November Boxycharm Unboxing

We’ve taken on some pretty big home renovations since settling back in from the honeymoon and let me tell you, it is no joke! We’ve been so crazy busy with it that I almost completely forgot about my Boxycharm. And when I say I almost completely forgot, I mean I did forget. It didn’t even cross my mind to check for tracking until one day it just showed up in my mailbox. I don’t know if I should be happy about that because it was such a fun surprise or worried because I can’t even remember what day it is!

~Dr. Brandt Pore Perfecting Exfoliator~ This looked and felt (in a swatch) exactly like their microdermabrasion exfoliator that I got in my February Boxycharm and absolutely love. Unfortunately, it was not nearly as pleasant to use. It still has super fine micro-beads, but leaves an oily residue even after rinsing. It got the job done, it just didn’t leave my skin feeling nice and clean afterwards.

~Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid (Prosecco Pop)~ I didn’t even touch this product this month. I honestly just put it straight to the back of my drawer. This might have been a nice product for my body during the Summer when I had a tan, but I couldn’t think of any way I’d use it right now. Something this shimmery is the last thing I want to layer over my already extremely oily skin. Maybe if I had gotten the powder form, but definitely not using this liquid version.

~Dirty Little Secrets Eye Shadow Crayon (Illusion)~ I thought I was going to enjoy this from the initial swatch because it felt really smooth. However, it did tug at the eyelids a little bit which is never a good thing. It also wasn’t as brightening as I was expecting it to be, although it did hold onto eyeshadow very well.

~Jontéblu Lip Liner (Spice)~ For a pencil liner, this wasn’t bad. It was a really pretty color and didn’t give me any trouble during application. This worked beautifully paired with many different lip colors and even looked nice just on its own. The only thing I’m worried about is when I’ll have to sharpen it. I’m the worst at sharpening these types of pencils!

~Tarte Tarteist Matte Lip Paint (Pillowtalk)~ The formula on this wasn’t too bad, but I seriously cannot stand the color. I tried really hard to include this in the tutorial I did and I had to take it off because I looked like a ghost. It wasn’t even a nude lip color at that point, it was worse. And because it is matte, I probably won’t be purchasing any other shades to try in the future.

I ended up not liking very many of last month’s products. Actually, I don’t think I really enjoyed any of them enough to recommend. Hopefully this month’s will have better luck! The theme of the November box is Sweater Weather which is pretty accurate since it’s finally starting to get a little cooler in Florida now.
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We’ve gotten Luxie brushes quite a few times in previous Boxycharms and I’ve always loved both their quality and their packaging. I mean, who doesn’t want pink and rose gold brushes sitting on their vanity? This is their Quad Eye Travel Set ($32) that they collaborated with Boxycharm to make. It includes four mini synthetic bristled brushes that are made for travel.
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You get an angled shader brush (207T), a blending brush (227T), a shading brush (213T), and a flat definer brush (221T). The cool part about this set is that these are all brushes that the brand currently offers. So if you already have some of these, you can now take them with you on the go knowing you have brushes that you love.
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The next item is pink too, so precious!! These are the KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks, which retail for $5 a piece making this set $15. They claim to be all natural and made without parabens, sulfates, artificial dyes, and fragrances. You’re supposed to leave it on for 15-20 minutes and it will leave your lips moisturized and more plump. I don’t necessarily need any help in that department, but I’ve never tried a lip mask before so I’m excited to see what it’s like. The time frame seems kind of excessive, though. I don’t know how I’m supposed to go that long without talking!
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The third item in the box is this Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray, which retails at $31 for 4 fl oz of product. I think I’ve made it clear by now how much I want to keep anything that says “illuminating” as far away from my face as possible, but maybe I can find a day where it might not be as humid to be able to test this out. I’ve never owned anything from Cover FX before, so I’m excited to be able to try this brand for the first time since they’re supposed to be really good. This also says it’s made without alcohol, parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc. I didn’t know talc is typically included in setting sprays, but that does make me happy that this one doesn’t.
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Next is the Kitten eyeshadow palette from Winky Lux. I think I’ve only tried this brand once or twice before and I think I had mixed feelings about it. I’m really not a cat person, so I’m not the biggest fan of the animations on the packaging but I do like how small it is and that they didn’t include a mirror or a brush. It does have all the shadow names on the back of the palette, which I really appreciate.
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It’s pretty affordable at $25 for nine eyeshadows. Out of the nine shadows, you get a mixture of holographic, matte, satin, and glitter. I think I’ve only tried one other holographic eyeshadow before, so that’s exciting because you don’t typically see those very much. They claim to be highly-pigmented and ultra soft. I’ll have to work with them a little more to give you my full thoughts in a separate review, but I can tell you that they are pretty impressive on the initial swatch.
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The last item in the box this month is from a brand that I’ve never heard of before. This is the Laqa Cloud Lips lipstick in the shade Storm, which retails for $17. That seems kinda pricey since they must not be a very popular brand yet, but the packaging does feel really nice and looks stunning which is probably a big factor in the price tag. This claims to be an airy matte lipstick that provides long-lasting, full coverage. It looks much darker in the tube than it does when it’s swatched, which is actually a good thing in my opinion for this particular shade. However, you can see that it’s a little streaky and patchy in the swatch so I’ll really have to test out that “full coverage” claim.
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I love how almost all the items in this month’s box match together. The only one that wasn’t really on that pinky rose-gold theme was the setting spray, even though I do like how sleek it looks. The total value for this month’s box is $120 -- always impressive! Aside from the setting spray, I think I’m really excited to test out all of these products this month. Stay tuned for a tutorial featuring most of these items!

If you haven’t signed up for Boxycharm already, I highly recommend it. You can visit their website to create your own account here. Did you receive this month’s box? What item are you most excited about?

~Christina~

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