Blogmas Day Eight: BoxyCharm A Yearish In Review

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day Eight! Today I thought it would be fun to have a look through the BoxyCharm boxes I’ve received this year and talk about my favorites and what I’m still using. I called this a yearish in review because I subscribed at the end of April, after Sephora Play ended. Just a quick refresher, BoxyCharm is a $25 a month subscription box and you get 5 full size items. There are multiple levels of this box so you can upgrade and each month they have great sales if you’re a subscriber.

Like I said, I first subscribed at the end of April, but they were nice enough to send me the April box and that immediately let me know that I had made the right decision in subscribing to them. So the April box was a good intro of what was to come.

The first thing and the thing I use the most from the April box is the Murad Hydra-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes. I’ve been using this eye cream since I got it and it’s incredible. The Alamar Cosmetics Colorete Blush Trio in Medium-Tan has become a mainstay in my blush rotation and recently Alamar upgraded the packaging and I think they tweaked the formula a little. These blushes are super pigmented, but they’re also very buildable and easy to work with. The last item in the box that I use a lot is the Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Cashmere Lip Penchil in Mocha. This is a nice medium brown, as the name would suggest and it works great as a liner and an all over lip color. I do want to give an honorable mention to the Ciate London Eye Lustre Creme Eyeshadow in Cupid. I do like it a lot, but I don’t use it as often as the items I mentioned. 

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The May box was, if I’m being honest, not my personal favorite and not very well liked in the Boxy community. But despite that I did have two things that I liked. The first is the Ayam BeautyCare Dead Sea Minerals + Vitamin C Serum Makeup Remover Wipes. I don’t use makeup wipes a lot, but I used these on my face a few times and the rest of them I used to remove swatches and they did an incredible job. This is definitely a good item to have in the skincare cabinet. The other item is the Pretty Vulgar Uncaged Eyeshadow Primer. This is a tackier primer, but it dries down translucent and it really helps your eyeshadow pop. 

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The June Box had quite a few good things in it, starting with the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. This is a super hydrating primer that comes from a Korean skincare brand and Korean skincare is pretty incredible. This smells really good, sinks into the skin quickly and gives you a nice glow. Then we have the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Coco Bling. This is a light silver and it has a really pretty glow. I like to use this on my face, but it’s also great for all over the body. My last favorite from the June box is the Beauty Vaulte Circadian Lip Liner Trio. This has three liners, a true brown, a rusty brown and a red. These are all really creamy, long lasting and are great as liners and all over lip colors. 

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The July box really felt like summer to me. It featured one of my favorite beauty tools that I literally use every day, the Lavish Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner. This is a sponge that you swirl your brush on and it removes the pigment. This is also super easy to clean and I appreciate that. One of my favorite products this summer came from this box and it’s the Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Spray. Not only does this smell incredible, but it gives you a glowy and dewy finish. 10/10 setting spray. My last July favorite is the Pur Cosmetics Festival 2.0 Eyeshadow Palette. This is something I wanted from the minute I saw the pictures and since then I’ve used it a ton and created some really fun looks. This has 6 shimmers/glitters shadows, 4 mattes and 2 satins. The color range is really nice, so I find it to be a versatile palette. 

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August was another really good box. It featured what has become a staple in my skincare routine, the Minetan Body Skin Hydra Glow Sleep Serum. This does wonders for the skin, it works in time release, so as you’re asleep it continues to hydrate. The second item I love and use often is the Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Primer. This does a great job of not only enhancing your eyeshadow, but it also locks it in. The Trestique Summer Glow + Go Set is something that I’ve been using a ton since I got it. It is a four piece set with a cream blush, cream highlight, eyeshadow and brow pencil. Out of the four, I use the highlighter which is in the shade Maldives, a gorgeous champagney shade that has the perfect amount of shimmer and the eyeshadow, which is in the shade Tahitian Shimmer, a brown/gold/bronze color, the most. The last item I love from the August box is the Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector in 03, Velvet Red. This quickly became one of my favorite red lipsticks and I wear it all the time. 

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My favorites from the September box came in the form of two eye products. The first is Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Shadows in Private Jet & Shimmering Sunset. Private Jet is a light pink with a lot of warmth and Shimmering Sunset is an amber/rose gold glitter. The matte has a doe foot applicator and shimmer has a pointed brush. My other favorite is the Alamar Cosmetics Spanglish Pressed Pigment Palette. This has 8 shadows, 4 mattes and 4 shimmers. It does have a lot of fun colors, but it also has some more neutral shades so you can create a number of different looks. 

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The October box had a few things that I still use, but my favorites from the box were the Ciate London New England Editor Palette. This is an 18 pan palette and has a great mix of metallics, glitters and mattes. There is a wide color range and I find this to be a very versatile palette. My other favorite is the RealHer Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio. This has a blush, bronzer and highlighter that are all very nicely pigmented, blendable, buildable and the packaging with the marbling and rose gold lettering is super cute. 

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The November box gave me my first Natasha Denona experience in an exclusive palette for BoxyCharm, the Natasha Denona Peak Palette. This is a 5 pan palette that has all the colors of fall in it. I really like these mini ND palettes and I’m definitely going to be picking up a few more. The other item I really liked is the Bodyography Eye Pencil Duo. This came with two eye pencils in Black Walnut and Onyx. These are infused with coconut oil so they glide on but you can also get a crisp line and if you’re going for a smoky look, they smudge easily. 

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I’m not going to talk about the December box because I’m going to be mentioning my favorites from it in my December Favorites post. 

That about wraps it up for this post, this is definitely the best beauty subscription I’ve had and I’m excited to see what products I’ll get in 2021. If you guys are Boxy subscribers, I’d love to know what your favorite box was this year. 

Until next time, I can’t wait to see what’s in my January box and I hope you’re enjoying Blogmas :).

-K 

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July Favorites

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As it’s the end of the month I thought it would be the perfect time to do my July favorites. I have a pretty fun mix this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my July BoxyCharm box and if you haven’t read that I’ll leave a link below. My first BoxyCharm favorite is the Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster. This has pineapple, watermelon and green tea extracts and it’s supposed to brighten your complexion, protect against UV damage and  help reduce signs of aging. I’ve been using this since I got it and I really like it. I can feel and see a difference in my skin. This also smells really good and it says on their website that it’s good for normal, oily, combination, dry and sensitive skin. So if you’re looking for a new element in your skincare routine I recommend this.

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My next Boxy favorite is the Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Spray. I cannot say enough good things about this, I love it. It’s infused with fresh coconut extract so you get that nice tropical, summery smell and has micro pearls so you get a glowy and dewy finish. It also comes out in a really fine mist and I prefer that in a setting spray. This dries down pretty fast and doesn’t leave you with a sticky or tacky feeling, it does lock in your makeup and the glow you get is enough that you can see it but it’s not over the top. I definitely recommend giving this a try if you haven’t.

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My last Boxy favorite is the Lavish Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner. This is a spongey brush cleaner that you swirl your brush on and it removes the pigment. I’ve been using this since I got it and I think it’s a great little tool to have. It picks up the pigment pretty quickly and basically does exactly what it says on the tin. I appreciate that this is easy to clean, you wash it with your favorite cleanser and let it dry before putting it back in the container.

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And my last beauty favorite is my 4th of July makeup look. I did do a post all about this look and how I did it, which I’ll link below, but I had a lot of fun with this look and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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Moving on I have a gardening favorite and it’s my sunflowers. Last summer I grew sunflowers for the first time, but when I got them they were starts and this year I decided I wanted to try and grow them from seed. I bought a packet of the heirloom sunflowers so when they bloom they should be multicolored, which I’m excited about. This year has been a little rough on them, in the beginning slugs really ate them and I was convinced they weren’t going to grow at all but I searched a ton of different gardening websites and they all recommended using copper tape which I did buy. Since putting the copper tape around my planter the slugs are gone and the sunflowers have really grown and I’m super happy with them.

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And my last favorite, a music favorite, is the reissue of Paul McCartney’s Flaming Pie album, this album has also been remastered. Although the massive reissue doesn’t come out in full until July 31st, there have been a few songs released already. Flaming Pie isn’t an album I’ve listened to a lot over the years, I know a small handful of the songs, but I’m excited about the reissue as a whole. There are different versions of the reissue you can get, the lavish collector’s edition includes five CDs, two DVDs and four LPs. The deluxe edition includes five CDs and two DVDs. You can also get individual editions in the form of three LPs, two LPs and two CDs. It will also be on Spotify and other streaming platforms. If you haven’t heard of the Flaming Pie album I would definitely recommend giving it a listen.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what your favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great July :).

-K

July BoxyCharm Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/07/20/july-2020-boxycharm-unboxing/

4th of July Makeup Look Post: https://kyranycoleblog.com/2020/07/10/4th-of-july-makeup-look/

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July 2020 BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Over the weekend I received my July box from BoxyCharm and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme for this month is Boxy Sunshine and being that we’re in the middle of July and the middle of summer, it’s the perfect theme.

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The first product we have is the Chella Slanted Tip Tweezers. These have stainless steel slanted tips and a no slip coating. I haven’t used these yet, I just did my brows, but I like the way these feel in my hand. They’re good shape, comfortable to hold and it seems like they’ll really get in there and get all the little hairs.

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Next we have the Lavish Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner. This is one of those spongy brush cleaners that you swirl your brush on and it removes the pigment. I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a while, I actually almost bought one a few weeks ago and I’m glad I didn’t. You can take the sponge out of the container to clean it, so it is reusable, it says to clean just wash with your favorite cleanser and allow to air dry before putting back into container. I will definitely let you guys know what I think of this.

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Moving on we have the Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster. This was my choice item for this month. This has pineapple, watermelon and green tea extracts and along with brightening your complexion it helps to reduce signs of aging and protects against UV damage. I really like vitamin C serums, my skin really likes them and this one smells really good. The packaging is also really nice, it’s in a very pretty glass bottle.

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The second to last product we have is the Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Spray. This is infused with fresh coconut extract, has micro pearls to give you glowing and dewy finish and comes out in a really fine mist. I’ve been using this since I got it and I absolutely love it, it’s the perfect summertime setting spray. The coconut makes me think of the beach, tanning and all the things you associate with the season. This dries down pretty fast which I appreciate, doesn’t make you feel tacky or sticky, locks in your makeup and the glow you get is really nice. The packaging of the whole Everyday Vacay collection is super pretty and this is one of those products that you would want to put in the front of your makeup collection so it could be seen. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a good setting spray.

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And the last product we have is the Pur Cosmetics Festival 2.0 Eyeshadow Palette. When spoilers for this months box were coming out I saw this palette and instantly wanted it.

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With this palette you get 12 shadows, 6 are shimmery/glittery shadows, there’s 4 mattes and 2 satins. You do get a good size mirror with this palette as well. I’m going to be doing a first impressions post about this palette as I’ve already used it, so I won’t be giving away too much of my opinion on it now.

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Starting with the top row, the first shadow we have is Euphoric and this is a cream glitter. Next to that is Pure Bliss, a more golden glitter. Then there’s Photo Op, a matte light almost orangey brown and the last shadow in the row is Dreamland and that is a matte salmony/peach shade.

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Starting the second row we have Turn It Up which is a bright hot pink in a satin finish. Next to that is Insta-Worthy, a matte pinky/brown. Then here’s Vibes, a glittery shade that is similar to Insta-Worthy in color but with more purple in the glitter and the last shadow in the row is On Set, a matte deep chocolatey brown.

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The last row starts with Utopia, a super pretty light blue glittery shadow with white and yellow glitters in it. Next to that is Electric, a very nice deep blue glitter, this is one of my favorite shadows in the palette. Then there’s Fantasy World, which is a pinky purple, magenta-ish if you will, in a satin finish. And the last shadow in the row is VIP Pass, this is a very complex shadow. It’s a deep green but you can see it has some gray in it and some silver glitters.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same products in your July BoxyCharm boxes let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get.

Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get in my August box :).

-K

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