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?



Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 Skincare Deals!

As we are entering the holiday season and amazing sales, gifts are on our mind.  But, why not purchase some amazing skincare for yourself?  It’s a great time to replenish your stash or try something new!

Here are some great sales on skincare:

H2O+ Beauty

Black Friday Deal: 40% off site-wide 11/23 – 11/26. Early access on 11/22 for email subscribers.

Cyber Monday Deal: 40% off site-wide with doorbuster product bundles up to 60% off 11/27 – 11/30.

Black Friday November 24– 45% OFF Needles No More® No More Baggage
Cyber Monday November 27 –Buy 1 and get 1 free: Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream ($82), Microdermabrasion ($79), Pores No More® Pore Refiner Primer ($45), Magnetight Age-Defier ($75), Do Not Age Time Defying Cream ($132), 2% Retinol Complex Serum ($69)
No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi-Action Serum

No7 Black Friday Deals

Buy two and get your third product free at your nearest Walgreens location for a mix & match of (No7, Botanics, and YourGoodSkin skincare products.)

Enjoy an additional 10% off Botanics and No7 products, valid from 11/26 – 12/2

Leonor Greyl

LEONOR GREYL: Starting now to Monday November 27th Midnight with any purchase over $149.00 you will receive a FREE Hair for the Holidays Styling Kit valued at $200.00. It includes Eclat Naturel, Natural bristle brush, Golden hair barrette, Detangling comb, Classic nubuck clutch, Samples of shampooing Reviviscence & Masque Quintessence! In addition, on Cyber Monday, Leonor Greyl will be offering Crème de Soin a l’Amarante at 50% off.


Yes To

CVS: All Single Use Masks Buy 2 Get 1 Free (not brand exclusive) running 11/26 – 12/1.

RiteAid: Buy 1 Yes To Wipe, Get 2 Free running 11/23 – 11/25.

Target: Buy any gift set (not exclusive to Yes To) – BOGO 50% off running 11/24 – 11/26.

Volition Beauty Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio

Volition Beauty — Offering a Holy Grail Mask Kit including cult favorite Detoxifying Silt Gelée, 4 extra Boomerang Sponges, Mask & Splash Headband and a Deluxe Mask Brush, $70 (Value $108) running 11/20 – 11/27

Offering a free full size Ultimate Anti-Aging Custom Trio, a skincare system including a moisturizer, day serum and night serum that can be combined with the moisturizer for additional benefits (value of $149) with a purchase of $95+ running 11/20 – 11/27

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VOTRE VU: Starting Thursday November 23rd to Wednesday November 29th you can get 25% off all products and when you spend over $100 you will receive 30% off. Free shipping on all sale.

My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 4-10, 2016

I’d say that in Missouri, we are in the dog days of summer!   It is hot and humid.  My skin is being abused by the heat and the dry air inside.

This week I’m loving deep cleansing skincare, a facial oil for damaged skin, and treatments for a sunburned bod. It’s so important to take care of your skin when the sun is so bright! My new faves are:

Dr. Brandt Skincare Xtend Your Youth A3 Power Foaming Cleanser ($29 USD) — A refreshing cleanser enriched with luxurious mandarin orange oil and antioxidants that leave the skin revitalized after every use.

Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermebrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator ($58 USD) — reduces the look of enlarged pores and mattifies shine. Minimize pores while smoothing and evening skin’s texture with this dual-action formula. This exfoliator instantly* works to deeply cleanse pores while it strengthens and tightens the look of pores by removing congestion- and clogging-causing impurities. Your skin will look and feel smoother, more even, and shine-free.

What I think:  Both these products are perfect for cleaning the dirt, makeup and sunscreen out of my pores during the summer. The foaming cleanser works well at night to remove makeup. The exfoliator is nice for the morning to make my skin glow!  My skin looks smoother with each use!

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Purxury Antioxidant Rescure Facial Oil
Purxury Antioxidant Rescue Facial Oil

Purxury Antioxidant Rescue Facial Oil ($49.00 USD) — Combination of oils rich in fatty acids and anti-oxidants to restore dry, mature and damaged skin. Our facial oil is full of vitamins and nutrients, great for restoring moisture after a facial or anytime you would like.

Beautifully scented with a proprietary blend of essential oils and absolutes that are mixed to revitalize, soothe, nurture and moisturize for deep repair. INGREDIENTS: Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Fruit Oil, Olive, Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and a proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes.

What I think: This oil is so soothing!  My skin is very sensitive, but this doesn’t irritate it at all.  I like using it as a nighttime treatment in the summer.  It is especially nice after a day in the sun.  I apply it to clean skin, then in the morning my skin is soft and it feels refreshed.

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Ola Tropical Apothecary After Sun Healing Remedy ($24 USD, 4 fl. oz.) – an exceptional natural sun recovery formula designed to treat over exposure to the sun by repairing and replenishing damaged, thirsty skin. Key ingredients include: hydrating and soothing Organic Aloe Vera; powerfully healing antioxidant-rich Noni Fruit; cell renewing Tamanu Oil; Amino acids, proteins and essential fatty acids to replenish the skin found in Spirulina; soothing and nourishing Coconut Water; and healing and repairing Sea weeds.

Ola Tropical Apothecary After Sun Healing Bath ($6 USD) – Infused with hydrating Coconut Milk, healing Noni, Tropical Flower extracts, Aloe Vera, purifying herbs and nourishing island oils. This soak will help erase the damaging effects of the sun leaving your skin feeling renewed and moisturized.  Fragrance free.  To use: simply add 1-2 tablespoons into a warm bath.  Let cool to room temperature before you soak.

What I think: After too much sun, skin needs to be pampered. The perfect combo is to use the After Sun Healing Bath, then the Healing Remedy. They leave my skin soothed and fresh.  Great for after a day at the water park or lake, whenever you get too much sun!

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What products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!


dr. brandt pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion

dr. brandt pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion

pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion ($60 USD 1.7 oz) — An apple a day keeps the linesaway.” This lightweight lotion formulated with apple stem cells to help delay the natural signs of aging by maintaining the longevity and activity of stem cells in the skin. Simultaneously, retinol stimulates new cell turnover and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Brandt’s multi-tasking formula provides the best of both worlds, delivering anti-aging and pore minimizing/mattifying benefits.

  • oil-free
  • helps delay the natural signs of aging by maintaining the longevity & activity of stem cells in the skin
  • stimulates new cell turnover, improving the appearance of lines & wrinkle
  • increases water reserves, limits water loss & improves lipid barrier function to balance moisture levels

What I think:  I like this lotion.  It is very lightweight and quickly sinks into the skin once applied.  It does give a matte finish, but if I apply a lotion afterwards, that could negate the mattifying effect.

I also notice that after I apply this, my skin does look smoother and my pores appear a bit smaller.  I love retinol, it is a great antidote to aging skin! But, it is also gentle and can be used up to twice a day.

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