Finally back to reviewing my monthly beauty subscriptions. Life sometimes just takes you in a different route, ya know? Happy to have received  July’s Ipsy glambag and thought this was the perfect month to jump back in!

Hits:

FIRMA BEAUTY 204 Wide Blender

I always love getting brushes. This is the first full size item of the bag! Tools  of any kind get used often. Receiving this brush feels like getting the most bang for my buck This is a thicker shader brush with synthetic bristles. Meaning, it is very soft and meant for packing color on the lid. I used this today and it worked great. Also, the more brushes I have the less often I have to wash them. Lazy girl win! 

MÍDFLOWER Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask

Sheet masks are great for getting a dose of skincare FAST. Hyaluronic acid also happens to be one of my favorite skincare ingredients. It does an incredible job of hydrating the skin. My dry skin needs all the moisturizing it can get, so these masks are a total hit for me. Plus, we get two in the bag!

PACIFICA BEAUTY Bronzer Blush Duo

This product seems to be full sized and the packaging is so pretty! When I first applied this I was a bit bummed, it is not very pigmented. However, after working with it more I now appreciate that it needs to be built up, ensuring I don’t overdo it. The bronzer shade is matte and gives a natural bronzed appearance to the skin. The dusty rose blush is shimmery and creates a glowy flush. Both went on very smoothly and looked great throughout the day. Being on the more natural side made me enjoy this more than I initially thought. How perfect for travel would this be too?!

CIATÉ LONDON Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer

I am OBSESSED with primer, like seriously obsessed. I never do my makeup without it. I even double prime to match my skin needs the best! The gel consistency of this primer hydrates the skin, smells amazing (like watermelon, perfect for waking you up in the morning) and has tiny beads that dissolve when you work it into the skin. What these tiny beads actually do is beyond me. This primer does not fully dry down, leaving the skin a bit tacky which really grips onto your makeup. I thoroughly enjoyed using this primer and could see myself picking this up in the full size.

Misses:

THEBALM COSMETICS Eyeshadow in He Said, She Said

Single eyeshadows kind of annoy me, especially sample size ones. Is it just me? I feel like they get lost in my collection too easily. For the person who doesn’t hoard makeup as much as I do, this would be a great product to receive, i’m sure. This shimmery lavender shade is quite pretty, and would look great with those of you with green eyes. I do enjoy The Balm’s packaging as well, I just think somebody else will get more use out of this. 

 

Overall, I am pleased with this month’s bag. Four products (five if you include BOTH sheet masks) that will be certainly used up, all for ten dollars. Nothing wrong with that! What products did you get? Let me know down below!


 

 

Another month, another Boxycharm! I tend to play with makeup a lot more in the spring and summer months, so hopefully this box delivers! 

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CIATE LONDON – EYE LUSTRE CRÈME EYESHADOW

This is a unique product. I have dabbled with cream eye shadows in the past with varied success. This intense shimmy gold with a purple shift is beautiful, just absolutely gorgeous. It can applied with a heavy hand by itself for an intense look, blended in for a subtle sparkle and as a topper on top of another eyeshadow. I am excited to play with this more and to up my liquid shadow technique. The dry down time takes a bit, so apply and keep my eyes closed for a while? That is a little awkward, but practice will make my application perfect.

ALAMAR – COLORETE BLUSH TRIO

I enjoy a good blush, I really do. Receiving three in a palette is even better. These buttery, pigmented shades are all beautiful. With a peach shade, a neutral pink and a darker rosy tone, this palette can work with any makeup look. This product will be great for traveling and how fast does one use up a whole blush? Not very fast so this item is going to last forever. I am happy with how the blushes apply. The staying power seems decent but I always put on a touch extra to ensure it sticks around throughout my day.

FIRST AID BEAUTY – HELLO FAB COCONUT WATER CREAM

Beauty subscriptions seem like they can ready my mind sometimes. After my No7 moisturizer just ran out, I saved myself a trip to Ulta when I got this product. This moisturizer has a gel consistency which is lightweight and sinks into the skin FAST, like very fast. Which I enjoy for an AM moisturizer but may be too light for nighttime. I like just about everything about this item, besides the scent. It states on the jar that no artificial fragrance was added but I just can’t get down with the sickly sweet smell. I will get over it though, no biggie! Always enjoy getting skincare in these subscriptions.

ORYZA – OPALINE TOP GLOSS

This product totally threw me for a loop and was almost deemed a “miss.” With the title “gloss” I was expecting just that, a shiny topper. This product goes on with a ton of sparkle and dimension. Mainly gold flecks shine through but there is a faint pink shift. Then this product almost immediately dries matte, it is not transfer proof but seems like it would cling on for a while. I picture myself using this over another lip product and not on its own, it’s not pigmented enough to stand alone. So a gloss that is not really a gloss? Interesting, I guess!

Misses:

PUR – PRO EYELASH CURLER

Okay, this is not a terrible item to get. You don’t receive a lot of eyelash curlers, so Boxycharm gets an A for effort. I also dig how pretty this item is. The thing is, I already have a curler that I like. There is nothing wrong with this product, I just think somebody else would love it more than me.

Another good box, I love getting Boxycharm. I do feel like it has gone downhill slightly in recent months but I always find something that is worth the $21 price tag. What items did you get this month? I saw spoilers for other variations of May’s box and some of them were very good!


 

 

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Boxycharm has been slackin’ for me in recent months. Could this box be the one that puts them back in the forefront or am I just over it? Let’s find out!

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LUXIE – THE SUMMER DAZE 3PC BRUSH SET

Once again, you cannot go wrong with getting brushes in subscriptions. You can use them forever. Loving the fact that they sent three. Two of which are eye brushes that are good for packing on color or glitter (see below) on the lid. The third brush is said to be a contour brush, a bit on the small side for me, but I will find some way to use it. Do I have way too many brushes? Yes. Do I still love receiving these? YES!

ARTIST COUTURE – DIAMOND GLOW POWDER

Loose highlighters are a bit harder to work with than a pressed one. However, they can pack a punch! This peach highlighter has a major purple shift when light hits it (which I learned is almost impossible to capture in a photo). How fun is that? It can be applied subtly or built up. This finely milled powder will last a very long time. It is best to apply loose highlighters with a fluffy brush to get a seamless appearance. When I want a colorful and unexpected highlight this is the product I will reach for.

BODYOGRAPHY – EYE PENCIL

A pencil eyeliner is not the most exciting product to receive, can we all agree on that? I do appreciate that it is not black however. I occasionally like wearing a pop of color on the waterline, so it will get some use. This bronze shade can be a bit hard to apply. I recommend warming it up on the back of the hand first. It is by no means an incredible product but it does the trick.

PUR THE COMPLEXION AUTHORITY – FESTIVAL PALETTE

Getting a palette is Boxycharm’s M.O. This eyeshadow palette features 12 shades ranging from matte to shimmer to glitter. What I’m most excited about? The pressed glitters! I have never used a full-on glitter eyeshadow like this but how pretty would they look on the eyes?! I cannot wait to play around with this product. Some of the shadows did need to be built up (mainly the purple and the deep bronze). Overall, the shadows blended well and were decently pigmented. There are some fun pops of color but for the most part this could be an everyday palette.

APPEAL – HOLOGRAPHIC LIP GLOSS

I have been ALL about lip gloss lately. This holographic shade can be worn over any lip color for a plump look with a pink hint. When applied to the lips it is very difficult to see the shift in color (so not really holographic, now is it?) it just looks like a clear gloss. I still dig it though! I’m just grateful that Boxycharm mixed it up and did not send another liquid lipstick. Juicy looking lips all spring and summer long please!

 

This was not my favorite box. Boxycharm has been boring me lately. I feel we get the same brands over and over again. Maybe i’m just spoiled, I will of course be giving it another shot to bring back the excitement I initially felt with this subscription.

What do you think of this box? Did we receive the same products? Do you have tips on working with pressed glitter shadows? Let me know down below!

 


Back at it with my Ipsy unbaggings, took me long enough, right?!

Hits:

APTO SKINCARE Nourishing Mask with Blue Spirulina

I am trying to get a better handle of my skin care. I adore sheet masks but it is good to switch it up every once in a while. I used this product the other evening. Applying a thin layer and leaving it on my skin for 10 mins. Did I notice a dramatic difference? No, but skin care doesn’t work like that. I enjoyed using it and am sure my dry skin enjoyed it too. My skin did feel hydrated afterwards! Give me all the skin care please.

THE BALM COSMETICS theBalmJour Creamy Lip Stain in Namaste

A lip product in a wearable color that is not a liquid lipstick? Repeat after me: HECK YES! This product goes on creamy and eventually sets down into a stain. After my lips dried it gave me the “popsicle lip” effect. I do prefer more of an opaque look, so I now know once it dries, it may be time to re-apply. I loved how this felt on my lips throughout the day with amazing lasting power because it really does stain the lips. The medium pink shade was extremely flattering and would work on a variety of skin tones.

BILLION DOLLAR BROWS Fan Brush

If you read my blog post about my favorite brushes you know that I LOVE a good fan brush, This one is a bit on the thicker side which I enjoy, it makes it easier to pick up powder products. I will most likely use this for highlighting since it is soft and synthetic. Can’t go wrong with receiving a brush in a ten-dollar beauty subscription, I will be able to use this for a very long time!

EYEKO Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size

Eh, not my favorite item to get but certainly not the worst. A girl could always use some black liquid liner! I will keep this in the makeup bag that I keep in my purse for emergency touch ups.

TARTE Double Duty Beauty™ Base Tape Hydrating Primer

Primer is the most important step in my makeup routine. I can ALWAYS tell when I do not apply it. Since I have dry skin a hydrating primer is right up my alley. The consistency of this item is very liquid-y (makes sense since it is a hydrating formula) it blended into the skin easily and made it look plump and ready for foundation.

Not my all time favorite bag but still good! Do you get Ipsy? What products did you receive? Let me know down below!


You can save your box of chocolates, this month I would much rather get a box filled with makeup. Enter in Boxycharm! Cannot wait to see what the month of love brought me.

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TOO FACED – BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA

This product is a cult classic. I somehow have not tried this mascara yet so I am even more excited to have received it. Too Faced claims this will lengthen, volumize and curl the lashes so good it will be better than, well, you know. Since so many people rave about this mascara I cannot wait to try it out for myself.

PRETTY VULGAR – SHIMMERING SWAN, HIGHLIGHTER

The perfect product to get for a highlighter hoarder such as myself. I tried this once and was unimpressed, it wasn’t showing up well enough. Ugh! When tried again however, it looked amazing. Sometimes second chances work! A beautiful rose gold shade that packs a punch when applied sufficiently. I enjoyed how it looked and more importantly how well it lasted throughout my day. Can we talk about the packaging? I mean, come on! So cute.

TOUCH IN SOL – NO POREBLEM PRIMER

Another wildly popular item in this month’s box. Tons of people have talked this primer into infamy in recent months. Pore filling primers work good on my skin and this one is more hydrating than most. It smoothed my skin out in most places but I did notice my foundation still settled into my smile lines. Usually when I apply a thicker pore filling primer there, that doesn’t happen. Everywhere else looked great though, so I am still happy to have gotten this. Most likely will  have to use it in conjunction with another primer though.

 

TULA – BRIGHT ALL NIGHT ENERGIZING SHEET MASK (X2)

Self proclaimed sheet mask addict right here! You can never have too many in my opinion. These masks (very pleased that we received two) are HOLOGRAPHIC! How freakin’ cool is that? I cannot wait to use these. They claim to be brightening which just about everybody could use. I mainly just want to see how fun they look, total Instagram bait.

Misses:

GRANDE COSMETICS – GRANDELIPS – HYDRAPLUMP LIQUID LIPSTICK

As if the color alone wasn’t bad enough I am SO SICK of liquid lipsticks. I can’t do it anymore. They are too dry, crack off and don’t look flattering after about an hour of wear. No thank you! This pale brown color is awful for my skintone. I tested this lipstick out before totally writing it off and it turned out to be a giant NOPE. The color looked sickly on me. Had to wipe it off completely and pick another lip product. Total miss.

Overall, I am excited about this month’s box. Only one miss is fine in my book. Just because an item didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for somebody else. What products did you get? Have you tried any of these items and have opinions on them? Let me know and shop down below!


 

 


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