November Boxycharm Unboxing
I’ve come to notice that Boxycharm has this thing where if I get my box early one month, I’ll get it late the next month and it’s just a cycle of inconsistent shipping. It’s a good thing I love their subscription service so much! Their service and products are amazing, although shipping is something I’ve always complained about. But it's here now and that's all that matters. As always, I’ll be quickly reviewing last month’s products first before getting into what was in this month’s box. Which, I must say, includes some super exciting items.
~Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Crème~ I actually didn’t get around to using this product throughout the month. I’ve really been cutting down on the amount of product I’m putting onto my hair and don’t usually use a blow dryer very often, so I didn’t have much of a need for it. But I’ll update in a future post whenever I get a chance to use it.
~Luxie Eye Blender Brush Pack~ Luxie has always had brushes that I enjoy. They’re great quality and have gorgeous packaging. The three brushes in this set kept the same standard that I’m used to with Luxie and I really like them, I just wish they would’ve included a better variety in the set. Two of the three brushes are very similar and I would’ve liked to see something a little different.
~IBY Beauty Three’s Company Trio Eyeshadow Palette~ For not knowing about this brand previously, I was really impressed with the quality in this palette. Every shade was beautiful, smooth, pigmented, and easy to work with. I’ve been using it a lot and also really like how small the palette is. In case you missed it, check out my recent tutorial to see this palette and other items from October’s box in action.
~Temptu Shimmer Bronzer~ I was not happy about getting this product in my box. I hadn’t liked a Temptu product in the past and I was extremely worried about using a shimmer bronzer on my oily skin. However, I have to say this wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I like blending it in with my favorite Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge and after applying powder on top, you can barely see the shimmer.
~Starlooks Ultra Matte Lip Paint (Piquant)~ The color of this is beautiful, but the texture is so horrible! I have quite a few tricks for getting long-wear lip products to feel comfortable, but nothing worked with this product. It was extremely drying and I don’t see myself wanting to use it again. I couldn’t even get passed 10 minutes before washing it off the one and only time I applied it.
Last month’s products were hit or miss on what I liked and what I didn’t, but I still think it’s a great deal and am happy overall with what I received. This month, the theme of the box is Groovy Town. It does include a total of five full-size products, as promised, and I can’t wait to share them with you so let’s get to it!
The first thing I noticed was that there were no little black decorative stringy paper pieces that there always is. It’s cute packaging, but very messy so I can’t say I miss it. Almost everything in this box was wrapped in bubble wrap, which is much more fun! The first item I’ll be sharing is this Patchology FlashMasque Trio ($20). It comes with three sheet masks that only have to be left on for five minutes each. There is an exfoliating mask, a hydrating, and an illuminating mask. This is one that says you don’t have to rinse afterwards, but I can’t stand not rinsing my face. I’ve mentioned quite a few times before how I’m not a big fan of sheet masks, but I’ll give it a try and report back on the results next month.
I got excited when I saw the next product in the box. Until I realized that I have this same exact item in the same exact shade, which I received in last year’s November box. This is the StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Wildflower ($17). It’s a beautiful blush, incredibly smooth and pigmented. I enjoy using the one I have, but was just hoping for a shade that they haven’t given me already.
Next is a C513 Pro Detail Crease brush from Crown Brush. I think I only own one other Crown brush, but I really like the quality on it. Even though they’re calling this a crease brush, I think it looks more like a pencil brush. It’s almost the same exact shape and size as my BH Cosmetics #105 pencil brush that I use in almost all of my tutorials. This brush retails for $12.99 and says the bristles are made of Capra hair. I’m not very familiar with that, but I can say that it feels super soft and I love the indentions it has for your fingers.
The fourth item in this box is from a brand that I have never heard of before, Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind. This is their Illuminating Face Highlighter in the shade Rose Gold. I love rose gold, but not when I’m putting it on my already pink cheeks. I rarely ever use highlighter anyway, but when I do I prefer it to be more of a cream or champagne shade. This has a price point of $32, which I think is very high for a brand that hasn’t really been discovered. The packaging feels nice, but after looking at the ingredients I’m not sure why it’s at such a high price. It’s not very noticeable on my hand and although it felt smooth for the most part, it was also a little powdery with chunks of glitter creating some fallout.
I try my best to keep all the items in the box a complete surprise until I get mine in the mail and open it up. But even with all my efforts, I still saw sneak peeks that this next item would be in the box and I’m so excited about it! We got another StudioMakeup On-the-Go palette!! If you’ve been on my blog recently, then it would’ve probably been almost impossible to miss me completely raving about the previous On-the-Go palette between my original unboxing, my tutorial, and full review. I even said it was my favorite palette and have been using it constantly! The previous palette (Warm Up) included more nudes, browns, and coppers. This one (Cool Down) includes more purples and taupes. I don’t use many colors on my eyes, but when I do I always reach for the purples first.
I only swatched a few shades because I do plan on doing a tutorial and maybe another separate review including swatches of all nine shades together. This palette also retails for $49.95. I’m not usually someone to advise spending so much, but I did say it was worth it for the previous palette and I am seeing the same quality from this one so far. Out of the nine shades, four of them are matte and the other five have some sort of shimmer or glitter in them. I’m so excited to start playing with this one!!
Although I’m not very interested in the sheet masks or the highlighter and I wish I would’ve gotten a different shade of blush, I think the whole box was worth it just for that eyeshadow palette alone. The total value of this month’s box is $132 and you only pay $21 for it. After being subscribed for over a year, I am still amazed by the value every single month. If you haven’t signed up already, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. You can visit their website here to find out more information on creating an account. It’d also be a great thing to add on your Christmas wishlist ;)
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