I could keep beating myself up over how behind I am in posting. Or I can just show you all the loot.
Boxycharm is my favorite subscription service. While I like them all, Boxycharm is the only one that sends 4-5 full sized products each month. They often include new to me brands and I have really enjoyed trying out what they send.
But enough blabbing, here are the goods!
July impressed me with 3 makeup products, a body product, and a skin care item. The theme was Cutie Pie, with everything I needed to be just that.
First up, in skin care, was the Bare Minerals Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily Shield Lotion. I am happy to have this as I am passionate about sunscreen and I like trying new ones in my never ending quest for the perfect products. It hasn’t been opened yet as I don’t like to give it the chance to spoil. However, I look forward to trying it soon. The retail price on this is $30, which is quite a bit for sunscreen. But maybe it is AMAZING.
The body product is the Ofra Body Illuminizer. It is supposed to add a nice glow to the skin on your body. Regretfully, as one of the palest people on the planet, I haven’t used it yet and may pass this along. Or I may use it instead of panty hose sometime soon. It retails for $40. At that price I never would have purchased it for myself.
Now, onto makeup!
First up, a WinkyLux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil. I really like this product. It has a spoolie on my end and a deep chocolate brown pencil on the other. I love the shape as it allows me to fill in my brows in short strokes. It retails for $12 and is worth that for the packaging alone, which comes complete with tiny golden poodles. YES! The only drawback is the formula of the pencil is a bit dry. But I like it.
Next, a ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Saturday. Unfortunately, I already own this color, so it will get a new home.
Finally, BoxyCharm teamed up with Blinc to send the Electric Eyes Palette. This retails for $45 and is really quite awesome. The colors are highly pigmented and very foiled. They work great dry but are metallic and stunning when applied with a damp brush or a finger. This palette alone made this month a slam dunk and the rest of the box was pretty great.
August arrived with big shoes to fill after the awesome that was July. And it succeeded. With a theme of Beach Please, August impressed. I got box variation 2.
The item I have used the least is a set of false eyelashes from PUR Cosmetics. I got the Bombshell version. They are $14 but don’t come with glue so I had to procure that first before trying. With that said, I wore them on Halloween and I did like them. There is a nice thick band and they were pretty comfy to wear. I do wish they came with at least one application’s worth of adhesive.
I wasn’t crazy about the Aloette Face Paint Lip and Cheek Tint in Blooming Berry. It is a fine product but I am not crazy about multipurpose makeup. Also, it is a little too goopy for my tastes on the lips. I don’t usually wear cream cheek products. At $35, I wouldn’t purchase this for myself.
Also included was a Royal & Langnickel 3 brush set for which I cannot find a link. I adore these brushes and use all three of them several times a week. There is a tapered powder brush that distributes product really well, an angled brush that makes intense highlight application a cinch, and an eyeshadow blending blush that is the perfect amount of fluffy for making your shadow look incredibly cohesive. This is my second set of Royal & Langnickel brushes and I love them. I almost prefer these little drug store beauties to my more expensive brushes.
My least favorite product in the box is the Bellapierre gel eyeliner pencil in ebony. It just doesn’t work for me. I can’t get it to glide on and it breaks over and over. At $15, there are better formulas at a more competitive price.
Last, to really up the WOW factor, BoxyCharm sent the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette. No, I am NOT kidding. The palette retails for $36. It has really nice neutral colors and applies well on the eye. It is a touch on the “work appropriate” side for me. But it was a generous and awesome addition to the August BoxyCharm.
Moving along to my birth month, September, was another box set to impress. One of the products even managed to surprise me.
There was one hair care product, a nice sized sample of the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Hair Mask. My hair is nothing if not stupidly oily so I haven’t tried this one yet and may gift it to a friend who needs this type of product. This size retails for $9.
Another ColourPop Product made its way into the box and this was the Ultra Satin Lip, one of my favorite formulas. I got Mess Around, which is not the color for me. The Ultra Satin Lip retails for $6, a bargain.
The Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush is no longer on their web site but came in a nice pink shimmery shade that is universally flattering. The only drawback is the messy container but I’ve already expressed my disdain for these shaker style packages.
I have a hard time deciding which of the next three items I like best so here they are in no particular order:
I love the MAC Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil in Spiked. This may be the best shape for an eyebrow pencil I’ve found. It has a very fine tip that allows for small strokes to full in hairs for a very natural look. I use it all the time and will likely replace it when I am done. At $18, it is well worth it for a soft, defined brow. And it comes in 10 shades.
I wasn’t sure I would like the Bare Minerals Perfecting Face Brush. The shape looks weird and I have been way more into beauty sponges than foundation brushes lately. This is the exception. This $28 beauty has a reservoir where you can put even the runniest of foundation and buff the color into your skin. It goes on smoothly without streaks and is faster for application that a sponge. I love it.
And not least, but last for September, was the PUR Cosmetics Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette. She is a natural beauty. Coming in at a very reasonable $34, this 12 shade palette as a lovely mix of neutral, mattes, and sparkles. You can make many complete looks with this one palette. I am thrilled to have it and reach for it often.
BoxyCharm: Worth it?
I really enjoy my BoxyCharm subscription. At just under $22 a month shipped I recommend it for anyone and everyone who likes makeup and skin care.