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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review –August 2018

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I received my August BoxyCharm so early this month. I’m very excited about that!

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!

This month I received:

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I was so happy to get these eye masks! I have seen them reviewed and thought they looked fun!  They are gold foil on the outside and a cellulose fiber that delivers hyaluronic acid and more! They look so cute on and when I removed them, my eyes looked amazing!  Very smooth, bright, and my dark circles were reduced! Love!

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The style of these lashes are Siren.  I don’t wear lashes, but they are pretty.  The band is really thin and I think these would actually fit my eyes.  These might come in handy later, so I’ll hang on to them.

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This Adesse New York oil includes Vitamin E, shea oil, sweet almond, and jojoba oils.  This has a light scent.  I haven’t used it yet because I have a cuticle oil I forget to use. I think I might give this away.

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After I received this palette, I told my daughter who is leaving for college that I had a nice, neutral palette for her.  Then I showed her this.  She laughed so hard!

This palette is very good quality.  It has sturdy packaging and a really nice mirror. The colors are obviously very bright.  I am going to try them out soon and may do a review of the palette alone.

I will have swatches of this, the brow cream and the lipstick below.

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Bang Beauty Chocolate Eyeliner — I don’t usually use eyeliner.  I use shadow to line my eyes.  But I do like gel eyeliner.  I don’t wear black often, so this might be nice for every day. I will try this out.  (But I don’t think it will work with the bright Laura Lee palette)!  IMG_1798

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Action, vivid orchid cream.  This is such a creamy lipstick that feels so good on! And the color is so pretty.  But it’s not really for me.  I like nudes or pinks.  I have tried it out, so I will keep it.  Who knows, I might use it (and this will go with the Laura Lee palette!)

Here are my swatches:

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On the left is the eyeliner.  I should have applied it with a brush because it was hard to do with my finger.  You can see the color and it was really difficult to remove so it  would probably last a long time on the eyes.

The lipstick is next.  It’s really pretty.  The next 6 shades are Laura Lee’s palette. From left to right is Issa Party, Damage Control, Karaoke, Dranks, Bottoms Up and Hungover.  I have tried one shade, Hungover in my crease, outer corner and under my eyes.  And it was gorgeous!  So I’m kind of excited about the crazy colors.

I think this month was okay.  I will use all of the eye masks and I’ll try out the palette and eyeliner.  I’ll keep the lipstick or give it to my daughter.  I’ll hold on to the lashes just in case I need them.  I will probably give the nail oil away.  I usually don’t keep as many products out of my BoxyCharm. So while I’m not blown away by anything, I will use some of it.

What do you think of these products?  Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you receive?

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Review

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Hi All! I’m excited to be reviewing the new Norvina palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This palette was created by Anastasia’s daughter Norvina.

“I have always wanted to create a palette that embodies my spirit. I’m a dreamer at heart and get lost in my own fantasy world daily. It’s a whimsical place that leaves you feeling carefree. If I had to explain how these colors made me feel, I would say “happy”.” – Norvina
I was so excited when I first saw this palette!  Purple is my favorite color and I thought it was so gorgeous!  I have a few ABH palettes, and I noticed that this one has more glitters — which I love!
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The packaging of this is the soft velvet of all of the ABH palettes.  It’s pretty, but does get dirty really fast.
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The inside has a large mirror and comes with a double-ended brush that is good quality.

Shades:

  • Dreamer (metallic pink champagne)
  • Base (matte eggshell)
  • Summer (metallic foiled golden topaz)
  • Soul (matte wisteria)
  • Wild Child (duo-chrome frosty pink w/ a magenta shift)
  • Incense (matte dusty terracotta)
  • Rose Gold (metallic rosewood)
  • Love (matte mid-tone cool pink)
  • Celestial (duo-chrome plum w/ a violet shift)
  • Volatile (matte warm charcoal)
  • Dazzling (duo-chrome cool-tone bronze w/ a violet shift)
  • Eccentric (matte dark burnt orange)
  • Drama (duo-chrome aubergine w/ a cool bronze shift)
  • Passion (matte deep garnet)

Here are swatches:

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Here are the mattes — Base, Soul, Incense, Love, Volatile, Eccentric and Passion.  You can’t really see it in the photo, but Base, Soul and Love all have a little shimmer in them. I still use them in my crease and on my lid, but they are a bit shimmery.  The other mattes are pigmented and a little powdery like normal Anastasia mattes.
There is kick up in the pan on most of the shadows in this palette. But all of the Anastasia palettes I have do this, so I’m just careful while applying.
So I have been using this for about a week, and honestly am still deciding how much I like it.  It isn’t as bright and fun as I had hoped, but it is a really pretty neutral palette with a few pops of purple.  And I have created natural glam and smokey eye looks using it.
I will keep playing with it and I think it will transition nicely into the fall months.
Have you picked up the ABH Norvina palette?  What do you think?

Project Pan August-September 2018

Hey all! I’m back with my third project pan of the year! I’ve been doing quarterly pans, but I took a month off.  So this third pan is only two months.

The products below are mostly skincare, with some makeup and other products thrown in!

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I have chosen 10 products for my 2 month pan.  Most of these are at least half way full, so I should be able get through most of them!

Here is a description of each product and what I think of it.  Buckle up, this is going to be a long one!

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Both of these are from Victoria Principal’s natural skincare line Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical.  I have been loving products from this line.  So great for aging skin and I love that they are good for me! They are almost used up so they should be empty by the end of the pan.

Synant Peptide — gives skin a botanically based serum specially infused with exclusive Synant Peptide. This formula helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity, hydration and radiance while visibly minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Principal Secret Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Fluid Eye Cream — This botanically based eye formula is designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and undereye puffiness. Superior botanicals from the Brazilian Rain Forest work alongside scientifically advanced ingredients plus a special light refractor to operate as an instant concealer that visibly diminish imperfections.

You can check out these products on www.reclaimbotanical.com

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Philosophy hope in a jar — lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant. this high-performing moisturizer contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that helps remove surface dead skin cells, and beta-glucan to promote overall skin health by helping to strengthen skin’s natural rejuvenation potential.

yes to superblueberries RECHARGING GREEK YOGURT &PROBIOTICS 3-IN-1 MASK, SCRUB & CLEANSER — Cleanse, exfoliate and treat your skin with this supercharged 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser. Formulated for stressed skin, this rich, creamy formula provides customized use…can be used as a mask, scrub or cleanser separately or all together to recharge and rebalance skin. 

I have had the  the hope in a jar for a while now and need to use it up.  It looks thick, but turns into a lighter cream once applied.  It’s really nice for the summer.  This jar is pretty full (as is the Yes to mask) so I need to make an effort to use it up.

The yes to superblueberries mask/scrub/cleanser is really creamy and sticks to my skin, so it works best as a mask, then wiped off with a damp towel.  It leaves my skin so soft and glowy!

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Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz — Botanics 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz, a generous spritz of this organic rose-water toner purifies and refreshes skin after cleansing, as it delicately yet effectively removes traces of make-up, leaving the skin feeling revitalized.

Pacifcia Crystal Power Hydro Mist — Your skin will look amazing and your soul will love the aromapowers. Watermelon, lemongrass and rose crystal extracts unite with aloe to bring you hydration and a refreshing boost with Pacifica’s Crystal Power Hydro Mist. This is your moment to shine bright.

I love both of these mists, but I have SO many mists right now, I need to use some up!  I use the Botanics mist (which smells like rose) after I wash my face and before my skincare, and the Pacifica mist (which smells like watermelon) before and after applying makeup.  They smell amazing and are so refreshing!

Both of these are available at Ulta.

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer — PÜR’s unique primer with prismatic blurring micro-pearls helps to color correct while age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation — Rimmel’s most lightweight long-lasting formula. It perfects your skin with medium buildable coverage whilst enriched with breathable skin technology that doesn’t clog pores. Moisturizes for up to 25HRS. With SPF 18.

The primer is looks shimmery first, but when applied well, it blurs all imperfections and skin looks so smooth! It’s really hydrating, too.

The foundation is a medium coverage which I love for everyday. It’s a little glowy and hydrating, which I need right now.  My skin is a little dry.

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Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit —  A crisp blend of sparkling grapefruit and vanilla softly scents skin. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.

Tigi Bed Head After-Party — The perfect party favor for TIGI’s frizz prone friends. After-Party hair creme for silky, smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair. Control the funky fly-aways and silk-ify your hair.
I love Lavanila Body Butter.  It is super hydrating and always smells amazing. This is about half full.
The Tigi hair cream is so good on my frizzy hair! It also makes my hair soft and shiny. I have been using this for a while, and there isn’t a lot left.
So there are my products for my third Project Pan of 2018.  I have less than two months to use these up.  I should be able to do it!
Are you doing project pans this year?  How’s it going?

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous Glowing Summer Products!

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Hi All!  August is here and summer is still going strong. I’m not a big fan of the heat and humidity, but I do like the glow of summer makeup and fun colors on my eyes and nails.

Here are some of the products I have been enjoying using:

Rimmel London Wonder Wing Eyeliner Stamp ($6.99 USD) — I have not mastered winged eyeliner.  In fact, I’m pretty terrible at it.  That’s why I was excited to try this liner. The end of the liner has a long triangle shape to stamp a wing.  And that does work, but it takes practice. There is a point at the end to use it as a liner, but it bleeds onto my eye.  My trick is to use the stamp for the wing and connect it with a gel pen or eyeliner pencil.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Summer Solstice Collection features 8 new, exotic shades.  Plus, it’s great to wear on vacation and it lasts and lasts.  Here are the shades:
●       After Altar Take it to the dancefloor post-vows in a soft & subtle light nude
●       Forever Together It’s fate! Raise a glass to a go-with-anything dusty purple
●       Golden Glow Extend your summer glow with this metallic gold
●       I Lava You Whisper sweet nothings donning a perfectly pearly pink (available in a duo pack with Miracle Gel™ Top Coat)
●       Just Wanna Have Sun Enjoy bright, sunny days in a red-orange tint that evokes a tropical sunset (available in a duo pack with Miracle Gel™ Top Coat)
●       Koi Coral Spend days snorkeling in a cool coral shade
●       Ocean Daze Pick a marital-minded mint crème shade for your seaside escape
●       Sea Gals Make it a magical mermaid moment in this shimmery aqua blue
I have the shades Golden Glow, Koi Coral, and Sea Gals. They are all gorgeous on! The Sally Hansen Summer Solstice Collection Retails for $9.99 each and is available at Walgreens.
Jergens Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse ($11.99 USD) —  I love this easy to use self tanner! Just apply this mousse to the body and let dry.  Then you can dress and go.  
Color will develop instantly and deepen over the next several hours. Use once for natural-looking color and repeat the next day if deeper color is desired. Availalbe in two shades — Light Bronze and Deep Bronze.
WUNDER2 Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder ($22 USD) — I have this powder in the Bronzing Veil.  It is a buildable finish that smooths the skin and has a nice warm tone.  Perfect for a summer glow.  This is also available in a Translucent finishing powder.

WUNDER2 Super-Stay Liquid Eyeliner ($15.95 USD) — This liquid liner is so easy to use.  Waterproof and smudge-proof, the highly pigmented liquid eyeliner has a precision tip to create ultra-thin lines.  It comes in 6 fun shades.  The shades I have are Gold Mine, Red Velvet, Orange Pop and Electric Blue. Purchase WUNDER2 products at Ulta.com or www.wunder2.com

What new products have you been using this summer?

 

July 2018 Beauty Favorites

I can’t believe it’s August!  It has been hot in Kansas City since mid-May so I am ready for summer to be over.  My youngest daughter is starting high school in two weeks as my middle daughter goes off to college.  So many changes!

And so many choices — at least for my fave July products.  I loved so many makeup products this month.  Here they are:

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Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette — I received this for my birthday in June and have been loving it since! There is such a great variety of shades.  The shadows are so buttery and blend well, too. It will work nicely in the fall and winter months because there are some gorgeous plums and greens.

Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe  Vol.1 — This bright palette came in my June BoxyCharm.  These are normally not shades I would wear — orange, red, blue — but these shades are so creamy and pigmented, it’s hard not to love them.  I use them with a light hand and they are so pretty!

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Smart Tint Lip Color — This is a self-adjusting lip color. It has two sides.  The dark blue shade turns rosy on my lips and the light blues turns a shimmery pink.  Very fun and hydrating!

Urban Decay Chill Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray — I have been using this all summer. This has Temperature Control Technology that actually chills the surface of my makeup to keep it looking fresh for up to 12 hours.  This also helps powders melt into my skin and I look dewy, not dry!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 — I really like this.  It is a comfort matte so it is not too drying, but stays in place all day.  I need it in a lighter shade, but I have been mixing it with a light foundation and it looks great!

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer — I LOVE this!  I got a sample in a free gift from Ulta this spring and bought the full sized one last month.  I use it every time I wear mascara.  It gives length and fullness to my lashes.  My lashes are very short, so they need this! L’Oreal now has a  rose gold primer that’s a part of their Lash Paradise collection, so I’ll pick that up, too!

Pixi Beauty Glow Cake in GildedBare Glow — I received this for review and ever since, I have used it every day. It gives me the perfect summer glow.  I swirl my brush in the whole pan and cover my cheek with it.  I then use the lightest shade as a hilghighter on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow.  Gorgeous!

Pixi Beauty Rose Mist — I love using this in the morning after I wash my skin, before serums and creams.  It helps soothe my sensitive skin and gives a glow. It also helps hydrate, which I love.  Plus, it smells amazing!

What products were you loving in July?

 

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Gorgeous Lippies for National Lipstick Day on July 29, 2018!

Today is National Lipstick Day! It’s time to wear your favorite lip product — or maybe buy a new one!

I thought I would spotlight some of my fave lip products. Need some ideas? Lipstick-Method-In-The-Madness-Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick ($25, on sale today for $17.50) Lipstick Queen invites you to experience the magical chaos of Method In The Madness as swirls of ultra-luxe creamy hues combine into one bold lip color of its own.

Featuring several uniquely stunning shades, this rich and hydrating formula is infused with vitamin E leaving lips soft and supple to the touch.

The entire Lipstick Queen brand is on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.  Also check out another fave, the Nothing But the Nudes collection each shade is $16.80 today!

 

Rimmel London has amazing lip products!

Lasting Finish Lipstick ($4.99) — Intense long lasting color for up to 8 hours wear.  +25% color impact, smooth creamy texture and all day comfort

Stay Glossy ($3.99) –These are high shine lip gloss.  Gorgeous alone or over a lipstick.

Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick ($4.99) — A new vivid satin liquid lip color with superior color payoff! High-intensity color that delivers a bold satin finish in one stroke,lasts up to 8 hours and is comfortable on the lips. Available in 14 bold shades

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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline has some of the best lipsticks out there!  The SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a hit and is on sale today at Ulta!

This liquid lipstick features a unique arrow applicator for precise application and is available in a range of super saturated shades. It features a flawless matte finish, highly-pigmented color and is a long-lasting, saturated matte.

Select Maybelline lip products are on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.

WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER

Define your glossy lip look with our ‘first of its kind’ WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER ($11.95) to be used specifically with your favorite lip gloss! Use our unique glossy formula on the outside of the lips to create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. Available in 3 shades to perfectly complement the WUNDERKISSLip Plumping Glosses, create the most precise & perfect pout with gloss-rich lips.

What are your favorite lip products?  And what are you wearing today for National Lipstick Day?

 

 

 

 

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IT Cosmetics CC Your Most Beautiful Skin Anti-Aging Set QVC TSV!

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It’s time for a new and IT Cosmetics and QVC’s Today’s Special Value.  It is on for one day only, Friday, July 27th.

The price is $49.20 plus $3 shipping and handling.  Tomorrow it will be $59.75 and the value of all of the products is $121!  This is a really good deal.  You can purchase it here.

You can also purchase it on auto-delivery so you can continue to receive the CC+ Cream and Powder here.  This is available on qvc.com or you can watch it on TV and call in to make an order.

In this set. you get the following products:

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Includes 1.08-fl oz Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil Free Matte with SPF 40 in Fair, Fair Light, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Neutral Medium, Medium Tan, Neutral Tan, Tan, Rich, Rich Honey, or Deep; 0.33-oz Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with SPF 50 in a corresponding shade; and Heavenly Skin CC Skin Perfecting Brush #70

Customer Choice Beauty Award-winning Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream–the game-changing beauty innovation that is complete skin care, SPF 40, and full coverage all in one step–is now oil free! As skin care, new CC+ Oil Free Matte contains peptides, niacinamide, and hydrolyzed collagen. As color-correcting full coverage, you won’t need to wear a separate foundation or concealer to cover the look of skin imperfections. Available in your choice of 12 shades, it looks like your skin, but better, with a natural-looking matte finish.

To airbrush the look of your skin, new CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder is sheer to full-coverage finishing veil in a corresponding shade. This talc-free powder is infused with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, and silk powder, and provides buildable color-correcting coverage and SPF 50 sun protection!

The Heavenly Skin CC Skin Perfecting Brush is custom-cut and perfect to use with CC+ Oil Free Matte and CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder.

To airbrush away the look of pores and imperfections, buff CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder all over your skin using the CC Skin Perfecting Brush. Wear alone as your buildable coverage or over your CC+ Oil Free Matte as a finishing veil.

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I’ve been really loving the CC+ Matte cream.  I have it in Light. It’s full coverage foundation that is a comfortable matte.  It’s not too drying on my combination skin. I like to apply this with a sponge, rather than a brush so that I can control the amount of coverage I get and how matte it gets. I think the only issue I have is that I probably should have got it in the shade Fair Light.  It looks very dark on my skin in natural light even though it looks okay when I apply it indoors.  It either is a shade dark or it oxidizes.  It doesn’t go orange, thank goodness, but I look very, very tan (for me).  So I either make sure I apply it to my face, neck and chest, or I mix it with a lighter foundation.  So that’s something to keep in mind.

I use the included brush to set the CC+ cream with the powder. My powder is in the shade Light to match the CC+ Cream. It starts out sheer, but can be built up.  I love that both the powder and cream have SPF.  I feel so protected when I wear them.

I have to say that I like this more than the original CC+ cream.  The original cream is a bit heavy on my skin, but this feels so light on and gives a beautiful soft-matte finish!  I love this for summer.

Are you planning on picking this up today?