April Boxycharm Unboxing

Beauty subscription services, like Boxycharm, have always been enjoyable because surprise makeup is always a good time. But they’re especially convenient right now because they’re delivered directly to your home while everything else is closed. I could play with makeup for hours, especially when it’s something new that I’ve never tried. Before we get into all of this month’s new goodies, let’s quickly review last month’s products first.

~Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes~ So far, I’m really liking this cream! I haven’t been using it long enough to notice a difference, but the formula feels wonderful. It’s moisturizing enough, yet absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave behind any oily residue.

~Kat Von D Signature Brow Pencil (Blonde)~ As mentioned in my unboxing post last month, this product went straight in the trash. The color was wrong, it was practically invisible in a swatch, and it broke multiple times. Rather than sending me a replacement, Boxycharm instead credited my account with “charms” to use in their charm room. That’d be an okay solution if there were any products available...

~Hank & Henry Living in Color eyeshadow palette~ I was really hoping to like this product, but it ended up being just as big of a disappointment as all the rest I’ve tried from this brand. I was able to create a decent look that I featured in a recent tutorial, but in my full review I discussed why it’s not something I’d recommend.

~Becca Ultimate Lip Definer (Vacation)~ While I still don’t appreciate the low-quality, frequently breaking smudger at the end, I do really like the formula of this lip pencil. It’s very smooth and nicely pigmented.

~Appeal Cosmetics Ultra Créme Lipstick (Muse)~ Aside from the eye cream, this is my second favorite product from the box. The packaging is precious, the color is beautiful, and the formula is beyond comfortable. When I have gotten the chance to wear makeup lately, this is one I’ve reached for a lot!

Last month’s box was a pretty big dud. While I did like the lipstick and the eye cream, there were other things about it that left me feeling unsatisfied. Every month, I hope they’ll deliver something amazing and it seems like this time they’ve finally got it. The theme for this month’s box is Festival Vibes and I'm happy to say that, for the first time in months, they included a notecard with details for each product!
The first product in the box are these sheet masks from Tony Moly. I believe this set of three is a $9 value, according to the included notecard in the box. Each of these masks is a 3-layer pulp sheet filled with natural ingredients and enriched essences to provide maximum hydration to the skin.

The I’m Lotus mask is infused with Lotus Flower Extract to transform dull, dehydrated skin into a radiant and luminous complexion. The I’m Hemp mask is infused with Cannabis Sativa Seed Extract to soothe and calm the skin. The I’m Cactus mask is meant to calm, soothe, purify, and hydrate the skin with its Prickly Pear Extract.
Next are these beauty sponges from Hank & Henry. This set retails for $20 and comes with two sizes. One is a normal size sponge and the other is a little smaller for more precise areas like the eyes and around the nose. I’ve never seen beauty sponges in this shape before, but all the different angles and sides seem like they’ll be very useful. They do already seem decently squishy, so I’m interested to see what they’re like after getting wet.
It’s been a while since any Benefit Cosmetics products were included in the box. This month we received their POREfessional Hydrate Primer ($32). I do like their original POREfessional primer, so I’m interested to see how the Hydrate version compares. This formula includes Shea Butter to smooth and moisturize the skin, but the majority of its hydrating benefits come from Hyaluronic Acid. 
Next is the Ace Beautē Vintage Dawn eyeshadow palette. This comes with 12 eyeshadows and retails for $35. Seven of the shadows have a matte finish and five are shimmers. The packaging is beautiful and sleek, like most other palettes I’ve seen from this brand. There is no applicator included, but there is a decent size mirror and shade names by each pan.
From my past experiences with Ace Beautē eyeshadow palettes, I’m expecting to be impressed with this formula also. The first shimmer shade called Sun seems to be a little patchy, as shown in the swatch picture below. But the other shimmer and mattes seem to be high-quality. I’m excited to start playing around with these and see how they apply on the eyes.
The last product in this month’s box is the Iconic London Plumping Lip Gloss ($26). The shade I have is called Peek-A-Boo. It looks a little too Barbie pink in the tube, but it swatches mostly clear with just a hint of pink. I love the rose gold packaging and although I’m not a huge fan of most plumping formulas, glossy lips are my favorite!
After being pretty unimpressed with the past few boxes I’ve received, I was really hoping they’d turn things around this month. And they totally did! The overall value for this month’s box is $122! I don’t even think I have a favorite, I’m excited about each one of these products!

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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