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?!

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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.

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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!


 

 

If your makeup station looks anything like mine, your brush collection is full to the brim. So why am I always reaching for the SAME brushes? I enjoy a routine, the tools we choose to use ensure we get the desired outcome. These are the brushes I use when I need my makeup to be ON POINT.  The brands are not necessary info – the shape, density etc is the point I’m trying to get across. Look for similar styles in your collection!

Foundation

A rounded brush with DENSE bristles. I seriously use this brush everyday, in some way. This is typically how I apply my foundation. The density of the bristles ensures I get the highest coverage from my cream products but would work for powder foundation as well.

Concealer

I either use the same brush as above (work smarter not harder, right?!) OR a small stipple brush to get into the small nooks of the eye area.

Powder

A large fluffy brush. The larger the better in my opinion just make sure it still is able to pick up product regardless of how soft it is.

Contour/ bronzer

I use the same brush for creating a contour and bronzing up the face. I start contouring with an over-sized fan brush. This gives a diffused appearance, covers a good amount of space and blends  product out like a dream (no patchiness here). I then take a lighter bronzer shade and blend with the same brush to make sure there are no harsh lines.

Blush

I use a medium size duo fiber brush. I enjoy a soft blush look, I want it to be noticeable but not resemble clown cheeks. A looser packed brush makes this happen.

Highlight

A domed brush is ideal for applying highlighter. The shape allows you to have more precision at the tip and if more coverage is needed you can utilize the wider bristles as well.

What are your must have makeup brushes? Do you reach for the same ones everyday? Are you more of a makeup sponge gal? Let me know everything and shop down below!


We could all use more time in the morning. Things can feel rushed and the last thing we want to worry about is a long makeup routine. I enjoy doing my makeup and playing with new products when I have the time to do so. The days I just need to get out the door? I enjoy having an easy routine to look pulled together fast. I have been doing this exact regimen every day for work for a while now. I will recommend products but i’m sure you have similar items in your collection that will work perfectly!

Somebody want to start the timer?

  1. I always prime my face. You could skip this step if you applied a nourishing moisturizer first. I use a pore filling primer around my nose, my forehead and smile lines. Just tap it in and you are set.  This ensures you have a smooth canvas for the rest of the products.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  2. Apply a tinted moisturizer with a dense brush. You will get the most coverage when using this type of brush. Since it is a tinted moisturizer (a bb or cc cream would work too) you don’t need to be meticulous with the blending. This evens out the complexion but doesn’t make you look like you are wearing makeup.
  3. Apply a translucent powder all over the face with a large fluffy brush. A pressed powder in your shade would work too. This sets the cream in place and makes it last all day.                                                                                
  4. For a bit more coverage, I apply a banana toned powder underneath my eyes since I skipped concealer. You could use a powder that is a couple shades lighter than your complexion as well. This may not be necessary step if you don’t have severe dark circles.                                                                                     
  5. Apply blush! Any blush! I tend to opt for a slightly shimmery finish because I am skipping highlighter. Blush instantly adds life back to the face.                                                                                                              
  6. Apply a tinted brow gel and brush through with a spoolie. Filling in your brows with a pencil takes too much accuracy and time. A gel is fast and adds quick definition.                                                                            
  7. Apply mascara. Your favorite mascara will do just fine.  Two coats will really make your eyes pop!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  8.  Use a setting spray to get rid of excess powder and keep everything in place all day!  I reach for an illuminating one to give my skin a glow. If you have dry skin opt for a mattifying formula.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Timers down!

Most of these steps take less than a minute. You could always swipe on lipstick or even easier, a tinted lip balm as well! I do not feel the need to do this step most days. If I need to spice up my look for a night out I will then add lipstick to take this easy look to the next level.

A lot of these products I cannot link but you can buy them for ONE DOLLAR, yes you read that correctly, at shopmissa.com. They work great and have become some of my everyday essentials.

What is your go-to routine? Do you like something quick or more full glam? I love learning new tips & tricks, so drop yours down below! Let me know what you think of my five minute face and don’t forget to shop my top picks!


 

 

 

 


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