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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 November 2017 All You

ipsy november 2017

 

November was a very hectic and busy month! I had to put blogging aside in favour of things in real life that needed more attention at the time. Then with vacation towards the end of the month, time to spend blogging was quite scarce. So at the end of the day, November was spent taking a break to recharge from everything!

But I’m back now and I hope that my new content that I’m planning in the coming weeks will be well received. I know I need to go beyond Shop My Stashes and unboxings in order for my blog (and myself) to grow.

Right now, though, I would still like to share my November ipsy glam bag with you. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription from the US. This subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link here. 

ipsy november 2017 all you

 

Getting on with the glam bag, November’s theme was All You. There were two jewel-toned bags available – one in gold and another in teal. I received the teal one which is perfect because other than my love for purple, I usually gravitate towards blues and greens. I’m not sure if I would’ve like the gold one at all. Within this teal bag were five items. Spoiler alert: I loved it all!

 

ipsy november 2017

ipsy november 2017 all you

 

The first product I received was the Barfly Highlighter in the shade Candlelit from ‘Tini Beauty ($12.00 USD, 3.5 g, full sized). This is a cream highlighter stick that is super cute and super portable. Candlelit is a soft pink shade that is easy to apply and goes on super smooth. It’s very pigmented and also easy to blend. I’m a big fan of stick highlighters (and honestly, just highlighters in general!) so I’m looking forward to using this one more. Plus this is full sized! Can’t go wrong with that! I love receiving full sized items on my ipsy bag.

 

ipsy november 2017 tini beauty barfly highlighter

 

The Crown Brush C141 Chisel Brush ($5.69 USD, full sized) is so soft! This looks like it will be a great brush to apply powders like blush, highlighters and finishing/setting powders. Can’t say to to a new brush! Especially one this soft!

 

ipsy november 2017 crown brush c141

 

I’ve never tried MAC primers before so I was happy to see the MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Primer ($5.00 CAN, 6 ml, deluxe sample). This is a highlighting primer so it’s said to give your face a glow. The description states that it controls oil, hydrates and smoothes you your complexion. The vitamin E and C that’s in this primer will help protect your skin from things like smog, pollution and free radicals. Looking forward to really giving this product a try!

 

ipsy november 2017 mac primer

 

As a self-proclaimed lip balm junkie, the Sky Iceland Berry Lip Fix ($7.00 CAN, 5 ml, deluxe sample) was a welcomed surprise! Add to that the temperatures are dropping so it was perfect timing. My lips are so dry from the colder temperatures! This is a vegan and all-natural lip balm.

 

ipsy november 2017 skyn iceland berry lip fix

 

Last but not least is a product from a brand that I really like. I received the tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade Feisty ($10.00 CAN, 1.5g, deluxe sample). Feisty is a dusty rose shade… but from the looks of it, it looks more dusty than rose. I’m a big fan of these blushes! It’s great for both dry and oily skin. It’s easy to apply, blendable and buildable. I don’t have this shade yet so I will be adding this to my collection!

 

ipsy november 2017 tarte blush

 

That’s it for November! The value of this bag was $44.57 CAN (based on today’s exchange rate). I adore everything that was in this bag so it was totally worth it for me this month!

How did your ipsy glam bag fare? Did you love it? Was it not so great? Share in the comments below! 

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: 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?

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.

boxycharm august 2017

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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. 🙂

ipsy august 2016

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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! 🙂

ipsy august 2016