Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boxycharm January 2015 Review and Unboxing

My January Boxycharm had a long journey before it got to me! My billing address and mailing address are different, and somehow, Boxycharm put the correct address on my shipping label, but used the zip code of my billing address. I kept watching the tracking, and saw that it was in the town of my billing address, and continued to be returned to the post office and re-delivered. Finally, someone noticed the error, and my box eventually made it's way to me. I did contact Boxycharm about the issue, and I'm hoping that it won't happen again in February. It took an extra week for it to arrive, which was practically torture for me!

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that while usually includes makeup, occasionally includes hair and skincare items as well. Much of the time, the products included are full size. The cost is $21 per month.  
 The theme this month was "Celebrate In Style."

Cheers to a New Year, Charmers! The Best is yet to come and we are ringing it in by celebrating in style with a little makeup! Join us in celebrating this month by sharing your boxes and looks with #yearofthecharm! May your year be filled with pop, fizz, and click.

Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum ($47)
This bronzing serum is used to hydrate and even the skin tone while helping to fight signs of aging and giving skin a firmer, brighter appearance. The tan it provides is gradual, providing instant radiance as it bronzes for a healthy complexion. Simply dispense 2-3 drops into your hands and apply to clean, dry skin on the face and neck. It's suggested that this be used daily.
I found it super exciting to see a full sized Tarte product in this months box, as they've partnered with Boxycharm before and they're one of my favorite brands. However, I found it rather odd that they would include a bronzing serum in a January box. I know there are a few women that work to keep their skin golden year-round, so while this would probably be a great product for them, I unfortunately won't have a use for it. I take pride in my ghostly white appearance! Even in the summer, I load up on SPF and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. I'll be passing this on to a friend of mine who loves self-tanning!

Mirabella: Face Prime ($29)
This primer minimizes large pores and fine lines, and contains nourishing vitamin E. It's a very small tube, almost the same size as some of my eye primers, and yet the retail price is $29.
This is one of those products that I just cannot believe the retail value of. I've tried and enjoyed Mirabella products in the past, but I always find it strange when small companies charge high-end brand prices, and don't provide a significant amount of product, or equal quality to prestige brands. I received this exact primer in an Ipsy bag many moons ago (about 2 years ago, I think!) and it's not something I would go out and re-purchase. I will use it up, but I don't find it to be any better than my favorite primers that are cheaper than this one.

Pur-lisse: Skin Sparkle Flash Tattoos ($12)
Pur-lisse shows up quite a bit in subscription boxes, although it's usually something from their skincare line. I actually like this brand quite a bit, so I was pretty confused as to why instead of one of their skincare products, we received temporary tattoos. It's a very small sheet, unlike the large one we got in PopSugar this month, and I'm starting to wonder why these metallic tattoos are popping up in January boxes. I'm not a shy person in terms of fashion- I will definitely use these for a special night, but I think they would have worked better in a summer box. I also can't seem to find these tattoos anywhere on the Pur-lisse website, so I'm not entirely sure where the $12 value came from!

Beauty For Real: True Color Lip Cream in "Always There" ($22)
The info card that Boxycharm provides says this lip cream is in a shade that enhances and defines your lip color for a gorgeous, natural look. Since I'm pretty pale, my lips are as well, so this is anything but a natural shade for me. (Swatches are below). It's like a pink/berry shade, and I actually really love it! The formula is like a liquid lipstick, and it applies smoothly and evenly. I find the light up wand to be kind of gimmicky, but if you find yourself applying lipstick in the dark a lot, I guess it would be useful? The tube also has a built-in mirror, which I do like, as I'm always digging through my makeup bag to find one! The retail price is $22, which is a little steep, but not unheard of if they product delivers. I just wonder if it would be cheaper if they switched packaging and did away with the light up applicators.

Beauty For Real: The Perfect Pencil ($14)
This is a special shade of liner that compliments and enhances the natural shades of your lips, and I am obsessed with it! I absolutely love lip liners. I currently line and fill in my lips with a liner that is very similar to this shade (It's called "Charm" by Starlooks) and it looks awesome on it's own, but it also makes a perfect base for almost all my lip colors. It's amazing how longer my lipstick lasts when I use a liner! I find this particular liner to have a drier formula than I usually like, but it's not unworkable.
LEFT: true color lip cream / RIGHT: the perfect pencil
Overall Thoughts
Boxycharm costs $21 a month, and the January box has a total value of about $124.
 While this box wasn't a total knockout for me, I think this is more of what I'm looking for from Boxycharm: Useful makeup! The lip products are both neutral and wearable, and probably my favorite items in the box this month. While the primer isn't something I would get excited about receiving, it will definitely be used. I sort of wish I could transport the bronzer and tattoos to a June or July box, but at least we're seeing a full size Tarte product make a comeback in the boxes. If I had my way, Boxycharm would include a full size Tarte and Tarina Tarantino item in every box!  Overall, I think the curation here is quite nice and I like it a lot more than I originally thought I would, so Boxycharm has got me for another month! February is always one of my favorite times to get subscription boxes, because they're almost always Valentines Day themed! Exciting!

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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  1. Those light-up lip glosses crack me up. I guess they could be useful though? Maybe you need to reapply after making out in the movie theater? Shrug.

    1. I just think they're kind of pointless unless I'm applying stuff in the dark (like you said-in the movie theatre) but who wants to be that person with a crazy-bright light in the middle of a dark theatre just to apply lipgloss? LOL ;) I don't think I'll use the light-up part of the gloss, but it's really nice quality regardless!