October Boxycharm Unboxing

When I got my Boxycharm this month, I was actually a little confused. On the included notecard, they announced a “Boxycharm 2.0” which is apparently different from their recent release of BoxyLuxe. I love the Boxycharm brand and I’m so happy to see them grow, but I’m also having a hard time keeping up. I need more clarification between all these new options! As always, let’s quickly review last month’s products before getting into the October box.

~Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask~ Loveee it!! I’m usually always impressed by Dr. Brandt products and this is no different. I fell in love the first time I applied this. It smells fresh, it glides on the skin smoothly, and doesn’t feel heavy at all. It’s so lightweight, I can also use it as a daytime moisturizer -- even on my oily skin!

~Moda Pro 5-Piece Brush Set~ These brushes have the same high-quality we’ve come to expect from the Moda Pro line. However, the only one I have added to my daily rotation is the BMX-402 Smudger brush because I love how that packs the color on the lid. The other brushes are great, I just don’t always have a use for them.

~Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator (Peach Glow)~ With all the hype behind this highlighter, I was actually a little disappointed. It’s not as pigmented as I would’ve thought. And although the color wasn’t as bad with my pink undertones as I was expecting, it’s the specks of glitter in this product that I didn’t like. 

~Violet Voss Essentials Eyeshadow Palette~ As you might have read in my full review or tutorial featuring this palette, I was really happy with it! The color selection did throw me off at first, but the quality was wonderful. Every single shade is extremely pigmented and requires almost no effort to blend.

~MAC Frosted Lipstick (CB 96)~ Although I’m still not a fan of the frosted pearl finish or the pinky orange color, I do really like the smooth formula. It does have a slightly unpleasant smell (almost plastic-like), but it glides over the lips effortlessly and feels very lightweight.

There were a few things about last month’s products that weren’t my favorite, but I think the Dr. Brandt moisturizer and the quality of the Violet Voss palette definitely made up for it. The theme for this month is Boxycharm After Dark, which is more than appropriate considering Halloween is only 10 days away!
The first product in this month's box is an Egg White Sheet Mask from the brand GO2 Beauty. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but the value for this set of 2 is $19.98. That makes it about $10 for a single-use mask!

The egg whites used in the mask are supposed to tone and reduce inflammation and tighten the pores. It’s recommended to leave on the skin for 10 minutes. Aside from those two things, there aren’t many other details provided about this mask.

After trying to research more information on my own, I’m a little disappointed with Boxycharm. The GO2 Beauty website listed on the back of the product redirects you to CopyCat Beauty’s website. I immediately recognized the company. It’s not a company I want to support and definitely not one that I trust, which makes me a little concerned when considering putting this mask on my face.
Another disappointing product in the box is this Iconic London Prep-Set-Glow Spray ($29). I received the Glow color, which has a more copper tone compared to their original lighter shimmery champagne version. This one’s disappointing because not only does it seem like more of a Summertime product, it also looks too dark for my skintone and there’s no way I’m putting this on my already extremely oily face.

This claims that it can be applied before moisturizer, after makeup, or to refresh throughout the day. Its 100% vegan formula includes ingredients such as Cucumber, Chamomile, Green Tea, Caffeine, Antioxidants, and Vitamin E to help condition the skin, combat dark circles, and leave the skin feeling revitalized with a light-reflecting glow. It is really gorgeous to look at in the bottle, but I’ll probably only ever use this on certain areas of my body like the legs, arms, or decolletage.
The third product in the box is the Smashbox Always on Liquid Liner ($22). This is kinda funny -- between the shape, the red and black packaging, and Halloween, the first thing this reminded of was Cruella de Vil’s cigarette holder! This claims to be a high-pigment, waterproof, sweat-, humidity-, and transfer-resistant formula that will last up to 24 hours. It’s also supposed to have a super-fine, easy-to-control tip that won’t skip, tug, flake, or smudge during or after application. This has a lot of claims and I plan on putting them all to the test!
Next is a Dose of Colors eyeshadow palette called Pretty Cool. It has gorgeous gunmetal mirror packaging and includes five completely matte eyeshadows for $32. There is also a dual-ended brush and mirror on the inside. I’ve never used any Dose of Colors eyeshadows before, so I’m really excited about this one!
When I first opened the palette, I honestly thought it looked like eyebrow powders. That’s totally fine, though, because that makes it even more multipurpose. I love that every single shade is matte! The swatches look very promising, so I’m keeping my hopes high!
The last product in the box is the Hank & Henry Slick With It Mascara Duo ($19). Hank & Henry products have been pretty hit or miss for me in the past, but their packaging is always gorgeous. I love the simplicity of the white and gunmetal combination! This vegan mascara claims to have a waterproof formula that won’t flake or transfer.
One side of this mascara has a normal sized wand for adding length and volume to the upper lashes. The other side has a very thin wand with smaller bristles for more precise application on the lower lashes. I like the idea behind the two wands. I’m really hoping for an impressive formula!
Between discovering the brand behind the sheet masks and the intimidating shimmer in the facial mist, this definitely isn’t my favorite box. However, that still doesn’t take away from the value. The total of all five of these products is $122, which is $100 more than what the box costs. I think it’s worth it even just for the eyeshadow palette alone, but I’m really excited to try that mascara also!

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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