I recently received a very exciting package in the mail. to be more specific I was sent the December BoxyCharm beauty box filled with an abundance of beautiful products.
if you have never heard of this company, it’s basically a subscription box, in which you pay a flat rate of $21 per month. the variety of beauty goodies are then shipped straight to your door, ready for you to experiment with. each month you receive different products such as, hair care or makeup, both from popular companies and independent stores.
as I lifted the cover of the simple white packaging my eye was first drawn to two note cards, one with that month’s name and description, and the other explaining what products were inside along with their individual retail prices (which tell you the actual value of the products). the cards were printed with colors that suited the season well, pretty fonts and details about their company. this touch made me feel like the not-so-well known subscription box was nicely put together and professional.
many times, larger objects stick out like a sore thumb. therefore, the next item that jumped out at me was the Coastal Scents REVEALED palette that is equipped with 20 (yes, 20!) eyeshadow colors. I was surprised to see such a well-known makeup brand with a large variety of good colors in the monthly box.
I like what the packaging looked like, not too over-the-top. it did a wonderful job of showing off the color selection that was stored neatly inside. it immediately reminded me of the Naked 2 palette, both matte and shimmery shades, warm tones, and most of all, the shape and layout of the potted shadows were almost exact.
when I began using the colors on my sister’s eyelids, I faced the problem of quite a lot of fallout landing below her bottom lashes, causing it to resemble a black eye. I attribute this inconvenience to the brush I was using, because once I began using my finger as the applicator I quickly saw better results. the colors had good pigmentation, however, I prefer even more vibrance. the only downside is that it is nearly $40; I would pay $30 or opt for an Urban Decay palette which provides better quality. but all in all I was impressed since it came in a subscription box that only costs $21 a month (which means with the eyeshadow alone, your total cost was already half of only one product).
here, I did a dark, sultry look on my sister using a warm brown matte as the base, a shimmery shadow in the center of the lids and a dark brown in the crease. I accented the eyes with a pearly white in the inter corners and below the brow.
the full face picture leads into the next product perfectly; the Be a Bombshell lipgloss in the color “Hot Mess”. i paired the eye look with the bright red gloss because I felt they complimented each other nicely.
“Hot Mess” applied vibrantly and smoothly to the lips. it only required one coat for them to transform from natural to “BAM”, a great pop of color. I like the formula and sleek packaging, I would definitely repurchase this item.
the only hair care product included in the month of December was the eva•nyc miniature hairspray. I didn’t particularly like it only because it made my hair crunchy instead of flexible. I don’t like when my hair is hard, I rather like when it’s touchable and soft while still does a good job of holding it in place. but if you aren’t picky, it’s a trusted product with cute, girly exterior in a travel sized container.
I was excited to see a glamorous pair of mink lashes tucked in my box. they were the Lina Lashes brand made with 100% Siberian mink. they are cruelty free which is always a plus. the packaging is daunting and elegant, and the lashes look luxurious. unfortunately, I haven’t worn them yet because I am waiting for a special event to sport them at. my only suggestion is that if you end up buying these lashes, they don’t come with adhesive so make sure you have some already.
and last but not least is the Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush. Wow, what a mouthful. it’s a compact travel brush that comes with a cap, a perfect essential to throw in your purse. I used it once for my setting powder and another time for bronzer, both times I really enjoyed the results. the bristles are very soft and comforting on the skin and pick up a good amount of product.
overall, I thoroughly adored the BoxyCharm box that was given to me. I think it is absolutely worth the monthly payment and can be used as a tool to find new, great products from many types of brands.
if you’re interested in purchasing the BoxyCharm monthly subscription boxes, or just want to try it out for one month here’s were you can find it:
Or if you only want to purchase one of these items individually, here are the websites in order with how I reviewed them:
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