Product of the Month: Have You Tried Lipsense?

I am starting something new here at Boxy Mom. Every month, I am going to review a new product. Should be fun, right?


This month, Teeyna, over at Pretty Lippy By Teeyna supplied the products I am reviewing. Lipsense is a long lasting lip color, that is applied in 3 steps and is advertised to last from 4 to 18  hours. Continue reading


July Sephora Play Box Review

I absolutely LOVE this months’ Glamp Out theme! I love to be outside, and am an avid camper, so this spoke to me on a deep level. When I camp, I admit, I do wear a bit of makeup. What can I say? I like to look nice, and I feel better when I have a bit of mascara on, and no under eye circles, and SPF! ALWAYS SPF.


Isn’t this an adorable bag as well? It totally reminded me of the summer camp in the original Parent Trap movie. I always wanted to do a long term sleep away camp like that.


I really love this color of Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag. The formula is amazing, it slips right on, and does not dry your lips out! It’s also a perfect nude color for me. I am really excited about this color and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it.


Next up we have IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in Black. Its a good formula, and goes on easily. I did not see the dramatic results pictured, however, I only used one coat. I don’t like to wear black mascara, I prefer brown, but I like the way this one looks on me. It was easy to put on, and easy to take off, and it didn’t flake during the day! Win win win.


This is both the mascara and the lip color. Nice and natural!


Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick was a nice little surprise! I used this mainly for my puffy eyes when I didn’t get enough sleep because the baby was up all night. It works like a charm, goes on light, and with almost no residue. It was very easy to smooth right on, and add makeup immediately after. No waiting for the excess to absorb!


I was excited to try the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask. Unfortunately, I only used this once because I just could not get past the smell! It is VERY organic, if you get my drift. I did not see much of a difference here, but I could only stand to leave it on for about 10 minutes because, oh man, that smell. Pungent…


This Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray is a nice little item. I use leave-in conditioner every day, so this will definitely get used. The smell is great, and it leaves no residue.


I received this Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine in my first Play Box Last year. The smell is light, fruity,  and perfect for summer, and I am happy to have gotten it again.

Did you all enjoy your boxes this month?

July Ipsy Box Review

With July, came the  HEAT. Here in Southern Ca, it’s hot hot hot. Actually, it’s hot across the US right now, so I suppose I cant really complain.
I am always excited for the summer bags because I hope for some fun bright gloss or maybe a bright blush or highlighter.
The bag is ok, but I didn’t really like, or get the theme it was promoting, which was Lazy Sunday. That’s not at all what I think about when it comes to mid summer! However, Lazy Beauty, I can get behind! I want out door adventure themes and travel themes, but I digress. Lazy Sunday it is…
Review time!

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Summer Target Beauty Box Unboxing and Review

EEP! Love these boxes!

The beauty boxes from Target are such an awesome value, and this one gets extra points because you get to see what’s in it before you purchase! We have skipped a couple in the past because we were not interested in what was in them. The ONLY drawback from this box is that you have to follow the Target Style Facebook page, and keep an eye out for when the boxes are released. They are sporadic about it, and sell out very quickly.

Wow, that’s a horrible picture… Sorry guys.

This box also has some of the best packaging for the value. At $7 per box, you get several full size items and a couple trial sized. It comes beautifully arranged in a sturdy black box, and red or pink tissue paper. It also comes with a coupon for $3 off a purchase from the beauty dept. at Target.

wpid-20150810_213741-1.jpgThe Super Sizer- By Lash Blast Covergirl

Paige– I was really excited about this mascara. I use their Lash Blast Fusion on a regular basis, and it works like a charm. I was planning on making the Super Sizer one of my next purchases in store, so I was stoked to see that it would be included in this seasons box. Sadly, it does not hold up to the standards of the other Lash Blast products in the line. It could be because I usually wear brown, and this was Very Black, but it felt like the formula smeared a little too easily. It also clumped on my lashes, but that could be because the brush was hard for me to get used to. (You have to twirl it as you apply). I really think that this was user error and not the mascara it self. Because this line from Covergirl has such awesome products, I am willing to take the blame on this one, I don’t do well with change. (of mascara brush, that is)

Megs: I’m on the fence.  I really like the applicator but don’t care all that much for the mascara.  It goes on a little clumpy and is horrendous to get off.  I feel like I have to peel it off with my finger nails (and take precious lashes with it) before it is truly gone.  None of my wipes/foams/cleansers/removers are up to the task…

wpid-20150810_213638-1.jpgClairol Hair Food

Paige– This has a very distinct weird (almost cat urine) smell, so it was hard to get into the idea of rubbing it all over my hair.. However, I am nothing if not adventurous, and I love hair masks and use them religiously, so this WILL get used. (Also, the smell goes away as soon as its rinsed out, so that’s good) As with most masks, the formula is thick and super moisturizing, and hard to wash out with the super low water pressure at my house… so that’s fun. However, that is not the products fault, and once it was all rinsed out, my hair was softer, and a bit easier than it usually is to manage, so this will keep getting used. It was also a full size, so the value is there.

Megs- First, I LOVE that there is actually enough here is use on my hair more than once.  With most hair masks I have to use two or three to get full coverage.  Feels nice, smells fine, didn’t make much of a difference.

wpid-20150810_213722-1.jpgCrest 3D White Express Whitestrips

Paige– I am a little nervous to try these, because the last time I used anything like this, (albeit, this was for my wedding 7 years ago) it made my teeth really sensitive. However, I do love my morning coffee, and the idea of getting the whitening results of several uses in a one hour time span is tempting, and I will try before bed one night soon. I started out a little miffed about the size of this sample, but upon researching it a bit more, the whole kit comes with only four strips, and they are super-powered, so this size seems like a good portion at a quarter of the regular size.

Megs– I’m interested to try these.  I haven’t yet because I haven’t had an hour at home that I didn’t either need to eat something and then sleep or just go straight to sleep…but I’m looking forward to the day when it is possible to sit with something in my mouth for an uninterrupted hour (and I remember that I have these when that hour presents itself).

wpid-20150810_213815-1.jpgFekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist

Paige– This is a dry oil mist that I have received in this beauty box before. The smell is strong, but not unpleasant, and works well as a friz fixer. It is supposed to work as a sun protectant, but I have yet to experience sun burnt hair, (hats, people) so I’m not sure how much to expect here. It does work well as a shine enhancer, so I’m happy and will continue to use it.

Megs–  Well, I avoid the sun like the plague so this isn’t exactly something that I look for.  It smells nice, but that’s about all I have to say.

wpid-20150810_213750-1.jpgOlay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner

Paige– This smells really good (have you noticed I enjoy things that smell good?) It is moisturizing as toners go, when I remember to use them. I did not notice anything spectacular about this. It tones. And it smells good. Not a bad product, but it is a toner, so it probably wont get re-purchased.

Megs– I know that it calls out that it is moisturizing and non-drying but my skin hates toners.  This was no exception (which is sad because I like Olay products normally)

wpid-20150810_213758-1.jpgOlay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Day Lotion

Paige– This lotion is SUPER moisturizing! It was a very pleasant surprise, although you’d never know it by the initial texture. It is more watery than creamy (as was proven by the waterfall of lotion when I upended the bottle accidentally) It went on really smoothly. I was not expecting it to have all that much staying power, but was happy to find that a few hours later, my skin was still soft and supple. If this had any SPF (Hear me OLAY!) it would make a perfect day lotion.

Megs–  As I said, I like Olay products.  I like this one.  It goes on very nicely.  A little goes a long way.  Absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave film behind.  I use it at night though because it is a little too heavy for day use in my opinion.

All in all, a fun box to receive and you can’ beat the price.  Oh, and the $3 off coupon.  Thanks, Target!  We know we’ll use it!
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