Boxycharm Review — August 2017

My very first Boxycharm is here!  I haven’t subscribed to this box before, but I caved when I saw the amazing spoiler of a tarte palette!

Boxycharm is $21 a month and it is a makeup box, which means you receive mostly makeup and tools.  Yes, please!  To subscribe, visit

There were a few different variations. The products in my August box are:

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Diva – $14

The Beauty Crop #GRLPOWER Liquid Lipstick in Date Night – $15

BellaPierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony – $15

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set – $26

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Volume II – $36

My total box value is $106!  Amazing for a $21 box!

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Diva

I don’t normally wear false eyelashes, but I will probably keep these around for a special occasion or Halloween.  They are pretty.

The Beauty Crop #GRLPOWER Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

I will keep this.  I really like the color.  I usually wear nudes or lighter pinks, but this is good for a nice pop of color.  It also dries quickly and doesn’t budge.  The packaging is pretty, too!

BellaPierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony

I only wear black eyeliner to go out, and then I like an eyeliner pen.  I will give this to a friend who will use it!

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set

This is a very nice brush set!  The bristles are really soft and I am looking forward to trying them out.  I received the Pointed Brush BMX-130 (good for blush or powder), the Chisel Brush BMX-250 (nice to highlight or contour) and the Crease Brush BMX-430 (for eye shadow).  I will keep these and use them all.  I definitely don’t have one like the chisel brush, so that will be fun to try.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Volume II

This is a beautiful neutral palette!  The colors are a bit shimmery and I think will be perfect for fall.  I also like the size, this can travel well and fit in purses easier than a long palette.  I love tarte and am excited to try it!

So, my first Boxycharm was a hit!  I will use the tarte palette, the brushes and the lip color.  The other two items I might use later or give away.  But, I think this was really nicely curated.

Do you get Boxycharm?  If so, what items did you get in this month’s box and which is your favorite?




Jane Iredale Naturally Glam Fall 2017 Collection

Today the new Naturally Glam collection from jane iredale has launched! The collection includes rich, vibrant neutrals that are fantastic for day or night! The colors are on trend for fall, deep lips and neutral eyes. Even the packaging evokes the trends for the season, with the eye shadow palette housed in a stunning rose gold compact. Here are the products:

Clearly Pink PurePressed Blush  – ($30 USD) A cheerful wash of color that creates a just-blushed look to define and highlight cheekbones. Formulated with minerals and antioxidants, non-comedogenic, and free of chemical dyes and irritating ingredients. This shade is Bubblegum Pink with a subtle Golden Shimmer.

Naturally Glam Eye Shadow Kit ($59 USD) – These highly-pigmented shadows are simple to blend, sensitivity-tested, and stay put for gorgeous, crease-free, long-lasting eye color. The compact is sized to fit recommended application—a generous base shade, plus perfectly sized detail shades. For added intensity, use a Hydration Spray or water with PurePressed Eye Shadow to amplify the color. Adding to the glam experience is an elegant rose gold mirrored compact with a dual-ended applicator.

Gwen PureMoist Lipstick (Apple Red) ($25 USD) – Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal-soft lips that feel, look, and taste amazing. Moringa Oil saturates the lips with Vitamins A & C while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection. Orange Peel Wax protects the delicate lip area while ultra-moisturizing Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils give a luxurious conditioned and quenched feel to the lips. Organic Pomegranate and Blackberry Fruit Extracts deliver luscious flavors that stimulate the senses. Sleek tube is designed for easy and precise application.

Paris Just Kissed Lip Plumper (Sheer Light Port Wine) ($25 USD)– Top-selling Just Kissed formula delivers moisture and contributes to the appearance of a fuller lip. Tinted lip plumper with unique, time-released peptides designed to increase hydration. Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, and Avocado Oil soften and hydrate. Essential Oils of Lemon and Tangerine help to exfoliate dead skin cells. Beeswax for antioxidant protection.

What do you think about this gorgeous collection?  Are you picking anything up?

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 7-13, 2017

It is getting hot again here in Kansas City, and humid.  Our backyard is a swamp because it has been raining and the bugs are out, so I say inside.

This has giving me a change to try new products. My faves this week  include two new breakthrough skincare items and a cool foundation:

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvinating Retinol+Superfood Oil and Pads

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvinating Retinol+Superfood Oil and Pads ($75 USD) — the nighttime solution specifically formulated to help combat key signs of aging including lines, wrinkles, discoloration,
pores, roughness, firmness and radiance. this nourishing nighttime formula delivers clinically proven anti-aging power.

What I think:  To use this product, pour the entire bottle over the pads.  Then, this it to be applied every night after cleansing and before hydrating skin.  After using,  skin feels firmer and pores are visibly reduced. This is easy to use and really tightens skin and gives a youthful glow!

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StriVectin Multi-Action Active Infusion Youth Serum

StriVectin Multi-Action Active Infusion Youth Serum ($89 1 oz) –Visibly smooths lines, firms and unifies overall texture. Instantly infuses skin with sophisticated luminosity. Clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier 2x.

What I think:  First of all, the product in the bottle is so pretty!  This is gorgeous for morning and/or evening use before moisturizer.  Once applied, skin is brightened and looks smooth and clear.  This definitely makes you look younger!
Julep Cushion Complexion

Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric ($30 or $24 if you are a Julep Maven) — This multitasking skin perfector has a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs & brightens. The convenient cushion tip applicator allows for easy and precise application, even on the go. Use it to spot correct and conceal, or all over as a foundation.

What I think:  This product is unlike anything I have tried before!   I received it in my August Maven box.  I have been subscribing for years (I usually don’t review the box, because I only get a couple of items in it a month).

This has a sponge applicator, which is not new, but the fact that this can be a full face foundation is, plus it dries down to a matte finish almost immediately.  If is full coverage and really pretty on. You only get a few minutes of play because it sets too, and I have found that I don’t need finishing powder with it.  There are 18 shade available, so there’s a shade for almost everyone!

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Stay Shine-Free And Glowing This Summer With LORAC!

LORAC Cosmetics is currently one of my favorite brands.  Their color cosmetics are gorgeous and have great staying power.

I was recently sent products to test for my honest opinion that are keeping me fresh and glowing this summer.  They are:

LORAC TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder

LORAC TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder ($32 USD) — Discover your inner glowing goddess with LORAC Los Angeles TANtalizing Buildable Bronzing Powder. Highly pigmented and formulated to offer long-lasting, natural-looking warmth for radiant skin from sun up to sundown. Featuring finishes and hues in matte, satin, high-shine, warm, and cool, there’s a sun-kissed color for every shade of skin.

What I think:  The color above is called Pool Party and it is a light color with a matte finish.  I’m letting my (faux) tan fade away, so this is perfect for lighter skin.  It is warm toned and really pretty on.  I can see myself wearing this in the cooler months when I am pasty white and need some warmth.  It blends really well, too.

These come in 5 shades with different finishes, so if you like a shimmery bronzer — I like both matte and shimmer — there is one for you!

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Loose Powder

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Loose Powder ($32 USD) — This innovative formula contains natural peppermint and brightens, absorbs oils, and keeps your skin cool and shine-free throughout the day. The silky texture of the finely milled formula applies smoothly and evenly, and helps makeup stay fresh all day by instantly blurring pores and imperfections.

What I think:  I use a setting powder every day, so I was excited to try these powders.  This applies smoothly and doesn’t settle into pores or lines.  I like how it goes on clear and it is not cakey and doesn’t discolor my makeup.  It sets my face and helps the makeup last!

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Pressed Powder

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Pressed Powder ($32 USD) — This formula is the same as the loose powder, but in pressed form.  Because this paraben-free, weightless formula is translucent, it works on every skin tone and refreshes makeup throughout the day by absorbing excess oils without looking chalky.

What I think:  I love to throw this one in my purse.  Since it is solid, it doesn’t make a mess and is so easy to take out and refresh my makeup. Like the loose powder it applies seamlessly and looks like I don’t have any powder on!

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly-pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration. Embrace your every identity and dress up your lips with LORAC.

What I think:  These lippies are so hydrating, I think they are somewhere between a stain and a tinted lip balm.  They are very pigmented and look like a cream lipstick on, but last a longtime and feel amazing on. They are available in 10 gorgeous shades.  The one shown is Activist, a pretty berry shade.

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Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite LORAC product?  I know they have new Pro Satin Lip Colors and POREfection Complexion Pens that I hope to try.  Here are my reviews of LORAC’s Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean collections.

Brand Review: OFRA Cosmetics Part 1 — Makeup


I was recently sent a wonderful package of OFRA Cosmetics products for my honest review!  It’s so exciting!  OFRA is a favorite brand of bloggers and vloggers, that I am so happy to be able to test and review them (not to mention add to my beauty collection)!

Today I am reviewing the makeup that I received. And I will be reviewing some OFRA Skincare in a few days.

Here is what I received, and I also have some swatches.  Please be gentle, I don’t swatch a lot, so I’m not great at it!

The products I received are:

Signature Shadow Set – Radiant Eyes ($30 USD)

Eye Gel Primer ($20 USD)

HD Volumizing Mascara ($25 USD)

Eyebrow Gel ($27 USD)

Absolute Cover Silk Peptide Foundation ($39.95 USD)

Americano Bronzer ($35 USD)

Beverly Hills Highlighter ($40.00 USD)

Long Lasting Liquid Lip Set – The Nudes ($50 USD)


Signature Shadow Set – Radiant Eyes

I’m going to start with one of my fave items — the Signature Shadow Set in Radiant eyes.  I was so pleasantly surprised by this palette.  I know OFRA for their highlighters and liquid lipsticks, and I had no idea that their eye shadows were so amazing!

All of the shadows have a beautiful shimmer and are warm and gorgeous.  I know that warm browns, bronzes and rusts are all the rage, but I wear all sorts of different colored shadows.  I thought this might be a little safe, but it is so gorgeous on!  All of the colors work well for day or night.  They are nicely pigmented with little fall out when applied.  Beautiful!

Next are the basics, products I (mostly) wear every day.  The foundation is so light, it feels amazing on the skin, like a serum.  But it has great coverage, too.

The mascara gives amazing length, volume and definition.  I’ve only worn it a few times, but I love that it doesn’t flake or run throughout the day.

I’m still on the fence on the gel eye primer.  It is so thin when I apply it, and I don’t know if it helps give shadows staying power.  I put it on today and applied (another brand) matte shadows.  That was a couple of hours ago and you can barely see the shadows on.  I’m going to try it again with my Ofra shadows, and maybe let it dry for a while before I apply the shadows and see what happens.

I don’t usually do my brows (I know, beauty sacrilege).  They are full and dark, and I usually just tweeze them.  I have very fair skin (when I’m not tan) and very dark hair, and darker brows look a little silly on my.  But, I have to say that I used a little of this mousse and it did look nice.  I has a soft texture, but dries down nicely and stays all day!

From left to right is the foundation, eye primer and eyebrow gel.  The foundation is perfect for my skin when it is a bit lighter.  The eyebrow gel is exactly the color of my brows!

Yay, my new loves!  The Americano bronzer is gorgeous!  It’s a warm, glowy bronzer with a little shimmer, but not glittery or orange on my skin.  It’s a soft, silky powder and blends very well.

And, oh the highlighter!  I love the five shades.  You can use them individually or blend some or all together for a custom glow.  So much fun to play with.  Can be built up for a stunning glow!

This isn’t a great swatch, but it does show the pigment, if not the glow.  The highlighting shades are the first 5 and the bronzer is the last one.  It looks dark, but can be applied lighter and blended out.  I love to mix the highlighters together but my fave alone is the second to the left, the pinkish one.  So pretty!

And last, but not least, the gorgeous lippies.  I haven’t tried these before, but have heard wonderful things!  And they did not disappoint!

I don’t usually wear matte liquid lipsticks because they are too drying on my lips.  These aren’t!  They are very creamy on and keep lips hydrated.  They also last for hours, which is amazing!

From left to right is Dubai, Manila (a new shade) and Bel Air.  Dubai is a little brown for me and washes me out, but the other two suit me well!

I am looking forward to trying more of these in the future.  Maybe some cooler or darker shades.

I really loved trying OFRA!  I found some products that I will be using for a long time and I am looking forward to trying others in the future (check out the new Must Have Mattes palette — beautiful!).  You can purchase these and more at

I will be reviewing OFRA skincare in a few days, so stay tuned!

Have you tried OFRA? Which products do you love?

My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 24-30, 2017

It’s finally cooled down in Kansas City.  In in the mid 80’s instead of the high 90’s.  So much better!  My kids have two more weeks of summer and

This week, I am loving products to help give me a summer glow.  These include an illuminating primer, a sheer lipstick, a matte, loose eyes hadow and luxe hair styling products:

LORAC Light Source Illuminating 3-in-1 Primer

LORAC Light Source Illuminating 3-in-1 Primer ($35 USD) — Instantly bring luminosity and life to your face while preserving your makeup throughout the day with LORAC Los Angeles Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer. This paraben-free, high-pearl primer is infused with light diffusing, soft focus pigments for a silky smooth, luminous glow.

What I think: This is a gorgeous primer for the summer.  I have it in Dusk, which is a bronzey primer and it also comes in Dawn, a pearly primer.  Dusk is so pretty.  I use it to prime my skin and it also gives it a glow underneath my makeup.  My makeup also lasts long when I use it.

essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick

essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick ($1.49 USD) — For smudge-proof and defined lips, this creamy yet sheer formula goes on like a balm and deposits buildable color with fantastic shine.

What I think: This insanely inexpensive lipstick a very moisturizing.  It is very sheer and balm-like, but does give a light color.  It is perfect for the no-makeup look.

Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow
Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow — ($14 USD) Richly pigmented and versatile, Satin Matte Eyeshadow has buildable coverage that can be subtle or bold. You decide. The natural loose-mineral eye shadow gives a gentle matte finish.
What I think: This is a natural, matte lipstick that keeps eyes fresh all summer long!  I have it in this light color, Ash that is a wonderful base or light lid color.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Blow Dry Beautifiers

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Blow Dry Beautifiers ($39 each) — Go nude with Shu! The brand’s latest innovation: Blow Dry Beautifiers (available for thick and thin hair), are designed to help women with the ultimate at-home blow dry. Born from the popularity of cosmetic BB creams , these blow-dry balms bring natural, flawless and effortless looking radiance to the hair category.

What I think: Both of these are amazing, one is for thick and one for thin hair. They are used before blow drying to make hair soft and manageable.  I use the thin hair one, and it gives my hair volume and bounce.

What products are you loving this week?

Gorgeous Lippies For National Lipstick Day

It’s National Lipstick Day, Hooray!  For me, lipstick it the finishing step to a complete

From the classic lipstick bullets, to tints and balms to the popular liquid lipstick — there are amazing formulas and brilliant colors for everyone! Buckle up, everyone — here’s a long list of amazing choices!

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick ($6.99 USD) — Color Counts! This CATRICE lipstick is highly pigmented, with perfect coverage and shine. Creates a smooth, creamy and long-lasting texture. Available in 13 shades.

essence matt matt matt lipstick
essence matt matt matt lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Once, twice, three times kiss proof! This smooth new lipstick glides over lips to provide a sophisticated, longlasting matte finish and bold color without drying out. Available in 8 shades.
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Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes

Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes ($24 Each) –The rich texture delivers the perfect amount of pigment with an ideal sheen to show off your nude. Enriched with natural oils, waxes and antioxidant Vitamin E, these smooth, luxe and comfortable nudes are super-charged with hydrating nutrients to impart a modern, vinyl-like look and feel to the lips.  Effortlessly chic and universally flattering, this is a collection for the nude obsessed and the nuances that go into a beautiful nude experience. The shades available are The Truth – Pretty pinky nude, The Whole Truth – Perfect peachy nude, and Nothing But the Truth – Beautiful beige nude

Available at on August 1st
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection ($25 USD) –Encapsulated within every lipstick in this collection are gold flecks and a single wild chrysanthemum flower.The lipsticks turn to different shades of glossy pink and fuchsia and vary according to your body temperature.

Jelly-like texture feels soothing and hydrating, it offers the high shine of a gloss with the comfort of a lipstick. Gold flakes inside impart a subtle shimmer to your lips.

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LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain
LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19.00 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly- pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration.
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ALIMA PURE LIP TINT ($14 USD) — Lip Tint is a buttery lip balm, packed with lush pigments, that conditions lips with a sheer wash of color. Formulated with a blend of soothing oils, including coconut, pumpkin seed and pomegranate seed oils, butters and waxes for a rich moisturizing finish. Available in seven shades.
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BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip ($7.95 USD) — Get the convenience of a lip pencil with the vibrant color of a lipstick in a easy-to-apply retractable pen. Enriched with emollient butters and vitamins C & E, these pigment-rich lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish.
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Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18 USD) — Ultra matte budgeproof liquid lipstick delivers intense long wear color! High coverage long-wear formula dries fast and doesn’t smudge! Formula is feather proof and does not settle into fine lines. Lightweight moisturizing texture feels comfortable on lips. Suede matte finish does not crack or flake on lips.

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Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers ($24 USD)  Introducing FAMOUS LAST WORDS in CHEERS! Cheers contains the same non-drying properties as the other shades in the Famoius Last Words Collection with an added mesmerizing sheen. It glides on smooth and wet, then sets to a luxurious velvet matte finish, leaving your lips moisturized and pigmented down to the very last word. Cheers!

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