Boxycharm Downtown Charm June 2017 Realher Playbook 1 Be Your Own Kind of Beauty Eyeshadow Palette

Boxycharm Downtown Charm June 2017 Unboxing Plus a Review of Realher Playbook 1 Be Your Own Kind of Beauty Review

I got my first Boxycharm box in June 2017 and I loved it so much I had to make a video about it!
This article and video contain full spoilers for the Downtown Charm box.

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The Downtown Charm Boxycharm box

Boxycharm Downtown Charm box June 2017 Review I had been thinking about subscribing to Boxycharm since I first heard of it. The products are full size, which is pretty rare for a box that only costs $21 a month. Several other boxes do full sized products but they’re quarterly boxes not monthly and they are more expensive.

I typically look at spoilers and reviews on My Subscription Addiction and when I saw the spoilers for this box I really wanted it. I was hesitant to subscribe because even though the price is really reasonable I wasn’t sure that I should commit to a monthly charge right now. I told a friend I thought I would just buy the Realher palette since that was the item that Boxycharm Downtown Charm June 2017 Realher Playbook 1 Be Your Own Kind of Beauty Eyeshadow Palette I wanted the most. When I went to their website, I saw that the palettes retail for $28 each so the entire Boxycharm box was less than buying the palette on its own! That sealed it for me.

I was definitely not disappointed in my first box! I describe each item and tell you what I like most in my YouTube video so please check that out. I go into detail about the Realher palette. There were three that you could have gotten, Realher Playbook 1 Be Your Own Kind of Beauty, 2 Do Your Squats, or 3 I Feel Beautiful. I really liked 1 and 3 the best so I was pleased to receive Playbook 1. I would have been happy with either of those. I will likely buy Playbook 3 I Feel Beautiful sometime in the future. I really like that Realher’s gross profits are all donated to a charity that empowers women and girls. This is the second look I created with the palette, I absolutely love it and I got so many compliments! If you are interested in subscribing, consider using my URL to do so, I will get points that I can use on items in the Boxycharm store.  My look with Realher playbook 1 Be your own kind of beauty eyeshadow palette with Jeffree Star Summer 2016 Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick Watermelon Soda

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Jeffree Star Alternative Press Magazine cover and Summer 2016 Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick Limited Edition

Jeffree Star Issues a Statement on Racism Videos From His Past But Is He Still Racist?

It’s funny that this was timed this way but I actually took issue with someone using Jeffree Star to drive traffic to their website while claiming to take issue with him and the way that he acts. Usually I don’t say things to strangers, I have a very strong facebook rule of: “don’t argue with strangers on the internet.” Occasionally I am moved to break my rule and I was not rude, I just said that I felt like that was hypocritical. If there are people I don’t like or don’t respect, you will not see me making money or trying to get hits off their name, that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Do you condone racism?

Every time a release gets closer, the “I don’t buy Jeffree Star products because he is a racist” comments start. My boyfriend asked me what happened that people say that, because I am a very open and accepting person and I do not tolerate racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, xenophobia, religious persecution, etc etc etc in my life. I am a social worker and we are educated to serve ALL people and to actually overcome whatever prejudices we have. That’s actually part of the social work curriculum. My boyfriend thought that it didn’t really make sense, knowing me, so I of course went to YouTube and watched a video with him. It’s a great video and I do recommend it.

Kat Blaque video Is Jeffree Star racist

Jeffree Star never apologized for racist video

One of the things that Kat Blaque says, and I do hope you watched her whole video because I do recommend it, she is not a Jeffree Star fangirl like I am, is that he never apologized for the video that he made 12 years ago. I didn’t think that was true but I didn’t know of a place that I could definitively say “yes he apologized” only that as many people say he apologized as say he didn’t – it was all really just word of mouth.

Jeffree Star addresses accusations that he is a racist because of a video he made 12 years agoI’m glad I grew up before Youtube and camera phones existed

One of the things that is mentioned in the above video is something that I’ve always felt about this situation, that is that everyone does stuff that they regret once they know better. Some of us are old enough that we do not have videos following us around for the rest of our lives. I’m only 5 or 6 years older than Jeffree is but that span of time was enough to make a lot of my crazy, drunken, early 20s antics safe from being preserved for posterity. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt video and photos of me that I would regret would be on the internet if I were 26 right now instead of 36, so I always empathized with that aspect of this story because I am not the person that I was 10 years ago or 15 years ago so I understood that who he is as a cosmetics creator is not who he was when he was an entertainer on Myspace doing whatever he felt would get the most controversy and views.

Does apologizing make it ok?

No. An apology doesn’t erase what is done but I think that it’s something to pay attention to. Jeffree released a video on YouTube June 20th to finally address those videos and how he feels about them today. I think it is worth watching. He owns up to his actions, acknowledges that they were “vile”, explains that he was angry and looking for attention but also expressly states that he knows that is not an excuse. Truthfully, he is doing fine and making tons of money so he did not have to make a video addressing this but you can tell that the situation hurts him.

I don’t care I won’t ever support him because of what he did, period

That is your right. I know there are people out there who will say I am a racist for supporting Jeffree but that is not accurate. I think he made a mistake and has learned from it and apologized – something that many celebrities never do for the horrible things Jeffree Star Alternative Press Magazine cover and Summer 2016 Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick Limited Editionthey say/do. I think that Jeffree is scapegoated. There are plenty of other CEOs and companies with racist practices that actually exploit minorities but no one is boycotting them because it’s easy to not buy lipstick online – it’s a lot harder to not shop at Wal-mart (which I do not) because they keep people in poverty and to not buy oranges because they use undocumented migrant workers. I could list hundreds of examples but I won’t.

Makeup has no race or gender

The one thing that I loved the first time I discovered Jeffree Star Cosmetics was how the website had swatches on different skin types. That has become more common especially with independent makeup companies but mainstream makeup is still really marketed to white women. The entire industry is racist frankly. To not show swatches on several different skin types is indicative of that. We have been having discussions in feminist circles for decades about lack of representation of women of color, of the use of their bodies to sell products, of them being used like props in videos for people like Taylor Swift. I can remember when the only model of color was Naomi Campbell. It hasn’t really gotten that much better in the last 20 years. I honestly never thought that I would see a man in an advertisement for makeup.

Jeffree Star and Nikita Dragun in the Velour Liquid Lipstick Holiday 2016 collection with limited edition color SaggitariusBottom line it’s the best liquid lipstick on the market

I have seen lots of stuff about Jeffree’s products being crappy but that has not been my experience. I actually didn’t use lipstick every day until I tried the Velour Liquid Lipsticks because they don’t have to constantly be reapplied. I love the products, I have never had any trouble with any of them. Like any brand, some stay for longer than others, but they are not drying, only the very lightest shades are patchy, and they are well worth the $18 price point.

I have disabled comments on this post because I don’t want a bunch of hate and “Your [sic] a racist” comments from people who don’t bother to actually read what I have written. If you want to send me hate you can easily find me on social media.

My First Anti Haul New Popular Summer 2017 Makeup I Won’t Be Buying

So many new must-have makeup products coming out summer 2017

I don’t know how you can ever choose! Unfortunately I do not have an unlimited makeup budget so I do have to choose which items to pick up this season.

My very first anti-haul video I talk about what I’m not buying this season

I have chosen a few products that I will be buying but unfortunately that means that there are a lot more products that I can’t afford to buy. What’s your annual makeup budget? I’m already platinum at Ulta for 2018 and I just subscribed to Boxycharm so  I have to be pretty careful because now with Play! by Sephora that’s $31 a month in subscription boxes which isn’t a ton of money but it starts to add up after a while.

How much money should you spend on makeup in a year?

This leads me to wonder, how much money SHOULD you spend on makeup in a year? At what point does it get excessive? I don’t know, I have friends who are VIB Rouge at Sephora.

Makeup i am not buying anti haul

This anti-haul includes Juvia’s Place Magic palette, Urban Decay Naked heat palette, Jouer Skinny Dip bundle, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop special edition, Natasha Denona Sunset palette, and Kat Von D KVD beauty Alchemist palette.

Is Your Cruelty Free Makeup Really Cruelty Free?

I mentioned this in my last YouTube video and said that I blogged about it. Oops! I realized I actually just posted about it on my facebook page. So I decided to blog about it since I’ve told people I did. This began because I got into a discussion on a facebook beauty group about parent companies of all our favorite beauty brands.

Nars the multiple cream blush stick orgasmWho owns Which makeup companies?

The vast majority of most makeup companies, even if they started out independent, sell to a larger parent company. It’s not just a money-making thing, it also helps to get your favorite hard to find or internet brands into stores like Sephora and Ulta. Even Morphe recently sold 60% of their company! Companies that don’t even seem huge sell for BILLIONS. Wow!

Three companies own most of the makeup you love

The big three are Estee Lauder, Loreal Paris, and LVMH (aka Louis Vuitton.) No surprises there, we all know these names. However, none of these companies are animal friendly.  Obviously LV is known for leather bags. Estee Lauder tests on animals. Loreal Paris claims they have discontinued animal testing back in 2013 but Cruelty Free Kitty (one of the best resources on the internet for cruelty free beauty product information!) breaks down the truth on their website.

What’s the difference between Cruelty free and vegan makeup

It’s pretty simple, cruelty free means it is not tested on animals. Vegan means it contains no animal by-products. This is important for people who are vegan and want no animal products in their homes/bodies/lives as opposed to animal lovers who don’t want animals to be tortured and killed for their beauty products but have no problems eating a hamburger.

Marc Jacobs Beauty ‑ Style Eye‑con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow Palette ‑ The Tease 202 ‑ Purple PinkLouis Vuitton owns Sephora

Let’s just state this right here. If you want to make sure that literally none of your money goes to a company that harms/kills animals you can’t shop at Sephora period. LVMH owns the Sephora makeup store chain. LVMH also owns:

  • Benefit
  • Makeup forever
  • Kendo
  • Kendo is a parent company itself, it owns Bite beauty
  • Kat von D
  • Marc Jacobs beauty
  • Formula X

So at the risk of being personally attacked let me make it perfectly clear: Kat Von D beauty might be vegan and cruelty free but

When you buy kat von d products your money goes to companies that kill animals. bottom line.

Some people say, well you can’t avoid all parent companies, I am ok knowing that this liquid lipstick I am using right now was not tested on animals and is vegan. That is ok too. This is not to attack anyone, this is just to inform. You could take it a even further and say well, Jeffree Star Cosmetics isn’t owned by any parent company and is vegan and cruelty free but Jeffree buys LV purses so my money is going to animal cruelty then too. Like I said, this is not to say you should not buy any of these products this is simply to inform. I support JSC and KVD cosmetics myself, I buy products from both. Source here. Read a very detailed breakdown of KVD and animals over at Cruelty Free Kitty.

Estee Lauder ownsMAC Fruity Juicy 2017 Summer Collection eye shadow x 6 Oh My Banana Palette

  • Becca
  • Glamglow
  • Bobbi brown
  • Smashbox
  • Too faced
  • Clinique
  • MAC

Source here.

Loreal Paris Owns

  • Urban decay
  • Kiehls
  • It cosmetics
  • Maybelline
  • Essie
  • NYX
  • Vichy
  • The Body Shop (brand/store)

Source here.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Summer Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick Limited Edition ReviewHow can I make sure I buy 100% cruelty free makeup and beauty products?

Support an independent 100% online brand. Of course, like I mentioned above unless you know how the CEO spends their money, maybe they are buying hamburgers or leather shoes. Truthfully if you make an effort to buy products that are vegan and cruelty free you are making a difference. I do feel personally torn on using products from Estee Lauder but I’m not sure where I need to draw the line for myself. I am not vegan so it’s hard to decide even though I am 100% against animal testing.

My favorite cruelty free resources

The two favorite online sources are Cruelty Free Kitty and Phyrra Pale Girl Beauty!

Concealing To Hide Fine Lines and Wrinkles

I get really heated when I see Youtubers and Beauty gurus around my age (36) telling women that we are too old to do anything. Isn’t this like not wearing white after labor day, y’all?! Old, antiquated, ridiculous rules that mean nothing for us millennials. Come on now. I’m old but I ain’t stupid.

Yes You can use concealer in your 30s and 40s

I have seen women say that in your 30s and older you cannot bake; you can’t use concealer like ShapeTape; you can’t use powdered highlighter.. Enough! In my latest video I am showing you dos and don’ts so that you can hide your fine lines and wrinkles rather than accentuating them. I also have really dark circles, so I also color correct as part of my routine. Check it out!

Make your skin look perfect, younger, and glowing

Key products I use in this video:

  • Benefit Boiing Industrial Strength Concealer shade 01
  • Catrice Wake up effect concealer
  • Tarte Shapetape contouring concealer Fair & Fair Neutral
  • Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous foundation 810 Classic Ivory
  • Up & Up beauty blender, Ulta brand mini beauty blenders
  • NYX Mineral “Set it & don’t fret it” Matte finishing power light/medium
  • Tarte Amazonian clay Smooth Operator translucent powder
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette
  • Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Eye
  • The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Lotion
  • Bioderma Sensibio eye

My Low Carb Vegetarian Adventure – Yes You Can Do Keto Meat Free!

In any long term health and weight loss journey, you’re going to hit points where you lose momentum. Any time you’re attempting to lose a significant amount of weight, 50, 100, 150 pounds, sometimes more, it is going to take a significant amount of time. If you lose a large amount of weight very quickly, like people do on shows like The Biggest Loser, you will likely gain it all back. Losing slowly, you have a better chance to keep it off but you are talking about doing this over years. It’s very easy to get lazy, cheat too much with food, not put your all into your workouts, especially after you’ve lost a lot of weight.

I hit a plateau and decided to try low carb

On a whim, after seeing it on a friend’s Instagram, I decided to try Bodybuilding.com’s “Still in it 17” challenge. I knew my eating had gotten lax, I wanted to kick the sugar and kick my own ass so I decided that I wanted to try a high protein diet. I have been a vegetarian or a pescatarian (eating seafood but no other meat) on and off for most of my life, and after a bad experience with some raw chicken 7 or 8 years ago I have been sickened by the thought of ever eating it again.

I knew that I did not want to add any animal proteins to my diet but I was sure that there was a way to do high protein without eating more meat.

I tried eating high protein without adding meat

Eating more things like peanut butter, tofu, and cheese had an unanticipated effect – when I looked at my macro breakdowns I found I was actually eating high FAT not high protein, so I decided to try the ketogenic diet (usually called keto), which is a high fat low carb diet since that is basically what I was doing anyway. While not counting macros I check my percentage breakdowns in SparkPeople (you can do the same thing in MyFitnessPal if you prefer it) to make sure that I was getting higher percentages of fat and protein that I am carbs. My goal is 50-60 grams of carbs maximum per day.

Vegetarian and vegan sources of protein

Because I found that eating eggs makes me nauseated, I decided to try tofu scrambles instead of eggs. Tofu is not carb free, but it is high in protein. I made a spicy Sriracha tofu jerky recipe from Pinterest and I highly recommend it for an easy to grab snack. If you are not concerned about consuming soy, edamame frozen in or out of pod is also a great source of protein.

I start every day with a spoonful of peanut butter and as a peanut butter addict I think this is the great thing ever. Because I am also lactose intolerant, I try to avoid milk products. In the past I used whey protein but my favorite protein shakes are the Vega One vegan All-In-One Nutritional Shakes. My favorite flavor is mocha because you can mix in coffee. I make them with almond milk but you could also make them with dairy if you don’t limit your dairy. As with the tofu, these do contain carbs but not huge amounts. When I first tried the Vega One I ordered the variety pack from Amazon so that I could try a couple different flavors without having to buy a big expensive jar. I do find that the prices on the Vega One are in line with most other protein shakes and powders but they have no added sugar. Sugar = carbs.

Keto helped me drop body fat very quickly

The point of the keto diet in a nutshell is that when you don’t consume enough carbohydrates to fuel your body, it will begin burning the fat that you currently have stored. Losing fat is what makes your body more attractive – we all want to lose belly fat but diet and exercise alone don’t necessarily reduce your body fat quickly. The combination of being in ketosis and lifting weights helped me lose almost 2% body fat in 2 months. As long as I stay in ketosis, which for me is around 50-60 grams of carbs max per day, I will notice the body fat percentage on my scale drops every day. I use a product that I bought on Amazon to identify when I am in ketosis, Nurse Hatty® – Ketone Strips 150ct they are $6 and it is good to make sure you get into and stay into ketosis when you are just starting out.

Vegetables contain carbs but that’s ok

Low carb is not no carb. It is unhealthy and dangerous to attempt to eat zero carbs. The best thing to do is to keep track of your carbs to make sure you stay within your target grams.What you want is for your carbs to come from vegetables and NOT from refined carbohydrates like oats, any bread including wheat bread, crackers, pastas (even gluten free pastas are high in carbs!), corn products, etc. I choose to eat some beans but I do it selectively. Make sure that you measure everything because it is very easy to go over on your portion sizes and end up consuming much more than you mean to!

If you are vegetarian, eggs and milk products are also good sources of protein, just make sure to go with full-fat not low fat. The point of keto is to consume high fat don’t forget! Eat the whole egg not just the egg whites. If you eat seafood, as I do, it’s easy to make sure to eat salmon or shrimp for one meal. It can be expensive though. Aside from frozen wild pacific salmon I mostly only eat seafood when I’m in a restaurant. It is very tough to eat low-carb and vegetarian at fast food restaurants but in general you should avoid fast food as much as possible.

My Daily diet – what i eat on a vegetarian keto diet

My average day of food is a spoonful of peanut butter with coffee; plain 2% Fage yogurt with liquid vanilla stevia and pumpkin seeds either before or after my workout depending on how hungry I am and my schedule. I typically have a Vega One protein shake after my workout. Snacks are peanuts or mixed nuts. Lunch is a tofu scramble with lots of fresh peppers, and I might have a morningstar farms veggie sausage or some frozen vegetables depending on what I have going on – if I know I am going to be eating out for dinner I might save carbs for that. I find that eating this way I do not get really hungry or have food cravings like I used to but if I want an afternoon snack it is usually some cheese, I might eat half an apple if I have those around. Because of my fructose allergy I cannot eat a lot of fruit whether I’m doing ketogenic or not. Dinner is baked salmon with salad dressing on it, or shrimp on a giant salad, if I’m eating out I tend to choose the same type of thing, grilled fish or shrimp. Be careful with sauces they almost always have sugar in them! Some days I plug everything into SparkPeople and find that I am under 1200 calories so I will eat some cheese or nuts to make sure my daily calories are not too low. If I want a treat often I will have a protein shake because they really are good but I might have some dark chocolate or some Halo Top ice cream.

My results so far pictures speak louder than words

I have lost a little weight but the body fat is what makes a huge difference in the way that I look and feel. In just four weeks of the Bodybuilding.com challenge I have had huge visible changes. I now wear a size medium t-shirt, something I have not done in years! It was hard for me to believe at first but after buying three different shirts in three different brands, including one on vacation in Canada, I have accepted I do wear a size medium shirt now!

The saying is true: Abs are made in the kitchen not the gym. Workouts are important but you CANNOT out-exercise a bad diet.

My Weekly workout plan

I work out  for 30-45 minutes, 5-6 days a week alternating cardio and weight training. Upper body, cardio, lower body, cardio, active rest, core work + lower body. For this current challenge I have been doing the BodyBuilding.com Still In It 17 workouts. I am Not26Anymore on Bodyspace, feel free to add me!

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Brand Review and First Impression Colourpop Cosmetics

I have been dying to try the very popular internet cosmetics brand Colourpop. It is a favorite of Instagrammers and YouTubers, and I wanted a chance to see for myself if it is really as good as everyone says.

The Colourpop Items that I bought

Super shock eye shadow

  • Cusp
  • Amanda Steele x Colourpop, Hydroplane
  • Mooning
  • Weenie

Ultra Satin Lipstick

  • Panda
  • Barracuda
  • 3-way
  • London Fog
  • Frick & Frack
  • Strip
  • Dopey

Pressed Eye Shadow:

  • Stay Golden
  • High Strung
  • Making Moves
  • Pep Talk
  • Fair play
  • Sauvage
  • Pinky Promise
  • Get Out

My First Impression of Colourpop

What  the video for swatches and all my first impressions but overall I like the shadows and am unimpressed with the Ultra Satin. The colors are great but the formula does not dry down 100% which is something that drives me crazy about liquid lipsticks.