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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm September 2017 Boxy Baddie

boxycharm september 2017

 

Hope you all had a great week! With Thanksgiving last weekend, it was a short work week and the weekend is around the corner again so I can’t complain! For my fellow Canadians, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I know I enjoyed mine! Family, friends, food, relaxation… what more could I have asked for?  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Anyways, back to blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s talk about September’s Boxycharm! The theme was Boxy Baddie. For those of you who are not familiar with Boxycharm, the details are as follows.

Boxycharm is an American subscription box that ships to Canada. It is $21.00 USD per month or you can get a small discount for a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription. You can cancel at anytime which is nice. Each month you will receive four to five full-sized beauty items. If you would like to try this sub, I would appreciate it if you would use my link here. ๐Ÿ™‚

So let’s get started with this unboxing! I was really excited about this first product – the PUR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 USD) is beautiful!

 

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Private Party, Socialite, Gala, Mogul

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Splurge, Stunner, Snazzy, Epic

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From Top to Bottom: Glitzy, Twinkle, Dazzle, Cosmo

This palette contains eight neutral mattes and four glitter shades. You can create four looks using the trio of colours vertically… but of course, you aren’t limited to just those. After using this for about a week now, I find that the shades are very pigmented and they blend out very easily. It’s a pretty slim palette that isn’t heavy so it’s compact enough for travel.

 

boxycharm september 2017 mac cosmetics eye brow pencil in spiked

boxycharm september 2017 mac cosmetics eye brow pencil in Spiked

 

Next, I received an Eyebrow Pencil in the shade Spiked from MAC Cosmetics ($18.00 USD). Gotta admit, until recently, I haven’t seen MAC products in beauty boxes so it’s nice to finally see them in the mix! The shade Spiked is a dark brown which is perfect for me since I like to use a shade lighter on my black brows. it makes it look more natural.  There is also no need to use a sharpener with this one so that’s a plus!

 

boxycharm september 2017 colourpop ultra satin littlestitious

 

boxycharm september 2017 colourpop ultra satin littlestitious

 

I also received a ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Littlestitious ($6.00 USD). I have a number of Ultra Satin’s and I really like the formulation. Unfortunately, this shade isn’t for me. It’s too light for my skin tone but I think it would look great on lighter skin tones. It is a great product so I will pass this on to someone who will be able to use it. 

 

boxycharm september 2017 luminous loose blush studio makeup

 

Next up, we have the Luminous Loose Blush from Studio Makeup ($35.00 USD). This looks like a very neutral shade. I don’t own any powder blushes so I’m curious to see how this product is! My first impression was that I love this type of packaging. I have a Gosh setting powder in similar packaging and it’s great! Because you can essentially “close” and seal the holes where the product sifts through, it’s less messy which is great especially if you ever want to take it somewhere. There’s no need for you to open the jar only to have the possibility of powder flying everywhere and making a mess! This type of packaging is so great!

 

boxycharm september 2017 bareminerals face perfecting brush

 

boxycharm september 2017 bareminerals face perfecting brush

 

The bareMinerals Face Perfecting Brush ($28.00 USD) is unique in that there is a reservoir in the middle where you put your foundation in it before you application. I tried that method a few times and found that I ended up using too much foundation doing it that way. I also tried it where I would dot my face with foundation and blend it in. The brush works well both ways but I prefer the latter.

 

boxycharm september 2017 briogeo don't despair repair deep conditioning mask

Last, but not least, is the Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask from Briogeon ($20.00 USD). I have used a deluxe sample of this so I have tried it before. I really like it! It made my hair super soft and I like the scent. This is a great deep conditioner.

That is all for September! The total value of this box was $141.00 USD (which is $175.00 CAD based on today’s exchange rate) which makes it a high value box. I also really like how you get full-sized (or almost full-sized) items. It totally makes this box worth it! Love it!

What did you think of September’s Boxycharm?

ipsy august 2016

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 + Review: FabFitFun Spring 2017

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day weekend! And a Happy 4th of July to our American Friends too!

This is a bit late. My goal was to get this posted before I went on vacation! But it was so busy leading up to vacation that I just didn’t get a chance to finish. So here it is! My apologies. I’m home now from a week away camping in the BC Kootenay’s and back to blogging! And work, let’s not forget that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Honestly, FabFitFun is still one of my favourite subscriptions. It only comes four times a year, as the seasons change, but for the most part, I really like what I have received in the past. The FabFitFun Spring box was no different!

FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

First off, I am loving how each box comes in a design now. Now pretty is the one for Spring? There are also a number of variations when it comes to the box design. Second, I love that the box comes with a magazine. It’s everything from a product card and more! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

For spring, FabFitFun introduced a new feature called “Choice”. With Choice, all members are given the chance to choose a few items in theri ox based on their personal preference. They provide you with a bit of a teaser as to what the items might be so that you can choose one OR choose them all! Additional Choice items can be added to your box for $10 each, while supplies last.

For this box, the Choice was between two jewelry items. They gave us vague hints. Being the jewelry lover I am, I chose both. You don’t actually get to see what they look like before you select them but I will reveal and cover both pieces below. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, let’s get to it. Here is what I received for Spring. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 briogeo

 

First up is the hair care product I received. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20.00 USD) is said to add softness and shien to your hair. What I really like is that it also helps with frizz and, as an additional bonus, shields your hair from heat and UV rays. Perfect for summer and tropical holidays! This is a full sized bottle which is one of the perks of FFF – full sized products! Plus, I really like the scent. This was a win for me.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 dr. brandt

 

Next, I also received a couple of skin care products. The first one is the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79.00 USD). I’m sure I have tried a deluxe size of this before but it was from ipsy and came in a black tube. If I remember correctly, I really liked it. It is a lightweight cream and you don’t need to use much to use it effectively to exfoliate your skin. It is pretty gentle and is said to fade dark spots and minimize lines and wrinkles. I haven’t opened this yet because I have other exfoliators on the go… I will use this once I finish those.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 karuna

 

I also received the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask ($28.00 USD, four masks). My skin is normal right now so I will have to save this for another time. It is said to help dry, dehydrated skin. It is a deep-conditioning sheet mask made of 100% natural wood-pulp fiber. This would have been great to have during the winter! Either way, I love sheet masks and always keep them on hand.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 realher

 

Moving on to makeup, I received the RealHer Lip Kit in Neutral Pink ($48.00 USD). Boy, was I ever glad to see this set! The deep red set is too red for my liking and the deep nude set likely would have been too nude or brown for me. At least the pink works for me! This set includes a lipstick, lip gloss and a lip pencil. It’s made from natural ingredients which is a plus! I plan on writing a review just on this set so I won’t say too much yet but I will say that I do like it! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

 

Next up is nails. I got the Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in Shape of My Heart (light pink) and Like a Virgin (white) ($19.00 USD). I have a few Deborah Lippmann polishes and I really like the formulation. They don’t chip right away and have been long lasting for me… I hope these are the same! These pastel shades are great for summer. I also like that these are minis as I have never in my life EVEr finished a bottle of nail polish! Minis are totally fine by me!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

 

I received two lifestyle items in my Spring box. The first one is the Gypsy 05 Roundie in the yellow pattern ($50.00 USD). Round blankets seem to be very popular right now so FFF sure got it right by including this in the box! Made of 100% cotton, this roundie blanket is perfect for picnics or trips to the beach. It measures 62.5″ in diameter and has a tassel trim all around the edge. It comes in many designs. This will come in very useful this summer!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 milly

 

Next is a zip pouch from Milly with the saying “Haute Mess” ($45.00 USD) on it! And you know, some days I just am! A haute mess that is. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The huge plus that differentiates this bag from my other ones is that it’s water resistant. It’s a good sized bag too! You can use it too keep wet swimwear in it or to tote your liquids around during your travels which is what I did during the last week on my holidays. It sure came in handy! It also has a wrist loop so you don’t lose it. Overall, this is such a great bag!

fabfitfun spring 2017 emerald duv

fabfitfun spring 2017 luv aj

 

The final item that was in the Spring box was the Choice item – a jewelry piece. Or in my case, two jewelry pieces! For my Choice pick, I chose the Emerald Duv “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet ($80.00 USD) at first but then decided I wanted both so I also received the Luv AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set ($85.00 USD) for an extra $10.00 USD. I’m glad I got both because I would have kicked myself if I just received one. The cage bracelet is beautiful! It is a larger cuff but is still delicate looking. It is comfortable and light to wear. And the earrings are a lovely rose gold! I have always wanted crawler earrings so this is a great set to start with. Overall, I’m very happy with both jewelry items I received! 

So that’s it! That’s all that came in the Spring box. The total value of my Spring FabFitFun box was $454.00 USD. That is insane. I will certainly be using everything I received so for me it was worth it. 

What was your fave item from the Spring FabFitFun box? ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great rest of the week everyone! 

ipsy august 2016

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: Topbox October 2016 + $10 Beauty Surprise

topbox october 2016

 

After how amazing September’s Topbox was, I wasn’t sure what to expect for my October Topbox. I was hoping that it would be just as amazing! However, I am not sure if lived up to it compared to my September Topbox. And I decided to get one of the $10 Beauty Surprises. I’ve had good luck in the past so I thought I would give it a go. Upon unboxing (unbagging from the organza bag?) it, these are the items I found:

  • Ciate London Nail Polish in Mural Moment – 13.5 ml (full size), $15.00 CAD – This is one of Ciate’s Mosaic Collection of nail polishes. It was inspired by the mosaic murals you can find in the subway tunnels of New York City. It has light blue, mid blue and pink confetti “mosaic tiles”. It’s a neat concept and I love the colours but this one just wasn’t for me. Passing this on, I think.
  • Dr. Roebucks PURE Ultra Moisturizer – 20 ml, $10.99 CAD – I really can’t say no to moisturizers during these drier winter months! I have never tried Dr. Roebucks products but have seen them around at Shoppers Drug Mart. This is a more natural product, free of parabens and BPA, in 100% recyclable packaging. I will give this one a try.
  • Eyeko London Fat Eye Stick in Smoky – 4 g, $12.00 USD – I don’t often do smoky eyes and black eyeshadows are just not my thing. I can count the number of times I have used a black eyeshadow on one hand! I also couldn’t find this on Eyeko’s site so I’m wondering if this has been discontinued. I will likely be passing on this one, as well.
  • Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Hair Masque – 30 ml, $4.02 CAD – I only know the Harvey Prince brand because of their fragrances and body products so the fact that they also make organic hair products was news to me! It smells really nice! It is also paraben and sulfate free which is great. I like to use hair masks at least once a week so this will likely make it into my rotation once my current hair mask product gets used up.

So I am pretty split on what was in my October Topbox. Two pluses and two minuses.

Overall, the value of my box was around $46.09 CAD which is not bad for a $12 box. The value is there.. I just wish I liked more products! Continuing my subscription is still up for debate. I will stay on for November to see what I get and make a decision then.

Oh wait! Before I forget, I did order one $10 Beauty Surprise. I received a bottle of Pure Grace fragrance from Philosophy (60 ml, $60.00 CAD). While I think the value is there (it was about 83% off the retail price), this scent just isn’t for me. It’s more of a musk and I’m more of a vanilla based gal when it comes to fragrance. I took a gamble and loss this time! But honestly, this is a good value $10 Beauty Surprise this time so I am sure there are others out there who received this and was super happy about it! It is just that fragrances are such a personal thing – they don’t work for everyone.

Still catching up to what I wasn’t able to get to before and during my vacation in Hawaii! I have finally finished my October subscription box posts with my ipsy post and this one. Next up, I will be posting my November unboxing and reviews! Stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone! And if you are in Alberta, stay warm on this cold, cold day!

ipsy august 2016

PS – More Unboxing pics are below! xo

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

 

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Haul: Sephora VIB Sale Fall 2016

sephora vib sale haul

 

I really wanted to get this post up as soon as possible, it time for the VIB sale that starts today!

It’s that time of year! It’s time for the Sephora VIB Sale! 20% off whatever your little heart desires at Sephora! They only have discounts twice a year (barring the Friends & Family discount that seems to have become more difficult to get this year) so it is not very often you can save at Sephora. The November sale is the perfect time to replenish your goods and buy Christmas presents. With that being said, I decided to show you my haul in case it gives you ideas on what you would like to get during this year’s VIB sale (the VIB Rouge sale was last weekend) or just general gifting ideas for this holiday season.

Due to the sheer amount of stuff I have to go through from sub boxes and the like (hence why my project pan and empties posts are so important to me), I tried very hard not to go overboard this year. Usually I shop in-store and online but this year, I limited myself to shopping in-store only.  I shopped the VIB Rouge sale with my equally (if not more) beauty-crazed friend and we had a blast wandering around the store, seeing what’s new and just having some much needed girl time and retail therapy.

Enough chatter! Let’s get to the haul! Some items, I purchased to replenish and replace an old one I already had. Some of these were on my Loves list as things I wanted to try. One of them… well, one of them was a spur of the moment splurge because my friend twisted my rubber arm (but it was totally worth it, you’ll see!). And I redeemed for one 100 point perk.

First thing’s first, let’s take a look at what was replenished. These are the items that I already use today and I either ran out of or are very close to running out of. Also, please forgive the fact that these items are not pictured with the rest of my haul above… they were already put in their designated spots and I had started to use them already! But I will bring them all together again to take this picture to add later on – time is of the essence here so I won’t let that get in the way from posting this tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Medium: I needed a replacement for my Urban Decay concealer that I finished awhile ago. And while I do have the Tarte Shape Tape, I’m trying not to use it too often as it’s not available here in Canada. So this was my pick! I haven’t tried this Too Faced one before but so far I’m impressed! Excellent coverage and Medium is a good colour match for me. To be fair, I do have the Born This Way foundation and I love it.
  • Alterna Haircare Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist: I first received a deluxe sample of this in a swap and fell n love! I was being very stringent of my deluxe sample because I was afraid of running out. Problem solved.
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz: Going on a hot vacation and I needed a light tinted moisturizer for those days when I don’t want to cake on a heavy foundation. I tried a foil sample of this and it was great and it’s my choice to bring on my holidays. This travel sized tube is perfect! i’m so glad that the travel size comes in my shade. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

sephora vib sale haul

 

Okay, those three were the big three. The important stuff I had to get. Next up are the products that represent a subset of my Loves list.

  • Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy Mini Full- On Lip Polish Collection: I saw Tati review this and knew I had to have it! Buxom is one of my favourite brands! Their lip products are amazing! I use them all the time. The lip polishes are somewhat sheer so I can use them daily, everywhere I go! They make your lips tingle, too. The shades included in this set are Dominique (glittering ice), Amy (golden nude), Celeste (prismatic soft peach), Clair (starry plum haze), Starr (brandy cordial), Jasmine (black cherry) . Such a great deal at $40 considering one full sized lip polish costs $24.00 CAD alone.
  • Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set: Eee! I was very excited for these! Mainly because 1) I love mini lipsticks and 2) there are two shades in this set that I have been waiting to try! This set comes with four miniature versions of Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipsticks- Fig, Pepper, Honeycomb and Nori. While I can already tell that Honeycomb (a beige nude) is not my style and that Nori (a deep brown red) will only be used sometimes when I need more colour, I was stoked to see that Pepper (a dusty rose) and Fig (a nude rose) was included because they have been on my list for what seems like forever! And what better way to try the new formulation than with this amazing set? All of these shades are available in Bite’s permanent line so if you fall in love with them, you can get a full size. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Tatcha Kyoto Cleanse Set: I had received the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil in a swap and loved it right away. I don’t use cleansing oils to wash my face every day so this 25 ml travel size is great for me. I’m sure it will still last me awhile! I thought this set, which includes the cleansing oil, was a great deal because it also allows you to try other Tatcha products.  This set also includes travel size of the Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (10 g) and Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream (2 ml).
  • drybar Merry Mini Must-Haves: I have always wanted to try drybar products. It’s been sitting in my Loves list – the Triple Sec 3-in-1 in particular! – and this travel sized set was the final push to finally try drybar out! So far I have only tried the Triple Sec and so far so good as a texturizer! And it smells amazing! This set also comes with the Detox Dry Shampoo and Detox Dry Conditioner.
  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Beauty on the Go: This set contains Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (75 ml) and Brazilian Kiss Cupuaรงu Lip Butter (6.2 g). The first time I saw this project was when I was in line at Sephora during a quick stop to get something I had run out of and while standing in line my hubby asked “What is bum bum cream?” At the time, I really had no idea… so I looked a little more into it and the more I looked, the more I was intrigued. It is said to “absorb quickly to keep skin looking and feeling tight, firm and smooth”. I’ve been using it all week and I’m quite happy with it. While I haven’t used it long enough to say anything about its firming properties, it seems to do everything else. Plus it smells amazing!I haven’t tried the lip butter yet. Overall, this was totally worth it!

 

sephora vib sale haul

 

Well, twist my rubber arm! The next one was the unplanned purchase. I was trying my hardest to not buy an eyeshadow palette but when I saw it in person, it was really hard to say no! This was my unexpected splurge.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette By Mario: It really is such a beautiful palette! And the shadows are SO pigmented. I don’t often go for overly warm palettes but I just couldn’t help it. I have been using it almost every day for the last week and I love it! I will definitely be writing up a review on this one. Just a quick hint: this palette is sold out online but my store (along with many others) still have many of these in stock! So if you want one, check out your neighbourhood Sephora. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And last but not least, I redeemed 100 points for one thing. I got the last one at this store. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Sell Out: It has been a long time since I have seen a 100 point perk that I was actually interested in! But since I still haven’t tried these liquid lippies before, I thought this was perfect. I get to try something new plus I love smaller lippies because they are great to keep in your purse. Sell Out is a “matte soft pinky-brown” so I’m hoping this works out for me!

 

sephora vib sale haul

 

That’s it! I think I did well to keep my purchases down to only things I needed to replenish and to items that I knew that I would love. I definitely didn’t go overboard this time so that was a huge plus! I hope this post was useful or fun at the very least. I love seeing everyone else’s hauls and I love to share mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you want me to review and feature on the blog in the near future? Let me know in the comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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May Favorites 2016

It’s June! Which means I should really show you what my May faves were. I was on vacation this past week so I couldn’t blog but here it is! I really loved all of these things this month… and I really can’t wait to share so let’s get started!

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