Boxycharm has managed to impress me in a big way. I recently received the December installment of Boxycharm and have to say I was completely won over by the value of this monthly makeup subscription service.
This little white box? Full of makeup goodness for the reasonable rate of $21 a month which you are able to cancel at any time. Everyone receives the same products in their monthly Boxycharm shipment.
The contents of the December Boxycharm included 4 full-sized makeup products and one trial sized item. Every month you can expect at least 4 full-sized beauty items, which is a better value than Ipsy. At $10 a month, you are not guaranteed 4 full-sized makeup items.
The theme for the December Boxycharm was Jingle Bells. With festive false lashes, shimmery eyeshadow, berry glossy lip color, easy-to-transport hair spray, and a retractable makeup brush to keep in a clutch, these items are the ingredients for a fun night out.
I was really impressed with the content of the Boxycharm box I received, especially the Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes. They’re $30 and I know I’ll have a lot of fun with these frilly falsies.
I received the Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Shameless.
Every makeup user needs a retractable brush to carry with them. It’s a makeup saver! The Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush ($20) is made of super soft synthetic bristles.
The winner of the December Boxycharm is the Coastal Scents Revealed palette which is comparable to the Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palettes. The texture and pigmentation of these shadows is great and you get 20 colors, so it’s an all-around great deal.
The only sample sized item was a hairspray by Eva NYC Hair Products, which I always love to receive. Mini cans of hair spray come in handy!
My Final Thoughts: From what I’ve seen of past reviews of Boxycharm, their shipments tend to be this generous. The value of the full sized items in this Boxycharm comes out to $104, which makes it a fantastic deal. I’ll use and enjoy all of these products – it’s a win!
I take the majority of the photos you see on the blog on Saturday mornings, and he is my constant sidekick. Sometimes he’s good with keeping himself busy, and other times, he needs a little more attention from mommy.
When he grows up, I wonder how he’ll remember these creative Saturday mornings we spent together. Will he take these memories and do something artistic, as well? Time will tell.
Andre was 2 when Painted Ladies started and now he’s 7 1/2. I’m in denial.
Over the weekend he must have grown a couple of inches, because when he got dressed on Sunday it looked like his clothes had shrunk. I am happy he’s growing and he’s healthy, but there there’s that realization my baby really isn’t a baby anymore. #tears #sadness #why Hold on tight to your babies, mamas.
Even my assistant found it irresistible. Well, maybe just the props.
I think this is a really cute set and I love the soft, shimmery pastels that are absolutely perfect for Valentines. BFTE owner, Kimberly, told me she wanted to make colors that are reminiscent of Valentines conversation hearts. She nailed it!
The colors include:
Heart Of Glass - A GORGEOUS duochrome light pink with violet and pink.
Be Still, My Heart – A bright violet-red with a pink sheen.
XXOO – A pink/coral with pink shimmer.
Heartbreaker – A light purple with pink shimmer.
Worn together or mixed in with other shadows, I think these pretty eyeshadows are just what the makeup doctor ordered to combat Winter doldrums.
My Final Thoughts: Evoking memories of candy hearts and sweet treats, the BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Collection 2015 is filled with soft, shimmery pastel eyeshadows that are a nice chance from the smoky shadow colors from the Holiday season.
As I mentioned in my recent post where I discussed my 2015 beauty resolutions, this is the year I’m getting my hair in it’s best shape ever. Possessing curls aplenty, my hair needs special care, and over time I’ve learned there are 3 must have products for curly hair that I cannot be without.
A hair brush is the mortal enemy of curly hair. If I were to brush my hair on a regular basis, madness would ensue. However, there are snarls and knots that need to be combed through, so I coat my hair with an oil and comb through with a wide toothed comb right before I wash my hair. Snarls are eliminated and as a bonus the oil acts as a conditioning treatment.
2. A Good Natural Oil
My hair can’t tolerate typical shine treatments that only seem to dump a bunch of dimethicone on hair. Instead, a couple of drops of a good oil do the trick when my hair needs a bit of a boost between washes. Lately I’ve been applying some oil to the ends of my hair at night – my dry ends need the moisture.
Right now I’m using and loving InstaNatural Argan Oil ($17.95), a cold-pressed oil that can be used on your hair, skin, nails, and face.
There are no chemicals or artificial fragrances used in this pure oil, making it ideal for hair that needs a lot of pampering.
3. A Hair Mask
While I will use a shampoo every few washes, I’m a co-washer, meaning I’ll only use conditioner to cleanse my hair. I’ve been doing this for many years with great success and have found that my hair takes on new life and vitality when I use a hair mask for this purpose.
There are several nourishing hair masks in my current co-washing rotation, and one that I’ve been enjoying is the InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask ($17.95). My hair really loves Argan Oil, and this mask is so nourishing, giving my hair much needed moisture.
The key ingredients are: Argan Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Vitamin B5. You can either use this as a daily conditioner, or leave it on your hair for 10 minutes as a hair mask.
With the use of these three products, my curls are supple and I can definitely say the “happy curl, happy girl” principal is in effect!
Do you have certain must have products you use in your hair?
So, my hair had seen better days when I took photos for today’s makeup inspiration, which features products I received in the Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag. What better time to pull out my peacock fascinator? My skin is currently red and inflamed from allergies, but I give all credit to my foundation lineup for keeping things together!
InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum and InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel came into my life recently, and my skin is very thankful.
Over the past couple of months I’ve been trying many InstaNatural products, and have to say overall my skin is very impressed. This affordable, high quality skincare line offers serums, moisturizers, masks, and other products that target a variety of skin concerns. At the moment, my biggest skin care issue is dryness. InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($16.95) is exactly what my Winter-parched skin needs right now. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural hydrator and helps your skin retain moisture. It’s a must have!
InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid along with antioxidants that include Vitamin C, Jojoba Oil, Aloe, and Green Tea to plump up and firm skin. This serum absorbs into my skin quickly and I’ve never experienced any irritation.
You can use this alcohol-free serum both day and night under your typical moisturizer and other skincare items.
I must give InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel ($19.97) a round of applause, because it’s just that great. This firming gel has made my under eye area extremely happy. I’m wowed in a way I never expected!
This lightweight, fast absorbing eye gel is enriched with Plant Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to target and improve the appearance of dark circles, elasticity, wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin.
This is my current go-to eye cream and I love that it instantly makes my under eyes feel more taut. It’s something I didn’t expect to love, but cherish dearly.
My Final Thoughts: The prices of InstaNatural products are absolutely fantastic. You cannot beat them AND the products are effective. I’m definitely a new, repeat customer! Both the Hyaluronic Serum and Youth Express Eye Gel are fantastic – if you have dryness, you’ll love both.
Earlier this week I received my monthly Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag, and I can tell you without a doubt Ipsy is starting the year on a good note.
Ipsy hasn’t been the most consistent in the past, but I was truly impressed with my contents from the get go. This is the first Ipsy bag that has it all right – I like everything I received and really feel like I got a great value for the $10 monthly subscription fee.
Besides that, the makeup bag matches my mani perfectly! A plus!
Here’s what I got in my bag:
– Velvet 59 Velvet Lip Gloss in Noisette (full-sized, $19) – soft, plushy, and gorgeously shiny.
– Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush (full-sized, $10) – soft and supple and definitely something I’m loving.
– Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow in Treasure (full-sized, about $10) – another gorgeous gold shadow.
– La Fresh Eco-Beauty Good Day Moisturizer (sample size) – I love this packaging!
From left to right, here are swatches of Whesek, Treasure, and Noisette.
Combined, these shadows and gloss make for a gorgeous look! I’m actually super impressed with all three colors.
Everything in this bag is something I will use and I think it was balanced just right. It’s like the bag was acutally curated according to the preferences I’ve set over the time I’ve been with Ipsy. Not too much skincare, but 4 full-sized makeup products I’m excited to use.
I also cashed in some points for the J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion, which is a glorious, shiny oxblood red.
My Final Thoughts: Overall, I’m entirely impressed with the Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag. For $10 I received makeup and skin care products to try out, and I think it’s a great deal.