Blogmas Day Eight: BoxyCharm A Yearish In Review

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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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October BoxyCharm Unboxing

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Yesterday I received my October box from BoxyCharm, sooner than I thought, and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme for this month is Candy Shop which is not only perfect because of Halloween, but because this box is full of treats.

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So the first item we have is the Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturiser with Acai Berry and Borago. This is a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates the face whilst balancing your skins oil levels and leaving your skin with a matte finish. I’ve only tried one other product from Grown Alchemist and I did like it, so I’m interested by this. 

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Next we have the Spongelle Cherry Tonka Musk Body Wash Infused Buffer. This buffer in particular is a limited edition creation between Spongelle and BoxyCharm. These buffers are really popular and they’re infused with body wash and when you run them under water they get soft so you can cleanse yourself. This has yuzu, edelweiss and vetiver root extracts and has a slight cherryness to it but it overall is a deeper and more musky scent. I did try one of these buffers last winter and I liked it. It was a very berry forward scent, so it’s nice to see something different. 

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Moving on we have the Ciate London New England Editor Palette. I can’t even tell you how happy I was to see this in my box, when the spoilers came out this is the thing I wanted the most. This is a pretty palette all around, the outer packaging is light pink with blue palm leaves. 

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When you open it you’re greeted with a huge mirror, which I greatly appreciate, and you see the 18 eyeshadow pans. 

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This has a great mix of metallics, glitters and mattes. I can tell by looking at this at it’s a very versatile palette because there are some really fun shades, but there’s also some more neutral shades that are perfect for fall. 

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I swatched this on my arm in the rows they’re in. The first shadow we have is a matte nude, next to that is a shimmery peach that I already have a look planned for. Then there’s a super pretty medium gold shimmer. Next to that is another peachy shade but it’s slightly darker than the first one. Then there’s a glittery blue that is an interesting tone, I would call it an aegean/denim, I’m interested to see what it looks like on the eye. And the last shadow in this row is a another shimmery blue but this is a navy blue. 

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The next row starts with a bright matte coral. Next to that is a shimmery deep emerald green, then there’s a shimmery light coppery/rose gold. Next to that is a glittery burgundy that has a gold shift to it. The second to last shadow is a chocolaty brown with just a bit of shimmer and the last shadow in the row is a matte light chocolate brown. 

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The last row starts with a deep shimmery gold that leans towards the copper side, it’s very pretty. Next to that is a very deep blue that is almost a purple/black. Then there’s a gorgeous green that I would say is medium in tone and has some yellow/gold glitters in it. Next to that is a light shimmery purple that has a light brown undertone. The second to last shadow is a matte dark brown, out of all of the shadows this one is the only one that didn’t swatch the best, it was a little patchy at first but I was able to build it up. I will be interested to see how it performs on the eye. And the last shadow in the row is shimmery purply/pink. Based on swatching alone I can tell you that these are really smooth shadows that look and feel like they’ll blend well and they’re all super pigmented. 

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The second to last item we have is the RealHer Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio. This was my choice item for the month. Normally with my choice item I go for skincare, but I saw this and because I love a cheek palette, thought I would give it a try. I love the outer packaging, the marbling and rose gold lettering is super cute.

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This is a good size for a cheek palette, it fits nicely in the hand and would be great to throw in your handbag. It also has a good size mirror. 

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First in this palette is the blush and that’s in the shade Blessed. This is a very pretty peachy pink that has a little bit of shimmer in it. Sometimes shimmery blushes can be too shimmery, but I think this is well balanced. Then there’s the highlighter in the shade Goddess. This is basically everything I love in a highlighter. It’s a beautiful champagne in tone and it’s so pretty when it hits the light. And the last in the trio is a bronzer in the shade Incredible. In the swatch picture I did build up the bronzer, but it is a nice light-medium brown. I did find that it’s a little bit powdery but it blends nicely. Overall I think this is a great little palette and the pan size for a small palette is quite big.

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And the last item we have is the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Tinted Cupuacu Lip Butter in the shade Sol Mate. This is a lightly tinted lip butter with cupuacu butter, acai and coconut oils that makes your lips moisturized, kissable and smelling of doce de leite.

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I’ve never tried anything from Sol de Janeiro that wasn’t a body cream, so I was immediately interested when I saw this. This scent genuinely reminds me of an old fashioned doughnut, which is a delicious smell, and despite that fact that it looks quite dark in color it’s pretty sheer. And it does build up nicely. Plus the packaging on this is super cute.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you got any of the same items in your October 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 November Box :). 

-K

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