BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — December 2019

IMG-2361Hi all! I received my December BoxyLuxe about of week ago. But, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to review it. I started subscribing to BoxyLuxe last December and have been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for two and a half years.

The regular BoxyCharm box is $25 a month now. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $25-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $24.99, you’ll get the Luxe box, 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.  I did get to pick some of the items I would receive, which I really liked.

The theme for this month is Whimsy. There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and hair care this month.  Here’s what I received:

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My total this month is a whopping $485.50!  Wow!  Amazing for a $50 box.

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I’m excited about both of these!  I love Rituals and I haven’t tried this shower gel before.  I’m going to put it in my shower after we’ve used up all the holiday shower gels, LOL!

The IGK dry shampoo gets great reviews.  I don’t usually use dry shampoo much, but I will give this a go!

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The bottle of the Elemis oil is so gorgeous!  It is very rose-scented.  I like it, but I hope it isn’t too strong for me.  I have a few oils open now, so I will be trying it later.

The QMS product is so expensive!  It would be great if it worked on my lip lines.  I will be trying this soon.

I am already using the FRESH cleanser.  It’s such an OG cleanser, but I haven’t used it before. I like it so far.  It has a refreshing scent and really cleans skin without drying it out.

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I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep the Ciate blush, but I think I will.  I don’t really have one in this darker pink shade.  I’m excited to try it!

I am not keeping the metallic lipstick or the liquid eyeliner.  I don’t wear either.  I’ll find someone who will love them, though.

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This is a very pretty palette!  I love how it looks like a book, and the shades are gorgeous.  I’m gifting this to someone, because I have so many eyes shadows that I need to use!  I am actually going to start a new series in 2020 where I review 20 of my current palettes that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I have so many that I bought last year or the year before and haven’t reviewed!


Do you get BoxyLuxe?  What did you get this month and what were your favorite products?

Pumpkin Spice Hued Beauty for Fall

Fall is truly here in Kansas City!  Today was finally cooler, although rainy.  I guess you can’t have everything!

I have to say, I do like the occasional pumpkin spice latte and really love fall pumpkin goodies!  I don’t wear a lot of orange, but I do love accents this time of year.  Here are some fun pumpkin spine beauty ideas:

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon ($18 USD) — A luscious deep caramel glaze with red undertones, this shade warms up even the palest skin. This formula is non-toxic, eco and vegan friendly!

What I think:  I love this nail color! It’s a warm orangey brown and perfect for fall nail looks.  I love that this is non-toxic.  It lasts at least a few days with at top coat.  So pretty!

Available at Laurenbbeauty.com

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach ($8 USD) — Lip-nourishing formula with Shea Butter, Omega-3 Oil and Vitamin E conditions and moisturizes lips for the upcoming windy months. With over 40 different shades and two finishes you can match your lip to all your favorite holiday drinks.

What I think: This is more of a spicy peach and is perfect for the Fall! It has a bit of shimmer to it, which is fun. This is a hydrating color that feels so nice on!

Available at Avon.com or through your local Representative

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick ($6 USD) — In just three days you can have your very own PSL LIP. Finding Ferdinand allows you to mix and match colors to create your very own custom shade! Afraid of commitment? Order a mini sample to make sure you love the color! You simply select up to 4 colors, choose the intensity of each, pick a creamy, matte or sheer finish and name your custom shade. It’s that easy.

What I think: I haven’t tried this custom service yet, but I think it’s so cool that you can make the exact color of lipstick that you like! The color above is so pretty, and if you’d like it, you can create it yourself!

Available at FindingFerdinad.com

Rituals Good Luck Scrub

Rituals Good Luck Scrub ($29 USD) — This sugar scrub out-sweets the pumpkin spice with aromas of orange and cedar wood. Specially developed to revitalize and nourish even the driest of skin. Its luxurious combination or organic sugar and softening oils, leaves your skin ulta-nourished ready to bare the cold.

What I think: Although this doesn’t smell like pumpkin spice, it is sweet and spicy!  Not only does this fun orange scrub smell amazing, it leaves my skin very soft after use.

Available at Rituals.com

What Fall beauty items are you loving?

Father’s Day Gift Guide — Grooming Gift Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts!  There are a bunch of great ideas for the men in your life.

Below are fragrance and grooming from Rituals, Harry’s shaving and TENZING skincare that will make great gifts:

Rituals Oasis Vert Cologne For Men

Rituals Oasis Vert Cologne For Men ($75 USD) — Created by world’s best perfumers and inspired by their journeys into the Orient. Evoke the fragrant world of a lush oasis hidden in the wilderness of ancient Arabia. Invigorating vetiver and green patchouli fuse effortlessly with the fresh coolness of spring water and a woody hint of fresh oak. A perfume that is as elusive as the desert wind.

Available at Rituals.com and Rituals Stores throughout NYC

The Ritual of Samurai Refreshing Ritual Gift Set

Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Refreshing Ritual Gift Set ($45 USD) — Discover and experience the energising Samurai ritual at home. Spoil yourself or somebody else with this wonderful gift. The gift package is wrapped in a colourful and beautiful gift box.

Each set contains:
– Samurai Shower foaming shower gel 200ml
– Samurai Cool Scrub 70ml
– Samurai Cool Down shower gel 200ml
– Samurai Magic Shave 70ml

Available at Rituals.com and Rituals Stores throughout NYC

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($30 USD) — This Father’s Day Shave Set has all you need to get started with Harry’s. A great shave at a fair price.

Includes
  • 1 Limited-Edition Storm Gray Truman Razor Handle
  • 1 Harry’s Razor Stand
  • 1 Shave Gel (4.0oz)
  • 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges
  • 1 Travel Blade Cover

Available at http://www.harrys.com

TENZING’s Adventure Pack

TENZING, a brand-new men’s skincare brand, uses aloe based products that combine some of the healthiest and most natural ingredients known to man. A perfect gift to treat dads to something a little more luxe this year.

TENZING’s Adventure Pack (available in Sage Mint and Sandalwood), retailing at $55.00 offers:

The Pre-Shave Oil – a combination of rich oils (acai, olive oil and grape seed oils) blended together to create pre-shave perfection.

The Premium Shave Cream — Organically formulated with an aloe base, the shave cream strengthens and hydrates skin while supplying a smooth and comfortable shave.

The Face Moisturizer — Organically crafted moisturizer fights early signs of aging, tones skin and leaves you feeling ready with aloe and grape seed oil.

Purchase at store.tenzingskincare.com

 

What are you giving for Father’s Day?

 

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

 

My Beauty Favorites Week of July 6-July 12, 2015

It is hot, hot, hot in Kansas City!  As I stay inside in the air-conditioning, I am loving trying new products that make my skin — face and body — look great!

This week my faves include an unscented body lotion, hand scrub, a luxe serum and a CC cream that adjusts to my skin tone.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free ($3.49 USD) –It all started with a wonder jelly that Vaseline has been perfecting for 140 years.  Today, micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly help power their Fragrance Free Body & Face Lotion.  It absorbs deeply into skin, moisturizing to heal it from within (within stratumcorneum).Clinically proven to keep skin healed for 3 weeks (based on 4 week treatment clinical study).Moisturizes to relieve itchy dry skin.Appropriate for sensitive skin. Fast absorbing + non-greasy.

This lotion was nominated for a 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Award!

What I think: I love how velvety this lotion is.  It absorbs right into the skin and is not greasy at all!  And, it is perfect for those who do not like or are allergic to fragrances. It is an affordable way to keep your skin hydrated this summer.

Available at mass market retailers.

Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub
Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub

Rituals Silence 3 in 1 Miracle Hand Scrub ($19 USD) — A luxury hand scrub for daily use, which deeply cleanses, refreshes and softens your hands. Enriched with nourishing oils that are easily absorbed by the skin to restore suppleness and moisture balance. Combines the relaxing fragrance of White Lotus with the nourishing properties of Yi Yi Ren, an ingredient traditionally used in Chinese medicine.

What I think: First of all, I love the White Lotus scent.  It’s a soft, calming scent.  The scrub is very gentle, but softens hands nicely.  I love to use this once or twice a week.  In the summer, it is also great for after I self tan.

Available at us.rituals.com

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Sculpting Finishing Dual Infusion ($360 USD) — Rare discovery. Rare luxury. This groundbreaking infusion helps energize the 100 million skin cells on your face for a firmer, more sculpted, refined and luminous look.

Black Diamond Truffle, one of nature’s rarest treasures, is transformed through a secret process into a pure, precious extract. 10,000 hours in the making, it is a potent energy infusion for your skin.

In the golden vial, Black Diamond Truffle Extract and our most advanced youth-sustaining and lifting technologies. In the platinum vial, a blend of high-potency skin refinishers and radiance enhancers. In a moment of pure power, both elixirs come together to transform every facet of your appearance.

 

This serum is so highly esteemed was nominated for a 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Award!

What I think:  Such a luxurious serum.  You can use this twice a day, but at least use it at night, you wake up with refreshed, radiant skin!  I love how the serum sinks into the skin and leaves a lovely glow!  I have noticed that my skin looks smoother and firmer.

Available at fine department stores and http://www.esteelauder.com.

Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream
Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream

Cargo Cosmetics Picture Perfect CC Cream ($39 USD) — With broad spectrum SPF 20, it not only hydrates, but protects the skin from the harsh sun for up to 72 hours of skin hydration!  The CC Cream goes on white and adjusts to your specific skin tone as you rub it in! This all-in-one cream features innovative color adapting pigments and color correction technology that delivers soft, even, and undetectable coverage. Available in three shades: Light, Medium and Medium/Dark.

What I think:  I love foundations that adjust to your skin tone.  It makes it so easy to match the shade exactly to my skin.  It looks very natural on and gives good coverage. Plus, I love that there is SPF 20.

Purchase at http://www.cargocosmetics.com

 

 

 

My Beauty Favorites Week of May 11-May 17, 2015

It’s getting close to summer in Kansas City.  Hot, humid and stormy!  But, I am still loving trying new products, especially ones that will make me look and feel fabulous to and through summer.

This week I’m loving a new holistic makeup brand, a fast new hair dryer, and skin-smoothing skincare and an amazing smelling bath oil.

Geri G. Cosmetics
Geri G. Cosmetics

Geri G. offers a whole system of products that offer a holistic approach to nourishing and hydrating the skin, including foundation, a multi-purpose canvas, plush mascara, lip-gloss creme, and even complimentary nutritional components.

What I think: I have been testing the Transceutical Canvas, the Innocent Foundation and the Lip Gloss Crème. The canvas is like a primer that leaves your skin glowing and keeps makeup looking fresh all day.  The foundation is a little sheer for me, but the canvas keeps it on all day.  I think it will be perfect in the summer when I don’t want to wear heavy foundation.  And, I love the lip gloss!  It is very moisturizing and stays on for a while.  The color is sheer, but very pretty!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.gerigla.com.

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer
Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer ($159 USD) — Get dry lustrous hair fast with this portable, professional grade dryer. This versatile blow dryer uses the gentle hear of Far Infrared light to dry beginning deep within the hair cuticle, decreasing drying time safely by more than 50%. The days of dry damaging heat, burns and hot spots are over with the Quickshine and you can say hello to shiny and smooth hair, fast!

What I think:  Love this blow dryer!  It is compact so it’s easy to use and dries my hair very fast. The very red light at the mouth of the blow dryer is a bit scary, but it is not as hot as it looks.  Plus, there is a cool air button that you can use to add shine to your hair.

Available at shop.joseeberhair.com

New NIP+FAB's Glycolic Fix Products
New NIP+FAB’s Glycolic Fix Products

NIP+FAB Glycolic Instant Fix Mask ($12.95 USD) — Resurface, retexture and renew instantly with this gel like mask to leave your skin radiant, blemish free and visibly smoother. A favourite of Kylie Jenner’s, NIP+FAB’s highest level of glycolic acid combines with EVERMAT™ technology to gently smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, whilst clearing and reducing the look of enlarged pores.

NIP+FAB Glycolic No Needle Fix Serum ($19.95 USD) — No Needle Fix is a revolutionary, intensive plumping and volumizing serum that fills fine lines, smoothes wrinkles and reduces the appearance of imperfections, improving skin’s overall tonicity and elasticity.

What I think: I’ve found that both of theses products work to smooth skin tone.  My pores and wrinkles appeared smaller as soon as I first tried the mask.

Available at CVS, ULTA and Target stores nationwide

Rituals Fortune Oil
Rituals Fortune Oil

Rituals Fortune Oil ($15 USD) — The shower oil becomes a silky soft foam, leaving your skin beautifully soft. The ingredients Sweet Orange & Cedar produce a wonderfully warm fragrance. The shower oil helps you keep your summer tan for longer. The oil hydrates your skin in the shower, so that you lose less pigment.

What I think: This oil is really fun to use.  In the shower it turns in to a foam and after you wash, it rinses clean.  My skin is left soft and smooth.  Plus, the scent is amazing it is both warm and sweet.

Purchase at us.rituals.com

 

My Beauty Faves Week of April 20-26, 2015

Spring is such a crazy season!  It can be rainy one day, then sunny and warm the other.  And don’t get me started on seasonal allergies…which is my least favorite part of spring!

I have been trying lots of different types of beauty products this week  and thought I would review a random sample of my favorites.  The one common denominator is that they are all fairly affordable and easy to find.

Below, you’ll find foaming shower gel, an affordable anti-aging skincare collection, beauty tools, fun eyelashes and

Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel
Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel

Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel ($15 USD) — Zensation combines Organic Rice Milk, a natural ingredient that nourishes the skin and leaves it silky soft, with Cherry Blossom, the Japanese symbol of purity. Squeeze a small amount of gel into your hand – contact with water transforms the gel into a rich, relaxing foam.

What I think:  I love this scent — it smells fresh and sweet, perfect for spring! It foams up in the shower and leaves the skin smelling amazing!  I am obsessing over all of the Rituals scents I have tried!

Available at us.rituals.com.

Skin+Pharmacy Anti-Aging Collection
Skin+Pharmacy Anti-Aging Collection

For affordable and effective skincare, try the NEW Skin+Pharmacy Anti-Aging Collection. This clinically-tested line features time-release and UV-protective technology to target the visible signs of aging, and includes retinol day and night moisturizers, retinol eye creams, glycolic cream cleansers, and glycolic day moisturizer ($12-$20).

What I think:  So far, my favorite product from this line is the Skin + Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Therapy Glycolic Peel Pads ($20 USD). They are very easy to use — wipe clean face thoroughly with pad, leave product on for 10 minutes (less if your skin is sensitive) then wash off. Skin is smooth and glowing and pores look so much smaller!  Love these and really love the price (20 for $20).

Learn more and purchase at http://www.cvs.com and CVS stores near you.

Beauty 360 Ergo Buffer
Beauty 360 Ergo Buffer

Beauty 360 Ergo Buffer ($5.99 USD) — Is a part of a new, premium beauty tools line available at CVS stores.  This a 3-in-1 tool that shapes, smoothes, and shines nails, this 75-piece line delivers the ultimate in quality, precision and convenience!

What I think:  This is so easy to get shaped and smoothed nails.  It take a little time to get used to the design, but one you do, it’s a lot of fun!  You can shape on one side, smooth on the other, and the inside is the shine buffer.  I like to keep mine in my purse for nail emergencies.

Purchase and learn more about the line at http://www.cvs.com

Eylure Eyelashes
Eylure Eyelashes

A heritage brand 65 years in the making, Eylure is widely respected.  From creating Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra look to collaborating with Katy Perry, the brand offers an elegant range of quality lash categories to cater to the individual consumer.  As the first lash brand to come to market in 1947, the lash experts at Eylure present a collection with a concise range of eight categories that encompass every lash occasion. The eight categories, cover both strip, individual, and pre glued lashes.

What I think: These are so affordable!  From $3.49 for the Katy Perry lashes to $9.99 for multiple lash packs, you can change your lash look whenever you wish! They are very easy to apply and include lash glue.

Available at Target, Ulta and Kohl’s.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Spring 2015
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Spring 2015

An improved formula delivers extended wear and enhanced shine — still with the one stroke, one coat convenience that has made Sally Hansen Insta-Dri a cult favorite since 2009. Insta-Dri’s three-in-one formula combines base coat, color, and top coat in one bottle, making it even easier to have a glossy manicure in a minute. It dries in just 60 seconds, creating full-coverage color and shine without the wait.

The new spring shades are Re-teal Therapy, Plummet, In Nude-tral, Cherry Fast, Navy Fleet, Show Steel-er, Making Mauves, Leapin’ Lilac, Black to Black, Ablazing!, Quick Fire, Set Sail, Cocoa A Go Go, and Orange Zest.

What I think: I love how easy this is to apply and how fast it dries.  Remember though, more coats means more drying time!  I have been enjoying the softer colors like In Nude-tral and Making Mauves.  But, the brighter colors are really nice on toe nails as sandal-season approaches.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow
NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow ($2.99 USD) This retractable chubby has a unique, pigment-packed formula for 24-hour waterproof wear. Color glides on smooth and stays crease-proof all day and all night. Try using it as a liner, or smudge with your finger for a smoky effect.  Available shades: Wall Street Bronze, Brooklyn Mocha, Tribeca Taupe, 5th Ave Gold Rush,  Murray Hill Champagne,  Rockefeller Center Snowflakes,  Empire State Building, New York At Night, Central Park Tulips,  East River Romance and Madison Square Park.

What I think: If you like cream eyes shadows, these are affordable and easy to use.  Plus, there is an array of pretty, natural shades for every day wear.  The only thing is that they don’t spread very easily and need some working with to cover well.  But for $2.99 each, grab a few and play!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

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