July Boxycharm

Hey everyone! So today’s post is going to be an unboxing/first impression of my July Boxycharm. This is my 2nd Boxycharm box and so far, I have loved this subscription. For those of you who don’t know Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box for $21 a month. Let’s get started.

The first item I pulled out of my box was by PYT Hair and it is an argan oil treatment. This is said to control frizz, make your hair shine, as well as prevent split ends. I use argan oil with my makeup, so I am excited to try some for my hair. I also just love trying new hair treatments because I honestly do not know much about hair. This does have a slight scent, that seems a little masculine to me, but it is a nice scent and not too strong. Overall I am excited to try this product, it retails for $30 and you can get it on the PYT Hair website.

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The next thing I pulled out was a Mally Beauty waterproof eyeliner pencil. I have received a few different Mally Beauty products in previous subscription boxes such as Ipsy, but I really never am too impressed by them and they typically end up in my barely used drawer.  This is a very pretty color though, it is the shade “Ice Blue” and it has a very pretty shimmer to it. You can purchase this on the Mally Beauty website for $18.

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The next product is by Noyah, which is a brand I have never heard of so that excites me to try it. It is a lip gloss in the shade “Malbec”. The first things I noticed was the packaging which is very pretty and simple, and also it is a really big lip gloss, so of course I love that. When I swatch it, it is a very pretty darkish pink shade with a really nice shine. It doesn’t feel sticky or uncomfortable. I am really excited to wear this because it seems like a good formula and I want to see how long it lasts. This retails on the Noyah website for $16.

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The final product is actually multiple products in one and I am so so so so excited for this one. It is by Ofra Cosmetics and it is an Ofra Pro magnetic palette. This was made exclusively for Boxycharm and also came with six different Ofra eyeshadows which retail at $10 a piece. One of my shadows came broken which was a bummer, but another bummer was that 2 of the shadows didn’t seem as pigmented and creamy as the others, but I want to work with them and give them a try. I am mostly excited for the magnetic palette, I had some single shadows laying around with no home, so I was able to put them in and fill the palette. The shadows it came with by Ofra are Bohemian, Buttercup, Smoke, Iron, Truffle, and Millennium Gold. Although I am not sure which is which because they were not listed on the actual pans. This was a great deal because the shadows alone are $60 total, and that doesn’t even include the exclusive palette.

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Once again I am extremely happy with my Boxycharm. It retails for $124, not including the palette. I can not wait for August to receive my next box. Who else loves Boxycharm?! Thanks for reading!

Summer BeautyCon Box

Hey everyone! So for today’s post I wanted to do a quick little review/unboxing of the Summer BeautyCon box in collaboration with beauty youtuber Kandee Johnson. BeautyCon  does seasonal boxes, so these boxes are once every 3 months for $29. Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. I have received this box for almost a year now and I have yet to be disappointed. With that being said, in my opinion this is my favorite BeautyCon box I have ever received. So lets just jump into it.

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The first product I pulled out of the box was the Benzac Acne Solutions “Blemish Clearing Hydrator”. I have not tried this product out yet but I am actually really excited to try it. I have been wanting to buy an acne spot treatment for a while now and now I finally have one. Has anybody else tried this product out yet? It retails for $12 at Target, but you can order it off Amazon for only about $6!

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The next thing I grabbed out of the box was the Garner “Clearly Brighter” Moisturizer Sunscreen. I have gotten to try this out but only once so far. I loved it. I feel like it really did brighten my face up and also gave it a little bit of extra hydration. It is SPF 15 so sun protection is always a plus to me. I will definitely be using this product again. This retails for $12 and you can find it in drugstores or Ulta.

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Next out of the box I grabbed the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil. This says it will “effortlessly and completely remove waterproof makeup, dirt & oil”. So I tried this product out and I did not like it. I am willing to give it a second try but I am really just not a big fan of oils. I just feel like they are so greasy and oily, but this oil was not too bad. It did not leave any residue and I think it did an alright job taking off my makeup. I myself just prefer makeup wipes or a cleansing water. This retails for $8.99 at Ulta.

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The biggest product in the box is the Redken Fashion Waves Sea Salt Spray. I tried this product and I don’t think it really gave my hair much texture. I noticed a slight difference but not much. Next time I will try to just use more of the product. I did like how it didn’t leave my hair feeling gross or anything like that, my hair wasn’t a complete mess the next morning. This retails for $19.50 at Ulta so that is a pretty high priced product to be in the box.

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The next thing I grabbed out and what I am most excited for is the Coverfx Double Sided Contour Brush. I love brushes and I am always willing to try new ones so I was really excited to see this, especially because I have never tried a Coverfx brush before. I have  yet to try this brush but it does feel nice and dense yet soft. I like how one side is smaller so you can do a nice nose contour and then the other side is for your cheekbones. This brush is on Beautylish for $38. I am very happy with this product being in the box.

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The box also came with a NYX Ombre Lip Duo Stick. I was very excited to see this as well because I have been wanting to try one of these lipsticks out. I love how it comes with the two different shades to do the ombre so you don’t have to guess what shades would look good together. It is a very pretty bright color. This product retails for $11.99. The box also came with a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil. It is in the shade Cashmere and it is SUCH a pretty color. It is an amazing golden highlight color. I have used it as an eyeshadow and I just blend it out with my finger. I want to even try it as a highlighter because the color is just so pretty. This product retails for $4.50.

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I also got very excited to see the deluxe sample size of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. I love the original mascara and have a full sized tube of it so I haven’t gone out to buy the full size waterproof one yet so it is nice that I have one to use now. I love this mascara, it gives my lashes great volume. I also think this packaging is so cool and the mascara tube really does look like it has drops of water on it. The full size mascara retails for $23 at Sephora and Ulta.

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The next item was a deluxe sample size of the Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder in the shade Taupe. I have tried this product and I love it. It is my favorite brow powder. It is long lasting and doesn’t smudge. I like the applicator that it comes with and how easy and mess free it is to apply. The full size of this product retails for $25.

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The box also came with a sample of Versa Spa Face Moisturizing Gradual Tanner. I do not really use tanning products so I do not have much to say on this one. I will keep it to use if I tan over the summer to keep my face matching my body. My stepsister has used this brand before though and she told me that she liked it, and she has used many tanning products before so I trust her opinion. The full size of this product retails for $35.

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Lastly, the box came with two different LA Fresh Wipes. One wipe is an “Instant Cooling Body Soother” wipe, and it has peppermint moisture in it. I am actually really excited to try this wipe, it says to wipe it wherever you are feeling fatigued or stress and then to breathe deeply and you will feel a soothing, cooling sensation. It also came with an “Oil Free Face Cleanser” Wipe. I will probably try this wipe out when I take my makeup off tonight. I love wipes, I always keep some in my car, purse, room, bathroom, and everywhere else. I have a weird obsession with them. A pack of these wipes retail for about $8.

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So that is it for the Summer BeautyCon Box with Kandee Johnson. This is hands down my favorite box I have received from them. It has a total value of over $106, not even including the samples. It also comes with a a 15% off code + free shipping for The Edit pop up shop by Seventeen. This box was totally worth it and I can’t wait for my next box in the fall Thanks for reading you guys!

Weekend Must Haves

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Hey guys! So today is another Weekend Must Haves, Im getting this up pretty late, I want to try and post my Must Haves on Friday night and it is already Saturday afternoon, so I am sorry about that. This weekend is a very hot, sweaty, 85-95 degree weather weekend, and it is not a full glam weekend for me. I will be running errands, getting my hair done, and also going to the County Fair. So I am keeping my makeup light and simple for this hot weather. Lets just jump in!

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First up I have the NYX Beauty Balm in the shade 02, “natural”. On hot days when I know I’m going to be in the sun I hate wearing really heavy foundation and makeup, I get all sweaty and it just ends up feeling totally gross. So I really love this product. It works as a primer and/or foundation. It brightens, smoothes, and moisturizes your skin. I love it, it matches my skin tone well and I will just wear this alone on my face and it gives me just the right amount of coverage without feeling like I have mud on my face. This retails at Ulta for only $12.99 which to me is a great price because it can be used as a primer as well. I also like it because I don’t necessarily need concealer with it, and it is last longing as well, even in the heat.

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Second product I want to share with you is Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam highlighter. This is a nude pinkish color, and it is matte. This is liquid and it has almost like a paint brush little applicator. I apply with that and then blend out with either my finger or my beauty blender. This is such a nice lightweight subtle highlight for the days I do not wear a lot of makeup. I love this for my cupid’s bow and also on my cheek bones. It is a matte finish. This product retails at Sephora for $26. I feel like the $26 is worth it because with this product a little goes a long way. I have also heard of other people who like to use this as an under eye concealer because it has no shimmer, which I haven’t personally tried yet but I do want too. This is my favorite highlight for a low glam, hot day.

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This is the Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist spray. This spray is a hydrating setting spray. I love it. I spray it on my face to set my makeup, and I also spray it on my arms and legs for a really nice hydrated feel. It is almost like a liquid spray lotion. This retails for $19 at Ulta and is totally worth it. I’ve been using this one for about 4 months and it isn’t even half way gone yet. It has a very light citrus scent but that goes away after it dries. I highly recommend this setting spray if you have dry skin and want a little extra hydration.

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These are my go to hair ties when I am getting ready, running errands, or to just throw in my bag in case I get hot and my hair becomes a hot mess. I am not sure of the actual brand these specific ones are but I know you can find packs of these at drug stores and ulta, even Sephora has their own. I got these specific ones in my Beautycon X Graveyard Girl box, and I love the cute blue/green shades they are. I love these hair ties not necessarily for a tight put together hair look because they can get loose, and fall out over time if worn for more then a few hours. I like these ones when its hot and I’m doing my makeup to keep my hair out of my face, and also because they don’t leave a big indent in my hair the way regular hair ties do. I also like to keep some with me when I’m driving, so I can put my hair up while I drive and they won’t really mess up my hair if its straightened or anything.

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My final products are makeup wipes and moisturizing sunscreen! On any hot days I always carry makeup wipes and a little thing of sunscreen just in case it gets so hot that my makeup becomes a mess I can just have a nice bare face, and let my skin breathe. The wipes I am using this weekend are the Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes with white tea extract. These wipes smell sooooo good. I am obsessed with the light sweet scent they leave on my skin, its subtle but at the same time so refreshing to smell. They also leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Plus they are 99% natural, so that is a plus! You can get a 30 pack of these for $5.99 at Ulta which is a good price considering I just bought a 10 pack at CVS for $4. They also have other scents available as well.

For the sunscreen that I keep with me, I typically try to find a moisturizer with SPF. I also like to get sample or travel size sunscreens and just switch them up when they are out. This specific one I am using this weekend is the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture, with SPF 30. I got this as a sample with an online Sephora purchase. Actually, I think I got this in a point perk Murad bundle. Either way, I love Murad and always try and get samples when I can of their skincare products. So I will keep this in my bag for when I start to sweat in the heat, I will wipe my face clean and just apply some of this for hydration and protection!

That is it today guys, I know this was a long post so thank you for reading and checking it out. I hope you all have an amazing weekend, and don’t forget to stay cool!

 

Weekend Must Haves

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Hey guys! For this post I wanted to share with you guys my must haves for this weekend. I don’t only use these products for weekends, but for this weekend these are my main products. Just to give you an overview of my weekend, I don’t have much going on other than the Brad Paisley concert. So these products will be used while I run errands throughout my weekend, and also for the concert Saturday night.

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For my hair this weekend I want it to look cute but without much effort. I have a lot of errands to run, and for the concert I don’t want to straighten it and have it get all frizzy (it is an outdoor venue). So I will be using the Not Your Mother’s “Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. This stuff is sooo good to use to get your hair wavy and volumized. I got this bottle at target for a little under $6. It is so easy to use, I just spray it on my hair when its dry and then just scrunch it a little bit. Perfect! So easy to use on the go as well.

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So this here is the NYX Color Correcting palette. I believe I got this at Target for about $11. I am new to the color correcting scene so I wanted to try a drug store version before buying a high end color corrector. I really do enjoy this palette, especially for weekends when I get less sleep and wake up with dark circles. I also use this for any red spots that I want to cover. If you have been thinking about trying to color correct I would recommend this product to start with.

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This is my Makeup Forever Pro Finish powder. I love this face powder, and it is actually the only face powder I really use. It matches my skin tone perfectly, I wear the shade 117. It has great guidable coverage and comes with a little applicator underneath the powder compartment. I always keep this in my purse for touch ups, and it will definitely be a must have at the Brad Paisley concert. This is a more pricey product since it is a foundation, it retails at Sephora for $36.

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This is a swatch of the pigment in the Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 in the shade “Golden”. Now the Skin Fetish 003 is a high end product from a high end brand. This is the most expensive makeup product I have bought. It retails at Sephora for $72. It does not only include this pigment though, it also includes a Shiny Stick highlighter + balm duo, as well as a buffer brush. I LOVE this pigment, the color is amazing, the highlight is on fleek, and it lasts a long time with no touch ups needed. The brush and shiny stick are both great products as well but this pigment is by far my favorite in the package. The packaging of the pigment is a fairly cheap compact though, similar to I would say, ELF compact packaging. I love to just glow on the weekends and look dewy, so I love to use a dewy foundation and then apply this pigment. Highlight is on fleek!

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Last but certainly not least I have my Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in the shade “Mary Jo K”. I know that Kylie Cosmetics has some controversy on how its formula is so similar to the formula found in Colourpop liquid lipsticks, but to me I love the Colourpop lipsticks but the Kylie Lip Kits do just last longer on my lips. So I prefer the Lip Kits, especially because these are hands down my favorite lip liners ever. The liners are so creamy and pigmented. So since I am going to a country concert I definitely want to rock a red lip, and this one is perfect because of how long they last on my lips. I also enjoy the vanilla scent as well. The Kylie Lip Kits retail for I believe $28, but beware because after taxes and shipping they do total to about $40. In my opinion, still worth it because of how much I LOVE the lip liner.

So these are all of my weekend must haves for this weekend in particular. I really hope you guys enjoyed, and thank you so much for reading my post!