BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — January 2020

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Hey all! I have just received my first BoxyCharm of 2020! I love receiving this box each month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for over two years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is now $25 a month plus tax for 5 full-sized beauty items. The value is at least $125 each month.

The only subscription boxes I’m currently getting is this box, BoxyLuxe four times a year and the new BoxyCharm Premium.  I think Boxy has been doing an amazing job curating their boxes lately.

The theme this month is Breaking The Ice. My version is 6. This month I received:

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Total — $133.99.  I think that’s good for a $25 box.

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This was my choice item for this month.  I could have chosen this,  Ace Beaute Vintage Dawn OR Dr Brandt 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream

I have tested it out last night and I think the shadows are really pigmented and bright.  Maybe a little bright for me!  It might be a palette that I use with a more neutral palette.  I’ll play with it a little more and see.  I might do a review on it as well.

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I am really happy I received this.  When these cheek palettes were released last year, I really wanted to try them.  I’m a fan of Wander Beauty.  I haven’t tried this on my face yet (there is a swatch below).  Bellini is a really pretty shade, but Costa Rei may be too light even for my fair skin.

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Petite n’ Pretty is a brand sold at Ulta.  It’s makeup for kids, tweens and teens so I’m not sure why it’s in a BoxyCharm.  This is one I might pass on to one of my daughters.

I was sent a sample pack of the Pretty Vulgar concealers to match my shade a month or two ago.  This is the lightest shade we were sent to test, and it might be a bit dark for me.  I’m going to test it today.  Here’s swatches of the Wander Beauty palette and the concealer:

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The peach blush is gorgeous, but as you can see the bronzer is very light.  The concealer is very creamy which is nice, but I usually like a little bit lighter shade for brightening.  This may be good for me in the summer, though.

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Las but certainly not least is the Glow Recipe mask.  I have been wanting to try this! You can use this at night, or use it as a days mask.  I might try it as a day mask and keep it on for 10 minutes first to see how my skin reacts to it.  I do love the Glow Recipe watermelon moisturizer and pineapple serum.  I’m very excited to try this product!  It is in a smaller 1 oz size, but that’s fine!

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I’m pretty happy with my January BoxyCharm!  I’m excited about the Glow Recipe mask and the Wander Beauty face palette.  I will be testing out the eyeshadow palette and the concealer.  And I’ll probably be passing on the mascara.

Did you get BoxyCharm this month?  What did you get?

I just received my BoxyCharm Premium a few minutes ago, so I’ll be posting that review in a few days.

 

 

2019 Annual Makeup Favorites — And One Big Fail!

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to share my 2019 annual favorites.  This year I’m breaking it up into two categories — Makeup and Skincare.

I love sharing my favorite makeup products.  I’ve included one in each category, and I will also lists some honorable mentions.  I usually don’t include products I don’t like, but I have one extreme fail this year that was a favorite on many people’s lists.  So read to the end if you want to know what foundation didn’t work for me at all!

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These are my favorite and most used products of 2019.  If I have reviewed or mentioned them before, I’ll link that post.

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Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette — I purchased a few new palettes this year and got a couple in PR that I really like. This one stood out to me because I really love Tati and wanted to support her, and I’ve never seen a palette laid out like this.  Gorgeous!

Honorable mentions are the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette.  I used it a lot this year.  It’s such a nice, neutral palette.  A new one that’s a favorite is the Colourpop Going Coconuts palette.  I will be reviewing that one soon. And my favorite colorful palette is the Natasha Denona Sunrise palette.  It’s so gorgeous!    

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NARS Makeup Your Mind Eye & Cheek Palette — So this palette holds my favorite bronzer, Laguna and my favorite blush formula from the year.  I love all three of the blush shades in this — Luster, Orgasm and Dolce Vita.  Beautiful!

Looking back on my monthly favorites for 2019,  I really didn’t have many blushes or bronzers in there.  In November I purchased the Colorpop Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted Mirror and the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sun Light. I have been loving both of those.  I would love to find more favorites in these categories this year.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer — I purchased this in the spring Ulta 21 Days of Beauty, but just started using it in the fall.  I used it up in 2 months!  I will be purchasing again.  A primer I loved for the warm weather is the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Prime Essence.  I received it in a BoxyLuxe this year and loved how smooth it made my skin!

Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation — This isn’t a new foundation, but it was new to me this year.  I love that it gives a natural finish with a nice coverage.  It doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup. Honorable Mentions are the Pur 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Foundation and the Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation.  Both look so nice on my skin and don’t settle in my pores or lines.  I do need both of them in a darker shade, but I think they are nice, too!

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer — This is one of the best concealers I have ever used!  It’s easily blendable and gives great coverage.  Plus it stays in place all day.  I do not have a runner up in 2019, because nothing compares.  Lets see if there’s a better one for me in 2020…

Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder — I love the texture of this powder.  It sets under my eyes and all over my face flawlessly.  And it doesn’t sit in my pores and lines or look cakey.  I’m not a big fan of the packaging and hope they repackage it into a normal container without a brush.

Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder is a close second.  I purchased it in the Spring Ulta 21 Days of Beauty and used it up in a few months.  I will be purchasing it again once I go through some powders I have.  It is light and doesn’t settle into pores.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter — This is an oldie but goodie!  I rediscovered this highlighter in 2019.  It can look soft and natural on or be built up to be blinding.  I do have a few other highlighters, but I don’t really love any other of mine right now.  I think I’ll try to find a perfect highlighter in 2020!

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara — What an amazing mascara! I alsways have the issue of my mascara smudging under my eye, even when I don’t put mascara on my lower lashes.  This is a tubing mascara, so it only comes off when I take it off with just water! Amazing! I also love the L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara.  It gives amazing length and builds up to be really voluminous.

Wander Beauty Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil — I got this in an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. I no longer get that box, but I’m happy I received this brow pencil!  It is the perfect consistancy for me, not too soft or too waxy. Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define is my runner up for brows.  It’s insanely pigmented, so a little goes a long way.  But it works so well on.  I love the micro pencils when doing my brows.

Pop Beauty Pout on Point Lip Liner — I have had this liner for a couple of years and it is almost out.  The color I have is Nude.  It’s not too creamy, so it stays on all day.  But it does glide on and blend like a dream!  I don’t have another lip liner I love as much, so I might have to make a Pop Beauty order soon.  I am always on the lookout for an amazing lip liner that doesn’t cost too much.

Iconic London Lip Gloss — I love this lip plumper!  The shade I have is Nearly Nude.  It’s lightly plumping and looks gorgeous over a lip liner or any lipstick. I don’t wear lipstick that much any more, usually just a lip liner with a gloss over it.  Although this is very nice, I am on the lookout for my perfect sheer gloss.  I need to use up ones I have before I will let myself try some more.

And now, my (probably controversial) fail for 2019:

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L’Oréal Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation — Almost all reviews I saw for this last year were positive.  And there was a lot.  The only two reviews that weren’t as positive were ladies around my age that said it made them look like they were wearing foundation instead of just having beautiful skin.

For me, this foundation was just awful. It settled heavily in my pores and fine lines.  I tried so many different primers, serums and combinations of those to try not to look like a cakey mess when I wore it.  They didn’t work. Finally (before I gave it away), I had one day that I used an oil under it along with creams and primers, and it only looked slightly bad.  Almost passable.  LOL!  I gave it away after about 10 uses.

It was so sad because I was hoping to love it like so many others.  But I did find a perfect (for me) foundation, the Catrice one.

Did you try this foundation?  What did you think?

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I found so many amazing products in 2019!  I might have purchased too much, because I’m still working through them.  I still get BoxyCharm, BoxyLuxe and BoxCharm Premium, but I have got rid of my other subscriptions.  I am also going to try to purchase items I need in 2020.  And of course, a few I want.

Stay tuned for my skincare favorites of 2019 and I think I’m doing an annual Project Pan this year.

Shop My Stash — January 2020

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Hi all!  It’s time for my first Shop my Stash of 2020!

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen two palettes that I have barely used and a blush, bronzer and lipstick that I just purchased in the Black Friday sales.  I usually don’t choose brand new (to me) products, but I really want to try these out.

Here are the palettes open:

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So many pretty shades to play with!  I have already used them today and loved playing with something I haven’t tried in a while.

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Makeup Revolution The Emily Edit The Wants Palette— I purchased this in June of 2019 (on sale at Ulta), and I haven’t used it since summer.  Most of my palettes have less shades then this, so it’s a little intimidating when I open it.  I used it today and I kept adding different colors of shimmer on my lid (Cupcake, Top Story, Eve Rose and Pizzaz).  They do all work together, but I need to calm down and know that I can use some shades for other looks this month, lol!  Do you have that problem with larger palettes?

IMG-2499IMG-2500Urban Decay On The Run palette in Detour — This is such a pretty little palette. And the blues definitely give me winter vibes. I received this from Urban Decay in 2019 and am exited to play with it. The formula is gorgeous.

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Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted — This warm pink blush is so fresh and pretty on. It works so well with cool and warm looks. It’s a more matte blush, but that’s what I currently like.

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Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sun Light — I also love matte bronzers.  This one is new to me and very light.  But, I can build it up and it’s so soft and natural on.  This is perfect for the winter when I am more fair.

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I wear lipgloss more than lipstick, but I have bought a few lipsticks last year that I need to use.  This is the MAC Lipstick in the Cremesheen formula.  The shade is Creme in Your Coffee— a creamy mid-tone pink brown.  I love hydrating lip formulas and this one is very nice.  I’m looking forward to using it!

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Here are swatches of the bronzer, lipstick and blush.

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I’m so exited for this month, and this year!  I’m hoping to use more of my stash, and purchase less.  I’m also doing a new series that I will be starting soon — I will be reviewing 20 of my palettes this year that I haven’t reviewed yet.  And I might do a Project Pan.  I’m still thinking about that.

Are you planning to use what you got this year — or is it spend, spend, spend (like I did last year)?  LOL!  Let me know!

Colourpop Black Friday Haul

Hi all! I did a little bit of shopping for myself during the Black Friday week. I have a couple of makeup hauls to share.

The first one is from Colourpop.  They had 30% off most of their site for about a week.  Here’s what I got:

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The Going Coconuts palette, the Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer in Fair 4N, the Super Shock Shadow in Flying Circus and the Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted Mirror. Everything was on sale except for the Super Shock Shadow.  The shade was so pretty that I had to get it.  As always, you get free shipping with orders of $30 or more.  

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Here are the palette, Super Shock Shadow and blush opened.  I am loving all of these shades!

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I picked this up because I saw a lot of reviews saying that it’s an amazing palette.  It’s really pretty.  I’ve used it a couple of times and like it okay.  I’m going to try it some more and review it.  I actually am going to do a palette review series in 2020.  I’m going to review my older palettes that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I think I’ll review 20.  That will be fun and this one will be included!

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I have also heard a lot of great things about this tinted moisturizer.  I’ve tried it a few times and I like it.  It doesn’t cover my redness well, so I only use it when my skin is good that day.  I need something with a higher coverage when my skin is red or has any issues.

But it does feel really nice on. I love hyaluronic acid!

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These are both so pretty!  I don’t use Super Shock shadows often, but this one was too pretty to pass up.  I love purple!  It wasn’t on sale, so it was $6,  which isn’t bad.  Colourpop is so reasonably priced.  Here are swatches:

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I love both of these shades!  The Super Shock is easy to apply with my fingers.  It makes any look more special.

The blush is so gorgeous!  It really brightens my pale skin.  So pretty for this time of year!

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Did you buy any beauty products during the sales?  Do you purchase Colourpop?

Jane Iredale Holiday Collection 2019

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great December so far! I have some gorgeous holiday makeup to share with you.

What makeup are you wearing for holiday parties and special occasions this year?  Jane Iredale is a clean beauty brand that  I love.

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The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, a blush, and two hydration sprays.  There is also a makeup bag and empty powder palette not pictured.

Here’s a photo of the boxes, it shows the theme of the collection, and they are so pretty:

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Here are the products:

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Limited Edition Come Fly With Me Eye Shadow Kit ($59 USD) — Five shimmering shades of the long-wearing PurePressed® Eye Shadows. Come Fly With Me: shimmery soft pearl sheen; shimmery gold; light terra cotta brown subtle shimmer; shimmery plum brown; shimmery charcoal.  They are neutral, but really pretty for the holidays.

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Limited Edition Queen Bee PurePressed® Blush ($30 USD) — Soft fuchsia with subtle gold shimmer. Defines and highlights cheekbones and provides a soft wash of just-blushed color. Formulated with minerals and antioxidants.

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D2OLimited Edition Hydration Spray Mini ($10 USD) — Contains Ylang Ylang to help hydrate, calm and protect the skin. Helps calm skin after laser skin resurfacing. Best for normal to dry skin.

POMMISST Limited Edition Hydration Spray Mini ($10 USD) — Contains Pomegranate Extract to hydrate and condition the skin. Powerful antioxidants help fight free radical production caused by sun exposure. Fresh, clean scent soothes and uplifts. For all skin types.

Not only is this makeup gorgeous, purchase of the limited-edition holiday collection will help HoneyLove Urban Beekeepers build beehives for more than 500,000 honeybees and educate urban beekeepers and gardeners about creating bee-friendly spaces.  Such a worthy cause!


Have you tried Jane Iredale makeup?  What makeup are you wearing this holiday season?

 

 

 

 

Shop My Stash — December 2019

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Hi all!  It’s  time for my December Shop My Stash! I’m looking forward to the holidays.

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen one palette that I have barely used, if at all.  And one palette that I used a lot last year at holiday time, but haven’t used much since. Plus a fairly new cheek palette and lipsticks that I haven’t played with in a few months.

Here are close ups of the products:

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The Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette was their holiday palette from last year. I got it last year for the holidays and used it a lot then.  But I haven’t really touched it since (I really have too many palettes).  I’ve already used the browns and purples, but I’ll didp in to the greens, golds and pinks for the holidays.  I don’t know about those blues…we’ll see!

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette — I just realized that I never reviewed this palette.  I got it on sale earlier this year, I think.  And since it is no longer for sale, I can’t link it. I opened it up and realized how stunning it is!  Today I used Birch in the crease, Twig in the outer corner and under my eye, Rose Quartz on the lid and pearl in my inner corner.  So gorgeous!  I will be using this one a lot!  I might combine this with my Tati Beauty palette for a holiday look!

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This is the Ofra x Madison Miller Miller Squad Midi Palette.  I got this in my September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  It’s very pretty.

Here’s a swatch:

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The highlighters seem like they would be too dark for me, but they do work. The left one is a little more pink and the right one is little more peachy gold.   The blush is a pretty matte rosy pink. I think these shades will be perfect for the holidays.

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Sorry these are messy! They are the BAREPRO Longwear Lipsticks in Peony and Spicel  They go on very creamy, but dry down matte.  They are pretty on their own or with a gloss over them.  Here’s swatches: IMG-2220

They are pretty on their own or mixed together.  They also work nicely over a lip liner.


I’m really excited for this month!  I have already started using all of these and intend to use them as much as I can.  I do have two new palettes (hauls coming), but I will use these, too.

Next year I hope to shop less and use more of what I have.  And, I think I’m changing my Shop my Stash a bit.  I might add complexion products and make it every two months instead of monthly. What do you think?  Any other suggestions?  I’m up for a change.

Do you do a Shop My Stash?  How do you do it?

 

Shop My Stash November 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my November 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 November.

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I have been feeling much better this month, so I tried to wear makeup as much as possible in November. 

I’m happy to say that I used all of these products a good amount. 

I really enjoyed using the lip products.  The Becca lip gloss is so creamy and hydrating.  And, the color is a little out of my comfort zone, which is good.  I usually wear nudes. The Profusion lip pencil is a perfect match for the gloss!

Here’s photos with the  palettes open:

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I really have enjoyed this (and all of these palettes) more than I thought I would. I used the Terracotta and Desert bronzer/contour almost every day! I used all of the shadows at least once.  I think this is an essential neutral matte palette and I’ll be keeping it.

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this palette.  Most of the shadows are shimmers. But, I did test it out and I like it!  It pairs really nicely with the tarte palette, or with another matte palette.  But, it can also be used alone.  One of the shimmers can be popped all over the lid.  I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of this, so if I don’t use it at least a few times in the next few months, I’m giving it away.

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I really enjoy this highlighter formula!  I’ve been mixing Santorini and Azores, and it makes a really pretty shade for my fair skintone.  Ibiza is a nice blush topper for me.  I’ll keep it for now and see if I use it often.

On to my empties:

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I had a lot of empties this month!  There are three lip balm/masks.  My lips have been so dry.  Most of these products are skincare, as usual!  The makeup items are a  face primer, mascara primer and mascara.

I have a backup of the Laneige mask, the Pixi Vitamin-C lotion and have a Kopari Lip Glossy on it’s way to me.  I would also repurchase the Laneige lip balm in the tube.  I am also using a full size of the Thrive Causemetics mascara.  Thrive is now in some Ulta stores, so I’m happy that I can purchase it and get my points!  Hopefully it will be online soon!


That was a successful Shop My Stash!  I used everything and used up a lot of products!  I’m ready to use some makeup and skincare in December!  I’ll be posting my new Shop My Stash soon!