The Beauty Quadrant: BoxyCharm November 2019!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with another subscription!

BoxyCharm November 2019!

Another month of Boxy has arrived and had to fetch mine from the Leasing Office earlier since it did arrive while I was out of town this weekend. Now it seems like Boxy is making their boxes bigger to hold more items and larger items since they did raise their price for the base box to $25. Also, it looks like they have been adding a few more luxury brands in the mix. Even one item is $90 retail, which I didn’t choose. Oh yes, like with Ipsy you get to choose your product every month and they have been doing surveys which I will explain this…

Foundation/Concealer Swatch Card: Last month Boxy did a survey about foundation and concealer since they will be giving out complexion products from Pretty Vulgar and Becca soon. They sent a card with certain shades to match with your skin so you have to swatch and then compare each swatch and give them your match on a website on the card. I will be doing this soon since I need the added visual help with this.

Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder Shadow Pallet: First up is a product from Dominique Cosmetics. I’m glad to get this because it’s the Celestial Thunder Pallet. She has released one pallet called Celestial Storm and made this eight pan pallet for BoxyCharm as a nice step towards the Storm pallet. I did enjoy her lip gloss and glad to check out her eye shadow pallet since I have heard so many good things about her formula. I do love space themed items even with shadows so I am glad to check this thing out. Retail price is $35.00.
Juice Beauty Stem Cell Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream: Next up is the product I chose and it’s from Juice Beauty and it’s an eye cream. I don’t have wrinkles but I do love having an eye cream as an eye primer for my concealer and it does help with my dark circles due to waking up so early for work. This item helps with that with using fruit stem cells and Vitamin C to get rid of that. I do have other items open so can’t wait to use this! This item retails for $50.00.
Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick: Next is an item from Dose of Colors and it’s another liquid lipstick! This month you could either get one of four of these lipsticks or the Becca Liquid Illuminator and I have a feeling most of us got this and didn’t mind getting either one. Not sure what color I got but can’t wait to wear it! Retail price is $18.00.
Vita Masks Morning and Evening Gel Masks: Next is something I was glad I didn’t get lashes! Yes, this month you could have received Lily Lashes but glad I didn’t since I said I don’t like them. These masks are from Vita Masks which I’m glad to get these. I wish I had these with me if I got this before RangerStop because the Morning Mask is ideal to de-puff the eyes when you wake up and best for on the go. The night Mask would also be great for on the go since after a day at a convention the Hyaluronic Acid can help relax the eyes and of course you have to clean up all that makeup and wash again afterwards. These masks retail for $12.00.

BoxyCharm Brush Duo: Finally, everyone got brushes in their box this month from the BoxyCharm brush set they have made. If you got the Premium Box you get the eye brushes and with the regular box you get the foundation and powder brushes like I had. I saw these and man they look nice! They feel more like those brushes that you find in paint brushes that have a sponge as their head but they are pretty compact to use with cream or powder and I do have issues with blending powder sometimes. Hoping the powder brush will help knowing the foundation one will be just fine. The set retails for $35.

What Have I finished? I’ve finished the Becca Aqua Mist Powder recently and man this powder felt so cooling once you put it on the skin. I did like how it was easy to just push down on the net to get powder and was able to blend it with both my under eye powder brush and face brush. I didn’t notice it on at all. I may have to purchase this at some point since I found it so comfortable! I had to toss the Pur Peel off Mask because that stuff is not my favorite! Apparently one night I still had remnants and Gondras had to help me peel it off and told me to just toss it and agreed. Another item I tossed was the Iconic London Plumping Gloss because I feel that it felt like it didn’t do anything to my lips and also when trying to apply it felt like I was not putting anything on my lips. I don’t get the hype around it so I just got rid of it. I do have good news on one product and that is the Tarte Be Naturally You pallet is showing some dents especially with the top four shades. I have been putting this pallet to work on my eyes for work and will continue doing so since this has been a favorite pallet ever since I received it.

Well guys that is it for this box! This has been a great box including the Dose of Colors lipstick and I like the idea of choosing an item each month because I chose my product yesterday for December which I won’t reveal until I get the box. I’m glad to get this box again and so far I only had one disappointing box and the others have been great. I have to see what the card for the Complexion Choice will show. Stay tuned guys because I still have Ipsy and Allure and of course my RangerStop 7 review!

The Beauty Quadrant: Glam Bag Plus November 2019

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back from RangerStop 7 and man it was a blast! Review and so many interviews and other videos coming your way. In the meantime, I got something in the mail that got here fast!

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus November 2019!

Oh yes, it’s that time again and that is Glam Bag Plus! I was surprised that this arrived early but not complaining since I didn’t get any add-ons not just because what had happened last month but they didn’t catch my ears that much this month. They bore me a little and just stuck with what I got in this box. This month all of Ipsy is working with Gigi Gorgeous and I did buy her collection which I’m excited about but did get some items in both my Glam Bag and this box. Let’s see what I got!

Ipsy x Gigi Gorgeous Sick Sculpt Bronzer Duo in Turn + Extra: First up is the Gigi Gorgeous item in this box and it happened to be the Sick Sculpt Duo in Turn and Extra. I almost had this as a product choice but didn’t select it since it could have been picked among my four other items so was glad I got it by Ipsy’s choice. I was glad they finally gave me something contour since I wanted an item for over a year now from the contour side of things and did put it on the quiz that I do love bronzing and contouring but on the outer areas of my cheeks. This duo brings a warm and safe sun kissed glow to the face and Turnt is a light cool brown while Extra is a warm brown. Cool thing is that you can use them separately or together for a custom shade. I may be doing it together anyways since I can’t see the barrier between the two. I did remember Gigi doing the both thing when she did her wife’s makeup which was pretty nice. I can’t wait to try this out!
Doucce Punk Voluminizer Mascara in Black: Next is a product from Doucce and it is a mascara. I remembered getting products from this brand and now using the eyeliner pencil finally. Good news is that my eyes aren’t watering because of it either. My eyes were doing that when I was at work all week with other makeup items. This is a jet black mascara and it is much pigmented and stays on all day. This acts as the false lashes effect without the smudging or flaking. I have to try this out since hoping my allergies won’t affect it since I tend to have that issue now. Let’s see how it goes!
Illumasqua Hydra Veil Primer: Another item from Illumasqua and that is their Hydra Veil Primer. It’s a moisturizer and primer in one and it helps prep skin for makeup and plant extracts are used to provide a calming sensation to the skin and does absorb in the skin without looking greasy. I am glad to get another primer to try out since it does help makeup from entering the pores which basically that is what the After Shave Balm was doing with people who were using it as a makeup base even my skin which I was glad to stop using that and stuck with more of the moisturizing primers. I’m using the Tarte Double Duty Primer at the moment and loving that one since I tried it as a sample through the regular Glam Bag. Let’s see how this one will work afterwards.
Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush Pallet: This was my product choice this month since I do love blushes and taking a pallet with me to a convention is easy even though I took my Nars blush with me instead. Anyways, I heard of the brand but never tried anything so decided why not try it out now? This is a vegan blush pallet that is also 99% natural and flattering for all skin tones. These blushes are made with hibiscus flower extract and Kaylin clay which also help with reducing oils. You get four shades which do look darker in pan but do give off sheer on the cheeks with a simple build-up formula. I’m glad to go with this one since I wanted to see how these blushes go on my skin.
Belle en Argent Auto Lip Color in in Smoking on Screen: Final item is something from Belle en Argent and it’s a lip color in Smoking on Screen. I never tried this brand and glad to do so in this box. This is claimed to be the perfect fall color since it’s a berry shade with blue/red undertones that flatter many skin tones and with one swipe you can take on the world. This also features oils such as Hudoba and argon which helps with the creaminess. I can’t wait to use this lipstick then! I am down with a berry shade and this one is perfect!

What Have I Finished? I have finished the Purlisse Moisturizing Green Tea Primer recently and man it stung at first since my skin was trying to get used to it. It wasn’t that bad of a formula either and glad to give it a try.

Well guys that is it for this box! I am not sure if BoxyCharm arrived so I will check on that but my Glam Bag has shipped alongside Allure which I am thinking of cancelling that after this month which I will explain in that post. So, stay tuned for my post on RangerStop 7 alongside more posts to come!

The Beauty Quadrant: Allure Beauty Box October 2019!

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Allure Beauty Box October 2019!

Well, it’s time for another Allure Beauty Box and it looks like the box with a lid thing is now their newest packaging. I think they’re doing this a way to save the planet from plastics with the bags thing. Oh well, but let’s see what I got this month!

Sunday Riley Ice Nicinemide Moisturizing Cream: First is a cream from Sunday Riley and I thought it was an eye cream at first but I do make mistakes. I did use the Vitamin C moisturizer by them and thought it was okay but let’s see what this one holds. This is a new product from Sunday Riley that it helps with taking on dry complexions even flaking. This contains ceramides and it looks thick but gets absorbed quickly. Well, when I used it on my under eyes by accident it did absorb pretty quickly. Now that I know it’s meant as a face one I will see how it goes since I do moisturize before makeup and my skin can be dry and I am healing some acne spots with my skin care regimen. Retail price is $65.
M-61 Power Glow Peel: How should I explain this fan favorite item? Well, it comes on pads where you rub on your face and it contains chamomile and glycolic and salicylic acids to help make skin glow. I have sensitive skin and never tried a peel except in mask form but prefer a sheet mask. I have to try this out since this box is supposed to be skin care before the winter comes and well here on the coast it comes with a big hit! I will see how these go! This retails #30 for ten treatments!
Sol Dejanero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: Oh man! I heard so many good things about this everywhere on YouTube! It’s the famous Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and man it smells amazing! You can use this on your body but I use it on my hands since it contains cupuac butter and the smell reminds you of the coconuts and the sweet popcorn that is sold on the shores of Rio. This retails for $45!
ModelCo Eye Lights Liquid Eye Shadow in Granite: Another one of these and wishing that Allure get liquid eye shadows from other great brands! This is a blackened silver shadow that looks fresh and doesn’t crease. Can be worn alone or with the trio that comes in the box this month. I remembered getting one of these but it ran out too quickly and when I saw this in my box it did not feel full-size either so I am hoping that it lasts me a bit this time. I wished they go to other brands like Tarte since Ipsy has gotten the Chrome Paint Pots or even Steela for their famous cream shadows. Anyways this retails for $9.
ModelCo Metallic Shadow Trio in San Tropes: This is a metallic bronze trio that makes smoky eyes simple. It has a bronze shade, a brown, and a lighter shade for brow bones and inner corners. I think this would go good with my Urban Decay pencil in Smog since it is a coppery brown pencil. I did remember getting a trio similar to this but this fits more like alley. This retails for $13.
Deep Mineral Sea Bath: I gave these bath salts to my fiancé, Gondras, because of course he is always on his feet at work and is in pain when he gets home! This has a lavender and eucalyptus scent and when pouring the entire packet in you get a blue tint to your water that doesn’t stain. It will help him with his achy spots! This retails for $20.
Limify Redness Relieving Eye Drops: Something different in the box and it’s from Bosh & Lomb and it’s their Lumify Redness Relief Eye Drops that work within minutes after application. I did have some allergy issues on Thursday and figured to try these and they did help in relieve some irritation in my eyes. So, I will have to keep using these! I have a feeling these retail for around $7+.

Well guys that is it for this box. I am not sure about this box guys because I felt it was a bit of a miss this month. Well, mainly for the ModelCo stuff. I rarely see them mentioned in the articles I read since I see more on Revlon, Maybelline, Huda Beauty, and so many more brands that are luxury, prestige, and drugstore, heck even indie brands get mentioned. I hope next month has better products since I did see a Peter Thomas Roth possibility for November. I will see how much longer I will keep this box because I do like Allure Magazine but I like my three other beauty boxes slightly more since I get to try a broader range of brands and products from them but here I feel like they get to repetitive. Come on Allure! Well, next is another book review from NetGalley!

The Beauty Quadrant: Glam Bag Plus October 2019!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another subscription post!

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus October 2019!

Yes, it’s time for another Glam Bag Plus! This is the upgraded version of the Glam Bag where you get five full-size items and now a makeup bag every month. This one is $25 a month and will stay that price! This month it also collaborated with Betty Boop and like with the regular Glam Bag you do get one item from the collection which I got to choose. Let’s see what I got as an add-on!

Add-On: I got the Betty Boop That’s So Betty Shadow Pallet from the collection. This time I decided to wait and see what I got from the collection instead of buying it in full like with the Tetris one since that one was huge and this one was pretty big as well. I decided to just go for the items I got and buy the ones I was mostly interested in and one of them was this shadow pallet. Even though you got single shadows from this pallet but I decided to just get the pallet alone due to loving pallets and this seems like a nice collector’s item. I do like Betty Boop somewhat from the old cartoons but I prefer Felix the Cat since I love cats! Anyways, this pallet features eight shadows and they are in pearl, matte, and foil formulas which you can wear alone or layered on each other. You know me I would go for a full on eye affect. I wonder if Ipsy can help me with shade descriptions since they probably don’t know I’m blind. Hey, they had it for the Eleman pallet I picked up.

Dr. Brandt Micro Dermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliating Cleanser: Man that was a lot to type! First is the ever so famous Dr. Brandt Micro Dermabrasion Exfoliating Cleanser. I heard so many things about this cleanser for years on YouTube and was glad to get it since I need to keep my skin clear of dead skin cells. This cleanser has a combination of gentle crystals and acids to help clean the skin and the lactic acids help with cell turnover and get rid of dead skin and won’t strip away moisture. I can’t wait to use this since I am using my Mirad one at the moment and that one is proving to be really good for my skin too. I am so glad that this is in my box and can’t wait to use it!
REALHER I Am Adaptable Liquid Lipstick: Next is a product from REALHER and it’s a liquid lipstick. I love these things and it’s great to try new brands in these subscriptions. This is a classic red shade and it is very lightweight that dries down to a very bold and matte shade. This is made with Medafoam Seed Oil that helps to lock in moisture in the lips and it was made in partnership with athlete and motivational speaker Misty Diaz, who was born with Spina Bifida, but doesn’t compete without a bright red lip. I did wear this on Friday to work but it did kind of ran off my lip so I have to be careful while wearing this by just applying it to my middle lip and let it spread slightly and then dab.
Tarte Chrome Shadow Paint Pot in Steel the Show: Next is a new item for me to try from Tarte and that is their Chrome Shadow Pot and in the color Steel the Show! This is a metallic silver shade and I tried it earlier for my Mercury Black look from RWBY and it did go on pretty smoothly. This is like the Maybelline Color Tattoos and this was a great new item to try. I did hear these are a bit messy and best to hit them against a hard surface to loosen them up to keep the shadow powder inside and I did that but nothing fell out so far. You can use your finger or brush which I used a pointed crease brush to do my crease with this and didn’t have any issues. I can’t wait to see how Park Ave. Princess will be like once it arrives!
Trestique All over Shimmer Stick in Ultraviolet: Next is a highlighter stick from Trestique but have to get it replaced. This is a multitask stick where you can use it as a shadow, a highlighter, or as a lipstick. It is a powder to cream formula and even oily skin types can use it. I have to wait for my replacement because it broke when I was looking at it again. I love this brand since it is all about just being a stick and don’t have to carry so many things at once but if it breaks it ruins the appeal. Hoping it doesn’t break in the replacement.
Betty BoopxIpsy Cheek to Cheek Blush Pallet: Finally is my item choice! I decided to get the Cheek to Cheek Blush Pallet from the Betty Boop collection since I got the lip item and did an add-on with the shadow pallet so I covered all bases this way. The mascara and liner were tempting but I have too many of those already and I prefer pencil and pen liners, gel if I have the right brush as well. This pallet has a peach blush and two highlighters and they have soft textures that blend in smoothly. I’ve been hearing that these are too light so I have to see how these go since I do love getting blushes and highlighter pallets since they are so easy to work with. I am so glad I was able to pick the top items from this collection.

Well guys that is it for this post! I did enjoy this box and the bag was actually bigger than the Glam Bag and now using it. I can’t wait for next month’s box since of course it will have items from the Gigi Gorgeous Collection so I can’t wait to see what it brings! Stay tuned I do have my Allure Beauty Box!

The Beauty Quadrant: BoxyCharm October 2019!

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BoxyCharm October 2019!

So, BoxyCharm has arrived and glad it did since this has been a really good month with spoilers. It’s all about Dose of Colors this month since they had given BoxyCharm many five pan pallets to give out! There are a lot of changes coming to BoxyCharm starting in November which the price for the base box will be going up to $25 and knowing I will be taxed for that since I do live in Florida after all. They are also introducing a new box called Premium but to me just getting the base box is more worth it since I am pretty much getting similar items already to Premium and Lux which I don’t need that much in a box. If you’re interested in joining either one, first you have to join BoxyCharm and then you can upgrade to Premium and Lux afterwards. Also another new thing apparently they have been letting people choose one product and I got to do it for November. I was wondering when they sent out the emails since they have been doing that but haven’t ’gotten it until this month. I tried asking on their Facebook and they said they don’t do it just look on the website. Here’s the thing though if you don’t let your customers know about it then how would they? I work eight to five days a week and I wouldn’t know if I don’t get an email but I did get one and chose something but you have to wait until I get my November box! Let’s see what I got this month!

Dose of Colors Five Pan Eye Shadow Pallet in Baked Browns: So, starting off is a Dose of Colors product and that is the fie pan shadow pallet. I heard so many good things about Dose of Colors’ eye shadow formula and so far I have enjoyed their liquid lipsticks and when I heard they were giving these pallets out in the box alongside another one from a YouTube influencer I was really excited. I was happy to get this and got it in the Baked Browns pallet which is a matte brown pallet. This will be perfect for work since I do love wearing basic shadow looks for work. I have some brown tops and one or two brown skirts that this would go well with. I did buy another one as an add-on for my November box and that is the Sassy Siennas which I can’t wait for! Retail price for this is $32.
Touch and Sol Pretty Filter Glass Skin Balm: Next is a product from Touch & Sol. I was surprised to get a product from these guys again since I felt that this brand is more for oily skin types with the primer I tried the last time. I was hoping not to get this but got it anyways and apparently this is supposed to give an all over glow and prep the skin before makeup and hoping it does since the primer was supposed to be like that but made my skin itchy so hoping this doesn’t do that. Let’s see what this brings! This retails for $32.
Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss: Next is my first item by Iconic London. I remembered how many boxes in the past they had this brand in there and didn’t get those items but did this time and it’s a lip plumbping gloss. I heard these are also well-known because they do have a minty sensation to help plump the lips and well I am not into lip plumpers unless it’s a makeup item to try out and willing to see how this goes. Especially with my skin being sensitive and this gloss is supposed to be with peptides to help with collagen growth in the lips. Let’s see how it goes. This retails for $26.
Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer: Next is another item from Becca and excited to try another item and that is their Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer. This balm is supposed to help re-energize the under eyes and take away fatigue since the delicate under eye area is the first place for aging. I tend to use something like this before I put on my under eye concealer as a primer for that. I am using the Becca powder at the moment and liking that so will be trying this out and see how it goes. This retails for $32 and this is another item costs this much!
Jante Blue Lip Liner Pencil: Final item is a lip liner by Jante Blue. I have noticed this brand being in subscriptions and it looks like it’s a drugstore brand. I thought it was more luxury due to the name but apparently this is more drugstore. This claims to be a much pigmented pencil that can be worn alone, good to contour the lips, and as a base for any lip color. I am glad to get another lip liner pencil since I have used them to keep a grip on any lip product due to my being a teacher and have to explain technology I don’t want my lip color to come off. I wished I had this with Havana Nights with how it ran all over my lips during Omni! This retails for $5.00!

What Did I Finish? Well, when it comes to BoxyCharm items I have finished the Dr. Brandt Sleeping Mask not too long ago. I was surprised that this item went pretty quickly since it was pretty small for its package. It was a great thing to try and it did help with my skin stay hydrated while I slept all night and it did act as a great base for makeup, as in it did help make my skin be moisturized for makeup application. I am trying out a newer night cream since I do get dry as I sleep. And the other item I finished happened to be the Elemis Veggie Mask! I just finished this mask and man it tingled like crazy while I sued it. I did like the citrusy and veggie smell it gave off as I used it. It didn’t irritate my skin at all. I do have another mask I did receive in BoxyCharm and see how that goes!

Well guys that is it for this month’s BoxyCharm! I’m excited about the pallet since it’s another Dose of Colors product for me to try out. I’m also excited about the Becca primer since it did look like a makeup compact to me and hoping it will do the same thing as any eye cream. What is next? Hoping my Glam Bag Plus and Allure Beauty Box! Until next time!

The Beauty Quadrant: Ipsy October 2019!

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Ipsy October 2019!

I got my Ipsy and kind of as a about it but will talk about this. There have been changes to Ipsy where you can pick an item and also they rose the price to $12 which is not that bad considering since they have been re-branding over time. You still get five deluxe to full-size items and a makeup bag. Let me talk about the bag real quick because it is cute! This month Ipsy has collaborated with Betty Boop and have made items to go with it. I didn’t buy the collection since I almost wanted to like with Tetris but picked one of the items and purchased the other with Glam Bag Plus. Last year’s bag was a masquerade mask blending into it while this year’s bag with Betty Book you have sequins, the B as your zipper tag, and I think Betty winking on the backside of it. I know there is another bag coming with GB Plus and can’t wait to get that as well. Let me get to my add-ons.

Add-Ons: Another change is that instead of three add-ons you get to pick five, or up to five to make the cost better. You still get the full-size for $12 and deluxe for $3. I love getting these because if you didn’t get a specific item you’re hoping for you can get it in the add-ons on the second of every month. What’s great is that you’re not only getting the items in Ipsy and GB Plus but also in the Ultimate Bag if you’re not getting that since that’s $50 a month and that’s a mix of deluxe and full-size. I’m not getting the Ultimate when I’m already doing that with Ipsy and GB Plus. What’s sad about this this month is that my add-ons did not arrive with my bag! I know shocking! Remembered how last month my IBy Beauty highlighter was missing? I did get the replacement in the mail. When I got my Glam Bag I noticed the envelope had just my bag and items nothing else! I remembered how I bought add-ons in the past and they appear no problem and I asked about it and they said that it was confirmed that my items were sent with my Glam Bag but don’t feel them since I know I ordered a pallet! Let me tell you what I bought! The Pharmacy Green Clean Balm because so many people talked about it on YouTube, Tarte’s Chrome Paint in Park Ave. Princess which I wanted to try these and getting another shade in GB Plus, the Balm What’s the Tea Pallet in Hot Tea which I missed the Iced Tea pallet on the Shopper page, and the F. A. R. A. H. Midnight Blue Pro Trio! You can see that I was excited about these items but they didn’t arrive! It sucks you spend money on these and don’t get them and Ipsy did tell me that they will team sure their packaging crew will keep track of the items shipped and hoping so! Now hoping their contact form gets fixed because it won’t let me send it.

Benefit they’re Real Mascara: First is a mascara from Benefit and it’s the they’re Real. I remembered getting this in my Allure Beauty Box this summer and not sure what happened to it so glad to have an extra.
Leni Loose Eye Shadow in Byron Bay: Next is a shadow from a brand I never heard of and it’s called Leni. Apparently this brand is one that lets someone have their own creativity and wanderlust and the shadow I got is in the shade is a warm gold which would go great since so many people have said that the Naked Honey pallet from Urban Decay made my eyes pop over on Facebook. The claims is that this shadow is very pigmented and opaque and lasts from day to night. I have to try this and see if the claims are what they say since sometimes that can happen unless you have a good eye base placed on your lids. Let’s see how it goes!
Betty BoopXIpsy Lip Gloss in All Jazzed Up: Now onto one of the Betty Boop items! I got a lip gloss this time which made me happy! Last time with Tetris I received the lip balm and it was not that bad but the lip gloss is better to me since I can just wear it over lipsticks. It claims with this gloss that is supposed to be lightweight and doesn’t cake up like most lip products do and this shade is a sheer tint with a pink and purple to it. I can’t wait to try this out since I do love wearing lip glosses myself and they have made a major return.
Kissmet Buff Sugar Lip Scrub in Bright and Bubbly: Yay! I got a lip scrub this month and needed it since there are times where my lips do become dry. This scrub is supposed to help lipstick last longer due to the sugar crystals are able to softly expholiate lips, the shea butter is supposed to help moisturize along with the Vitamin C and it has a pink champagne flavor to it. I have tried this so far and my lips do feel softer so far and it feels more like a mousse than a scrub but it does feel nice. I wish all lip scrubs are like this instead of that rough textured sugar.
Crown Brush CB 210 Pro Chisel and Buffer Brush: Now onto the chosen item which every month you get to either choose an item or you can skip it let Ipsy choose for you. This is great since they give you certain items you would like and when I saw this I had to get it. It’s been a long while since I’ve gotten anything from Crown Brushes and glad to see they back in action. This is a dual ended brush which one side can be used for the crease while the other as a definer brush. So many people don’t like dual ended but I do since it can be easily used for my defining and crease shades. I hope to see more of Crown since I feel like I’ve been missing them and with the brushes I’ve received in the past from them they have been really good.

What I’ve finished? Well, I finished up the Inc. Redible lip balm but I felt it was very drying so I tossed it. I prefer my Lip Smackers since they don’t dry my lips out so much even though they keep on saying they only help the surface but these feel like they help even underneath.

Well guys that’s it for this post! This month’s Ipsy was really good since not only I picked an item but the other items were really well selected for me since I did change my profile up. I will see what November has to bring since I saw someone’s spoiler video and they’re collaborating with Gigi Gorgeous from YouTube! Awesome! Stay tuned right after this because I have my BoxyCharm!

The Beauty Quadrant: Brands Losing Touch With Reality Response!

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Brands Losing Touch With Reality!

Disclaimer: This post is a response to a video and my opinions on what was said. Please respect my thoughts and opinions, thank you!

Yes, another somewhat of a cosmetic controversy where I am seeing it myself. This morning I saw Hot Mess Mama MD talking about how beauty brands have been losing touch with reality in releasing with so much. I agree since I have been a makeup user since 2008 and seen so many brands releasing a lot of products almost every week or month and sometimes they can be either inconsistent in formula due to the demand of pushing them out or even keeping up with other brands. The main example that Hot Mess had used in her video was Anastasia Beverly Hills where they have released their pallet with Jackie Eina in August and then a week or two later Norlina, Anastasia’s daughter, made a video about the Norlina Pro Collection and the first one released after that. I have seen a few reviews and felt like they released one item and jumped to the next even with reviews people have done when they received the pallet as PR. Last month, they did release Norlina Pro 2 and 3 on the same day and now giving pictures of the Carly Bible pallet! Jeez Anastasia pull the brakes! You’re not a factory, let us breathe!

I know, I bet you’re wondering where you can take a breather after all that. Never! The beauty community is over saturated with releases and it’s hard to keep up. I admit I’m getting overwhelmed with the new stuff coming out, heck with Christmas items already out there it it’s not giving a chance for a breath of fresh air. Norlina did mention that the reason why she has been releasing items back to back is due to the demand by retailers and how they are saying the customers want new items. Not really! I think we need a break in between. I remembered when I first got into makeup I was able to get new items once to twice a month and even watch reviews before I buy on my dad’s next paycheck. I am admitting that I used to have my dad buy my makeup and not getting into too much detail either, I was just the daddy’s girl. Anyways, I felt like even drugstore brands weren’t pumping out so much as much Colour Pop has been lately. So in other words a lot of brands are losing touch and losing it bad.

One thing I have noticed is that with the pumping out product the formula suffers a lot as in the formula is not as pigmented as it used to be. One good example is now Makeup Revolution. I love this brand since they were known as the brand that dupe big pallets and I admit I have some of them, one of them is of course the Light & Shade and use that for work when I do and now it feels like they’re putting so much that their eye shadow formula is not as great as it used to be. I see some videos talking about the Shook Pallet and someone did say it was not really pigmented. I have this pallet and hoping it’s pigmented since there are times where it is pigmented for some people while others not so much. Another example is of course Too Faced even though I feel like they have taken breaks in between release this year but their formula has suffered a bit. I remembered how they did one release to the next and so many people saw that the formula was not like how well the Chocolate Bars are formulated and best examples were the Power of Makeup pallet, the Chocolate Chip pallets, the Chocolate Shoppe, and of course the Too Faced side of the Better Together pallet with Kat Von D! Jeffree Starr may have said in his newer documentary is due to how they sold themselves to Estee Lauder but to me it’s that they released so much within months of each other that it felt from what I’ve seen in reviews that they didn’t test it out while making it before they released it to the public. One example was Power of Makeup and I did like that pallet but I do notice the pigmentation issues that I have to dig into it. I am pretty selective with what I buy from them and I admit I bought two of the Christmas 2019 releases and will be testing those on YouTUbe.

Another example I have seen and it’s becoming a bigger trend is where brands uptake their biggest best seller of a shade and release it into other items as time goes on. Nars is really guilty of this because they have done it with their shade Orgasm which is a blush shade that everyone knows and loves. They have made it into a mini version to a big one and even a limited edition collection alone. Now it feels like Kat Von D is doing it with the lipstick shade Lolita which she did it as a blush/shadow and to be a full on shadow pallet and now a sequel to it when she has yelled at Nars for selling to China. I only bought one Nars blush and that was a different shade from Orgasm because I felt like it was too much of a hyped product to buy. It’s great that a brand has a bestselling item but they shouldn’t turn it into so many other things because it bores the consumer and it can cause a loss in interest in that item. Even my best buddy Vivi found the Lolita pallet boring when he loves KVD himself! Heck, someone did suggest Champagne Pop to me and I didn’t buy it because it felt like I didn’t want to be a part of that overhype when Jacklyn Hill was the face of Becca and decided to go for other peachy highlighters that I can enjoy and they came from brands I have loved for a long time which I admit Colour Pop is one of them and of course Maybelline since I feel like they are thrown aside. Which brings me to the next point!

Finally, I feel like some of the brands that have been long time favorites are being thrown to the wayside and being forgotten. I admit I have done that with some of my old favorite brands like Maybelline but have been getting back into them because they were there when I started getting into makeup. Heck, I have been getting back into Revlon after seeing them in one of the top lists in Allure for best lip tints and I could see why and that it’s so good! The brand I’ve noticed that has been brought to the top of all has been Morphe for many years! Even though they’re just a privately owned version of Crown Brushes but a lot of influencers have been promoting Morphe for the longest time, pass out codes, and so much more. Heck, Jacklyn Hill always pushes them like crazy and it feels like with that push from Morphe that we lose touch of our favorite brands of all. I felt like I rarely see anyone talk about Makeup Geek, NYX, and even some more indie brands that are out there due to how much people were getting into Morphe. To me I kind of feel like once that brand gets bigger and once someone tries it it’s not that great. I even mentioned I found the brushes just okay not the best because I get brushes from other brands and even in my subscriptions that I enjoy due to quality and how good it feels, I admit one of the Morphe brushes in the vegan set did tickle me when no other brush does.

Whew! That was a lot to cover because I want to see a break in between releases because I felt that I can see what will be coming and also be able to play with the pallets in between and that is why Urban Decay has been a favorite of mine due to how many months in between they allow to let people play with their makeup. I mean Naked Reloaded was released in February then Game of Thrones around May leading into June and finally Naked Honey released last month and of course in between Naked Honey and Game of Thrones we did get Stay Naked foundation which they released a lot of shades for more consideration of people’s undertones. If I see the trend continuing for Urban Decay we will probably see their next item probably around January or February which excites fans a lot more than most other brands. Heck, Coastal Scents really waits for a year and a half before doing anything new from what I’ve seen. Still brands should at least give their fans a break and just slow down because if they keep speeding up more people are not going to care about their stuff as much as they used to and plus sometimes the formula will suffer if they’re not too careful with testing it to see how it shows on someone’s lid. And of course, no more of the same shade because that has been all done before!

Well guys that is it for this post! I know it was a bit of a wordy one but had to get my thoughts out there. So, next time I will have the next book review and now waiting on my box subscriptions to come in. Until next time!

The Haul Quadrant: Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2019!

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21 Days of Beauty Fall 2019!

Yes, it’s another haul and its Ulta 21 Days for fall! Every year Ulta has one of these in the spring and another in the fall where some prestige products get chosen alongside luxury to be placed from 40 to 50% off. They have stuff from Tarte to Urban Decay and even Dermalogica. This sale I did it differently from the last. I watched Hot Mess Mama MD do her videos on the three weeks and then Jen Luv’s Reviews do hers and chose a few items and saved them to my favorites on the app instead. It helped me keep in check because during the spring one I bought a lot and felt like with this one there were only a few things I wanted. What did I get? Let’s see!

Lorac Pro 2: First item is the Lorac Pro 2 pallet! I find it weird that last sale they had the Pro 3 on sale and now it was the Pro 2. I did hear good things about this brand and their shadows and picked up the Pro 3 to try out and their shadows were good from what I tried and when I liked it I decided to see about the others and well lucky me for this one being on sale for half off the entire sale. There are some products where Ulta just put them for a hot buy the entirety and this was one of them. Forgot to mention that Emily Noelle was the one who talked about this one. With the look I created so far it can be a bit of a fall out with the navy shade. I did’’ know until someone saw the blue smudges in my picture I took. I know I have to clean up my under eyes. I will play with this more.
Beauty Bakerie Cotton Candy Champagne Blush Pallet: Next is another item I tried based on recommendation from Emily Noelle and that is the Beauty Bakerie Cotton Candy Shampagne Blush Pallet. I have tried two things from this brand and they were the blending egg sponges and the highlighter that looks like a salt and pepper shaker despite it looking like a frosting tub you get from Pillsbury but this is a full on pallet. When Emily was talking about what she would recommend and she said this I had to try it for myself. The packaging is very cute with the cotton balls to give off the cotton candy look and the blushes are cute too. I know the darkest is a plum shade but I did try one of the lighter shades which was pretty pigmented. If I were to say when it comes to trying this brand out I would say go for the pallets because they’re easier to use than the other items, I have a hard time getting that highlighter out so best to try the pallets.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush: Even though I got the Too Faced Tootie Fruitie blush in Berries & Bubbly, thank you 90s Love Child, but that doesn’t count even though they had their eye shadow pallets were on sale later. This popped my cat ears because I enjoy Tarte though and saved it to my favorites when I heard them being an item. Even though the Tarte in Bloom Pallet and the Lights Camera Lashes mascara were part of it but the blushes were the ones that got to me more than the highlighters even. I remembered loving the Amazonian Clay formula since it was also in the Swamp Queen pallet and many other shadow pallets they have released and remembered loving the blush from that and the blush in the set I got from the Christmas time sales years ago. I got the blushes in Seduced and Dazzled. These are rose colored blushes that fit my skin tone and Seduced is more of a rosy nude while Dazzled is a shimmery, soft rose. I almost thought about getting one other one but felt that was a bit much and had to think of the other items I wanted. I did try one of these and not bad even though I couldn’t see if it did stay on my skin. I will have to play with them further.
CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder: This was a last minute add-on all thanks to Jen from Jen Luv’s Reviews and that is the setting powder from CoverFX. Urban Decay and Becca also had their setting powders in this sale but this one got me because I remembered enjoying the face pallet from BoxyCharm. I did use it today, Monday by the way, I heard so many good things about this powder and since I have been using the Becca Hydro Mist at the moment after the sale I did have to see how that goes if I wanted another and trying COverFX’s setting powder on its own. Like with the Becca it does have a net which makes it more convenient. Can’t wait to use this one!
Dose of Colors Liquid Lipsticks: Next is the Dose of Colors Lipsticks. I got into these through BoxyCharm too. When I heard that these will be in the sale I had to get more of them! Apparently at the same time Sephora was also doing their own version of this sale and did the same idea with the Dose of Colors lipsticks but I got them from Ulta because their points system beats theirs. I stuck to three even though they were $9 each which is a good price and wishing they just keep it at that price. Oh well! I went with a color that Jen Luv’s Reviews loves and that is Chocolate Wasted. I didn’t know this was an actual color because I thought back to an Adam Sandler movie, Grown Ups where the youngest girl yells out, “I want to be chocolate wasted!” This is a dark brown color which yes it can be too dark but years ago I did love wearing chocolate brown lipsticks and it has been forever. Thank you Jen! Another shade I picked up was Play It Cool which is a dusty rose taupe. Trust me guys, it was hard knowing what to choose because the colors sounded so nice but this one intrigued me since I do like rosy shades and this mixes with taupe. And the last color I got was Camp Fire which is a burnt sienna. Didn’t I mention I had a hard time choosing? I remembered how I had a burnt sienna lipstick from Ofra, I think its Americano as the name, but people loved it on me in What’s up in Makeup and remembered that so picked up this one since it is a bit of a burnt red-brown. I can’t wait to use these since I do love the formula.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil: Final item I got in the sale is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils. I wasn’t interested in the other Urban Decay products even though my favorite Perversion mascara was on sale but as a travel size when I already have a new full size tube. I have tried one of these pencils out but as sample sizes and glad to get a full size version. I went with three colors and they are Desperation, a deep, taupe gray matte, Oozie, dark gunmetal shimmer, and Smog, a copper shimmer. Smog got me at first since I was looking for a copper or bronze liner due to having a lot of bronze shades while the other two were different in the gray tones. I did notice the blue and green shades but didn’t excite me this time since I bought NYX Slime Eye Pencils in those colors. I almost got Corrupt because Nicole Quinn loves that one but I can always get that one later. I am so glad to try these for real.

Bonus Items That Weren’t On Sale: Let’s see what else I bought that was not a part of the sale!

Formula 1.06 Rescue Me Blemish Gel: First is a re-stock on my favorite blemish gel from Formula 10.06 and glad I did because I just ran out. I was glad to get another tube.
Burt’s Bees Lip Oil: I used to have an Ulta lip oil but don’t know what had happened to it so decided to try something new. I have enjoyed Burt’s Bees off and on and decided to try this out and man my lips become so moisturized and they feel good!
Revlon Cushion Lip Tint: Finally is the Revlon Cushion Lip Tint and to tell you the truth is that this thing is the most comfortable lip product I have worn so far! I got the shade Wine Trip because they talked about this color in Allure Magazine and had to check it out for myself. I did get another color but while at Walgreens and glad to get this. It’s been forever since I picked up a Revlon product.

Well guys that is it for this post! All I have to say this part of the sale was my most controlled sale ever. I felt like I got items I would rather want than items I would buy based on impulse alone, trust me I have been there and done that, and it feels better. I will have to see about the Dose lipsticks and the COverFX powder in how they go. What is next? Hoping a book review since this is the start of October and haven’t gotten word on Ipsy and BoxyCharm shipments yet since it’s early. So, until next time!

The Beauty Quadrant: Allure Beauty Box September 2019!

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Allure Beauty Box September 2019!

It’s that time again to do my Allure Beauty Box and I know it’s close to the end of September but I have used some of the products in this box to give you what I think. This box is $15 but if you sign up your box is $10 and you get gifts with sign up. This box includes items that have been mentioned in Allure Magazine even winners on top of it. You get up to seven items and they can range from deluxe all the way to full-size. Let’s see what I got!

Ciate London Dewey Liquid Highlighter Sticks in Gleam: First is a product from Ciate! I have loved the products that I’ve gotten so far from this brand in my boxes. I haven’t tried the powder yet since I am using the Becca one at the moment but do enjoy the lip products so far. This is a highlighter stick and it retails for $26. This is more of a clear stick without the glitter which gives you a lit from within. I did find it kind of sticky though when I put it under my blush but I have to keep playing with it to see how I can get it to glide a lot more on my skin but so far it’s not too bad.
Nature Lab Tokyo Perfect Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner: Glad to get these in the box which are travel sizes of the Nature Lab Tokyo Shampoo and Conditioner. I heard of these guys through Ipsy and glad to try them finally since I do love getting hair products that would help with frizz which this pair won the Allure Best Of Beauty Award last year for that! These value for $14 each they are sulfate free. So far they have helped and will see how it goes in time for Favorites next month.
LaRoche Exim a Cream: Not going to put the entire name but this is a cream that helps with exam on any part of the body since it’s made with oatmeal. If you remembered having chicken pox as a kid, oatmeal is very calming towards that and well I have tried the cream so far and it still made my hands dry when trying it out the first time and you don’t get much in a tiny tube either. I wished this was a full-size instead or kind of the same size as the Bath & Body Works Hand Cream tubes. This is supposed to retail for $15. I don’t think this product is worth the box, I find the shampoo and conditioner did it better.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub: I think this would be worth the box despite it being $10 in value. I am glad to try another Acure product and this time it’s an expholiating scrub that is a lot more fine than others and great for people with sensitive skin. This is made with aloe, clay, and walnut-shell powder. This will be interesting to use since I am still with my tube of Three Times the Sublime.
Nars Dulce Vita Lip Pencil: Next is a product from Nars! You would either get this lip pencil or the Laura Mercie Setting Powder and I was good with either one because I am enjoying lip pencils a lot and help[s keep my lip items on my lips while I do like to have new powders try once I am done with one. I did get a smaller Nars pencil from Ulta because I got a blush and did enjoy that one too so I will see how this pencil goes. This pencil retails for $27.

Naturful Vitamins: There is no entry on the page but I got these vitamins from Nutraful and I was surprised to get these. Apparently Vitamin Supplements count as beauty items and well these are supposed to help with growing hair. I am not sure what comes in these and tried researching them but couldn’t find anything. I am taking them to try them and well they aren’t doing much to grow my hair out. I think it’s more of a placebo affect or it doesn’t work for everyone. Remembered how Halo Beauty was supposed to be magical? Well this ain’t magic. I will see how it goes as time goes on. I think this was supposed to be in October’s box not this month but got it anyways. I am not sure how a bottle of these cost but I think they are in the $30+ range.

That is it for this box and it was not that bad this month despite getting vitamins and a lotion in a teeny tiny tube. I am glad to try out a new shampoo and conditioner though alongside a new face scrub when I am done with my Three Times Sublime. If you want to sign up for Allure, I would recommend it because you get more of the luxury stuff that can sometimes be hard to afford for most people and you get it all for $15 after your first month being $10. Check them out if you can!

Well guys that is it for this post! I will be having more book reviews, I am also going to be doing another 21 Days of Beauty Haul to talk about what I bought this time and it’s less than what I had done this time than the last. Until next time!

The Beauty Quadrant: Glam Bag Plus September 2019!

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus September 2019!

I know it’s been a few days but I am back with this post. I will tell you guys why I waited a bit in a moment but want to fill you guys in with the info. This box is $25.00 a month and you get more full-size items than the deluxe size samples. You can just get this alone or get both your Glam Bag and this one together like I do. Starting in October you will be getting a makeup bag like the start of this subscription. Let’s see what I got in the add-ons.

Add-Ons: First are the add-ons. They have changed up the amount by having you getting to choose five instead of three. I was happy and sad at the same time because one of them was missing and that was the IBY Beauty Highlighter in Private Jet. Why did they forget this item? TO be fair Hot Mess Mama MD did have one item missing with her Glam Bag this month when she bought two. I did contact Ipsy about it and getting a replacement alongside my points perk since I got that shattered. Seriously Ipsy pack your points items better. Hoping with the makeup bag added on will help that. I did get the other items including the Love Craft Beauty Bronzer, the other MadisonxOfra Highlighter in Moon Dance, one of the other Illamasqua lipsticks which I will mention later, and finally getting to try Colored Rain for my first time. I have heard so many good things about Colored Rain and glad to see a few shadows as Add-Ons and went with Glamor. I will see how that goes. Now onto my products.

Nomad Cosmetics Belgium Underground Eye Shadow Pallet: First product is from Nomad Cosmetics and it’s their Berlin Underground Eye Shadow pallet! I got into these guys all thanks to the one add-on which was a highlighter and got their highlighter pallet and man those were beautiful and pigmented. I was happy to find out that I was getting an eye shadow pallet from these guys and saw that it’s a smoky shadow pallet. I have tried this yesterday which will be around Monday or so when I post this and man it’s so pigmented! It includes olive green shades, silver shades, some yellow, one purple, and one black. I was able to create a smoky olive look you can find over at my Instagram, MariBlueCat. I have to try some of the other shades since they are really nice and blendable and nice to place with. What is great though Nomad Cosmetics did like my pics because I was trying on my newest wig for a costume I’ve been designing and couldn’t keep my paws off any of my makeup including this pallet? This shadow pallet has hemp seed oil in their shadows which I looked around on their site that they put different seed oils to make the shadows be more organic. I would say try their stuff out!
Illumasqua Anti-Matter Lipstick in Midnight: Next is another item from Illumasqua and it’s a lipstick! I’m glad to keep on trying this brand since they are a bit on the pricey side especially this line and that’s their Anti-Matter Lipstick line. The claims that it is both part satin and part matte and that it lasts all day and doesn’t dry your lips. I have to say is that the all-day wear is kind of false because it does come off but I do still feel a slight stain on my lips. The shade Midnight is a true red color which I think I am wearing at work now since it is a safe color to wear. I do have to dab since I have that tendency of going nuts with my lipstick. I did buy another shade in this line as an add-on and that is in Cosmic and it’s a neutral pink that helps bring a pop of color. When I think anything cosmic related I think of a magenta over a pink but I will see how that goes. I do like the feel of this lipstick to tell you the truth because it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything but the claim of long lasting is not really true unless you chug a lot of water like I do.
OfraxMiller Squad Pallet: Next is another Ofra collaboration item with Madison Miller and that is her Squad Pallet. This is a small face pallet that features two highlighters and one blush which can also double as eye shadows. I’m happy for Madison since she got to collaborate with such a huge brand who has been famous for their highlighters and liquid lipsticks and glad that she came out with a small face pallet. I will use these eventually due to trying the highlightes and the blushes before in a holiday pallet a while back.
Ciate London Extraordinary Setting Powder: Next is a full-size Ciate product and that is their Extraordinary Setting Powder, I think I remembered getting a sample of this in my regular Glam Bag and loved how it set my under eye concealer and glad to get a full-size version of it! This powder is claimed to be a fine powder that doesn’t crease or cake up, it is also translucent and perfect for a lot of skin tones. I am getting more into translucent powders since it’s easier like how Vivi said that you don’t have to worry about shades so much except when I got my Cover FX powder a few days ago I did have to choose light but hey at least another powder to try and this time a full size one from Ciate.
Paris Hilton ProD. N. A. Dual Action Cleansing Gel: Final item is a product I wasn’t expecting and it’s from Paris Hilton. Yes, she has skin care and apparently makeup which is kind of hard to find unless if you have a Marshall’s from what I hear. The claims are that this cleanser is supposed to help with getting dirt, makeup, and also clean out any pollutants in the air, it also contains caviar, white apple, and white tea to help with the cleansing. I have to try this cleanser out to see how it goes after I finish one and I’m glad to get another cleanser in another box like this because it gives me something new to try out. Plus it does help me in getting new cleansers in my rotation and don’t have to go out and buy one at the store every time. Hoping my skin doesn’t react and fall off like her character in Repo: The Genetic Opera. Just saying!

Well guys that is another month of Glam Bag Plus! I am so glad to have another awesome box as always since this is a good one to join if you are already with Ipsy and want a step up from deluxe sizes. Plus it does give you more stuff to try out. They are doing another version called Ultimate which is $50 a month but I may have a nice check but that is a bit pricey and already have enough boxes I subscribed to even now with Dollar Shave Club for my shaving needs, Allure with my trying their picks from their magazine and trust me more variety than Sephora Play and Macy’s in my opinion, of course Boxy Charm, and the regular Glam Bag. Thank you very much! Also, they will be adding the makeup bag again since they did do that before a year ago when they started which people were supposed to get it every four months but stopped but hey I am glad that they are bringing it back. Next month apparently they will be making it Betty Boop themed which that should have been in August since she started as a cartoon character that month in 1930, just saying!

Next will be my Allure box which I have been using some of the products so you will get to read what I think so far on them too! Until next time!