January 2020 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you had an amazing week!¬† ¬†I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that January is over.¬† Bring on a fresh new month!

Below are my beauty faves for January. I didn’t purchase much this month, so these are mostly older items to me. 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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Pixi Beauty Retinol Jasmine Lotion — I use retinol products a few days a week and love using this as my last step at night.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea — This is cooling and smells amazing.¬† It also helps to brighten my dull winter skin.

StriVectin Peptight Tightening & Brightening Face Serum — I received this from BzzAgent a couple of weeks ago and have been using it every day (review to come).

Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation — The shade I have is 20CP.¬† It’s a bit light for me except for right now when I’m at my palest. I love how this makes my skin look, very smooth and youthful!

Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder — I have the Universal Translucent shade of this.¬† I love the texture of this powder.¬† It’s very finely milled and doesn’t make my aging skin look textured! I do really use the brush that’s in the lid, but I can use it in a pinch.

e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer — This is in my 2020 Project Pan this year.¬† I got this last spring and liked it okay.¬† So I thought I should give it some love and use it up. I have found that I am really enjoying it. It’s full coverage and easy to blend.

Milk Makeup Mini Bronzer in Baked — I received this in a holiday gift set and was so excited to try it.¬† And, it doesn’t disappoint!¬† It’s easy to blend and the shade is so pretty on.¬† This is the first cream bronzer that I have really enjoyed using.

Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist — I received this in my November BoxyCharm.¬† This was my first Farsali product, and I really love it.¬† It has a fine mist and gives a light glow to the skin.

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Colourpop Going Coconuts Palette —¬† I love this palette!¬† It’s an amazing everyday palette that is more cooler tones.¬† This has made me want to purchase more Colourpop palettes and I have!¬† Colourpop releases so many palettes that I was kind of overwhelmed last year and only purchased a couple.¬† But I’m really loving some of their current neutral collections.


I have enjoyed using what I have this month!¬† I’ve really been going through my skincare, too.¬† I will have my empties in my January Shop My Stash results coming up next.

What are your current favorites?

 

 

 

BoxyCharm Premium Review – January 2020

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Hi all! I’ve just received my January BoxyCharm Premium! This is a fairly new subscription from BoxyCharm.¬† It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.¬† Here’s the details:

  • It‚Äôs $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe ‚Äď you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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The total this month is $221 — good for a $35 box!

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This is such a gorgeous palette in person.¬† This is what I chose this month, and I’m so glad I did.¬† The packaging is stunning, and so are the shades!¬† I am going to try to review this sometime this month and I’ll do swatches when I do.

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I was very surprised to see this in the box!  I heard that a single Kat Von D shadow would be included, so I was very excited to see the Natasha Denona top coat shadow in my box! I love anything purple, too, so that made it even better! IMG-2605IMG-2607

This is a close up of the shadow and a swatch.¬† It’s just a wash of shimmer, but it looks gorgeous over shadows!¬† Since it has gold and silver in it, it can be used in both cool and warm toned looks.¬† I’ve used it with a purple look, but I’m going to keep playing with it.¬† Stunning!

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I’m always on the lookout for new brow products.¬† I think 2019 is the year that I started getting my brows together and I hope to perfect them in 2020!¬† The brow pencil in this kit is more of a medium brown, and I have dark brown hair.¬† But, I might keep this in my stash and try it when I finish a pencil or two.¬† I think the concealer/highlighter stick looks pretty nice.

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I’m very excited for this.¬† I’ve already used it a couple of times and love it! I’ve been using it as a primer. It sits nicely over my sunscreen and makes a gorgeous base for makeup.¬† I also layer a pore filling primer in my t-zone over this serum and my makeup looks amazing with it.¬† I have just started trying out Farsali products and have been loving them so far.¬† ¬†I received the Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist in my November BoxyCharm and I purchased the Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set¬†for myself and have been trying those serums and primers.

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I was so excited to see Tula in the box until I realized that it’s an acne cleanser.¬† I haven’t had acne for years, so I’m wondering if BoxyCharm uses our beauty quizzes at all!¬† It’s the only type of skincare I can’t use.¬† I will have to pass it on to someone else.

I do think I’ll keep and try the bliss mask.¬† My pores are large and look congested, even though I don’t have oily skin.¬† So, I’ll test it out and if it’s too harsh for me, I’ll pass it on.

 


I’m pretty happy with my box this month. I love the Farsali serum, the eye shadow palette and the Natasha Denona eye shadow topper.¬† I won’t use the Tula cleanser and I might try the mask and brow kit.

I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this box.¬† It’s $10 more than the regular BoxyCharm. In the last few months, I have loved about half of the box and felt meh about the other half.¬† So is it worth it? Maybe?¬† I’m going to keep getting it at least for a few more months.

Do you get this box?  What do you think?

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Makeup and Skincare Sets

Hi all!¬† Happy Saturday!¬† I’m doing some home remodeling today, anyone want to help me remove old wallpaper?¬† No?¬† I do not blame you!

I’ve included sets from Milk Makeup, Pixi Beauty, Laneige and Farsali.¬† I love these products and these they would make amazing gifts for the skincare and makeup junkie in your life!

Milk Makeup MVPs

MILK MAKEUP MVPs, $45 ($109 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.com, sephora.com & 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • DELUXE KUSH MASCARA¬†(BOOM – blackest black):¬†High volume mascara with conditioning cannabis seed oil, heart-shaped fibers and pure pigments for clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI HYDRO GRIP PRIMER:¬†Primer with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract to hydrate and blue agave extract to grip¬†makeup¬†for all-day hold.
  • MINI COOLING WATER:¬†Cooling, under-eye-de-puffing stick packed with soothing seawater and caffeine for instantly energized skin.
  • MINI WATERMELON BRIGHTENING SERUM:¬†Solid serum with Swiss garden cress sprout extract to brighten and watermelon fruit extract to hydrate for more even skin tone and texture.
  • GLOW OIL LIP¬†+ CHEEK – (GLIMMER – mauve shimmer):¬†Shimmering, sheer multi-use lip¬†+ cheek with rice bran oil to hydrate for a lit-from-within glow.
  • MINI HIGHLIGHTER – (BLITZED – rose gold):¬†Dewy, multi-use highlighter with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for an everyday glow.
  • MINI BRONZER – (BAKED – bronze):¬†Creamy, multi-use bronzer stick with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for a sun-kissed glow.Milk Makeup Triple the KUSH Set
Milk Makeup TRIPLE THE KUSH, $25 ($41 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.com, sephora.com and 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black):¬†High volume mascara with thickening heart-shaped fibers, conditioning cannabis oil and pure pigments for a clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI KUSH CLEAR BROW GEL (HYDRO – clear):¬†Clear brow gel with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to tame and set brow hair¬†without stiffness or flaking.
  • MINI KUSH LIP BALM (GREEN DRAGON – clear):¬†Hydrating, soothing daily balm with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to soften lips and improve texture.

Milk Makeup is Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free

 

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Duo

Pixi Beauty¬†Liquid Fairy Lights Duo ($24 USD) — This limited edition kit includes two of our long wearing liquid glimmer eyeshadows. Wear solo or on top of eye shadow for an instant sparkle effect. Kit includes Liquid Fairy Lights in BareBrilliance & SunRay.

I really recommend these.¬† I have the BareBrilliance shade and it’s gorgeous!

Pixi Best of Tonics

Pixi Beauty¬†Best of Tonics ($22 USD) — Discover 3 of our cult status skin tonics! Use after cleansing, before serum & moisturizer. Kit contains: Deluxe travel sizes of Rose Tonic, Glow Tonic, and Vitamin-C Tonic.

Pixi products are available at pixibeauty.com

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Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set ($25, $33 value) — Skin Goals contains four mini versions of FARS√ĀLI faves. Skintune Blur blurs, Unicorn Essence primes, Rose Gold Elixir hydrates, and Volcanic Elixir soothes.

This Set Contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Skintune Blur Perfecting Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Rose Gold Elixir – 24K Gold Infused Beauty Oil
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Volcanic Elixir Polynesian Beauty Oil

Just to let you know, these are tiny.¬† You only get a few uses with each little bottle.¬† You can buy a mini of most of these for $22 each, and it’s about twice the amount of product.¬† So if I like one of these, I might purchase a mini.

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Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight Set ($28 USD) —¬† A sweet midnight treat for your lips‚ÄĒindulge yourself in this Lip Sleeping Mask trio featuring two limited-edition flavors. Craving a berry cocktail, minty rush, or a sweet candy treat? Choose the Lip Sleeping Mask flavor that best fits your mood. A formula that’s both rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, with Moisture Wrap‚ĄĘ technology that coats lips in a protective film. Apply it before bed to lock in essential moisture and wake up with soft, supple lips.

I use these before bed, but also in the daytime, too.  They are really great lip balms!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying all of my gift guides this year.¬† And there’s more to come!