Monday, December 29, 2014

Boxycharm December 2014 Review and Unboxing

Like Birchbox, Boxycharm is another box that took absolutely forever to arrive this month. Showing up on Christmas Eve was kind of stressful, as I had so much to do for the holidays and not enough time to photograph everything and make sure I get up the review before the end of the month! Blogging troubles! I apologized for the dark and grainy photos here and in a few other reviews over the next couples of days- all of them were taken on Christmas Eve night so I could guarantee timely reviews for all of them! The good news: I got a new camera for Christmas from my lovely and wonderful mother, so once I figure out how to use it (I'm truly a 90 year old woman when it comes to technology) you'll hopefully be seeing a improvement in future photos! Yay! Now back to your previously schedules Boxycharm review.

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that while usually includes makeup, occasionally includes hair and skincare as well. Much of the time the products included are full size. The cost is only $21 per month.  
 The theme this month was "Jingle Belles."
It's the most wonderful time of the year...to be a Charmer! This December, we are spreading holiday cheer that is sure to make you jolly. So, unwrap this months BoxyCharm and have yourself a charming holiday season this year!

Eva NYC: Hungry Hair Oil Treatment ($9)
There were a few different variations of product from Eva NYC that could have been in this box, and I received the hair oil. This oil treatment intensely nourishes, hydrates and smooths the hair. It contains argan oil, which feeds hair with vitamins and nutrients while keravis protein increases strength and flexibility. This is a deluxe sample size of this product. This one being 30ml and the full size is 100ml. I'm usually weary of hair oils since I have very fine, thin hair, although there are some I can use that work quite well. Luckily this is one of them! I have seen this brand in a few different subscription boxes and I've always been interested to try their line. I'm not hair-product obsessed, but since I'm dealing with some hair issues lately, I've become more interested in them. This oil is actually very light on my hair and doesn't weigh it down at all. It has a very nice scent, and makes my hair feel smooth and soft. I was surprisingly happy with this product!

Lina Lashes: Luxury Mink Lashes ($30)
While there are some people that immediately groan when they see false lashes in their subscription boxes, I'm not always disappointed. I do wear false lashes, although not nearly as often as I used to. If only I had the time and energy to wear them daily! It's amazing how glamorous and dramatic your eye look can get with the right pair of lashes. These ones are packaged in a pretty purple box, and are pretty intense as far as volume and length go. These are long lashes! I do like the fullness and the natural way they are cut, however I might have to trim them down a bit to get them to be workable for me. While these are made from siberian mink fur, they are 100 percent cruelty free as well as sterilized and hypoallergenic, with no chemicals or dying involved. $30 seems like a heck of a lot of dough to shell out for a single pair of false lashes, so while I don't think I'll be buying these again, I'm sure I'll get quite a few uses out of this pair.

Coastal Scents: Revealed Palette ($19.95)
Boxycharm has the retail price of this palette at $39.95, because that's the "list price" on the Coastal Scents website. However I am very familiar with this palette, as I already own it and the Revealed 2, and I know for a fact that these palettes have never sold for more than $19.95. They are also frequently on sale for around $10. Because of this, I'm putting the value at the highest price I've seen it listed for.
Value issues aside, this is a truly fantastic palette. I did a more detailed review with swatches and dupes for Naked and Naked 2 if you're interested. You can view that here. The pigmentation is beautiful, as it is with all Coastal Scents shadows I've tried. It's kind of awesome that they included this palette as I was planning on gifting it to my sister for Christmas this year. It's a great gift since it's such a perfect combo of Naked and Naked 2, and much more affordable!

Mistura Beauty Solutions: Retractable Beauty Brush ($19.99)
I have never heard of this brand before, but I'm kind of obsessed with this brush already! The bristles are a super-soft synthetic material, and applies blush evenly and smoothly. The metal tube packaging is sleek and seems well made, although I have heard some people have had issues with it falling apart after a few uses...yikes. I like retractable blush brushes as I usually keep one in my makeup bag. I currently have a small Philosophy retractable brush that has seen better days, so this couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me!

Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in "Shameless" ($14)
Cue the chorus of boo's and hisses! I'm sure there are plenty of people who love Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, however I am not one of those people. I find their products to be overpriced, cheap-feeling in terms of packaging, and not at all long-lasting. This was another product that was varied in the box this month. I believe the all-over color stick as well as lipstick were also featured. I've received a lip crayon from this brand in an Ipsy bag long ago, and while they apply beautifully and are pigmented, give it an hour or two, and you'll see that the color has all but disappeared from your lips. Shameless is actually a pretty unique shade in my opinion. It's not quite red, not quite pink, and even has a tiny bit of a nude/brown undertone to it. There are also small flecks of glitter, but it's barely noticeable when applied. If I didn't already know this product was poor quality, I'd actually enjoy this- it's a really pretty shade and nicely pigmented when first applied.
Overall Thoughts
Boxycharm costs $21 a month, and the December box has a total value of about $93.
This box was on another level compared to last month for me. I really love everything this month in theory. The palette is one of my favorites, although I already own it, and while the lip crayon is a lovely, unique shade, I won't be using it due to the lack of long-term wear. The lashes are a bit dramatic for my tastes, but it can be rectified with a little trimming action. My favorite product this month would definitely have to be the retractable brush, next being the hair treatment oil. I think this is a nicely curated box with a really outstanding value, although I do think they need to cool it just a bit with the Be a Bombshell and Coastal Scents. It seems every month at least one of these brands makes an appearance. I'd like to see more Tarte or Tarina Tarantino, which are both fantastic brands that Boxycharm is partnered with. I was pretty sure that I was going to cancel after the blah November box, however this is more than enough to keep me wondering what they have up their sleeve for 2015.

If you're interested in signing up for Boxycharm, they occasionally have a short waiting list, so I would jump on it now if you are hoping for a January box! You can sign up here: Get BoxyCharm!
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6 comments:

  1. I haven't really had a problem with BaB but I don't really use their products because I have better. But I did croak when I saw the price they wanted for their One Stick (which is what I got). No way would I pay that much in real life for that!

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    1. Yikes...yea I'm not a fan of the "One Sticks" at ALL. The one I got from Ipsy awhile ago was a hot mess, and they are stupidly over priced.

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  2. Want that palette. Coastal scents is haunting me.

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    1. You NEED it! It's a fantastic palette and beautifully pigmented!

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  3. I'm definitely not a lover of Be A Bombshell, but the only thing I did like by them was the aforementioned lip crayon featured in Ipsy many moons ago... I feel like most lip crayons have a really short wear time on me anyway, so I don't know if it's really that bad. Shrug. This seems like a great box overall - a full Revealed palette is awesome of course, and I read some rave review about those lashes recently (outside the context of Boxycharm unboxings) so they seem really promising.

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    1. That's the sad thing about this lip crayon and the one I had before it- they apply nicely and have a nice pigmentation, but they're just not very good on wear in general, for me. :( I do think this is a great box overall though- way better than last month! You really can't be a full sized palette in a box!

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