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Spring Boxycharm Luxe

This is my last Boxycharm as I don’t see the value in it anymore and the excitement factor has worn off. The move has made me realize that I get more enjoyment out of going to Marshall’s, picking out items myself, and getting a great deal on them. I did Boxycharm for a year and that seems to be my maximum for most beauty subscriptions. I don’t know when I will subscribe to another beauty subscription. But alas, here is the last Boxycharm unboxing.

Aria Beauty Luxe Oval Detangling Brush, $34.99

I really enjoy this brush. I only brush my hair when it is dry to minimize damage to my bleached hair. Definitely the most expensive brush that I have ever owned before. There is nothing else to say than that I enjoy it and have been noticing less breakage.

Drybar Liquid Glass Miracle Smoothing Sealant, $34

I am excited to try out another drybar product. I have very frizzy hair, so anything that can tame my frizz I am willing to try. I have so many hair products now as I have really gotten into the investment of my hair. I have so many things to try. I love it!

Stay Calm Soothing Sheet Masks Aloe Infused, $30

Sheet masks are always welcome in our collection. The soothing aloe mask will be nice after a day in the sun. I haven’t found a sheet mask that isn’t like any other. I don’t feel loyal to any sheet masks.

Ren Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream, $51

I am always excited to try a new eye cream and anything to improve my dark circles, I am willing to give a shot. I tend to fly through eye cream, because I use it religiously. I am happy to have this in my back stock until I am ready to use it.

Frank Body Perky Sculpting Body Hydrator, $19.95

I do not like the scent of this and neither does Martin. We will be giving this to Jenna. lol

Lawless Forget The Filler Lip Plumping Gloss, $25

I really like this lip gloss. It doesn’t hurt like the Too Faced one. It is a nice consistently. It is like a balm and not sticky. It has a nice candy scent.

Natasha Denona Cupid Eyeshadow Palette, $25

Neither one of us are attracted to these colors. This will be given away.

Iconic London Multi-Use Sculpting Palette, $49

Martin and I are excited to utilize this palette. It has colors to suit both of our skin tones. I have been into creams lately, so I am highly interested in this palette. I cannot wait to set up our vanity and have all of our products spread out. It will be so fun.

The value of this box was $268.94. I don’t feel like Luxe is worth it. Some of my Boxycharms have had this great of a value. There is a couple of things that we aren’t interested in, which brings down the value of this box. Overall, it is an end of a fun year, but all good things must come to an end at some point.

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BoxyCharm Haul

Another haul and you can expect a few more as I indulged for my birthday. We also have some excited news, so we are making some purchases for that as well. It is an exciting time with a whole bunch of new content in the works. One of my favorite products showed up on the popup shop. My fiancé wanted a couple of things as well, so we made a haul out of it. Our budget will be tighter starting with May, until he is able to get his job situated as he is currently between positions.

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Duo Mascara + Gel Eyeliner, $9 ($35)

My fiancé wanted this one. I hope he likes it.

Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color in Pink, $6 ($19)

My fiancé wanted this one as well.

Tarte Maracuja Miracle Mist Setting Spray, $9 ($23)

As you know, I am obsessed with setting sprays and primers. I am happy to add another setting spray to my collection. I really love the variety and having a hydrating and matte spray open at once for options. It has a natural finish, so I would categorize this more on the matte side until I start to use it and can give a more informed option.

OleHenriksen Phat Glow Facial Mask, $12 ($52)

I didn’t realize that this retailed for so much. I just liked the sound of this product and wanted to try it out. We love face masks and are always trying new ones! I do like that this one comes in a pump for ease of use.

Korres Wild Rose Vit C Brightening Sleeping Facial, $12 ($48)

This is a repurchase. I love this sleeping mask SO MUCH. My skin always looks good with this in the routine. I went without it for a few months and missed it in my routine. That is when I knew that I needed it and enjoyed it.

Bite Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss in Lavender Cookie, $7 ($25)

This had to be cranked a lot before the product started to come out of the tip. I think this will be a pretty easy lip product to use up. The shade is bright and fun for Spring and Summer. I am looking forward to wearing this shade, especially now that you don’t have to wear masks as much anymore. My lip products are going to be used again!

I paid $55 for these products that are worth $202 full price. I love all the items that I got, otherwise I wouldn’t have bought them. They peaked my interest and hopefully, I love the mask when I do try it!

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BoxyCharm: April 2022

This month’s Boxycharm theme was Spring Revival.

CHELLA Divine Purpose Eyeshadow Palette, $35

I gave this to Martin. This is pretty much a basics palette with a pop of blue. The blue is weird and doesn’t fit in with the rest of the shades. It does match the box though!

ACEOLOGY Detoxifying Treatment Mask, 65 ml for $69

We love a good face mask as you guys very well know. We are looking forward to trying out this peel off mask. Boxycharm must have felt that we are trying out peel off masks, because this is the second one that we got this month as I purchased our first one at Marshall’s. I am sure that this will be an empty soon enough based on how often we mask. I love that my guy isn’t afraid to do “girly” things with me.

QMS MEDICOSMETICS Eye Serum, 15 ml for $118

I am SO EXCITED to try out one of these fancy eye serums! It has a ceramic tip and I am ALL about this product. Do I think I need an eye serum in my routine? No, I think eye cream is enough and I use my face serum on my eyes (when appropriate). Will I absolutely enjoy this product while I have it? Most definitely!

ITEM BEAUTY Lengthening Mascara in Midnight Mood, $15

I enjoy trying out different mascaras, because it is hard for me to find ones that I like. Sometimes, I have to open up a few mascaras to find one that I like in my collection. I am currently using a Smashbox one and I am not feeling it. I think that I will be cracking into this one soon, because I’m not completely happy with the one that I have open. I love wearing mascara, so if I don’t want to do it as it feels like a chore, then it isn’t the one for me. Hopefully, I like this one.

LUCKY CHICK Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz, $22

This is FUCKING BEAUTIFUL! It sets and doesn’t budge. It doesn’t go into my crease either! I do use a glitter primer, because I have oily eye lids. I always use a primer with creams, liquids, and glitters. Powder eye shadow tends to stay in place and lightly fade by the end of the day. I also use high quality eye shadow, which might explain the staying power on my oily lids.

The total value of this box is $259. I absolutely love 4/5 things and I am eager to use them. I just tried out the mascara and fell in love. I did cancel my Boxycharm for the time being. I love going to Marshalls and TJ Max. I can get what I want for the same price. I’m just tired I think after a year.

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BoxyCharm: March

Another lackluster month from Boxycharm. We will use everything, but there was nothing that really excited me or was something that I really wanted to have/try. I have been thinking about upgrading to LUXE, because they seem to have a bit more exciting products than the base box. I’m not looking to go to premium. I think it would be nice 4 times a year to pay a little more to get some more exciting products and more of them as well. I am saving this for when we move out though, because space is a concern right now. There is nothing wrong with this box at all, just nothing that made me go wow.

I do really like the theme of March, though.

Flirtacious Looks Cosmetics The Perfect Duel, $30

My boyfriend will be getting this set as he loves his makeup sponges. This one is very on par with the softness of the BeautyBlender. His favorite color is also red, so it works out. He is excited about using both items.

Glowoasis Milkdew PH Balancing Moisture Milk Toner, $26

We ran out of our toner pads and we are almost out of two other toners. As soon as we have finished those off, this will be our only toner. We look forward to using this, but we do prefer toner pads. This is much preferred over another toner spray though. This sounds really interesting, but we are into clarifying toners due to our acne prone skin.

Frank Body Brightening Vitamin C Mask, $19.95

We love face masks, so this was a welcome addition to our skin care routine. This is a quick 5 minute mask, which is nice when we are not in the mood for a 20 to 30 minute one. Sometimes, you just wanna go to bed but also treat your face.

Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Illuminating Primer, $26

I love primers. This will be the 8th one that I currently own in my collection. I am excited to try something from Selena Gomez’s line as I am a huge fan of hers. I also go through primers quite a bit as I usually wear a light base even if I am not wearing makeup. I think I am already on my 3rd primer this year, but all three have been minis or deluxe sizes so far. They all have been brand new and never opened before as well.

Eleman Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in Miami, $18

As you can see, this is a very pigmented formula. It isn’t super drying on the lips and does dry down to a powdery finish. It still contains a natural sheen, so not totally matte. The first photo is my natural lip color. As you can see, my lips are pretty pigmented on their own, but I do have a wonky bottom lip line that does make it a challenge to make lipsticks look right. For me, this color was a your lips but better look/color. It is a bit darker than my natural lip color, but it is pretty close. I do wish for more adventurous colors, but I will use this one.

This months value was $119.95, which is probably the lowest value box thus far and it shows in the products that were selected. We are most happy about 2/5, but we will use all 5 products. The value of this box is still a 5/5, because of that fact. Did you like all the items that you received in your March Boxycharm?

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BoxyCharm Haul

I know, I know. I say that I don’t buy that many beauty products and I have done SO many purchases so far this year. I swear that I am not normally like this. LOL. I’ve just been so into investing in myself that I haven’t been holding back. Still spending responsibly though, because I want to move out by the time it is Spring. I also haven’t purchased everything for myself. Some things I buy to share with my boyfriend and other things I have purchased just for him. Taking that into consideration, I think that I have been doing fairly well for myself. I expect that I’ll probably make at least one purchase a month with some beauty products as it is an area of my life that I really enjoy and I consider it a hobby. Lots of people spend money on their hobbies. I just have to keep up with my promise to myself to use up as many products this year that I enjoy and toss/donate anything along the way that doesn’t give me joy.

Kopari CBD Recovery Balm, 2.5 fl oz for $9 (Retail $45)

I originally bought this for my boyfriend’s mom, but she went to a distillery and purchased a CBD balm there for $50 that is roughly the same size as this one. I know how long it takes for her to use up product, so I thought that we would use this instead for any of our aches and pains. I’ve only used it on my sore ankles so far and it is really no different than using a muscle cream. However, it is more natural and I prefer it because of that fact. It has a nice herbal and peppermint scent. It has a cooling sensation on the skin. I love how full the container is! It is a balm that does melt or liquify, so I find it very easy to apply and prefer it over a traditional greasy balm.

Jelliez Beauty Wing Stamp Eyeliner in Black for $3 (Retail $22)

I know that I have been complaining about black eye liner, but this one is actually different from the rest. It has a wing that you can stamp on and an eye liner side to line your eye. I am looking forward to trying this out, because I cannot do a wing for shit. lol

YC COLLECTION Let Me First Primer, 1fl oz for $6 (Retail $20)

This was a purchase for my boyfriend. I was shopping the sale, so I asked him if there was anything that he wanted. He picked out this primer to try out. He has a few primers now that all do different things. He is excited to try it out.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray, 3.4 fl oz for $12 (Retail $26)

I know that I said that I wasn’t sure if I was on the dewy, glowy train fully, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a bit of a glow at times. I have been very into the “sun-kissed/burned” look with my blushes and doing the same technique with bronzer as well. I thought this would be a nice one to try out. If it is too much for me, I know that my boyfriend would be all over this one. He only has the ELF Matte Setting Spray, so this would be a welcome edition to him. I told him that I don’t mind him using it though if I do like it. I am totally into sharing.

In total, I paid $33.87 including all taxes and such for $113 worth of product full price. I basically paid a bit less than 1/3 of the price for all of these items. It is such an amazing deal if you do want items in the sale. I don’t buy things to buy things, because they are on sale. I buy things if I really want them, but a sale is really motivating for me to actually purchase something that I do want.

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Purchased VS Empties: Jan Update

I am excited for this series this year. My boyfriend and I have a bet going on with how much I use up and spend in a year. The results are going to be very interesting. I decided to structure this post with everything I purchased first in photos and the monetary amount that was spent. Everything that I used up will follow and the cost of what was used up. I will then compare the numbers and give predictions on how the next month will go or comments or whatever I feel that I want to add. This is just for fun and for my own data and I am excited to see what the end of the year will bring.

For a bigger size of the perfume my then fiance got me for my birthday.
It is a 1.7 FL Oz size and it is perfect with a sprayer.

The perfume was $118, which was a splurge and not typical of me. The Batiste was $8.99. the pack of makeup wipes was $4.99. The hair detangler was $5.99. The BECCA powder was $10. The Pretty Vulgar was $7.99. The BECCA primer was $9.99. The brushes were $6.99. The other 5 items are from Boxycharm, which costs me $27.99 a month. The total amount of money that I spent on beauty products in January was $200.98.

In January, I have used up the below products. I managed to use up 10 items and I brought in 13 items, leaving a deficit of 3. So, -3 items in my beauty balance for the month of January. Hopefully, I will turn this number into the positives next month!

The Olay serum was $9.99. The 1 nose strip is being counted as $1. The MILK mask stick was $26. The Batiste dry shampoo was $5.99. The Pureology hair detangler was $29. The Anastasia Contour stick was $25. The Palmer’s lip balm was $2.95. The Pink Rose eye shadow stick in hip hop was $10. The lip liner duo was $16. The bronzer powder was $18. This month, I used up or decluttered a total of $142.93.

This means that I have purchased $200.98 worth of beauty items and I used up $142.93 worth of beauty items. This means that I purchased $58.05 more than what I was able to use up. So far, my beauty total for January of 2022 is $58.05 over budget and my collection is -3 out of it. I think that Feb will put us into the positive numbers as I have used up a few items and I think only my boxycharm is coming into my collection.

$200.98 purchased/$142.93 gone

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Boxycharm: February

I got my Boxycharm really late this month. It sat for 5 days in a distribution center, before being passed off to the USPS carrier. At first, this box was a bit of a letdown, but then I started to brighten considerably as my boyfriend offered a new perspective. I love doing these boxes with him and sharing as I feel like he gets caught up in my excitement for new items to play with. He doesn’t feel free to wear makeup and explore that side of himself while we are living with his family, but he has talked about buying a vanity big enough for two and how excited he is when we move out to get back into experimenting again. The excitement of moving out is getting very real as his first paycheck from his new job is around the corner.

Saturday Skin Yuzu Vitamin C Bright Eye Cream, 15ml for $32

We already have 2 eye creams open currently, but it looks like our morning one will be gone pretty soon. I am super excited to try out a Saturday Skin product as I haven’t tried anything from the brand yet. It sounds perfect to use in the mornings and I love the holographic orange on the lid. This will go in the backstock until it is ready to be opened.

Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow, 30ml for $35

My boyfriend is excited to try out this primer. I just bought myself a BECCA primer, so I thought that I would let him have this one. Plus, glowy primers are up his alley, while I am not 100% on the glow train. Primer is one of those products that I go through fairly easily and I know he is the same way. He also doesn’t have a glowy primer currently, so this will be a good addition to his budding collection.

Alleyoop Multi-Tasker-4-in-1 Makeup Brush for $28

I love how soft the blush brush is and it is always nice to have more eyeshadow brushes. We don’t really travel, but we do have a trip in the works for this year. This will come in handy for that if I even end up wearing makeup. The sponge part is weird and hard. It would probably be best dry for baking or applying undereye concealer.

Estate Cosmetics Precision Felt Tip Liquid Liner, $12

Another black eye liner. I will throw this into the backstock in case one of our eye liners is dried out when we go to use it. I will only keep 2 backups, one for each of us, at a time. There is no need to keep more of them unless we were really using them and we currently don’t really wear liquid eye liner.

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara for $23

This came just in time for me, because I have recently used up my previous mascara and I didn’t have any left. I am unsure about the short bristles, but I am willing to give it a try. I really love to wear mascara. It is something that I wear every single day and I have been missing it in my makeup routine. I am happy to have a new tube to try out. I’m not loyal to any particular mascara.

This box is a bit on the lower said at $130, but I love the eye cream. The value of the eye cream pays for the box itself. I’m not mad at it. I would give it 3/5 for excitement and I would give it 5/5 for value as we will use everything.

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BoxyCharm: January 2022

Boxycharm was kind of a miss for me this month. All the products are great and everything, but I would give it a 2/5 for the amount of products that I am actually going to use from this box. However, I am SUPER stoked for those two items. I’m just feeling kind of meh towards Boxycharm, but there is an excitement and convenience factor behind getting the box. I think I might stop at some point this year, probably around when we move. I want to get a tea and candle subscription. Honestly? I can get what I like cheap at our local Marshalls and make an activity out of it. Maybe I’m just growing out of Boxycharm? But it is fun and I do enjoy it.

AVANT Velvet Perfecting Rose Sugar Lip Scrub, 10 ml $71.00

This is on the oily side for a lip scrub. There is more oil than there is scrub. This will be in our evening and morning skin care basket for both of us to use up. If my boyfriend ends up doing skincare/makeup separately, I told him he is welcome to take this and use it. It will get used, but meh. I have a lip scrub that is scrubbier. Also, this is $71! $71! I just can’t. lol

TOO FACED Hangover Good to Go Moisturizer, 1.4 fl oz $35.00

I am super excited for this moisturizer! I have tried so much from the Hangover line and they have all been super good and moisturizing for my skin. It really helps to balance out my oils. I cannot wait to crack into this during the summer to get the most use out of the included SPF. I never like to have TOO much skincare opened, so this will go into the backstock until I use up a daytime moisturizer. I don’t think it will be too long before this one gets opened if I am being honest. I am getting back into the swing of things, so skincare should be moving along again.

FARMACY Filling Good Hyaluronic Acid Serum, 30 ml $44.00

This is the 2nd serum going straight to my backstock, but I am super excited to use this one! I have heard so much about the Farmacy brand, but I haven’t been able to try that much from them. What I have tried, I have loved, so I am looking forward to opening this when the time comes. I am almost done with a night time serum and I will bring this one in. I might also use it in the morning too to see if it actually plumps up fine lines.

LYS BEAUTY No Limits Matte Bronzer in Light, 0.23 oz $18.00

This is way too dark for our skin and will be donated to a women’s shelter. I am working on building a bag of donations to drop off. It will include any boxycharm items that are unopened. I will include colors that I know aren’t my shade or something that I will use. It will be something my boyfriend also gives a pass on. Any skin care / body care / hair care that we are not excited for or interested in trying out. Once this bag is filled, I will write a post of all the items that are going and why.

DRAGUN BEAUTY Lip Liner & Sharpener in 2.0 cc, 1.4 g $16.00

I really disliked the color of this on me. It has a green hue once I put it on my lips that looks like baby poop. I am putting it aside for my friend to see if she wants to try it, since it is used. It wasn’t a good color on me. The formula is really nice though.

Overall, this box had a value of $184. For me, this box has a value of $79 for the ones that I am really excited about. When I add the lip scrub that we will also use, it brings up the total to $150. That is pretty solid in my book. I think I will keep Boxycharm for now, because I do enjoy shopping the heavily discounted items. We shall see if I will continue it once we move and my budget changes.

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Boxycharm: December

The theme for the month of December was Gift of Glam and I think that the chosen items didn’t really fit the theme? I did choose one skincare item in my box. I just thought this box was a bit underwhelming. We will use everything, but I expected more based on loving past boxes. We might upgrade to the seasonal box, but I am still on the fence about it. We haven’t had a chance to use any of the items, so this will be first impressions only. Hopefully, I can get the next one up earlier, but no promises! lol

Araceli Beauty Bella Sponge Duo, 2 for $24.00

Makeup sponges are always nice to get as they do expire faster than brushes. I gave this to my boyfriend as I do not like to use sponges and I prefer brushes. They seem soft enough and have that tear drop Beauty Blender shape.

Dito Cosmetics Venus 12 Shade Palette, $29.99

This says it is limited edition; however, you can still buy it on their website. I gave this to my boyfriend as this color story is more up his alley with the reds and the purples. He is excited for it as it swatched beautifully for him.

StudioMakeup HA Rejuvenating Serum, 1fl oz for $45.00

This is nothing earth shattering or ground braking. It is a good serum to have and it will sit in our bin until we have used up one of our serums. It is great for day time and gentle for nighttime use if you are using other, harsher products.

Algenist Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm, 0.5 fl oz for $68.00

This is a very nice, balmy eye cream. Algenist can easily be found at Marshalls for a good price, so I would look there if you are looking to buy their products. This was our choice for this month as we needed a night time eye cream. We both really like it and a little goes a long way. I think this is the only item in the box that we used so far.

Seraphine Botanicals Luna Liner, 2g for $18.00

It is another black liquid liner. I put it in our back stock until we need a new one open. These are always nice to have on hand. I can’t get too many of these or mascara. I wish they would throw in a colored liner every once in a while. I think that is the 2nd liquid liner that I was sent in 4 to 5 months of this subscription.

This box had a total value of $184.99. I don’t think this is a bad price for this box. The eye cream that I wanted was worth more than what I paid for the box. I call that a win in my book. I will be using 3/5 of the products from this month’s box. I am happy with what we received by it was lackluster.

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Project Pan 2021: November

Last month, we had managed to use up 16/21. This month, I managed to clear out 2 more items. The foundation is too light for my boyfriend and I, so I will be giving it to a friend. I am thinking about buying this again for me in a better shade. The Hourglass foundation stick has been around for so long that it has to go now. The count is now 18/21. I have to finish up 3 items by the end of December to reach my project pan goal. I am confident in achieving this and possibly going over. This includes hitting pan on an item, so you will be figuring out why I feel so confident in an upcoming post. It sort of came as a shock that I had done this. Exciting stuff coming up. Stay tuned until the end of this month/after the New Year for the finale!

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