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?

VineOh! Wine Subscription Box Review: Oh! Ho Ho! Holiday Box December 2017


I received my second Vine Oh! subscription box a couple of weeks ago.  It’s there holiday box and contains two bottles of wine and holiday goodies!

Vine Oh! is $59.99 for a $120+ Value.  It is delivered 4 times a year and includes free shipping.  Ships to: The US, except the following states: AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, OK, RI, UT. Boxes ship via UPS Ground.

Here’s a look at the December box:



The box contains:

Pure Cosmetics 3D Fiber Lash Mascara – ($30 USD)

Violet & Brooks Mosaic Crystal Earrings – ($28 USD)

Hallmark Home Holiday Cheeseboard – ($25 USD)

World’s Softest Cozy Low Socks – ($9.99 USD)

CST Treats Toffee and Biscotti –  ($11 USD)

Plus two wines (see below)


Sorry for the blurry pic!  Also, I gave this away to someone who I think will love it, so I can’t take another photo.  This looks like a fun product, though!  I believe it’s a two step system of fibers and mascara.


These are so pretty, and it’s hard to see from the picture, but they are really sparkly, too!  I don’t wear earrings but these are a great gift for someone who does.

IMG_9862 This cheeseboard is festive and fun!  The cheese knife is a little axe and it stays in the notch in the trunk — so cute!  Amazing for the holiday season.

IMG_9864.JPG I love getting socks!  I got a bunch for Christmas, which always makes me happy! These are extremely soft and I love the print.  I will wear them all winter long!

IMG_9865.JPG The toffee (on the left) was my favorite of the two.  The chocolate was smooth and the toffee was crisp and buttery.  The biscotti was nice, too.  Great with coffee.

IMG_9859 Here are the wines I received:

Speechless California Merlot ($24.99 USD) delivers aromas of dried figs, black currants and cinnamon, with flavors of anise and licorice, blackberry jam and notes of cloves and caraway.  I liked this okay.  Merlot’s aren’t my favorite reds because they are pretty dry.  This did have a nice, rich flavor to it.

NightVine Chardonnay ($27.99 USD) is perfect for the nights that require reflection and rejuvenation. This wine is from one of the most respected areas for Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley. Delivers aromas of ripe pear, vanilla, caramel, and citrus leading to flavors of whipped sweet cream, balanced oak and a buttery finish. I really like this chardonnay.  It’s crisp and bright.

Do you subscribe to Vine Oh!?  If so, how do you like it?  It’s a bit pricey, but you get two great quality wines and a box of goodies.  I’m going to keep subscribing for a little while at least!

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – December 2017



I received my BoxyCharm December 2017 box a couple of weeks ago, and it’s taking me a while to get to it!  My anniversary, my daughter’s birthday and Christmas have left me behind a bit on my blog!

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

Here’s what I received from BoxyCharm:


Real Her Blush Kit – (32 USD)

Crown WH035 PRO BLUSH BRUSH – ($12 USD)

Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara – ($23 USD)

Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Liquid Lipstick –  ($24 USD)

bellapierra Pro Concealer Palette – ($29.99 USD)



The Real Her Blush Kit is a very shimmery blush palette.  I really like the color Fearless on the left, which is a pretty pink.  Limitless is a nice coral and Unstoppable is bronze.  All of the color cosmetics I received will be swatched below.

I do like blush with a bit of shimmer, but this is pretty sparkly.  I can see using this in the summer time, especially  Fearless and Unstoppable.  I also like the packaging.  It’s a heavy duty cardboard and will be easy to travel with.


I’m always so happy when brushes are included in BoxyCharm!  I love trying new brushes, and this one is great!  The bristles are densely packed and really soft.  I like how it’s oval shaped, it can be used for blush, highlight or bronzer.  The handle is sturdy plastic with indentations for grip.


This is the second time I’ve tried the Tartiest mascara.  It has hard rubber bristles instead of more natural ones.  It’s okay, and can be built up for length and volume, but it never gets super glam like tarte’s Lights, Camera Lashes or IT Cosmetics Superhero.  It is a good everyday mascara.

The Pretty Vulgar (great name) lip gloss is metallic and pretty sticky, but it’s okay. I probably won’t use it often.

IMG_9898IMG_9899 The Bellapierre  Pro Concealer Palette is very pigmented.  I tried the orange under my eyes.  It didn’t blend well, but my concealer did cover the orange up and it looked okay.  I probably won’t use again.

Here are swatches of all of the color products:


The first three colors are the color correcter palette, the second three are the blush and the lip color is the last swatch.  The only thing I really like are the first and third blush colors.

So this month was okay, but nothing wowed me.  I will use the blush brush and mascara.  I might use the blush palette.  I probably won’t wear the lip color and I definitely will toss the color correction palette.  What’s interesting about BoxyCharm is that they always have a couple decent brands, plus a few meh or poor quality brands/products.  But, at $21, the value is amazing!

Next month, the spoilers are IT Cosmetics Brow Power brow pencil, DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® Luminizer Primer, Crown Glam Metals Palette and a face palette from an unknown brand.  If those sound good to you (for $21), you can join here   There may be a wait list, and that is my affiliate link.

What did you get in your BoxyCharm this month?



BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – November 2017

I recently received my November BoxyCharm! I have been subscribing for a few months now and have generally enjoyed it.

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

The products I received this month are:

KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks (Set of 3) – $15

Laqa & Co Cloud Lips Airy Matte Lipstick in Storm-  $17, colors may vary

BoxyCharm x Luxie Quad Eye Travel Set Brushes – $32

CoverFX illuminating setting spray – $31

Winky Luxe Kitten Palette – $25

I think these lip mask are kinda strange.  I also have just got a Rodial one.  I guess I will be testing out lip mask this weekend!

This color is really dark in the tube, but is more like a berry shade– see swatch below.  I don’t really wear darker lip colors, but I may wear this during the holidays.

These brushes are gorgeous.  I love the look of them and they are so soft.  This includes from left to right:

221T: Flat Definer Brush – Use this to define and smudge out your lower lash line.

227T: Blending Brush – Use this for precise blending in the crease.

213T: Shading Brush – Use this to apply eyeshadow

207T: Angled shading eye brush – Use this for blending out any lines or for smoking out the outer corners of your eyes.

This is one of the items I was really looking forward to! It’s supposed to give the face a glow and help makeup last all day.  I tried it today, and it did leave a soft glow on my skin.  I’m going to use it in the morning before I go to work tomorrow, and then go out with my friends.  We’ll see how my makeup looks at the end of the day.

I am so excited for this!  I haven’t tried anything by Winky Lux before, and I have heard good things.  First of all the packaging is so cute!  I love the kitties on the cover.  I wish the palette had a mirror, but the size of the pans are good.

The shades are so pretty! (Swatches below) My favorite shade is the first in the middle row called Holographic.  It is a gorgeous pinky-lavender.  I wore this today.  I used Holographic on my lid and the dark gold glitter called Cateye in my crease.  As much as I loved it, mid day I had a lot of glitter on my cheeks.  I think and hope it was from Cateye, because I love Holographic so much.  Next time I will wear Chesire (the red color on the bottom row) in the crease.

On the left is the lip color. All of the shadows swatched well, except for the last two, dark mattes. I’ll be playing with the palette the rest of the week, for sure!

I am impressed with this box!  I didn’t care for October’s (see review here), but November was a hit.  I will use the shadow, brushes, and setting spray a lot.  I will try the lip masks and probably won’t use the lip color.

So far the spoilers for the December box are Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara  and Real Her Blush Kit. 

I’m not too thrilled yet, I hope there’s something amazing coming.  But, we’ll see.

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

Julep Maven November 2017 Subscription Box Review


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

I have been a subscriber for over 4 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 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 skincare items and a polish:

The items I got are the polish in Talia (a cool shale shimmer), the Triple Quench hydration mask and the No Limits luxe hydrating creme.

  Talia is a dark shimmery greige  nail polish.  It’s so pretty for the fall!

The Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System is supposed to be used before bedtime.  You apply the ampoule gel, then the mask and let it set for 15 minutes.  Afterwards you use the sleeping pack as the final step.  I haven’t tried this yet, but I probably will this weekend.  I’m excited to use it!

The No Limits creme can be used on face, hands or body.  It has a light fragrance, kinda fruity.  It’s really nice.  And it’s super hydrating without being greasy.  I guess it used to be in a jar, but the tube is easier to use and more hygienic.

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