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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November BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Yesterday I received my November BoxyCharm box and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme for this month is Invite Only which fits perfectly with this time of year. It’s officially the holiday season and people are getting glammed up to go to holiday parties.


So the first product we have is the Ace Beaute Eyeshadow Amplifying Base in Light. This is a full coverage eyeshadow base that not only amplifies matte and shimmer shadows, but gives them a longer wear time. I really like Ace Beaute, as you guys know, and I have yet to anything from them that isn’t an eyeshadow palette. So I’m excited to try this out. 


The next product we have is the Violet Voss Violet Sunset Eyeshadow and Pressed Pigment Palette. This is a 10 pan palette with a color story inspired by the sunset so it has those warm neutrals but there’s pops of color as well. 


You do get a mirror in this palette, and it’s a rectangular mirror as this is a rectangular palette. 


This palette has a mix of mattes, shimmers and metallics. Just from the swatches it seems like these shadows are very pigmented and from what I know of Violet Voss palettes, they’re going to be super blendable. 


I swatched these in the rows they appear in in the palette. The first shadow in the first row is Vanilla which is a really pretty, light vanilla/pink with a duochrome shift. Next to that is Peach which is a metallic golden peach shade. Then there’s Desert Sand, a matte lighter, warm brown. Next to that is Champagne which is a metallic/foil champagne shade and the last shadow in the row is Amber Sky which is a matte deep amber. 


The second row brings those fun pops of color. The first shadow in the row is Lilac, a very pretty matte lilac. Next to that is Violet Sunset, a metallic violet which I can’t wait to wear. Then there’s Sunset, a matte peachy/pink. Next to that is Blush, a matte blush pink and the last shadow in the row is Dusk, a matte deep brown. I will be doing a ‘Three Recent Looks’ with this palette, so look out for that.


Moving on we have the Hanalei Beauty Company Matte Bronzer. This is a natural, cruelty free matte bronzer that is supposed to give you a sun kissed Hawaiian look. This is also supposed to be long wearing. It swatched really smooth and it’s a nice color that is buildable and I’m interested to try it. 




The second to last product we have is the Luxie x Puatips Por La Noche Brush Set. This was my Choice item for the month. With this set you get three brushes. These brushes have orange, white and gold handles with gold lettering. And like all Luxie brushes I’ve used, are super soft. 


The first brush is a Luxie 211 Concealer Brush. I don’t usually apply my concealer with a brush, I like a sponge, but this is a nice size and shape so I’ll see what I think of it.


Next we have a 207 Medium Angled Brush. I think you can never have too many angled brushes and I like the medium size ones. 


And the last brush in this set is the 514 Blush Face Brush. This is what I would call a medium size blush brush, not too big and fluffy and that’s always a good size to have in your brush collection. 


You also get a pouch with this set. When you take the insert out you can see it’s clear and it has an orange zipper. 


And the last product we have is the Bodyography Makeup Brush Cleanser. This is made from natural orange peel and gentle cleansers. It’s vegan, cruelty free and the bottle is recyclable. I like that this comes in a spray because that makes it quick and easy to clean brushes and it smells decent too. It’s coming up on time to clean my brushes, so I’ll be putting this to the test. 


That about wraps it up for this post, if you got any of the same products in your November 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 December box :). 


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Blogmas Day Eight: BoxyCharm A Yearish In Review

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Eight! Today I thought it would be fun to have a look through the BoxyCharm boxes I’ve received this year and talk about my favorites and what I’m still using. I called this a yearish in review because I subscribed at the end of April, after Sephora Play ended. Just a quick refresher, BoxyCharm is a $25 a month subscription box and you get 5 full size items. There are multiple levels of this box so you can upgrade and each month they have great sales if you’re a subscriber.

Like I said, I first subscribed at the end of April, but they were nice enough to send me the April box and that immediately let me know that I had made the right decision in subscribing to them. So the April box was a good intro of what was to come.

The first thing and the thing I use the most from the April box is the Murad Hydra-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes. I’ve been using this eye cream since I got it and it’s incredible. The Alamar Cosmetics Colorete Blush Trio in Medium-Tan has become a mainstay in my blush rotation and recently Alamar upgraded the packaging and I think they tweaked the formula a little. These blushes are super pigmented, but they’re also very buildable and easy to work with. The last item in the box that I use a lot is the Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Cashmere Lip Penchil in Mocha. This is a nice medium brown, as the name would suggest and it works great as a liner and an all over lip color. I do want to give an honorable mention to the Ciate London Eye Lustre Creme Eyeshadow in Cupid. I do like it a lot, but I don’t use it as often as the items I mentioned. 


The May box was, if I’m being honest, not my personal favorite and not very well liked in the Boxy community. But despite that I did have two things that I liked. The first is the Ayam BeautyCare Dead Sea Minerals + Vitamin C Serum Makeup Remover Wipes. I don’t use makeup wipes a lot, but I used these on my face a few times and the rest of them I used to remove swatches and they did an incredible job. This is definitely a good item to have in the skincare cabinet. The other item is the Pretty Vulgar Uncaged Eyeshadow Primer. This is a tackier primer, but it dries down translucent and it really helps your eyeshadow pop. 

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The June Box had quite a few good things in it, starting with the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. This is a super hydrating primer that comes from a Korean skincare brand and Korean skincare is pretty incredible. This smells really good, sinks into the skin quickly and gives you a nice glow. Then we have the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Coco Bling. This is a light silver and it has a really pretty glow. I like to use this on my face, but it’s also great for all over the body. My last favorite from the June box is the Beauty Vaulte Circadian Lip Liner Trio. This has three liners, a true brown, a rusty brown and a red. These are all really creamy, long lasting and are great as liners and all over lip colors. 

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The July box really felt like summer to me. It featured one of my favorite beauty tools that I literally use every day, the Lavish Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner. This is a sponge that you swirl your brush on and it removes the pigment. This is also super easy to clean and I appreciate that. One of my favorite products this summer came from this box and it’s the Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Spray. Not only does this smell incredible, but it gives you a glowy and dewy finish. 10/10 setting spray. My last July favorite is the Pur Cosmetics Festival 2.0 Eyeshadow Palette. This is something I wanted from the minute I saw the pictures and since then I’ve used it a ton and created some really fun looks. This has 6 shimmers/glitters shadows, 4 mattes and 2 satins. The color range is really nice, so I find it to be a versatile palette. 

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August was another really good box. It featured what has become a staple in my skincare routine, the Minetan Body Skin Hydra Glow Sleep Serum. This does wonders for the skin, it works in time release, so as you’re asleep it continues to hydrate. The second item I love and use often is the Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Primer. This does a great job of not only enhancing your eyeshadow, but it also locks it in. The Trestique Summer Glow + Go Set is something that I’ve been using a ton since I got it. It is a four piece set with a cream blush, cream highlight, eyeshadow and brow pencil. Out of the four, I use the highlighter which is in the shade Maldives, a gorgeous champagney shade that has the perfect amount of shimmer and the eyeshadow, which is in the shade Tahitian Shimmer, a brown/gold/bronze color, the most. The last item I love from the August box is the Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector in 03, Velvet Red. This quickly became one of my favorite red lipsticks and I wear it all the time. 

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My favorites from the September box came in the form of two eye products. The first is Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Shadows in Private Jet & Shimmering Sunset. Private Jet is a light pink with a lot of warmth and Shimmering Sunset is an amber/rose gold glitter. The matte has a doe foot applicator and shimmer has a pointed brush. My other favorite is the Alamar Cosmetics Spanglish Pressed Pigment Palette. This has 8 shadows, 4 mattes and 4 shimmers. It does have a lot of fun colors, but it also has some more neutral shades so you can create a number of different looks. 

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The October box had a few things that I still use, but my favorites from the box were the Ciate London New England Editor Palette. This is an 18 pan palette and has a great mix of metallics, glitters and mattes. There is a wide color range and I find this to be a very versatile palette. My other favorite is the RealHer Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio. This has a blush, bronzer and highlighter that are all very nicely pigmented, blendable, buildable and the packaging with the marbling and rose gold lettering is super cute. 

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The November box gave me my first Natasha Denona experience in an exclusive palette for BoxyCharm, the Natasha Denona Peak Palette. This is a 5 pan palette that has all the colors of fall in it. I really like these mini ND palettes and I’m definitely going to be picking up a few more. The other item I really liked is the Bodyography Eye Pencil Duo. This came with two eye pencils in Black Walnut and Onyx. These are infused with coconut oil so they glide on but you can also get a crisp line and if you’re going for a smoky look, they smudge easily. 

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I’m not going to talk about the December box because I’m going to be mentioning my favorites from it in my December Favorites post. 

That about wraps it up for this post, this is definitely the best beauty subscription I’ve had and I’m excited to see what products I’ll get in 2021. If you guys are Boxy subscribers, I’d love to know what your favorite box was this year. 

Until next time, I can’t wait to see what’s in my January box and I hope you’re enjoying Blogmas :).


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November Favorites

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Today, as it’s the end of the month I’m going to be doing my November favorites. Even though I feel like this month absolutely flew by, I have a pretty good mix of favorites so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my November BoxyCharm box and if you haven’t read that, I’ll link it down below. My first Boxy favorite is the Natasha Denona Peak Palette. This is an exclusive, five pan palette for BoxyCharm and it has all of the colors of fall. All of these shades comes from the Safari, Sunrise and and Biba palettes. I’ve done a few looks with this palette so far and I really like it. All the shades are really smooth, very pigmented and blend really nicely.




This is the look I did with the palette on Thanksgiving. I’m really happy with how it came out. 


My second Boxy favorite is the Bodyography Eye Pencil Duo. These pencils are infused with coconut oil and they glide on nicely. You do get a nice crisp line with these but you can also easily smudge them. I got mine in the shades Onyx and Black Walnut. Onyx isn’t the blackest black but it does add depth and pulls together a look and Black Walnut is a very dark brown that is great for smoking out a more neutral look. 




And my last beauty favorite is from the Fall Walmart beauty box. It’s the Gold Bond Ultimate Strength and Resilience lotion. This is a really good lotion for this time of year because it has seven plumping moisturizers, three vitamins, proteins and lipids. So it keeps your skin radiant and moisturized. 


Moving on I have a holiday favorite and it’s Thanksgiving. Even though Thanksgiving was a little different this year I still really enjoyed it. I did glam from the waist up but had leggings and slippers on which I don’t normally do. But overall it was a very chill day and I still managed to eat too much food. 

My second to last favorite is a Twitch stream and it’s Tony Kanaan’s Twitch stream. I didn’t really know that TK was on Twitch until I saw a tweet from him saying that he was live and since then I’ve only missed a few streams. It’s genuinely such a fun environment to be in, he’s really interactive with his chat and I laugh so much when I’m in his stream. If you’re looking for a race car driver or iRacing stream to watch on Twitch I definitely recommend checking his stream out. And if you see me in chat say hi. 

And my last favorite, a music favorite, is AC/DC’s new album Power Up (PWR UP as it’s written on the album cover). There was a lot of hype behind this album and it’s definitely lived up to all the hype. It’s very much like a classic AC/DC album, in the sound and style and it’s just a feel good album. It’s what the world needed right now for sure. If you haven’t heard it yet, I definitely recommend giving it a listen. 

That about wraps it up for this post, I want to mention because I haven’t that I am doing Blogmas again this year and I’m excited about it, so look out for those posts. If we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what your favorites were.

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


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November BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Yesterday I received my November box from BoxyCharm and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme for this month is Boxy Harvest, which is perfect with Thanksgiving coming up and this Boxy Harvest is certainly bountiful.


The first product we have is the Volition Beauty Snow Mushroom Water Serum. This is a serum made of snow mushrooms, which is a superfood, it’s supposed to be ultra hyrdating and leave your skin looking healthier and plumper while minimizing the look of pores. I have a serum that I’m using right now that I really love, but as we get closer to winter I’m all about making sure my skin is super hydrated, so I’m excited to try this out then. 


Next up we have the thing I was the most excited for when I saw spoilers for this month, the Natasha Denona Peak Palette. This palette is exclusive for BoxyCharm and it came with a coupon, so if you use NDXBOXY on you’ll get 25% off. This is a five pan, and it has the perfect colors for fall. 



So the first shadow we have is Aya, and it’s a matte nude. Next to that is Jasper, and that is a matte dark orange but it is warm toned. The middle shadow is Thorn and that is a matte chocolate brown. Then there’s Amhara, which is what I would call a matte medium-dark orange but it’s not as warm as Jasper. And the last shadow is Shine, which is a metallic light copper. Aya, Thorn and Amhara are from the Safari palette, Jasper is from the Sunrise palette and Shine is from the Biba palette. This is my first Natasha Denona experience and I’m so excited to use this palette. 


Moving on we have the Bodyography Eye Pencil Duo. These pencils are infused with coconut oil, so they glide on but you can still get a crisp line and they appear to smudge easily. 


The colors that I got in mine are Black Walnut and Onyx


Black Walnut is a very dark brown and you can see the black in it in the swatch. Onyx is dark, not the blackest black, but would still pull a look together.


The second to last product we have is the Beauty Creations Cali Glow Highlight Palette. This palette has three highlighters, and a small mirror in the top. 



The first shad is Malibu and it’s a nice champagne. In the middle is Santa Monica, a deep gold, then there’s Manhattan Beach, which is really deep and bronzey. You might notice that I didn’t swatch this palette and that’s because I currently have quite a few highlighters I’m using right now and I’m going to give this to someone as a Christmas gift, so I didn’t want to mess it up in any way.


And the last product we have is the Jouer Cosmetics Lip Enhancer. This was my choice item for the month. This is a lip moisturizer that has Maxi-Lip, Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed Oil and Shea Butter to condtion and nourish your lips while protecting them from environmentally damaging elements. Like with my skin, sometimes my lips get dry during the winter, so I like to really make sure I’m keeping them hydrated and I think this is going to be perfect for that. I’m excited to use it. 


That about wraps it up for this post, if you got any of the same products in your November BoxyCharm boxes 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 December box :).


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