Boxy Charm: August 2018

This month’s box is themed “Life Of The Party” and there are 6 products!

  • Laura Lee “Party Animal” eyeshadow palette: This palette includes 6 vibrant, neon shades. Obviously, this palette is not for everyday natural looks, but it’s perfect for fun night looks. It’s super colorful and bright, and I’m excited to use it! ($19)
  • House of Lashes “Femme Fatale” lashes: These synthetic lashes are full and dramatic. They go well with the eyeshadow palette and the neon theme of this box. These lashes are cruelty-free and can be worn up to 15 times. ($9)
  • Smashbox Legendary Lipstick “Power On”: This unique red is bold and pigmented. It’s red with a touch of pink. It’s super creamy and glides right on. Also, it has a pretty satin finish. ($21)
  • Wander Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks: You get 3 gold eye masks to brighten and hydrate your undereye. These masks contain hyaluronic acid to diminish wrinkles, aloe and lavender oil to soothe. ($13)
  • Bang Beauty Chocolate Eyeliner: I’m very excited to use this universal product! This can be used as a gel eyeliner, a brown eyeshadow base, or as a brow pomade. This creamy, chocolate colored product can be used for so many different things. ($22)
  • Adesse Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil: I think this is the most interesting product in this month’s box. This oil is made with vitamin E, shea, sweet almond and jojoba oils to soften the cuticles and hydrate your nails. It smells really good! ($18)
  • Total of this month’s box: $102 (prices vary)
  • Favorites: Wander Eye Masks, Bang Chocolate Eyeliner, Adesse Cuticle Oil
  • Again, I recommend subscribing to Boxy Charm if you love makeup. It’s only $21 per month, and you get so many good products!
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Fenty Beauty – Moroccan Spice Palette

I was so excited to get this eyeshadow palette! Mostly, because I love Rihanna, but everything I’ve purchased from her line has been incredible. Anyway, this is her second eyeshadow palette and it costs $59. I was actually skeptical to get this palette since the Galaxy eyeshadow palette did not get great reviews. Luckily, I have heard pretty good reviews about this palette!

The Moroccan Spice palette has 16 shades – mostly warm tones and a few cool tones. First of all, I love the packaging! It is so sleek and stunning. Now, the eyeshadow color range did throw me off. Most of the palette is made of warm shades that look cohesive and go with the “Moroccan Spice” theme. Then, you have a bright blue shade that kinda just seems like it was randomly placed there. Even though, I do like all of the shades. I think you can get many looks out of this palette for day and night. Time to check out pigmentation!

Mo’Rockin Ice

I did not think I would like this shade that much, because it just looked like a stark white, but it is not at all! You can kinda see that it reflects a little bit of light pink, so it is not really frosty. I can see myself using this shade as an inner corner highlight. (The shimmer shades are sooo soft).

Mirage

This is probably my favorite shimmer shade. It is a beautiful rose gold. I love this shade because I can see myself using it with almost any look, or even by itself. It’s such a universal, flattering shade. I did notice that Mirage is more pigmented than Mo’Rockin Ice.

Ca$ablanca

This shade is close to Mirage, but it looks like it has more glitter. I was disappointed that this color wasn’t as pigmented as the last two. It also has more gold and Mirage has more pink. I really like this shade, and I can see myself using it a lot, as well.

Marrakush

This was ONE swipe! Marrakush is definitely the most pigmented shadow so far. It is a pretty gold with green reflects. I actually really like this type of gold.

Shisha Smoke

Okay, so, this is not the most pigmented matte shadow. I think it would be a nice transition shade though. It’s a gray that could be used in a smokey eye look, possibly. It’s just a simple charcoal gray.

Sahara Stunna

This is such a pretty shade! I think it blends in really well with my skin tone, haha. This shade is a different type of rose gold – it’s pink with gold reflects (instead of gold with pink). It’s not as glittery as the others. I can see myself using this shade a lot.

Quicksand

I was expecting this to be a matte eyeshadow, but clearly it looks more satin. I like this shade; it’s like the darker version of Sahara Stunna. It’s quite pigmented and one of my favorites so far.

Desert Baked

This shadow is very similar to Marrakush, they’re both very pigmented foils. It’s a stunning brownish gold. I think it’s really pretty and goes perfect with any warm look. I think Marrakush and Desert Baked are best used with your finger instead of a brush.

Evil Genie

And here we have the odd ball of the family. I’m kidding. I actually really like this color, and I understand that Rihanna was trying to make this a day and night eyeshadow palette. I don’t even know how to describe this blue. It’s like a turquoise/tealish color. It’s very pigmented and can be used for a cool night look. Personally, I don’t see myself using this shade as much as the rest of this palette, but it would be fun to play around with this color and get out of my comfort zone.

Fez Up

This is the second matte so far, and I’m not liking the formula of the mattes. They’re powdery and not very pigmented. I did 3 swipes to get the full color and effect as seen in the picture. Maybe, the mattes will look better on the eyes, hopefully. Fingers crossed. Anyway, this is such a pretty plum color. You can create fun fall looks with this color, for sure.

Saffron

Another disappointing matte. The matte formula is so soft and powdery, it just does not give off enough pigment. I would say this shade is a cranberry color. It’s another shade perfect for fall.

Cumin Get It

Can I just say that Rihanna is the Queen of clever names. Cumin Get It is a orangish brown matte. I think it’s similar to MAC’s “Saddle” eyeshadow. I think this is the matte shade I would use the most.

Souq It 2 Me

I would describe Souq It 2 Me as midnight blue – it’s a bluish black shimmer. I think it would be paired nicely with Evil Genie. I don’t really have anything bad to say about this color, but I can’t see myself using it a lot. But, this palette is made for “limitless day-to-night looks for every mood”, so I can see this shade being used for a cool night look.

Nuts N Dates

Another gorgeous shade for our cool family. This one was really pigmented, and I honestly really love this color. It’s a dark purple shimmer which would be paired nicely with Fez Up. I’m actually really liking these cool tones.

Henna Sea

Whoever comes up with these names deserves a freaking award. Henna Sea is a dark brown matte, it kinda seems like a taupe. It’s not the most pigmented eyeshadow, but it’s still pretty.

Spice Trip

Again, this matte isn’t very pigmented, but it’s still pretty. Hopefully, they will look better on the eyes. This color is like a mix of cranberry and plum. If Fez Up and Saffron were mixed together, it would be this color. It’s a nice fall shade.

Overall, I would give this palette an 8/10. It’s very versatile, so you can create a billion looks with this palette alone and not have to dip into a different palette. It’s also a palette for day and night, so I appreciate the color range. The shimmer and glitter shadows are very pigmented and stunning. The mattes are beautiful colors, but the formula is not good. They’re powdery and don’t give off that much color, but they are easy to build up. Nonetheless, I love this palette, and I’m very excited to use it. Although, I don’t think it’s worth the price. So, if you’re not willing to splurge, I would not get it. Anyway, I think this palette is better than the Galaxy eyeshadow palette, and I would recommend it to some people!

P.S.

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The Way I Used To Be – Amber Smith

This book is so real and raw, I almost stopped reading it. “The Way I Used To Be” is about the aftermath of Eden’s sexual assault during her freshman year of high school. This book is split into four parts: her freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year. Eden starts out as the shy, geeky band nerd her freshman year, and by her senior year she has slept with fifteen guys and barely talks to her parents. She hides who she used to be in order to forget how naïve she was when she was raped by her brother’s best friend. Her kind and sweet persona quickly evolves into a sour attitude as she tries to survive. While being deeply cut by trauma, she experiences first love, heartbreak, and trouble with friendships. She closes her family and friends off from her life to keep from telling anyone what happened to her. I almost stopped reading this, because Amber Smith describes her pain and heartbreak so incredibly you can’t help but feel bad for Eden. Even though, Eden is a fictional character, this book brought awareness to the millions of teens out there that may share the same experiences with Eden. I really loved the ending to this story and how real it was. I also really liked Amber Smith’s diction and storytelling. I would recommend this book to everyone, but it is a little graphic!

BoxyCharm: July 2018

This month’s box is themed “Roadtrippin'” and there are 5 products.

  • Dr. Brandt “No More Baggage” eye cream: This de-puffing gel is guaranteed to reduce under eye bags and dark circles. ($42)
  • Crown “Fuego” eyeshadow palette: This palette includes 4 shimmer and 6 matte warm shades. I’m super excited to use this palette, because the eyeshadows are super soft and buttery. You can also get a bunch of looks from this color range. ($29.99)
  • Wander Beauty “Unlashed Volume and Curl” Mascara: I have tried this mascara before and it’s pretty decent. It gives a nice amount of volume to your lashes, but it isn’t my favorite mascara. Also, I don’t really like the tubed packaging. ($24)
  • Note Cosmetics “Luminous Silk Blush” in Desert Rose: I can already tell this is going to be my new favorite blush. I love the color; it’s the perfect pinkish nude. It’s also the perfect amount of luminousness, not too glittery. This blush includes a built-in brush and mirror, making it perfect for travel. ($11.99)
  • Chella Beauty Eyebrow Cream: At first, I was very confused about this product. Since it is a cream product, I was not expecting it to be in this pen form. One side of the pen is an angled brush and the cap of the other side is the taupe eyebrow cream. Although, I am very excited to try this product. ($26)

Total of this month’s box: $133.98

Favorites: Fuego Eyeshadow Palette and Luminous Silk Blush

Again, I recommend subscribing to BoxyCharm if you love makeup. It’s only $21 per month, and you get so many good products!

Boxy Charm: June 2018

This month’s box is themed “Caribbean Queen”, and we get 6 products.

The first product is the Alamar “Reina Del Caribe” eyeshadow palette retailing for $28. I was very excited about getting this palette because there are so many fun shades and they’re all really pigmented. Next, are the Battington “Monroe” silk lashes ($28). These lashes are described to add volume and moderate length to your lashes, and you’re able to use them up to 25 times! The next product is a travel size of the Sol De Janeiro “Brazilian Bum Bum Cream” ($10). This cream is fast-absorbing which tightens the skin while giving it a glow. Next, we get the Luxie “3 Piece Flawless Complexion” set, which retails for $42. This set includes a foundation brush, which can be used for liquid or powder, a tapered highlighting brush, and a powder face brush. All of the brushes have high quality synthetic bristles. Next, is the Jonteblu “Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil” in the shade “903 Dark Brown” ($5). This waterproof eyeliner is described to glide on smoothly. Lastly, we get the Ofra “Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick” in the shade “Verona” ($21). This liquid lip is a nice pinkish brown shade which claims to be creamy and moisturizing without the need of a lipliner! (Remember: you can subscribe to Boxy Charm for only $21/month).

Total of this month’s box: $134

Favorites: Alamar Eyeshadow Palette, Luxie 3 Piece Brush Set

A Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard

“A Stolen Life” is a memoir of Jaycee Dugard’s life in captivity for 18 years. She was kidnapped at age eleven and forced to lived in harsh conditions until age 29. Her captors physically and verbally abused Jaycee. She gave birth to two children and she wasn’t even allowed to say her own name for almost two decades. This book is a powerful story of survival and new beginnings. I loved this book; it opened my eyes to so many things. I really recommend this, but warning: you will cry.

Boxy Charm: May 2018 ✨

This month’s box celebrates Boxy Charm’s birthday, so we get 6 full size products! I think I’m going to start reviewing my monthly Boxy Charms 🙂

First thing in my box is the Pür Sculptor Palette, which retails for $30. It includes 2 matte contour shades and 2 highlighters. The formula of the contours are super pigmented and powdery, so definitely use a light hand. The highlights are also pigmented and smooth. Next, is the Cover FX Blurring Primer retailing for $38. I LOVE THIS PRIMER. It’s honestly a tinted version of NYX’s Angel Veil Primer. It’s smoothing and blurs my pores. My favorite product in the box is the Pretty Vulgar Ink Gel Eyeliner retailing for $24. First of all, THE PACKAGING! The packaging is the cutest thing, it’s like an actual ink pot. This eyeliner is really creamy and dark. It also claims to have vitamin C to condition your lids. Next, we have the Aesthetica 3 piece Eye Trio ($45) and the P12 Face Brush ($27). The trio comes with an angled eyeliner brush, a brow spoolie, and a fine tipped eyeliner brush. The face brush is tapered and perfect for contouring. Lastly, is the Beauty Creations Liquid Lip Gloss in the shade Kiss Me ($10). It’s a fun raspberry shade perfect for spring. It does dry down matte (and it smells like strawberries).

Total of this month’s box: $174

My favorites: Pretty Vulgar Gel Eyeliner and Cover FX Blurring Primer