collection Review

Hi all! The luxe hair tools brand FHI Heat has recently come out with their Rose Gold Collection.  It’s so gorgeous.  The collection is designed to deliver professional quality styles at an affordable price. Included in the collection are the Rose Gold Platform 1900 Pro Dryer, the Rose Gold Platform Titanium Iron 1”, the Rose Gold Mini Travel Dryer and the Rose Gold Mini Travel Iron 1”.

I was sent the FHI Heat® Rose Gold Platform Pro Dryer for my honest review:

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The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Platform Pro Dryer (MSRP $139.99)  

  • Ultra-Light Weight dryer, utilizing high performing tourmaline ceramic technology, this dryer is the go-to and must-have for all hair types
  • Moisture-locking negative ions seal in moisture, repel humidity, reduce frizz and help eliminate static
  • Far-infrared heat dries hair from the inside out for healthier results.

Here’s a close up of the dryer:

 

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It’s so pretty!  But looks aren’t everything, and luckily this works amazing, too!  I find that it dries my hair very quickly, and my hair is smooth and soft after drying.

So many dryers leave my hair brittle and frizzy.  This doesn’t and gives me salon quality blow outs! The attachments are easy to use and help direct the airflow how you want it.

Also included in the collection are:

The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Titanium Pro Styler (MSRP $159.99)  

  • Features titanium plates infused with magnesium to heat up quicker and transfer heat to the hair faster for smooth, silky results.
  • Extra-long plates (20% longer than regular flat irons) allow for easier styling while moisture locking negative ions keep hair healthy and hydrated.
  • LED temperature settings up to 450°F for all hair types

The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Mini Travel Dryer (MSRP $32.99)

  • Ultra-Light and powerful dual voltage DC motor dryer is ideal for home or travel
  • Ergonomically designed with folding handle providing easy storage
  • Includes: Speed dry nozzle and carrying pouch

 The FHI Heat® Rose Gold Mini Travel Iron (MSRP $40)

  • Fast heat-up and even heat distribution in a convenient compact size
  • Allows you to create multiple styles and seal in vital moisture
  • Dual 120/240 voltage for worldwide use

 


This collection would make a great gift for anyone who loves luxe hair tools that work so well.  Plus, they are so pretty!

You can purchase these in Kohl’s stores nationwide, www.kohls.com, and www.fhiheat.com

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Gummies, Gadgets and Games, Oh My!

Hi all! I’m back with a short gift guide for people who may be hard to find gifts for.

I have a few products here that might be just the thing for those friends and family members who would like something different:

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IT’SUGAR Cocktail Flavored Gummi Bears Gift Set($49.99 USD) — Now Serving! Level-up your candy game with our exclusive Beary Buzzed gift set filled with cocktail flavored gummy bears! Sure to get the party started, this gift set includes 8 5oz. bags in Mudslide, Strawberry Daiquiri, Rum and Coke, Margarita, Pina Colada, Maple Bourbon, Mimosa, and Cosmopolitan flavors. Does not contain alcohol.

IT’SUGAR has a ton of great gift ideas here.

PSO-RITE - holiday gift

For this one, I thought I would show the photo that shows what the item does.  This is the PSO-RITE self-massager.  Its patented design mimics the hand and elbow of a deep-tissue massage therapist and is used to release aches, pains and tightness in the neck, hips, shoulders, back, knees,  and more!   It can be used virtually anywhere from home to office, in waiting rooms or on the seat of a car.

This holiday season, the PSO-RITE also offers a perfect stocking stuffer portable version, the PSO-MINI.  Designed to replicate two fingers or the thumb, it works deep into muscles and can be used on sensitive areas including the temples and jaws, back of neck, elbows and the bottom of feet.

Off Topic Card Game - for Those Slightly Off

Off Topic Card Game – for Those Slightly Off ($29.99)

  • CREATIVITY RULES: Off Topic is a fun board game that gets the brain juices flowin’ and stirs up some hilarious conversations. Creative White Elephant / Secret Santa Gift Ideas!
  • HOW TO PLAY: Draw a card to set the topics, and roll the die to set the letter that your responses must begin with. Flip the sand timer and you’re off! Race against time to write down answers for each topic that begin with the letter rolled.
  • DEFEND YOUR ANSWERS: Coming up with answers is only part of the game. Debating answers with your friends and family is where the real fun happens!
  • WHAT’S IN THE BOX?! Each game box comes with everything you need for endless rounds of fun: a 20-sided die, 16 game cards, 8 white boards, 10 dry erase markers, and a 2 minute sand timer.
  • FAST PACED FUN: The perfect adult party game to play with 2-8 players. Those who have short attentions spans (read: everyone). The pace is quick, the rules are simple, and games can be as quick as 30 minutes, or as fun as 90 minutes!

I hope you liked this quick gift guide and got some ideas!  What fun gifts are you giving this year?

 

 

Jane Iredale Holiday Collection 2019

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great December so far! I have some gorgeous holiday makeup to share with you.

What makeup are you wearing for holiday parties and special occasions this year?  Jane Iredale is a clean beauty brand that  I love.

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The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, a blush, and two hydration sprays.  There is also a makeup bag and empty powder palette not pictured.

Here’s a photo of the boxes, it shows the theme of the collection, and they are so pretty:

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Here are the products:

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Limited Edition Come Fly With Me Eye Shadow Kit ($59 USD) — Five shimmering shades of the long-wearing PurePressed® Eye Shadows. Come Fly With Me: shimmery soft pearl sheen; shimmery gold; light terra cotta brown subtle shimmer; shimmery plum brown; shimmery charcoal.  They are neutral, but really pretty for the holidays.

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Limited Edition Queen Bee PurePressed® Blush ($30 USD) — Soft fuchsia with subtle gold shimmer. Defines and highlights cheekbones and provides a soft wash of just-blushed color. Formulated with minerals and antioxidants.

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D2OLimited Edition Hydration Spray Mini ($10 USD) — Contains Ylang Ylang to help hydrate, calm and protect the skin. Helps calm skin after laser skin resurfacing. Best for normal to dry skin.

POMMISST Limited Edition Hydration Spray Mini ($10 USD) — Contains Pomegranate Extract to hydrate and condition the skin. Powerful antioxidants help fight free radical production caused by sun exposure. Fresh, clean scent soothes and uplifts. For all skin types.

Not only is this makeup gorgeous, purchase of the limited-edition holiday collection will help HoneyLove Urban Beekeepers build beehives for more than 500,000 honeybees and educate urban beekeepers and gardeners about creating bee-friendly spaces.  Such a worthy cause!


Have you tried Jane Iredale makeup?  What makeup are you wearing this holiday season?

 

 

 

 

Shop My Stash — December 2019

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Hi all!  It’s  time for my December Shop My Stash! I’m looking forward to the holidays.

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen one palette that I have barely used, if at all.  And one palette that I used a lot last year at holiday time, but haven’t used much since. Plus a fairly new cheek palette and lipsticks that I haven’t played with in a few months.

Here are close ups of the products:

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The Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette was their holiday palette from last year. I got it last year for the holidays and used it a lot then.  But I haven’t really touched it since (I really have too many palettes).  I’ve already used the browns and purples, but I’ll didp in to the greens, golds and pinks for the holidays.  I don’t know about those blues…we’ll see!

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette — I just realized that I never reviewed this palette.  I got it on sale earlier this year, I think.  And since it is no longer for sale, I can’t link it. I opened it up and realized how stunning it is!  Today I used Birch in the crease, Twig in the outer corner and under my eye, Rose Quartz on the lid and pearl in my inner corner.  So gorgeous!  I will be using this one a lot!  I might combine this with my Tati Beauty palette for a holiday look!

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This is the Ofra x Madison Miller Miller Squad Midi Palette.  I got this in my September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  It’s very pretty.

Here’s a swatch:

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The highlighters seem like they would be too dark for me, but they do work. The left one is a little more pink and the right one is little more peachy gold.   The blush is a pretty matte rosy pink. I think these shades will be perfect for the holidays.

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Sorry these are messy! They are the BAREPRO Longwear Lipsticks in Peony and Spicel  They go on very creamy, but dry down matte.  They are pretty on their own or with a gloss over them.  Here’s swatches: IMG-2220

They are pretty on their own or mixed together.  They also work nicely over a lip liner.


I’m really excited for this month!  I have already started using all of these and intend to use them as much as I can.  I do have two new palettes (hauls coming), but I will use these, too.

Next year I hope to shop less and use more of what I have.  And, I think I’m changing my Shop my Stash a bit.  I might add complexion products and make it every two months instead of monthly. What do you think?  Any other suggestions?  I’m up for a change.

Do you do a Shop My Stash?  How do you do it?

 

Shop My Stash November 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my November Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for November.

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I have been feeling much better this month, so I tried to wear makeup as much as possible in November. 

I’m happy to say that I used all of these products a good amount. 

I really enjoyed using the lip products.  The Becca lip gloss is so creamy and hydrating.  And, the color is a little out of my comfort zone, which is good.  I usually wear nudes. The Profusion lip pencil is a perfect match for the gloss!

Here’s photos with the  palettes open:

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I really have enjoyed this (and all of these palettes) more than I thought I would. I used the Terracotta and Desert bronzer/contour almost every day! I used all of the shadows at least once.  I think this is an essential neutral matte palette and I’ll be keeping it.

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this palette.  Most of the shadows are shimmers. But, I did test it out and I like it!  It pairs really nicely with the tarte palette, or with another matte palette.  But, it can also be used alone.  One of the shimmers can be popped all over the lid.  I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of this, so if I don’t use it at least a few times in the next few months, I’m giving it away.

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I really enjoy this highlighter formula!  I’ve been mixing Santorini and Azores, and it makes a really pretty shade for my fair skintone.  Ibiza is a nice blush topper for me.  I’ll keep it for now and see if I use it often.

On to my empties:

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I had a lot of empties this month!  There are three lip balm/masks.  My lips have been so dry.  Most of these products are skincare, as usual!  The makeup items are a  face primer, mascara primer and mascara.

I have a backup of the Laneige mask, the Pixi Vitamin-C lotion and have a Kopari Lip Glossy on it’s way to me.  I would also repurchase the Laneige lip balm in the tube.  I am also using a full size of the Thrive Causemetics mascara.  Thrive is now in some Ulta stores, so I’m happy that I can purchase it and get my points!  Hopefully it will be online soon!


That was a successful Shop My Stash!  I used everything and used up a lot of products!  I’m ready to use some makeup and skincare in December!  I’ll be posting my new Shop My Stash soon!

 

November 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!    Can you believe the first of December is tomorrow?  The year is almost over!

Below are my beauty faves for November. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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I think this was the first time in months that I was loving more makeup than skincare!

Here’s the star of the month:

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The stunning Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Volume 1 palette.  I love this palette and have been enjoying it this month.  I definitely recommend this when it goes back in stock.  Plus, I’m excited for Tati’s next release whenever it comes out!

IMG-2199 I’m obsessed with all of these products!  For my makeup base each day, I use the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in Rose Beige,  the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer in No. 2 and the Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

I love this combination!  They give a natural finish, which is my favorite! The foundation is gorgeous!  I will probably be reviewing that and the concealer soon.

The lipgloss is the Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss in Nearly Nude. I received this in my October BoxyCharm and fell in love!  It’s lightly minty and plumping, but my favorite thing about it is the gorgeous nude shade.

I picked up the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define at the Ulta Faul 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  It’s such a popular product, but my first time trying it.  I have the shade 5, Warm Black Brown.  It might be a bit too dark for me, but I like it anyway!

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My favorite skincare this month are hydrating and refreshing!  On top is the Skinfood Peach Sake Toner.  It smells just like peaches and sake. I got this in the Ulta Fall Haul (the one with drugstore products on sale).  Yes, I shop at Ulta a lot!

The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Serum is lovely!  I won it in a giveaway in September and have been using it ever since.  I still have a ton left because it’s a whopping 2.7 oz!  So much for a serum.  It’s light in texture and scent.

I just received the QMS Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream in my November BoxyCharm Premium. It’s very hydrating which is perfect because with this cold weather, my eyelids are dry.  So weird, but I really love this cream to hydrate them.


So let’s bring on December!  I’m trying not to shop as much (yes a couple of small Black Friday hauls are coming LOL), so I don’t know what my favorites will be for this month…but that’s fun!

What have you been loving lately?

Morgan Taylor’s Champagne & Moonbeams Holiday/Winter 2019 Collection

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Hi all! I’m excited to share Morgan Taylor’s new collection.  I was sent this for my honest review. It’s Champagne & Moonbeams for Holiday/Winter 2019.  Silver, gold, reds, and nudes in metallics, cremes and glitters … you can change your look with every festive outfit!

 

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  • Tell Her She’s Stellar – Nude Crème
  • Let There Be Moonlight – Soft Gray Crème
  • Sprinkle Of Twinkle – Silver Glitter
  • A Starry Sight – Indigo Pearl
  • Walking On Stardust – Red Glitter
  • See You In My Dreams – Red Crème
  • From Dusk Til Dawn – Mauve Crème
  • Dancing & Romancing – Soft Pink Crème
  • Copper Dream – Copper Metallic
  • Gilded In Gold – Gold Metallic
  • Shooting Star – Chocolate Pearl
  • A Kiss In The Dark – Black Purple Crème

Here are close up photos of the shades:

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From left to right —  Tell Her She’s Stellar, Let There Be Moonlight, Shooting Star, Sprinkle Of Twinkle and Walking On Stardust.

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From left to right From Dusk Til Dawn, A Starry Sight, A Kiss In The Dark, Gilded In Gold, See You In My Dreams and Copper Dream.

I didn’t receive the shade Dancing & Romancing, but it’s very pretty too!

I have been wearing some of these and will be giving others as gifts. These would make a gorgeous gift for the nail polish lover in your life!

Morgan Taylor has such a gorgeous formula.  It is free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP, plus it’s so smooth to apply and looks gorgeous for days!


Have you tried Morgan Taylor Lacquer?  Which shades do you have?

 

Skincare Sunday — Derma E Fall Skincare

Hi all!  Happy Sunday! I hope you have been able to enjoy a long weekend. Can you believe it’s December???

I recently received a box of amazing Derma E skincare for my honest review.  Derma E is such an affordable brand that has such effective skincare for so many skin types and issues.  Here’s what I received:

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These are such cute products to use this fall, or to give as a gift. Here’s more info:

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The Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Oil ($13.95) — Formulated with skin-renewing Vitamin A plus antioxidant-rich Vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful glow. This fragrance-free, potent concentrated oil blend absorbs quickly to soften and smooth the appearance of dry, aging skin.IMG-2164IMG-2167

The Perfect Travel Kit ($12.95) — This TSA-approved mini travel case includes three top selling travel-friendly products and a compact mirror for on-the-go quick fixes. Purifying Daily Detox Scrub gently exfoliates skin while removing impurities. The Vitamin C Concentrated Serum brightens while boosting hydration. Hydrating Night Cream replenishes and nourishes your skin while you sleep! Travel with DERMA E to maintain beautiful skin.

Derma E is currently having sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday so check out their website at https://dermae.com/.  You can also find Derma E at Ulta.


Have you tried Derma E before?  Which products do you love?

Walmart Beauty Box Review — Fall 2019

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Hi all!  I’m here with a review of a beauty box that I have been getting for a couple of years, but haven’t reviewed it on my blog before.

It’s the Walmart Beauty Box.  It’s a $5 quarterly subscription box. This review is of the Fall 2019 box.  Here’s what I received:

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Here’s a closer look at the products:

IMG-2172IMG-2173 This is a bright and pretty palette.  I can’t believe I got it in a Walmart box and it was basically free!  I’ve never heard of this brand, but it looks really pretty.

I don’t know if these are shades I would reach for, so I will probably gift this to a friend this Christmas.

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I was also happily surprised to see a full size lip product!  I haven’t tried this yet, I don’t wear many liquid lips, but I might try the formula out.  And I love the Jergens lotion, plus this is perfect travel size.

IMG-2170 These are more like what I get in my Walmart boxes, masks and supplements.  I won’t use the supplements, but either I will use the mask or I will gift it.

I am very impressed with this month’s Walmart Beauty Box! For $5 — what a great deal!  I might continue reviewing these in the future, if they are fun and exciting.


Do you get Walmart Beauty Box each quarter?  What did you get in your Fall box?

 

 

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Hi All!  Today I’m posting some amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. These are mostly beauty, but I want to start with a deal that is local to Kansas City:

 

 

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Nov 27-Dec 2: Yellow Friday, Cyber Week Celebration

  • 25% Off Everything, 30% Off $300+ (And a few extra surprises along the way!)
  • True to the Kendra Scott brand, we are planning some exclusive deals and surprises for our customers throughout Cyber Week!
  • 11/29: In-store only Yellow Friday offer, “Two iconic styles for $30 each” (Ever Necklace and Everlyn Bracelet)
  • 12/2: Cyber Monday Steals: Exclusive marked-down products that will be $30 for one day only when combined with 25% offer.
  • When everyone else is celebrating Black Friday, at Kendra Scott, it’s Yellow Friday! Because we believe shopping for the ones you love should always be a celebration.

Town Center Crossing- 4533 W. 119th St. Leawood, Kansas 66209                                Country Club Plaza- 412 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112

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Daily Concepts Deals:

Black Friday – Buy 1, get 1 70%OFF

Cyber Monday – Buy 2, get 1 free

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EmmaHardie.com has a deal whereby you if spend £75.00 ($96.00) on 2 full size products excluding cloths you will get the 2 x 15 ml Midas Touch Free.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend will start 11/28 and finish midnight 12/2.

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Lashify.com has 15% off site-wide with Code CYBERX15 valid from 12/2 12 am to 12/2 11:59 pm. Free shipping for orders over $150 USD.

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Pausewellaging.com has a free starter kit ($27) + free-shipping on orders over $185 – This will run from 11/24-12/2.

On Amazon – there will be a 15% off coupon from 11/14-12/2


Are you doing any online Black Friday shopping, or are you braving the crowds?

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Thoughtful Gifts To Give This Year

Hi All! I hope you are having a great weekend! I’m back with another gift guide the focuses on a few items that you may not have thought about gifting — but that someone in your life may really love!

I was sent the following items for my honest review:

 

I have severe pollen and dog allergies (and we have a Great Dane), so I was excited to try these.  And they both work so well.  Our air is so much cleaner and we can tell when the quality is low and we need to use the air purifier or to open a window.

IQAir Atem 5 in 1 Personal Air Purifier ($399 USD).  It comes in white or black. It is perfect for a bedside, on a desk, in a nursery, in a car or in a hotel room.  Atem 5 in 1 is the most versatile air purifier on the market, and it has won two awards including the TWICE VIP award and the GIA Innovation award. Atem is perfect for those concerned about poor air quality because air quality affects everything from mental health to beauty.

IQAir AirVisual Pro ($269 USD) is also a great gift for anyone who is concerned about the health and well-being of themselves and their families.  The AirVisual Pro gives air quality readings and also actionable information about how to improve your air quality, whether it is a good idea to exercise outdoors, an air quality forecast, as well as temperature and humidity readings.  AirVisual Pro is accompanied by the AirVisual App, the most popular air quality App in the world, which allows the monitoring of outdoor air quality as well as indoor air quality regardless of where the user is.

These have really helped my families air quality!  They can be purchased at IQAir.com or Amazon.

A great idea for those who are into healthy skin, hair and joints are NeoCell products:

NeoCell Super Collagen ($16.95 for 7 oz) — Nourish your skin from within, with Super Collagen Powder. Benefits: Healthy Skin, Hair, Nails & Joint support. Supports healthy collagen formation.
Ingredients: Collagen Type 1 & 3. Advanced manufacturing process called hydrolysis breaks down large collagen molecules into small peptides.
How to Use: Collagen Drink. Dissolve one scoop daily in 8 oz. glass of water, orange juice or your favorite beverage. For best results, drink on an empty stomach.

NeoCell Joint Bursts ($19.95 for 30 Chews) —  Power up and boost your body on the go, with convenient Joint Bursts.
Benefits: Joint Health. Joint specific collagen that contains key components for joint cartilage support.
Ingredients: Collagen Type 2, Hyaluronic Acid, Turmeric. These three-powerhouse ingredients work together to provide joint support.
How to Use: Collagen Chews. Enjoy one chew daily for comprehensive joint support.

Purchase at https://www.neocell.com/

FACTORFIVE Eye Lash Cream
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FACTORFIVE Eye/Lash Cream ($145 USD) — Putting on fake lashes can be a hassle at times and it’s something a lot of women will be doing for holiday parties and New Years in the next few months. Now you can put down the glue, tweezers and falsies because Stanford scientists have discovered how to stimulate thicker, longer lash growth. They’ve created FACTORFIVE, a patent-pending skincare lines that captures growth factors, polypeptide complexes and cytokines from adult stem cells harvested from fat tissues to create an eyelash cream that will generate a 15% increase in eyelash volume and a 23% increase in length in four weeks.

Growth factors help replenish a more youthful-looking eye area, where biotin and redensyl work together to quickly and safely enhance your lashes and brows. Plus, FACTORFIVE will NOT change the color of your eyes and is formulated to absorb quickly, leaving your eyes free of unnecessary irritation.

Available at factorfiveskin.com


Are you planning on gifting any of these items?  What’s on your wish list this year?

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Philosophy Fragrance, Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

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Hi all!  Looking for some gorgeous fragrance, bath and skincare gift ideas? I was sent these amazing holiday Philosophy products for my honest review.

Philosophy products are amazing quality and smell wonderful!  They would make very nice gifts for the beauty lover in your life.

Here’s what I received:

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Snow Angel Shower Gel, EDT & Hand Lotion gift set ($35 USD) — A fan-favorite, this transportive scent inspired by freshly fallen snow is perfectly paired and packaged in this holiday gift set to celebrate the season in an eau-so heavenly way. opening with a whisper of fresh air accord, notes of watery melon, jasmine petals and gentle orange blossom settle in its heart, and come to rest atop a warm base of creamy vanilla, rich sandalwood and sugared musk. use individually or layer for an even longer-lasting experience.

  • 6 oz. shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
  • .5 oz. spray fragrance
  • 4 oz. hand cream

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Miracles All Year Long 3-Piece Skin Care Set ($65 USD) — Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set trio must-haves for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. Contains:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Moisturizer
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Primer

Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set. great skin begins with America’s #1 cleanser to gently dissolve makeup, lift away impurities and gently tone and hydrate, for a comfortable clean that never feels dry. follow morning and evening with anti-wrinkle miracle worker+. the silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smoothes skin for a more even makeup application and a visible improvement in skin’s appearance. miraculous!

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Amazing Grace Two-Piece Fragrance Holiday Set ($50 USD) — Celebrate with a little extra grace! this gift set duo of philosophy’s beloved icon of fragrance is paired just for the holiday in classic 2 oz. and 0.5 oz. sizes, perfect for on the go. great for gifting (or receiving), this fragrance gift set of the whisper-soft floral fragrance is always appropriate—the perfect must-have on every list.

This is my signature scent, so I’m happy to have a refill!  It’s so nice to wear everyday.  Very soft and feminine.

IMG-2127 These are the wonderful Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Baths.  I love these so much and always look forward to what scents they release each season.  The scents are Warm Apple Cider Donut and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble.  Yum!  And the packaging is so pretty this year! They sell for $18 each.


I recommend all of these products for gifts for someone special or yourself (you’re special, too!).  Do you love giving bath, fragrance and/or skincare gifts for the holidays?

 

Get Gorgeous Flatlays with SnapIt Boards!

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Hi all!  I have a really cool product for review today.  When it comes to creating visual content, having the ideal backdrop is a must. For bloggers and those in the creative industry, SnapIt Boards are the easy, affordable solution in capturing incredible content. Each board is printed at 300 dpi for a photorealistic reproduction of the original background image.

Here’s some info on these amazing boards:

They’re durable: No photographer wants to worry about thin, rippable paper or wrinkled fabric sheets when it comes to staging the perfect flat lay. SnapIt Boards provide you with a trusted thickness that’s not easy to damage made with a quarter inch thick PVC foam.

They come with an impeccable finish: SnapIt Boards don’t stain or bubble. For those photoshoots that require food and beverages, just wipe them off if spills and messes occur.

Capture photos with backgrounds a normal backdrop can’t provide: Finishes like Alabaster and Rustic Rainbow add sophisticated touches to your content. Save yourself the time and investment scouting out unique backgrounds. Snapit boards are non-reflective, non-glare and satin finished.

Snapit Boards come in one size: 26 inches by 20 inches. Create, snap and share your best with the secret to a perfect backdrop.

Here’s photos of the two boards I have:

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This is Alabaster.  It’s a white an gray marble effect.  It looks really nice under all types of products.

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This is Rustic White.  I think it’s my favorite one.  I love it under makeup.  It’s the board that’s in the first photo above.

Available at Amazon.com for $60/board.  You can also buy it at https://snapitboards.com/.  You can get both of these boards in a bundle for $99 here.


What do you think about SnapIt Boards?  Is this something that you would use for photos?

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Makeup and Skincare Sets

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  I’m doing some home remodeling today, anyone want to help me remove old wallpaper?  No?  I do not blame you!

I’ve included sets from Milk Makeup, Pixi Beauty, Laneige and Farsali.  I love these products and these they would make amazing gifts for the skincare and makeup junkie in your life!

Milk Makeup MVPs

MILK MAKEUP MVPs, $45 ($109 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.comsephora.com & 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • DELUXE KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with conditioning cannabis seed oil, heart-shaped fibers and pure pigments for clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI HYDRO GRIP PRIMER: Primer with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract to hydrate and blue agave extract to grip makeup for all-day hold.
  • MINI COOLING WATER: Cooling, under-eye-de-puffing stick packed with soothing seawater and caffeine for instantly energized skin.
  • MINI WATERMELON BRIGHTENING SERUM: Solid serum with Swiss garden cress sprout extract to brighten and watermelon fruit extract to hydrate for more even skin tone and texture.
  • GLOW OIL LIP + CHEEK – (GLIMMER – mauve shimmer): Shimmering, sheer multi-use lip + cheek with rice bran oil to hydrate for a lit-from-within glow.
  • MINI HIGHLIGHTER – (BLITZED – rose gold): Dewy, multi-use highlighter with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for an everyday glow.
  • MINI BRONZER – (BAKED – bronze): Creamy, multi-use bronzer stick with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for a sun-kissed glow.Milk Makeup Triple the KUSH Set
Milk Makeup TRIPLE THE KUSH, $25 ($41 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.comsephora.com and 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with thickening heart-shaped fibers, conditioning cannabis oil and pure pigments for a clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI KUSH CLEAR BROW GEL (HYDRO – clear): Clear brow gel with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to tame and set brow hair without stiffness or flaking.
  • MINI KUSH LIP BALM (GREEN DRAGON – clear): Hydrating, soothing daily balm with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to soften lips and improve texture.

Milk Makeup is Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free

 

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Duo

Pixi Beauty Liquid Fairy Lights Duo ($24 USD) — This limited edition kit includes two of our long wearing liquid glimmer eyeshadows. Wear solo or on top of eye shadow for an instant sparkle effect. Kit includes Liquid Fairy Lights in BareBrilliance & SunRay.

I really recommend these.  I have the BareBrilliance shade and it’s gorgeous!

Pixi Best of Tonics

Pixi Beauty Best of Tonics ($22 USD) — Discover 3 of our cult status skin tonics! Use after cleansing, before serum & moisturizer. Kit contains: Deluxe travel sizes of Rose Tonic, Glow Tonic, and Vitamin-C Tonic.

Pixi products are available at pixibeauty.com

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Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set ($25, $33 value) — Skin Goals contains four mini versions of FARSÁLI faves. Skintune Blur blurs, Unicorn Essence primes, Rose Gold Elixir hydrates, and Volcanic Elixir soothes.

This Set Contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Skintune Blur Perfecting Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Rose Gold Elixir – 24K Gold Infused Beauty Oil
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Volcanic Elixir Polynesian Beauty Oil

Just to let you know, these are tiny.  You only get a few uses with each little bottle.  You can buy a mini of most of these for $22 each, and it’s about twice the amount of product.  So if I like one of these, I might purchase a mini.

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Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight Set ($28 USD) —  A sweet midnight treat for your lips—indulge yourself in this Lip Sleeping Mask trio featuring two limited-edition flavors. Craving a berry cocktail, minty rush, or a sweet candy treat? Choose the Lip Sleeping Mask flavor that best fits your mood. A formula that’s both rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, with Moisture Wrap™ technology that coats lips in a protective film. Apply it before bed to lock in essential moisture and wake up with soft, supple lips.

I use these before bed, but also in the daytime, too.  They are really great lip balms!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying all of my gift guides this year.  And there’s more to come!

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Hair and Bath Gifts

Hi all! Here’s another amazing holiday beauty gift guide!

Today I have some cool gift sets for hair care and body care.  There’s some wonderful travel kits, but each brand has larger sets as well.  You can check out the websites listed for more sets for each brand.

Here are my suggestions for those who love trying new hair and bath products:

R+Co Big Trip Set

R+Co BIG TRIP Set ($45, Value: $64 USD) – This travel set includes your must-haves for a voluminous mane no matter the destination – DALLAS Biotin Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Travel Size, OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray Travel Size and RODEO STAR Thickening Style Foam Travel Size.

Purchase at RandCo.com

 

Seen Travel Kit

SEEN Travel Kit ($29 USD) – A customizable trio of travel-sized favorites for great hair and skin on-the-go. SEEN is a dermatologist-designed, non-comedogenic hair line formulated to keep your skin and hair breakout-free Choose your combination of Skin-Caring Shampoo, Skin-Caring Conditioner and Skin-Caring Blow-Out Creme, packaged in a canvas travel pouch.

Available at HelloSEEN.com

Travel Size Côte d'Azur Body Wash & Crème Set

Oribe Côte d’Azur Body Travel Set ($25; Value: $35) – Upgrade bath time on-the-go. Lather and luxuriate in Oribe Bodycare collection. Infused with Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur scent of sun-drenched notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Wash gently cleanses skin while adding silky softness. The Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Creme blend of sweet almond, meadowfoam & starflower oils and shea butter smooths, softens while delivering the deepest hydration.

Purchase at oribe.com and luxury stores such as Nordstrom and Beautylish.

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Joanna Vargas The Ritual Kit ($47, Value: $52; available at JoannaVargas.com) – This kit includes two of Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas’ holy-grail and celebrity-loved products for a complete head-to-toe detox and exfoliation. Begin each morning with a Ritual Brush dry brush session then cleanse with the green tea Ritual Bar.

Available at shop.joannavargas.com


Have you started shopping yet?  I’m getting ready to. I’m hoping I find some good deals this year!

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — November 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my November BoxyCharm! This month there was a change in the cost and value of the box.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for over two years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is now $25 a month plus tax for 5 full-sized beauty items. The value is going to be at least $125 each month.

I’m now only getting this box, BoxyLuxe four times a year and the new BoxyCharm Premium (see my first review here).  I have cancelled my Ipsy Ultimate. I’m not very interested in Ipsy at the moment, but I think BoxyCharm is doing such a great job with their boxes.

My version is 15. This month I received:

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The value of my box this month is $192. That’s a great value for spending $25

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I was pretty happy to see this in the box.  I have been wanting to try the Dominique Cosmetics eye shadow formula.  I have tried a lip gloss from the brand and really love it.  The only thin is these colors are so dramatic.  I’m trying to decide if I should keep it to try the formula or pass it on to someone else.  If I do keep it, I can pair some of the shades with a more neutral palette.

IMG-1962 I have tried self-warming eye masks before, but not this brand.  I will give them a try, or I might gift them.

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I am very excited to try the Farsali mist.  I have been wanting to try this brand, and it’s so exciting that I received it in my BoxyCharm.  It might be my favorite item in the box this month!

The Dose of Colors lipstick is in the shade Date Night.  I already receive a red DOC lipstick from BoxyCharm earlier this year, and I don’t wear red lipstick.  I was really hoping I would get one I could wear because I like the formula.  I will be gifting this.

The Kypris serum is very fancy.  It’s so expensive!  I’ve heard that it has organic ingredients that once you open, you need to use it in 6 months so it won’t go bad.  So I’m going to wait until I’m out of current hydrating serum then I am going to use it.

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This Pretty Vulgar concealer blister pack is for me to test out. Then I’ll take a quiz on BoxyCharm’s website to let them know what my shade is.  That way, they can send foundations and concealers in the future.  That’s very exciting!

I’m really happy with my box this month!  I am most excited about the Farsali mist, the Kypris Serum and the Dominique Cosmetics palette (if I decide to keep it).  I will gift the lipstick and maybe the eye masks.

I am so excited for my December BoxyLuxe and BoxyCharm Premium boxes!

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Do you get any BoxyCharm boxes?  What did you get this month?

IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Season to Give Love! 7pc Grand Collection — QVC TSV

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Hi all! QVC and IT Cosmetics are having another amazing Today’s Special Value! It begins Saturday, November 9, 2019 at midnight (ET).  The price is $69.96. After the sale the price will be $97 and the retail value is $243.33.  That’s an amazing deal.

This 7-piece collection features one complexion favorite, two color essentials and one lip must-have in a brand-new Love shade, plus a game-changing mascara and two Heavenly Luxe brushes! Experience natural-looking full coverage that moves with your skin by applying Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50+ all over your face with your new Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush. Add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks with Bye Bye Pores Blush, then instantly add warmth and highlight to areas you’d like to bring forward by sweeping Hello Cheekbones onto your skin using the included Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush. Transform the look of your lashes with Superhero Mascara, and give your lips a naturally pretty flush of color with Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment Serum.

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About Each Product:

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara — Transform the look of your lashes! Formulated with unique Elastic Stretch Technology to wrap lashes, making them look fuller and longer.

Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush — Featuring ultra-plush Heavenly Luxe hair, this innovative foundation brush reaches every corner of your face—and is so easy to use, it does the work for you to help deliver an even application of your color-infused skincare and foundation products, including your Bye Bye Foundation

Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer™ with SPF 50+ — The first-ever full coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics gives you the power to say “bye bye” to beauty imperfections and hello to instant complexion perfection! Infused with full-coverage pigments and SPF 50+ sunscreen, Bye Bye Foundation is formulated to give you weightless-feeling, natural-looking coverage that moves with your skin.

NEW SHADE! Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum — now in a new shade, Love! It’s infused with nourishing butters and oils and hyaluronic acid, plus it hydrates to help give you soft, smooth lips.

Bye Bye Pores Blush Poreless Finish Airbrush Brightening Blush —  Featured in a brand-new Love shade, this blush delivers buildable color, and helps give your skin a flawless-looking finish. Suitable for all skin types, it’s time to discover the look of airbrushed skin with a natural-looking soft pink hue!

Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo — Discover your life-changing duo, featuring a matte bronzer and highlighter in a new Love shade! Suitable for all skin types and tones, this two-in-one compact instantly defines and lifts the appearance of your cheekbones for natural-looking results.

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush — Your revolutionary dual-headed brush does the work for you to apply your highlighter and bronzer exactly where you want it—in one sweep! The custom-cut brush heads and shortened handle help give you the power to contour effortlessly, and it pairs perfectly with your included Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo. While the angled “Highlight” brush head reaches the curves of your face to deliver a flawless, soft-focus effect, the rounded “Contour” brush head helps to evenly and smoothly apply your bronzer for an airbrushed-looking finish.

Here’s close up pics of the products:

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These products are gorgeous for holiday makeup looks, or for gifting to someone special. And the brushes are so soft and amazing quality!

Superhero is one of my favorite mascaras, and the blush formula is gorgeous.  This is almost like a full face of makeup and it would be so nice for any beauty lover!

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Are you picking this up today?  What’s your favorite IT Cosmetics product?

BoxyCharm Premium Subscription Box Review — November 2019

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Hi all! I’ve just received my very first BoxyCharm Premium! This is a new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette – $55
Dragun Beauty Dragunfire Skin Perfecting Potion – $25
Becca Cosmetics Glow Gloss in Champagne Creme – $22
QMS Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream – $150
Kopari Beauty Coconut Rose Toner – $25
BoxyCharm 5 Piece Brush Set — $65

My total this month is $342!  That’s crazy for spending only $35!

Here’s another photo:

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I do think this feels like a luxury box.  Here’s some close ups of the products:

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I’ve been interested in this palette since it came out.  I love Natasha Denona products and thinks this looks so pretty, especially for the fall with my pale skin tone.  I haven’t swatched it yet, but I will do a separate review of this with swatches.

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These BoxyCharm brushes are really interesting.  They are very soft.  The oval shape of the larger brushes are not something I’ve tried before.  I think I’ll use those for foundation and cream products, like the blush in the palette.

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Here’s the skincare from the box.  These are some of my favorite products this month.

The eye cream is very expensive ($150!). But, I’m looking forward to trying it.  I think I’ll use it after I’m done with my current night eye cream.  It better make me look 10 years younger at least! LOL!

The Kopari toner smells amazing.  It’s supposed to make my pores look smaller, so I hope that’s true.  I’ll use it once my current rose toner spray is used up.

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These last two products are my least favorites in the box.  The Dragun Beauty corrector is so dark!  I’ve seen light skin gals use it, but it’s still a bit scary.  I’m going to give it a go, but I’m going to read up on how to use it.

The Becca gloss is in Champagne Creme.  It’s really pretty, especially for the fall and holidays.  But I have so many glosses that I need to use.  I think I’ll give this away to someone for Christmas.

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I think this was a great first month for BoxyCharm Premium!  I will use almost every product in the box, which is pretty rare.  I’m looking forward to what next month brings!

Did you get BoxyCharm Premium this month?  What did you think?

I’ll be reviewing my regular November BoxyCharm soon, so we’ll see how it compares to Premium.

Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation Review and More!

Hi all!  I have been testing out some new Urban Decay products that were sent for my honest review!

I love Urban Decay (I have also just purchased the Urban Decay Naked Honey palette and will be reviewing it next week).  Their products are innovative and cruelty free, and the ingredients are good for you! Here’s what I received:

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The main product I wanted to review is the Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation ($39 USD) — The claims for this foundation are:

This lineup of 50 shades with 9 shade intensities, 3 mastertones, and 7 undertones to dial in precise color match. The waterproof, longwear foundation feels like wearing nothing, thanks to a breathable, flexible formula that moves with you (all day and all night, up to 24 hours!). It not only feels better, it even looks better with its stay-true color, which minimizes the appearance of pores—so you always look like you.

My shade is 20CP, so it is light with a cool pink undertone.  It might be a little light for me, but I make it work with bronzer and blush.  I LOVE the finish of this foundation on me.  At 51 (yep), it’s important that I achieve a natural finish that doesn’t settle in wrinkles and pores.  This glides on my skin and makes me look flawless, but not like I’m wearing makeup. And it feels so light on (I hate greasy feeling foundation).  It’s so good and I’ve been wearing it everyday.  I need to start reviewing another foundation, but I only want to wear this.  LOL!

I also really love the The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($36 USD)  — a finely-milled vegan powder that blends seamlessly to extend the wear of your foundation without adding any weight or texture (forget that old-school cakey feel). It sets makeup while absorbing oil and shine for a totally blurred-out effect, blending seamlessly without causing flashback, so you can take as many selfies as you want. Touch-ups on the go are easy thanks to the portable powder and its built-in, cruelty-free brush.

This powder is so good, it really is smooth and doesn’t cake at all.  I like using a sponge for my under eye area, but I do use this brush on the rest of my face.  It buffs in the powder and makes everything smooth and even.  I sometimes use a fluffier brush for a lighter application.  It’s lovely either way.

The last two items are lippies — Vice Lip Chemistry Lasting Glassy Tint in Pink Slip ($22 USD) and the Lip Plumper in Honey.

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On the left is the Lip Chemistry and on the right is the lip plumper.  Here’s more info about the lippies:

Vice Lip Chemistry is a vegan, high-gloss lip tint that reacts to your pH and creates a custom shade unique to your tone. Its lightweight, balm-like texture gives your lips a hit of hydration, so they feel moisturized. The lasting glassy tint adjusts to you; the color fully develops and reveals itself after just a few minutes and lasts up to 5 hours. Vice Lip Chemistry’s vegan formula goes on smooth and glossy (never sticky!) and does not transfer.

The vegan lip plumper gloss combines high shine with microfine, multidimensional glitter and a tantalizing scent. This formula has an almost-instant, refreshing tingly effect, creating fuller-looking lips minus that sticky feel. Caffeine, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil combine to give you smooth, intense shine with a cooling and plumping sensation.

My favorite of the two formulas is the lip plumper.  It’s a little tingly, but doesn’t hurt. It’s glittery, but will be nice for the holidays. It tastes like honey, too! The Lip Chemistry is cool.  It does change color and it feels really comfortable on.  I don’t think I will wear it everyday, but I’m having fun testing it out.

Purchase these at https://www.urbandecay.com/, Ulta, Sephora and other great beauty stores and websites.

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Have you tried any of these Urban Decay products?  What do you think?

Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 Palette Review!

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Hi all!  I’m back with a palette review.  I was excited to pick up the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 ($48 USD) when it launched.

I really enjoy Tati’s YouTube channel and was so happy to see when she launched this.

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So gorgeous!  This is such a pretty, everyday palette!  There are 6 tones and 4 textures.  You can make so many different looks!

Here are swatches by the tones:

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This is Memory and Ritual in the Glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte.  They all swatched really nicely.

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Story and Soothe in Glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte

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Aura and Poet in glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte.

I can see myself using the Ritual, Soothe and Aura shades the most.  But I will play with all of them.  I love the metallic texture and the mattes are beautiful and so easy to blend. I’m not the biggest glitter fan, but these are so pretty!

I really think Tati did an amazing job with this palette, especially for her first makeup launch.  The shades are universal and so nice for all different looks.  I’ve only used it a couple of times, but I really like it so far!

What do you think of the palette?  Did you pick it up?