Boxy Charm - November, December, January and February ... and where I was *life update*

*purchased by me*



Hello everyone! missed me? Gosh I have been long for soooo long! Feels like forever and well I miss all of you and well I missed blogging! 
As I mentioned months ago my laptop died, or my daughter actually spilled water on it... Lucky my in law had an oldie laptop so they were kind enough and let us use it...until it crashed.... There was a lot of issues before I got it... to start it I had to RESTART it 10 times... and it was slow, like really slowwwww.... But hey it worked... until the hard drive crashed... 
I was planning to get a new one asap but we were tight on the budget and well sales come and go. Finally, today I dragged my hubby to Best Buy and I got myself really adorable Chromebook! It HP and its white and gold and I adore it.



How cute right!?!?!


So now that I am back lets start with my posts. 

First I would like to share my Boxy Charm boxes. My last post was October box. 
So lets start with November and make our way to my most recent February boxes. 

In November we got few awesome goodies. I can even give you a small review because I tried most of the products that we got. 

NOVEMBER 2019 - box theme STELLAR 




* Dominique Cosmetics - Celestial Thunder Eyeshadow Palette -  my first impression - OMG! That is one gorgeous palette.  I was really happy to received it. The last, turquoise shade is stunning! and one of the most used in that palette. I love it on the lower lash line. Other shades are just as good and just as pretty. I know its not everyone cup of tea but I really did enjoyed it.  Retain $35



* Boxy Charm - 2 pc Brush Set  -  ok so BC started creating makeup and makeup products, who knew! Brushes are really cool, but since I have so many already, I will be sending them to my mom :) I hope she can have a better use of them than me.  Retail $35

* Dose of Color Liquid Lipsticks in the shade Date Night - oh my! I love a good red lip. I can't even tell you how many times I wore this beauty!!! Countless! It the perfect red, and it looks so freaking beautiful on. I love the formula and how easy it is to apply. Dose of Colors did so good with it. Retail $18

* Kypris Antioxidant Dew and Quench Serum - Happy to have it, but it is still sitting in the box for "later". At this point I have so many serums open, and it is only wise to keep this baby for "later". 
Retail $90 (yeah this brand is pricey!)

* HaruHaru Wander Maqui Berry Antioxidant Masks - I believe this was set of either 2 or 3 masks. Not sure but I gifted them all to my friends. I have tones of masks already, so this was a great add on in my Christmas goodies bags. Retail $9

Total Value $187
Paid for the box $25

DECEMBER 2019 - box theme WHIMSY 

BOXY LUXE and BOXY PREMIUM 



Oh yes! December is a Luxe box ( upgrade happens every 3 months) and I was off the wait list for PREMIUM box. Boxy introduced Premium box in November 2019 and everyone went crazy. This box retails at $35 and includes 6-7 products. Standard box is $25 - 5 products, and Luxe $50 and 8-9 products. 



Lets start with PREMIUM box 



* Dose of Colors - Hidden Treasure palette - The other option was ND Cranberry palette (no worries I bought that one afterwords). Dose of Colors formula is so good! Love the metallic shades in this palette. NOt to crazy about the layout but dang the quality is amazing. Retail $50



* Basic Beauty - Highlighting Palette - Im kind meh about it tbh. I dunno I used only once and I was not crazy about. I think it should give a wet look but I dunno , I might pull it out again and see if I change my mind. If not I need to look for a new home for it.  Its pretty to look at but basically that's it. Retails $30

* Glow Recipe - Watermelon Glow Moisturizer - yum yum yum. Love getting high end skin care in these boxes. I love Glow Recipe so much! and this baby packs so much moisture! Smells so good and seriously my skin feels so freaking good after words. Retail $39

* SkinFix Face balm - I don't have this one anymore. But I can tell you that Skinfix is one of the best skin care brands on the market. Retail $28

*Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask - oh men I really wanted to keep it, but I gifted this to my bestie for Xmas and she loves it! Laneige is again amazing skin care brand, and I do have few products in my routine already :) Retail $34

* KVD Beauty - Cake Pencil - also I gifted to the same bestie for Xmas. I don't wear eye liners like never. And this was my 3rd or even 4th liner in the boxes.... Really Boxy check peoples quizzes... Retail $20 

Total Value : $201.
Paid for the box $35



BOXY LUXE 



* Storybook Cosmetics - Little Briar Rose Palette - well well Storybook made their debut in Boxy. I think every Luxe box came with this palette. I know Base box had variation between Red Ridding Hood and Robin Hood palette. And well I bought both afterwards because I love the shades. 
Little Briar Rose is beautiful and inspired by Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tale. I love the shades and just aesthetic of the palette. Wish wasn't so bulky. Retail $55



* Ciate London Marble Blush in the shade HALO - guys I can't put this blush down. I was never a blush person but now... I only keep buying blushes... I love the beautiful mauve tone of it. and it look so good on my fair skin. I want rest of the shades asap . Retail $26

* Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Facial Oil - this product is fabulous. I actually am planning on creating separate post including this oil. I can;t recommend this enough. My sister in law didn't get it in her bx and she bought it in the add on and guys she loves it ! This oil became a staple in my routine.  Retail $79

* Fresh Soy Face Cleaner - I don't think I have to introduce to anyone this product. It is a cult fave and for a good reason. For me this is my third bottle. I love this cleaner. Very gentle and wash face so good and leaves it really soft and clean. Retail $42 

* Rituals - Ritual of Sakura shower gel - yum yum this smells divine and its so silky! my whole family loves it and I had to get a back up of it. Thank God its only $9.

* IGK First Class Dry Shampoo - lots of people on social media swears by this brand and this dry shampoo. It is good but I love my Batiste and I don't think any dry shampoo can replace it. Retail $27



* Too faced Melted Metallic Liquid Lipsticks - not a fan of metallic formula so I swap this with my sister in law. She got the Crazy Rich lip gloss that i adore so much!!! So yeah I am happy that I made a change :) Retail $21

* KVD Dagger Liquid Liner - liners are a no for me like I mentioned above. And I don't have any more. Retails $20

*QMS Lip Corrector Serum - another product that I don't have anymore. Retail $200 .... I would never paid that much for anything ... 

Total Value $479
Paid for the Box $50


JANUARY 2020 - Box theme BREAKING THE ICE 



Base Box 



* Ace Beaute - Vintage Dawn Eye shadow palette - other option was Scarlet Dusk, which I purchased in add on. Amazing palettes both of them.Formula is really good and colors stunning! Retail $35



* Pretty Vulgar Concealer - haven't used yet. I don't use concealers often so I don't feel like I need it.
Retail $25

*Manna Kadar Liquid Lipstick - same goes for this lippie, I have not used it. I set aside and can gift it to someone. Plus I am not a fan of this brand. I got many products before in other boxes and it was always mehhhh .... Retail $21

* Skin and Co - Truffle Therapy Face Gommage - on the other had I am a really big fan of this brand. They were kind enough and sent over few goodies few months back and I really enjoyed it. I have second bottle of this (my sis in law got two) and I will be sending it to my momma :) Retails $28

* Avant 8h Radiance Sleeping Mask - I have not yet tried this product by Avant, but I have some other one open on my vanity and I absolutely love it. I think its a day cream with HA. I wear it every day under my makeup, So so so good! This mask retails for $107!

Total Value $216
Paid for the box $25



Premium Box



* Too Faced Palm Springs Palette - so happy to have this baby in my collection. Thanks God I waited and didn't buy it when it first came out. As of now I have not yet open it. I have so many palettes that I need to try and review that this one was set aside for now. I might do Best of The Best of palettes that came in Boxy Charm at some point. Retail $45



* Natasha Denona Duo Chrome top coat - I was meh about it until I put it on my eyes. When swatched not so good, when on the eyes on top of eye shadow ..wow! Its so pretty and so sparkly! I actually really like it and been using it almost every day I do makeup. Retail $28

* Billion Dollar Brows - Best Seller Kit - hmmm I already have my favorite brow products so this I was not crazy excited. I might pass this along .Retail $42

* Farsali Liquid Glass Serum - I believe this is new by the brand and  my very first Farsali product. This and the next three products I will mention are still sealed. But I am tempted to open them all :) Farsali Retail $54

* Tula Skin Care Keep it Clean Acne Foam Cleaner - I am really excited to try this. But again I don't want to open it coz I have like over 10 cleansers open at the moment. It have to wait. Retail $34

* Bliss Pore Patrol Mask - this on the other had I might open sooner then later. Bliss is the brand I been eyeing for quite some time. And to have this and Tula in the box is amazing! Retail $18

Total Value $221
Paid for the box $35

FEBRUARY 2020 - Box theme ADORE 



Base Box 



* Iconic London Day to Slay Eye shadow palette - 20 beautiful and very romantic shades in this palette. I have not yet to play with it but seriously I am leaving it out for next week. I think this palette goes so well with ADORE theme. Retail $62



* Luxie Beauty - Sponge Set - Another product that I left in its box. The second option was the Alamar brush set I really wish I could that instead. Don't get me wrong I love LUXIE but darn it the other set was calling me more. At the moment i have not yet decided what will I do with these. Either keep or send to my mom. Retail $40

* Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Powder - since my box got here last week I am pulling this baby out as well and will be testing it out the up coming week. Retail $22

* Laura Geller - Baked Gelato Highlighter in the shade Gilded Honey - I already own this cult classic. Its a beautiful gold highlighter. Formula is amazing! And since I already have it I will be
gifting this to my mom :) Lets hope she likes it :) Retail $26

* Evio - Refreshing Cleanings Hemp Wipes - new brand to me. Right now I am finishing my Purlisse watermelon wipes so as soonest I am done with it I will open these. Retail $10

Total Value $160
Paid for the box $25

Premium Box 





*Karity Picante Eye shadow palette - wooooow! what a beautiful palette this is! I know a lot of people over on social raves about this palette and how Karity don't get enough hype. I love the shade selection and when I swatched metallic I was blown away! This palette is also making way to my basket for upcoming week . Retail $29




* Glow Recipe - watermelon Glow Ultra Fine Mist - another cult classic and favorite. And yum this mist is really really ultra fine. And it smells so good. I am super happy to have another Glow Recipe product in my box woohoo .Retail $28

* Hourglass Ambient Lightning Blush - my shade I got is Diffused Heat and wow! Over Holidays I purchased Ghost Blush palette by Hourglass and I fell in love with the quality and performance of the blushes. I actually went ahead and purchased Dim Infusion and Radiant Magenta blushes. I am also looking into  getting Mood Exposure as well. Ugh gotta love it! Retail $40

*Tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Base Tape Hydrating Primer - this looks so good! but at the moment I have so many primers open and this baby is not that cheap so I will keep it for "later" . Retail $30

*Korres Body Butter - OMG this smells amazing! I got my in Guava and yum smells so good ! sinks in the skin and leaves it hydrated. I am eyeing scent Lemon and Basil scent. Retail $32

* Faccia 24k Gold Foil Moisturizer - now this moisturizer involves a lots of DRAMA. and to be honest I don;t want to even try it on my face... It will take me forever to write so just search it up on YouTube, do it while the tea is hot. Retails $100 ... Nahhhhh .... $2 sounds much better....

Total Value (not including Faccia ) $159
Paid for the box $35

So that will be it for my boxes . Sorry for this post being so long. It just I didn't want to make separate post.  Next month we will have ONE brand Premium box and LUXE. Stay tuned for that. If there is anything you want me to review let me know :)

Hugs!

Boxy Charm - Boxy After Dark - October 2019 *unboxing*

*purchased by me*


New Boxy is here! But before we even jump inside,did you see the spoilers for upcoming boxes? December Boxy Luxe looks fab already!Also Boxy launched Premium box for$35 a month and guess what?!? I think I will be getting it!Yay! There is so much I want to tell you but my keyboard is giving me a hard time... the space button seems to be stuck :(


Oh well.... anyways welcome to Boxy After Dark, October edition. I don't want to repeat myself much but Boxy seriously need to check peoples preferences when it comes to makeup. This month I am half happy.2 products I will use, 2 I don't and 1 I am on the fence... 


Lets start with two my faves in this month box:



* Dose of Colors- Sassy Siennas palette - I think almost every box go Dose of Colors palette. There were variation and I ended up with Sassy Siennas. I love it.

  All matte shades and the quality is beautiful! I hunt the palettes down in sell/trade groups and bought Baked Browns and Marvelous Mauves. Berries are next on my list. These beauties retail for $35

* Iconic London Prep Set and Glow spray - first off the sparkles are beautiful!It leaves gorgeous sheen on the skin. I use this more as a body shimmer spray. Another thing I love about it is the scent! so lovely but so heavy and I would never spray it on my face LOL. but body is ok! Retails at $29



* Hank and Henry Slick with it Mascara Duo-this have to be my third mascara... and this is the product I am torn about . Like I want to try it and on the other hand not. So far I was only disappointed with mascaras. But I heard the brand is really good so I might give it a go. Retails at $19

* Mellow Cosmetics Brow Gel in shade Dark Brown - something that i am not interested at all. Even my profile says no brow or liners pls! I could have try it if only they sent my shade... Dark Brown is so not me... Pass....Retails value $16

* Hollywood and Vine BlackKohl liner- another product  I am not into it. I don;t use eye liners at all.. so pass ...Retail at $7

Last two products I didn't bother to open. Figured I can gifted to someone or add to giveaway pile.

Total value of the box $103
I think this is the cheapest box I got so far. Usually value for my boxes is over $120.
Anyways I think next month you all will see two Boxy unboxing :) So stay tuned for that :)

 

Profusion Cosmetics MIRAGE palette - is it a perfect Fall palette?

*pr sample*


If you follow my blog and IG for sometime,you know I love Profusion Cosmetics. 
Not only they are affordable but gosh the quality is freaking amazing. 
If you struggle to find affordable matte palettes or matte eye-shadows, well look no further. Profusion mattes preform better then some of the high end ones. What ever Profusion makes its a big hit not only with me but with all beauty community.


Mirage is the new baby of theirs.Palette launched maybe two months ago. The color scheme is eye pleasing. Mix of warm tones, pinks, purples and there are three pressed glitter shades. 
The matte shadows like in every other palette are amazing. Pigmented and blend like a dream. Shimmers are stunning and best when applied with a finger. Personally not a fan of pressed glitters, but I see a lot of brands puts them in the palettes. I guess that is the new thing LOL. But seriously this palette is such a  great transition from Summer to Fall. I mean just look at the shades! You know does it remind me? Sunsets. Few weeks ago the sunsets in NYC were beautiful! From bright orange to beautiful purple-pink skyline. Gosh that was such a beautiful view! You would not believe it! I feel the sunsets during September are beautiful. But why do I think that this palette is perfect for Fall? well just look at the warmth, the beautiful gold,browns, oranges. Does that not remind you of Fall leaves!? My dream is to go to Vermont or Main during this time and see the changes over there. 

Here are the swatches:







I have no words, this might one of the best Profusion palettes. Adore all the shades and the super high end quality. Also this palette retails for only $13 !!! You can grab it at Profusion website and Walmart that sells Profusion Cosmetics. 



One more thing before I leave to write another post. This palette reminds me of Sunrise palette by Natasha Denona. I don't own it but I saw it at Sephora few times and each time makes me think of Mirage and when I look at mirage,Sunrise palette comes to mind. It might a great and an affordable dupe in my opinion. LOL now I want to go and spend $65n on ND palette to compare.Should I? Let me know what you think :)


Affordable Skin Care Routine with Good Molecules

*pr sample*


Who doesn't love an affordable and efficient skin care? I know I do. 
So in today's post I will talk to you about an amazing and affordable products from Good Molecules.


Good Molecules is a Beautylish exclusive skin care brand. So right now they are sold over there.The products prices range form $6-$15. Like what?!? The effective ingredients act to target skin concerns like: acne,redness, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and aging.


 Good Molecules is often compared to The Ordinanary, coz of the products pricing. I like that we have brands like that.We don't have to spend tones of money on high end products just to make our skin look better. Now let's jump into the review I have for you on 4 products that were kindly sent to me by GM team :)


Lets start with my favorite Niacinamide Brightening Toner - its the newest product by the brand. I don't think I lunched that long ago. I love toners,lets start there.But to find a good toner is not easy. There is few in my top 5 that i absolutely love and this one is in there as well. Toner retails at $14 and it comes in a glass bottle. I don't believe that I own a toner in a glass bottle, most of them are in plastic. I been using it daily for past two weeks and I already see difference in my skin. The biggest difference i see in my pores. But overall my skin feels and looks much brighter and less dull and tired. Plus I feel like it somehow helped with my acne problem. I have not gotten much of a break out since I added it into my routine.So what ever toner claims it does. And like I said I am going easy on 3 week of using it daily. Toner is so gentle that can be used twice a day and my skin really response good to it. In my PM routine I apply after cleansing: on cotton pad to take off the leftover residue and then again I add few drops to my palms and massage into my skin and then follow up with rest of my products. I think that its worth trying. Aside from great ingredients mentioned below,toner does not contain fragrance or alcohol.

Ingredients:
  • Target uneven skin tone, dullness, and visible pores and strengthen your skin’s barrier function with niacinamide (vitamin B3)
  • Naturally derived arbutin improves the look of hyperpigmentation while licorice root extract soothes inflammation and inhibits excess melanin production
  • A stable form of vitamin C boosts skin’s ability to defend itself against free radical damage and promotes collagen production
 Price $14 and get it here.



Second product I been liking is the Overnight Exfoliating Treatment- I been seeing many mixed reviews on this products. Some love it,some hate it. I used it 4 times in past two weeks and I really like it. I mean overnight exfoliating peel, how exciting this sound. What is it exactly you might ask, well its a overnight treatment to help to resurface and renew your skin. Its a blend of  10% AHA/BHA ( glycolic acid (in an 8.05% concentration), lactic acid (in a 1.035% concentration) and salicylic acid (in a 0.1% concentration). It supposed to smooth away dead skin cells, unclogged and reduce appearance of pores and give you a radiant looking skin. But does it? I say this is one of the milder AHA/BHA peels I used. Since you putting it overnight and not just for few minutes. I have not notice any irritation or dryness (did I mention that it contains two alcohols?), but never the less my skin reacted good to it. After 4 times of using it I did notice my pores becoming smaller. Maybe coz I also been using the toner? Probably. But as longest your skin don't react negatively to it,its a really good treatment to have in your routine.
Plus at $6 you can't go wrong. Grab it here.



Next we have an oil that I never heard before - Squalane Oil - and apparently it is really good for your skin. Who knew! And let me tell ya this is a life changer and I will for sure be repurchasing it.
Squalane Oil is suitable for all skin types.

Benefits:
* Squalane is an excellent moisturizer and leaves skin hydrated, plump and soft. The texture is super-light and non-greasy, and it sinks into the skin fast
* Squalane is non-irritating, making it great for people with sensitive skin conditions. It's also completely odorless and colorless
* Squalane can help regulate excess oil production. That makes it a better choice than jojoba, which also has this property, but is a less stable monounsaturated fat
* Squalane can speed healing of cracked or chapped skin, and soothes eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
* Squalane is naturally antibacterial (just like coconut oil)
* Squalane helps protect your skin from the free radicals that can cause age spots and premature aging. It may even help fade dark pigment over time

 Squalane oil is very similar to skins natural oils. It absorbs quickly and it wot leave your skin greasy.The consistency is not thick or liquid-y.Its somewhere in the middle. The only down size of it is that the bottle is so tiny. I been using it am and pm routine and I am really pleased with it. This small bottle retains for $8 but its totally worth it. You can get it here



Last products that was sent to me is Hyaluronic Acid Serum  - I think at this point everyone have at least one HA serum in their stash. I know I have or had few. It is a great addition to my am and pm routine. It is very nice to use,no problem when I wore under the makeup.  This serum is quite good and I at $6 it is worth to add into your routine. Hyaluronic acid is incredibly gentle and phenomenally helpful for all skin types, even the most sensitive, redness-prone skin. In fact, its positive influence on skin’s surface is due in part to its natural calming benefit, which means it is also suitable for breakout-prone skin. Each of the following fragrance-free formulas contain redness-reducing, hydrating, and antioxidant ingredients that make skin smooth and soft, and they’re gentle enough even for those with eczema-prone and rosacea-prone skin.
 Hyaluronic acid supplements can help your skin look and feel more supple and plump.
As of now HA is a staple in so many routines.
If you interested in trying good moloecules HA, get it here.



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New Products Alert- Naturally Serious "Illumi-Nation Anti-Fatigue Power Serum"

*pr sample* 
*BrandBacker post*


Guys! New product alert! @naturallyserious skin care just  launched Online new product - Illumi-Nation Anti-Fatigue Power Serum! and boy its good! Let me tell you a bit about the brand in case you haven't heard of them :) "Naturally Serious takes your skin seriously! We are who we say we are. 
Cleanly & ethically developed without BS, our products combine 
powerful natural ingredients with cutting-edge technology for clinically
advanced results." They are a clean beauty and you can find their products at Sephora. I actually was planning to stop by to my Sephora after work one of the days but oh men, my job this week was insane! But anyways lets talk about this gorgeous looking bottle and well miracle inside it. First the bottle and the whole presentation is beautiful! Its a glass and have a pump, what a life saver! right?! 

 
Brand says that "
This glossy, super anti-aging formula effortlessly melts into skin for a dewy, glass-skin radiance. Targeting the stress in your skin to reduce wrinkles in just 24 hours, Illumi-Nation transforms your appearance, smoothing, hydrating, and leaving skin with a brighter, healthy finish.
We are cleanly made, ethically developed and clinically tested. Naturally Serious merges powerful anti-oxidants with a proprietary complex of natural actives. Together, these clinically tested ingredients help repair past skin damage, promote cell renewal and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. What does this mean for you? Effective protection against UV rays, pollution and premature aging - and brighter, younger-looking skin that glows from within.

 
And I agree with everything! This balm instantly melts into the skin and it has a gel like consistency. Its such a pleasure to work with it. My skin really feels and looks better. I live in NYC and to have anti-pollution skin care in my routine is a life saver. My skin after a week and half of using it look so much more awake! Much brighter and healthier. The serum smell amazing too!  Beautiful natural fragrance. Most importantly the product contains anti-pollution blend of 6 antioxidants (pomegranate, goji berry, grape seed, green tea, red tea and white tea).
All Naturally Serious skin care products are free of paraben, mineral oil, sulfates, drying alcohol, artificial colors, artificial fragrance, silicone, etc.Highly recommend checking them out! I am already eyeing two more products that I really want get my hands on it :)

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