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Boxy Charm June 2018

Hey everyone, this is one of my favorite topics to blog about and I hope you love reading my unboxings! If you are unfamiliar with Boxycharm, it is a subscription service that sends a box of goodies to your home every month. Items are always beauty related (hair, makeup, skincare) and they range in size/price but it is always $21 per month. This months Boxycharm is so insane! First off, I received 9 items- yes you read that correct, 9 items! Let’s jump right into this unboxing:

Sol de Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 

Funny thing about this product- I recently bought a jar of this Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and it smells so freaking good that even my boyfriend was using it! He was using it so much that I bought another one before we ran out.. and then Boxycharm sends me another one! I will definitely be using this- it’s probably my favorite beauty product this summer- I am obsessed! If you’ve never used this I highly recommend trying it. It is pricey, but go grab a free sample at sephora or at least go smell how heavenly this stuff is!!!! The scent is pistachio caramel and its seriously so sweet and delicious that I bought the body mist fragrance too! I can’t get enough of this stuff. Besides the amazing smell, this stuff really does work! This is a fast absorbing tightening body cream. I swear it helps with cellulite on thighs and plumps the skin so beautifully. 

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

I have actually never used a Ofra Liquid Lipstick before but I was happy to see this in my Boxycharm! The color is right up my alley, I love 90’s-esque shades of brown lip color. I haven’t worn this on my lips yet, but I did a quick swatch. 

This has a very sweet scent, reminds me of cake batter! If you dont like fragrance in cosmetics this might not be for you, but the scent doesn’t bother me at all. I am really loving this shade and curious to see how it lasts throughout the day. 

Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe Volume 1

This packaging is too cute, I love the bright yellow tropical/summer themed package. My favorite detail is the small water and sun symbols next to each shade name- these represent if you should apply wet or dry- such a cute small detail! 

These swatched so beautifully, serious knocked my socks off with how smooth and creamy the metallics are. I use them for the first time today and oh my god!!! I love how flawlessly these blend and I cannot believe how pigmented these are! The mattes are BRIGHT and BOLD on the eyes! The metallics apply more on the sheer side if you use a dry brush; using a wet brush wet amps up the color and texture! I am dying to try more from this brand now, this palette is amazing!!! 

Jonteblu Cosmetics Eye Liner

This deep brown eyeliner is the perfect shade to accent the colors in the Alamar palette! I used this to line my water line and it really meshed all the colors together beautifully. This is a traditional wooden pencil liner that you would sharper, not a twist up. It applied creamy to the eye and the color was a perfect shade of brown! I really like this a lot especially because I have so many black liners but few brown ones!

Battington Lashes

This little box is adorable, I really like this packing! These lashes look really pretty and fluffy. They do look lightweight with a thin strip which is always nice for flexibility and application. I have not trie these out yet but I am curious because I am not familiar with this company. It is exciting to receive lashes in a subscription box though!

Luxie Brush Trio

I cannot believe this box came with 3 FULL SIZED Luxie Brushes!!! I absolutely love Luxie Beauty, I use their face and eyeshadow brushes pretty much everyday. I was sooooo excited to see this trio in my Boxycharm. I used them today and of course, as all Luxie brushes are, they were super soft and amazing! I love these and I am so happy they are full sized, not travel sized! This trio comes with a fountain brush, a powder brush and a tapered highlighting brush. 

Overall

This June 2018 Boxy Charm is bananas!!! I loooove this box sooo much, it might be my favorite Boxycharm yet! Every month I am so impressed with the amount of products I receive for only $21, so amazing!

Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes? Let me know if the comments!

As always, thank you so much for reading! Don’t forget to follow my IG- bewitchingmakeup and my blog- bewitchingmakeup.blog 

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Patrick Starrr x MAC: Floral Realness Full Review

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts over the past month- I am back and ready to review new launches for you all! This go around I wanted to talk about the Mac Cosmetics collab with Patrick Starrr. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Starrr here a little rundown: Patrick Starrr is a Makeup Artist/ Youtuber/ Beauty Influencer who started out in the beauty world working at Mac Cosmetics. Since working at Mac, Patrick has created a huge following with his amazing makeup looks, technique and his over the top personality. If you’ve never seen a Patrick Starrr tutorial or Youtube video I highly recommend his channel, he does BEAUTIFUL makeup and has a fun upbeat personality that really shines through his videos. Patrick recently paired up with Mac Cosmetics to launch seasonal makeup kits.¹ This is the Spring launch, Floral Realness which had two different kits- Me so Fleek and Me So Chic. The kits were very similar but the colors varied. I picked up the Me So Chic Kit so lets jump right into the details!

screenshot from  maccosmetics.com

Packaging

If you read my reviews you know I am a sucker for packaging and let me tell you I was blown away by the packing on this collection. Obviously, I expected floral imagery as the collection is called Floral Realness but this packaging is floral with a spin! The image on the individual units is like a floral kaleidoscope with the mandala-like pattern. I love the baby pink and the floral detailing! So beautiful and stands out a lot compared to the tradition black Mac lipstick tubes. Also how gorgeous is this face chart that came with the kit!

Product Breakdown

The Me So Chic kit includes 4 items:

  • Eyeshadow Quad (4 colors) “Stay with Me” 
  • Lipstick, “Sweet Mamastarrr”
  • Lipglass, “Mamastarrr Kiss”
  • Blush Duo, “I’m Not Blushing”

Stay With Me Eyeshadow Quad

The Stay With Me Eyeshadow Quad includes four shades- Daddystarrr, Yesss, Queen Patrick and Bon Nuit.

These blend out pretty well on the eye and are buttery to the touch. There’s a bit of fallout but nothing too crazy. The colors are SUPER pigmented and pair very well with each other. This includes three formulas- two mattes shades, one pearl and one frost.

You can do a subtle sophisticated look with these shades or a fun bold look! With only 4 shades I do like this color scheme a lot because you can make a few different looks! Purple shadows are tough to get right but I am really liking these. 

I’m Not Blushing Blush Duo

The I’m Not Blushing blush duo has a bronze-y matte shade paired with a lighter sheer peach-y shade. I typically prefer my products to be in separate pans, or separated by a divider but these two shades just work so well together! I swirl my blush brush into this compact, over both colors, and apply to the cheeks. The color is so beautiful and build-able, you can go a light flush of color or layer it up for a bold blush look.

This formula on this is great, it applies evenly without any patches. The pan size is definitely large enough that you can just grab one shade if you don’t want to mix the two. Out of everything in this bundle I reach for this the most! 

Sweet Mamastarrr Lipstick

Sweet Mamastarrr Lipstick is creamy and dreamy! I really love the shade, light pink with a very creamy finish. This applies to the lips so smoothly and lasts for quite a while. I typically go for matte lips, but this shade and formula is just sooooo nice. 

Mamastarrr Kiss Lipglass

Mamastarrr Kiss Lipglass has the shiniest finish ever and the perfect amount of sparkle! I love to use this on top of my Sweet Mamastarrr lipstick or really any lipstick. This gloss isn’t sticky or tacky, it glides on evenly and wears really well! 

Pricing 

I looked up the average individual items at Mac with similar layouts (example quad eyeshadow palettes and duo blushes from different collabs and/or launches). If you were to buy individual items from Mac with the same set up you wood be looking at $102 worth of product. 

  • Average Mac Quad Eyeshadow -$33
  • Average Mac Lipstick -$18.50
  • Average Mac Lipglass- $17.50 
  • Average Mac Blush Duo- $33

This kit was $49.50— thats $52.50 of savings!!!! I love that this was priced right under $50 for the entire kit. Makeup is expensive and with so many new launches its nice to see a high end brand do something thats reasonably priced (for Mac, don’t get me wrong $50 is a lot of money, but that’s expected with high end brands.) 

Overall

I love this kit! If I didn’t already own this I would 100% repurchase. The colors are beautiful, the packaging is insane and I just love the whole kit so much! Here’s a look I created using two of the shadows, blush and lipstick.

Sorry it took so long to get this post up- I want to fully test out my new items before reviewing as I feel a full on review after thoroughly using the product is more beneficial than “first impressions” type reviews.

¹I am assuming this is a seasonal launch as Patrick just announced a Summer collection and he’s already done two with Mac this year. I think its safe to say this will go on at least until the Fall to complete the full year.

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Halo Beauty Hair, Skin, Nails Booster- Full Review

If you aren’t familiar with Halo Beauty that might be because it’s a brand new company! Halo Beauty is owned and operated by Tati Westbrook aka Glamlifeguru who is a huge beauty Youtuber. Halo Beauty’s first product launch was a bit unexpected as most of Tati’s followers were assuming she would release makeup. Shockingly enough, Halo launched a Hair, Skin, Nail Booster vitamin.

I told myself that no matter what product Tati launched I was going to give a try because I want to support her brand and because I am in the business of trying new products to share with all of you. I do want to say I have been taking Halo Beauty for 30 days now so I did use the entire bottle before writing this to give you my full experience. As always, these are my personal opinions and things could results differently for you if you try this product. Please advise a doctor before taking this if you are pregnant or on any other medications.

Shipping

Shipping took a while, 2 weeks exactly. I do I live in New England and the weather has been nuts!! We had several huge snow storms and our mail wasn’t delivered on time so I’m guessing I would have gotten this sooner if the weather wasn’t crazy. It cost $7.95 for shipping however I did see on Twitter that Halo has since dropped its shipping pricing lower which is great!

Packaging

Packaging is beautiful. Frosted thick plastic jar with silver plastic screw cap with displays beautifully on my vanity. I also love that this bottle is pretty enough to reuse!  This is heavy duty enough to be tossed in your travel bag if you’re on the go.

Ingredients are clearly listed on the bottle along with warning (pregnant/breastfeeding). One big issue that I didn’t even notice at first is THERE IS AN ISSUE ON THE LABEL which claims the bottle has 60 servings. This is untrue as the bottle has 60 pills but only 30 servings since each serving is 2 pills. In my eyes this is a typo (that has since been corrected for new bottles) so whatever, but I can see why this is upsetting as some people thought they were getting more product that they actually are. The front of the bottle does still say 30 servings.

The pills are pink! This is a cute detail for the product to look cute. Luckily if you are vegan and/or cruelty free you are in luck because this does not contain carmine! Carmine is crushed beetles which creates pink/red pigment. Yes, you read that correctly, beetles are crushed for pigment… gross! This is a common practice/ ingredient in a ton of beauty products, vitamins, and even candy. Another animal product commonly used in vitamins shark cartilage.. Thankfully there is no carmine or cartilage in Halo Booster!

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screenshot of https://halobeauty.com/pages/ingredients

I have seen online people posting photos of their pills changing color- I have not experienced this- but some have seen the capsules loosing their bright pink color.

Claims

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screenshot of https://halobeauty.com/products/halo-beauty-hair-skin-nails-booster

Ingesting

I take a sip of water, pop the pill in my mouth and then take a large gulp of water to wash it down. The pills do have a little bit of a earthy/chalky taste, but nothing too overpowering. They is no aftertaste after swallowing.

These pills are pretty big. I don’t have a hard time swallowing pill normally but these are a tough to swallow in all honesty. If I could change in thing about this I would make the pills smaller/less bulky. You can open these and add it to food or drink to ingest without swallowing the capsule if you prefer that route. I haven’t tried that.

Does it work?

This did hydrate my skin to the point I could see and feel results within 3 weeks. I noticed my skin feeling more supple, smooth and plump- plus my lips were not as chapped as normal! On the flip side, I noticed I was excessively thirsty and my urine was bright yellow. I looked into this and from what I’ve seen online, bright yellow urine is typically caused from an excess of Riboflavin, which is an ingredient found in Halo.

As for the nails and hair claims, not to toot my own horn, but I have very strong nails and hair, I was mainly focusing on the progress of my skin while taking this supplement.

My Results

In the before pictures you can see how chapped my lips are, the dry patches around my nose rings and my irritated acne. In the after photos my skin is so much healthier looking. (I do have makeup residue smeared under my eyes in my before photo, sorry about that, I didn’t notice when taking the photos).

Pros & Cons

Positives

  • Smoother skin on my face and body
  • Dark under eye circles appearing a little lighter
  • Less chapped lips
  • More hydrated skin
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Sugar free
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan

Negatives

  • Hard to swallow
  • Excessive thirst
  • Expensive
  • Urine is bright yellow (excess of Riboflavin)

Overall- Will I re-purchase?

I don’t think I will be re-purcahsing. This worked wonders for hydrating my skin, but it is $40 a month which is almost $500 a year! I love the hydration results but that price tag is going to really add up month after month. I was hoping this would help my eczema patches around my elbows but unfortunately I haven’t seen any change in those areas.

Overall, I think this is a great product for hydration, if you can afford it for $40 a month. Also, if you are vitamin deficient than this product would probably be really beneficial to you! Please note that I am not knocking this product at all- I honestly will try the next product launch from Halo Beauty in the future too- this product just sit necessary for my lifestyle.

Has anyone tried this product? Let me know in the comments how it’s working for you!

Ipsy Unboxing: April 2018

I love subscription boxes soooooo incredibly much! This week my Ipsy Glam Bag came in and of course I ripped it open in a frenzy to see what this months bag contained! If you are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a subscription service that sends 4-5 items per month for $10. The items range is size and price. I feel Ipsy is kind of hit or miss. Some months are spectacular and some are a little lackluster. Lets jump right into the April glam bag!

Cosmetics Bag

Although this isn’t really my personal style, I do think this bag is really cute! The butterflies are perfect for spring and the rose gold accents make more this stylish/sophisticated.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm

I own this already and I really love it! Any soft peachy nudes are typically my go to lip colors so this is a staple n my collection. I love the formula on this, it is creamy, smooth and super pigmented! Although it is a matte, its a soft matte meaning its more or a velvet finish which is not overly drying. This doesn’t emphasis texture of the he lips either so if your lips are chapped, this will still apply well. I am very happy to receive this in my glam bag!

The Vintage Cosmetics Tweezers

The packaging on this is so cute, I love the mix or floral and polka dots- the vintage patterns work perfectly for the brand name. These tweezers are a good shape and weight. I used them this morning and they grabbed and removed the brow hairs easy peasy! I hate when tweezers are too rounded and the hairs just slip around and wont pluck- thats not the case with these, they have a sharp angled edge that works really well!

The color of this is gorgeous too, I love rose gold and these look super cute on my vanity.

Lip Scrub

I love that there’s a lip scrub in this months glam bag. Its a great item to have in your makeup collection in general. I don’t know if I’m going to open this because I already have a ton of lip scrubs, but if I didn’t I would be excited to get this is a subscription box. Especially this time of year with the weather still cold (in my area at least), its great to receive skin care/dry skin products to refresh before the summer!

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Hydrating Treatment

The texture of this is very gel like, not creamy or lotion-y at all. This does spread pretty far so a small squeeze covered my face. It feels very soothing and slick when applying and does take a few minutes to dry down. I would say this has a slight tacky feeling on the skin, but it actually seemed to work pretty well as a primer for my makeup because of that slight stickyness. This has a strange smell that I just can’t place but it’s not terrible smell. Be mindful using this because I slapped it on all willy nilly and ended up getting it in my eye and it burned pretty awful! That was totally my fault and no fault of the product. I actually am really enjoying this, it’s very hydrating!

Paula Dorf Bronzer in Bora Bora

This is definitely a semi-shimmery bronzer. It isn’t super noticeable on the face but keep that in mind if you prefer a very matte bronzer/contour. This soft brown color works really well for my pale skin. Theres no orange haze or any weird color change on the skin. This blends out pretty easily too! I’ve never used this brand before but I am pleasantly surprised at how much I am loving this.

Overall

This months bag is pretty great! I am loving all of my items this month and and so happy to have successes with these brands I have never used before! What did you guys get in your glam bags this month? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for reading!

Milk Makeup Flex Concealer Review

I stopped in Sephora recently just to check out the newest launches and spoke with a sales person who was really pushing the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer. I told him I use concealers that are FULL coverage and he ensured me that this would do exactly what I wanted as far as coverage and wearability. It was insanely busy in Sephora and my boyfriend was waiting outside so I just ran to the counter, handed over my debit card and left….. then I realized I had just spent $28 on one tube of concealer that only had .2 oz of product….This isn’t completely unheard of for Sephora brands. For example, Urban Decay’s Naked Concealer is $29 per tube (.16oz). So I wasn’t mad at the price but I did have VERY high expectations since I wasn’t excepting that hefty price tag. Lets jump right into the nitty gritty- packaging, coverage, wearability, formula, pro/cons and would I buy again.

Packaging

This looks like a squeeze tube, but it isn’t! Theres actually a wand in here which is usually ideal for application. The wand is an good shape, but it doesn’t pick up much product out of the tube. I had to re-dip a few times per eye which isn’t a terrible flaw, but it is kind of annoying.

Also, I’m to sure if it’s a packaging flaw or if I got a bad tube, but sometimes the stopper (the plastic piece that removes the excess product from the wand) lifts and I end up making a mess!

Formula

This has marshmallow extract and blue lotus in the formula, which was one of the big selling factors for me. I like trying things with extra benefits for the skin. The other big claim is that this is a “flex” formula which means it will move with the skin instead of cracking or creasing since it’s flexible. I always want to have a completely smooth under eye area with no creasing or texture so I was hoping this would become a new staple in my makeup collection!

Wearability

This applies to the skin okay. It does say to apply and then blend with fingertips which I did and notice more coverage than another time when I blended out with a Beauty Blender. Makeup sponges seem to grab this product and remove it more than actually blend it out, so fingers are the way to go with this product for sure.

This applies smoothly and evenly. I didn’t have any issues blending out and it matches my skin tone really well. My biggest issue is that this didn’t have the coverage I was hoping for being that it was almost $30… My first time applying I did my normal amount of product and it just had a medium coverage look which doesn’t work for me. I have very dark circles so I want a FULL coverage concealer. I ended up doing two layers of this and it looked good, wore well and didn’t crease! I actually really like how this wore under my eyes when I layered it up but I just feel like I’m going through so much product so quickly. (Please note when layering liquids you want to let the first layer dry before adding more.)

I also used this to conceal blemishes and it looked great upon first application but that it ended up showing my redness throughout the day. This became greasy pretty quickly (about 3 hours into the day) and seemed to slide right off my blemishes, showing the texture and discoloration. I did not notice any oiliness under my eyes, just on my face where I spot concealed.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Color matches my skin perfectly
  • Flexible (doesn’t crack/ crease)
  • Wears well under eyes
  • Vegan & cruelty free formula

Cons:

  • Not full coverage (unless layered)
  • Doesn’t cover blemishes
  • Expensive

Overall

I would give this a 6/10. I would repurchase (for under eye concealing only) if it came with more product because I did like the way it wore under my eye with that extra layer. Since that isn’t the case, I don’t think I’ll be grabbing another tube of this concealer because I see myself going through it so quickly. I typically don’t mind spending a little extra for foundations & concealers because I want full, long wearing formulas, but this just isn’t enough product for the price in my opinion. Honestly, the Colour Pop No Filter Concealers have a similar texture and wear similarly and those are only $6 per tube.

Has anyone tried this? Or any other products from Milk Makeup? Let me know in the comments!

As always, thanks so much for reading! 

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette

I’ve been so curious about the Natasha Denona cosmetics line, but honestly it’s out of my budget. The eyeshadow palettes I’ve seen listed in the past on Sephora were between $150-250. Those palettes contained around 15-20+ pans, so they were large with a lot of color options, but definitely pricey.

When I saw this Mini Sunset Palette listed for $25 I immediately added it to my Sephora cart and figured this would be my best chance at trying the Natasha Denona formula since I don’t seem myself spending over $100+ on a palette at this point in my makeup career. Hopefully that changes because I would LOVE to review more luxury items if I could swing it finically. But I digress, I grabbed this palette and could not wait for it to be delivered. Unfortunately because of the weather my package was delayed so I got it a few days later than I should have but I did receive it none the less.

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette (ouster cardboard unit) 

I pulled this out of the mailer and I couldn’t believe the size… I know its called “Mini” but this thing is so itty bitty. It’s really adorable how small it is, heres a comparison of it next to a primer (Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer).

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette & Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer 

The size of this is not an issue for me because the pan size is big enough to get a brush in and it’s a great size to travel with! I’ve used this a few times now and I haven’t even put a dent into the pans so theres a good amount of product in this mini palette.

Packaging

The Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette is a white plastic unit with a clear flip top. The cover is attached at the top and flips down securely to close. The brand name is displayed on the clear top- very simple and classic looking.

The shade names are not listed in the front, buy they are clearly listed on the big of the palette.

Color/ Texture

This palette included 5 shades- all warm tones colors. There are 2 mattes and 3 shimmers. These are all new shades from Natasha Denona, so these are not found in the original full size Sunset Palette, which is a little confusing. These colors are the same color family being warm, sunset-esque colors.

Colors in order from left to right:

  • Guava- matte peach-y tan
  • Apollo- shimmery cranberry red
  • Dirty Mars- matte rich brown
  • Sun Be a- shimmery bronze-y/ copper
  • Halo- shimmery champagne

Formula

The formula on this is nice. These are buttery and smooth to the touch.

There isn’t much kick back  when dipping the brush into the pan- this is pretty amazing being the the packaging is white, you would immediately notice if these shadows made mess but they don’t.

These blend out fairly easy on the eyes. They did need a little work to create a smooth transition which surprised me.  A lot of reviews I’ve seen have say how Natasha Denona’s palettes are priced so high because they blend easy peasy. These did blend okay but not extraordinarily better than other palettes I have.

I applied using a fluffy brush for the mattes and they were surprisingly more pigmented on the eye than I thought they would be. I assumed I would go in with a bit of shadow, blend out and dip back in to layer (like I normally do with most shadows) but I didn’t even need to! One dip into this was enough to blend my crease out completely. It wasn’t the most effortless blend ever as it took a few minutes to blend properly, however the pigmentation was there.

The shimmers applied well too, some better than others. The maroon shimmer Apollo went on like a breeze. I barely even dipped my brush in and I got enough product to cover my lid and blend out. The lighter gold color and champagne shades Sun Beam and Halo are beautiful as well but not as pigmented when blending onto the lid, so I did use a setting stay on my brush to enhance the colors.

Wearability

These wore really beautifully throughout the day. The shimmers did not crease or move around on my eye lids! I should mention that I did not prime my eye lids at all before using this and it still lasted throughout the day.

Obviously, if you dont like warm colors this wouldn’t be for you. I do think you can create a lot of pretty looks using these 5 colors since the textures and mattes work so well with each other.

Dupes

Let’s start off this part as saying these are not 100% duplicates (especially the last one). The reason I am including this is because I find the texture of this Sunset Palette to be very similar to the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette. The colors are similar and you could make very similar eye looks PLUS MORE using the Jaclyn Hill Palette which comes with 35 eyeshadows for $38. I have a full review with swatches of all 38 colors if you are instead in more info on the Jaclyn Hill Palette.

Overall

I love when high end/ luxury brands come out with minis so that the everyday beauty lover can try it out without breaking the bank! I would give this a 6.5/10. I like the colors a lot and they wear beautifully throughout the day. I would have rated in higher if it were easy to blend and if it were cheaper since I find my Jaclyn Hill palette so similar and way less cost per color.

Has anyone tried the Natasha Denona full sized palettes? I’m thinking maybe the formula was changed… Let me know in the comments what you all think!

Thanks for reading!

Boxycharm Unboxing: March 2018

It’s Boxycharm unboxing day!!!!! My favorite thing ever is ripping into this little box of goodness and adding to my already over crowded vanity!

If you are unfamiliar with Boxycharm it is a monthly subscription service that is $21 per month for 5 beauty products. I’ve been signed up for Boxycharm for several months now and every single month the value has been way over $21, usually over $100 even! So let’s jump right in to the March 2018 Boxycharm!

The Vintage Cosmetics Company Smokey Eye Brush Set

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The Vintage Cosmetics Company Smoke Eye Brush Set- $23, thevintagecosmeticscompany.com

These brushes have been a bit of a roller coaster ride (I know I’m so dramatic). I first pulled these out and thought “hmmm.. I have too many brushes already” so I put this to the side, not overly excited to use these. When it came time for me to take my blog photos, I open the cardboard unit and pulled the brushes out and fell in love! Brushing them on my hand they felt soft and the lettering on the handles are just too freaking cute.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company Smoke Eye Brush Set- $23, thevintagecosmeticscompany.com

So this morning, when getting ready, I reached for all three of these brushes while applying my eyeshadow. Unfortunately, these are not as soft on the eye as they are on my hand. Keep in mind the skin on your hands is thick whereas your eyelids are very thin and delicate so that’s where these fell flat for me. I tried to use these even though they were a little scratchy but it was just too uncomfortable and I ended up putting these down and grabbing my go to Wet n Wild Brushes. Out of these 3 brushes, I did find the flat brush was the best one, I used it to smudge shadow under my lower lash line and it was fine. Not incredible, but not as scratchy as the two blending brushes. I don’t think this 3 pack of brushes in worth the $23 price tag, especially since I like the Wet n Wild (white & pink) brushes way better and they are price between $0.99 – $2.99 each.

South Mane 3 Eye Gel Packs

South Mane 3 Eye Gel Packs- $9, southmanehaircare.com

These gel eye masks are to be placed on the delicate skin under your eyes. I have never used this brand before but I have use products along these lines. I love the Sephora Pearl Eye Masks that are $5 per pair, they definitely show a huge improvement in puffiness and redness. Again, I haven’t used this product yet but I definitely will be! I prefer these over a full sheet mask- those tend to slide around and make talking difficult. There are perfect since they are just for your under eyes! The price on this seems very fair, at $3 per pair I could see myself purchasing these again, assuming they work. i’ll keep everyone posted on that!

Pur x Boxycharm Eye Shadow Palette

Pur x Boxycharm Eye Shadow Palette- $36, purcosmetics.com

Ummmmmm, I’m sorry do you see how beautiful this palette is?!?! I love this color set up- the warm colors are all so beautiful and the cool shades are the perfect pop of color! I love how the matte shades in here work well for a transition shade. They also have enough variety that you can create a lot of looks using this palette alone. This is definitely a sunset vibe color scheme, very summery! I did swatch all of these on my arm and these are sooooo pigmented.

Pur x Boxycharm Eye Shadow Palette- $36, purcosmetics.com

The mattes are buttery and creamy to the touch. The shimmers are so soft and smooth. I am in love with this palette! I haven’t used it on my eyes yet so I really can’t account for fall out or wearability but so far I am digging this set up and the textures! Any time there is a palette in a subscription box I callout a win! This is a great item to get in a box being that the palette is $36 and I paid $21 for ALL of these items! Also did I mention that Pur Cosmetics makes gorgeous highlighters, so I just assume I’ll love this as well!

Pretty Vulgar Make them Blush in Hush Blush

Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush in Hush Blush- $26, prettyvulgar.com

This is the second time I’ve received a Pretty Vulgar item in a Boxycharm. I have a metallic liquid lip by this company that is super opaque and pigmented! I don’t reach for it a lot because it is a metallic pick, not really my style, but the packaging and wear time is really nice. When I pulled this blush out of my March Boxycharm I was floored by the packaging. Are you serious Pretty Vulgar?! This is STUNNING! I love antique/vintage style home decor and this is very reminiscent of gorgeous vintage frame or mirror.

I wore this today and the color is right up my alley. I love the mauve-y/rose color. It applied well to the cheeks and blended out nicely. The only negative I noticed during my first use was the kick back. As soon as my brush hit the pan there was kick back everywhere. This is a soft creamy formula so its not the worst thing in the world to have kick back but worth pointing out. If you love this shade but don’t want to drop $26 on one blush, I would recommend the Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Mellow Wine which is a fantastic dupe for this blush and only $2.99.

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara- $20, ulta.com

First of all, this is the biggest mascara tube I’ve ever seen in my life. When I pulled this out of my Boxy Charm I thought maybe the cardboard unit was just really large, but the tube itself is also massive!

I want to point out that the claims on the box of this product is kind of hard to believe….. this says 200% thicker & 314% more curl!! Of course, I wanted to use this to see how much volume and curl this would give my lashes so I tried this out right away. My first thoughts were the wand is way too big to precisely coat the lashes. It’s a little awkward trying to get close to the inner corner and it was a little messy doing the bottom lashes because the wand kept hitting my skin. As I was applying, this went on thick and wet. I prefer a drier mascara that I can add multiple coats to. This went on so thick and wet so it felt very heavy. My lashes didn’t necessarily clump together terribly, but this didn’t fan my lashes out either. It did dry down and felt flexible still which is good. I hate when mascara dry so hard and crunchy.

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara- $20, ulta.com

I would 314% say that this does not stand up to its outrageous claims. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a terrible product. If you like wet mascaras, this does a nice job of coating the lashes and making them very black, but it doesn’t give you a huge boost in curl which is what I was hoping for. I see myself using this again as it wore well under my also lashes but I wouldn’t repurchase at $20.

Overall

The March 2018 Boxycharm kicked major butt this month! I am obsessed with the Pur Palette and the Pretty Vulgar Blush. The South Mane patches will go to good use in the future and I’ll probably even use the mascara again! The brushes were a little bit of a let down since it was just too scratchy for my eyes. Overall the price of this box was $21- if I had purchased these items separately is would have been $114- which means I saved $93!

What did you get in your Boxycharm this month? Let me know in the comments below.

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