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

Travel: Europe – First Week

As you may know I’m traveling for two weeks in Europe.

My friend’s famiy lives in Holland and she offered me stay with them while we explored different parts of Europe.

After a 6 hour flight from Toronto to Amsterdam, I landed in the early evening and headed to my friend’s place. I enjoyed dinner with her family and then soon after went to bed being super tired from my flight.

The next day I walked around Woerden, a city outside of Amsterdam. The streets were filled with people enjoying drinks on patios and watching live bands. There won’t be too much of that when I head back to Toronto and brace myself for the winter. We navigated the streets to take in the action and did a bit of shopping.

Woerden, Netherlands

On the next day I headed into Amsterdam to spend two days there. The canals are so gorgeous and although the day was a bit cloudy it didn’t take away from the stunning architecture.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

This place is so romantic, all you have to is walk imbetween the buildings and along the canals to understand why so many people choose Europe as a honeymoon or anniversary location. I saw the Rijksmuseum, which is a museum on the history of the Netherlands.

Walking through the Rijksmuseum

I really enjoyed walking through the halls and learning about Dutch history and art. I completely recommend making a stop here if you are ever visiting Amsterdam. Afterwards, I went to grab a bite at a local restaurant where I enjoyed a coffee and pancakes.

Nice, France

On the forth day, I boarded a plane down to Nice, France. I really wanted to ensure I got a beach trip in this vacation and Nice provided just that. Nestled along the French Riveria, this city had spectacular waterfront views and gorgeous mountains. The first day the weather wasn’t so great, but I was still getting over my jetlag so I was OK with just walking around the downtown.

The Prince’s Palace above, view of Monte Carlo below, Monaco

The day after we went down to Monte Carlo in Monaco. This was a half hour train trip from Nice. It’s interesting to walk through a city that clearly is glamorous. The water was lined with docks full of sparkling white yachts and there were expensive cars everywhere. I walked through the beautiful streets until we reached the Prince’s Palace and then headed back down.

oh the beautiful palm trees

The last day was spent in Nice, but I walked up to an area where there were Roman ruins and a beautiful park. The walk was long and uphill but was a lot of fun. I then walked back and hung out on the beach until it was time to leave to the airport.

I’m back now in Holland and will post an update of my next week there soon!