Today I wanted to let you in on my hair care secret! As someone who has had long hair all her life, I have tested out many hair care products. My hair is currently at the middle of my ribcage and I am due for my yearly trim. My hair is straight (can get a bit of wave when wet), medium in thickness, prone to split ends and breakage and I have an itchy oily scalp. When it comes to hair products I try to look for lightweight but moisturizing, repairing, and shine inducing. I also rarely use heat on my hair so heat protection is a must for me when I do use it.
Enter Formulate. Formulate is a hair care company that specialized in custom shampoo and conditioner. When you sign up to be a member, you take an in depth quiz to let them know all about your hair needs. My favorite part of the quiz is picking the scent and strength of the scent! I feel that this is what truly makes it yours! They also take in to account the weather of the location you are in such as the average temperature for the time of the year and humidity level which I thought was amazing! I retook the quiz and here are a few things they ask about:
Natural Hair color
If Hair is Graying
Current Products used
Weather of the Location you are in
After they get the basics about your hair and hair care routine, they ask you what the goals are for your hair. My Top 5 were:
Mend Split Ends
Then you get to choose your fragrance from scents that range from Citrus to fruity to floral. I chose “At Dawn” which is green apple, rose and pear and smells amazing!
Once you have created your custom Shampoo and Conditioner you can choose to either get it in a 3.5 month supply for $39 (About $11.14 per bottle a month) or a 10.5 month supply for $99 (About $9.43 a bottle per month). And they ship for FREE!
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I have been using the Formulate system for a couple months now and absolutely love it! The price point is so great for a product customized for me and I love that it is shipped right to my door. The bottles come with a pump which I love, and my hair feels so soft and healthy! I have really noticed a change and my hair is more manageable now.
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Today I wanted to share with you my journey into dyeing my hair for the first time! I will be giving you some tips and tricks to preparing and maintaining your hair as well as sharing some of my favorite products in a GIVEAWAY! Check out my video below for a quick overview of my experience and keep reading for more indepth questions and GIVEAWAY info!
As a 25 year old woman, I have never dyed my hair before. I have naturally medium brown straight hair that gets highlighted by the sun in the summer and is always kept long and healthy by using minimal heat and styling. I am very low maintenance when it comes to my hair just because I have no skills in how to do it and I grew up playing sports so 9 times out of 10 it was in a ponytail. I had always thought about dyeing it but since I only get my haircut once a year I thought it would be too high maintenance and didn’t know much about the process.
This is where Dena from Studio Palmieri in Cleveland Ohio stepped in. If you live in the Northeast Ohio Area I HIGHLY recommend seeing her! She is a color specialist there and was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. I will get more into the process in a second but I wanted to share some tips on how I prepared for my visit.
I was reading up on the subject as well as talking to Dena and as someone who likes to come prepared I wanted to make sure I made the process easy and enjoyable for both myself and my stylist Dena. We both thought that since I had never dyed my hair that Balayage would be a great way for me to get the look I wanted that would also fit my low maintenance lifestyle. Since I wanted to keep my natural root color, I searched around online for women with hair color that matched my natural color and saw all the different Balayage options there were. There was every option from silvery bleached ends to caramel and red! I was a bit overwhelmed so I took a screen shot of 3 of my favorite looks and brought them to Dena. I knew I wanted to brighten up with a bit of blonde so I talked to Dena and we decided on beautiful sun kissed Balayage that looks like I returned from a Hawaii vacation!
Another thing I recommend is to prepare your hair before you visit. In order to help your stylist visualize the look easily, I recommend going with clean hair that you washed the night before and not adding any extra products unless you need them. I also recommend going into the salon with your hair parted where you usually part it and styled how you wear it most often. For me, this is a side part over my right eye and straight. This helps you both be on the same page with how the end result will look.
Once we established the look Dena got to work! She went ahead and painted and foiled my hair and let me know what was happening every part of the way. She said that virgin hair like mine is a bit easier to dye because the dye takes better and doesn’t have to sit on the hair as long. This is good because the shorter dye is on the hair the less damage that will occur. Once the process was done I got shampooed, blown out and my hair trimmed to perfection! I couldn’t believe my eyes! Just having my ends lightened made my skin light up! I felt like I looked fresh, energized, and my hair looked and felt so healthy! Some of my friends warned me that my hair wouldn’t feel the same after dyeing but I disagreed. I think it feels just as healthy if not smoother and silkier!
Although my transformation wasn’t as dramatic as some peoples are when they dye their hair, I loved that Dena listened to me and understood that I wanted a beautiful naturally sun kissed looked and I couldn’t have asked for anything better!
As for after dyeing maintenance I HIGHLY recommend getting the Deep Conditioning Protein Treatment from Natural Healthy Hair. This is an intense treatment that is different from a normal hair mask because it is more potent. It should only be applied every 3-4 weeks and should be used with the shower cap provided to allow maximum penetration. This treatment uses protein to strength the strands and keep color from fading.
Another product I use is the Beautifying Anti-Frizz Lustri Serum also from Natural Healthy Hair. I use this serum right out of the shower on damp hair to help fight frizz and repair and prevent damage. I also use a bit on the ends when my hair is dry and styled to help bring out the shine and make it silky and smooth. If you want to try out any products from Natural Healthy Hair and get a free Bamboo Hair brush use code "CC12" HERE
Natural Healthy Hair has been kind enough to offer a Hair Care Package to 1 lucky Subscriber! You can win the following products:
Deep Conditioning Protein Treatment
Beautifying Anti-Frizz Lustri Serum
Hydrating Protein Shampoo
Enriching Protein Conditioner
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Today I wanted to share my latest fragrances from Luxury Scent Box! Check out my Unboxing video below showing some of their latest fragrances as well as new case colors! Also under the video I have more information about the service as well as a COUPON CODE making your first box only $10! Enjoy!
Luxury Scent Box is a monthly Fragrance service that delivers a .30oz or 9ml bottle of perfume or cologne right to your door every month! These scents are 100% authentic designer fragrances and are available in Male and Female scents. Read until the end to find out how you can get your 1st months box for only $10!
Once you sign up, they ask you to fill out a scent profile so they can recommend fragrances that you might like. You don’t have to choose any of these and can freely search on your own what scent you want to try next. One of the features I really like is the Calendar. This allows you to pick the fragrance you are getting each month. This is great for a person like me who likes to change up my scent with each season/holiday. I like to wear more light clean scents in the spring, fruity in the summer, warm and vanilla in the fall, and musky and sultry in the winter. I love the Luxury Scent box allows me to try a new fragrance every month at a low price!
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With your first box you get a colored case to hold your scent that is easy to travel with and each new fragrance pops easily into it. All you have to do is twist up and the scent is ready to use so you never have to worry about the fragrance accidentally spraying in your bag, pocket, suitcase, etc. Every quarter they also send you a new seasonally colored case to switch out.
Another great thing about this box is it is a month to month service so you can cancel at any time! This is perfect if you want to just try out 1 fragrance or even give the box as a gift! I LOVE getting people subscription boxes as gifts whether it is for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months!
I HIGHLY recommend giving this box a try. If you don’t want to get a fragrance every month just use my code and try one for $10! You can always sign up for another box when that fragrance runs out. Getting these fragrances is a STEAL and you will love trying out a new one every month I PROMISE! Don’t forget to use code “CHANNINGCOUTURE5” for $5 off your first month HERE. Enjoy!
Today I have my Ipsy and Play by Sephora Unboxings! Both are $10 a month and full of the latest and greatest beauty goodies! Check out my video below!
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Full sized: 3
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The bag this month was super cool because it was shaped like a movie ticket! I love that Ipsy’s bags are becoming so different and unique!
The first item I received was a full sized Glamour Dolls Lisa Frank Angled Blush Brush that retails for $5. This is a pre-launch item meaning it is not yet available for anyone other than Ipsy subscribers. I love the Lisa Frank details on the handle because it takes me back to my childhood. The bristles are white with pink tips which also adds to the whimsical feel. I have used this brush to set my under eyes, brush away powder and to softly contour. I love it! The angle is perfect and the bristles are soft without being too soft. Pre-order your brush HERE.
The next item I received was a sample of the Aloe Soothing Gel from Hanalei. This is an aloe gel that you can smooth over the skin after sun exposure to help calm down any burns or inflammation you might experience. It helps to cool and refresh the skin and can also be used as a primer! I haven’t used this yet as I am saving it for my June Florida Vacation. Get 30% off HERE with code “ALOE30”.
Next I received the Meg Twin Nail polish in Lovey Dovey which retails for $10. This is a twin pack of a dusty nude and a blue gray polish. Since removing my acrylic nails I am trying to nurse my nails back to health so I have been keeping them bare. I love these colors and can’t wait to try them out! They seem to be more fall like colors then spring/summer so I will be holding onto them. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSY30”.
Next I pulled out a sample of the Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in Star Island. This is a matte bronzer that also has oil controlling properties which I really like since I have oily skin. This formula is super smooth and buttery. I like to use it to softly contour my temples and cheeks along with the Lisa Frank brush I received. This color is also perfect for my skin tone without looking too harsh or orange. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSTER”.
The final product I received was a full sized TonyMoly Liptone Lipcare in Rose Blossom that retails for $10. First off the packaging is super cute! Also, it feels AMAZING on my lips! It keeps them super moisturized and super soft. I HIGHLY recommend picking one up! They have a few other flavors! Get 20% off $45+ order plus a free gift HERE with code “IPSYTM”.
Overall I loved this bag. I thought the variety was great and am getting so much use out of the items! Don’t forget to subscribe HERE for only $10 a month!
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The first item I pulled out was the Make Up For Ever XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Black. This is such a creamy pigmented formula. I use this on my upper water line. I have super bad allergies and constantly am sneezing and have watery eyes. This means that my eyeliner usually transfers from the top to the bottom. I can never seem to find one that doesn't transfer. This one unfortunatly does transfer a little but isn't too bad. I reccommend this formula because it is smooth and creamy and is waterproof. Check it out HERE.
The next item I received was the Sephora Collection Waterproof eye makeup remover. This is a remover that is supposed to be hydrating, and also can be used on face and eye makeup. Before using you must shake to activate the formula. I used this on my eyemakeup but not my face makeup. I put some of this on my cotton ball and wiped my eyes. It took about 2 cotton balls per eye to completley remove. It didn't sting or irritate which was nice. I recommend trying this out! Check it out HERE.
Next I received 2 samples of the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recoery Peel. This is a peel that is good for uneven skin tone, wrinkles, aging, and lack of firmneess. After cleansing you are supposed rub this on dry skin. I like that they sent 2 of these. I have never tried a peel in this form before. I haven't tried it yet but am excited to do so! If you have sensitive skin I recommend waiting a week between treatments. Check it out HERE.
The next item I pulled out is a sample of the Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer from Smashbox. This is actually the first product that Smashbox ever created which is awesome. This primer is supposed to go on smooth, fill in fine lines, and help shrink enlarged pores. I actually don't really like this primer. It's not bad but not good at the same time. It is a little too slippery for my taste and doesn't really do anything for my oily skin. I think if you had normal or maybe dryer skin you would really like this! Check it out HERE.
Next I pulled out the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask. This samples size is super great and I love this mask! This mask is supposed to provide and instant glow and help out with uneven texture and skin tone. I really like this because it makes my skin super smooth. I haven't tried it enough to see if it helps with uneven skin tone but I hope I see results soon. I HIGHLY reccomend checking it out HERE.
The fragrance this month is Pinrose Secret Genius. This perfume is a blend of madagascar vanilla, and carmamel. This smells super warm, inviting, and soft and seems like more of a fall or winter scent. Even though I like the way this smells, it smells like a generic vanilla bodyspray. If you are a huge fan of vanilla scents I would recommend checking this out HERE.
Today I wanted to share with you all how I easily and quickly whiten my teeth at home using Smile Brilliant! It is an at home professional quality teeth whitening kit that gives high quality results in a short amount of time! I am also hosting a GIVEAWAY of 1 kit! Check out my video below showing the whitening process and the giveaway details and coupon code will be down below.
Get $20 off HERE with code "channingcouture20". A professional grade whitening treatment at the dentist can run you $1000+! I think this is such a great deal and will definitely be picking a couple up for my friends and family to prepare for the summer months. See below images for GIVEAWAY info.
1 lucky person will win their very own kit! Over a $140 value!
Today I am unboxing my March Boxycharm box for you. Boxycharm is $21 a month and promises 5 deluxe to full sized samples! Most boxes contain all full sized items! This month I got 4 full sized and 1 travel sized item. Subscribe HERE. Check out my unboxing video below as well as individual reviews and links to each product below that. Enjoy!
The first item I received was a full sized RealHer lip liner that retails for $12.50. The color is a beautiful creamy nude color. It would go with so many different nude colors in my collection. I love that it is creamy and doesn't drab on my lips and is super long lasting. You can even wear it by itself. It doesn't settle in any lines and is great at over lining lips. Check it out HERE and get 10% off with code "Boxycharm".
To go along with the lip liner I also got a full sized RealHer matte liquid lipstick that retails for $15. The color is a little bit of a lighter nude than the lip liner. I personally am not a fan of this color or formula. The color is a bit too light for me and washes me out. Also, it dries super sticky on my lips and shows a lot of the lines. I am open to trying out other colors but I will be passing this along. Check it out HERE and get 10% off with code "Boxycharm".
Next I received a travel size of the Photo Finish Primer from Smashbox that retails for $16. I learned that this was the first product that Smashbox made so that's really cool. This primer instantly blurs fine lines and wrinkles and helps to minimize pores and keep makeup looking great all day. This has a very silicone type feel. This feels really great on the skin and doesn't feel heavy or greasy. I enjoy this primer and will use the whole tube! Check it out HERE.
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I also received a full sized SS023 Deluxe Fan Brush from Crown brushes that retails for $18.99. This brush is super full and soft and can be used multiple ways. I like to use it for a soft contour, or to brush off powder after I have baked my face. I love the unique shape of it and how full it is. I would recommend adding this to your collection. Check it out HERE and get 30% off with code "BCSSO23".
The final product I received was the Urban Rustic Palette from Naked Cosmetics which retails for $39.99. This is an eye shadow palette that has 3 beautiful metallic jewel tone shades. The colors are orange, maroon, and green. All are super metallic and pigmented. They go smoothly onto he lid and blend out like a dream. I think all colors can be worn everyday or used to create a colorful smokey eye. If you like super opaque jewel tones I HIGHLY recommend this palette. Check it out HERE and get 30% off with code "BOXY30".
Overall I loved this box! I love the variety as well as the sizes! My favorite is the eye shadow. I loved that Boxycharm sent out a non neutral palette. I can't wait to create many looks with all my new products. Subscribe HERE.
Today I have the Spring Box from Beautycon to show you! This is a quarterly/seasonally box that ships out 4 times a year and is packed with the latest beauty products! Usually the box is curated by a popular Youtube/ Social Media Star but I don’t see anyone’s name on the box this month. This box is $35.99 a season. You can get 20% off by signing up HERE. I get my box at the beginning of the 3 month period so you still have time to sign up if you really like this box! Beautycon’s box is always full of over $100 worth of full sized and travel sized products! I really enjoy this subscription. Check out my Unboxing of the box below as well as direct links to products and swatches.
The first product I received was the Cargo Cosmetics Around the World Eye shadow Palette that retails for $34! I own another Cargo eye shadow Palette that I really enjoy so I was excited to see this one. This contains 12 neutral shadows with 6 being matte and 6 being shimmery. It also comes with a double sided eye shadow brush. The brush isn’t very high quality but that doesn’t bother me as I have other brushes. The shadows are a mix of some being highly pigmented and some being more chalky. I found that the lighter shades didn’t show up very well on me and seem a bit powdery. The deeper shades are highly pigmented and super smooth. Overall I think this is a decent palette for the price. If you are a fan of neutrals I say check it out HERE. See swatches below.
The next product I pulled out was The BrowGal Convertible Powder to Pomade Universal Eyebrow Palette which retails for $35. This palette has 3 shades inside ranging from dark to light. I use the lightest one on my brows. I like that they sent this because I feel like everyone's brow color is covered and you can mix and match the shades for a custom look. You can use this product dry as a powder or get it wet to turn it into a pomade. I haven’t tried it wet yet but will give it a try! The color payoff is there but it isn’t too intense. It leaves such a soft natural look and a little goes along way. Check out my brow photo below! This also came with a high quality dual ended spooly/angled brow brush that I use with it and it works amazingly! I HIGHLY recommend picking up this products HERE. See swatches below.
Next up is the NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Rose Petal which retails for $8. This is a cream formula that is a very pigmented coral pink color with slight shimmer in it. It can be applied right on the cheeks and it blends out and sets into a powder. The color is intense so a little goes along way. Because I have oily skin I personally am scared of cream products over my foundation. I can never seem to blend them out without disturbing my foundation or they stain my skin and don’t look right. Although this is a pretty formula I am going to pass this along to someone who has more skills than me and will use it more. Check it out HERE. See swatches below.
I also received a Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in the color Rush which retails for $14. This is a beautiful formula that is opaque in 1 coat and lasts all day through light eating and drinking! It doesn’t dry out the lips and is super comfortable. The packaging is a cute white polka dotted container and the applicator is precise enough to give a crisp line. Check it out HERE. See swatch below and in previous brow picture.
Next up was a pack of the Garnier Micellar makeup removing towelettes valued at $6. The only time I use makeup removing wipes is to either remove hand swatches, remove lipstick when I get home, or remove my makeup before the gym. I like these because they seem to do a great job at breaking down my makeup quickly and don’t seem to leave a residue behind. I also like that they are fragrance free! Check them out HERE.
I received a Luxie 516 Duo Fiber brush valued at $22 this month. I have quite a collection of Luxie brushes now thanks to my various subscription services. This brush is vegan and is supposed to be used to blend out powders. I used it to blend out the NYX check product and it worked OK. I wish it was a bit denser but it got the job done. Check it out HERE.
I also received the IBY Beauty Mineral Pressed Blush in the color Peach Sheen valued at $14. This is a beautiful coral peach color with a gorgeous gold/champagne shimmer throughout. I have noticed the latest trend in check products is highlighter/blush combos. I don’t normally wear blush but I do really like this color and formula! It has great color payoff but isn’t too intense so it is build able. It can also be used as an eye shadow! I also heard it is a close dupe of the NARS orgasm blush. Check it out HERE. See swatches below.
Next I got a sample of the Nuxe Multipurpose Dry oil valued at $7. This is a shimmery gold oil that can be applied to the skin, hair, and face. I won’t be applying this to my face but I will try it out on my body and hair. I am saving this for my Sister Getaway Vacation to Florida in July! Check it out HERE. See swatches below.
Another hair care item I received was the OGX Orchid Oil valued at $8. This is a lightweight spray that helps protect and nourish color treated hair. You can also use it if you don’t have color treated hair such as myself. This stuff smells delicious and the bottle is super pretty. I have so many leave in hair products that I will be passing this along to someone who has color treated hair. Check it out HERE.
Overall the value this month is AMAZING at $146+! This is probably one of my favorite Beautycon boxes that I have received. I love Beautycon because they send such a variety of items at different price points and always seem to kill it! Don’t forget to subscribe HERE.
Hey Guys! Check out my unboxing video below to see what I received in my March Ipsy and Play By Sephora boxes. Both are $10 a month and are always full of amazing things! Below the video I have links to the products as well as coupon codes.
Ipsy theme: Tres Jolie Items: 5 Fullsized: 2
The first item I received was a full size of the Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin which retails for about $7. This eye shadow stick is super pigmented and has a metallic pewter sheen. It is so richly pigmented and the formula is extra creamy and doesn’t tug on the eyelid. I like to wear this either super saturated all over my lid for an intense metallic look or smoked out for a soft sparkle. See swatch below. Check it out HERE.
The next item I received was a sample of the Tarteist Lip Paint in the color Delish from Tarte. This is a smooth mousse like liquid lipstick that is long lasting and transfer proof. The color is a beautiful deep mauve nude that would look great on all skin tones. The formula is super lightweight and not drying at all. I think I might pick up some more colors! See swatch below. Get 20% off all Tarte products HERE with code “IPSYMAR”.
Next I pulled out a Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush that retails for about $12.00. I LOVE this brush! It is the perfect size to get right in the crease and blend out shadows. It also isn’t too stiff or too flimsy which is what I love and it is super soft! It can also be used to place highlight in precise spots. Get 25% off HERE with code “beautifulipsters25”.
The next item I received was the Pur Cosmetics Disappearing Ink 4-in-1 Concealer in the color Light. This concealer has a unique “Diamond Complex” that is supposed to reflect light away from imperfections and can be used under the eyes and on blemishes. Unfortunately I do not like this. The color is way to yellow tinted for me and didn’t do anything for my under eyes. I thought maybe the yellow would help diminish the dark circles but it didn’t cover anything and felt heavy. I do not recommend this. Check it out HERE.
The final product I received was the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer. This is great for sensitive skin and is a more lightweight version of their Repair cream so it is perfect to wear during the day. I passed this along to my Mom as I already have a billion moisturizers I need to get through. She says she loves the formula and how hydrating but light it feels on the skin. Get 15” off HERE with code “IPSY0317”.
Overall I enjoyed this month’s bag. The Tarte lip paint was a real winner for me as I will most likely be picking up the full sized one or another color. As always I love the variety and sample sizes in Ipsy and the pink and rose gold bag this month was super cute! Subscribe HERE for only $10!!!
Sephora: Glow Getters Items: 6
The fragrance I received this month was the Chloe Fleur De Parfum. I love this scent! It is super light, fresh, and clean and perfect for Spring! The top notes are rose petals followed by freesia, cherry blossoms, and soft woods. It lasts all day and doesn’t smell overpowering. Check it out HERE.
The next product I received was a sample of the Watts Up Highlighter from Benefit. This is a cream champagne colored highlighter that is perfect for the inner corner or to highlight the brow bone. I have used this many times before and am happy to have it back in my collection. My favorite way to wear it is blended out under the brow bone. It is super creamy and lasts all day long. See swatch below. Check it out HERE.
I also received a sample of the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream to Shadow Stick in the Color Golden Pink. This is a BEAUTIFULLY pigmented metallic nude shade. I barely have to press the stick onto my lid and the color just melts right off. I like to either saturate the lid with this for a bold metallic look or blend it into the middle of a bronze smokey eye look. I can’t wait to check out more colors! See swatch below. Check it out HERE.
The hair product I received this month was a travel size of the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast Spray. This is basically a volumizer, texturizer, and dry shampoo all in one! This adds instant volume without weighing my hair down. I used this on hair that I recently straightened and got a ton of compliments at work the next day about how full and luscious my hair looked. Check it out HERE.
I received 2 face products this month with the first being the GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in the color Nude Glow. This is supposed to be good for all skin types and has skin care ingredients to hydrate and nourish the skin as well as give it a slight luminous glow. As an oily skinned girl I am a bit scared of this product. I hate putting products like this in my face because I don’t like all over shine. I prefer a matte face because I feel like illuminating products don’t mix well with my greasy skin. I am not sure if I will try this or if I will pass along. I did swatch it on the back of my hand and it gave a beautiful lit from within glow that didn’t look too crazy. I would recommend for normal to dry skin. Check it out HERE.
The final product I received was the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. This again is supposed to be good for all skin types and is supposed to be good fro dryness, large pores, and uneven texture. I have large pores and uneven texture so I am curious how it will be for that. This is an anti aging product and skin primer all in one. Again this product is supposed to add slight luminosity to the skin which scares me. Unfortunately I haven’t tried this yet as my sample came a bit dried out. Sephora is sending me a new one though. The little bit I did put on the back of my hand felt very smoothing and didn’t leave very much of a luminosity so I will try this once I receive my new one. Check it out HERE.
Overall this is probably my least favorite Play by Sephora. Mostly because I am an oily skinned girl and don’t really like to glow. I did enjoy getting the perfume, volume spray and shadow stick but I wish I could have chosen to get oil control products instead of illuminating ones, Oh well! Subscribe for only $10 HERE!
Today I am showing you what I received in my February Ipsy and Play By Sephora boxes/bags. Both are $10 a month beauty subscription boxes. Ipsy promises 4-5 deluxe sized samples in a cosmetic bag with at least 1 being full sized. Play by Sephora offer 6 sample-deluxe sized products with 1 always being a fragrance. Check out my unboxing video below as well as individual reviews of the products with direct links and coupon codes. You don’t have to be a subscriber to use the coupons and you don’t have to use them on the products I received.
Theme: Much Love. Items: 5. Full Sized: 3
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The first item I received was a full sized nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty in the color “I Give Good Tweet” which retails for $15. This is a beautiful periwinkle blue color with slight shimmer. Perfect for spring! I have gotten other Trust Fund Beauty polishes in past bags and the formula is super opaque and long lasting. Check out my Instagram for pictures of me wearing this color. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSY30”.
Next I got a Full sized NYX Butter Lipstick in “Lifeguard” which retails for $6.00. This is a beautiful berry red color. It leans more red then berry but the formula glides on so smooth and is super moisturizing and buttery. This has a creamy shine finish and feels awesome on the lips. Get 25% off HERE with code “BUTTERUP.”
Next we got a deluxe size sample of the naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Banana Powder. This powder has a subtle yellow tone to help color correct under the eyes. I use it to set my concealer and it helps diminish the under eyes and bring brightness to the area. The powder is also super fine and smooth. This is my first banana powder I have ever tried and I really enjoy it. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSY30.”
The next item I pulled out was the full sized BellaPierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara which retails for $20.00. This mascara is supposed to separate each lash while providing length. I haven’t used this yet as I am waiting to use it this summer for any water activities. Get 25% off HERE with code “ipsymascara2017”.
The final product was the BeFine Food Skin Care Gentle Face Cleanser. This is a vegan facial cleanser that moisturizes and also gently exfoliates the skin leaving it soft and smooth. I haven’t used this yet but will be throwing it into my travel bag. Get 20% off HERE with code “IPSY.”
Overall this months Ipsy was awesome. We got 3 full sized products and the other 2 were great sized sample sizes. I always love the variety that Ipsy sends and I am rarely disappointed. Subscribe HERE.
Sephora: 6 deluxe sized samples
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The first item I got was the Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake. This is a nude tinted plumping lip gloss that leave the lip suck shiny and full. The color is on the more caramel nude side where as I would have liked more pink nude for my skin tone but I can still wear it. I have the clear version of this and I love it! The formula is super long lasting and does have plumping effects. I am not a fan of the scent though. It has a strong medicine/cinnamon scent but that goes away once applied. Check it out HERE.
The next item I received was the Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length and Volume mascara in Noir. This has a unique paddle like wand unlike anything I have ever seen! This is supposed to define and volumize lashes and is infused with nylon to keep lashes separate but full of volume. I am really picky when it comes to mascara formulas and their wands. I really like this one! The nylon keeps my lashes soft and they don’t feel hard or like they will break off! I also really enjoy the paddle wand. I recommend checking this out. Check it out HERE.
The second lip product we received was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue in the color Nude. First off the packaging is so cute! It is a light pink cardboard tube covered in seashells. The formula on this is amazing and long lasting! It leaves the most beautiful/natural nude color on the lips and also leaves behind major shine! When I wear this my lips look and feel super full, plump, healthy and moisturized. I can’t get enough of it! It is also vegan which is great for my vegan ladies. I want to pick up all the shades! Check it out HERE.
Next I pulled out the Orgins GinZing refreshing eye cream. I love using eye cream to help wake my eyes up and prevent future wrinkles or at least prevent my eyes from aging quicker then they will. This formula contains caffeine, ginseng, magnolia extract, and natural optic brighteners to depuff the eyes and make them look wide awake. I like this because it isn’t too heavy or greasy. It can be used both day and night which is great and doesn’t make my under eye concealer crease or move around. Check it out HERE.
The fragrance this month is Prada Candy. This has a warm, spicy, sweet scent that is perfect for the Spring/Summer. I actually really enjoy this fragrance and have been thinking about buying it! I might ask the hubby for it for my birthday. I recommend giving it a sniff! Check it out HERE.
The final item I got was the Clinique Pep Start Hydroblur Moisturizer. This is a moisturizer and primer in 1 and is perfect for oily and combo skin. This provides a smoothing matte finish that instantly blurs any lines or pores on your face. It is oil free and is supposed to help control oil for up to 8 hours. When I read this I instantly thought I had found a holy grail product for me! I do really enjoy this. It makes my make go on super smooth and it does blur my pores a bit. I also noticed my skin doesn’t get as oily as quick when I wear it. The only thing I wish it had was SPF since I always wear that everyday. I am really thinking about picking up the full size of this. Check it out HERE.
Overall I wasn’t disappointed by my Play box this month. I found a few new favorite items that I would never have picked up on my own. Play is such a great box for trying out higher priced items! Subscribe for only $10 HERE.
Today I am Unboxing and Reviewing my February Boxycharm box. Boxycharm is a $21 a month beauty subscription services that promises 5+ FULL SIZED HIGH VALUE items! One item this month is worth $79 alone! Check out my unboxing video below as well as in depth reviews of each product. Don’t forget to enter my latest GIVEAWAY HERE.
The first item I pulled out was RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick valued at $20. This is a light nudeish pink color that would be great for spring. I haven’t tried this all day on my lips just yet but the 2 times I put it on my lips to test the color I could see every line and crack! It didn’t seem very moisturizing either. The packaging is cool but also a bit bulky for my taste. I am hoping that a good scrub before applying this will help it look more smooth and even. Check it out HERE.
Next I received 2 Makeup Geek shadows valued at $6 each in the colors Cinderella and Crème Brule. Crème Brule is a beautiful brown/orange matte color that is perfect all over the lid as a base or blended into the crease. Cinderella is a beautiful light champagne pink shimmer that I like to pat onto the center of my lid. Both are great everyday colors and the formulas are long lasting. Check them out HERE.
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Since the Makeup Geek shadows need somewhere to be stored Boxycharm sent us a custom small Z Pallete valued at $14! This palette has the black and white logo of Boxycharm and can hold approx 9 Makeup Geek sized shadows. I think it is awesome that Boxycharm included this. I own 1 Z palette but I like how this one is small and compact and perfect for travel. Check it out HERE.
The high value item this month was the Dr. Brandt Micodermabrasion scrub valued at $79. This has a nice lemon scent and the exfoliating beads are so small and smooth they leave my skin feeling soft and supple. Boxycharm is amazing when it comes to the value of their boxes and this is no exception. Dr. Brandt products are pricey but super high quality! Check it out HERE.
The final item(s) I got were the OMNIA Royal eyekit valued at $29.98. This is a double pack of high quality makeup brushes. The gold shadow brush is made of natural bristles while the rose gold smudger brush is made of synthetic bristles. Both made my Makeup Geek shadows go on great and felt really nice on the lids. The brushes also have a nice weight to them and the metallic finish of the handles is gorgeous! Check it out HERE.
Overall Boxycharm didn’t disappoint with the products of value of this box at $155+! I am always super excited to get my box and look forward to playing with full sized products and tools every month. This is def my new favorite box! Subscribe HERE.
Wet N Wild has released a few new products for spring that others have been raving about so I wanted to give them a try! They released a few new things from their Photofocus line such as a foundation, powder and concealer as well as some Liquid Lipsticks. Check out my video below for mini reviews of the products. Under the video I give more in-depth reviews as well as pictures and swatches with direct links to the items. Enjoy!
I will talk about the face products first. My skin is oily and I have large pores on my cheeks. I get the most oil on my nose, cheeks and chin so I look for products that are long lasting, matte, medium-full coverage and just make my skin look smooth and perfect.
The new face products were tested under 7 light situations to help create a smooth flawless matte finish. The products contain light diffusing pigment to be “#selfieready” and aren’t supposed to give off a white cast. Here are the 7 light conditions the products were tested under according to Wetnwild.com:
Clear Blue Sunlit Sky
The first product I tried was the Photo Focus Foundation in the color Shell Ivory and this retails for about $5.99. It has a spatula applicator that helps me put product on the back of my hand. The texture is like a mixture of liquid and cream. It is on the more watery side. I tried applying this with a Beauty Blender and an Artis like brush. Both ways applied about the same. The product gives a light medium coverage and is semi build able. I can still see some discoloration peeking through but not much. This feels a bit heavy on the skin as the day goes on as well. I would also like to point out this smells exactly like wall paint. The smells is very strong and a little off putting. If you are sensitive to smell I wouldn’t recommend picking it up. After applying the foundation and before applying powder or concealer I took a picture with the flash on my camera. As you can see in the pictures below I had MAJOR flashback. This was super disappointing to me as they basically promise no flashback. I wouldn’t mind flash back or white cast since I rarely go anywhere and take flash pictures but the fact that they market it as no white cast made me super disappointed. As for the wear throughout the day I noticed on my cheeks as the day went on it got really ruddy looking and didn’t sit well on my face. Overall I personally wouldn’t recommend this product. I know people that have super oily skin and love it but not me. If you want an inexpensive drugstore foundation I would HIGHLY recommend the Elf Flawless finish foundation for $6.00. Check out the Wet N Wild HERE.
Next I used the PhotoFocus Pressed Powder in the shade Warm Light which retails for $4.99. This is a powder that helps diffuse the light, mattify skin and keeps it shine free all day. I have used this product over the PhotoFocus foundation and my go to Elf foundations and love it! It doesn’t give off much pigmentation when you first run your powder brush over it but after a couple swirls it picks it up. I like to dust this all over my face to set my makeup and pat it into my nose and cheeks where I get oily the quickest. This makes my pores INVISIBLE and leaves my skin with a smooth matte/satin finish. I have also noticed since using this I don’t get oily as quickly. I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try. Plus for the price you can’t beat it! Check it out HERE.
The final face product I tried was the PhotoFocus Concealer in the shade Light Ivory which retails for $3.99. This is supposed to be a high coverage creamy concealer and I heard it is comparable to the NARS creamy concealer which I have never tried. I use this product on my blemishes and redness on my face as well as under my eyes. I wish they had a lighter shade for under my eyes to help brighten them. The lightest color is the perfect match for my skin and doesn’t look bad under my eyes but I would like a little brightness. Besides that this concealer is AMAZING! It is super creamy, high coverage and blends like a dream. It isn’t full coverage as a tiny bit of discoloration can show through but not much! It also doesn’t get cakey as the day goes on as I have found with other high coverage concealers. It is also super pigmented so a little goes a long way. It also works well under my eyes. It blends like a dream and provides the perfect coverage and doesn’t crease throughout the day! If you get 1 thing from this line I recommend the concealer. It is the best drugstore concealer or any concealer I have ever tried and the price is a STEAL. Check it out HERE.
Now on to the lips. I picked up 3 of the Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks in the colors Give Me Mocha, Berry Recognize and Video Vixenwhich retail for $4.99. After filming I also picked up the colors Rebel Rose and Nice to Fuchsia. These promise a lightweight matte formula, that don’t dry out lips. The packaging is almost IDENTICAL to that of the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks which is crazy. The want has a little divot in it that is perfect for getting that crisp line. The formula is very comfortable and long lasting through light eating and drinking. If you eat something that is oil based or super greasy it will take the color off but if you eat things that don’t brush against the lips this will last all day. The colors are super pigmented and comfortable! I did have a patchy problem with Video Vixen though. If you layer it over a lipliner it should help. I can’t wait for them to release more colors in the collection. I HIGHLY recommend you go pick them up. If I had to choose 1 color that I own as my favorite it would be Give Me Mocha. It is the perfect nude that could flatter so many skin tones. Check it out HERE.
Overall I think Wet N Wild are really stepping up their game. They have been releasing a ton of products lately at a low price point but are high quality! Did I mention they are vegan and cruelty free? I can’t wait to see everything that is coming out in the spring/summer months. Good thing their products don’t break the bank! Check out the full collection HERE.
Today I am unboxing my January Play By Sephora and Ipsy boxes/bags. Both are $10 a month! Ipsy promises 4-5 deluxe sized samples with at least 1 being full sized and Sephora offers 6 mini-deluxe sized samples with 1 always being a fragrance. Check out my Unboxing video below as well as direct links and reviews of products mentioned along with coupon codes! Subscribe to Ipsy HERE and Sephora HERE.
Ipsy theme: Metropolis Items: 6 Full sized: 4
The first items I received from Ipsy were 2 sheet masks from the Brand Sally’s Box which retail for $1.50 each. One of the things I love about Ipsy is that they always send out multiples of some products such as sheet masks and count it as 1 product! When ever I get sheet masks or eye masks from Ipsy there are usually multiples and different types for me to try. The 2 I got this month were Blueberry and Aloe masks. The blueberry is supposed to help firm and hydrate while the aloe soothes and hydrates. I used the Aloe one last night and loved that it didn’t slip down my face while wearing it and my face felt balanced and smooth when I woke up. Check them out HERE.
The next product I got was a full sized nail polish from Pretty Woman in “I Can’t Deal”. This is a grey nude shade and retails for $7.99. This shade is a great take on the nude/pastel nails that usually happen in the spring months. I have never had grey nails before but can’t wait to see what this shade looks like on! Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSY30”.
The next item I got was the full sized Coloured Raine Cosmetics Matte Lip Paint in the color Mars. This retails for $17 and is a beautiful dusty rose shade. This is the perfect deep nude color that can be worn either day or night. The formula is matte but not drying or sticky and stays on all day! I wore it all day at work and through lunch and I didn’t even need a touch up! I am really tempted to pick up more shades because they have such a wide variety of colors! They have a metallic red shade that I can’t get out of my mind! Check them out HERE.
Next I received a sample of the ModelCo blush in Peach Bellini. This is a beautiful peach blush with slight shimmer that gives cheeks a luminous glow without having to apply highlighter and blush. If you like a subtle glow I recommend giving this a try. It would also make a beautiful eye shadow! The formula is creamy and pigmented and doesn’t have leave powder every where. Check it out HERE.
The final product I received was a sample of the Smashbox Cosmetics Cameral Ready BB Cream in the Color Light. I don’t really wear BB creams because I find that they leave my skin greasy and with little to no coverage. If I want light coverage I just go bare faced most of the time. This was a tad too orange for my skin and after a couple hours it looked patchy and left my skin feeling dirty. I wouldn't recommend this. Check it out HERE.
BONUS: I did receive a FULL SIZED Limecrime Metallic Liquid Lipstick in the color Blondie after redeeming some of my Ipsy points. I love that you can earn points from reviewing products and people using your sign up link. I have gotten a ton of full sized goodies and this latest one is awesome.
Overall I think the products in this bag were amazing. The Matte Lip Paint was a hidden gem from a brand that I have never heard from and I love it! Subscribe to Ipsy HERE.
This month’s Play by Sephora’s theme was Beauty, Set, Go! The drawstring bag was made of cloth and mesh to look like a gym bag which was super cute! We got 5 deluxe sized samples with 1 fragrance.
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The first item I got was Amore Pacific Color Control Compact Foundation which is a cushion foundation that is supposed to provide build able coverage, hydrates skin and protects with SPF. The samples Sephora sent out included 2 foundation shades and 1 mini sponge. Unfortunately the shades they sent me were way to dark. I am not sure why they sent me those. I tried to use the lightest of the too but it was very orange and streaky. I didn’t like the cushion that it came with and it seemed to take too long to apply. I am not sure that this formula would have worked for my oily skin either. Check it out HERE.
The fragrance this month was Love Relentlessly by Tory Burch. The notes in this are pink pepper, orris, and patchuli. This smells nice and fresh and light. Perfect for the upcoming spring months! I also saw a picture of the bottle and it is stunning! I probably won’t go out and buy this as the scent wasn’t very unique but I would love the bottle for my vanity. Check it out HERE.
Next I got a sample of the Tarte Frixxxtion Stick. I have been wanting to try this for so long and was so excited to see it! First of all the packaging is so cute! This is a twist up glue stick like cleanser that is a dark black with tiny microdermabrasion scrubs. You put it all over your face and cleanse. Perfect for traveling since it isn’t a liquid. I love the stick form it comes in and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and clean. I recommend checking this out HERE.
The next product I received was the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Apparently this formula and color are a cult favorite and I can see why! First off the size of this sample is amazing! The color is the perfect wash of “just ate a Popsicle and now it stained my lips”. The color this product gives is a deeper “my lips but better color” with high shine and feels super moisturizing and nourishing. I couldn’t stop putting it on my lips! It also fades really well throughout the day to a nice stain. I want to buy these in every color! Check it out HERE.
The next product I pulled out was the Treatment Masque from Ouai. This is a hair mask to help repair breakage, and make hair stronger. I used it last night and the formula is a little watery for me. Usually hair masks are thick and creamy but this one almost had the watery consistency similar to watered down leave in conditioner. I didn’t see it do amazing things for my hair. It didn’t have a strong scent either. Check it out HERE.
The final product I received was the Youth to the People Prevention Cream. This is a night time moisturizer that uses kale, spinach, and hylauranic acid to deliver antioxidants to the skin and lightly hydrate it. This feels nice and lightweight on my skin which is great and makes my skin glow when I wake up! Check it out HERE.
Overall I loved this month’s bag. The Clinique Lipstick and the Tarte Stick made the box worth it for $10! I love Play because I get to try out higher end products before I spend the money. Subscribe to Play by Sephora HERE.
Today I am showing you what I received in my January Boxycharm. Boxycharm is $21 a month and promises 5 FULL SIZED beauty/makeup products worth over at least $100! I always get my moneys worth from Boxycharm which makes me excited every month. Check out my Unboxing Video below as well as direct links to products below that. Subscribe to Boxycharm HERE.
The first product I received was Gorge Konjac Sponge worth $18. This is a natural sponge that you soak in water to soften then use to exfoliate the face. It can be used with or without a cleanser. It is made from 100% natural Konjac root and naturally balances the skin’s PH levels and is great for sensitive skin. I love the feeling of this on my skin and the fact that it has a string attached for easy storage in my shower. Check it out HERE.
The next product I got was the Adesse Ultra Suede Matte Top Coat worth $18. This is a top coat you paint on your nails to give them a smooth matte effect. I always like my nails to be as glossy and shiny as possible but I am excited that I received a matter top coat to play around with. I might do a matte accent nail or even try making all my nails matte! Check it out HERE.
Next up I received the So Susan Fan Brush worth $18.95. This fan brush is perfect for highlighting the face. The fan brush I previously owned was from Elf and super flimsy so I was excited to receive a brush I needed a new one of. I wish the bristles were a bit less flimsy though. Check it out HERE.
Next I got the Pur Mineral Glow Bronzer which retails for $25. This is a beautiful bronzer that I like to dust all over for a glow and even bring down my neck. It blend flawlessly into the face and I love the huge pan size! It has a slight shimmer in it but nothing crazy. I prefer bronzers with a slight shimmer/glow to them as this makes it look more natural and radiant. I HIGHLY recommend this. Check it out HERE.
The final product I received was the Vintage Highlighter Double worth $35. This is a dual highlighter with the colors Pink Quartz and Chocolate Diamond. The Chocolate Diamond shade is perfect to dust over the body over the Pur bronzer to add to your beachy glow. The Pink Quartz is a pretty everyday highlighter shade. I don’t use highlighter that often as I have oily skin but I am slowly building up the courage to use it. These pan sizes are huge as well. Such a great deal! Check it out HERE.
Overall I enjoyed my box. I got products such as the brush and highlighters that I wouldn’t normally use but am excited to try! I love the Bronzer and hope that it lasts me a long time. I HIGHLY recommend giving Boxycharm a try especially if you like getting full sized makeup/beauty products for only $21 a month! This month’s box had a value of over $115 which is crazy! Subscribe HERE.
Today I am bringing you my unboxing and review of the Winter Beautycon box! Beautycon is a seasonal or quarterly box that retails for $35.99 and is curated by the latest YouTube/social media influencer! Whoever curates the box packs it full of their current favorite beauty, makeup, skincare and fashion goodies! Save some $$ by signing up HERE. I get my box at the beginning of the 3 month period so subscribe HERE so you don’t miss out on this and future AMAZING boxes!
This month’s box is curated by Dolce Candy. Check out my unboxing video below as well as detailed reviews of the items in the box with direct links and coupon codes.
The first in the box was a Limited Edition ColourPop Lippie Stix in the color “Beautycon Pink” and retails for $5. ColourPop always seems to work with Beautycon so if you are a collector of their items I recommend signing up! This is a beautiful nude shade that could work on so many skin tones. I love the formula because the color is opaque with a bit of shine. The perfect “my lips but better” color for me. Check out ColourPop HERE.
We also got a full sized Rimmel London Lipstick which retails for $7. The colors they sent out can vary but the one I received was in 300 Listen Up. This is Rimmel’s new “The One” lipstick formula that is supposed to be pigmented, moisturizing and last all day! The color I got is a bright magenta berry so I will be rocking this in the Spring/Summer! I can’t wait to try out the formula! Check it out HERE.
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The next item I received was Artist Couture Illuminati Highlighter that retails for $11. This is made by Angel Merino who actually curated the fall box, which is weird that this wasn’t in that one. It is a super bright highlighter that is in loose powder form so it can be used many different ways! It can be a highlighter, an eye shadow topper, an eye shadow if used wet, or mixed into lotion for a diffused body glow! I don’t highlight my face but I can’t wait to use this on the eyes or dusted over my chest and arms. Check it out HERE.
Next we got a sample of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer that retails for $7. This is a matte bronzer that can be used to contour the cheeks or as an eye shadow and it smells like chocolate! I don’t contour my face so I am probably passing this along. I have tried this product in the past and it is super smooth and provides a great contour shade. Check it out HERE.
As for the skincare items we got a full sized bottle of the Skinvolve Beauty Karate Cream which retails for $40! This cream has caffeine and argon oil in it to hydrate, tone and tighten the skin. Perfect for the New Year! It feels very lightweight on the skin and has a slight rose scent but nothing too heavy which I appreciate. Check it out HERE.
Next we got a sample of the Garnier Micellar Water which retails for $3.50. This is supposed to remove makeup and oil from the face without needing to rinse after. I am not a huge fan of Micellar waters because I feel like it takes longer to get all my makeup off and it does leave a residue on my face even when it says it doesn’t. I will keep this by my sink for days I am not wearing makeup and need a quick “rinse” but I won’t be buying this anytime soon. Check it out HERE.
Next in the box was the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara which retails for $8. This mascara is L’Oreal’s newest formula and promises lifted and separated lashes for a nice “cat eye” effect. I love the packaging and can’t wait to try this out! The brush looks like it will capture every lash and separate them so I am crossing my fingers! Check it out HERE.
We also received the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer which retails for $5. This is a white mascara primer that promises to increase volume and length with any mascara it is used with. I actually already own this and don’t see a huge difference when using it. I feel like a mascara should do that job all on its own without adding an extra step. I think mascara primers are very un-needed. Check it out HERE.
Next I got a Luxie Beauty Highlighting brush that retails for $24. I have so many Luxie brushes and love them all! This one is perfect to go with the highlighter that was sent. I love that they included a tool that can be used with another product. This could also be used for a soft contour or blush! I love it! Check it out HERE.
Next we got a sample of the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate exfoliating treatment which retails for $24. This is a professional strength exfoliating treatment that you leave on the skin for 2 minutes then wash off. This makes my skin super soft and smooth for the rest of the week! Since it is a professional strength exfoliator it is to be used only 1-2 times a week. If you have super sensitive skin I would patch test it first. Check it out HERE.
The final item in the box is a BioBelle Botanic Fiber Mask which retails for $5. This is supposed to be super hydrating and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. I love trying out new face masks so I will either use this or share it with my Mom who also loves face masks. Check it out HERE.
Overall I LOVED everything this month. I loved that it was makeup and skincare heavy and we had over 7 FULL SIZED items! It think Beautycon did a great job with the variety included and colors they sent out. I get my box at the beginning of the 3 month period so subscribe HERE so you don’t miss out on this and future AMAZING boxes!
Check out my video below of my December Boxycharm unboxing! Under the video I have mini reviews of the products as well as individual links to the products and coupon codes.
The first item I received was the Ofra Matallic Liquid Lipstick in the color Napa Valley which retails for $19.90. This is a beautiful deep violet purple color with a hint of metallic undertone. The formula is superhttps://www.ofracosmetics.com/ lightweight and has a mouse like consistency. It doesn’t transfer very much and is long lasting on the lips. Get 30% off HERE with code “Boxy30”.
The next product I received was the Beauty for Real Lip Revival Scrub which retails for $14.00. This contains raw sugar, cinnamon, orange and lemon. The packaging is luxurious looking and the smell is light. I prefer to use the Elf lip scrub that comes in a tube form that way I don’t have to use my fingers. I do plan on using this in the future though. Check it out HERE.
The next item I pulled out was Butter London Nail Polish in the color Ruby Murray. and it retails for $15.00. This is a beautiful wine color that is perfect for the fall/winter time. Butter London nail polishes have a long lasting formula that is super shiny. I can’t wait to put this on! Check it out HERE.
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The next item I got was IBY Eyeliner in the color Olive Pearl which retails for $14.00. This is a beautiful olive green color with a hint of metallic. I tried using this on my top lashes to create a cat eye and I did not like it. The formula is dry so I had to tug on my delicate eye area to get a smooth line. Even when tugging the liner still had drag and didn’t come out opaque. I wish the formula was creamy because the color is stunning. Get 50% off HERE with code “BOXY1216.”
The final item I received was the Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Palette which retails for $50.00! This is a gorgeous palette that is basically a knockoff of the Urban Decay Naked 3. The colors range from soft to deep rose gold hues. There are 3 matte shades and the rest range from shimmer to metallic shades. I don’t own the Naked 3 but judging by pictures this is very similar. The color payoff is amazing and while the shades are a bit powdery they blend out beautifully and last all day! I was super excited to get this and this makes the box super worth it! Get 25% off a purchase of $30 or more HERE with code “CHARMEDLIFE”.
It has been a crazy hectic month for me! I was out for 1 whole week from work with the flu/Laryngitis :( But I am back with my December Battle of the Boxes! Both are $10 a month and AMAZING! Check out my video below where I show the products and under the video I have a blurb about each product as well as direct links and coupon codes if they are available.
Ipsy: Bag: Hot pink Faux Fur Doubles as a Clutch
Theme: Carpe P.M
Items: 5 Full sized: 1
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The first item is a sample of the REN Clear Skincare Glycol Lactic Radience Renewel Mask. This is an exfoliating mask that contains lactic acids and fruits. It also minimizes pores and hyperpigmentation. I have yet to use this but sounds like something right up my ally! According to reviews this is great so I am super excited! Get 20% off HERE with code "Ipsy20".
Next I received the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil Hydrating Treatment. This is a hair mask you leave on for 5 minutes and it helps repair breakage, and add strength. Exactly what I need for my long hair! This smells amazing and leaves my skin so soft and smooth. Get it HERE.
The next item I pulled out was a sample of the Benefit POREfessional primer. This is supposed to fill in pores and is oil free. I have tried this many times and am not a fan because it breaks me out. So I am not even opening this and will be passing this on to someone else. Get it HERE.
Next I received a NYX Prismatic Shadow in Bedroom Eyes. This shadow is super pigmented, buttery and beautiful! It is a satin finish that goes on super smooth and lasts all day. It can go from day to night and is stunning! I want to try out other colors. Get it HERE.
The final item I received was the Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Color in Pin Up. This is a purple/pink color that comes off darker then it seems in the tube. It is the perfect dark nude color for the winter. The formula is long lasting and doesn't dry my lips out. I want to get more! I LOVE IT! Get 30% off HERE with code "IPSTER".
Overall I loved the variety of this bag. I love the lip color and can't wait to continue to use the face mask. Get IPSY HERE.
Sephora: Theme: The Partygoers
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The first item was the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. This is a BEAUTIFUL rich red lip color. The stain is super pigmented, creamy, and long lasting. It is opaque in one coat and feels comfortable on the lips. Get it HERE.
The fragrance is Elizabeth and James in Nirvana Rose. This is a very rose heavy scent but also has a citrusy undertone. It isn't too heavy so it can be worn day or night. Get it HERE.
The next item I got was the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer. This is supposed to help makeup last longer, mattify skin and fill in pores. I used it today and didn't notice my skin not being any less oily. It did make my makeup go on smoother and my pores looked a tiny but smaller. Nothing dramatic. Get it HERE.
The next item I got was the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. I have always wanted to try a setting spray from Urban Decay. I recently bought the De-Slick spray but haven't used it yet. I can't wait to try this one because it is supposed to keep makeup from settling into fine lines and is good for all climates. Get it HERE.
Next I pulled out a sample of the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. I have gotten this in a Birchbox and I enjoy it. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling light and fresh. It does leave a tiny white cast on my hair but I just brush through it a couple times and it get it HERE.
The final item I recieved was a sample of the Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. This is supposed to give lashes a full effect This is apparently a cult favorite mascara and is supposed to work really well. I haven't had time to try this out yet but I can't wait. Check it out HERE.
Overall I loved the variety I got in my Sephora bag/box. It contained lots of new items I have been wanting to try and great formulas! I HIGHLY recommend this subscription. Get it HERE.
Check out my November Boxycharm Unboxing Video below. I also have mini reviews under the videos as well as links to products.
BoxyCharm is $21 a month and promises 5 FULL SIZED products and is always worth over $100! I HIGHLY recommend it for any beauty lover who wants to try out new products, get full sized products, and get the most bang for your buck!
This month's theme was Groovy Town and I got 5 products. BoxyCharm sends everyone most of the same products with a couple variations depending on your profile.
The first product I received was the Vintage Illuminating Face Highlighter and this retails for $32.00. This comes in a beautiful white case that feels heavy and luxurious. This is a coral gold highlighter that could work as a highlighter or a blush topper. Since I have oily skin I never use highlighter. It always scares me and I don't ever want to look overly shiny and greasy.. Since I have gotten a couple highlighters in my latest subscription boxes I have slowly started to use them. I love this one because it has a slight sheen and is not in your face sparkle. It is very natural and gives a slight flushed coral look too. Check it out HERE.
The next item I received was a Studio Makeup Eyeshadow Palette and this retails for $49.95. This is a palette with 9 shadows and is similar in shape and pan size to the Kylie palettes. The colors in this palette range from creme to maroon. These shadows have good pigmentation but can be a little chalky. I wore this on my eyes for Thanksgiving and they lasted all day but needed a couple layers to blend out evenly. It's the perfect palette to travel with as you can make looks ranging from daytime to nighttime smokey! Check it out HERE.
The next item was the Patchology FlashMasque Trip worth $20.00. I like that BoxyCharm sent out 3 different ones to try. One is hydrating, one is illuminating, and the other is exfoliating. These are paper sheet masks and the paper actually feels thick and sturdy and not flimsy. They form to the face well and don't slip off. I used the hydrating one and it left my skin feeling super silky and soft. I was glowing the next day! Check them out HERE.
Next I got The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel retailing for $20.00. I received this in a Beautycon box but have yet to try it. This is a waterproof clear brow gel that holds brows in place all day without being overly sticky or harsh looking. I can't wait to try this out once I am done with my Anastasia brow gel. Check it out HERE.
The final product is a Studio Makeup Soft Blend Blush that retails for $17.00. This is a soft orange peach color that looks super natural. It doesn't give off a ton of pigment but is build able. I don't really like this color on me as it leaves me a bit ruddy looking but the formula is super soft. It is supposed to be long lasting and naturally brightens the face. I think it would look better on deeper skin tones. Check it out HERE.
You just can't beat the value of a BoxyCharm box! For $21 you get 5 full sized products that are always super fun to try out! I saw sneak peeks of the December box and we are getting another eye shadow pallete and a full sized Ofra liquid lipstick! I HIGHLY recommend signing up HERE asap!
Theme: Rockstarlet| Bag: Navy Constalation Theme| Items: 4|
Full sized: 2
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The first full sized item I received this month was aLuxie Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T and retails for $12.00. I love Luxie brushes and have gotten a handful in Ipsy bags. This brush is supposed to be used for blending foundations. The website says the duo fiber bristles are perfect for flawless blending. I personally think this feels too light and flimsy for foundation. I also prefer to use a beauty sponge. I think this would be good at blending out cream blushes or softening blushes that were put on with a heavy hand. It is super soft and the pink handles is cute. Get 20% off HERE with code “IPSYTRAVEL.”
Next I received a baby sample of the Formula X nail polish in Huntress. This is a beautiful deep emerald green that can come off looking black. In the bottle it shows tiny gold flecks but I don’t see any of that once it is applied. I have this polish on my nails currently, check out the picture HERE, and love it! It is a very deep vampy color but I love that it is a deep green. Such an unexpected color! The bottle is smaller so you can get about 2-3 full uses out of it. The formula is great and super opaque. I only needed once coat! Get it HERE.
The next item I received was a sample of the Verb Ghost Oil. This is a lightweight oil that can be used in hair leaving strands strong, silky and frizz free. This smells great and I love that it is weightless and lightweight. I have yet to try this but I always love to put hair oil in my damp hair before blow-drying to help seal the cuticle and make my hair shiny without looking greasy. Get 10% off HERE with code “IPSY10.”
Next I pulled out a full sized ‘Tini Beauty Eyeshadow in the color Firestarter. This is a deep rust metallic shade that is super pigmented and buttery. It is like no other color that I have in my collection. This can be buffed into the crease with a gold shadow patted on top or put all over the lid for a fun rusty smokey eye look. It can also be applied wet or dry. I recommend this product and formula! Get 40% off orders of $20 or more + a Free eyeliner HERE with code “IPSYONFIRE.”
The final item I received was a sample of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This is a cult favorite mascara that promises giant voluminous lashes that don’t flake all day. I know so many people that are obsessed with this mascara but I can’t seem to get no that boat. I don’t hate it but I also am not in love with it. I am a big volume freak when it comes to mascaras and I just feel like this one doesn’t give my lashes anything. I have very long sparse lashes so that might be why. I do like to layer this under another voluminous mascara and find that it helps the formula a little. The mascara on it’s own does stay on all day and doesn’t flake. Get 20% off + Free Shipping HERE with code “IPSYLOVE2016.”
Overall this bag was great. As always I loved the variety and items included. The bag was super cute and I can’t wait to put it in my current purse.
Sign up for Ipsy HERE. Makes a great gift!
Play by Sephora
Theme: Best in Glow| Items: 6
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The first item I received was the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold. This eyeshadow stick is super pigmented, waterproof and transfer proof. It can be used blended out all over the lid or popped in the middle of an eye look for some shine! It can also be used under the brow bone as a highlight or on the inner corners for an extra pop! I actually already own this product in this color so I have put this in my HUGE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY (Enter HERE). Get it HERE.
The next item was Pop by Stella McCartney fragrance. This is described as a bold floral scent with a hint of sandalwood. I like that is a floral but musky scent. It keeps it interesting and good for day or night. I would buy this fragrance for someone who is into scents who might not have something quite this unique in their collection. Get it HERE.
Next is another item I am including in my Giveaway. It is the Cover FX Illuminating Primer. This is a silicone free primer that illuminates the face and is great even for super sensitive skin types. It also doesn’t feel heavy under foundation but adds a nice lightweight and glowy base. This is perfect for dull skin! I did not try this because I have oily skin and don’t like to use any sort of illuminator on my face. I naturally get illuminated throughout the day so I prefer to use a mattifying primer. I do know that Cover FX is a great brand and I want to try their mattefying products. Get it HERE.
Next I got a sample of the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. This is a lightweight gel based moisturizer that reduces redness and skin congestion. I get super red cheeks and clogged pores so I am super excited to use this product. It feel nice and lightweight on my oily skin and I wake up with super soft supple skin. I also like to take this product down onto my neck to help soften my dry skin that comes in the colder months. Get it HERE.
Next I got a sample of the GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. This is a professional grade exfoliatingmask. I have used this many times before and really enjoy it. It gives you an intense burning and tingling sensations for the first 2-3 minutes so if you have sensitive skin I would not recommend. If you are sensitive to sensations on your face I would also not recommend. After the burning goes away it gets cool and drys. When your rinse it off you want to rinse in circular motions to really get the exfoliating benefits. Afterwards my skin feels amazing but not overly tight or dry. I would use this once a week or every other week because it is so intense. Bonus: it also tightens pores! Get it HERE.
The final product was a sample of the Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in the color Pin up Pink. This lip gloss has medium opacity, no stickiness and I love the wand! The wand is and hourglass shape that glides into the contours of your lips without being messy. I love having lipglosses on hand when wearing matte liquid lipsticks that can get too drying during the day. Instead of adding another layer of liquid lipstick that can sometimes cause it to flake or crack, I like to add a gloss to give it some moisture and shine. I am going to check out other colors of this product as well as other products with this wand. Get it HERE.
Overall this bag was OK. I say that only because I am giving away 2 of the 6 items. I wish there was an option for oily skin girls to choose one of the mattifying products for Cover FX. Other than that Sephora obviously didn’t know I already owned the Laura Mercier product so I am not too mad about that. I liked everything else but the sizes were a it small. I know Sephora products area at a higher price but I wish the samples were a bit bigger or even some were deluxe or travel sized.
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Today I am reviewing my October Ipsy and Play by Sephora boxes. Both are $10 a month and are beauty subscription services. Ipsy promises 4-5 deluxe size samples with at least 1 being full sized. Sephora promises 6 samples with 1 always being a fragrance. Check out my video below as well as my in depth reviews with product links and discount codes.
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Ipsy Bag: Halloween Design Items: 5 Full-sized: 2 Theme: Black Magic
This month’s bag was designed by Valfre. They create really cute phone cases! Check them out HERE and get 25% off with code “IPSY25.”
The first item I pulled out was Sally’s Box Aqua Moist Gel Cream. This is a moisturizer that is supposed to really hydrate the skin using roses, chamomile and lavender. I like using this at night because it doesn’t have SPF. I also like using gel type moisturizers on my oily skin. This sinks in super quick and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and fresh. Not greasy and heavy. I like it! Check it out HERE.
The next item is a full sized Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. This retails for $19. For a girl who wears cat eyes every day I was super excited to see this! And it is full sized which is an added bonus! This a great felt tipped eyeliner that glides on smoothly. It isn’t 100% opaque but it is buildable. It lasts all day without flaking or cracking. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSTER.”
Next I pulled out a sample size of the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation. The color I received was Y225 Marble. This foundation promises invisible coverage, light texture, and lasts all day without needing to set with a powder. I was super excited to receive this as I rarely get to try out higher end foundations. The sample is a decent size with enough products for about a week of wear depending on the amount you use. Unfortunately I really don’t like this. The coverage is too sheer for me. The redness and discoloration on my cheeks peeks through no matter how much product I use. It also doesn’t seem to agree with my oily skin as I get shiny quickly and the foundation breaks up on my face. I do set this with a powder with this still happening. The shade is a tiny bit light for me as well. I wouldn’t recommend this for oily girls but if you have normal skin with little imperfections I would recommend it. It does feel super light on the face and not cakey. Check it out HERE.
Next I received a full sized Kokie Cosmetics Nail polish in the color Heavenly. This retails for $6. This is a BEAUTIFUL lavender blue color and the packaging is super cute! This has a glossy finish, long wearing, and chip resistant. I have yet to try this color but I will be pulling it out soon! I love Ipsy because they always send full sized polishes in the cutest colors! Get 25% off HERE with code “IPSY25”.
The final item I got was a sample of the Trust Fund Beauty Gimme Good Face Face Primer. This Primer is supposed to blur lines and wrinkles. I don’t really have any of those yet so I can’t tell if it does this or not. It has a more slippery silicon texture that works ok with my oily skin. Since it is cooling down a bit it works better but if I am hot and sweaty I find these types make my makeup slide off quicker. I like other primers better but I am glad I was able to try this. Get 40% off HERE with code “IPSYGLAM”.
Overall I loved this month’s variety like always! Even though I was disappointed in the foundation I am glad Ipsy sent out a higher end foundation that I know a lot of people (including myself) want to try. I absolutely love the full sized liquid liner and will be using the gel cream up! Subscribe to Ipsy HERE: Only $10!!! (Also makes a great holiday gift)
Sephora Bag: Lipstick & Chill Theme: The Cool Cut Items: 6
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