July Boxycharm Unboxing

With Boxycharm arriving later and later every month, it’s getting to the point where it’s not even exciting anymore. I used to look forward to the beginning of the month because that meant it was Boxycharm time, but now they just automatically charge your account their increased box rate and then wait over 20 days after that before shipping the product. And with nothing but inexcusable answers coming from the company, I have no choice but to cancel my subscription after six years of supporting this brand.

Here’s a quick review of last month’s products before we get into the July box:

~QMS Medicosmetics Lip Line Corrector~ It is a very lightweight serum that absorbs quickly, but this has to be the most boujee product I’ve ever tried -- in both its price and its claims. It doesn’t feel any different than other moisturizers that I’ve used, so it just seems like a scam. This would never be a product that I could honestly recommend or ever purchase on my own.

~Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream (Fair)~ I wasn’t really able to use this one because the color was way too light for me right now, but I did apply it once just to see its coverage and consistency. It was awful! It smelled like sunscreen, it felt very heavy, and it never fully absorbed into the skin. 

~Touch in Sol Fill Up Orange Eyeshadow Palette~ Although the packaging looks intimidating, this ended up being a very neutral palette. I really liked the look I created with it in my recent tutorial and found the formula very easy to work with. However, as I mentioned in my full review, it’s not one I’d recommend because of its wasted space inside the palette and the lack of variety within the shade selection.

~Lilly Lashes Triple X Mascara~ As much as I wanted to like this mascara, it wasn’t everything I hoped it would be. The initial result was beautiful and dramatic. Unfortunately, the formula was thick and heavy, which left my lashes straight and droopy after a few hours. Clumps were also a problem with this formula. Read my full review (with photos) here.

~Lashaholic Lashes (They’re Real, I Swear)~ Lashaholic lashes are very easy to apply. I’ve only worn fake lashes a handful of times and I can always get these applied on the first try! I think they look absolutely stunning in photos, but they’re a little too dramatic for how I like to present myself in person.

Overall, I wasn’t too happy with the products included in last month’s box. I did have fun testing everything, but I didn’t find any new favorites which makes it feel like a waste. The theme for the July box is Sunshine. Thankfully, they did remember to include a physical notecard. It’s so helpful having that already provided in the box to introduce each product.

The first thing in this month’s box is a set of makeup sponges from The Crème Shop ($22). I’ve never heard of this brand before, but the sponges already feel very soft and squishy even before getting dampened. One of the sponges is more of a traditional round shape with just one slanted edge. The other also has one slanted edge, but is more unique with a flat bottom and top. I love the pastel pink and marble design on them too!

Next is the Vitamin C Brightening Booster from a brand called the Clean Skin Club. Another brand I’ve never heard of before, but they’re already making a great impression with this gorgeous blue ombre packaging. This glass bottle includes 1 fl oz of product and retails for $50. This claims to firm and brighten the appearance of the skin with its Pineapple, Watermelon, and Green Tea Extracts. It can be used alone or as a booster when mixed in with a moisturizer.

The palette included in this month’s box is the Ace Beautē Bronzed in Paradise palette. It retails for $30 and comes with four different bronzing powders. It is set in thin cardboard packaging with metallic gold writing and a beautiful floral image on the front. The inside is simple with no wasted space and a decent sized mirror. I would’ve liked to see shade names listed below each color, but that’s not as important as a good formula.

As with most bronzers, the undertone of all these shades is very warm. That’s totally fine for my complexion, but something to keep in mind if you prefer a cool-toned bronzer. Throughout the year, I’d probably switch between shades 1-3 depending on my self tan schedule or how much time I spend in the sun. Shade four is much darker with a slight reddish undertone and although I’d never be able to use it as a bronzer, it’d be a great eyeshadow option!
Speaking of eyeshadow, the next product is StudioMakeup’s Endurance Cream Eyeshadow in Pink ($25). It does come with slightly less product than other cream eyeshadows, but I like the simplistic packaging. Looking at it in the tube, I was hoping it’d be something similar to my beloved Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chromes. Unfortunately, it’s more of a liquid glitter top coat similar to the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights.
The last product included in this month’s box is the Alamar Cosmetics Lip Gloss in the shade Birthday Suit ($15). It’s in a much shorter tube than their last lip gloss that I tried. I’m not sure if that’s their new style or if it’s because this is a special product celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Either way, I think it has a beautiful shine that would look gorgeous by itself or over another lipstick. And it smells like cake!!
I am pretty happy with the majority of the products included in this month’s box. The total value of everything is $142. As always, it’s an amazing deal for what the box actually costs -- even if they did increase the price. However, with as much as Boxycharm has grown they’ve really lost touch with their original business values and it’s sad. They’re no longer a company I want to support and I have already cancelled my subscription.

August would have marked a full six years as a Boxycharm subscriber, but their poor quality of service has become more stressful than exciting so I had to deactivate my account. I will have a separate post with more details about my experience, so check back for that. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your suggestions for alternative subscription services. What are your favorites and which ones would you not recommend?

XO ♥ Christina ♥


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