January Boxycharm 2020

Hey guys! Today’s post is everyone’s favourite – my Boxycharm post! I always love receiving my box and reviewing the products for you guys. I had a lot of questions last time I posted it to my stories, so I thought I would explain Boxycharm for those who may not know what it is. Boxycharm is a subscription service that sends five full-size beauty products every month. They have a ton of different options, so I would check their website for full details. It’s $25 US, so around $30 CA. I have been subscribed for three years now and while there are some things I don’t like about the box, overall I love it! So here is what I got in this month’s box.

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The first product is the Wander Beauty Trip for Two Blush and Bronzer Duo. I received the shades Bellini/Costa Rei. I like the blush more than the bronzer. Both have a great formula that is easy to apply and looks good on the skin. I find the bronzer looks slightly ashy on my skin. It’s not an awful match, and I will continue to use it. But I think there are better bronzers on the market. Price: $36 US, $43.20 CA

Next is the Ace Beaute Vintage Dawn Palette. I was very happy to receive another product from this brand because I enjoyed the other palette I have from them. The eye shadows are great quality. The mattes are pigmented as blend well. The blue in the palette was amazing, and a matte blue is a hard shade to formulate. I love the colour story because it’s so unique. It’s basically the rainbow but really interesting shades. It’s not an everyday palette though, which is slightly annoying because I can’t use it as much. But it makes me feel interested and watch to create makeup looking at the palette. There is a good-sized mirror too. Great palette! Price: $34.99 US. (Check out my Instagram for looks using the palette!)

The product I was super excited to receive was the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. This is the mini size. I always see the mini when checking out at Sephora and always held back, so it was great to receive a product that I have been thinking about trying in my box. Unfortunately, this mask is not what I expected. Other sleeping masks that I have tried are like heavy moisturizers. This one I recommend putting on right before bed and washing off it in the morning. It pills off your face, which is weird when you’re just chilling around your house. I find the pilling weird, so it makes me reach for other masks. But I do like the smell, reminds me of Watermelon freezies. Overall just make sure to follow the instructions exactly. Price: $22 US, $29 CA (for the mini).

This product I was very unsure of but actually kind like! The Grande Cosmetics GrandeDrama Intense Thickening Mascara has pretty cheap packaging. It’s very light and the outside feels weird on the hand. So I thought I wasn’t going to like this mascara. It’s not like it’s advertised but I still like it. It’s supposed to be thick, voluminous lashes, but I like that it gives long, wispy lashes. So overall I like the mascara, but because it doesn’t perform as advertised, it has cheap packaging and it’s over-priced I wouldn’t recommend. Price: $25 US

The final product is the TooFaced Diamond Light Highlighter. There has been a lot of drama surrounding TooFaced as of late. So I am not going to review the product. All I will say is to do your own research and determine whether or not you want to purchase the product.

The overall price of the box is $153.99. I liked this box! While I might not be in love with every product, I received products that I am interested in and enjoyed trying out. I have received boxes where most of the products were duds or I received products that I don’t use. But this box was pretty good. Let me know what you guys think in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

December Boxycharm 2019

Hey guys! Today I am sharing with you my December Boxycharm! I recently posted my 2019 Boxycharm favourites and my 2019 beauty favourites. Now back to Boxycharm! I got my box right before I went to Punta Cana, so I didn’t get much of a chance to test out these products. If I change my mind about any of these products I will let you guys know!

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The first product is the Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales palette. I got Little Red Riding Hood specifically. The formula of the shadows is great. The mattes blended well and the shimmers applied easily to the eyes. But I have a few problems with this palette. First I’m not a huge fan of the colour story. I get that it’s Little Red Riding Hood, so obviously there has to be a red shade. But it’s not the most wearable, everyday palette. The packaging is super cute but also extremely bulky. I think they could have cut the palette in half and it would have still been cute. I will display this palette on my vanity, but I don’t think I would use it very often. Price: $35 US

Next up is the Brow Makeover Kit by the Brow Bar. First, I can’t use the illuminator because it’s too deep, but the brow shades match me perfectly. The powders were mediocre, nothing to rave above. Same with the brow gel. But the wand is too large to it’s hard to use. Overall it’s not bad but I would recommend other products over this one. Price: $30 US

Next is the Seraphine Botanical Lip Exfoliator. It’s a good lip exfoliator. With winter here, my lips are quite dry and this goes a good job of scrubbing away all the dead skin. It also has a nice scent. But I have to wipe my lips after, and I find that all the hydration goes away after that. So while it does a good job exfoliating, I have to use a lip balm after which is annoying. Price: $24 US

My favourite product is the Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream. It reminds me of my favourite Laneige moisturizer. It is very gel-like, but doesn’t leave my skin sticky or anything. It sinks into the skin quickly and is very hydrating. I like this moisturizer and will continue to use it! Price: $35 US, $51 CA

The final product is the Ciate Marbled Light Illuminating Blusher. I received the shade Halo. This reminds me of the Laura Gellar baked blushes. This blush is very easy to apply and blends out well. It also gives a nice slight sheen to the face. I also don’t own a blush like this shade. I will continue to use this blush. Price: $26 US

And that is my December Boxycharm! The final price was $154 US, or approximately $199 CA. I like the blush and moisturizer, but the eyebrow kit was a real dud for me. What did you guys think? Let me know!

xoxo

Lea

Boxycharm 2019 Favourites

Hey guys! Today’s bonus post is my favourite Boxycharm products that I have received this year. I picked seven products that I like and would recommend purchasing!

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From February is the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I know this mascara is a holy grail product for many people, but I have never personally tried it. Well, I fell in love with this mascara. It makes my lashes look full, long and fluffy – everything I want in a mascara. I love the packaging. It’s simple but also feels heavy and luxurious in the hand. The only thing I don’t like is that the wand is very large, so I have to be careful not to get mascara on my eyelids. But overall I like this mascara!

The second product from February is the Sol de Janerio Coco Cabana cream. I love this cream. The consistency is a little more gel-like than the original but still very moisturizing. It’s also not your typical coconut scent, the hint of praline makes it more complex. I brought this cream with me to Europe so now it just reminds me of that trip!

From March is the Cover FX Perfector Face Palette. This is the best travel face palette. I brought this to Europe and Punta Cana with me. The mirror is the perfect size to see my whole face. The blush and contour are very pigmented, so I use a light hand with them. But the highlights are gorgeous and I like that there is a pink and gold shade. The brightener shade is perfect for the inner corner and brow bone. The only shade I don’t like is the finishing powder. It’s full of glitter and I would prefer a matte shade. The packaging is very sleek but does get dirty which is annoying. But I will always pack this with me from now on because of the mirror and highlights.

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In May I received the GlamGlow GentleBubble Daily Conditioning Cleanser. This has become my shower cleanser. I use this cleanser whenever I’m having a shower, usually after I workout. I’ve had this since May and I’m still pretty impressed that I haven’t finished it yet. It does a good job of washing my face without making my skin feel stripped. The scent is a little weird but it’s fine for the shower. But this is one of my favourite products mainly because of how practical it is and how much I can use it. I don’t use fancy face masks all the time, but a cleanser is something I use all the time. So I feel like I got my money’s worth with this product.

The next favourite is from August. I like the Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Duo Set! I accidentally left Cotton Candy in Punta Cana, but that’s okay because Iced Latte was my favourite anyways. These remind me of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows. The main difference is that the Colourpop ones have more glitter but don’t have as much pigment to them. These Ace Beaute ones have more pigment to them with glitter as well. These shadows are super easy to use but very impactful. I really like them!

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From October is the Dose of Colours Baked Browns palette. I’ve always wanted one of these palettes and they did not disappoint. I love warm browns so this isthe perfect palette for me. And I can just add a shadow like the Ace Beaute one to create a full look. Sometimes the basic neutral palettes are the best!

Now I haven’t posted my review yet, but spoiler I love the Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream from my December box. This reminds me of my favourite Laneige moisturizer, but even more gel-like. My skin just loves gels moisturizers. It leaves my skin looking and feeling hydrated. I look glowy and all I’ve used is a moisturizer. I would definitely recommend!

And those were my favourite Boxycharm products. Let me know in the comments what were your favourite products that you received from Boxycharm this year! 🙂

xoxo

Lea

November Boxycharm 2019

Hey guys! I swear November went by so fast. Yet at the same time, the beginning of November seems so long ago. I got my Boxycharm box at the beginning of the month and it feels like forever ago. I was super impressed that I got my box so early this year! Boxycharm has been stepping up their Canadian shipping! Anyways, this month’s box:

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This month was the first month that Boxycharm allowed for customization. So I choose the Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench & Glow Serum. Listen, don’t buy this serum. It isn’t bad by any means, but it is not worth the $90 price tag. It is a lightweight serum, so this wasn’t the deep hydration that I was expecting from a serum that markets itself as a dewy, quenching serum. I would say this serum is nice to use before applying makeup because it left my skin feeling tacky. But overall I wouldn’t say that my skin felt super hydrated after. I will continue to use it because I own it, but it’s nothing special. Price: $90 USD

Next up is the Dose of Colours Liquid Matte Lipstick. I received the shade Nude Mood. I am very happy because for a while I was always getting weird shades that I would never wear, but this one is nice! It’s described as a pinky nude, but I think it is more warmed toned than cooled toned. I do like this liquid lipstick. It’s pretty comfortable because it doesn’t dry down completely. It can smudge if you’re not careful. It can surviving drinks but isn’t eating food proof. But what I did after eating is just apply a lip balm and redistribute the colour around my lips. Overall I like this lippie, and it’s my favourite product in the box.

The next products are the Tula Skincare Star Power Nourishing and Brightening Cosmic Hydrogel Mask. I like that I received two masks because it allowed me to test the mask out to see if I liked it. And well I didn’t really. First I hate how much plastic there was for the one sheet mask. Don’t get me wrong, I get that sheet masks aren’t the most sustainable thing. The sheet mask is two separate pieces sandwiched between two pieces of plastic within a plastic pouch. It just feels bad that a clean beauty brand is so wasteful in its packaging. Then the other issue I had was that I didn’t notice a huge difference compared to other products I own. Like I felt that using my normal moisturizer would leave my skin as bright and hydrated as this mask. If I am going to use a mask it’s because I’m looking for something impactful, or maybe that’s just me. Either way, I don’t think these masks are worth the cost. Price: $22 USD for two, sold as a four-pack for $28 USD

Next Boxycharm  made its first-ever brush set. And well I’m not the biggest fan. First, they are very soft, but they are very dense and stiff. I feel like I have to work hard to blend anything out. Because they are so dense they are not good for powder. They only really work with creme products. I also find the shape of the handle weird and they don’t have a very good balanced feel in the hands. Overall I didn’t like using these brushes. I’ve received a ton of brushes in my box before, and these were my least favourite. Price: $35 USD for the two brushes.

The final product is the Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder eyeshadow palette. This is a mini version of the Celestial Storm that is available both on the website and at Sephora. The one I received can be purchased from the Boxycharm website, but I don’t recommend it. This colour story is just so off and weird to me. I only did one look with this palette because I had no idea what to do. The orange is very pigmented and the brown also pulls very orange. It is impossible to do a simple everyday look. The mattes were really good quality, they blended well. But the metallics were mediocre. I’ve used better. Overall the quality isn’t bad, but the colour story throws me off so much that I doubt I will use it much. Price: $35 USD (the full palette is $58 CAD)

Overall I didn’t like much in this box. I liked the liquid lipstick, but otherwise I was kind of unimpressed with everything else. Sucks because I’ve felt like the past couple months the Boxycharm boxes were really good. And maybe other people liked their boxes because they got different variations. Either way, this one was a dud for me. Let me know your thoughts down below in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

October Boxycharm 2019

Hey guys! I feel like October went by super quick but was also super slow at the same time, anyone else? I got my Boxycharm box pretty early this month, so I have really tested these products out. So here is what I got in my box!

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First I got the Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Radiant Dew Mist. The mister on this is so bad. It would spray big droplets all over my face. It makes my face wet, which isn’t exactly the best for makeup application. So I thought maybe it’s more of a skincare spray, and well the results were underwhelming. I would spray it all over my face and it would feel good at the moment, but then my face didn’t feel any different. Not very hydrating. Not worth the price. Price: USD $35

Next is the Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss. I like this gloss! Some plumping lip glosses can be really tingly or minty. This one tingled a little and had only a light mint smell. I also like the formula. It’s sheer but still has some good colour to it. It liked to wear it over top of lip liner. I liked this lip gloss and I will definitely be wearing it again. Price: $26 USD, CAD $36

Fun fact: I’ve been using the same pair of eyebrow tweezers for years. I don’t even know what brand they have because the name has rubbed off. So it was a little odd to be using the Chella Slanted Tip Tweezers instead of my regular ones. These Chella ones have a funky hole grip on them. It takes some practice to get used to using them. Also, these are super sharp. My tweezers have dulled over the years, but I pinched myself using the Chella ones and also drew blood. They weren’t bad tweezers. Do you have to run out and buy this specific pair of tweezers? No lol. Price: USD $20

Next up is the Touch in Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. I was pleasantly surprised by this primer! It hydrates my skin and makes it look super dewy but it isn’t sticky. It is very glowy, so if I’m wearing a sheerer foundation I don’t even need highlight. It reminds me of my favourite Dr. Brandt primer. The only thing is that I don’t like the packaging. I wish this was in a squishy tube because I don’t like digging my fingers into a primer to use it. I feel like it came with a spatula but I lost that already haha. Anyways I would just prefer different packaging but still love this product! Price: USD $32

The final product is the Dose of Colours Baked Browns palette. I am so happy that I got this palette! I have been wanting to try the Dose of Colours 5-pan eyeshadows palettes for so long because I have heard such amazing reviews. And those amazing reviews are right! The shades are so creamy, pigmented and blend out like a dream. There is a bunch of kick-up when I dip my brush into the palette, so I always make sure to tap it off because I apply it to my face. I also love the Colours in the Baked Browns palette. They are basic shades that I can use to create so many looks by just adding a shimmery shade on top. I am really happy with this product! Price: USD $32

And that is this month’s Boxycharm! Let me know what you guys thought of this month’s box!

xoxo

Lea

My Favourite Boxycharm Products from the Past 3 Years

Hey guys! This October marks three years of subscribing to Boxycharm! I have received over 180 products from Boyxcharm over the past three years! That’s crazy! To celebrate, I have chosen eight of my favourite products from the past three years. Most products I picked were from past years. I will be doing my annual favourite products of the year in December. Also, I have one item not pictured because it broke – more on that down below.

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November 2016 – Studio Makeup On-The-Go Eyeshadow Palette

The first product is from my second box ever and is the only eye shadow palette I decided to feature. I have received many eye shadow palettes from Boxycharm, but the Studio Makeup On-The-Go eyeshadow palette has survived multiple makeup declutters. I’m not a huge cool-toned person, but this is the palette I always reach for when I want to do cool-toned makeup looks. There is a serious dent in the middle shadow because I have used this palette a lot. I received tons of palettes from big brand names and palettes with fun bright colours. But this basic palette does the job!

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January 2017 – PUR Cosmetics Mineral Glow Bronzer

Rest in peace my beloved PUR bronzer. This bronzer broke back in April and I have missed it ever since. This bronzer was the bomb. It was my summer-bronze-goddess-glow bronzer. It’s darker than the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, so I like to use it in the summer to deepen my tan. It also had the most beautiful slight shimmer to it. It made my face look so bronzed and health. This was such a bomb product. I decided to not repurchase it because I’m trying to go through some of my other bronzers, but this was a good one.

April 2017 – OFRA Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter

I received this highlight back in the craze of blinding highlights. To this day OFRA Rodeo Drive is one of the most blinding highlights I own. Just a little creates the most beautiful bright glow. The formula is so smooth. The highlight is not chunky and doesn’t have any big glitter particles in it. It is also a super flattering colour for my skin tone – a gold-champagne. While I don’t use this highlight as often anymore, I still pull it out whenever I want a really bright highlight.

December 2017 – Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

You know it’s a good product when you repurchase it. I’ve received a lot of good mascaras from Boxycharm over the years, but I decided the Tarte Tarteist mascara is my favourite. This gives me volume and length without making my lashes clumpy. My lashes are prone to getting clumpy, so I don’t often like volumizing mascara. But this one just makes my lashes look amazing. This is my everyday mascara, I love it.

January 2018 – Girlactik Long Lasting Matte Lip Paint

The reason why I like Boxycharm is that I get to try products I would have never had the chance to try. This Girlactik liquid lipstick is a prime example. It doesn’t sell at Sephora, and I probably won’t bother to ship it into Canada. But because I have Boxycharm I was able to discover this amazing liquid lipstick. This is probably one of my favourite formulas because it’s so comfortable on the lips. I also always receive so many compliments on my lipstick whenever I wear it. So while I could have picked many different lipsticks as my favourite, that is why I picked this one.

June 2018 – Battington Lashes

It was a tie between these Battington lashes (in the style Monroe) and my Lashoholic lashes for my favourite pair from Boxycharm. I chose the Battington pair since I recently talked about the Lashoholic ones in my September Product Empties. I love receiving lashes in my Boxycharm because I generally don’t buy them myself. But these lashes have lasted me so well! I recently ripped them (RIP lol). But they lasted me almost a year, definitely worn them like 30 times. A really good quality pair of lashes.

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September 2018 – Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Man, I use this blush almost every day and it looks like I’ve barely made a dent in it. I have mine in the shade Tropic Hues and it’s so beautiful. This was the first blush that made me realize it’s nice to have a little shimmer in a blush. It makes me look so healthy and awake. I sometimes forget I received this in my Boxycharm box since I use it on the daily.

February 2019 – Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream

I love this cream. What I like about Boxycharm is that sometimes I receive a product that I wanted but hadn’t bought yet for myself. I love the original Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream, and when I saw that they had released the Coco Cabana Cream, I knew I wanted to try it. I decided to wait, and bam I got it in my Boxycharm box! I love this formula because it’s also different than the original, so it’s not the exact same product. I brought this cream with me to Europe, and now every single time I smell the cream it reminds me of my time there! I also decided to repurchase it as well once I finished the one I got in my Boxycharm box!

And those are eight of my favourite products that I have received in my Boxycharm! Should I do a part two? Or maybe my least favourite products? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Lea

September Boxycharm 2019

Hey guys! Sorry this post is a little late – I was going to post it on Tuesday but I was so busy I didn’t get the chance to get it up. But it’s here now! This month’s theme is All Access, which I didn’t really get. I did like the products in my box thought.

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First set is the MODA 5 Piece Brush Set. I’ve always loved MODA’s brushes. I actually went to IMATS this past weekend (I will write a whole blog post on that), and I learned so much about their brushes. All their brushes are synthetic because they can be used wet or dry. They are so soft and are very durable. I always love getting brushes in my box because you can never have too many brushes! Price: US$27.95

Next is the MAC Cosmetics Frost Lipstick in the shade CB 96. I’ll be honest, I wish I had received the Stila Liquid lipsticks. This shade is a bright orange-red, which is something I don’t wear very often. On top of it’s a semi-lustrous finish. While I love MAC lipstick, this shade is just not for me. Price: US$18.50, C$23

A skincare product is the Dr Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask. I am on the fence about this product. I love the scent of it and it feels super nice to apply. I always use a thick layer so it takes awhile to soak into the skin – probably why it’s a sleeping mask. But I think it might be breaking me out. Every time I’ve used it I got a break out a day or two after. I’m not a 100% sure, because it could be stress or some other product, but I don’t think my skin likes it. I would recommend getting a sample and trying it out for yourself before buying it. Price: U$52, C$68 for a full size, I only got a deluxe sample.

Next up is the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in the shade Peach Glow. I have heard so many amazing things about this highlight, so I was very happy to receive it. It gives a natural yet blinding highlight at the same time. It has so glitter or any chunky particles to it, and it blends into the skin very well. I wish I had received Gilded Honey, the gold shade, but I do enjoy the peach shade as well. Price: US$26

The final product is the Violet Voss Essentials Eyeshadow Palette. I have always heard good things about Violet Voss but never got the chance to try out their shadows. And well this palette did not disappoint. The mattes are easy to blend and the metallics are pigmented. They shades just look so beautiful on the eyes. I know the trend for eyeshadow palettes is to be huge right now, but this ten pan palette has such a variety. I was able to create everyday looks but also this super fun green fall look with the palette as well. The quality is just so good that I definitely would buy another palette from Violet Voss. Price: US$29 – this palette is unfortunately not for sale on Sephora Canada.

And that is my September Boxycharm! What did you guys think? What was your favourite item in this month’s box – let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

August Boxycharm 2019

Hey guys! So the last couple weeks have been crazy for me. At the end of summer I was taking extra shifts to cover for everyone who was going back to school. Then I went back to school this week, and it has been definitely overwhelming to say the least. I also feel like I was in a writing lull for awhile, and then I got all this stuff at once to review and well – my life is all over the place. At first I wasn’t going to post this review, because at the time I hadn’t really tried out any products in the box. But now that school has started I am wearing more makeup regularly, so I have had a chance to try the products. Anyways, that is a very long winded way to say here is my August Boyxcharm:

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First up is the Steve Laurant Lip Liner. This lip liner isn’t worth your money – Maybelline makes much better ones. I do like the colour; I got the shade Chic which is a warm, slightly brown nude. It would work for a range of skin tones. What I don’t like is that the lip liner is very stiff. I really have to press hard to get any colour payoff. I don’t use lip liners very often, but when I do I like to use creamy pencils, and this ain’t it. Price: $15 USD

The product that I was most excited to try was the Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder. As someone with oily/combo skin, I am always looking for the best powder. I always wanted to try this powder when it first came out, but never got around to buying it. Now after trying it I’m unsure how I feel. What’s cool about this powder is that it claims to feel like applying water to your face when using this powder. This is true. The first time I applied the powder it felt so cool and almost wet. The only thing is that if you leave your powder out/open, this cooling effect goes away. I often pour some powder into the cap, and if I pour too much I just leave it in the cap for the next time I do my makeup. I did this with this Becca powder, and the powder didn’t have the same cooling effect. The cap does have a disclaimer to keep cap close, so just keep this in mind. Now I am on the fence about how I feel about this powder. The first time I used it I baked with it and my under eyes felt sooo dry. The second time I didn’t bake and it wasn’t as bad, but I still wasn’t super impressed. I feel like I have to play around with this powder a bit more. Price: $39 USD, $51 CAD

Next up is the Tarte Big Ego Mascara. I believe this is a new mascara, but I didn’t hear much press about it. This mascara claims to be a lifting mascara, and I definitely would say that’s true. It doesn’t give crazy volume, but does make my lashes look longer. It also lasts long through the day. I find that some mascaras almost ‘fall’ throughout the day, so by the end my lashes don’t look as long. This Tarte mascara lasted me though a good 10 hours no problem. I have yet to compared it to my other Tarte favourite, their Tarteist Lash Paint. Overall it wasn’t bad but didn’t WOW me. Price: $23 USD, $30 CAD

The next product is the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Oil. K I don’t get this product… like what is it? Is it a skincare product? Is it a primer? Honestly I have no idea. I would apply this to my face before applying makeup and honestly I didn’t really notice much of a different. My face didn’t look any dewier with it, and my Dr. Brandt primer is much better at illuminating. My face didn’t feel any more hydrated. I might try using it to sheer out a matte foundation, but that is really the only thing I could think it might be good at. If you have any idea on how to use this product let me know. Price: $42 USD, $50.40 CAD

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The final two products are the Glimmer Shadow Duo from Ace Beaute. I was skeptical at first, I won’t lie. These shadows look like a dupe for the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows. I was unsure if they would be that good. And I am hear to report that I am wrong, these are amazing. I got the duo with Cotton Candy and Iced Latte, and wow these shades are beautiful. The pink shade has a gold/peach shift to it, which is just so beautiful on the eyes. And the gold shade has little glitter in it that just look so great on the eyes. These shadows are easy to apply using a finger, and they are super pigmented. The only thing is that they are more expensive that Colourpop’s SSS, so they are not exactly a cheaper dupe… I would probably recommend the Colourpop ones over these just because they are cheaper but of equal quality. Price: $25 USD

And that is my August Boxycharm box! Let me know what you guys thought of the products. Also just an update – the part two of my Colourpop haul will be coming out next Friday, so stay tuned for that!

xoxo

Lea

July Boxycharm 2019

Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but July went by so quickly. I can’t believe that there is only one more month of summer! Anyways, today post is my July Boxycharm box. Now I haven’t been wearing makeup a ton (to be fair, working at a pool and wearing a full face of makeup don’t go together), but I have tried this products at least a few times! So, my July Boxycharm:

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First up is a three brush set from Luxie – the Gaea brush set. This brush set is supposed to be eco-friendly. The brushes came in paper packaging that is recyclable, and the wood handle has a more natural looking finish. As you guys know, I love Luxie brushes. The 246 Precision Crease is one of my favourites. I use it to cut my crease, apply shimmer shades and apply my inner corner highlight – so I’m happy to have another one. The 250 Large Eye Blending is actually pretty big. For me, I use this to just apply a light crease shade all over. The only one I’m not a fan of is the 510 Foundation brush. I prefer to use a flat top to apply my foundation, so I don’t know how often I’ll use this one. If you are ever looking to get some brushes, I always recommend the Luxie ones. Price: $30 USD

Next up is the Butter London Natural Goddess Eyeshadow Palette. This is not a bad palette, but what I have an issue with is the branding of the palette versus what it actually is. When I like natural goddess, I like of very light, easy breezy natural makeup. Playing in with the theme of the box, ‘au naturale’, I think of no-makeup-makeup. But this palette doesn’t really fit my idea of natural makeup I guess. While I think the blue shade is a fun pop of colour, I’m not sure it fits my idea of natural makeup. I would have preferred a lighter crease shade instead of the blue. The only matte shades are the blue and the dark drown shade. To do any eye look I have to dip into another palette, which I don’t like. I want to be able to do a whole look with one palette. Continuing on the fact that this is a ‘natural’ goddess, the shimmers are pigmented and metallic. They have a great formula for a bold look, but I find it hard to apply a light wash. During the day I don’t necessarily want a shiny metallic look, but when I tried to apply a lighter wash it was patchy. I think this palette is the perfect example of how shadows can be good quality but that still doesn’t mean that the overall palette is good. I think the shades are pigmented and blendable, but I’m just not a big fan of the colour story.  Price: $32 USD (I will say at least the price is reasonable)

Next is the Appeal Cosmetics Gel Liner in the shade Forest Green. Okay so when I saw I got this pencil I was a little worried. I have never gotten a good eyeliner from Boxycharm. I find them to be scratchy and stiff. This is the first decent one that I’ve tried. I would say it’s the best eyeliner every and that everyone should go out and get it. But it’s good enough that I will use it again. Its creamy and easy to apply. It does a decent job of staying put, even in my waterline. My only complaint is that when I tried to smudge it out it fades away. I tried to do a smudgy wing with it and found that it didn’t work out. So overall not as good at my Marc Jacobs and Urban Decay eyeliners, but still pretty good. Price: $21 USD

First I’d just like to point out that this is the fourth month now that I have received a lip gloss, so I feel like a lip gloss reviewing expert at this point. This month’s lip gloss is the Alamar Cosmetics Des-Nudes-As Lip Gloss in the shade Coqueta. Man I wanted to love this lip gloss because I love Alamar Cosmetics. But I’m not in love. This is a thick lipgloss. The thickness and stickiness means that it lasts for a really long time on the lips. But I find the texture to be annoying. I am hyper aware of how sticky and tacky my lips are. Second, this gloss is an odd medium coverage. It’s not completely sheer and not completely opaque. Because of the coverage, my natural lip shade peeks through if I am not wearing a lipstick underneath. That would be fine expect that the brown/peachy colour of this gloss doesn’t match my naturally rosy lips underneath. So I could just use this gloss on top of lipstick, but it’s so thick and it feels like I have way to much product on my lips. The one thing I like about this lip gloss is the applicator. It’s like a double sided doe foot applicator, so it’s super easy to apply the gloss and I don’t need to redip the wander to cover my lips. Overall just not my favourite gloss. Price: $15 USD

The final product is the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask. I actually really like this mask! Sometimes I want to do a mask but I don’t want a pore/deep cleansing mask. I want something that will hydrate my skin. This mask is very hydrating on the skin. It does tingle a little bit on the face, but otherwise is a soothing process. It is also super easy to take off, I don’t find any bits leftover and I don’t have to scrub my face. I will definitely be using this mask again! Price: $35 USD

And that is my July Boxycharm! Total price is $133 USD. Honestly this wasn’t a bad box. I know I was pretty hard on the palette and the lipgloss, but I think both of those products are just personal preference reasons as to why I don’t like them. I don’t think there was any product that was a dud really. I’m pretty happy, let me know in the comments what you guys think!

xoxo

Lea

June Boxycharm 2019

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my thoughts on my June Boxycharm! Usually in my Boxycharm posts I share any news or anything that happened to me this month, but it’s been a pretty quiet month for me! Just happy that the nice weather is actually here 🙂

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The first product is the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Prime Essence. This product is so new it’s not even on the Sephora Canada website yet! This essence is supposed to help with the look of pores and skin texture while also giving a dewy finish. I think I really like this primer, but I haven’t tested it long enough to officially be in love yet. The first thing I noticed is that this primer is very runny – makes sense since this is an essence. It has a light scent that disappears after it’s applied. What I like is that it makes my skin feel tacky after, and I find that foundation really adheres well to the essence. It makes my foundation look so natural and skin like. I’m currently testing it with other primers and different types of foundation, but so far I like it. I will keep you guys updated about this primer! Price $23 USD

Next is my least favourite product – the Dirty Little Secret Lip Liner. First, I really don’t like the shade I got – Pale Pink. I know some people like really light almost ‘concealer’ lip shades, but that just isn’t for me. This shade is super light, that after I applied it I immediately wiped it off. Second, this lip liner is very stiff, so you have to warm it up before applying it. Overall I don’t like this lip liner, and you can get way better from the drugstore. Price: $15 USD

Probably one of the most long wearing glosses I have ever tried is the Dominique Cosmetics Lemonade Lipgloss. I have the shade Peach Tea. This gloss lasted easily over three hours on my lips without me having to reapply, which is pretty good for a gloss. It’s very creamy and feels nice on the lips. I also like how it’s a flat colour, because I don’t always want shimmer in my gloss. It is a relatively sheer formula, but enough to add just a hint of colour to the lips. I really like this gloss. Price: $17 USD

Next up is the Tarte Be You. Naturally Eyeshadow Palette (which I think is limited edition because I can’t find it on the website). First, this is the third Tarte circular palette that I’ve received in my Boxycharm. While they have all been different palettes, I wish that I could receive different products or palettes from other brands. I will say that this one is probably the best one that I have received. There are four mattes and four shimmers, which is a nice balance. The palette is pretty simple, it has everything you need to create a simple day time look and also a bolder night time look. It’s a pretty small palette, so it would be nice for travelling. I also think the formula is better on these shadows compared to the other ones I’ve tried. I just find that the shades are creamier and easier to blend. While I am annoying about getting a similar palette, I like this one at least. Price: $36 USD (similar palettes are $47 CAD)

The final product is the St Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse. While this is a sample size (the standard size is 4 oz while I received 1.69 oz), I like that I also got the mitt for free! While I understand that getting self tanner might not be something everyone is interested in, I was happy to receive this product. It’s not something I might necessarily go out and bye, but have been curious to try. This was only my second time using self tanner, so I was a little cautious in the amount I used. I used about two pumps per section on my lower body and only one pump on my upper body. I honestly could have used more, but it did give me a nice natural tan. If I had used more I bet if I had used more it would have really made a difference. It didn’t smell bad and it didn’t feel sticky as I was waiting for it to develop. I didn’t notice any streaks or patchiness. Most importantly, I did not look orange!! Honestly I am pretty impressed, and I definitely think I will be using this again. Price: the card says MSRP is $24.50, online $18 USD for the mini, $42 CAD for the standard size.

And that was my June box! The overall price was $115! I am pretty happy with my box. I think the self-tanner was fun to try out, and I like the gloss and primer! What do you guys think? What did you get in your boxes, let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Lea