Boxycharm Subscription | What is it all about? Boxycharm is giving us MORE?!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Welcome Back!

I wanted to do a specific post all about a monthly makeup subscription box Boxycharm, that I have been subscribed to for about two and a half years. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen my IG stories of me unboxing and breaking down the subscription. I have mentioned before that I have always been pretty happy with the box every since the first month of being subscribed. Of course when signing up for something like this there will be some products that you are not 100% into, or some products that simply aren't going to work for your skin type, but Boxycharm is pretty good about curating universal boxes, and I've never felt the urge to cancel because of one bad product. Boxycharm started small, but are now including brands like Tarte, Becca, Smashbox, and more!

A little more about the subscription:

The subscription box includes FULL SIZE products, unlike Birchbox (currently subscribed), and Ipsy (cancelled). Instead of paying ten dollars for the smaller sample sizes, you pay twenty one dollars total for four to five full size products, sometimes even six! I am always excited to see what they curate, because getting new products that I wouldn't necessarily pick out is always fun and can inspire me creatively to step outside of my comfort zone.

They just recently released that they will be offering MORE to us "charmers" if we upgrade to Boxy Luxe! Boxy Luxe will be quarterly deliveries of ELEVEN full size products. So every three months, you will get charged fifty dollars instead of the twenty one, and you will receive the original box, plus six to seven more full size luxury products. They will be dropping BoxyLuxe on September 1st, and I will absolutely be signing up. I will definitely follow up with you guys on those boxes as well because I am pretty much freaking out about it! They have already released some of the spoilers down below 👇👇👇

I hope this answers your continuous questions on the box! I truly believe in this subscription being worth it for makeup lovers on a budget.

As always, thanks for reading.


(Disclaimer: This blog post is NOT sponsored, xo)

Monthly Beauty Series: Get Ready with Buffalo Blogger Queen Nickel City Pretty

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Welcome Back!

I am so excited to bring you another monthly interview. Lindsay from Nickel City Pretty has been on my list since I curated the idea in the first place. I discovered her through hashtags when I decided to start my blog back up. I quickly realized she had been the founder of the Buffalo Blogging Network, which I am so proud to(now) be apart of. She is the definition of a Boss Babe while working full time, running multiple blogs, and being the Boss behind the network. I am truly thankful to have met Lindsay, and all the opportunities that I have been given from doing so. Read all about how this boss babe tackles getting ready for her busy schedule!

Hey there! My name is Lindsay and I run the lifestyle blog Nickel City Pretty. Makeup has always been a huge part of my life.  I first discovered the power of makeup in middle school, and knew that I someday wanted to pursue the makeup artist field.  In 2006 I attended The School for Professional Makeup in Toronto and received my license in Makeup Artistry and Airbrush.  Currently, among having a full-time marketing job at Perry's Ice Cream and running the Buffalo Blogging Network, I am a freelance makeup artist and mainly do weddings, but I've also done makeup for photo shoots and fashion shows.  

What is your every day beauty routine (AM/PM)?

I rinse my face with super cold water (my mom has always told me to do that every morning and she looks great so why not!) and moisturize with the Imperialis moisturizer from Lush.  I use a lot of makeup on a daily basis, so here goes nothing!  I have two foundation routines: spring/summer and fall/winter.  In the spring and summer I do not like wearing a lot of foundation.  I use my favorite tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer as foundation- it's super light and has SPF in it which is a must for sunny summer days.  In the fall and winter I use NARS Sheer Glow foundation...always applied with a kabuki brush for flawless coverage.  Concealer is always the same- tarte Shape Tape.  I bake my concealer and powder my face with Kat Von D's Lock-It loose setting powder.  Eyeshadow is next, and I've always been a MAC girl, but lately have been also using a lot of Juvia's Place...the color payoff is great and it's really reasonably priced. I like to always switch up my eyeshadow colors depending on my mood.  For eyeliners, I use Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper or I'll actually use my Anastasia Dipbrow as liner.  I've found that drugstore mascara is way better than the expensive stuff, and my favorite at the moment is Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise.  I then use the Anastasia Dipbrow on my brows, and I have to draw them in every. single. day. as I over plucked in high school and they turned into a hot ass mess.  I clean up my brows with MAC studio finish concealer and then move onto lashes.  I tend to wear lashes every day, and my brands range a lot.  I like to go more subtle for daytime and super dramatic for night.  Some of my favorite brands are Kiss, Killa Beauty and Flutter Lash. Next I contour with the Anastasia contour kit, use MAC blush, and highlight with Jeffree Star Skinfinish...Ice Cold is my personal favorite.  Seal everything in with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray and I'm good to go!  Wow, I'm exhausted just thinking about how much I put on my face haha

I remove all of my makeup with Neutrogena makeup remover cloths, then sometimes use a face mask, sometimes use the Clarisonic to deep clean, tone my face with Eau Roma Water from Lush, and use my Lush moisturizer again.  My lips tend to get dry at night so I'll also put on a layer of my trusty Burts Bees lip balm.  I really don't do that much for skin care and I'm shaming myself right now because I'm 35 and really should invest more in my skin! 

What is the one product you could never live without?

Lipstick, or Lipgloss? Lipgloss- I don't like wearing a lot of heavier lipsticks!

Liquid or Powder foundation? Always liquid- powder makes me super dry.

Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner? Liquid

Falsies or Mascara? Falsies! 

What is one beauty tip that you would like to share with everyone? It's not so much as a beauty tip as more of a life tip- don't let anyone tell you that you should wear more or less makeup! I've had so many people tell me that they prefer me with less makeup, and you know what?  I DON'T LISTEN.  I love my look and makeup brings me such joy and is my creative outlet.  Nobody has the right to dictate how you should look! 

What is your first memory when it comes to makeup? In middle school, my mom took me to Clinique to get my very first makeup products.  They were, of course, very soft and neutral, but this was the gateway that started my love of makeup and beauty.  Soon after that I was slathering on the body glitter and red lipstick, and the damage had been done.  The "no makeup look" was never really my thing!

What is your favorite part of your routine? I think seeing the total transformation after my look is complete.  Since I do use quite a bit of makeup, it's cool to see my face kind of transform in a way.  Also, after I draw on my eyebrows, all gets right with the world.

If you could have anyone do your makeup, who would you choose? Omg definitely Katie Ambrose from Groom Service.  I look up to her SO much and she's a total badass artist.  Love her!!

Thanks so much Lindsay for being apart of my interview, as said before you were a huge inspiration for this concept! Go give her a follow on IG @nickelcitypretty to keep following along with her blog, gorgeous photo shoots, and overall "bad-assness"? is that a word?

Until next time, 

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