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 […]
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 bet if you weren’t even slightly interested, you wouldn’t have clicked this link anyway.
I received this travel-size of this infamous cream in a Boxycharm box last year. After all of the hype I heard about it, I didn’t think it was possible to live up to the hype. Well, I was wrong. This is really the best smelling cream I’ve ever used. The cream itself is also very nice. Do I think that the full-size is worth almost $60?? No, not really. But, you can often get a good deal with one of their sets at Sephora (like this one here). Would I buy it again? Who am I kidding, I probably would. I actually bought a similar set to the one linked above last year.
I don’t really love spending a lot of money on products you can’t see – like an eyeshadow base. This was a decently cheap product, and I’ve heard it worked pretty well. Now, I’ve been blessed with greasy eyelids so a lot of the time eyeshadow just glides right off. This base didn’t really help my case. I thought I was resigned to creased eyeshadow for the rest of my life until I started using this Wet ‘N Wild one that was recommended to me. Now THAT keeps my eyeshadow on. This essence one? Not so much. Would I buy it again? Nope.
This has been my go-to setting spray for a while now, but I think this was my last bottle. I gravitated towards it because it was so cheap. It’s just not doing it for me anymore though. It’s a decent-ish setting spray, but it’s not overly special or anything. Would I buy it again? No.
Sheet masks aren’t my favourite. I feel like they’re kind of wasteful, and I never really notice a huge difference. I received 3 of these masks in a Boxycharm box and I was excited to use them. I thought they were find, but not worth their $16 price tag. I don’t think I could ever find a sheet mask that expensive would be though. Would I buy it again? Probably not.
Welcome to this month’s edition of what soap did we use up! This month was Spiced Mandarin. Sure, it’s not the most summery scent that was in the cupboard, but my boyfriend is picky about handsoap scents. I really liked this scent! Would I buy it again? Yes.
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.
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).
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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?
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 get me wrong, Boxycharm has an outrageous value for what you pay ($21 USD, for Canadians it works out to be around $35 with shipping and exchange.) Anyway, I forgot to cancel and my card got charged so I was like okay cool whatever I’m in. And I’m soooo happy I got this box.
In the July box I received:
NOTE Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher in Desert Rose – $12 USD – I am in love with this Blush. It is such a gorgeous, unique colour and very silky and smooth. I find it has good staying power throughout the day. I don’t think the price is too crazy either.
Dr. Brandt Needles No More Eye De-puffing Gel* – $42 USD – I always need a little extra help with my under eyes. I tend to have dark circles thanks to my bouts with insomnia. I liked this product. The orange colour really helped to brighten my under eyes, but I don’t know if I really noticed any de-puffing action going on.
Crown Brushes Fuego Eyeshadow Palette* – $30 USD – I was happy to get this variant in my box (the other option was a priming mist). Because I, and the rest of the world, are very into warm-toned shadows lately, I was loving the colours in this palette. The palette DOES have a pretty chemically scent to it though.
Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara – $24 USD – It’s always nice to have an extra mascara kicking around, and I quite like this one. I love the tubes like this, because it makes me feel like I’m going to be able to get all of the product out of it. I don’t find it smudges throughout the day, but it’s also pretty easy to get off at night.
Chella Eyebrow Cream in Taupe – $26 USD – I didn’t think I was going to like this product. When I first tried it out, I over-applied it. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I love it. I still hate the packaging though.
This was another solid month from Boxycharm. The total value of the box is $134 USD. If you want to subscribe to Boxycharm, use my referral link here.