Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Boxy Charm Review - April

Boxy Charm time!

This box is $21.00 a month with free shipping and is a “beauty box subscription that surprises you each month with the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. Each box contains full size and luxury size beauty samples from preferred well-known brands.” They aim to cover a whole look from makeup to nails, which I really like. 

The theme this month is “April Bloom.”  I guess I can see how a few of the items tie in, but barely!  I’m not sure why they even try with the themes anymore!

Here is the April Boxy Charm!  

           1)      Coolway Smoothing Lotion – 2 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            I haven’t tested this out yet, so I’m not sure how well it works. I can say that I have used their 
            products before and found them to be nothing special.  Also, they sometimes have a scent 
            that I really don’t care for. Hopefully this one will surprise me.
Full Size: $24.95 My Value: $24.95

           2)      OFRA Illuminating Blush Stripes  - 10g (FULL SIZE)
I’m not sure I honestly know what this is, but I can definitely say it is very pretty! From reading the info, it sounds like it is almost like a power highlighter which is fun.  I like powder much better than cream.  It also says this can double as a four-color eye shadow palette, which is pretty awesome.  A two for one!
Full Size: $35.00 My Value: $35.00

3)   Harvey Prince Mini Roller Fragrance – .3 oz.  
I am not completely sure how I feel about the scent of this.  On one hand I like it, but on the other, it smells a bit manly for my taste.  I asked C and he liked it though, so I guess I can wear it around him!  I do love mini perfume samples and this one is pretty substantial in size, so it will be great for traveling! I can’t see myself ever buying it though.
Full Size: $21.00 My Value: $21.00

4)   ModelCo Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in “Rose” – .17 oz. (FULL SIZE)
I’m sorry, but that color is nothing close to what I’d imagine “Rose” to be, which bums me out. I am just not one for super bright lip colors. Oh well.
Full Size: $16.00 My Value: $16.00

5)   Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette  – (FULL SIZE)
I am sooooo soooo excited about this!  I love Coastal Scents so this is right up my alley.  They have great pigmentation, especially for a “cheap” brand.  Though, I wouldn’t necessarily call them cheap any more.  You used to be able to get a palette of 80 colors from them for $20 or less!  Regardless, I am so happy to have received this.  It looks to be a knockoff of the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay and I adore the colors. I’ve used it several times since I received it!
Full Size: $39.95 My Value: $39.95

Final Cost: $21.00
Final Value: $136.90

Holy cow, I think this is one of the best boxes I have received from Boxy Charm!  Yes, there is an item or two I may never use, but the one’s I will use more than make up for those!  I am so happy about the palette and that is double the cost of the box alone.  Great job Boxy Charm!

What are your thoughts?

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Week 35

What's Going on in There?
The fruit comparisions just don’t make sense to me these days….little Noah is the size of a coconut or a bunch of carrots.  He is about 20 inches long (his birth length) and probably closing in on 5 and a half pounds. His kidneys and liver are now fully developed and functioning and he is continuing to gain fat. Grow little man grow!

Maternity Clothes? 
Same old, same old.  My office is probably starting to get really bored of seeing the same 6-7 dresses every week!
27 pounds?  I seem to be losing….I hope that’s ok for little man.   
Stretch Marks? 
Ugh. The crop on the back/side of my left thigh has grown and my right thigh has gained a few to join them.  Not my favorite.  I really hope they calm down once I have little man and aren’t as noticeable.

On Monday he wasn’t moving at all which really scared me.  Enough to call the doctor.  Since then though, I think he has been making up for scaring mommy and moving like a crazy man!   
Food Cravings? 
Nothing really. Food has been tough this week.
Anything Making you Queasy or Sick? 
Pretty much any time I eat.  My stomach has gotten so squished that I can’t even eat half a sandwich without feeling the effects of it.  I get nauseous and the reflux is killer.

What I Miss? 
Eating a full meal without feeling sick.  It’s really hard right now to make sure I am getting enough nutrients for my little guy.
Yep, had a couple different incidents this week.  So weird.  I think it is just because my stomach is so squished, I am really trying to train myself

Just the general preggo aches and pains I think!  My belly has been hurting near the bottom and I am pretty tired, but I think it is all normal. 
Labor Signs? 
Nothing but Braxton hicks

Belly Button In or Out?
As out as it can get
Wedding Rings On or Off? 
Wearing my fakie for boring things like work, but still wearing my real one on the weekends
Tossing and turning with a 6 pound person on your belly sucks. The end.
 What I'm Looking Forward To?

Momma and I are headed to LA this weekend for another of C’s games.  I can’t wait to take the bump to the beach and to Downtown Disney for his first glimpse of some of my favorite places!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ipsy Reviw - April

Ipsy time!

Like I always say, this is one of my favorite times of the month….I love getting this bag in the mail! I really do think this is the best bag out there for the cost.  If you are looking to start a beauty subscription, I would definitely try Ipsy first. $10 for everything including shipping?  You can’t really beat that!

The theme of this month’s bag is “Beautiful Bohemian,” which seems like a great theme, but honestly I don’t see how a single item I received (except for the bag) matches it! The bag is pretty cute, though my zipper is kind of wonky which is a bummer. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

So here it is…the April Ipsy bag!  

   1)     Olive Lips Oats & Honey Moisturizing Lip Balm – .07 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            Well I do love me some lip balm!  I can’t imagine anything better than my Burt’s Bees, but I 
            will definitely get some use out of this I’m sure.  Maybe I will pack it in my hospital bag, I 
            read you should pack chapstick since hospitals are very dry!
Full Size: $5.95 My Value: $5.95

           2)    Julie Nail Polish in “Damsel” – .35 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            I am not impressed by this. Seems like a run of the mill cheap, boring nail polish to me!
Full Size: $3.99 My Value: $3.99

           3)    Mica Beauty Eye Primer  – 4 g. (FULL SIZE)
            Ugh, another one of these eye primers in a flat container.  I really dislike this kind.  I can’t get 
            my finger in there without getting the product all over and under my nail.  I could certainly  
            use a brush, but that just adds extra steps to my beauty routine because then I would have to 
            wash that.  I’ll stick with tubes where I can put it on with my finger! Also, that price is a 
Full Size: $44.95 for 8 g. My Value: $22.47

4)  The Balm Mini Nude Dude Eyeshadow in “Fit” – .035 oz.
Ooo I think this color is really pretty!  It’s a perfect copper color to wear to C’s Rattler games!
Full Size: $36.00 for a palette of 12 colors My Value: $3.00

       5)  Pandora’s Makeup Blush in “Pink Carnation” – .14 oz. – (FULL SIZE)
I wish this came in better packaging.  The cardboard around it looks really cute, but inside that is blush in a tin, like you would add to a palette.  That’s not very helpful to me, since I don’t have the type of palette this would fit it.  The color is not bad, but it’s too dark for me.  I go for more rose and peach colors.
Full Size: $11.45 My Value: $11.45

Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $46.86

I’m pretty bummed about this bag, I will probably be getting use out of two items at most, the eye shadow and the lip balm.  Those items put together don’t even cover my cost of the bag though, which stinks.  Oh well, I guess you win some, you lose some right?

What are your thoughts?

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