Boxycharm Review: April 2018

“My Dr. Brandt product was worth 2.5x what I paid for this box.”

Today we’re talking about April 2018 BOXYCHARM products! And I don’t typically start off a post with an exclamation mark so I must be excited!!! Lol.

No, but seriously, let’s just jump right in.

First up, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, the $47.00 Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum face mask.

It’s no secret that this product alone is worth roughly 2.5x the box’s cost (which is $20/month). This, by itself, is such a steal. I think I immediately enjoyed this mask the first time I used it. It applies as a clear jelly-like consistency, with tiny blue beads that massage into your skin. Once dried down, it turns a light blue color and has a chalky smooth feel to it. I love the feeling, as when it dries down it’s very cooling on the skin.

My skin feels GREAT after using this product – silky smooth and declogged. I’ve been using this face mask for 1-2 times a week about the last 3 weeks. I don’t notice a change in my shine-factor – which is no surprise since I’m oily af. But I do feel cleansed, and I will continue to use this up.

Second, I received my VERY FIRST MAC PRODUCT. Okay okay okay I know, all my beauty gurus are out there are like ‘are you joking‘… but no, I have never bought myself a MAC product. And I know it sounds as ridiculous as I feel typing it.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in the shade ‘burnt violet’ runs $21.00.

This lipstick is very, very creamy. I gotta be honest I’m super hype to have this lipstick in my collection but I am just wondering… WTF is up with the shade? I barely have the balls to wear something bold in the fall let alone the middle of April. With that being said, I am still very excited to have this in my arsenal and will certainly work it into a fall look of 2018 – even tho it looks a teensy weensy bit streaky swatched but it’s fine we’ll make it work.

Next up is from The BrowGal – Instatint brow gel in light blonde – $22.00 on their website.

This product did not 👏🏻 come 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 play. I can’t believe how much this one shook me. One look at it and I was thinking, “this is too light for my eyebrows,” but no honey it builds up extremely nicely. This filled in my brow so quickly and is 100% fool proof.

I’m a girl who doesn’t even do my brows so for me to like this is saying something. I will continue to use it – I’m impressed!

I’m so happy to receive the Colourpop Element of Surprise eyeshadow palette which doesn’t take a whole paycheck to splurge on (thank you, Colourpop 🙏🏻 ).

As you can see, this palette really is an element of surprise. You get a splash of pink and a couple holographic shimmer shades to ‘wow’ on the lid. Yet this palette still includes a couple natural shades with a dark creamy brown to darken the outer crease – everything you need to create a one-palette look. I love Colourpop eyeshadow palettes so it’s no surprise to anyone that I love this one too. I will always accept a CP palette into my collection no matter the lack of space.

Lastly are these adorable SLMissGlam eyeshadow brush duo for $38.50 (currently sold out).

This value and the Dr. Brandt items make me never want to quit Boxycharm if I’m honest. First, the look – so beautifully gorgeous! These brushes are a staple for any gal’s growing makeup vanity collection.

Secondly, the purple-tipped brush is coming for my Beau Gachis tapered blending brush (which, btw, I’m obsessed with). It is so soft and I love how flimsy it is for blending shades into my crease. This is also a phenomenal brush to smooth and blend out any harsh colors as it distributes your crease shade SO. NICELY. Ugh – I’m so happy to add these brushes to my collection.

And that’s the box review today! This was a bit of a lengthy post – I think I’m a little chatty. Work has been stressful so I come here to release a bit of stress and anxious-ness. I hope all you lovely readers enjoyed (if you made it to the end). Thanks for stopping by.

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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Empties/Throw-A-Ways Part #3

“I must be using a lot of makeup to be on my third empties post.”

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What’s up, bloggers?! I’m back with another “empties” post detailing some products I have used up over the last couple months and my final thoughts/review of each one.

As always, the big question stands: Would I repurchase, yes or no?

See a product above you’ve been wondering about? Well, I’ve used the entire bottle so you can find my thorough review below.

First up, two mascaras:

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  • Too Faced Better Than Sex retailing for $23
    This mascara is phenomenal. Personally, I think $23 is a lot to pay for a mascara considering you have a dupe for this which is the L’Oreal Lash Paradise
    retailing for $9.99 at the drugstore. However, the Too Faced travel size of this mascara can last you a 1-2 months and only cost you $12. It has a fat wand that distributes mascara plentifully and creates full, butterfly-looking lashes.
    Would I repurchase? Yeah, probably. Depends on if I’m willing to drop a pretty penny when there are more affordable options out there. But, affordable options or not, this mascara is worth the money.

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  • The Balm Mad Lash retailing for $18
    I had such a love-hate relationship with this mascara.
    PERKS: it makes your lashes look nice and spider-y and distributes product v evenly, also adding length.
    CONS: I hate this wand, so much. I would say 4/5 times using this product left me with a clenched eye and mascara on my bottom lid from wincing after poking myself. It is so easy to touch this wand to your eyeball and doesn’t seem user friendly to me. It’s also very stiff, so on that 1/5 times I’d get it right, it would still scratch my lids in an uncomfortable way.
    Would I repurchase? No, and I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend either.

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Next, two foundations:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless retailing for $7.99
    This foundation lasted me a really long time, and I loved that about it. I also loved the staying power, coverage, and shade selection. Maybelline does such a great job at shade ranges, and I can appreciate that. The coverage on this foundation is surprisingly good, and can be built upon itself.
    It does dry kind of quickly, so I would work with half of my face at a time. It does give you a poreless and matte complexion, but I would still get a little greasy by that 3 o’clock hour at work.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, 100%.

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  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth retailing for $7.99
    I also really loved this foundation. For the dryer months (winter and when I’m dry in the summer from suntanning) this foundation is a lifesaver. The matte + poreless foundation would look dry on my skin if I didn’t have a solid moisturized base to my face. This, however, was smooth as could be even when I wasn’t working with a hydrated base.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.

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Lastly, two hair products:

  • Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo retailing for $5.99
    This dry shampoo was actually my first ever try at dry shampoo Image result for surprised emoji
    Crazy, I know. Now I can’t imagine a life without it.
    But it would good. Was it great? No. Did I find something better? Yes. Batiste takes the cake for the best affordable dry shampoo. The Not Your Mother’s wasn’t bad, it just didn’t perform as well as the Batiste ones I have since tried.
    Would I repurchase? Nah.

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  • Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo retailing for $28 (8.5 oz)
    This shampoo is so expensive, and I feel like I didn’t get the results I wanted for the price I paid. The thing that bothered me the most about this shampoo was the lack of suds to feel like my hair was thoroughly clean. I felt like I was using more than I needed to in order to clean my hair. With that being said, this shampoo lasted me a long time (roughly 8 months) so I’d say you get your money’s worth.
    Maybe the next time you’re at your salon you can ask them to use this in your hair and see what you think.
    Would I repurchase? No. Recently I’ve been loving (and have since repurchased) the Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde shampoo. More affordable and smells better/I see better results.

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So those are my empties! Is there anything here you agree with me about? Should I give something another try if I decided not to repurchase it? Let me know your thoughts below!

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