Beauty

Boxycharm May 2018

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Welcome back! And can you believe it is time for another post about Boxycharm already? Personally, I am surprised. I received the shipping email a couple of weeks ago and have been eagerly checking my mailbox every day since. It seems to have taken a bit longer then usual for this box to arrive. For anyone unfamiliar, Boxycharm is $21USD a month. With the exchange rate, it cost me $34.32CAD this month.

 

From the spoilers I’ve seen for this month I am less excited about this box heading into the unboxing than I am most months, but that is only because I usually avoid applying eyeliner where possible and the Pretty Vulgar eyeliner pot looks beautiful, but like it might be best for people with an artistic streak. I do love the look of the packaging and would love to have it on display. I’ll definitely give it a fair shot (stay tuned below).

As the name states, this primer is supposed to have a blurring effect on your skin. It also has antioxidants, is vegan friendly and free of talc, fragrance, mineral oil. It is a nice nude colour when it comes out of the tube. The instructions say to use alone or as a primer before makeup. They also say you can apply it after makeup to freshen the look. Like many smoothing primers it does have dimethicone in it.

 

This primer is sold for $46CAD for 1oz of product.
I usually have trouble with blurring primers balling up if I apply them too quickly after the rest of my skincare routine, but upon a couple of uses, this one doesn’t seem to do that. It likely depends on the other skincare products you use as well. My skin is on the dry side and it seems to work fairly well for me so far.

This is a gel eyeliner in beautiful unique packaging. I believe if I can master application through practice using it will be quite the treat. This eyeliner is vegan and cruelty-free and claims to be waterproof and long-wearing. The Sephora Canada site sells 3 different shades, though one of them is currently sold out. All three say they are available on the Pretty Vulgar site at the time of this writing. 

 

I am always excited to see PUR Cosmetics products in these boxes. In genera, l I have loved the products we have received in the past. They are a cruelty-free brand. I also don’t have many contour palettes yet so I’m always excited to try them out in the hopes one will be a perfect match. 
This palette is $30USD ($38.37CAD with the current exchange rate). The PUR Cosmetics site says the palette is universally flattering and quite pigmented. 

 

I think for fair complexions a light hand is key to applying the products in this palette. The powders are soft and blendable. I love the highlight, but it is glittery so if you prefer not to have glitter in your highlight this palette might not be for you. I believe that even if I don’t use the contour colours as a contour they will make for great eyeshadows. The image below features the lighter shade of contour and highlight.

Aesthetica Pro Series 3 Piece set

This brush set retails for $45USD ($57.53 CAD with the current exchange rate). It comes with two synthetic eyeliner brushes and an eyebrow Spoolie. The bigger eyeliner brush is great for making a wing. The more precise one is awesome for the waterline, tight line or lash line. They are also vegan and cruelty-free.

Aesthetica P12 Face Brush

This is a synthetic brush that is good for powder. It is cruelty-free, very soft and great for applying blush or bronzer, but requires a bit more work when trying to blend a product out. I always enjoy receiving brushes because there is no need to try and purchase some on my own.

This brush retails for $27USD ($34.67CAD) and I will definitely continue using it, though I don’t often purchase brushes on their own.

Beauty Creations Long Wear Matte Lip Gloss

What exactly is Matte Lip Gloss? I may never know. It claims to be long-wearing and high coverage. It is cruelty-free and retails for $10USD ($12.84CAD) and the colour

I received is called Sweet Heart. This one is a beautiful (and affordable) pink-nude.

The Matte Lip Gloss dries down matte. It seems to me that it is pretty similar to a matte liquid lipstick. It seems to be transfer-proof.

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