January Boxycharm Unboxing

Why am I always the last person to get my Boxycharms?? I have no idea what it is, but mine almost never fails to show up later than everyone else’s and I have to work extra hard not to see any sneak peeks. So not fair!! USPS, I’m looking at you! But here we are close to the end of the month and mine has finally arrived. Because mine is delivered so late and we just had all of the holidays, I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve gotten to open one of these and I can’t wait! But before we get into it, let’s do a quick run through of last month’s products and how they worked (or didn’t work) out for me.

~Butter London Nail Polish (Ruby Murray)~ I haven’t had much luck with a Butter London polish that I had tried in the past, but was hoping for better quality with this one. It is a really pretty color, but unfortunately it still chipped on me within 5 days so it’s not a brand that I would recommend. I was also a little disappointed in the brush. I would think for such a high end brand it would’ve had a bigger brush. Instead, it was one of the skinny ones that made it a little more difficult to apply.

~Mini Makeup Eraser~ I think it’s just me and that I absolutely love the way I remove my makeup with my Cetaphil face wash, but I wasn’t as in love with this as I thought I would be. I don’t think it has anything to do with the fact that it was mini, I just didn’t see anything special about it. It felt like I was wiping my face with any other wet towel and although it did take off some of my makeup, there was a lot left over that I had to go back and wash off.

~IBY Beauty Lip Liner (Cocoa)~ Besides the fact that this is a real pencil, I do really like this lip liner. I’m horrible at sharpening these pencils and much prefer retractable liners instead, but the color and formula on this are really nice.

~Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick (Napa Valley)~ I tried this on once as a joke just to see what it would look like and I couldn’t wait to take it off. I could not stop laughing! I mean, seriously, purple lips? No thank you. I already knew I don’t like the formula on these lip products to begin with, but this was just awful. It’s a pretty purple color, but it does not belong on the lips and it was a pain to wash off!

~Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Palette~ I loved the colors and the idea behind this palette, but if you saw my full review or tutorial that I posted featuring it then you would already know that it’s not something I recommend. I was able to get a completed look using this palette alone, but I think they needed a little bit better quality and more shade selection.

Last month’s box didn’t have the best products, but it did exactly what a beauty subscription box should do. It gave me the opportunity to try things that I haven’t tried before at a better deal than buying them individually. This month, the theme of the reference card seems to have something to do with movies or cinema. I never really understand the themes that they try to go for and how they relate to the products inside, but it’s still cute.
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The first, and biggest, item in the box is a dry shampoo from Oscar Blandi. It comes in a typical aerosol spray can and retails for $23. I’ve never tried anything from this brand before, but I immediately already really like the packaging. It’s simple, yet super cute. I don’t use dry shampoo too often since I wash my hair every day and if I do use it, I’m looking more for the volumizing effects. This claims to do that and I’m excited to try it out because I haven’t found a dry shampoo that I absolutely love yet.
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Next is a mattifying top coat from the brand Adesse. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but this is another product I’m excited about because I have still yet to try any matte top coat or polish of any kind. Although I love the rest of my makeup to be completely matte, I typically like my nails to be super shiny. This is a great example of a product that should be included in a beauty subscription box because it’s not one that I would’ve ever tried otherwise. This particular polish sells for $18, is made in the USA, and is 5 free which means that it is made without toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.
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Another brush from Crown brush was included in this month’s box. Crown Brush has great quality brushes and I’ve loved all that I’ve tried from them so far. The one included in this box is the SS017 Deluxe Highlight Fan brush and it is priced at $13. The bristles are incredibly soft, as they always are from this brand. Although it’s called a deluxe fan brush, I think it’s more of a small/medium size. I have an actual deluxe fan brush from BH Cosmetics and this one is significantly smaller, but that’s okay for me because now I have something in between the other two sizes that are already in my collection.
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We’ve also received a few Pür Cosmetics items in previous boxes and I have really liked what I’ve tried from them so far. This month, their Cheek Stain Duo was included in the shade Peach Bellini. I’m not the biggest fan of cream blushes, but I do love peachy cheeks. The first two things I noticed immediately after opening this is that you don’t get very much product at all for the $26 price tag and that the brush is a little hard to get back in the cap without messing up the bristles. I think this is something that might be nice to travel with for touch-ups, especially during the summer months. You can use the code BOXY25 within the next 10 days to receive 25% off of your entire purchase on the Pür Cosmetics website.
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The last item in the box is the one that I’m the least excited about. It’s another highlighter duo ($35) from Vintage Cosmetics. We received another highlighter from this brand back in November and I was not a fan of it. I like the packaging, but I’m not ecstatic about the shade selection inside. You do get a good amount of each product and a nice sized mirror, which are two great things if this is a item you might like.
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The problem comes in for me in that I’m not a very big into the highlights. I don’t even remember the last time I applied highlighter recently because I’m so incredibly oily naturally. The other issue I have with this are the shades. They look more like eyeshadows to me than what would look like a natural highlight on the cheekbones. I know there is quite a shade selection in the highlight category now, but I think natural champagne shades are best. I will try to use this product, as I do with everything. But it’s definitely one that I think could’ve been switched out for something better.
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Although there are a few items that I’m not completely happy about, there are a few that I am excited to try that I’ve never had before. I also still think it’s an amazing deal! The box totalled $115 worth of products and for only paying $21, I don’t think it can get much better than that. If you haven’t signed up for Boxycharm yet, I definitely recommend it! And if you’d like to find out more about their service, you can visit their website here.

Have you tried any of these products before? Did you receive the same items in your box? Let me know in the comment section below!

~Christina~

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