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December 2014 Boxycharm Unboxing

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Contents of December Boxycharm:

  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette (Value: $19.95)*
  • Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes – Glamorous (Value: $30.00)
  • Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush (Value: $19.99)
  • Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn (Value: $14)
  • Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo (Value: $1.40)*
  • Total Box Retail Value: $85.34

*=Prices have been adjusted to actual retail values

So after looking at the breakdown, as you can see, there are two items that were incorrectly priced. On the info card inside the box, the listed price for the Revealed palette is $39.95. Coastal Scents does have that price listed on their website but they have it strikedout and instead they have “Our Price: $19.95.” Coastal Scents Revealed Palette is almost always on sale for $19.95 on their website and sometimes there are mega sales and it is sold for $9.95. I have already owned this palette for almost a year now and I absolutely love it. The shadows are buttery, soft, and the pigmentation is absolutely phenomenal.Would I pay $39.95 for it? No. I did purchase the palette for $9.95 and wouldn’t buy it for anything higher than $19.95. The packaging is sleek, thin, lightweight, easy to pack for traveling, and lots of people say this palette is a dupe for the original Naked palette. Before I move on to the next product, has anyone noticed that this is the third Coastal Scents product we receive from Boxycharm in the last four months (2 eyeshadow palettes and 1 concealer palette)? As much as Coastal Scents has some good hits, I desperately want to see NEW brands Boxycharm!! NEW BRANDS!! I can’t stress that enough.

The second item that was incorrectly priced was Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo. There were two other Eva NYC products available for subscribers. Currently, all full sized Eva NYC products are on sale at Ulta with the full sized shampoo retailing for $6.99 at Ulta. When you calculate the price for this travel sized bottle you get $1.40 and definitely not within the $7-$12 range Boxycharm claims. Anyhow, this shampoo contains two important ingredients Argan oil and Keravis protein. I’ve never heard of Keravis protein before but after doing some research it seems to be from a plant and helps reduce hair breakage. This shampoo smells purely of argan oil, yet it’s not too strong.

I have never heard of Lina Lashes before and it doesn’t help that I’m not a constant lash wearer. I’ve only tried wearing false lashes once for a wedding and I failed epically. I’ve been waiting for the right event to attempt to wear them again so I’m glad I received these lashes. However, the pair I received seems to be extremely long so I’m not sure how they’ll blend in with my real lashes. The packaging seemed inexpensive and kind of tacky to me, especially with the way the font is printed. The good thing about these lashes though is that they’re made out of mink which is supposed to be long lasting (about 10-20 uses).

Mistura Beauty Solutions retractable beauty brush is perfect for travel and the bristles are surprisingly softer than expected. This Mistura brush is similar to the Too Faced retractable kabuki brush but it has longer and less bristles. The density of the brush isn’t enough for liquid or cream foundation but is ideal for any powder product. I like the long handle on the Mistura brush more than the Too Faced short handle because it allows for more control over application.

Lastly, another Be A Bombshell product. It  just seems like this brand makes its way into every single beauty box possible. I received the lip crayon but there were two other possible lip products that a subscriber could’ve received. The crayon glides on smoothly and the product seems creamy. I just personally don’t like that the crayon is so thick because it makes it harder to apply and to achieve a crisp line. I don’t think it’s worth $14, if I had to repurchase I might pay a max of $6. I don’t see myself really using this product a lot because the color is a bright red orange and the application process is just too messy for me.

In summary, I feel this box would’ve been great for someone who didn’t already own the Coastal Scents palette. I gave my new palette to my mom since she’s always trying to take my makeup anyway. If Boxycharm doesn’t start showcasing new brands I’m not so sure their subscribers will be satisfied. In order for me to redeem my points I will need to be subscribed for one more month so January will be my last box. Hoping its a great box with some new brands in it! Well that’s all for now, peace to the out!

-Purchased by me-

December 19, 2014
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November 2014 Boxycharm Unboxing

November 2014 Boxycharm

November 2014 Boxycharm

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Tarina Tarintino Eyeliner Swatch

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This is the November Boxycharm with it’s contents:

  • Kevin Murphy Color Bug in Purple (Value: $20)
  • Tarina Tarantino Eyelicity Glitter Liner (Value: $16)
  • OFRA Cosmetics Pressed Blush in Paradise Pink(Value: $24.95)
  • Bellapierre Shimemer Powder in Sensation(Value: $14.99)
  • MicaBeauty Eye Primer (Value: $22.50)
  • Total Box Value: $98.44

The hits in this box were the Tarina Tarantino eyeliner and the OFRA Cosmetics blush. Although the liner has some glitter to it, it is really nice, dries quickly, and doesn’t budge at all. I would have preferred the white eyeliner to add a pop of color instead of the typical black eyeliner but either way it is a great item. I have yet to use the blush but the pigmentation is opaque, the color is lovely, and the amount of product will last a long time.

The misses have to be the Bellapierre Shimmer Powder and the MicaBeauty Eye Primer. For one, on the info card they stated that the primer is worth $44.95, which is ridiculous. On the MicaBeauty site they have the primer on sale for $22.50 that is a bit more reasonable (still would not purchase this at that price) but I am not appreciating how they sometimes miss inform their subscribers about the retail prices. The primer is the worst one I have ever tried honestly. I loved the color and the packaging of the product and it reminded me of MAC’s paint pot bases. However, this primer creased my eyeshadow every single time I used it regardless of the type of shadow I applied. I do not have oily lids and whenever I use any other primer my eyeshadow doesn’t crease. I might just try this primer by itself as a cream shadow instead but its performance as a primer was catastrophic. Now for the Bellapierre Shimmer Powder, I didn’t open it or swatch it because it’s so light and probably won’t even show up on my skin. Boxycharm sent out this exact same product in a different shade back in July. That shimmer powder had low quality pigmentation and was not opaque at all. I was highly disappointed with it back then and that’s why this month’s shimmer powder will be going to the swap pile.

I personally do not understand why the Kevin Murphy item was in our box but I guess Boxycharm is trying to add more variety. At first, I thought the product was a liquid hair dye and in all the pictures I saw on Instagram they looked extremely tiny. I was happy to see that they were actually larger in real life and turns out, they are just hair chalk. I used to have magenta and purple hair back when I was a freshman in high school so I am grateful that I received the purple color bug. I am going to use the chalk on my highlights so that the color shows up more on my extremely dark brown hair. I will post pictures and describe my experience with this product in a new post once I try it out.

This month’s box was okay and did not have that “wow” factor for me. I am deciding whether I will keep my subscription after December because lately the boxes have been “meh” and I am not using most of the products. Well, let me know what you think! Thanks for reading and as always, peace to the outttt.

-Purchased by me-

November 30, 2014
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October 2014 Boxycharm Unboxing

October 2014 Boxycharm

October 2014 Boxycharm

 

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Hey everyone, here is the October 2014 Boxycharm!

  • Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum (Value: $48)
  • Coastal Scents Eclipse Concealer Palette (Value: $19.95)
  • Cult/Commerce X Boxycharm “Shady” Collection (Nail Polish Set – Value:$21.00)
  • Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow in Southern Sass (Value: $14)
  • Starlooks Ultra Gem Pencil in Ultra Olive (Value: $14)
  • Total Box Value: $116.95

To be honest, I wasn’t that happy with this month’s box. I already own the Camouflage Concealer Palette by Coastal Scents and found it to be mediocre. The contour colors are hard to blend and look muddy even when using the smallest amount possible. I’m not sure if I’ll try the Eclipse Concealer Palette yet, since they’re both cream products and made of the same ingredients. Also, we received a Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette last month so I would’ve liked to see a different brand instead. I personally avoid “collagen booster” serums so I won’t be using that and probably adding it to my swap pile. If I liked nail polish I’d be happy with the ones in this box because the purple shade is so pretty. The bristles need to be washed in acetone before using because they’re super stiff. The eyeliner is extremely creamy so it’s definitely a win! The eyeshadow on the other hand requires you to really press your finger into the pan to get a decent payoff; however, I know that some eyeshadows do have a rough top layer that once broken through gives a great color payoff so hopefully this will be the same. If not, then it is not worth its retail value at all which sucks because I love this red shade!

That’s all for now! What did you like about your Boxycharm? Any suggestions for the eyeshadow or concealer palette? If you want to subscribe, just click on the Boxycharm referral button below! Thanks for reading, peace to the outtt!

-Purchased by me-

October 20, 2014
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Boxycharm September 2014 Overview with swatches!

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Boxycharm September 2014

My September Boxycharm has finally arrived! Boxycharm is a $21 monthly beauty subscription box, which is known for sending only full sized products. I’m going to try and make this post as short and sweet as possible because my organic chemistry book is calling my name. The contents of this month’s Boxycharm are the following:

  • Tarte LipSurgence lip gloss in Tipsy (Value: $19.00)
  • Coastal Scents Go Palette in Cairo (Value: $12.95)
  • NCLA Nail Lacquer in Catwalk Queen (Value: $16.00)
  • Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash Mascara – Limited Edition (Value: $19.00)
  • Hello by Harvey Prince (Value: $29.00)
  • Total Box Value: $95.95
NCLA Nail Lacquer in Catwalk Queen

NCLA Nail Lacquer in Catwalk Queen

If you’ve read some of my previous posts you know that I am not a nail polish person. I’m glad that I received this light nude shade because in our July Boxycharm we received a red nail polish. The options for nail polish were this light nude shade, a red shade, and a dark plum shade. I’ll be passing this on to my mom who enjoys receiving all my subscription box nail polishes.

Hello by Harvey Prince

Hello by Harvey Prince

This Harvey Prince fragrance is a full size, which was surprising to me because it is only 10ml, that’s pretty small! It’s infused with Meyer lemon, white grapefruit, and satsuma mandarin. This fragrance is strong at first and after a while, it becomes a bit softer. I’ve received various Harvey Prince samples before in my Birchbox subscription so I wasn’t that happy to see this but at least it’s full size. I’m glad Boxycharm is expanded and including perfumes too, hoping they include higher end brands next time though.

Tarte’s LipSurgence is one of my favorite items in this month’s box. This product definitely adds some shine to the lips and feels moisturizing. There is no overbearing scent to this lip gloss, it has a nice subtle hint of vanilla. It is a little bit sticky but far from uncomfortable. However, the shade is not as opaque as I hoped probably because it’s a lip gloss. I’ll probably use this to apply over a matte lipstick to change up my look from time to time.

Tarte LipSurgence in Tipsy

Tarte LipSurgence in Tipsy

Tarte LipSurgence in Tipsy swatches

Tarte LipSurgence in Tipsy swatches

Coastal Scents Go Palette in Cairo

Coastal Scents Go Palette in Cairo

I have a lot of previous experience with Coastal Scent products since I own Revealed & Revealed 2 and multiple brushes. I was happy to see this Go Palette in my box since I had never heard of them before! I received the Go Palette for Cairo; there were five palettes sent this month so there’s a wide selection. I swatched all the colors and I had hardly any fallout, the shadows were creamy, and opaque. The palette contains both shimmer shadows and matte shadows, hooray! There was only one yellow shimmer eyeshadow that wasn’t as pigmented as the rest but that’s fine with me. I like how compact this palette is, the colors are neutral so they can be used for any occasion, and I like the size of the mirror.

Go Palette Coastal Scents Cairo

First row of the Go Palette in Cairo from left to right.

Go Palette in Cairo

Second row of the Go Palette in Cairo from left to right.

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Third row of the Go Palette in Cairo from left to right.

Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash Mascara Limited Edition

Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash Mascara – Limited Edition

The final item in this month’s Boxycharm is the Tarina Tarantino mascara. Boxycharm really seems to love Tarina Tarantino; this is probably the third or fourth item they’ve sent out in the past four months. I love the packaging of all of her products including this mascara. It’s sleek, sturdy, and its packaging is made out of gunmetal according to their site. If you follow me on instagram, then you know that I have fourteen mascaras still waiting to be used so this will have to go to the back of the line and wait its turn. This mascara does not have any funky shapes or bristles, just a regular ol’ dense mascara wand.

Overall, this box was great! I’ll be using everything except the nail polish as usual, duh! The value of this box is almost $100 which is a huge steal in my book. If you have any questions about Boxycharm or about the products I received this month just comment below or send me an email. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter! Peace to the outtt!

-Purchased by me-

September 9, 2014
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August 2014 Boxycharm Overview

August 2014 Boxycharm

August 2014 Boxycharm

Finally my August Boxycharm has arrived and I can honestly say that I am pleased with the contents of this month’s box. Boxycharm is a $21 monthly beauty subscription box, which is known for sending only full sized products. The only thing that I wish Boxycharm had is a beauty profile so that you can help them pick which shades of eyeshadow or lipstick to send you. The items that I received this month were the following:

  • Enter Pronoun Blowtorch Bronzer (Value: $35)
  • Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Showroom (Value: $22)
  • ModelCo Cheek + Lips Tint in Rosy Red (Value: $22)
  • Morphe Brushes Powder Brush (Value: $19.99)
  • OFRA Cosmetics Eyeliner in Black (Value: $13)
  • Total Box Value: $111.99
Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Showroom

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Showroom

Let me start off by saying that I did not like the shade I received for Tarina Tarantino’s Conditioning Lip Sheen. I received another nude shade, which I really don’t find flattering for my skin tone. The formula is heavy, glides smoothly, and is super creamy but it seems to accentuate every single line on your lips. It could be due to the formula or maybe that only happens with the light shades. The packaging of the lip sheen is sleek but heavy since it is made of metal and it is not that easy to open. When I tried opening the tube, it took me longer than expected and I accidentally twisted the bottom so the lip sheen got squashed inside; be careful opening yours!

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The tint after trying to remove it

The ModelCo Cheek + Lip Tint did make up for receiving the nude shade lip sheen though. This lip tint stains and is incredibly difficult to remove! I swatched the tint with my finger on the back of my hand and was unsuccessful at removing it with all of the following: Benefit’s They’re Real Remover, Baby Oil, and Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover wipes. When the tint comes out of the tube it looks black and very similar to Revlon’s Black Cherry but when blended on the skin and applied to the lips the colors sheers out slightly and looks lighter.

Blended on the skin.

Tint blended on the skin

Tint on the lips.

Tint on the lips

Enter Pronoun Blowtorch bronzer packaging is heavy and too bulky for my taste. I do like that it has a mirror but the material that the container is made out allows every fingerprint to be clearly seen which slightly bothers me. The bronzer itself is light and has an orange hint to it.

Enter Pronoun Blowtorch Bronzer swatched.

Enter Pronoun Blowtorch Bronzer swatched

Morphe Brushes Powder brush is soft and dense. I have never tried their brushes but I have read multiple positive reviews. I would have preferred an eyeshadow brush instead because I have various powder brushes that I don’t reach out for a lot when doing my makeup. The OFRA eyeliner is a normal wooden pencil, it has a creamy formula, and has good pigmentation. I did watch a video by Jen Luv’s Reviews on Youtube where she received an OFRA eyebrow pencil with a crack in the middle so every time she would sharpen the pencil it would break. I noticed that my eyeliner also has a crack in the middle so I’m hoping that when the time comes to sharpen the pencil it doesn’t break.

OFRA Eyeliner in Black

OFRA Eyeliner in Black

Overall, August’s box was a hit for me excluding the nude lip sheen. If you have any questions about Boxycharm or this month’s box just comment down below or email me! If you would like to subscribe to Boxycharm you can find my referral link down below. Until next time, peace to the out!

-Purchased by me-

August 9, 2014
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