March 2022 Favorites

Hi everyone,

As it’s the end of the month, I thought it would be the perfect time to do my monthly favorites. I haven’t done one yet this year, so I have quite a bit to talk. Let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have some favorites from both my February and March BoxyCharm boxes. My first Boxy favorites are from February, and they’re both things I’ve mentioned recently in Three Recent Looks posts. The first is the Wander Beauty Wanderess Escape Palette. This is a universal palette that has a range of colors and finishes and I think is a great option if you’re wanting something that is, universal or you’re someone who is starting their makeup collection. The pigmentation is high, the formula is great and this is definitely a palette I recommend.

My second February Boxy favorite is the Ace Beaute Glow Essentials Highlighter Palette. This is a six pan highlight palette with a range of shades. I’ve really been liking this a lot, all of these are really nicely pigmented and where you just swipe them on or you buff them out, you get a really nice glow. You guys know how much I like Ace Beaute and I think they really nailed it with this one. Plus the packaging is adorable.

Moving to my March Boxy favorites, we’re going to start with the StyleDry Coconut & Fig Hair Mask. This has coconut oil and murumuru butter which deeply nourishes to give you hydrated, healthy and glossy hair. I’ve used this once since I got it and I really like it. It smells incredible and it really did make my hair soft and glossy. I love a good hair mask and this is definitely a good one. 

My next Boxy favorite is the Earth Harbor Naturals Nymph Nectar Superfruit Radiance Balm. This balm has sea fruits and tropical super berries along with Vitamins C, A, E and K, amino acids, omegas and other bio-actives to help you achieve the best, bounciest and dewiest skin. I’ve been using this since I got it and I use it specifically after I shower. If I’ve taken a morning shower then I do a light layer like a moisturizer and if I take a night shower I put on a thicker layer and use it like an overnight mask and wash it off in the morning. I’m really liking it and I can see a difference in my skin already. This had really great reviews and I can see why, I definitely recommend it. 

My second to last beauty favorite and last Boxy favorite, is the Ofra Charm Your Cheeks Mini Mix Blush Palette. This is a six pan palette with a range of colors and made with Ofra’s liquid-to-baked technology. I really like the Ofra blushes I’ve tried, and am currently using, so I knew this palette was going to be good. The formulation is great, they’re all super pigmented and they mix super well together so you can great any blend you want. Plus this palette is magnetic, so you can easily pop out the pans and replace them. 

 

And my last beauty favorite is the makeup I did for St. Patrick’s Day. I like to do something fun every year for it, I am Irish, so that makes me want to do a little more for it and you guys know I love a festive makeup look. Overall I’m super happy with how it came out. 

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Moving on, I have a food/candy favorite and it’s Life Saver’s Gummies. I really don’t eat candy that often, but when I do I really like these. They’ve been a favorite of mine for a long time and I always go back to them. I think the original are my ultimate favorite, but they have a berry one that’s good too. 

And my last favorite, isn’t a music favorite, but a podcast. My podcast in fact. If you guys didn’t know, I do have a podcast, The Unlikely Duo Podcast on Twitch. We recently went through a rebrand and I’m so happy with it now. Myself and my cohost are doing motorsports commentary on the Monday’s after race weekends, you guys may or may not know that I’m a motorsports journalist, and the fact that I can bring that into this project is really fun and something I’m enjoying a lot. So if you’re an avid Twitch viewer or just want a great podcast to watch/listen to, give us a follow. I just put up some merch in our merch store as well, so we have some fun drinkware options to choose from. 

That about wraps it up for this post, 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 March :). 

-K 

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February 2022 BoxyCharm Unboxing

Hi everyone,

BoxyCharm has returned! I took a bit of a break from talking about it because January was crazy and I had a lot going on, but we’re back baby! With Valentine’s Day being this month, the theme for this box is Be My Glam-entine, and I think that’s super cute and a great way to combine to holiday with beauty. You’ll see in the pictures that my box significantly damaged, but BoxyCharm does a great job with their inner packaging so none of the products were damaged.

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So, the first product we have is the Teami Blends Green Tea Detox Mask. This is a mineral rich mask made with organic matcha, lemon grass and bentonite clay that naturally detoxifies, rids pores of impurities and replenishes the skin. I hear a lot about Teami Blends on social media, so I’ve seen people talk about this mask and they seem to really like, so I’ll put it in the rotation and give it a try. It sounds nice, so I’m interested to see what it’s like. 

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Moving on we have the Wander Beauty Wanderess Escape Eyeshadow Palette. This is a 10 pan eyeshadow palette that takes inspiration from everywhere, the sunsets in Santorini to the streets of Paris to create a universal palette. This has a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes with Hyaluronic Acid and rosehip seed oil to stay crease-proof and help the skin retain moisture. I really like that the shade names were chosen and voted on by the Wander Beauty Community. 

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You do get a mirror with this palette, and even though it’s not the biggest, I used it today and it’s a great mirror. Because it’s the size and shape it is, you can really see what you’re doing.

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Like I said, this is a 10 pan palette and you not only get the range of finishes, but because this is a universal palette, you get a decent shade range as well. 

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I swatched this palette in the rows they appear in. The first shadow we have is Moonlit which is a very pretty warm champagne shimmer. Next to that is Enchanted, a nice, subtle matte mauve. Then there’s Flourish, which is what I would call and orchidy purple but it’s foiled and it’s so pretty. I’m excited to see how this one will look on. Then there’s Sunkissed, a matte light sienna brown and the last shadow in the row is Santorini, a satin deep gold/bronze.

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The second row starts with Nude Beach, which is a matte beigey/nude. Then there’s Daydream, a super pretty foiled warm peach. Next to that is Stargaze, which is a true like 24k gold shimmer, then there’s Sea Glass, which is one of the shades that caught my eye immediately. It’s an aqua blue shimmer and it’s so pretty. This is another one that I can’t wait to wear and see how it is on. And the last shadow in the row is Overnight, a matte chocolate brown. I have a couple of these shadows on today and so far I can say that I really like them and what I got initially from the swatches, that they’re smooth, creamy and very pigmented, it continuing to be true. I’ll be doing a ‘Three Recent Looks’ with this palette, so look out for that. 

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Next we have the Ace Beaute Glow Essentials Highlighter Palette. This is my choice item for the month. This is a six pan highlight palette with a vast color range to give you the seamless glow you want. I love the packaging on this palette, the rose gold with the white is super pretty and perfect I think, for a highlight palette. 

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This palette does come with a good size mirror and you don’t always get that with a face palette, so I do like that. 

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Like I said, this is a six pan palette and there is a vast shade range. The pans are a really good size and I definitely appreciate that. You see a lot of highlight palettes with skinnier pans and I feel like you hit pan of those so quickly. 

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I swatched this in the rows they appear. So the first highlight we have is Icy, which is a very pretty white/silver. Then there’s Glowing, which I used today and it’s the kind of highlight I love, that soft lighter gold. Next to that is Poppin, this is a white base but it has a pink/purple duochrome shift to it. You could easily use this as an eyeshadow topper or on the inner corner of your eye and it would be super pretty. The first highlight in the second row is Radiant, and it’s a very pretty and soft, light pink and I actually use a pink highlight quite a bit, so I’m excited to try out this one. Then there’s Gleaming, a slightly darker gold, I also used this today and I think it’s going to be a good one to mix with. This one and Glowing together are very nice. And the last highlighter in the row and the palette is Beaming, which is a darker peachy/gold shade. All of these shades are very pigmented, you’re not left wondering where they are once you put them on, but you can also fluff them out and make them more subtle which speaks to the formulation. 

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The second to last product we have is the Bali Balm Pineapple Lip Scrub. This sugar cane crystals for exfoliating, gently buffing and polishing away dead skin cells. It has coconut oil for hydration, cinnamon, orange and vanilla essential oils along with pineapple and it smells incredible. If it was candy I would eat it, that’s how good it smells. This is actually a new launch and it’s reef safe, paraben free, palm oil free, no animal testing, and it’s vegan. Bali Balm is running a deal right now on their website, which I saw when I was researching this, where if you use the code BOXY22, you get a 50% discount plus any lip balm free. I’ve received one other Bali Balm product and I did like it, so I’ll be interested to try this out. My only gripe is the price, it’s $23.00 which is the higher end of what you usually see for lip scrubs. You do get 15 ml which is a good amount and it’s pretty full, so it doesn’t seem like something you would have to repurchase on a super regular basis. 

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And the last product we have is the Illamasqua Hydra Setting Spray. This is a lightweight mist that is supposed to lock in your makeup and give you a flawless dewy finish. It has a non sticky formula that dries fast and is infused with pea peptides which are rich in amino acids, and will leave your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. I do love a good setting spray and I haven’t tried much from Illamasqua, so I’m interested to try this out. 

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you got any of the same products in your February 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 next month :). 

-K 

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Blogmas Day Eleven: BoxyCharm, A Year In Review

Hi everyone,

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.

January:

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.

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February: 

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. 

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March: 

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. 

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April: 

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. 

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May: 

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. 

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June: 

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. 

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July: 

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. 

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August: 

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. 

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September: 

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. 

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October: 

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. 

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November: 

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. 

December: 

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

Hi everyone,

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.

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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. 

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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 NatashaDenona.com you’ll get 25% off. This is a five pan, and it has the perfect colors for fall. 

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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. 

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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. 

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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 :).

-K 

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