aLamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol 1. | Review + Swatches

Review of the aLamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow palette Vol 1. from the July Boxycharm

Boxycharm really, REALLY knocked it out of the park with the June 2018 box featuring the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol 1. The preview for this box made me resubscribe specifically for this palette.

Description of the  Alamar Cosmetics Palette:

This palette features 8 highly opaque shades, reminiscent of the beauty and culture of Cuba. Dive into the pigments and pearls found in the intense metallics, or ground your look with the warm richness of the creamy mattes. For a more intense application, refer to the shade names that feature a water droplet, these shades can be used with a wet brush—the sun symbol represents the shades that should be used with a dry brush.


The Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol 1. (say that 5 times fast!)  comes in a really sturdy, bright yellow cardboard packaging with 8 shades inside.  The cover to the palette snaps closed but doesn’t seem to be magnetic so I can only assume that it’s made of magic. There’s no mirror, but I actually hate holding on to a big palette while trying to do my makeup in that kind of mirror.



I love this color story so much it almost hurts!  This palette is more than a neutral palette with a pop of color. Half of this palette is bright, colorful foil textured eyeshadows and the bottom half of the palette gives me serious modern renaissance vibes. My favorite two colors from this palette are El Malecon and Varadero! My least favorite shade is Coco-Taxi simply because the shade is dusty and lacks any real pigment compared to the rest of the palette.

  • La Costa-Shimmery Champaign
  • El Malecon-Foiled True Gold
  • Varadero-Foiled Deep Blue-Green
  • Celia-Foiled Green
  • Coco-Taxi-Matte Warm Orange
  • Tropico-Matte Warm Deep Orange
  • Guantanamera-Matte Dark Rust/Berry
  • Cafecito-Warm Dark Brown

Close up of eyeshadow look from the alamar cosmetics reina del caribe palette

Close up of eyeshadow look from the alamar cosmetics reina del caribe palette


As far as I’m concerned, a palette is only as good as how many unique looks you can make out of it! That’s what I love about this palette.  It really is versatile. I can do a simple warm look with a pop of color or go all peacock and really make a statement!


I think it says a lot about an eyeshadow that can give crazy color payoff without using any mixing medium, setting spray or shadow primer to make it work. The foiled shades work really well alone but can go the next level if you wet your brushes first. The shadows last fairly long on someone like me with really oily eyelids.

Final Thoughts

All in all, I really enjoy this palette! I would actually purchase this outside of receiving it in a subscription box.

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Fuego Palette by Crown Brush Pro | Review + Swatches


When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I like a variety of colors. I like to feel as if I’m getting the most out of my money. Which is why I’ve never really been a fan of monochromatic eyeshadow palettes…that is, until now. I received the Fuego palette by Crown Brush Pro in a previous Boxycharm. This palette is sort of a mix of warm shimmery browns and oranges and shimmery rose golds and dark peaches. 

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Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Palette Review

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Palette Review

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pretty vulgar nightingale palette review

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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Makeup Bag Essentials for Fall | Drugstore Edition

Fall makeup bag essentials 1

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Fall Makeup Bag Essentials


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

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Wet n Wild Beauty | Timeless Beauty Picks for Fall | Haul+Try-on


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.

My Fall Picks…

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Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette| Review + Swatches

Juvias Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette


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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!

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Review and Wear Test of Rimmel London Stay Matte Mouse Foundation

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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.

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