Unboxing BoxyCharm, March 2019

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 “’la vie en rose”.

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I think it’s a cute theme for spring and a lot of the items has rose gold packaging.

PRICES ARE IN USD, CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

CoverFX Perfector Face Palette
MSRP: $45.00 USD

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I am loving the layout and colours in this face palette. It fits with my style and I like the colours in it. I like CoverFX products so I’m pretty excited to try this formula. The highlights are beautiful and the blush is a pretty pink that I would wear everyday.

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The packaging feels very sturdy so I suspect it would be great for travel. The nice thing about taking this on the go is that you will have everything you need for the face in one place. I personally would even use the contour and bronze shade on my eyes.

Wander Beauty Lift off Purifying and Brightening Pell Off Mask
MSRP: $34.00 USD

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This mask contains acai, goji berry, blueberry, lychee, mangosteen, kaolin clay and green tea extract all which are great items for the skin. I haven’t used a peel-off mask in a while but I am interested in trying one to purify and replenish my skin. What makes this mask interesting is that it is rose gold.

MODA Brushes Powder and Soft Glow Kit
MSRP: $29.99 USD

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This is a 2-piece powder and highlight brush. They are really soft and fluffy brushes. I like the style of the brush handles too, the rose gold and tapered style makes them easy to hold and really fancy.

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I have brushes that are similar so I might save them as a gift for a friend but I think they are fantastic brushes.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
MSRP: $20.00 USD

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These liquid lipsticks are creamy and soft in texture and are meant to be long-lasting and full colour. This colour is really pretty but it’s darker from what I would usually like to wear so I think I might save this for a friend who likes darker shades.

Manna Kadar Bloom Mascara
MSRP: $29.00 USD

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I find it’s interesting that I’ve been receiving a lot of Manna Kadar products through my subscription boxes. They may have a marketing initiative to get more and more people to discover and test their products so they’ve decided to send a bunch to subscription box companies to increase their reach. This mascara looks really interesting. I mean the packaging is really cool, but it’s also formulated with a built-in primer. I didn’t open the packaging but if you are interested in what the brush looks like you can check out their website here. The brush is very interesting with long and short bristles which are supposed to ensure easy application without leaving any clumps.

My Thoughts

This is a really good box! I’m really excited to try the CoverFX palette because I generally like items that I’ve tried from this brand and the face palette looks so good. I’m also looking forward to testing out the mascara and peel-off mask.

Total Value: $157.99 USD ($212.44 CAD)

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

Lots of Love,
Dal

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Project Pan Monthly: March 2019 & February Update

For the most part, I was really consistant about using my February products whenever I wore makeup. Towards the end of the month though, I wore the palette a little less because I was so excited about using my Nudestix sets (review is coming soon!) and of course, I was using my lip item less and less. All together I used my items 17 of 28 days in February.

In case you didn’t know, this is my Project Pan objective;

Project Pan Monthly

Each month I chose 4 items to use, sharing reviews of those products if they aren’t already on the blog. At the end of the month, I’ll share an update of how well I did and then list the items for the next month. The products are chosen from these categories;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette
  • One Lip Item (lipstick, lip balm, gloss, etc.)
  • One Face Item (foundation, highlighter, blush, bronzer)
  • One Random Item (can be another item from the categories above, or be something else like a mascara, liner, skin care, body care, fragrance, etc.)

February Progress

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 (reviewed here) I mostly stuck to using more of the warm-toned shades in this palette because they were easier to put together for everyday looks that I would wear to work.

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I used coco-taxi the most of this whole palette and loved it with a bare lid and just a touch of that orange in the crease. When I wanted to go a bit more bold I would wear Tropico and Guantanamera on the outter edge of my lid and cafecito as a liner. The shade that I gravitated to every once in a while was La Costa, which looked so gorgeous swiped across the lid with some liner. You can see a few dents where I used the shade, which I’m really happy about.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Liar. I wore this almost everytime I did my makeup the first two weeks of February.

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However, I started lacking because I needed to switch to lip balm as my lips started to feel dry due to the cold weather so I didn’t get much use out of this lip stick in the end. But I do like the colour, so I might introduce it back into another project pan at a later time.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow (reviewed here). I love this highlighter and used it quite a lot this month, but I’m surprised that you can’t really tell.

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I mean, if you owned one of these highlights you’ll know that a little goes a long way so I’m not surprised that it barely looks touched. You can see that the beautiful flower print is slightly starting to wear off.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs PerEstfume (reviewed here). Another item that I was using a lot in the beginning of the month, and then for some reason just started using it less often.

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I loooovveeee this scent! I must subconsciously not want to waste it all, haha!

My March Items

This month I’ve chosen;

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  • One Eyeshadow Palette – Morphe The Jacklyn Hill Palette
  • One Lip Item – Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon
  • One Face Item – Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer
  • One Random Item – Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup (reviewed here)

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I wanted to include some items that I haven’t reviewed yet on the blog. I’ve had the Jacklyn Hill Palette for some time now and I really wanted to focus a mont on using it and sharing a review for it.

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I was hoping to try to use up my Ciate Bronzer Sample since it’s starting to look like I might hit pan!

Let me know how your project pan is coming along whether you are doing one each month like I am or doing a year-long project pan.

Lots of Love,
Dal

Bye Bye Empties, February

February flew by for me! I had a great start to the month with my birthday. I celebrated with everyone I love which was amazing. It was pretty hectic at work and towards the end of the month, it started to take over quite a bit of my time. I’m hoping things can slow down again in March.

I didn’t think I had used up so many items but when I looked at my empties bin I was pleasantly surprised with my progress. Since I’m on a no-buy, I can really start to feel items emptying out of my bath & skincare collection which is great!

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On to what I used up!

*Note: I’m on a no-buy this year. If I mention repurchasing an item, it just that I really liked it and would buy again, just not in 2019 😛

Hair and Body Care

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Bath & Body Works Sea Island Cotton Shower Gel. This mini size was sitting in my travel bag for some time now that I decided I would just take it out and use it up. This is such a signature scent for me, I love the freshness and sharp clean fragrance. It’s also just a plain’ol good body wash. I would repurchase.

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish in Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk (sample). I absolutely love the scent of this! It’s so comforting and delicious. I love exfoliating washes and use them about once a week, especially in winter, to help smooth my legs. The granules on this are sand-like so it always reminds me of being at the beach. I have a large tub of this in another scent that I will be opening up soon.

Being by Sanctuary Salted Caramel & Macadamia Bubbe Bath. Can you sense a trend here with my favourite scents! haha! This is the second time purchasing this very bubble bath. I love it! It smells amazing and it creates such beautiful bubbles. I am definitely going to repurchase this.

Dove Derma+Care Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. The winter has been really bad on my skin and hair this year. I have a dry scalp and suffer from dandruff occasionally so I always like having anti-dandruff shampoo around to ensure that I get a deep clean. Dove doesn’t really come to mind when you think of these kinds of shampoos, but this guy is awesome! I enjoy the scent because it’s not so harsh and it really leaves my hair and scalp feeling really clean but it’s a very gentle formula. I would repurchase this.

Skincare

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Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash. I’ve tried so many foaming cleansers in the past and this is maybe one of my favourites. It’s super gentle on the skin but it removes makeup with ease. I don’t have any issues using this close to my eyes when I’m removing my mascara. This guy was a mini size because I wanted to test it out, I would definitely repurchase a large size next time.

Kaja Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths. I reviewed a sample packet of this in my September Empties and since I really liked it I decided to buy a pack. The cloths themselves are small but effective. I liked using them to refresh my face in the morning before applying makeup or at the end of the day to remove my mascara. I like that the cloths are biodegradable so I would throw them into my organics bin when I was done with them. They have a lemony fresh scent too. I would repurchase.

Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer. I loved wearing this when I was bare faced and wanted to add a little glow and moisture to my skin. It was alright as a primer but I mostly just liked it as a moisturizer. I’m not sure I’d repurchase this one.

Clinique iD Dramatically Different Lotion + Active Cartridge for Fatigue. I’m sure a lot of you have probably seen the new Clinique iD lotions – the ones where you can add a Cartridge of your choice so that when you pump it you get lotion and serum?

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Well, I was really interested in them so I stopped by the Clinique counter and got a sample of a duo that would work for me, the dramatically different lotion+ with the anti-fatigue orange serum cartridge. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but this ended up being great stuff! The fatigue cartridge is perfect for my winter dull skin and the dramatically different lotion itself was amazing at hydrating my skin without feeling heavy. I would definitely repurchase and highly recommend trying a sample for yourself!

Makeup

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CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara. I received this through Influenster to test out and I shared a look using it in my Festive Makeup Look. This was good at lifting my lashes. It’s a very nice black mascara and the formula was dry so it lightly coated my lashes which I enjoyed for everyday type looks. It has started to smell so I’m tossing it out.

Bang Beauty Chocolate Eye Liner. I got this in my August BoxyCharm and was so excited to have a brown gel liner. I tried to use this the other day but it was so dry and crumbly so I’m just going to toss it out.

Butter London Stroke of Wow Roll On Precision Eyeliner. This came in my September BoxyCharm I said I was going to give this a try but every time I opened it and saw the pizza cutter style applicator I was turned off from it. Why would I chance ruining my look by using this tool, it’s hard enough getting a perfect wing with just a liquid or gel liner, why make it any harder. This is a stroke of no and I won’t be repurchasing it.

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These are all my empties for February! I was really happy with everything I used up. Some things went straight to the trash but the majority of items were used all the way through.

How was your progress for February? What items did you use up?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, February 2019

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!

Last month I mentioned that I would be cancelling my Topbox. I missed the deadline to cancel this before the March box shipped so I have one coming in March. I’m cancelling it afterwards for the rest of the year. This is to keep in line with my no-buy (exception BoxyCharm) for 2019.

ALL PRICES IN CANADIAN DOLLARS.

Laritzy Cosmetics Lip Stix in Wafer
Full Size: $20.00 (3.6g), this is a full size item

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was a lip crayon. The outer packaging had me thinking it was another lip gloss and I honestly didn’t want another one of those. Lip crayon though, I’m excited to get! I really love lip crayons because it makes application so much easier. I love the nude colour and this feels really creamy. I’m definitely going to be using it.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Skin Care Canadian Maple Lip Balm
Full Size: $8.95 (10.4g), Small Size: $4.48 (5.2g)

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I love Nova Scotia Fisherman lip balms! I actually discovered this brand through Topbox over 4 years ago and I continue to enjoy them. I love the taste of maple syrup so I’m really looking forward to this agave sweetened lip balm. I find these lip balms the best during the winter months because they are super hydrating.

VDL Cosmetics Perfect Lasting Foundation in V01
Full Size: $37.00 (30mL), Sample Size: $6.17 (5mL)

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VDL Cosmetics is a newer brand to me. They are a Korean brand that I think recently started selling in Canada, with a flagship store in Downtown Toronto. I’ve been wanting to visit the store and explore what they offer since it’s very close to where I work. I’m really excited to be testing out the foundation. So far it looks to be very light and liquid but I’m not sure what the coverage will be like. I’m hoping it’s closer to light coverage as that it what I prefer and the shade that I have V01 which is a bit light on me.

VDL Cosmetics Lumilayer Primer
Full Size: $34.00 (30mL), Sample Size $5.67 (5mL)

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What better way to test out the foundation, then to also use the primer from the brand as well. I’m happy that Topbox included two items from the same brand that can be used together (or on their own) it’s just a good way to test out more items from VDL. This has a violet pigment to brighten the skin. I’m really excited to try this since I love items that brighten or add some glow.

Manna Kadar Goddess Palette Split Pan Eye shadow
Full Size: $49.00 (palette), Split Pan duo: Price unknown

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I did some digging online and it looks like these two shades are actually part of a bigger palette called the Goddess Palette, see it here. The colours I have are Venus (blush colour), and Iris (shimmery golden highlight shade). The pans are a bit too small to use as blush and highlight but I can definitely use this on the eyes (which is why Topbox is calling this a split pan eye shadow). The formula is super creamy and crumbly so you just need to be careful with application but it looks so pretty.

Swatches

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My Thoughts

This is a really good box with a nice mix of different products that I could wear all together. I’m excited to try the items from VDL and I’m super happy to get a lip balm from Nova Scotia Fisherman. I also like that I received a split pan eye shadow, and a lip crayon in colours that I think will work nicely together!

Total Value: $36.25 – I wasn’t able to find the price of the Manna Kadar item so it’s not included here.

Did you get Topbox this month? What was in you box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, February 2019

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 “’After Glow”.

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PRICES ARE IN USD, CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
MSRP: $20.00 US

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I love the original Bum Bum Cream so I was really excited to see the new Coco Cabana Cream in my box! It’s an oil-in-water gel cream with a blend of fermented sugar and coconut oil to moisture for up to 72 hours. The scent is a mix of coconut, toasted praline and warm vanilla latte. I love the original Bum Bum formula because it smells so good and is really hydrating and I’m hoping that the formula of the Coco Cabana is the same.

touch in SOL No Problem Primer
MSRP: $18.00 US

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I’ve never tried anything from touch in SOL so I’ve happy to have an item to test out in my box. I don’t usually wear primer unless I’m wearing makeup for a long night out or special event, still, I like having a good primer on hand. This has green tea and collagen to act as adhesive and help your makeup last for many hours.

Pretty Vulgar Shimmering Swan Highlighter
MSRP: $32.00 US

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I’m slowly building a nice collection of Pretty Vulgar Makeup thanks to BoxyCharm! I love the pearl-shade of this highlighter and I’m really excited to give this formula a try.

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Looking at some of the reviews online, this is described as a subtle highlight which is exactly the time of highlight I love!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
MSRP: $24.00 US

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Ok, so I might be one of the very few makeup-obsessed people who has not tried Better Than Sex mascara. I might have had a sample when this first came out, but I honestly don’t remember. I’m really excited to give this a try and see if it lives up to all the hype. It has Acacia Senegal Tree extract to set volume while film-forming polymers lock in curl.

NudeStix Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Copper Foil
MSRP: $24.00 US

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Yes! Yes! Yes! Finally, NudeStix is getting some much-needed circulation through BoxyCharm! I absolutely love this brand for easy everyday looks. After receiving this in my box, I’m really motivated to post more reviews because I really think NudeStix deserves more recognition.

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I already have the Copper Foil stick so I’m saving the one in my box for my mom because I know she will love it. This is a super long-wearing eyeshadow pencil that is easy to blend with your fingers or a brush as an eyeshadow or can be used to as an eyeliner.

My Thoughts

What an awesome box! I’m happy with every single item I received.

Total Value: $118.00 US ($156.30 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What did you receive in your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Project Pan Monthly: February 2019 & January update

I was pretty consistent with using the items of my Project Pan for January. I was keeping track of how many times in the month I used all the items and counted 21/31 days! I wore all the items together to create looks for work most of the time and stuck to no makeup days on the weekends.

In case you didn’t know, this is my Project Pan objective;

Project Pan Monthly

Each month I chose 4 items to use, sharing reviews of those products if they aren’t already on the blog. At the end of the month, I’ll share an update of how well I did and then list the items for the next month. The products are chosen from these categories;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette
  • One Lip Item (lipstick, lip balm, gloss, etc.)
  • One Face Item (foundation, highlighter, blush, bronzer)
  • One Random Item (can be another item from the categories above, or be something else like a mascara, liner, skin care, body care, fragrance, etc.)

My January Progress

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (reviewed here) – I made a dent in milk chocolate, hazelnut, salted caramel and creme brulee. They are super wearable shades so it made it easy to put looks together for work. It was fun to start using this palette again, I totally forgot just how much I really loved it.

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Nudestix Lip and Cheek Balm in Pulse (reviewed here) – I sharpened this twice throughout the month. It doesn’t seem to have gotten shorter but I’m really proud of myself for putting in the effort to wear a lip item more often than I usually do.

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Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Paaarty (reviewed here) – I can see the pan and although I was very good at using this deluxe sample and being very generous with my application I couldn’t hit pan like I wanted to. I think later in the year I might add this again to my Project Pan Monthly and see if I can finally reach that silver lining!

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black – One thing that I was able to use up in January was this mascara! I’ve had this for some time so I knew it was almost done but it still feels good to have one item finish during the Project Pan for January!

That’s the update for the January items. Didn’t really hit pan on any of my powder items but I did make some progress. Now on to my b-day month! February!

My February Items

This month I’ve chosen;

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  • Eyeshadow Palette – Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 (reviewed here)
  • Lip Item – Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Liar
  • Face Item – Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow
  • Random Item – Daisy by Marc Jacobs Perfume (reviewed here)

The Alamar palette is much more colourful compared to the Too Palette so I’m hoping I’ll be able to create some fun and different looks with it.

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It’ll be a challenge too since I don’t usually wear these types of colours to work but I’ll see if I can create some and share them on my Instagram.

I also wanted to share my thoughts on the Wet n’ wild highlight and Urban Decay lipstick since I’ve never reviewed either on my blog although I have been using them quite a bit in my makeup routine.

Let me know how your project pan is coming along whether you are doing one each month like I am or doing a year-long project pan.

Lot’s of Love,
Dal

Laline Review, My Little at Home Spa

I love having a spa day at home every once in a while. I set aside some time to draw up a nice bath, play music, drink tea or a healthy smoothy and pamper myself with nice body care and face masks. It’s pure magic!

At Christmas, I received a few body care items from Laline and I instantly wanted to try them out the next time I had a spa day at home.

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Laline is brand from Tel Aviv that focuses on invoking pampering through scent. They have a range of body, face, fragrance and tools in a variety of scents to help you leave behind the every day and enter a world of pampering and tranquillity.

I’m not sure how long they’ve been in Canada but I noticed their store at the mall nearest me a few months ago and decided to take a look at what they offered. The stores are very elegant and make you feel like you are stepping into a spa. I love it! And yes, the various fragrances are just amazing!

I instantly fell in love with the scent Musk. Now, I know that musk usually brings to mind men’s cologne but this is not like that. It’s very soft, sweet, kind of nutty, and very delicate. Fragrance notes include; vetiver root, musk, lily of the valley and ylang.

I guess Santa noticed I had been eyeing their items and decided to gift them to me 😉

I love that Laline also has a list of values they want their products to invoke. One of their values is The greatest pleasures are the ones that you create for yourself. I agree so much with that. You make your own happiness and pleasures, like setting aside personal me time when I have a spa day at home.

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I started my spa day with a bubble bath and tried out the Body Scrub. This has dead sea salt to deeply cleanse the skin with natural minerals, and it nourishes with avocado and grape seed oils. Having dry skin I appreciate the oils because they are very nourishing. When you first apply the scrub it feels oily, however, it quickly absorbs into the skin.

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The scrub itself is a bit gritty because they use salt grains so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have sensitive skin. I find a little under a tablespoon scoop is perfect for my whole body. It leaves my skin feeling super exfoliated.

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After my bath, I applied the Body Cream and Hand Cream. These are both thick and creamy which I absolutely love. They are enriched with Aloe Vera extract, Jojoba, Calendula and Borage oils.

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I definitely feel like I’m pampering my skin when I put them on and they leave me feeling hydrated.

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To end off my pampering session, I spritzed myself with the Body Mist. I love this because it’s soft and subtle so I can enjoy it all day. Usually, when I’m just relaxing at home, I like to keep my scent light as I feel like it envokes a sense of calm for me. I don’t like anything that is too sweet or harsh, just really clean and barely there.

I feel like the ingredients in these products are so nice and really do remind me of products that you might get at a spa. My skin is left smooth and hydrated and the scent is oh-so-good.

Have you tried any items from Laline? How do you like to pamper yourself?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, January 2019

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 “’Boxy and Chill”. I guess after the hectic holidays, January is just for relaxing!

Now I know I’m on a no-buy this year, but I’ve decided that I’m going to continue to subscribe to BoxyCharm for now.

PRICES ARE IN USD, CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Briogeo Roscaro Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
MSRP: $12.00 US

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Most of the items I have from Briogeo came from boxes or as deluxe samples with makeup orders. That’s great because I’ve had a chance to try out different items from this brand without needing to purchase any large sizes. I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far. This spray has a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to detangle hair and protect against heat. I already have one of these open and I really like it to use when my hair is damp before styling.

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights
MSRP: $20.00 US

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This is a matte liquid lipstick in a berry purply-red. I did a swatch of this on my hand and it’s very pigmented. It does transfer so I’m not sure if I would wear such a bold shade on my lips because I would be afraid of it rubbing all over my face. I just can’t trust myself to not touch my face, or ruin a makeup look when eating. This is infused with vitamin A and antioxidants and smells like candy!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting eyeshadow palette Vol.III
MSRP: $36.00 US

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I own the Vol.II version of this palette which I have reviewed here. I do like the formula of Tarte shadows so I’m very tempted to keep this although I know I have very similar colours in my makeup collection. I think these shades are beautiful for those who like to keep their makeup subtle.

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This has seven micro shimmers and one matte nude. This is long wear, vegan, crease-free and enriched with vitamin E and antioxidants.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Face Mask (2 Pack)
MSRP: $24.00 US

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I’m SOOOOOO excited to get these masks in my box! I really don’t think I’d pay $12.00 for one mask, especially when you get some for about $2-3 but I’m happy to have them to test out! This has rice germ oil, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and botanical oils. This is a nourishing and anti-ageing serum so I’m really happy about that!

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil
MSRP: $18.00 US

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I’m not sure how I feel about how thick this brow pencil is because recently I’ve been liking really thin brow pencils. As I don’t have many brow items in my collection right now, I might end up using it when I finish up the other brow products I have.

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This is a self-sharpening pencil that glides over the brows without pulling your skin. I think the colour itself will work for me as I have medium brown brows.

My Thoughts

This is a good box. It’s not my favourite from BoxyCharm but I do like a few of the items like the Tatcha mask, the Tarte Cosmetics Palette and definitely the Briogeo spray. I’m not as excited for the Ofra lipstick and brow pencil. Overall, pretty good value and new items that I am willing to try!

Total Value: $110.00 US ($145.82 CAD)

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

Lots of Love,
Dal

Review, Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Paaarty

Today I’m going to review another item in my Project Pan Monthly for January. If you’re curious what items I’ve put in my project pan for this month you can do that here.

What it is

I’ve reviewed the Tarte Amazonian Clay Formula before when I took a look at their holiday Blush Bazaar palette here. In a nutshell, I generally like this formula.

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The Amazonian clay formula is said to control oil and infuse moisture into the skin. I have dry skin so I can’t speak to the oil controlling part, but I don’t really notice any moisturizing. I just find that it leaves a nice finish on my skin. It doesn’t look very powdery and I enjoy that.

Price

The regular price of the full-size pan is $38.00 CAD (0.2 oz), this is the deluxe size (0.05 oz) that I received as a beauty insider birthday gift from Sephora with a lip gloss.

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Packaging

There isn’t anything super special about this packaging since it is a deluxe sample item but it’s still a nice size compact size and sturdy plastic. I like that the pan size is wide making it easy to use with a fluffy brush.

Colour

Paaarty is described as a nude shade blush. To me it looks more like a natural peachy tone. I tend to prefer really bold blushes but this one sheerer so I find I have to layer it on a bit. I guess that means I use up a little more of the pan, but I do like my blush to show up on my face.

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Application & Wear

Unlike the shades in the Blush Bazaar palette in the link above, the colour of this blush is a lot more muted so I don’t need to be as careful with the application. I love putting a lot of this on! The wear time is alright. I find that I do find it fades a lot quicker than the palette shades but those ones are a lot more vibrant to begin with. By the end of the day, I notice it’s still there but not as strong.

Overall, I like the blush formula itself, but I wouldn’t pick up this particular shade again. I’m happy I got it as a gift to try. Hopefully I can put a good tent in it during this month. I feel like I can start to see the pan underneath!

Have you tried the Amazonian Clay formula or this blush? Let me know your thoughts on it!

Lots of Love,
Dal

Review: Nudestix Gel Color Lip & Cheek Balm in Pulse

I love easy makeup. I like items that you can apply and blend out quickly and be on your way that doesn’t look too overdone. Of course every once in a while I like to spend over an hour perfecting a makeup look, but usually, I like being put together and natural. I like items that are one and done types of products that can be used in multiple ways.

Nudestix checks off all these boxes for me!

If you’ve never heard of Nudestix, they are a company that focuses on natural looking makeup. Started by two sisters and their mom, they sell sticks or crayons for the face, eyes and lips that add a touch of colour to enhance your natural look. Their products are vegan and cruelty-free. Plus they are Canadian!

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I’ve been using Nudestix for so many years now, but I’ve never reviewed their products. Today, I figured why not review this lip & cheek balm since it’s in my project pan for January.

Price

When I bought this it came in a pack of 3 mini sticks in similar nude tones for $28.00 CAD, you can find it on their website here. The three pack had three different finishes, a matte, a cream, and a gel. I’ll be focusing on the gel balm in Pulse.

Packaging

Whenever you buy a nudestix item, they usually come in a metal tin with a sharpener. I love the little tin because you can easily keep all the products together. The tin also has a mirror which is great of you want to take these on the go.

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The sharpener itself also doubles a lid for the stix, so if you like to keep one in your purse, you’d have the sharpener too. Just super clever and sleek packaging.

Application & Wear

I Immediately fell in love with Pulse because I love the gel formula.  It’s super creamy and hydrating without being greasy on the lips. The colour is natural and just enhances my own lip colour. I love wearing a lip like this whenever I’m rocking a warm eye shadow. It almost feels like a gloss and has so much shine without the stickiness.

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I have actually tried this formula on my cheeks as well and it applies and blends really well as blush. Even though this is gel formula, I think on me it leaves a nice dewy finish. With dry skin, I tend to like this type of look a lot. I love wearing this when I’m doing a minimal or no makeup look because it looks very flattering on my natural skin. It does apply well over foundation too.

The only downside is it’s not very long lasting. I might be able to get away with an hour of wear before it starts to fade away. Because it’s close to my lip colour, I don’t mind it so much but if I’m wearing this out, I do find that I re-apply pretty often. Note though that the matte and cream formulas are longer lasting in comparison.

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My Thoughts

Overall, I really love this formula because as someone who doesn’t wear lip products often I mostly prefer that they are more balm-like. I love the packaging and the brand overall. I’ll have to share my thoughts on the Nudestix eye crayons soon because those are AMAZING!

Have you tried Nudestix before? What are your thoughts on the brand and products?

Lots of Love,
Dal