January Boxycharm Review

In one word: Underwhelming.

I’m actually, for the first time in 2 years, highly disappointed. Here’s why.

tarte Limited Edition Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting Palette Vol 3

It’s all shimmers-except for one less than stellar matte:

I didn’t bother swatching them all because 1) they’re all super similar and 2) a shimmer is a shimmer.

I received a tarte palette very similar to this a little over a year ago, and I didn’t like that one either. tarte in general isn’t really my jam-I love the shape tape and the Park Ave Princess Contour palette but never met a tarte eyeshadow I liked. This retails for 36$.

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BrioGeo Dont Despair, Repair! Leave In Hair Mask

Since I literally got the exact same product from Boxy in October and even still have some left, there’s not much to say about this. It’s nice but I didn’t need more. 16$.

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Tatcha Dewy Skin Face Mask

This is good-Tatcha is a great brand and these masks aren’t cheap. 12$ for one-so they better be good. So the total value is 24$.

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Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil

It’s a brown eyeliner. There’s not a whole ton to say-it’s somewhat pigmented but hard to tell how it’s going to work in the waterline. Can I always use a decent eyeliner? Sure. Is this one? Who knows. Retails for 10$.

Finally, Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights

At least Ofra lippies are a tried and true good formula. I’d have liked to try Bite Beauty, but it was not to be. I do like the scent (vanilla/cupcake-y) the doe foot applicator-

and the shade:

So this isn’t a total disaster. The Ofra retails for 20$.

The total value of this month’s box is 106$, still great for a 21$ box. It wasn’t their best month-the last time they sent me duplicate items, they sent me a 6th item which was a Jonteblu pencil-horrible. Hopefully that’s not my 6th item again.

Better luck next month, right? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Talk soon Lovelies

Allie

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Profusion Palettes-Sale Haul

All of a sudden, Profusion Cosmetics is like, everywhere. Super affordable, great quality-win, win. I didn’t realize that I’ve owned a Profusion contour palette for like, 6 months-not sure what THAT says about me. 😂

I have the Peach Mixed Metals palette, which is really nice, so knowing that the brand isn’t shit imagine my glee when I stopped into Walgreens on Friday and saw Profusion 9 pan palettes for 2.50$. Two Fifty!! They also had a 35 pan for 10$, which of course came home with me as well. It’s the Profusion Ultra Cool palette:

I only swatched a few-the greens and blues really appealed to me:

For the 9 pan palettes they had Basic, Bold, and Metals. Here’s Basic:

Bold:

Metals:

I went a little bananas-I bought 9 palettes. 😬 But 2.50$!! I sent some to friends and my daughter, I literally couldn’t stop myself. 2.50$.

So I basically got all 4 of the above palettes for less the original cost of the Ultra Cool which was 20$ before the sale. I love a bargain, y’all.

I ordered the CYO Lifeproof foundation I’ve been hearing a ton about as well, it’ll be in today. It’s 7$ at Walgreens (it was 5.99$ when I ordered it online) and if it’s any good I’ll let you guys know.

I’d check your local Walgreens for these palettes if you’re interested. I found them in the Christmas clearance aisle.

Talk soon Lovelies!

Allie

Some New YouTube Channels For 2019

Happy New Year!

My new years resolution is to find some smaller YouTube channels that I can show some love to. I’m not sure about you all, but the mega-influencers (for the most part) have been boring me. They’re predictable, not super trustworthy when opinions are bought and paid for, and I just feel like many of them forgot where they came from.

I’ve found a few that I really enjoy, and my New Years Gift to y’all is to hopefully share some new, great YouTube finds. They aren’t about the drama, they aren’t too big for their britches-just a bunch of fun, down to earth women who love makeup.

First:

MesiJesiBeauty

Jesi has about 180k subscribers-she’s cute. Super personable, likable.

You can find her at MesiJesiBeauty on the Tube.

****

Next up is JuicyJas:

Jas has almost 500k subs, so she’s a little bigger, but she’s super down to earth, and always reminds you to grab a snack. She’s JuicyJas on the tube-check her out. She’s good.

****

Another one I’ve been enjoying is Shae from ThatGirlShaeXO.

At about 350k subs, she’s known for her live swatching of shadows and lipsticks-and she’s dedicated AF because she will swatch entire collections, and that can be A LOT.

****

Next up, Amanda from Makeup Just For Fun-

She’s a big Colourpop fan, so you’ll see a lot of the brand, but she does others as well. She’s at 25k subs-and you can find her at Makeup.Just.For.Fun on YouTube.

****

Now we have Jen from Beauty Riot X:

I love Jen because she’s no nonsense, no BS. She tells it like she sees it, and speaks like you would with your girlfriends about makeup. She’s at 2500K subs, which is a crime that she’s that underrated. Refreshing. Check her out. Beauty Riot X.

****

Last but never least, Nichole Fischer.

Nichole focuses mostly on Boxycharm reviews with the occasional Ipsy thrown in. I like her because she goes a little more in depth with the products-she’s cute. She’s obviously Nichole Fischer on YouTube.

I love these channels because they’re all such a refreshing change from the huge channels with millions and millions of subs-they work hard, and haven’t lost their passion for what they do. They’re all super enjoyable to watch, never have a drop of drama, and are all so relatable.

Let me know what you think!

Talk soon, Lovelies

Allie

December Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

After a loooong wait and many emails, my Glam Bag Plus sub finally started! It technically started in November, but I didn’t get the Nov bag until Dec 3, and I was over it by then. It was a good Bag, I was just done. So-lets start with December, shall we?

I gotta say, I’m impressed. I know they’re trying to compete with Boxycharm, I just get a different vibe, I suppose.

First things first. F.A.R.A.H. Good Face Brush Trio:

Super cool packaging-I’ve never heard of this brand, but the brushes are really nice. You get a Large Powder Brush, a Stippler, and Large Angled Contour Brush. They had super neat plastic covers on them which I really dig.

They’re vegan and retail for 40$.

The next product is Lancôme Le Monochromatique in Eclat:

Its a cream to powder that can be used on eyes, cheeks or lips-

It’s super pretty, super creamy, she’s fragrance-free, and has Vitamin E. I wouldn’t use it on my lips though. Eyes and cheeks? Absolutely. This retails for 25$.

And we have the Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Flash Chill.

The packaging is amazeballs, really.

The shade is a coral, there’s tiny flecks of micro glitter as well.

It’s not super opaque, which I thought I wouldn’t like, but I actually do. It’s really pretty-I approve. This retails for 22.50$. That’s a lot for lipstick, I feel like. I never quite figured out where Estee Lauder stood-high end drugstore? What’s it considered?

This next one blows my mind.

This is 111Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster. You mixit in with your moisturizer and it claims to hydrate, diminish dark spots, and prevent age spots. It better cook dinner and do laundry as well because it retails for 180$. Yes-One Hundred Eighty Dollars. 🤯

It’s got a strong scent, almost medicinal I’d say.

I’m definitely giving it a try. 180$. Sheesh.

Last but never least, Smith & Cult Book of Eyes Palette in Mannequin Moves:

I’ve never heard of this brand but the packaging is STUNNING.

It’s heavy and feels super luxurious. That’s not a dent-it’s supposed to be there and look melted, I think?

Its got a great mirror, and yes, you do spy a sponge applicator. Ohhhkay.

The shadows are nice-creamy, pigmented-the pans are tiny though-

This little quad retails for 44$.

The grand total of this Glam Bag Plus IS……a whopping 311.50$!!! That’s actually insanely impressive. 25$, y’all.

I like that I got brands that I never would have tried, and it’s really great stuff. I don’t know, Boxycharm-you’ve got yourself some formidable competition…..

Talk soon, Lovelies

Allie

November BoxyCharm

It’s Boxycharm time!! There are some hits, some mehs, and some outright garbage.

Side note:

People are bugging out here in CT because the first (wimpy) snow is headed in this afternoon-but I welcome it. I’d much rather snow than 99 degrees with 98% humidity. Makeup melts off in that weather. No thanks.

Anyway, back to the box. The first item is Bodyography Brush Cleaner. It’s supposed to clean and disinfect them-you spray some on your brush, then wipe it on a paper towel til it wipes clean. It’s fine-nothing exciting, it’s useful. Retails for 12$.

Next, the Luxie Luminous Eye Set. It’s 4 eyeshadow brushes-looks like a pencil brush, blending brush, angled blender, and angled pencil brush? Not quite sure what the last one is.

They’re cute-gold, sparkly handles, which is different from the usual pink you see with Luxie. I really like Luxie brushes, and I can never ever have too many, so issa yes from me.

This 4 brush set retails for 21$.

Now, for the duds. I don’t know why Boxycharm continues to work with Jontebleu-their eyeliners are absolutely horrible. They’re wood pencil liners, which aren’t my favorite, but some are ok-these are NOT. The Jontebleu Glittering Star Eyeliner works in theory, not in practice.

The pigment sucks-if you try to put it in your waterline-just don’t. It hurts, and barely shows up.

I can’t describe to you how hard I had to press on my hand to get that payoff. Awful. This retails for 5$, but I wouldn’t pay .05 for it.

Last month, Boxycharm sent me an item that they’d sent me a few months earlier so they emailed me and said they’d send me an extra item for my trouble. And guess what they sent me?

A gray Jontebleu Eyeliner. Uh-thanks? It’s going in the trash.

I had to press SO hard, I actually hurt my hand to get this much color. Suck, sucky, suck. Seriously? That’s my extra item?

The CoverFX Glitter Drops in the shade Nova, however, are a win.

I’ve tried the Shimmer Veil, the Custom Enhancer Drops, and now these. The latter 2 I like-the Shimmer Veil not so much.

This is glitter, make no mistake, but it’s not at all chunky. It’s a pretty good shade with silver, pinky glitters-it can be used on your face as a highlighter, eyes as a shadow, mix it into foundation, or as an all over body shimmer.

These are Limited Edition for the holidays, so hold on to them-they retail for 44$.

Finally, an eyeshadow palette from Ace Beauté.

I wasn’t overly excited because I’ve never heard of this brand, and that can be a crapshoot. But this palette is PRETTY.

It’s warm palette number 457 this year, but they work, so…

I was shocked at how pigmented and creamy these shadows are. I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest, but wow.

Usual swatch method-bottom of the arm up-

Jasmine, Clove, Myrtle, Cinnamon

Patchouli, Rose, Poppy, Primerose (did they mean Primrose?)

Jasmine, Myrtle, and Primerose are shimmers, Clove, Cinnamon, and Patchouli are mattes, and Rose is a satin. I like that they have a satin finish shadow, and the mattes are pigmented AF. This retails for 24.99$, but in my opinion they could sell it for more and get away with it because the quality is that good.

And that’s it-November’s Boxycharm. Total value is 112$. Pretty decent! I’m waiting impatiently for Ipsy-I upgraded to the Glam Bag Plus, and it hasn’t shipped yet. I’m pretty stoked for that though.

How was your Boxy?

Talk soon Lovelies

Allie

Sephora/Ulta Haul Oct

I got these things a few weeks ago but I’m just getting to posting it now-sorry y’all. It’s been a busy few weeks. So here we go!

I sorta don’t love Morphe, I’ll be totally honest. I made an exception, however.

The Morphe Setting Spray is really, really good. The spray is perfect-not aggressive and not super perfume-y. I’m a fan, despite it being Morphe. I mean, if it’s good, it’s good.

I had never seen or heard of these until that day in Ulta. The Metallic Heat Metallic Eyeshadow is a limited edition, holiday 2018 release which explains that-

These absolutely knocked my socks off. The pigmentation is absolutely stunning-one swipe and they’re opaque, blinding, and beautiful. They’re reasonably priced-12$ for the 3.

The copper is called Fuego, the champagne is Flare, and the olive green is Ignite. I’m seriously thrilled with these and glad I discovered them.

We hit Sephora next-and that was a success as well.

I’ve been hearing rave after rave about the new Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb in How Many Carats? and really had to investigate. The Sephora employee did her job well, because she added to the FOMO factor so I HAD to get it. But look at the packaging, even:

I mean…

The actual product packaging is to die for as well:’

Fenty Beauty knows what’s up. I gotta give them that.

I had the Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife (I say had because I gave it away-I hadn’t used it in months, and I wanted her to go to a good home where she’d get some use) and that formula is very, very different from this one-this one being better in my opinion. Trophy Wife is more chunky glitter, and has a little drier texture. The Diamond Bomb is softer, less chunkiness.

The application is a bit more sheer than I expected-it can be used alone or as a topper (I put it on top of Colourpop’s Flexatarian and holy cat’s). Alone it’s buildable yet a beautiful, shiny, shimmery sheen with even light application.

If you’re looking for opacity this is not your girl. If you’re looking for a versatile, ethereal, shimmery look? Look no further.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Precious Stone Collection: Ruby

This one was kind of neat-it wasn’t part of the Huda display at Sephora. They had Topaz, Emerald and Amethyst out-Sapphire and Ruby were in the back and were sort of a secret, I guess? The saleswoman said they had them in the back but weren’t supposed to (whatever that means) so she brought out Ruby and Sapphire. They were both STUNNING, but Ruby spoke to me louder. I didn’t have anything like Sapphire in my collection so I was torn-but it worked out since Colourpop came out with a collab with Bretman Rock that’s a blue palette. And pretty. And coming to my house. 😜

Huda has really nice shadows-if you’ve never tried them, they’re high quality for the most part and this little guy is no exception. They’re soft and buttery, pigment is great, and they’re easy to work with.

Swatches:

None of the shades have names-nothing I could find anyway. So I’m starting with the top row.

The last shade in the middle row is a black-ish shade with gold shimmer in it-it almost looks dark green but it’s not. The first shade in the bottom row is a satin formula-it’s very different from the mattes and shimmers.

October Boxycharm!o

I was ready to be disappointed with this month’s box because 1) last month was BoxyLuxe, and how do you top that and 2) it looked like the products were meh. But-I’ve been surprised.

I’m going to start with the “meh” and work up to the “yeah!”. Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks. I got these a few months ago and didn’t like them then. Passing them on to my best friend.

*I did get an email from Boxycharm apologizing for including a product I’ve previously received, and said next month I’ll get an extra item in my Boxycharm.

These 3 under eye masks retail for 13$.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

I hate IT Cosmetics and I hate this mascara. I’ve gotten this in countless Ipsy, Sephora Play, and from Ulta for my bday gift. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now. This will be given away too-retails for 24$.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Crucifix

It’s way darker than it photographed here, I actually like the shade-it’s s really dark chocolate brown.

It’s better than the shade my sneak peek told me I was getting, that’s a plus. I’m not overly in love with KVD as a brand though, a little problematic. I’ve got to say though, in all fairness, this is a fantastic formula. This lipstick retails for 20$.

BrioGeo Don’t Despair Repair Moisture Leave In Mask-I’m glad for this, my hair could use the moisture and this is a great brand. There’s 2 ounces, and retails for 16$.

Last, the star of the box. Pur Midnight Masquerade Palette

This is far more beautiful than I had anticipated. The left side has blush, bronzer, and highlighter and the right has 6 eyeshadows.

Face side

Eye side

The face side has 2 blushes to choose from-the darker one is called Reveal, the more salmon/pink is called Hidden Secret, the bronzer is Enchantment, the highlighter is Twilight. Swatched from left to right Hidden Secret, Reveal, Enchantment, Twilight:

The blushes have a definite sheen to them as does the bronzer, so if you’re a matte blush/bronze person, you might not love it. I do though-I’m all about a sheen-y blush lately.

The shadows are pretty pigmented as well, but there’s only one matte shade. You might need to dip into another palette if you’re looking for a lighter transition shade. Or just use the face side. Top row swatched left to right: Exposed, Sneak Peek, Showtime

Mask Off, Disguise, 12AM

Showtime, the blue shimmer, is gorgeous. I love that shade-12AM is more of a dark gray shimmer than a black in my opinion. This beauty retails for 38$, and this is probably one of the best Pur palettes we’ve gotten.

The grand total value for this month is 111$. Not too shabby.

Talk Soon Lovelies

-Allie

October Ipsy Glam Bag Review

It’s that time again-the October Ipsy Glam Bag is here! I’m a teensy but salty, I want the Glam Bag Plus, but I haven’t even been given the option to waitlist for it. I don’t know what the method they’re using to put people on it, but I know that I’m not.

Anyhoo-lets get to the bag. This month’s Glam Bag is cute-it’s a rd faux leather with a black satin lining:

It’s interesting, it’s got a masquerade theme, and so does Boxycharm. Hmm..

The first item is a primer by Yensa, a new brand launched this month by Jennifer Yen. Jennifer is a former Power Ranger, seriously, who first got into the beauty business with her company Purlisse.

It’s a nice primer-it’s not heavy or silicone-y, it’s definitely got a skin care feel to it.

Next, a Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe

What I get from the description is that it acts like a dry shampoo as well as a texturizer. It’s got an aggressive spray though, whew-it smells like hairspray. Nothing shocking.

One of my faves, an eyeshadow blending brush-I can never go wrong with a brush.

This one is fancy, y’all-the little jewels in there? Sheeesh! It’s by SLMissGlam, and it’s called the Lilac Sparkle Eye Blender, and it retails for about 19$.

We’ve got a bronzer from the Balm:

From their Take Home The Bronze collection, this one is in Oliver.

I like the Balm, and bronzers, so it’s a win.

This one surprised me. Pleasantly.

Yes! A little mini tarte Shape Tape! Whoda thunk? I already have a ton of shape tape so I’ll probably give it to someone else. It’s in the shade Fair Neutral-this is a score. Thanks, Ipsy..

This is by far one of the best Ipsy bags I’ve had-they must have felt my frustration. Consider Ipsy redeemed 😜

What was in your bag?

Talk soon Lovelies

-Allie

Gross, Weird, And I Gotta Have It.

I was browsing instagram because I was bored and came across this IG for “Glitter Slimes”. I’m one of those people that finds videos of makeup being poured satisfying, gooey mixtures being mixed fascinating and doughy concoctions being kneaded oddly compelling. Then….I found this. 

http://www.glitterslimes.com

Oh. My. Satisfying. God. 

On their IG they have wondrous videos of people mushing this stuff and when I found out I CAN BUY MY OWN?!?!

http://instagram.com/glitter.slimes

I’m there. Tuesday at 3pm. I don’t even care which one.

They’re scented slimes, basically, probably made with borax. I’m so excited, people. 

Yours in strangeness, always-

Talk soon Lovelies 

-Allie

LONG Overdue IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette Review


I’ve had this palette for MONTHS and I’m obviously slacking, because I’m just now blabbing about it. Which is a shame because I LUURVE this palette.

Firstly, it is all matte, no shimmers which is a really nice change. I don’t need to glitter ALL the time, and this is perfect for daytime looks.

Let me talk about the packaging which is awesome. It’s almost a faux soft leather, and has a magnetic closure which is great. It’s puffy as well, and feels essspensive. 

Now for the shades:

There are some gorgeous pinks and purples, some on the pastel side, but buildable. They’re all beautifully blendable as well, and not a lot of fallout. 

Now, swatches:


That’s the top row, the colors are from L to R: Sheer Koy, Soft Light, Warmth, Soulful, Mocha, Violet, Midnight, and Noir. 

Now, the bottom row:


Again from L to R: Love, Sunrise, Sunset, All Heart, Java, Iconic, and Transforming Pearl (a great brow bone highlight).

This palette retails for 42$ and if you’re looking for a great matte palette that can give you subdued pastel or dramatic smokey looks, this is It. Ha-get it? See what I did? 

Talk soon Lovelies 

-Allie