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!

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WANDER BEAUTY | Wandress Dusk to Dawn Blush & Highlighter Palette Review

Product review and swatches of a travel-friendly face palette.

There is something to be said about the way a little bit of blush instantly adds life to your face. That’s why, no matter how quick or simple I want my look to be, I always throw on some blush. One of my favorite palettes to use for that is the Wander Beauty Wandress Dusk to Dawn palette.

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There are three reasons why I love this palette: the size of the overall palette, the shades of the products, and the finish on the skin.

The palette itself is pretty small; it’s just a bit larger than the palm of my hand. That coupled with the fact that it has a mirror makes it ideal for travel. Since Wander Beauty makes products with travel in mind, it makes sense.

Inside the palette are three shades: two blushes and one highlighter. Personally, I can wear all of the shades, but the highlighter is pretty gold. So, it may not look great on lighter skin tones. My favorite way to wear these blushes it to put the darker pink right on the apples of my cheeks and blending it out with the lighter peach shade, which I then dust over my nose for a naturally flushed look that works well with mostly any look. Since the palette includes a highlighter, it makes a great all-in-one face palette for when you’re traveling or on in a rush and don’t want to grab multiple products.

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The other thing I love about this palette is that all three of the products leave the skin with a soft glow. As I have mentioned a million times recently, I love a dewy base. By adding a blush and highlight with a soft sheen, as opposed to being glittery or metallic, it further makes my skin look radiant without being metallic or obviously highlighted. I also prefer this finish to matte blushes because the glow makes my skin look healthy and youthful, which is nice when the air is cold and dry.

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I highly recommend this palette to anyone who wants a small, travel-friendly blush and highlight palette. Yes, the rectangular pan sizes require a smaller blush brush, but I don’t think that it takes away from the palette in any real way. The products are long-lasting, blend well and are convenient to take on trips or to have in a gym bag.

If you’re interested in grabbing it, this palette is available on the Wander Beauty website. Other travel-friendly Wander Beauty products are available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

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ColourPop | Haul Follow-up Reviews

Full face of ColourPop products reviewed.

Hello, hello!

I am finally back with the update to my ColourPop haul! I have finally given all of the products enough of a test to know my full thoughts… (Make sure to check out swatches down below after the reviews).

No Filter concealer in Dark 42

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This is a decent concealer. If you want a hydrating formula, this isn’t it. It is pretty matte, but I still felt like I always needed to set it with a light powder. I don’t think there is anything really wrong with it unless you have dry undereyes, but I would not repurchase it. I found myself just wanting to use it to get it out of my collection,

No Filter Foundation Stix in Dark 175W

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Here’s the bad news: I really, really, REALLY hate this as a foundation. I tried it several ways– different application techniques, primers, etc. In every instance it felt heavy and greasy all over my face. The good news? It works GREAT as a cream bronzer. The color ended up being a shade too dark, and the undertone too red for me so it worked in this way (🙏🏽). I wouldn’t recommend it as a foundation, but if you want an affordable cream bronzer, this is it. I may actually repurchase it for that use specifically. Surprise surprise. 

Best in Brow Kit in Dark Brown |includes Precision Brow Pencil, Brow Boss Pencil, Precision Brow Colour & Brow Boss Gel(not pictured)

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This kit was mentioned in my Best of Beauty 2018 countdown, so it’s no surprise that I love it (unless you’re new here- welcome!!). The products all work really well, and the price is really good. Moving forward, since the cream Colour is going to way outlast the other products, I will probably only re-purchase the Precision pencil because it is less fuss when I travel or to just throw in my bag.

Crème Gel liner in DTLA

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At first, I loved this liner. It was creamy. The payoff was great. It stayed all day. And best of all, no sharpener required. The downside to this product (like many other ColourPop products) is that is dried out super quickly. Once that happened, it would tug and pull on the lid (and subsequently break) and the payoff wasn’t that great on top of shadow. I thought I had found my new favorite navy liner (aka favorite period), but alas…. the search continues…

Jelly Much Shadow in Sweet Dreams

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This is another item that dried out super quickly (and yes, the lid was screwed on tightly). I only used it a few times before it got too dry and clumpy. Before that, it was a gorgeous cream, glitter option that mimicked the look of the Stila glitter shadows, and was easier to apply (less fallout) than my Marc Jacobs cream. Ah well…. I think they would be a good option for festival season since they are affordable and perform well when fresh. However, only buy them if you don’t plan on using them months later once they are open.

Crème Lux Lipstick in Cinnamon

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This lipstick really surprised me. Initially, I really did not like it. It felt dry and was rough to apply. After one or two uses, the formula seemed to get creamier. It started to glide onto the lips like a satin-finish lipstick, but would then dry down to an almost budge-proof matte. It did not quite have the staying power of a liquid lipstick, but it was insanely more comfortable, and wore down more evenly. Two thumbs up. 

Well, there you have it folks. Of almost a full face of ColourPop, it was basically a 50/50 split on products I liked versus the disappointments. What are your favorite ColourPop products? Let’s chat in the comments below.

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Lux Lipstick
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No filter Foundation & Concealer
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Gel Liner
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Brow Kit

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Best of Beauty 2018: Briogeo Rosarco Milk

We’ve made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty 2018 countdown. I’ve saved my favorite product for last. It’s an actual miracle worker.

Of all of the beauty products I loved in 2018, there is one that actually performs miracles: the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray.

My hair is both a gift and a curse. It is ultra thick (so thick that my scalp won’t dry for days if I don’t part my hair when air drying), highly porous, dry, and a random mix of curls and tight coils (with a few random straight strands strewn throughout). Because it is so porous, it gets dry insanely easily.

There really aren’t too many products that can hydrate my hair, and keep it feeling soft and moist (not greasy or oily) for more than a few hours after it is washed. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk spray is on the short list… aka is the entire list. Whether damp or dry, this leave-in conditioner imparts a moisture that penetrates my strands and keeps them feeling soft and hydrated way longer than any other product I’ve ever tried. Like, insanely soft.

My hair never feels soft, even fresh out of the shower. It’s like water just goes right through the hair shaft without touching it. Once I spray the Rosarco Milk, it immediately gets soaked up and seals itself in. It leaves my hair feeling good, looking shiny and smelling heavenly.

My only qualm about this product is how fast I go through it, but honestly, I don’t think it can be helped because of the amount of hair I have. I’ve already repurchased it twice this year, and am down to the last few drops. As soon as I’m out, I will be reordering it. I don’t think I will ever bother trying to find something else to replace it in my haircare routine because it’s really just that good.

What are your favorite hair products? Any miracle workers?

Well guys, we made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty products! I sincerely thank you for sticking with me to the end. Of all the products I mentioned, were there any that you’ve put on your list to try in 2019? I’d love to know!

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Best of Beauty 2018: Love, Beauty & Planet Deodorant

We’ve all heard the warnings about aluminum in our anti-perspirants. It’s not too great. So, heeding the advise of my doctor, I decided to switch from using anti-perspirant to deodorant. Instead of stopping the natural process of sweating, I was just aiming to stay fresh.

About two years ago, when I made the switch, the deodorant aisles of stores didn’t actually have many (read- actually zero) deodorants. All of the major brands pretty much only made antiperspirants. So, I found myself at Whole Foods in the natural deodorant section. Over the years, I’ve tried a several natural deodorants. The two that I have found to work the best are Schmidt’s Naturals and Love, Beauty & Planet.

I wore Schmidt’s Bergamot & Lime deodorant everyday for over a year until suddenly I started developing rashes under my arms. I honestly thought it was irritation from waxing until one day my husband ran out of his antiperspirant and used mine. He thought it worked well, so he went out and purchased one for himself (different scent). Within a few days, his underarms were also covered in painful rashes. Fortunately, after a few days sans deodorant (thankfully cold weather 🙏🏽) both of our pits were back to normal.

After that fiasco, he went back to his tried and true antiperspirants (he was low-key traumatized and won’t even look at natural deodorant anymore) and I began my hunt again for another natural deodorant that would work. That’s when I found the Love, Beauty & Planet Deodorant in the scent Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower (in Target btw).

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This deodorant smells super refreshing (the name really is appropriate) and keeps me fresh all day without any touchups. Natural deodorant wearers know that it is rare for a product to actually last an entire day without having to run to the bathroom to do a quick refresh. Thankfully, this one actually makes it through, and for a natural deodorant, that’s really the top review you can give.

Would you guys make the switch over to natural deodorants?

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Best of Beauty 2018: Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

I’m the kind of person that changes their body wash monthly. I like switching up the scents, or changing the formula types (foaming, gel, even bars of soap). Additionally, my husband and I would not use the same one. He has ultra dry skin (and eczema). I have oily acne-prone skin (yes, on my body 😒). So, needless to say, we never looked for the same thing in our body wash product. Not any more.

As I have mentioned a million times since the news of their cruelty-free certification was released, I have been amped to try as many Dove products as I could. So, you can imagine my hypeness when I saw that the Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash was sold at Costco (one of my favorite places ever). Since the body wash claimed to be deeply moisturizing, I thought my husband could use it also; so we grabbed it.

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Guys…I am not in the least bit sorry that our trial purchase of this product was a three-pack of the jumbo size bottles (because…Costco). This body wash is fantastic. The scent is pleasant and fresh, not too floral or fruity, perfect for a unisex wash. The formula is a rich, thick cream that lathers like an absolute dream. If you like being covered in a million little bubbles, this is the body wash for you.

After the shower, my skin is left feeling soft and moisturized, but still clean. It feels like I put on a light lotion straight out of the bath without having to do so. I’ve even noticed that my husband’s skin, which is usually covered in dry patches by this time of year, is much more normal than I’ve seen the past several winters.

Guys, I’ve been converted. I am no longer a serial soap switcher. I think Dove will have its place in our shower for a long time to come.

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Best of Beauty 2018: CoverFx Perfect Pressed Powder

As the final makeup product in my Best of Beauty 2018 product, this one really stands out to me. It was my most used product of all of them, this entire year. It’s one I think every makeup wearer should keep in their purse.

One essential product that I think every Makeup wearer needs is a good pressed powder to blot oil or touch up throughout the day. The CoverFx Perfect Pressed Powder is my all-time favorite for this.

This powder, though pressed, is ultra fine and has a soft, silky texture that perfectly smooths and mattifies the skin. Even more than the Hourglass Veil, I can always count on it to never be cakey or chalky. Using the included velour puff (or even a small face brush) the powder just goes on evenly and melts into the skin, which is perfect for mid-afternoon touchups on the go.

As the final makeup product in my Best of Beauty 2018 product, this one really stands out to me. It was my most used product of all of them, this entire year.

What was you most used makeup product of 2018?

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