Boxycharm Almost Lost My Business

Listen. I am not a person who gets mad easily. In fact, I am not a person who would ever say anything negative to a company or a customer service representative or anything like that…….but seriously, Boxycharm really messed up this month. I am not sure what happened, but they had some type of shipping catastrophe which delayed shipment. There was also an email that went out that said some customers had a mix up with which shades of face palette the customers would receive.

I held off emailing because I didn’t really care it would be late….I mean I live in Alaska after all so everything comes late. But, after some back and forth, my box arrived today. Their customer service is really crap – they just give generic responses which annoys the crap out of me, even though I understand with the volume of customers they get, they have to have a standard response. But come on, I pay for an annual subscription PLUS the extra upgrade every 3 months, I think that deserves a little bit more than a generic response if they are at fault for some kind of delay. They sure don’t delay taking your money.

Anyways, enough of a rant – let’s open this up!

This box is very large! I can’t wait for all the goodies.

Here is our theme/info card looking all springy and lovely.

This tells you a little blurb on each product as well as the retail value.

Here we go

First Item: BoxyCharm Traincase – $20

Just another perk of being a charmer. This exclusive BoxyCharm Cosmetics case is not only extremely chic, but very spacious and perfect for the Charmer who has to take their glam on the go.

I love the size of this bag and how they branded it. I can never have enough makeup bags and I use them for more than just makeup. This one, however, will be a makeup bag for sure just because of how big this thing is! I can fit a bunch of stuff in here for when I travel. Later on in the post, I will show you just how much stuff this bag can fit from this Boxy Luxe box.

Second Item: Iconic Eyebrow Cushion – $40

Give your brows the wow they deserve with Iconic’s Sculpt & Boost Eyebrow Cushion. The innovative two-shade liquid brow compact allows for fuller-looking brows with half the effort. The highly pigmented liquid formula glides on effortlessly, while the angled brush makes for precise application each time.

This product actually really intimidates me to be honest. When you try to get some of it on the brush, it seems so saturated. This is probably a little more dark than I would reach for but it actually applies like a dream. I am not sure why you would want two tones in one pot but I appreciate that I get to try this. I think if I wanted to go for a more exaggerated, sculpted look, this would be perfect. I lean more towards a natural filled eyebrow look so I think I will stick to my super cheap eyebrow pencil.

Third Item: Lilly Lashes Exclusive Faux Mink Gaia Lashes – $24.99

Add volume, length and drama to your lashes with your new, Limited Edition Faux Mink Gaia pair of Lilly Lashes. The winged style, cruelty free lashes are durable enough to give you up to 20 wears.

I hate I cannot understand how to apply them. I guess I like that they included this in the box because I wouldn’t go out and buy this for myself because I suck at applying them. These are very full and dramatic – they look like cartoon eyelashes when I tried to put them on. I think I will end up using them 20 times trying to figure out what the hell I am doing.

Fourth Item: IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream – $48

Developed with plastic surgeons, Confidence in a Cream is your new #1 anti-aging moisturizer! Perfect for all skin types, even most sensitive, this quick-absorbing super cream immerses your skin in moisture, restores visible radiance, reduces look of pores, discoloration, lines and wrinkles and improves the look of firmness. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time.

I have been wanting to try this cream for a long time. I am not sure why I haven’t purchased it BUT now I don’t have to because BoxyCharm read my mind. This applies like a dream and made my skin feel instantly softer. I can’t speak to seeing any real difference in the look of pores or discoloration since I only used it once, but I am interested to see if there is actually a long term change. I used this as part of my regular skincare before putting on makeup and it really did help my ‘radiance’ as far as I could tell. Maybe that’s just my new found confidence speaking, but this is truly very lovely.

Fifth Item: Wander Beauty Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask – $34

Containing a blend of skin loving acai, goji berry, blueberry, lychee, mangosteen and green tea leaf extracts, the Wander Beauty Lift Off Mask instantly purifies and replenishes dull skin. Excess oil and impurities are drawn out and absorbed by kaolin clay, minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. This rose gold, skin saving, peel off mask dries quickly and effortlessly, revealing a smoother, clearer and brighter complexion.

I’m not really sure what peel off masks are supposed to accomplish because I literally never see any results. This mask looked cool enough with the shimmery aspect BUT I really don’t think it does anything for my skin. I guess it held true to drying quickly but it didn’t do much else.

Sixth Item: Adesse New York Cuticle Oil – $18

So, BoxyCharm definitely did not have this item listed on the info card I was sent….they had a tough month. I looked up the price and read the blurb but basically it’s oil you put on your nails and cuticles to soften them. I have a ton of trouble with my cuticles hating me and trying to detach from my body so this is a nice surprise. I saw some other people got nail polish and on my card it does actually list a cuticle oil BUT it’s not the same brand that I got. I guess with the shipping issues maybe they had packing issues too. I wonder if there was a mutiny.

This applied nicely and absorbed pretty quickly (I think it’s because my cuticles were planning a mutiny of their own). I’ve only used it a day as of writing this but this isn’t something I think is a dud or waste of product. I actually think this might be a great solution to me having the worst cuticles in the world. Now people won’t have to judge me when I put chapstick on my cuticles because they will already be well maintained thanks to BoxyCharm…..despite the strange lack of information with a product not listed on their sheet.

Seventh Item: Moda Brushes Powder and Soft Glow Kit – $29.99

Your new Moda 2-Piece Powder and Soft Glow kit is the ultimate dynamic duo. The two brushes were designed to give your desired look. The elegant rose gold tapered handles and two-toned synthetic brush hair make this brush set the perfect addition to your brush collection.

These brushes are really very pretty. They have a shorter handle than I am used to but I’m not mad about it. I think the pricing is a little absurd for two brushes that don’t seem to be high high quality, but they are nice enough. The bristles in the highlighter brush are a little less dense than I prefer, but it got the job done. The powder brush is actually pretty great and I don’t mind the density. The brush hairs are very soft and pick up the product easily so I know I will get some good use out of these….I’d just never pay $30 for them.

Eighth Item: Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love – $24

A moisturizing, 8-hour long wearing silky satin lip color infused with the next generation of hyaluronic acid.

This color is a little more orange than I usually reach for but holy crap, the formula is amazing. It is so smooth and silky. I want this to be on my lips every day for the rest of forever. Even though the shade isn’t what I’d pick for myself, it is still very pretty. I will do a try on and leave the pic at the bottom to see what y’all think!

Ninth Item: COVERFX Perfector Face Palette – $45

Six must-have complexion essentials in one travel-friendly palette. The talc-free formula provides seamless blending and flawless application. Sculpt with contour, blush it up and illuminate with two shimmering highlighters. Find your perfect finish with the brightener and finishing powder for a glowing, multidimensional look anywhere and everywhere you go.

I love this palette but dang $45?!?! I mean, don’t get me wrong, this is beautiful but holy heck that’s some moolah for 6 shades. I love that this is all in one case so when I go somewhere, I don’t have to lug each individual item…Lord knows I’d end up forgetting one anyways. The highlights are a little more colored than I prefer – usually I go for a tone more similar to the brightener..the contour is a little lighter than I prefer as well…and the blush is way more pink than I wear. That being said, once I applied these, I was able to tone the blush down, build the contour a little more up, and the highlights were beautiful. I think it is a great palette and I am tempted to look into what else they offer.

Tenth Item: MORPHE 15 Shade Artistry Palette – $16

Indulge in infinite eye looks. This mirrored palette features 15 crazy-creamy, powerfully pigmented shades, so you can mix, match and blend the rules.

The shades are really gorgeous. I love that there are more purple tones in here than I normally lean towards but there are also the brown/bronze tones I prefer as well. I think I will really have to feel ambitious to use the purple tones BUT I like to have the option to jump out of my comfort zone when I feel like it. The shades blend really well and are easy to build for more color. I can’t say they are the most pigmented shades in the world but they get the job done. I also like that this is an affordable palette with a lot of shades to offer. There are so many times where I am dropping anywhere from $40-$70 on eyeshadow palettes but I like that if I want something more affordable, there is a great quality option out there.

Here is the top row from left to right. The shimmer is very pretty – almost like a subtle glimmer.

Middle row from left to right. That last shade is heaven.

Bottom row from left to right. I think it may just be the lighting but these are actually a little more purple than they are in the picture.

This is the swatching of the Cover FX palette! The first three are the top row and the bottom three are the lower row. I am obsessed with the shimmer in the top row and the blush is so pretty! You can’t really see the finishing powder in here, but it’s between the contour and blush – you can see the slightest glimmer from it.

Here is the swatching for the eyebrow cushion and the lipstick. I really love the shade of the lipstick despite it being a little more orange than I prefer…maybe I just really love the formula! I am also very excited to see how the eyebrow cushion will work as well.

Instead of lining up every product, I wanted to shove them all in the bag and see how everything fit. There is still so much room for other things and I will undoubtedly use this when I travel. I love this whole box so so much and will use everything in it! Even though the customer service was a little too generic for me, I feel like this box actually same sooner than it has the last 3 months.

Here is a look I created using only the products from this box minus foundation and mascara (ignore my mom bun and lack of tasteful clothing). Usually, I prefer a darker contour bronzer BUT I don’t think this looks bad at all. Actually, if I had done a more simple eye look, this would be great for everyday wear. The eyebrow cushion is a great product and you can really easily control just how you want your eyebrows to look. I love that this box basically gave me everything for many looks in the future.

Here is a close up of the eye look I created with the palette and eye brow product.

So there it is! Again, minus the crap customer service and alleged delays in shipping, I LOVE THIS BOX! I will definitely be subscribed to this for a long time if they keep this up…I just hope I never have to deal with customer service again because I hate generic responses.

The value is right at $300 which is nice considering I paid around $50 for the box. The quality and variety is definitely there if you’re into makeup and getting some products that may not be exactly what you’d reach for but still are beautiful.

If you would like to join me and the other BoxyCharm lovers out there and get yourself one of these marvelous Boxy Luxe Boxes, feel free to follow my referral link. They also stated that there is going to be an exclusive skincare box which I will definitely be picking up – it will only be available to subscribers from what I can tell and I am so excited!

Til next time!

The Difference of $11 in Beauty Boxes

As per usual, my boxes are late so I’ve decided to do comparisons so you guys can see what a $11 difference can be in a beauty subscription box. Really, if you want to see what $11 can get you, keep reading this post and also refer back to my Allure vs Ipsy post where both subscriptions cost about $10.

This will be the comparison of Boxycharm ($21) and Play! by Sephora ($10). I thought it would be interesting to contrast the size, value, and quantity of the two boxes.

Let’s dive in!

The theme for Feb 2019 is “After Glow” and it looks like all these products would help you get your glow on. I’m really excited just by looking at the packaging for these products – I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging!

First Item!

First Item: Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream – $20.00

I’m shocked this is so expensive for so little! This lotion is really nice BUT this scent reminds me of buttered popcorn…….not that I have anything against that but I’d rather smell like something other than a movie theater. I really love the formula and it did maintain the scent throughout the day so if it was a different fragrance, then I’d be head over heels for it. I might check out what else they have scent wise.

Second Item: Pretty Vulgar Bronzer – $32.00

The formula for this is super smooth! This isn’t really dark enough for what I typically use as a bronzer but I may be able to play around with it and make it work. The packaging is everything!!! I love the contrast between the fold and the bronze powder. I want to keep it mostly for that reason.

Update: I did manage to build it up and make it more of the type color that I aim for. I actually really like this bronzer!

Third Item:┬áNudeStix Magnetic Luminous Eye Color – $24.00

Holy crap this is expensive and holy crap IL LOVE IT. This color is very much in my wheelhouse of colors. I can see myself using this as an eye shadow or an eyeliner. But dang, if I ever wanted to buy this again, it’s a pretty penny!

Fourth Item: Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer – $18.00

I was super excited to see this in the box! My pores can be massive and hideous so I’m always looking for something to blur that on my face. The texture was amazing and seemed to do a pretty great job. I’ll add a picture with a face of makeup and let y’all decide!

Fifth Item: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – $24.00

I’ve heard a lot about this mascara being like a ‘holy grail’ product and I was super excited to try it. My lashes are short and thin and hideous so mascara is a HUGE deal for my face. This mascara was nice. It added length and didn’t clump. It wasn’t the best mascara I’ve used but I’ll definitely use it until it’s gone.

Here is a swatch of the bronzer (top) and eyeshadow stick (bottom). I LOVE THE SHIMMER!!!

So, this is a fast look I put on to show the primer, eyeshadow stick, bronzer, and mascara in action. Typically, I like a more defined bronzer but I don’t mind this for a more natural look. I also think the mascara looks nice enough. The primer is OK but I can still see my large pores. The real MVP here is that eyeshadow stick. I used it as more of an eyeliner but I dig it regardless.

So, here is the final lineup for the Feb 2019 Boxycharm. Overall, this is a really great box of products I will use often, if not every day. I especially love the shimmer eyeshadow stick and can see getting a lot of use out of that. The thing I love most about Boxycharm is that they have full sized items. This is great if you fall in love with something so you don’t have to run out and buy another thing on top of your subscription. In general, Boxycharm doesn’t ever let me down and exposes me to great, high-quality items.

The total value of this came out to be: $118.00. I feel like that’s awesome compared to what you pay ($21.00)

If you’d like to sign up for Boxycharm, feel free to use my referral link!

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Next, let’s see the Play! by Sephora in action.

As you can see, my poor box had a rough time in the mail. I have mixed feelings about the inner packaging because I think the red is a nice contrast to the black and white striped box BUT when would I ever use this plastic bag again? Never. So. That’s wasted right there.

Let’s open it up.

The info sheet is MASSIVE. I actually really think it’s pointless and they could have put the cost of the packaging and color printing into maybe another sample or something. I do like that Sephora gives you 50 extra points to add to a purchase but it expires within a month and y’all, I start to feel the pressure to make sure I get my 50 points. Good marketing strategy Sephora. Well played. Other than the product info, I really feel like the whole backside is a waste of info. They didn’t even include most of the things they are saying you should indulge in (clay mask, face exfoliant, hair treatment) so I’m not sure why that’s their suggestions for the month. Maybe I’m being over critical but I’d imagine they’d want to push the products they are letting you sample, but that’s just my opinion.

Inside we get 6 samples. That’s one more than Ipsy but the sizes seem much smaller than what you get in Ipsy. If you wanted a little more variety – aka one more item to try out – this might be your best bet.

First Item: Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks (1 pair)

I don’t really like getting anything for baggage under my eyes. What I really need is something for dark circles! I’ll save this for a day when I notice any puffiness under my eyes, but really this is a toss away.

Second Item: Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume Sample

This actually smells really nice but I feel like it has been around for a while. The size is much smaller than what came in the Ipsy as far as perfume samples goes, but I do like that I get to try this scent out. I think there is probably enough in here to try out a couple of times.

Third Item: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Sample in Maple

This is the single most adorable bullet lipstick I have ever seen. Other than that, the color seems a little dark for what I normally use and it’s so small that I’ll probably lose it BUT the formula is super smooth. I’ve seen where this has been in quite a few subscription boxes so who knows, maybe I’ll love it.

Fourth Item: Clinique Moisture Surge Lotion Sample

This lotion. I’m literally in love. I wish the sample was SO much bigger but a little bit of this really goes a long way. The texture is silly and amazing against my skin. I’ve been using it at night and it really makes my skin feel so hydrated and luxurious in the morning. Im very much considering buying a full size because I love it that much!

Fifth Item: Clinique Quickliner for Eyes

I’m never too thrilled about getting eyeliner. Honestly, I hate taking the time to do eyeliner and if I do, I usually use brown or gold. Black just makes my eyes look crazy. The one plus side is that this eyeliner goes on SUPER smooth. I much prefer a pencil like this over liquid eyeliner.

Sixth Item: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Face Cream

The smell of this is so citrus-y and bright. I love to put this on my face in the morning like a big drink of OJ to start the day off. It has a very nice texture and makes my skin feel moisturized. The little pot is adorable as well but they are killing me with these small ass samples.

Here is the swatches of the lipstick (top) and the eyeliner (bottom). The pigment is really nice in both and each has a smooth texture. I am really pleased with both selections, even though I don’t typically go for super, deep red lipstick or black eyeliner. These will be nice for when I feel in the mood to do something different, even if the size is SUPER small for the lipstick.

So as you can see an $11 difference here really gets you some amazing value. I can’t say I’m too thrilled with the Sephora box as I only really liked two products which were SO SMALL. If I am going to get samples, I would much prefer Allure or Ipsy or for just skin care, BeautyFIX.

That being said, I am going to cancel the Sephora subscription for the upcoming month because nothing really wowed me. Now Boxycharm on the other hand really was the MVP here. Yes, you pay more but they were all products I’d use pretty regularly. I love the full sized products and I think that’s worth the price difference.

What do you guys think? Do you think the value in Sephora is there for the variety?

Coming up, I have some new subscriptions, some big boxes, and a couple other item reviews!

Til next time!