BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — November 2018

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Hi all! I received my November BoxyCharm! I see the spoilers each month, so I basically knew what I was getting. I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for over a year.

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

This month I received:

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I went out of town this weekend and came back a couple of days ago, and for some reason I didn’t do individual shots of the products like I usually do before I left.  But, here is the eyeshadow palette and the Cover FX drops:

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This palette is so pretty!  I love the mix of mattes and shimmers.  This will make a really bold eye.  I haven’t tried it because I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it.  I just got the Bobbi Brown Infra-red palette, and the shades are similar.  I think this will make a nice gift for someone.

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This is a new shade of the Cover FX Glitter Drops.  It is a limited edition coppery-gold shade, exclusive for the holiday season. Ultra-concentrated drops of golden glitter that impart a high impact, light- reflective finish. It’s cool that they included a new shade of a popular product.  I won’t use this, so I’ll probably give it away.

For the other three products, I have already used and love the brushes. The are small detail brushes, and I have been needing some.  Luxie brushes are always such great quality. I won’t use the lashes or the eyeliner, so I will be giving them away.

So this wasn’t the best month for items I’ll use, but I did get a bunch of gifts from it, so it is a win! I have so much makeup that I really don’t need to be getting this, but it is just so much fun!  And for $21, it’s such a great deal!

And next month I should be getting BoxyLuxe.  I’m so excited, it looks like an amazing box!

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

 

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Sephora Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2018

Hi all!  It’s time for my first holiday gift guide of 2018! The year has flown by! By I’m definitely ready for holiday shopping and picking out the perfect gifts!

Sephora is such an amazing store for gorgeous beauty products.  So it’s not a surprise that they also have amazing gifts for the holidays! Below are fab palettes and sets of makeup brushes, skincare and hair care:

Sephora Collection The Enchanting Colors Eye and Face Palette
Sephora Collection The Enchanting Colors Eye and Face Palette

 

Sephora Collection The Enchanting Colors Eye and Face Palette ($18 USD) — A palette for the face and eyes, composed of eyeshadows, brow powders, and a blush for an enchanting look. The palette includes eight matte and shimmer eyeshadows including two dazzling illuminators, two brow powders in natural shades, and an ultra-fresh blush. A five-step tutorial is included inside the palette to help you create an enchanting makeup look for a magical Christmas and New Year.

Bobbi Brown Infra-Red Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Infra-Red Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Infra-Red Eyeshadow Palette ($39 USD) — A mix-and-match spectrum of matte, metallic, and sparkle shades perfect for creating sizzling eye looks.

This set contains:
– 6 x 0.07 oz/ 2 g Eyeshadows in Stone Cold (light warm peach), Red Rock (rich rust-red), Behind the Sun (metallic bronzed peach gold), Slow Burn (sparkling bright copper gold), Interstellar (metallic warm white gold), Solar Flame (rich burgundy brown)
– 2 x 0.06 oz/ 1.71 g Eyeshadows in Infra-Red (shimmering warm pink with gold reflections), Fever Dream (shimmering bright copper)

Sephora Collection Spellbound Brush Set

Sephora Collection Spellbound Brush Set ($49 USD) — A medium size, seven-piece full-face brush set complete with a beautiful compact carrying case to store your brushes while traveling. This brush set has all the essential brushes you need to create any full face look. Includes: Buffing foundation, pointed powder, angled concealer, fan brush, flat shadow, crease brush and angled liner. All synthetic fibers. These brushes are vegan, synthetic, and cruelty-free.

This set contains:
– Flat shadow brush
– Buffing foundation brush
– Angled concealer brush
– Pointed powder brush
– Fan brush
– Crease brush
– Angled liner brush
– Pouch

Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly Radiance-Boosting Super Set

Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly Radiance-Boosting Super Set

Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly Radiance-Boosting Super Set ($49 USD) — A set of age-defying essentials that delivers ultimate hydration, evens skin tone, and targets fine lines.

Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum brightens, visibly firms, improves concealer wear, and reduces the look of fines lines and wrinkles over time. C-Rush delivers 24-hour hydration, while creating a smooth, radiant canvas for makeup. Banana Bright, inspired by “banana powder,” targets dark circles and helps improve concealer wear. Goodnight Glow, with bakuchiol—a natural retinol alternative—targets major signs of aging and dark spots.

This set contains:
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Truth Serum
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Banana Bright Eye Crème
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème

IGK Get Lit Kit

IGK Get Lit Kit ($29 USD) — A limited-edition trio of IGK hair care bestsellers to cleanse, refresh, and hydrate on the go.

This limited-edition set is everything you need to get and extend your perfect style. Wash with LOW KEY Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub to exfoliate away dirt, oil, and product buildup while apple cider vinegar clarifies and peppermint oil rebalances. Apply MISTRESS Hydrating Hair Balm to damp hair—the coconut oil and shea butter formula will melt into hair for instant softness and frizz control. Extend your style with FIRST CLASS Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. It uses charcoal powders and seven percent active cleansing powders to give a deep, detoxifying clean that absorbs oils and eliminates odor.

This set contains:
– 6.3 oz/ 288 mL First Class Dry Shampoo
– 0.75 oz/ 22 mL Lowkey Cleansing Walnut Scrub
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm

So my first gift guide is done!  Stay tuned for more beauty and other exciting gift guides.

Do you love getting holiday gifts for others and yourself for the holidays?  Have you picked up any fun holiday sets?

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?

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!

img_1044.jpg  We get brushes in almost every BoxyCharm.  I don’t use all of them, but I will use these.  The P12 is so soft, and is nice for bronzing or blush. I’ve haven’t played with the eye trio yet, but I will.  I am excited to try them with the new liner!

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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?