Blogmas Day Eleven: BoxyCharm, A Year In Review

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Eleven! Today I’m going to be doing a BoxyCharm Year In Review. I got a lot of great boxes this year and had a ton of favorite products, so I thought it would be good to put them all together and share what I really loved.


The January box was a strong start to the year, and my favorite from this box was the Ace Beaute Bronzed In Paradise Palette. It didn’t feature in any of my recent looks posts, but I do like it and I do use it, it tends to fall to the back of my bronzer drawer, so I need to make a spot for it towards the front.





Ace Beaute made a really great impression in BoxyCharm this year, at least for me, and one of the things I loved in February was the Ace Beaute Nostalgia Palette. I use this all the time, I think it’s a super fun and versatile palette, in fact I talked about it in yesterday’s post. The other thing I loved in February was the Wander Beauty Double Date Lip & Cheek in Rendezvous/Swipe. I use Rendezvous solely as a lip product and I like it a lot. It’s a very pretty shade of pink. 







The March box had three items in it that I either loved already or have become staples in my makeup collection. The first of which is the Lime Crime Venus III Palette. This palette is super cute, it has some super pretty shadows in it and I love the versatility it affords. Then there’s the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara which I’ve loved pretty much since it came out, it’s so good and always does my lashes good. The last product is one that I was initially unsure of because I don’t love rose in beauty and skincare products, but it’s turned into one of my favorites and it’s the Maven Beauty Rose Water Setting Spray. This locks in your makeup and you don’t feel sticky. Because of the rose water, it’s actually kinda refreshing. 







In April I received the Flirtacious Looks Monarch Lash Pack and these lashes are SO good! It came with two pairs, Baby Girl, an angled lash and Charmer, a round lash. The second thing I loved from the April box is the Eloise Beauty Get Gleaming Body Glow Illuminator in Champagne Rich. I used this a lot during the summer and it gives a great glow but is also buildable so you can have your desired level of glow. 





The May box saw me receiving two things that I have since repurchased and have talked about so many times since. The first is the Sophia + Mabelle Hydrating Hybrid Lipstick in Topless. This is a nude lipstick with the hydration of a balm and it’s so, so good. I honestly recommend, especially if you’re a nude lipstick fan. The second is the Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer. I mentioned this in my Winter Skincare post and it’s an excellent moisturizer because it not only moisturizes, but it protects against blue light which is perfect for me because I do spend a bit of time on my computer. My skin definitely likes Murad. 





The June box had two things that very much screamed summer to me, a bright lipstick and glowy skin. The bright lipstick came in the form of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Famous Red, which has become a go to of mine in my red lipstick collection. The glowy skin came from the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glowdient Palette, I talk about this all the time, you guys know how much I love it. 






In July I got a great mix of great makeup and skincare. The Ofra Mini Mix Palette in Good To Go is something I already loved, so when I saw it was a choice item for July I picked it and it turned out to be a great choice because I just hit pan on the bronzer and because these are magnetic pans, I can just swap out the new and old ones. The BellaPierre Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner in Black has become something I reach for a lot in my eyeliner drawer and I like it a lot, you have a lot of flexibility so you can do the thin precise line or you can do a thick and dramatic wing. On the skincare side, this is when I got the Mudmasky Vitamin Infused Eye Serum, I also talked about this in my Winter Skincare post and I love it, I can see a difference since I started using it. 







The August box featured what as become a go to eyeshadow palette for me, the Dito Cosmetics Venus Palette. I used this palette a lot during college football season and when I did my gold eye look for yesterday’s post, this is what I used to do it. I’m also a space nerd, so that made this palette extra fun for me. My second August favorite is the Volition Hibiscus Unspottable Correcting Oil. I have a couple of dark spots on my face, and this has helped tremendously, it’s a great product. Definitely recommend it you’re looking to get rid of any dark spots. 





I’m gonna be honest, this was not my favorite box of the year. I did and do like the GlamGlow YouthMud Glow Stimulating Treatment. This is the OG GlamGlow product that made it what it is today and when you use it you can see why. Obviously the more you use it, the more results you see, but when in the 10 or so minutes you have it on, you can tell a difference. The exfoliating properties give you smooth, glowy and soft skin. The other thing I liked in this box is the Half Caked 813, Duo Fiber Brush. I use this for blush, and it gives you an airbrushed finish. It’s also super soft and I like the colors, I don’t have a lot of brushes in this color. 





The October box was fantastic. I feel like as we got closer to the end of the year, the boxes got better and better. I’ve talked about this palette a number of times since getting it, but the October box gave me the Ace Beaute Falling For You Palette and I still love it so much. I used it yesterday and it’s still great, the color range, the mix of mattes and shimmer, the color payoff and the formulation are all top notch. This box gave me something I had never tried before, and that was the Appeal Cosmetics Adhesive Liner. I’ve worn this a few times and I do like it, I find it to be quicker and easier than messing around with lash glue, and we all know how much of a mess that can be. I also received a set of lashes that I love, they’re from Camara Aunique Beauty and they’re the Mary Lash. They do give you volume and that oomph that you want from a false lash, but it’s very natural. The last thing in this box that I love is the Tresluce Beauty Like An Artista 4 Piece Brush Set. I know that at the time I received this set the brand was fairly new, but for a new brand they seriously smashed it with the brushes. They’re all super soft, blend nicely and they’re nice to grip. 








In November I genuinely loved everything in the box, and I don’t know if that’s happened in the time I’ve been doing BoxyCharm. It started with the Ace Beaute Eyeshadow Amplifying Base in Light, I talk about this all the time, it makes your shadow last all day and it amplifies both mattes and shimmers without being too sticky and tacky. Then we have the Violet Voss Violet Sunset Palette. For being a smaller palette it has a lot of versatility and the colors are so, so pretty. I’ve been using this a lot recently. The Hanalei Beauty Company Matte Bronzer is one that has quickly made it’s way into the front of my bronzer drawer, I love that it’s on the lighter side so you can build it up as much as you want and you get that nice Hawaiian glow. The Luxie Pautips Por La Noche Brush Set was nice to see because I really like Luxie brushes and this came with a cute little pouch which is currently holding these brushes and all the random single brushes I had. The last product in this box is the Bodyography Makeup Brush Cleanser. I used this recently when I cleaned by brushes and having it in the spray bottle was so much quicker and easier and I feel like it didn’t take as much to clean them as it usually does. 


I won’t be revealing my thoughts and favorites from the December box in this post, but I will be doing so in my monthly favorites like I always do. 

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same overall Boxy favorites let me know and if not, I’d love to know what you loved from BoxyCharm this year. 

Until next time, enjoy your products, I can’t believe Blogmas is almost over and I can’t wait to see what I get next year in BoxyCharm :). 

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October Favorites

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I know it’s a day late, but today I’m going to be doing my October Favorites. It’s late because I went to a Halloween party on the 30th and wanted to include my costume in this post. I think I have a pretty good mix of favorites this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my October BoxyCharm box, and I’ll link that below if you haven’t read it. My first Boxy favorite is the Appeal Cosmetics Adhesive Liquid Liner in Jet Black. This is the first adhesive liner I’ve tried and I really do like it. It’s so much easier than messing with a tube of glue, all you do is apply, wait for it to get tacky, then put your lashes on. Easy peasy. On the liner side of this, it’s ultra fine and you can easily do a thin or thick line. I definitely recommend giving this a try if you’re wanting to ditch the lash glue.



My next Boxy favorite is the Camara Aunique Beauty Mary Lash. These are faux mink and the most natural in their collection. They give you a nice, softness to your look while still giving you a good amount of volume. I’ve worn these a couple different times and I like them a lot. I’m definitely going to be picking up some more lashes from Camara Aunique in the future. 




My last Boxy favorite is the Ace Beaute Falling For You Palette. I’m not going to say too much about this palette because I’m going to be doing a Three Recent Looks post with it, but what I will say is that I like it a lot. I think it’s super versatile, perfect for this time of year but you could wear it during the warmer months as well and the shadows are fantastic. Definitely recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a great fall palette. 



And my last beauty favorite is the look I did to go with my Halloween costume. It’s very similar to the one I did for the 4th of July, with a few changes, but I like it a lot and it really added to the whole overall look. 


Moving on to more random favorites, we have my Halloween costume itself. This year I wanted something really fun and sparkly so that’s exactly what I got. Sparkly sailor. I think this is one of my favorite costumes I’ve done in a while, I had a lot of fun with it and it’s super cute. And honestly for being 90% sequins it wasn’t itchy which sequined things sometimes can be. 



And my last favorite is a music favorite and it’s the Doobie Brothers new album Liberte. You guys, I honestly can’t say enough good things about this album. From top to bottom it’s incredible, I genuinely really like every song, I don’t listen to Amen Old Friend as much because it makes emotional every time I do, which isn’t a bad thing, but ya know. But I genuinely can’t pick a favorite song, they’re all so great. The only thing I don’t love is the fact that I preordered it and they’ve had delays in getting them out so I haven’t gotten a physical copy yet, but I know they were supposed to start shipping end of October so I’m excited to get my hands on it. If you haven’t listened to Liberte yet I highly, highly recommend doing so. 

That about wraps it up for this post, if we have any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what your October favorites were. 

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great October :). 


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October BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Yesterday I received my October BoxyCharm box and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme this month is Spellbound, which is obviously the perfect theme with Halloween and there are definitely some products in here that fit the theme well.


So the first product we have is the Tarte Wink of H2O Vegan Collagen Eye Cream. They say that this is like an espresso shot for your under eyes. It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, has a light water based formula that gives 24 hour hydration and helps to firm and fight signs of aging with what they call hydroflex technology. This has a mix of marine plants, peptides, SEA surge complex, avocado oil, shea butter, caffeine and a vegan collagen complex. What it doesn’t have is parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and gluten. I do really like the eye cream I’m using right now, and my skin is 50/50 on Tarte skincare so I think I’ll give this a try and if my under eyes like it then I’ll definitely incorporate it into my routine. 


The next product we have is the Ace Beaute Falling For You Eyeshadow Palette. When I saw this palette in the spoilers for the October box I was excited and was hoping I would get it because it looked so pretty and like the embodiment of fall. I have another Ace Beaute palette that I love and use all the time, so I knew what the quality of the palette would be. I love what they did with the outside of this palette, I like the use of the orange, gold and the fall leaves. 


You do get a decent size mirror with this palette and it has a nice gold boarder around it. 


This is a 12 pan palette with a mix of matte and metallic shadows that they say have been carefully milled and packed so you get the easiest application and excellent color payoff. 


I swatched these in the rows they appear in in the palette. So the first shadow we have is Apple, a really pretty metallic rose gold. Next to that is Squash, which is a matte lighter pink. Then we have Pumpkin Pie, which is a unique color, it’s a matte reddish/orange brown and the last shadow in the row is Autumn, which is a matte deep apricot. 


The first shadow in the second row is Pine Cone which is a matte, darker sienna brown. Next to that is Cherry Pie, a metallic pinky red with some purple glitter. Then there’s Spice, a metallic taupe shade but it’s a deep taupe and it’s actually really nice. And the last shadow in the row is Cranberry, a matte berry shade that I like a lot. 


The first shadow in the third row is Chestnut, a matte deeper purple. Almost like a raisin tone. Next to that is Persimmon, a matte yellow/orange. Then there’s Cider, which is an almost green/gold metallic and the last shadow in the row is Candy Corn, which is a very bright, matte blood orange. What I can tell so far about these shadows is they’re all very pigmented and have a really nice formula. I’m excited to play around with them. 


Moving on we have the Appeal Cosmetics Adhesive Liquid Liner in Jet Black. This is ultra fine liner that will have you ditching the tubes of glue to apply your false lashes. Prior to this I hadn’t tried an adhesive liner so I was excited to and I’m testing it today. So far I really like it. It’s simple and easy to use, all you do is wait for it to get tacky, then apply your lashes. If you’re someone who wants easier application or is just over lash glue in general, I would say to give this a try. 



The second to last product we have is the Camara Aunique Beauty Mary Lash. These are faux mink lashes that they say are the most natural in their collection, is perfect for any woman who wants to keep it real with her beauty. These are a soft and light whisper lash that look perfect on any eye shape. I’m not the type to wear lashes everyday, but I do love a good set of lashes and these look like a good set so I’m excited to try them out and see how they look. 



And the last product we have is the Tresluce Beauty Like An Artista Brush Set. Tresluce Beauty is a newer brand from Becky G and this is four piece brush set. These brushes are vegan mixed texture fibers so they make it easy to blend and create your ideal eye look. I really like the packaging on these and the fact that the brushes themselves are that same matte blue. They’re also really nice to grip. 



One thing that I appreciate about the way they packaged these brushes is that each brush in the box has it’s own individual packaging. I can’t tell you how many times I take brushes out of a box and they’re smashed in some way. 


So with this set you get four brushes. The first is the B100 Deluxe Blending Brush. This brush, and all of them, are really soft. This one seems like a nice blender. 


Next is the B101 Classic Blending Brush. This is very similar to the Deluxe, but it’s shorter and slightly less fluffy. 


Then we have the B102 Angled Blending Brush. I don’t always use an angled blending brush, but they’re really nice to have. 


And the last brush we have is the B121 Rounded Pencil Brush. This is a great brush for applying color to your lower lash line. 


That about wraps it up for this post, if you got any of the same products in your October BoxyCharm box let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get. 

Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get in my November box :). 


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