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Well, BoxyCharm keeps sucking me back in! I saw we were getting the Too Faced Better Than Sex in this month’s box, so I kept the subscription literally for that. I was planning on buying it in a few months anyway, and that makes the cost of the box. ๐Ÿคท

The theme this month was After Glow. This is a $21 plus tax subscription box for makeup and beauty products. If you choose to bundle several months, it’s cheaper. I do monthly because I keep thinking I’m going to cancel lol! I’m so glad there wasn’t a palette this month because I haven’t liked the last few months’ palettes.

First we have the Trestique lipstick in shade English Rose. It’s actually more of an opaque gloss. I don’t mind it at all and it’s a very pretty color. It’s comfortable on the lips but definitely transfers. It seems to wear very evenly though which I love ๐Ÿ‘Œ The bottom pops out and is a little primer, and the cap is actually magnetic which I thought was pretty cool!

Then there’s the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Either you love it or it’s over hyped lol. I honestly can’t justify spending that much on a mascara but I’ve been buying the little travel sizes off and on because I really do love this mascara! I’m so glad to get a full sized one.

Then there’s the Touch in Sol No Pore-blem face primer. I was excited to try this but it didn’t do much for me โ˜น๏ธ My pores are just very deep and I need something with a whipped consistency like the Urban Decay Optical Illusion to literally fill them in. I think I will pass it along to a family member. It’s not necessarily bad but I just need something to really fill in!

The fourth item is the Farmacy face cleanser. I have heard good things about this brand but I honestly don’t think I’m really going to test this out. We will see. I have a few products I absolutely love for face cleansers so I might just pass this onto my sister…who desperately needs a good cleanser ๐Ÿ˜ I’m having a bad time with very dry skin and I’m not sure I want to switch products right now

Finally, we got the Pretty Vulgar highlighter in Shimmering Swan. This gets a 3/5 stars. It’s just okay. I think I would have liked it more if I had gotten it last year before I started using really flashy, blindingly bright highlighters lol. It’s a very pretty champagne-y color but there’s not a ton of pay off. It’s more for a glow than a beacon which I know some people prefer ๐Ÿ˜

What do you guys think? I would put up my usual spiel about not sure if I want to continue, but…. I kind of signed up to try Boxy Luxe next month ๐Ÿ˜ถ Umm…. No buy is not going well, guys ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think I need to officially change it to low buy because I’m not going crazy but I’m not sticking to my original plan either since January 28th haha. But I saw they were including the It Cosmetics eye cream that I was going to repurchase as soon as mine ran out sooo… ๐Ÿคท We will see if I keep either after next month!



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First BoxyCharm of 2019 has started off kind of luke warm for me lol. I was thinking about cancelling in November, then I really liked what I got in December, and now I’m back to thinking I will cancel. We will see how February’s box goes! It’s just such a good deal even if I didn’t like everything…

I never understand their themes, lol, but this one is Boxy and Chill. I did get some skincare, some I’m not sure if that’s the chill part? ๐Ÿค”

So enter a giant blank for the palette! I received Rainforest of the Sea Vol III from Tarte, and I literally opened it and then regifted it to my sister in law. Why? It’s a neutral palette with one matte shade in it. If you follow my Instagram, I gravitate towards colors lol. While I wanted to try a Tarte palette, this one retails $36 and I knew I would swatch and do one look with it. So I wanted someone to enjoy it.

Tatcha face masks, $24. I was excited to finally try something from this brand. I used one and while I didn’t notice any huge difference, it felt nice ๐Ÿ™‚

Briogeo leave in hair mask, $16. I was also excited to try this. My hair has been blah lately. I started taking iron vitamins hoping that would help, but they upset my stomach. I used this twice so far and I swear it’s made my hair feel silkier and softer! I will definitely keep using it.

Ofra liquid lipstick, shade Havanna Nights $20. I got another liquid lipstick from them in a past box and loved it, so I knew I liked the formula at least. However, it’s pretty dark for my taste. I’m not sure how much I will use it.

Starlooks black liner, $19. How is this $19? I pulled off the cap and it basically broke. I could still use it but the middle part came off and I have to keep jamming it back in place. On top of that, it was very stiff. I used to use a pencil like this from CoverGirl for $7 and absolutely loved it. As you may tell from the picture, it was not great.

I couldn’t get a precise line, and it literally was so stiff. Not impressed.

What did you guys get? Or are you over BoxyCharm? They better step it up next month! ๐Ÿ™‚ The price is still there for me. The mask and the hairspray together are more than what I paid, and I wouldn’t have tried them on my own.


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It’s the last BoxyCharm of 2018! I actually got this on Wednesday but I am starting to get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I need to do this month, so it’s been a little struggle to keep up on my blog and Instagram posts ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But I was actually planning on cancelling my BoxyCharm after this month and this box drew me back in! I had seen the palette they put out and was underwhelmed with it. However… I didn’t get the palette! I was so confused when I opened my box lol but then excited ๐Ÿ™‚

They always have a “theme” but I usually don’t get how all of the products tie into it lol. That doesn’t matter to me though.

Favorite product–Pretty Vulgar matte setting powder. How beautiful is this packaging?? If I had a vanity, this would be sitting out on display. It’s a huge container with a little powder puff inside. I put it on one time over my BB cream and it did not make me look cakey, which is a feat this time of year! And it retails for like $32!

Surprise item– PYT mini hair straightener! This is what I got instead of the palette I believe. And I literally just said to my husband I need a hair straightener for my layers. I have pretty short hair that is basically straight, but sometimes my layers flip out funny. This worked perfectly for that…and it retailed $75?!?

Last three products I have not tried but I’m excited for them as well. I got a Tartist lip gloss, a Bodyography lip liner, and a Cosmedix face mask.

Here is the card with the description.

What did you guys get in your BoxyCharm? If you got the palette, did you like it?


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So I got my BoxyCharm yesterday but my work schedule has been all over the place …I didn’t even really look at it until today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I even missed my beginning of the week post! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So here’s a quick look at what I got.

I received variation 3. I get the monthly subscription (rather than preordering a set amount) so it’s $21/month for me. This month’s theme was Goal Digger. I mean…I’m not crazy about the name but I don’t really care either lol. I don’t care for the term “gold digger” but maybe that’s just me being a crazy feminist or something ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿค”

There is a set of Luxie brushes! Retail $21. I’m excited because I love brushes, always need brushes, and I actually don’t have many small, detail brushes.

Then there’s Lashaholic lashes. Retail $14.99. I have never used lashes and am scared of gluing my eyes shut haha! They look pretty though.

Jonteblu Glittering Star Eyeliner. Retail $5.00. it’s pretty and I hope it goes on well, because I am not afraid to use glitter eyeliner, especially around Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‚

Then there’s the expensive item–CoverFX glitter drops in shade Nova. Retail $44. Please someone help. What do I do with these?? I feel like they are meant for someone with a healthy complexion as compared to being ghostly white.

Finally, my favorite item of all boxes… The palette. My first item to try from Ace Beaute, the Grandoise palette. Retail $24.99. I love the colors and am excited to give it a go ๐Ÿ™‚

Some swatches:

What did everyone else get? What’s your favorite item? ๐Ÿ™‚


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I was very excited about July’s Ipsy bag when I naturally did the sneak peak through my email last week ๐Ÿ˜ I can’t help it…I hate surprises haha. But I was even happier when I got mine in the mail today!

I love all of the products so far…I have not used the body items but they smell good and they are a good size! In fact, everything was a good size this month for me! The bag is a beautiful iridescent blue. It reminded me of the mermaid craze.

I got a Purlisse Coconut Oil and Coffee Sugar Body scrub. It definitely smells like coffee!

I was impressed with the size of this bottle. This is a Hempz body moisturizer in Sweet Pineapple and Honey Melon. It smells really good!

If this is not full sized, it’s close to it. Smashbox Concealer in light. I think the shade is good for me and I’m excited for a Smashbox item!

A Steve Laurant blush in Rose all Day. The compact is very sturdy and has a mirror…perfect for throwing in a purse!

Last item is a Beauty for Real retractable eyeliner in Whiskey. Thank God it wasn’t a real pencil. They never show up on me. This, however, worked perfectly!

Concealer on top, blush, and eyeliner

What did everyone else get? I saw a friend’s on Facebook and she had completely different items!


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I got my first BoxyCharm box yesterday! I was so excited to open it even though I knew what was in it. I am going to keep my ipsy subscription at least one more month… There’s a good possibility I might cancel after that. I find myself not reaching for anything after I swatch and then giving the products away to friends and family. However, I do know some people who appreciate trying stuff out from it…so I might keep it for giving away. We will see ๐Ÿคท

At any rate, here’s June’s BoxyCharm. I have not actually used anything yet except the body cream. I do plan on trying the eyeshadow and pencil today. If it comes out well, I will post a pic on my Instagram (avlovesmakeup)

If you aren’t familiar, this is a monthly subscription that is $21/month. I think if you buy a certain amount of months at a time it’s cheaper, like around $19. I just did the monthly for now. It comes in a box and every month has a card with product descriptions and the prices. You get 4-5 full sized products and the box is always over $100 worth of product. I know that sounds too good to be true, but I have been watching unboxing videos for over a year now and it holds up every time.

So I did the worst swatches of my life. I have no idea what I was thinking. But this palette is why I bought the box. It retails for $28…so why not get it and more for $21? It’s Alamar Cosmetics, Reina Del Caribe Vol 1. The shimmers are beyond beautiful. The mattes came off a little dry, but we will see how they apply.

Then there are a set of 3 Luxe brushes and silk eyelashes.

Ofra lipstick in Verona. The swatch looked pretty brown but I’m hoping I can wear it. It swatched really nicely.

Finally, there’s a travel size body cream that smells amazing and a black eye pencil/liner. I liked the body cream. I will definitely use this but it’s kind of an expensive brand so only for that reason, I’m not sure if I will buy more. The pencil swatched smoothly but I don’t normally use pencils, so I will have to see if I like it or not.

Anyone else love or hate BoxyCharm? Thoughts? I can’t wait for next month and I’m not going to see what’s in it so it can be a surprise ๐Ÿ™‚


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I was super excited to see my glambag today! My email said it wouldn’t be here until Saturday so it was a pleasant surprise ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like what I got at first glance. I will do revisits once I start using everything.

The bag: it’s a travel theme bag, which is really cute. I collect maps and globes, so I like it ๐Ÿ™‚

Nyx Soft Matte Lip cream: I believe this is full size. Believe it or not, I have tried Nyx eyeshadow, eyeliners, and BB Cream, but not their well know lip creams! I put it on for a hot second, and it glides on so nicely and smoothly. It has a pleasant scent too! I love that it’s red (color Monte Carlo) because I’ve been trying lots of reds lately.

Tonymoly Therapy Pack Sebum Control black color clay: so I am guessing this is like a face mask. I haven’t heard of this brand or this product, so I’m researching before using lol. I’m always up for new stuff!

SLMissGlam Eyeshadow Brush N15: it’s a really pretty brush, and I’ve been trying to collect nice brushes, so I’m excited to see how it performs. It feels soft but not too soft. I like the two tone bristles and that it has two gemstones on it ๐Ÿ™‚

Style sepia in Touch in Sol: I’m not sure if the brand name is one or two words. It’s a nice eyeliner in a soft brown color. I actually have been wanting to buy a brown liner as I hear they are better for daytime looks than black (less harsh…but I do love my black eyeliners!) So I am happy to get this sample ๐Ÿ™‚ it glided on nicely when I did the swatch. It is a pencil not liquid

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Mermaid Teal: so my camera sucks…this is a really pretty and bright, shimmery teal color. It feels creamy when I swatched it and seems to have good pigmentation. The only other Elizabeth Mott product I’ve tried is an eye primer I got in an ipsy bag years ago and I really liked it, so fingers crossed.

Well I’ve seen two other ipsy bags so far and everyone is getting different and cool products! Let me know if you have different stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚


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