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REVIEW: January 2018 Boxycharm

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Happy New Year everyone! Here is my January Boxycharm review! Don’t know what Boxycharm* is? Well, it’s the best subscription box out there. For 21USD a month, you get a guaranteed 4-5 full sized or deluxe samples from amazing brands valued at a minimum of 100USD. This post is in no way sponsored. I pay for my own box.

Now, on to the box!

Theme: Rock 2018

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Grande Cosmetics – GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper in Taro (27 USD)

I wasn’t sure about this product but was more than willing to give it a try. Seeing as how it’s January in Ontario, I welcome anything that promises to hydrate my poor lips. I’m really not sure about the plumping effects as I’ve only recently started using this. It doesn’t hurt to use, but rather just has a mild minty tingle. The glossiness of the product does make your lips look nice and juicy, but I’m not sure it’s any more than that. As for hydration, I do find that this has helped my lips. I was pretty chapped before starting to use this at least twice a day and now my lips are in better shape. I don’t love the colour, It’s a mauvey purple shade, which isn’t super flattering on my pale lips on its own.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizing Primer (38 USD)

Ah, this one is a heart breaker. I really love the way it feels on the skin and how my foundation wears on top of it, but after trying this I had the worst break out of my life. It’s the only new complexion product so I’m pretty sure it’s the culprit. Sadly, I’m not willing to risk that again.

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil (24 USD)

I first tried this pencil way back in 2015 and was surprised at how much I loved it. I still really enjoy it, though there are a few draw backs. I’m not convinced that this is truly a universal shade. I really only wear it when I want a bolder brow as it is definitely more brown than taupe/blonde. I do enjoy the cool tone of it, and how smoothly it applies. The shade of the lead itself makes it easy to do thin strokes as well as quick filling in. The spoolie is great too. The thing that bugs me about it is that no matter if I retract the “lead” it gets stuck on the lid and falls out. It has happened with a couple of these now, so it’s an issue with the product.

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PUR Cosmetics Bronze and Brighten Cheek Palette (34 USD)

I was excited about this palette in theory but a unsure when I opened it up. Each shade is shimmery and intense looking, which isn’t what I go for with my bronzer or blushes generally. I was pleasantly surprised to find that with a careful hand, these wear beautifully. The blush is intense so I prefer using a really feathery stippling brush with a tiny bit of product. The bronzer is similar, but when sheered out, it’s lovely and warm. The highlight is a show stopper. It is STUNNING. A beautiful warm golden high light while still being reflective and light enough to glow on my fair skin. These honestly swatch more like eyeshadows and I would say are the most pigmented things I’ve swatched from this box…

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Crown Pro Glam Metals Palette (25USD)

ANOTHER PALETTE?! Damn Boxycharm, you are on a roll. I was intrigued when I saw pictures of this palette online in spoilers. Something a lot of people were commenting on was how six of the shades seemed to have twins. By that, I mean that there are three repeated shades here, which is pretty substantial in a palette of only 9 shades.

I was pretty excited about the green and the gold shades which have been my jam lately. While the colours are pretty, I find that they have really poor lasting power. They fade quite a bit within an hour or two of wear. Also, even with super careful application, finger or brush, they have LOTS of fall out so be sure to use them before doing your face or with shadow guards.

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As you can see, the silvery blues are very similar and all of those warm tones are pretty close too. The black is super sheer and more of a charcoal.

Overall Impression: I enjoyed this box, I really liked the lip plumper, eyebrow pencil and the face palette. The eyeshadows and primer will be passed on to someone else, but I still feel like I got my money’s worth.

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September 2017 BoxyCharm – Boxy Baddies

I am so excited to be receiving Boxycharm* again. Huge hugs and love to my amazing sister, Tracy, for making that happen. They are running the show when it comes to beauty subscription boxes. They are the Beyonce, the Adele. I don’t know how they are able to get all these amazing products into our boxes for such an affordable price,  but I love it and I want more. So, without further ado, here is the September Box.

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The Theme for this Month’s Box: Boxy Baddies

Briogeo “Don’t Despair Repair!” Hair Mask, 20USD

As a member of the curly hair club, I have heard great things about this brand (specifically, Kathleen Lights talks about them quite a bit) and have tried a couple of their products. I was thrilled to get this mask in a very generous sample size. I like to use masks at least once a week to keep my locks hydrated and in good condition (hurr hurr… I’m so punny). This stuff smells amazing, doesn’t feel too heavy and leaves my hair feeling kitten soft.

Face Perfecting Brush by Bare Minerals 28USD

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When I first heard we were getting this brush, I was excited. My brush collection is entirely made up of ebay, amazon and drugstore brushes. Any opportunity to add a highend brush to that makes me very happy. I was a little confused when I pulled it out of the box, though. It’s smaller than I was expecting. Using it for the first time, I found its size to be a bit of a pain. I’m used to much bigger brushes and sponges which seem to cover my big ol’ face quickly. Also, they recommend swirling from the inside of the face outward, after applying your product to the weird little divot in the center. Well, I’m more of a stippling fan, rather than sweeping and swirling, so it felt a bit awkward. I also found that without stippling, the product would kind of get stuck in the divot. Once I threw caution to the wind and started using the brush the way I wanted to, I did enjoy it. I especially found it handy for quick concealing blending when I didn’t feel like wetting my sponge. Is it my favourite foundation brush? No. I’ll make it work in my collection though.

Loose Blush by Studio Makeup 35USD

I was intrigued by the idea of a loose blush. I assumed that it wouldn’t be too crazy pigmented because, well, that would be a recipe for disaster wouldn’t it? Yes. Yes it would be. Yes it is. This blush is not for the beginner, or for those who don’t like blush. You need the tiniest amount, which is tough with a loose product (although this does have a cap to contain the mess, but I still found it clunky to get the right amount). The colour is lovely if you are into peachy orange shades and eventually blends out beautifully, but it is REALLY easy to go too heavy with this stuff. I like it, and will probably keep using it, but I can’t imagine paying 35USD for this and certainly wouldn’t buy it to replace this (not that I would ever need to, there is enough product here to last a lifetime)

Eyebrows by MAC Cosmetics in Lingering 18USD

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A MAC product in a box?! Man, I am excited about this. MAC has always been in my mind as an up there brand, ever since high school. I was super excited to try this. I love how fine the tip of this pencil is, however the shape makes it a little difficult to be truly precise. The colour, Lingering, is a little too red toned for my taste. I like my eyebrows to be ~Cooooool~, but that’s just personal taste. The product itself needs to warm up a bit, otherwise it’s a bit tuggy. Once it warms up, it glides on nicely but I find it doesn’t set down the way I want it to. When I blend it in with a spoolie, I ended up with weird bald patches. It just seemed to move around too much. I have other pencils that I like better, but will use it til it’s done because it’s not that bad. Meh.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips in Mess Around 6USD

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I know everyone and their mom has tried colorpop, so this doesn’t seem THAT exciting…but for me, I was thrilled. I don’t have a credit card, and I live in Canada, which makes it that much more difficult to get my hands on online-only items, like colorpop lippies. So, even though the colour wasn’t really my thang, I was really happy to try the formula of the ultra satin lip. So, firstly, let’s start with that colour. While I can see it being interesting for the fall, it just doesn’t do much for me. Maybe with a cool toned blue eye look? I dunno, but I have yet to wear a look where I’m like “Yes, that lip would be perfect”. It’s a very grey greeny brown. Like, kind of a grey poop-y brown. I’m not sure I can pull it off, but whatever. I’m going to try.

So, as for the formula itself, I was excited to try something that wasn’t entirely matte. My poor lips are so dry these days and matte lips make my mouth look like a butthole. It feels very thin going on, and because this colour is pretty dark, I needed to layer up because it was sheer. Despite having to apply layers, it didn’t get crumbly or gross. It felt super light and comfortable on, and did a good job staying on my lips. I really want to try a colour that I’m more into to see how long it wears.

Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette by PUR Cosmetics 34USD

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Guys. YOU GUYS. A palette from PUR Cosmetics. A freaking PALETTE. HOW?! I am so freaking excited about this. To start off, Pur has a good reputation for their eyeshadows. Next, the colour story here is beautiful. Each row can be used for a look OR you can mix and match. This is great for every day and for events. There is a really good balance of mattes and shimmery shades. My only complaint is that I was a little surprised that the shimmers were all darker shades. I would have liked a shimmery inner eye/brow bone colour, and maybe just a black matte shade (though the deep brown works fine for the same purposes). Aside from that, I really like the colours they chose here. LOOK AT THOSE FREAKING SWATCHES. I especially love the taupey slightly purpley shades. They are my jam.

Now, how do they perform on the lid? Really nicely actually. They aren’t the best shadows I ever touched (Viseart, Tarte Pro, Natasha Denona, I’m looking at you), but they are still pigmented, smooth and pretty. They blend nicely without disappearing, skipping or getting muddy. I was able to create a couple of different looks with this already. I have been leaving this out on my vanity as my every day quick palette.

Seriously, this is what I mean when I say Boxycharm has upped the ante. This is awesome. I can’t wait for next month!!

Overall Impression:

This box was bomb. Seriously. The value is insane and I got to try a bunch of really great products from some really great brands, which is what these boxes are all about for me. I can’t wait to see what we are getting in October!