April Boxycharm Unboxing

I’m almost a little scared to say how early my Boxycharm showed up this month. I was so happy, I wish it showed up that early every month! One of the best things about when my box shows up on time is that I don’t have to worry about seeing spoilers on social media. Thankfully, I had no idea what was in this month’s box so everything was a complete surprise, but before we get into that, I’ll quickly go over how much I liked (or didn’t like) last month’s products.

~Crown Brush SS023 Jumbo Kabuki Fan Brush~ I was a little worried about how I was going to use this brush. I felt like it had a lot of potential and the bristles are super soft, I just didn’t know where to start. My favorite way to use it is with bronzer. It makes the process go so quickly and really helps blend everything beautifully.

~Smashbox Photo Finish Primer~ This was much more silky than I remember it being the last time I had a sample size of this. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because I did notice it blur my pores and although it’s not the worst primer ever, I still much prefer my Garnier 5 Second Blur instead.

~Naked Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette~ This palette was very interesting. When I first looked at the colors, I had absolutely no idea what they were thinking combining a copper, purple, and green together. The quality is nice, but definitely not something I would recommend for the price. I did really like the eyelook I created with it in my last tutorial, but I need more colors to work with such as a matte cream or tan.

~Real Her Cosmetics Expert Advice Lip Liner (I Am Unstoppable)~ This is by far the smoothest, butteriest lip pencil I have ever felt in my life. The color is stunning too, but the formula and texture on this just blows me away. I do think it paired nicely with the liquid lipstick and I also liked just using this on its own.

~Real Her Cosmetics Ladylove Matte Liquid Lipstick (I Will Succeed)~ The color on this is almost the exact same as the lip liner and although I love the formula on the lip liner and the other lipstick that I previously tried from this brand, I cannot stand the formula on this liquid lipstick. It was way too sticky and even after drying, it felt very uncomfortable on the lips. I also noticed this accentuating every line on my lips, which is totally wasn’t flattering. Stay away from this one and just use their lip liners and moisturizing lipsticks instead.

Last month’s box had a lot of hit and miss products for me. I have seriously been using that fan brush every time I do my makeup and I have been reaching for the primer on certain days, too. I think this month’s box is going to be exactly the same. I’m super excited about some and almost want to throw others in the trash already. The theme is Boho Glam, which I’m assuming they did because of Coachella.
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The Project Beauty Hairgurt line has been included in another Boxycharm before and this time, I got the Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo. This is about the same size packaging as the hair masque so I didn’t really think anything of it until I realized that this is actually incredibly small for shampoo. You only get 4 oz of product for $10. Strawberry banana is my favorite smoothie flavor of all time, but the scent of this is what I had a problem with last time. It smelled very artificial almost to the point of a headache. Hopefully this one won’t be as bad.

It’s made with prebiotics, quinoa, yogurt powder, bio-keratin, and super botanicals to help tame unruly, frizzy, dry hair. It is also made without sulfates, parabens, harsh salts, and harmful colors and fragrances. I’m not always a big fan of sulfate free shampoos because I find it hard to get them to lather. I’m hoping this one is different.
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Pür Cosmetics is another brand that is frequently included in our boxes and they’re quickly becoming a brand that I’m very interested in. I’ve really enjoyed many of their products that I’ve tried. This month, we received three of their contour blending sponges. This set retails for $36, so it’s a little more than some drugstore sponges but more affordable than the actual Beauty Blender. All three included in this set have the same shape with a rounded bottom and flat contour side. They don’t feel super soft at first when they’re dry, so I’m interested to see what happens when they’re damp.
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This next product is one that I’m not too sure about. I’ve never heard of the brand Measurable Difference before and concealer palettes aren’t the most exciting thing to me. I’m not worried about it just because I haven’t heard of the brand before, what worries me is that you get 16 shades in this palette and it only retails for $20. I’m concerned that the quality isn’t going to be there.
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It’s nice that you do get so many shades with a variety of undertones and I don’t mind that there’s not a mirror or applicator included. The packaging doesn’t feel like the worst I’ve ever felt and I really like the front cover. However, I did find the consistency of the concealers to be very tacky and somewhat dry when I swatched them on my hand. That may be nice for covering blemishes, but I think it’ll be uncomfortable to wear on the skin.
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Ofra has a few products that I like, such as their eyeshadows, and a few products that I really don’t like, such as their liquid lipsticks. Since I seem to have better luck with their powder products, I was extremely happy to see this highlighter in the box this month. The shade is called Rodeo Drive and this usually sells for $35, which is pretty up high up there. I am all about this shade of highlighter and will definitely be using this on my eyelids as well. The texture is incredibly smooth and the pigmentation is perfect, as you can see in the swatch picture below.
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I can’t say that I remember ever trying a Cargo product before, so I think it’s nice that we got something from that brand. This is their lip gloss in the shade Taos ($16). At first glance, I think the packaging is pretty simple and when trying to open the lid, it doesn’t feel like the best quality. It’s a trick product, though! In the tube, it looks like a beautiful light beige with the tiniest amount of shimmer specks in it. But when you swatch it, it’s almost completely clear. That could be a good or a bad thing, depending on your preference. It claims to never feel sticky, but I have to say it definitely felt very tacky on my hand when I was trying to wipe this swatch off. Maybe it will feel different on the lips. Besides that, my other biggest concern is the applicator. It felt very wobbly and unstable. I’m not sure if it’s just the one I got or if that’s how this brand’s applicators are all the time.
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The item I’m most excited about this month is definitely that highlighter, which is something I never thought I would say. I can see myself using that in many different ways, especially with a bronzer in the crease for a super easy eyelook. The total value for this month’s box is $117. That has to be one of my favorite things about Boxycharm, besides getting the full size products. You only pay $21 a month and the box is almost always valued at over $100. If you’d like to find out more, you can visit their website to create an account.

Did you get this month’s Boxycharm? Let me know in the comments below what products you’re most excited about!

~Christina~

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