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April Boxycharm {Unboxing & Review}

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If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I am quite obsessed with my Boxycharm subscription, and with good reason, because the value of the box is amazing versus the cost. You can read about how to sign up over here.

My unboxing is a bit different this month as I have actually used the products for a week or 2 so that I can actually review them for you. Also, I am collaborating with Melanie from Melanie’s Nook, as she has also recently signed up, so she will be sharing what she got in her box (boxes are not identical) and what she thought of the products. You will find the link to her post at the end of this post, so lookout for it 🙂

The theme for this month was #BohoGlow and I think the ‘highlight’ for all of us….was the highlight. he he. I’ve never owned an Ofra highlighter, so I was over the moon to find out we’d all be getting one in our April box. Let’s dive in 😉 Continue reading

Wet n Wild haul

I was watching a video by Coffee Break with Dani and she had all the brushes in the Wet n Wild collection up for review in that video. I needed to try a few of these brushes, but unfortunately the brushes are not available in South Africa. I was determined to get them, so I went onto http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com and put a few items in my cart. Thankfully I didn’t get a chance to checkout, as the very next day they had a 25% off sale off all their items. I picked up a few brushes, and a few other items, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

So Wet n Wild is available at Clicks, but they don’t have all the items that are available internationally. I think they stock most items except the primers, bronzers and the brushes they don’t stock at all.

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First up is a palette I got as part of a set. It’s the Comfort Zone palette and it came with an eye liner and a pair of false lashes. All for a whopping $2,50, which at the time worked out to R38. You’ll never find an 8 pan eye shadow for R38, never mind still with lashes and eye liner??? BARGAIN OF NOTE! Okay well then I need to factor in shipping and customs….grrr….but I’ll add another R40 in for the additional charges and I still don’t think it’s a bad price at all.

Off the bat, these eye shadows are so soft and super pigmented! I cannot believe that I haven’t tried their eye shadows before! WHAT WAS I THINKING???? I used this palette yesterday (yes I know you see the smudge marks) and I was shocked at how pigmented these shadows are. Also they lasted (with a primer) all day until about 8pm when I removed it from my face.

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Another great thing about these palettes is that you do not need to guess where to put what. If you’re a newbie to makeup, each colour is labelled with where you need to put which colour! How awesome is that? There are 2 different colour combinations, so the left side is one palette and the right side is another palette.

Browbone – a beautiful champagne colour Browbone – a very light bronze highlight
Eyelid – this is my favourite from the palette, it’s a stunning rose gold shimmer shadow Eyelid – a soft olive green that doesn’t seem to offensive when swatched
Crease – a lovely medium brown Crease – A dark green-black colour with slight gold shimmer. The green is not very noticeable when swatched
Definer –  a deep dark brown, but I had a bit (okay A LOT) of fallout with this colour. Doing my makeup in the car was not a good idea with a palette I hadn’t used before. I did go in with a heavy hand though, so lesson learnt. Definer – This is an interesting one as it looks blue, but then you swatch it and it’s a coppery brick colour with this blue ‘overtone’ (is that a word??)

The right side of the palette is a very unique combination of colours. I was positive that I’d never even use that side of the palette, but after swatching it, I may try it out one day. I’m very much a neutral bronze gal, so this would be way out of my ‘Comfort Zone’…..

The brushes….how pretty are these? I mean pink and white ❤ *sigh* I love Dani so I mentally tried to make a note of the brushes she recommended and the ones she said we could do without. I steered clear of the bigger face brushes as she didn’t rate them too highly, but the eye brushes got great reviews from her. I also had a few more brushes, but I didn’t love them so gave them away before I even managed to take pictures of them.

So because I knew I wanted to review these, I have NOT used them. Can you even begin to imagine how painful it’s been to not use these brushes for 3 whole days???

Wet n Wild claims that these brushes are:

  • Cruelty-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan
  • Two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers that mimics the consistency of natural hairs
  • Ergonomic Handle for Total Control

Left to right:

  • I love that the angled liner brush is so small, so I feel it’ll give me more control when I use my gel liner, BUT I feel like maybe the bristles are too thick and the end is not tapered enough. I don’t like a thick liner look and if I ever attempt a wing, it won’t give me the sharp wing I’d be going for. For day to day though this will be fine. Perhaps even using it with eye shadow for a smudged liner effect.
  • The large eye shadow brush I love. I just now used it to apply eye shadow to my hand…(yes I’m insane, but I needed to try this brush out) and it picked up the eye shadow like a dream. It also applied evenly and didn’t suck up too much product.
  • The crease brush is the one I wanted most of all. It’s really nice and soft and fluffy so I think it’s going to do a good job blending out that colour in the crease.

These brushes were 75c ($) each, which worked out to about R11 each, but because my package was so heavy, and customs got me, it comes to about R51 each in total. I learnt about estimating package weights big time with this parcel. I could have rather ordered more to spread the shipping costs a bit more.

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Also in this delivery were these Wet n Wild glosses. I wasn’t ‘wild’ about them, but at 75c ($) each, I won’t complain too much. The colours looked crazy bright, but the one I opened is colourless on my lips.

There are a few more items from the haul, but I’ll add my impressions of those in another post.

Have you used any Wet n Wild products before? Let me know and make recommendations of things for me to try out.

PS So one of the things I was most looking forward to was hosting a giveaway on my blog. My friends know I am super lucky and I get a lot of grief for the amount of things I win. I always tell them, you’ve got to be in it, to win it! True right? So I want to give back in a way 🙂 It’s not going to be anything glamorous. All items purchased with my own money.One of the Comfort Zone sets with the lashes and eye liner will be up for grabs with a few other bits and bobs. So keep your eyes peeled….with Spring coming up and all, there’s no better reason for a giveaway ❤