July Boxycharm Unboxing

Boxycharm had me a little worried this month, I’m not gonna lie. I got my shipping email extremely early, much earlier than usual. Then it just sat there with no updates for an entire week. An entire week, y’all! Finally everything updated and I did get my box around the usual date, so everything was fine. But that’s not something to play with, I really did think it was lost. Before we get into what was included in this month’s box, let’s first quickly review how last month’s products worked out for me. Because, really, that’s just as important.

~Luxie #640 Pro Precision Tapered Brush~ This was a nice brush, although it did take me a little while to figure out what its best use is. I typically use this to lightly dust away powders around the face. Whether that be a baking powder under the eyes or taking care of some eyeshadow fallout, this works great because the bristles are so loose.

~Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder (Illuminati)~ I wasn’t sure about this one at first just because loose powders are so hard to work with and I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. It’s kinda more marketed as a highlighter than anything else, but I really like using it on my eyes. It can be messy when applying it on the cheeks so I like having more control placing it over top of an eyeshadow primer on my lids. The color is beautiful!

~BioBelle Face Mask Set~ I didn’t get around to using this set. My skin has been acting up recently and I think it’s because I’m really slacking on taking my vitamins every single day. Those biotin supplements make the biggest difference, I’m telling you. So because of that, I’ve been sticking with my masks that I know will help control my skin right now and I’ll get around to testing these when everything’s calmed down again.

~RealHer Be Your Own Kind Of Beauty Eyeshadow Palette~ I recently just posted a tutorial and a separate full review of this palette, so I won’t spend too much time here. Basically the color selection in this palette is stunning, but the amount of shimmers and the size of the palette is something that definitely needs improving.

~Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick (Santa Ana)~ This is the one that surprised me the most. I was not really looking forward to receiving yet another Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in a Boxycharm. But when I looked at my collection, I saw that I had four of them and decided to give them all another shot. I almost completely changed my mind. The color is beautiful, but the keyword there was almost. In case you missed my full review, you can see all my thoughts on these lippies here.

Last month actually had a lot of products that I ended up enjoying, which I definitely wasn’t expecting when I first posted my unboxing. The theme of this month is Cute Pie and the little reference card had a picture of a pie on it. I thought it was so precious. We did receive a total of five products, which is pretty typical. Let’s get to it.
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The first product that I received this month is by bareMinerals. I have tried this brand before and mentioned it a few times on my blog, but I don’t ever recall getting it in a Boxycharm. We’ve been seeing a lot of the same brands lately, so it’s exciting to see something new that’s so well known. This is their Prep Step Mineral Shield Lotion, which retails for $30 and comes with 1.35 oz of product. This includes SPF 50 and micro-encapsulated pigment beads that blend into your skin tone leaving an invisible finish. It claims to leave your skin feeling smooth, protected and prepped for foundation.
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I like that it has a pointed spout to release the product and you can actually see the pigment change in the swatch picture below. That concept reminds me a lot of the L’oreal BB Cream that I used to love. Products that include SPF aren’t always my favorite, but I’m actually really excited to see what this is all about.
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The second item in the box continues with the white themed packaging, which I love, and is by the brand WinkyLux. I’ve heard of them before, but don’t think I’ve ever tried any of their products. This is their Uni-Brow Universal Brow Pencil and it typically retails for $12. This is supposed to be the one brow pencil that everyone can use. That’s a pretty bold claim and based on the swatch, I definitely don’t think that’s the case. The color is pretty dark and pretty warm.
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I like that it has a triangle tip to it because I’ve been wanting to try an eyebrow pencil in that shape for awhile. It is double-ended with a “custom” spoolie on the other side. I don’t understand what makes it “custom,” but that’s what they claim. It was a little dry to swatch, so I’ll have to see how it blends during application.
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The next item is by Ofra, which is a brand that’s very frequently included in the boxes. But this product is much different than what we would usually see from them. This is their Body Illuminizer, which retails for $40 and comes with 4 fl oz of product. It is a body cream that claims to last all day and give your skin a healthy, illuminated, sunkissed glimmer. Just like the eyebrow pencil, this claims to be suitable for all skin tones. It does say “Charmer” on the bottle, so I’m not sure if this is a collaboration with Boxycharm or if they just made special packaging for this box.
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It is a pretty warm toned, as you can see in the swatch picture below. I swatched it three times: once in a dollop, blended in slightly, and blended in completely. It does blend in very well, but it leaves much more glitter than I was expecting. I thought it was going to provide more tint to the skin and not as much shimmer. This might be okay on the legs or the décolleté, but I’d avoid placing it anywhere else to keep it looking natural.
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The fourth item in the box is from Blinc, which we’ve seen a few times with Boxycharm, and this one I know is a collab because it has their logo right on the front of the packaging. This is the Electric Eyes palette ($45) that features five jewel tone eyeshadows, according to the notecard. Typically when I think of jewel tones, I’m thinking reds, purples, blues, greens, etc. But the only shade I see in that range is the cranberry. Everything else looks like more natural tones. It also claims to blend effortlessly and have a long-lasting formula.
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I did receive mine broken unfortunately, but I have reached out to Boxycharm’s customer service and they will be sending me a new one in next month's box. That's only the second time I've had to contact them about a broken product and for the most part, it's been a painless process. The only difference I noticed this time around is that when you send a picture of the broken product, you also have to include your shipping label in the photo also. I actually thought that was pretty annoying since they can see on my account that it's me, but whatever. I can't wait to get the new one because these literally felt like butter when I was swatching them and they’re all pretty bright shades, which I am all about. I can’t wait to play!
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The last item in this month’s box is by ColourPop and is their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Monday. These retail for $6 each, which is very affordable, but they only come with 3.2g of product. The size of the packaging looks similar to Ofra’s Liquid Lipsticks, but those retail for $20 and include 6g of product.
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Although I’ve kinda changed my mind about the Ofra Liquid Lips, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t stick my nose up seeing another Liquid Lipstick included in the box. I’m happy that it gives me the chance to try them, they’re just really not my thing. Especially when they’re matte! This color is perfect, though, and I’m excited to see how they compare to the Ofra ones. I don’t have very high thoughts of ColourPop to begin with, as you might have read in my eyeshadow and blush review, so this should be interesting.
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The total value for this month’s box is $133, which is insane considering you only pay $21 a month to receive it. I say it every time, but they really are the absolute best beauty subscription box there is. I think this is the first time in awhile that I’ve been interested to try every single item in the box. There is a new quiz on their website now to personalize your preferences, so that will be even more exciting if they start tailoring it a little bit more. If you haven’t logged on to create an account yet, I highly recommend you start now. I cancelled my ipsy two years ago to switch and haven’t regretted it once.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them for me in the comments section below. Did you receive this month’s Boxycharm? What product are you most excited about?

~Christina~

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