12 July 2018

July BoxyCharm! feat. Tarte and Dr. Brandt

I am ABSOLUTELY AMAZED by Boxy's shipping to me in Ontario this month! I typically get billed on the 2nd-4th of the month, shipping by around the 10th-12th, and I get it, like... the 29th. :(
BUT FOR JULY, I was billed the 2nd, got shipping the 6th, and received it today, the 12th! Amazing turnaround for a Canadian subscriber like myself.

This month, the box had a couple of variations. Their main item was a topic of much controversy and debate on Instagram and the beauty and subscription communities that I frequent. One variant included a new Crown Cosmetics eyeshadow palette, with a colour scheme not too different from Urban Decay's Naked Heat. The other variation included a full-sized Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant skin mist. Many people argued that a whole palette versus a skincare item that some people wouldn't use regularly in a routine made it extremely unfair. Personally, I love the gamble and mystery, and I prefer skincare items so I was actually hoping for the less popular pick this month!

And look at that, I got pretty much exactly what I wanted! The eye gel was another variant item, some other subscribers received the new Farmacy Bright On Vitamin C mask. I would have preferred that item myself, but I am also happy for another skincare product to try. I'm quite overstocked with makeup right now, so I'm not sure why I still have a makeup subscription! It's just really fun to try new things..
  • Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant skin mist
  • Note Silk Compact blusher in Desert Rose
  • Chella eyebrow cream 
  • Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume Curl mascara
  • Dr. Brandt No More Baggage eye depuffing gel 
The eyebrow product is interesting, the pomade sits in one end of the stick, while there is a brush on the other end. Great for travel or touchups, I think. It is a "universal" taupe/medium brown shade, and it appears so far to be quite strong and takes a lot to smudge or remove! I love that in a brow product. The blush is a great colour for summer, and I'm going to hold onto the mascara until I finish one that I have open. I actually just started using my Butter London mascara from BoxyCharm's March box this year (which I love, by the way!). 

What variation did you get this month?

25 June 2018

BoxyCharm, FabFitFun + A Look

Today I received BOTH of my beauty box subscription packages! So naturally I had some fun opening up some new products to try and making a colourful, summery look with my new palette from Alamar Cosmetics.

FabFitFun is a SEASONAL box that typically contains items pertaining to beauty, health, and home. A seasonal subscription will net you a couple of "choices" for products, but the rest will be randomly selected and sent in your box. If you subscribe for an annual membership, for all the seasonal boxes, you can make more choices. Summer 2018 was my first box, so I wasn't sure if I wanted to choose a long subscription, plus I like a little bit of mystery.

My box contained:
  • tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette
  • Erth TU Y YO Ring
  • Maji Sports Loop Resistance Band
  • Orlando Pita Play Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray
  • FOREO LUNA! fofo
  • COOLA Classic Face SPF 50 White Tea
  • Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Straw
  • Yumi Kim Makeup Train Case
If you're interested to see some variations, check out the FFF forums or Instagram hashtags like #fabfitfun. 

Overall, I'm very happy. The website says my box is worth $342.99, and I paid $39.99 as I used a $10 off code from the regular price of $49.99. I think it's worth it for the Tarte palette and Foreo fofo alone. I'm not super impressed that I ended up with the resistance band, as that's something I already have at home and I don't think it's as nice as a skincare or bodycare item like many others received in its place. I also already own a Foreo Luna 2 that I ADORE, so I might be able to convince my significant other to use this one - even though it's pink! The ring dish looks amazing on our custom DIY computer desk, and matches the marble tiling I have underneath my keyboard. The ring is comfortable and gorgeous. I still have to give the other items a try.

My only other beauty subscription is from BoxyCharm, which I have had for 7 months now. I love it because it's inexpensive and features full-sized products. My only "complaint" about Boxy is that they seem to have good relationships with a few beauty brands that get repeated .. a lot. I've received so many PUR and Crown items, and they're kind of hit or miss. BUT THIS JUNE 2018 BOX WAS A HUGE HIT FOR ME!

My box contained:

    • Luxie Face Brushes: Luxie Rose Gold Precision Foundation 660 Luxie Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Face Brush 522 Luxie Rose Gold Duo Fiber Powder Brush 516
    • Battington Monroe Silk Lashes
    • Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream (25ml travel size)
    • Alamar Cosmetics Palette
    • Ofra Cosmetics' liquid lipstick in Verona
I actually immediately depotted the eyeshadows because I really don't have the space for any large palettes. The cardboard packaging wasn't my favourite and it was very easy to pop the shadows free from the glue on the cardboard backing. The mattes are SOFT, though, in a way that makes the shadows crack in layers almost immediately. I had to repress 3 matte shades, but no one was lost 😄 I bought some new lash glue earlier in the month in anticipation of receiving this box, but I like to save them for semi-special occasions! 

Here's a look I created today using the Alamar palette, the Tarte highlight & contour, and Verona lipstick. 

What subscriptions do you have? 

15 June 2018

My Favourite Hair Products by VERB

I have 2b curls and my hair has a tendency to knot and mat very easily. I need hair products that will keep my curls hydrated and looking great. Gels can be tricky for styling because they tend to make the hair "crunchy" and weigh it down. Once I found these products from VERB, I have been very happy with styling my hair!

  • Sea Texture Cream 
  • Sea Spray
  • Leave-In Mist 
Not pictured, but I also need to give a quick shoutout to Ghost Oil and both the Hydrating and Sea shampoos and conditioners. I'm basically ready to give them all my money. 

After I shampoo, I like to apply the mist directly into my hands and run it through my hair. The nozzle isn't the best in the world and I can control the product a lot easier this way. It makes my hair smooth and a bit easier to comb through while wet. Then I apply some of the texture cream through the lengths of my hair and blow dry with a diffuser. When I'm done with that, I use a bit of Ghost Oil to tame all small frizzies or fly-aways that remain and then I scrunch some of the sea spray onto my curls. The cream leaves my hair very soft and the curls aren't as defined as I like, so I find using the spray and cream together leaves me with the perfect combination of softness and definition! 

These are my "day 2" curls. I spent the day before at a music festival on the lake, but it still looks really good!

What are your favourite hair products?