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Boxycharm – June 2020

Boxycharm – June 2020

I thought I was deserving of a treat (I always find a way to justify it), and ordered the June Boxycharm on a hope and a prayer. I ordered the box on June 3, it shipped June 16, and I received it July 6. Since […]

Boxycharm January 2020

Boxycharm January 2020

After seeing the spoilers, I thought I would sign up for Boxycharm for the month of January. I thought I’d be pretty satisfied with any of the variations I was seeing online. Plus, they had a pretty good sign up deal with a few free […]

Boxycharm – May 2019

Boxycharm – May 2019

Out of all of the subscription boxes I’ve tried, Boxycharm is by far my favourite. I tried it off and on for the last while. I usually resubscribe when the spoilers look like what I’m interested in. Boxycharm is on the more expensive end – it’s $21 USD a month, plus $5 shipping to Canada. But you always get at least 5 full-sized products. If it looks like a month where I’m pretty interested in every product, I will order the box, if not, I won’t. It’s pretty easy to cancel, which isn’t always the case with subscription boxes.

Anyway, onto the box.

I’m not going to lie, when I first opened the box, I was a little disappointed at the variation I received. One of the variations had a Dose of Colors lipstick and a nice eyeliner. But once I started using the products, I was pretty happy with it.

GlamGlow GentleBubble Cleanser

$28.00 USD, $35.00 CAD

This is a nice, basic cleanser and it’s always nice to have one of those around. I don’t think it’s a particularly groundbreaking cleanser or anything. I prefer the First Aid Beauty Cleanser, which is cheaper anyway.

Alamar Cosmetics Colorete Blush Trio in Medium

$22.00 USD

The Alamar blush palette is the main reason I ordered the box. When I first saw these blush palettes at their launch, I fell in love. I had a feeling they would eventually be in a box, like the palette and brushes before it. I vowed that if it did end up in Boxycharm, I would get that box.

There are three versions of the blush palette – light, medium, and dark. I was really hoping for the medium palette and I was happy to receive that one. The palette is everything I was hoping it would be. The colours are gorgeous and the pay-off is really nice. I’m very happy to have this palette in my collection.

Ciate London Eye Lustre Creme Shadow in Cupid

$22.00 USD

This is a cool product. This liquid eyeshadow can be sheered out, or packed on for full opacity. The colour is gorgeous, and I am excited to use it more.

Steve Laurant Lip Gloss in Posh

$22.00 USD

I’m always a little meh on lip glosses, and wasn’t totally thrilled to get this. But once I tried it I changed my mind. It’s a completely opaque lip gloss. The scent is vanilla cupcake, which is exactly what I want from a gloss. I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of this

Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Cashmere Lip Pencil

$21.00 USD

Lip liners are useful to have, I just never really buy them. This is a nice lip pencil. It’s not quite as smooth as I might want, which is often the case with a wooden pencil. It’s also a nice colour that will go well with a lot of the lipsticks I own. But it’s pretty hard to believe that this pencil is worth $22. I can’t imagine paying more than $5 for it.

Overall, I like the box quite a lot. The value of the box is $115 USD. It’s a little lower than usual for Boxycharm, but it’s quite a good value for what you pay. That is, if you think you will get use out of most of the products in the box, and I feel like I will get use out of everything in this box.

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Boxycharm – January 2019

Boxycharm – January 2019

I had taken a couple months off of my Boxycharm subscription. It was time to take a break. It is one of the pricier beauty box subscriptions out there (totally worth it IMO), but I figured with the doom and gloom of January that I […]

Boxycharm September 2018

Boxycharm September 2018

Well, it’s almost October, so why wouldn’t this be the most perfect and definitely relevant time to give my thoughts about the September Boxycharm? I was looking forward to getting this box, it was going to be my last one for a while. After only […]

Boxycharm August 2018

Boxycharm August 2018

Hello and welcome back to another Boxycharm review! Let’s get right into this.

Boxycharm has rocketed to the top of my list as my favourite beauty subscription box, for the main reason of the value for what you pay being so astronomical, but the value of the box is really only worth it if the box is valuable to YOU as a consumer. I guess I could say that the August box, is probably not the most valuable to me.

In the August box I received:

Laura Lee Los Angeles Party Animal Pressed Pigment Palette – $19 USD – Laura Lee was embroiled in some not so casual drama juuuust in time for this predetermined-far-in-the-past box to be released. So it’s tough to use this palette. It also features some pretty out there colours, which is fine by me, but I’m not going to use this for every day looks. This is not everyone’s cup of tea, I get that.

House of Lashes Falsies in Bambie* – $9 USD – I was reeeeeeally hoping I wasn’t going to get the lashes variance in my box, but alas, here we are. I never use lashes. I got a pair of lashes in my June Boxycharm that I am probably never going to use. And these are pretty out there in the realm of lashes. Even if I was going for super glam I would never go for these.

Bang Beauty Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate – $22 USD – With the previous two product, they may not be everyone’s taste, but they’re decent products. This “eyeliner” is just egregiously bad. It straight up does not work as an eyeliner. It doesn’t have enough pigment. It doesn’t work as an eye shadow base because it makes every shadow muddy and hard to blend. It is incredibly lacklustre as an eyebrow gel. It is truly unfathomable that this was included in the box this month AND that the market value is $22. You could find better eyeliners at the dollar store.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks – $25 USD – I have a hard time noticing any tangible difference that eye masks might provide, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love them! I was pretty excited about these coming in the box this month. I was even more excited to see that they included 3 pairs of them. I feel like most subscription services only include one pair. These are great because they stay on my face, most that I’ve tried just slide off so I have to lay very still. V v v into these.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Latte Matte* – $25 CAD – I was really looking forward to getting a Smashbox lippie in this month’s box. When I saw the colour I received, I was kind of eh about it. I liked the colour on me, but I was hoping for something a little more interesting than a peachy nude. That was until I saw some of the colours other people were getting in their boxes. Green metallic? No thanks. Then I was very thankful for the one I got.

NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil – $18 USD – My nails suck. I don’t treat them very well. I was super happy to get a cuticle oil. I’ve been trying to use it with some regularity, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my nails. I’m getting waaay less hangnails.

The overall market value of this box was $113 USD. The overall Haley Strong value was much less than that. Still, even with this month’s box being a bit of a disappointment, I’m still quite happy to be subscribed to Boxycharm. If you want to subscribe, use my referral link here.

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Boxycharm July 2018

Boxycharm July 2018

I truly never intended to get the July box. I really wanted the June box, and then I thought it was going to be one and done with Boxycharm. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it’s just a little tough on my budget. Don’t […]

Boxycharm June 2018

Boxycharm June 2018

As a lover of beauty products and getting things in the mail, I am obviously a huge fan of subscription boxes. I’ve taken a long break from them for various reasons – they will no longer ship to Canada, I wasn’t excited about the products […]

2019 Favourites

2019 Favourites

Books

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This was a really interesting read. It had a really different style than I was used to. My Sister, the Serial Killer had short chapters and it was a really quick read, but it was gripping right from the beginning. I finished it in a few hours because I just could not put it down. It had a few interesting twists, and I loved the style of the book. There’s a reason this was one of the most talked about books of 2019.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal

I think this was my absolute favourite book I read in 2019. The whole book followed the life of Eva Thorvald’s life. Every chapter is from someone different in her life’s perspective. It was heart-warming and breaking. I loved the story.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I’m a little late to the game on this one, I know. This was a nice little vacation read. It was definitely dark and twisted, and the ending wasn’t THAT surprising. It was still a page-turner regardless. I tried to watch the show, and that’s just not for me!!

Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee

As a Top Chef fan, I was really excited to find a book by former Top Chef contestant, Edward Lee. It is a really cool book about Edward visiting various communities in America where immigrants have had a big impact on the cultural and food scenes. I learned a lot from reading it and there were some recipes inspired by the communities in the book.

Katie Fforde Novels

I’ve been looking for another author that does it for me in the way that Sophie Kinsella does. I believe I have with Katie Fforde. Sure, you know where a lot of her stories are going right from the beginning, but that’s fine with me. She creates some really nice stories, and I have really enjoyed reading her books this year.

Television

Taskmaster

Taskmaster was on my 2018 Favourites too. It deserves a place in this favourites list as well because it is just so good. It makes me laugh so, so hard. Series 8 and 9 which came out this year were two of the best seasons. Every episode is amazing. You can watch episodes on YouTube here.

Vanderpump Rules

I put this on as something to watch. I didn’t really think I would like it that much, since I usually prefer my reality shows to have a bit of a competition element to them. I was wrong and I loved it. I motored through all of the seasons in a matter of weeks, and I can’t wait for the new season to come out!

Schitt’s Creek

This was on my list of ‘Things to Watch in 2019‘ ( I tried my best, okay?) and I’m mad at myself for waiting for long. It is so, so unbelievably funny. And in its later seasons it’s developed this beautiful warmth that has gone hand-in-hand perfectly with the comedy of it.

Richard Osman’s House of Games

This is one of my more recent discoveries. I’ve had a great time watching this show. It’s a fun twist on your usual trivia shows. It features people from all walks of British celebrity.

Makeup

Alamar Beauty Blush Trio

I resubscribed to Boxycharm for this palette specifically, and it did not let me down. I received the Reina del Caribe V1 palette and Ojitos Brush Trio in Boxycharms as well and I’ve been very impressed with all of their products. The products are not crazy expensive in comparison to other brands. I love this blush palette, it was perfect for spring and summer. There’s a sale on a bundle right now including all three products I mentioned plus a lipgloss that you can find here.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot

I own a lot of lipsticks, but this one really stands out to me for both formula and colour. It leans purple, but it’s not unwearable. I love the Amuse Bouche formula. It’s creamy, but pigmented. Here are all of the BITE products I’ve tried.

Media

Hayu

Hayu quickly became my favourite streaming service of 2019. I spent a lot of hours watching shows on Hayu. My Vanderpump Rules and Top Chef watches couldn’t have happened without it! It’s also pretty reasonably priced at $5.99 a month.

Bon Appetit Videos

The Bon Appetit Test Kitchen videos took the internet by storm this year. Who doesn’t love charming people talking about and making food? I know I do. Obviously Claire Saffitz’s ‘Gourmet Makes’ series is my favourite.

Who? Weekly

A friend introduced to me Who? Weekly very early on into 2019. It quickly became one of my favourite podcasts. I never miss an episode (and there’s 2 a week!). If you love pop culture, this podcast is a must.

Everything Else

Google Home Nest

In this household we are suckers for Google Home. Sorry, we can’t help it. We recently got a Google Home Nest for the kitchen and it is a game changer. It’s great for playing music, looking up recipes, and watching videos. I really love having this in the kitchen.

Alison Roman

Food posts on Instagram is not for everyone, but it is very much for me. I started following Allison on Instagram after hearing about her on the Jam Session podcast. Since then, I’ve been a big fan of her and even bought her two cookbooks. I love her approach to cooking and hosting, which is that it’s not going to be perfect and that food is to be enjoyed.

Lightroom

I’ve been hearing about Lightroom for years, but never really explored it. I finally tried it out early this year, and I love it! It’s an easy way to make photos look nicer. If you can believe it, I’d been using PowerPoint for years to lighten and edit photos. I graduated from that this year, and I think my photos have benefited from it.

Check out the rest of my year-end posts here.

June/July Empties

June/July Empties

Okay, so what if August is almost over??? It’s never too late to let you know about all the products I’ve used up in the last few months. You may argue there is actually never a good time to tell you about them. But I […]