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Boxycharm December 2017 Glitz and Glam – Unboxing and Review

boxycharm december 2017

 

Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and fun New Years with friends and family.

Today is the first day of 2018 and it’s also the first blog post of the year. This is going to be the best year for Starpixel yet! 🙂

We are still in a deep freeze here in good ole’ Alberta so the goal for today is to continue to stay warm. This past week was a  good week to be a homebody because it’s so cold outside! It’s given me a chance to catch up on things at home which also includes catching up on some unboxings… like this one. 🙂

Today we are going to take a look at what I receive in my December Boxycharm. The theme for this month is Glitz and Glam which is perfect for the holiday season! There were a number of variations for Canadian subscribers this month which is different from before when everyone would receive the same box. 

 

boxycharm december 2017

 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Boxycharm, it 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. 🙂

Now on to the goodies!

The Real Her Blush Kit ($32.00 USD) is paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free and contains natural ingredients. This palette includes three shades: Fearless (a shimmery pink), Limitless (a matte coral) and Unstoppable (a rose shade with a hint of glitter). Each shade can be applied lightly for a more natural look but you can definitely build it up for more colour.

 

boxycharm december 2017 real her blush kit

boxycharm december 2017 real her blush kit

 

I also received the Beaute Basics Bronze Essentials ($39.95 USD) in my box. This bronzer contains three matte and two shimmery gold shades which can be used individually or mixed together. It’s a nice compact and has a mirrot too. This makes this bronzer very portable.

 

boxycharm december 2017 beaute basics bronze essentials

 

The Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain in the shade Quickstep ($12.00 USD) is a cool toned beige liquid lipstick. This is a nice matte shade that applies smoothly and feels comfortable on my lips. I’m not typically a huge fan of lip stains but this one applies more like a creamy liquid lipstick. I wasn’t sure about this shade at first but it does look less brown once I have it on. 

 

boxycharm december 2017 makeup geek showstopper lip stain

boxycharm december 2017 makeup geek showstopper lip stain

 

The tarte tarteist Lash Paint Mascara ($23.00 USD) is awesome! I have used this in the past and I love it. The formulation strengthens and conditions your lashes while giving you extra volume. I don’t find it clumpy at all and I adore the brush. The brush does wonders on my lashes! I’m so glad I got a full-sized mascara! Can’t wait to reintroduce it to my day-to-day makeup.

 

boxycharm december 2017 tarte tarteist lash paint mascara

 

The last item I received was the Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter in Rose Gold ($32.00 USD). This highlighter is beautiful! It’s easy to brush on lightly for a subtle but it’s also buildable if you want to go all out. I’m such a highlighter junkie so this was perfect for me!

boxycharm december 2017 Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter in Rose Gold

boxycharm december 2017 Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter in Rose Gold

 

And that, my friends, was my December Boxycharm. The total value of this box was $138.95 USD or $175.23 CAD based on today’s exchange rate.

I continue to love the fact that you receive full-sized products in this box. My faves for this month are the tarte mascara and Vintage Cosmetics highlighter… it’s a toss up, really!

What did you think of December’s box? Start the conversation below. 🙂

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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 + Review: ipsy September 2016 Glamazon

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

It’s officially fall! The leaves have started turning and it really is a beautiful season. Fall is probably my favorite season. Well, minus the dark mornings and cooler weather. It just reminds me of what’s around the corner… BUT let’s not get into that just yet. 😉 Instead, let’s talk about September’s ipsy glam bag!

The ipsy September 2016 glam bag theme is Glamazon and the bag matches the theme perfectly! When I first saw the bag online, I didn’t think I would like it but now that I’ve seen it in person, it’s really not all that bad! While I’m not the biggest fan of the Amazon women on the front of the bag – it’s just not my style – I thought it was clever that it spelled out ‘I – P – S – Y”. And I do love the colours of the bag! In person, you can see a bit of silver in the pattern on the bag.

 

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

And now on to the contents!

The first product I received is the Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum ($8.00 CDN, 5 ml) and am I ever impressed! I only started adding a serum to my skin care regimen a few years ago so I have only tried a couple of kinds so far. This one impressed me right from the get go! It’s a very light serum that absorbed into my skin quickly. It made my skin feel so soft! It’s not sticky at all. While there is some fragrance, it’s pretty subtle and not overpowering at all.

 

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

The next item I received is the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme ($17.00 CDN, 1.5 g). I love Too Faced products so I was happy to see this, though, I’m not really one to use lip plumpers. I still gave it a try, though. I found that it made my lips tingle for awhile but it wasn’t uncomfortable or painful at all. It does work on my lips… they did seem plumper than usual. But like all other “lip plumping” products, we all react to it differently and it won’t be as pleasant or work for everyone. Overall, this product is not bad. If I am ever in need of a lip plumper, I know I will reach for this!

 

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

The Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish ($4.00 USD, 10 ml) is something I’m not very familiar with. Until now, I had no idea that Christie Brinkley had a skincare line! From the reviews I have seen, this looks to be a good product. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet so I really couldn’t say. I do like a good gentle exfoliator so I’m looking forward to trying this out.

 

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

The Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter 91% Natural Creamy Lip & Cheek Stain ($24.00 USD, 4 g, full size) is probably the superstar in my September bag! From the looks of it, this is what makes up the bulk of the value in my bag. It’s cruelty free, vegan, GMO-free and gluten-free. I love the colour! It’s beautiful! And this smells really yummy! I am not a huge fan of cream blushes so I don’t think I will be using this on my cheeks much but I am a lip junkie! I foresee myself using this as a tinted lip balm a lot. It’s also great that it’s full sized!

 

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

The final product in my bag is the Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite ($15.00 USD, 17 ml, full size) and I LOVE it! I’m a huge fan of rose gold anything so this really was perfect for me! I haven’t had a chance to change my polish colour yet so that I could give this a try but I have tried Trust Fund Beauty nail polishes before and I really like them a lot! They have good staying power and it is super easy to apply. I was very happy to see this in my bag! It’s another full sized product, too.

 

ipsy glam bag september 2016

 

So that’s it. My September glam bag was fab! It included two full sized products and three deluxe samples with a total value of $81.65 CDN (based on today’s exchange rate). I will be using all these products, for sure! What was your favorite from this month’s bag?

Not subscribing to ipsy but would like to give it a try? It is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. Please use my link – much appreciated!

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

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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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ipsy glam bag June 2015 “Swim Into Beauty” Unboxing and Review

It’s summer! And ipsy’s June bag fits the bill for a summery theme. For June, the theme was “Swim Into Beauty” and my bag was filled with goodies that will help you with your summer beauty routine! Let’s take a look, shall we? 🙂

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Birchbox Canada Unboxing and Review – February 2015

Happy Sunday everyone! It is a beautiful sunny spring day outside and after a full week of windy weather, it’s great! How is your weekend going? 🙂

I am so close to catching up on my Birchbox reviews… but I’m still a couple behind! That’s alright, here we go… let’s move on to February.

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