Ipsy Review : November 2018

For those of you who don’t know about this subscription bag it is  $10 and contain 5 deluxe size samples (and sometimes full size products)  each month.

Ipsy starts with a beauty quiz that asks you questions about different things you like as well as your different features (i.e. Blonde hair, green eyes, fair skin). Each month you also can review the products your received; so if you love something you let them know and if you hate something you let them know.

Lets get into this months bag!

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The bag this month is super cute with a durable material that feels nice. It has a purple/deep blue back ground with black hearts all over it. I really love the cute simplicity of this bag. Now for the products!

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Timeless Beauty Bar; Glam & Glow and Up in the Clouds Sheet Masks

I will save the pain of being a broken record. I love these and I’m excited to use them on my up coming vacation. My skin always gets dried out when I travel and these are the perfect, easy and travel friendly way to bring a mask with me to keep my skin on point.

Tarte; Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush; Shade- Quirky

These Tarte blushes are amazing! I love the size of the sample we get in our bags because it really will last quite a while. This shade is stunning as well! It’s a nice peach shade which is one of my favorite blush colors to wear. I also love the formula on this product. It’s smooth and soft and applies to the skin like a dream! A definite win for the bag this month!

Jelly Pong Pong; Cosmic Light Loose Pigment; Shade- Pulsar

Loose pigments are always fun to get in subscriptions because even at a sample size you get good bit of product that will last a long time. I don’t know about you but I don’t use a loose pigment every day so I always get long term use out of my pigments. This shade is for sure a new on for me. I don’t personally wear a lot of blues but this shade is really beautiful! I feel like this would be fun to do a icy wintery look with. It might come in handy for costume make up next Halloween.

Ciate London; Mini Translucent Setting Powder; Shade- Hideout

Let me just start off that this is by far the SMALLEST sample size powder product I think I have ever received. I forgot to take a comparison photo but this thing is small…I think the cap is maybe, maybe as big as a quarter. I just think this isn’t even worth putting in the bag for the pure fact that its almost impossible to use! The only brush I can fit in the opening is a fluffy eye shadow brush which is difficult to use to set my make up. This is just a frustrating size. As for the powder itself I’m not sure how I will like it. When I put a small amount on the back of my hand it had a pretty strong white cast, which scares me. Not that I plan on taking flash photography every day all day but powders with a white cast tend to wash me out all on their own. I will see how I like this and update later on.

NYX Professional Makeup; Velvet Matte Lipstick; Shade- Volcano

Is that a full size lipstick I see?! You bet it is! I love when we get full size items in the glam bag! It just makes it all that much more worth it! This is a stunning lipstick. The shade is perfect for this season and the formula is really nice. It applies pigmented and soft on the lips. The only down side I have found with this is that it picks up on all the lines and any texture I may have on my lips. Given that the weather has started to change my lips can sometimes get dry and this clings to any and all dry patches. I do really like NYX make up and this lipstick will be a fun addition to my collection.

 

That concludes my Ipsy glam bag for November! What did you get in your bag this month? Did you love what you got? Could have been better? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Yes, Oh Yas! : November 2018

Yes, Oh Yas! is a new monthly subscription box ! They offer 3-7 full size products each month for $14.99 plus shipping. This box allows you to discover new make up and beauty brands.

Yes, Oh Yas! actually reached out to me to become an affiliate for their subscription box.  They did give me a code to share with you all for 10% off you first box.

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CODE: CURVYE

I will always keep my opinions on the products honest, true and my own.

So lets get into this months box!

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The theme for this month was Girls Can! As you can see we got some really fun stuff!

Aesthetica Lip Contour Kit                                                               Retail Price $40

To keep up on their palette a month promise we received a lip palette this month. I personally am not the biggest fan of lip palettes because they get really messy and I don’t like having to apply a lip product with a brush. However this kit does come with a really neat insert with instructions for different types of lip looks. It also comes with two double ended lip liners and  fine point lip brush. The lip colors themselves are very creamy and pigmented and when playing around on my hand they layered and mixed together really well too. I will give this a try and see if I can make it work but I don’t think this will be something staying in my collection.

Beauty Creations; Unicorn Dream- Unicorn Tears Metallic Liquid Highlighter              Retail Price $14.99

I think highlighting drops are so much fun! They are pigmented and blinding and end up even more blinding when you add a powder on top. This is the lightest shade in for this product which I appreciate because I can apply any time of the year on my pasty white skin and it still looks nice and blends in nicely. I like the formula; it has some stability so that when applied it will stay where you put it and not run all over the place. I can’t wait to use these more in the holidays to get more of an icy glow!

Mirabella Beauty; Brilliant Mineral Highlighter; Shade Swirling Pearl     Retail Price $42

So speaking of a powder highlight to make a liquid highlight pop even more here we have Mirabella Beauty! This highlighter is stunning! I have been wearing it non stop since I got it and I love how beautiful is applies to the skin. This has a very soft formula that is shimmery without being glittery. I have been enjoying it and appreciate the soft pinkish white hue going into the winter months.

Sorme Treatment Cosmetics; Brow Lift Highlighting Pencil                  Retail Price $19

Lets just start by saying, I am not a fan of brow pencils like this. I actually don’t ever use them because I don’t feel the need for them. Now when I get things like these in subscriptions I am always willing to give them a try to see if I really am missing out on a product like this. Turns out I’m not. This pencil is terrible. It swatches creamy and pigmented but when applied to the eye it gets cakey and looks messy under the brow. I am not a fan by any means and will be tossing this.

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Crown Brushes; Deluxe Badger Oval Shadow Brush      Retail Price $2.99

Yay for another brush! As you all know brushes are my favorite! I always find fun uses for any brush I get. Now the problem I have with this is the retail price listed on the website very inexpensive as are almost all crown brushes. Yes the fact sheet from Yes, Oh Yas! says this brush is $19…I am so confused! I can’t tell if they are getting it from a different retailer that would market it for so much more or what but this is really concerning when looking at the over all value of the box! Does any one know?!

 

So what is the over all value for this months box….

State value is $145

Actual value is $118.98

Yes still a great value and yes got some great products but this continues to happen and I’m just confused as to where they are getting their information when putting out values. I do really love this subscription and I am trying to keep an open mind as they are still growing and in their first year but we will see how things go.

One thing Yes, Oh Yas! advertises on IG is a subscriber loyalty box once you have completed your first full year of the subscription. My year came up in October but I forgot so I sent a message the beginning of this month and they requested an email. I emailed both the one on the website as well as the contact listed on my reoccurring emails each month and I received no response. I reached back out via IG and they said my request has been logged and that they would send out shipping details when it shipped. As I am writing this I have yet to get a shipping email but I am hoping by the time this is posted I will either have the box in hand or have tracking information. Fingers crossed as I really like this subscription and want it to be great, not a flop so we will see.

Update: The day after I finished up this post I got my shipping notification for my loyalty box! Keep an eye out for that post!

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Boxy Charm : November 2018

Boxy Charm is $21 a month for 4-5 full size products. The box is always guaranteed to a value of $100 or more each month. They offer a wide range of brands from emerging to well known. There is a beauty quiz you can take similar to Ipsy to go over your skin tone, skin type, hair color, eye color, so on and so forth. They also offer a user friendly website to allow you to review the items in your box.

Let’s dive into this month box!

I guess I forgot to take a photo of my full box  but the theme was Goal Digger and now right to the products!

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Luxie Brush’s; Luminous Eye Set Retail Price $30

First up we have these amazing brushes! Not only are they sparkly and beautiful, they are Luxie brushes so the quality is top notch. I love the sparkly handles on this set, I mean how could you not! This is a definer brush set; all of the brushes are smaller and really offer the ability to really do some nice detail work. Luxie brushes are some of my favorite and I always love getting a set of them in my subscriptions! And the best part is this set is on sale for $21!

Jonteblu Cosmetics; Glittering Star Eyeliner                                 Retail Price $5

This is a repeat brand for Boxy Charm and it’s one of the more affordable brands they work with.  This eyeliner is fun because of the glitter but personally I won’t use this. It’s too hard to keep a nice find tip on a wooden pencil like this so I struggle when using it. The glitter also makes me slightly nervous to get in my eye. Yes I’m sure it’s cosmetic grade glitter so it shouldn’t cause any damage but you still never know. For me this just isn’t a favorite.

Lashaholic Lashes Luxury False Eyelashes; Style- Instaglam                Retail Price $ 14.99

Personally I don’t wear a lot of lashes. I was blessed with long lashes that cooperate well with just mascara. I am always willing to try out a new pair of lashes, I just don’t keep good glue on hand so I am going to have to get some before I can really say a final note on these. I do like the style of these because they aren’t overly fluffy that they look fake but they also have more umpf to make the eyes pop. I did try these out with the cheap glue that I have at and they were easy to apply and looked really nice.

Ace Beaute; Grandiose Eye Shadow Palette                                                 Retail Price $24.99

This was one of the first sneak peaks from Boxy Charm and I was really excited to get this palette! The shades and pan sizes alone really drew me in and I love how warm and cozy the shade range is. Perfect for the holidays!. These shadows are super pigmented and stunning on the eyes. The only think I wish this palette had was a deep brown to help deepen up the outer corners, but other than that I really love this palette and have been using it often since I got it!

Cover FX; Glitter Drops; Shade- Nova                                                      Retail Price $44

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the sheer, stunning beauty of this product?!

I mean really these are fabulous! This shade is a holiday exclusive and was the best addition into our box this month! One of the main reasons I love subscriptions like Boxy Charm is I get to try out incredible products like these glitter drops without having to pay the full price tag! Personally I would never have gotten these for myself so I was so excited when they came in our box this month! I was worried that these would be almost too dark for my skin tone given the gold color and my very, very pale complexion, however I wore them to and even this last weekend and they were stunning! I only had to use a small amount and it really blended out nicely with my finger. I can’t wait to use this in the summer for an all over glow and during the holiday’s to add some extra spakle!

That concludes my Boxy Charm box for the month of November. The over all retail value came to…

$118.98

Killing it yet again on with the value and keeping all of us charmers glowing and looking fabulous! I am so excited for the up coming Boxy Luxe! They put out a video of all of the products we will be getting in the December box and I am so thrilled!

Boxy Charm is also running a deal right now called the Best of Boxy for the holidays. There is no subscription required and you have the option of three different boxes. If you love surprises you might love getting or giving one of these surprise boxes full of make up. The three box break down is 18 products for $99, 8 products for $79 and 7 products for $59, all with free shipping. The $99 box obviously has the most bang for your buck will give you the best value. If you give one of these a try let me know what you think down in the comments!

 

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Ipsy Review : October 2018

For those of you who don’t know about this subscription bag it is  $10 and contain 5 deluxe size samples (and sometimes full size products)  each month.

Ipsy starts with a beauty quiz that asks you questions about different things you like as well as your different features (i.e. Blonde hair, green eyes, fair skin). Each month you also can review the products your received; so if you love something you let them know and if you hate something you let them know.

Lets get into this months bag!

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This months bag is adorable with the slightly embossed mask in the red pleather. I really love it and think it’ll be so much fun to pack with me for the holidays.

Tarte Cosmetic’s; Shape Tape Contour Concealer; Shade- 12N

I was so excited when I saw the spoilers had come out for this month’s bag and I was getting Tarte Shape Tape! I have wanted to try this for so long but haven’t taken the plunge to spend the full price on a tube but now after trying it I really think I will. I now understand what all the hype is about! Even though this isn’t the best shade for me I’m still able to make it work and I’m so impressed. The consistency isn’t super thick and isn’t terribly thin and it also blends out amazingly! I love how well it wears through the day and I was impressed by the fact that when I went to wipe off the swatch on my hand it took some work for it to come off fully! A total win for this months bag!

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SL Miss Glam; L50 Sparkle Eye Blender

As I have repeated so many times in the past I absolutely love getting brushes in my subscriptions and SL Miss Glam Brushes are some of my favorites! First off they are absolutely adorable in presentation and secondly they are amazing quality! I firmly believe having great tools will help you accomplish great looks!

 

 

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Yensa; Tone Up Primer Essential Glow

With glowy primers I am always a little cautious because I do have oily skin and it makes me nervous that I’ll end up a grease ball at the end of the day but that wasn’t the case with this primer! It actually was really nice and gave my skin a simple and healthy glow. I really like this but I don’t know that I would purchase it in the full size just because I don’t think anything can replace my Too Faced Peach Primer!

 

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The Olive Garden; Aphordite; Olive Oil Face Mask

This is an interesting face mask. It reminds me of a very basic and simple mask that helps to clean pores and leaves you face feeling really smooth. It has a great fresh scent that is very mild and the consistency reminds me almost of a creamy soap or like a cream cleanser. I do really like how easy this is and how mild it seemed to be on my skin. As we all know skin care products are hard to review unless you have been testing them out for a period of time but I think it’s fun to try out these kinds of samples!

 

City Color Cosmetics; Glow Pro Stellar Highlighter; Shade-Nebula

This is a fun highlighter to get in the bag this month given that it’s the month of Halloween and this would go great with any of those fun costume type makeup looks but that’s about it! This highlight does have a lot of blue glitter in it and I’m not the biggest fan of glittery highlights especially when it’s a different color. As you can see this is super blinding and is going to be fun to include in a Halloween look! After all we are talking about being trolls for Halloween at work!

 

And just like that another month of Ipsy has come and gone! It’s crazy to think but coming up in December I will have been subscribed to Ipsy for two whole years! Crazy I tell ya! But I love how inexpensive this one is and all of the fun items we get to try each month!

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Yes, Oh Yas! : October 2018

Yes, Oh Yas! is a new monthly subscription box ! They offer 3-7 full size products each month for $14.99 plus $3.99 shipping. This box allows you to discover new make up and beauty brands.

Yes, Oh Yas! actually reached out to me to become an affiliate for their subscription box.  They did give me a code to share with you all for 10% off you first box.

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CODE: CURVYE

I will always keep my opinions on the products honest, true and my own.

Lets dive into this months box!

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Just as they have promised for this year so far we have gotten a palette in every box for almost all of this year and it’s been so much fun! This month’s theme was “Resting Witch Face” because after all Halloween is right around the corner!

IBY Beauty; City Limits Palette                                                                    Retail Price $20

I was so excited for this beauty to come in the mail! Not only does it have a lot of shades I don’t normally use on the daily, but if it was anything like the Desert Vibes palette we had gotten a couple months ago I knew the shadow’s would be creamy, buttery and full of pigment! This palette did not disappoint! I have used it two or three times now and the blendablility is amazing and there is a nice range of matte and shimmer shades! I am in love with the deep matte blue in the bottom corner but I just haven’t figured out how I want to incorporate it into a look just yet. This is very much a fall palette too with a lot of the deep and jewel tone shades! This palette is totally worth it and my favorite item from the bag this month!

Stiks Cosmetiks; Lip+Cheek+Eye Stiks; Shade- Tangerine                           Retail Price $18

Talk about an odd component for a lipstick! But it’s so interesting to me! I love the idea of the easy open cap and I’m curious to try the strange shape to see how easy it is to apply. When looking at the website this shade wasn’t listed but I wonder it’s either a new shade coming out or possibly a discontinued shade. Either way it’s really pretty but too orange for me. I may have to pass this one along to someone who will actually wear it but for the most part it is a really pretty and creamy formula. It definitely has a satin finish and is a pigmented lip color.

Mirabella Beauty; Visionary Long Wear Eyeshadow-Shade Charmed                             Retail Price $29 (on sale for $10)

This eyeshadow has the most interesting texture! It’s like a mouse! I was so surprised when I opened it up just because I wasn’t expecting it but I love it! The shade is stunning! It’s a soft pinky lilac with the slightest pink shimmer in it. I tested this out as a blush just because to me it’s more of a blush color rather than an eyeshadow shade and it’s beautiful! It melts into the skin and stays put. I think this is so interesting and is so much fun. Now would I go out a buy one full price, probably not, but will I use this until it dries out, you bet!

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Skone Cosmetics; Smudger Brush            Retail Price $12

Yay for brushes! I think I have gotten a Skone brush in the past and they are really nice quality. This smudger brush is a nice addition to my collection just for the fact that it really will help my lower lash line game. I’m not the most comfortable with my lower lash line but I fee a lot better when I have the right tools!

 

 

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NCLA Beauty; Nail Lacquers; Shade- I Been Drinkin’                      Retail Price $16

Nail polish is always fun to get in boxes but to be honest now that I do my own gel nails this isn’t something I’m going to be using very much. I will probably hang on to it and possibly use it on my toes in the future for the spring and summer just because of how bright the shade is but it is fun. I also love the name of this shade, I mean it doesn’t get cuter than that.

 

 

And that wraps up my Yes, Oh Yas! box for the month of October! Again they are struggling with their values compared to what the website for each product states. This month thankfully the value is still there for the box.

The stated value is $116

Actual Value is $95

So still great value but lacking in the accuracy. I know they are a growing brand and a growing subscription but I really which they would take into account that they aren’t reflecting correct values.

Remember you can get 10% off your first box using code

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And using this link Yes, Oh Yas!

I do make a small commission if you choose to sign up through my link and using my code. If you’re not a fan of affiliate codes you can use the link at the top of the post to sign up too! I promise I will always keep my opinions honest and my own about the products I receive and this subscription!

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Boxy Charm : October 2018

Boxy Charm is $21 a month for 4-5 full size products. The box is always guaranteed to a value of $100 or more each month. They offer a wide range of brands from emerging to well known. There is a beauty quiz you can take similar to Ipsy to go over your skin tone, skin type, hair color, eye color, so on and so forth. They also offer a user friendly website to allow you to review the items in your box.

 

Let’s get into this months box!

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This months theme is Alter Ego! There were a lot of good products this month!

Pur The Complexion Authority; Midnight Masquerade Palette          Retail Price $38

This palette is absolutely gorgeous! I’m not the biggest fan of the shade selection but this is very fun and on trend for fall with all of these jewel tones. I personally would have loved to get one or two more matte shade rather than a mirror. The formula is however very buttery and pigmented. The “bronzer” shade is way to shimmery for me to use as an actual bronzer but it does look pretty as an eye shadow as does the deep berry shade blush. The only issue I have when using them as an eyeshadow is there is a lot of fallout. Other than that this palette is really nice and the highlighter is stunning!

IT Cosmetics – Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara                   Retail Price $24

I think I just found my new favorite mascara! First off it has the brush I like! And secondly the formula is fantastic! It’s not super liquidy and it’s also not super thick. It’s actually the perfect consistency! This really defines my lashes and gives me so much length it’s really becoming one of my favorites.

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Dermovia – Lace A Peel Black Bamboo Charcoal Peel Off Mask  Retail Price $30

This face mask is pretty awesome! I have always wanted to try one of these with the cool mask that covers your whole face and then wraps up around your ears and beyond. I’m going to try and convince my husband to try it with me because it came with two masks but we will see! I am really looking forward to how this works with my skin! But really cool none the less!

 

 

Kat Von D; Everlasting Liquid Lipstick; Shade-Lovesick                                  Retail Price $20

I think this was probably the item I was most excited for in the box this month! I had gotten a sample of this exact lipstick, shade and everything, and I used about half of the sample size and then lost the lipstick! I was super disappointed and just never could bring myself to buy the full size. So when this was the shade I was getting in my box I was so incredibly excited! I love everything about it! the formula is comfortable and long lasting. It also dries down really matte without being overly dry! I just love everything about it and this shade is such and everyday shade for me! In Love!

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Farmacy Beauty – Green Clean                  Retail Price $34

I have always wanted to try a cleansing balm just because I think they are fun and I used to use the Ponds Cold Cream back in the day as a cleansing cream so this was a great addition to the box for me.  I love the fresh clean smell of it! There is a slightly strange texture when using this but I really do like it. This is truly more of a balm rather than a cream like I have used in the past but it’s just and adjustment getting used to it! However I do like how easily it cuts through my make up and takes it off. This is a nice prep step before cleansing.

And that concludes the October Boxy Charm. There were some really great products in this months box! And the value is always top notch! This months box was valued at:

$146

Again this box is only $21 a month! You just can’t beat the overall value on this box! I’m so looking forward to the coming months and the next Boxy Luxe coming in December!

 

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Boxy Charm : September 2018

Boxy Charm is $21 a month for 4-5 full size products. The box is always guaranteed to a value of $100 or more each month. They offer a wide range of brands from emerging to well known. There is a beauty quiz you can take similar to Ipsy to go over your skin tone, skin type, hair color, eye color, so on and so forth. They also offer a user friendly website to allow you to review the items in your box.

This month was completely different for Boxy Charm! They launched what’s called Boxy Luxe! This is an additional $28.99 every quarter and on top of the $21. Then every quarter we get to this upgraded box with 3 of the main products from the regular box plus 8 additional full size products!!! A total of 11 products and the estimated value is supposed to be over $300 I believe.

Now when this upgraded box launched it was terrible! The site crashed right away and the email they were supposed to send out at 9 am EST. was delayed and it was just a nightmere. A lot of subscribers were really upset but I found that if I just get trying and checking back that after two hours I finally got through and got my confirmation! I was so excited! P.S. I live on the west coast and I was up at 6 am trying to make sure I got in on this and finally just before 8 am I got in! Dedication…or crazy…you decided!

Now for the products!

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This was a bonus so to speak! Every Boxy Luxe subscriber got this adorable tote back! And believe it or not it’s a really nice quality tote. It’s not like the cheap kind of bags it’s very sturdy and a nice size as well.

 

Pretty Vulgar; Nightingale Smokey Eyeshadow Palette                        Retail Price $35

Pretty Vulgar has just adorable products and packaging. I love that she shadows are in the shape of the bird cage. They are also really high quality shadows! When I swatched these on my arm I was surprised at how pigmented and smooth they were! They also apply to the eyes beautifully! This kind of palette is more outside of my comfort zone with the dark and deep shades for the smokey eye’s but I love it! I have used it  few times since I got it and I think it’s stunning on the eyes!

Tarte Cosmetics; Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette                               Retail Price $45

This palette was the first sneak peak and made me the most excited for the Boxy Luxe! I have always wanted to try this out and I was so excited for it! And for good reason this face palette is stunning! The shades are creamy, buttery and apply smoothly! I haven’t used the highlight shades as much as I have used the bronzer shades but I really love the variety! There is a more pink under tone light powder and a more yellow undertone light powder, as well as two shimmer bronzers and two matte bronzers. They apply beautifully to the skin and I love the smell of tart palettes! Yes I said smell. If you ever notice they all seem to have a vanilla scent to them!

Juice Beauty; Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer                       Retail Price $70

This stuff is amazing! It’s thick and really sinks into my skin! I also love that is has a full cap pump (I didn’t take a photo of) because it allows you to not get too much and it’s really hygienic. I was so surprised to see a high quality skin care product in the box and I really love this cream! I have been using at night because I ran out of my other night mask I like and this has made my skin feel soft and supple every morning.

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Luxie; 732- Airbrush Foundation Brush        Retail Price $38

There are days when I ask myself, do I really need another brush? And then I laugh and say I need to stop being so negative! I love this brush! It’s super luxe feeling when you use it! I haven’t used it for foundation yet but I did us it to lightly try out a contour and WOW did it back on the color! Luxie has super high quality. Now that being said I really don’t think this brush is worth this price tag. There are so many other high quality options for foundation brushes out there you really don’t need this one.

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Alamar Cosmetics- Ojitos Brush Set      Retail Price $18

And look at that! More brushes!!! I love little sets like this. They are great for quick looks or for traveling. I love that Boxy Charm is working with indi-brands like Alamar! It really does say a lot about the company! These are really nice brushes and the shader brush is amazing for packing color on the lid! I have been using it non-stop since I got it! Great little eye brush set!

 

Smashbox- Limited Edition Photo Finish Primer Water                              Retail Price $32

Another awesome product I was so looking forward to trying! I have loved using this! I actually do notice that I don’t get super oiling in the afternoon which is surprising to me but I love it! The only thing I’m sad about is the scent I got…I got Serene Greens which stinks. Ok, ok, ok, it’s not that bad but I really don’t like the cucumber veggie smell. I really wish I would have gotten the coconut one but at least I got a chance to give this product a go!

Laura Geller- Baked Blush -N- Brighten                                               Retail Price $28

A beautiful blush! This blush is stunning! Not to mention it’s the perfect color for me! It has a beautiful pinky/peachy color with some shimmer to it! It applies really nicely to the face and I love that I can build it up if I want too. The only thing is it has a lot of kick back when I dip my brush in but I find that to be normal with baked products.

Hank & Henry- Liquid Lipstick; Shade- Petal Pusher                            Retail Price $17

I couldn’t find this lipstick on the Hank & Henry website to link. This is a really nice liquid lip. The formula doesn’t dry down super matte but it is very comfortable! I really like the shade as well. It’s the perfect transition shade from summer to fall. I also think the packaging is adorable looking like a bullet lipstick but is actually a liquid.

Sol De Janiero; Inpanema Sunset Glow Oil                                           Retail Price $35

In looking at this product online I wasn’t sure that I would like it just because it looked so dark in the packaging. But once I put a bit on the back of my hand and spread it around I was so surprised at how stunning it applied! As you can see on the back of my hand there is so much glow! I cannot wait to use this in the coming summer to apply all over my body! I also want to mention that this product is HUGE! I was not expecting this to be such a generous size but none the less it’s amazing! A great value!

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R+Co – Death Valley Dry Shampoo- Travel Size Retail Price $17

Even though this isn’t a full size item it is still a really great size! I have only used this a couple of times but it works well as a dry shampoo! There is a slight fragrance to it but nothing too over powering! I am excited to take this with me in the coming weekends when I am out of town!

 

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The Vintage Cosmetic Company- Dolly Bow Make-Up Head Band          Retail Price $4.99

How stinkin’ cute is this head band! I was so excited to get this in the box! I always need something to keep my hair out of my face and this was the perfect solution! I also love that it’s pink with poka-dots!

 

 

 

And with that I we come to the end of the first Boxy Luxe box! I am so impressed! I feel that this was so worth the money and the wait time! Now for the over all value of the box

339.99!!!!!!

I mean wow!!! So totally worth it! I cannot wait to see what the next Boxy Luxe holds in December! What was your favorite product from your Boxy Charm this month? Did you get in on the Boxy Luxe? Leave me a comment!

 

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Yes, Oh Yas! : September 2018

Yes, Oh Yas! is a new monthly subscription box ! They offer 3-7 full size products each month for $14.99 plus $3.99 shipping. This box allows you to discover new make up and beauty brands.

Yes, Oh Yas! actually reached out to me to become an affiliate for their subscription box.  They did give me a code to share with you all for 10% off you first box.

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CODE: CURVYE

I will always keep my opinions on the products honest, true and my own.

So lets get into this months box!

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This month was themed “Believe in Unicorns”! All based on Naked Cosmetics palette.

Naked Cosmetics Holographic Highlighter                                   Retail Price $39.99

A fun palette yes. Worth the price tag no. And actually the price on the card in the box was listed as less than this so that’s a good start to this box! I do think this is a fun palette but this isn’t practical. I think it’ll be fun to create looks for Halloween which is coming up and festival season but that’s over. One thing that did surprise me was on line the photos of this palette made it seem a lot bigger than it actually is. I was thinking these were really big pan sizes and a good amount of product for the price but I was mistaken. The formula on these is really nice and the shades are very blinding-great highlights. I just don’t think this is realistic.

Chella Beauty; Matte Lipstick; Shade Wodrous Wine                                        Retail Price $20

Holy MINT! This lip pencil has such a potent mint scent it’s so difficult to look past it and see that this is a nice and smooth formula and a really beautiful color! I like that this comes off as more of a lip stain than a lipstick. It does hold up for most of the day and I really like how thin the formula is for an ever day lipstick. This color is the perfect fall color as well but I really don’t think this pencil is worth $20…I mean really you still have to sharpen it. I really don’t like Chella Products and I’m hoping all subscriptions will stop using them!

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Aesthetica Pro Brush Series; 3-Piece Eyeliner, Brow and Spoolie Set                           Retail Price $45

This set came in a different box for me a couple months ago and these are really nice brushes! I don’t think they are $45 kind of brushes but I do really like them. I don’t normally do gel liner but I do enjoy playing around with it so I find this to be fun. The spoolie is the brush I get the most use out of. From brushing through my brows to sweeping away mascara that when where it’s not supposed to the spoolie really does the trick. As for the brow brush I don’t use a brow pomade so I end up using this with eyeshadow trying out fun and goofy eye looks!

 

Glo Stix; Semi- Matte Liquid Lipstick; Shade Honey Bun                            Retail Price $18

This is a beautiful liquid lip! It has a really nice  mousey consistency but it applies beautifully. I’m not the biggest fan of the applicator because it’s a longer and stiffer doefoot. But other than that I really like this lipstick. It can stain a little just because it is a darker color but it wears just about the same as many of my other liquid lips. It wears off throughout the day mainly in the center with eating and drinking but that’s normal to me. I like this product but I wouldn’t write home about it or go out and purchase another one any time soon.

 

And with that I conclude my Yes, Oh YAS! box for the month. It wasn’t my favorite box but it did have some good items and the over al value came in much more accurate this month with a value of

$122.99

This is actually more than what they advertised and that’s because the price listed for the highlighter palette was incorrect. I still cannot figure out if they just aren’t doing the research to make sure their value and pricing is correct or if they are getting the information from the brands. Either way from month to month it has so much variation! I am holding off an giving you my link again until I can be sure they have figured this out. The link listed above is direct to the website and I do not make any money off of it or the code that they gave me. The code is strictly just for you to save some money on your first box. I hope you enjoyed this month’s box! They have already sneaked the palette for next month and I am super excited to give it a try so keep an eye out for next month!

 

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Ipsy Review : September

For those of you who don’t know about this subscription bag it is  $10 and contain 5 deluxe size samples (and sometimes full size products)  each month.

Ipsy starts with a beauty quiz that asks you questions about different things you like as well as your different features (i.e. Blonde hair, green eyes, fair skin). Each month you also can review the products your received; so if you love something you let them know and if you hate something you let them know.

Lets get into this months bag!

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The bag this month was a super cute black and champagne colored canvas material with these adorable lashes on them! I think this is super adorable!

Now for the products!

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The Crème Shop; 2-in-1 Facial Foaming Cleanser

Cleansers are fun to get in bags to try out and see how you like them. I always enjoy the ones that foam up because I like that I can see it working on my face. The Crème Shop offers a few different options for this facial cleanser and this one happens to be the brightening version. I find it hard to really give thoughts on skin care just because it takes time to really make a difference in how my skin looks so I will use this and maybe update later on if this is really great or really terrible for that matter.

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Luxie Beauty; #140 Tappered Blender

YAY! for another brush! This is a unique brush for my collection as I don’t normally gravitate toward these kind of blenders but I am always down to give it a shot. Luxie is a super nice brand and this brush alone is $20 so that in itself makes Ipsy so worth it!

 

Benefit Cosmetic’s; Hoola Matte Bronzer

I was so excited to get this in the bag this month. I have always wanted to give this bronzer a try but never wanted to spend the full amount on it. This is a really nice sample too coming in this cute plastic, snap closure packaging. The formula on this is really nice and smooth and creamy. And a little bit goes a really long way which I appreciate because this sample will last me some time! The only thing I’m not liking about this is that it does come off a little orangey/warm on my skin. I think this might because I’m starting to pale out now that we are in the fall weather but I will still use it. It applies beautifully to the skin and lasts through out the day!

Trestique; Mini Lip Glaze; Shade- Mumbai Magenta

In past months we have gotten pencils from Trestique before and they are really nice and creamy. I think this is a super fun color but kind of wish I would have gotten the other color option because it was more of a dark berry color which I love to wear in the fall. This is fun but will be more of a spring/summer color for me.

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Elizabeth Mott; Thank Me Later Mattifying Face Primer

I enjoy trying out new primers and this one is really nice! I was so impressed with how this actually keeps my face semi matte through out the day and I was pleasantly surprised that my foundation around my nose and mouth didn’t break up like it can during the day sometimes. This does have a silicony consistency which I’m not totally a fan of but I really like this and it was nice to take with me while I was traveling this last weekend!

 

 

And that concludes my Ipsy glam bag for the month of September! I really love my bag this month! Ipsy has been one of my favorite subscriptions and it just keeps getting better. They even announced that in the coming future they are releasing a full size product box that will be $25 a month. I’m not sure if I want to get that one too but I will think about it and let you all know when it becomes available.

What did you get in your bag this month? Have you seen the new full size box that’s supposed to come out? Are you going to subscribe? Leave me a comment below!

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Boxy Charm : August 2018

Boxy Charm is $21 a month for 4-5 full size products. The box is always guaranteed to a value of $100 or more each month. They offer a wide range of brands from emerging to well known. There is a beauty quiz you can take similar to Ipsy to go over your skin tone, skin type, hair color, eye color, so on and so forth. They also offer a user friendly website to allow you to review the items in your box.

Lets get into this months box!

img_1721The theme this month was Life of the Party! This was to highlight the palette included this month called party animal!

Now for the goods!

Laura Lee Los Angeles; Party Animal Pressed Pigment Palette           Retail Price $19

Frist off I want to say that Boxy Charm is killing it! A couple of months ago they had a palette that was created by one of their very own employee’s and this month they have included a palette from a YouTube creator which I think is a first! I think it’s so awesome that Laura Lee was able to partner with Boxy Charm with this new palette and I am so excited we received it this month! Now I know a lot of people won’t like this because it’s not very wearable and it’s super bright and “out there” but isn’t that the fun of getting new things in subscriptions to try them out and if you like the brand try more from the brand? I am really excited for this because it gives me an option to play with more color and I really like the pink and blues and purples for a look. This really makes me want to be more creative! I do have to work harder to figure out how to work with the yellow and orange just because these aren’t colors I use regularly and aren’t my favorite to be experimental with any way but I am really looking forward to experimenting. Now when I swatched these shadows they felt slightly stiff. The pigment is there but the texture is just off for some reason. These don’t feel as creamy and buttery as other shadows I have played with and the purple swatched funny on my hand. I’m hoping to play with this over the weekend when I don’t have any where to be so I can see if I can pull off a really beautiful and colorful look. I will try to put in an update if I have created a look using palette.

Adesse New York; Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil                                           Retail Price $18.00

This was kind of a different addition to the box this month. We don’t normally get nail care items but I was really excited for this. I have recently started doing my own nails (look for a post about this coming soon) and I absolutely love putting on a cuticle oil to help my nail beds clean up a bit nicer. For some reason now that I have just my natural nails I find that I have more areas where my cuticles ripe and tear. But I’m hoping that in a few months my nails will start to grown out nice and my cuticles will be looking fresh and nice!

Bang Beauty; Gel Eyeliner; Shade-Chocolate                                        Retail Price $22

I’m not really the biggest fan of gel liners but I’m always willing to give them a try. I like the fact that this isn’t the standard black eyeliner like we usually get in subscriptions. The only thing that was kind of concerning with this is the formula was kind of stiff and when I put my finger in it to get a feel for it I was hoping it would be creamier. And as you can see in the swatch above it came off a little patchy. I am going to try and see if this just needs to be warmed up some to give it the max pigment pay out so we will see. This is something else I will try and update once I have played with it some.

House of Lashes; Siren                                                                                    Retail Price $9

These are not my favorite. I am not much of a lash wearer but if I can find some that are easy to use and look nice then I will always give them a shot. These, however are not worth the time if you are an inexperienced lash wearer like I am. They have a very thin, clear band that is hard to get set on the lash line. I also don’t like the shape of these because they look like I am wearing fake lashes and I have a hard time getting them to blend into my natural lashes. I personally don’t like playing with lashes much and when they are hard to apply like these I really don’t like them. I’ll just stick with my blessed natural lashes and mascara.

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Wander Beauty; Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks                     Retail Price $13

Yay for fun masks! With items like these I don’t normally buy them for myself so when I get them in subscriptions I get super excited. These are super fun and luxe! The gold foiling on the off side is awesome, I feel so bougie. I did get a chance to try them out and I really like how they made my under eyes feel. I looked more awake and super hydrated.

 

Smashbox Cosmetics; Be Legendary Lipstick; Shade- Mulberry              Retail Price $21

I was super excited to get this lipstick in the box this month! There were a few other options I could have gotten and I’m really glad this is the one I got! It’s a really wearable color with a nice cream finish. I think this is going to be my go to color for the fall for a wearable look. The formula is really smooth and the lipstick glides on without any skipping or tugging on my lips. I now understand all of the hype with these lipsticks and maybe in the future I may try another shade.

 

And with that I conclude my Boxy Charm for the month of August! I have really been loving all the new items that are coming out and heading into the holiday season I can’t wait to see what we have coming our way!

The value of my box this month is:

$102

Again well worth the value and a great subscription box to get. If you have been even considering getting Boxy Charm, take the plunge and get it! It’s well worth the money and gives you an opportunity to try different brands and products that we don’t normally get to try.

Boxy Charm is also coming out with a new Boxy Luxe edition that will come out every quarter and if I understand it correctly would be $28 on top of the $21 for the month but would have a value of $300 or more. The first one comes out in September so I will check it out and see what it’s all about.

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