Posted in Product Review

August 2017 Boxycharm


I love Boxycharm! What’s not to love about a subscription box that gives you 4-5 FULL SIZE products, valued over $100 for $21 a month??! I can’t Think of anything either!

I was lucky enough to get off the wait-list in time for this months box.

This box includes:

Pur eyelashes:

Moda Pro Brush Trio:


#grlpwr liquid lipstick by the beauty crop:


Belladonna eyeliner:


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette:

$10 off purchase of $60 at

I like to try things for a little while before I give reviews because there is always the potential for me to change my mind about a product. I’ll give my review on this box at the end of September.

What is your favorite subscription box???





I’ve been on the fence about tying Instagram hyped products like Wunderbrow! It’s not because I thought it wouldn’t work, but because I hate ordering hyped products online. Because returning products bought online is such a hassle, I end up just keeping them.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Wunderbow just sitting on a CVS end cap!! I see you CVS!!

And because they have such a generous return policy… and because I spend way too much time there, it makes returns a breeze!

I plan to test this out over the weekend and give a full review!

Does your CVS carry Wunderbrow???



Posted in Product Review, Skin Care

My Super Simple Skincare Routine

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The amount of time that I spent searching for a foundation that would give me “perfect” looking skin is really embarrassing. I bounced from one heavy, full coverage foundation to the next!

The truth is, foundation only looks as good as the skin underneath it. So like any beauty aficionado, I turned to YouTube! I was peppered with the latest and so-called greatest routines and product recommendations.

I settled on an overly complicated 11 step skincare routine supposedly made popular in Korea. After rummaging through my stash of samples and half used (and forgotten about) products, I found enough stuff to slap on my face.

I tried this routine for about a week before I threw in the towel. My skin was NOT happy! It actually looked angry. I had new breakouts, new dark spots and no glow in sight. My pores looked worse than they ever had!

So after stumbling onto this video by Kiki G, I decided to boil down my routine to the absolute bare necessities. She does a great job of explaining exactly why each step that she recommends is necessary.

I asked myself what my skin actually needed. It needed to be clean (which includes removing my makeup first), moisturized and protected.

These few products helped to get my skin back in balance:

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser (The one with the green lid)

Sometimes and oldie is a goodie! The cleanser does a wonderful job of breaking down my makeup before I wash my face.  After slathering it on in a thin layer, I let it sit for 5 minutes or so before removing it with a warm washcloth.

Cerave Renewing SA Cleanser for Normal Skin

This cleanser is amazing!  It’s a gel cleanser with a light foaming action that doesn’t strip my skin.  It has the added bonus of salicylic acid for gentle daily exfoliation.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Moisturizer with SPF 30

I was so excited to find this moisturizer!  It’s a super light weight, non-greasy moisturizer that has the added bonus of a broad spectrum spf.  It absorbs fast too!

Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Sleeping Cream

Even though I have oily skin, it still tends to get dehydrated overnight. This helps my skin retain moisture overnight and my skin feels super soft in the mornings!

Cerave Eye Repair Cream

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I wanted a simple, no bells or whistles eye cream that would help with fine lines and dark circles.  This cream really does foot the bill!  Cerave is a cult favorite for a reason.  I noticed a difference after a few weeks.  My lines were softer and my dark circles were less noticeable.

I plan to add some treatment products to my routine once I do a little more research.

What do you think is missing from my routine??

I’d love to know what some of  your must have skincare products are?? Let me know in the comment section below!



Posted in Product Review

August Favorites

Summer is almost over and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m more of an indoor girl that’s always hot!  Fall cannot get here fast enough.  And because August is coming to an end, I thought I would share some of my favorites of this month.

Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream is Coffee Glaze $4.99


This BB Cream is my absolute holy grail, ride or die complexion product!  It’s super hard for me to find a drug store tinted moisturizer of BB Cream that’s brown-girl friendly.  So when i stumbled across this gem at CVS, I was thrilled.

Although it’s a BB Cream, it really does have to coverage of a medium coverage foundation.   I like to apply it with my elf foundation brush which gives me the most beautiful finish.  And at $4.99 it really can’t be beat!

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black $7.49 


I talked about this mascara in my no makeup, makeup post.  This stuff is amazing.  it gives me thick, fluffy lashes like I like!  Is it a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex??  Don’t know.  Too expensive.  Wont be finding out!  I love that the L’Oreal mascara is affordable enough to replace every few months like we are supposed to.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer Dulce de Leche #15 $14.00


Try saying that 5 times fast!  I purchased this on the recommendation from the awesome people of my favorite sub reddit group r/MakeupAddiction.  I made a post asking for recommendations for mid priced concealers because drug store brands still don’t make shades dark enough for me.  They recommended this concealer so I ordered it!

I love this concealer!  It covers my dark circles without looking cakey or settling into fine lines.  It feels super light on the skin and the color is perfect for covering my dark circles.


What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comment section below!




Posted in Product Review

Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea vol. II


This was the all-star item from the August Boxycharm that made me subscribe the instant the waitlist was lifted. Can we stop and appreciate how beautiful this palette is?

I wanted to like this shadow palette so badly. The swatches looked…promising. But only 2 or 3 colors were saturated enough for my skin tone.

These swatches are under primer. The dark indigo shade was really beautiful swatches, but oxidized like crazy after a few hours.

This palette falls under the, “I couldn’t probably make it work if I had to” category.

This is freshly applied shadow…under a primer! Doesn’t look like much which is disappointing.

I read somewhere that the shadows apply better with fingers over brushes, so I may try that next.

I’ll save my review of these GIANT lashes from PUR Cosmetics for another post!

Have you tried this palette? Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments section!



Posted in FOTD, Product Review

No Makeup, Makeup Look Using All Drugstore Products

I wish that I could say that getting a, “No, I woke up like this!” makeup look was as easy as slapping on some tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip gloss and running out the door.  My dark circles, large pores and hyperpigmintation will not let me do that!

So I present to you, my no makeup, natural look using a product list as long as my arm!

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Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream in Coffee Glaze $4.99 for 1 fl oz.

This stuff is amazing!  It’s as light as a tinted moisturizer with the coverage of a foundation (depending on your application technique)

I like to apply mine with an elf foundation brush.  It gives me a nice amount to coverage and blends seamlessly.

Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer in Deep #60 $6.49 for .11 oz.

I like to apply this under my BB cream.  I know you’re supposed to apply concealer after foundation, but this works better for me.  I let it dry down a little bit, then stippled my BB cream on top so I don’t disturb the concealer.

Elf Sheer Finishing Powder in Deep/Dark $6.00

This powder isn’t my favorite because it reads really cool, almost grey on my skin.  However, it did an okay job of setting my BB Cream if i use a really light hand.

Elf Blush Quad in Dark $6.00

This blush quad is a super economical choice that works with many looks.  The quad comes with two cool shades and two warm shades in matte and shimmer.  I chose the matte warm color for this look.

Maybelline brow precise fiber volumizer $8.92 for 0.27 fl oz

Maybelline is really upping their brow game!   Whats great about this brow product is that it has tiny fibers that look like actual brow hair.  The more layers you add, the darker it gets.

Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Q875 $6.94 for 0.13 oz

This chubby little twist up stick is amazing!  It gives a tiny bit of color and moisturizes like crazy.  This is one of those lip products I can apply without a mirror!  The color is the perfect glossy nude that can work on a lot of skin tones because it’s so sheer.

Elf Makeup Mist & Set $3.00 for 2.02 oz

This setting spray is just…meh.  I don’t expect a great setting spray at this price. I actually prefer to use it as a primer instead of a setting spray.  It feels just tacky enough to give my foundations something to stick too.

Loreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black $8.97 

I hear this is supposed to be a dupe for the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced.  I can’t compare because I’ve never used the Too Faced before.  I can say that this has become me holy grail mascara.  I like that It can build on itself without turning into one giant eye lash!

What are some of your favorite no-makeup makeup products??

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My entry for the 2017 Influenster's Beauty Reviewers Awards Contest!

It’s that time of year again!  Influenster’s 2017 Beauty Reviewers Awards.  Influenster pairs people with awesome beauty products in the form of Voxboxes to test out for free in exchange for their honest opinion.

Every year users submit their favorite beauty and skincare products of the year.  30 lucky winners will receive the “Ultimate Voxbox”!  Below are some of my absolute favorite beauty products of 2017.

I will post reviews on each product soon!

Lip Favorites
  • Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm
  • E.L.F. Lipstick in Berry Bordeaux
Face Hero’s

From Top To Bottom

  • Maybelline Dream Illuminator Brightening Creamy Correcteur in 60 Deep
  • Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in Dulce de Leche #15
  • Maybeline MasterCamo Color Corrector Pen in #60
  • CoverGirl Queen Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze #Q120
  • Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer in Goddess
  • Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation in Walnut
  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correct Perfecting Powder
All of my Favorites in one place!
Some of my favorite eye products

From Top to Bottom

  • Ardell Dark Brown Brow Palmade
  • L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof in Blackest Black
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Chocolate Suede
  • Wet n Wild Coloricon Palette in Comfort Zone
  • Milani Eyeshadow Primer  in 01 Nude
  • Maybelline BrowPrecise Fiber Volumizer in Deep Brown