Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: March 2017

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?

Best Acne Treatment Products: ZAPZYT

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own. 

Skincare has taken over in a big way as my new beauty obsession. Now that I have solved my dry skin issues I was ready to take on those pesky pimples. When an acne breakout comes on suddenly there is nothing you want more than for it to be gone from your face immediately. The Mt.Vesuvius that popped up on my chin after a stressful period led me to trying out ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel. This is one quick skin fix that you will want to have in your beauty arsenal!

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