Mascara Monday: Tarte Big Ego

Mascara Monday on Tuesday because yesterday was a holiday and I forgot to post so here we are.

Claims
–Lifts lashes
–Brush delivers maximum pigment load
–Builds without clumping
–Plant powered to condition and nurture lash hair
–Fully loaded flutter for up to 16 hours

Price
–$12 mini
–$23 full size
Sephora, Ulta, tartecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Ultra Black

Pros
–Length and lift
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Paraben, phthalate, and mineral oil free
–Ingredients :: Babassu (nurture), glycerin (hydrate), Vitamin B5 (antioxidant, soothing, moisturizing)
–Mini option for travel & testing
–Cute packing
–Wand shape is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex wand which I like
–No flaking or smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
I was very excited to get this in my Boxycharm box and test it out. I love the hot pink and gold packaging, two of my favorite colors. Lots of brands are coming out with mascaras with the hourglass shaped wand that Too Faced has had with their Better Than Sex mascara for years. I’m a big fan of the Too Faced so I assumed I would love this one. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. There are other, cheaper mascaras that give a similar or even better result. (CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara) I wasn’t wowed with my lashes, but I appreciate that it doesn’t flake or smudge.

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Boxycharm Review :: April, May, & June

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box that’s $21. You get 5 products and most of them are full size or deluxe size samples. The value of the box is usually at least $100 and you are only paying $21. I’ve been getting the box since November 2018 and I’ve gotten some pretty good stuff. I’ve tried a bunch of different subscriptions and this is one of the best.


April 2019

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Total Value :: $127


May 2019

May

  • GlamGlow Gentlebubble Cleanser, $28
    • Very gentle cleanser which my sensitive skin appreciates
    • Leaves skin soft and smooth
    • Vegan
    • Keep
  • Alamar Colorete Blush Trio, $22
    • Cute packaging
    • Cruelty free, vegan
    • Shade Fair/Light
    • Not pigmented at all, hardly showed up on my skin
    • Pass
  • Ciate London Eye Luster Creme Eyeshadow, $22
    • Can be used alone, as a base, or a topper
    • Cruelty free
    • Love this as an inner corner highlight
    • Shade: Cupid
    • Keep
  • Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick, $18
    • Already a fan of this formula and brand
    • Cruelty free, vegan
    • Gorgeous shade (Strawberry Pop)
    • Keep
  • Mellow Brow Definer, $18
    • Love the formula. It’s very creamy and easy to blend
    • Shade chocolate is just a tad too dark, but I set it with a lighter brow gel and worked perfectly
    • Keep

Total Value :: $108


June 2019

June

Total Value :: $117


Conclusion

  • The boxes from this quarter were just meh.
  • The May box was by far the best one
  • The products either didn’t excite me or the products didn’t work for my skintone
  • Eye palettes are a staple to Boxycharm and you usually get one every month, but I think that’s overkill. They are so many other hair/makeup/skincare products they could send instead of a dang palette every month.
  • The Tarte palette I got in the June box is basically the same as the one I got in the January box.
  • I’ve decided to cancel my subscription for now. I’ve gotten 9 boxes and up until recently, I’ve been pleased. This last box was just a total dud. I’ve tried several different subscriptions and they all eventually fizzle out and get repetitive.
  • You can find sneak peeks online, so if I see a product I really want, I’ll sign back up, but for now I’m good without it. It’s $21 I can save or use to buy other products that I actually want to try out.
  • If you’re new to makeup or looking to build your collection, this service is a great one to start with.

Boxycharm Review :: January, February, & March

I started getting Boxycharm in November of 2018. I mainly do unboxings and reviews on my Insta Stories, but I’ve decided to do quarterly check ins here. Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box that is $21. I’ve tried TONS of different subscription services and this is definitely my favorite.


January 2019

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  • Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask (2), $24
    • Cruelty free
    • Felt good on the skin
    • Left skin hydrated, soft, and dewy
    • Get the same results from Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sheet Masks and they are $3
    • Enjoyed using these, but I wouldn’t purchase on my own
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In-Conditioning Spray, $12
    • Cruelty free
    • Vegan
    • I love leave-in sprays like this because I only wash my hair once a week. I use regular conditioner sparingly because it can easily weigh my hair down.
    • There are similar, cheaper products that do the same thing
    • I use it and enjoy it, but I wouldn’t pay full price and purchase on my own.
  • Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights, $20
    • Cruelty free
    • Vegan
    • I tried an Ofra liquid lip a long time ago and didn’t love it, but they revamped packaging and maybe the formula?
    • LOVE the color and formula
    • Would buy more shades on my own
  • Tarte Rainforest of Sea Volume III Palette, $36
    • Cruelty free
    • Vegan
    • LOVE
    • Perfect, natural palette for an every day look
  • Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil, $18
    • Cruelty free
    • I have an IRL Boxy friend and we swap products from our boxes. She wanted this and I didn’t have any interest in trying this, so I sent it to her.
    • Love that it had a spoolie though!

Total Value– $110


February 2019

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Total Value–$121


March 2019

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  • Cover Fx Perfector Face Palette in Light/Medium, $45
    • Cruelty free
    • Vegan
    • Cover Fx is a high end, pricey brand so I’m always glad to see a Cover Fx product in the box
    • Talc-free formula
    • Not all shades work for me in their suggested use capacity, i.e. the highlighter is too dark, but I use it as a blush topper over a matte blush, but I’ve found ways to make all the colors work for me.
    • Pigmented, easy to blend
    • Love the simplicity of everything in one palette
    • I would not have paid $45 for this on my own, but I’m glad I have it.
  • Wander Beauty Lift Off Purifying & Brightening Peel Off Mask, $34
    • Cruelty free
    • Vegan
    • I’m saving this for a giveaway!
  • Moda Brushes Powder & Soft Glow Kit, $29.99
    • Cruelty free
    • Vegan
    • Fluffy powder brush is great, but there are cheaper options that are just as good
    • Glow brush is flimsy AF and I see no use for it. I trashed it
  • Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Monaco, $20
    • Cruelty free
    • Vegan
    • Like I said above, I love the formula, but this color is a NOPE
    • Giving to my friend
  • Appeal Cosmetics Liquid Eye Shadow in Gold, $21
    • Cruelty free status is unknown
    • Super pigmented and foiled/metallic
    • Have a similar product/shade so this is going to my friend!

Total Value–$149.99


I’ve gotten $380.99 worth of products for $63. Not a bad deal!

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