This month, Boxycharm features the Pretty Vulgar Eyeshadow Palette. This palette retails for $35 at Sephora. This is the grayscale palette of my dreams! I love a good warm/neutral palette as much as the next girl, but I’m a bit sick of palette after palette featuring this color scheme.
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I have been a fan of subscription boxes for almost 2 years! The idea of building a collection of health and beauty products that I would not have even notices otherwise was very appealing. I canceled my subscription to allure’s beauty box a few months ago because none of the spoilers looked appealing to me. Buy they “enticed” me back with the promise of a beauty bundle worth around $98. I was planning on resubbing anyway, so the timing was perfect!
According to Allure’s website:
Allure’s monthly beauty box offers top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $50-$90 value for only $15
Full and travel-size products selected by Allure experts (we test more than 50,000 products a year)
A mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-steps
New member gift: A bonus gift valued at $15+
After playing around with August’s box for a few weeks, I’ve discovered some great products as well as a few duds. Check out my review below:
The first thing you see when you open the box is the cute mini magazine that tells a little bit about the products inside as well as some tips and tricks on how to use them.
I didn’t expect to like this liquid eyeliner pen very much mainly because I can’t stand felt tip liquid eyeliner applicatiors. I find them hard to control and they never give me a crisp enough wing. This eyeliner pen from Eyeko really did surprise me. the felt tip is firm enough to draw a straight line but flexible enough to fill in the wing with color. It’s not the blackest black, more like a dark steel grey, but It did show up against my skin. It’s also smudge proof which is a great thing for miss runny eye over here! All in all, this is a nice eyeliner, but I wouldn’t replace my NYX Epic Ink eyeliner for this one anytime soon.
Lip Sleeping mask???? I gave this product some serious side eye! After all, isn’t this just a fancy lip balm. No. No, it is not! I wear a c-pap mask at night for my sleep apnea and because of this, my lips get super dry. For the first time since starting the c-pap, I woke up to soft, moisturized lips that weren’t cracking or splitting. The texture is so unique, not at all like a lip balm but almost, almost like beeswax that tastes like bubble gum. This lip mask has earned permanent rotation in my nightly skincare routine.
I’ve been using Nexxus Shampoo ever since I used to get my hair done at StudioOne! (ahh memories). I have short, natural hair that tends to be on the fine side. This was the second subscription box that I’ve gotten this shampoo and conditioner in and I was thrilled. it smells great, cleanses well and moisturized my curls like crazy. A little goes a long way, so it will be a minute before I’m ready to buy full bottles.
I remember thinking, right before I tried this moisturizer, “How different can a moisturizer be?”. After trying this, I was ready to eat my words. I don’t remember my skin ever feeling this soft and almost velvety! I look forward to this part of my routine every night. I know that i blog mostly about drugstore brands and Caudalie is NOT a drugstore brand, but I think this moisturizer is well worth the money.
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Through all of my years as a makeup lover, there is only one product that I would consider my white whale…blush! Oh, it’s so hard to find blushes that work on dark skin (brown girl friendly blushes), let alone from the drugstore. I have been disappointed time and time again to the point that I stopped trying to find drugstore blushes altogether. I figured it was one of those items that I would have to pay more for. Which if I’m being completely honest sucks!
But I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet! One of the major problems with blush for some reason is that drugstore priced blushed always look dry, chalky and dusty/ashy on dark skin. I think it has to do with a lot of formulas having talc as one of the first ingredients. Talc serves it’s purpose in cosmetics and sometimes that purpose is to bulk up cheap products to make it look like you’re getting something that you’re not.
Over the years beauty brands have slowly started to come around. These formulas have a great color payoff and blend beautifully. Check out my picks for Brown Girl friendly blushes and see for yourself.
I’ll be honest, I overlooked this blush for a long time. It just never looked very pigmented to me. This blush really is on the sheer side. However, the color is very buildable which is a very good thing for the color shy.
I’m convinced that is blush palette is bottomless! I’ve had it for two years and have yet to hit pan on any of the shades. What I love the most about this palette is how versatile it is. Every shade works on dark complexions. They have two warm and two cooler shades to really round out any makeup collection.
In my last blog post, I talked about my love for this blush (that I picked up by accident). I was looking for a new highlighter and picked up the Corralina shade. That’s when I discovered how much I love a little bit of glow in my blush. I especially love the Rose D’Oro shade. It’s hard to describe, but it warms up my complexion in the most beautiful way.
I got this blush from a BoxyCharm sometime this summer. When I saw pictures of it online, I was more than a little disappointed. I figured that it was another dusty pinky nude shade that some company was trying to get rid of. I was wrong…so wrong! The texture really is like silk. I only have to dip my brush in the pan once or twice for some great color. The shade really surprised me. I figured it would look ashy and orange. It has more of a warm almost coral look to it. I highly recommend this for any brown girls collection!
Oh, I can smell it! The scent of crisp cool air and pumpkin scented EVERYTHING! Fall is almost here. For me, that just means one thing…new makeup! Yup, along with a new capsule wardrobe come a sort of makeup capsule wardrobe if you will. This year, I’m trying to keep things simple. I’ve been more attracted to smaller eyeshadow palettes that I actually have a chance of hitting pan on. Also, I love a pinky nude glossy lip to go with everything! Check out my fall drugstore makeup bag essentials for 2018
Wet n Wild has held a place in my cosmetics bag as well as my heart for almost 25 years.
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I remember hiding in the girls’ room with my friends, heating up the tips of our eyeliner pencils with a lighter for the smokiest eyes on the planet! With fall right around the corner, I decided to pull from my stash to create a fall inspired look that so happens to be from one of my favorite brands.
Juvia’s Place Cosmetics is having a serious moment right now! If you haven’t heard of this black owned company, consider this your introduction! I recently picked up the Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette during one of their sales. Juvia’s Place has turned the world of highly pigmented eye shadow palettes on its head! Once you had to pay ridiculous amounts of money to even come close to decent eye shadow pigmentation. And then you still had to prime your lids like crazy just to see some color payoff, especially if you are darker skinned. This palette changed all of that! The Afro-Centric packaging is some of the most stunning that I have ever seen in my entire life. I’m not even exaggerating! Keep reading to see for yourself!
I love beauty tags! I’ve never been tagged in one, so I’m just going to jump right into “The Beauty Tag” that I found from the Makeup Dreamer Blog by Amsa! I actually dream about makeup at night, so this tag is perfect!
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I’ll be honest. Rimmel has never been on my radar. They don’t strike me as the most “inclusive” of makeup brands. But since I can’t help to browse down every single makeup aisle at Walmart, I say they have some dark shades that just might work for me.
It takes me an embarrassingly long time to get through a product. My attention span is too short to NOT be seduced by new packaging and the latest and greatest the cosmetics industry has to offer. So when I actually make it to the bottom of any product, it’s kind of a big deal (for better or worse)!
Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream
This little BB cream has gotten me through the entire summer! It’s light weight with amazing coverage for a BB cream and makes my skin look amazing. I’m going to cut the tube in half to sqeueeze a little more life from this tube!
Will i repurchase this?
I already have! There is a brand new tube waiting for me on my makeup desk.
Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Tripple Action Toner
This bottle lasts ne a long time because I only havw to use it once a month. My period does a real number on my skin by pumping more oil than normal This exfoliates and keeps mt skin in balance.
Will I repurchase this?
When i find something that works, I never stray too far! This is on my shopping list for sure.
NYX Dewey Finish Setting Spray
elf Makeup Mist and Set
Wet n Wild Natural Finish Setring Spray
I’m starting to wonder if setting sprays are just a gimmick. These really do help with minimizing that overly powdery look. Well so does water and not using too much powder in the first place.
I haven’t noticed my makeup wearing any better with these.
Will I repurchase these?
I think I’ll pass on any of these and probably any other setting spray for a while.
Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser
I am a big fan of double cleansing! It has improved my anon so much. I didn’t want to spend crazy accounts of money for an oil cleanser. Pond’s Cold Cream has been around since forever for a reason. Nothing does a better job of dissolving makeup.
Will I repurchase this?
Sometimes brand i or product loyalty can be a real money saver. When you know whatyou like it’s easier to NOT spend money on shotty new things.
What are some of your favourites? Let me know in thecomments below.