BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — June 2018

 

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My June BoxyCharm finally arrived! I have been waiting for it because this month’s box is so amazing!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It’s an amazing way to try new makeup and beauty tools!

Here is what I received:

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I was excited to try these Luxie Brushes.  I have some travel Luxie eye shadow brushes I’ve received in another BoxyCharm.  I haven’t use them yet, but they are pretty.  I think I’m going to try these tomorrow.

I don’t wear false lashes. I’ve tried them years ago, but I didn’t really know how to apply them.  I like how wispy these are.  I’m going to hold on to them and maybe play around with them.

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This smells amazing! It’s such a cute little container.  It is a very hydrating, but not greasy cream.  Very nice for the summer.

This eye pencil is okay.  I’m not the biggest fan of pencils you have to sharpen, plus when I swatched it, it wasn’t very pigmented.  I put this in my giveaway pile.

I also put the Ofra lipstick in my giveaway pile.  It’s too brown for me.  But I really do love their lip formula.

This is the item I was most looking forward to this month!  These colors are so pretty.  The top 4 are shimmers that can be used wet or dry and the bottom 4 are mattes.

Here are swatches:

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The shimmery shades swatch the best, they are so gorgeous!  The mattes (of course) don’t swatch as well on my arm, but they blended on my eye really nicely. I think this is gorgeous for some amazing eye-catching looks this summer.  I also think it will got into fall nicely, too.

So this month was a win because of the Alamar eye shadow palette.  I will also keep the lashes to try out, the brushes and the bum bum cream!  The eyeliner and lipstick will be given to a friend.  I think this is the most I’ve kept from a BoxyCharm!

Did you receive June’s BoxyCharm?  What did you think?

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Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale Haul June 2018

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Last Saturday, I went to Sephora to get my birthday gift (post to come) and I decided to stop by Bath and Body Works to check out the Semi-Annual sale.  I found a few things and the range averaged $3-4 an item.  I also had a $10 of $40 coupon which helped.

Here is what I got:

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Three sheet masks.  I purchased some of these before, but gave them away as gifts and haven’t tried one yet! These were $1.25 each with my coupon.IMG_1328

My daughter and I both love bath bombs, so I picked up two of their bath fizzies.  These were $2.88 each.  I used the orange and ginger and it was really nice.

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The hand soaps were $2.48 and the shower gels were $3.27.  I love stocking up on these.  I’m also giving some to my daughter who goes off to college in August.IMG_1331

These all were products I haven’t used before.  It’s fun to find something new to me at the sale! On the left is the White Mousse-to-Oil.  It comes out as a mousse, but when you rub it in your skin, it turns into an oil.  The scent is a little musky and masculine for me, but it’s a nice idea! It was $3.41.

The two items on the right are Body Wash with Olive Oil.  They are a creamy body was and leave the skin really soft.  They were  $3 each.

IMG_1332 The last thing I got on clearance was a body butter.   I got this in Focus for my college-bound daughter, LOL! It was $3.41.

And I got a candle, not on clearance, but on sale for $8.70 with the sale and coupon! It is Costa Rica, which is a Rainforest Passionfruit scent.  I love passionfruit! They also had an Italy one which was chocolate cannoli scent and I almost got that one!

I’m glad I went and got some great items…now if I can stay away!  But, I’ll probably go back.

Did you get anything from the big sale?

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Sol de Janeiro Glow Oils and Brazilian Kiss Lip Butter Review

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Since it’s been in the 90’s in Kansas City for the past couple of weeks, I have been getting ready for summer beauty-wise.  I have been thinking up summer makeup looks and other beauty products that I love during the hotter months.  I haven’t started self-tanning yet, so when I received these goodies from Sol de Janeiro, I thought “these will help me glow without the mess of sunless tanning!”

I received (for my honest review) the new Glow Oils in Copacabana Bronze and Ipanema Sunset and my favorite lip balm, the Brazilian Kiss lip butter.

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Copacabana Bronze Glow Oil

Sol de Janeiro has just released two Glow Oils ($35 USD). Copacabana Bronze has a subtle bronze tint with golden shimmer to warm and illuminate the skin. It is infused with the signature Cheirosa ‘62 Bum Bum Cream fragrance, leaving skin deliciously scented with notes of pistachio and salted caramel.

I like this oil a lot! The bronze color gives my skin a sun-kissed glow. It’s so pretty and shimmery, not glittery. It also deepens my skin tone a bit so I don’t look as pale. It is a little sticky and doesn’t sink into my skin unless I use a small amount and rub it in really well. Also, the bottle doesn’t have a pump and I have to pour it in my hand.

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Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil

Ipanema Sunset has a translucent champagne shimmer to create a romantic sunset radiance. It is infused with the new tropical dream Cheirosa ‘77 fragrance, with romantic notes of pomelo, wild fig, and Brazilian gardenia.

This give my skin a light shimmer and a super pretty glow. It also looks so hydrated. This oil sinks into my skin better than the bronze oil and doesn’t leave it sticky.

Both oils have different scents. The bronze oil has the same fragrance as Sol’s Bum Bum cream. It’s sweet and spicy, but a little too strong for me. I like the Sunset oil’s scent a little better. If you don’t like strong fragranced oils, these probably aren’t for you.

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Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter ($18 USD) nourishes lips for a soft, supple feel. Powered by a blend of extraordinarily nourishing cupuaçu butter, antioxidant powerhouse açaí, and super-conditioning coconut oil, it leaves lips traced with a Brazilian caramel scent.

I tried this for the first time last year. It’s so amazing! It has a caramel and nutty scent which is so warm and yummy. And it’s creamy and hydrating.

 

Get Summer Ready With Beauty Essentials

As I write this getting ready for summer post I’m having a little laugh, because it’s already in the 90’s in Kansas City.  And it doesn’t look like it’s cooling down!

So are you ready for summer beauty?  I find that what I need right now is hydration.  The heat and my allergy meds are drying me out!  Here our my current faves (that were sent to me for my honest review):

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Erborian Pink Perfect Crème

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème ($39 USD) —  This is a primer that helps to minimize the appearance of pores with a blurring, soft-focus effect. Enriched with camilla japonica seed oil, skin looks smoother with a subtle glow—and is prepped for makeup application. I like that I can wear this on it’s own or with a bit of powder on top for hot days that I don’t want to wear makeup.

Purchase at Sephora and sephora.com

LAVANILA Laboratories Healthy Body Butter
LAVANILA Laboratories Healthy Body Butter

LAVANILA Laboratories Healthy Body Butter ($19 USD) — These 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters are velvety smooth and instantly absorbed into the skin resulting in deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. Each blend has powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence. Available in four variations/scents, including: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit and Fragrance-Free. I love Vanilla Grapefruit and Vanilla Coconut for the summer.

Available at Lavanila.com

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($7.99 – $10.99) — This unique moisturizer is activated by water on freshly-showered skin and penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface to heal dryness for soft, healthy skin you can only imagine. After showering, apply on wet skin, then towel dry off.  It leaves skin so soft!

Available at all mass retailers & drug stores nationwide

 

LAVANILA Healthy Deodorants
LAVANILA Healthy Deodorants

LAVANILA Healthy Deodorants  — The Elements Collection ($14 USD) features fresh, energizing deodorants where health and wellness collide, inspired by some of the core elements of nature: air, water and earth. These aluminum-free, healthy deodorants are infused with carefully curated blends of pure essential oils to awaken our connection to the Elements and the immense power within them.

Purchase at Sephora.com

Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, Purely Gentle
Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, Purely Gentle

If you’d rather use a roll on, try Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, Purely Gentle ($10.58 on Amazon for two) — With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides 24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin. The roll-on glides on smoothly providing instant freshness, transforming  hot, overworked skin to smooth and refreshed.

Purchase at Amazon

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

It is essential to have dry shampoo in the summer! John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99 USD) — Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts while you’re on the go with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.

Purchase at ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide

What products do you like to use in the summer?

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Get Ready For The Heat With Fresh Summer Beauty Products

It’s not quite summer yet, but it has been hot in Kansas City!  This has me thinking about (and needing) new beauty products for the change in weather and humidity.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  They will help my hair, body and hair removal this summer.  I think I’m almost ready for it now!

 

 

ColorProof Radically Smooth Anti-Frizz Serum ($28 USD) This light serum instantly smoothes for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time.  It has a proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine. I light using it before I dry my hair and afterwards to smooth any extra frizzies I might have.

ColorProof TruCurl Anti-Frizz Oil ($25 USD) Revolutionary, clear, non-staining, oil nourishes, defrizzes and restores hair to its healthiest condition ever. Provides long lasting exquisite shine, full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Proprietary IllumaCurl Complex™ featuring revolutionary polymers, sugar cane and seaweed gives curls structure while Abyssinian, Camellia, and Grapeseed Oils soften and defrizz for the bouncy, beautiful curls of your dreams.  This helps condition and define curls, and it’s perfect for easy summer hair!

Purchase at ColorProof.com.

 

 

 

 

Bliss Poetic Waxing Hair Removal Kit ($24 USD) This iconic formula developed for Bliss’ spa makes anywhere-hair removal, from eyebrow arches to ankles, a breeze. No strips or appointment needed. The safe, low-temp wax shrink-wraps each follicle to remove even the shortest, coarsest and most stubborn hair from the root without irritation, while Chamomile makes it gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Includes a microwaveable cup for quick and convenient heating and cleaning. Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates, Plastic Microbeads and SLS/SLES.  Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Bump Attendant Ingrown Eliminating Pads ($22 USD for 25 pads) — These single-use pads are formulated with salicylic and glycolic acids to gently exfoliate and help prevent ingrown hairs for smoother bump-free skin. This straight-from-the-spa secret is soaked in antioxidant green tea and lavender oil to soothe skin and keep redness at bay. I not only use this on my legs and bikini area, I like to use it after I shave my arms to swatch makeup!  Cruelty-free and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. Available at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

Bliss Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes With Natural Deodorant ($10 for 30 wipes) This is a new product, not out yet.  It’s a pack of 30 pre-moistened, quick-drying cooling body wipes perfect for post-gym, travel or any time you need an instant refresh. Formulated with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and plant-based deodorant, these body wipes naturally deodorize, refresh and instantly cleanse away dirt, oil and sweat. These smell amazing and are so refreshing on hot days or after working out. Aluminum-free, Cruelty-free, Vegan and Blissfully free of Parabens, Phthalates and SLS/SLES. This will be available in July at Target, ULTA, and BlissWorld.com

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ARM&HAMMER Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders

Sometimes it’s not always about seeing it to believe it!  The new ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders offer a mess free, invisible application while absorbing sweat and moisture.  That’s right, this formula tackles harsh odor without leaving any white mess on clothing, feet or shoes!  Although these invisible spray powders are not noticeable to the eye, your other senses will certainly pick up on their fresh aroma.

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Foot Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is such an interesting product.  It sprays on clear and doesn’t transfer anything to my shoes.  It instantly freshens my feet, even after a long day.  The only thing is that my feet feel a little dry when I spray it on.  It does make my feet less sticky and smelly!

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Body Spray Powder ($6.99 USD) — This is nice to spray on the body on hot days.  I like to spray it before I go out, and when I get too hot and sweaty during the day. Both of these smell fresh, like deodorant.

The ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Spray collection is available in May 2018 in the foot care aisle at Walmart and other select retailers.

What are your go to summer products? I will definitely have more summer beauty posts coming!

Project Pan April-June 2018

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I’m doing another Project Pan!  It’s my second one ever and the second one this year.  I’m going to do quarterly Project Pans in 2018 and see how it goes.

My first one (you can read about here)

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I included makeup this time!  I don’t have any pressed powder products, and don’t know when I will.  I’m not close to pan on any pressed shadows, blushes, bronzers etc, because I have so many and like to use different products every day.

Starting with my much loved Maybelline Fit Me! loose powder.  I have recently purchased a new powder (and new foundation and concealers)  and want to start trying them, so I need to use this up.  I’ve been using it for months.  Same with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines foundation and Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.  I received all of these in the fall and have been wearing them on and off.  It’s time to finish them.  They are all so nice and I have been loving them.

I was looking through my stash and saw that I hit a little pan on my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Reversible.  I’m going to try to top off my eye looks with this and maybe even use it as a highlighter.

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I also have a body lotion and and hair glossing cream.  The Philosophy Snow Angel smells so good.  It’s a fresh floral scent and is actually really nice for spring.  I received it before Christmas and I haven’t used it up because it is thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle.  I need to leave it on it’s side to be able to use it.

The Oscar Blandi Glossing Cream smells amazing! I use it on wet hair to make it manageable and on dry hair for shine. I’ve had it for a while. It’s close to being finished.

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The majority of the pan is skincare.  These are the first three products I need to use up.  The Ofra Peptide Cleanser is about half full, the H2O+ Waterbright moisturizer is about 3/4 full and I’m not sure about the Neocutis night cream.  I’ve had these since last summer/fall so it’s time to use them up!

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Here are the last three products!  The eye hope is about half full.  The Reclaim Botanical neck cream and the Perfectly Posh the ritual mask have both only been used a few times.  I need to start using neck cream every day again and I need to give the mask a good try!

I will be doing the first update at the end of April.  Wish me luck!

Are you doing a Project Pan this year? How’s it going?

H2O+ Beauty’s New Rapids and Coconut Verbena Collections

H2O+ Beauty has some amazing new skincare and bath and body care just released this spring.  I love this brand because the products contain natural ingredients and innovative formulas.

One of the new collections I’m reviewing products from are the Rapids Collection that features champagne and yuzu extracts, a balancing and enhancing probiotic skin care collection that makes your skin look and feel immediately healthier:

H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask
H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask

H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask ($6 for one pouch, $25 for 5 pouches) – This bubble mask foams up before your eyes and helps calm and soothe skin, promoting a more even looking complexion. Perfect for combination skin.

What I think:  Once you massage this mask in, it bubbles up thickly.  At first it tickled my nose and I didn’t know if I could keep it one, but the bubbles pop and leave a film on the skin.  I rinsed it off after 10 minutes and my skin was smooth.  It wasn’t calm though at first, it was a bit red.  But it did calm down and I really liked how soft my skin was. One pouch contains about three uses.

H2O+ Rapids Gel to Powder Probiotic Mattifier
H2O+ Rapids Gel to Powder Probiotic Mattifier

H2O+ Rapids Gel to Powder Probiotic Mattifier ($22 USD) — This unique mattifier balances combination skin and blurs imperfections as the gel transforms to a light powdery texture before your eyes.  Featuring Probiotics and Champagne and Yuzu extracts, it absorbs excess oil and shine and leaves skin with a visibly flawless, even skin tone. Dermatologist tested. Non-acnegenic. Non-comedogenic. Clinically proven to not clog pores and to reduce the number of blackheads after 2 weeks.**when used as a regimen.

What I think:  This is really nice under makeup or on its own to keep oil at bay.  I usually only have oily skin in the summer, so for me it will be perfect when it gets hot.  I think this will be nice for those who have oily skin all year long.

H2O+ Rapids Probiotic Champagne Illuminator
H2O+ Rapids Probiotic Champagne Illuminator

H2O+ Rapids Probiotic Champagne Illuminator ($22 USD) — A pearlescent highlighter that enhances your best features while also helping skin better retain moisture.  Featuring Probiotics, and Champagne and Yuzu extracts, its water-based jelly texture gives you a subtle glow in all the right places. Dermatologist tested. Non-acnegenic. Non-comedogenic. Clinically proven to not clog pores and to reduce the number of blackheads after 2 weeks. **when used as a regimen.

What I think: This is such an interesting highlighter.  It’s a peachy-golden glow that applies like skincare.  It really feels nice on the skin.  It goes on a little wet but dries down. It’s a more natural glow, but looks amazing in the sunlight.  The only negative is there is very little product in the container.But a little does go a long way.

The second collection I have been testing is the Coconut Verbena Bath and Body Collection:

 

 

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H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Wash

Coconut Verbena Body Wash ($18 USD 12.2 Fl oz) — These Coconut Water enriched suds feature Coconut Water, Vitamin E and Verbena extract, cleansing and refreshing skin. So lather up those bubbles and breathe in the crisp, citrusy verbena scent. Cleanses and refreshes with coconut and verbena.

What I think:  This is a really refreshing, light scented body wash.  It also bubbles up nicely in the bath (I love baths)!  It also hydrates the skin and leaves it soft after use.  So lovely for warmer weather!

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H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Butter

H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Butter ($22 USD 8 Fl oz) This deeply hydrating body butter features Coconut Milk and Verbena extract, nourishing and softening skin while treating your senses to the crisp and citrusy scent of verbena. Deeply hydrates and softens with coconut and verbena.

What I think: This smells just as pretty as the body wash.  It hydrates the skin and leaves it so soft!
Have you tried H2O+ Beauty products?  Are you going to pick up any of these new releases?