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

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?




GlossyBox July 2017 Review

Hi all!  This is the second of my three GlossyBoxes in my 3 boxes for $30 deal.

That deal is over, but for a limited time, use coupon code COOLVIBES to save 50% off of the August box AND get a free FREE Josie Maran Argan Illuminizing Powder with your first month of GlossyBox!

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription that sends 5-6 makeup, skincare, and hair care products in deluxe or full sizes. It costs $21 per month, less if you purchase 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions.

This was supposed to be my first box, but I received August before July.  You can read that review here.  Here are the products that I received for July:

Plus an extra not on the fold out —De Bruyere Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble 07

Aerin Tangier Vanille Body Wash

Aerin Tangier Vanille Body Wash is a very nice luxury product.  I was very happy to receive it.  I haven’t used it yet and am trying to decide if I should keep it or give it as a nice gift!  I haven’t tried anything from Aerin, so maybe I’ll keep it!

Doucce Freematic Blush

Doucce Freematic Blush with compact.  The color is Summer Sunset.  It’s a pretty coral color.  It has a bit of a pearl finish.  It’s a little bright for me without a tan.

Doucce Freematic Blush Duo

This is the Doucce blush with the shade I got from my August GlossyBox called Pink Beach.  The Pink Beach shade is very light and needs building up to give some color.  It’s okay, but I have better blushes.

NCLA Clean Up Your Act

Sorry that this photo is blurry.  NCLA Clean Up Your Act polish removing pen is my least favorite product in the box anyway… It doesn’t have product in it.  It may have dried out before I received it.  I won’t use this.

The LaRoche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is right up my alley!  I’ll save it for a trip this fall or winter.

De Bruyere Paris After-Sun Lotion smells amazing, like being in Hawaii.  It’s a very strong Monoi scent, but I like it. The lotion isn’t very thick, which is good for an after-sun lotion.  It will sink right into the skin. It’s a decent size, too.  1.76 fl. oz.  I will be using this for the rest of the summer.

I will also be using the Dr. PawPaw Original Balm.  When I got it, I used it on my sad cuticles and it instantly made them softer and feel better.  I will be using this on chapped lips, elbows, etc.  It’s fragrance-free.  I like fragrance, but I know lots of people don’t.

De Bruyere Paris Pearly Eyeshadow Pencil

De Bruyere Paris Pearly Eyeshadow Pencil.  Sorry about the blurry photo.  I definitely need a new phone (and better glasses)!  This wasn’t on the information fold-out, but I found it on the GlossyBox website.  It’s a medium shimmery shade and will work well as an eye shadow.  I have swatched it below the blushes:



Here are swatches of the color cosmetics I received.   The first one is the Doucce blush in Summer Sunset, then second is Pink Beach.  And I also have swatched the eye pencil.

I think this was a pretty good box, better than August’s.  I will use most of the products.

Do you subscribe to GlossyBox?  What do you like about it?  I’m trying to decide if I will keep it past the 3 months.  I guess it will depend on my September box. I might do three more boxes to see how the holidays go. We’ll see!

November 2015 PopSugar Must Have Subscription Box Review


I have been subscribed to PopSugar for over two years now and really love it!  You receive a box of goodies with a retail total of over $100 for $39.95.  If you’d like to subscribe, use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box. Available at


I received my October PopSugar Must Have a few days ago and have been enjoying the contents!  For a Fall box, it doesn’t have Autumnal or Halloween colors, but the items are really cozy.  Here is what is in the box:


I received my November PopSugar Must Have today.  The items this month are great for giving. Here is what is in the box:


Tarte Cosmetics Beauty & the Box Eye Shadow in Apple of My Eye (sorry for the blurry photo) – $22.  The shades are Golden Delicious (gold), Caramel (rust brown), Gala (dark brown), Honeycrisp (bronze). I like the colors, but I have so many natural eye shadow palettes.  I will give this away or sell it on eBay!




Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box Candle in Rain – ($18.95 USD) — As you can see, my candle arrived broken.  Which is too bad, if you check out the website, it’s so pretty!  I have emailed PopSugar and I’m sure that they will send a replacement if they can.  They are pretty good about that sort of thing.


West Emory Bingo Set ($20 USD on sale) —  This is a cool, modern set.  My kids and I will have fun playing this!


Gramr Thankful Cards — These are so cute! They are a set of 5 Thanksgiving post cards.  I think that they would make great place settings at a Thanksgiving table. Or mail them out to family members who are far away.


Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard ($7.30 USD) — I love mustard, but I’m not a fan of honey mustard.  Still, I will find someone who will use it to make a vinaigrette or to put as a glaze on salmon or chicken.

Ink Dot Print Gift Card $20 to use on their website.  There were also coupon codes for Capri Blue and Gramr.

I love PopSugar, but there isn’t anything in this box that I will use (except for the candle if I get a replacement).  That was the only thing I really wanted, but I think it should have been packaged in a box, then bubble wrap.  But it just came in bubble wrap. I will gift the rest of it, and maybe play bingo with my kids.  I am hoping that the December box has some nice items and maybe a good treat!

Do you subscribe to PopSugar?  Did you like this month?



L’Occibox — L’Occitane’s First Sampling Box



My L’Occibox arrived (I was sent it for my honest review)! What’s that, you ask? L’OcciBox (pronounced “LOX – EE – BOX”) is a $15 sampling box that will offer our shoppers mini versions of some of the latest and greatest L’Occitane products once per season. No recurring sign up is required, and each box will debut with a beautiful, pre-selected assortment of L’OCCITANE items and an exclusive gift from a special partner.  Partners will change each season, and our first is ELLE magazine.

It came in the cute little box above.  Here are more photos:



These are the entire contents of the box:

– Precious Cleansing Foam 1.7 fl.oz
– Shea Butter Body Milk 1.7 .oz
– Arlésienne Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl.oz
Immortelle Sample Divine Cream 0.05 .oz x2
– L’OcciBox Box
– Shea ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Cherry Blossom ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Verbena ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Almond ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– ELLE Pouch


These sweet little shea hand creams and the nail file were in the Elle bag.


The rest of the items.

I love this adorable box of goodies! It’s pretty small, but it holds a lot of good things.  I have been loving the face wash and the body lotion.  And the shea hand creams are one of my favorite hand creams of all time!

Purchase using this link:  The promo code is  DISCOVER (*to be entered at check out)

Please note the box is listed on the website at its full retail value ($50+), but when the code is applied, the box becomes $15. Also, it is not combinable with any other promotions.

Are you going to purchase once of these cute sets for gifts, or for yourself?


Birchbox + Women’s Health Partner for Second Year in a Row!

Sample Birchbox + Women's Health Box
Sample Birchbox + Women’s Health Box
Birchbox + Women’s Health are thrilled to announce our partnership for the month of July. This month, Birchbox + Women’s Health have collaborated to create a special edition Birchbox focused on wellness.
This is the second time that Birchbox + Women’s Health are partnering to bring Birchbox subscribers products hand-picked by Women’s Health editors. Themed “Power Up,” the box will feature products to help you take your beauty routine up a notch and includes brands like Supergoop!, Benefit, Cynthia Rowley, and Vasanti. The box shown above is once variation that you may receive.
Existing Birchbox subscribers will receive the Women’s Health box as their July box; new subscribers can sign up here until July 30th: (This is my referral link for points.  I would love it if you used it when signing up, thanks!). If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code WOMENSHEALTH100 when you order to get an extra 100 points ($10) to use in the Birchbox shop.
Do you subscribe to Birchbox?  I have an account, but haven’t signed up for the monthly box yet.  I’ve been thinking about it, because it gets such great reviews and their points program is amazing!  You can purchase items from their store with the points.
If you receive the July box, leave a comment with the products that you receive.  I would love to know what you get!