January BoxyCharm Unboxing

Hi everyone,

This morning I got my January box from BoxyCharm and I thought that now would be the perfect time to go through it. The theme this month is perfect for January, as it’s Fresh Start.

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The first product we have is the Dr. Brandt Do Not Age With Dr. Brandt Triple Peptide Eye Cream. This is a super hydrating peptide powered cream that is supposed to recharge tired looking eyes for a more rested look, reduce puffiness and fade dark circles, diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines and help to restore and replenish moisture. I do like a good eye cream and Dr. Brandt is a great brand, so I’m interested to try this out. 

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Next we have the Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya. This is an oil and silicone free moisturizer that is supposed to give you lightweight and lasting hydration without feeling greasy. This has Moringa Water, Papaya and Willow Herb, which are to help clear pores of dirt and impurities and reduce shine. This is paraben free, formaldehyde free, synthetic fragrance free, phthlate free, mineral oil free and cruelty free. This is recommended for combination and oily skin. I really like the packaging on this with the shape and color of the pot. 

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Moving on we have the Ciate London Velvet Eyeshadow Palette. This is a relatively new palette and it has a mix of soft shimmers, hyper metallics and velvety smooth mattes. This formula is supposed to be very pigmented and have super soft application. I really like the packaging on this palette, it has a matte pinky/purple top with ‘Ciate London’ written in rose gold and the bottom of the palette is a shiny rose gold.

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You get a good size mirror on this palette, which I always appreciate.

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This is a 12 pan palette and the shadows have a wavy look in the pans. There is some irony here, I didn’t think that I would get this palette in my box so I ordered it from Ciate before I got the box. I already told a friend they could have this particular palette, so when I get the other one I’ll swatch it. 

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The second to last palette we have is the Ace Beaute Bronzed In Paradise Palette. This is my Choice item for the month. This palette is brown and the top has a matte flowered design with ‘Ace Beaute Bronzed In Paradise’ in a white square in the middle of the palette written in gold and there is a gold boarder. 

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For a face palette, this has a good size mirror and the mirror has a gold boarder around it. 

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With this palette you get four bronzers in rectangular pans and they range from light to dark browns. 

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They look darker in the pans, but when I swatched them I found that they all seem to be very workable and buildable. 

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And the last product we have is the Bali Balm Sweet Orange & Coconut Lip Balm. This has sweet orange and coconut essential oils. The sweet orange has a ton of Vitamin C which evens skin tone and protects against free radicals and the coconut moisturizes so you get soft and supple lips. This smells really good it has a tropical, citrusy and sweet scent and it’s bee friendly. I love a good lip balm, especially during the winter months because the cold can really chap your lips. Bali Balm has a deal going on on their website right now that is in conjunction with BoxyCharm, so if you use the code VALENTINES21 you get 55% off of your order. 

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same products in your January box let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get. 

Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get in my February box :).

-K

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Blogmas Day Five: Winter Skincare Routine

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Five! Today I’m going to be talking about my winter skincare routine. In the past year I’ve been on a journey with my skincare routine for all seasons, basically I tried too many new products back to back and my skin hated me for it. So I scaled it way back and now I’ve found a routine that my skin really likes and I’m super happy about it.

So the first thing I do is use the Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips and take off my eye makeup and whatever is on my lips. This has a really gentle, but effective formula so you don’t have to scrub. I’ve been using this for a while and I really like it, plus it takes off every kiss proof, waterproof, long wearing product you might have on.

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Then I take the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel and take the rest of my makeup off. This does a fantastic job of taking off all of my makeup while getting rid of any excess oil and not drying out my skin. This has Marine Plants, which reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines, Allantoin, which softens and protects the skin. Vitamin B5 to moisturize and hydrate, Indian Gooseberry to help brighten the skin and Lavender for toning and soothing skin. 

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From there I use the MineTan Body Skin Hydra Glow Sleep Serum with triple action hyaluronic acid. I got this in a BoxyCharm box months ago and I’ve been using it every day since. This absorbs into the skin instantly and because it’s time release, as you sleep it continues to hydrate so you have glowing skin. 

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Moving on, the next thing I do is moisturize my entire face using the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer. This is a 30 percent hyaluronic acid complex cream that helps lock in hydration for up to 72 hours. This is good for normal, combination, oily and dry skin and if you have wrinkles/fine lines, dryness or uneven texture then this is the perfect cream for you. This is incredibly lightweight and it sinks in really quickly. I used to only use thicker creams during the winter, but this one is so moisturizing that I don’t feel the need to use a thicker cream. 

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The second to last thing I do is apply my eye cream and for that I use the Murad Hyrdo-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. This is also a product I received in a BoxyCharm box and have been using every day since. This helps to seal in moisture and restore smoothness, while deeply quenching and nourishing the eye area. 

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And the last thing I do is apply a lip product and right now I’m using, and loving, the eos Sweet Mint Lip Balm. This does come in the ball and stick forms, but I like the sticks. This is free of gluten, parabens and phthalates and made from 100% natural ingredients. There are a variety of flavors, but I like the Sweet Mint the best, it’s nicely minty but it’s not over the top. These are incredibly moisturizing and all of them smell really good. 

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you use any of the same products in your winter skincare routine let me know and if not I’d love to know what your routine consists of. 

Until next time, you can never be too moisturized and I hope you’re enjoying Blogmas :).

-K

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September BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Yesterday I finally got my September box from BoxyCharm and I thought today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme this month is Glam Vibes Only and the items in the box really fit the theme.

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The first product we have is the Farmacy Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream with Acerola Cherry. This was one of the choice items for the month, I had yet to let Boxy choose my choice item so I did this month and they chose this. This is supposed to be super hydrating, full of Vitamin C and help to reduce the look of dark circles and fine lines while leaving the under eye looking radiant. This is paraben free, formaldehyde donor free, synthetic fragrance free, phthalate free and mineral oil free and cruelty free. I’ve heard great things about Farmacy and I love a good eye cream, so I’m excited to give this a try. 

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Next we have the Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Shadows in Private Jet & Shimmering Sunset. This is a double ended liquid shadow set. I’m wearing this today and I really like it. The matte is really velvety and dried down pretty quickly and the metal is incredibly sparkly and super pretty. Private Jet is the matte, it has a doe foot applicator and is a light pink that has a lot of warmth to it and Shimmering Sunset, the metal has a pointed brush so it’s easy to apply as liner and it’s what I would call an amber/slightly rose gold glitter. 

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Moving on we have the Alamar Cosmetics Spanglish Pressed Pigment Palette. This came out not too long ago and I thought it was super pretty, so when I saw it in the box I was really excited. This palette has eight shadows, four shimmers and four mattes. 

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This palette has a really nice mirror on the left side, which is something that’s popular in new palettes right now. 

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The shimmers in this palette are super shimmery with fine glitters and reflective pearls and the mattes seem smooth and like they’d be easy to blend. 

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I swatched this palette on my arm and I did it in rows as it appears in the palette. The first shadow we have is Pero Like, a peachy/orange metallic with gold glitter. Next to that is Tiene Swing, I would call this a deep burgandy metallic that in the pan and somewhat in the swatch, looks like it has a hot pink glitter. Then there’s Ay Que Cute, a matte light pink that has some slight rosy tones and the last shadow in the row is Muy Excited. This is a matte that I would call like a burnt orange with some brown undertones. When I was doing the swatches I found Ay Que Cute and Muy Excited to be a little powdery, but not enough for me to not want to wear them and I didn’t think the other mattes were powdery. 

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The first shadow in the second row is Eres Un Show, this is a purple, lavender, metallic and it’s so pretty. Next to that is Guao, another purple metallic but this one is darker and has blue glitter. Then there’s Jajaja, this is a matte brown that I would call light-medium in tone. And the last shadow in the row is Ponte Hyper, this is a matte hot pink/fuchsia that is super bright and gives Barbie vibes. 

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The second to last product we have is the Laura Geller LashBoss Bold Mascara in Black. This says it will lengthen and curl your lashes without clumping. It has Widelash and Carob Tree Seed Extract to prevent fall out, re-densify lashes and keep them soft and conditioned. I’m confused by this mascara, the before and after pictures on the box don’t look all that different from each other and the wand itself seems pretty standard. I’m still going to try it out and if it wows me, I’ll let you know. 

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And the last product we have is the SFGlow Glam In Paradise Cannabis Sativa 3 Piece Mask Set. This has Cannabis Sativa (hemp) Oil, Green Purslane Extract and Meadowfoam Seed Oil to hydrate, calm and destress skin. This is a 3 piece set and you get the Glam Straight Face Mask, Eye Woke Up Like This Eye Mask and Sun’s Out Pouts Out Lip Mask. I don’t use a lot of lip masks, but I do love face and eye masks, so I can’t wait to try these out. 

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same items in your September BoxyCharm boxes let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get. 

Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get in my October box :).

-K 

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June 2020 BoxyCharm Unboxing

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The other day I received my June Box from BoxyCharm and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. I did get a little card this month, so I can tell you that the theme is The Oasis.

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So the first product we have is the QMS MediCosmetics Intensive Eye Care Day & Night Eye Cream. This is supposed to help reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles along with hydrating and rejuvenating the under eye. I did a little research into QMS and they seem like a really good brand. I love a good eye cream, so I’ll let you know what I think of this.

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The next product we have is the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. This is a super hydrating primer that is supposed to leave your skin feeling really smooth and give you a lasting glow. Touch In Sol is a Korean skincare brand and Korean skincare is some of the best. I’ve worn this a couple times since receiving it and so far I do like it. It smells incredible, sinks in to the skin pretty quickly and did give my skin a nice little glow.

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Moving on, we have the Shared Planet Tiger Collection Eyeshadow Palette. Shared Planet donates a percentage of their proceeds to different animal related charities all over the world, so each purchase you make is likely to help tigers, polar bears and others. This palette in particular is inspired by the tiger and it’s natural habitat, so you have 12 shades, a mix of mattes, shimmers and glitters, that are neutrals with some greens and golds.

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You also get a pretty good size mirror in this palette.

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I swatched these on my arm in the order they appear in the palette. The first shadow we have is Siberian, a really light matte nude. Next to that is Tiger Eye, a medium gold glittery shade. I found that these more glittery shades had a bit of fall out and glitter sticks around for a bit afterwards. Next to that is Whiskers, a lighter matte brown, then there’s Paw Print, a light pink glittery shadow. Fiery is next and that is like a milk chocolate matte brown and the last shadow in the row is Lush which is a really pretty green with gold glitter.

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The second row starts with Roar, a white/gold glittery shadow. Next to that is Clawed which is a matte rusty brown. Then there’s Sher Khan, a medium chocolatey brown shimmer. Predator is next and that is a dark matte brown, you’ll be able to see, but this one didn’t swatch the best. Then there’s Bengal, a really pretty orange shimmer and the last shadow in the row is Stripes, a matte black. This one didn’t swatch too great either, the darker mattes are a little patchy in my opinion.

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The second to last product we have is the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Coco Bling, this was my Choice item for the month. This powder comes in a ton of different shades, but Coco Bling is a light silver. It has a nice shine to it and is very buildable.

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And the last product we have is actually three products because it’s the Beauty Vaulte Circadian Lip Liner Trio. I’ve worn two of these since I got them and they’re really creamy and long lasting. These would be great as all over lip colors as well.

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The first liner is Kozy Kira and it’s a medium brown shade.

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Then we have Beau Babe, a rusty brown shade.

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And finally Natty Nat, which is a deep red.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you got any of the same products in your June Box let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get.

Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get in my July box :).

-K

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May Favorites

Hi everyone,

As it’s the end of the month I thought it would be a good time to do my May favorites. I tried quite a few new things this month, so I have a good mix. That being said, let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I started BoxyCharm and because I subscribed at the very end of April I got my April box in May along with my May box, meaning I have favorites from both. I will of course link both of those posts down below if you haven’t read them. The first is the Pretty Vulgar Uncaged Eyeshadow Primer. My go to eyeshadow primer is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but this one is now up there as a go to. It’s on the thicker side and has a fade proof and crease proof translucent finish that really does make my shadow last all day and brings out the vibrance.

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My second beauty favorite is the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. This has hyaluronic acid and algae extract for smoothness, to seal in moisture and help in reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This has quickly become a favorite of mine. I’ve been using this since I got it and I do feel like I can see a difference. I’ve used a few different Murad products and they’re honestly all great. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a new eye cream.

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My second to last BoxyCharm favorite is the Alamar Cosmetics Colorete Blush Trio in Medium-Tan. In this palette you get three blushes, hence blush trio, but you have Seclusion which is an orangey/peach shade, Isla which is a coral and Toasted, a rosey pink. These blushes are all very pretty. They’re buildable, blend out nicely and are quite  pigmented without being too much.

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My last BoxyCharm favorite is the Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Cashmere Lip Pencil in Mocha. This is honestly a great lip pencil. It’s in a really nice medium brown that goes super well with most of my current nudey/brown lipsticks. I’ve also worn this on it’s own all over my lips, it goes on really smooth and has great staying power.

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And my last, non Boxy favorite is the e.l.f. Bite Size eyeshadow palette in Truffles. This palette is a mix of darker neutrals, browns and blacks. There is a lot of versatility in this palette and I’ve worn it a few times since talking about it. I also ordered the rest of the Bite Size palettes I was missing and got them yesterday, so look for part four of the Bite Size series soon.

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Moving on, I have a food favorite and it’s the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Popcorn. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are one of my favorite snacks and I love popcorn, so when I saw these I was intrigued. These don’t have as much of that vinegar pop that you get with the Cheetos, but they have a good heat and will leave your fingers that bright red-orange.

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And my last favorite, a music favorite, is the 20th Anniversary Edition of B.B. King and Eric Clapton’s Riding With The King album. This comes out on June 26th, but it’s available for pre-order now on CD, 2 LP and Digital. Along with being remastered, this album has also been expanded. So you get two unreleased tracks, Rollin’ and Tumblin’ and Let Me Love You Baby. I have the original CD, but I’ve pre-ordered this. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ has been released on Spotify and I think it’s great. Eric has done a few versions of this song over the years and this one fits in perfectly with the rest of the album and I’m glad they decided to add it in now.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what your May favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great May :).

-K

April BoxyCharm Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/05/13/april-2020-boxycharm-unboxing/

May BoxyCharm Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/05/19/may-2020-boxycharm-unboxing/

e.l.f. Bite Size Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/05/06/e-l-f-bite-size-shadow-part-three-review/

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April 2020 BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Today I have something that I’m really excited about, the start of a new series, and that’s monthly BoxyCharm unboxings. I’ve wanted to do BoxyCharm for a while and after the end of Sephora Play, I subscribed. For those who don’t know, BoxyCharm is a $25.00 a month beauty subscription box and in each box you get 5 full size products. There are upgrades you can do and different boxes you can get, but this is the standard box.

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I subscribed at the end of April, so my first box is the April box. When I was going through and setting my preferences, I selected a makeup heavy box with a little bit of skincare, and this box is exactly that.

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The first product we have is the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. This cream has algae extract and hyaluronic acid so it’s supposed to restore smoothness, seal in moisture and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve tried a few different Murad products before and really liked them but I’ve never tried any of their eye creams, so I’m excited to try this out and I’ll let you know what I think.

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Next we have the Ciate London Eye Lustre Creme Eyshadow in Cupid. This is a lightweight shadow with color shifting pigments that is supposed to be fall out free. This is honestly one of the prettiest shadows I’ve owned. When you look at it in the tube it’s a really pretty purpley/pink, but when it hits the light it shifts to gold. I’m honestly excited to wear this.

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Moving on we have the Alamar Cosmetics Colorete Blush Trio in Medium-Tan. As this is a blush trio, you get 3 blushes. The first blush is Seclusion, which is a peachy/orange, then there’s Isla, which is a coral shade and Toasted, which is a rosey pink. I’m wearing Isla today and it’s quite pretty. These blushes have a good amount of pigmentation without being over the top and they blend out nicely.

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The second to last product we have is the Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Cashmere Lip Pencil in Mocha. This is a nice medium brown and it goes on really smooth. I’m wearing it today all over my lips with and I really like the way it looks and how long it wears. About halfway through today I put a Too Faced gloss on top and I still really like how it’s looking. This is a lip pencil I would recommend.

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And the last product we have is the Steve Laurant Lip Gloss in Posh. This is a lightweight, high shine lip gloss with opacity but also gives a great color payoff. When I swatched this it came off as an orangey/brown and my first thought was that it would probably look good with the Vintage Cosmetics lip pencil. I don’t always reach for a gloss when I’m doing my lips, but I’ll give this one a try and see what I think.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same products in your April BoxyCharm box let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get.

Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get in my May BoxyCharm box :).

-K

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