February Boxycharm Unboxing

This month’s Boxycharm is very different than any other box I’ve received in the past. It actually showed up pretty early and was delivered right to my doorstep with FedEx rather than USPS, it includes mostly skincare with almost no makeup, there was no physical notecard to describe each product, and it’s total value is over $200! But before we get into all of this month’s new goodies, let’s quickly review last month’s products first.

~Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask~ This smelled really good and it did add a ton of nourishment to the skin. I never used it as a sleeping mask, though, I typically just applied a thin layer after my usual clay mask. It’s definitely important to apply a thin amount, otherwise it starts to pill up and flake off.

~Pretty Vulgar Under Cover Concealer (Little White Lies)~ This is a very creamy formula to blend in and it was actually a better color match than I expected. What I found to be disappointing about this concealer is that it doesn’t provide as much coverage as I would like it to. It’s a very light coverage concealer which, to me, seems like a waste considering the price.

~Wander Beauty Trip for Two Blush and Bronzer Duo~ This is a very smooth formula, but the color selection isn’t the best. I’m pretty pale and I really had to work hard to build up the blush enough to show up on my skin. I also didn’t get any use out of the “bronzer” shade because it was too light to do anything.

~Ace Beautē Scarlet Dusk eyeshadow palette~ The formula of Ace Beautē eyeshadows is wonderful. As shown in the swatches in my full review, every shade is incredibly pigmented. And in my recent tutorial, I was able to combine the orange and pink color families into a gorgeous sunset eye look.

~Petite ‘N Pretty Fully Feathered Volumizing Mascara~ As much as I wanted to, I didn’t actually get around to trying this mascara because I’m trying to use up a few others that I already have open. But I will update in a future post when I do test it out.

Last month’s box was interesting because it had a little bit of everything. I didn’t find any new favorites, but I did enjoy testing it all. The theme for this month’s box is Boxy Adore and unfortunately, it didn’t come with a notecard. I received a “virtual notecard” a week after the box arrived. I don’t know if that’s just a mistake or if it’s another change they’re making. I never realized how helpful the notecard is until I didn’t have it!
The first product in this month’s box is the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. This is a small size with only 28 pads, which retails for $17. Some of its key ingredients include both Glycolic and Lactic Acid which work to gently exfoliate skin, Lemon Peel which helps brighten skin’s appearance, and Indian Gooseberry that will tone. I really love the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads so I’m excited to see how these compare.
The next product is the Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum. This is a full size product with 1 fl oz and retailing for $98! $98 y’all!! That is one of the reasons why I love Boxycharm. They included a $98 serum in a box that costs $25, along with four other products. That’s insane!

This serum is a high-performance concentrate made with a signature blend of five peptides that work together to refresh and renew the skin, leaving it looking more firm, smooth, and hydrated. In addition to the five peptide blend, it also includes Chicory Leaf Extract which acts as a natural alternative to retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and roughness, as well as Mango and Banana Pulp Extracts which improve skin’s radiance and luminosity.
The third skincare type product in this month’s box is the Touch in Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. This is also a full size product and it retails for $32. This is supposed to be a balm-type moisturizing primer that will smooth the texture of the skin and deliver supreme hydration. It’s made with a skin-nourishing formula including ingredients such as Phytosqualane, five different types of Hyaluronic Acid, and Damask Rose Water.

This has such a unique texture! It’s almost like a solidified lotion in the way that it sits in the container, yet it’s so easy to transfer off onto the fingertips. I can’t wait to see what this feels like on the skin and how makeup will apply over top of it.
Next up is a set of face brushes from Alamar Cosmetics. We’ve received a few products from this brand in the past and I have yet to be disappointed by any of them. This set is listed as their Complexion Brush Trio ($36) which includes a complexion brush, a bronzing brush, and a brightening brush. They’re made with vegan, synthetic fibers and can be used with both cream and powder products.
The brightening brush is the smallest of the bunch and has a wide, yet flat shape that looks like it will fit perfectly around the undereye area. I can see this one being great for setting concealer.

The complexion brush has the slightest angle to it and although it looks densely packed, the bristles have a lot of room to move. This is actually the type of brush that would be great for bronzer with my particular face shape.

The bronzer brush is definitely the most unique because, as you can see from the photo below, it has some texture to it. It’s like a typical flat top brush, but with a bunch of little bumps. I’m not exactly sure what difference the bumps will make, which is something I would’ve liked to have been able to read about on the brand website or the notecard Boxycharm typically includes. 
The last product in this month’s box is the Pür Cosmetics 4-in-1 Correcting Primer ($34). It’s a silicone free primer that includes ingredients such as a Ceretin Complex, Aloe, Caffeine, Coconut Water, and Probiotics to provide hydration, reduce the appearance of redness, and soothe and smooth the skin before makeup application.

Because it’s made without silicone, it has a much more liquidy consistency than most other primers. It doesn’t claim to mattify the skin or reduce the appearance of pores. It also doesn’t suggest how long it will extend the wear time of makeup, so those are things I will definitely be paying attention to during testing.
I’m a little surprised by this month’s box, actually. I’ve never not gotten a notecard to describe and list the price of each product. I’ve also never received so much skincare in one box before. Since I just had a birthday last month, it’s almost like they’re trying to tell me something!

The total value for all five products in this month’s box is $217!! That has to be one of the highest valued boxes I’ve ever had in the last four years of being a Boxycharm subscriber. It definitely is because of all that skincare, specifically the Kate Somerville serum!

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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