Ricky’s Cult Crushes May 2018

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This is my first Ricky’s Cult Crushes subscription box.  I was on the waiting list for a couple of months, so I was excited to receive the May box!  It is currently $11 a month and will increase to $14 in June.  You can sign up for the waiting list for the June box at Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes.

I keep getting updates about shipping from them and saying that they don’t have the Bioderma micellar water to ship out, but I got mine last week.

Here’s what was it the May box:

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This is my favortie Micellar water.  It cleans really well and leaves skin hydrated, but not greasy (Garnier, I’m looking at you!).  This size will be nice to take on vacation.

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I haven’t tried this before, but I will use it.  It smells like soap, a very clean sent of course.  I have some clothes that I need to get stains out of, so I will be trying it soon.

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Next up is a liquid highlighter by JCat.  The shades vary in the box, and I got Crystal Sand. Here’s a swatch of it first applied, then blended:

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It’s pretty, but I probably won’t wear it.  It has an oily feel to it and it doesn’t teally dry down.  I think the best use would be on the body.  I’ll probably give it to my daughter.  I think she will enjoy it.

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Now I have been using this since I got the box! It’s a balm with papaya and other ingredients.  It smells like strawberries and feels so hydrating on the lips.  I go through balms quickly all through the year, but even more so in the summer. And this has a lot in it.  Plus the tube is really cute. It’s a win win for me!

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This little brush set is really cute.  It’s perfect for traveling.  The brush heads are big enough to be used for contour and highlight if needed.  They are soft and densely packed.  I don’t know if I will keep them or pass them on in a gift.  We’ll see.

So this was a decent first box for me from Ricky’s Cult Crushes.  There’s no real wow product, but I do like the pure paw paw and the micellar water.  I think I will try one more month to see if I keep the subscription.

Are you subscribed to Ricky’s Cult Crushes?  What do you think of the subscription?  Have you got yours yet this month?

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New Pur Cometics Products For Spring and Summer

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Pur Cosmetics are one of my favorite brands.  They always are releasing new, fun and innovative cosmetics and skincare. I received these new products for my honest review.

This weekend, if you shop on their website you can get 50% off the whole site (except for the mystery bag).  I am going to give the retail price of these items, but they will be half that this weekend with the code MEMDAY50 on purcosmetics.com.

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I have wanted this as soon as it came out, so I’m excited I got to try it!  It’s the 4-in-1 Blush Book ($36) — This is such a cool palette.  It is huge and has four full sized blushes in it.  The pans are removable so they can be used in a z-palette. My shade called Passionate came a bit broken, and it’s worse now.  I have to be careful of the palette, I can’t throw it around!  But it’s a pretty color and I still use it.

The blush is formulated with vitamins and botanical extracts and is long-wearing.  Each pan has 3 complimentary shades. You can use them separately, or swirl them together.  Here’s swatches of each pan swirled together:

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From left to right is Honest, Passionate, Determined and Loyal.  I find myself reaching for Honest and Passionate, but Loyal is gorgeous, too!  I have to have the right makeup on to use that one because it’s shimmery and bold. Loyal is pretty, but a little deep for my skin tone. I think there is a shade for almost every skin tone in this palette. The blush formula is very smooth and blend well.

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This is a tiny eye shadow set called On-the-Go Eyeshadow Palettes ($14 USD).  You get both the Day and the Night palettes.  They are small, you can see the scale in the below photo as I hold the Night palette in my hand. IMG_1075

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This is the Day palette.  This feels more cool toned to me, but there are a couple of warm shades in it.  This is very work appropriate

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The Night palette is very warm toned. This can be used to create a really dramatic evening look with the bottom row, but the top row can make a nice day look too.

Here are my swatches:

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This is the Day palette.  As you can see, the two shimmery shades are not showing up well on my arm.  But they do look nice on the eye.

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These swatched better, and also look nice on the eyes.  The formulas of these eye shadows are very butter and pigmented.  There is not a lot of kick up in the pan or fall out on the eye.  They blend well, too.

I think these are very travel friendly and so affordable.  Plus, if you get the set on sale this weekend, it will only be $7!

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Now, to apply this fun makeup, I use the Essentials Brush Set ($39 USD).  These brushes are very soft and densely packed. The packaging and handles are a little industrial for my taste, but they are pretty cool looking.

Do you like PUR Cosmetics?  Are you picking up anything during the sale this weekend?

 

Target Sonia Kashuk Beauty Box Review

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Target always has amazing beauty boxes each month!  They had a really nice Mother’s Day one that had a mix of skincare, hair care and body care products.  But I was so interested in trying this Sonia Kashuk beauty tool box.

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Here’s what was in it:

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Sorry that my photos are so dark!  I’m going to work on a new photo taking set up this weekend, so stay tuned!

This box was $10 and is no longer available.

The Products:

  • Blender Sponge
  • Professional Angled Eye Shadow Brush
  • Essential Blush Brush
  • Slanted Tweezer
  • Quick Dry Brush Cleaning Wipes 3 ct
  • $3 off Sonia Kashuk purchase of $15 or more

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These brushes are gorgeous and so soft! They are the Sonia Kashuk Blush Makeup Brush ($9 USD) and the Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeshadow Makeup Brush ($13 USD).  Both are high quality at an affordable price.  I love the gold accents and the very soft and densly packed bristles. 

The blush brush works well for blush, contour or highlighter.  The angled brush is pretty large for using in the crease.  I tried it and I think it’s best for applying a base colored shadow all over the lid and maybe a shade on the lid.  Or, for blending shadows together.  I did put my crease color on the edge of the brush and applied it that way.  So it’s pretty versatile.

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I love the marble pattern on this sponges.  It’s the Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge – Marble ($7 USD).  I haven’t used it yet, but it is a pretty solid sponge.  I’m sure it will soften once wet.  I’ve been loving an IT Cosmetics brush (watch for my May faves) for applying foundation, but I do like using sponges.

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Sonia Kashuk Slant Tip Tweezers ($10 USD) — Tweezers are so useful, and these are the price of the whole box!  I think I’m going to save these for my daughter.  She’s going away to college in a few months and I’m putting together a personal care box for her. I think the gold is really pretty, too.

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Sonia Kashuk Quick Dry Makeup Brush Wipes ($9 USD) — I’ve tried one of these in a past Target beauty box and it was nice.  It’s good for giving brushes a quick cleanse or switching colors while doing my makeup.    

All in all, I really liked this box and think it was well worth the $10 price.  I will use almost everything.

Did you pick up a Target Sonia Kashuk box?  Or, have you tried any Target Beauty Boxes?

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — May 2018

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My May BoxyCharm arrived a few days ago.  It came much earlier this month.  I’m always excited to receive it!

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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Pur Cosmetics Sculptor Highlight & Contour Palette ($30 USD)

Aesthetica Cosmetics Pro Brush Series: 3-Piece Eyeliner, Brow & Spoolie Brush Set ($45 USD)

Aesthetica Cosmetics Brush P12 Brush ($27 USD)

CoverFX Blurring Primer ($38 USD)

Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner ($24 USD)

Beauty Creations Matte Lip Gloss in Sweet Heart ($10 USD)

The value of this box is amazing — $170!  It’s BoxyCharm’s 5th birthday and they really gave a high value box!

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This Pur Cosmetics contour palette is so nice!  It smells like chocolate, which is fun.  I did swatch this (all swatches are below), but then gave it to my daughter.  I didn’t keep it because the contour is way too dark for me, and I have plenty of highlighters.  It did swatch nicely though.

I really like the brand Pur Cosmetics.  And I have a review of some of their new products coming soon!

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This Cover FX primer is my favorite item in the box, and is worth getting this box!  It has a light tint and is dimethicone based.  It claims to “blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections for ultra-smooth airbrushed skin.”

A little of this goes a long way.  It does blur my pores and makes them appear smaller.  It’s really nice under my Flower Beauty Light Illusion foundation!

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I have’t tried anything from Beauty Creations before.  This is called a Matte Lip Gloss in the shade Sweet Heart.  But, it’s basically a liquid lipstick.  This color is too bright for me, so I gave it to my daughter.

Here are the swatches:

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From left to right, the eyeliner, the matte lip gloss, and the Pur contour palette.

So this month was a win for me for the primer alone.  I am really loving it.  I will also use the brushes and I’ll try the eyeliner.  I gave the lipstick and contour palette to my daughter who will love it.  So it is a successful box for me!

There are already a couple of spoilers for the June box.  We’ll get the colorful Alamar Cosmetics eye shadow palette and a Sol de Janiero product. I’m excited for both!

Do you get BoxyCharm?  What was your favorite product this month?

April 2018 Beauty Favorites

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It’s almost May!  This is going to be a busy month for my family. Besides Mother’s Day, we are still in lacrosse season for my youngest daughter and my middle daughter is graduating from high school!

I tried a lot of great new makeup in April.  Above our my favorites, and below you can see the shades:

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I purchased the Too Faced Life’s A Festival Eye Shadow Palette and the Better Than Sex Mascara during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale.  The palette was not on sale (but I really wanted it), but the mascara was.  I love them both!  I still have to do a review of the palette.  I’m hoping to post that this weekend.

The gorgeous nude lipsticks are the Lipstick  Queen Nothing But the Nudes Collection.  They are The Truth, a pink nude, The Whole Truth, a peach nude.  There is also Nothing But the Truth, a beige nude.  It’s a bit darker, so I’m saving it for the summer when I faux tan.  These are creamy and so gorgeous on!

The last makeup items is from the ColourPop x Eva Gutowski collab.  It’s the Mermaid Glow Pressed Powder Face Duo.  The shades are:

Golden Hour: matte blush; neutral peach
Ethereal: pearlized highlighter; soft golden champagne

I would think this would be better for a bit darker tones than my light-toned skin But it looks so pretty on.  I love the blush and the highlighter is a soft color that can be built up to blind!

The Merle Norman Skintelligent Cleanser is exfoliating.  It has little beads in it that give a vigorous scrub! It instantly makes my pores look smaller.

The last thing is my Real Techniques Brush Crush 300 Powder Brush.  I’ve had this for a few months and love it so much.  Its so pretty and soft.  It makes me happy just to use it.

What products were your faves this month?

Freshen Up Your Clarisonic With New Brush Head Sets

Clarisonic has recently launch some amazing brush head sets to freshen up our cleansing regime! They can be used on all Clarisonic devices.  I have a Mia 1, and they work well on it!

I love how Clarisonic cleans the skin so thoroughly. But youd o need to switch out the brush head every few months. Here are the new kits:

Clarisonic Glow Getter Brush Head Set
Clarisonic Glow Getter Brush Head Set

Clarisonic Glow Getter Brush Head Set ($79 USD) — Comforting brush heads and a luxurious cleanser leaves skin allows for a more radiant, glowing complexion. This brush head set includes 2 Radiance Brush Heads with plush bristles to comfortably cleanse skin while improving dullness for more radiant skin; 1 Revitalizing Brush Head with extra fine bristles for aging skin with fine dry lines; and 1 Gentle Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser to wake up dull skin with rich skin brightening botanicals. I was sent this kit for review, and I really like these brush heads and cleanser for my aging skin.  They are gentle, but brighten my skin and leave it very clean!

Clarisonic Fearlessly Flawless Set
Clarisonic Fearlessly Flawless Set

Clarisonic Fearlessly Flawless Set ($79 USD) — This set will leave you with a clear-looking, smoother complexion. This set includes 2 deep pore brush heads, recommended for all skin types with enlarged pores, this brush head is engineered with dual-action bristles to help flush and dislodge oil and debris that clogs pores clinically proven to minimize the appearance of pores; 1 Acne Brush Head for sensitive, acne-prone skin this brush head has extra-plush bristles to provide gentle cleansing; and 1 pore and blemish cleanser to was wary blemishes and problem pores.

Clarisonic the Essentials Set
Clarisonic the Essentials Set

Clarisonic the Essentials Set ($79 USD) — Features the brand’s most popular brush heads. This set will give you optimal cleansing 365 days of the year, and will help you manage changing skin needs due to weather or hormones. This set includes: 1 Deep Pore Brush Head – recommended for all skin types with enlarged pores, this brush head is engineered with dual-action bristles to help flush and dislodge oil and debris that clogs pores clinically proven to minimize the appearance of pores; 1 Acne Brush Head for sensitive, acne-prone skin this brush head has extra-plush bristles to provide gentle cleansing; 1 Radiance Brush head to cleanse skin while improving dullness for more radiant skin; and 1 sensitive brush head for normal to combination skin.

Clarisonic Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit
Clarisonic Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit

Clarisonic Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit ($29 USD) The Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit helps to prep and buff lips to create a flawless canvas before makeup application. The Kit is designed to smooth away dry skin and the most stubborn lip stain – a must-have for any beauty junkie. This set includes 1 Limited Edition Clarisonic Radiance Brush Head with custom color pink filaments to minimize staining from lip makeup removal, 1 NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye, and 1 Clarisonic Mini Refreshing Gel Cleanser.

All of these kits are available in February on Clarisonic.com

Do you have a Clarisonic?  Which brush head do you like to use?

 

 

 

IT Cosmetics’ IT’s All About You! Customer Favorites Collection — QVC TSV!

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IT Cosmetics’ IT’s All About You! Customer Favorites Collection brings your most beautiful self forward with the look of light and color! This Today’s Special Value is  on QVC today, Saturday, March 10th, 2018 and will be offered for one day only!

This exclusive four-piece collection features is valued at $173.43 and it is on sale today for $59.96!  It contains the following products:

  • 2.53-fl oz CC+ Cream Illumination in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich, or Deep
  • 0.192-oz Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks, a peachy-pink shade
  • 0.057-fl oz Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum
  • Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

I have tried all of these amazing products before, except for the brand new lip treatment serum.  Here’s more info on each product:

It all begins with the super-size CC+ Cream Illumination. It’s your complete skin care, your SPF 50 UVA/UVB sunscreen, and full coverage in one step. There is no shimmer or glitter, but a lit-from-within look! Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and other skin-loving ingredients, Drops of Light Technology helps give your skin a beautiful radiance. Paired with the Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, CC+ Cream helps improve the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles.

To brighten the look of your complexion, Bye Bye Pores Blush in the new shade, Sweet Cheeks, instantly diffuses the look of pores and imperfections while giving your skin the perfect kiss of peachy pink. Hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides infused in your blush? That’s what makes IT Cosmetics so different. What’s more, it’s and talc- and paraben-free!

Infused with butters, oils, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants, Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum delivers hydration with your perfect flush of soft, pink color.

You get a HUGE tube of the CC+ Cream Illumination.  This applies so nicely to the skin and makes you look flawless.  Using it with the amazing brush will give a pretty even coverage.  I love IT brushes — so high quality!

I actually have the blush in Sweet Cheeks already and use it every day.  It looks super shimmery in the pan, but when applied, my skin looks so glowy!

The lip product feels nice on.  The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade has been made into so many lip products by IT because it is so popular.  It goes on very light pink, but deepens to a different shade for each person.  On me it’s always super bright pink.  So I don’t wear it often.   If it stayed a light pink, I would love it!

All in all, this is a great deal, especially if you love IT Cosmetics’ fan favorite CC+ Cream.  The jumbo size of that is worth the cost of the whole kit!

Are you picking this up?