Taking a Break

Hi all!¬† I hope you’re doing well and staying safe.

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’m going to take a few months break from blogging.¬† I’ve been having some issues with my site and I’ve decided to focus on my Instagram. I’ll decide at the end of the summer if I will start blogging again.

I will still come on and see what awesome content my favorite bloggers are creating! And please come visit me at fortyflirtyfab on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Leave a comment if you have an Instagram account and I will be happy to follow you!

Thanks for all the views, likes and comment over the almost twelve(!) years I’ve been blogging!

 

 

April 2020 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you’re well and staying safe.

Below are my beauty faves for April.  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 had a pretty good mix of skincare and makeup this month.¬† I have been wearing a lot of makeup, because I have been doing a palette a day challenge on Instagram (fortyflirtyfab) where I used a different palette each day.¬† It’s been fun and exhausting! I will be posting my final update soon.

Here’s a close up of the eyeshadow and face palette:

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The face palette it the PUR x Trolls World Tour Top of the Charts Face Trio.¬† It’s very fun to use.¬† The blush is my favorite as it really brightens my sad, pale face.¬† LOL!

The Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette is fairly new, but I want to include it because it’s amazing! So pretty!¬† I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I’m bringing back my 20 in 2020 palette reviews next month and will be reviewing it soon!

IMG-4173I received the L’Oreal Bambi Eye Mascara and the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter in Double-Gleam in a giveaway from Youtuber Jessica Braun (she’s fantastic).¬† Both of these are amazing.¬† The MAC highlighter is natural and so pretty on and the mascara separates and lengthens my lashes.¬† Love!

I picked up the Tarte Travel Size Timeless Smoothing Primer in my fall Ulta Points Haul. I just started using it, because I finished the pore filling primer I was using.  I do love this.  It works very well.  I might have to pick up the full size eventually.

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I received the Cure Natural Aqua Gel to review on Instagram.¬† It’s a peeling gel, so you apply it to your skin, let it sit for a minute, then rub your face. The dry skin balls up and rinses away.¬† It exfoliates it off and leaves skin soft and smooth.

Derma E is one of my favorite skincare brands.¬† The products are affordable and so effective.¬† This is the Skin Restore Advanced Peptides and Collagen Serum.¬† I ran out of my neck cream and have been using this to firm my skin.¬† It’s so lovely.¬† It feels amazing on and does firm my skin.

This is the second bottle (first full size) of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer I’ve had.¬† I received it in my December Boxycharm. I love using it in the morning under makeup.


I can’t believe it’s almost May.¬† I hope you had a great month at home, and that May is better for us all!

 

Shop My Stash April 2020 — Palette a Day Challenge April 20-25

Hey all!  I hope you are safe and doing well!

I’m continuing my ¬†April Shop My Stash challenge.¬† This month I’ve been using a different palette every day. I thought this would be a great way to use more of the palettes in my stash and would get me to wear makeup each day.¬† It makes me feel a little bit better.¬† It has been a bit challenging wearing makeup every day, though!¬† I am also deciding if I want to keep all of these palettes.

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April 20 — Bare Minerals Natural Oasis

April 21 — Urban Decay On The Run in Bailout

April 22 — Natasha Denona Mini Retro

April 23 — Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

April 24 — Too Faced Palm Spring Dreams

April 25 — Urban Decay Born to Run

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I swatched all of the shades. I love the shades in this palette.¬† It’s pretty, but I think the tones are very fall.¬† The looks I get out of this are deep and vampy.¬† I’m still deciding if I want to keep it or pass it on.

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This is the first time I used this palette, so I swatched all eight shades. It’s a really beautiful neutral one, and like the Bare Minerals one, you can get really vampy looks. I like it, though and am going to play around with it some more.

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This is another new palette to me.¬† And it’s stunning!¬† I have a larger Natasha Denona palette, but this is my first little one. I love the quality of this, as you can see it swatched beautifully!¬† I used just the pink shades, but I’m looking forward to playing with the gray ones, too!

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Soft Glam is one of my favorite palettes! It’s so gorgeous!¬† Every time I used it, I remember how much I enjoy it.¬† I used the shades Tempera, Orange Soda, Burnt Orange, Glistening and Rustic. It was a simple look (it was my Zoom meeting day), but so, so pretty!!!

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I received this in my January Boxycharm. I used it once before, but gave it a go again today. ¬†used the pink tones and did a cut crease, which was fun. The shades are used are: Cabana Time, Saucy & Bossy, Swizzle Stick, Rumtiki and Buzz Kill. I really liked the look, so I’m going to keep this around and try it some more!

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Another favorite in my collection.  I love using this in the summer and usually do bronze looks.  I decided instead to use the pinks an purples. The shades I used are Weekender, Riff, Hell Ride, Guilt Trip, Wildheart Punk and Blaze. Very fun and different for me!


In my last update, I used a lot of neutral shades, but I used more color this time.¬† And it was fun!¬† Stay tuned for my last update and thoughts on how the month went.¬† I’m ready for May!

Shop My Stash April 2020 — Palette a Day Challenge April 15-19

Hey all!  I hope you are safe and doing well!

I’m continuing my ¬†April Shop My Stash challenge.¬† This month I’ve been using a different palette every day. I thought this would be a great way to use more of the palettes in my stash and would get me to wear makeup each day.¬† It makes me feel a little bit better.¬† It has been a bit challenging wearing makeup everyday, though!¬† I am also deciding if I want to keep all of these palettes.

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April 15 — Zoeva Screen Queen

April 16 — Colourpop Bare Neccessities

April 17 — Boxycharm Hello Charmer

April 18 — PUR x Trolls World Tour Country

April 19 — Colourpop Going Coconuts

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I received this in my April Boxycharm. Stunning! These shimmers are so pretty.¬† And the palette is mostly shimmers, just one matte! I swatched all of the shades because this palette is new (to me)!¬† I used the top row with the pink shades, but I’m wanting to use the other shades, too.

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I love this palette!¬† Even though there are so many nudes in this, there are a lot of different tones to make a variety of looks! I used some of the warmer nudes — Full Expose, Hustler, Hot Gossip, Tabloid, The Talk, and Silk Teddy.

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This is another palette I received from Boxycharm this year.¬† As you can see, I used vibrant shades for my look on this day — ¬†Premium, Spoiler, Unboxing, Cup of Joe, Full Size, Charmer and Popup. ¬†And, I didn’t care for it.¬† The formula is great, but the shades aren’t really speaking to me.¬† I am passing this one on to my daughter.

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I’m a big fan of these little PUR palettes.¬† I used the purple Funk palette earlier in the month.¬† I LOVE this one for warm looks.¬† I think this will be nice for summer and fall.

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Such a favorite since I purchased this.¬† ¬†I used the shades Shredded, Coolada, Shell Yeah and Coco Crush. I did a very simple but classic look. For a smaller palette, there’s a nice variety here and different looks to create.


I am really enjoying this challenge, even though it takes work to post to my Instagram each day!  You can check those out @fortyflirtyfab!

I will be doing two more of these posts and then my next month’s Shop My Stash will also be different.¬† I think I’m going to choose 4 or 5 of the palettes I used this month to get some more use out of them. And I will play with them all May!

Are you doing a Shop My Stash this year?¬† How’s it going?

Shop My Stash April 2020 — Palette a Day Challenge April 10-14

Hey all!  I hope you are safe and doing well!

I’m continuing my ¬†April Shop My Stash challenge.¬† This month I’m doing something different.¬† I’ve decided to used a different palette every day. I thought this would be a great way to use more of the palettes in my stash and would get me to wear makeup each day.¬† It makes me feel a little bit better.¬† It has been a bit challenging wearing makeup everyday, though!¬† I am also deciding if I want to keep all of these palettes.

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This group was almost to the halfway mark of the month

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April 10 — Urban Decay Naked Reloaded

April 11 — Karity Picante

April 12 — Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina

April 13 — Urban Decay On The Run G-Train

April 14 — Bobbi Brown Infra-Red

Here’s close ups of each days palette with swatches of the shades I used:

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This was one of my favorite palettes from last year.¬† It’s a beautiful everyday palette!

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I decided to use some of the bolder shades: Bribe, Retro, Boundaries, Bucked, Barely Baked, Angel Fire and Reputation.  So pretty!

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I received this is a Boxycharm this year, and finally have got to try it out!

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These swatches aren’t great, the palette performed really well on the eyes.¬† The shades I used are: Aish, Epice, Bittersweet, Sass, Fuego and Fearless.

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I love this palette!¬† This is an older photo (I accidentally deleted the recent one).¬† I haven’t used it in a while, but it still performs beautifully!

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I did a fun purple/pink look on this day. The shades I used are Base, Soul, Love, Celestial and Wild Child.

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I’ve just purchased this palette and wanted to try it out.¬† I love the quality of it! I have a few other of these little Urban Decay On The Run palettes and they are so nice! IMG-3457

I swatched all of the shades and used most of them on the 13th. They are stunning and looked gorgeous on!  I did a neutral look with a pop of green on the lower lash.IMG-3470

This is a limited edition palette that is no longer for sale.¬† That’s sad because its such a pretty palette!¬† It is nicely pigmented and the shimmers are gorgeous!¬† I am going to keep it because I love it!

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The shades are used are Stone Cold, Red Rock, Solar Flame, Fever Dream, Behind The Sun and Infra-Red.


I’m having a lot of fun with this challenge, but it has be work!¬† I have decided to keep all of these palettes.¬† Stay tuned for the next batch of days, and check out my daily palette post on my Instagram, @fortyflirtyfab.

Are you doing a Shop My Stash this month?¬† How’s it going?

 

 

 

 

 

Boxycharm Subscription Box Review — April 2020

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Hey all! I hope you are all well and staying safe. I have received my April BoxyCharm last week.¬† I haven’t had the motivation to post, but I do love receiving this box each month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for almost three 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 and BoxyLuxe four times a year.¬† I think Boxy has been doing an amazing job curating their boxes lately.

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The theme this month is Adore. My version is 24. This month I received:

Total $161.99.¬† That’s pretty good for $25

Here’s a close up of the palette:

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I’ve been wanting to try Zoeva’s eyeshadow formula for a while.¬† This palette is so pretty! It’s mostly shimmers, but they perform well.

I didn’t take close ups of the other products, but I’m pretty happy with this box.¬† I haven’t used Benefit POREfessional in years, so I excited to try it again.¬† The Iconic London highlight drops are so pretty on!¬† I’m glad I got that in the box.¬† The brushes are cute.¬† The only item I’m not happy about is the lashes.¬† I’ve gotten them before and didn’t use them.¬† These ones will sit in my drawer, too!

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Do you get Boxycharm?  What did you get in your box this month?

Shop My Stash April 2020 — Palette a Day Challenge April 5-9

Hey all!  I hope you are safe and doing well!

I’m continuing my ¬†April Shop My Stash challenge.¬† This month I’m doing something different.¬† I’ve decided to used a different palette every day. I thought this would be a great way to use more of the palettes in my stash and would get me to wear makeup each day.¬† It makes me feel a little bit better.¬† It has been a bit challenging wearing makeup everyday, though!

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April 5 —¬† Tarte Unleashed Palette

April 6 — Pixi Beauty Eye Effects palette in Rosette Ray

April 7 — Colourpop My Little Pony Palette

April 8 — Elf Bite Sized Palette in Rose Water

April 9 — Colourpop Flutterby Palette

I forgot to include the Pixi palette in the group shot, but I do have it below:

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I got this palette last year for my birthday.¬† I haven’t used it in a while, but loved the look I created.IMG-3382

I used the shades Swan Song, Oh Deer, Hippocritical, Camelflauge and You’re Lion. Such cute names! I love the soft, natural look I got with these tones.

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Here’s the Pixi palette!¬† It is such a gorgeous natural palette.¬† I thought it would be good for Monday, the start of the work week. Even though no one can see me, I’m still working 8-4 M-F and like to at least feel professional.¬† LOL!

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Not the best swatches.  The shades I used are Mushroom, Glow, Ice, Plum and Mocha. They looked gorgeous on my eyes, though!

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This is pretty, but I used it and decided it’s just not for me.¬† In my normal shop my stash, I declutter items that I decide I don’t want to keep.¬† And I think I’ll do that for this challenge as well.¬† I didn’t care for the look I created with this and so I passed it along to my daughter.

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Sorry this is blurry! I used the shades Butterscotch, Flutterbye,
Starshine, Firefly, Princess Sparkle and Applejack. I know my daughter will love it!

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This Elf palette is so gorgeous, and it’s only $3!¬† I want to purchase more, but every time I try to get the ones I want on Ulta.com, they are sold out.¬† That’s okay, I’ll eventually get them.

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So pretty, especially the shimmers!¬† I used all four shades‚ÄĒ I don‚Äôt think they have names. I’ll be wearing this all spring and summer for an easy look.

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My favorite color is purples, so I love purple and mauve shadows!  I just had to get this one because of the shades and the beautiful packaging.

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The shades I used are Lush, Wild Wing, Made to Last, Getaway and Sunflare. I wore this on Thursday, which is  my weekly Zoom Meeting for work. so I wanted a pretty, but subdued look. These shades were perfect!


I have been posting these each day on Instagram, if you’d like to check it out and follow me!¬† It’s @fortyflirtyfab and I would really appreciate it.¬† It’s been a lot of work, but fun.¬† I’ll be posting all through April.¬† I’ll be posting my next round up in a day or two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Beauty Haul From Target and Sephora

Hi all! I hope you’re all well and staying safe.

I have a little haul to share.¬† I made a couple of orders — one with Ulta and one with Sephora during the recent sales. Here’s what I picked up:

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From Sephora I picked up two Urban Decay palettes half price!  Plus, I got the Tatcha and Youth to the People deluxe samples with my Sephora points.

The Sunday Riley set was on sale during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty.¬† I also picked up some soaps, and got free shipping when I purchased the skincare.¬† I haven’t tried it yet.

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These are the Ont The Run Mini Palettes in G-Train and Bailout.¬† I have the pink and blue/brown toned ones and I wanted these two.¬† They were on sale for $12.50 each!¬† I should have got the last one, Highway Queen (oranges), but I’m sure I will pick it up later. I love the formula of these palettes.

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This is Bailout!  Gorgeous browns and purples.

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G-Train is warmer and has a couple of gorgeous greens!¬† I will hopefully be swatching and reviewing these soon.¬† And I’m sure I’ll be using one or both of these this month in my daily Shop My Stash (check out my Instagram @fortyflirtyfab).

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This is the Sunday Riley Flash Fix set. It has the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment and the Ceramic Slip Cleanser.¬† I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks really nice.

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For my Sephora points, I got two duos — the Youth to the People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream and the Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser.¬† I also picked up the Tatcha The Deep Cleanse and The Water Cream.

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Have you purchased anything online lately?  What have you picked up?

 

Shop My Stash April 2020 — Palette a Day Challenge April 1-4

Hi All! I hope you are well and staying safe!

I’m here with my April Shop My Stash.¬† This month I’m doing something different.¬† I’ve decided to used a different palette every day. I thought this would be a great way to use more of the palettes in my stash and would get me to wear makeup each day.¬† It makes me feel a little bit better.

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April 1 — Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1

April 2 — Colourpop Blush Crush

April 3 — PUR x Trolls World Tour Funk¬†

April 4 — Viseart Paris Edit¬†

Here’s a close up of the palettes and swatches of the shades I used each day:

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This is my favorite palette from last year.  I love these shades and finishes.  I chose to play with the Poet shades: IMG-3266

The shades from left to right are Matte Aura, Matte Soothe, Sequin Poet, Metallic Poet and Metallic Aura. I always enjoy the looks I create with this pigmented palette!

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This is such a soft, pretty look.  April 2nd was Thursday, which is my Zoom meeting day at work.  I thought it was so springy, but appropriate!

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The shades I look is Lovesick, The One, Cheek2cheek, Enamored and Pop a Bottle.  This palette is fresh and sparkly!

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The PUR x Troll palettes are so gorgeous!  I also have the Country one, which is orange and brown shades.    IMG-3353

The shades I used are the top and middle shades: Cooper, So Funky, Full of Soul and Let‚Äôs Groove. These shades are so gorgeous on!¬† I love purple, it’s my favorite color and I think it really compliments my brown eyes.

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That’s the first 4 days of my April Shop My Stash, Palette a Day edition.¬† I will be posting these throughout the month I hope you enjoy them!¬† ¬†I am also posting daily on my Instagram, if you want to check them out.¬† It’s @fortyflirtyfab.

 

 

Shop My Stash March 2020 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. I’m back with my February 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 March.

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These are the gorgeous products I used this month.  And I did so well in using all of these, even though I was mostly at home and was not going out!  I love applying makeup almost everyday.  It makes me feel put together and like myself.

Before I go into how my month went, I wanted to say I’m switching it up just for April.¬† Since I’ll be at home all month, I’ve decided to do a different Shop My Stash.¬† I am going to use a different eyeshadow palette every day.¬† I’ll be posting the palettes I’ve used every few days with swatches of the shades I used.¬† I think this will be fun and a great way to use some of my palettes I’ve been neglecting.

So back to March.¬† I used the Steve Laurant liner a few times.¬† I kept forgetting about it, LOL!¬† I do really like it.¬† I did use both the Urban Decay Vice Lip Chemistry shades a lot and enjoy that product.¬† It’s so different.¬† It goes on almost matte and light, then it turns a bit deeper and glossier.¬† I have the two lightest shades.

Here are the palettes I used:

IMG-2970 I kind of forgot about this palette, too.¬† I used it a few times, but kept reaching for other blushes and highlighters.¬† I think I’ll keep it through the summer and if I don’t reach for it I’ll pass it on.

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You can probably tell from how messy this Sigma Enchanted palette is, that I used it a lot in March!  I really like this one, especially the shimmers and metallics.  My favorite shimmers are Budding, Moonglade and Plume.  The pinks and roses are so gorgeous! I am absolutely keeping this palette!

IMG-3245 Here’s another keeper, the bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral.¬† Such a gorgeous everyday palette.¬† I can create a full look with this, either all mattes or with one of the shimmers on the lid.

So I am keeping all of these products for now.

On to my empties:

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I had ten empties this month.¬† I’m pretty proud of that.¬† Staying at home, I’ve really been digging into my products.¬† I have been consistent with my skincare, too! IMG-3231

I received the Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum in my February Boxycharm.¬† I used it only on my neck and chin in the morning and evening.¬† I really noticed firming in that area.¬† I would purchase this again but it is $98!¬† So…not right now.

I used up two toners — the Pixi Milky Tonic and the Skinfood¬†Peach Sake Toner.¬†I liked both of these.¬† The Skinfood primer was probably my favorite, because it’s so refreshing.¬† The Pixi Milky Tonic is hydrating.¬† I would purchase these again.

I also used two mists.  The Derma E UPLIFT Skin Beneficial Mist Mood Enhancing and the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. I enjoyed both of them and would repurchase.

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I used up the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.¬† I like it, but I just started using the Farmacy Green Clean and I like that one more.¬† It’s a smoother texture.¬† I wouldn’t purchase this one again.

My last skincare items were a deluxe sample of the Amazing Grace lotion.¬† Amazing Grace is my signature scent and I love it!¬† And the DHC Urumai Cream is very thick and hydrating.¬† It’s perfect for the winter, but since we are heading into warmer weather, I’ll be using a lighter lotion.

My two makeup items are the Urban Decay Brush Of Loose Powder and my favorite Mascara, the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara.¬† I would repurchase both, but I am good on powder and mascara right now.¬† I’m really trying to use up what I have right now.


So, although I was at home most of the month, March was pretty good beauty-wise.  I hope you stick around for my fun palette-a-day April (or whatever I decide to name it)!