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Pinch Me! Favorite Green (Colored)Beauty Products

Story Time: Many years ago when I was in my 20’s, I went on vacation to Paris, France with one of my friends. We actually landed in Paris on March 17 and, despite our jet lag, were so excited when we found out that right next to our hotel was an Irish Pub. We were totally planning on celebrating St. Patty’s Day abroad, only to get to the pub and see like 3 people sitting at the bar and they were most definitely NOT drinking green beer.

That was the day we found out that St. Patrick’s Day, at least the way we celebrate here in the U.S., is not really done anywhere else.

Oh well. You live and learn.

I’m not sure why I get so excited to celebrate St . Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish and don’t live in a city with a predominantly large population of Irish folks, but I love any excuse to go out and drink some beer. I get even more excited about the opportunity to wear some green colored makeup, particularly eyeshadow. So, with that being said, I have compiled a brief list of my favorite greens:


“I’ll Get You My Pretty” by Devinah Cosmetics– If you read my last post, you know that I am in LOVE with this eyeshadow single. It’s this fabulous shimmery metallic green, that pays homage to the Wicked Witch of the West, however, brings forth mental images of Leprechauns as well. Either way, wet a brush with some setting spray and go to town on your eye lids with this magically delicious shade.

Mermaid Boy and Water Bearer in Dream Street Palette by ColourPop – This a two-for-one recommendation because alone they are great, but together it’s even better. Found in the latest Kathleen Lights collaboration with Colourpop, these are deep blue green shades that once again, can be applied all over the lid (Mermaid Boy) or to deepen the crease and outer V (Water Bearer).

Helia in Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills – Also a two-for-one shade as you can use this cool lime green as a highlighter for your cheekbones or, do what I like, and pat this on my eye lids over a black matte shade for a out of this world iridescent green effect.


Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder in Green by Hard Candy – I don’t always color correct, but if I have a zit or am going to go all out glam, I like to cover all my bases, so I apply a dot or two of this color in green to counteract any redness I may have. I blend it in, apply some foundation and concealer and Voila! I’m no longer tomato red.


Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen – Ok, so some of you may consider this cheating as, technically, this is not a green lipstick shade, but I had to include it. This is one of my favorite lipsticks for two reasons: it’s actually goes on a lovely berry shade despite it’s toad like color AND it’s literally one of the silkiest lipsticks I own. I could space out to the feeling of applying this on my lips. It glides on beautifully and leaves a really nice sheen. Also, when you rub your lips together, it feels a bit like a balm, which I like.

Anyone else all pumped to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. How do you get all dolled up? Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!


Devinah Cosmetics

Devinah Cosmetics – Somewhere Over the Rainbow Collection – Review Time!

I’ve been really into eyeshadow singles lately. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me a good palette. It’s like getting a box of colorful, square shaped chocolates, but sometimes I like to go into Godiva and make my own box of chocolates, catered particularly to my taste and with the flavors that I am craving at the moment.

Seeing as all the brands are coming out with the same thing over and over, I’ve decided to basically create something that caters to my current mood and aesthetics. I’ve been dipping my toes into color lately and have been particularly drawn to purples and greens, so coming across Devinah Cosmetics “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” collection was like serendipity.


Now depending on your age, you would either think this is a bright and colorful collection with Skittles like colors or if you are old enough to have seen The Wizard of Oz (not like when it came out in 1939–I’m not THAT old — but like on TV) or are a big fan of the musical Wicked, then you definitely understand why the collection is filled with glittery greens , purples and blues.

I like that. Devinah could have easily come out with a glittery ruby red shade, and thrown in some blues, golds and silvers and called it a day. Instead, they paid dual homage, in my opinion, to The Emerald City and the real star of the show, The Wicked Witch.

I’m a big fan of Wicked as you can tell.

You can buy the collection of 7 shades as a bundle for $35 (26mm pan size) or get individual shades for $5 each. Not a bad price at all. I happened to come across a referral code on Instagram for 20% off my first order and got the entire bundle even cheaper.


All the colors are extremely pigmented. One swipe with your finger gave really nice color pay off and the shimmer is out of this world. I will say that if you are not a fan of the chunky glitter look, this may not be for you as it’s not at all subtle and you can definitely see the glitter particles when applied. With that being said, I also think that unless you are a Wizard of Oz afficionado, you don’t really need all the shades in this collection. There is a lot of similarity between the shades and maybe you only need to pick up a few glitters and get a complimenting matte shade from the Devinah’s store.

The shades are:

  • No Place like Home- a pinky/purple/mauve with gold flecks.
  • I’ll Be Tender, I’ll Be Gentle – a dark blue, almost navy with blue glitter flecks
  • I’m Just a Dandelion – a deep shimmery emerald green
  • And Your Little Dog Too – a blue/green mermaid-ish iridescent color
  • Are You a Good Witch – beautiful shimmery, metallic lavender
  • Ding-a-Derry – a deep shimmery purple

I’ll Get You My Pretty, which is a light metallic green, deserves its own category. I absolutely LOVE the name and the color is just GORGEOUS. It’s looks lighter in the pan, than it does on the eyes, but I would imagine this is what the Wicked Witch would look like if she happened to have done the highlighter challenge. It’s has a touch of blue, but not enough to take away from the green and on the eyes, it looks beautiful alone or on top of I’m Just a Dandelion.

I’ll Get You My Pretty

I find that the colors are best applied with your fingers than a brush. However, with a little setting spray or wet brush, it worked just fine, but a dry brush just moved the product about too much and left a lot of patchiness, not mention you won’t capitalize on all the shimmer if used dry. Also, I recommend that you top off these shadows with some setting spray as I feel that they are not as long lasting as I would like. I used my Urban Decay All Nighter Spray and not only did it really made the color pop, but added to the longevity as well.

Anyone want to recommend some singles eyeshadows for me to try? I’m in the market to expand my collection, so drop me some stores for me to check out?

Till next time, my friends!


Random Selfie Outtake Time!



First Beauty Empties of 2018

I don’t know about you, but I feel so damn proud when I get to the end of a makeup product. I know lot’s of people do Empties and post mostly shampoo or lotion, but everyone goes through that fairly quick, so it’s kind of cheating. I’m talking about MAKE UP! Lipstick, mascara, blush, etc. If you can get to the very end of a lipstick tube, then you deserve some sort of award, in my opinion.

I’m going to be honest and admit that I didn’t exactly go through all these products at the same time. I have been accumulating these for a few months so that I can actually have something to write about, but one of my goals for this year is to shop my collection more often and I have been even been putting aside some products I want to pan (future post coming), so I hope that I can have a few more Empties post in 2018.

So, without any further ado, I present you my EMPTIES!

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara. This should come as no surprise to anyone. I ADORE this mascara and use it almost daily. It leaves my lashes feathery, long and curled. I get zero clumping and it costs $15 on the Marcelle site. If you wait for a sale, you can get it even cheaper.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation in Creamy Natural. Another product that I use very regularly. I think I got this bottle in an Influenster box back in August or so and it’s definitely a bit too dark for me now, so I have been mixing it with my Burts Bees Goodness Glow Foundation to lighten it up a bit. I recently bought my third bottle of this in Classic Ivory and I totally recommend it. It’s definitely dewy and medium coverage, but buildable if you prefer something more full coverage. It smells lovely and when set with powder, lasts all day. Also, there are always tons of coupons, which means that from time to time, you can get it for about $9/bottle.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown. I can’t believe that I actually got through almost all of this stuff before it dried out on me because when I purchased this off of Birchbox using some points I had, I accidently got one shade darker than I usually buy and then shortly after, I cancelled my Birchbox subscription and felt weird asking to exchange it. However, I always went in with a  light hand and was able to fill in my brows and deepen the overall color to match my hair. As a girl with blonde eyebrows, I always appreciate a product that pulls double duty.

Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde. Another I can’t believe I used all this stuff up product. As a girl who relies on above mentioned pomade to fill and color her brows, I find pencils can only fill, but not exactly darken to my liking. However, this pencil is creamy enough to do both. The tip is wide, which gives you the ability to apply color in larger sweeps and when angled just right, carve and fill in those sparse parts well. Also, it comes with a really nice spoolie, which I still use even though I used up all the product.

Ok, so I’m about cheat just a bit and showcase two non makeup empties, however, don’t judge. I usually don’t get to the end of face products that quickly either:

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. I actually purchased the travel size of this serum thinking that I would never get through the larger bottle, but boy was I wrong! I love this stuff. First off, it smells like orange or maybe grapefruits, which I love either. Second, I apply this in lieu of my moisturizer and primer before I put on makeup and it is the perfect base. It doesn’t sit on the skin at all and leaves your face all nice and glowy.

Clarins Extra Firming Day and Night Cream. I got a deluxe sized sample of this to try from Influenster and I really enjoyed using them. I actually wrote a dedicated post to this product, which you can read here. I would say that I was able to squeeze out maybe one more week from these tubes and if I had $180 hanging around probably buy them, but since I don’t, just going to have to jump back to my Olay Revitalist.

I hope to bring you more empties this year. My goal is at least once a quarter, so wish me luck!

Till next time, my friends!


PS – Amazon links above are affiliated, so if you choose to purchase some of  the products above, I will make a slight commission.


Project Pan – 2018 – Better Late Than Never

I know, I know. Everyone starts Project Pans in the beginning of the year, but much like dieting, there is no better time to begin than the present.

As I mentioned in my Palette of the Month post, I am beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by all the products coming out and feeling like I always need to get the next big thing. Why? I don’t know, but quite suddenly it all felt so wasteful. Like, why do I buy all this beautiful stuff to just use it once or twice and then stuff it in a drawer?

I actually declutter quite frequently, so whatever I currently have in my collection is stuff that I intentionally kept and like, so I decided to make a conscious effort to use the following products all the way to the very end. I also intentionally chose products that I would not typically go through quickly and use daily, like foundation and mascara, but rather products that will give me a challenge to finish. If I can finish these, I can finish anything!

The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highligher. The OG highlighter. I think everyone has this in their collection and for a very good reason, it’s gorgeous! It’s a beautiful, golden shimmering shade that blends into your cheekbones, without giving you that weird strip of glow that some highlighters give off. It’s also the only product I currently own with a considerable dip in the middle. I use this sucker a lot and I feel like this will be the one I will hit pan on first.

Nars Liquid Blush in Torrid. This one is going to be a toughie. I can feel it, but I did say I wanted a challenge.  It’s a gorgeous deep coral that will be perfect for summer and in fact, I did use it last year quite a bit. The problem is that a little goes a long way so getting through this bottle might take me all the way to December, but I’m a tenacious woman, so I’m up for the challenge.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow in Kitten Karma. Now this one I picked because I just did not use it enough since I bought it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, but I always seemed to skip it when I was going for a glam look. I don’t think it will be too difficult to get through it, but it will certainly be interesting creating so many looks. I’m going to be sporting glitter to work meetings and, I’m sure, getting loads of side eye.

Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach. I was so into this lip gloss last year when it first came out and then it fell off my radar. I recently got into it again when I dug it out from the bottom of one of my purses and decided that I was going to pan it. I do not anticipate this will be difficult at all as I love the muted peachy color and find the formula to be lovely, glossy and moisturizing.

Hard Candy Cushion Wonder Color Corrector in Peach. I don’t have a lot of color correcting products, but I find this one to be quite nice and use it often, or at least when I remember. I have dark under eye circles, and this not only corrects it, but in a pinch, is a great substitute for concealer, if you are going for a natural look. I just apply some of this before my foundation and find that once I powder, I’m good to go. There is quite a bit of product left, because a little goes a long way, but if I use it more often than I have in the past, then I think I can squeeze the very last from the tube before the end of the year.

I’m been really into Project Panning lately, so feel free to drop your blog post in the comments below so that I can see what you are panning and maybe we can all motivate each other and keep our goals in check throughout the year.

Till next time, my friends!


PS – Amazon links above are affiliated, so if you choose to purchase some of the products above, I will make a slight commission.

Beauty Review · Maybelline

Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel – Review Time

Anytime I see a new brow product, I get excited. As a girl with eyebrows much lighter than her natural hair color, I’m always trying to find something that will not only tame the brows, but fill and color them. I am looking for the American Ninja Warrior of brow products.

I’ve been catching up with some episodes of ANW lately so I’m feeling a bit energetic going into this post.

Anyways, I came across the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel in Walgreens a few weeks back and decided to purchase it in the color Soft Brown. I believe I paid something like $9.99, but I see on the Maybelline website it’s recommended price is $12.99, however it’s also going for $9.99 on Amazon. So you got price options. The website claims that you can fill and color your brows and once the product dries, you get all day color, shape and hold.

So, right off the bat, I’m going to tell you something the website does NOT mention, however, is listed in tiny print on the tube (maybe on the box as well, but I threw it away), which is:


Ok, so you can read the ingredient list here for your self, but needless to say, don’t light any candles or straighten your hair while the product is fresh.

Thoughts of smoking eyebrows aside, I have additional mixed feelings about this product, so let me lay out the good and the bad, cause I feel like I already told you about the (potential) ugly above.

The Good

  • There is a lot of color pay off. Since it’s not a crayon or a pomade, but rather a creamy liquid, it’s pretty pigmented. It’s very reminiscent of the WunderBrow formula, which I am a big fan of actually. There is a domed shaped velour type of applicator, with some fibers sticking out that are there, I assume, to help create a natural eyebrow look.
  • Once the product dries, it is budge proof. Seriously, nothing is going to smear off or fade. Since the weather is still kind of cold here, I didn’t test it out in the pool or beach, but I did do a quick water splash test and didn’t see anything budge, so I’m fairly confident it will stick around on beach days as well.
  • It’s easy to remove. Despite it being waterproof, it went off easily using a foaming cleanser and didn’t leave any visible color or tint on the skin or brows.

The Bad

  • It takes forever to dry! Initially, I thought it was because I may have gone in too thick with the product and that’s why it felt sticky to the touch 20 minutes after I applied it, but the second time, I definitely used a lighter hand, and didn’t think it made much of a difference
  • Once it dries, it leaves your brows feeling a little waxy. Maybe waxy is not the right word, but it’s not crunchy and not wet, but sort of coated. I hope you know what I  mean.
  • The applicator shape makes it a little difficult to sculpt your brows. Since it has a rounded tip, you have to be very delicate when carving out the tail of your eyebrows, particularly if they are not thick to begin with, or consider dipping an angled brush in the product and using that to create a sharper line.
  • Oh yeah….and it’s freaking flammable!

Anyone else try this out? If so, leave me some tips in the comments below on how you use it.

Till next time, my friends!


PS – Amazon links above are affiliated, so if you choose to purchase the products above, I will make a slight commissions.

Beauty Favorites

Monthly Faves – February 2018

Where did February go? I can’t say that I am sad to see it gone as it was a particularly hectic month for me, however, I blinked and now it’s March.

That’s ok because now I get talk to you fine folks about what products really made me smile this month and had me reaching for them time and time again.


Baked Foundation in Light from Antonym Cosmetics. It’s funny because when I first reviewed this powder foundation, I liked it, but not necessarily as a foundation, but more as a face powder. I didn’t think it provided enough coverage, but I realized that I was using it incorrectly. When I first tried it, I was just picking it up with the brush and sweeping it across my face. All that did was thin the powder out and really just control the oils, but not really cover anything. However, when I used a denser brush, swirled it against the pan and pressed and buffed in circles into the skin, this made a world of difference. I then spritzed my face with some setting spray, allowing the foundation to sink in and, although didn’t give me anywhere near full coverage, I was totally comfortable with the look. Somewhere between light and medium and just right for a natural everyday look.

Baked Blush in Peach from Antomym Cosmetics. Another product from Antonym that I underestimated. The peach color looks deceivingly light on the pan and I got the impression that I was going to have use lot’s of it to make it show up against my fair skin. However, the first time I used it, I went balls to the wall with this color on my cheeks and immediately regretted it. Do not be deceived. This color is definitely not a light weight. A simple swish with a brush and some light blending and you got yourself some perfectly peach cheeks with just a hint of shimmer.

Ofra Blush Gadot Refill (BoxyCharm).  Now this is what I call a multitasker. I have used this as a blush, in my crease, on my lids and smudged on the lower lid. I find this earthy peachy tan color to be absolute perfection. It blends beautifully and gives you just the healthiest glow. I feel like this is the perfect color to get me in the mood for spring and summer, but let’s face it, I’ll probably use it year round. There are perks to living in Florida, ya’ll!


Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Mr. Bing. I have put this eyeliner in and out of my Colourpop cart like 10 times in the last year, however, it wasn’t until January, when there was a 20% off sale, that I finally bought it. I heard Kathleen Lights recommend it in one of her videos saying that it was the perfect brown for her green eyes, so decided to just hit submit. Oh My Gosh! This really is the nicest brown eyeliner I own. It’s rich, but definitely not too dark and has the slightest tinge of burgundy, which really does make my blue/green eyes pop. I’ve always been a fan of the Coloupop Crème Gel formula, so nothing to new to say about that, but the color…WOW!


Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick in Dreamy. Another Kathleen Lights recommendation that comes straight from her latest collaboration and, technically, shouldn’t be anywhere near this list because it has a slight cheesy like smell to it. Seriously, I wonder if I got a bad one or if all of them have the same scent to them, however, I am willing to excuse the cheesy feet smell because this really is my Dream color. It’s literally the same color as the Ofra blush, but in liquid form and it applies evenly, almost in one swipe and lasts all day. I kid you not. I applied this the other day before a meeting at 8am. Had breakfast, 2 cups of coffee, talked, ate lunch, drank a coke, talked some more and this color was still going strong. I then went to have drinks with my co-workers at 5pm and only around 7:30pm, did I see some dramatic fade. I never once re-applied my lipstick. But you want to know the BIG KICKER? It’s not uncomfortable or particularly drying. I didn’t find myself licking my lips or reaching for some lip balm. Can’t wait to see if all the Ultra Satin formula’s are the same.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick in Blush Basin. I know, I know. You must be sick of all the peach in this list, but I can’t help it. I love me that juicy fruit and it’s gorgeous pinky orange color. This lipstick has more of a pinky nude color that is good on it’s own or even layered over a lip liner. In fact, if I didn’t find the above mentioned Colourpop liquid lipstick so comfortable and long lasting, I would layer it over that one to revive the color. Needless to say, the formula is also super moisturizing and lightweight. However, I feel that you need 2 layers to make the color pop and, since it is a cream lipstick, you will need to reapply. That doesn’t bother me at all, but just letting you all know.

Whew! I feel like I had a lot to say this month and I didn’t even include any eyeshadows!

I hope you all enjoyed my picks and see you next month.

Till next time, my friends!


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Palette of the Month · Too Faced

March Palette of the Month – TooFaced Sweet Peach

I am officially on Low-Buy for the next few months. To be honest, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the new stuff coming out, that I just want to take a moment to enjoy the things I have and not always worry about what I want to buy. I mean, I have a lot of nice things, particularly palettes, so I have decided to nominate a Palette of the Month.

The Palette of the Month (POTM) will be one that I currently have in inventory and that I will create at least 2 looks each week for a total of 8 looks a month. I can pull additional colors from other palettes or eyeshadows if necessary as the goal is not to limit myself to just using this palette, but to use what I have and not fall into an endless cycle of buying things I don’t need. At the end of the month, I will create a post showcasing all, if not the favorite, looks I created.

For March, I was taking a look at my collection and all the way in the back of the shelf, I saw my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette sitting there all lonely and neglected. I dug it out and, well was first hit by that powerful fake peach smell, but once that faded, I literally began to mentally create eye looks. This palette really speaks to me because as blue/green eyed girl, I feel like the colors really bring out my eyes. Also, I am way more comfortable working with neutral warm shades that a whole lot of bright colors.

Not that this palette prohibits creativity in any way. We have some nice dark plum and mossy shimmery green colors along with some bright peaches and corals that I’m sure will get my creative juices flowing.

So, seeing as this is the beginning of the month, the clock starts now. Make sure to check back at the end to see what I was able to create. Did I stick to some tried and true looks or did I go a bit out of my comfort zone? Send me any pics or links to tutorials for me to check out. I am a tutorial FREAK!

Till next time, my friends!



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!”


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.


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.


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!


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 separate the winners from the “Mehs”.


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!


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.


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!



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!