BoxyCharm Review | July 2017

Remember a few months back when I was so disillusioned with BoxyCharm that I thought about unsubscribing? Well, to say they’ve turned things around is an understatement. This month’s box includes brands I never thought I’d see in a BoxyCharm, and there are some spoilers out about August that are even more exciting.




I’m quite happy with the new direction BoxyCharm is taking!

BoxyCharm July 2017 - Contents

As always, an info card is included detailing all the products and their retail prices.

BoxyCharm July 2017 - Info Card

Let’s take a closer look.


BoxyCharm July 2017 - Blinc Palette

Blinc Electric Eyes Palette

This eyeshadow palette is incredibly impressive. It contains 5 jewel tone shimmer shades, and the pigmentation is on another level. The quality and shine on these shadows outdoes any recent palette I’ve used (check out my One Week One Palette series to find out more about my recent palettes), and we’re talking some high end palettes there.

BoxyCharm July 2017 - Blinc Palette Colors

It doesn’t require any effort whatsoever to build up these colors. They’re bright and opaque with one swipe of the brush. Needless to say, we’ve kicked off this box with a giant hit, and I can’t wait to play with these colors more.

BoxyCharm July 2017 - ColourPop and WinkyLux

ColourPop Ultra-Matte Lip in Beeper

First of all, how amazing is it to see a recognizable, quality brand like ColourPop in a BoxyCharm? One of my main complaints in May was that BoxyCharm kept repeating the same no-name brands over and over again. It seems they’ve since listened to their customers and changed things up!




While I am happy to see ColourPop, I wasn’t too happy with the color or consistency of the lip product. I probably would have liked one of the ultra satins better, and the color is a bit too dark for me. However, I am happy to finally try something from this brand.

WinkyLux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil

This brow pencil wasn’t a huge hit for me. It’s got a triangular shaped tip which ended up being too large to get a precise application. The pencil was a little on the dry side as well. I didn’t love how my brows came out after using this product a few times. There is a nice spooly on the other end though, which is a plus.

BoxyCharm July 2017 - BareMinerals and Setting Spray

bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo

BareMinerals is another brand I never thought I’d see in a BoxyCharm, and one that made me even more excited than the others! I’ve been a huge fan of bareMinerals for many years, and I know first hand that their products are good. This powder duo is reminiscent of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders as they’re meant to be finishing powders for your face. I used the matte powder as a setting powder and targeted the glowy side on my highlight points. Both left a nice finish on my face, and since I had nothing like this in my collection, I’m happy to have this in rotation.

Project Beauty Spray. Set. Go Makeup Setting Spray

Lastly, we have a setting spray from Project Beauty. This spray did do a great job of keeping my makeup in place, especially during the exceptionally hot weather we’ve been having this week. Be careful with the spray though as it is quite aggressive. I would recommend holding the bottle far from your face when using.




Overall, this month was amazing for BoxyCharm and makes me excited to see where the company is going. The inclusion of ColourPop and bareMinerals shows me that BoxyCharm knows that their customers want more recognizable brands, and it seems like they’re going to deliver on that for the rest of the year!


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What did you think of this month’s BoxyCharm?

L’Oreal Revitalift Intensive Moisturizer | Influenster Review

A few weeks back, Influenster unexpectedly sent me a package for review. I’m always excited to receive new products to test, and when I saw what was inside, I was even more excited. The box contained the L’Oreal Revitalift Intensive Moisturizer, and being a skin care enthusiast, I couldn’t wait to give it a try!




This product was provided free for review purposes by Influenster.

L'Oreal Revitalift Influenster Review- Info

Influenster

If you haven’t heard of Influenster, they are a site that provides products to bloggers/social media influencers in exchange for reviews. You take surveys about your product preferences and occasionally will qualify for a box of products based on your social media impact scores and past Influenster performance. It’s a great opportunity to receive products to try!

L'Oreal Revitalift Influenster Review- Packaging

L’Oreal Revitalift

The L’Oreal Revitalift promises to deeply hydrate the skin, smooth skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They also invite the user to take the #RevitaliftChallenge by using the product twice a day for 14 days to see the difference. I began using the product immediately upon getting my package to see what kind of effect it would have on my skin.

The packaging feels very substantial and luxurious. Every time I pick it up, I feel like I’m using a high end moisturizer! The product inside is quite thick, but absorbs into the skin quickly enough to use it under makeup if you choose. I found that I prefer using it mostly at night due to how thick the product is. The moisturizer has a slight scent, but I find it quite pleasant. The scent doesn’t last on the skin after application.

L'Oreal Revitalift Influenster Review- Product

My Results

It was lucky timing to receive this product when I did. I had just recently had a reaction to a different product that left my skin very textured. It only took a few days of use for that texture to disappear completely! That alone was enough to impress me. My skin has been overall much smoother, softer and clearer than before. The results and product remind me of a Sephora Collection night cream I used to use and love, and this one is much more affordable.




So, did it live up to its claims?

Hydration: Yes
Reduction in skin texture: Absolutely (so impressed with this!)
Reduction in wrinkles: Somewhat (not as noticeable)

L'Oreal Revitalift Influenster Review- Product Open

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an affordable, high quality moisturizer that really does show results, I would highly recommend the L’Oreal Revitalift.


What is your favorite nighttime moisturizer?

One Week One Palette | Weeks 25 & 26

Welcome back to another installment of my One Week One Palette series! I’ve been keeping up with this series since the beginning of the year, and it’s been a lot of fun to rotate through all my palettes and give mini reviews on them. This time we’ll be taking a look at two of the palettes I purchased recently. One is a limited edition palette that was just recently released, and the other is a classic that somehow I’ve never tried before!


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Volume III

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III - Outside

I purchased this palette at the same time as the Dream Big palette, another limited edition item from Tarte. When I took a look at the pictures online, I loved how light and bright the colors appeared. This palette is also advertised as being an eyeshadow and highlighting palette in one. I haven’t tried these as highlighters, and I honestly think they might be just a bit too shimmery to use on the cheeks. However, I did give this a good test when it came to the eyes.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III - Colors

Much like a lot of the Tarte palettes that have come out lately, there isn’t much matte representation here. All the shades are shimmers except for one which is called “tiki”. After using this matte shade during the course of the week, I was disappointed to see that there was some hard pan developing on top of the shadow. I could barely get any product to come up on a brush and had to scrape off a layer in order to keep using it. Considering I had only just started using the palette, this was a bit confusing.




The shimmers, however did not disappoint at all. If you’re like me and enjoy very light-colored, sparkly shimmer shades, you will enjoy this palette. It was a lot of fun to play with and I enjoyed the looks that I came up with.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

When I received a gift card to Sephora from my husband for our anniversary, I knew I was going to order the Naked palette. I almost purchased this during last fall’s VIB sale, but opted instead for the Modern Renaissance palette, a decision I didn’t regret. However, I knew the Naked palette was one of the most talked about classic palettes out there. I had been wanting to give it a try for myself for some time.

Urban Decay Naked Palette - Colors

After a solid week of using it as my One Week One Palette selection, I now understand why this is a staple for so many. The matte browns are the perfect shades for crease and transition work, and there are plenty of shimmer options to play with. I was slightly disappointed with the shade “Sin” because I was expecting it to be much brighter. It took a lot of work to get it to look like much of anything on the lids. The other shimmers were much better, and the darker mattes were perfect to deepen up the looks I was creating.




It really is an all-in-one palette that gives you everything you’ll need.


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Do you prefer mattes or shimmers when it comes to eyeshadow palettes?