BoxyCharm | October

by Lisa on Friday: Oct 21, 2016

Another month, another BoxyCharm review! The theme of this month’s BoxyCharm is “Boxy Bazaar”, and this month’s box contained a wide variety of products. Was it as good as last month’s rave?

October BoxyCharm

As always, this post is not sponsored or affiliated with BoxyCharm in any way.

October BoxyCharm - Info Card

Here’s what we got this month:

October BoxyCharm - Luxie Brushes

Luxie Beauty Eye Blender Brush Pack
I’m always excited to get new brushes in a subscription box, and I had actually been needing a new blending brush that was on the smaller side (the only one I had in my collection was too big). These brushes are all blending brushes, and they come in three varying sizes, all rather small. However I would have preferred to get a blending brush plus two other kinds of brushes instead of 3 of the same type.

October BoxyCharm - Temptu

Temptu Shimmer Bronzer
I was pretty hesitant when I saw this in the box. I have extremely pale skin, and I’ve never tried a liquid bronzer before. I was certain it would make me look crazy, and I had heard a lot of people grumbling that they were unhappy that this was included in their boxes this month. I gave it a try mostly for the sake of being able to give my opinion in this blog post, and I actually was pleasantly surprised. This bronzer blends incredibly well and it can be as light as you want it to be. It just goes to show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

October BoxyCharm - Lip Color and Briogeo

Briogeo Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant
I haven’t given this a try just yet, but this heat protectant comes in a cream form and has a great smell to it. I don’t regularly use heat protectants on my hair, but every now and then I throw one into my routine so I will be saving it for that.

Starlooks Ultra Matte Lip Paint
This is a very nice fall color and I really wish the formula had been better. It was extremely dry and patchy and this was not helped by the extremely stiff wand it came with. I had a hard time applying it, and though I liked the color, I didn’t like the way it looked at all.

October BoxyCharm - IBY Palette

IBY Beauty Threes Company Trio Eye Shadow
I think if BoxyCharm hadn’t sent the Studio Makeup palette last month that this trio would have gone over a lot better. It includes shadows of pretty good quality and nice, wearable colors.

October BoxyCharm - IBY Palette Inside

However the colors are remarkably similar to the ones in last month’s palette, and if I had to choose I would pick the Studio Makeup over this one any day. Still, not a bad product if you didn’t get the one from last month.

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Overall, this month’s BoxyCharm wasn’t one of my favorites, but in my eyes, BoxyCharm is like a pizza – even an average one is still delicious.

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What did you think of this month’s BoxyCharm?

Do you prefer your bronzers to be powder, liquid or cream-based?

BoxyCharm | September 2016

by Lisa on Saturday: Oct 01, 2016

Spoiler alert: I have one thing to say about the September BoxyCharm…

It was the best box ever!

BoxyCharm September - Contents

This month’s theme was “Camp Glam” and included some amazing products that I will be using regularly from now on. BoxyCharm has always been my favorite beauty subscription box, and this month really proves why.

As always, I am not sponsored by/affilated with BoxyCharm in any way.

BoxyCharm September - Hairgurt and Butter Nail Polish

Project Beauty Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Hair Masque
We’re starting off with a giant hit right here (and it’s not even the biggest hit in this box!). I gave this a shot in the shower the day I opened this box. I used it in place of conditioner and crossed my fingers that I wouldn’t regret skipping that step (my hair would be unbrushable without conditioner of some kind in it). Well, I didn’t have anything to worry about because this transformed my hair into something so smooth and soft I barely recognized it. This may have to become a staple for me in my hair care routine.

butterLONDON Trend Nail Lacquer
I’ve never tried butterLONDON nail polishes before, but I have heard that the formula is very high quality, and the price tag matches this claim. This is a nice fall color that I will try out as soon as I’m ready to take off the polish I’m currently wearing. I’m excited to finally give this brand a try!

BoxyCharm September - Lipstick and Eyeliner

Hikari Cosmetics Eye Liner
I haven’t cracked this eye liner open just yet because I have such a large backlog of eyeliners to get through. I am always happy to have backups of the things I use regularly, so this will be well used once I get to it.

PUR Cosmetics Lip Lure
This is the only product in the box that I have some doubts about. As I mentioned in last month’s review, dark lip colors aren’t really my thing, but this one seems like it might be more wearable if applied with a light hand. Will I ever reach for it? That remains to be seen.

BoxyCharm September - Palette

Studio Makeup “On-The-Go” Palette
We’re both starting and ending this review with a bang. This is the absolute star of the box.

BoxyCharm September - Palette Colors

BoxyCharm has included several palettes in the past, and while they were good, they were never of the “OMG I love it” variety. Well, this one is. The formula is so creamy and blendable. I was able to do a really nice look with it without much hassle (and I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to applying eye shadow). This is now my go-to everyday palette! I just can’t put it down.

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If you’re looking for a high quality beauty subscription box to try out, BoxyCharm has my vote as #1, even over Sephora. It’s my favorite package to get in the mail every month!

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Have you tried out BoxyCharm?

What’s your favorite subscription service?

August BoxyCharm | Subscription Box Review

by Lisa on Tuesday: Aug 23, 2016

I’m so happy to be back to reviewing my favorite subscription box of all time: BoxyCharm!

August Boxy Charm Box

I honestly don’t think there’s a better box out there for the price, and I love the fact that they always send full sized products.

August BoxyCharm - full box

This is not sponsored in any way, and I pay for BoxyCharm with my own money.

August Boxy Charm Box - Hashtag

This month, BoxyCharm debuted a new box design, complete with its own hashtag. I’m sure they launched this new design with Instagram in mind.

August Boxy Charm Box - Blush and Bronzer Palette

The biggest item in the box this month was the Coastal Scents blush and bronzer palette. The palette comes with its own brush, which is pretty cute and very soft.

August Boxy Charm Box - Blush and Bronzer Palette Colors

When I first swatched the colors, they didn’t seem to have very much pigmentation, but when applying on the face it was a whole different story. I’ve been using the bronzers the most and going very lightly with the blushes as they look pretty heavy on my very pale skin.

August Boxy Charm Box - Serum and Liquid Lipstick

I was very excited to see such a large skin serum in this box. The brand is Aloette and it retails for $48 (more than twice the cost of the box)! I’ve tried it a few times and like the way it feels on the skin. I will be incorporating this into my nightly routine as soon as I run out of what I am currently using.

The next product in the box is the Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick. This color is a very bright red and WAY outside of my lipstick comfort zone. I will keep it around though for special occasions/when I’m feeling brave.

August Boxy Charm Box - Mascara and Shadow Stick

I had high hopes for the Beauty for Real Shadow Stick, and it even looked pretty awesome when swatched on my hand. I had never tried a shadow stick before, and it had been something I thought I might like. On the eyes, I tried this two ways: first on top of a primer. Total fail! You couldn’t even see that I had put any product on. Today I tried using it as a base for my regular eyeshadow. This worked better, but it still wasn’t anything magical.

August Boxy Charm Box - Shadow Stick

I have not yet cracked open the Doucee Cosmetics Maxlash Volumizer Mascara since I’m working through several mascaras at the moment. However, I’m always happy to have another high quality mascara to add to my collection.

August Boxy Charm Box - Card

And that’s it for this month! I’m very happy with the contents of this box, and most things I started using immediately because I was so excited about them. My favorites from the box are the blush and bronzer palette and the face serum.

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What is your favorite subscription box?

Do you enjoy wearing bright red lipstick?

April BoxyChrarm Review

by Lisa on Tuesday: Apr 26, 2016

As usual, I’m always very excited to see BoxyCharm arrive in my mailbox. This month’s contents were very fun, and I can see myself using pretty much everything in the box – a rarity for any subscription! Here’s what I got this month:

BoxyCharm April - Contents

As always, this post is not sponsored.

BoxyCharm April - lotion and mascara

Anderson Lilley Manhattan Beach Hand Cream
The great thing about this hand cream is that it absorbs into the skin very quickly. This means that I will actually use it. If there’s one thing that really gets on my nerves it’s when I use a hand cream and my hands feel greasy for a long while after. The scent was pretty light, and my hands did feel very smooth after using it.

Blinc Cosmetics Black Lash Primer
I’ve received products from Blinc Cosmetics before, and I haven’t been a fan of their mascaras, due to the odd nature of the products – instead of a traditional mascara formula, they form “tubes” around your lashes which have to be taken off in a specific way. I was wary of this product for that reason, but this primer is not the type that forms tubes. Though this is a primer, it could actually be used as a mascara thanks to its black color. Because of the more traditional formula, I will be using this again.

BoxyCharm April - lipstick and lip balm

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena
I’m not too big on lip products, but I’ve been trying to incorporate them more into my beauty routine lately. This one was a huge win. The color is nice, it goes on easily, and I love that as a liquid lipstick it dries after you put it on and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything. Also as a bonus, the color goes well with my skin tone, which is rare to find.

Pur-Lisse Lip Comfort with Mango and Shea Butter
I love this lip balm! The smell/taste of mango is amazing and it makes my lips feel soft. It’s a great change-up to my usual plain-old Chapstick routine.

BoxyCharm April - Your Minerals top

BoxyCharm April - Your Minerals bottom

Your Minerals Eye Shadow in Brown Hypnotic
This was the product I was most excited about when I opened the box. It’s very shimmery and complex. I tried it on its own and it was slightly too dark for me, but when paired with a few different eye colors, it works great. I’m happy to have this as an addition to my collection.

I can’t wait to keep using these products and to experiment with some additional looks using the eye shadow. I’m happy to add all of these products to my collection.

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What do you think of the contents of this month’s BoxyCharm?

March BoxyCharm Review

by Lisa on Saturday: Mar 26, 2016

I’m always excited to see BoxyCharm in my mailbox. This month marks my one year anniversary subscribing, and I still love it as much as I did a year ago when I got my first box.

BoxyCharm March

As always, this is not a sponsored post – it’s just fun to share what I receive in my subscription boxes with you guys. Here’s what arrived for March:

BoxyCharm March Brush and Brow Pencil

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Pencil

This pencil works perfectly for my eyebrows. I generally try to go light with eyebrow products since I really only need to fill in a little, and this works like a charm. Not too heavy, but it makes a difference. Also, it has more of a waxy texture, so it’s not quite like a traditional pencil.

Mistura Retractable Brush

This was a great find for me because I don’t have any retractable brushes in my collection, and I knew I would have some upcoming trips where this would come in handy. I brought this to NY and it was so nice to be able to cover the brush when I wasn’t using it before tossing it into my makeup bag. This will also be coming to Japan with me.

BoxyCharm March Eye Shadows

Makeup Geek Duo Chrome Eye Shadow in I’m Peachless

Of the two eye shadows in this box, I was most excited about this one. I tend to gravitate toward more shimmery, complex colors, rather than solids. This is a very pretty color.

Makeup Geek Matte Eye Shadow in Cocoa Bear

As a matte shade, this is a great compliment to the I’m Peachless shadow. I’ve worn both of them together several times. My only complaint about both is that, much like the banana powder in last month’s BoxyCharm, this is a container-less pan of product. I’m not a fan of that trend. I’m still holding out on buying a palette to put them in.

BoxyCharm March Eye Cream and Perfume

Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream

According to BoxyCharm, this product is worth $87! That’s sometimes the magic of BoxyCharm – they send full sized products that are otherwise very expensive. For a $21 box, that’s pretty incredible. According to the directions, this can also be used on smile lines. I always enjoy products that are multi-purpose. I’ve incorporated this into my nightly routine and so far so good!

Catherine Malandrino Style De Paris Perfume

This perfume has a very strong scent, but it reminds me of something I can’t quite put my finger on. An old bath and body works scent? A perfume someone in my family used to wear? I’m not sure, but I do quite like it.

This was another amazing and very high value box for BoxyCharm. There are many items in here that I’ll be using for some time to come.

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What was the first subscription box you ever subscribed to?

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