February Ipsy & BoxyCharm Review

Good morning/afternoon/evening! ❤

Over the course of the past few months, my love for beauty products have grown exponentially. For years I have watched probably over 1000 make-up tutorials, and my biggest inspiration has always been Michelle Phan. Seeing her grown as both a YouTuber and business women, it has given me that boost to finally venture on beyond mascara and eye liner to a full range of beauty products. I love expressing myself with different looks with different color pallets every day! Beauty products are something I invest in, because it is a major thing that makes me happy.

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A few months ago, I learned that I could get boxes each month with beauty products to try out, and eventually buy if I like them that much! I get monthly boxes from Ipsy and BoxyCharm. For Ipsy, it costs $10/month for 4-5 travel/sample size products that match you answers on a survey that you take upon joining as a member. These products can be up to over $50. As for BoxyCharm, you receive 5-6 full size products for $21/month. They are not based on a survey, but the total of all of the products are up to over $100 in value.

I have tested out all of these products, and I want to share my experience and opinion of all them with you!

IPSY PRODUCTS:

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  1. Jessica Liebeskind Vintage lip gloss
    1. The color is beautiful on this product. Although I was not a big fan of the brush to apply the lip gloss, it did give me a sheen that could not be outmatched. It in a color I would put over a pink lipstick, because it does look a bit tacky on plain lips.IMG_20160218_141712
  2. Margaret Dabbs London nail filer
    1. I didn’t understand what the product was at first until I looked it up. I found that there are fine crystals that make up the file for a clean cut file. The file did not apply much force, and it did its job. I was very happy with the end result. My nails turned out smooth and had no sharp edges.IMG_20160218_141729
  3. Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in “I’m Kind of a Big Deal”
    1. When it comes to nail polish, I have a hard time finding a polish that that covers the area with thick coats. This nail polish came out thick, but not in a bad way. It provided a full covered, and there were no streak marks when applying an over coat. Plus, the color is super cute! 😀IMG_20160218_141856
  4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
    1. I’m still iffy about this product. Although it acts as a good primer, it leaves my hands feeling oily for a few washes. I like to stick to a lotiony primer, because it feels like it applies more coverage. The oil is lightweight, and it does a good job, but I can’t really get past the oiliness.
  5. Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment
    1. I typically stick to tightly compacted pallet eye shadows, because they lack fallout, but this pigment was beautiful when blended with other eye shadows. As you could guess, this eye shadow is very pigmented. I thought it would be a but much with my fair skin, but it complimented both my blue eyes and red hair. There is a shimmer to it, and the sunlight really captures that. I would highly recommend it!

 

BOXYCHARM PRODUCTS:

  1. Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String
    1. This body brush is great at exfoliating the skin! My skin felt a whole lot softer after using it the first time. The downside to it is the smell when it gets wet. It has a similar smell to Nair, and that smell makes me sick. I can get past that, because it is a great exfoliater, and my conditioner can out-smell it any day! 😉IMG_20160218_075355
  2. Beauty for Real Blush – Glow Stick
    1. My skin is very fair, so both the blush and illuminator showed up very clearly on my cheeks. The blush gave my cheeks a subtle natural rosy look (which I adore), and the illuminator (paired with my BH Cosmestics Carli Bybel highlighter) gave my face a dewy finish. I am all about that glow! 😀IMG_20160218_142412
  3. Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask
    1. The mask was very cold upon putting it on my face, and when I rubbed it in. It was a but painful at first (I’m a baby with the cold), but it started to feel very soothing once I let it settle. After taking off the mask, it left behind a thicker moisture to rub in. I noticed that my face felt softer and cleaner than usual in the morning!IMG_20160218_142241
  4. Ofra Banana Powder Gadget
    1. I used this powder as a powder foundation instead of an eye shadow. It complimented my foundation and helped oxidize to a more natural shade. The powder actually helped tone down the redness in my face, and there was no oiliness or smearing at the end of the day.IMG_20160218_142259
  5. Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum
    1. I’ve only used the serum for the past few days, and I haven’t noticed that much of a difference. My bags haven’t been so badly lately, so I hope that it is helping with that. I don’t have any wrinkles or crows feet from using make-up, but I hope that this serum will help to keep it that way!IMG_20160218_141319
  6. RealTree for Her
    1. I don’t wear perfume that often, but I do enjoy putting it on before school! It has a sweetier more flowery smell. It is a more intense smell after two sprits, but it is lovely. I would recommend it to perfume enthusiests. 🙂

 

Overall, I was impressed with all of the products. They had their pros and cons, but I cannot wait to see what I receive next month to review!

 

-Do you try monthly sample boxes?

-What are some of your favorite beauty products?

-Did any of these products capture your interest?

-What is something you did over the weekend?

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My Own Personal Color

Question: If you had your own personal color what would be your color and why?

 

If I had to have my own custom color, I would have to say that mine would be an electric baby blue color.

 

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When I first thought of what my color would be, I thought of an electric/vibrant yellow at first, because I am an all around optimistic person with a sun-shiney (That should be a word) personality. It sounded perfect at first, but then I remembered that there is that aspect in me that is very calm and sympathetic. I have that fire in me (cue the yellow), but I also have calmness to me; I have that ying-yang personality. 😀

 

When I met someone for the first time, they told me that I have a blue aurora around me. I was confused at first, so out of curiosity I asked “Why blue?” They smiled at first and proceeded to tell me that blue was the color of a kindhearted soul. In their words they told me that I was someone who loves to help people (true), I am a listener who people go to when they need someone to confide to (true), I have a passion for learning and teaching (true), I have that fire inside me that is powerful (true), I am calm and very comfortable to be around (true), I have a thirst for knowledge on what I can do to improve myself (true), and that I am a genuinely happy person (true). I sat in shock as they just described my personality. I have never met that person before and they described me spot on.

 

From the time I started helping blind children, I knew I had a passion for helping others. I went in every week excited to help the kids work on a new rt project, teach them methods on how to cook, get them participating in physical activities, teaching them new technological advancements, and being the ear they needed in counseling. I was excited to see the kids and the feeling for them in mutual. I have grown a bond with them. They not only taught me patience, they also gave me the ability to learn new strengths within myself. Along the lines of teaching, I aspire to be a health coach and a personal trainer. A few years ago I discovered my love for fitness and nutrition. Seriously, I can go on and on about those subjects. I want to be someone who helps change lives for the better in people. I want people to know and see what their bodies are capable of. I want to help people reach their goals. I want people to achieve greatness.

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The first impression people tell me is that I am a very calm girl. I’m the type of person who is shy, but I will spark a conversation. I will want to get to know you to where it’s not too personal, but I know enough for the start of a friendship. I have the tendency to smile a lot and widdle my thumbs. It’s always been a habit. Some call it cute. Some call it shy. I call it being myself. When I get to know you more I will start to show more sides of me (being artistic, how I think, what’s on my mind, what I love, etc). I am who I am, no matter what. I do what makes me happy. I’m not afraid to be myself.

 

I just thought of this.. Another reason why I chose blue was because of fire. I remember learning that blue fire is much more hotter than a yellow flame. That hotter flame symbolizes how strong my passions are. I am a very passionate person, trust and believe. Once I have my heart set on something, I go for it. I do all that I can. I guess you can call me dedicated, right? 😉 I am a little fire ball of passion!

 

Blue is my aurora.. It’s my energy that surrounds me. If I could give my own nail polish name it would be Blossoming Discovery.

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*If you are a look for some new and exciting nail polishes, go on over to check out Julep. There is a wide selection beautiful nail polish colors for any outfit or mood! . I have my eye on a few of their colors. 🙂 *

 

-What would your color be?

-What are you passionate about?

-What’s your favorite nail polish color?

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Currently – April 2014

Happy April!

I can’t believe that we are already 1/4 of the way done with 2014. That blows my mind. Seriously.. it seems as if New Years was just yesterday! So far, this year has been filled with some pretty crazy events, experiences, and overall feelings. I have kept my head up and staying positive. I am ready to bring on April with a positive and optimistic attitude. I can’t wait to see what this month has in store for me. 🙂

 

 

Current Book:  The Weight of Silence – Heather Gudenkauf

“It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. 

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.  

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor. 

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.”

I haven’t gotten the chance to start it yet, but I am going to start tonight. I love starting a new book at the beginning of each other. This one has been on my little library shelf for quite some time now. I think it’s time to crack it open and dive into a new story. 🙂

 

Current Music: Two songs that I have completely fell in love with.

 

Current Guilty Pleasure: Going out with friends to meet new people and try out new things.

Current Nail Color: I actually have my nails painted this month. I wanted to come in with a subtle spring color, and the first color that came to mind was purple. Of course. Purple is my favorite color, so I love loving down at my nails and seeing a pop of color. 

Current Drink: This may come as a surprise to you, but Diet Snapple Peach Diet. Shocker, right? 😉

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Current Food: I have been all about oatmeal for breakfast, snack plates for lunch, and quesadillas for dinner! They’re so dang good! Oh come on, you can’t deny that oozing cheese. 😉

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Current Wish List: Leggings, new clothes, chocolate (Yes, chocolate. Resses to be exact.), a massage, a new phone.

Current Needs: I need sleep, leggings, clothes that will fit me (all of them growing to be too big), and some self motivation to help push me through this last hectic quarter of school.

Current Bane of My Existence: All of these projects for school that are compiling up!

Current Indulgence: Taking a lot of time for “me.” I know we should all do that anyways, but with school starting back up, I need more time for me (to stay sane). I have taken up a lot of stretching and yoga, along with Netflix nights, spending more time with family and friends, and just taking in those moments to breathe.

Current Triumphs: Conquering “fear foods” such as Domino’s pizza, thin mint ice cream, gooey cheesy barley, and other delectable goods. I know it may not be the best for me, but knowing I conquered them is pretty damn satisfying. 

Current Blessing: Although I am facing quite a few health issues, I am blessed for the recovery I am taking in order for my body to recovery. Back in the day, I used to flip out if I rested too much. Now, I am enjoying it, because it is helping me mentally with balance and physically with obvious reasons. 🙂

Current Outfit: I’m rockin’ the dark colors right now (unintentionally) while it’s pretty hot outside. Go figure. *eye rolling emoji* I am wearing black basketball shorts (at least I’m wearing shorts, right?) because they are better than jeans and pretty darn comfortable and a dark grey v-neck.

Current Excitement(s): Knowing I have less than two months left of school, moving to my new house soon, becoming more confident and a social butterfly, making new friends, and overall living the life I am living.

Current Mood: Pure and utter bliss.

 

-What are you currently reading?

-What’s your current music of choice? 

-What are you excited about? Triumphant about? Blessed about?

-What are you indulging in?

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