Review: Wet n Wild Brush Up! Brush Cleansing Cloths

Hi guys! First of all, let me apologize for the extended absence. I was honestly not planning on taking a month off my blog, but I was really sick for over a week and then life just got in the way, so I’m very behind on my posts now! I’m going to do my best to catch up and hopefully get back to writing once a week like I used to.

Today’s post is all about these Wet n Wild brush cleansing cloths, which I saw at Walgreens a few weeks ago for four dollars, if I’m not mistaken. We all know that cleaning our makeup brushes is a pain in the butt, so I’m always on the lookout for a new way to spot clean in between deep cleans and these seemed very interesting — read on for the review!


Here we have the three brushes I tested the wipes on: a Real Techniques expert face brush, a Wet n Wild eyeshadow brush, and a Real Techniques setting brush. As you guys can see, the brushes are fairly dirty from being used several times, so let’s see how well these wipes work!


First up is the Real Techniques expert face brush. This is the brush I use for applying and blending my foundation nine times out of ten, and you can tell by the amount of product on the wipe! This picture, as well as the next two, are post-cleaning pictures.


Up next is the Real Techniques setting brush, which is my preferred highlighter brush. This one is not as dirty as the face brush, but still had a good amount of product on the brush.


Lastly, the Wet n Wild eyeshadow brush. This one is arguably the cleanest one, even though it looks dirtiest in the before picture! The wipes work very well in my opinion, but it’s obviously not good enough to replace deep cleaning your brushes; however, they are great for spot cleaning!

It takes a lot of rubbing and switching from one side of the wipe to the other, but you can clean 1-2 brushes per wipe depending on how big and how dirty they are, and get most of the product off. Overall, I’m very happy with these wipes and would recommend them to someone looking for a way to spot clean their brushes!

Thanks for reading, I will hopefully get back to blogging on a weekly basis from now on!



Boxycharm giveaway: I won something?!

Picture this: I was just sitting at home, aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, when all of a sudden, a notification pops up! It’s a picture posted by the Boxycharm Instagram account and it says I’ve been tagged in it, so I click on the link, only to find out I won the exclusive Boxycharm OFRA giveaway for the month of July and will be the lucky recipient of the OFRA x dupethat collaboration highlighters!

It took a little bit to figure out how to get these highlighters to me, but once I figured it out, I knew they would be waiting for me when I came back from my trip to Chile, and they were! So of course, the first thing I did was grab my camera and document this momentous occasion. Thanks to Boxycharm and OFRA for making this happen!

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How awesome is this? I won the giveaway by posting a picture on my Instagram with the hashtag for the month. To be completely honest, I did this very mindlessly and completely forgot about it later, so I was definitely surprised when I found out I won, but very excited nevertheless! And how sweet is that note?

The giveaway was for the two different OFRA x dupethat highlighters, a collab that was released last year with the girls from the famous dupethat Instagram and website! They released two highlighters: You Dew You, a beautiful golden, peachy tone, and You Glow Girl, an amazing pink shimmer.

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Here are some swatches, because I know you wanted to see them: You Dew You (top) and You Glow Girl (bottom). I actually wanted these really really badly, but since they retail for almost 25 dollars, I decided to only get one and purchased it during last year’s Black Friday sale. I love the highlighter but the original packaging is really bulky, so I’m selling it (if anyone is interested, hit me up) and I decided to keep the new packaging for myself!

The giveaway also included the highlighters in the smaller godet pans, which are perfect for the Z palette I have with another OFRA highlighter and an OFRA banana powder, since I’m using my OFRA magnetic palette for my MUG and OFRA eyeshadows! (I may or may not have a thing about keeping different size pans in different palettes.)

Thank you so so so much to Boxycharm for this amazing giveaway! I’m so glad I decided to keep Boxycharm as my predominant beauty subscription — I haven’t regretted that decision at all since March, when I canceled my Birchbox and ipsy! Now I’ll need to make sure to enter the giveaways every month. ;)


Express Yourself: August 2016 Boxycharm

Hi loves! Today’s post is all about my August 2016 Boxycharm. (Does anyone else do a KathleenLights voice and think “Boxysharm unboxing”? Because I always do!) The theme for this month’s box is Express Yourself, which just means I’ve had the song Express Yourself (by Madonna, but also performed on Glee) stuck in my head since I took the pictures for this!

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If you don’t know, Boxycharm is a beauty subscription service that costs around $21 dollars a month and sends you five full-sized products a month. I’ve been subscribed to Boxycharm for around a year now and I actually really love it, which is why I canceled my ipsy and Birchbox subscriptions to only keep this around… Well, until I subscribed to Play! by Sephora.

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The first item in our box this month is this ADORABLE Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer Mini Palette, which comes with a tiny little blush brush. I love the packaging for this and the colors do look nice, but I have zero need for a blush and bronzer palette so I will be selling this (if you’re interested, hit me up!) so I can put that money toward credit card payments… or more makeup.

Next is the Aloepure Time Repair Serum. I think I’m too young to worry about using age defying products, but since it’s not a moisturizer, I figured I might just start using this in between cleansing and moisturizing and see how I like it. Plus it makes me feel really fancy and adult-like!

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Next we have the Beauty for Real shadow stick in Ever Starstruck. Guys, it took me FOREVER to find the name for this. Seriously. It’s tiny and off to the side and I couldn’t find it, so I had to look it up online.

If you’ve been reading my unboxing posts for a while, you might know I absolutely despise getting mascaras. I feel like I’m always overflowing in mascaras and I usually just end up giving them to my sister since she hoards them. So you can imagine how I felt when I saw we had YET ANOTHER mascara in this month’s box (not to mention a brand we’ve already received mascara from before). This is the Doucce Cosmetics Maxlash Volumizer mascara, and the one we received from this brand before was the Punk Volumizer mascara. Okay…

Lastly, we received the Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in the color Phantom. You guys probably know this is the product I was most excited for, since I love lipstick and can never have enough! The color is a beautiful orange red and so far, I really like it.

That’s all for today, but thank you for taking the time to read this! What do you think of this month’s Boxycharm?


Collective haul: Amazon, OFRA and Boxycharm

Hi guys! Welcome to today’s performance of “I Love Makeup and Have No Self-Control: the Musical.” Hope you guys are ready for yet another haul that was definitely unnecessary and could have been avoided!

(Don’t you just love my sense of humor? No? Okay, that’s awkward… moving on.)

Today’s haul is a collective haul in the best sense of the word; I collected these over a period of a few weeks, and it’s just because of my procrastinator nature that I managed to put them all together for one convenient haul. Let’s get started, shall we?


For the first part of the haul, I wanted to start with the most recent one: a Real Techniques set that I purchased on Amazon as part of the prime day deals they had going on recently. This set was marked down to $14.99 (when it retails for $37.99 if I’m not mistaken) and considering I’ve been wanting to try both the sponge and the expert face brush, I figured I might as well cave and get it.


Next, we have the Boxycharm portion of our haul. This LVX nail polish in the color Lemon Drop and the Manna Kadar LipLocked Priming Gloss Stain in Lucky. These were both used with charms I’d earned through Boxycharm’s point system and I only paid a small difference plus the shipping.


Lastly, I caved and bought two new OFRA liquid lipsticks! If you’ve followed me for a while, you know how much I love their lipsticks and how many of them I own. I was originally only going to purchase Cancun (the middle one in this picture) but I was talking to Rachael about dupes and colors and ended up caving and getting Malibu as well. The bottom swatch is the Manna Kadar lipgloss in Lucky, btdubs, a color which I was super excited about because I love the one I received in my Boxycharm a few months ago!

So that’s it for my latest episode of indulgence… what have you caved and bought recently that you really didn’t need? Let me know in the comments!


Swapping with friends: a kind of haul

Does it technically count as a haul if no money was spent in the production of this blog post? No? Yes? We’ll leave it at that anyway, because I can’t think of a better title for this post (guys, titles are the WORST).

So anyway… HI GUYS! Today’s post is a sort of, kind of haul, featuring all types of goodies collected from two of my very good and generous friends, who had a bunch of stuff saved in case I would like it, and came over to my house armed with heaps and heaps of stuff to try! I had some stuff I was trying to get rid of that they got to keep, but guys, they make me look bad in comparison. Seriously.


So let’s start over here, just because it’s makeup and it’s the most fun to talk about. I’m not going to bother describing everything in detail, because you guys saw how much stuff it is.

  • Lâncome foundation (not sure which one, because I took the picture with the name facing backwards like the dummy I am).
  • Sephora Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel.
  • Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops in Blue.
  • Sephora solid brush cleaner.


  • Philosophy fragrance in Creamy Vanilla.
  • Harvey Prince Hello perfume.
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream.


  • Stila Huge Extreme Last Mascara.
  • Hikari lip gloss.


  • 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment.
  • Eva NYC Hungry Hair Oil Treatment.
  • Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo.

And that’s all for my not-quite-a-haul haul post! Isn’t that amazing? I’m so lucky to have friends willing to share these goodies with me, and let me tell you, I have loved playing around with them!!

Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comments!


Effortless Summer: my first Play! by Sephora box

Hi guys! If you read my post about this month’s Boxycharm, you may remember hearing that I received my first Play! by Sephora box, and well, here it is! I couldn’t wait to open the box and photograph the goodies in it — I had a vague idea of what to expect but I was excited and surprised nevertheless!

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The theme this month is Effortless Summer; “warm weather essentials and sunny standouts” make for a box with great and varied products. We received five products, plus a perfume sample, and apparently, this month’s box was the first one to send out two versions depending on the skin type you had! People with oily skin (like yours truly) received the products you see above, while people with dry skin received a different cleanser and primer. How cool is that? That’s the first time I’ve seen a beauty box do that in my 2+ years of being subscribed to various ones.

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First up, I received a deluxe sample of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil medium/deep matte bronzer. This is going straight into the giveaway pile, because a) I don’t use bronzer, b) this will be waaaay too dark for me!

Next up is the blotterazzi by beautyblender, which is basically a reusable blotting sponge and actually sounds really interesting! I’ll definitely be giving this a try. We also got a deluxe sample of the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer and a sample of the Citrine perfume by NEST.

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And over here on the second half of the box, we have the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser, which sounds INCREDIBLE and just like what my skin needs, ad the Ouai Wave Spray, which okay, I will probably never use and pass on to someone who will appreciate it more than I would.

Aaaaand that would be all for my first ever Play! by Sephora box! All together, I would say this is definitely better than some of the Birchbox boxes (?) I received and definitely better as far as sizes and value than the ipsy bags, so I’m not at all disappointed! Can’t wait for my next box!


Modern Merbabe: July 2016 Boxycharm

Hi guys and welcome to today’s episode of “Valentina’s super bad at being on top of her blog,” thanks for tuning in! In this week’s episode, we will talk about time management skills, procrastination and why I suck at all of the above.

In all seriousness, I’m actually really surprised at myself for having found the time to write this post (and two more after these). My sister and I just moved out of our apartment and into a new house with my parents (only like five minutes away from our apartment though) and if I hadn’t had a couple of posts pre-written and scheduled, nothing would have gone up last week as we were in the midst of moving!

Now that we’re officially out of the apartment and in the new house and my room is mostly set up, I have my vanity set up and could take pictures for my post! This post is being written and published live (well, ish) but the next two will be scheduled, as I leave for a two week trip to Chile on Friday!

Anyway, moving on.


Today’s post is all about this month’s Boxycharm box, the theme for which is Modern Merbabe. How cute is that? I love how cute and unique their themes are and I love how this one looks too!


This month’s Boxycharm technically only included four items, but considering the fact that they sent us a magnetic palette from OFRA with six of their shadows, I’m not complaining! I don’t know what the colors are but honestly, they all look really nice and I’ll definitely be trying these! I’m also really excited to have another magnetic palette, because my current one is tiny!


Then, we have the Mally Beauty Rounded Blender Brush, which is SO SUPER SOFT, a Noyah lip gloss in Malbec, and the PYT Hair Argan Oil Treatment. All in all, it’s not my favorite box, but I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth from these products and I can’t wait to see what will be in my next Boxycharm!

Cancelling my ipsy and Birchbox and keeping only this one was a great decision — except I did subscribe to Play! by Sephora and I finally received my first box (just now, actually!) and you can read all about it in next week’s post!

Let me know what you thought, how you feel about Boxycharm, beauty boxes, life in general, or anything at all! I’d love to chat and hear what you have to say!! Thanks for reading!