Boxycharm July and August delights and a giveaway

I received my Boxycharm subscription boxes for both July and August at the same time. The July box inadvertently went to my old house and was returned to them. Boxycharm was wonderful about this (unlike Ipsy who made it difficult) and sent me the box again which I really appreciate. Both boxes are great and made me remember why Boxycharm is the best subscription beauty box around. I’ve even prepaid for the next 6 months since I don’t want to lose out on this.

No subscription box is going to be perfect unless you were given a huge range of products to pick from and got to do your own eeny meeny minnie moe. Because of that I have products from these two boxes that are going to make one Beauty Info Zone reader very happy.

Boxycharm for July 2017

Let’s see what the July box CUTIE PIE contained. Just a note first that Boxycharm is $21 a month and my July box has a value of $133. Yes $133!!

EYES are my thing so the first item opened was the Blinc Electric Eyes Palette ($45 on special for $25). I didn’t have a clue that Blinc made anything other than mascara so this was an excellent surprise.

Blinc Electric Eyes Palette

Metallic makeup is all the rage for now and will continue to be during the fall so this set of 5 highly pigmented shades are perfect. I love to mix a metallic shade with satin shades and I’ve got 5 new colors to do so with!

from swatches of Electric Eyes

Continuing with eyes is a UNI-BROW UNIVERSAL EYEBROW PENCIL by WinkyLux ($12). The name Uni-Brow is a little scary but it’s fun too. This is a medium brown pencil with a very nice triangular tip. I have one with the same tip from Tom Ford that was a whole lot more money. This is firm enough that I can build up the color and smooth enough to apply easily plus it has a spoolie.

WinkyLux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil

WinkyLux Uni-Brow Pencil

Lips come next since all Boxycharm boxes include lip products and this one is from ColourPop. While only $6 you know it’s hot as can be. They are taking the makeup world by storm. The Ultra-Matte Lip I received is in Thursday and it’s a very hot shade. You’ll be noticed in this red violet shade.

Ultra Matte Lip from ColourPop in Thursday


bareMinerals Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50 Daily Prep Lotion ($30) was my bareMinerals items. Other received their Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo which is marvelous.

bareMinerals Prep Step Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50

Since I own the powder duo already this works great for me, I can never have enough sunscreen and this one is an excellent addition to my collection. It combines a moisturizer with the SPF50 and has a unique color-adapting formula. I was especially happy to find it’s fragrance free (also paraben free and oil free).

One more for July and it’s from Ofra. Boxycharm has the B.E.S.T. brands! This Body Illuminizer is an all over lotion to give your skin a glow ($40). It’s not a self-tanner and it’s recommend for all skin tones.

Ofra Cosmetics Body Illuminizer

Remember this box cost $21 and look at the goodies! But now onto the August box, Beach Please.

Boxycharm for August 2017

One of my close friends finally gave in and ordered Boxycharm after my telling her over and over that she’d love this sub. Well when she got the August box she went bananas! Which she should. This box has a value of $106 and is only fabulous!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II

Eyes first of course and this month it’s from Tarte and it’s Rainforest of the Sea: Volume II ($36 but onsale for $18.95 now). One of my favorite palettes is Volume I so you know I bought Volume II instantly. That means someone is going to win my spare!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II

The application of these 8 cool toned shadows is terrific. They are very buttery. There’s a mix of finishes but nothing glittery. The shades are  Pearl (white shimmer), Conch (off white), Sunset (yellow gold), Marina (caramel), Seaside (chestnut), Siren (dark brown), Breezy (shimmering slate), Riptide (steel blue).

Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner pencil ($15) is next and in spite of it being another black liner this one really works well. It’s quite smooth, it smudges when first applied if that’s what you want, and then it sets. This too is a product I already own so you know what that means.

Bellapierre Ebony Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

We’re not done with eyes and these PUR Cosmetics Pro Eyelashes (Diva, $14) are what I call fun. Can I apply false lashes? Not at all but my sister is a makeup artist and she’s great at it. There were two different lash sets that subscribers received but there are 7 pairs that Pur makes. These are 3D lashes that are handcrafted with silk to provide lightweight and natural looking yet fuller lashes. Cruelty free of course since they are PUR and you can reuse them up to 30 times.

PUR Pro Eyelashes

Lips are a given for Boxycharm and this month I received GRLPWR LIQUID LIPSTICK in Date Night. This applies creamy (according to the website) and dries to a matte finish. ($14.95)

GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

GRLPWR Date Night (from The Beauty Crop site)

We aren’t done and now we have my favorite of the box (since I already own the Tarte): MODA PRO 3 PIECE BRUSH SET by Royal & Langnickel ($26). I own brushes, boy do I own brushes, but when great ones come along count me in. These are so new that you can only see the collection on their website but they aren’t available yet – except for us Boxycharm subscribers! There are 3 brushes in the 100% vegan, cruelty-free set.

Moda Pro brushes from Royal & Langnickel

Pointed Brush BMX-130 is made to apply blush and powder with precision or to use the tapered edge to create a subtle contour. It is so incredibly soft and I love the handles of these. They are sort of quilted with a an easy to grip handle.

Moda Pro Chisel BMX-250 brush

The Moda Pro Chisel BMX-250 is unlike any brush I own. The shape is unique as it’s curved and fits my cheekbone exactly. Fabulous for apply highlight or contour.

Moda Pro Crease BMX-430

The Crease BMX-430 brush isn’t any different than other crease brushes except it is just great to use. It can define your eyes, it helps blend, it helps with buffing your eye. It’s soft yet firm enough to do its job properly. These are impressive brushes and I plan to add to this beginning collection.

Moda Pro brushes from Royal & Langnickel

Now the part you’ve been waiting for – a giveaway. Everything in the giveaway is fabulous but I either have it or don’t need it so one US subscriber will own 5 of these after the giveaway is over on 9/5/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close be sure to email me at [email protected], label it boxycharm, and comment in the email. But ONLY if the comment box closes. Then you can click I commented and do more of the entries. Sorry about the US only but this box is heavy!

Boxycharm giveaway

** Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: Volume II palette

** ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Thursday

** #GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

** Bellapiere Gel Eyeliner pencil in Ebony

**  Ofra Body Illuminizer

Good luck and don’t forget that if you want to be included in Boxycharm fun you need to subscribe. I hope you’ll use my affiliate link.  —  Marcia

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Win a GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser and 8 Essential Oils in our giveaway

GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser and Essential Oil Blends

GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser and Essential Oil Blends

If you only invest in one new item for your house this year, I suggest you buy a diffuser. Have you seen one of these awesome little babies? They are machines that you fill with water as well as essential oils. The machine then creates a diffusion of the water that looks like steam, but the water isn’t heated in any way so it doesn’t compromise the ingredients in the essential oils. Diffusers scent the air with the botanical ingredients, freshening the air and putting all sorts of good, healthy things into your body as you breathe in.

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GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser

GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser

GuruNanda has a beautiful Essential Oil Diffuser ($29.99) that takes aromatherapy to another level. It changes colors via an LED light as the Diffuser works. The Diffuser uses ultrasonic waves to make the super fine mist that is a perfect mixture of water and essential oils. The mist works as a humidifier while also purifying the air.

GuruNanda has 8 Essential Oil Blends ($10.99 for 0.5 oz) that are 100% pure, containing a mix of natural botanical ingredients that are grown and distilled on farms around the world – for example, the lavender is sourced from France, the citrus oils are sourced from Spain and Italy, and the spice oils and mint are from India.GuruNanda Essential Oil Blends

Your choice of essential oils creates the mood you want…how about some relaxation? The Relaxation Essential Oil Blend combines Lavender, Lavandin, Orange, Grapefruit, Eucalpytus and Basil for a soothing balance. Need a little bit of calm? Calming Sleep combines Lavender, Lavandin, Wintergreen, Frankincense, Amyris, Lemongrass, Lemon and Orange to help you nod off. Are you feeling anxious and need something soothing? Harmony is what you need, with Grapefruit, Lemon Peel Oil, Bergamot and Lemongrass.

GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser and Essential Oil BlendsOr perhaps you are about to work out and need some invigoration? Try Refresh, a blend of Orange, Citronella, Tea Tree and Peppermint. Or maybe you might want Invigorate, a beautiful blend of Grapefruit, Peppermint, Patchouli, Lemongrass and Spearmint. Grapefruit relieves the body of both physical and mental fatigue, Lemongrass cleanses, and Peppermint first cools, then warms and comforts you. If you are suffering from a cold or allergies, you’ll want some Breathe Easy, a fabulous blend of peppermint and Tea Tree for respiratory health. If you are tackling a project, diffuse some Focus,  a combination of Rosemary, Lemon and Basil. The subtle lemony aroma of together with Rosemary helps you stay centered with laser focus. Finally, give yourself a break from your busy day with Tranquility, a comforting blend of Spearmint, Cedarwood and Patchouli.

GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser and Essential Oil Blends

I can’t rave enough about the GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser and the Essential Oil Blends. It’s a beautiful addition to any room both visually and aromatically. Now that I have tried it, I want one of these in every room of my house!

One lucky Beauty Info Zone reader will win a GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser and all 8 Essential Oil Blends…will it be you?  The giveaway is open through 6/08/16 at 11:59 EDT. If comments get cranky and close, please email me your comment at [email protected] to leave it there. Click “I commented” and you can do the extra entries for more chances. Winners will be verified so please make sure that the email address you use for entry is the one is correct. Thanks and good luck!! – Lisa

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Happy February, it’s a great time for giveaways on the Sunday Scoop

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Who’s home reading this instead of watching the big game? That’s me. I’d rather wait til halftime to watch Katy Perry et al and do other things before and after! Whenever you read this you should start entering all these giveaways. You can’t win if you don’t enter!  — Marcia


$160 PAYPAL CASH – international, ends 2/2

KEVEL – US and Canada, 2/3/15


New giveaways are in the works. We have several planned so keep tuning in.

Winners circle:  Reviva Labs Skin Energizing Gel goes to Darby; the Beautylish giveaway was won by Bonnie M. Congratulations ladies. The Too Faced Semi Sweet Palette also was won by Darby. She’s had a great week!


Jordana – 300 winners per day of Jordana Matte lipstick, ends 2/7

2/1  Hydropeptide –  Tweet to @HydroPeptide for a chance to win HydroPeptide products for DIY “23th Man Facial. #12thmanfacial

2/1  Dave Lackie – Dior Kingdom of Colours LE palette

2/1  Jasmin Daily – Glo Minerals foundation and foundation brush

2/2  Mom Does Reviews – AGEbeautiful Professional Hair Color Tool Kit, US

2/2  Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom – trio of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polishes, international

2/2  A Girly Things Bye – variety of cosmetics plus $25 AMC theaters g.c. and Lindt Chocolates, US

2/2  My Newest Addiction – TruAge Skin Age Therapy Gel

2/3  Nail It Magazine – Camila Coelho polish collection

2/4  Good Bad and Fab – Clear Hair products goodie bag

2/4  Hairspray and Highheels – Beautylashious Eyelash Curler, US

2/5  Six One Six – 2 winners, Jaclyn Hill Morphe eyeshadow palette, international, must subscribe to You Tube channel

2/5  Lionesse – Turbo Hair Dryer and Hair Serum, international

2/6  Agape Love Designs – Pura Dor Organic Hair Loss Therapy items

2/6  Feeling Fit – Glow 2 Go Self Tanning Pad set

2/6  The Manicurator – Dior Top Coat in Eclosion

2/6  A Very Sweet Blog – Urban Decay products (primer, concealer, finishing powder), international

2/7  Giveaway Bandit – Pan Oxyl Acne Skincare, US

2/7  The Lacquerologist – Anniversary polish giveaway, 8 giveaways some US only, some international

2/7  Glossy Blonde – IT Cosmetics Lash Extension Mascara

2/7  Mom to Grandma -Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener, US

2/8  IT Cosmetics – prize pack of IT Cosmetics prizes, US

2/8  Kelli Gonzo – surprise package of nail polishes (shown in post), international

2/8  I Have a Degree in This – V Day Survival kit with Elizabeth Arden lipstick, Jamberry nail wraps, DHC Kiss and Makeup Set and a MyTee BAD crew tee

2/8  Budget Earth – Smile Brilliant Whitening kit, US

2/8  Set in Lacquer – 4 winners of polish om Anniversary giveaway, international

2/9  Beauty Junkies Unite – 5 winners of $50 Walgreens g.c. and 2 Neutrogena products, US

2/11  Hello Wave – Shu Uemura Metallic Bouquet 2015 Collection

2/11 My Fab Fit Forties – Pure Illumination Lip Gloss in your choice of shade, US and Canada

2/11  Mom Does Reviews – OMG Party Pack for 10 of nail wraps, US

2/11  Mom Does Reviews – Elchim 3800 Hair Dryer, US

2/13  Geniabeme – $250 gc to Sephora, international

Cosmetic Sanctuary – $50 CVS card and Dove Dry Spray deodorant

TOPGANIC – Like the Facebook page and comment on the contest post to win a $1000 transformation in NYC and beauty loot. (no transportation included)


2/2  The Little Style File  – $100 Amex gc

2/4  Frugal Mom and Wife – $20 Amazon, international

2/5  About a Mom – $25 gc to Family Dollar, US

2/5  I Heart Motherhood – $200 gc to Amazon, US and Canada

2/6  Love Affair with Fiction – 2 winners of $30 Amazon g.c.

2/6  Still Blonde After All These Years – $25 g.c. to IHop, US

2/8  Gouldylox Reviews – $50 CVS gc, US

2/10  Ocho – $500 Amazon g.c. or cash, international

2/11 We Got Kidz – $50 Visa Card, US

2/11  Budget Earth – $50 Amazon gc, US

2/12  The Beat – $100 Target g.c., US and Canada

2/15  Fave Pages – facebook, $50 gc to SpaFinder


2/2  Giveaway Bandit – Proper Pillow, US

2/2  Klarissa and Company – 2 winners of Ignite Your Fire ebook

2/3  Mom Does Reviews – Vase of flowers and a bracelet, US

2/3  Savvy Spice – Prada Keychain and Luxury Savvy Super Sleeper satin pillowcase, international

2/4  Mom Does Reviews – Milk Chocolate Dipped Oreos, US

2/5  Mom’s Makeup Stash – Ultimate Girl’s Getaway giveaway with cosmetics, jewelry, accessories and a handbag

2/6  Mom Does Reviews – Culina 5 qt Stainless Steel Steamer, US

2/6  Sweeps 4 Bloggers – Love Spoon Cupid’s Arrow Candle

2/6  Pink Ninja Blogger – Eli’s Cheesecake, US

2/7  Mom Does Reviews – huge Chocolate giveaway, US

2/7  Budget Earth – Asus Transformer Book 10.1″ 2 in 1 Touchscreen Windows Laptop

2/7  Pink Ninja Blogger – YumEarth Organics Valentine’s Prize Pack consisting of Valentine Organic Pops and Gummy Bears, US

2/7  Blended, Splendid & Smooth – Grand Prize (1): One Blendtec blender, a variety prize pack of California Giant Berries, Noosa Yoghurt, SUNSET Produce, and Natural Delights Medjool Dates and a $500 Visa Gift Card. ARV: $1,050.  Also 1 winner for a variety prize pack of California Giant Berries, Noosa Yoghurt, SUNSET Produce, and Natural Delights Medjool Dates and a $100 Visa Gift Card. ARV: $250

2/7  Pink Ninja Blogger – 40 Java Factory K Cups, US

2/8  A Clown with a Frown – Tootsie Roll Hot Cocoa K Cups, US

2/8  Mom Does Reviews – Cerulean Bubbles Cooling Gel Pillow, US

2/9  Giveaway Bandit – Valentine’s giveaway with 8 prizes and 8 winners (i.e. $100 Toys R Us gc, $100 Pet Smart gc, necklace and more), US and Canada

2/9  Finger Click Saver – SOL Republic Headphones, US

2/10  Pawsitive Living – Healing Crystals book prize pack, US and Canada

2/10  Giveaway Promote – Kindle Fire HD6, international

2/10  Mama Smith – Aquagenix Rainfall Shower Head

2/11  Beauty and the Bump – ZTE Warp Sync Phone, US

2/15  Pawsitive Living – Skinny Juices, US and Canada


Lush to Blush – Instagram $750 gc to Anthropologie

2/2  Venus Trapped in Mars –  gc to Victoria’s Secret and to StubHub

2/3  Merrick’s Art – $100 gc to White Plum

2/4  Life in a Breakdown – a Clark handbag

2/4  Fizz and Frosting – $40 to Deloom

2/4  Product Review – $150 in Isaac Mazrahi products

2/4  Chic Street Style – Wristology Watch of your choice

2/4  Your Life After 25 – $50 ecard to Pink Basis

2/6  Find Subscription Boxes – 3 month subscription to Gwynnie Bee fashion, US

2/9  Peanut Butter and Whine – Jord Wood Watch, US

2/13  She is Lovely – Jewelmint giveaway

2/15  Fashion Corner – $200 gc to


2/2  Adventures of Country Divas – Bumble Diaper Bag, US

2/3  Mom Does Reviews – microfiber pet towel, US

2/3  A Day in Motherhood – Babies R Us prize package plus $50 g.c., US

2/3  Mom Does Reviews – Beatrix Doll prize pack, US and Canada

2/3  Good Reads with Ronna – 2 Little Explorers Interactive books, US

2/4  Adventures of Country Divas – Boogie Wipes, Kandoo Products and $20 Walmart gc, US

2/6  Miki’s Hope – Cosco Scenera car seat and $25 Walmart gc, US

2/6  Mom Does Reviews – Happy Hearts dog collar, US

2/6  Giveaway Bandit – Box Trolls DVD

2/6  Budget Earth – Kids Cool Changing Pack (cups, plates etc), US

2/9  Pawsitive Living – Sofia The First Holiday in Enchancia DVD, US and Canada

2/10 Budget Earth – Diono RXT Car Seat, US

2/11  Pink Ninja Blogger – Hello Kitty Cool Mist Humidifier, US

If you didn’t read the 1/18 and 1/25 Sunday Scoop articles then go back to see what you missed. There are dozens of giveaways still open.  See you next week with a lot more giveaways.