May Boxycharm Unboxing

One of my favorite things about when my Boxycharm shows up super early (aside from not having any patience to wait) is that I don’t have to worry about seeing any sneak peeks or spoilers on social media. I love opening the box and having absolutely no idea what is inside. In case you missed last month’s unboxing, you can catch up on that post here. I’ll be quickly reviewing those products first before getting into what was included in my May box.

~Project Beauty Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo~ I actually wasn’t as disappointed in this as I thought I was going to be. It lathered much better than most other sulfate-free shampoos that I’ve tried, although I did still have trouble with it lathering on my scalp. It did leave my hair feeling squeaky clean, so I’d definitely recommend following it up with a conditioner. The scent wasn’t as bad as the other Strawberry Banana Masque I’ve tried from this brand, but it did still have a very artificial smell that I wasn’t loving. Thankfully, it didn’t linger once my hair dried.

~Pür Cosmetics Blending Sponges~  I’ve liked many things I’ve tried from Pür Cosmetics before, so I had pretty high hopes for these sponges. They were pretty stiff when dry, but I still hoped they’d soften up when wet. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. They were still extremely hard and didn’t blend my makeup very well. I tried so much with these that my face literally hurt after I was done applying foundation.

~Measurable Difference Concealer Collection Palette~ I didn’t end up trying this one yet. I had some really important things going on this month and I needed my makeup to look flawless. I didn’t have time to work with a concealer that might not look perfect or blend very easily. However, I will be trying this soon and plan on posting a separate review about it.

~Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter (Rodeo Drive)~ This has been on repeat in my current makeup rotation. I only use it for highlighter every now and then since I don’t really need much of it with my oily skin. But I’ve been obsessed with it as eyeshadow! Combining this with a bronzer like I did in my Easy Summer Eyes Tutorial has been my go-to look lately.

~Cargo Lip Gloss (Taos)~ Swatching this on my hand, I thought it was extremely sticky which is one of the biggest things it claims not to be. Thankfully, it did have a very smooth consistency on my lips. It is pretty clear, though, so I’d definitely recommend layering it on top of a lipstick.

Last month’s products were just okay. I knew I wasn’t really gonna like the shampoo or concealer palette, but I’m really disappointed in those sponges. I had such high hopes for them! But I guess the highlighter and lip gloss make up for it because I really did enjoy those. The theme for this month’s box is Makeup Is Art and I could not agree with that more!
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The first two products are from the brand BrowGal by Tonya Crooks. I know they’ve included this brand in the box a few times previously. This first product is their Brow Brush, which is obviously a full size product, and retails for $14. I like that it’s double-ended because that makes application a lot easier. The only thing I’m worried about is how small the spoolie is. I’m used to something bigger like a mascara wand size, but this might be better and more precise.
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The next item is the Convertible Brow palette. I have the one for Brown Hair ($35) and it includes three different brow powders that can either be used wet or dry. It says that if you use it wet, to make a pomade, the product will dry back down to a powder to prevent it from drying out. The packaging feels very sturdy and I like how sleek it is. It doesn’t come with an applicator inside, but it does have a good size mirror.
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There are three shades included, none of which are named. There is a warm toned shade, a neutral, and an ash tone so you can mix them to your perfect color. I love this concept because with my brows being on the more thin side, it really does make a difference adding some dimension between lighter and darker colors from the inside to the outer corner of my brows. They feel extremely smooth when swatching, so I’m really excited about this one!
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Crown Brush has always been a frequent flyer in Boxycharm boxes and I think I’ve been impressed with each one that I’ve tried. It’s been on my list for a while now to try one of these paddle brushes, so I can’t even explain how excited I am that this Round Contour Brush was included this month. It retails for $25 and although I don’t think I would use this too much for contour, I will definitely be testing it with foundation and concealer.
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The biggest item in the box is this IBY Beauty Highlight & Contour Palette, which retails for $40. It comes with three highlights and three contour powders. Just like with the brow palette there is no applicator included, but there is a very large mirror. I love the simple black and gold packaging. The palette itself feels pretty good quality. I’ve only tried one other IBY Beauty product in the past that I can remember and I absolutely loved it.
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There are no shade “names” on any of these, but there are labels which is more helpful than nothing at all. At first glance, I can tell I would have liked to have seen more of a difference between the shade range. Every single shade felt like butter when I swatched it, although some of the highlights did have a decent amount of fallout and were a little patchy. I didn’t see any problems with the contour powders. One of my favorite things about this, and the first thing I looked for, is that talc is not included in the ingredients list. It does have mica, which isn’t much better, but at least that doesn’t ruin my skin as much as talc.
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The last item in the box this month is another Temptu liquid product. We’ve received a bronzer in this form from this brand before and although I hated the thought of it, I became obsessed after using it. This Liquid Glow highlight sells for $29.50 and comes with 1 fl oz of product. This is a limited edition product in collaboration with Boxycharm and is also their first product that is to be applied by hand instead of their airbrush machines. The color of it is stunning and I bet it would look beautiful with last month’s Rodeo Drive highlighter layered on top.
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I’m really excited about all the items that were included in the box this month. That’s the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to say that about every single item. And the value for the box is much more than it’s been in a while. The total price of all of these products is $144! If you haven’t signed up for Boxycharm yet, you’re really missing out. There’s not much better you can get for only $21 a month. I really do think they’re the best beauty subscription box there is on the market.

Did you get this month’s Boxycharm? What is your favorite product? Let me know in the comments below!

~Christina~

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