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Boxycharm Subscription Box: March 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100. We will be checking out the March Boxycharm today.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

The Box:

Here is this month’s box:

 

 

I’m so happy to see this gorgeous floral print! It reminds me that spring is here, and we made it through the cold winter. But Bae-cation? Really? What does that even mean? I hate using the word bae (no offense to anyone who uses that word, it just never sounds right when I do).

 

 

So I’m just going with the idea of vacation, which is nice for March, since most of us will be enjoying spring break this month.

Here are the items listed, with descriptions and retail values:

 

 

That is one of my favorite things about Boxycharm. They list retail values, and they are almost always right on the spot with what I find when I research values for the items.

There was also a nice coupon in this month’s box, for 25% off of a $50 purchase at ButterLondon.com.

 

 

That’s $12.50 off of a $50 purchase! Pretty good in my book.

 

So, the first item in the March Boxycharm is this set of three South Mane Under Eye Gels:

 

 

Anything that helps with eye puffiness and dark circles is great for me, as I’m going through my 30’s. I’m still getting used to dark circles and morning bags underneath my eyes.

On the South Mane website, there are several reviews raving about how these eye gels work really well, and they actually remove dark circles, making your whole face appear refreshed. I hadn’t even heard of this brand (apparently they started as a body care line and moved to hair care and other kinds of products), so I’m glad to see some positive reviews.

These retail for $3 each or a 3-pack for $9 and you can get them here. Boxycharm said $10, so pretty close.

 



 

Up next is the Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush compact in the color Hush Blush.

 

 

First off, I LOVE their packaging! The gold is so much fun, and I really like a sturdy blush compact. The color is a beautiful rose hue, and looks to be pretty universal for lots of different skin tones.

 

 

I’ve tried several products from Pretty Vulgar and I’m a fan of the brand. Their website is addicting! Everything is so beautiful and sparkly!

This blush retails for $26 on Pretty Vulgar’s website, which is exactly the price listed on Boxycharm’s information card.

 

Moving on, we have The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s Smokey Eye Makeup Brush Set.

 

 

Super cute set! They are on the shorter end, so they pack easily. The bristles are nice and soft, and I like the cute wording on the brushes. Another nice feature is that the set includes a smudge brush.

This set retails for $23.29 on The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s website. Boxycharm lists their retail value at $23.15, which is extremely close. The only reason for the teeny difference in price is that you have to convert the price to US dollars, since they are a UK company. The Euro fluctuates slightly, causing  the small (pennies) difference between prices.

Youu can get this brush set here for only $19.99!

 

Up next is Butter London’s Double Decker Mascara:

 

 

I have never tried this mascara, but this is what the Butter London website claims: “Get 200% thicker lashes in just one coat and a 314% increase in lash curl. The interlocking nylon fiber brush grasps each individual lash to lengthen, curl, and multiply lashes from root to tip.”

I have no idea how they came up with those exact percentages, but it sure sounds good! This will be fun to test.

You can get this mascara for $20 here.

 



 

The last item in March’s box is the Pur X Boxycharm Eyeshadow Palette:

 

 

First, I have to say that I just LOVE that I always get some sort of palette in each box! This gorgeous palette is a collaboration between Pur and Boxycharm. It has 12 fantastic colors, as you can see:

 

 

I like that it includes some nice kind of bright neutrals, and then some really brave colors.

I’m a fan of Pur Cometics, partly because they make great products, but also because they sell cruelty and paraben-free makeup that is never tested on animals.

Check out the colors in the palette swatched:

 

 

That blue though! I’m digging the mix of shimmer and matte textures. It looks pretty versatile, with a lot of different possible color combinations.

You can get this exclusively on Pur’s website for $36.

 

The Verdict

Well, Boxycharm, you always impress me, and the March Boxycharm is no different.

I love the palette, as well as the brush set, and the eye gel packs are going to be great for when I wake up with puff-face. I’m also super excited to try the mascara, and of course the blush is just gorgeous! It’s awesome that every product is full-sized, too! But what about the value?

Boxycharm’s information card puts the total retail value of this month’s box at $115.15. From my research, I found the total retail value of all the products to be $110.99. So it’s very close.

Interestingly, Boxycharm’s boxes are usually higher in retail value, closer to $120-$150. So this month’s box value is a little lower than normal. But the curation of products is so good, I don’t really mind.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month.  What an awesome value, right? Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. My monthly subscription comes from my own pocket, like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

Again, I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Talk at ya later Broads!

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Ipsy Subscription Box: March 2018 Unboxing

Ipsy is a fantastic monthly subscription box, created by beauty influencer Michelle Phan, as well as Marcelo Camberos and Jennifer Goldfarb. It’s been around since 2011, and is the very first subscription box I ever tried back in 2015.

When you sign up, you complete a beauty profile quiz, which determines the products you receive in your bag. Some subscribers don’t think the quiz makes much of a difference, but I have noticed I almost never get hair products, which was what I specifically stated in my beauty quiz that I didn’t want. It seems like they’re listening.

 

Elaine Turner

 

I stick with Ipsy because it’s only $10 a month, you get 4 or 5 sample, deluxe-sized or full-sized products that always come in a cute little makeup bag, and the company’s website says the value of each bag is around $50.

Another thing I LOVE about Ipsy is that you get points for reviewing the products in the bag, and you get to trade in your points for extra items. I’ve gotten several awesome FREE items from my points, like a full-sized concealer, an eye shadow palette, and a crystal nail file.

 



It’s also exciting because your bag comes in a bright pink bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

Let’s check out this month’s box!

 

The Box

It’s more of a bag than a box. Here it is:

 

 

Pretty cute, no? I’m a sucker for black and white ANYTHING. What’s super cool about this month’s bag is that you can color it yourself! It comes with a couple of markers, so you can fill in some areas and make it a little more customized to your taste.

 

 

Aren’t those the cutest tiny little markers? My personal taste is to leave it black and white, because I think it really makes that bright pink zipper pop. But who knows? Maybe I’ll change my mind later.

This month’s theme is “Create.” The information card is pretty adorable, so I’ll probably tape it to my bathroom mirror.

 

 

I love any themes that have to do with creating, crafting, making, upcycling, or similar. The back of the card explains that this month is all about embracing the artist inside each of us. It encourages trying something new, or mixing and matching things from different areas of your life to create something unique.

As usual, the card explains how you can show off your bag and products by snapping a selfie and posting it to your social media accounts with the appropriate hashtag. You may even get featured on ipsy.com!

 

 

Now, on to the products!

 

The first item I see obviously is the Goodnight! PM Mask by Meg Cosmetics.

 

 

There are two of them, which is nice, because you can enlist a lady pal to mask it up with you. According to Meg Cosmetics’ website, these masks are made with an “eco-friendly lyocell sheet infused with Avocado Fruit Extract which helps with nourishing the skin while maintaining firmness.” The formula includes Camellia Sinesis Leaf Water, which is vitamin-rich and helps encourage moisture and elasticity.

Again, I love, love, LOVE getting masks. Not only are they fun and  great for your skin, they are also nice to tuck in to a gift for a friend.

These retail for $6 each on the Meg Cosmetics website.

 

Next up is the SLMISSGLAM L36 Tapered Highlight Brush.

 

 

It doesn’t get much cuter than this, does it? Super girly, and pretty decent quality as well, I’ve used many slmissglam brushes. They are nice, middle-of-the-road makeup brushes, and they get extra points for being so damn adorable!

I could only find this brush in a set on the slmissglam website, so I divided the cost of the set by the number of brushes it included. I came up with an approximate value of $13.

 

The next item is Tarte’s Sex Kitten Eyeliner in (you guessed it!) black. Please forgive the crummy picture, I didn’t have time to retake it.

 

 

Prepare for a mini rant!

I’m just NOT excited about this item. That’s coming from a HUGE Tarte fan! But the truth is, I’m sick to death of black eyeliners.

There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I don’t wear dark eyeliner unless I’m going out, and since I’m turning into an old lady who likes to stay at home, I hardly ever go out. Second, why do sub boxes always send black? I have so many black eyeliners it’s ridiculous.

I keep a box on the top shelf in my bathroom that’s labeled “For gifts/giveaways.” When I know I won’t use a makeup item, as long as it’s sealed, I’ll throw it into the box. I can’t dig it out later when I’m putting together a gift for a friend or when I’m doing a giveaway with multiple related items. Almost every time I receive a black eyeliner in a subscription box, it goes straight into the gift/giveaway box.

I have one more beef with this item, and that is, it looks tiny as hell! It’s really only half the size of the full-sized version, but it seems much smaller. It’s pretty difficult to hold it and line your eyes, because of the size. It feels awkward.

I would like to point out, that, despite my complaining, this eyeliner glides on very nicely, and it’s waterproof. It has fantastic staying power. It stayed on my hand for hours after I swatched it for this review. So if you are in the market for a new black eyeliner, this would be a pretty good choice.

The full-sized version goes for $20 on Tarte’s website. That would put this smaller sized version’s value at $10.

 

Up next is Doucce’s Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa.

 

 

This color rocks! It’s sort of a pinky rose, with a nice shimmer to it. I always like getting single shadows that aren’t in a pot or palette. A couple of years ago I purchased a lovely magnetic palette from Etsy, and these slip right into it.

This particular shadow sells for $10 on the Doucce website, but you can get it here for $8.

 

The last product in this month’s bag is the City Color Glow Duo highlighter palette.

 

 

If you’ve read my Ipsy reviews before, you probably already know that I’m not a big fan of City Color. I have nothing against cheap makeup companies, I just don’t think City Color puts out great products. I’ve struggled with colors being too muddy, especially for bronzers. Their packaging screams poor quality a lot of the time as well.

However, I am pleased to say that City Color hit the mark with this product.  The colors are quite pretty, and I really dig that one side is cream and one side is powder.

One of my favorite beauty gals on YouTube, Kandee Johnson, taught me to always put powder over cream, because it creates fantastic staying power. So I’m pretty happy to see this feature in the duo.

You can purchase this palette in a circular version on City Color’s website for $5.99.

 

Here are the items swatched:

 

 

The two on the left are the City Color highlighter duo. The pink spot is the Doucce eye shadow. Of course, the black line is the Tarte eyeliner.

 

The Verdict

This month’s bag had some highs and some lows. For lows, I was disappointed in the itty bitty black eyeliner. Just a miss for me. As far as highs, I was happy with the cutesy makeup brush, the set of face masks, and the eye shadow pan I can add to my magnetic palette. The DIY coloring bag with two mini markers was a really nice touch for this month, and played very well into the “Create” theme. Most of all, though, I was happy to see City Color finally impress me! The Glow Duo highlighter palette is something I will definitely get use out of.

As far as value, I paid $10, and the approximate value of all the products in the bag is $48.99. I’m happy with that. The last couple of months, the bags have been lower in value than normal, so I’m glad to see it back up around the $50 mark.

 



I am not paid or affiliated with Ipsy in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else.

I highly recommend signing up, because Ipsy rocks, and you get great value for the price you pay. If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, what did you think of your March bag? Let me know in the comments!

 

Enjoy spring break!

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Bring It Like a Broad: Bitty-Broad Isis Brown Faces Her Bullies

Bring It Like a Broad: Bitty-Broad Isis Brown Faces Her Bullies

Today is one of my favorite days of the month! That’s because it’s the day we publish our monthly series, Bring It Like a Broad!  I love it because it’s a chance to celebrate females, and all we are capable of .

Remember, the purpose of this series is to highlight real ladies who are doing or have done the extraordinary. Our goal in celebrating these special people and their accomplishments is that each of us will be encouraged to believe in the possibility of our own goals and dreams. We also hope that seeing these women changing the world will blaze paths for all the little girls out there who will grow up someday and want to join their ranks.

 



This month’s Broad is actually one of those little girls. We’ll call her a Bitty-Broad. In fact, when the following events unfolded, she was only in 7th grade! Which just goes to show, we can learn things from our kids every day. Sometimes they display wisdom and courage far beyond their years, as did our Bitty-Broad.

 

THE BROAD

Imagine being named after an Egyptian goddess. Now imagine that goddess represents magic and healing, and was one of the most important deities in Ancient Egypt. Pretty cool stuff, no?

That’s how our Bitty-Broad, 14-year-old Isis Brown felt. In fact, people would often tell her how beautiful and unique her name was. She was proud of her name.

 

Statue of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis.

Statue of the goddess Isis, courtesy of http://www.resurrectisis.org/

 

Then, around 2013, her name became famous. Unfortunately, as I’m sure you know, it wasn’t the kind of “famous” a 7th grader, or anyone, wants. The news outlets began extensive coverage of a terrorist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. If there’s one thing the media loves, it’s nicknames. So the term ISIS became a household name.

Little Isis Brown from Oklahoma was suddenly thrust into the spotlight at school. People no longer complimented her on her unique name. Instead, they called her a terrorist. They accused her of killing Americans, saying they saw her on the news. She could hear the kids whispering behind her back, calling her a killer and anti-American.

It began to have a detrimental effect on Isis. She started avoiding certain classes, hiding out in places where she wouldn’t be bullied. She would often come home from school crying.

 

Isis Brown, the brave 14-year-old who faced her bullies head on.

Photo courtesy of www.news5cleveland.com

 

But it didn’t just affect her school life. Kids took to Facebook to make fun of Isis. The bullying even began to destroy one of her favorite hobbies, deejaying. Many gigs she had lined up dropped her because of her name. Music was one of the biggest parts of her life. Can you imagine having so much of your life turned upside down, just because of your name? Now imagine that happening to you at 14-years-old. It would almost be impossible to bear.

Finally, our Bitty-Broad reached her limit. She could not go on letting these kids bully her, without sticking up for herself. Isis didn’t go to her principle privately, or ask her parents to intervene. No, she was even more courageous than that. She took to Facebook and created a video to address her tormentors.

In the video, she encouraged other people who share her name to be strong, remember what their name means, and not cower or avoid places where bullies will be. “No, you be the bigger person and show you’re not putting up with this anymore.” she stated. “That you can fight this battle, that you’re not going to let some wannabe bullies pick on you.”

She concluded the video by saying, “So you kids out there with the name Isis, “Love your name, cherish your name. I’m still learning – and I know you guys are too – but, in all reality, you’re named after a goddess. You’re not named after the terrorist group.”

Do you know what happened? The kids at school apologized! They now describe her as being brave and strong.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

There are a few things I really love about our Bitty-Broad’s experience.

First, it is incredible to see such a young girl gather the amount of courage Isis did, and face her fears. Remember, courage is not lack of fear. Courage is taking action despite being afraid.

Second, Isis went through three years of torment before she made this video. Sometimes, it takes us a while to get up the gumption to defend ourselves, and that’s okay.

Third, you don’t have to save the lives of thousands of people, or become the CEO of a huge company to be considered brave. Sometimes, a little girl in Oklahoma can show just as much courage as anyone else. In fact, when you show courage in the small things in life, it helps you to stand tall in the bigger things.

Lastly, you never know who you can learn a life lesson from. It’s not always the old experienced people that have profound wisdom. Sometimes we can learn as much from the bravery of one little girl, as we can from volumes of historical figures that changed the world.

Isis Brown is one of my personal heroes. She has taught me that your voice, no matter how small, can influence and help others. She also reminds me that your name isn’t who you are. No, it’s the way you live your life that defines your true character.

 

 ***Watch Isis Brown’s video response to her bullies here.***

 

Is there a woman you know personally who inspires you and others in some way? Is there a woman from history that you look up to? There are no guidelines–if a woman is inspiring to you in ANY way, it counts!

Please email me if you have a lady you want to see featured in Bring It Like a Broad.

You can also email me with any questions or comments you may have: theog@thebonafidebroad.com.

 

Be brave!

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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.

Musings from the Maestro: Music | Are You Really Listening?

Hello Broads!

I’m so pleased to introduce a new series on The Bonafide Broad blog! It’s called Musings from the Maestro. We have a fantastic new contributor, The Maestro, who loves all things music. His (yes, our first male contributor!) name in the real world is Ryan, and he has volunteered to share some his introspection with us.He will pop in with his musings every once in a while. We hope to share thoughts from The Maestro on all things music, including influential artists, historical styles, lyrics and their meanings, reviews of music-related products, and more. I can’t wait to see where this goes! Hope you enjoy!

 



Here is The Maestro’s introductory post:

 

Music | Are You REALLY Listening?

For centuries, all around the world, music has been the inspiring, uplifting, creative, consoling, angering, endearing, driving art form for many walks of life. From the long flowing strings of Mozart, to the short plucking strings of bluegrass, and from the twangy sounds of country to the upbeat foot tapping tones of pop, there is something for everyone to enjoy or be entertained by (whether they know it or not).

 

Man relaxing and listening to music on a stereo.

 

Music is powerful. It moves people, not just physically, but emotionally and intellectually. Whether you’re a head bobber, a sing along-er, a foot tapper, a dancer, or just a listener, you can find yourself hypnotized by the instrumentals or lyrics of your favorite artists or bands.

I often say that there is a difference between hearing and listening. I learned that from my mom. When I was younger, she would ask me to repeat what she just said to me, and usually all I could say was “Uh, I wasn’t listening.” Taking this little lesson and applying it to other aspects of my life has helped me to communicate better with people and understand things that are often overlooked.

 

Abstract Music

 

I really noticed my mother’s lesson in action when I listened to music; it gave me a whole new outlook and appreciation for the art form. These days people are moving so fast, overlooking the details and just accepting the short version of things. People don’t often take the time to stop and really listen. This is one of my fears, and a place I don’t want society going.

When we first become young adults, we start to realize how fast life goes by. What we don’t realize until we are nearing the end of our life journey, is that we maybe didn’t grasp or experience as many emotions, knowledge, or moments as we could have. These are often regrets, or missed opportunities, and we all have them. That’s why I want people to slow down and take interest and pride in the minute details of everyday life. A great place to start practicing this is with music.

 

Sheet music with headphones

 

Attention to detail is a rare attribute, but it’s one of the most important ones you can have. Being attentive towards all aspects of what goes into making music, especially from a producing and listening standpoint, has really been a saving grace for me.

I have encountered many miseries and obstacles in my life, just as we all have. I know I will continue to experience these kinds of things. In the past, I found myself struggling to deal with my thoughts and emotions. So I began looking for outlets and places to turn for relief. Sports were the most helpful for me, but I noticed that they only really helped when I was on the field or the court. At this point in my life, I didn’t want to vent or talk to anyone about my problems. This was because I had developed a horrible habit of demanding dominance over my emotions and not allowing them flow freely.

 

Vintage record player

 

But then I encountered an artist whose music changed my life, healed my emotional wounds, and made me fall in love with the beauty of creativity and self expression. Since then, I have been obsessed with the making of and listening to music. I am still constantly learning all I can about music today.

I want you to ask yourself: are you REALLY listening to music, or just simply hearing it? This is so important, because the difference can change your life. I’m not an expert and I certainly don’t know everything, but I want to open a door that can help others find a true passion and appreciation for music, just as I have. My hope is that we can spread the love of music. I’m optimistic that if we all work together, we can bring back the days of really listening to music, and not just simply hearing.

 

No music, no life--Neon Sign

 

So here’s to opening our minds and our hearts, not just our ears!

 

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I am a 22-year-old guy, born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. Some of my favorite things are sports, music, good beer and better company. I bring home the bacon by working for the Flagstaff Unified School District. My free time is spent with my family and close friends, sometimes coaching high school football, and, of course, watching sports.

Bring It Like a Broad: Irena Sendler Saves 2,500 Children During the Holocaust

It’s that time of the month again! The time where we celebrate women, and all we are capable of . Yep, it’s time for Bring It Like a Broad!

Remember, the purpose of this series is to highlight real women who are doing or have done the extraordinary. Our goal in celebrating these special people and their accomplishments is that each of us will be encouraged to believe in the possibility of our own goals and dreams. We also hope that seeing these women changing the world will blaze paths for all the little girls out there who will grow up someday and want to join their ranks.

 



The first two installments of this series were interviews with women I know personally, who have majorly inspired me. Today, we are going to honor a woman from the past who made an enormous impact on the lives of those around her.

 

THE BROAD

Most of us have heard of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved the lives of 1,200 Jewish people during the Holocaust. He has been the subject of books and movies, and is a person who is incredibly inspiring for his courage and bravery. But he is not the only person who risked his life to save others during the Holocaust.

Meet our February Broad, Irena Sendler.

 

Irena in 2005, photo courtesy of irenasendler.org

She was a Polish woman born on February 15, 1910 near the Warsaw ghetto. Today would be her 108th birthday, so it’s fitting she be recognized as our bad ass broad this month.

Irena’s father had a great influence on her throughout her whole life. He was one of the first Polish Socialists, and was a doctor, whose patients were mostly poor Jews.

During World War II, the Warsaw ghetto was the largest Jewish ghetto in German-occupied Europe. Irena was a Senior Administrator of the Warsaw Social Welfare Department. This organization provided food, money, and other services to the elderly, to orphans and to the poor and homeless. She was the equivalent of a social worker today.

 

Photo found by Teresa Prekerowa, courtesy of Wikipedia

 

When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Irena began to use her position as a social worker to aid the Jews. In November of 1940, the Warsaw ghetto was sealed off. Almost 400,000 people had been driven into the extremely small area, only about 16 blocks. Conditions were horrible. Good hygiene was impossible, there was no food or medical supplies, and there was no space. Soon, disease became rampant, as well as death.

Because she was an employee of the Social Welfare Department, she was given a special permit which allowed her to enter areas of the ghetto where the Jewish people were. She was supposed to be checking for signs of diseases like typhus, because the Germans were paranoid about the diseases spreading beyond the ghetto.

She began sneaking clothing, money, and medicine in to the Jewish people. She would report the Jewish families she was helping as having highly infectious diseases, in order to prevent the Germans from coming to inspect.

Irena joined a secret group called Zegota (the Council to Aid Jews) in 1942. This group was organized by the Polish underground resistance, and Irena was one of it’s first recruits. She became an integral part of the organization, and a huge reason they were able to accomplish so much. They created over 3,000 false documents to help Jewish families. In 1943, she was nominated to head Zegota’s Jewish children’s section.

Irena and her coworkers began to smuggle infants and toddlers out of the Warsaw ghetto, saving them from being sent to concentration camps. They got very creative in the ways they would sneak the children out. Sometimes they would use ambulances, but more often they had to hide the children in suitcases and packages.

 

Children in Warsaw ghetto, photo courtesy of iwka.wordpress.com

 

Remember, it was no light slap on the wrist if you were caught helping the Jews in World War II. In fact, it was a huge risk, punishable by death. To make things worse, the Nazis wouldn’t just kill the person aiding the Jews, but also that person’s whole family, and sometimes even their close friends or acquaintances. She risked her life every single day, and she had to be very strategic in order to protect those close to her as well.

Once the children were hidden and smuggled out, they would be placed with either Polish Christian families, or into orphanages and convents. The children were protected further by being given false names. They were also taught to recite Christian prayers, just in case they were ever tested by Nazis.

Irena and her helpers were very careful to make sure the children didn’t lose their Jewish identities. They kept detailed documents listing the children’s real names, fake names, and locations. Of course, they couldn’t risk those documents being found, so they would hide them in jars and bury them. Irena was determined to get each child back to their family after the war was over, if at all possible.

Sadly, the Germans eventually caught on to what Irena was doing. In 1943 she was arrested and her home was ransacked. During this event, Irena was able to toss the lists of children to her friend, who hid them in her loose clothing. Her friend was never searched, thus keeping the children safe.

Irena was brutally tortured and beaten horribly. The Nazis fractured her feet and her legs, among other things. But Irena was courageous, and never betrayed any of the children or her coworkers. She was sentenced to death by firing squad.

 

Pawaik Prison, where the Nazis held Irena, photo courtesy of irenasendler.org

 

Fortunately, on the way to her execution, members of Zegota were able to bribe some of the greedy Germans into letting her go. She immediately went in to hiding.

You would think that would be enough for her, but it wasn’t. Irena had a determination and drive that isn’t seen a lot in this world. She returned to Warsaw with a fake identity, and began working with the Zegota organization again, continuing to help and hide Jews. She also worked as a nurse.

 

Photograph by Anna Mieszkowska, courtesy of Wikipedia

 

When the war ended, Irena and her coworkers turned the children’s records over to one of their colleagues who attempted to find the children and return them to their parents. Sadly, almost all of the parents had either gone missing, or had been killed in concentration camps. That goes to show that if it weren’t for Irena, most of those children would have been murdered, too.

It’s a travesty that Irena’s accomplishments went virtually unnoticed for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until 2000, when four students at Uniontown High School in Kansas won the Kansas State National History Day Competition, that Irena’s story became mainstream. They won by writing a play about Irena’s accomplishments, called Life in a Jar. It brought the spotlight to Irena and all she had done. The world finally took notice!

Irena lived a long and meaningful life after the war, still staying involved in activism. She passed away in May of 2008.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

By the end of the Holocaust, six million Jews had been removed from this earth. The absolute horror of the atrocities that took place during that time are indescribable. Before the war, there were 9 million Jews in the 21 European countries that would eventually be overrun by the Germans. By the end of the war, two out of every three of those Jews had been killed. 1.2 million Jewish children were murdered. That doesn’t account for the thousands of children who were left disabled, missing body parts, and without families.

 

Irena with some of the children she saved, photo by Mariusz Kubik, courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Irena Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children. That’s more than twice the number of Jews saved by Oskar Schindler! She used her position to do what she believed no one else could. She risked her life, enduring torture and ridicule at the hands of the Nazis, and almost being killed, only to go right back out and do it again.

I can’t think of a more courageous woman than Irena. She reminds me that sometimes we have the ability to help a person, and we always should. It wasn’t her fight, but she fought it anyway. Those children mattered to her, and she knew she could make a difference, so she did. Imagine the 2,500 children she saved, and how many people’s lives that affects. Those 2,500 people now have children and grandchildren, all of whom wouldn’t even exist today if it weren’t for the courage of this woman.

 

A tree planted in Irena’s honor, photo courtesy of iwka.wordpress.com

 

“I did nothing special. Any decent person would do the same thing under the circumstances. When somebody is drowning, you reach in to save them whether you can swim or not. Race, religion, nationality don’t matter.”  -Irena Sendler

Isn’t her humility incredible? When we go through hardships in our life, stop for a second and look at the big picture. Not to say our problems aren’t relevant, but just remember, no matter our situation, we can change this world, just like Irena did. We may not save thousands of lives, but if we can affect just one person for the better, then our life means something more.

 

Is there a woman you know personally who inspires you and others in some way? Is there a woman from history that you look up to? There are no guidelines–if a woman is inspiring to you in ANY way, it counts!

Please email me if you have a lady you want to see featured in Bring It Like a Broad.

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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.

Boxycharm Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

 

The Box:

Here is this month’s box:

 

 

So the theme for this month is “ROCK 2018,” apropos for January of course. I have to say, from this viewpoint, my box is looking pretty damn good!

 

 

 

The first thing I always check out is the info card:

 

 

I like their information cards because most boxes don’t list retail prices. Boxycharm is always honest with their retail price listings too. I’m glad, because it’s really frustrating when sub boxes try to make products seem more expensive than they are. But Boxycharm is always right on with their information.

 

 

Okay, now for the goodies! The first item I see get’s me really excited, because Dr. Brandt is one of my very favorite brands. I don’t get to buy it in real life because it’s pretty spendy. So I adore any of their products coming in my sub boxes. This is the Pores No More Luminizer Primer:

 

 

 

I have been wanting to try this product for quite a while. It is very highly reviewed all over the internet. Apparently it creates a wonderful glow to your skin without making it look or feel greasy. It also helps reduce the size of your pores, and it really brightens up dull skin. I’m excited to try this out!

According to Boxycharm, this bottle retails for $38. However, you can get it on sale here for only $28.88.

 

 

The next item in this month’s box is IT Cosmetics Brow Power.

 

 

I’m excited to see this, because I am at the very end of my favorite (Anastasia Brow Wiz) brow pencil. When I opened the package, I saw this cute little message:

 

 

I really love positive little messages in my sub boxes!

 

 

So the pencil looks like your standard eyebrow pencil, which is perfect for me. The shade is Universal Taupe. Taupes work well for me because my hair is light brown/dark blonde (depending on the time of year), but my brows are usually just a little bit darker than that. Yay! Score!

The information card puts the retail value of this pencil at $24. You can get it here for $24.97.

 

 

RealHer Makeup

 

 

Alrighty then! Next up is this lovely Pur Bronze & Brighten palette:

 

 

The colors are gorgeous. A bronzer, a blush, and a highlighter. I really love how peachy coral the blush is. I’ll probably save this for summertime, because to me, it’s screaming sunshine.

Boxycharm says the retail value of this palette is $34. Sure enough, Pur ‘s website sells it for $34. However, it’s currently out of stock right now. It’s a VERY popular palette.

 

 

Moving on, we have the Crown Pro Glam Metals Palette:

 

 

If this isn’t a gorgeous palette, then I’m a monkey’s uncle! I just LOVE the design on the palette, and the colors! Oh MY! They are so pretty! See them swatched below. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of getting palettes from Boxycharm.

Boxycharm says this retails for $25, but I couldn’t find it for that price. On the Crown website you can get it for $29.99.

 

 

La Roche-Posay- ACD

 

 

This month’s last item confused me a bit. It’s the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint, obviously.

 

 

However, that’s not what is listed on my card. Apparently I was supposed to get Grande Cosmetics Grandelips Hydrating Lip Plumper. Oh well, I’m actually really digging the color of this Girlactik Matte Lip Paint. The shade is called Posh, and it’s sort of an orangey-plum color.

 

 

But my very favorite thing about this lip paint is the texture. I love matte lip colors, but I have noticed that often times when you press your lips together, even after it’s completely dry, there’s a weird sort of dry-sticky texture to it. Not so with this Girlactik Matte Lip Paint. I would say this is almost a mix between a matte lip and a lip stain. I’m really into it!

So the information card is not correct, as I received a different item. But the retail value of the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint is $23 on their website, which is just a little less than the item I should have received.

 

 

Here are the swatches:

 

 

The nine swatches on top are the Glam Metals Palette. The horizontal line is the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint, and the three on the bottom are the Pur Bronze & Brighten Palette. I didn’t swatch the brow liner because they all kind of look the same. I forgot to get a dab of the primer.

 

The Verdict:

I feel like Boxycharm really nailed it this month! In fact, this is probably my favorite box I’ve ever gotten from Boxycharm. I was a little worried, because my Ipsy Glam Bag this month wasn’t my favorite. It seemed like they just threw all the extra crap they had from last year and tried to make a bag out of it.

Not so with Boxycharm. This January bag has TWO palettes in it, plus a Dr. Brandt item, a brow liner, and a nice lip color. What’s not to love?

Let’s check out the value though, to make sure that it rocks!

According to the information card, this month’s box has $148 worth of product in it. However, since one of my items was incorrect, and some of the prices I found were slightly different than Boxycharm’s, my calculated value is $140.84. Pretty close.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month.  What an awesome value, right? Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. My monthly subscription comes from my own pocket, like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

Again, I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

See ya later Broads!

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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.