September Boxycharm: Featuring the PÜR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette

Hello there, how’s it going? I’m finally getting this post up! I realize it’s October already, and I’m just now posting about a September box. Though this post might be helpful to you if you’ve been considering purchasing the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. I will also be talking about the other items in this box as well. I have tried everything, except for the MAC brow liner. I don’t use brow liners anymore really, and stick to my Milani Brow Fix Kit. I do have a picture of a swatch of the MAC brow liner, and can try to tell you what my first impression is from that alone. The theme for the September Boxycharm box was Boxy Baddie.

For those of you that don’t know about Boxycharm, this is a monthly beauty subscription box. It costs $21/month, but you receive 5 (or in this box’s case 6) items a month. The items are usually a mix of makeup, skin care, hair care, or even a nail polish. These are usually  full-sized items. There might be a rare deluxe size, but I can’t recall that happening. September’s box contained $141 worth of products! That is a great deal for only $21/month. There is usually a waiting list that can last a few weeks or up to a month or so. 

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First, we’ll take a look at the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. It’s definitely the star of September’s Boxycharm.  This palette retails for $34. It contains 4 matte shades, 4 satin shades, and 4 shimmer shades.

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This palette is a good mix of neutral, copper, and bronze shades. I read that you can use the colors in the vertical rows, from top to bottom, to create different looks. That does make it easier if you’re not sure what colors you want to put together. The pictures down below are pictures of each row with pictures of their swatches underneath. These are all finger swatches done without primer.

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Most of these shadows are very pigmented. When I say most, I’m talking about the first 2 rows. The bottom row of shimmers do look pigmented in the finger swatches. However, I had a hard time using a brush to apply the shimmer shades. I had to use my finger, but it was still a little difficult to build up the color on my lids. I felt like I had to really dig in there. I am not fond of whatever formula they used for the shimmer shades. I really like the other shades. They blend well and I had no trouble with applying those. I will still keep playing around with it, It’s a nice neutral palette to have.

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The next item, is the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. This size retails for $20. I really like this one a lot. After shampooing, you just apply this to your hair and leave it on for 10 minutes. I like this a lot because it’s not too heavy. I have a lot of hair, but it’s more fine. This mask doesn’t weigh down my hair and it’s just the right amount of conditioning if you deal with oily roots. It won’t make your hair feel greasy at all. I liked it so much, that I bought another online from the Briogeo website for a backup for when this one runs out.

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This is the bareMinerals Face Perfecting brush, it retails for $28. It was meant to be used with the bareSkin liquid foundation. It has a “fluid reservoir” that is designed to hold your liquid foundation…

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This brush contains synthetic fibers and is very soft. I was really excited to get this brush. It’s really convenient to be able to pump your foundation on this brush and I think it works well. It’s not my most favorite face brush to use. I would rather use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush instead. I feel like that one works better when it comes to buffing out my foundation. This brush was more difficult to clean. The foundation would get caught deep down in the middle, and you really have to get down in there to get it cleaned properly. If you received a different variation of September’s box, don’t feel too bad. The other variation contained some eye brushes I believe.

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This is the Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush. There is no shade name listed, and it’s not listed for sale on the actual Studio Makeup website. The only place I could find to purchase this blush, is on the Boxycharm website or on Amazon. This blush retails for $35. It’s such a beautiful shade! I would normally not be too thrilled to get a loose blush because of the mess, but it’s so worth it! It looks very natural and is long-lasting. I feel like this shade is very flattering for my skin tone, and it’s the perfect shade I’ve been looking for, but I just didn’t know it! Some of the other Boxycharm subscribers received the Studio Makeup Translucent Loose Face Powder.

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Everyone received a Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in various shades. I’m not a fan of the Ultra Matte formula, but I do like the Ultra Satin and Glossy formulas. This retails for $6. I got the “greige” shade Mess Around. When I opened my box and saw this shade, I was kind of excited to try such a different shade. I normally go for nudes, pinks, or peachy shades. I tried it on though and was disappointed. It just did not look how I imagined it. I just don’t think it’s right for my skin tone, and I probably won’t be wearing it again. There are a lot of people that can pull off this shade, but it wasn’t for me…

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Lastly, is the MAC eyebrow pencil in the shade Lingering. This retails for $18. I had heard that we were going to be receiving MAC in our boxes, but I was surprised to see a MAC eyebrow pencil. There were two different shades that you could get in your box. The other shade is Spiked, which is a much darker shade. There are a total of 10 shades on the Mac website. I haven’t used this on my eyebrows because like I said, I have been really happy with just using my Milani Brow Fix kit. I like using powders because they just look more natural on me. I”m not sure if I will ever actually use this pencil. I’ve only swatched it (picture down below), and it feels a little more on the drier/stiffer side. Though that is just my first impression from swatching it.

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Here are a couple of pictures of myself wearing some shades from the PÜR cosmetics palette, and I’m wearing the Studio Makeup blush. I used the shades Mogul, Gala, Twinkle, and Stunner. As you can see, the Twinkle doesn’t really show up on my lids. My lids are not twinkling…

Well that’s it for this post. I really do like Boxycharm and I highly recommend them. You can check out their website here. If you didn’t catch it, you check out my August Boxycharm post here. As much as I do love Boxycharm, I have decided to cancel my subscription for now. I canceled it because I feel like I’m pretty overwhelmed with makeup right now. How can that happen right? I will probably sign up again sometime in the future. The only subscription that I’m getting right now is Ipsy. I can do a post on this month’s Ipsy bag, let me know if that’s something you would like to see and read. Feel free to ask any questions about this post in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Take care! ❤

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***Edit: After seeing a November sneak peek, I re-subscribed to Boxycharm. It happened sooner than I thought!***

Really Extraordinary? L’Oreal’s New Hair Line: Extraordinary Clay

Hello there! How is everyone’s week going? It’s about 4:30 a.m. here, I haven’t been able to get much sleep. I slept for a couple of hours, then I was wide awake at 2 a.m. Since I’m awake, I thought I would finally get this post written and ready. Today I am going to talk about L’Oreal’s new hair line. I will be talking about the Extraordinary Clay pre-shampoo mask, shampoo, and conditioner. There is a dry shampoo with this hair line as well, but I didn’t pick that one up.

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This specific hair line was made for those of us with oily roots and dry ends. I didn’t always have oily roots. It seemed like after starting a different contraceptive medication months ago, my scalp just got really oily. I had never really had this problem before. The first step in this line, is the pre-shampoo mask. On dry hair before shampooing, you apply this mask to your roots all over. Only the roots need to be done and they suggest sectioning hair to do this, to make sure you have all of your roots covered. This mask is then left on for 5 minutes. I suppose you could be shaving your legs or something while you’re waiting. Though I really don’t see this as something anyone would want to use when they’re in a hurry. I do believe that this mask is an important part of the process. The mask absorbs all of the excess oil and impurities. I do feel that using this pre-shampoo mask makes a difference. I recommend buying this with the shampoo & conditioner. I think it does a better job than if you were to just use the shampoo & conditioner alone.

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The mask comes in a tub with a lid that screws off and on. I would just dip my fingers in it and try to cover my roots the best I could. It would be nice if it came in  a squeeze tube at least, something like that. I’m not a big fan of having to dig into tubs like this to get the product out.

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Before you shampoo, you’re supposed to rinse the mask out thoroughly. Then use the shampoo like you would normally. This hair line claims to be suitable for color-treated hair, is silicone free, and it uses 3 different clays to purify oily roots and hydrate dry ends.

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Then of course the last step is the conditioner. You’re supposed to leave it on for 1-3 minutes, and it’s supposed to purify oily roots and hydrate your dry ends without weighing your hair down. When I applied it, i just put it on from the ends up to the mid-shaft. I’m sure it’s probably okay to just add it all over, but that’s just what I’ve been doing lately. Using this system, your roots are supposed to stay purified for 48 hours and your ends hydrated for 48 hours. I wash my hair at least every other day, so I do find this claim to be true. Though I have gone an extra day longer without washing my hair, and I really couldn’t push it. My roots were already getting oily.

Overall, I do like this set. I think it’s a good price for those of us on a budget, and we can’t always buy what’s new and expensive in the salon. I bought mine from Target for $3.97 each. The shampoo & conditioner are still listed for $3.97 on the Target website, but the pre-shampoo mask is listed for $5.99 right now.  I would definitely compare prices. Some places are selling it for about 7 or 8 dollars each. Buying 3 things for that price, it definitely adds up!

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The only things that I don’t like about this line, is that it’s a bit time consuming having the extra step to use the pre-shampoo mask. I also feel like my hair feels different or a little weird after. I don’t quite know how to explain it. I usually use this set off and on and switch it out with some other shampoo I have for oily hair. It’s always good to switch up your hair products every now and then.

So if you’re suffering from oily roots and dry ends, I think this line is worth a try. If you need your hair to last longer than the 48 hours, maybe the dry shampoo in this line could help too. I will I have to try it sometime after I use up my current dry shampoo.

Well that’s it for this post. I hope that you enjoyed it, even though it probably wasn’t really too exciting. Nothing can be more exciting than makeup right? Thank you for stopping by and reading! I hope you have a beautiful week! xo

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