Beauty, cosmetics

Boxycharm Review — August 2017

My very first Boxycharm is here!  I haven’t subscribed to this box before, but I caved when I saw the amazing spoiler of a tarte palette!

Boxycharm is $21 a month and it is a makeup box, which means you receive mostly makeup and tools.  Yes, please!  To subscribe, visit boxycharm.com

There were a few different variations. The products in my August box are:

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Diva – $14

The Beauty Crop #GRLPOWER Liquid Lipstick in Date Night – $15

BellaPierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony – $15

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set – $26

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Volume II – $36

My total box value is $106!  Amazing for a $21 box!

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Diva

I don’t normally wear false eyelashes, but I will probably keep these around for a special occasion or Halloween.  They are pretty.

The Beauty Crop #GRLPOWER Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

I will keep this.  I really like the color.  I usually wear nudes or lighter pinks, but this is good for a nice pop of color.  It also dries quickly and doesn’t budge.  The packaging is pretty, too!

BellaPierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony

I only wear black eyeliner to go out, and then I like an eyeliner pen.  I will give this to a friend who will use it!

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set

This is a very nice brush set!  The bristles are really soft and I am looking forward to trying them out.  I received the Pointed Brush BMX-130 (good for blush or powder), the Chisel Brush BMX-250 (nice to highlight or contour) and the Crease Brush BMX-430 (for eye shadow).  I will keep these and use them all.  I definitely don’t have one like the chisel brush, so that will be fun to try.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Volume II

This is a beautiful neutral palette!  The colors are a bit shimmery and I think will be perfect for fall.  I also like the size, this can travel well and fit in purses easier than a long palette.  I love tarte and am excited to try it!

So, my first Boxycharm was a hit!  I will use the tarte palette, the brushes and the lip color.  The other two items I might use later or give away.  But, I think this was really nicely curated.

Do you get Boxycharm?  If so, what items did you get in this month’s box and which is your favorite?

 

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Brand Review — PUR Cosmetics

PUR Cosmetics is a great brand that includes good-for-your-skin ingredients that not only help cover skin imperfections but also help correct its overall appearance. Plus, their products are very on-trend and gorgeous!

I was sent some amazing products for my honest review.  Here’s what I think:

Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette ($34 USD) Creating a flawless eye look is super simple if you have the perfect mix of neutral, copper and bronze shades handy. Now you can turn everyday and night into a soiree with this super versatile 12-piece eye shadow collection. Filled with highly pigmented and silky smooth shadows, the four versatile matte shades, four satin shades and four shimmers work flawlessly together for all skin tones. Super blendable and anything but basic, this essential palette takes the guesswork out of your eye look. Just use the colors in the vertical rows from top to bottom for highlight, definition and drama.

What I think:  These colors are very pigmented and pretty, for a neutral eye look.  I like the different finishes and looks that I can create.  Currently, I have a lot of natural palettes and am loving a bit more color, but this is great for every day looks!

Contour Diaries Contour Palette ($32 USD) — you too can sculpt and define your makeup story. Featuring three super creamy and blendable shades for contouring and three luminious shades for highlighting, this 6-piece contour and highlight palette makes it easy to accentuate like a pro. The lighter shades are used to draw soft, “lit from within” attention to the high points of the face and help brighten the dark shadows that may lurk under the eyes. The darker shades create faux shadows that chisel your cheekbones or slenderize other facial features. These buildable powders are mixable and customizable to create the right highlight and dimension for every skin tone. Get truly envious features instantly.

What I think:  This is a great contouring palette.  The shades blend so well for contouring.  I have fair skin, so I would liked it if the lighter shades were a bit lighter, but the darker shades work nicely on my skin!

Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick

Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18 USD) — Dump those dry matte lipsticks. Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks provide sumptuous lip color in an innovative mousse texture that glides on with ease and coats lips in a rich and conditioning burst of color in a true matte finish. Designed with color perfecting technology, the formula does not flake or dry lips and provides a smooth and flawless finish. Soft, kissable lips and bold colour – it’s everything you want in a matte.

What I think:  These come is a great range of pretty shades.  They last a long time and are very nicely pigmented.  Like a lot of liquid matte lippies, they are a bit drying on, but they stay put all day!

No Filter Blurring Photography Primer

No Filter Blurring Photography Primer ($33 USD) — Moisturize, color balance, prime and illuminate the skin in one step. This unique primer with prismatic blurring micro-pearls helps to color correct while age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application. Loaded with essential oils like Coconut, Olive, and Shea a drop of this into your foundation will result in a dewy yet shine-free finish that boosts radiance and masks imperfections for a picture-perfect complexion.

What I think:  This is such a pretty primer.  It smooths my skin and gives it a soft glow.  I love it under powder foundation, because it gives some hydration and make skin look glowy, not dry.  It also helps foundation stay all day.

Melt Away Makeup Emulsifier

Melt Away Makeup Emulsifier ($23 USD) — Melt away makeup and nourish the skin with this gentle yet highly effective makeup remover for all skin types. Over a dozen natural oils and extracts combine to dissolve all traces of makeup including stubborn waterproof and long-wear makeup! Melt Away breaks down dirt, pigment and excess oils to keep skin looking clean, clear and radiantly shine-free!

What I think:  This oil-based cleanser takes everything off!  That’s so important in summer because of all the waterproof makeup I use.  Once I cleanse my skin, it’s really hydrated and soft.  It also has a natural, herbal scent. I like that it has natural oils that are so good for my skin!

Blue Agave Mask

Blue Agave Mask ($26 USD) — Give your skin an energizing boost with this ultra-refreshing blue agave mask. An Energy Complex of green tea, ginseng and Vitamin B helps stimulate the skin’s natural metabolism for the look of plumper, hydrated and refreshed skin. The cooling sensation and uplifting scent will leave your skin feeling totally revived.

What I think:  I love this super-fun mask! To use it, I apply a generous amount on my face (avoiding my eyes).  It takes about 15-20 minutes to dry down to a shimmery turquoise blue.  Then it’s ready to peel off.  It peels off easily and leaves my skin very smooth and glowing!

Have you tried PUR?  What products do you love?

 

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Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics

PUR’S Friends and Family Sale

PUR’S Friends and Family Sale is going on now! Spend $25, get 30% off until June 30th

Visit PURCOSMETICS.COM to snag some of the most sought-after items like the brand’s recently re-stocked Trolls Palette, NEW Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette, NEW Contour Diaries Palette, coveted Perfecting Foundation spoon brush or go classic and stock up on the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powders. Below are some products I have my eye on:

DreamWorks Trolls Palette
Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette
Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush
Bare It All™ 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation

What PUR products do you have your eye on?  Are you picking up anything from the sale?

Beauty, cosmetics, Nail Care

My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 15-21, 2017

It’s been a stormy week in Kansas City, but it’s sunny today!  That makes me think of summer and gorgeous summer makeup!

My favorites this week include new launches from essence cosmetics, Miracle Skin Transformer and Pur Cosmetics.  These products will keep skin glowing and nails shimmering throughout summer:

essence cosmetics Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection

 

Out of this world! Introducing the Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection ($2.99 USD) by essence cosmetics. These holographic, iridescent and metallic nail polishes are available in 7 bright colors perfect for an intergalactic adventure.

What I think:  These are really fun polishes!  Great for fingers and toes.  They go on smoothly and last a week with a base and top coat.  And they are an affordable option if you’d like to try a holo or other sparkly polish!

Purchase at essencemakeup.com!

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation ($36 USD) —  a color solution with an emphasis on skin, and feature Chroma-Quench, a fusion of peptides to support & strengthen, humectants to draw and bind water for natural hydration, light-reflecting particles and pigment, allowing you to create a cocktail for customized complexion solutions.

What I think: This hydrating foundation smells like a margarita!  At least it does to me.  It applies really smoothly and I’d say it has a medium coverage.  It feels so light on, it will be perfect for summer.  I don’t like to wear anything heavy on my face when it gets hot out, and this will be perfect!  Available in two shades Buff/Light and Honey/Medium.

Available at miracleskintransformer.com

Pur Cosmetics Bronze Your Selfie Skin-Perfecting Face and Body Liquid Bronzer ($26 USD) — Bronze your selfie with liquid gold and added radiance for your entire body. This liquid bronzer veils the skin in PÜR’s skin nourishing and perfecting Energy Complex and a prismatic, imperfection blurring bronzer technology that gives a natural sexy sun-kissed hue. This versatile formula can be worn alone or with makeup and on both the face and body. It easily smooths onto skin and locks into place for long-lasting tropical radiance.

Pur Cosmetics Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Blotting Stick ($26 USD) — Oily skin has finally met its matte. This versatile blotting stick instantly mattifies and perfects without over drying the skin, leaving you with a shine-free look that’s comfortable. Use it before makeup application as a mattifying primer or on-the-go for touchups throughout the day. Breakthrough shine doesn’t stand a chance!

What I think: The bronzer has a slight shimmer to it and it is a really pretty golden color.  I think it’s perfect for arms and legs to smooth skin or enhance a tan.  the blotting stick will be perfect for when it gets hot and humid in KC.  It helps skin stay matte all day.  It works well under makeup or on it’s own for a natural look.

Purchase at http://www.purcosmetics.com

What new products have you been loving this week?

 

 

Beauty, Black Friday

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

Have you started shopping yet?  I have, but there are still tons of great deals left.

Below, find some fab Black Friday/Cyber Monday beauty sales:

L'Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler
L’Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler

L’Occitane ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler — Make a purchase of $150 or more and shoppers score our ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler for FREE. Stocked with over 15 mini best-sellers, this set is the perfect gift for long-time L’Occitane lovers, travelers, friends, family and those who’ve always wanted to try our productsJ. Valid nowonline usa.loccitane.com on 11/20, and in all L’Occitane boutiques nationwide on 11/23.

With any purchase of $45 or more, shoppers can take home our coveted Luxury Travel Sets for only $18! The perfect stocking stuffers, these sets are complete with our bestselling formulas! Valid online at usa.loccitane.com on 11/20, and in all L’Occitane boutiques nationwide on 11/23.

Two Black Friday LORAC launches are: Black Tie Attire Eye Shadow Palette and Tails & Top Hats Eye Shadow Palette as well as a Cyber Monday launch: Dance ’Til Dawn Eye/Cheek Palette that will all launch exclusively at Ulta.com.

Avon – Stock up on all of Avon’s staple products from Color and Fragrance, to Skincare and Jewelry too!

  • Black Friday: From Thursday 11/24 through Saturday 11/26 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% off a $45 purchase, and receive a free Tote Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
  • Cyber Monday: From Sunday 11/27 through Tuesday 11/29 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% of a $45 purchase, and receive a free Makeup Bag Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
  • 12 Days of Deals: Each day from 11/30 through 12/11, receive amazing Avon products with your purchase. Some gifts include a perfume with any $45 purchase, Anew Ultimate Supreme Performance Cream with a $45 purchase, and a makeup palette with any $60 purchase!
  • Where to purchase: avon.com
Rituals
Rituals

Rituals – For New Yorkers or anyone visiting the city over the holiday weekend, Rituals is opening their 10th NYC store on Black Friday! Located at 489 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, discover a wide range of luxury home and cosmetics products, including body care, skin care, fine fragrance, mineral makeup, and scented candles and diffusers. Each product is inspired by an Ancient Eastern tradition or ritual that transforms your everyday routines into more meaningful moments.

Black Friday: Take 20% off on everything in the shop and be sure to stop by as they are giving away special prizes all day long.

Robin McGraw Revelation
Robin McGraw Revelation

Robin McGraw Revelation –Have your own Revelation with any of Robin McGraw’s products during her “Spend More, Save More” campaign during the holiday weekend. Choose from her fun-filled Me O’ My and brand new Luxury Skincare Collections and discover ways to live a more beautiful, happy and healthy lifestyle!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: From 11/25 through 11/28 the “Spend More, Save More” campaign includes:

o   $5 off of $50 or more

o   $15 off of $100 or more

o   $50 off of $250 or more

Where to purchase: robinmcgrawrevelation.com

PUR Cosmetics
PUR Cosmetics

PUR Cosmetics – Be sure to grab the best PUR has to offer during their holiday season promotions. Known globally for intelligent beauty solutions, PUR’s signature complexion, skincare, and on-trend color products provide immediate flawless results that nourish and improve the skin over time.

  • Black Friday: Early Black Friday BOGO sale begins 11/17 and includes a site-wide buy one get one deal on all items excluding kits and palettes

On 11/25 only the entire website is 20% off

  • Cyber Monday: On 11/28 only the entire website is 20% off
  • 12 Days of Deals: Promotion begins 12/2 and lasts through 12/13
  • Where to purchase: purcosmetics.com

BRÖÖ

  • Receive 40% off the entire BRÖÖ Collection (3 Shampoos and 3 Conditioners) on Target.com on Cyber Monday (November 28th 2016).

 

H2O+ Beauty

  • Receive 40% off the entire H2O+ Beauty site (h2oplus.com) and also receive a gift with purchase (it’s a surprise gift). Discount begins (November 24th at 3pm ET) and continues to Cyber Monday (November 28th )
  • Customers must enter promo code: GOBBLEUP

Yes To

  • Customers can take advantage of the BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) at any Rite Aid (Promotion Runs: November 23rd – November 26th)
  • This sale only applies to the following Yes To products:

–        Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Coconut Cleansing Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes

–        Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes

 

Beauty, cosmetics

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 28-April 3, 2016

It’s definitely Spring in Kansas City.  It is going to be almost 80 degrees today.  Crazy!  I am now enjoying wearing softer makeup.

This week, I am loving a gorgeous highlighting palette and soft matte liquid lipstick, a natural makeup set, and high-pigmented lipsticks:

Pop Beauty Pow Wow Powder ($24 USD) — Take a page from beauty school with these fanciful books. Each palette contains 4 complementary shades to mix and match for a seamless burst of colour. Silky-smooth, mineral formula.Paraben free. Not tested on animals. Available in 3 palettes, Strobin’ Glow, Rockin’ Rouge and Beachin’ Bronze.

Pop Beauty Permanent Pout ($14 USD each) — Get pouty with this full-coverage lip paint’s velvet, matte finish. Extremely long-wearing and kiss-proof, these lip colours are 6 shades of audacious! Lasts all-day & all-night. Paraben free. Not tested on animals.

What I think:  I have the Pow Wow Powder in Strobin’ Glow.  I love that their are 4 highlighters in the palette to play with. It gives a fresh, pretty look or you can strobe a lot and have a very glowy nighttime look!

The Permanent Pout lip paint is really pretty on and is very long lasting. I have a soft neutral called Pink Honey.  It matches my skin tone well, but is a bit drying. That may just be on me.  I know a lot of people love matte lip colors and don’t mind the dry-down.  I’ll keep this for days that I want to try a bold look, but in a soft color!

Purchase at http://www.popbeauty.com

PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection
PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection

PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection ($39 USD) — This four-piece limited edition collection of nude essentials includes:

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip.

What I think: This kit is an amazing value for what you get!  I received the Air Perfection cushion foundation in Light.  It covers so well and is easy to apply.  I dip my foundation brush into the compact and smooth on my skin.

The eyeliner is a pretty rich brown.  One end is a pencil and the other is a marker.  I like using the marker on my top lid and the softer pencil to define my bottom lid. The mascara really makes the eyes pop, too.  It’s a great volumizing mascara.

I like the lip gloss stick a lot.  It feels really moisturizing on.  But the color is a little red for me.

Break the boundaries of your beauty routine with these must-have beauty essentials. Available on the PUR Cosmetics’ website: http://www.purminerals.com/ for $39.00

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick
Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick ($5 each) — Warm up to the Spring season with a perfect pout of color.  Hard Candy offers the latest lipsticks that are sure to make you smile.  From pale pink to purple these shades are refreshing changes for Spring.  The smooth formula glides on with one stroke, a perfect update for the new season! Formula is infused with Argan oil for added moisture and shine.

What I think: These are very light and moisturizing, but are also well pigmented. I have the Sly-lac (left above).  It is very fun!  My daughter did ask me why I was wearing a purple lipstick!  Besides the wild colors, there are some pretty neutrals and brights that can be used everyday.

Available only at Walmart and Walmart.com.

What new spring products are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Beauty

PÜR Cosmetics Freedom Collection Inspired By The Divergent Series: Allegiant!

PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection
PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection

I am so excited that the third Divergent movie, Allegiant, is coming out tomorrow, March 18th! Inspired by the film The Divergent Series: Allegiant, PÜR cosmetics has launched the Freedom Collection as an exclusive limited-edition essentials collection.

This four-piece limited edition collection of nude essentials includes:

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip.

I am going to be receiving this set for review, and I will do a full review soon.  I am excited to try all of these products!  I have tried one cushion foundation before and am so excited to receive this!  I love dark brown eyeliners (black’s a little dark for me).  Plus, I am always up to try a new mascara.  I usually don’t use berry lipsticks, but I am looking forward to trying this one.  It looks soft and pretty!

Available on the PUR Cosmetics’ website: http://www.purminerals.com/ for $39.00.

Are you going to watch Allegiant?  Leave a comment letting me know, plus if you are looking forward to trying this set!