Mia Adora Bold Lash Extreme Effect Mascara

Hey there, How’s it going? I am doing as good as can be at the moment. I was recently sent the Mia Adora Bold Lash Extreme Effect Mascara Gel to try, and to review. This is not a sponsored post, this mascara was sent out of no obligation and with “no strings attached.” All opinions of products sent to me or otherwise, are honest, and my own. Okay, now that we got that part out of the way, let’s get on with the review…

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The link that I was given for this mascara is linked to Amazon. I had never heard of Mia Adora Beauty, but they do sell some other products as well. The packaging is black, simple, and the design of the wand makes it easy to hold onto. The brush is bigger and the bristles look shorter in the photo above, but in person they’re not that short. I just think they’re placed closer together, which really helps with separating your lashes. Their description claims that this mascara has a new and improved formula. They claim it’s clump free, smudge proof, water resistant, and Paraben & SLS free. It’s supposed to have a special formulation that adds “incredible length, volume, and curl.”

Here is a picture with the left eye coated with the mascara and the right eye without…
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A picture with both eyes done…
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I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this mascara, but I was quite pleasantly surprised!  ALL of the claims do seem to be true! I had found myself in a little bit of a mascara slump lately, until I tried this one. My natural lashes are very light, short, and sparse. They usually won’t hold much of a curl and will stick out straight. I found this mascara to be very lengthening, volumizing without being overly clumpy, and the wand did a great job of separating my lashes as well.

In the pictures above, I only really used one coat of mascara on each eye. It didn’t seem to take forever to coat my lashes. Normally, I just loathe the process of applying mascara because it seems to take forever! Another claim is that this mascara is supposed to be made for all day wear, I didn’t experience any flaking, and this mascara is listed on the Amazon link as being cruelty-free. I didn’t have much of problem removing this mascara either. It can be removed with gently wiping your eye with eye makeup remover or warm water with your usual cleanser.

If you’re interested and would like to purchase this mascara, you can click here to check it out. This mascara retails for $9.97 on Amazon. I was given a discount code as well. You can get 25% off using the code MIA25NOW. I don’t get paid if you use it or anything, it’s just a discount code they gave to me to give to my followers.

Well that’s it for this post. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a great week and take care! ❤

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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!***

Life Update

Hey there beauties! TGIF! Yay for Friday! I know that my blog posts have been few and far between, and I haven’t read many of your posts as much as I’d like. I have my good days and my bad days. Lately, I seem to have some more bad days. I just thought I would do an update post and talk about what’s going on with me and my health. 

For a few months now, I have been dealing with jaw and ear pain, even pain in my neck. I have tinnitus in my right ear frequently, and I can’t hear too well out my right ear either. The pain is the worst on the right, but I do have some on the left. At first my primary doctor thought it was from allergies and fluid in my ear, makes sense. After changing up my allergy meds and being in those for a while, the pain has continued. My jaw pops a lot, and I have muscle spasms. So, as far as I know, it’s TMJ. TMJ is Temporomandibular joint disfunction. 

Since I have chronic illnesses/autoimmune conditions, it’s still important to get this checked out, especially since it’s affecting my hearing. The cause of TMJ can come from autoimmune conditions. It’s been an extra painful thing I’ve had to deal with for a few months now. 

Tomorrow I have to get an x-ray to see if there is anything my Rheumatologist can see. If needed, I may end up having an MRI. I have an appointment next week as well to be examined by my Rheumatologist. I actually have like 2 specialists appointments next week. I really dread having to go to any appointments. I really just don’t like to HAVE to be anywhere. 

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on lately. I’m just pacing myself and posting when I can. I am hoping to get this pain more manageable so I can do the things I enjoy in life, such as writing and reading blog posts. I hope to be more active in the WordPress beauty community soon. 

I’m going to try to work on a post reviewing the products I’ve tried in this month’s (September’s) Boxycharm. There were a lot of great things in that box!  I hope you will be looking forward to that. I hope you enjoy these little life update posts of mine. If you have any questions or just want to say hi!! Please feel free to leave a comment. Have a great weekend! ❤

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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Beauty Tag: 30 Questions

Hey there! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. I’ve just been feeling under the weather a lot lately. My allergies really got to me last week, and having chronic illness/pain kind of limits me from doing very much. So I just haven’t felt up to doing much of anything. I really wanted to post something though, so I thought I would ‘Google’ beauty tags online and came across this one. I do plan on writing another post within a few days hopefully…

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?

I really can’t remember a specific item, but I remember when Bath & Body Works had makeup, and buying some of their makeup. I also used Almay a lot too in high school. Though I’m pretty sure that the first item had to be something Wet n’ Wild, in middle school that is.

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

Finding the perfect mascara is kind of like trying to find a unicorn. I’d like one that lengthens & volumizes, separates the lashes, has zero clumps, and does not flake off. The closest one that I’ve found to meet those expectations, is the Maybelline Lash Sensational. I’ve tried many different mascaras, but I always go back to that one. Another drugstore favorite of mine is the Covergirl Super Sizer. I still have quite a few mascaras to try out, so I’m hoping to find my holy grail one day soon!

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

I prefer a buildable medium coverage. Full coverage is nice as long as it doesn’t feel too heavy. I also don’t care for a matte finish too much. It makes me feel like my face is going to crack and break.

4. Favorite high end brand?

That’s a really tough question. I would have to say it’s either Tarte or Jouer.

5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?

I really want to try Charlotte Tilbury, Natasha Denona, or Makeup Geek. I cant believe I haven’t tried MUG yet. I have no idea why I haven’t.

6. Favorite drugstore brand?

I love Wet n’ Wild, Nyx cosmetics, and L’Oreal. That’s a hard choice to make!

7. Do you wear fake eyelashes?

Occasionally. If I have time and am not in a rush, I love wearing them!

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?

Well I leave the house a lot without any makeup, so that’s not really an issue for me. I would probably feel a lot better if I could at least put on some concealer, powder, mascara, brows, and lip gloss.

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?

I’d have to say my eyeshadow palettes. Those can be really expensive! Like the one in the featured image for this post… 😉

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?

I shop for new makeup way too often. We’ll leave it at that. I always say I need to go on a no buy or at least a low buy.

11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely? 

I try to be thoughtful with my purchases. Sometimes the hype gets me, you know? Being a beauty blogger, you usually spend any extra money you have on trying new products. I keep saying this to myself, but I need to declutter a lot of old makeup or makeup I just never really used. It’s time to downsize!

12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

Oh yes! I love shopping at Ulta the most. I love their rewards program. They always have coupons, and you can activate their 3x or 5x points offers. The points really add up, and then that’s like actual money you get to spend on products in their store.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

It has to be lipstick, because you can never have too many everyday pinky-nudes, right?

14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand?

There really isn’t, though I choose to not buy anything from Jeffree Star. That’s all I will say about that. That is my preference…

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

Not really. I should try to be more aware of the ingredients I put on my face though.

16. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Like I already said, it has to be Ulta! I love their points system, and they have a great variety of products for every budget.

17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I just keep with the same skincare products. My routine is very simple. I can’t really try a bunch of new stuff having Rosacea. I really don’t want to anger the beast.

18. Favorite bath and body brand?

I like Bath & Body Works, though I haven’t bought anything from them in a long time. I usually just pick up some body wash from the grocery store. I would say The Body Shop, but I feel like they don’t have much to choose from when it comes to scents lately.

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

Urban Decay, because I know I love their Naked foundation & Concealer, There really isn’t too many things from them that I don’t like.

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?

I love theBalm’s packaging and Tarte’s.

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
I don’t really pay too much attention to celebrities, but I really like Jennifer Lawrence.

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?

I’m in a couple of Facebook groups if that counts? I don’t usually post too much, but I like seeing what everyone else posts.

23. Favorite Beauty Gurus

I don’t watch too many bigger channels, but I do like watching emilynoel and thataylaa.

24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?

I never really use them. I don’t know why, it’s not like I don’t like them. I just never really think to use them.

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

I have my moments. I’ve poked my eye out with a mascara wand quite a few times, stuff like that.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?

Yes I do. My favorite eyeshadow primer is the Milani eyeshadow primer. I think that using my Tarte Shape Tape concealer on my lids works pretty well too. It covers up the little veins I have going on.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

Usually none, because 98% of the time I don’t do anything with myself. When I wear my hair straight, I use some hairspray. If I wear it wavy, I use some mousse/gel and hairspray. Though of course I always use shampoo, conditioner, and a leave-in detangler.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

Foundation first, then concealer.

29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

I think it would be fun, but I’ve learned a lot from watching videos online.

30. What do you love about makeup?

Makeup is fun. Makeup makes me feel good about myself, it enhances my features. Makeup is art and it’s a way to express myself.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my answers. Feel free to do this tag on your blog if you’d like. I’d love to read your answers, please let me know if you do this tag. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!

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Boxycharm August 2017: Beach Please

Hello there beautiful faces! I think I’m on a little roll with this weekly posting thing. That’s my goal, it’s great to set goals. I hope everyone is enjoying their week. Who got to watch the eclipse on Monday? My Mom had purchased the special glasses way ahead of time, so she shared them with me. I got to check it out without burning my eyes. There will be another one in 2024 actually. If I get to travel to Toledo, OH for it, then I would be right in the direct path! So exciting!

In this post, I’m sharing what I received in this month’s Boxycharm. Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription service. You get 5 full-sized items! No deluxe or small dinky samples here. Though, deluxe samples can be nice too. This subscription is $21/month. Taxes are applied to Florida and Connecticut residents. The shipping is free in the United States, but it is an additional $5 for each box for Canadian subscribers. Boxycharm only ships within all 48 contiguous states and all provinces/territories in Canada.  They state on their website that they hope to ship internationally in the future. There is a waiting list usually, though I only had to wait a few weeks when I resubscribed this past winter. Occasionally, they do wave the waiting list…it doesn’t happen too often, but it’s great when it does.

I think this subscription is a great deal because you get about $100 worth of product for only $21/month! Sometimes it could be a little over $100, or maybe a little less. Either way, you get to try out some more “high-end” brands such as Tarte, PÜR Cosmetics, Ofra, and even a couple of more affordable brands such as Colourpop. The CEO/Founder announced himself, that a few of the brands that we will see in boxes for the remaining of this year (2017), will be MAC, Becca, Cover FX, and more! There is also supposed to be more Dr. Brandt as well.

This month’s theme is “Beach Please.” The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette (Volume II) is perfect for this theme. The Tarte palette is definitely the “star of the show” in this box. Some people love Tarte eyeshadow palettes, and some not so much. I love them very much, so this palette is such a treat for me. ❤

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Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow palette

This is a limited edition palette, it contains 8 cool-toned shadows. There are volume’s I and III palettes as well. On the Tarte website, it claims that these shadows are a crease-free formula, and a very creamy formula. Since this is a post just about what I have received in this month’s box, these are my first impressions that I get from the finger swatches done without primer…

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Going from top to bottom are the shades: pearl (white shimmer), rip tide (steel blue), breezy (shimmering slate), siren (dark brown), seaside (chestnut), marina (caramel), sunset (yellow gold), and conch (off white). 

Judging from the finger swatches, these shadows look really pigmented, and they did feel creamy to the touch. I’m really excited to add this palette to my collection. I love the cool tones in this palette, even though I tend to gravitate more toward warm tones. I like having something a little different in the mix. This palette retails for $36 on the Tarte Cosmetics website.  However, it is listed for $18 at this moment on the Sephora website. I am not sure how long it will be listed for that price.

I really love mermaids, and I feel like this palette will look really nice with my mermaid beauty decor I’m going to set up. Just look at the packaging of the palette itself in the picture down below…

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I am just loving the sea theme! ❤ Excuse my little quilt as the background. I haven’t gotten to the store to pick up some new white boards for my photos. I really had wanted to have tested these products out for this post, but I have been feeling under the weather this week. It’s been a really rough week for me concerning my health. I just thought I would do a post to talk about Boxycharm the subscription itself, and share what I got this month. You will recognize the feature image from Instagram. I like to reuse those for posts when I can. I am also reusing photos from my instastories/snapchat. I thought why not, I’m not feeling up to retaking new pictures, so these will have to do.

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Beauty Crop #GRLPWR Matte Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

Next up, is the Beauty Crop #GRLPWR Matte Liquid lipstick in the shade Date Night (rasin brown). Beauty Crop claims that this liquid lip is intensely pigmented and long wearing. It’s also supposed to be comfortable to wear, it contains shea butter and Vitamin E. It’s not supposed to “cake, flake or dry out.” This is such a beautiful shade!

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In the picture above, it’s freshly applied and hasn’t quite dried down matte yet. I think this will be beautiful to wear in the fall, or anytime really! I;m excited to try out the formula and I hope that it lives up to the expectations of being a comfortable matte. This lipstick retails for $14.95 and can be purchased on the Beauty Crop website. ***Edit: Reviews on this liquid lipstick aren’t very good at all. I’m reluctant to even try to apply it. Everyone says it comes off & balls up very quickly, and it’s very drying. Such a bummer!*** 

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Moda Pro 3-piece Brush Set by Royal & Langnickel

You not only get one makeup brush, but a set of 3 makeup brushes! This set contains a pointed blush, chiseled blender, and a crease brush. These brushes are very soft and can be used with both wet and dry products. The Moda Pro brushes, will not be available until this fall on the Royal & Langnickel website. The Boxycharm website lists this brush trio for $26. You may have seen some of the Moda oval brushes at your local Walmart store. I actually have a set, I just haven’t gotten into them yet… #beautybloggerstruggles

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Pro Eyelashes by PÜR The Complexion Authority in Diva

Next, we have the PÜR Pro Eyeslashes in Diva. These are cruelty-free luxe lashes, and these are “handcrafted by the finest luxury silk to provide ultra-lightweight, natural looking, fuller lashes.” Is being made from silk cruelty-free? Or maybe it’s “faux-silk,” does that it exist? I don’t know too much about silk…but these are supposed to be durable, reusable, and safe for contact lens wearers. If anyone has any insight about silk or “faux silk,” let me know in the comments section. These retail for $14 on the PÜR Cosmetics website.

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Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Ebony

Last but not least, the Bellapierre Waterproof Gel liner in the shade Ebony. Bellapierre claims that this eyeliner is creamy, waterproof, and lasts all day. It’s supposed to glide on smoothly and is “formulated with pure minerals, natural waxes, and antioxidants-making them hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types.” This eyeliner comes in 6 different shades on the Bellapierre website, and retails for $15. From the little swatch that I did on my hand, it looks like a typical black or black/brown gel eyeliner. I probably wouldn’t pay $15 for it. It is cruelty-free, so you could factor that in as well.

Well that’s all that came in the box. I hope to use these products soon and post a look with them on social media. I could also come back and do an update post on what I think after actually using these products. I would like to start including what I receive from my monthly subscriptions each month. I would also like to be sure to try out the products ahead of time to give you my opinion on them. I hope that is something that you would like to read about. I always love reading and seeing what everyone gets in their monthly boxes or even what they purchase in their ‘hauls.’ If you would like to subscribe to Boxycharm, you can click HERE on my referral link, you don’t have to. I hope that you enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week! 🙂 xxoo

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Jouer Springtime in Paris

Hey there beautiful faces! ❤ How’s your week going? Mine hasn’t been too eventful. My boyfriend and I recently took my Mom out to lunch for her 60th birthday. That’s quite a milestone! It seems like there are a lot of people I know that have their birthdays in August. Anyway, enough with the small talk. We’re here to talk about the Jouer Cosmetics Springtime in Paris Eyeshadow palette. Jouer is a new favorite brand of mine. You might recognize the feature image from my Instagram. I just recently ordered and purchased this palette from the Jouer Cosmetics website. *I am only starting to use it, so as a disclosure, my thoughts in this post are only my initial thoughts.* I also ordered the powder highlighter in Rose Gold and the high pigment lip gloss in the shade “Champs-Élysées.” Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris, France by the way. I’m not really THAT sophisticated, I just googled it.

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This palette was inspired by the cherry blossoms lining the streets of Paris. it contains 12 shadows. There are 8 matte shades, 4 metallic shades, and 1 satin shade. I think that’s a pretty nice mix myself. The plastic packing is a light blush pink with a shiny gold design on the cover. This palette seems like it would be very easy to keep clean, which is nice. There is a nice-sized mirror inside the palette, and I think this palette would travel well. A couple of times, when I tried to open it, it was a little bit of a struggle. So, it’s pretty secure!

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The shades in this palette are wearable for any time of the year, and you could get many looks from it. I see myself using the darkest shades more as liner shades. For some reason, I always get a little scared to use dark shades on my lids themselves, maybe this palette will help me overcome that fear.

Here are some watches. These are finger swatches without any primer. That’s how I usually do my swatches.  Here are the top row swatches…

20170816_225031Crème (warm matte creamy vanilla), Petal (cool matte baby pink), Mauve (cool matte mauve), and Aubergine (cool matte deep eggplant).

Middle Row…

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True Gold (warm metallic gold), Camel (warm matte light brown), Midnight (cool metallic navy blue), and Rouge (warm metallic burgundy).

Bottom Row…

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Cinnamon (warm metallic chestnut), Ash Brown (deep matte ash brown), Amethyst (warm satin purple), and Slate (cool matte graphite blue).

I listed the shade names and their finishes according to what the Jouer website lists them as. It seems like some of the mattes still have some traces of fine glitter in them. I’m wondering if that’s just because they are stored with metallic shadows, and it spreads around in the palette? Let me know what your thoughts are on that. The shade Midnight, isn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be when I swatched it. Of course, add some primer or use a wet brush, and it could be just fine on the lid. I did use it as a liner shade on my lower lash line. You will see that in the pictures down below. I probably should have sprayed some setting spray on my brush to get Midnight to pop more on my lower lash line, and maybe even extend the wear time.

Jouer claims these shadows are crease resistant and are long-wearing. Well, I totally screwed up testing that…After I got home from lunch today, I took a nap in the afternoon. I fell asleep for 5 hours! The shadows were still there when I woke up, and still visible on my lids. I did’t notice too much creasing either. However, since I was sleeping, it’s hard to really judge their performance. I’m so so sorry for that! I was really tired!

Tip: If you’re ever having trouble with a shadow’s pigmentation: A) Be sure to use a good eyeshadow primer. My favorite is the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. B) Try applying the shadow to your lid using your finger. Not the most ideal way to apply shadow, but it definitely helps in some circumstances! (C) Try wetting your brush, spray your makeup brush with setting spray before application.

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For my eye look: I used Petal as an all over base, Camel as a transition/crease shade, True Gold all over the lid, Ash Brown for the outer corner, Crème as a brow bone & inner corner highlight, and Midnight on my lower lash line.

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I didn’t use any liner on the top lid, I didn’t want it to take away from the eyeshadow.  I used Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on my Top lashes, and Tarte’s Maneater mascara on my bottom lashes. The Maneater mascara seems to work great for that, and it’s also great to use for when you’re applying false eyelashes.

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The True Gold shade didn’t show up too well on my lid in this picture. It shows up more like a gold “sheen.” I was just going for a more neutral everyday look, with a pop of color on the lower lash line. On my brows, I used the Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light and the Essence Make Me Brow gel in blondy brows.

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For the rest of my makeup…I used the Glossier Moisturizing Primer, Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in the shade N0, W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder, Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in dollface, Bareminerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder in Glow, and Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray to set my makeup. On my lips, I used the Jouer High Pigmented Gloss in Champs-Élysées, which I love! ❤ The perfect “my lips but 10x better” shade. It’s very smooth, creamy, and pigmented! I love that it’s NOT sticky whatsoever! I completely forgot to use the Jouer highlighter in Rose Gold. It slipped my mind! Maybe I will do a post on highlighters soon.

Overall, I love the Jouer Paris in Springtime palette.  I feel like it was worth it, and am so glad I purchased it! I thought about getting the newest Jouer Shimmer Foils palette, but I’m not quite THAT fancy! Haha! 😀 Maybe I will change my mind about it later…I don’t know. A link to the Jouer Paris in Springtime Palette is HERE. That’s it for this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week!

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New Product Favorites

Hey there! I am back writing a post…finally! I meant to get this post up sooner, but I had a lot going on. It just seems like summer has been really busy with moving and everything. I wanted to get a post up today, because I am going out of town for a couple of days this weekend with my boyfriend. We’re finally doing something fun on his days off. We’re going somewhere neat, and maybe I will post some pictures on here next week. 😉

In this post, I just wanted to share some new favorites of mine that I’ve tried recently. These aren’t products that I’ve been using long-term, I’ve just been using them for a little bit. So my thoughts on these products are sort of like first impressions. I just wanted to disclose that. I thought I would choose 5 things that I’ve been using lately and am really loving!

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First up, is the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. What drew me to wanting to try this foundation, was that it claimed to have a natural finish. I am more into natural finishes and satin finishes. With my skin type, I feel like a matte finish isn’t as flattering on me. Matte foundations are great for oily skin or even for combination skin. I guess my skin is more Normal to Dry. So when I put on a matte foundation, I feel like my face is stiff and and it just looks all wrong. I am getting older now and am in my 30’s, so I have some fine lines beginning to form. I feel like matte foundation just accentuates that on me.

This foundation is a water-based foundation. It is hydrating, and actually leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. It’s very light feeling on the skin, and is buildable for a medium-full coverage. This foundation is meant for Normal to Dry skin types. However, I’m thinking they have other foundation(s) suited for Oily to Combination skin. This foundation contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals. This foundation does NOT contain sunscreen, so definitely apply some sunscreen to your face beforehand. This foundation does NOT Contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, or Talc.

I have the shade N0, which is for fairest porcelain skin with neutral undertones. They have 40 shades, and cater to a full range of skin tones. They have shades for pink, neutral, and golden undertones. You can check them all out here. They have shades for deep skin tones for women of color, and shades for very fair skin like mine. I am really impressed with their shade range. Here is a picture of a swatch of the Cover FX in the shade N0, compared to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in 0.5, and L’Oreal’s True Match in Porcelain W1…

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The Urban Decay foundation has pink undertones, while the Cover Fx is more neutral. Of course, the L’Oreal has more of a yellow undertone. It was hard to get a good picture. I took this picture in natural light. Cover FX is listed online as being cruelty-free and vegan. It’s a great foundation, I think I like it even more than my Urban Decay Naked Skin. I’ve used a blending sponge and a brush to apply this foundation. They both worked really well, I didn’t feel like one worked better than the other. It was easier to achieve a more fuller-coverage using a brush. It just depends on your preference.

 Next up, is the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Invisible Powder. It’s an ultra-fine loose powder that is supposed to look invisible, and it’s supposed to be a universal shade. It claims to blur fine lines, and soften imperfections. I think it definitely lives up to those claims. I like to use this with the Cover FX foundation, I’ve only used this combination together. My foundation does last a long-time, so it could either be the foundation itself and/or the powder helps as well. This powder is hypoallergenic, chemical free, cruelty free & noncomedogenic. It does NOT contain parabens, gluten, GMO’s, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, pheonoxyethanol, dimethicone, PEG, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, lead, mineral oil, or talc. In the photo below, I blended some in on my hand. I didn’t want to blend it in too much, so it would still be somewhat visible, if that makes any sense? I don’t know, maybe I should’ve blended it in more so you can see it being invisible…

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It actually really does blend into the skin very well. I ordered this from the Target website. You can also order it from the W3LL PEOPLE webite as well. On the W3LL PEOPLE website, you can order the full size pictured here, or a mini size. It does cost a couple more dollars ordering from the Target website. W3LL PEOPLE is not only a cruelty-free brand, but also a natural brand.

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This simple little palette is the Bh Cosmetics Matte Warm Eye To Go Palette – 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Unfortunately, this palette is no longer available right now on their website, which saddens me. I’m really sorry about that! I got this as a free gift when I ordered their Solar Flare Baked eyeshadow palette. They have other 6 color eyeshadow palettes here. I’m hoping that they will bring this one back though. Bh Cosmetics makes some great eyeshadow palettes that are budget friendly, and they’re another cruelty-free makeup brand. I do have to say, some of their products can be hit or miss. Just do your research though and read reviews. 😉

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Here are the swatches. All of these shadows are matte, as you can see. They’re nicely pigmented, blend well, and I think this little palette is nice to have when you want to create a simple look, and it would be nice to take along with you when you travel. I like using the cream shade as a base color for all over, and I like using the upper right corner shade in the palette and the lower left corner shade to use as a transition shade and as a crease shade. It’s nice to have something that I got as a free gift work out so well for me.

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This is the Glossier Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk, this is a blush with a gel-cream formula. If you don’t normally like cream blushes, you might actually even like this! It’s not greasy at all, it’s lasting, and blends into your skin so nicely and seamlessly. You can just use your fingers to blend it in. There are a total of 4 shades you can choose from. I also have the shade Beam, but I would love to get Puff eventually. You can check out the shades here.

In the pictures above, is the cloud paint in the shade Dusk. I have it blended out on my hand, so you can see kind of what it looks like blended out. You really don’t need to use very much and you can keep building it up to how you want it to look. The cloud paints were inspired by the NYC gradient sunsets. Glossier is another cruelty-free brand as well.

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Last but not least, is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bare With Me. Bare With Me is a peachy pink nude shade. I am normally wary of matte lipstick because of how drying it can be. I didn’t think this one was too drying. It was also long-lasting, though it did wear off toward the center of my lips, but that usually happens with most lipsticks. It felt light on my lips, I did notice slight transfer when I kissed my boyfriend on the cheek. It held up nicely though through eating and drinking.

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This is such a beautiful shade! I highly recommend it! I purchased this shade along with the shade Stone, from the Ulta Beauty website. Dose of Colors is only available online. You can also purchase from the Dose of Colors website. Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand as well!

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In this picture, I am wearing all of the products I talked about in this post. You may recognize this photo if you follow me on social media. My cheeks look extra rosy in this picture because of my flushing from Rosacea…I just wanted to mention that real quick. Every product mentioned in this post is cruelty-free. I don’t buy all cruelty-free, but I am trying to be more aware of my purchases. Well that’s it for this post. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section down below. I will do my best to answer any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! ❤

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I’m Coming Back!

Well hello there! Long time no post! How is everyone enjoying their summer? I’ve been meaning to start posting again sooner (at the end of last month), but I’m coming back now. In this post, I’m going to be sharing some pictures of my new home. If you follow me on social media, then you’ve probably already seen them. Though, my featured image on here is a picture of my kitty in one of her favorite sleeping spots. She loves to sleep under the little table in the living room, so we put her bed under there and now she is in Heaven.

Anyhow, We moved from a small apartment to a townhouse at the beginning of June. I really love it! So do my boyfriend and my kitty! ❤ We really only moved about 15 minutes from where we were at before, but we just wanted a bigger place to live. Now we have an upstairs and a basement. It’s very exciting for us! 😀

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In the picture above, is a picture of my boyfriend unlocking the door to our new home for the first time. I love that our mailbox is right outside my door and I don’t have to go very far to retrieve our mail. The townhouses are connected to each other, kind of like a duplex, but there are more than two connected to each other. Luckily, we’re at the end and only have one neighbor on one side of us. Another great thing is not having anyone live above us!

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This is a picture of part of the kitchen. I really love the flooring in here, the cherry cabinets and black appliances. In the previous place, we didn’t have much of a kitchen at all.

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Here is the rest of our kitchen. We have a full-size dishwasher here. Which is great to me, because at our last place it was maybe half the size. Of course, I am very thankful no matter what to have a roof over our heads and food on the table, which is the most important thing.

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Here is the living room, with nice brown carpet, and none of that white/cream colored stuff that looks dirty easily. That was one of the things I was looking for, carpet that would look nice all the time.

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This is a picture of our patio in the back. We have a little table and chairs out there now with an umbrella. We can also grill here as long as it’s so many feet away from the building.

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Here is a picture of the stairs to go upstairs (obviously)…

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Here is the bathroom, which is upstairs. It has the same flooring as the kitchen and also has a cherry cabinet under the sink/vanity. Just your standard bathroom.

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This is the first bedroom. Not too much to see in this picture…

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Here is the closet in the first bedroom. Very big! Which is good! 😉

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This is the second bedroom, which is across from the first bedroom. It’s similar in size to the first bedroom. It has a standard-sized closet, I didn’t take a picture that though. My Mom is actually going to be moving in here this month, and this will be her bedroom. She will be able to help me get some things done around the house when I’m not feeling well. It will be nice to have her around as well, right now she lives about an hour away.

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This is a picture of the steps leading in to the basement…

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It’s just your typical basement, it’s nice to have the extra room for storage…

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Last but not least, the washer and dryer. I am so thankful to have our own washer and dryer to use. I don’t have to worry about having enough quarters to do laundry now.

So I know this wasn’t too exciting of a post, it’s just more of an update post. We have a lot unpacked, but there is still more to do. I hope to get all of that done in the next couple of months at least. Moving can be rough, but it’s all been worth it. We’re so much happier here and I really don’t want to move again for a long time!

I hope that everyone is having a great summer! My next post will be beauty related. I am looking forward to blogging again and interacting with everyone. I also can’t wait to read your blogs and catch up on what’s new with all of you. Leave me a comment down below if you’d like, and let me know what’s new and how things are going with you. I’d love to hear from you, even if it’s just to say hello! 🙂 Thank you to everyone who stops by and reads! I really appreciate it! ❤

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 Checking In…

Hello there! I just thought I would write a post to update you all on what’s been going on in my life. I didn’t want you to forget about me…or think I would disappear again for a year and come back with a whole new blog…haha! Those of you that have known for a long time would know what I’m talking about. I hope that joke at least cracked a smile.

So, yes we have found a new place! A 2 bedroom townhouse with a basement, I’m very excited! I will definitely share some pictures on here. Moving Day isn’t until June 9th. We have the movers scheduled and the truck reserved. Also, we mostly have everything packed up, just a little more left to do. I have to thank my Mom and older brother for helping us out with that task. Thank you Mom and Joe! ❤

Packing my makeup away and needing two moving boxes… (Yes, I’m going to declutter) it’s very hard to choose what to leave out. Whatever I choose will be what I have to use for the next few weeks. It’s not too hard when it comes to foundation, concealer and etc. It’s more complicated when you have to choose specific blushes or eyeshadow palettes. Maybe I could do a post on what I choose to keep out and what are some of the products that I always am gravitating towards lately.

I’ve gotten a lot of medical/specialists appointments out of the way, though they’re not all done yet. I’m looking forward to having things slow down though, so I can focus on my blogging and being more consistent. I’ve been staying active on social media, trying to share new products and things on there. If you’re not already following me on social media, there are links on this page in the right side menu. There are social media icons with links. I’m very active on Snapchat. If you do add me on Snapchat, please leave a comment on this post to let me know who you are. You never know who is going to add you on there. I mostly snap about everyday things, my cat, and makeup. I try to load a majority of my snaps onto Instastories on Instagram, but I don’t get everything loaded on there. At least not as much as I do on Snapchat. 😉 I’ve also posted my names down below…

Anyhow, I am planning on coming back to blog on the regular in mid to late June. I will just have to get everything unpacked and settled, that way I don’t have any distractions. Please comment down below to let me know how things are going with you and what’s new. I’d really love to hear from you! I miss you all and will be back before you know it! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

Lots of Luv,

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