June Favorites

Hi everyone,

As it’s the end of the month I thought it would be the perfect time to do my June Favorites. I have a good mix of favorites this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my June BoxyCharm box, and if you haven’t read that yet I’ll link it below. My first Boxy favorite is the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glowdient Makeup Palette. This is a multi use face palette with a gradient shades to bronze, blush and highlight. My first impression of this palette is that it was gorgeous and after using it, it truly is gorgeous. All of the shades are super pigmented and when it hits the light, it becomes one of the best highlighters I’ve used. I definitely recommend giving this palette a try.

And my last Boxy favorite and last beauty favorite, is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 2489, Famous Red. Nars lip pencils are some of my favorite lip products, I have a few in different shades, and this one is so good. This has a non drying, long lasting formula with Vitamin E and emollients that make it creamy and give you seamless matte color for hours. This red in particular is not too deep or too bright but it’s a vivid color with just enough richness. 

Moving on to a couple a random favorites, these two kind of go together. Now that we’re in summer the weather has gotten nicer, but over the last couple days we had a really unusually warm heatwave, 100+ degrees heatwave, and having air conditioning really helped. Another thing that helped, because I was hydrating and drinking so much water, was Body Armor. I like it more than Gatorade for hydrating, it has coconut water in it and doesn’t leave behind that cloying sweetness that Gatorade sometimes can. They also have a ton of flavors and different sizes, so you’re guaranteed to find something you like. 

And my last favorite is a music favorite. This month it’s the Queen and Paul Rodgers Return Of The Champions concert. I have the album version of this on Spotify and I listen to it all the time, but I recently rediscovered the DVD version and it’s such a good concert. I think that the collaboration with Paul Rodgers is the best that Queen has done, their styles and voices go together so well, it just feels like a natural fit. I also have to say, because it does get forgotten, that Roger Taylor has a really nice singing voice. I definitely recommend giving this a watch and a listen if you haven’t, it’s a lot of fun. 

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

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

-K

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June BoxyCharm Unboxing

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The other day I received my June BoxyCharm Box and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme this month is Dare To Dazzle, and it fits very well with the items in the box.

The first  item we have is the OPV Beauty Spotlight Eyeshadow Palette. This is an 18 pan palette with a mix of matte and shimmer shades. You get a pretty decent size mirror with this palette and that’s always really nice. Normally I would swatch an eyeshadow palette, but I’m going to give this to someone and I don’t want to mess it up and touch it. If I’m being completely honest, just looking at the shadows, there aren’t any that excite me and I think it’s a little overpriced. 

The next item we have is the Luna Magic Beauty Va – Va Voom Pink Lash Primer. This is a mascara primer that has a natural wax formula with a creamy texture and new and innovative emulsifier to add volume and length to your lashes. I think it’s cool that this is actually pink because I haven’t seen a pink lash primer before. I don’t actually use a lash primer, but my mom does so I’m going to give this to her. 

Moving on we have the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glowdient Makeup Palette. This is a multi use face palette with gradient shades to bronze, blush and highlight. This palette is gorgeous, I took pictures in the sun and inside and this is a palette I can’t wait to use. I will say that I accidentally smudged the second swatch and didn’t notice, so in the picture it doesn’t look as good as it actually is. There are five shades in this palette and you get a nice mirror, which is always great to see in a face palette. 

The second to last item we have is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 2489, Famous Red and this was my choice item for the month. This is a matte lipstick in pencil form that has a non drying and long lasting formula with Vitamin E and emollients that gives a creamy texture and ensure you have seamless matte color for hours. I have a few of the matte lip pencils in various shades and I absolutely love them. This red in particular is really nice, it’s not too deep or too bright but it’s vivid and rich in color. I definitely recommend giving one of these pencils a try if you haven’t already. I also took pictures of this swatch in the sun and inside.

And the last item we have is the LoveScript Wild Lavender Body Wash. This is a very thick and luxurious body cleanser that gives you an epic velvety foam with just a dollop. You can either use this on a loofa or poured directly into a bath and the lavender scent is supposed to soothe and elevate your senses. I really like the body wash I’m using now, but this one smells really good and it sounds really nice so I’m interested to try it. 

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

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

-K 

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Blogmas Day Six: December BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Six! Before we get into it I want to say that because I didn’t post on Friday one day this week I will be double posting, so one day there will be two posts and once that happens we’ll be all caught up. So, for today’s post I’m going to be unboxing the December BoxyCharm box. The theme this month is Bubbles and Glitz, which is perfect for the end of the year.

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The first product we have is the Artist Couture Caliente palette. This is an eight pan palette with five mattes, two metallics and one multidimensional high pearl shade. 

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For the size of this palette, it has a nice mirror and the pans are a good size. 

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I normally use a palette before talking about it, but I used this yesterday and so far I do really like it. Of the shades that I used, I found that the mattes were really smooth and blended out nicely, along with being very pigmented, and the high pearl shade is not only gorgeous, but very shimmery. 

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I swatched these as they appear in the palette. The first shade we have is Mangorita, a matte yellow shadow. Yellows can sometimes be hard to formulate, but this one wasn’t too patchy when I swatched it, so I’m interested to see how it will perform on the eye. Next to that is Vibras, a vibrant matte, red/orange. Then there’s Fuego, a matte, hot pink shade. And the last shadow in the row is Cultura, an orangey/gold metallic. 

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The second row starts with Sensual, a super pigmented metallic orange. The color payoff you get from this is next level. Next to that is Mamacita, the pearl shade. This is a light peachy/orange, and it’s so, so pretty. The way it looks on the arm is how it looks on the eye like ten. It’s an incredible shadow. Then there’s Brillo, a matte magenta. It’s very similar to Fuego, but deeper and on the eye the two of them together are great. And the last shadow in the row is Rumba, a matte brown with orange undertones. This one didn’t swatch the best, but like the yellow shade, I’m interested to see how this performs on the eye. 

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The next product we have is the Eloise Beauty Get Lit Metallic Foiled Liquid Eyeshadow in Pure Gold. This is a long wearing, metallic foiled shadow with a blend of metallic and glitter reflects. This looks pretty in the bottle, but when I swatched it I was seriously impressed, not only is it the perfect gold tone, but it’s perfectly shimmery. This would be the perfect shadow for a New Years Eve look. On the top of the box, inside it has a code so if you use code BOXYCHARM on the Eloise Beauty website you get 20% off everything. 

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Moving on we have the Tarte Maneater Mascara in Black. This has vitamin E, carnauba wax and jojoba, which are all great for lashes. This mascara is supposed to give you dramatic volume, length and curl without flaking or clumping. 

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It has one of the spiky plastic brushes, but this one says it’s custom and has over 500 bristles to bring out every lash. I don’t typically like this style of brush as much, but I’m intrigued by this one and I’ve heard great things about this mascara so I’m excited to try it. 

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The second to last product we have is the Ofra Cosmetics Pressed Banana Brightening and Setting Powder. This is a multi use powder that you can use to set foundation and concealer, matte eyeshadow, conceal under eye circles and highlight the under eye, brow bone, bridge of the nose, middle of the forehead and the chin. 

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You get a nice sized mirror with this powder as well. 

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As it’s banana powder, it does have a light banana scent and it reminds me of the banana Laffy Taffy. 

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And the last product we have is a MAC matte lipstick in the shade 612, Russian Red. I did a red lipstick post the other day and I mentioned how no one does a red lipstick like MAC. This is a super pigmented, deeper red, but it’s not too deep. It’s really nice and I’m excited to add it to my collection. 

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

-K 

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Blogmas Day Three: Red Lipstick and Liner Collection

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Three! As one of the essentials for the holiday season is red lipstick, I thought it would be fun to show you my current collection of red liners and lipsticks.

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Starting with liners, the one red liner I have is the Beauty Vaulte liner in Natty Nat. As far as tone, this is a pretty true and classic red that goes with a lot of the lipsticks in my collection, but I also really like it as and all over lip color. 

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Going into lipsticks, the first one we have is the NYX Shout Loud Satin Lipstick in Red Haute. This is a nice warm red. These lipsticks are nicely pigmented and are infused with mango and shea butter so you get 4 hours of hydration. 

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Moving on, the next lipstick we have is the e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Carpet. This is a lipstick that I’ve repurchased many times over the years. This is really rich and creamy when you put it on and the color is very vibrant. e.l.f. lipsticks have a great formula and I always recommend them if someone is looking for a good drugstore lipstick. 

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Next up we have the Sephora Collection Matte Lipstick in 23-Cabin Fever/23-After Hours. This is a darker red and I really like it. It’s so pigmented and long lasting and during the holidays and during college football season, this is a lipstick I wear a lot. 

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Next up we have the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Maple. Bite Beauty did discontinue their Amuse Bouche lipsticks, I believe it was to reformulate and from what I understand they’re supposed to be relaunching sometime soon. I have quite a few of the Amuse Bouche lipsticks and I really like the formulation and pigmentation of them all. This one is a darker red, ever so slightly than the SC Cabin Fever, and it’s so pretty. 

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The last of the bullet lipsticks is the MAC Matte Lipstick in 640, Red Rock. This is the first MAC lipstick I’ve had and when I was shopping for it there was no question in my mind that I had to buy a red because MAC does red so well. This shade in particular is a really classic, true red and it’s just so good in every way. 

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The second to last lipstick we have is the YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain in 5-Rosewood Gang. This is a lip stain so it’s a little bit lighter and I do like to layer it, but it stands up well to that and doesn’t get gloppy. Color wise this looks red on me, but it does have some pink/purple undertones. I’m actually running low and I need to pick up another one. 

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And the last lipstick we have is the Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector in 03 Velvet Red. This is a liquid lipstick in a matte finish with shea butter that is super pigmented. This lipstick feels very light on the lips, which I appreciate and I do like the cushion applicator. 

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you have any of the same lipsticks let me know which and if not I’d love to know what your favorite red lipstick is for the holidays :). 

-K 

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