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Put Away Over $200 a Month With Six Easy Money-Saving Tips (FREE Printable!)

Put Away Over $200 a Month With Six Easy Money-Saving Tips (FREE Printable!)

Saving money. Ugh, two words I’ve spent most of my life dreading.

Since I was a little girl, I’ve been a terrible saver. The $5 bill my dad would hand me on Saturdays for finishing my weekly chores was never in my hand long. I would either spend it all on candy, or waste it attempting to get the claw to grab me something from the stuffed animal machine. Incidentally, I’ve never won anything out of those damn things!

 



Money tends to have a way of burning holes in our pockets. So many of us live exactly at our means. If we are able to save some money, doesn’t it seem like something unexpected and expensive always happens, like the car needs tires or there’s a visit to the emergency room?

Budgeting can be difficult as well, especially when you don’t have any extra wiggle room. Can you relate?

 

Creating a budget and saving money can be very difficult.

 

Although it may seem hopeless, I’m here to tell you it’s NOT. There are ways that even the WORST spenders can still manage to build up their savings account. I know this because I’ve done it. In fact, for the last year, the Mister and I have been able to put away a nice little chunk of money each month to use for vacations or large purchases.

To my delight, I’ve discovered that I actually CAN save money. So, I’m going to share a few of the best and easiest money-saving tips that have worked for me.

With a few small tweaks to your routine, you can achieve saving success, too. Try one, two, or all of the following money-saving tips, and I guarantee that you will grow your savings more than you ever thought was possible!

 

Make Coffee at Home

Did you know that if you buy one $4 coffee every day of the workweek (five days), you will spend $80 a month? The Mister and I tried saving money on coffee by getting the cheaper gas station stuff, but that was still costing us $4 a day between the two of us.

 

Make coffee at home to save money.

 

Instead, make your coffee at home, and throw it into a travel mug. We use a French Press and an electric teakettle to make our daily coffee. There are always plenty of travel mugs on hand in our house, so we don’t run out if we accidentally leave one at work.

A 20-ounce bag of our favorite ground coffee, Starbucks Breakfast Blend, costs $10.64 on Amazon. This lasts us about four weeks. Add to that our liquid creamer, which usually costs around $3 a bottle at most grocery stores. We use about three bottles in four weeks, which equals $9 for the month.

As you can see, by making these couple of small changes, our coffee costs went from $80 a month to about $20. That saves us around $60 every single month. Put that into a savings account and it will build up quickly!

 

Use Amazon Subscribe & Save

I love Amazon so much, and when I discovered Subscribe & Save, oh boy! A whole new world opened up to me. If you order an item on Subscribe & Save, you automatically save 5%. But, if you order FIVE items, your savings increase to 15%.

Write down any items that you purchase regularly. You are looking for items that you always buy the same brand/size/flavor of. Then go to Amazon and see if any of those items are available on the Subscribe & Save program. You can tell because you will see “Subscribe & Save” listed under the item’s price if it’s available. When you come up with five or more items, set them up in the Subscribe & Save program. It’s as easy as pie!

I currently have six items that I order on Subscribe & Save:

Amazon Subscribe and Save Items

As you can see, I chose items that I buy regularly, and that I always get the same brand/type of. That includes coffee, breakfast bars, dry shampoo, deodorant, cat food, and tampons.

The other great thing about Subscribe & Save is that you can set it up to receive the items as often you need them. For example, I get my six items every two months (except the coffee, which is monthly). This seems to be perfect timing so I don’t run out, but I also don’t have a big stockpile building up.

How much will this save you each month? Well, I save 15% off each item and the shipping is free, so that equals about $11.50 in savings every other month, or $5.75 a month. While that may not seem like a lot, think about the fact that I would have to buy all of these items anyway, so I might as well save a little on them. Factor in that it’s actually saving me almost $70 a year, and it seems much more worth the effort.

Also, consider the convenience factor. I don’t have to use my gas or time to purchase these items. They come straight to my door.

The amount you save will vary by what you purchase. Some people save hundreds of dollars using this service!

 


 

 

Have Extra Taxes Taken Out By Your Employer

This was actually suggested to me by my employer, and I applied her advice immediately.

When you fill out your W-2 form that tells your employer how many dependents you have and what you will be claiming on your taxes, there is a space where you can have extra money taken from your check for taxes. This can be whatever amount you want. In the beginning of the year, when you file your taxes, you will get that money back as part of your return.

 

Have your employer take out extra money for taxes on your W2 to save money.

 

There are a couple of reasons this method is so effective. First, you don’t see that money. It’s taken out before you even get your check, so it’s out of your hands (meaning you can’t spend it!). It’s almost like putting money into a savings account or giving it to a friend to keep for you, only you can’t ask for it whenever you want. It FORCES you to save.

Second, it adds up very quickly. I have my employer take an extra $40 out of each of my paychecks for taxes. So at the end of the year, I’ll get an extra $1040 on top of my regular return.

How’s THAT for saving money? This tactic adds up to an average savings of $80 a month.

 

Use Promo Codes When Shopping Online

Promo codes are rad (90’s kid here)! Seriously, I almost never purchase an item online without using a promo code. It’s so easy! Whenever I’m getting ready to check out, I quickly do a Google search for a promo code.

 

Search for promo codes before making online purchases to save money.

 

For example, a couple of months ago I purchased tickets to a Nascar race from a website called Tickets At Work. Before I finalized the purchase, I googled “Tickets At Work Promo Codes.” I found a promo code that saved me $5 off each ticket. Killer, right?

It’s not really possible for me to determine an EXACT amount that you will save each month by applying this tip. There are too many variables, such as how much online shopping you do, what items you are purchasing, and availability of promo codes.

What I can tell you is that I regularly save anywhere from $2 to $20 each time I use a promo code. It’s definitely worth your time.

 



 

Skip the Drinks at Restaurants

The Mister and I LOVE to eat out, I’m not gonna lie. However, I cringe to think of spending $20+ each time I eat at a fast food restaurant, or even more at a sit down place. However, we have really been able to reduce our food bill by not getting drinks.

 

Skip the drinks at restaurants to save money.

 

Instead of paying for cocktails or soda, just ask for ice water, which is free. When you eat at fast food restaurants, try ditching the combo meals, and instead order from the promotional or dollar menu, skipping the drinks.

If you are worried about missing out on wonderful delicious bubbly soda or your favorite martini, just remember, I’m not saying you can’t have them. I’m just saying don’t buy them at restaurants. They jack up the prices exponentially.

Keep soda or mixers and booze at home, so you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything. The Mister and I just bought a two-liter bottle of soda last night for 77 cents. That’s a WAY better deal than a $2 soda that’s a quarter of the size and watered down with ice!

As far as savings, we eat fast food a couple of times a week. If the average soda is $2, then we save $8 a week by not getting sodas. That’s $32 a month! There’s even MORE savings if you regularly drink alcoholic beverages at restaurants. You can get a six-pack of beer at the grocery store for the same price as ONE beer at most restaurants and bars. WHAAAT?

Of course, your savings will vary depending on your circumstances and habits, but I guarantee you will notice a difference if you cut out drinks.

 

Try The Broke Broad Savings Plan

I’m sure you’ve heard of the 365-Day Money Challenge or the 52-Week Savings Challenge. If you haven’t, I’ll briefly explain the basic premise.

The 365-Day Money Challenge has you save the same number of pennies as the day you are on in the challenge. So Day 1 you save a penny, Day 2 you save 2 pennies, and so on. In the 52-Week Savings Challenge, it’s the same idea, but with weeks and dollars. You save the same number of dollars as the week you are on. So Week 1, you save $1, Week 2 you save $2, and so on. These are great savings plans to help you create a nice little lump of money throughout the year.

Here’s the deal. I’ve tried the 52-Week Savings Challenge, and I did just fine, until I had a really difficult week financially. Toward the end of the plan you have to save more and more money each week. I just don’t have $40 or $50 every week to put away. So I failed.

The 365-Day Penny Challenge was way too much effort for me. I had to remember to put away money EVERY SINGLE DAY, and it drove me crazy having to store all that change. I gave up on that challenge as well.

So I created a new plan, The Broke Broad Savings Plan. This plan is quite simple, and by the end of the year you will have saved $702!

The Broke Broad Savings Plan worksheet!

Here is why this plan works so well:

1: You never have to save more than $26 in one week, and most of the time it’s much less than that.

2: You can choose how much you want to save each week. You don’t have to do the weeks in order. So when you have a bit of extra money, you can knock out the higher weeks, and when you’re struggling a bit financially, you can work on the lower weeks.

3: The goals are all in whole dollar amounts so you don’t have to mess around with change.

Give this plan a try and I bet you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to stick with than a lot of other plans out there. If you follow it for the whole year, you will be saving an average of $58.50 a month.

Click here to download your FREE PRINTABLE of The Broke Broad Savings Plan so you can track your savings!

 

The Savings Add Up!

I’ve given you six great suggestions to start saving money. But how much will you really save if you follow my advice? Well, obviously it will be different for each person.

By implementing each of these six strategies, I personally save about $236 a month! Your savings will probably be similar, or even greater, depending on your circumstances.

The very best part about all this is that it’s pretty easy to do. None of these tips are too difficult or time consuming. If you are anything like me, you love easy, and you can stick to easy!

Have you tried any of these tips? What kinds of strategies have YOU found that help you save money? I’d LOVE to hear your suggestions!

Don’t forget to download your free printable here——–>>>The Broke Broad Savings Plan 

 

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Put away over $200 this month with 6 super easy money-saving tips and tricks! You can also download a free printable Broke Broad Savings Plan!

 

 

Happy saving Broads!

 

 

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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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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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Ipsy Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Ipsy Subscription Box: January 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 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 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 shiny bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

Let’s check out January’s box!

 

The Box

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

 

 

Isn’t this month’s bag CUTE?

Here’s a better look at it:

 

 

I love the sporty look, which goes along with this month’s theme, “Game Face.” Every month there is a card included explaining the month’s chosen theme, like so:

 

 

This is the perfect theme for January! It’s a fresh year, and we all have goals. So Ipsy is encouraging us to put on our game face and conquer our goals.

I especially like that this month’s card serves more than just the purpose of giving information. The back side has a spot where you can write down your goal, and put it somewhere you can see it and be motivated. Great idea, Ipsy!

 

Okay, so let’s see these products!

First off, we have Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Microfacial Exfoliating Mask.

 

 

I’ve never tried this or any other products from Dermelect. However, since moving to Flagstaff, the dry air has really been taking a toll on my skin. So I welcome any sort of skin products in my sub boxes right now. I will definitely try this.

This sample says it’s 15 ml or 1/2 ounce. You can get the full-sized bottle, 2.7 ounces, on Dermelect’s website for $38. That means our sample-sized bottle’s value is about $7.

 

Next up is this cute little bottle of Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo:

 

 

I’m a daily user of dry shampoo, as much for the volumizing effects as for the oil-sapping benefits. I haven’t tried this kind. According to Oribe’s website, this product is supposed to give your hair UV protection, and it’s also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free. Pretty cool.

As far as value, the full-sized (286 ml) bottle is priced at $44. Get it here. Our sample size is 43 ml, making it’s approximate value $6.62.

 

For our next item, we have the City Color Contour Palette:

 

 

City Color always strikes me as a pretty low-end brand. I’ve never really sought out their products, because they usually look so cheap. I’m not against inexpensive or drugstore brands by any means. But I mean, just LOOK at it. This is a brand new palette and it looks all banged up.

The value is not very high. Their full-sized version sells for $6.99 here, and this palette is a little over half the size of the full-sized version. So the approximate value is about $3.90.

See it swatched below.

 

Moving on, here is our next item, a Dirty Little Secret eyeshadow pot:

 

 

Dirty Little Secret is a brand I really like. I have never found a product of theirs that I didn’t like. This eyeshadow is pretty unique, not a color I see a lot. It’s called Sangria. You can see it swatched below.

This is a full-sized product! Woohoo! It retails for $12 on the DLS website, although it’s not currently in stock. You can get it on pre-order though.

 

Our last item is another full-sized product, the NYX Lingerie Lip:

 

 

The shade is #07, which is Satin Ribbon, a nice nude beige. I’m a big fan of NYX. It’s one of those brands that’s affordable, but compares in quality and value to higher end makeup companies. This lip lingerie dries very matte, and stays put for a LONG time. See it swatched below.

Like I said, this is a full-sized product, so the retail price is $7 on the NYX website.

Here are the products swatched:

 

 

The top left three are the City Color Contour Pallette, to the right of them is the DLS Eyeshadow Pot, and underneath is the NYX Lip Lingerie.

 

 

La Roche-Posay- ACD

 

The Verdict

So this month’s bag wasn’t my favorite. The City Color Contour Palette was a miss for me. But I was happy with the DLS eyeshadow and the NYX Lingerie Lip color, the only two full-sized products in the bag.

As far as value, I paid $10, and the approximate value of all the products in the bag is $36.52. That’s a little disappointing, because the bags are usually around $50 in value.

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

Although January’s bag was a disappointment, I still highly recommend signing up, because most of the time Ipsy gets it right. 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’d you think of your January bag? Let me know in the comments!

 

XO Broads!

 

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iBbeautiful Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

iBbeautiful Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

iBbeautiful is a super cute subscription box for teen and tween girls. To get an idea of what kind of box this is, check out the company’s mission statement:

“iBbeautiful’s mission is to help young girls realize they are beautiful just as they are without comparisons to how others look or act.  We do this by offering a monthly box of inspiration that includes fun lifestyle items and a message of empowerment to help young girls be confident, smart, brave, unique and kind.  Every girl should be confident that she will become the woman she is meant to be and can achieve anything she sets her mind to.”

What’s not to love about that? I’ve been searching for the perfect sub for my step daughter P, and I finally found it in iBbeautiful!

Each iBbeautiful box is filled with 4-6 fun and girly makeup and accessory items. You can choose either the tween (age 8 to 12) or the teen (age 13 and up) box, and either the basic box ($24 per month) or a graphic tee box ($34 per month).

iBbeautiful also has bonus boxes available with special themes (ex: best friends) or for special occasions (ex: birthdays). Check them out here.

P is pretty mature for her age, so I get her the teen graphic tee box ($34 per month).

This is the second month we have received this box, but our first time reviewing. Let me tell you, after two months, P LOVES this box! I love it too, mainly because iBbeautiful focuses so much on sending girls positive messages about themselves. Check out the box to see of it might be the right fit for a girl you know! Don’t forget to grab your 10% off discount code at the end of this post!

 



THE BOX:

This is iBbeautiful’s January Teen box:

 

 

Let’s dig in!

Every box includes a card like this explaining the company’s mission:

iBbeautiful always includes neat postcards and stickers with positive quotes and mantras. I like these because P can put them up in her locker, or frame them if she wants.

This is postcard size:

This one is more like a business card size:

 

 

Okay, so the first item P grabbed was this adorable purple mesh bag. It includes a sticker with another positive phrase on it, and this bracelet.

I really love this bracelet! Its so simple but super adorable! The key goes with one of the month’s themes, “Confidence is key.” I can’t find this exact bracelet online, but very similar ones are priced at about $10, so we’ll go with that.

 

Next up is LA Girls Colour Pop nail polish in the shade “Extra! Extra!”

This is a cute shade! I’m such a sucker for glitter and confetti! LA Girl carries this polish in a bunch of different colors, too. You can get it here for $4.

 

Okay, now we have this nice little addition to the box, Jean Pierre Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Mask. It comes with five masks!

I love lip masks. We live in Arizona and it gets very dry here, so lip masks are great! P has never tried one, so she will have fun with it!

You can get a very similar set by Jean Pierre Cosmetics here for only $9.99.

 

 

 

Moving on, we have another super cute piece of jewelry, embracing the “Confidence is key” mantra.

I love how delicate this is! P isn’t a huge fan of gold, but she didn’t seem to mind too much with this. I love that it’s gold plated and made in the USA.

In fact, I’ll probably buy myself one, because it’s such a great everyday piece. Get it here for $9.89.

 

Next up is the Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain.

I forgot to check which shade this is before P took it home with her, but it looks to me like “Siren” or “Pinot Noir.” Very pretty! Get it here for $22.09.

 

Lastly, we have this month’s graphic t-shirt.

It’s a nice Olive green color, and brings the “Confidence is key” them full circle. P loved it!

While I can’t find this exact shirt online, similar ones are priced at around $15, so that’s what we’ll go with.

 

 

THE VERDICT

iBbeautiful got it right this month. Their selection of items is perfect for P’s taste. She really loves this box!

The total approximate value of this month’s box is $70.97. Not bad for a $34 box. That means the value is double the cost.

So far, there hasn’t been one item that P hasn’t liked. Of course, we are only two months in, but that’s a good sign!

Make a teen or tween in your life happy by signing up for this box here.

Also, iBbeautiful has created an EXCLUSIVE special discount code just for readers of The Bonafide Broad! Make sure to enter BONAFIDE10 in the appropriate box during checkout to receive 10% off your first monthly box!

NOTE: This discount code applies to subscriptions ONLY, not one-time or individual products.

Caio broads!

 

 

 

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