BoxyCharm December 2017

I cannot believe that 2017 is almost over! It feels like it was just yesterday that we were all making new year resolutions and talking about what a good year it would be. Personally, it was a pretty good year. Know who also had a pretty great year? BoxyCharm. Their boxes have continued to get better and better! I have been seriously so surprised by the products we have been receiving, all for only $21 a month.

If you have never heard of BoxyCharm, it is a monthly makeup subscription box. For $21 each month, you will receive 5 FULL SIZED makeup items. Even better, they usually include at least one prestige brand, such as Tarte. You can learn more and sign up here.

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The first products that I noticed were the RealHer blush trio and Crown blush brush.

We have received previous Crown brushes and I have to say, I usually like them. While I do like this Crown Pro Blush brush, I will not be using it for blush. It is really soft and blends product well but I just think it is too dense to be used for blush. I ended up going back in with my regular blush brush to soften the look. I do think this brush could work well for contour. This brush retails for $12.

The RealHer Blush Kit includes three different blushes; Fearless (pink), Limitless (peach), and Unstoppable (peachy bronze nude). While these might look a little intimidating in the pan, they are really beautiful on. They each have a luminous finish but no apparent glitter. They blend beautifully and are not too pigmented. I really like mixing Limitless and Unstoppable. This palette retails for $32 on the RealHer site but you can get a 20% off coupon by signing up for their emails.

If you have been visiting my blog for a while now, you probably know I am a big fan of color correctors. Usually, I use a green one to combat my redness but I have been thinking about picking up a peach toned one for my dark circles. The Bellápierre Pro Concealer Palette contains three color correctors in green, lavender and orange. Sadly, I was not a huge fan of this palette. The product is too stiff and thick to blend properly and the orange is too dark for me to use. If you are looking for a good color corrector, I highly recommend the Color Correcting Liquid Concealer from Ulta.

I am a sucker for pretty packaging. When Pretty Vulgar was first released at Sephora, I was captivated. I loved the feminine vintage feel of their packaging. I was so excited when I saw the Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Liquid Lipstick in Secret Sabotage in my box. It is a nude color with a metallic finish. This is truly a liquefied lipstick in the sense that it is not matte and will not dry down to be transfer proof. My favorite way to wear this is as a gloss or lip topper. If you put this just in the center of your lips, it looks so pretty. These retail for $24 and come in 8 shades.

I was shocked to see this final product; the Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. I am a HUGE fan of Tarte mascaras. Previously, my favorite was the Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara. However, this one might take it’s place. It really defines my lashes and gives me the volume I love while making them very black. It does not flake or smudge unless water is introduced. These retail for $23 but are currently on sale for $10 at Ulta Beauty.

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I mean, what can I say? BoxyCharm knocked it out of the park again. I really enjoyed all of these products, with the exception of the color correcting palette. While some of the items are over priced (I’m looking at you, RealHer blush palette) for only $21, this box is well worth it!

Have you tried any of these products before? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Boxycharm: August 2018

I am part of a really cool group on Facebook called Boxycharm Beauties. Here, you can buy, sell and trade items you receive in your box. But, the best part has to be that the CEO is a member of the group and frequently gives us sneak peaks. So, when I heard that we would be getting a palette from Tarte, I was so excited!


If you are unfamiliar with Boxycharm, it is a monthly suscriptiom box. You pay $21 a month and receive at least 5 full sized beauty products. This month I received:  falsies, gel eye liner, face paint, 3 brush set and an eyeshadow palette.


The first thing that everyone received is a pair of false eyelashes from PÜR. There were two different styles that you could receive. I received the style Diva and they retail for $14. I personally do not wear false eyelashes but will be saving these to put into a future giveaway.


The next product everyone received was a set of three Pro makeup brushes from Royal and Langenickle. These brushes are so nice! They have a good weight to them and they are comfortable to hold. They are also super soft. The crease brush is fantastic because it comes to a nice point for more precise application. The tapered blush brush is also great for contour. The only brush I wasn’t a fan of was the chisel brush, though it could be good for undereye concealer or baking. You can find more information on the brushes here, they will be released for sale this fall.


The final universally received product is the Rainforest of the Sea Volume 2 palette by Tarte. This eyeshadow palette comes in a beautiful compact with mirror and retails for $36.


This is a really great everyday palette. It has 3 shimmer shades and the rest are satin mattes. They claim that you don’t need primer or a brush with this palette and I find that to be true. The formula is really fantastic. While you can use your finger for application, I prefer a brush if I want to have a more precise application.


Now is where the products can differ from box to box. I was needing a new black liner, so I was excited when I received the Waterproof Gel Eyeliner by Bellapierre which retails for $15. It came to a very fine point which turned out to not be a great thing as it was too sharp to use on my waterline. After I wore it down a bit, it worked better. However, I’m still not a fan. It is not black enough and it tugs when you use it. I don’t foresee myself using this much in the future.


The final product I received is the Aloette Face Paint in Pink a Boo which retails for $35. This cream pigment is great for cheeks and lips. The color is buildable and you only need the tiniest bit. I really like this for a sheer wash of color and for every day looks.


Here is a picture of me wearing all of the products. This month’s box was really great! I loved all of the products with the exception of the eyeliner and chisel brush. I’ve seen some spoilers for the rest of the year, and they are going to be awesome. If you aren’t signed up yet, I highly suggest you do it soon.

What were your go to products this month?

Xoxo Sammie

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