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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 […]

FabFitFun Starter Box Fall 2019

FabFitFun Starter Box Fall 2019

I love a good subscription box. I’ve been wanting to try FabFitFun for ages, but the price (plus shipping and exchange) has always been a deterrent for me. Sure, you get a lot of stuff with a high value, but if I don’t use it, […]

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 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 […]

Lip Monthly – August 2020

Lip Monthly – August 2020

I very much love subscription boxes and bags. As a long-time lipstick lover, Lip Monthly has intrigued me for a while. I was finally drawn in by the allure of a $5 bag advertised in an Instagram ad. I am a sucker, yes. I then […]

2018 Favourites

2018 Favourites

2018 has been an interesting year to say the least, but here are a few of my favourite things that I’ve discovered this year.

Boxycharm – I’ve loved subscription boxes since they’ve been around. I love getting mail, and I love trying out makeup so they’re really the perfect combo. I’ve taken some time away from subscription boxes because of the Canadian dollar not being super strong, so they were getting expensive and I wasn’t super satisfied with the products I was receiving. I had been wanting to try out Boxycharm for a while because you received 5 full-sized products. It is more expensive than your usual beauty boxes, at $21 USD a month. I received the box for 4 months, and I was very satisfied with these boxes. I’ve found a couple of new holy grails. There were a few misses in the boxes, but overall I was very happy with it. I only stopped because I needed to take a break from receiving makeup and paying for it. If there are any boxes in the future that are really appealing to me I will definitely sign up again. Check out what I got in my boxes here, and sign up for Boxycharm here.

Yoga With Adriene – Every year one of my resolutions isn’t to do more yoga. I used to go to classes but they weren’t my favourite and it was hard to fit into my schedule. While searching for some yoga videos on YouTube early last year, I came across Adriene. I love her videos because she makes you feel very comfortable with what you’re doing whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between. There are endless options for the type of flow you feel like doing that day, how much time you have, the time of day it is, the part of your body you want to target, and anything else you can think of. I fell off the wagon in the summer, but I’ve been able to get back on in the late fall, and I hope to continue!

Gritty – right before the new NHL season started, the Philadelphia Flyers introduced – nay – UNLEASHED their new mascot onto us. Since then Gritty has taken the world by storm with his dance moves and interviews. Nothing has brought us together in 2018 quite like loving Gritty.

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Sports? With Katie Nolan – After her last podcast and show, Garbage Time, ended I felt a hole in my heart. I’m so glad Katie came back to the radio waves with her new podcast. It’s still the perfect mixture of feminist rants, pop culture, and of course sports. I think I actually like it better than Garbage Time. Her co-host/bff Ashley brings a lot to the show and I look forward to listening to the podcast each week.

Matcha – I never even used to enjoy drinking hot beverages and now I’m over here loving MATCHA????? I really didn’t think I was even going to like matcha, but I figured I should try it. I really love its creamy texture, but I do feel like I need to add juuuust a little sugar.

First Aid Beauty – I had tried one or two products from First Aid Beauty last year, but it wasn’t until this year I became a full convert. They offer quite a few sets, so it’s a good way to try out a bunch of products at once. Their skincare line is super gentle. I’ve had problematic skin this year and have been dealing with issues, like dryness, that I’ve never had before. The face cleanser has become a staple in my skincare routine, I’ve fallen head-over-heels for the coconut smoothie primer, and the red clay cleanser is a life-saver when I have breakouts.

Taskmaster – A few years ago a friend turned me on to British panel shows. This year Lauren introduced me to what was not only my favourite show of 2018 but is now my favourite show EVER – Taskmaster. The premise is a fun one – the Taskmaster’s assistant gets 5 comedians all to do some tasks, and they all get together to watch what each of them has done, then the Taskmaster judges the tasks and awards points. It’s the cleverest show I have ever seen, and it is incredibly funny. 15/10 would recommend.

Dennis the Prescott – A boss of mine suggested Dennis’ Instagram account to me and I immediately fell in love with the combination of delicious-looking food and an interesting photographic composition theme. I even bought my boyfriend his cookbook, Eat Delicious, for Christmas (even though it’s really for me).

The Royal Wedding – I cannot help it, I’ve always loved the pomp and circumstance of the Royal Family. I had been very excited about the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan since they announced their engagement late last year. My mom and I woke up very early to watch it live. It is just a very fun memory we have together, and it’s always cool to feel like everyone in the world is doing something at once.

Reina del Caribe V1 Palette by Alamar Cosmetics – This was my favourite eyeshadow palette of 2018. It was the reason I got my first Boxycharm. I am so drawn to the bright, bold colours in this palette. The formula of the shadows is pigmented but not hard to work with, and the shimmers are unlike anything I’ve tried. This year had many ‘neutral with one pop of colour’ palettes release, and this one really felt like a breath of fresh air. Even though it’s bold, it’s still very wearable.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – This was one of the most talked about books of 2018, with good reason. The author, Michelle McNamara, died suddenly in her sleep while halfway done this book. It was finished by her widow, Patton Oswalt, and crime journalists Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen. The book follows Michelle’s obsessive search for the Golden State Killer. The book is haunting and unsettling, but incredibly brilliant and gripping. In a twist of fate, soon after the book was released, the Golden State Killer was caught. This is a must-read for true crime lovers, but I’m sure they’ve all read this already.

I hope you enjoyed my favourites from this year, what are yours?

Ipsy – September 2018

Ipsy – September 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve received an Ipsy bag – so long in fact, Ipsy sent me an email offering me a free bag. I’m not one to say no to free things. If you think that I am getting this up too late, […]