November 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!    Can you believe the first of December is tomorrow?  The year is almost over!

Below are my beauty faves for November. 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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I think this was the first time in months that I was loving more makeup than skincare!

Here’s the star of the month:

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The stunning Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Volume 1 palette.  I love this palette and have been enjoying it this month.  I definitely recommend this when it goes back in stock.  Plus, I’m excited for Tati’s next release whenever it comes out!

IMG-2199 I’m obsessed with all of these products!  For my makeup base each day, I use the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in Rose Beige,  the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer in No. 2 and the Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

I love this combination!  They give a natural finish, which is my favorite! The foundation is gorgeous!  I will probably be reviewing that and the concealer soon.

The lipgloss is the Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss in Nearly Nude. I received this in my October BoxyCharm and fell in love!  It’s lightly minty and plumping, but my favorite thing about it is the gorgeous nude shade.

I picked up the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define at the Ulta Faul 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  It’s such a popular product, but my first time trying it.  I have the shade 5, Warm Black Brown.  It might be a bit too dark for me, but I like it anyway!

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My favorite skincare this month are hydrating and refreshing!  On top is the Skinfood Peach Sake Toner.  It smells just like peaches and sake. I got this in the Ulta Fall Haul (the one with drugstore products on sale).  Yes, I shop at Ulta a lot!

The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Serum is lovely!  I won it in a giveaway in September and have been using it ever since.  I still have a ton left because it’s a whopping 2.7 oz!  So much for a serum.  It’s light in texture and scent.

I just received the QMS Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream in my November BoxyCharm Premium. It’s very hydrating which is perfect because with this cold weather, my eyelids are dry.  So weird, but I really love this cream to hydrate them.


So let’s bring on December!  I’m trying not to shop as much (yes a couple of small Black Friday hauls are coming LOL), so I don’t know what my favorites will be for this month…but that’s fun!

What have you been loving lately?

Skincare Sunday — Derma E Fall Skincare

Hi all!  Happy Sunday! I hope you have been able to enjoy a long weekend. Can you believe it’s December???

I recently received a box of amazing Derma E skincare for my honest review.  Derma E is such an affordable brand that has such effective skincare for so many skin types and issues.  Here’s what I received:

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These are such cute products to use this fall, or to give as a gift. Here’s more info:

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The Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Oil ($13.95) — Formulated with skin-renewing Vitamin A plus antioxidant-rich Vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful glow. This fragrance-free, potent concentrated oil blend absorbs quickly to soften and smooth the appearance of dry, aging skin.IMG-2164IMG-2167

The Perfect Travel Kit ($12.95) — This TSA-approved mini travel case includes three top selling travel-friendly products and a compact mirror for on-the-go quick fixes. Purifying Daily Detox Scrub gently exfoliates skin while removing impurities. The Vitamin C Concentrated Serum brightens while boosting hydration. Hydrating Night Cream replenishes and nourishes your skin while you sleep! Travel with DERMA E to maintain beautiful skin.

Derma E is currently having sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday so check out their website at https://dermae.com/.  You can also find Derma E at Ulta.


Have you tried Derma E before?  Which products do you love?

VIIcode Oxygen Eye Mask Review

 

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Hi all! I’m back with my first sponsored post!  I’m excited to share a product I have been using and enjoying.

The product is the VIIcode (pronounced ‘vee too code’) Oxygen Eye Mask. A box of 6 masks retail for $55.

 

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The claim of these masks is that they help increase blood flow and lymphatic circulation and boost oxygen intake to combat wrinkled and over-pigmentation. They fight dark circles and puffiness and give plump, smooth skin.

Here are the key ingredients in the masks:

  • Grapeseed Oil: Extremely rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, which have performed well in clinical anti-wrinkle trials. It is also rich in OPC. These flavonoids remove free radicals and promote the restoration of collagen at the cellular level, making your skin feel firmer and minimizing signs of damage.
  • Seaweed: Helps the skin cells in fighting free radicals produced because of radiation and chemical exposure, food metabolic activities, and exposure to sun. Also helps in restoring the normal hydration of skin cells that prevents the signs of aging and protects against wrinkle formation.
  • White Tea: Helps body stay hydrated and encourages longer moisture retention for your skin. Combine with potent anti-aging compounds, and it’s an option to consider for keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

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These masks are so easy to apply and to wear.  You press it under your eye, and they are cooling and comfortable. They can be worn up to 8 hours.  You can also wear them overnight, if you’d like. If you can’t keep them on for that long, 2-4 hours will still give smoother skin and help with the dark circles.

I have very sensitive skin, so I didn’t want to wear them overnight.  I did wear them for various times in the day and evening.  The longest I had the masks on was 6 hours, and I have to say that the longer you wear them, the less pigmentation appears under the eye and it is so smooth and hydrated! I could really see a difference!

It’s recommended to use the masks up to three times a week, and not to use them over serums or creams so they will stick well. And they stick very well.  They never fell off!

I find that it seems to help the appearance of dark circles a little more each time I used them.  Now, I don’t have puffy under eyes, but I also noticed that the area looks smoother and younger.

I really recommend these eye patches.  I have seen such a difference in the look and feel of my under eye area. And the are the perfect way to get ready for a night out (my anniversary is in a few weeks) and holidays.  The eyes are prepped for glam makeup!

And there is a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale coming! 10% OFF AMAZON SHOP NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 2:

Have you tried the VIIcode Oxygen Eye Masks? Do you enjoy using eye masks?

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Philosophy Fragrance, Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

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Hi all!  Looking for some gorgeous fragrance, bath and skincare gift ideas? I was sent these amazing holiday Philosophy products for my honest review.

Philosophy products are amazing quality and smell wonderful!  They would make very nice gifts for the beauty lover in your life.

Here’s what I received:

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Snow Angel Shower Gel, EDT & Hand Lotion gift set ($35 USD) — A fan-favorite, this transportive scent inspired by freshly fallen snow is perfectly paired and packaged in this holiday gift set to celebrate the season in an eau-so heavenly way. opening with a whisper of fresh air accord, notes of watery melon, jasmine petals and gentle orange blossom settle in its heart, and come to rest atop a warm base of creamy vanilla, rich sandalwood and sugared musk. use individually or layer for an even longer-lasting experience.

  • 6 oz. shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
  • .5 oz. spray fragrance
  • 4 oz. hand cream

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Miracles All Year Long 3-Piece Skin Care Set ($65 USD) — Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set trio must-haves for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. Contains:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Moisturizer
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Primer

Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set. great skin begins with America’s #1 cleanser to gently dissolve makeup, lift away impurities and gently tone and hydrate, for a comfortable clean that never feels dry. follow morning and evening with anti-wrinkle miracle worker+. the silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smoothes skin for a more even makeup application and a visible improvement in skin’s appearance. miraculous!

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Amazing Grace Two-Piece Fragrance Holiday Set ($50 USD) — Celebrate with a little extra grace! this gift set duo of philosophy’s beloved icon of fragrance is paired just for the holiday in classic 2 oz. and 0.5 oz. sizes, perfect for on the go. great for gifting (or receiving), this fragrance gift set of the whisper-soft floral fragrance is always appropriate—the perfect must-have on every list.

This is my signature scent, so I’m happy to have a refill!  It’s so nice to wear everyday.  Very soft and feminine.

IMG-2127 These are the wonderful Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Baths.  I love these so much and always look forward to what scents they release each season.  The scents are Warm Apple Cider Donut and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble.  Yum!  And the packaging is so pretty this year! They sell for $18 each.


I recommend all of these products for gifts for someone special or yourself (you’re special, too!).  Do you love giving bath, fragrance and/or skincare gifts for the holidays?

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — November 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my November BoxyCharm! This month there was a change in the cost and value of the box.

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 going to be at least $125 each month.

I’m now only getting this box, BoxyLuxe four times a year and the new BoxyCharm Premium (see my first review here).  I have cancelled my Ipsy Ultimate. I’m not very interested in Ipsy at the moment, but I think BoxyCharm is doing such a great job with their boxes.

My version is 15. This month I received:

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The value of my box this month is $192. That’s a great value for spending $25

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I was pretty happy to see this in the box.  I have been wanting to try the Dominique Cosmetics eye shadow formula.  I have tried a lip gloss from the brand and really love it.  The only thin is these colors are so dramatic.  I’m trying to decide if I should keep it to try the formula or pass it on to someone else.  If I do keep it, I can pair some of the shades with a more neutral palette.

IMG-1962 I have tried self-warming eye masks before, but not this brand.  I will give them a try, or I might gift them.

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I am very excited to try the Farsali mist.  I have been wanting to try this brand, and it’s so exciting that I received it in my BoxyCharm.  It might be my favorite item in the box this month!

The Dose of Colors lipstick is in the shade Date Night.  I already receive a red DOC lipstick from BoxyCharm earlier this year, and I don’t wear red lipstick.  I was really hoping I would get one I could wear because I like the formula.  I will be gifting this.

The Kypris serum is very fancy.  It’s so expensive!  I’ve heard that it has organic ingredients that once you open, you need to use it in 6 months so it won’t go bad.  So I’m going to wait until I’m out of current hydrating serum then I am going to use it.

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This Pretty Vulgar concealer blister pack is for me to test out. Then I’ll take a quiz on BoxyCharm’s website to let them know what my shade is.  That way, they can send foundations and concealers in the future.  That’s very exciting!

I’m really happy with my box this month!  I am most excited about the Farsali mist, the Kypris Serum and the Dominique Cosmetics palette (if I decide to keep it).  I will gift the lipstick and maybe the eye masks.

I am so excited for my December BoxyLuxe and BoxyCharm Premium boxes!

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Do you get any BoxyCharm boxes?  What did you get this month?

Skincare Sunday — BeautyStat Brand Review

Hi all!  Happy Sunday.  I’m back with a skincare brand review.

BeautyStat started as a beauty review blog and now are creating skincare.  BeautyStat Cosmetics mission is to scour the planet for new beauty ingredients and technologies. Their goal is to continually develop beauty. innovation with high-performance, and bring it directly to the consumer. Here’s what I received:

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BeautyStat Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream ($50 USD 1 oz) : An ultra-lightweight moisturizer, the NEW Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream contains skin-boosting Hyaluronic Acid that binds moisture to the skin to maintain its optimum moisture level. Skin is instantly quenched, keeping it smooth, supple, and hydrated all day. A proprietary barrier moisture-repair complex with ceramides and pomegranate sterols protects and repairs to seal and boost your skin’s moisture mantle, minimizing premature lines and wrinkles.

What I think:  I love this cream!  It has a gel-like consistency so it sinks right into the skin, but it is so hydrating!  I love to use this at night over potent treatments and serums because it calms and hydrates the skin. I apply it over the Vitamin C Refiner and it helps calm my skin afterwards.

BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner ($80 USD 1 oz): A powerful, clinically-tested Vitamin C-based skincare product, very different from the others, formulated with 20% pure Vitamin C (L ASCORBIC ACID) and a patented encapsulated delivery system that continues to work its magical full-strength results throughout use with no degrading of color or formula. Immediately and over time improves skin smoothness and radiance and is safe for all skin types including sensitive skins. Skin tone and texture become more even, lines, wrinkles and dark spots are diminished, and skin becomes firmer. Skin glows with the refreshing look of health.

As part of a daily skincare regimen, this crème/gel glides onto skin improving smoothness and radiance from first use to last. In addition to lightly hydrating skin, it brightens, helps even tone, and re-texturizes from day one. The Skin Refiner also results in fine lines, wrinkles, and dark/sun spots appearing diminished. Redness and pore size will be reduced, and skin will appear refreshed and firmer with an overall healthier look and feel.

What I think:  I love Vitamin C products for brightening my skin.  This is very strong Vitamin C, and I have very sensitive skin.  The first time I tried this, I took a few pumps and spread it all over my face in a thick layer.  It instantly irritated my skin and I had to wash it off.  I love my Vitamin C, so I didn’t give up! Now, I pump out about two pumps on my hand then lightly tap the cream on the areas that need it — my cheeks, forehead, chin and any dark spots I might have.  And that works so nicely.  Just a little goes a long way!  I’ve noticed a more even skin tone with using this product.

Both products are allergy and dermatologist-tested. Fragrance-free. You can purchase these products at beautystat.com


I’m really enjoying these products and will continue to use them.  The Vitamin C Refiner is a treatment that I use about twice a week.  I do use the cream every day, because it is so nice!

Have you heard of BeautyStat?  What do you think of these products?

October 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all, Happy Halloween! Can you believe the first of November is tomorrow?  The year is almost over!

Below are my beauty faves for October. 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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I was loving a fun mix of makeup and skincare this month!

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This is the NARS Makeup Your Mind Eye & Cheek Palette.  I reviewed it here.

I use this every day for my bronzer and blush.  I love the blendability and shades. I haven’t used the eye shadows as much because I have so many new palettes I’m trying out. They are very pretty, though!

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I have really been enjoying the essence Pure Nude Highlighter again.  I haven’t used it in a while, and I brought it out for my October Shop My Stash.  It can be subtle on, or built up to really shine! And it’s affordable, too.

IMG-1827 Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer in 015 Light is so nice!  I haven’t reviewed it yet because I’ve just started using it month.  I purchased it a few months ago, but the shade was too light for me in the summer. It’s very easy to blend and covers really well.  This really makes me want to purchase more Revlon makeup products!

I got the Kopari Lip Glossy in the Fall Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale, and it’s already almost gone!  It’s so smooth and hydrating.  I like to use it in the day and evening.  Definitely one I would repurchase again.

I wear my Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara over my Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer and my lashes look very long and don’t smudge!   The Thrive mascara is my favorite mascara discovery this year.  It’s so amazing!

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One of the skincare products this month I’ve been enjoying is the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream.  I purchased this in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale.  I use it as my day eye cream.  It instantly reduces dark circles.  It does have a bit of an orange tint to it, and maybe that’s why my eyes look so refreshed when I use it.

I am almost out of the Purlisse Blus Lotus Daily Moisturizer.  I got it in my August Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  I’ve been using it every morning and really like how hydrating it is.  Plus, it has SPF 30!

I was sent Primera products for review, and have been using the Miracle Seed Essence after cleansing and toning.  It is a light hydrator and preps the skin for serum and other moisturizers.


That’s it for my October favorites.  Bring on November!  What have you been loving lately?