BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — May 2018


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:



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!


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!


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!

IMG_1047.JPG This little ink pot liner is so cute!  And it holds a lot of product!   I have swatched it and it glides on very easily.  I am going to play with it soon on my eyes.  I usually don’t wear black eyeliner, but it’s fun for going out. Plus, the pot is too cute not to keep out on display.


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:


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?


BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — April 2018



My April BoxyCharm finally arrived.  It was supposed to be here last week, but stopped moving on Friday.  I got it yesterday and I was so happy!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.

Here is what I received:


I am so happy with this box — even though I will probably only use two or three of the items.  Spoilers were released saying that we would get 1 of 5 variations of the ColourPop palette.  I have 3 of the 5 that were shown, so I thought for sure I would receive one I had, but I got a new one (to me)!  And I really wanted the Element of Surprise!
Lets start with that:


First of all, I love the color purple.  The packaging on this is stunning! This is a pretty neutral palette with a couple of pops of color and a couple of shimmers/glitters. I think this will be amazing for all seasons.  I will do a palette review of this sometime — I’ll just add it to the pile of palettes I need to review!

img_0862.jpgThis is the other item I was really excited about.  I’ve used them once and like them okay,  they are a little larger than the blending and shadow brushes I usually use. I need to play with them more.  They are beautiful!  I love the colors and the little gems.  The brushes are P15, eyes shadow brush (pink) and the L34 Blend Beauty (purple).  The handles also say BoxyCharm, so they must be a collaboration.

img_0867.jpg I’m not sure about this.  I do have larger pores, but I think its due to aging.  And my pores are always larger during allergy season, so I don’t know if I want to mess with them.  We’ll see.  I might sell this on eBay.

img_0868.jpg This brand gets really good reviews.  But I can’t use this.  My brows are so dark their almost black.  I will pass it on to my daughter who is blond.  She will love it!


I have no idea what to do with this!  I found out a couple of months ago that we were getting MAC in a future box and I was so excited.  The issue is that I wear nude or light pink lip colors.  Plus, I don’t know who I could give this to — I don’t have any friends wh like Gothic purple lips!  Lol!  I’m sure someone could rock this, so I might sell it on eBay.

Next month the spoiler brands are Pretty Vulgar, Cover FX and Pur Cosmetics.  I like all of those brands.  The Pretty Vulgar is a pot of cream or gel eyeliner.  It’s super cute packaging.  I haven’t heard of the others yet, so we’ll see.  I think I’ll stay with BoxyCharm at least one more month.  Honestly, even thought it’s always an amazing value, I only use one or two of the products I get each month.

Do you subscribe to BoxyCharm?  What palette did you get this month?



New Target Beauty Box Reviews


Last week Target had four new limited edition beauty boxes for sale online.  I guess these have been available for purchase at some Target stores, but they decided to sell them online, too.  Each box was $7.

I chose two of the boxes to purchase, the Treat Yourself box that contains pampering bath, body and face products and the Wakeup and Makeup box that has makeup and other products to help you start the day. These two are no longer available online, but they are available at stores near me, so you might be able to pick one up.  Luckily, the other two boxes are still available online. They are Be YOU(tiful) and All the Masks.  Check them out!

I want to share what was in each box.  First is the Treat Yourself:




  • Olay Regenerist Whips
  • Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
  • ME!Bath Bath Bomb
  • Bodycology Free & Lovely Coconut & Rose Body Butter
  • Luxe by Mr. Bubble Bath Meltaway
  • Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser
  • Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath

I chose this box because I wanted to try the Olay Whips and my family love to take baths, so the bath products are a win, too.  I’ll probably give the Burt’s Bees balm away because I don’t wear dark colors, but I will probably try everything else!

Here is the Wakeup and Makeup Box:




  • e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush
  • e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Face Palette
  • Sonia Kashuk Brush Cleansing Wipes
  • Dove Dry Spray Invisible Sheer Fresh
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Coconut
  • COVERGIRL Peacock Flare Mascara 785 Extreme Black
  • Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Makeup Remover Wipes

This is my favorite of the two boxes.  This was only $7!  The two elf products together are $14 — $6 for the brush and $8 for the palette. So for me those made the box worth it.  But there is also a mascara, deodorant and other goodies that make it such an amazing deal! I’m looking forward to playing with the products!

Have you picked up any of these boxes?  If so, which ones?


BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — March 2018


I have been anxiously awaiting my March 2018 BoxyCharm!  I received it a few days  ago and am excited to share it with you.  I really like this subscription.  You get a lot of makeup for a great price!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.

Here’s what I got this month:



This Pretty Vulgar blush is in the shade Hush Blush.  The description is Rose, but it is looks like a neutral, peachy pink to me.  Sorry about the photos!  The top one looks darker, I think it was just the light in my office.  Here’s a swatch:


This blush is really pigmented! Plus there is a lot in the pan, .2 oz/ 6 g.  There was another variant shade, Prim Vixen, that is a bright pink.  I was hoping to get that shade, but this is pretty. I might give it a try and if I don’t like it, I’ll pass it on!  The packaging is beautiful, though!


IMG_0603.JPGStunning! This was the item I was most excited to receive.  I love eye shadows and I love PUR Cosmetics.  So, win win!  I will be doing a review with swatches in the near future (I still have the palette from my January Boxy to review, as well as a couple other palettes).

I have worn this a couple of time and am really loving the pigmentation and shades so far.

IMG_0605.JPG This is such a cute eye shadow brush set!  The bristles are pretty soft and the handles are wood, which is a nice touch!  I am going to hold on to these and use them when I need a change in my brushes.  Or give them to someone who needs them.



I love trying new mascara!  I was excited to try this one.  I love the shape of the brush and butter LONDON’s products are usually good quality.  I have tried this twice, and unfortunately, it flakes on me!  The first day was taking my daughter to the anime festival last weekend.  When I got home, my mascara was flaked under my eyes and on my cheeks pretty badly.  I wasn’t sure if I had rubbed my eyes (because teenage girls and anime), so I wore it again today.  I’ve only worn it a few hours and there are a few flakes under my eyes.  I wonder if other people have had this problem?


These are an interesting item that was included!  I’ve read the back of the box, and it looks like this is a treatment.  You apply it under the eye and leave them on for 30 minutes.  And for best results, use for three consecutive days.  There are three in the box, so I wonder if after the three days, my under eyes will look 10 years younger??? I can dream, right!

I think I will start these on Thursday or Friday and see what happens!

So this month’s BoxyCharm is one of my favorite yet!  The eye shadow palette is worth the price to me. The blush packaging is so gorgeous and it is highly pigmented.  It might be a great summer blush for me once I get a bit of a (faux) tan.  The brushes will be used or happily gifted.  The mascara may be a no go, though.  Which is too bad.  And I’m going to give the eye gels a whirl.

Next month, the spoiler is that every box gets a ColourPop eye shadow palette!  You all know how I love my ColourPop.  I hope I get one I don’t have, but if I do, I’ll gift it to a good home!

What did you get in your BoxyCharm this month?  You can subscribe here if you are interested in receiving an amazing box full of makeup!


BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – January 2018


I just received my BoxyCharm January 2018 box a couple of days ago, and I wanted to share it with you.  This is one of my favorite subscription boxes ever!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.

Here’s what I received from BoxyCharm:


As you can see, this box has amazing value.  If I paid full price for everything, it would be $152.99. Crazy!


This primer is the product that I am most excited about trying.  I haven’t used it on my face, but I swatched it on my hand and it blurs and gives a little glow.  I’ve just started using primer again, so I am excited to give this a try!


I have tried Brow Power before.  I love IT Cosmetics, but this is one product I don’t really use.  I have black brows and fair skin.  And my brows are still pretty thick, even as I get older.  So, I usually tweeze and shape and sometimes use a clear gel.  If I accentuate them with color, it looks way to dramatic on me.  So, I will probably re-home this pencil.


Grande Lips plumpers are so nice, because they don’t tingle or irritate the lips.  But this shade is waaaay too dark for me!  I am going to give this away.


This is very pretty, shimmery and intensely pigmented!  I plan to review this, because the colors are so pretty and I’m sure I’ll use this, but maybe as eye shadow…


So, I’m not swatching anything this month, and this is the main reason.  The shade Punk in this compact is broken.  I was wondering why there was dark dust all over my items in the box, and this is why.  I am going to ask for a replacement, and we’ll see what they say!

These colors do look really pretty, though!

If I receive a replacement, I’ll review this palette, and I’ll review the Pur palette soon!  This month, I’ll be keeping the primer, Pur palette and eyeshadows.  I’ll probably find a new home for the lip plumper and maybe the Brow Power since I don’t really color my brows.  But this month was a real winner for me!  Gorgeous products and an amazing value!

Do you subscribe to Boxycharm?  What did you get this month?



Target Beauty Box Best of Boots Review




I recently ordered a Target Best of Boots Beauty Box ($7 USD).  I haven’t ordered a monthly Target beauty box before.  This one was in addition to the January box.  It featured British brands, so I wanted to try it.  The products included are sample sizes.  I have linked to where you can purchase full sizes of each item:

 No. 7 Restore and Renew Serum                                                                                                    No. 7 Airbrush Away Primer                                                                                                         Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Butter                                                                             Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Lip Gloss                                                                                   Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask                                                                                       Sleek MakeUP Eyeshadow Palette


I have tried the Restore & Renew product before.  I received a full size product to review and loved it.  I used it up so quickly, that I’m going to try to make this last! It has a light Jill Texter that instantly absorbs into my skin. It’s so hydrating and makes my skin look very smooth. I also like using it on my neck.

This is my first time trying the Airbrush Away primer. It’s a blurring primer that makes my skin instantly looks smoother. I haven’t use primer for a long time, and I’m getting back into it now. This is really great one too!

IMG_0072 It’s funny, because I recently bought myself a Righteous Butter the same size as this one. I love the scent and feel of this body butter. And absorbs quickly and makes my skin so soft. I like the size because you can put it in your purse or take it on trips.

The Pillow Plump is in the shade Pinkwell. It’s a pretty pink color. It is very tingly on. I haven’t used a lip plumper’s for a long time, so it was a strange sensation. I do love that it is glossy and it’s kind of a natural look. But I don’t think I’ll use it every day.

IMG_0073I haven’t tried the Botanics Shine Away mask yet. It’s doesn’t really appeal to me.  I would give it away, but I keep getting these kind of masks and I think I’ve given one to each of my friends! This is my least favorite product in the box, but the others are amazing, so that’s okay!


This palette is the very mini version of the When The Sun Goes Down Palette. It is so small, as you can see by the bottom photo with my fingers.  The pans are so small, it’s hard to get a brush in there.  I did manage and I did my yes with the bottom left gold and 4th bottom color and the formula is very nice.  I’m thinking about getting it in full size, but different shades.

A $5 off $20 coupon for these brands was included.  I might head to Target this weekend and pick up some Sleek cosmetics.  All of the brands are great, though.  Very nice box for the price!

Did you pick up the Target Boots box?  Or have you got a Target box before?

Julep Maven January 2018 Subscription Box Review


My Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the January subscription box. The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I have been a subscriber for almost 5 years.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  I skipped December, because I was a bit short of cash and I didn’t really need any of the products.

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  This month I chose a couple of polishes and a new face oil.




The polishes are Geri, blushing beige cream and Shiloh, stormy aqua shimmer. I half I had to get Geri because it’s my sister’s name, but she spells it Jeri. It’s a really pretty soft neutral. But I think my favorite is Shiloh because it’s really shimmery and gorgeous for winter.



I also chose the Boost your Radiance Rosehip Seed Facial Oil. I’ve only tried it once so far and it was very hydrating. It’s a really good night treatment for me. I will be trying it more to see if it helps with the appearances of fine lines, which is one of its claims.

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?  What did you get this month?