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October Boxy Charm Reveal

Boxy Charm October 2019

I was not impressed by my Boxy Charm box this month. Here is what was included:

  • Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Blushing Berries
  • Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm
  • Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss
  • Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Radiant Dew Mist
  • Luna by Luna Eyeliner in Baby Blue

The only thing in this box that I was impressed with was the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm.

I LOVED this skin balm. Matter-of-fact, when my back-up product reviewer came to pick up the rest of the items in this box so she could review them, she was amazed at how good this balm made my skin look! This is a product I would rate 5 stars and would buy again! It smells delicious and made my skin glow and feel extra soft! This is the 2nd product I have tried by this brand and both times I was extremely impressed.

Battle of the Bubbles Week 1

This week I selected Dr. Jart+ Porecting Solution Bubbling Charcoal Sheet Mask. I read some pretty good reviews about this mask and while it’s a little pricey, I decided to give it a try for the first week. You can purchase this at Sephora for $9. Don’t forget to follow the steps at the end of this post for a chance to win an at-home facial gift bag which is getting fuller by the day!

The basics:

  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Price: High
  • Packaging: Simple
  • Smell: Medium
  • Reactions: Mild


This was very easy to use. Simply wash and tone your face then put the mask on. The recommendation is 10-20 minutes so I did 15. The smell was medicinal, which I’m not a fan of and, because I’m a hot mess, I inhaled some product up my nose and it caused me to sneeze repeatedly. It took about 5 minutes before I felt the familiar “bubble tingle” that I love however, it was only a mild tingle. Where GlamGlow’s mask makes my face feel like it’s in a bubbling tingle factory, Dr.Jart+ was very subtle. This sensation came and went during the last 10 minutes. Upon visual inspection at removal there were absolutely no bubbles visible (Glamglow’s turn the black mask white). Per the directions I massaged the remaining residue from the mask into my skin and went about my business. My skin felt slightly sticky for 2 hours after the mask and was extremely shiny. So shiny by husband asked me what I had on my face. While Glamglow’s makes my skin feel super soft and clean after use, Dr.Jart+ made me want to wash my face to remove the extra product (I didn’t). Dr. Jart+ had some pretty significant advantages though. It caused no breakouts (huge points) and while my face looked shiny and felt sticky after use, the next morning it was GLOWING! My complexion was clean and soft and there was no redness or stickiness. I was impressed.

Bottom line, I would rate this product 4.5 out of 5 stars. I took points off for the smell, lack of oxygenating bubble tingle (I want to feel like I’m getting a spa treatment during my weekly facial because it enhances my experience), and stickiness. It got huge points for not causing me to breakout, not drying out my skin, not making my skin oily, and the visible results the next morning. So while it’s not an in-your-face immediate result it’s definitely worth the results the following day. I would purchase this product again and I’m actually going to check out a few more of their products, particularly their DerMask Micro Jet Clearing Solution, Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patch, and numerous items in the Cicapair Line.

This weeks winner: GlamGlow….but it was very close!

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Falling Into A New Season

Happy First Day of Fall! I’m so excited. Ok, ok, what could I possibly be excited about? Florida has one season…summer, year round, with the occasional 20 days a year of cold weather. Still, from the first day of fall until about March 1st, I’m in my element. The colors, the sounds, the smells…all of it delights me. Pumpkin Spice everything (although the Spam seems to be a little much), boots, football, and winter clothing, I’m excited enough to turn the AC down cold enough to pretend I’m experiencing fall weather. If I’m feeling really frisky, I’ll turn my fake fireplace on in my bedroom and really use my imagination. How did I spend my day? Well, I went to the gym and ran errands and then came home and cooked a meal for a neighbor who needed a little extra help today. Kindness matters and the smallest gesture can sometimes make the biggest impact.

What is your favorite season? Are you like me and now totally in your element or do you wish summer would hang around? Share your thoughts in the comments section and Friday I will draw a name to win one of my favorite candles from Bath and Body Works (Sweater Weather and Autumn are a tie so it will be a surprise). If you share this post on social media, I will enter your name in twice for every share. Make sure you enter your Twitter handle in the comments so I can follow you back!

Happy Monday!

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