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!***

Current Skin Care Favorites

Hello there! Happy Weekend! I hope everyone is having a great one. The weather here in Michigan has been really gloomy. I need some sunshine, seriously! I like winter because it’s cold, and I usually get really warm easily. Though I’m actually looking forward to spring. I’ve already been shopping for makeup/clothes with spring colors in mind.

Anyway, I haven’t worn makeup all week because I’ve been sick. I am feeling a lot better now though. As I was trying out a new face mask tonight, while watching The Devil Wears Prada and munching on some snacks, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about my current skin care favorites. I have been getting into skin care more now that I’m in my 30’s. When I was younger, I was all about the makeup only. Now I get excited when I get new skin care products to try out from my monthly beauty subscriptions, though I’m only subscribed to Ipsy at the moment. For this post, I’m just going to briefly describe each of my favorites.

Current Face wash : Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Charcoal is a popular ingredient used nowadays for skin care. It’s known to draw out the impurities in your skin. Bioré claims…

“draws out and traps 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser, purifying pores to leave your face deeply cleaned and your skin tingly-smooth. Pores are twice as clean after just one use.”

This cleanser is to be used daily, and I have been using it for a long time now. I do have a couple other face washes that I’ve tried and like, but I use this one the most. I love the way it makes my skin feel fresh and clean after each use.

Curent Skin Care Tool: Ulta Dual Action Cleansing Brush System

I love using this brush to cleanse my skin. I don’t use it every time I wash my face, but it’s great for exfoliating. You can use any cleanser or scrub with it, and it comes with 2 different brush attachments. One being the soft bristle brush used for cleansing, and the other is a deep foam pad that is used for gentle cleansing or for deep application of your moisturizer. It runs on 4 AA batteries, and you can purchase replacement brushes as well. This is one of the more inexpensive cleansing brushes, it’s only $25 and I’m very happy with it!

Curent Acne Spot Treatment: Benzac Blemish Clearing Hydrator

I picked up this secret gem from The Dollar Tree, though it’s sold at stores like Walmart, Target, and Walgreens. The same exact bottle I have, sells at Walmart for almost $6, and I found it for only $1! It works wonders! It contains 0.5% Salicyclic Acid. So if you’re skin responds well to that, definitely give it a try! It also contains East Indian Sandlewood Oil. It’s lightweight and absorbs really well. The thing that I really noticed, is that it never dried out my skin, and my blemishes improved within at least a couple of days. It’s not something I use everyday, only for a couple of days when I get a blemish. So, it is possible to dry out your skin if you’re using it every day.

Current Facial Serum: Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum

This is one of those skin care items that I received from Ipsy. What I love about it, is that it absorbs quickly and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. You can use this alone, or under your makeup as a primer, and you can use this under your daily moisturizer. Honey is good for your skin. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It really helps in retaining moisture to the skin.

Current Daily Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (Combination Oily to Oily Skin)

This daily face moisturizer is a long time favorite for many. I remember my Mom using this when I was a kid. It’s always been her favorite, and now it’s mine. It’s fragrance-free and oil-free. It absorbs quickly, and makes my skin feel so soft. This is what I use before I apply my makeup. It’s important to moisturize before applying your makeup to get a smooth application.

Current Eye Cream: Caudalie Resveratrol [LIFT] Eye Lifting Balm

I got this from the Sephora beauty subscription a long time ago. It’s a tube that’s only 0.16 FL. OZ. but it’s lasted me a long time! I’m just about out of it, and that makes me sad. When it comes down to it, I will probably cut the end of the tube off to get even more product. Caudalie is an expensive brand, I’d love to purchase it, but I usually try out and use whatever eye cream comes my way from subscriptions. After using this one, I will try to use up my Purlisse one, and that one is actually a full-size. It’s hard for me to tell when eye creams actually work, but this one is very moisturizing.

Favorite Makeup Remover: Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water

I had read many reviews raving about this product, so I just had to pick it up and try it out for myself. I will definitely be repurchasing it again! It works so well at removing makeup. It’s oil, alcohol, and fragrance free. The one I use has a pink cap. They have one with a blue cap too, I think it’s supposed to be used to remove waterproof makeup. I had tried a couple of other brands, but this one is my favorite. I use this in place of makeup remover wipes. Now I just use makeup remover wipes to remove swatches, when testing out different products.

Current Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic (Not pictured in featured image.)

Last but not least, the ever popular  Pixi Glow Tonic. Another skin care product that receives a lot of hype, and I understand why. I don’t have it pictured in my featured image at the beginning of this post because I put it somewhere, and have misplaced it. I’m actually running really low on it and need to pick up another bottle. It’s very gentle and alcohol free. It exfoliates, brightens, and smooths the skin. You just put some on a cotton pad, and sweep it across your face, neck, and décolletage. I’m thinking about trying the the Glow Tonic To-Go, which contains the pre-soaked pads. It sounds very convenient!

Well that’s all I have for you in this post. I hope that you enjoyed reading it. What are some of your favorite skin care products? Let me know in the comments down below. I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

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