BoxyCharm February 2019 Review

Quick product reviews and swatches

Hey guys!

In case you are unfamiliar with BoxyCharm, it is a monthly beauty box subscription. For about $26/mo ($21 plus tax), you get five full-sized beauty products delivered to your home every month.

The theme for this month’s box was After Glow. I like that they skipped the hearts and roses that a lot of brands go for in February; instead, this was a really fresh take on the month of love. Afterglow refers to the pinkish hue and golden light of the sky right after sunset–a really gorgeous, romantic time. However, as ties more directly into the whole Valentine’s Day theme, the phrase “basking in the afterglow” can also refer to the moments of satisfaction right after sex.

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I think the contents of this box definitely fit the AfterGlow theme, in both contexts:

TOO FACED | Better Than Sex Mascara, $24

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I haven’t opened it because I am trying to finish up the two mascaras that I’m currently using. But, I am looking forward to trying this mascara. People absolutely swear by it. A nice addition to the box and my collection.

PRETTY VULGAR | Shimmering Swan Highlighter in Sparkling Sass, $32

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I have loved every Pretty Vulgar product that I’ve tried. So, I was looking forward to trying this highlighter. In the pan, it looked like it may be a bit too gold for my preference, but on the skin the shade is a perfect champagne-like hue. The formula just melts into my cheek and does not have any glitter or emphasize any texture. This is exactly what I look for in a highlighter.

TOUCH IN SOL | No Poreblem Primer, $18

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This cute pink primer is a dupe for the YSL Touche Èclat Blur Primer that I’m trying to finish up in my project pan. It feels the same (maybe a tad bit more lightweight), wears the same and even smells exactly the same. The amazing part is that not only is this primer more than 50% less expensive than YSL (which is $52), but it’s also cruelty-free!

SOL DE JANEIRO | Coco Cabana Cream, $20

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I really cannot stand the smell of this body cream. It smells like a combination of artificial coconut and movie popcorn butter. As soon as I opened the container, I immediately closed it again. I didn’t even bother testing the feel, because I’m just going to give it away. It’s a no from me dog. Hard Pass.

NUDESTIX | Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Copper Foil, $24

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NUDESTIX eyeshadow pencils do not work for me as lid colors. My eyelids are too oily so it always just becomes a creased, greasy mess a few short hours into the wear. However, I have found that the long-wear formula make these great for my lower lash line. This copper color isn’t unique to my collection, but I think it works beautifully with the box’s theme. If you don’t have oily lids, this makes for a quick eye look. You can just place it all over the lid and blend it out with your finger.

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Overall, I think this month’s box was pretty good. My favorite items were the highlighter and mascara. Obviously I won’t be using the body cream, but I can definitely get use out of  the other two items as well. The total of successful products in this box comes to $98, not bad for a box that cost less than $30.

Next month is a BoxyLuxe month (for which I’m subscribed). I have seen some spoilers, but I’m super curious about what will actually be in the box that I receive. What was your favorite BoxyCharm item this month? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

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Morning Makeup Musings #78

Indie brand Coloured Raine is about to release a gorgeous new eyeshadow palette.

The new Safari Raine palette will be available on the Coloured Raine website next week on March 8th at 9am PST.

Coloured Raine is an indie brand I’ve had my eye on since the famed Queen of Hearts palette. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried them yet, but with this new release, I think this will be my entry point.

This palette is absolutely gorgeous. I love the mix of warm and cool tones– all of which look like colors that I would get a ton of use from. I can see myself reaching for this year round.

Have you guys tried Coloured Raine? What are your thoughts on this release?

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Juvia’s Place The Warrior | Swatch Stories #4

The final story for The Warrior palette.

As a true makeup junkie, it is very easy to neglect makeup that I already own in favor of what’s new. This year, to get more use from my existing collection, I have decided to start a new series: Swatch Stories. Using one palette per month, I will do weekly posts of a different color combination.

This month’s palette is The Warrior by Juvia’s Place. I chose this palette because it is easy to underestimate the versatility of a neutral palette.

Here is the final set of swatches for this month:

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Top to Bottom (L-R): Amina, Moremi, Benin, Mino

Depending where you place the dark brown shade, these colors can give you tons of looks, from a dark, bronzy smokey eye to a light, neutral look for everyday (with the brown as liner). fullsizeoutput_2e5efullsizeoutput_2db7

If you had to pick four shades from this palette to make your own versatile quad, which ones would you choose? Let’s chat in the comments below!

A new set of stories begins next week!

💜Michelle Lisette

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Previous Swatch Story features:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

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Morning Makeup Musings #77

It Cosmetics has just released a new foundation in 48 shades with a 24-hr wear time.

It Cosmetics has just released their new Confidence in a Foundation!

This velvet matte foundation comes in an impressive 48-shade range and claims to be perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Additional claims include a 24-hour wear time. It is oil free and contains pretty great ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen and squalane to hydrate and plump skin all day.

I would definitely like to try this foundation. I love the It Cosmetics CC cream and Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder; so, I trust the quality. These days I am starting to really care what I’m putting on my skin because it gets absorbed into the body. That being said, I appreciate how they pack their products with good-for-skin ingredients.

With all of the new complexion products that have come out in the past couple of months, are you guys interested in this one? If not, which releases are you more interested in? Let’s chat!

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Morning Makeup Musings #76

Anastasia Beverly Hills is releasing a brand new, full-sized eyeshadow palette unlike anything we’ve seen from them.

We all asked, and Anastasia Beverly Hills is about to deliver. A brand new, full sized eyeshadow palette unlike anything on the market will be released on March 4th.

The Riviera is a gorgeous, brightly colored palette perfect for the spring and summer. With a range of yellows, pinks, purples and blues, it’s very different from anything we’ve seen so far from the brand and I’m pretty happy about that. I do think I’ll be picking this one up when it is released next week.

What do you guys think about this release? Is the color story something you’d be interested in? Let’s chat!

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Morning Makeup Musings #75

Gorgeous new eyeshadow palette from an amazing WOC-owned UK brand.

OPV Beauty has just launched a new eyeshadow palette that has really caught my attention.

Looking at the palette, I am reminded of the UD Born to Run palette, but I like the lighter tones in this one and it feels like there are less redundant tones than there are in the Born to Run.

Honestly, before seeing this palette come across my timeline, I had never even heard of this brand. It is a UK-based brand that has almost half a million followers on IG. So it’s not new or some tiny indie brand.

After seeing this and checking out the website. I’m intrigued. For about $38USD, I think this palette could be a good place to start exploring the quality of OPV Beauty. The swatches look great, and the colors are interesting, but wearable.

Image credit | Opvbeauty.com

What do you guys think? Is this a palette you’d like to have in your collection? Have you ever heard of OPV Beauty?

Let’s chat!

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