Happy Monday! New makeup is so fun. It truly is one of my favorite things. Is it time to rewrite that song yet? Just kidding don’t mess with the classics people!
My July BoxyCharm box arrived and I was super stoked to open it up and see all the goodies. I love that they give a sneak peek of your box but there is always one thing that they keep a secret. Not sure why but it makes it so much more exciting to open the box. Perhaps next month, I will try and not view the sneak peek email. Do we think I can resist? We shall see, won’t we friends.
So here was my grand un-boxing. I’ll give you the breakdown of my items.
Elemis – Superfood Vital Veggie Mask – $35.00
Butter London – Natural Goddess Eyeshadow Palette – $32.00
Luxie- Gaea 3 piece brush set – $30.00
Ofra- liquid lip – $20.00
Lashaholics – Instaglam False Eyelashes – $14.99
Total MSRP for the box is $131.99. Remember this box only costs $21 per month. If you would like to sign up for your own box, here is the link. https://www.boxycharm.com/
Also, if you would like, please use my code. I think I get some points towards products or something. Not sure if you get anything using it but hey it’s worth a shot.
I am most excited about the eyeshadow palette. I like the colors and I am excited to see if I can create some cool looks that are also appropriate for the office.
I am least excited about the eyelashes as I don’t normally use false eyelashes but I definitely want to give them a shot. Who knows maybe they will be my favorite thing in the box.
Overall, I’m giving this month’s box 💄💄💄💄 out of 5. Check in next week to see if the products are living up to this score.
Love and 💄,
Happy Monday my Make-Up addicts! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend. It is summer time and that means lots of time in the sun. Are you tanners? I am not a tanner. I am also not a self-tanner. I am very fair complected and I have just accepted my fate. I told you guys back in my post for my June BoxyCharm that I would try this self-tanner for all of you. Well folks, I have to keep it real.
So instead of trying something I really didn’t want to try. I got the help of a willing tester that actually likes and uses self-tanning products my Mom!
Isn’t she just lovely? So I took her the product and asked her to try it. She rated smell, ease of application, longevity and of course price. Here is what she had to say.
The product was easy to apply, she saw immediate results so it easy to tell where it had been applied. The scent was pleasant at application. She put it on a few hours before bed to see if it would react with her sheets. I have been told this is a thing. So when she woke the next morning, the scent had changed in the evening to the typical scent of sunless tanning products but it was not overpowering. The tan remained pretty even. See the pic below. (The leg on the left is untreated and the leg on the right is the treated leg immediately after application.)
24 hours later she showered and advised that even with some extra scrubbing her suds remained white and the product was not coming off. She said that her sheets maintained the self-tanning odor but there were no stains.
A week later, I followed up with her and she said that the product had a good staying power. She said she probably would have applied another layer of the product to her thighs because her lower legs got some sun but the thighs didn’t so they are a little uneven now that a week has passed. She used only about 1/3 of the bottle to do this test and that the bottle would be about 2 full body applications. The cost of $24.50 MSRP is a little pricey for self-tanner, she considers her max about $15.00.
Overall a great experience, and a 3.5 to 💄💄💄💄out of 5 rating. I hope you have enjoyed a real girl review from the real girl mom! Thanks for your help Mom! You rock!
Love and 💄
Happy Monday my makeup loving friends! Today I am going to tell you a bit about my Lemonade Lipgloss. The color, scent, flavor (LOL) that I received in my BoxyCharm box was Peach Tea. I loved the name and it was true to the color. The scent was somewhat Peachy so I was a fan of that.
Here is a link back to my post to give you the deets on the price, etc. June BoxyCharm Review
Overall this was a decent lipgloss. I am one of those girls that is funny about lipgloss. I love for them to look glossy but I don’t love for them to feel sticky on my lips and unfortunately most glosses are just that, very sticky. The wind blows and now you have hair stuck to your lips and you try to get the hair off your lips and you have gloss in your hair and on your cheek and it’s all just a mess. This gloss was no exception it was sticky.
I used the gloss all last week. The first picture was a fresh application and it is sooooo pretty with the glossiness that I got. I really did love it. The middle picture was taken after an application which included a lip liner. The last picture was taken after I had the gloss on for a couple of hours one day. It had reasonable wear but something about the way it settled into sticky, made me want to continue to apply it throughout the day. I realize this sounds confusing but I really believe it got more sticky as it was on my lips longer throughout the day.
Would I wear this gloss for a photo shoot? Sure! If anyone, ever actually wanted me in a photo shoot! LOL! I probably will not continue to wear this regularly but I will keep it handy in the event I just really need something on my lips, because let’s face it friends, those days occur.
Overall, my review is this…if you are a lip gloss person, I really believe that you would love this gloss. If you are more of a balm or regular lipstick wearer, I would avoid this product.
For me this was a three out of five lipstick review! 💄💄💄
Love and 💄
Happy Monday my makeup loving friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.
This past week I tried a different eye look with the Tarte pallet from my Boxy Charm box for June. This was my first use of a Tarte palette ever! For a little reminder of the palette here is a pic!
Here are some pics!
So here is my review. First the palette smelled like chocolate. This was awesome every morning! I really didn’t think I would like that type of smell each morning but it was fantastic. The shades were all neutral enough to be used by any skin type. The shimmers were gorgeous.
I didn’t use any other shadows to complete my looks. I purposely limited myself to this palette only. The only complaint was that the deep brown shade did not blend as well as I would have liked. You can tell by my photos I struggled. I will say however the overall looks were great! I’m excited to keep using this in conjunction with some other shades that I use often to create some really great looks!
Here’s one of my favorite makeup looks from the week!
The sad thing about being a glasses wearer is that your eye looks aren’t as prominent sometimes but hey it was a good makeup day.
Overall this palette gets a 💄💄💄💄 out of 5 rating.
Have you tried other Tarte eye palettes? What are your thoughts on the brand?
Love and 💄
Happy Monday my makeup loves! Today we are talking about No Pore Blem Prime Essence by Touch In Sol.
I received this product in my June Boxy Charm box. You can check out that post here Makeup Monday. I decided to use this primer for a full week and see what I really thought about it. The first time I used it I realized it was very thin. It runs down your face and is almost watery.
A watery formula in a primer doesn’t worry me too much so we moved forward with trying it. There is no scent really to this primer which I appreciate. Sometimes I find scent after scent building up on my face can be annoying!
The real question is was there a reduction pores? I couldn’t notice friends I’m sorry to say. I don’t think my pores are that large but I really didn’t notice a difference. As far as priming my face and helping my makeup stay on I would say there was definitely a proper wear time. Here is a beginning of the day pic:
Here is the end of the day pic:
I should have taken another pic before I headed for bed but it was a long work day sorry friends.
Overall this was a decent primer. I did not feel like it made my pores smaller and it definitely is not moisturizing in any way but it did help my makeup stay on longer and look fresher longer throughout the day, then many other primers I have tried.
Here is a link to more information if you would like to purchase this product. Purchase Item Here
Overall at a price tag of $22, for me, there are better primers out there. This wasn’t terrible so with our newly created lipstick scale we are going to give this 3 out of 5 lipsticks 💄💄💄.
If you have tried this product let me know. I would love to hear from you! Until next time my friends you are beautiful inside and out!
Love and 💄,
For my birthday my amazing hubby got me a subscription to a new makeup subscription, Boxy Charm. This subscription is $21 per month and you receive 4-5 full size products per month. The value according to other reviewers and the BoxyCharm website is going to be at least $100 per month.
This is my June box!
My goal is to review each of these products over the next few weeks. I think using them for more than one use will give you a better idea of what you are getting with this subscription. Below I have listed all of the items I have received with their MSRP and the total value of the box.
Tarte – Be You, Naturally, Eyeshadow Palette – MSRP $36
Touch In Sol – No Poreblem Prime Essence – MSRP $23
Dominique Cosmetics – Lemonade Lipgloss MSRP $17
St. Tropez – Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse MSRP $24.50
Dirty Little Secret – Lip Liner MSRP $15
Total box MSRP = $115.50
Overall I was very excited about the box. The brands are familiar and higher end than I normally buy myself. I can tell you I am most excited about the eyeshadow pallet from Tarte cosmetics. I am least excited about the self tanner because it is not something I use but for you, my dear readers, I’m gonna try it and give it an honest review!
Stay tuned next Monday for the first product review.
I ❤️ my makeup brushes. All of them. When one finally wears out and I have to get a replacement it makes me a little sad because I’m losing a brush and then I get excited because I have a new one to love!
Here are my brushes!
I store them in that mug I decorated myself so they all have plenty of room. Yes that was a toothbrush you saw in there I prefer a soft toothbrush to handle my eye brows then the expensive brow brushes you buy in the store which always feel too rough for me.
My brushes need a good cleaning and I’m not as good about it as I should be. But I thought I would share with you what I do when I do clean them properly.
For a daily quick clean especially for my eye shadow brushes (use lots of different colors and shades and need the same brush) I use ELF brush cleaner.
The smell is wonderful. It works great and I think has helped to make my brushes last longer. This is a basic spray on and work out the makeup on a papertowel type effort. Not hard and definitely quick enough I can do in the morning. I just put them back in my cup to dry.
For a major cleaning I use whatever face wash I’m currently using. My thinking behind this is that it’s gentle enough for my face it should definitely take away any oils that may remain on the brushes and I know it’s not going to break me out or cause me any problems. Currently this is what I’m using for face wash and to clean my brushes.
What girl doesn’t have this face wash around? I have an abundance of sample size beauty items right now so I’m trying to use them all up before I go and buy full size stuff again. Does anyone else do this?
If anyone is interested I could always do a video or photo shoot for cleaning my brushes. I can show you how fun and easy it really is! Let me know if you would be interested.
How do you clean your makeup tools?
Until next time stay beautiful!