Boxycharm│September 2015

October 5, 2015

Happy Monday, lovelies! Today I am going to be sharing with you all what was inside my September Boxycharm box. September's box-which had a total value of $131.75, was a total hit with me. I absolutely loved the assortment of products I received, and the fact that they were all full sized just made the box even sweeter. I even received a bonus item that I am really excited about! 

Previse Skincare HydroMilk Hydrating Lotion: My skin has been on the drier side lately, so this moisturizer couldn't have arrived at a better time. It contains antioxidants and botanicals that help hydrate and repair skin. It's also paraben free. I have only used this product a couple of times but so far, I do like it. The formula feels comfortable on, it doesn't leave behind a residue, and it indeed does hydrate my parched skin. (Full Size: $48)

Vasanti Professional Foundation Brush: When it comes to subscription boxes, beauty tools are one of my favorite items to receive, so I couldn't have been anymore pleased when I saw this foundation brush in my box. I usually prefer buffing or stippling brushes when it comes to applying foundation, so I will reserve this brush for under-eye concealer application, since the size is just perfect for that area. (Full Size: $32)

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel: My brows can be pretty unruly, so a brow gel that will keep the hairs in place is always a must. I can't wait to try this one! (Full Size: $18)

tarte skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner: This eyeliner is just gorgeous. I have the shade "Golden Tiger's Eye" and the reddened golden copper color is perfect for fall. The liner effortlessly glides on, and the smudger at the other end of the pencil really comes in handy for softening up the lines. (Full Size: $19)

Scratch Nail Wraps: I love the look of nail wraps, but I have always found them to be a bit intimidating in terms of application. I am willing to give these a go though, since they look super rad. (Full Size: $12)

Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil: This was the bonus item in the box. This hair oil helps smooth, rejuvenate, and nourish hair. The rich formula doesn't weight down my hair, and a bit of product always goes a long way. I love the shine this oil imparts on my hair! (Travel Size: $2.75)

If you want to sign up for your own Boxycharm subscription ($21/month) you can do so, here.

What do you all think of September's Boxycharm box?

Disclaimer: I purchased my own monthly Boxycharm subscription. This post contains referral links.

imPRESS│Press-On Manicure

September 24, 2015

I love treating myself to an at home manicure. But nowadays, I don't seem to find much time for them since most of my attention goes to my beautiful boy Lucas, who will be 9 months old next week. He is just growing up right before my eyes. Where has the time gone?

I am no stranger to press-on nails, and imPress make some of my favorites. They are easy to apply, and I can achieve a perfect manicure in just minutes-without the drying time and the mess. imPress nails have a gel-like shine, are safe on natural nails, and contain an UltraHold Adhesive Technology that really secures and keeps the nails on. They are also waterproof.

With over 40 colors and designs to choose from, variety isn't scarce and there is bound to be a style to love. Shown here are Bells & Whistles (top), and So, So Stellar (bottom). Each set comes with nails in a range of sizes, a mini file, and a prep pad. 

The instructions are pretty easy to follow: First, select the correct nail size for each finger (the side with the tab is the one that lines up with the cuticle); set them aside. Next, cleanse natural nails with the enclosed prep pad. Now comes the fun part-applying the nails. Take the nails and peel off the backing to reveal the adhesive. Align the nail with the cuticle, and press down firmly in the middle, and on each side of the nail. If you need to, use the file to shape nails to your liking. Removal is just as easy. All you have to do is gently peel off the nails from the sides. That's it!

I rocked Bells & Whistles all of last week, and I am happy to report that they were truly a joy to sport. They felt comfortable on, the short length was very flattering, and the vibrant aqua color and accent design beautifully stood out. These nails can last on up to one week, and when it was time to remove them on day 7, they came off without any trouble, and my natural nails were not affected. 

I can't wait to try the So, So Stellar set, which includes the heart charms. How glam!

Price: $7.99

Availability: imPress, Walgreens

What do you all think of imPress Press-On Manicure?

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Ipsy│September 2015

September 18, 2015

Ipsy really impressed me with this month's bag. Not only is the bag itself super chic and perfect for fall, but the items I received in my bag are just as lovely. I have already tried a couple of the products and so far, I have been very pleased. 

Read on to check out what was inside my September Ipsy bag, which had a total value of a little over $43!

NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eyeshadow Trio: The neutral shadows in this exclusive palette are nicely pigmented, smooth, easy to wear, and they compliment each other beautifully. The colors in the palette consist of a shimmered light taupe, shimmered warm brown, and a matte charcoal brown. I can't wait to start creating eye looks with these eyeshadows! (Full Size: $3)

Formula X Nail Color in Ignite: I was first introduced to Formula X in my June bag, so I am really happy to have another one of these lovely polishes. This classic, smoking red creme is right up my alley and perfect for fall. (Value: $3.41)

GLAMGLOW Flashmud Brightening Treatment: I gave this brightening mask a go last night and I loved how well this exfoliated my skin. The fragrance was great, too. I didn't really see a difference in my skin after use, but I am hoping that with a few more applications I will get the brightening results that I so long for. (Value: $20.29)

tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Nantucket Nude: This lip color is infused with Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter, which provide moisturizing and antioxidant properties. The formula is smooth and truly feels weightless on the lips. The color is buildable and flattering on, and the matte finish provides the perfect touch. (Value: $10.67)

Garnier Fructis Brazilian Smooth Flatiron Express: This all in one treatment helps prep, protect, and extend straight hairstyles. It contains Brazilian Murumuru Butter and Argan Oil, which nourishes and smooths hair. I straighten my hair pretty often with a flatiron, so I can't wait to see what this can do for me. (Full Size: $5.99)

If you want to sign up for a monthly Ipsy subscription, you can do so here.

What did you all receive in your September Ipsy bags?

Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Ipsy subscription. This post contains referral links.

Julep│September 2015

September 12, 2015

I am so ready for fall. Summer is nice, but I am longing for the cool and crisp weather that autumn brings. Also on my radar for fall is the beauty lineup that I always look forward to. Deep and sultrier hues, galore! My September Julep Maven box (I went with the bombshell option this month) came in recently, and it contained lovely products that will have me fall ready in no time.

Check it out!

Rachel: I was really intrigued by this beautiful graphite shimmer. It's edgy, fun, and I don't think I have anything like it. Metallic shimmered finishes like this one do tend to show streak marks, and Rachel is no different. But, it is a cool color, and I will be sporting it frequently during the autumn and winter season.

Cassandra: This deep cabernet crème is nothing many of us haven't seen before. Although I probably have extremely similar nail colors to this one in my collection, it is a hue that I tend to reach for often. It's sort of like a classic which never fails, since it's a color that is so easy to wear. The formula on Cassandra was nice. Two coats resulted in opaque and even coverage.

Julep: This nail color is Julep's signature crème, and it was included in all of the September maven boxes (courtesy of Julep). It's a lovely color with an exceptional formula. Smooth, opaque, and even. 

Light On Your Lips Full-Coverage Crème Lipstick: I was initially introduced to one of Julep's light on your lips lipsticks back in March, and I was pretty impressed. Strut is one of seven newly launched colors, and it's a plum nectar creme that is right up my alley. It's pigmented, flattering, and long lasting. The formula feels comfortable on the lips, and the lipstick easily glides on without tugging.

Oxygen Performance Top Coat: I was in dire need of a new top coat, so with my accumulated Jules rewards points I added on this one. It adds a lovely shine to the nails, and it dries super fast. Loving it so far!

If you want to sign up for your own monthly Julep Maven subscription, you can do so, here.

What did you all receive in your September Julep Maven boxes?

Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Julep Maven subscription. This post contains referral links. 

MAC│Strobe Cream

August 30, 2015

I think it's safe to say that almost everyone loves a radiant complexion. I have a couple of foundations that help me achieve that dewy, luminous look that I love, but when I want something extra, I reach for MAC's Strobe Cream. It just never fails.

Strobe cream is a moisturizer that contains iridescent particles and antioxidants which help clarify, brighten, and add luminosity to the skin. It's also infused with vitamins, botanicals to moisten, and green tea to help eliminate the look of dull and tired skin. This cream is non-acnegenic, ophthalmologist tested, and dermatologist tested.

Strobe Cream can be used in many ways. Used alone, applied under foundation-which is what I like to do, or strategically placed on areas of the face for a soft highlight-strobing, anyone? You can even mix it with liquid foundation for an extra boost of luminosity. No matter which way you use it, the end result is always going to be a radiant and healthy looking complexion.

This cream has a smooth texture that applies beautifully on the skin. It doesn't take long to absorb, it doesn't leave behind a sticky residue or a cast, and it feels comfortable on. I love how well MAC's Strobe Cream works on my combination skin. It's pretty hydrating and smoothing-a treat for the drier areas of my face, and it doesn't enhance or worsen the oilier parts that are on my t-zone. Winning!

I have the smaller, travel-sized version of MAC's Strobe Cream (which has lasted quite a long time since a little always goes a long way), but a repurchase of the fuller size is definitely in store.

Full Size: $33
Travel Size: $10


What do you all think of MAC's Strobe Cream?

Disclaimer: Purchased by me.
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