Category Archives: Everyday Beauty

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Make Up Of The Day – Tempting

Eyes: MAC "Next To Nothing" (Lid), MAC "Tempting" (Crease), MAC "Sharp" (Tear Duct)

Lippie (COMBO): NYX Cosmetics Lipstick in "Power" and NYX Matte Lipstick in "Whipped Caviar"

Cheeks: Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer in "Summer Kiss"




April Boxycharm: What’s Inside

April 2016 Boxycharm Reveal


Anderson Lilley Manhattan Beach Butter Hand Cream (Retail Value $24.00) - What girl doesn't love a hand cream to throw in her purse to use on the go? I find myself purchasing travel size lotion regularly for this very reason, so this month I won't have to. This cream smells edible, and is super moisturizing.

OFRA Long Lasting Lipstick in "Pasadena" (Retail Value $19.90) - Truthfully, this is my 2nd lippie from a Boxycharm box and it stays on ALL DAY LONG with good application. Their shades are great, and the quality is as well. I will stick to receiving these in my charm boxes however due to their retail price!lol NYX's Liquid Suede Lipstick equally does the trick for me at just $6.99.


**OFRA Pasadena Long Lasting Lipstick w/NYX Tea & Cookies Liquid Suede Lipstick in Center...**

Your Minerals Eyeshadow (Retail Value $24.00) - Your Minerals is definitely an underrated beauty brand, and I've figured this out after receiving a few of their amazing products in my charm boxes. This eyeshadow is super pigmented, a beautiful shade, and loosely compacted so I'm excited to try it out on my lids. 

Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher (Retail Value $16.00) - Lip moisturizer is another staple item that I use daily. Before lip applications and before bed, I apply a lip balm for extra moisture and lip protection. Moisture is key with any beauty regimen, so I'm ALWAYS happy to receive such items in my charm box.  

Blinc Black Lash Primer (Retail Value $26.00) - I've never used a lash primer before, so this item was a pleasant surprise as well! Not only does this item 'prime/protect' your lashes, but it was also created to encourage lash growth and retain moisture. In a previous box we received Blinc Mascara, and using the two together (as recommended) was a lot of fun. I noticed a little difference in the thickness of my not so thick natural lashes, so I definitely plan to use this until the last drop! 


It's so exciting to reveal each month's Boxycharm goodies with you all! This month I received 5 full size products retailing over $100 for just $21/month.

What beauty subscriptions do you all have and love?

Make Up of the Day – Drugstore Makeover

So this past weekend my house guest here all the way from Lagos, Nigeria, asked me to teach her a simple, natural, everyday glam look. While I am NO makeup artist, I love to play in makeup and watch all of the fabulous youtube videos out there that teach me how to apply it! 

We made trips to Ulta Beauty and CVS to pick up a few extra items that she didn't have, to create this "soft beat" look:




Products Used:

CoverGirl - Golden's TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette $11.99 

NYX - Photo Loving Primer $13

Mary Kay Foundation (Previously Purchased - Not Sold at Ulta Beauty/CVS)

Milani Cosmetics - Rose D' Oro Blush $7.29

Maybelline - Volum Express The Falsies Flared Mascara $6.99

L'Oreal - True Match Super Blendable Invisible Concealer $9.99 & True Match Powder $7.99


What kinds of drugstore products and brands do you all love and use? 




Make Up of the Day – Pink Petal

Eyes: Almay "Peach Fuzz" (Lid) & Make Up Geek "Cocoa Bear" (Crease)

Lippie (COMBO): NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in "Tea and Cookies" and NYX Matte Lipstick in "Dark Era"

Cheeks: Studio Makeup Blush in "Petal" & Milani Cosmetics Blush in "Rose D' Oro"



March Boxycharm: What’s Inside

March 2016 Boxycharm Reveal


What's Inside:

(2) Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Shades (Retail Value $12.00) - For $6 each, these eyeshadows have some serious POP. Love them. Started wearing them the moment I cracked open my box.

Clark's Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream (Retail Value $87.00) - Yes, you read that correctly - this product retails at $87.00 and was in my $21 subscription box! My skin is not sensitive, so as I've mentioned in previous posts, I always use any and all eye creams that I receive as samples or in my Charm Box. It's an amazing savings, and I can tell you that I've never had to purchase an eye cream to date. No matter how young you are moisture is key, and the thinnest layer of skin in need of moisture on your face is under your eyes. Keep them super hydrated!


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Luxie Beauty 512 Small Contour Brush (Retail Value $16.00) - While I'm not a girl that contours, this brush still proved great for my concealer blending. The quality is actually a pleasant surprise compared to other brushes that I've received in my boxes to date. One day, maybe I'll enter into the contour world and use it for its purpose!lol

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Pencil (Retail Value $18.00) - I've found that the twist-up pencils for brows glide on much smoother and and neater than sharpened pencils, so I was excited to receive this item. While the color is not a direct match, I always also fill lightly with a powder so the pencil serves as the perfect outline.

Catherine Malandrino Style De Paris Perfume (Retail Value $20.00) - I'm always skeptical with fragrances, but this one is a WINNER! It's perfect for spring/summer with amazing floral notes, and I received compliments the first day wearing it!

This is honestly a huge surprise to me given my stints with Ipsy and Birchbox, but my Boxycharm subscription has been a consistent hit every time. I always use the products, and it truly limits beauty impulse buying at Sephora, Ulta and the like.

It's so exciting to reveal each month's Boxycharm goodies with you all! This month I received 6 full size products retailing over $150 for just $21/month. What beauty subscriptions do you all have and love?