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July 20, 2017

BOXYCHARM July Cutie Pie Subcription Box


If there every was a month to subscribe to BOXYCHARM it is now. In my last box review I questioned if they could push beyond the tired made for Instagram photoshopped "makeup" and actually curate a top-notch seasonal box once again. I am pleased to say they have done it for July. Lets take a look at what's inside! Because there is a seriously awesome eyeshadow palette in here!

First off, if you're not familiar by now BOXYCHARM is the only beauty box still worth subscribing to. For $21 mo. you get 4-5 full size beauty products at over a $100 retail value. Even on months where it's a little ho hum there's always one product worth the price of the box.

Blinc Electric Eyes Palette ($45)
This palette features a combination of 5 highly-pigmented jewel tone eyeshadows. The shades beautifully pair together to give you a gorgeous, golden eye look. Boxy always brings it with the compact neutral eyeshadow palettes and I never get tired of receiving them in my boxes. This set is stunning! The eyeshadow formula here is seriously amazing. It's like a powder/gel/cream hybrid that glides on with the most intense pigment and gives your eyes such a beaming glowy look.


The colors are so beautiful! The shimmering neutrals are bronzey enough for Summer but give you those deeper jewel tones to take you in to Fall. I swatched these in one swipe with NO primer. Seriously, these are some of the best formulas for eyeshadow's that I have tried in a long time. This palette compliments the NAKED Heat Palette really well. Because it is Boxycharm stamped I thought it might be exclusive to the box, but it's not! You can buy it (although, for $45) on the blinc website HERE. It's worth it though, I have been wearing this every day since I got it. It has quickly become my favorite palette to use for shimmery lids.


Colourpop Hello Kitty Ultra Satin-Lip in Hello Pretty ($6)
On the insert card it said this was the ultra-matte lip, but I received an ultra-satin lip which I was even more happy with. I didn't care for the Colourpop matte lips so I was hoping this finish would be less dry and it is. Subscribers will receive one of six shades. The color Hello Pretty is a deep raspberry pink. I am a pink lipstick girl and this is such a pretty tone, I know I will be reaching for this one a lot come early September when I start to transition my lip colors.


Bare Minerals invisible Light Translucent Power Duo ($32)
Here is where BoxyCharm cemented that July's box was awesome (if that eyeshadow palette didn't do it already!). We actually have a name brand in here again! This silky and ultra-fine combination of setting powder and finishing powder instantly vanishes on all skin tones. I really loved the concept of this duo being a matte setting powder and a luminous powder. It reminded me a lot of NARS Invisible set and the Hourglass ambient lighting powders combined.


The matte powder sets beautifully diffusing pores with out caking and the luminous side just gives your face a timeless, brightened effect. Finally they gave us a subtle highlighter and not a garishly glittery extreme one!


WinkyLux Uni-Brow Universal Brow Pencil ($12)
Calling your brow product a uni-brow is an interesting choice! This is definitely the prettiest brow pencil I've ever owned, the packaging is darling. This pencil is a medium ash brown with a angled shape and spoolie on the other end. The 2-step pencil is one and done, with a firm texture it's easy to shape and define. This was a little too dark for me but it's a nice brow pencil especially for doing full on brows and I love the packaging.


Project Beauty Spray, Set, Go Makeup Setting Spray ($32)
Keep your makeup fresh all day long. Just spray, set, and go! You got this! A makeup setting spray is a must in the Summer. I normally use Urban Decay or Skindinvia's setting sprays but the small size on this one will be perfect for popping in to my purse for travel. It also doesn't have any weird fragrance. I really need to check out Project Beauty more, I ended up loving their strawberry banana yogurt shampoo and need to re-stock.


BoxyCharm FINALLY gives us a full box of amazing products again. I was blown away by the value ($127) and awesome products in this months box. It seems they finally got the message! Remember if you subscribe during the same month a box is released you can still get the featured box of the month!

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July 06, 2017

Summer Makeup Look with Suzanne Somers Organics

This post is in partnership with PRIMP Network. Products have been provided by Suzanne Somers. All opinions are my own 

Did you know Suzanne Somers had a makeup line? Me either! She has been a household name to me since the late 80's. I remember watching Three's Company re-runs with my Mom all of the time and recently cheering her on as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. Plus, two words...Thigh Master. Suzanne is an infomercial legend and at 70 still one of the most gorgeous ageless women in Hollywood! Who doesn't want to know her secrets?

After being diagnosed with Cancer (and beating it!) she immediately set out to cut toxins out of her life. She was shocked to discover how many chemicals were used in the name of beauty. By the time you finish your morning ritual in the bathroom you've likely been exposed to up to 200 chemicals. That is shocking! To give herself and others healthy alternatives, she launched the SUZANNE Organics Line which focused on natural ingredients and toxin-free organic cosmetics.


In the Summer I prefer my makeup to be no-fuss and on the lighter low-maintenance side. I like to keep the skin fresh faced with soft shimmering eyes and pops of coral on the cheeks and lips. Here is how I get my every day Summer natural makeup look using the Suzanne Organics Cosmetics line!


To prep my skin I moisturized with the BioActive Moisturizer from the 3-piece Bestsellers Skincare Kit. This amazing organic skincare tri-fecta targets fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful, glowing complexion. BioActive moisturizer organic face cream has a rich consistency but feels lightweight and sinks in to the skin. It's loaded with natural, botanical active ingredients, like CoQ10, Argan Oil, and Sea Buckthorn Berry, for youthful, ageless skin. The faint citrus scent of this lightweight cream is like taking a breath of fresh air in a California orange grove. So nice!


While most foundations coat the skin with artificial dyes and fragrance, her Sheer Flawless Foundation uses nourishing actives and rich minerals with superior blending capabilities to seamlessly color-match a range of skin tones. It even has Aloe Leaf Juice as an ingredient which is wonderful during the Summer to soothe irritated skin when you have gotten a bit of sun.


Starting with the base, I applied the Sheer Flawless Foundation in shade Porcelain with a damp beauty blender sponge only to areas needed. For me that's redness around the nose, and some dark spots on the cheeks. This organic foundation is a luxurious tint and similar to a tinted moisturizer. It's lightweight and feels almost undetectable on. Porcelain was a near perfect match for my pale cool tone skin, the tone is neutral so both cool and warm tones can wear this. With the light buildable coverage it allows your natural skin to show through. I like that it still lets my sun freckles be shown. There is also the most lovely fresh scent to it, no doubt from the Antioxidant-rich super juice blend that includes Pomegranate, Goji, Acai, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry and more.


A light dusting of Sheer Pressed Powder in Light/Medium sets the foundation in to place. I focused primarily to my T-zone which tends to become more oily when it's hot out. This powder is finely-milled so it doesn't look powdery or settle in to fine lines. Organic Jojoba Oil combined with mineral powders allow the skin to breathe while Bamboo and Tapioca powders decrease shine. I am really impressed by this powder! It sets invisibly and left my skin shine free for 6 hours.


I didn't expect to enjoy this contour palette so much! The contour shade is a grey olive brown base, which you cool toned pale girls you know how important that is in avoiding the dreaded orange look. The highlight is more of a matte banana cream powder than the shimmering ones we're used to seeing. It works excellent for setting and brightening under the eyes.


Despite the sun blazing nearly every day for weeks now, I still don't have anything close to a tan. Bronzer is my only hope in looking sunkissed! Using a fluffy brush I applied the bronzer to the outside edges of the face. Switching to a smaller defined cheek brush I contoured the hollows of the cheeks and down my nose. With a fan brush I lightly swept the highlight powder under the eyes to brighten and on the highlight points of the face. To get glowing, I added a touch of the Mother of Pearl Cream shadow across the tops of my cheekbones.


For a soft pop of color I swirled on Coral Crush Natural Blushing Powder to the apples of my cheeks. This satin peach shade is so flattering and natural looking on. Most conventional makeup use chemical silicones that feel great going onto the skin, but are actually toxic, plastic-based agents. This organic blush combines gorgeous colors from nature’s raspberries, cranberries and oranges with no artificial dyes or chemical binders. Just a pretty organic glow!

Moving on to the eyes, I layed down a base of Mother Of Pearl Cream Shadow on my lids. The creamy champagne gold shade softly illuminates the eyes. The slightly tacky base helps the powder shadows to adhere and really shine.  This cream shadow is super pretty as an inner corner highlight and can even be used to highlight the cheekbones.

Golden Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect set of shimmering neutrals for Summer. It's definitely my favorite product from from the line! The colors are so beautiful and even though the shadows are on the drier side they are very pigmented and shimmery with out being glittery.


I placed the pale shimmering gold on the inner corners and 1/3rd of the lid, champagne shades extended outward, and brown to define the crease. It really is a perfect quad of fool-proof shining neutrals. I have been gravitating towards this palette so much over the past few weeks. When my allergies act up my eyes become very sensitive to any eye makeup and all of these products felt so comfortable on my eyes. I had zero problems with irritation when normally I can't wait to take my eye makeup off.


Golden Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette Features "Stone," "Sparkling Champagne," "Topaz Shimmer" and "Spun Gold" Colors.

Two coats of Lengthening Mascara in black gives you that bright wide eyed look with out being too much. I am normally a volumizing mascara kind of girl but I really liked how long and separated this made my lashes. With a fine pointed tip it is easy to define each individual lash for clump-free lashes. The organic mascara formula is on the wet side, so give it a minute to dry. This mascara didn't irritate my sensitive eyes which I always appreciate.

Suzanne Organics Sheer Satin Lipstick's are sheer, moisturizing, and give a soft natural color to the lips. They are actually tinted with natures berries and minerals! Shea, Cocoa, and Avocado Butter create a conditioning base for a sheer, beautiful look.


To finish off the look I applied Coral Crush Sheer Satin Lipstick. A warm medium coral pink is one of my go-to shades in the Summer, and really all year round. It looks polished with out being overdone. These lipsticks smell and taste amazing, like the tropics! The texture is creamy with a balmy moisturizing feel.

There we have it! My natural Summer makeup look! I know quite a few of these products will be in daily rotation throughout the Summer season and beyond. Knowing that I am minimizing the chemicals I am putting on to my face every day feels really great. Finally, makeup that's actually good for you!


I am so pleased to have discovered Suzanne Somers Organics all natural makeup. All of the products I tried were exactly what I was looking for in my Summer makeup routine with out the harmful ingredients I can do with out. Suzanne Organics are manufactured with certified organic ingredients. Free of artificial dyes synthetic fragrances, lead, chemical binders, PEGs or parabens. No animal testing and Made in the US.

Interested in seeing more from Suzanne Organics? Check out my fellow beauty bloggers allthingsbeautifulxo and natalielovesbeauty

You can find all of these products and more at Suzanne Somers Organics.  
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July 05, 2017

Summer Natural Beauty Essentials

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There is a running saying in Seattle that Summer doesn't officially begin until July 5th. With the heat wave we have been experiencing there is no doubt that it is here today. In the Summer I like to go low-key with my makeup and introduce more natural and environmentally conscious products like Tom’s of Maine® Long Lasting Deodorant in to my beauty routine. Here are my favorite natural, eco-friendly beauty products to help you get through the heat of the Summer beautifully!

June 29, 2017

BOXYCHARM June Downtown Charm


BOXYCHARM is back with some downtown charm for June. If you are not familiar for $21/mo Boxycharm sends you 4-5 full size beauty products valued at over $100. Lets see how Boxycharm charms us this month!


RealHer Eyeshadow Palette ($28)
I am a big fan of Real Her, both the message and their amazing lipsticks. I had no idea they were selling eyeshadow so getting this palette in Boxycharm was super exciting! The palette is small, with a magnetic closure. Inside are a range of neutral eyeshadows in richly pigmented hues designed for all skintones and eye colors.

Boxy hits it out of the park when it comes to the eyeshadow palettes they include in their boxes. I am still using those Studio Gear Palettes atleast once a week. This is no exception. It's a wonderful set of neutrals in a mix of matte and shimmers. The colors are gorge, they can take you from a day to night look in a snap. Also, the size is excellent for throwing in to your Summer travel bag.
3 Sheet Masks ($14.97)
Biobelle's sheet masks give your skin an instant boost, while deeply hydrating and evening your skintone, revealing gorgeous glowing skin. I have never tried Biobelle but these look so cute and the price is great too. So many of the sheet masks I have are uber expensive, I would love to find a cheaper alternative. There are three different masks for your skin concerns. One is even a primer for your skin before makeup, that sounds so cool!


Artist Couture Diamond Powder ($26.99)
This shimmering powder packs a high glow with a gorgeous sheen. The color Illuminate is a glowy champagne pearl. It's very pretty, but loose highlighters are so messy! I appriciate the plastic cap, I just don't like to fuss with loose powders. It's also on the glittery side. No bueno.



OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.90)
OFRA's liquid lipstick are one-step to full lip color that does not feather. These are some of my favorite liquid lip colors because they have excellent color payoff with out completely drying down to that awful dried out matte feel. Santa Ana is a lovely soft rosey shade. I already have this color in my collection and I wear it all the time, it is one everyone is sure to love.

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Pro Precision Taper Brush ($24.00)
I was excited when they released the teaser that this brush would be included in this months box, but honestly it's nothing special. The taper just doesn't hold its shape and the bristles while soft are floppy and flat. They say this is for dusting away powder or "baking". But I don't waste a boatload of unnecessary powder on my face and I only bake pies. So for my needs it's a pretty expensive useless brush. The Luxie eyeshadow brushes were fantastic, not sure what happened here.


That wraps up June's Boxycharm. It was WAAAAAAY better than last months and pretty fantastic all around. I do hope they stop catering to what will show up in photoshopped instagram "makeup" and actually put out more quality seasonally tailored boxes again. I challenge them to put out a box that does not include any bronzer, highlighter, or a matte liquid lip. For $21 how can we even complain though right?

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June 26, 2017

Make Summer Better With Walmart Family Mobile

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM1
 
Summer has officially arrived and that means we have kicked off the busy travel season. With road trips, concerts, and vacations all planned over the next few months my phone will be getting a work out. Normally that would leave me a little worried if my data will hold up, but not any more. Now Walmart Family Mobile has a new $49.88 PLUS Plan plan that includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G*. Here is how I am making Summer better with Walmart Family Mobile and my favorite travel apps!

June 16, 2017

Urban Decay NAKED HEAT Collection Review & Swatches: Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, VICE Lipstick, 24/7 Eyeliner


Burn Baby Burn because Urban Decay is bringing the heat with it's new NAKED HEAT Collection. It's time to get blazed and naked - with new NAKED HEAT. Urban Decay's sultriest neutral palette yet! Warm, Sexy, and insanely flattering, this sweltering palette features 12 all-new scorched neutrals. Complete the look with a limited-edition Vice Lipstick capsule collection AND new shades of 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - both inspired by Naked Heat. Lets take a look at how UD is turning up the heat!


Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette ($54)
Naked heats up - get LIT with 12 ALL-NEW, can't live with out amber hued neutrals - including warm browns, burnt oranges, and rich siennas. From a super-smooth red-brown matte and a glimmering copper to a deep , shifty bronze, this palette has everything you need to create sultry daytime looks, or intensely smoky nighttime looks and everything in between.


When I first saw the outside box, I thought ooh another pretty Naked Palette. Then I opened it up. No, not just another Naked palette...Naked Heat is GORGEOUS just from the casing. The multi-dimensional colors of the packaging and sleek hard case make it beautiful to look at and functional to store.


The colors inside are on fire and exactly what you expect from a palette called HEAT. They are warm, intense, and fiery. As usual Urban Decay gives us the perfect mix of matte and shimmer shades that are all fantastic in pigmentation and color payoff. At this point we all know NAKED palette's are amazing quality and Heat is right up there with the OG's. Also included is one of UD's fantastic double ended blending/detailed crease brushes.

*swatched with out primer
Shades Include:
Ounce (ivory shimmer) 
Chaser (light nude matte) 
Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte) 
Low Blow (brown matte) 
Lumbre (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift) 
He Devil (burnt red matte) 
Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red) 
Scorched (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer) 
Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte) 
En Fuego (burgundy matte) 
Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte) 
Ember (deep metallic copper-burgundy) 


While this is an excellent warm eyeshadow palette, there is not a lot of contrast. Orange is the new Naked in here. Many of the shades are similar and run together when applied on the eyes. Creating a variety of different looks with just this one palette is possible, but you might find yourself wanting to reach for other eyeshadows to combine it with. I feel like a gold shade or two could have went a long way in here.

My favorite shades were the shimmers. Dirty Talk and Scorched went on beautifully smooth with an intense shine. There are also shades for creating warm matte neutral looks with. Sauced looks lovely in the crease and Cayenne ups the amp even more. I did have some trouble with matte shades En Fuego and Ashes, both applied on the patchy side. Ember has the most amazing metallic shine, definitely try that one over a black base I think it will make a really unique smokey eye.

I am all about the cool tone neutrals of NAKED 2, but to break myself out of a neutral erryday rut this is the palette to do it with. I really love that these are ALL new shades. We are not getting any repeats in here. Other than Ounce being the mandatory cream highlight, none of the other shades look similar to any past Naked palettes. Did you also notice NO GLITTER? Finally, UD didn't put unnecessary chunky glitter in the shimmer. Thank you! With my cool toned skin and hair this may not be the most flattering of the NAKED's for me personally, but I don't have many warm eyeshadows in my collection so I appreciate having the option. NAKED Heat is sure to be another cult favorite!


VICE Lipstick Heat Capsule Collection ($17)
If you haven't seen my previous VICE lipstick reviews, check them HERE and HERE. You know that I am in love the with the creamy, badass luxury that is VICE. I rarely wear any other lipstick any more. With over 100 shades, I think they've got us covered in the lipstick department!

The HEAT Collections features three limited-edition shades housed in rose gold ember casings.

 Scorched (Mettalized), Heat (Mettalized), Fuel (Cream)

 Scorched and Heat go heavy metal with their Mettalized finished. It's a bit difficult to capture in my swatches, but they both have tiny micro sparkles. Pair these two together for a shimmering sunset ombre lip. Fuel is a gorgeous creamy nude peach, the soft subdued shade balances out the warmth of the eyeshadows. All three of the shades pair perfectly with the NAKED Heat palette whether you're going for a lightly warm or smoldering look.


24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils Torch & Alkaline ($20)
24/7 Eyeliner goes on creamy with all day staying power. These are my favorite eyeliners in formula and color selection. Torch is a matte warm amber, it can be used as a base to really bring out the intensity of the Naked Heat eyeshadows. Alkaline takes the smoky eye to new levels in a deep smoldering burgundy. I thought this might be too red, but it leans towards purple. Both of these colors look especially amazing on blue and green eyes! The colors were meant to coordinate with the eyeshadow palette. UD really put some thought in to making this a cohesive collection.


Basically Urban Decay took all of its most amazing products and turned up the heat! This is a super hot collection that has Summer feeling (and Fall?) written all over it! #NakedHeat

Urban Decay Heat is available for Pre-order NOW and available June 30th at Urban Decay.com
Available at SEPHORA July 10th (online) July 13th (in store)

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