I’m a lipstick fiend. There is nothing I am better at than convincing myself that I don’t already have that colour of lipstick. One of my favourite brands, BITE Beauty, has a place in Toronto where you can make custom lipsticks. For my birthday a […]
Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo and Pampering Conditioner – I got this for Christmas literally years ago. I had picked it out based on recommendations from friends. I didn’t like this shampoo or conditioner. I felt like it didn’t make my hair any less dry. It was a chore to get through. Would I buy it again? Nope!
First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser – I love this cleanser. I originally got in a gift pack with some other FAB products. It’s an excellent daily cleanser. It’s not too harsh on the skin, but it works well. This was my second tube. Would I buy it again? Yes! I already had the bigger size of this cleanser ready to go, and I got another back up for Christmas. I’m seriously considering the jumbo size next time I buy it.
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate – I got this little sample as part of my birthday gift from Ulta last year. I thought it was a good morning moisturizer. But I didn’t feel like it did enough at night. Would I buy it again? Probably not.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 2.0N – This is my go-to foundation. I like the light, yet buildable coverage. I think it makes my skin look really nice and blurs everything out. Also, it’s ridiculously inexpensive. At $6.70, it’s cheaper than most drugstore foundations. It is tough to try and figure out what your shade might be, so if there is a store close to you, go in and swatch test. Would I buy it again? Yes! I got it in a winter and a summer shade.
Alba Botanica Acnedote Face & Body Scrub – I’ve been using this scrub for YEARS. It wasn’t available in Canada, so I would pick up a bottle in the States whenever I’d go. It worked well for me. Sometime last year, my skin completely changed. I now have combo skin, when it used to be exclusively oily. This scrub is now way to harsh for me. Would I buy it again? It makes me sad to say it, because I’ve repurchased it so many times, but no. this was my last bottle.
Well, it’s almost October, so why wouldn’t this be the most perfect and definitely relevant time to give my thoughts about the September Boxycharm?
I was looking forward to getting this box, it was going to be my last one for a while. After only planning on getting the June box, I accidentally (on purpose) stayed subscribed to Boxycharm for the next couple of months. After September, it was time to take a break.
Boxycharm has been my favourite beauty subscription service I have ever tried. For $21 USD, you get 5 or 6 full-sized products. For you fellow Canadians out there, it works out to be around $35 a month, which includes the shipping costs. It’s definitely one of the more expensive boxes on the market, but it also has the best value BY FAR. Almost every product that I’ve received in my four boxes has been entered into my usual rotation. There is a little variation in products that you receive. Usually, there are 3 or 4 products that everyone gets in their box. Then there are one or two products in your box that have variations depending on which box you end up with.
In the September box, I got:
Ojitos Brush Trio by Alamar Cosmetics – $18 USD – I was SUPER excited to get this brush trio. I’m always in need of new eye shadow brushes, and I wanted to try out this trio. We got the Alamar Cosmetics palette in the June box (it was the main reason I wanted to get the box in the first place), so I expected Charmers to receive the brush set at some point. The brushes did not let me down. They are soft, and do their job.
Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Palette – $35 USD – Pretty Vulgar got quite a bit of hype at the beginning of 2018, when they first introduced their brand, but this was my first time trying any of their products. They’ve gotten a lot of mixed reviews, so I was pretty interested to try it out. This palette isn’t going to wow anyone with its originality. It’s a neutral palette. But it’s good at being a neutral palette, and I find it fairly versatile for what it is. I am pretty happy with this.
Laura Geller Baked Blush in Tropical Hues* – $28 USD – In my real life, I would never pay what would probably end up being near $40 CAD for a blush, which is why Boxycharm is great. I can try products I would never normally try. This blush is really beautiful. It has nice pigmentation, and a sheen that gives a gorgeous glow. Is it worth as much as it’s priced? I have a hard time saying yes.
Hank & Henry Liquid Lipstick in Petal Pusher* – $17 USD – I am always pretty excited about a new lipstick, especially from a brand I haven’t tried before. I love the colour of this one. It can be worn year-round. The formula is, uh, interesting. It’s pretty heavy and thick feeling, and it never really dries down, so be careful when eating. It’s also a little tough to apply, so I would recommend using a lip liner. But then it’s also pretty tough to get off at the end of the day. I’m still going to use it, but it’s just not my favourite lipstick I’ve ever tried.
Butter London Stroke of Wow Roll On Eyeliner* – $19 USD – The pizza cutter eyeliner applicator has been all the rage with brands lately, but it doesn’t seem to be the case for consumers. People are intimidated by this, myself included. I’ve tried a similar applicator on another eyeliner with varying results. I don’t wear liquid eyeliner every day because I don’t trust myself to do it well every time. I don’t think I will be reaching for this product very often.
Overall, I am pretty happy with this box. I can see myself reaching for 4/5 products with some regularity. The total value of this box is $117 USD. This box continues to be an amazing value, and if I lived in the States where shipping was free and I paid just $21 a month for it I would be a regular subscriber. For now, I need to take a break from it. I will continue to be looking at spoilers for each month because I get a THRILL FROM IT. And if something catches my eye, I will probably have to subscribe again.
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* Variation Product
As a lover of beauty products and getting things in the mail, I am obviously a huge fan of subscription boxes. I’ve taken a long break from them for various reasons – they will no longer ship to Canada, I wasn’t excited about the products I was getting, it was too expensive, etc. I’ve been wanting to try Boxycharm for a while, but was hesitant because at $21 USD, plus $5 shipping to Canada, the price was double that of some of the boxes I’ve tried in the past, and sinking that much money into something without really knowing what I was getting was anxiety-inducing. But in June, Boxycharm turned off their waiting list, and whoever wanted to purchase the box could do so. There was one product in the box that really caught my eye and led me to finally take the leap.
Here’s what I got in my June box:
Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 Palette – $28 USD – The moment I saw this palette I knew I needed it. It is so stunning, features unique shades, but is completely wearable. The price of the box, plus shipping works out to be the same price of the palette alone. And because Alamar Cosmetics is an indie brand, I figured shipping to Canada wouldn’t be cheap. This palette did not disappoint. I am obsessed with it. It is so beautiful that sometimes I take it out just to look at it.
Ofra Long-Lasting Lipstick in Verona – $20 USD – After hearing so much about Ofra’s products, I was really excited to get this in the box. At first, I wasn’t too sure about the colour, but now I love it. It is a gorgeous pinky-browny-nude that is completely unique in my collection. The formula is one of my favourite I’ve ever tried of liquid lipsticks.
Luxie Face Brush Set – $43 USD – I love getting brushes in subscription boxes. These face brushes are fantastic and I love them. So soft, so nice, ohhhh yeahhhh.
Battington Silk Lashes in Monroe – $28 USD – I truly never wear false lashes, so I would never spend over $30 CAD on a pair. The packaging of these are nice, and will sit on my vanity. I’m just not going to get a ton of use out of them.
Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream Travel Size – $10 USD – I didn’t get why everyone talked about this product like it was a gift from baby jesus himself. I thought it HAD to be overhyped – that was until I got it. Holy shit it really is scented by heaven’s angels. It smells so good. I bought a larger size and a body spray. Dammit, consumerism, you win again.
JonteBlue Eyeliner Pencil in Black – $5 USD – It’s always nice to have a black eyeliner kicking around. This just isn’t a particularly remarkable black eyeliner.
I was very impressed with my first Boxycharm. The total value of the box was $134 USD (and because the brushes are in a kit, and on their own they sell for more the value is much more than that.) I loved this subscription box and will definitely get it in the future. If you want to subscribe to Boxycharm, use my referral link here.
Influenster and BITE Beauty were once again, kind enough to send me the latest BITE VoxBox complimentary for review. This time it was for their new Liquified Lipsticks. View this post on Instagram Y'all know how I love a good lipstick. Thanks to @influensterca and […]