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An inexpensive way to try more makeup: Boxycharm


What is Boxycharm?

Its a monthly makeup subscription for 21/month to be sent 4-5 full sized products. They include a mix of makeup, haircare, skincare and the occasional fragrance. I’ve had it for a good year or so & I love it so I thought I’d share! Its my guilt-free way of trying new makeup products especially because the cost of each product combined equals more than what I pay each month. Of course there are products I’ve received that I’ve hated, but for the most part I’m generally pleased. If you’re in the market for trying out makeup, I’d definitely recommend subscribing. I’ve discovered some of my absolute favorite products through Boxycharm.

Below is what I received this month to give you an idea of what each boxycharm includes. I’ll also insert a link here so you can check out the last few months.

Konjac Sponge by Gorge Beauty

Retail: $18.00

I’m sure when you saw this thing you were like “What the heck is that?” So was I. To give you the short answer, its a sponge thats made of konjac root to exfoliate your face & neck. Konjac root is supposed to help balance the acidity of your skin’s impurities and oils. It has no preservatives, is packed with vitamins & is good for even the most sensitive skin.

I actually ended up trying it out the morning after I got the box and I didn’t really know how to feel about it. The instructions say that it can be used with or without cleanser so I decided to use it without anything first. I can see why they say it can be used for sensitive skin types because its very gentle. My skin didn’t really appear clearer or have any noticeable differences besides my face feeling softer. I can’t say if I like it yet since skincare normally requires a couple of uses before deciding.

Highlighter Double by Vintage Cosmetics

Retail: $35.00

This duo comes with the shades “Rose Quartz” & “Chocolate Diamond”. This product can either be used as a subtle highlight or a blush or bronzer topper. First off, I love the packaging, its so simple and feminine. I just want to keep the box because of how pretty it is. The product itself doesn’t really excite me because I’m never looking for a subtle glow. I also generally prefer to keep my blush and bronzer pretty matte looking so I don’t know how much I’ll really be using this. I’m still definitely gonna try it out on a day when I’m just playing with makeup before writing it off completely. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Pur Mineral Glow Bronzer

Retail: $25.00

I think the word “bronzer” speaks for itself, so there isn’t much explaining needed here. When I first swatched it on my hand, it was really warm-toned so I was worried it would appear orange on me. I applied it on my face right after and it actually seemed to work. I found that the warmth is actually because it has some gold undertones without actually having any shimmer. I’m looking forward to trying it out the next couple of days though because I’ve been wanting a new bronzer.

Fan Brush by So Susan Cosmetics

Retail: 18.95

One of the reasons why I love this subscription is because of how often they include makeup brushes. When you need to buy multiple brushes, they can get expensive really quick. Within the last year I’ve accumulated 10 brushes from Boxycharm and they’ve all been high quality. I can’t get over how soft this particular brush is. I’ve been running it across my face almost the entire time I’ve typed this out because it feels so nice. Its a synthetic bristled brush meaning that it doesn’t withhold product the same way a natural haired product does.

Signature” fragrance by English Laundry

Retail: $25.00

I wasn’t excited at all when I saw this because I’m very picky about fragrances. My eyes are really sensitive, so many perfumes make them water. I also hate constantly smelling the same thing all day so I require something light. It turns out that I actually ended up really liking the scent and it didnt bother me at all. I’m terrible at describing perfume scents so I’ll be honest, I looked up how they describe it. They say it is a mix of quince, white chocolate, and jasmine. (Wow, seriously would’ve never guessed.)

This month’s box came out to be worth a total of $121! Thats really good! Overall, this box is somewhere in the middle for me. I’m excited about a few items & others I’m not so sure about, but its still definitely worth holding onto. If you’re interested in trying it out, I’ll leave a link here. If you do try it out, let me know! I’m always looking for someone to talk about makeup with.

Hair Full of Secrets: How I maintain my red hair

Hair, Tips

I’m constantly being asked what I do to maintain the redness in my hair since red tends to fade quickly. I admit, it’s a huge pain in the butt & think about giving it up, but I also love it too much. I’ve had my red hair for somewhere around 3-4 years and have it retouched every three months.

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips that allow me to hold the vibrancy. In fact, even when I’m cringing at how badly my roots have grown out, people are still asking me if I’ve recently gotten my hair retouched. (I know how much of an exaggeration that sounds like, but I promise you, it’s not.)

So without further ado, here is a list of everything I do to keep up with it. Even if you have no plans of ever going red, some of these are also really great for healthy hair in general & may be worth a peek!

  1. Invest in a red shampoo.

    The one I use is a brand called Tressa and its the Watercolors Color Maintenance and Enhancement Shampoo in the shade “Fluid Fire”. Having this is truly key because it redeposits color back into my hair & its sulfate free. My hair dresser recommends only using it every few washes otherwise it can be a bit drying. Lately, I’ve been mixing a dime sized amount in with my regular shampoo and I haven’t had any problems. The downside is that even though I LOVE this product, it dyes my nails if I’m wearing regular nail polish. No bueno. (If you have gel on your nails then you’re totally fine.) This brand also offers other shades to either intensify or neutralize certain tones, so even if your hair is a different color, there might be something for you.

  2. Use a sulfate free shampoo/conditioner.

    (Or any other hair care product) Though sulfate is used to get rid of oil build up, it also strips color. A good way to tell if its sulfate-free if it isn’t blatantly listed on the bottle, is to look at the ingredients list. If it says Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), then put it back on the shelf. The one I’ve been using is by Loreal Ever Creme. I love it because it has a very milky and creamy formula, perfect to keep my scalp moisturized.

    Sulfate is also known to cause scalp irritation, and dry hair since sulfate is specifically added to get rid of build up. Some of that build up is good for your hair because it also has some of your hair’s natural oils.

  3. Don’t wash it every day.

    I know it sounds gross if you’re not used to it, but it’s actually healthier. It ties into that whole natural hair oils point that I mentioned earlier. I try to go at least 2-3 days without a wet wash, and use a dry shampoo in between to keep it refreshed. Dry shampoo is one of those things where you have to buy a few before you find one that works for you. So, if you’ve tried one and hated it, keep looking and don’t give up. In fact, I found a list of the best dry shampoos here that may help.  I’ve personally been loving the Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo. It has a light but pleasant scent and doesn’t give you that annoying white cast that many dry shampoos leave you with. It also does an amazing job at absorbing oils and re adding volume back to my hair.

  4. Wash it in cold water.

    This is the hardest one of them all because I hate showering with cold water! Cold water doesn’t make your hair bleed as much, and it prevents that extra frizz and retains moisture & shine. I’ve noticed that back when I used hot water, there was no way I’d be able to leave the house with my natural hair because it was too wild, but now its a lot tamer. Even if you’re not dealing with hair dye bleeding, starting off with hot water and then switching it to a cooler temp when you’re on your last rinse will still give you the benefits mentioned above.

  5. Lower the temp on your iron.

    I have a lot of really thick hair. I’ve been guilty of turning up my flat iron or wand ridiculously high in hopes of getting my hair done faster. (Doesn’t work.) This can be difficult depending on how stubborn your hair is but its worth experimenting with. You wanna find the lowest temp that still does the job but isn’t a blazing 400 degrees. High heat not only causes a lot of fading, its super damaging to your hair & causes a lot of breakages. No thanks!


    Even though I complain about how much work it is, it’s really not that bad. My hair has never been healthier despite the dyeing and heat that is constantly being put through. And for those of you who are always saying they want to go red but they’re too scared, do it! Stepping out of your comfort zone is fun! & I hope that when you do it, that these tips help you as much as they have for me. 🙂

Also, if you’re in the Bay Area, I get my hair done in Hayward at Vintage Alley by Cindee. 🙂

I’ll link their Facebook page here in case you need the deets. 🙂