Unboxing Boxycharm, August 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Life of the Party”.

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ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Laura Lee Los Angeles Party Animal Eyeshadow Palette
MSRP: $19.00 USD

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This is a six pan pressed pigment palette of really colourful shades. I do have a few palettes of shades that are similar in other palettes and to be honest, I’m not really drawn to the colours here (although online reviews have suggested the palette is good) so I might just pass this one along to someone else.

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I would have much preferred receiving the Boss Babe palette which was the six pan everyday neutrals palette, you can see it here. Those colours really speak to me! Also, I really don’t think that I can’t use this as a stand-alone palette, you’d need to set a base up with another palette and then use these as pops of colour. A palette that I think is really colourful but still works well on its own is the Alamar palette I got in my June BoxyCharm. Anyways, the packaging is really pretty though. I like the feel of the case, it has almost that rubbery texture and it feels very sturdy.

House of Lashes in Bambie
MSRP: $12.00 USD

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These are really pretty wispy lashes. I like how there are a few lighter lashes mixed with the darker lashes to make them look a touch more natural.

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These might be a long but I could definitely wear them to an evening out when I’m getting all done up. I also really love the band on these because it is thin and clear. These lashes are cruelty-free.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Straight Up
MSRP: $24.00 USD

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Online this was described as terracotta cream and it’s a really pretty chocolate brown shade. I love brown-nude shades but this is much different than what I have because it looks straight brown on my lips, it totally gives me that 90s vibe.

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I think this is going to be amazing to wear in the Fall! I tried this on the lips and it’s super pigmented so one swipe is all you need and it’s also very comfy on the lips. It doesn’t feel like anything which I love.

Bang Beauty Chocolate Eye Liner
MSRP: $22.00 US

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A few boxes ago I got an awesome black liner from Pretty Vulgar in my BoxyCharm, this month I was super excited to get a brown liner! I actually LOVE brown liners, I always keep a set of black and brown pencil liners and liquid liners and now I have a set of gel ones! I haven’t tested this to know for sure if it’s good but I am excited to try it. You can use this as eyeliner, an eyeshadow base or to touch up brows. Sounds pretty interesting.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks
MSRP: $13.00 US

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These gold foil eyeshadows are meant to hydrate under the eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles. They have hyaluronic acid, lavender oil and aloe oil which all work together to reduce wrinkles and to cool and soothe your undereye. I can’t wait to test these out!

Adesse Organic Infused Age Defying Nail Treatment Essentials Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil
MSRP: $18.00 US

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When I first saw this package I thought it was a nail lacquer because I didn’t read the description on the box and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it was a nail treatment! As you may know, I don’t wear nail polish on my nails, only on my toenails, but I still apply treatments and oils to my cuticle and nail area to keep them strong. The one I currently have is getting old so this will make a good replacement. This is formulated with Vitamin E, Shea, Sweet Almond, and Jojoba Oils that are blended together to create a luxurious treatment that softens the cuticles moisturizes and hydrates the nails (boxycharm.com). 

My Thoughts

I think this was an ok box. The last few months I’ve been overly excited about my boxes but this was alright for me. I could do without the palette (even if I have a million neutral palettes, I still prefer them over colourful ones). I’m really happy with everything else, especially the cuticle oil and chocolate gel liner!

Total Value: $108.00 US (141.30 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What was your favourite item?

Lots of love,
Dal

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Unboxing, Topbox July 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are. This month I opted for the surprise box!

Prices are in Canadian Dollars.

SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream
Full Size: $40.00 (150mL), Sample Size: $8.00 (30mL)

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It’s been a while since I’ve received a facial cleanser and this one sounds really good! This is a highly concentrated cleanser so a little dollop is all you need to cleanse the face which is made for dry & dull skin. This is formulated with pure Truffle Extract from Italy and Almond Oil, it works gently while providing intense hydration. I love whipped or foamy types of cleansers for my face. One of my favourite whipped formulas is the Origins Checks and Balances face wash, but this Skin&CO one sounds like it will be way more hydrating than that one so I hope it works really well on my skin!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, The Original
Full Size: $29.00 (50mL), $2.90 (5mL)

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I absolutely love Elizabeth Arden skincare! I don’t think I’ve ever come across an item I didn’t like. This is one of those all over, do everything type of moisturizers. You can use it to do so much including; shaping brows, soothe dry hands, smooth cuticles etc. I’d probably use this on my elbows, lips, around my eyes and so many other areas of my face and body. I love carrying creams like this to use whenever I need.

Pretty Woman NYC Nail Polish in So Minaj
Full Size: $11.84 (10mL), this is a full-size item

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This is a pretty pink frost shimmer nail polish. I put two coats of this on my toenails when I received my topbox about a week ago and they’ve held up really well. This is a thin formula which I prefer because it tends to stick my nails a bit better. These polishes are, Cruelty-Free, Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Phthalates-Free, Petrochemical-Free, GMO-Free, Triclosan-Free, & Vegan.

The Beauty Crop FABULOUS FLOCKING LASHES MASCARA
Full Size: $25.00 (8ml), Sample Size: $13.48 (4mL)

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I’m not sure if what we received are the Beauty Crop mascaras before they were reformulated or if this is just the tube that they put the sample size mascara into. The one online looks like a new tube style packaging, but, what we received is a volume size that is similar to a lot of my deluxe size mascaras so I am a bit confused. You can see what I’m talking about here. I, unfortunately, can’t find them on CheckFresh.com to see if it is indeed the other version.

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Anyways, the packaging on this is super cute! I love the pink tube and the little flamingos. I this the Beauty Crop has adorable packaging. The wand isn’t exactly the style I wear a lot of but I could possibly use it for my lower lashline. I do like that this is a waterproof mascara and I love the addition of argan oil and jojoba.

BONUS! Dove Exfoliating Body Polish in Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk

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I’m really excited about this bonus item! I have a jar of the new Dove Exfoliating Body Polish in the kiwi seeds and cool aloe scent and love it so much because it smells so fruity and fresh. I love macadamia, so I’m sure this is going to smell like a delicious dessert. The exfoliating bits in this polish feel like sand, they are really small and feel like you’re at the beach. I really love it! I think I will get two uses out of this sample and I will use it to prep my legs before shaving or apply tanning lotion

My Thoughts

Again, Topbox has another great bag! The items I received are ones that I look forward to using. I’m most excited about the whipped facial cleanser! Total Value of my box; $36.22 (bonus sample not included)

Did you receive Topbox this month? What items did you get?

Lots of love,
Dal

 

Unboxing, BoxyCharm July 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Roadtrippin”. Being in the middle of summer and it being absolutely gorgeous and warm weather I have been wanting to plan a fun summer road trip.

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ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Farmacy Beauty Bright On Mask (made exclusively for BoxyCharm)
MSRP: $38.00 USD

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OH WOW! I’ve always wanted to try Farmacy Beauty but their products are so expensive! Luckily I get to test it out now with this mask. This is a vitamin C clay mask that turns from purple to green. This helps to remove impurities and buildup while improving skin’s brightness. I’ve been needing something like this for my skin because I have been breaking out lately.

Crown Brush Fuego Eyeshadow Collection
MSRP: $29.99 USD

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The pan sizes of this palette are pretty large and it does carry some weight (it’s 20g Net). Now, I’ll be honest, as someone who has a lot of palettes this one isn’t too exciting for me.

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The warm tones are beautiful and I did see some positive reviews for the palette but it’s not exciting for me. It would be something I would save to gift a friend who I know doesn’t have the same amount of makeup as I do.

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara
MSRP: $24.00 USD

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I love mascaras with curved wands because they work the best on my lashes. I actually like the tube style packaging because then I can get to all the product inside.

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This has ingredients to condition and moisturize the lash. It’s also supposed to be clump-free, flake-free, smudge-proof finish and won’t dry out. I can’t wait to test it out!

Note Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher
MSRP: $11.99 USD

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This is designed to work for all skin types, it’s a luminous, paraben free blush. This is a really nice compact. It comes with a cute little brush. This has argan oil.

I do really like the colour of this blush. It’s a pretty rose shade that I think will look very nice on.

Chella Beauty Eyebrow Cream in Tantalizing Taupe
MSRP: $26.00 USD

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I am loving this compact packaging. This is as big as a lip gloss but inside is a brush and eyebrow cream.  It’s actually great for on the go.

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I think this colour will work really well with my hair colour because it is a bit more cool tone. I usually don’t use eyebrow creams but ever since trying Clinque’s Pretty Easy Powder Brow product and liking it, I’m open to trying new formulas. You can see my review of Clinque’s Brow Product here.

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My Thoughts

Except for the eyeshadow palette which I will save for someone else, I’m so excited for everything in this box especially the Farmacy Mask because my skin needs it.  I think the brow cream will be great for travelling and The blush could really work on my skin tone.

Did you BoxyCharm this month? What was in your box?

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, June 2018

It is gorgeous outside as I write this but it is so warm in Toronto! I love it! Although I received my BoxyCharm about a week and a half ago, I’ve been pretty busy so I finally made time to post this unboxing!

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Caribbean Queen”. The products are very Caribbean inspired and makes me feel summer vibes!

ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Palette
MSRP: $28.00 USD

I am so in love with the packaging of this palette! It has 8 intensely pigmented shades, with colours that are inspired by Cuban beauty and culture. I swatched a few colours and thought they were so pretty and bold! I really can’t wait to start using this on my eyes.

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I’ll have to share a look on Insta when I do. Beside each shade, name is either a sun or water droplet symbol. All of them can be used dry, but the ones with a water symbol can be used with a wet brush.

Battington Monroe Silk Lashes
MSRP: $28.00 USD

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These are handmade 100% silk lashes which explains why they are so pricey. I probably would never pick them up, but I’m willing to try them since they came in my BoxyCharm. I think the packing is really nice on this too. The lashes themselves are really soft and look very natural looking.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
MSRP: $10.00 USD

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I LOVE this cream! I have a large tub of this in my bathroom that I love using it all over my body. It leaves me feeling really hydrated. This contains a tiny amount of mica that when applied over the body gives a little glow (it looks like micro-sparkle). The scent of pistachio caramel is soooooo good! I love this little tub because I can take this with me when travelling!

Luxie 3 Piece Flawless Complexion 
MSRP: $42.00 USD

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I love Luxie brushes and I’m really excited to receive them in this month’s box! The 660 Precision Foundation Brush has less bristle density that makes it good for applying powder and liquid foundation to create a soft, diffused look. The 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush is really fluffy to apply highlight on the high points on the face. The 516 Duo Fiber Powder Brush is good for applying cream or powder products for a softer diffused look. Although the 522 and 516 look the same, the 516 does feel denser which is good for applying cream products. If I used cream blush I might like this more. I have a mineral foundation that I want to try the 660 brush with and I actually want to use the 516 to buff out eyeshadow to give me a softer look. I wish at least one brush was a bit larger to make it more suited for foundation application.

Jonteblu Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
MSRP: $5.00 USD

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I love brown eyeliners and as I use up the one I currently have, I’m glad to have a new one ready as a backup. This is 100% vegan and waterproof.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Verona
MSRP: $21.00 USD

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With the bright eyeshadow that came in the palette, I can understand that BoxyCharm decided to add a nude lip colour. I like getting Ofra items because I would not necessarily buy anything from them although I hear really good things about their products. I think it’s because I’d rather go into a store and buy their products to test out and they don’t sell in any store I know of.

My Thoughts

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I am so happy with this box! It really stuck to the theme, offering items that remind me of the Caribbean.  I also like that I can create a look using the items offered. It was a really well thought out box! Total Value $134.00 ($176.29 CAD!)

Did you receive BoxyCharm this month? What was your favourite item from this box?

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, June 2018

This last week has been so busy! My office moved locations and over the weekend I spent all of my time managing that. As the week progressed I was focused on ensuring the transistion to the new space went smoothly and people were happy. It’s left no time for me to really focus too much on the blog.

I’m back now, but I’m going to keep today’s post really short and sweet and share what I received in my Topbox. I have some reviews coming up which I’m excited to share and maybe some other fun personal items too!

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Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are.

This month I opted for the Athleisure Derm box and I got it! These are gym ready kits that you can find at Shoppers Drug Mart that contain products designed to work with an active lifestyle. I think it’s great because whether you enjoy products made for pre and post gym care or know someone who does, it’s fun to pick up a set that you can throw into your gym bag!

Prices are in CAD

Avene Trixera Nutri-Fluid Cleanser
Full Size: $29.00 (400 ml), Deluxe Size: $7.25 (100 ml)

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You can use this for the face and body making it a great cleanser for after the gym. This is designed for dry to very dry sensistive skin. It hardly has a scent which I really like. I would use a product like this for vacation.

Avene Thermal Spring Water
Mini Size: $9.80 (50 ml)

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According to the description, this is good to sooth and cleanse the skin before exercising and cools and refreshes during your exercise and after. This sounds good for those hot summer days when you want to cool and refresh your skin as well.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Full Size: $15.50 (150 ml), Sample Size: $5.17 (50 ml)

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This is probably a staple for me for when I work out because I love using dry shampoo to refresh my hair afterwards. This is gentle on the hair because of the addition of oat milk and helps to volumize and add texture to the hair using absorbing micronized powders.

Elancyl Slim Design Night
Full Size: $60.00 (200 ml), Sample Size: $2.10 (7 ml)

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This little packet reduces the look of dimples and cellulite. I’m not sure how much you are supposed to apply every night but I’m hoping I might get about 2-3 nights worth of product in here if I’m being sparing with the product. We will see but I’m not sure I’ll see any major changes.

My Thoughts

I wanted this box and I’m really happy I got it. I mostly wanted it for the first three items I mentioned so I’m not too bothered that the Elancly cream is in a tiny packet. Total Value of my box;  $24.32

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Did you get Topbox this month? Have you tried any of the items mentioned above? Let me know your thoughts!

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, May 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Birthday Bash”. I wasn’t sure if this was to celebrate BoxyCharm’s birthday, but I think it might be.

All prices in USD converted to CAD at the end

PUR Sculptor Palette
MSRP: $30.00 USD

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This is a four-pan palette with two contours and two very shimmery highlight shades. I thought at first that this might be too dark for my complexion but the contour powders are not as dark when swatched as they appear in the pan (see my swatches below)

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Still, I think this might be suited for those who have a medium skin tone. Of course, I could wear these shades for my eyes. I find a lot of times I love wearing contour as an eyeshadow because it just works so well as a crease or lid shade. The highlight colours are really pretty that I would definitely use them on my face or eyes!

CoverFX Blurring Primer
MSRP: $38.00 USD

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This primer helps blur the appearance of pores. I like using blurring primers around my nose when I’m wearing a high coverage makeup because it smooths my skin and makes my foundation look flawless. I used to own the CoverFX anti-ageing primer and I rather enjoyed it so I’m curious if this is similar.

Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner
MSRP: $24.00 USD

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How cute is this packaging! I love that this looks like a quill ink container. The gel inside is highly-pigmented and dries down really quickly. It’s been a long time that I’ve used a gel liner but there was a time when I preferred them over liquid or pencil liners. I remember I could do a really sharp wing using gel liner and an angled brush so I’m excited to test my skills at that again!

Aesthetica 3 Piece Eye Trio
MSRP: $46.00 USD

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I think it’s perfect to send along these eye brushes with the gel eyeliner from Pretty Vulgar because then you have the tools to use the eyeliner. These felt really soft but also very sturdy.

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I love getting brow spoolies because I use them all the time. I think the angled brush could be used for eyeliner or for brow products. Lastly, the fine tipped brush would be nice to use with gel liner, or even if you wanted to do a soft line using eye shadow.

Aesthetica P12 Face Brush
MSRP: $27.00 USD

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Again, I think it’s really great to get a tool that can be used with the face palette in the same box. It just makes it easy if you are building a collection of makeup or just don’t have a brush on hand. This domed and fluffy brush might work well with the PUR face palette either as a very soft contour brush or even to apply the highlight. I might use this brush to apply translucent powders but I’ll test it out and see how I like using it.

Beauty Creations Liquid Lip Gloss in Sweet Heart
MSRP: $10.00 USD

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This is a matte liquid lip gloss that provides full coverage and dries to a smooth matte finish. At first, I thought I received another nude colour but this is actually a berry colour which I’m way more excited for. I immediately tried it on my lips! I would need to wear lipliner with this (I’m not good at getting formulas like this within my lip line which is why I didn’t take a photo of it on). It’s super comfortable on and I liked the way it looked on.

Swatches

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My Thoughts

This box is great! I like that a lot of the makeup items came with brushes that they can be used with and I think the coverFX primer is something that I’d be interested to try. Total Value: $175.00 USD ($224.25 CAD) I think this is one of the highest value I’ve received from BoxyCharm, and I only pay about $35.00 CAD for it!

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What did you think of the box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, May 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are. This month I got a surprise box!

Prices are in CAD

Cake Beauty Triple Citrus Blend Body Butter Cream
Full Size: $15.00 (200 ml), Sample Size: $4.50 (30 ml)

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I’ve received a Cake Beauty product in Topbox for a while but I knew eventually I would see this brand again! I do enjoy Cake Beauty because their body care smells really good and works really well on my skin. This body butter cream smells so good! I love citrus scents. The butter is good for ultra-dehydrated skin with shea butter for nourishment. Lately, my hands have been feeling extremely dry so I might save this for them.

Benefit Cosmetics BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer
Full Size: $38.00 (3 ml), Sample Size: $11.40 (0.9 ml)

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According to the description of this product it conditions & smooths your brows when worn on its own. If worn as a primer it enhances & extends the wear of other brow products. I have another sample of this product which I’ve never used because I don’t see the need to add another step to my brow routine by using this as a primer. However, I might use it when I leave my brows bare just to help brush and condition them in place.

Nude By Nature Natural Glow Loose Bronzer
Full Size: $30.00 (10g), Sample Size: $7.60 (2g)

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I’m really excited to receive another item from Nude by Nature to try out. I’ve been using the primer I received last month in my Topbox and I really like it! I’ve never used loose bronzer but this might be really nice for the summer because it looks to have a nice glow!

BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Mask
One Pack (5 masks): $29.00, One Mask: $5.80

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This activated charcoal eye mask helps de-puff and detox around the eyes. I’ve been testing a lot of eye masks lately because I’ve had long days at work and need something to hydrate my skin. This has hyaluronic acid so I definitely think it will help with that!

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I’ve never seen this brand before so I went to their website to get more information. Blaq is an Australian skincare brand that builds their products around activated charcoal as their main ingredient. I am interested in the eye mask and would also want to try their Blaq mask and Blaq teeth whitening wand.

Bonus Item! Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

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I haven’t used one of these in the longest time! This isn’t the best wipe for removing makeup, but if you want to use it to quickly cleanse your face when in a pinch this is great. I love this little packet because then I can take it with me on an overnight trip.

My Thoughts

What a great box! Topbox has really been stepping it up lately and each month I am more and more excited about the items I’ve been receiving. A lot of these items are perfect for spring/summer, such as the bronzer and even the body cream because the scent reminds me of warm weather. I love that the box included brands and products I have not used before. The total value of the box: $29.30 (excluding the bonus item)!

Do you subscribe to Topbox? If so, what did you get in your box and what are your thoughts?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, April 2018

FIRST THINGS FIRST!
CONGRATS TO JOY MILLS FOR WINNING MY SHU UEMURA GIVEAWAY!
(I’ll be reaching out for your details to send over the Wonder-Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Protector)

Now on to the Box!

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Eye Candy”. I think it’s a really cute theme and there was an eyeshadow palette included in the box!

PRICES ARE IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END.

Colourpop Semi-Precious Eyeshadow Palette
Retail Price: $29.00 USD

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This is 8-pan shimmery shadow palette. I really like the range of colours in this palette and I think the pigmentation is great!

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I included some swatches below. Looking on the Boxycharm website, subscribers received one of five different colourpop eyeshadow palette. I look forward to using this in some eye looks.

Tarte Tartiest Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter in Exposed
Retail Price: $29.00 USD

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I don’t use too much liquid highlighter (if you’ve seen my project pan post, you understand my struggle to use up the Cover FX Liquid Highlighter sample!) I do like the shade of this highlighter and think it will work really well for my skin tone. I included a swatch below where you can see how glowy this appears. It has a few specks of sparkle but it’s not very noticeable and I really enjoyed how it looked on my shoulder so I might end up using it as a body highlight.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner
Retail Price: $47.00 USD

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The description of this mask says that it will unclog and tighten the look of pores. This is made for oily/combination skin, however, I would definitely use this in areas of my face that have clogged pores such us my nose area. I always enjoy receiving Dr. Brandt items. I feel like I’ve got quite a nice collection of their skincare line through BoxyCharm so I can really test the brand out.

The Brow Gal Instatint Tinted Eyebrow Gel
Retail Price: $22.00 USD

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This is a tinted eyebrow gel with microfibers that is meant to help achieve a natural hair look. My brows give me so much difficulty so I enjoy gels because they tend to hold my hairs in place. I received  this in the brown hair colour which should work on me. I didn’t want to open this because I have other brow products I’m using at the moment.

Adesse Hi-Definition Liquid Lipstick
Retail Price: $24.00 USD

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This didn’t have a shade name but based on my best guess from the website I think I got Haute Cocoa, which is a pretty deep nude colour. This is a sticky formula that is really shiny and thick. It has this chocolate candy scent which I love. I read a lot of positive reviews for this so I look forward to giving it a try!

Swatches

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My Thoughts

Once again BoxyCharm has sent a box of really great items. I look forward to using the Colourpop shadow palette. I’m also happy to have more Dr. Brandt items. All around this is a really awesome box. Total Value; $151.00 US ($194.45 CAD)!!

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I’ve been getting BoxyCharm for a year now and I must say that I think the subscription is really great. I use so many of the items and those that I don’t use make great gifts to friends and family. I’ve been tempted to invest in one more year of these boxes, but we will see I may just continue to get 3 months at a time.

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What did you think of the items in this month’s box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, April 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand and you know what they are. This month I got a surprise box!

All prices in Canadian Dollars

Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer
Full Size: $32.00 (30 ml), Sample Size: 
$16.00 (15 ml)

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This year the Australia Brand, Nude by Nature, made its way into Canada and I’ve been curious ever since to give their items a try. The brand is based on the philosophy of creating makeup that is good for you. It is committed to providing 100% naturally derived and cruelty-free makeup that is formulated without unnecessary chemicals, synthetic ingredients or preservatives often found in cosmetics. This is a smoothing, silicone-free primer.

Glow for a Cause Natural Lip Balm
Full Size: $6.00 (4.25g), this is a full-size item

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Glow for a Cause is a passionate project by Johanna Querry Smith, a teacher, artist and skincare products. Whenever you purchase a product you are giving back to the non-profit organizations they are partnered with! I love brands with such amazing initiatives like this. I always love a new lip balm, especially since I just used one up this month!

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle
Full Size: $15.00 (150 ml), Sample Size: $5.00 (50 ml)

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I don’t use too much dry shampoo but I don’t think this would work for me anyways because it’s made for oily hair. I know some friends who might actually enjoy this so I’m probably going to pass it along to them. This has a light tint that should blend in naturally into brown to dark hair.

Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum
Full Size: $80.00 (30 ml), Sample Size: $13.33 (5 ml)

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An anti-ageing serum! YES! YES! YES!! After cleansing, you apply a few drops of this over the face twice daily. You let it absorb and then use a moisturizer. I’m really excited to try this item especially since it’s pretty pricey!

BONUS! Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Shampoo and Conditioner Packets

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With my hair shorter, I might be able to get 2 uses out of these packets. I actually enjoy the Whole Blends line and the Oat Delicacy is made for Delicate Hair and Sensitive Scalp.

My Thoughts

I like that I got skincare and a primer in this box! They are items that I use quite a bit so I appreciate trying new ones. I look forward to testing out an item from Nude by Nature too. The only item that I won’t use is the dry shampoo. I wish that was made for dry or normal hair since mine is far from oily, but I will be able to pass it on so it’s not a complete loss.  Total Value: $40.33 CAD!

Did you receive Topbox? What did you think of this month’s box?

Also, have you tried anything from Nude by Nature? If so, what product recommendations might you have?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, March 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Bae Cation”. The theme is fun and I love the tropical print on the card. A lot of the makeup in this month box is bright and colourful and I think they tie well with the theme.

If you read my unboxing post last month, you’ll know that BoxyCharm experienced some issues getting the boxes into Canada and my shipment was delayed. I got my BoxyCharm in a reasonable time this month. I hope that the customs issue they encountered last month has been resolved.

Prices are in USD converted to CAD at the end.

PUR The Complexion Authority Eyeshadow Palette 
MSRP: $36.00 USD 

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This palette was created as a collaboration between PUR and BoxyCharm and I think the colours are absolutely gorgeous! I swatched a few shades (see below) and they appear to be super pigmented and soft.

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This is the second PUR palette I’ve received in a BoxyCharm. I never opened the other one (although I loved those colours too) because it was neutral so I thought it would make a perfect gift and was holding on to it. This one, however, I want to wear myself.

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara
MSRP: $20.00 USD

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This is supposedly going to give you 200% thicker lashes in just one coat and 314% increased lash curl! haha! I love that it’s 314%, how do they measure these things! This looks to be a standard brush style and I’m looking forward to trying it, but I have a few opened mascaras that I’m using up to start.

South Mane Beauty Under Eye Gels
MSRP: $10.00 USD

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I like under eye masks because I find they are great for that awake look and are moisturizing the under eye area. I look forward to trying these masks out and sharing my thoughts. I also appreciate being sent the pack of three because I can then test them out consistently.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Smokey Eye Makeup Brush Set
MSRP: $23.15 USD 

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Another product from the Vintage Cosmetic Company! I have a highlighter I received in my December Box that I’ve been enjoying so much so I’m glad that I’m slowly being introduced to this UK brand through BoxyCharm. I read on their website that they will launch in Canada in 2018! I sure hope that it is soon because I would love to try more. I love the vintage vibe.

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The set is supposed to help you create a smokey eye look and I love that each brush is numbered with a cute reference to the Elvis song, Blue Suede Shoes, but with a shadow twist on it. It’s darn cute!

Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush in Prim Vixen
MSRP: $26.00 USD

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When I first opened this blush I was nervous that the pink was going to be super bright and way too pigmented. I’m pleasantly surprised that this is actually really light and buildable so it won’t look like a hot pink strip across my face when I wear it. I included a swatch below where I used my finger to really build up the colour so you could see it on camera but in person, it’s subtle.

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I’m glad I decided to swatch it and not judge the colour as it appeared in the pan. One thing I’m not a fan of is how cheap the packaging feels. It’s like a kids makeup type of plastic and I really don’t like it. For something that sells at Sephora at the price point above I would have thought it would be a better plastic. Either way, the colour is amazing and I love it, just an observation.

Swatches

Swatches

My Thoughts

I am happy with EVERYTHING in this box. Last month I had some hits and misses but this month is all hits! All the items would work really well together and I like that this goes with the theme of vacation because you could literally take everything in this box on vacation with you. Total value of the box; $115.15 USD ($148.51 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What did you think of your box? Get anything different than me?

Lots of Love,
Dal