March 2020 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you’re well and staying safe.

Below are my beauty faves for March.  As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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I had a pretty good mix of skincare and makeup this month — plus a perfume!

Here’s a close up of the eyeshadow and face palette:

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This is the Viseart Paris EDIT Eyeshadow Palette.  I picked this up at the beginning of the month and love it!  I can create cool and warm tone looks and every shade is stunning! This is my first Viseart palette and I am so impressed with the quality. It’s tiny, but I love that it has so many shade in it.  I will definitely be purchasing another palette from Viseart in the future.

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This is the Stay Naked Threesome Bronze, Blush and Highlighter Palette in Naked and it’s such a nice face palette.  It’s compact enough that it’s perfect to travel with (someday).  I love having my bronzer, blush and highlighter in the same palette.  So convenient!

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This is my current favorite skincare. The Derma E Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste helps to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, revealing a radiant and beautiful complexion.  I also like using it as a mask.

The Tonymoly Vital Vita 12 Synergy Ampoule is infused with Niacinamide, Adenosine and the exclusive Vita-12 multi-vitamin compound that uses nanosome technology that provides 12 types of vitamins (A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B8, B12, C,E,F,H) combined to create a highly effective multi-vitamin blend. I use it in the morning to brighten my skin and love it!  It’s light and sinks right in.

I received the Nuria Defend Triple Action Eye Cream from an Allure box last year.  It’s very hydrating and feels nice on my eyes! It claims to remove the appearance of dark circles, reduce the look of puffiness, and improve fine lines.  The skin around my eyes do look nice and smooth.

The Pixi Collagen LipGloss is my current favorite lip balm. It is enriched with Botanical Collagen and Peptides and hydrates and softens while helping to create smoother, fuller looking lips. I like using this before I do my makeup so my lips are nice and hydrated when I apply lip products.

 

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I’ve had this since last year, but I’ve just really starting using the beautyblender RE-DEW Set & Refresh Spray. It’s such a cool product!  It refreshes makeup, extends wear and adds a boost of hydration. This has a very fine mist nozzle, and it doesn’t disturb makeup. I like how it blends my powders into my makeup so I look really natural.

And my last favorite of the month is a perfume!  It’s the Jennifer Lopez Promise Eau de Parfum.  I have been loving this fragrance.  It’s so nice for every day, plus it’s a little bit glamorous!


Have you tried any of these products?  What are your favorite products from March?

 

 

10 in 2020 — Rolling Project Pan First Check In

Hi all!  I hope you’re doing well and staying safe!

This year I started with 10 makeup products.  My rule this year is once I use one up, I’ll replace it with someone else.  In the case of pressed powder products, I will probably keep them to see how far I can pan them this year.  Here are the products I first started out with:

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I have close up photos of the powders and stick products.  I can’t really tell how much of the liquid products I have, but I’d say they are all half to 3/4 full.

Here’s a group photo of what I am using now:

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So, the three glosses are gone!  I used up two of them, the Bite Beauty and Buxom in White Russian.  I gave away the Dose of Colors gloss.  I just don’t like the formula of that lip gloss.  It’s very sticky and full coverage.  I like a sheer hydrating gloss.

I replaced them with two Buxom glosses, Dolly Lip Polish and Hot Toddy Lip Creme.  And a new product, the Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector.  I started using this pretty much right after I started my project pan, after I got rid of the Dose of Colors gloss.  Here’s the photos how it was in the beginning and how it is now:

I had already hit pan, but I made a huge dent in it!  I am hoping to use it up by my end of June check in. If not, for sure in my September check in.

And I am so proud of hitting pan on my butter bronzer!  I’ve had this for almost two years and have finally hit pan!  I’m hoping to make that pan much bigger by next check in.

I have not used this a lot.  Swirled together, the shade is darker than I am now.  I will be using it more in Summer.

I have used this almost all up!  I’m still scraping in the container, but I should be done with this soon!

I have been using this eyebrow pencil almost everyday.  I can’t believe it’s not used up yet!  I’m going to keep going and hopefully use it up by next check in.

For my other products, I’m about halfway through the beautyblender Selfie Shield primer.  I have been using it more.  I had to cut open the Leveler primer (in the back) because it wasn’t coming out.  I have about an eighth of it left so am almost done with it.

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I think my Project Pan is going pretty well.  I used up three products and should use up a few more by the next check in.  I will replace them with other items since this is a rolling project pan.

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

 

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul

Hi all! Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week is going well and that you are staying safe.

Today I have a little Ulta Haul.  I purchased a couple of things from the current 21 Days of Beauty sale and a few other fun products.  I’m not purchasing as much from the sale as I usually do.  It’s because honestly I don’t need a lot of makeup and I’m trying to use some up.

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I haven’t done a lot of hauls this year, so it’s exciting to get some new makeup!  Here’s more information on the items I picked up:

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From the sale I got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown and the MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder in Light. I haven’t tried either of these before, so I’m excited to test them out!

Here’s a close up of the powder:

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This is a slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish. Can be used to set foundation and to touch-up makeup throughout the day.

I’m really loving this so far. It sets my makeup without leaving my skin looking dry or cakey.

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I finally picked up an Elf Cosmetics Bite Size Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Water. These are so cute! I love the pink tones in this cute little guy.  Here’s swatches:

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I really like both shimmers.  The mattes are nice, too!  I want to pick up a couple more of these, but the shades I want are often out of stock.  I’ll wait — they are only $3 each!

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I saw that a YouTuber I like, Emily Noel, purchased the EcoTools Scented Soap Roses and they looked so pretty that I had to pick them up. They smell so nice!

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I am a big fan of the Yes To facial wipes, so I wanted to try out the Watermelon Super Fresh ones. They smell amazing, too!


Have you picked up anything from the sale or are you planning on getting anything?

 

Florence by Mills 16 Wishes Collection!

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!

I thought I’d share this fun collection by Florence by Mills — 16 Wishes Collection!  I think this looks so pretty for spring.  I haven’t received samples yet, so it’s not a review, but if I do in the future, I will be happy to review it!

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Florence by Mills 16 Wishes Collection

I love the tones of this collection, especially the 16 Wishes Eyeshadow Palette! This magnetic, break apart palette contains 16 shades, each named for her wishes for the world. These super-silky shadows are buildable and blendable with just one swipe. Each section of the palette can be used on its own or together to create an endless amount of looks. ($34, florencebymills.com)

Here’s a close up of the shades:

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So fresh and perfect for spring!

16 Wishes Get Glossed Lip Gloss
16 Wishes Get Glossed Lip Gloss

16 Wishes Get Glossed Lip Gloss ($12 USD) — Get glossy, glowing lips without the stickiness. These three limited edition shades deliver a glossy finish that make us want to swipe it on all day. The sheer shades named after Millie’s different moods (Dreamy Mills, Radiant Mills and Birthday Mills), cushion and nourish lips leaving the perfect glow.

16 Wishes Better Together Peel Off Mask Duo
16 Wishes Better Together Peel Off Mask Duo

16 Wishes Better Together Peel Off Mask Duo ($22 USD) — Who doesn’t want to do a face mask while binging Netflix? These mini shimmering peel off masks work together in perfect harmony; the Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask clarifies and resets skin, and the Low-Key Calming Peel Off Mask soothes and calms. This duo set lets you choose your mood or share with your bestie.

These products and more are available at florencebymills.com.


What do you think of these products?  Have you tried anything from this line?

Walmart Beauty Box Review — Winter 2020

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Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!

I’m here with a review of  the Walmart Beauty Box.  It’s a $5 quarterly subscription box. This review is of the Winter 2020 box.  Here’s what I received:

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Here are the products up close:

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I think it’s nice there’s a deodorant in the box.  This did work a little bit for me, but the spray made me cough, so I stopped using it.

The lotion is fine.  It just smells like lotion.  But it will be nice to take in my purse if I need it.

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This is an interesting duo.  It’s the same shade in different finishes — matte and metallic.  It’s a nude pink and is really pretty.  I tried the metallic on and it was nice!

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The polish is a pretty deep pink shade for spring.  And the single cleansing towelette will be nice to pop in my purse. I’m a big fan of Neutrogena wipes.

I think this is a pretty nice box.  It has some useful items and some fun ones to.  I do think they should put out the seasonal boxes at the beginning of the season instead of the end.


Do you get Walmart Beauty Box each quarter?  What did you get in your Winter box?

Viseart Paris EDIT Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hi all!  I hope your week has started off well and that you are safe!

I decided to share a recent purchase today. Viseart Paris EDIT Eyeshadow Palette. This is the first Viseart product I’ve bought.  The brand is a little expensive, but is supposed to be great quality and pigment.

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Such a gorgeous palette! Here’s more info about it from Sephora’s website:

Introducing the Paris EDIT Eyeshadow Palette from the EDIT collection, a romantic selection of 12 refined neutrals in matte, metallic, satin, and shimmer finishes. The palette draws inspiration from haute couture, Parisian sensibility, and the hues found in the full-size Paris Nudes and Grande Pro eyeshadow palettes.

Developed as a travel-friendly edition of Viseart’s full-size 12-pan eyeshadow palettes, the EDIT collection was designed with quick and easy go-to shadows in mind. Svelte and sophisticated, the innovative, convertible packaging houses 12 eyeshadows along with a mirror and removable magnetic pans.

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This is such a cute little palette!  The pans are pretty small, but my brushes fit into them just fine.  This will be perfect for when I travel in the future.  Plus, it has a mirror!

Swatches:

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This is the top row and first half of the second row.  The shades are listed on the back of the outer box.  They are Pétale (soft, dusty mauve with a matte finish), Champs-Elysées (light, gold champagne with a shimmer finish), Crème Brûlée (soft, light toffee with a matte finish), Fleur (medium, dusty plum with a matte finish), Opera (shimmering purple-pink with a shimmer finish), Beaux-Arts (glistening caramel brown with a satin finish).

These are the softest shades in the palette and I really like them for everyday wear.  I really love that I can create cool or warm looks. The metallics and shimmers or so bright and pretty on and the mattes blend really well!

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From left to right Tulle (light peach with a matte finish), Cerise (muted merlot with a satin finish), St. Germain (smoky purple with a shimmer finish), Marais (copper brown with a shimmer finish), Pirouette (rosy brown with a metallic finish) and Tuileries (medium-toned mauve purple with a shimmer finish).

The second half of the palette has deeper tones.  The last shade in the palette, Tuileries makes an amazing eyeliner shade.  The shimmer does show on the eye.


I am so happy I picked this palette up!  The formula is as amazing and I have heard.  Plus, I’ve already created so many different looks with it.

Have you tried anything by Viseart?  What do you think of this palette?

PÜR x TROLLS World Tour Collaboration Review

Hi all!  I hope you are having a nice Friday.  It’s almost the weekend, yay!

I thought it would be fun to share these products from the new PÜR x TROLLS World Tour Collaboration.  They are very cute compacts and the shades are beautiful.

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The products I received are two of the Travel-Sized Pressed Pigments Palettes.  The orange compact is Country and the purple is Funk.  There are four other eyeshadow palettes — Pop (pink), Techno (blue), Rock (gray) and Classical (nudes).

I also received the Top of the Charts Face Trio + Lip Gloss Kit.  All of these products are really fun and very pigmented!  Here’s a close up of the items:

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I love purple and was excited to receive this palette!  It’s a nice, small size and will be great for putting in my purse and if I go anywhere (later this year). The compact also has a very nice mirror.

Here are swatches of Funk:

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The shades from left to right (they are on the back of the palette) are Cooper, So Funky, Full of Soul, Happy-Go Lucky, Prince D and Let’s Groove (the middle shade).

I love this palette! I’ve already use it and it’s so pretty!  The lighter mattes Cooper and Full of Soul perform much better than they swatch.  You can create a lighter look with the first 3 shades or deepen it up with the other colors.

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This is such a beautiful warm toned palette — I love this one as well! It will be perfect if you love warm-toned looks.  You can make a lighter look for spring, and it will also be beautiful in the summer and fall!

Here are swatches of Country:

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From left to right — Burlap, Line Dance, Hickory, Lonesome Flats, Old Faithful and Delta Dawn (middle shade).

My fave shade is Hickory, it’s stunning all over the lid.  All of the mattes perform very well, too.

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This is another beautiful product! I have to admit, I am kind of surprised at the amazing quality of this collection!

Here are swatches of the gloss and the face palette:

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The gloss is called Sing-Along.  The face palette shades are LED-Lit, Cheery and Pretty Popular.

The lip gloss is hydrating, not sticky.  And the shade is just perfect for spring!  And as you can see, the highlighter is very intense.  It can be sheered out.  The blush is a little sparkly, too and the bronzer is more of a satin.  It’s a really nice palette to travel with as well because you have three face products and a mirror!

I recommend all of these products, if they are something you’re interested in.  The pigment and blendablity is great — and they are compact and fun!!


What do you think of the collection?  Are you picking any of these up?

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — March 2020

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Hi all! I just received my March BoxyLuxe. I’m always so excited to receive this box. I been subscribed to BoxyLuxe for over a year and have been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for almost three years.

The regular BoxyCharm box is $25 a month now. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $25-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $24.99, you’ll get the Luxe box, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.  I did get to pick some of the items I would receive, which I really liked.

The theme for this month is Pretty Edgy. My version is 8. There’s an interesting mix of makeup, skincare and accessories this month.  Here’s what I received:

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The total is $317 and I paid $49.99.  Not bad!

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I love Sol de Janeiro, but these are so tiny.  They are great for traveling and throwing in a purse or bag.

We got two choices this month.  My first choice was this Murad Eye Cream.  I haven’t tried anything from Murad for a few years.  I love eye cream and am looking forward to testing this out!

The PMD cleansing device is the big ticket item this month.  It is a sonic cleanser like the Foreo.  I had one of those and liked it so I’m looking forward to trying this.

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The glow stick is a pretty gold.  I don’t know if I’m going to try it.  I don’t usually wear cream face products and I don’t usually wear gold highlight. Hmm. I might pass it on.

And I will pass on the lip product.  I wear nudes and light pinks and this magenta is way too bright!

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I will use the invisibobble, although it’s not very exciting.

The Zaxie Earrings were my second choice.  I’ve just started wearing earrings again and these are so pretty on!

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Wow!  This is so much prettier than I thought it would be. Honestly, when I heard Boxycharm was creating their own palette, I didn’t know what to expect.  I’ve already used it once, I did a natural look with Spoiler, Cup of Joe, Sneak Peek and Popup.  It was very pretty, but then I decided to top it with Swipe Up, which is beautiful!

I am definitely keeping this and will be reviewing it with swatches.


I’m pretty happy with the box this month.  I will be keeping and loving the palette, cleansing device, eye cream and earrings.  I will keep and use the body lotions and hair ties.  I will probably pass on the highlighter and lipstick.

Do you get BoxyLuxe?  Which products did you receive this month?

 

20 Palettes in 2020 — In theBalm of Your Hand Vol. 2

Hi all!  This is the third review in my new series!  I’m reviewing 20 palettes that I purchased or received last year (and maybe previous years) that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I might also include palettes from this year if I don’t get around to reviewing them right away.  These will be mostly eye shadows, but some face palettes may be thrown in the mix.

The reason I started this was as I was doing my Shop my Stash last year, I realized that I hadn’t reviewed a lot of the palettes I featured (check out my February Shop my Stash here).  I’ve used them, of course, but haven’t given my review.  So this year, I’m going to get that done!

The palette I’m reviewing today is theBalm’s In theBalm of Your Hand Vol. 2:

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This fun palette can give a full face of color.  It features eyeshadows, blushes, a matte bronzer and champagne-hued highlighter. It’s great for travel.  You can get lots of looks with these shades.  Plus, the highlighter, bronzer and blushes can also be used for eyeshadow.

Here’s the palette open:

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These shades are perfect for everyday looks and can be built up.  The shades are from other palettes and best selling products (like Mary-Lou Manizer).

Here’s swatches:

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First row from left to right — Matte Reed, Firm, Alice Copper, Matt Russo and Mary-Lou Manizer.

These are such beautiful shades for everyday eye looks.  I love Firm all over the lid and Matt Russo is a perfect transition shade to blend with it.  Mary-Lou Manizer is a highlighter, but it can also be used to brighten an eye look.
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Second row from left to right — Bahama Mama, Fratboy, Downboy and Instain

Bahama Mama is a gorgeous matte bronzer.  All three blushes are so pretty and can also be used on the eyes.  I think Fratboy is my favorite, but they’re all gorgeous!

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I have really been enjoying this palette! I love how easy these are to use and to wear.  The eyeshadows are creamy and blendable and the face products looks beautiful on.

What do you think of this palette? Do you like theBalm makeup?

 

 

New and Favorite Products From Urban Decay!

Hi all! I hope you’re having a great week!  The weather is pretty nice in Kansas City.  I hope it is where you live, too!

Urban Decay recently sent me some new and some of my favorite products!  I love the brand and was excited to be stocked up with my faves and try out some new goodies.

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I was so lucky to be stocked up on three of my favorite Urban Decay Products:

All Nighter Setting Spray — I love this vegan formula!  It makes my makeup last and last! This spray is suitable for all skin types, free of oil and parabens, and features patented Temperature Control Technology — it actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. 

Eyeshadow Primer Potion — This OG primer is one of my favorites.  It smooths out my lids and my shadow lasts all day!

Perversion Mascara — This gives very black, long and full lashes.  Such a beautiful mascara that doesn’t smear or flake.

Here are some new faves:

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All Nighter Face Primer — This is a lightweight primer that is hydrating and helps my makeup stay on all day! It goes on sheer and lightweight, making it easy to wear alone or under foundation.  By helping to reduce fine lines and erase the appearance of pores, All Nighter helps my makeup look fresh for hours.

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Stay Naked Threesome Bronze, Blush and Highlighter Palette in Naked ($36 USD) — these face powders are so fresh and pretty! You can use them each separately as I like to do or swirl it all together for a glowy look.  Each of these pressed powders has intense staying power that lasts up to 14 hours, which is amazing!  The bronzer is a bit warm, but I LOVE the highlighter and blush!

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Wired 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils ($22 USD) in Jolt, Shock, Vivid and Amped. These are creamy and last all day.  Made with 50% hydrating ingredients like Vitamin E plus jojoba and cottonseed oils, this longwear eyeliner nourishes while applying super-smoothly (it won’t skip or pull!).

Wired Transforming Liner ($22 USD) — It’s double-ended with a black liquid eyeliner on one end and an iridescent powder topcoat on the other end. It looks really shimmery and gorgeous on. I’m not the best at liquid eyeliner, but I try! This is very fun to use