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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm August 2017 Beach Please

boxycharm august 2017

 

First off, I’m so sorry for the lack of updates! I was feeling under the weather for a good park of a week… well, more than a week… and then the last two weekends were just so busy with camping and the Edmonton Expo in the mix! So this is coming a bit late – I fully admit that – so I won’t delay it any further!

 

boxycharm august 2017

boxycharm august 2017

boxycharm august 2017

 

Boxycharm’s theme for the month of August was Beach Please. It was jam packed with five amazing full-sized products!

 

boxycharm august 2017

boxycharm august 2017

 

The first one was a brush set… and I don’t know about you but I can alway say yes to new brushes! 😉 The Moda Pro 3-Piece Brush Set from Royal + Langnickel ($26.00 USD) features a pointed blush brush, a chisel blender brush and a crease brush. Each brush has a nice matte black gripped handle. I am most excited about the blush brush (BMX-130). It is so soft and fluffy and I know it will be great for my powder blushes and setting powder needs. It reminds me of my blush brush from Real Techniques that I adore. The other brushes look great too. I’m sure I will use all three of them.

 

boxycharm august 2017

 

Next is the Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in 02 Ebony ($15.00 USD). This is the only questionable item in my box. And I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way at all. After doing Shop My Stash for a a good part of the year, I discovered that I heavily favour liquid liners. I rarely ever use pencil or gel liners now. That being said, I think I will pass this on to someone who will really appreciate it! 

 

boxycharm august 2017

 

The PUR Pro Eyelashes in Diva ($14.00 USD) looks amazing. I bet I could have a fuller lash look with these on! I don’t often wear false lashes because I’m just awful at putting them on. I definitely need practice! I do really want to try these, though. And if I can ever figure them out and master applying false lashes, it says that these are good for 30 wears. 😉

 

boxycharm august 2017

 

This next one is so pretty! I received the #GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in the shade Date Night from The Beauty Corp ($1.95 USD). This is such an Olivia colour! 😉 It goes on smoothly and doesn’t make my lips feel dry so I really like this. It is enriched with shae butter and vitamin E so that explains it’s moisturizing properties. Anyways, it’s a nice liquid lippie!

 

boxycharm august 2017

boxycharm august 2017

 

And finally, I was saving the best for last! I received the tarte Rainforest of the Sea: Volume II eyeshadow palette ($36.00 USD). I am a huge fan of the tarte eyeshadows I already have – including the first Rainforest of the Sea palette – so this was so great to see in my Boxycharm! It includes eight cool toned shades that can be used to create some great shimmery looks.

So that’s it for August. It was a pretty great box! Valued at $105.95 USD (that is $132.46 CAD based on today’s exchange rate) this is a high-value box! Other than the eyeliner, I loved everything in it! I really can’t complain! 

What did you think of August’s Boxycharm?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Shop My Stash Recap: August 2017

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

Happy September! How did the month of August fly by? Just like that! I guess they really mean it when they say that time flies by when you’re having fun!

Month #8 of my 2017 Shop My Stash challenge is over! Honestly, I really am enjoying how each month gives me a different mix of old and new beauty products to play with. The new stuff is always a lot of fun but I’m also really liked rediscovering a lot of products, too.  

Still going strong with my low-buy, as well. I have only purchased two beauty products in the past three months (since I purchased something from Sephora in very early June which is my birthday month) and they have been from Too Faced’s new Peaches and Cream Collection. And honestly, the foundation just came today and the powder should be here tomorrow or Thursday so it’s really, really recent too. So far, so good! Now the real test will be when all those gorgeous Christmas sets come out. We shall see how I fare then. 🙂

Anyways, let’s get moving on this. There is a lot to cover!

For those of you who are new to this series, every month in 2017. I will be selecting (or ‘shopping’) different items from my makeup collection (aka the ‘Stash’) in an attempt to rediscover and use up what I already own instead of going to the store or shopping online. When your collection gets out of hand, you tend to forget what you already have. 

If you want to read up more about this series, please see my introductory post. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. ?  Also you can check out all my other Shop My Stash posts here.

I break down my recap posts into three parts: empties, keepers and rejects. Starting in May and June, I have also added a new category called “retired” which I will explain in that section. I think having this new category is a very good thing! Under each category, there is a quick write up about each product to express my thoughts about each one. I like to start off with success so lets look at the empties first. Quick wins! 🙂

 

The Empties 

Not many in this category this time around. Actually, in all reality, there are none. There were quite a few “almost empties”, though. Just one product to list here. See why below.

 

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm SPF 30 in Medium
Okay, this is not empty but it is expired so I’m throwing it out. But to be clear, I did not dislike it. In fact, I really like it! It’s a great alternative to heavier foundations when all you want is some light coverage. This is great in the summer months. Super light on my skin and doesn’t cause me to break out. I think this is my second tube of this product and I would not hesitate to repurchase it again!

 

The Keepers

Again, the bulk of the products fall under this category. Not surprising at all! So here goes!

 

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

Face primer: Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
I am surprised that I enjoyed the Temptu primer so much. It kind of reminds me of the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s a very similar consistency in that it’s liquidy smooth and goes on like a dream! I’m sad that this was only sample sized and it is one of the products I was referring to as an “almost empty” above. Love it! I would repurchase this one for sure. The only thing I don’t like is that there is still product in the bottle but the little metal ball keeps plugging it up. I love it so much I may have to cut into it with scissors! 😉 The Smashbox primer was also very nice. It did moisturize my under eye area. I was also pleasantly surprised by this, as well. I will continue to use it and I would repurchase it, as well.

Foundation / BB Cream: Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation in Natural Beige
So this is a really nice foundation. It’s gives you great coverage but it still feels light on your skin. Super easy to blend in, too. Looking at the bottle, I’ve used up half of it already! I will continue to use this one up until it’s empty and yes, I would repurchase it.

Highlighter: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight
As I use different types of highlighters, I’m more and more convinced that powder is my favourite type. This Benefit highlighter is liquid and it’s okay. I prefer their Watt’s Up cream highlighter. While it’s not my fave, I will still finish it up but I’m not sure if I would repurchase it. The Clinique highlighter was also very good. It’s a cream highlighter that’s easy to apply and easy to blend. I received this as a 100 point perk from Sephora and while it looks large, looks can be deceiving! There’s not a lot there. I am not sure I would repurchase it. I prefer the shade of the Benefit Watt’s Up to this one which is on the pinker side of things.

Setting powder: GOSH prime ‘n set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder
If I can recall correctly, this is this product’s second go round in my Shop My Stash Series. See my thoughts way back in April.

 

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

Blush: tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
This is SO good. Each and every colour in this blush palette looks great on me and the formulation is just dreamy. It goes on nicely, blends wonderfully and you can dust it on lightly or build it up. I can’t say anything bad about this! I love it!

Eye primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
Goodness, this surprised me! I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is! And now I’m sad that it’s just a deluxe sized sample. It’s silky and goes on my eyelids nicely. And most importantly, it keeps my eyeshadow in place! So it’s safe to say that I love it and that I would repurchase it.

Eyeliner: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
The NARS eyeliner goes on smooth and doesn’t tug at all so it’s safe to say that I like it! Which says a lot because I favour liquid liner to pencil liners immensely. The Stila liner was nice but I don’t find myself using brown eyeliners much. Still pretty good, though!

Brow: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
I honestly forgot I had this until I started digging in my eye products drawer. This is partially because that drawer is a mess but also partially because I’ve been using brow pencils mostly so I haven’t reached for this in awhile. After using it for the last month, I do still very much like it and it does look good when I use an angle brow brush to fill in my brows with this product. I will continue using this and I would consider repurchasing it… when I run out of all my other brow products, anyways! 

Mascara: tarte lights, camera, flashes Mascara, Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
This tarte mascara is slowly making it’s way up the list and it’s one of my favourite mascaras now. It separates and lengthens my lashes and they just look great. I am hoping that the full sized product is the same because I’ve seen some reviews saying they aren’t. If that’s the case, then I’m going to be very sad and on the hunt for more deluxe samples! The newest Lancome mascara – Monsieur Big – is also really good! I received this from ChickAdvisor’s Product Review Club and I’m still using it. It adds volume to my lashes and I love it. Though at times it does clump a little but that’s nothing a lash brush can’t fix! Both are great mascaras. Both I would repurchase.

 

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Fade In
I’ve always known that I adored the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette but I totally forgot about the Smashbox one. First let’s take a look at the Too Faced one. I find it has great pigmentation and blends well. It also smells peachy! (If you have tried their chocolate bar palettes, think of that but with peaches instead of chocolate!). The Smashbox one gives me a great mix of colours for a nice smokey eye. Again it’s very pigmented and it blends well. I can’t complain about either one of these and they’re both keepers!

 

The Rejects

This one pains me to list it. Why? Because I love the brand.

 

shop my stash recap august 2017

 

Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminator Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer
I really wanted to love this!!! But it didn’t quite work out for me. I didn’t find that it blended very well under my eyes… even when I’m using the teeny tiniest bit. 🙁 I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a sample and it might have dried out a bit or what but I found it difficult to use. I do really love their original concealer so maybe I just have an issue with this formulation. I’m not sure. So sad.

 

The Retired

Nothing to retire this month. /shrug

So that is all for now! August was a blur but at least it was spent using some pretty amazing products. I’m well into my September basket now so check back in early October for that recap. 🙂 

Are you working on a Shop My Stash or a Project Pan? How do you feel about it? Are you loving it like me or finding it challenging? Comment below with your thoughts. 🙂

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Shop My Stash: September 2017

shop my stash august 2017

 

How did the month of August fly by so quickly? Just like that? Before I put up my August recap, I thought I would share what is in my September basket first. 🙂

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. ? Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan. 

If you’re interested, you can find my other Shop My Stash posts here.

How Shop My Stash Works

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

*Please note, at times, I will not have some items in my basket. The reason why is stated next to the category.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction 
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer (None, it’s summer and my skin is too dark for bronzer. We will revisit in fall/winter)
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: Benefit POREfessional)
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: MAC Brow Set in Clear… which is almost empty! :o)
  • Mascara primer (None, I don’t have one at the moment.)
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray (Success! None, retired category. I only have three products left in rotation: MAC, Urban Decay and Maybelline setting sprays)

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

Shop My Stash for September 2017

September is here! And my basket looks great! Let’s get right into it.

 

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Face primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Color correction: City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector
  • Concealer: NYX HD Concealer in Shade 04
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Natural Beige, tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Medium Neutral, Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector with 2% Salicylic Acid

 

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Blush: Benefit Rockateur
  • Highlighter: essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette
  • Setting powder: BareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo

 

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Eye primer: Milani Eyeshadow Primer
  • Eyeliner: Absolute New York Nano Liner in Black, Sonia Kashuk Eye Definer in Plummy Bronze
  • Brow : NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso, NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer
  • Mascara: CoverGirl Clump Crusher LashBlast Mascara

 

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

 

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Cat Eyes, tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette (which is eyeshadow, highlighter, bronzer and a blush!)

That’s all folks! For now, anyways. 🙂 I’m still working on my August recap that should be posted in the next few days so check back soon!

Are you doing Shop My Stash? Report on your progress in the comments below! 🙂

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy August 2017 Good Vibes Only

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I can’t believe it’s already September! The mornings are starting to feel cooler but I refuse to admit that summer is almost over. Even though Pumpkin Spice Lattes have made a comeback… and I love PSL’s! Anyways, let’s stick to summer…. and ipsy’s August glam bag screams summer! 

 

 

August’s bag comes in three variations – one that says Peace, Love, Lipstick, another says Wild & Free and a third one says Good Vibes Only . Looking at it is totally helping me keep that summer vibe. The oranges, reds, pinks and purples were inspired by sunsets. They’re all so pretty! I knew I was going to be happy with any of the three bags I would receive. In the end, I received the bag that says Good Vibes Only and I love it!

 

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ipsy august 2017

 

The contents of my bag weren’t too shabby either. 

 

ipsy august 2017 winky lux concealer

 

The first product was the Winky Lux Peeper Perfect Concealer in Medium ($??.??, 3 g). This concealer is so nice! I’ve used it for a few days now and I’m quite impressed. The consistency is silky smooth and light. It’s easy to apply – I just used my ring finger – and blends in quite nicely. The shade Medium was the perfect shade match for me. It’s said to be hydrating with buildable coverage and I completely agree with that. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that the sample is so small! Good thing you don’t need to use too much of it each time. This is definitely one I would repurchase in the future! Heck, I am considering using the ipsy discount to get this – it is that good! 

 

ipsy august 2017 pacifica blush

 

When I first saw that I was getting the Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming and Tenderheart ($??.??, 14 g), I had mixed feelings. Why? Because I wasn’t too impressed with their makeup products that I received in past ipsy bags. They always were lacking pigment and I was always disappointed. But when I tried it, I was surprised at how great these blushes are! They are so pigmented and totally buildable. A soft touch for a light shade or build it up for more colour. The colours are really nice, too! Beaming is a muted terracotta and Tenderheart is a soft mauve. Gotta say, I do favour Tenderheart but they’re both pretty great. And what’s even greater? These are pretty much full sized. I was impressed with the size of it and the mirror on the bottom of the packaging was neat, too. I’m sure I will get it dirty, though. Fingerprints!

 

ipsy august 2017 air repair eye cream

 

This next one was a surprise to me. I was not expecting to like it as much as I do! The Air Repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream ($7.67 USD, 5 ml) is such a nice light eye cream! It feels like a cloud going on my skin – it’s that gentle! It also has a nice soft scent to it. I’ve only used it for a couple of days but I really like it so far! Shame this is also such a small sample. It’s a good thing that you don’t need to apply very much each time. 

 

ipsy august 2017 the balm balmvoyage eyeshadow

 

This next one is a love-hate relationship. I received yet another theBalm product. This time it was theBalm Voyage Volume 2 Eyeshadow in the shade Wilkommen ($??.??, 0.57 g). Again it’s such a small sample! Cute, though, but still! I have tried this shade and it’s a nice deep caramel shimmer. I will use it since I love using neutral shades on work days. I guess it’s just the size that bugs me! But that’s nothing new, I guess.

 

ipsy august 2017 slmissglam brush

 

Last but not least was the SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush ($13.00 USD). This was an okay brush. It’s not as soft and is a little bit scratchy when I’m applying eye shadow but it’s still super cute! I love the teal colour and the small gems on it! And honestly – I just can’t say no to new brushes! 🙂

So that’s it for August! I couldn’t quite figure out the value of this bag seeing as I couldn’t figure out the price of three out of the five products. At the end of the day, I’m using it all so it’s worth it to me. Heck, I have been using the Winky Lux concealer and Air Repair eye cream on the daily this past week! So good.

How was your August glam bag? Did you have any favourite products?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Unboxing: 2017 Cosmetics Magazine Canadian Fragrance and Beauty Awards Limited Edition Topbox

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

I don’t currently subscribe to Topbox but I do really like that they offer Limited Edition Boxes on occasion! They are one-time purchases and do not required a subscription so they’re great! I certainly don’t buy all their Limited Edition Boxes (I’m still on a low buy and trying to use up what I have) but sometimes they release ones that you just can’t overlook. This was one such box.

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

The 2017 Cosmetics Magazine Canadian Fragrance and Beauty Awards Box was inspired by the awards and features a number of the award winners and finalists. At first glance, it contained products I already love (which pretty much guarantees that I will use it and my money hasn’t gone to waste) and ones I have always wanted to try (this is a low cost way to try something without buying the full sized product) so the decision to get this box was a no brainer. For $26.00 CAD, this box came with 11 deluxe and full-sized fragrance and beauty products.

Let’s take a look at what they are. I will go into what I’m most excited about after we see the goodies!

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Eau de Toilette
  • Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre
  • Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre Pour Homme

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Clarins Hydra-Essentiel (15 ml)
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (7 ml)

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + (15 ml)
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (10 ml)

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx
  • Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil (full sized, 11 ml)
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water (100 ml)

I think the biggest draw for me was that it contains so many great brands and products that I have tried and loved before (like the Bioderma, Shiseido and Clinique) and really want to try before taking the plunge and buying the full size (like the Clarins moisturizer and lip gloss, Estee Lauder and Rimmel). I will definitely be using most of it! The only ones I might pass over is the Therry Mugler perfume and CoverGirl lipstick because they’re just not for me. Either way, this is such a great mix of products! I love how the products were either deluxe samples, travel sized or full sized. I’m super glad that I got it. 🙂

Do you like Topbox limited edition boxes? Let me know your thoughts below! 

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this limited edition box with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.