September 2018 BoxyCharm

I’m posting a little late seeing as I just got my October Boxycharm in the mail today but we’re just going to go with it.

Apart from Sephora Play, Boxycharm is my next favorite monthly subscription box.  They tend to send mostly full priced items and usually from brands I recognize. It is more expensive than the Sephora, Ipsy, and Birchbox at $21.99 plus tax but has a much higher value.

This month’s theme was “Wildflower” and came with a nice booklet describing the products in this month’s box.

The biggest item was the Nightingale eyeshadow palette from PRETTY VULGAR retailed at $35.  The swatches (bottom right corner) were pigmented but I decided to gift this to a friend as I have plenty of eyeshadow palettes.  Still, great item and high value. Next, was a baked blush from Laura Geller that has really pretty gold and pink specks.  I have used this for the past month and really enjoyed it.  It just gives your cheeks a nice rosy glow without being glittery. Boxycharm usually includes some sort of makeup brush and this month was an eyeshadow trio from Alamar cosmetics.  I have yet to use them but they feel really soft and seem well made.  I also appreciated that they sent eyeshadow brushes to go with the palette. The last two items I was on the fence about.  A liquid lipstick from Hank and Henry beauty which I have never heard of and an eye liner from Butter London.  The liquid lipstick formula seemed nice in the swatch but was just a little dark for my preferences.  The eyeliner has a weird circle applicator like a pizza cutter and was really difficult to apply.

Overall, I was still impressed at the this month’s value, around $120 for a $21 box.  Not too bad.  As mentioned above, I am still subscribed to this box so here’s hoping next month’s box will be even better!

As always, thanks for reading!

Jess

BoxyCharm August 2018 Box

Hello, friends! Today I am giving my thoughts on my August BoxyCharm.  I decided a few days ago to reactivate my subscription to BoxyCharm on a whim and thought others may want more info on if it’s worth it the $21 a month.  I have had several subscription to beauty and lifestyle boxes over the years and BoxyCharm was one of the more expensive (higher than Ipsy and Birchbox at $10 monthly) but usually had more value with some full sized products.  I stopped this subscription a couple years ago in an attempt to declutter some of my random assorted travel beauty and skin care products but thought for my blog I would give a go again.  So, on to the products and my thoughts on this month’s box.
Oh, also, forgot to mention.  Some people get different variations of products.  I have seen some reviews where people got a Becca highlighter instead of the eyeliner, for example.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Mask, set of 3
Estimated value $12.50

I was most excited about the eye masks because who doesn’t like an eye mask? I appreciate we got 3 instead of just 1 mask.  Sephora has a 6 pack for $25 so 3 is a good deal.

House of Lashes, “Boudoir”
Full Size, $12

Next item was kinda of a “meh” product for me.  They included a set of false eyelashes from House of Lashes in “Boudoir” so that sounds fancy.  To be honest, I have never worn false eyelashes nor do I really want to wear them but one nice thing about these boxes is getting to try new things without a lot of extra effort.  Since I have them, I will probably try them and hope I don’t look too ridiculous.

Adesse New York Nail Treatment Full Size, $18 value

I also received a nail treatment from Adesse New York that is supposed to help cuticles and nails.  This is another take it or leave it product for me.  I will use it but nothing too exciting.

Smashbox Lip Creme, Slay Tan, Full Size $24
Laura Lee Party Animal palette, Full Size $19
bang Beauty, Full Size $22

So not to be a downer, but the last 3 products were really duds for me personally.  The eyeshadow palette from Laura Lee was just not my style.  I love makeup but I tend to use more neutral and everyday colors so all of the neon colors don’t really have a place in my collection.  I will pass this along to a more adventurous friend. The eyeliner from Bang Beauty was just a no.  It was a weird color and very waxy.  Lastly, Smashbox lip creme…not a huge fan of lipsticks but the main issue for me was the color.  It was…brown.  Not sure who would wear this color but doesn’t work for me.

So, that was my August BoxyCharm.  To be honest, this month was really a miss for me.  However, the total of everything was around $107 so that’s pretty good for a $21 box. If all of these products were more suited to my tastes, I would have probably been more excited.  That’s really the only drawback from these subscription boxes but usually there are more exciting boxes that even it out.  Let me know if you got this month’s Boxy Charm and if you got different items!

Thanks for reading!