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March Boxycharm {Unboxing}

This box was quite late…almost a month late, but I believe it was due to bad weather conditions mid March and this seemed to have caused a MAJOR delay in shipping. I wish Boxycharm addressed it sooner, but they did eventually send an email to update us.

Boxycharm must be one of the best things to happen to me! I get so excited when I receive this box, despite already knowing what’s in it. You cannot beat the value…I don’t even know how they do this…get us such top quality products for what we pay for it! If you want a run down of how boxycharm works and how to join, please check out my previous unboxing. Let’s dig in!

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The theme of the March box was ‘Creepy Cute’ and I’m not entirely sure why. I think most of us ‘Charmers’ were a little confused as it seems kind of halloween-ish, but nevertheless, I’m all about what’s in the box and not what the box is called.

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When I do the rand value estimate for the item, please know that it’s a ballpark figure, especially with the unstable rand at the moment. 

Urban Rustic Palette by Naked Cosmetics (RSP $39,99/R550)

This was the item I was most excited to receive. I think these colours just scream AUTUMN and I mean, look at those swatches? I think the burnt orange is gorgeous. The shadows are so soft and the finger swipes were really pigmented. That’s one swipe. I think finger application with this palette will be the way to go, but I’ll try it with a brush as well.

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SS023 Deluxe Fan Brush by Crown Brush (RSP $18,99/R260)

The description card says this brush is great for highlighting, but many of the YouTubers were saying they thought this brush was too big for highlighting. One vlogger eventually had an aha moment and thought this was perfect for contouring or bronzing. I stroked this across my cheek and I feel like it would be really good for contouring, so that’s what I’ll attempt, seeing as I am no contouring guru by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox (RSP $16,00/R220)

This is the OG of Smashbox’s primers and it claims to ‘instantly blurs fine lines and pores, leaving skin with a velvety-smooth, even finish.’ I’ve only used the primer water from Smashbox, so I’m really excited to see if this lives up to it’s claim. It’s oil free and promises to make me look 17…that’s the claim right? lol. I’ll report back. Note that this is a deluxe sample size. I’m guessing around 10 or 15mls. I see that 30mls retails for around R440 online.

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Matte Liquid Lipstick by RealHer (RSP $15,00/R210)

My lipstick came in the shade ‘I am a Rockstar‘.  I love the positive message that the brand creates with the shade names. While applying it, tell yourself… I am a freakin rockstar! This lipstick was really pigmented and I actually love the colour. The lipstick claims to be ‘long wearing and completely kiss proof, this bomb formulation helps to combat dryness and nourish your lips’.

There is a tip on the information card that says while wet, resist the urge to press lips together. I did not resist and I found the lipstick to be incredibly sticky. Unwearable it was so sticky. So I’ll resist next time and I hope it dries down. I think it will though as on my arm it dried down when I did a swatch.

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Lipliner by RealHer (RSP $12,50/R175)

I got the shade ‘I am loved‘ which was a match to the lipstick, so I was happy about that. The lipliner is incredibly soft and creamy, BUT it broke as I pressed way too hard when I did the swatch. I believe that I can sharpen it, so I just need to check online.

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So the total value of my box was $102,48/R1428 and I paid around R290 and R120 for shipping with Aramex, bringing my cost to R410. I do not understand how Boxycharm does this. #MindBlown. No customs charges on my purchase.

What did you think of the items that I got? The April box contains an OFRA HIGHLIGHTER! To say I am excited is an understatement. Whoop!

If you gals want to sign up, please use my link: https://boxycharm.com/refer/Simon-QYQAMDAR

 

The #MorpheMe brush subscription

I recall many moons ago when I started reading beauty blogs, I could not fathom why beauty bloggers needed so many brushes. Is it greed? Indulgence? Were they just too rich? Then I bought my first makeup brush. I’m sure it was a CALA eyeshadow blending brush. That snowballed and I started trying and buying more brushes. I realised all brushes are not created equally, hence the quest for the best makeup brushes actually never ends…..AND the dirty brush problem…the struggle is real…so just buy more apparently. lol

I’d hear a lot of beauty personalities go on and on about Morphe brushes. Every fabulous YouTuber has a Morphe discount code for you to use and I hoped one day, when the rand was super strong, I’d be able to place an order and the hard part would just be deciding if I was using Jaclyn or Kathleen’s code. I was due to be waiting a long time….until I stumbled upon a post by Nisa from Belle Blushh where she mentioned she was trying out this new brush subscription after cancelling a lipstick box subscription. I immediately clicked on the link and signed up. Yes….it’s that easy when you’re in the throws of a makeup/beauty buying addiction.

Okay, so LiveGlam currently has 3 different subscription options:

– The brush club

– The lipstick club

– The polish club

I signed up for the #MorhpeMe brush club. It’s a monthly subscription that costs you $19,99 per month and you will get brushes worth at least $30 delivered to you. I pay an additional $7 to get them shipped to South Africa. In total this came to roughly R360.

On 31 January I placed my order and through a very trying and patience testing snail mail delivery system, my brushes eventually arrived at my local post office on the 11th March. I had a customs bill of R24….SERIOUSLY???? Urgh….

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The February brushes were from the gun metal range and I received:

G36 – Round Powder (RSP $13.99)

Use this Round Powder brush to apply powder foundation flawlessly or to blend out a contour. This synthetic brush is ultra-soft and gets powder exactly where it needs to be.

G33 – Angled Buffer (RSP $8.99)

Our new Angled buffer is perfect for under eye makeup. Buff concealer under your eye, exactly where you need it. The shape of this brush targets all the areas that can crease easily.

G34 – Mini Round Buffer (RSP $8.99)

This small synthetic brush is perfectly dense for buffing in concealer to flawless coverage.

Then, because I clicked on a sign up link, I also qualified for a free brush and received:

E22 – Pointed Blender ( RSP $6.99)

A small, tapered blender with just a bit more density than your average crease brush. Perfect for buffing out over applications of eye shadow or blending away harsh lines.

The brushes excluding my freebie, were valued at $32/R420 vs the R384 I spent (incl. customs). That’s R96 per brush. I doubt you’d be able to buy these for less than R100 – R200 per brush in SA. Maybe even more.

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The March brushes arrived on 3 April, after having been shipped on 1 March. The brushes I received were:

M401 Large Pointed Powder (RSP $13.99)

Use this large, natural hair, powder brush to define your cheekbones, set your under-eye, or add a light dust of powder!

M412 Deluxe Pointed Blender (RSP $5.99)

This fluffy, pointed eyeshadow brush will help you achieve a blended crease or add a pop of accent color. – I can already tell that I am going to LOVE this brush!

M521 Chisel Oval Shadow (RSP $5.99)

This natural hair eyeshadow brush will help you pack on color and carve out a perfect crease!

M436 Mini Duo Blender (RSP $6.99)

Try this duo-fiber synthetic and natural bristle brush to apply a flawlessly airbrushed foundation, concealer, or powder!

The retail value of the March brushes are also $32/R420.

So besides the fact that this is cheaper than ordering locally, there are a few other benefits to subscribing with LiveGlam.

  • You can pause your subscription anytime.
  • After the brushes are revealed for the month, you can opt to exchange/trade these brushes for some other brushes on offer, before they are shipped to you.
  • You accumulate rewards points by subscribing and referring friends, that you can use towards makeup items or free brushes. (i.e. I get 100 points a month for being subscribed. For 225 points I can get a LA Girl concealer. 850 points gets you a Tarte mascara. 200 points gets you a Morphe brush.)
  • You also get a free brush if you get a friend to sign up through your own referral link. The (obviously very good) friend also gets a free brush when using the link.

Feel free to use my  referral link if you want to sign up 🙂 We both score, so why not? he he

So that’s the rundown of the #MorpheMe brush subscription. I think it’s a fabulous way to try out new brushes and to get your hands on the cult favourite Morphe brushes ❤

Let me know what you think of the subscription and if it’s something you’d consider signing up for? Also do you know of any other cool makeup or beauty related subscriptions that are accessible internationally?

#RBSecretBox 33 {Unboxing}

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love surprise boxes and the one from Retail Box features regularly as a must have for me. If you’d like to check out previous boxes, check out this post or this one.

This month was a whopper of a box…in size and price. ha ha

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The box was a bit pricier than usual, but I knew it had to mean we were getting some really good products….and after the brand reveal…I knew I had to have it. So let’s dig in!

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Moroccanoil Repair Shampoo and Conditioner – 500mls each (RSP R1 230)

The Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Duo will help to nourish, soften and hydrate your hair. Ideal for dry, damaged and chemically treated locks, these ultra-nourishing products work together to infuse your hair with intense moisture and hydration, leaving it soft, supple and manageable. –Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo 500ml: Enriched with argan oil, keratin, fatty acids and proteins, it gently cleanses your hair to leave it soft, shiny and full of bounce. –Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner 500ml: Formulated with the same ingredients as the matching shampoo, it gently de-tangles and reconstructs your hair to get it back in prime condition. Rich and luxurious, your hair will be left wonderfully soft and easy to manage.

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Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong – 75mls (sample size worth R85)

Moroccanoil extra strong, finishing hairspray provides long-lasting hold for the most demanding hairstyles. Moroccanoil® Luminous Hairspray Extra Strong is the ultimate setting hairspray that secures special-event styles: from sleek ponytails to chignons to red-carpet looks. This high-performance, argan oil-infused extra hold formula veils hair in a reflective shield of shine that fights humidity and frizz, yet brushes out easily and leaves no sticky residue.

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Moroccanoil Oil Treatment for all hair types & fine hair – 5mls each (sample size worth around R27 each)

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment is an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue.

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Also in the box was a cute thick plastic sort of beach bag. I think it would be nice to store your hair tools in (flat irons, blow drier, etc) and brushes or to use as a shopping bag for your toiletries. Let’s value the bag at around R50, so that brings the total of this box to around R1 419 and the box cost R495. That’s quite a bargain for top quality hair products.

One of my absolute favourite Morrocanoil products is the heat protection spray (not included in this box). It’s unrivaled in terms of the shine, scent and the smooth finish it gives my hair.

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Lastly, because you have to spend over R500 to qualify for free shipping (sneaky Retail box with that 5 bucks), I threw in this pack of invisi bobbles that was on sale for R40.

My order was placed on Thursday and it was delivered by Monday morning. The customer service at Retail Box is really great and it’s one of my favourite online shopping spots.

All in all this was a fabulous purchase. There are still some boxes left if you want to grab one over here. Did you get yourself one of these boxes?

{Unboxing} Boxycharm

I’ve been watching Kathleen Lights do her ‘boxxxy ssshhhharm unboxing’ every month and had major envy at the fact that the US gals can get makeup and goodies valued at over $100 for a mere $21.

On a whim one day I went onto the site. I saw that they will send a box to a mail forwarding address (like Aramex), so I just signed up.

What is Boxycharm? It’s a monthly makeup and beauty subscription box that costs $21 and offers 5 full sized products to try out. The value of the box seems to range from $80 to $140. That’s insane value for money! In addition to the goodies in the box, you also earn CHARMS for being subscribed and for referring friends, which you can use to purchase beauty products on the site. Feel free to use my referral code if you want to sign up 😉

I signed up on 3rd February and expected the money to be deducted immediately, when an email came through saying I was on a waitlist. How long I’d be on….I didn’t know 😦 I went onto their social media pages, and many people were in the desperate position I was in, on the dreaded waitlist. I checked daily, logged in, emailed, chatted on social media….like a real crazy stalker person….when EUREKA….3 weeks later on the 27th, the transaction went off my account which meant I was off the waitlist, still in time to qualify for a February box.

On the 7th March my box was shipped. By the 9th it was with Aramex and it was delivered to my door on the 15th. Excellent service from Aramex which I’m happy about as there have been a few complaints lately about the service, but I really could not ask for better service! What was in my box?????????????????????????? Gals…the excitement is real!

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So inside my box I got:

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Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion (Age defying exfoliator) (RSP $80)

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ZPalette (small – RSP $14)

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MakeUp Geek Eyeshadows in Cherry Cola and Prom Night (RSP $6 each)

Omnia eye brushes (RSP $26)

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Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss (RSP $15)

That is $141, which is around R1800 worth of products! That’s insane!!

If you sign up now I’m pretty sure there’s a waitlist, but gals…the wait is worth it in my opinion. I paid R125 in shipping fees and no customs. So in total this box cost me around R400. Bargain Beauty for high quality products. I’ve always wanted to try Makeup Geek eyeshadows and also have always wanted my very own Z-Palette. I’m one really happy gal ❤

What do you think of the box? Would you sign up?

PS If you are wanting you very own Aramex account, I have discount code for free registration. Use code 100AGS081 and you’re on your way to happy international shopping ❤ In the words of Maui….You’re welcome 😉 

 

 

#RBSecret Box 30 {Unboxing}

Yes it’s that time again, another secret box has been released, though by the time this is posted, box number 31 would also have been released.

If you’ve read my blog before, you know these feature every so often. I always try to get my hands on a box as I believe they’re amazing value for money. When this one hit the www though, I was a little bit strapped for cash so opted against it. I was then informed by a friend that she had actually purchased one for me as a gift and to say I was appreciative and thrilled is an understatement!! Thanks so much for this gift Miss J ❤

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The box retailed at R300 and the hint for the box said: Moisturise and gently cleanse your hair with this TrioMy hair is definitely in need of moisturising so I was keen to see what we’d be getting. The box contained the Indola Innova Hydrate Pack and consisted of:

 – Indola Innova Hydrate Shampoo, 300ml (RSP R179,00)

This is described as a gentle shampoo that can be used daily to cleanse and moisturise hair. The formula contains sweet almond oil and provitamin B5 which work together to rehydrate hair and improve shine and strength.

– Indola Innova Hydrate Bi-Phase Conditioner, 250ml (RSP R179,00)

This product is formulated with bamboo extract, pro-vitamin B5, hydrolysed wheat protein and other ingredients to restore and repair hair. This is also a leave in spray conditioner that softens and moisturises dry and brittle hair.

– Indola Innova Hydrate Light Treatment, 200ml (R207)

This treatment contains bamboo milk and works deep into the shaft where it restores the natural moisture balance.

Since blogging, I’ve taken note of the key ingredients in my shampoo and conditioner and I don’t recall trying anything that contains bamboo milk or bamboo extract, so I’m eager to see what this does for my hair.

The box also came with a nifty quilted travel bag that I think will be great for travelling with your hair products OR even as use for a makeup bag. #JustSaying….. All roads lead back to makeup. lol.

All in all the box totals R565 for the items and I’d add on another R80 perhaps for the travel bag, so the box is worth about R645. The Secret Box 31 is still available here for R350, and apparently blondes do have more fun, as this is a box aimed at them 😉

Have you ever bought a Secret Box before? If not, you really should get your hands on one!

Belle Box Unboxing

My 1yr old has been battling with an ear infection, sore throat and teething for the last few nights.  If I’ve gotten an hour’s solid sleep in the last 3 nights, it would be a lot. My husband and I are like zombies, snippy zombies that want to eat each other’s brains. Or maybe the 1yr old’s should be an option as well?? ha ha….maybe ha ha….maybe I’m serious….

So every morning I wake up tossing between 2 moods, wanting to die or praying for it to be 10pm already. Not that 10pm would bring any relief, because that’s when the fun starts! This morning I heard the doorbell and didn’t really wonder much about it, because I’m not expecting anything to be delivered. I was crawling towards the lounge when I saw a package on the table. I didn’t want to act  too excited as I honestly couldn’t think what it could be….and then I opened it and I smiled inside.

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Hello? What have we here? Seems I bought this in my sleep a few weeks ago, because I genuinely forgot about buying it, but buy it I did. I see I have an account registered and everything. So this is a monthly box, but it isn’t a subscription box. You opt to buy it every month before the 15th and it then gets delivered at the end of the month. The box costs R200 and then there’s a delivery fee of R50 and it comes straight to your door. I did see on the Belle Box website that they would be introducing a debit order system, so that would probably be a lot more convenient than going and purchasing it yourself every month.

Now to the exciting part….what’s in the box???

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So there were quite a few goodies inside the box. Let’s list them in order of what I’m most excited to try out.

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BYS Eyeshadow brush

I love makeup brushes, so I’m always going to be excited to try a new one out. I had to Google this as I’ve never heard of this brand before. It appears to be an Australian brand so I’m not sure if it’s available locally.

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Beautiful Earth Skin Care Trial Pack

  • Facial cleanser (30ml)
  • Facial toner (30ml)
  • Moisturising day cream (25ml)
  • Repairing night cream (25ml)
  • Facial serum (5ml)

This is  quite a cute mini set and I like that I get to try a range of products out before I decide if I want to purchase any of it. Also this brand is certified by the Natural Products Association as all fragrances are derived from essential oils and the products contain no parabens, sulphates, colouring, mineral oils or glycols. I’ve used some of their baby care products, so it is a brand I like and trust. I’ll do a review on these once I’ve used it.

Also from BE was a baby bum cream sample (not pictured here).

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Crème Sand Scrub (Coconut & Papaya)

I always love a good body scrub and this sounds like a lovely combination, BUT I wish they’d  listed the ingredients on the tub. I’m hoping I’ll find it online somewhere or perhaps I can enquire from Belle Box as well.

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R50 off a Mischu purchase (online)

I had to go and check the website out as I am not familiar with the brand and I was ecstatic to see that they are a coffee site and they stock pods that are Nespresso machine compatible. The postage I found a bit steep though, so I wish the voucher was instead for free postage and I find the pods are not much cheaper than Nespresso pods. That being said, I will give them a try as I always love discovering a good cup of coffee ❤

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BYS Complete Cosmetic tissues

How long can I make a paragraph about tissues? Are they 2 ply, single ply? They’ll be handy for my bag I’m sure. The end.

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Funky Fish Phone Sticker

Initially I thought these were nail art bedazzle stones and I was SOOOOOO excited, then I realised it was a sticker for my cellphone. I don’t know, I just feel like I’m passed the age of putting stickers on my phone. I did try to use it, but it blocks the speaker if I stick it on my current cellphone cover, so I can’t use it. I’m sure my 8yr old would love to bedazzle her tablet with this though, so it won’t go to waste.

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Five Roses Bombay Circus Tea

I do love chai tea (though coffee will always be my first choice and love), so I’ll give this a try.

So for R200 do I think this box was worth it? I do. The Beautiful Earth trial pack alone I am sure is valued at around R200. Then add on all the other bits and bobs and I think it’s worth giving this box a try. I was hoping for another makeup item, but keen to see what’s in store next month. The November box is currently on sale for delivery at the end of November.

Have you tried out the Belle Box yet? Do you think you’ll order one in future?