January Base Boxycharm

For the first time in a few months my boxycharm arrived before the end of the month and I’m so excited for most of what I received!

I’m on a no buy but I am keeping the boxycharm base and premium subscriptions, for now. I also get lux every three months but I’m thinking of getting rid of it.

This month’s base box:

I was instantly in love with the Ace Beauté palette, the colors are totally my vibe and I love the brand. We’ve received it in the past and I loved it so much I purchased additional palettes on my own.

The only item I’ve tried is the glow recipe sleep mask, which I like and use now. Even though this is the travel size, and not a full size, I’m still pretty happy with it because it’s easier to travel with.

For once, I’ll be keeping and trying out the entire box. I’m always happy to get mascaras in boxes and I’ve heard some good reviews on the concealer as well.

Are you subscribed to Boxycharm? How do you feel about this month’s box?

“Bubble Bubble No more Trouble”

I’m the kind of person that hates washing my face. There, I said it.

There’s something about having product in my face as I blindly splash water up in the hopes of rinsing everything clean.

When I saw The Creme Shop carbonated bubbling oxygen clay mask I was intrigued. I’ve used bubbling sheet masks in the past and have liked them, but this one was more than just a sheet mask.

Here are the claims off their website:

All-in-one cleanses, exfoliates, unclogs pores.

Our Bubble Bubble, No More Trouble Carbonated Bubbling Oxygen Clay Mask is a powerful all-in-one that deeply cleanses, exfoliates skin of dead skin cells, blackheads, and unclogs pores by removing dirt, oil, and sebum.

Additional nutrients like Collagen, Green Tea, and Lavender replenish and smooths the skin for a soft complexion and youthful glow.

That’s quite a bit of action!

I had a CVS 40% off coupon so I decided to try it. I thought maybe the bubbling action would make it exciting enough for me to want to wash my face.


Day 1: I wasn’t sure what to expect so I applied a layer just thick enough to cover my face. I rubbed it on using my fingers and waited for it to do its magic. It didn’t take long to start to tingle, not in a bad way, and bubble and soon the five minutes were up and it was time to see the results. I could tell it had removed all of my makeup, avoid eye contact (and make sure your mouth is fully closed, this doesn’t have a pleasant taste) but it left my skin feeling dry.

I used it again the next day, this time using a thicker layer of product


I noticed more bubbles this time, and it was easier to rub off as I rinsed my face but again, it left my skin feeling very dry and stripped.

I’ll have to continue using it to see if it’s something my skin needs to adapt to or if it’s too harsh for daily use.

Overall I think it’s a cute idea that works well. I can’t decide if I would recommend this yet because of how dry my face is left.

No spend. For real.

I’ve tried so many times to go on a no spend, I’ve even tried a low spend, but I can’t keep away from new makeup.

Starting August I’m going to try something new. I’m going to stick to the subscription boxes only.

I currently receive Boxycharm, I get Boxylux every three months, and I just received my first month of Ipsy Glam.

I’m going these will hold me over for the month so I still get new makeup, without buying new makeup.

I think the only exception will be extraordinary TJ Maxx or Marshall’s finds.

Here is what I received in the July Ipsy Glam box

I’m excited to try the Huda Beauty palette and the Thrive cosmetics mascara.

My sister gifted me the pixi spray already and I’m still feeling it out so this second one might go to a friend.

Overall I’m exiting to try everything in the box and I think it’s a great value.

Double masking?

I rarely set aside enough time for a nighttime skin care routine so I’m trying to make more of an effort in this area.

Tonight I did some light exercise at home (something else I’m working on getting better at and decided to start on my routine.

First I used Clinique Take the Day off Balm for my eyes. I find this is the best at removing eyeshadow and mascara

https://api.ulta.com/take-day-off-cleansing-balm?productId=xlsImpprod11771009

Then I used Tatcha Camilla Cleansing Oil for all over. I love how clean and soft this my skin feeling

https://m.sephora.com/product/pure-one-step-camellia-cleansing-oil-P392235?icid2=products%20grid:p392235:product

Then I followed up with the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask and to finish it off a Pomegranate sheet mask from Etude House

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask https://m.sephora.com/product/violet-c-radiance-mask-P420699?icid2=products%20grid:p420699:product
https://www.etudehouse.com/int/en/index.php/0-2-therapy-air-mask.html

I’ve never done a wash off mask followed by a sheet mask and it will be interesting to see if there are noticeable results.

To finish off my routine I’ll use a vitamin C serum followed by a night cream