Boxycharm

Cover FX – Shimmer Veil – Review Time!

When I got wind that the February Boxycharm box was going to include a Cover FX Shimmer Veil, I was so stoked. Immediately, I got up from my chair and was like “And this is why I subscribe to Boxycharm!”. Admittedly, the only “person” in the room was my cat, Holly, and she didn’t exactly share my enthusiasm, but if she was a human, I’m sure she would have replied with a “Hell Yeah!”

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Fast forward a few weeks and I get my box and open it to find that I got the color Amethyst , which is a gorgeous pinky mauve. I swatched it on the back of my hand, and if I could best describe it, I would say it has the feel of a liquid lipstick, but a bit thinner. Not as glittery as the Stila Magnificent Metals and with hardly any fallout. Lot’s of people say it’s very similar to Colourpops Supernova formula, but don’t take my word for it as I don’t own any. What I can say is that, one coat on your lids, leaves it a bit patchy, so it’s best to go into the tube one more time and smooth things out.

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Immediately, I knew that I wanted to use my Modern Renaissance palette to create a smoky, yet shimmery look. I applied Buon Fresco on my crease and then took a bit of Cyprus Umber on the outer V. Then I gently dabbed Amethyst on my lid, beginning in the middle and then working my way to the inner corner and then extending just right before the deepened outer V. You have to do this quickly as I find that the products dries pretty fast.  I wouldn’t really rely on using the doe foot applicator to smooth it out across your lid as I find it a bit small, so it’s best to use your finger to dab or a flat brush to smooth it out if you want to be precise. Lastly, I went in with  slight mix of Primavera and Buon Fresco to integrate the look a tad right where there is that slight separation of color. I smoked out the lower lid, applied black liner to the waterline and some mascara.

Done!

It really was a nice look and when I went over to my Sister In Laws house for a family get together, she was like “WOW! Your eyes look really pretty!”. So I knew that I had a look that I would be willing to recreate often. After some paella and red wine, I went to the bathroom to freshen up and took a peek at myself in the mirror and was like “WTF?”

Literally, it looked like the shimmer disintegrated and all that was left were patchy crumbles hanging on to bits and pieces on my lids. I tried to remember if I had rubbed my eyes at any part and knew that I am practically pre-programmed to not touch my eyes when wearing makeup. Besides, the crease and outer V were hanging in there and it was just the shimmer that was gone.

Ok, don’t want to jump to any conclusions. I didn’t use any eye primer, so I figured, maybe that would make the difference next time. Encouraged, a few days later, I recreated the same look and, this time, applied some Urban Decay Primer Potion. I had to go to the office, so figured I would impress my co-workers with my awesome make up skills.

Nobody noticed, but that’s ok. I know I have SKILLZ!

A few hours into the day, I go to the ladies room and as I am washing my hands, I look in the mirror and once again, I see nothing but some glitter residue on my lids. When I got home, I decided to swatch the product once again on the back of my hand and wait a few hours before wiping off. Sure enough, after about 2 hours, I could literally scrape the pigment with my nail.

Darn it, Cover FX! I was rooting for you!

Is this true for all the colors in this line? Not sure. I only own one, but if you have a different color that seems to hold up well, let me know. Not sure I will buy it, but it’s worth noting.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Boxycharm · Subscription Boxes

February Boxycharm – Galaxy Glow

Does anyone do a little happy dance when they check their email and see a notification letting you know that your Boxycharm is on it’s way?

No shame admitting it. It’s one of the highlights of my month. Since I got off the waitlist last month, I actually got my box in pretty early on and I got a chance to play with my goodies for a few weeks. Once again, I feel like I got a really strong selection of products, but it’s time to separate the winners from the “Mehs”.

Winners

Hands down, my favorite item was the Ofra refill blush in Godet. It is a beautiful warm peachy tan blush that I have used as both blush and eyeshadow. It’s pigmented, blendable and the pan is large enough to last you for a long time. I have only a few Ofra eyeshadow singles that I got in some Ipsy bags, but the colors never wowed me. This color is something I would have picked on my own and I am so happy that it was included in my box. Score!

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It also came with a magnetic Pop Up Palette to store your single blush and I have to say that the Universe has a funny way of providing. A few days before I got my box, I made my first ever order of single shadows from Devinah Cosmetics. I didn’t own any Z palettes to store them in and figuring that once I get them in, I will just order one from Amazon or something. Well, the same day my Devinah order came in, my Boxycharm came in and it was like it was meant to be. My Pop-Up Palette has more than enough room to store my 7 eyeshadow singles, my Ofra blush and probably a good 5 more items.

Thanks, Universe!

The next winner of the bunch for me is the PUR Plumping Lip Exfoliator. First off, I love a scrub that you don’t have to dig your finger into a pot to apply. It’s just makes it so easy to uncap and apply right from the tube. The sugar scrubs dissolves fairly quickly when you rub your lips together and combined with the shea butter, leaves them nice and soft.  There is definitely also something minty about this balm, which leaves your lips buzzing gently for a bit. I’m sure that’s the plumping factor, but the effect isn’t really too visible. The seller for me is the exfoliation and the convenience factor.

“Mehs”

The middle of the lineup is held up by Vintage by Jessica Leibskind black eyeliner pencil and the Crown Pro Brush Trio. These were good, but nothing out of the world for me. The eyeliner was creamy and applied fairly dark and when I applied it to my waterline it held up and didn’t dissolve or pool up in the inner corner. However, it’s just a black eyeliner and I have like 5 of them currently in my collection that I feel similarly about.

The Crown Pro Brushes are very pretty. All white up to the very tip of the brushes, where they are topped off with a light shade of pink. The handles have slight divots which allow you to rest your finger and thumb comfortably and I find that interesting, if not exactly useful as I have found myself applying makeup with my finger no where near the divot, but I like that they thought of that. My favorite brush is the powder brush, which interestingly enough I like to use to apply blush. The bristles are soft and pick up just the right amount of color. I really have not found a use yet for the middle brush. I suppose it could be good to apply undereye concealer or even highlighter, but I just prefer my regular brushes to do that. The small flat brush is good to pack on some eyeshadow, but once again, I have others that do the job well.

Now you are probably wondering why I am leaving the most hyped product from the February box last. When I saw a sneak peek of the CoverFX Shimmer Veil on Boxycharms Instagram, I was so excited. I live by their liquid highlighters and am always wanting to try more of their products. However, I’m a little torn by the product and will say that yes, it’s not my favorite and that’s why it’s the last on my list, but I have more thoughts around that and will dedicate an entire post to it. So stay tuned!

Anyone else get their boxes? If so, let me know what you got and what you think. I am totally loving Boxycharm and hope that they keep sending out quality items in the months to come.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Holidays

Happy Valentines Day!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful Valentines Day. It’s been a long day, as I had meetings all week at work, with little time to eat lunch, much less enjoy the festivities. The Hubs, however, made up for the stress at work by sending me a beautiful bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates.

I got a good one, y’all!

After work, we went to this fancy restaurant called Chez McDonalds and ate some Royale with Cheese. Ever been there? It’s all the rage in Europe.

Honestly, it was the best Valentines Day just eating take out in the parking lot of McDonalds and chatting about our day. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Whether you spent your day with a loved one or chilling solo with a pizza and Netflix, let me leave you with some Valentines funnies.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Dupe Alert

Dupe Alert! Becca Ocean Jewels vs. Make Up For Ever Star Lit Palettes

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I was in Sephora yesterday and happen to catch a glimpse of the new Becca Ocean Jewels palette. It’s gorgeous and soft just like I imagined. I then sashayed on over to the Make Up For Ever display and caught a glimpse of the new Star Lit palette and was hit by an immediate case of deja vu, except that it really wasn’t deja vu, but literally the same colors in different palettes.

I’m telling you right now, you don’t need both. Just pick one and you are good. In fact, I will outline the deciding factors:

We all know that it’s that fresh looking purple shade that is calling your attention on both palettes. If you like your purple cool and shimmery, then opt for the Becca palette. That is a nice true bright violet. If you are wanting a duo chrome, shimmery purple with a black undertone, then go for the Make Up For Ever palette as that one is definitely darker.

If price is the deciding factor, then know that Becca’s Ocean Jewels is $35 and Make Up For Ever is charging $45.

If presentation is your thing, I like the Becca palette more. It’s nice and weighty and it has a really nice, BIG mirror. Seriously, you can see your entire face in it. The Make Up For Ever palette is cardboard and has a nice mirror, but you can’t see your entire face in one go.

I hope this helps and let me know if you plan to pick up any of these.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills · Love It!

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Aurora Glow Kit – LOVE IT!

The other day I was watching a random YouTube video about the worst products of all time and the young lady mentioned that on top of everyone’s list is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit.

Ummm…WHAT?

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Ok, so I know that it’s not the most visually pleasing highlighter palette out there. It’s got this funky gray/purple blob on one end, a bright icy blue and then a lime green iridescent shade that really doesn’t look like it should be anywhere near your cheekbones. However, that’s the problem. I don’t really see this palette as a highlighter palette, but as a color palette. Something that you can use anywhere: cheekbones, eyes, on top of blush or lipstick. You are only really limited by your imagination.

For example, I am totally not a blue anything kind of girl. My color preferences are definitely more of the natural variety, however, I have used this palette in the following way:

  • Eclipse (soft peach) and Luna (icy white) as straight up highlighters
  • Spectra (purple) as eyeshadow, inner corner and lipstick toppers
  • Helia (lime green) as inner corner and eyeshadow
  • Orion (blue) eyeshadow, inner corner, lipstick topper
  • Lyra (warm peach) eyeshadow, blush topper, lipstick topper

Also, all these colors are super soft, without feeling too powdery and apply beautifully with a brush or your fingers. In fact, if using any of them as lid shadows,they go on best with a just tap of your fingers. I don’t suggest blending them at all or too much.

If you want to turn a basic smoky eye into something really glamorous and almost intergalactic, then tap Spectra, Helia or Orion on top of a matte black on the eyes. It’s absolutely GORGEOUS. I do suggest using an eye primer before applying these colors as eyeshadows as I do feel that they don’t have a lot of staying power. I would also make sure to spritz some setting spray as well for good measure.

Anyone have any LOVES that everyone else hates? If so, let me know. I love being a non-conformist and hope to find more people like me that go against popular opinions.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

covergirl · Drugstore Finds

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Powder and Concealer – Review Time!

You know when you are a makeup lover when you go to Walgreens with a 101 degree fever to buy some Nyquil and stop by the beauty aisle just to see if there is anything new worth buying.

Well, if you happen to have been at the Walgreens in Hialeah, FL about 2 weeks ago and saw some crazy looking woman in leggings, a Wonder Woman t-shirt 2 sizes too big and some orange flip flops carrying Halls Cough Drops, Nyquil, Gatorade and some Covergirl products then you met Yours Truly at her finest.

I like to make an impression everywhere I go.

If I am going to be honest, I didn’t go very deep into the beauty department. I just kind of wandered a bit through the front displays and got distracted by Covergirl’s latest updates to their Vitalist line. As a HUGE fan of their Vitalist Healthy Elixir foundation (it’s really the only one I use), I was so excited to see that they brought out pressed powder, concealer, lip oils, highlighters (but they look more like paint pots) and even repackaged their foundation to make it all look cohesive.

I immediately grabbed the powder and concealer, but opted to leave the other products behind as they only had a clear gloss and the only highlighter/paint pot shade available in my store was in a coppery color, which are about a dime a dozen in my collection. Besides, in the state I was in, I was probably eyeballing products that will cover up my zombie like facade and not really looking to add shine to my cheekbones or anything.

Just saying.

It wasn’t until a few days later that I did end up using the products and let’s start with the winner of the two:  The Powder. It’s really light and creamy to the touch and even though it comes with a sponge applicator, I find that using a fluffy powder brush works so much better. I lightly use it to set my under eye concealer (more on that later) as well as my foundation around my T-zone and it literally made everything look so velvety and smooth. I could honestly say that after wearing my makeup for a full 8+ hours, there was minimal shine on my forehead and chin and my undereyes looked FREAKING awesome. I did have to touch up my nose area at one point during the day, but I am not going to deduct major points for that because that is my problem area.

Powder: A (solid)

OK, so The Concealer. The minute I pulled the top off and saw that it was one of those brush applicators where you have to twist the product and then it spills out, I knew this was immediately going to get at most a B grade. I HATE those applicators. I hate how much time I waste twisting the end cap to get the product out and then it just all gloops out and you have to keep on twisting to get more product out and it just never seems to be enough. There should be a law that states that concealers should always come in packaging with a wand applicator that you just dip in and out. It just makes life so much easier.

With that being said, I didn’t think the formula was any better or redeemable. It was thin and because the applicator sucks, it just applied streaky and patchy regardless of whether you used a sponge, brush or your finger to blend. Overall, it just requires too damn much product to cover any dark circles. Did I mention that this product cost $8.99 and you only get .01 ounces? I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten free samples with more product than that and required WAY less effort to achieve the desired effect.

Concealer: C- (and I feel like I am being nice)

For the record, I’ve been using my Tarte Shape Tape with the Pressed Powder and it’s such a good combination.

Have any of you tried the other products from the Vitalist line. Any thoughts? Let’s get the party started and have a conversation in the comments section. I love hearing from you all.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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What-EVER!

Beauty Trips – Nope, Not Feeling It, Benefit.

This weekend, as I was scrolling through my Instagram, I kept on seeing posts with the hashtag #friendswithbenefits. Apparently, Benefit Cosmetics has some new product out and decided to take a bunch of influencers to the desert in the hopes that we will begin to care about their products again.

Ouch….I’m feeling feisty today.

But seriously, I hate that. I mean, I really, really hate that. I hate Benefit for suggesting that we are all so gullible into thinking that throwing a bunch of our favorite gurus into the desert for an impromptu “Out of this World” photo shoot is going to make me want to buy their shitty new mascara. The same goes for all those beauty gurus who go on these expensive trips. How stupid do you think we are?

To be honest, I would have bought their mascara before I saw all this stupidity over my feed. I mean,  I LOVE mascara. I can practically have philosophical discussions about mascara and which types of bristles are best for full or thin lashes and whether a curved wand will really help curl your lashes or not. So it’s not their mascara that turned me off, it’s the total waste of money that went into this trip.

I get that beauty trips are just part of their marketing campaigns, but come on! I would love to see a beauty brand use all that money they spent on wining and dining these gurus, and maybe donate it to help Hurricane victims. Yeah, last I checked, loads of people still don’t have a place to live in yet in Houston and the Florida Keys. Same goes for all those people who lost their homes during the Caifornia wildfires. Why not go to a hospital and do makeovers on cancer victims? I’m sure they would appreciate the pick me up.

Heck, if you really want to take these people on a getaway, why not bring them to Puerto Rico and donate some much needed feminine hygiene products, along with some feel good makeup, to all the woman in the island who STILL don’t have power and are still pulling their drinking water from the rivers. I would love to see pictures of all these influencers putting their fame and power for the greater good of humanity.

And this is not to say that they have not already donated millions of dollars towards these causes and many other charities, but I want to see those posts pepper my Instagram every now and then rather than a random pic of XYZ guru enjoying her continental breakfast poolside in their private cabana. I mean, if they can possibly encourage just 1 fangirl into donating her time or the money she will spend on yet another mascara towards a good cause, wouldn’t that be worth it?

It’s just so damn excessive and I  just don’t like it. I think it’s so much more genuine if they would showcase the damn mascara that they received via PR (which is fine!) on their channel, try it on, give me their first and final impressions. But why the hell are you posting a picture of your backside in a bikini?

WTF? Aren’t you there for mascara?? Why are you showing me your butt?

Trust me, I know it’s just make up. It’s not world peace I’m writing about myself, so I get how some might accuse me of being hypocritical, but I don’t make any money off this blog. My full time job is not taking selfies and writing my thoughts on the latest Too Faced palette. I do this because I love makeup and writing provides me a creative outlet. I’m not saying these gurus don’t feel the same way, but I have about .0006% of followers compared to all those gurus who went on this Benefit trip, so when you have that kind of influence, why not use it to make a small difference in the world?

Anyways, like I said. I was feeling a little feisty today, so please excuse the rant.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

Almay

Almay Shadow Squads – Review Time

I have not always been a big of fan of Almay. They were literally the most forgettable brand in the drugstore aisle. Usually tucked all the way in the back of the makeup department and consisting of a few shelves of beige looking foundations, they were easy to miss. However, as it happens, I am a big fan of their Brow Pencil, having once gotten a buy one get one free coupon and not really impressed by anything on their shelves at the time, settled on this pencil with a sigh. It sat in my makeup cart for months until I ran out of my Anastasia Dip Brow and in a moment of desperation reached for the pencil and was like “Ok. I see you, Almay.”

Well, long story short, I got to the itty bitty end of my brow pencil and hopped on over to Amazon to order a new one and saw these cute, little jewel-like eyeshadow quads and decided on a whim to purchase them. They seemed to have a variety of colors, and even though the bright teal one looked really promising, it was out of stock, so I settled on the purple, bronze and champagne quads.

The Shadow Squads are supposed to offer you a monochromatic look, which I hear is supposed to be all the rage these days, but honestly, I’m sure that you can definitely buy a few and create a unique colorful look for $6.99 a quad on Amazon. I think that’s a good price for what you are getting because, folks, these shadows are really nice!

Molded into a lego block, each little square has it’s own shade tone and texture. So you have a matte, satin, shimmer and glitter all within the same color scheme that will help you create a multidimensional monochromatic look. The shades are creamy to the touch and I found no problems with blending them into my crease and lids. In fact, I loved the look!

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My favorite out of the three I purchased is the purple quad called Making a Statement. In less than five minutes, I created a simple look using just this one tiny palette and every time I peeked into the rearview mirror on my way to work, I was mentally giving myself a wink and thumbs up. I simply blended the  satin color (lower right) on the crease. Darkened up the outer V and lower lash line with dark matte (upper left). Dabbed some of the shimmer (lower left) all over lid and then a bit of the glitter shade (upper right) in the center. I then broke into the pinky champagne quad called Never Settle, and used a bit of the shimmer shade (lower left) on the inner corner. Done!

The quads are also super slim and light. If you happen to travel a lot, you can easily throw a few different colors in you makeup bag and save, not only a ton of space, but also lighten the load from carrying a bulky palette. Also, the quad has a magnetic closure, which I don’t know about you, but that pleases me immensely. I hate those plastic cases that you have to use your nails to pry open and, to be honest, sometimes it’s the little things that impress me the most.

If I have one negative thing to say about these cute little quads is that I wish Almay included a few more pops of colors. I love the purple and teal, but the rest of the colors in the collection are definitely more subdued and I would have loved to have seen a bright pink or maybe a green, but, baby steps! Maybe they will release some more colors for summer.

What do you guys think of Almay’s re-entrance into the makeup world? I’ve been following their Instagram lately and I see a lot of promise there, so I am excited to see what they have to offer.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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