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Shop My Stash April 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my April 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 April. Here’s a photo with the palettes open:

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As I’ve been saying this week, I’ve been suffering severe allergies in April, so I didn’t wear as much makeup as I had hoped.  I do have to say that when I did do my makeup, I tried to use the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette and the Cover FX face palette.  They were my most used this month.

The Violet Voss palette is so beautiful!  It’s perfect for warm toned, neutral looks.  I mostly used the browns and bronzes and really loved them.  I tried to dip into most of the shades.  I will definitely be keeping this beauty!

The Cover FX All in One Perfector Face Palette is really nice.  I love bronzing and contouring with the same powder, but this contour is too cool for me to do that.  So I just used it in the hollows of my cheeks and my nose.  I had to use a different bronzer for the rest of my face.  The blush is nice, but a bit too bright for me.  I did really love the highlighters, brightener and finishing powder.  I will keep this and probably use it more in the summer.

The Rimmel London MAGNIF’EYES Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Violet is so pretty.  The mattes are very easy to blend.  The shimmers are nice, but you need to wet them to get any metallic payoff. My favorite shade is the second from the left.  It’s a nice transition shade.  I also love the lighter purple shimmers.  I didn’t use this too much, but I did get a chance to try most of the shades.  I will keep this because of the few shades I love. I also have a few of these palettes and am starting a little collection of them!

The bareMineral Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Can’t Even and Bae are such great spring colors.  They are a bit sticky, which I didn’t realize before.  I will continue to use them because I like the shades, but I don’t know if I would purchase more.

So I’m keeping everything!  What a successful month!

It’s on to my April Empties:

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I had six this month!  I think this is the most I’ve had this year.  Last year I did Project Pan’s instead of Shop My Stash, and I definitely haven’t been going through as many products this year.  But I’m proud of myself this month.  And I hopefully will have as many next month, too.

Of course, it’s mostly skincare.  I used up the H2O+ Elements Jelly Cleanser, The Higher Education Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads, The Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Smooth Skin Scrub and the Radiant Recovery Day Cream, Pixi Beauty Rose Ceramide Cream, and the Tarte Maneater Mascara. I liked all of these, but the one I would probably repurchase is the Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream.  It’s so gentle and hydrating!  But I have lots of skincare to go through before I purchase anything new!

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Are you doing a Shop Your Stash or Project Pan this year?  How’s it going?

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anti-aging, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Allure Beauty Box April (and March) 2019

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Hi all!  I recently resubscribed to Allure Beauty Box.  I was subscribed a couple of years ago and decided to give it another go.  They were advertising an amazing collaboration box with You Tuber Carli Bybel.  Plus $5 off the first box and a free La Mer gift.  So they got me!

The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

I actually received the March box a couple of weeks ago, and thought that’s what they sent instead of the April box.  But I just got the April box, too and thought I’d share both.

I didn’t get all of the spoilers that were advertised, but I think it’s a pretty great box.

Here’s the April box:

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Juvia’s Place Nubian Mini Limited Edition

Vita Liberata Phenomenal Tan Infused Towels (2 pack)

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme

LA Splash Cosmetics ART-KI-TEKT Slim Eyeliner Pen — Full Size

LUXIE 205 Tapered Blending Brush Rose Gold –Full Size

Natasha Denona Eye Shadow in  Bronzage

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I have tried Vita Liberata mousses before, but never the cloths.  I will try these out and see how I like them.

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I haven’t tried this Briogeo product before, but will definitely give it a go.  I love heat protection products.

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The Luxie Brush is very pretty and soft.  I will use that.  My daughters usually steal any liquid liners I get, but I might try this out before they find it.  I don’t use a lot of liner, but I would like to see how this works.IMG_0579IMG_0580

The first shadow swatch is the Natasha Denona Bronzage, there is also a closer swatch of that below.  I think it’s fun how well it goes with the Juvia’s Place palette.

This is my first time trying Juvia’s Place.  It’s a cute, mini palette and will be really good for travel.  I have tried it and make a complete look with it.  It was very nice quality and blended out well.

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Here’s a close up of the Natasha Denona Bronzeage.  It’s sooooo pretty!  I’ve tried it with some of my favorite neutral mattes in the crease and outer corner, and it looks so pretty all over the lid.  I think this will be a go to for summer.  It’s really soft and buttery, too.  I want to buy a larger Natasha Denona palette, but they are very expensive.  Maybe in the future…

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Here is my March box. I’m not going to show close ups of all of the products, but here’s a group shot:

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This is my March box with my La Mer free gift.  I received:

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in OG or Bestie – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $20

The BrowGal Instant Brow Gel

Wander Beauty Mascara – FULL SIZE (Retail Value $24)

Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Oil 

Mamonde Rose Water Toner 

ModelCo Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in Mykonos

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask

I think this is a very good box.  Even though I wasn’t expecting it, I’m glad I got it.  I’ll use everything except for maybe the ModelCo palette and the brow gel is not in my color.  I’ll try everything else.

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Do you get Allure?  What was in your April box?

 

 

 

 

 

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Shop My Stash March 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe it’s almost April?  It’s a nice, warmer day today (yesterday it snowed in Kansas City), and Easter is in a few weeks!

I’m here with the results of my March Shop my Stash.  I had a fun time using products that I haven’t either used in a while or it’s newer to my collection and I want to give it a go.  If I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room!

My most used item from my stash was the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I used the mattes in the palette all month long!  Like I suspected, the metallics are too glittery for me.  When I use them, all I see is glitter!  And that’s not my everyday look.  I am going to keep it, though, because the neutral mattes are so nice!

I used the tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III’s shimmer shades with my Friendcation palette.  They are very pretty, but kind of boring.  All the shades are so similar.  I might end up passing this one on to my daughter.

The Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette is so pretty, but the shades are a bit dark for my skin.  I might keep it and try again in the summer if I tan, or pass it along.

I am not a fan of the Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil.  The shade isn’t very flattering on me.  I probably won’t keep it.    

The Julep Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer is so pretty!  I haven’t really given it a chance before.  It’s nice for the inner corner, under the brow or even all over the lid. I paired it with the Friendcation palette and used it all over my lid — it was gorgeous!

Here are my empties for February and March:

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I just have four empties for the last two months. I didn’t post empties in February because I only had the Smashbox spray then. I have been trying lots of new skincare, so I haven’t used up a lot.  I’m almost out of a few more skincare items, so I should have more next month!

This month I used up the Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift, The Smashbox Photo Finish So Chill Coconut Primer Water, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Chamomile and Lavender and Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub.

The Derma E eye cream is amazing!  It really smooths my eye area.  I also really love the Derma E scrub.  It makes my skin so soft!  The two sprays were also so nice.  Especially the Smashbox So Chill Coconut.  I’m sad that it was a limited edition.

This was a fun month. I found a couple of products I will continue to use and a few I’ll move out of my collection and let someone else love them!

I will be posting my April Shop My Stash tomorrow. Do you like to shop your stash?

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — March 2019

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Hi All!  It’s time for my March Shop My Stash!  I’m ready to dive into a different set of products I want to play with.

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I’m so excited about all of these.  Some are very new to me and some I purchased last year.

Here are closes-ups of each item:

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This is the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchase this on sale in December.  It is usually $55, it was on sale for $27.50, plus I had a 20% coupon!  It’s a nice palette, but I have to say I only purchased it because it got such great reviews.  I have yet to review this on my blog, but I will this month.  I’m looking forward to trying it out.  I’ve only used it a couple of times, but the shimmery shades are sooooo glittery (not my fave).  I am going to pair the mattes with the next palette.

IMG_3091IMG_3092 I received this tarte Rainforest of the Sea ™ highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III in my January BoxyCharm. I have to be honest, I’ve swatched this, but haven’t tried it yet.  It’s all shimmers and one matte.  These swatch really nicely, so I’m going to pair this with the Friendcation palette.  I think it will look nice with the neutral mattes in the palette.

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This is probably my oldest product in this Shop My Stash. I’ve had the Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette for about a year and a half.  I bought it at Ulta’s 21 Days of beauty.  You can see that haul here. I don’t really use this. I think the shades are just a bit dark for me, but I’m going to give all three of them a good go this month.  And if I don’t enjoy them, I’ll pass it on.

IMG_3089 I haven’t really tried this Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil which is a mauvy rose.  I got this in the BoxyCharm Charm Room last fall. This is a little darker than I usually wear, but I thought I would give it a shot!

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I was a Julep Maven since 2012, until they shut down the subscription in February.  That is so sad!  So I thought I would pay homage to Julep by including one of their products this month. This is the Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer.  When apply it lasts all day! I swatched it below and I wiped all of the other swatches off, but it would not budge.

This is so nice on the inner corner of the eye or all over the lid.

Here are some swatches:

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From Left to Right — The highlighers in Ballerina, Gilded Honey and Peach Glow.  Next to them are the Becca Gloss and the Julep cream shadow.

So these are the products in my March Shop My Stash.  I think they will be fun to play with this month!

Have you used any of these products?  What do you think of them?

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — February 2018

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Hi all!  I started back up with Ipsy Glam Bag Plus ($25 USD) in February. I subscribed in October and November.  It is a box that will always include 5 full-sized items.

I was very happy with my October box, but not so happy with November’s, so I cancelled. but thought I would give it a go again!

Here is what I received:’

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IT COSMETICS Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette

TARTE Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette

SON & PARK Beauty Filter Cream Glow

HANALEI Sugar Lip Scrub

FINDING FERDINAND Lip Stick in Nob Hill Red

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This is a complete face palette for those with fair to light skin (like me). I have tried this once since I’ve got it and really like the blush and bronzer.  I have the Bye Bye Pores powder in a compact and really like it.  The highlighter is pretty subtle, but I want to try to make it work.

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This tarte palette is very pretty.  But, I have all of these shades in other palettes, so I’ve decided to give it away or sell it.  It would make a really nice gift.  It’s also very compact, so will be great for travel.  I’m just not a fan of tarte shadows.

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I was very excited to try this cream.  Son & Park is a Korean Beauty brand, and I have been loving Korean skincare lately!  I have tried this.  It is highly fragranced, like perfume, which I am not a fan of.  But, I do like how it feels on my skin.  It makes my skin smooth and soft.  It’s not really glowy, though. It is really nice under foundation.  I am going to continue to use it.

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Oops!  I forgot to take a close up of the Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub.  I do really like this.  It’s gentle and has a sugary-lemon taste.  It leaves my lips very hydrated!

As for the lipstick, I don’t wear red lipsticks, so I will be giving this away.  It’s a little irritating, because in the beauty survey for Ipsy, I put that I only wear nude lips.  This also came in a nude, so I don’t know why I got red!

This was a pretty good box!  I will use the IT palette, the cream and the lip scrub.  That makes the box worth it to me.  I’m looking forward to the March box!

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get this month?

 

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January 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi All!  I’m glad January is almost over.  It has been a cold, snowy month and I am looking forward to warmer weather.  Of course, we have to get through February, but it’s a short month.  Easy peasy, right?  LOL!

As I was getting ready to create this post, I realized that the last monthly favorites post I did was for October 2018!  I skipped November because I was so busy with work and holiday posts, and I skipped December because I was working on my annual favorites. Excuses, excuses!  I am going to try to do one each month in 2019.

My faves for January are:

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Laneige Bright Dew Original Essence ($55 USD) — This concentrated essence contains antioxidant rich Vitamin C , to help brighten the skin’s overall complexion. The formula also contains Pro-vitamin B5 and Beta-glucan to hydrate and soothe the skin. It feels so nice on my skin. It sinks into my skin and makes it really soft. And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I have been using this without a heavy cream at night (I’m too hot at night for heavy products) and my skin is still soft and glowy in the morning.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($25 USD) — I’m really enjoying this mask. It’s a very hydrating night treatment. I feel super dry lately, because of the cold air. Sometimes I even wear this in the morning! I use a lot at night and when I wake up, my lips are still a little dry, but they aren’t cracked or flaking. And they do look nice and plump, which I love!

Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95 USD) — This multi-action eye cream claims too visibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet. I really do see a difference in the firmness around my eye.  I apply it all around my eyelids and my top lid is so firm and has stopped drooping (I was started to get hooded eyelids)! And I find that it helps my crows feet.

Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation ($76 USD) —  This has a natural to soft matte finish, but doesn’t looking drying on my skin.  It actually just looks like skin!  Just flawless, healthy skin!  I have been breaking out lately and I use this during breakouts. I do find it helps clear them up, but it also applies so smoothly over blemishes and helps conceal them so nicely!  This foundation wears all day.

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder ($27 USD) — I won this in a giveaway last fall and have been loving it ever since. It sets my skin with a soft matte finish.  It’s almost too matte for me, but I make sure I hydrate under my foundation and powder and I use highlight and spritz on a nice setting spray. Plus I use just enough to set my face, too much and it can look cakey.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter ($28 USD) — Oh no!  It’s out of stock again.  I purchased this in the beginning of December (I think).  I bought it at Ulta with the Dose of Colors Friendcation palette.  The palette was half off plus I had a 20% off my entire purchase coupon so I threw in this highlighter to get free shipping!  It’s very nice.  It’s a little dark on my skin tone, so it’s more glowy than blinding on me.  But I like that look for every day.  It doesn’t emphasize my texture, which is amazing for ladies of a certain age!

Ulta Full Coverage Liquid Concealer ($9 USD) — This lightweight, creamy and super blend-able formula offers full coverage, flawless matte finish. The ULTA Full Coverage Liquid concealer contains special ingredients known to promote healing, concealing imperfections, and evening skin tone. Our formula wears beautifully, doesn’t cake or crease and offers long lasting wear.

Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara ($23 USD) — Dress your lashes like you style your hair with this lengthening, curling and volumizing mascara. With a soft-flex brush and lightweight triple-black formula, it lifts lashes at the root, styles and fans them out to create amped-up fluttery fullness with no flaking or clumping. The custom molded brush features hundreds of flexible bristles to curl and coat lashes with even, intense pigment for 23x more volume powered by lash-strengthening jojoba and carnauba wax.

It’s funny that I don’t have an eyeshadow palette in here.  I have started Shop My Stash in January and I have two palettes I was using.  You can read about that here and the conclusion here.  I’m about to post my February Shop My Stash, and that will have three palettes! Stay tuned!

What were your favorites in January?

 

anti-aging, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — January 2019

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Hi all! I received my January BoxyCharm this week! The first one of 2019 I see the spoilers each month, so I basically knew what I was getting. There were a lot of variations this month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice  way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

This month I received:

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BRIOGEO Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray — $9

tarte limited-edition Rainforest of the Sea ™ highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III — $36 

TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Masks — Set of 2, $24

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick – $20

Billion Dollar Brows Pencil — $18

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I was so glad to get this.  I have a small bottle of the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Leave-In Mask in my October BoxyCharm, and I’m almost out of it. I haven’t used this one before and am really liking it so far.  It leaves my hair very soft.

img_2814img_2818 This is very pretty. There were three variations of this.  All of them has 7 shimmers and 1 matte.  Which is kind of strange, I would have liked a few more matte shades in the palette.  I’ve tried it once, but need to keep testing it out.  I’ll be reviewing it on my blog sometime hopefully soon.  I know I say that each month (Violet Voss palette from December BoxyLuxe for example), but I plan to be reviewing more of my palettes this year! I’m glad I got this, though, and think it’s a nice, neutral palette.

 

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I am so excited about these Tatcha masks! I got two, which is amazing!  I haven’t tried one yet, but I am looking forward to it.  It’s cold and snowy here and my skin is really dry! Hopefully these will help! Tatcha is super luxe and I’ve only tried their primer. I hope to try more from them this year, so this is a nice start!

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I do like Ofra lipsticks, but this is way too dark for me.  And I don’t really wear liquid lipsticks that often. I like creamy lipsticks and glosses!  So I will pass this on.

The eyebrow pencil seems really nice.  It’s supposed to be a universal shade, but it might be a little light for me.  My brows are almost black.  But I will keep trying it out.  It’s a nice texture and has a good spoolie on it.

This month is such a big win for me.  I’m keeping 4 out of the 5 products!  I usually only use just one or two. I will use all of the Briogeo spray, the eyshadow, the amazing Tatcha masks and will try to make the brow pencil work.  The lipstick will go to a friend or family member. Not bad BoxyCharm!

You can sign up here. It is my referral link, so if you sign up, I will receive charms, which is their rewards program.

Do you get BoxyCharm? What did you get and what do you think of this month’s box?