Makeup Monday – Catch Up Review

Marvelous Monday my Makeup loving friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I got my October BoxyCharm box this weekend and I can’t wait to share with you what I got. But first, I have to finish my reviews for the September box. This is going to be a bit of a long post and I apologize.

I’m going to start with the Violet Voss – Essentials Eyeshadow Palette. I was not super excited about this palette. I am a much more neutral kind of gal. I did attempt a look and wanted to share it with you though.

It was not bad but it was hard for me to work with the colors. I am going to continue to try. Now that fall is here I’m hoping the purple and the orange shades will come in handy. The colors were all very pigmented and long lasting on my eyes. The palette itself I would give πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5 review but for me personally this is a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„.

Since I just discussed eyeshadow I should mention my review for the MODA – 5-pc Brush Kit.

I really liked these brushes. I have not used them as much as I would like to. I will say though they are soft and fluffy. I have had some brushes that were scratchy on my eyelids lately and these definitely were not. I also am just getting used to using a fluffy brush for my crease and I really liked how this brush worked. They are all marked with what they should be used for and I like that. It helped me try new brushes in new areas. Do you ever get stuck in a routine for brushes and wonder if maybe there is a better tool out there you haven’t tried yet. I feel like these brushes were a better tool and I am glad IΒ  tried. I plan to continue to use them and try to get some of their face brushes as well.

I am going to give these a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β of 5. Highly recommend giving them a try!

Next up we have MAC – Frost Lipstick CB96. Well folks, partly I am too old for frosty lipsticks and secondly this color was not meant for me.

I might try it again with a much more subtle makeup look and let this be the only pop of color. It is definitely a pretty shade. The pigment was very real. The color stayed on my lips all day but it also got on everything else along the way. My poor water bottle may never be the same. The lipstick was however the soft moisturizing feel that you will almost always find with MAC. I do wish it was a more flattering shade but like I said, perhaps if I get a tan or do a more subtle makeup I could make it better. As a product I’m giving this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5 but for me and my skin tone, I am giving this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5.

Finally, I am going to tell you all about the Laura Geller – Baked Gellato Swirl Illuminator.

This was probably my favorite item out of the box and with a $26 price tag, this makes the box a success in my book. The texture is very soft. Goes on powdery but does feel like a velvety cream. The glow is just so soft and perfect for an all the time use. I have used this every day since the first day I tried it and I can say this will be my go-to until I run out or until I get a new one I have to try through BoxyCharm! I love a little highlighter. This is also gentle enough you could use it all over to add just a little bit of glow to your face. I think you will agree if you give it a try. This product is definitely a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5 for me. Laura Geller has some great products and I hope I get some more in future boxes.

Overall, September’s box is going to be a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β and a half πŸ’„Β for me. I think I had some products that were not so great but I had some products that were great. Do you subscribe? Have you thought about subscribing? Are there other products you would be interested in me reviewing? Let me know!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

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Makeup Monday Review – Dr. Brandt Hidro Biotic

Marvelous Monday Makeup Fans,

I have been going and going lately. It’s been so busy. I have, however, been using this product for the week.

This was one of the products that I was most excited about from my September BoxyCharm box. The smell is very mild. To me this is a similar smell to other gel type moisturizers.

You only need to use a very small amount for your entire face. It feels very soft and refreshing when I apply it. I will say when I wake up in the morning my face feels slightly sticky which is not a real big deal.

After using this product for about a week and a half I will say it’s a good moisturizer but I don’t really see any major difference in my face. I can’t justify spending $52 for this product. I am going to continue using it and I will update this post when the bottle is gone. For now I’m going to give this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ out of 5. It’s not bad but the cost is far too rich for me!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Makeup Monday – September BoxyCharm Box Review

It’s that time of the month. We have a new box. I do kind of hate that I get it towards the middle/end of the month instead of the beginning of the month but I’m still really glad I get the box at all.

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Seeing this is the mail just makes me happy! It makes my husband smile too because he knows he is not actually spending that much to make me happy and I get new makeup every month!

The theme this month is All Access:

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I couldn’t exactly figure out the theme. I think maybe exclusive products was what they were going for? I’m not really sure. Let’s get into what we really want to know!

What did I get and what is the value?

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In my box this month was the following:

Violet Voss – Essentials Eyeshadow Palette – MSRP $29.00

Dr Brandt – Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask – MSRP $52.00

MODA – 5 PC Brush Kit – $27.95

MAC – Frost Lipstick CB 96 – $18.50

Laura Geller – Baked Gellato Swirl Illuminator – $26.00

Total MSRP – $153.45

This month, I am most excited about the Dr. Brandt sleeping mask. It is more like a moisturizer than a mask. I can’t wait to try it and tell you all about it.

I am least excited about the eyeshadow palette. I have received a number of eyeshadow palettes from BoxyCharm and I was really hoping to receive a different face palette this month. I am also a very neutral kind of girl and Violet Voss is definitely not known for neutrals.

As always if you would like to sign up for BoxyCharm, you can use my link below. There are some new things coming to the company in the coming months. It is growing and honestly I think the value of this service is only going to continue to improve.

https://www.boxycharm.com/refer/Becky-WWZCHHXT

I’m going to give this box a first impression score of πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„out of 5.

Can’t wait to tell you guys how the products actually work!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Makeup Monday – Steve Laurent Lip Pencil

Marvelous Monday all!

I am currently traveling for work so forgive me any typos in the blog this week! So much to do and never enough time. Am I right? I know, I know get to the makeup!

I think I mentioned when I got my Boxy Charm box that this was one of the items I was least excited about.

It’s not that I have anything against the brand. I have never actually tried the brand. I just moved away from lip pencils around 2000 unless I am wearing a red lip look and I’m worried about it bleeding through above my lips. So while I wasn’t excited, I did try it. Here’s proof:

Another funny story, I put my lips on after I get to work! What can I say, I like to kiss my husband so my look is never fully finished until I get to the office.

As you can see from the pic the pencils went on very smooth. The formula did not try out my lips. I’m not sure it really helped my lip look but it was ok to use.

The lip pencil is in my lip bag and it will stay there. I will continue to use it when I use nude shades.

I’m going to give this πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ out of 5. It’s a good product I just don’t use it often. Sorry I couldn’t give a better review friends. Next week we are going to talk about some fun shadows!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Makeup Monday Review – Tarte Big Ego Mascara

Marvelous Monday Makeup Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I know I did. The hubs and I went fishing. This was the first time I have been fishing in I can’t tell you how many years and it had been quite a while for my man as well. We had a blast though. It made for some really great relaxing time for the two of us. I’ll tell you more about it and post some pics soon. Today, however, I know you are all only interested in the makeup so I’m going to give you what you came here for.

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As part of my August BoxyCharm, I received this mascara. I like to try new types of mascara because as I have aged and my hormones have changed, my eyelashes have definitely thinned. I like to find something that makes them full and long without weighing them down or being to clunky on my eyes.

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This formula felt nice going on. I really liked the brush. The shape was nice to enhance each individual lash. The formula was not too thin or too thick. It was very nice going on.

You can see on the left picture above, I had one eye with mascara and one eye without. It was very obvious that this mascara helped. The other pic included my bottom lashes. I did like how it coated those lashes without too much clumping.

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This was one day that I was able to do a beautiful complete eye look. I was really happy with it.

Now for the downside, by the end of the day, EVERY day, this mascara has flaked off of my lashes. I have little clumps of mascara under my eyes and all the way down my face. I wear glasses so I don’t rub my eyes throughout the day, I try to just leave them alone. This mascara seemed to dry out so much throughout the day that I couldn’t really bring myself to get behind it. I have continued to use it and I will use it until it’s gone or another 5 months whichever comes sooner because well, it’s expensive mascara and I like to use what I have. I will tell you however, this is one of those much better suited for a night out than a full day of makeup.

As mentioned this mascara with a $23 price point is definitely a more expense mascara than I would just try on my own. I am always so glad for my subscription box because it does allow me to try higher end items without paying as much for them.

Overall, I am going to give this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5. It has some fine qualities but it is also lacking in some areas. With a cost of almost twice as much as most mascara out there that works really well. I just can’t go over that score.

Love and Γ°ΒŸΒ’Β„,

Becky

Makeup Monday Review – Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

Magnificent Monday my makeup addict friends!

This weekend I spent some great time with my family and got beat up in my Krav Maga classes. I was not ready to start the week I assure you! But as we all know, the show must go on!

Today we are talking about Becca Hydra-Mist.

This was part of my August BoxyCharm box. I read the reviews and they all talked about this “wet” feeling when you put the powder on. I was intrigued to say the least.

I don’t normally use an expensive finishing powder I use something inexpensive and don’t really have like a “go-to” product right now. Well, that has all changed! This is the most amazing powder I have ever used. It is so cooling and soft going on my face. It lasts for hours without the need for touch ups.

The price point on this is $39. I don’t think at that price I would be able to use it all the time as my daily powder but I could see using this for sure through the summer months. There are two different shades. The shade must have been on the box because the container does not have shade info. It is light however near translucent.

This was a pic after being outside on a very humid day. A little shine on my nose but overall my makeup stayed in place. I am giving this product πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ out of 5 for sure!

I am now on the hunt for a dupe also because that price point makes me a little sad!

I hope you all have an awesome week!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Makeup Monday Review – Wander Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil

Marvelous Monday Makeup Friends,

I hope your weekend was wonderful. Mine was hot. Just really really hot! Anyone else ready for fall?

On to more fun topics! Today we are talking about this face oil. I have recently become a fan of face oils and this one is pretty good. It can be used as a moisturizing primer which is how I have used it. It has a rose oil scent to it. This product is not too thick but it is also not too thin and watery. The oil definitely absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves it feeling hydrated and not an oily icky feeling.

You can see from the above photos how it looks and get a good idea of the consistency. The smell is pleasant and not overbearing. As I was using this it reminded me of something I was already using Physicians Formula Rose’ All Day oil free face serum.

I bought the Rose’ All Day as a sample size to try. I heard serums were good for my skin type! This has the same consistency, same scent and honestly makes my face feel soft and moisturized.

Overall I have been very happy about the οΏΌGlow Ahead product. I will continue using for sure! As a full size product I anticipate this lasting at least a couple of months based on the amount I use each day.

I am going to give this oil πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ out of 5. I will say though if a $15.99 price tag sounds more appealing than the $42.00 MSRP you might want to try the Rose’ All Day!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky