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REVIEW: December 2017 Boxycharm

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Happy Holidays everyone! I am so happy that Boxycharm sent out my box a bit earlier than normal so that I’ve had time to try everything before posting. 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.

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Theme: Glitz and Glam, definitely appropriate for the holidays. Makes me think of glitter and metallics! Which, in typical boxycharm fashion, is completely unrelated to the contents of the box.

From what I understand, there were a few different versions of the box this month (which doesn’t happen often here in Canada, normally Canadian subscribers all get the same variation). My box variation is #1 (found on the bottom right corner of your box description card). So, here’s what I got this month.

Real Her Blush Kit (32USD)

This is a cute baked blush trio in a cute white box. The tones are nice, with one being rosy (but glittery), a peach and one that’s sort of bronzy. They all have a sheen so if matte blushes are your thing, you will not be for you. Because these blushes are baked, they have a pretty dry texture. I don’t mind, but I know I’ve heard some people are not loving it. I found that I didn’t need to be super careful with these are they aren’t super pigmented. Again, I’m fine with this because I don’t love blushes that are intense. I’d much rather layer to get the payoff I want. While I liked these, I don’t love how the shimmer made my pores stand out and I find the price really high for this product, especially when I love my essence or wet n wild blushes more, at a fraction of the price.  Overall, it’s fine, and I’ll use it, but I wouldn’t buy it at it’s asking price. 20171217_103549

Bellapierre Pro Concealer Palette (29.99USD)

Ok, I would call this a colour correcting palette, as no one is going to use this as just concealer. I was not happy to get this. I don’t use colour correctors anymore and these palettes tend to either be really dry or really greasy. The colours themselves seemed really dark and intense, which doesn’t really work for a fair skinned girl like me. On first touch, this was definitely on the greasier side of things. Thankfully, though, it wasn’t a thick formula and I was really able to control the amount of product I picked up on my finger. I used the orange colour under my eyes, the purple on my cheeks and chin and the green on my breakouts. I blended it out a bit and then layered foundation on top. Here’s what I found:

The orange actually worked really well to deal with my dark circles. I was amazed. I didn’t use any concealer on top and didn’t feel like I needed it. The green was meh. It toned down some of the redness but didn’t last long, especially on the blemishes that were a bit more raised and angry. The purple was also meh. I have some sallowness on my shin and cheeks from medication I used to use for my eczema. It brightened it a bit but didn’t eliminate it all together. Over all, I’m still not excited about this product. I’m glad that it’s a mineral rich formula that’s good for the skin, but I don’t see myself reaching for it. Again, I wouldn’t buy it on my own, outside from Boxycharm.

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Pretty Vulgar My Lips are Sealed Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Weeping Willow. (24USD)

When I saw I was getting this shade I was annoyed. I seem to be getting a lot of the brown shades, which isn’t exactly my typical go to colour. In swatch photos online, it seemed to be a grey brown metallic with a silver shimmer. I was pleasantly surprised when the box arrived to find that it was actually more of a bronze colour, which is way more wearable and flattering on my skin tone. The formula is creamy and not at all drying, but it isn’t a matte lippie and is definitely not smudge proof. I did find that it lasted a while. I’m not sure I would wear this on it’s own, but I think it is pretty as lip topper in the center of the lip to add some juiciness.

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The one thing I did notice is that there was some wierd… I dunno, pulling? Gooping?  between your top and bottom lip when you open your mouth while wearing this. It looks gross, though I didn’t notice it feeling heavy, over applied or sticky.

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Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (23USD)

Ah, my saving grace. This mascara made the whole box worth it. I received a sample of this a while back and fell in love. I was thrilled to receive a full size in this month’s box. Honestly, I would buy this on my own and seeing as how this was basically the cost of the box, I’m happy. I find this mascara gives me good length and volume and works well on both the top and bottom lashes.

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Crown Brush Deluxe Blush Brush (12USD)

I really like this brush. I love the handle and the divots for your fingers and how soft the bristles are. I wouldn’t use it for blush, myself, but I think it would be great for contour or blending out creams. I find it too dense for powder blushes. I look forward to playing with this more.

Overall Impression:

Feeling kind of meh about most of the stuff in the box. Most of it I wouldn’t have purchased on my own. Glad that the brush and mascara were there to make it worth while.

Before any product, aside from moisturizer and primer:

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REVIEW: October 2017 Boxycharm

Happy autumn everyone!! I am so in love with this weather we’ve been having. Sunny skies, cool breezes and this basic witch is living in her layers and drinking all of the hot beverages.

I am also loving this month’s boxycharm*! Let me tell you about it!

Theme: Spellbound

A quick note on the theme. I honestly think that they don’t really try to match the products with the theme at all, which seems a little pointless to me. Like, why bother having a theme at all if nothing is related? Meh.

IMG_20171017_183059SO EXCITED. I mean, right away you can see this month had a freaking bomb box. Let’s get into what made it so awesome.

ncLA “Nailed It” toolkit (18USD)

Ok, so this isn’t exactly the best thing in the box this month, but I’m still pleased with it. Who doesn’t need a cute little nail kit for their purse or for back up? I will keep this in my diaper bag for those out and about nail breaks that usually result in me chewing my nail down to the quick.

Jonteblu Lip Liner in Brown Sugar (5USD)

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When I first pulled this out of the box I was a little disappointed. I thought it was going to be way too brown and dark for me, and that it didn’t make sense paired with the lippie (spoiler!). I was wrong, and I’m not afraid to admit it. This is such a perfect warm chocolatey colour that is sooooo great for this time of year. It is a bit drying,  but it goes on smoothly and does an ok job of sticking around. The colour has made this a favourite in my lip collection. Going to be wearing this a lot!

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Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Paint in Homeslice (20USD).

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I was so excited to pull this lippie out of the box. The colour looked cute and different from my typical mauvey rosey nudes that I gravitate towards and collect. The formula itself feels quite nice going on and I like the curve in the applicator which hugs the lips nicely. I wish the tip of the applicator was a bit more narrow for a cleaner, more crisp application, but it’s not bad. It goes on smoothly and pretty opaque with no streakiness. It dries very quickly (which was to be expected with that name) and does feel pretty matte and drying. Not my favourite formula this time of year with my really dry lips, but it’s not the most drying liquid lip I’ve tried. It has ok lasting power, but definitely not the best. I got about 3 hours out of it this morning.

The colour ended up being a bit more orangey than I expected, but it’s cute and pretty nice for this time of year. I’m more adventurous with my lip colours these days so I don’t mind it, though I’m not sure it’s super flattering on me. It is very easily influenced by whatever you have underneath, so I have worn it darker and lighter depending on if I pair it with a liner or not. Overall, a decent lippie but not my favourite in the world. I’d rather reach for an Ofra or a Colorpop Ultra Satin.

 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Prosecco Pop (38USD)

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You guys, when I saw this in the box I couldn’t believe it. Thanks to Jaclyn Hill and the rest of Youtube, Becca is KNOWN for their highlights. In fact, speaking of Jaclyn, this shade is one of her collabs with Becca (originally limited edition, now permanent). I was pleased to receive the pressed powder version, rather than the liquid, as I don’t tend to use much liquid highlight these days.

The formula is buttery and smooth, with a beautiful wet looking sheen. This one is a bit more subdued than other Becca highlights I’ve tried (Champagne Pop, for instance, is BLINDING. This one? Not so much). I was worried the shade was going to be too dark and yellow for me, but I think after trying it that I can still pull it off (at least during the summer). It definitely isn’t my favourite shade of highlight, but it is still pretty. It applied quite sheer and was buildable, which I like. Overall, the shade is really the only meh for me. I would definitely buy this formula again, maybe in Opal or Moonstone.

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Dr. Brandt PoreDemabrasion (58USD)

I love getting skincare in my boxycharm because I am always looking to fight the signs of aging but can’t afford to spend much money on it. This gives me the opportunity to try new things without breaking the bank. This is a perfect example of that. Dr. Brandt is an amazing brand that I just can’t afford. I really like this product. The exfoliators are extremely fine and not too abrasive for my sensitive dry skin. It has a lovely smooth creamy texture and a really nice minty scent. I really enjoy using this in the shower, a couple times a week. Haven’t had it long enough to see any difference, but I’ll report back if I do see a big change in my skin.

And that’s it! I can’t wait for this month’s box! Let me know if you guys are interested in seeing spoilers for the next box because I have them!