Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: 2017

May 22, 2017

BoxyCharm Makeup is Art May Subscription Box


When I opened up my BOXYCHARM for May I was pleasantly greeted by a brightly colored insert card with the caption Makeup Is Art. I thought ooh this is gonna be another good one, will there be a bright lip color or fun nail polish inside? NOPE. It was more like every product you need to create your very own photoshopped Instagram makeup look! Heavy Brows, Contour, Highlight, and a paint brush for your heavy foundation. I'm just not a fan! Maybe some of these products will surprise me? Lets check it out!

BOXYCHARM gives you 5 full size beauty items with over a $100 retail value for $21 a month. Free Shipping in the U.S.

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May 19, 2017

5 Tips for Clear Acne Free Skin

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I have always associated the desire for clear skin with teens, but as I get older I find it even more important to me now. We all wish our skin was perfect every day; for most of us though, it takes more than wishful thinking. With the help of a daily skincare regimen and the inclusion of Differin® Gel, I am now on my way to achieving my best skin ever. Here are 5 tips to getting the clear, smooth skin that you have always wanted!

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May 16, 2017

Beach Bag Essentials with Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen

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With the weather warming up now is the time to start thinking about all those days spent outside and protecting our skin! My family spends a lot of time outdoors in the Summer - beach vacations, hiking, going to the lake, pool, and playing sports. While having fun in the sun is the top priority, protecting our skin from harmful rays is just as important. Having sensitive skin I need an SPF that not only protects but also one that is non-irritating to my temperamental skin. Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen provides the broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection you need to keep you and your family safe from the sun.


Today I am sharing my beach bag essentials. The must-have necessities that I always pack with me when hitting up the sea and sand. A fully stocked beach bag is key to maximizing your fun in the sun!

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May 12, 2017

Cate & Chloe Unconditional Love VIP May Box Review


Cate & Chloe Unconditional Love VIP Box for May has arrived just in time. If you are new to Cate & Chloe they offer amazingly beautiful, high quality jewelry. Within their VIP box you can subscribe to their box staring at just $19.99 with free shipping. It's the perfect gift for Mother's Day or adding some new fashionable Spring jewelry pieces to your wardrobe!


The options for Cate & Chloe's subscription are simple. Choose the VIP Box option that fits you best. Go big with three pieces of new jewelry every month or just keep it sweet with one new fashionable jewelry style to accessorize your wardrobe every month!


Inside my Cate & Chloe VIP Box were three gorgeous pieces. I ooohed and awwwed at the opening of each one. A Rose Gold bracelet and a matching earrings and necklace set.


Every month the stylists come up with a FREE EXTRA GIFT to include in your box. This month's amazing gift is L'ange Hair Replenish Conditioning Spray.

 L'ange hair! is best known for supplying elevated hair tools and haircare to fit the lifestyle of the modern woman, and her family too! Replenish Conditioning spray is formulated with Pro-Vitamin B5, Aloe, Chamomile, and wheat amino acids this light-weight leave-in detangler conditions, adds body and maintains a healthy scalp. And it contains UV protectant that helps color from fading.

I have been using this every day since I got it! It leaves my dry, brittle ends feeling conditioned and hydrated while making it effortless to comb through wet. Not to mention it smells like some really good vanilla. L'ange is new to me, but this product rocks I will for sure be checking out their hair caire line now.


Elise "Dignified" Rose Gold Bracelet
This rose gold bracelet features stacks of rose gold with two rows of CZ clear and black stones. It has a snap back clasp closure.


I first saw this bracelet on Jenny McCarthy and was like dying that it was Cate & Chloe because I knew it could be mine too. Rose gold is so trendy and I don't have much of it in my jewelry wardrobe. This bracelet is dainty but incredibly edgy and impactful in style and design. The shine on this rose gold is outrageous! The Elise is quite possibly the prettiest bracelet I have ever owned.


Ivy "Faithful" 18k White Gold Drop Earrings
The Ivy earring is classy, trendy, and timeless all in one. These drop earrings are stunning and sparkle like crazy. They look expensive and put the finishing touches on a dressed up outfit. I don't generally wear drop earrings, but these are light and comfortable. Cate & Chloe's earrings also never irritate my sensitive ears which I appreciate. I wear a pair of their studs in my ears every day.


Ivy 18k White Gold Plated Pendant Necklace 
To match those beautiful drop earrings is the Ivy Pendant necklace. A classic square cut pendant that goes with everything. If you need a beautiful necklace to wear with a dress this is the one to choose. It is stunning and just large enough to be eye catching while keeping it classic. I can't get over how expensive their pieces look. You could easily mistake them for the real deal. I loved every one of these pieces and even more how affordable they are within the VIP Box Subscription. No matter what you get in your box I don't think you could possibly be disappointed with their gorgeous jewelry!

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April 22, 2017

Get your Boho Glow with BOXYCHARM

My BOXYCHARM arrived super early this month! I don't know if they were just trying to make us forget that weird box last month or get in on the Festival trendiness right now. Either way, the theme this month was Boho Glow and much more fitting for Spring than last months!
Boxycharm ($21/mo.) gives you 5 full size beauty products each month with a retail value of over $100. Free shipping in the U.S.

OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlighter ($35)
Okay, we can call this box amazing right now even if every other product after it sucks. Because in here is OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlighter. I have had this highlighter on my makeup buy list for Summer and was elated to pull it out of my Boxycharm!


Soak up Summer sun day or night with OFRA's Rodeo Drive Highlighter! This radiant new-product captures the luxury and glamour at the famous streets in sunny California. This highlighter is stunning! It's an intensely pigmented shimmering gold champagne. I am not someone who is highlighter crazed, but in the Spring/Summer I love having that little extra glow. I was just about to buy the new Anastasia Highlight Palette, but now I won't even need to. How pretty is the seashell imprint? This highlighter is everything.


PUR Blend Squad 3-PC Contour Blending Sponges ($36)
How cute are these blending sponges? I love the colors! My beauty blender was looking a little beat up so I was definitely in need of these. What I like about this set from PUR is they have an angled edge on their sponges. It's perfect for getting in to the small areas of the face or doing sharp contouring.

Measurable Difference Concealer Palette ($19.99)
Featuring 16 versatile shades, this makeup set works for any skin tone. The creamy, blendable formula melts perfectly into the skin, making any blemish or skin flaw disappear. Or so they say. This concealer palette is complete crap. It's like that cheap makeup you receive in gift sets at Christmas. I swatched this and it was almost like the consistency of lip gloss. It covered nothing. For $20 you can buy an amazing concealer like Tarte Shape Tape. I normally will give items that I don't like to my friends or family but this is so terrible that it's just going to be tossed.


Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss ($16)
Super high shine lipgloss delivers intense, lasting color! Creamy, moisturizing formula glides over the lips and never feels sticky. This is a lovely lipgloss, it tastes like creme brulee and has a shiny non-sticky formula. I wasn't sure the bronzey color of Umbria would work for me, but it's quite sheer so it pairs lovely over lipsticks and just gives a hint of tan shimmer. I have been looking to purchase some new lip glosses and after trying this formula this might be the one. I love how moisturizing it feels on.

Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo ($10)
Wondering when your hair got a mind of its own? Try this creamy, rich shampoo with yogurt, probiotics, quinoa, 6 Botanical Oils, and Bio-Keratin to help tame frizzy dry hair. Free of Sulfates, Parabens, harsh salt systems, harmful colors and fragrances.

When I opened BOXYCHMARM I thought they had re-cycled a previous box item. They had not though, the packaging of Hairgurt shampoo and masque is just identical. I still had some of the masque left so I tried them out together last week. While it wasn't terribly moisturizing, my hair felt lightweight, soft, and it didn't weigh my fine hair down. Not to mention it smells like a strawberry smoothie! They're both pretty basic products, I don't love it or hate but I will use it up. I like that Hairgurt is offering such inexpensive products filled with good ingredients and none of the bad ones.


BOXYCHARM definitely goes back to being the best beauty box in the game with 4 out of 5 Winners! That OFRA highlighter is going in to my Spring/Summer makeup routine immediately and 3 makeup sponges, a pretty lip gloss, and a yummy smelling shampoo. They really outdid themselves!

Get BOXYCHARM ($21/mo) at BoxyCharm.com

April 12, 2017

MILK Makeup Eye Pigment Review & Swatches

Every time I am browsing SEPHORA I am drawn to MILK Makeup. I am not sure what it is about this brand but the packaging and products look so innovative and fresh. Because I am a stickler with my brand loyalty I don't often randomly try out something from a brand I have never tried before or one that I haven't even seen any reviews on. I took a chance though and picked up one of the MILK Makeup Eye Pigments to introduce myself to this exciting brand. 


Bring a pop of color to your look with Milk Makeup’s long-wearing Eye Pigment. It gives you tenacious color with a soft, silky texture, drying on quickly without creasing. Create a dimensional, long-lasting look that’s as refined or rebellious as you want—layer to intensify. Easily blendable, this shadow is perfect for giving lids a vibrant touch of color for everyday looks.

MILK Makeup Eye Pigments are a vivid, highly pigmented cream eyeshadow in a portable tube that delivers bold color in one swipe.

They have a stunning color selection, ranging from metallic neutrals to bold shades like Rave Purple. Because I love anything sparkly taupe I chose Peep Show. That's about as adventurous as I get with my makeup anymore. My days of Rave Purple are behind me, but the brights look suuuper pretty.


Peep Show was darker and a lot more glittery than I expected. I put it on in the day on my lids and was like..girl, this isn't a disco or instagram. I still really liked it though. The shine was mega-watt! I was expecting something more natural looking seeing as it was a taupe. Instead, it's going to work better for smokey taupe eyes and night time looks. I don't think all of the shades contain glitter, but I'm going to pick up After Party next to see.

A little goes a very long way with these. The color is intensely pigmented. The pigments apply similar to a cream concealer and dry down quickly. Blending these out is a little tricky and you will have to work fast. Wear time is outstanding! There is no fading or creasing all day. They would make a perfect option for hot days...Coachella anyone? These cream shadows were so budge-proof I had to break out the big guns oil makeup remover to fully remove it at the end of the day. I have to say MILK Makeup has me intrigued, I will certainly be trying out more from them.

March 25, 2017

BOXYCHARM Creepy Cute March Subscription Box Review

BOXYCHARM's March Box arrived on the first day of Spring. With the theme Creepy Cute in pretty pastels I was expecting it to be brimming with corals, shimmers, and warm neutrals. Instead I got a box that looked like it belonged in October. I wasn't disappointed though because it included two lip products from Real Her, one of my favorite cruelty-free lip brands. Let it be Fall again!

About BoxyCharm: For $21 a month you get 5 full size beauty products with a retail value of over $100. Free Shipping in the U.S.
 
Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer ($19)
This primer was the first product that was ever created at Smashbox photo studios L.A. It instantly blurs fine lines and pores leaving skin with a velvety-smooth even finish. Smashbox Photofinish is a holy grail of primers. It was one of the first primers I ever tried. I just don't like heavy silicone primers, actually I don't like primers at all. This one gets the job done done though if you need to fill in larger pores or smooth out fine lines.
Crown Brush Deluxe Fan Brush ($18.99)
This fan brush features a large fanned brush head perfect for application of powder products. Another fan brush? Come on BoxyCharm. One fan brush that no one uses is all one ever needs. This brush is soft, but mine arrived with brush hairs all crazy out of place.


Naked Cosmetics Urban Rustic Palette ($39.99)
These colors offer a dramatic look when applied damp or with an eye base. The colors have hints of green, bronze, purple, and brown. This palette is what had me confused about the seasons. The colors are beautiful but not something I'm going to be wearing any time soon.

I have never heard of Naked Cosmetics before. Getting three small eyeshadows for $40 is insane and not in a good way. I would expect it with an established luxury brand, but not for one that no one has ever heard of. Also, the purple wasn't pigmented so you're only getting two decent eyeshadows. I am happy to be able to try this via BOXYCHARM though because I never would have bought it myself.

RealHer Matte Liquid Lipstick ($15)
Now we get to the good stuff! I am a huge fan of the RealHer Moisturizing lipstick's and had been wanting to try their new liquid formulas since I saw they were releasing them. These have a lightweight formula with a bold ultra-matte finish. How pretty is the packaging? I love their packaging.

"I Am A Rockstar" is a matte dusty vintage rose. Again Fall themes here. I am just about over the matte lip trend, but I am still on the hunt to find one that I actually like. This one is a winner in a few ways. Normally I have trouble with liquid lipstick's remaining sticky or wearing patchy. One coat of this dries down immediately and locks in to place for hours. The color was rich and fully matte. Downside, it feels very dry on the lips and does emphasize lip lines. This is just something that's hard to get around with long wear matte liquid lipstick's. Besides the dry factor, the color, formula, and wear time is excellent.

RealHer Lipliner ($12.50)
This is a creamy lip liner that glides across the lips to define and shape. I really like this formula it applies easily and stays in place. I am Loved is a dusty deep rose shade and worked perfectly with the I Am A Rockstar lip color. I would definitely buy more of these they are a lot like Urban Decay's.


Talk about one wacky BOXYCHARM, it was almost as if they recycled what they didn't put in the Fall boxes and scrambled last minute to put this one together. I was happy to get to try out more products from RealHer but the rest were disappointing. Lets see if they can get it together with some real Spring offerings next month!

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March 23, 2017

HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick Review


My favorite cream foundation has gone MIA. The Victoria Jackson No Makeup Makeup. I know it was fairly obscure but I loved that foundation! My search for a new cream foundaton led me to the ever popular and talked about Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick. This foundation has a lot of hype surrounding it in internet-beauty world. I tend to prefer the quick controlled application of cream foundations so I was excited to try it out!

A foundation and concealer in one, Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick’s concentrated formula is infused with double the amount of pigment than traditional foundations for instant full coverage in one application. The long-wearing, waterproof formula provides 12-hour coverage, and the innovative formula adjusts to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into the skin. Encased in a unique triangular bullet for precise application along the contours of the face, it can be used to contour and highlight the complexion. It features an array of shades and is specifically designed to be used with the Vanish Foundation Brush for the most seamless finish.

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March 06, 2017

DIY Ombre Hair with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Color

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There is something about the change of season that makes me want to change my hair color. I have been blonde for years, but lately I have been enjoying switching up the shades of blonde I choose. Going darker and ashy in the Fall and brightening up to a sun kissed blonde for Summer. I don't always have the time or funds to hit the salon whenever I feel the winds of change. Luckily for us hair color chameleons, Schwarzkopf has now made it easier than ever to change your hair color right at home!

Whether you want to amp up your own color a notch or make a dramatic change, Schwarzkopf Color Ultime has you covered. With vibrant, fashion shades you are sure to get a "true to the box" color result with long lasting color and shine. It's professional quality hair color at home that is easy to use and produces beautiful color results that last!


The ombre hair color trend is one that I have always wanted to try. I just wasn't sure if I wanted to take the plunge permanently. To ease myself in to the idea I thought it would be fun to try out an ombre effect with my hair extensions. It's a non-committal way to see how your hair will look before making a major hair color decision. If you are like me and need a little coaxing in to a new look check out my tutorial!

To get started on my DIY at home ombre hair color I picked up the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Coloring Kit, Light Blonde 10.1. This vibrant light blonde shade was developed with Claudia Shiffer. The formulation combines her beauty insights from catwalk shows and fashion shoots with the expertise of Schwarzkopf. It's her signature iconic blonde shade!


You can find your perfect shade of Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Color at your local Walmart in the hair care aisle.

There are many beautiful shades in the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Color line.  If you are a brunette, a red ombre using Vintage Red 5.29 would look stunning!


On the box you will see which shade is suitable for your natural hair color and the lightening results that can be achieved.

Make sure that you are using fine quality human hair extensions that can be dyed. They should  match the base shade of your natural hair color. I have medium blonde hair and wanted my ombre to look soft, natural, and sun kissed at the ends.


It has been quite awhile since I have done my own hair coloring, but it was super easy to do. The directions on the box were easy to follow and it even includes pictures.

I added the lightening color cream to the developer that was already in the provided bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously until components are thoroughly mixed and turned in to a smooth cream.
Lay dry extensions evenly out over a bed of hair foil. You will want to put on the provided gloves if you are applying the color directly from the bottle. I transferred it in to a bowl to use with a brush so that I could paint on the color.

With a hair color brush, paint the hair color on to just the bottom ends of your extensions. How far up you want the ombre to go is up to you, I went with around 4-6 inches. Lightly blend soft streaks of color with the brush as you work your way up the hair. Similar to a bayalage technique. The color should gradually fade with out any demarcation between them. Let process for 45 minutes.

After rinsing I applied the Intensive Care Elixir with pearl essence. Pearl essence is blended with rich omega oil for hair that is luxuriously soft to the touch. I wish I could use this as my everyday conditioner! All that was left to do is attach the extensions and our newly ombre'd hair is complete.

Those days of dry, brassy blonde from old school box dyes are gone. Just as the box suggested it lightened up to 2 levels for a runway ready blonde.
Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Color in Light Blonde is beautiful! I am amazed that I can get a fresh from the salon looking color right at home. It's bright, shiny, and full of shimmering reflexes. I loved how well this shade of blonde blended in with my own hair color.


What shade of Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Color would you choose? Do you change your hair color by season?