Shop My Stash October 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my October Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for October.

IMG_1602

Unfortunately, I was sick for the last two weeks or so, so I didn’t wear makeup all month,

My most used products were the eyeshadow palettes and the essence highlighter. I used each palette a few times, the same with the highlighter.

The essence highlighter is so gorgeous! It can be worn sheer for a soft glow or built up to really shine!

I already let go of the Laura Geller blush.  It was too dark for my skin tone, and it’s too old. And I have to say that I’m not really a fan of the Colourpop lipsticks, especially the Blur formula.  It is pretty drying on my lips and the Creme formula isn’t much better.

Here’s photos with the eye shadow palettes open:

IMG-1843

I really do love this Natasha Denona palette.  I created a pretty pumpkin spice look with the orange and yellow shades a few times and also really love the red and purple shades.  I am definitely keeping this beauty!

IMG-1845  I love this Huda Beauty Smoky Obsessions palette, too! I create really pretty everyday looks with the brown mattes and the lighter shimmers.  And the black and silver made a fun Halloween smoky eye!  I love the quality of these shades and will be keeping it!

I think this is the first month this year that I’m getting rid of more than one item! I guess that’s good because my collection has really grown this year!

Now on to my empties:

IMG-1842

As usual, my empties are mostly skincare, but  I do have two makeup items.  I’ve had my Tarte Shape Tape for over a year, and it’s finally empty. I might purchase it again in the future.  It’s a nice concealer, but I have a few I’m using now and probably won’t need to purchase a new concealer well into next year!  The Flower Beauty Seal the Deal matte spray is okay, but smells like perfume, so I won’t purchase it again.

I used up two cleansers. Skin & Co Whipped Cleansing Cream and Dr. Brandt Yogurt Cleanser.  The Skin & Co cleanser is amazing at removing makeup and it so hydrating.  I would purchase it again.  The Dr. Brandt one was okay.  I got it in a BoxyCharm.  It’s expensive so I wouldn’t purchase again.

For the rest of the skin care, The Skin & Co Truffle Toner is amazing — so cleansing and hydrating.  I would purchase again (and if you want to purchase from https://skinandcoroma.com/ and use code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your order!).

The StriVectin Neck Cream is lovely and so is the Mamonde eye cream!


October was quite a month.  Since I was sick for over half of the month, I’m glad it’s over and I’m looking forward to November.  Bring it on!

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — June 2019

IMG_0919

Hey all! I received my third BoxyLuxe!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for almost two years. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, 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.

The theme for this month is Getaway. It’s very skincare and hair care heavy this month.  Here’s what I received:

IMG_0915.JPG

Total cost for June BoxyLuxe = $352! Wow, great value for paying $50!

IMG_0921.JPG

I have heard good things about the Living Proof volume spray.  My hair is a bit flat, so I am looking forward to trying it! Living Proof is a great brand, too.

The mini hair dryer is adorable, and I’m so glad I got the purple one!  Purple is my favorite color.  It also could have come in blue, coral, or pink.  Any of the shades would have been fun.  It is very powerful for a little dryer!  Plus, it can switch from 120 volts to 220 volts if you are going overseas!

IMG_0920I love facial sprays! Skincare sprays, primer sprays, setting sprays — yes please!!! I’ve tried this on my bare face and it’s really refreshing. I will be also trying it over my makeup as a setting spray.

The Dr. Brandt cleanser looks really nice.  It’s supposed to melt away makeup, which I love!  I have a backlog of cleansers, so it will probably be a while before I get to this one, but I will try it.

I have tried the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum.  The claim is “A 3-in-1 night serum that resurfaces, hydrates and clarifies dull skin while you sleep, formulated with a 14% AHA/BHA/gentle flower acids blend. Hyaluronic acid and our proprietary honey blend deliver intense hydration. Salicylic acid derived from willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores.” I didn’t see any improvement in my skin, but I just tried it once.  It will use it a few times a week for the next few weeks and see how I like it.

IMG_0922.JPGThe lip gloss is very nice.  Non-sticky and smells like vanilla.  The shade is Peach Tea.  I have swatched it below.

I have the original No Poreblem primer and really like it for filling my pores.  This one is very thin and is supposed to tighten pores.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I will.  I have lots of open primers, so it might be a bit before I try this.  (I’m on product overload)!

The treSique mascara is really a fun idea.  It has a curler on the top.  I have tried this, because I couldn’t help myself!  The curler takes some practice, but it does work.  The mascara formula is separating.  It’s pretty nice.  I have to keep using it and will let you know how much I like it.

IMG_0923IMG_0924

I am very excited about this palette! I have the original Pro Glow and like it a lot. That one has highlighters and contours in it.  This has blushes, highlighters and bronzers.  It is so nice to have all face products that I can use in one palette.  I have swatched it (below), but haven’t tried it on my face yet.  I have been sick this week, but hope to be trying it soon!

IMG_0925.JPGAren’t these products gorgeous!  All of the shades in the palette will work for me, and the highlighters are so beaming!  The gloss is pretty, too.  They are all perfect for summer!

This is the first month for BoxyLuxe (or regular BoxyCharm) that I am going to keep all of the products!!! Wow! I’m a little bummed that there isn’t more makeup, but the fact I will use everything (even if not right now) is amazing! It’s not a very flashy month, but everything is useful.

I was thinking of canceling BoxyCharm or Ipsy Glam Bag Plus after this month.  Well, it won’t be BoxyCharm!  That’s for sure!  But will I cancel Ipsy?  Stay tuned, that review will be next!

———————————————————————————————————–

Do you get BoxyLuxe or BoxyCharm at all?  What did you think of this month?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2018 Skincare Deals!

Hi all! Are you ready for my second Black Friday/Cyber Monday guide? This time it’s skincare deals.

I’m including deals from Arbonne, dr. brandt, The Better Skin Company, Talika and more:

Arbonne: During Black Friday / Cyber Monday week (11/19-11/30), Arbonne is offering a hot deal on their cutting edge ultrasound tool, Intelligence Genius Ultra – proven to deliver smoother, radiant, even-toned skin in seconds. The deal also includes 2 FREE skincare products, the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment and Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Hydrating Dew Cream along with a on-the-go bag. (A $388 value for only $152 for the set at arbonne.com – plus free shipping, and first 10,000 buyers receive a free Genius Ultra Cleansing Cloth!)

Arbonne: During Black Friday / Cyber Monday week (11/19-11/30), Arbonne is offering their new Limited-Edition Green Apple Energy Fizz Sticks for only $55 at arbonne.com.

PURENERGERIZER™ Nano Solutions Skin Infuser Kit
PURENERGERIZER™ Nano Solutions Skin Infuser Kit

PUR attitude shows its true holiday spirit with a buy one PURenergizer Nano Solutions Skin Infuser, get one free deal available starting Black Friday and ending the day after Cyber Monday 2018!

The PURenergizer Nano Solutions Skin Infuser uses a waterless natural polymer system found in almost every cell of our bodies to hydrate the skin. By linking this system with Phospholipids, Ceramides and Sphingolipids, this one-of-a-kind technology enhances the absorption of key ingredients through the skin’s defense wall. Use of this device is will plump the skin to soften the look of wrinkles with cutting edge natural technology.

Purchase at http://www.purattitude.com

Radiance Resurfacing Foam
dr. brandt Radiance Resurfacing Foam

Dr. Brandt:
Black Friday Early Access
WHAT: 45% off sitewide with the code BF45
WHERE: drbrandtskincare.com
WHEN: 11/14-11/21
*excludes kits

WHAT: BOGO Radiance Resurfacing Foam
WHERE: drbrandtskincare.com
WHEN: 11/22
*only applies to this product + no kits

Black Friday
WHAT: 45% off sitewide + FREE Standard US Shipping with the code BF45
WHERE: drbrandtskincare.com
WHEN: 11/23- 11/25
*excludes kits

Cyber Monday
WHAT: BOGO Eye Creams + FREE Standard US Shipping
WHERE: drbrandtskincare.com
WHEN: 11/26- 12/2
*only applies to eye creams and excludes kits

The Better Skin Co.

The Better Skin Company
TheBetterSkinCo.com and Amazon.com
33% off all products + FREE Shipping
Black Friday thru Cyber Monday

Emma Hardie Skincare
Emma Hardie Skincare

Emma Hardie.com  has 30% offer on all products from Thursday November 22nd  at midnight – Monday November 26th  at midnight

 

Bella Schneider Beauty
Bella Schneider Beauty

Bella Schneider Beauty
LaBelleDaySpas.com and Amazon.com
20% De-Puff Beauty Globes & Smoothing Eye Serum Set (Regularly $85, now $68)
Black Friday thru Cyber Monday

C'est Moi Beauty

C’est Moi Beauty
Amazon.com
15% off all products
Black Friday thru Cyber Monday

Zaman Skincare
Zaman Skincare

Zaman Skincare
ZamanSkincare.com and Amazon.com
50% off all products
Black Friday thru Cyber Monday

VISUEL INSTITUTIONNEL TALIKA
Talika

Talika.us  is running a 20% off promotion on all of their products from Thursday November 22nd  to Monday November 26th

I hope this guide helps!  Let me know if you are going to pick any of these deals!

 

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — November 2018

IMG_2496.JPG

Hi all!  I recently received my second Ipsy Glam Bag Plus ($25 USD), the November box. I received my first box in October.  You can see what I received for that box here.  It is a box that will always include 5 full-sized items.

I had looked in my Ipsy account and saw what I was getting again this month.  I wasn’t happy.  I had seen three spoilers — an IT Cosmetics eye shadow palette, an Ofra highlighter and a First Aid Beauty cleanser (all great spoilers). I didn’t get any of them.

Here is what I received:’

IMG_2499IMG_2502

tarte Make Every Moment Count Cheek Palette ($32 USD)                                                            SOL DE JANEIRO Brazilian Bum Bum Cream  ($20 USD for 2.5 oz)                                                SLMISSGLAM Eyeshadow Brush Trio – ($45 USD)                                                            Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Set List– ($12 USD)                                                          dr. brandt needles no more NO MORE BAGGAGE eye de-puffing gel – Retail Value $42

This is a pretty blush palette from tarte.  I’m good in blush right now, but this will make a nice gift.  I like that there are three shades. I was hoping to get the IT Cosmetics palette, because I have been wanting to try it.

IMG_2505

This is the one item I’ll use from the box. I received a smaller container of this cream in a BoxyCharm this summer. I really love it.  It’s so hydrating without being greasy and the scent is a delicious pistachio caramel.

IMG_2504

These brushes are great quality.  I’m a little overloaded in brushes, so I will probably give these away. It’s a good brand, thought

IMG_2507I received this in BoxyCharm this year and didn’t like it at all.  It’s so thick and dry and irritates under my eyes.  I don’t know what I am going to do with it.

IMG_2509 This is a pretty fall color, but I don’t wear metallic lip products.  I will probably give it away.

So, this month was a bust for me.  It was $25 and the only thing I’ll use is the $20 cream. I will give the rest of this away.

I have cancelled this box, but maybe I’ll try it again sometime next year.  I’m afraid if they continue with the variations, I won’t get the items I want, which is what can happen in these kind of subscriptions.

Do you get Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get this month?

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — April 2018

 

img_0860.jpg

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:

IMG_0859

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:

IMG_0863IMG_0864IMG_0865IMG_0866

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!

IMG_0869

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?

 

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – October 2017

I recently received my October 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:

Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion – $58 USD

Becca Liquid Highlighter Prosecco Pop –  $41 USD

dls Eyeshadow Crayon — $14 USD

Tarte Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Pillowtalk – $20 USD

Jonteblu Lip Liner Pencil in Brown Sugar – $5 USD

There were variations.  I could have received the Becca highlighter in a pressed powder (which I wanted) or a nail accessory kit instead of the eye pencil. And the Tarte and Jonteblu products came in different shades.

I haven’t tried this before, but it gets great reviews from bloggers!  It claims to reduce the look of enlarged pores and mattifies shine. I will give it a try and probably will review it in the future.

I really wanted the pressed powder version of this!  I don’t use liquid highlighter.  I wasn’t even going to try it, but I swatched it on my hand (see it at the end of the post).  It’s very pretty!  It’s a shimmery gold and it’s not too dark.  So I might try it on my face and see if I like it.  I’ve read tips online to use it under eyes to brighten that area, but I think it’s too dark for my light skin to do that.  Still, I’ll have to play with it!

 

This is a pretty pinky bronze color!  It can be used as an eye primer or base.  It glides easily on, but doesn’t set, if that’s the type of eye product you like.  I don’t mind that it can transfer, because I layer powder shadow on top and it sets nicely.

The shade Pillowtalk is the lightest Tartiest lip color.  It is described as a white nude, and I agree.  It’s very pale on.  Since I am fair, it doesn’t wash me out too badly, but it looks like I am wearing a shade darker than my concealer on my lips! I tried the lip liner under it, but the Tarte product covers so well, I couldn’t even see the darker shade under it!  Oh well, I’ll see if one of my daughters want it.

What’s funny is that although the Tarte matte lippie didn’t work for my, this lip pencil makes a nice matte lip for me!  I line my lips, then color them in (I always do this with lip pencil, even if I’m going to wear another product over it).  The pretty Spice color gave me an amazing nude lip, not washed out at all!  The pencil is a little hard, but that does make it easy to shape my lips.  And it lasted a while on!

 

Swatches!  Left to right, the lip pencil, Tarte lippie, eye crayon and Becca highlighter.

Even though I was a little disappointed in this box when I received it, I am going to give most of the products a go!  I will try the dermabrasion and the highlighter, I’ll use the eye and lip pencil and only plan on giving away the lip color.  Not bad!

Next month already has some great spoilers including the CoverFX illuminating setting sprayWinky Luxe Kitten Palette and BoxyCharm x Luxie Quad Eye Travel Set Brushes!  I hope there are no variations on these products because I am excited for all of them!

Do you subscribe to Boxycharm?  Which products did you get in yours this month?

Save