BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – February 2018

IMG_0134

I just received my BoxyCharm February 2018 box a couple of days ago, and I wanted to share it with you.  I really like this subscription.  You get a lot of makeup for a great price!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.

Here’s what I got this month:

IMG_0405

img_0412.jpg

This was a variant item.  Subscribers either receive this palette with the blush or Naked Cosmetics Highlighter Palette.  

I wanted the highlighter palette.  I’m not the biggest fan of variations because I always seem to get the item I don’t want, LOL!

The blush included with this is Winter Rose Glow, a warm brown with subtle shimmer. It’s not really a shade I would wear.

The palette itself is fine, I guess.  It’s a little flimsy, and I don’t have anything to put in it.  But I might use it some day.

img_0410.jpg Besides the highlight palette I didn’t receive, this is the item I was most excited about.  It’s a really pretty lavender color.  It is buildable too.  With two layers I got a really shimmery look and ot stays all day.

IMG_0411

The brushes are very soft and have a nice indent in them to make them easier to handle.

They are meant to be used for contouring — the smaller one can be used for concealer, the middle one contouring and the larger one for powder.  I’m looking forward to using them and seeing how they work.

IMG_0415

This exfoliator is a surprise win to me!  It not only exfoliates my lips, it hydrates them too.  It has a nice fruity taste, too.

IMG_0408 I don’t usually wear black eyeliner, but this is really pigmented and glides on smoothly.

All in all, this is a pretty good box.  I can see myself using the Cover FX Shimmer Veil, the brushes and the exfoliator.  I will probably keep the eye pencil in case I want to wear black eyeliner.  I don’t know what I will do with the Ofra palette.  I might purchase some shadows to put in it.

Do you get BoxyCharm?  Which products did you get in yours this month.

 

Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 1

My skin and hair are so dry right now!  The weather in Kansas City has really been fluctuating.  One day it’s 30 degrees F, and the next day its 60.  It’s messing me up!

I received the following products for my honest review:

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm
JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20 USD) — This amazing smelling hand balm is really saving my chapped hands and cuticles! It contains Illipe Butter plus Coconut, Candlenut and Buriti Oils.  These really hydrate and heal rough skin.  I also love that this absorbs quickly..

Available now at juaraskincare.com

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion
Jason Calming Lavender Hand &; Body Lotion

Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion ($5.60 on Amazon) — This is a rich, non-greasy lotion.  I like to use it on my hands as well as my body because it instantly sinks in and I can work on my computer or phone right away!   It contains a blend of Vitamin C & E and Kukui Nut Oil.  It has a very light lavender scent which is very nice!

Purchase at Amazon.com and learn more at http://www.jason-personalcare.com

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray
Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Heat Protection Spray ($19 USD) — I air dry my hair, but use a straightening iron to style. My hair has been so dry this winter and hot styling doesn’t help!  This product really reduces the damaging effects of this.  This shields hair with a liquid barrier of thermal protection up to 450 degrees. Contains a blend of Argan, Avocado and Marula Oils, alongside naturally-derived Pea Protein, to increase elasticity and to prevent breakage. Once I spray it on, my flat iron glides through my hair and it looks hydrated and smooth.  Yay!

Purchase at https://flawlesshair.com.  Right now use code XOXO for 40% off sitewide!

I have been loving these products.  Since I am getting tired (what a week!), I am going to feature more of my fave hydrating products in Part 2 on Sunday February 18th…stay tuned!

 

Pamper Your Hair and Skin With Derma E

I recently received a wonderful box of pampering products from Derma E for my honest review.

I received Derma E Organic Argan Oil Blend and 3-in-1 Hair Protection Serum.

The Derma E Organic Argan Oil Blend ($15.50 USD) is 98 percent argan Oil, 1.5. percent Kukui seed oil and .5 percent Jojoba oil.

It is fragrance free. It is very hydrating and works well on my skin and hair. I like applying it to the ends of my hair. My hair is really dry right now and it makes it more manageable. I also like using it on my elbows and legs, and any other dry skin I have.

Derma E 3-in-1 Hair Protection Serum ($10.99 USD) works so well on my damaged hair. I apply it when my hair is damp, and also when is dry. It can be used before drying or as a finishing serum. For perfect hair I do it both ways. I think this an affordable way to get really shiny and manageable hair. I’ll be great on my frizzy hair in the summertime too.

Purchase these product and more at http://www.dermae.com

Have you tried Derma E?

ColourPop You Had Me At Hello Palette Review

img_0221.jpg

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, can you believe it?  I like to do a makeup look with pinks and reds, or similar colors on Valentine’s Day.  So I thought this would be the perfect time to review this palette!

This is the ColourPop You Had Me At Hello eye shadow palette.  It’s only $18 and comes with a mirror! I purchased this at the end of December in a ColourPop haul.

IMG_0223

img_0222.jpg

IMG_0227

You can tell by the messy palette that I have been using this palette a lot! The shades are:

The Knot: metallic cool-toned ivory
Moon Struck: metallic soft gold
Two Peas: matte peachy beige
Candygram: metallic pinky red with gold duochrome
Winning Ticket: matte dusty mauve pink
FBO: metallic pink violet
Look-See: matte cool-toned plum
Fool’s Rush: metallic golden bronze
Pulling Strings: matte warm saddle brown
Want U Back: matte dusty mauve brown
DTR: metallic silvery taupe
Sparks Fly: matte deep plummy brown

Here are the swatches:

IMG_0230

IMG_0231IMG_0232

These shades are all so gorgeous and versatile.  The mattes are really creamy in the palette and all of the shadows are well pigmented.  I think it would be perfect if it had a light, matte shade.  But, this will make a gorgeous Valentine’s look!

Have you tried this palette, or any others from ColourPop?

 

BECCA Ultimate Perfection Complexion 5-piece Kitchen

IMG_0287

BECCA Cosmetics and QVC had a recant Today’s Special Value, the BECCA Ultimate Perfection Complexion Kit .

It was on sale for $59.96 for one day, and can still be purchased for $65.96.

img_0331.jpg

Includes:

  • 0.5-fl oz First Light Priming Filter
  • 0.16-oz Under Eye Brightening Corrector
  • 0.28-oz Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
  • 1.01-fl oz Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in Shell, Cashmere, Nude, Noisette, Tan, Amber, Tobacco, or Mink
  • 0.18-oz Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss

img_0332.jpg

This BECCA Ultimate Perfection Complexion Kit included everything  to achieve the iconic BECCA glow from start to finish. Customize your kit by choosing your shade of Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme and its corresponding Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss.

img_03371.jpg

There are 8 shades in the foundation available — Shell, Cashmere, Nude, Noisette, Tan, Amber, Tobacco and Mink.  Sephora sells 20 shades, so their were some gaps in there.  I purchased Cashmere, but it is a bit dark for me.  It also has a drier texture.If I blend it really well, it works.  I might save it for summer time. But I am a bit disappointed in it.

First Light Priming Filter claims to help brighten the skin and create a canvas for long-lasting makeup wear. It has almost a watery texture, and it goes a little bit of a glow under make up. I think it’s OK and I will keep trying it.

Under Eye Brightening Corrector is a full-coverage creme that color-corrects the appearance of under-eye darkness. It is infused with ultra-fine, light-reflecting illuminators. I like this a lot. It’s just the right shade to go under my eye, it’s a little bit lighter than my skin tone. It helps cover my dark circles and give us a bit of a glow.

img_0338.jpg

The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is in the best-selling Opal shade. The creamy, luminizing powder veils skin in a soft glow to amplify natural-looking radiance. I think this is so gorgeous! I’ve been wanting a BECCA highlighter since last fall’s BoxyCharm. I was sure I was going to get the powder highlighter but I ended up getting the liquid one. And it’s just sitting there not being used! So, I am so happy that I have the powder and I love how shimmery it is!

Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss is a luxurious lip gloss that gives the perfect kiss of light and shine to your lips. I didn’t think anything about this when I purchased it, but I really think it’s an amazing lipgloss! It is light and not sticky at all. Plus it gives the lips a little color and shimmer.

Here are swatches of the products:

IMG_0333

Primer, foundation in Cashmere, the undereye corrector, highlighter in Opal and the lip gloss in Sparkling Rose.

I can see myself purchasing the highlighter and lip gloss in other shades.  I might repurchase the under eye corrector, but probably not the primer and foundation.  Which is sad, because I bought the set because I need a new foundation!

Do you like BECCA Cosmetics?  Which are your favorites?

Beauty Prep For Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  It’s time to prep skin and get makeup ready for the big day.

Below is a brightening skin serum plus pink and red liquid lipstick and nail polish to help get ready for a big night out — and in!

ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum
ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum

ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum ($84 USD) —  This serum protects against damaging free radicals caused by UVA, UVB rays and pollution. The serum evens skin tone for a firmer, brighter complexion thanks to the extremely powerful combination of two anti-oxidants: Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba.

Available at Isdin.com/us

Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, ($5.79 USD) a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear. Shades shown are Fire Starter and Heartbeat.
Purchase at mass market retailers near you

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color ($4.99 USD) — This newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built-in base and top coat offers shiny, extended wear in a single step. The new Insta-Dri is housed in an updated bottle adorned with a gorgeous new logo and comes complete with color-matched caps for a modern, sleek feel and easy shade navigation. The revamped formula delivers an extra day of wear and chip resistance, so you can take that nail look to go- anywhere, anytime. With up to 33% longer wear and chip resistance, up to or almost 3x as many consumers preferred the new formula versus the former. Get ready on the go with Insta-Dri’s brush that covers in one stroke. One stroke, one coat, and you’re done! Shades shown are Peppy Le Fuchsia, ASAP Apple, Watermelon Wizz

Purchase at mass market retailers

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Breathable Foundation and Breathable Concealer Review

IMG_0322

I received samples of Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Breathable Foundation ($7.99 USD) and Concealer ($5.99 USD) for my honest review.  Here is some info on the foundation:

The lightest long-lasting formula available on the mass market. This special formula builds and blends with ease to ensure a flawless canvas with every application. Formula & Benefits: 25HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, SPF 18 to protect skin, built-in ergonomic cushion applicator.
Available in 16 skin-true shades: 081 Fair Ivory, 100 Ivory, 101 Classic Ivory, 102 Light Nude, 103 True Ivory, 200 Soft Beige, 201 Classic Beige, 203 True Beige, 300 Sand, 302 Golden Honey, 303 True Nude, 400 Natural Beige, 402 Bronze, 502 Noisette, 503 Mocha, 504 Deep Mocha
Here’s a look at the foundation applicator:
IMG_0324
It’s a large doe foot wand applicator that is flexible and cushiony. I use it to dot or stripe the foundation on my face and then I blend in with a brush or sponge.
IMG_0329
The swatch on the left is the concealer in the shade 200 Light.  It’s a little dark for me know, but will work really well for the summer time.  Next to it is the foundation in 100 Ivory, then 101 Classic Ivory.  They both work really well on my skin.
I like the foundation a lot, it is very light on and looks really natural.  It can be built up for more coverage and really does last all day.  I do feel that it is not caked on and is breathable.  I’m not really into full coverage foundations (I have pretty good skin for my age), so I will be wearing this often!
The concealer squeezes out of the tube in a stream, can be applied with the sponge or with a brush or fingers.  Here’s the info on the concealer:
The formula is transfer and sweat resistant so it lasts when you need it most. Best part? It doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy.  Formula & Benefits: Cushion applicator, 25 HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, Ultra-smooth breathable formula.
Available in six skin-true shades : 001 Light Ivory, 100 Fair, 200 Light, 300 Medium, 400 Medium Dark, 600 Dark
This covers well, I almost think it’s a little more full coverage than the foundation! It lasts all day and will be perfect when it is hot and humid in the summer!
Have you tried either of these products?  What do you think?