One Week One Palette | Weeks 23 & 24

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Welcome back to another installment of One Week One Palette! This week we’re taking a look at two of my most recent palette acquisitions including one I picked out myself and one that arrived in a recent BoxyCharm.

Week 23: Tarte Dream Big Palette

Tarte Cosmetics Dream Big Palette

As I mentioned in one of my recent Thinking Out Loud posts, I got a great coupon to use on Tarte Cosmetics’ website and used it as an excuse to pick up two new palettes. This is the first!

Tarte Cosmetics Dream Big Palette Colors

This Dream Big palette is limited edition, but appears to still be for sale on the site. The colors here are so pretty in the pan, and they perform decent on the lids. However, the shimmers were just not as vibrant as I wanted them to be. By the end of the week I was actually reaching for a few of my other palettes to fill in that bright shimmery hole that I had found in the palette. Bright shimmers are a must for me to completely be in love with a palette. Tarte’s other recent palettes like the Tarteist Pro and the Make Believe in Yourself (which is currently on sale!) had much better shimmers than this one.

However, it wasn’t all bad and I really do enjoy both the color scheme and the motivational message of the palette.

Week 24: RealHer Shadow Palette I: Be Your Own Kind of Beauty

RealHer Shadow Palette I

The RealHer palette arrived just this month in my BoxyCharm subscription. If you read that post, you’ll know that my first impressions of the palette were mostly positive, but I wanted to wait to try it out more before giving a more in depth review. I decided to queue it up as that week’s One Week One Palette selection right away.

RealHer Shadow Palette I Colors

While I could make some fairly nice looks with these colors, the quality wasn’t as great as I was hoping. Again, the shimmers were lackluster (way more so than the Dream Big palette) and the consistency of the formula was not very smooth. I mostly stuck to the “Proud” and “Courageous” shades for my lid and used a variety of others to deepen up the look. Also, there were not very many mattes to speak of here, which I normally don’t mind as long as the shimmers are awesome. Since this palette didn’t have the best shimmers, it was harder to let that slide.

Overall, these two palettes were not home runs, but they weren’t complete failures either. I’m sure I will return to both for a second chance review in the near future, and we’ll see if my opinions have changed on either by then.

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What was your last eyeshadow palette purchase?

Play! by Sephora Review | June 2017

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This month’s Play! by Sephora box has arrived, and I was happy to see the seasonally appropriate summer theming for the month of June! The theme of this box is “Your Summer Starters”.

Play! by Sephora June 2017 - Info

As usual, the products come bundled in a cute fabric bag.

Play! by Sephora June 2017 - Bag

There were some unique, summery products included this month that I was excited to try.

Play! by Sephora June 2017 - Contents

Let’s take a closer look.

Play! by Sephora June 2017 - Hair Products

Ouai Rose Gold Hair & Body Oil

Kicking things off is the biggest miss in the box for me. This oil is described to be for both body and hair. The consistency is very thin and runny, not thick like many of the other hair oils I’ve used.

I gave this a try on wet hair right out of the shower, but was in for an unpleasant surprise as my hair dried. It became a greasy mess! I almost felt like I needed to jump back in the shower and wash it again. I will be reserving this strictly for the body and will use cautiously even at that.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

Luckily this Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel picked up the slack. I was initially surprised to see two hair products in the box this month, as it’s rare to see even one. Not only did this not leave my hair greasy like the Ouai oil, but it smoothed out my frizziness and made my hair manageable and nice even without blow drying. I am enthusiastic to keep using this one.

Play! by Sephora June 2017 - Porefessional and Perfume

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer

I’ve tried samples of the POREfessional in the past and in fact have one this exact size in my makeup backlog. It’s a very effective primer for pore filling, and a little goes a long way. These small samples last a long time!

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume Sample

This is another product I’ve tried before but really enjoy. The scent is sweet and warm and isn’t overpowering. I imagine I will go through this perfume sample pretty quickly.

Play! by Sephora June 2017 - Kat Von D and Primer

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

In case you missed my last BoxyCharm review, I’ve decided to take a stand against bright or dark lip colors that I know I won’t ever use. I’m leaving this one sealed up to be given away. As a side note, I’ve heard amazing things about the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks – I only wish they had sent a more wearable color.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

This product claims to be both a “>moisturizer and a primer, and it seems to be great at both! It has a subtle, delicious scent to it and did a great job moisturizing the skin. Makeup applied effortlessly on top of it as it wasn’t too thick or greasy. Perfect for the summer!

Overall, this was a great box and I’m very happy with the products I was able to try out. I will get a lot of use out of the majority of these items!

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Have you ever tried any of these products before? What did you think?

BoxyCharm Review | June 2017

If you checked in last month, you’ll know that I was quite underwhelmed with May’s BoxyCharm. I was pretty curious to see how the next few months of the subscription would play out after that and wondering if it would be more of the same.

BoxyCharm June 2017 - Info Card

Well, the June box is here and it’s time to see if they’ve upped their game since then!

BoxyCharm June 2017 - Contents

BoxyCharm June 2017 - RealHer Palette

RealHer Eye Shadow Palette I

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this eyeshadow palette after seeing Kathleen Lights have a less than stellar experience with it in her BoxyCharm review. However, I was able to get some really nice looks out of this and the colors lasted all day. There are not a lot of mattes in here and the shimmers are not overly bright, but with the right eyeshadow primer I really enjoyed what I was able to create.

BoxyCharm June 2017 - RealHer Palette Colors

You’ll hear more about this in an upcoming One Week One Palette installment.

BoxyCharm June 2017 - Biobelle Sheet Masks

Biobelle Cosmetics – 3-Pack of Sheet Masks

I LOVE receiving sheet masks in subscription boxes. Sheet masks are some of my favorite skin care items, and I love that I can just throw one on when I have some down time. I tried the #BeautySecrets mask and loved how moisturized it left my skin. I’m happy to have the other two in my sheet mask stash for later use.

BoxyCharm June 2017 - Glow Powder

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder

This glow powder packs a punch. It has a very pretty gold color but wasn’t too dark even on my pale skin. I do prefer my highlighters to be in a pressed form, which is the only downside here. I feel like pressed highlighters create less mess and are much easier to use.

BoxyCharm June 2017 - Brush and Ofra Liquid Lipstick

Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Santa Ana

I’ve come to a realization about myself and lip products – there are only certain formulas and certain colors I will wear. With my very pale skin and lips that are on the smaller side, not all colors and formulas look good on me. I’ve been sticking to glosses and nude colors lately and almost never reach for brighter colors. I know the Ofra Liquid Lipstick formula is nice as I have one in my collection, and this color looks very pretty, but I know I’ll never wear it. I’m going to put this aside for a friend or a future giveaway.

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Pro Precision Tapered Face Brush

I’m just not sure what exactly to use this brush for. It’s an odd shape – very long and not at all dense. It’s extremely soft so it doesn’t pick up much product. The information sheet recommended using this for dusting away powder or applying highlighter. I attempted a highlighter application with this brush, but as expected, it was way to soft and flimsy to do the highlighter justice. I may have to just use this to dust away powder, so I’m not very impressed by this one.

So, the big question: did BoxyCharm redeem themselves this month? In my opinion, they took some good steps in the right direction. There were better brands in this box than last month and overall the product quality was higher. The best items for me were the eyeshadow palette and the sheet masks.

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What did you think of this month’s BoxyCharm?