I miss you all! It feels like I’ve been gone for a while but I’m back. Slowly easing back into blogging, and today I have my September BoxyLuxe! Let’s get started because this one is a little long..
Theme: All Access
This month we got 8 products which was a bit disappointing. In the past we have gotten 9 or 10, so that’s a bit strange.. In my opinion, the products don’t really match the theme, not that they ever do I guess..
Watch me unbox it:
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NEW Changes to Boxycharm
If you haven’t heard yet, Boxycharm announced that they will be making some changes to their subscription so let’s go through that real quick. If you don’t care, keep scrolling for the unboxing.
This information is taken from Boxycharm’s site.
Customization – NEW! Starting this November, test complexion swatches for products better matched to your skin tone.
Choice – NEW! BoxyCharm subscribers select 1 item in their box every month. BoxyLuxe subscribers select 1-3 items for their BoxyLuxe every 3 months.
Add-Ons – NEW! Add more beauty products at member-exclusive prices with free shipping every month.
BoxyPopUp – MORE beauty and lifestyle product deals at up to 80% off will NOW be available every quarter, with the next one in November.
Value – The BoxyCharm box will NOW be valued at over $125 (up from $100) every month starting this November.
Boxycharm will be updating the BoxyCharm price to $25 per month starting November 1, 2019. The BoxyLuxe price of $49.99 every 3 months remains the same.
To lock-in your BoxyCharm box for $21 per month for a limited time, sign-up to a prepaid subscription before Monday, September 30, 2019 11:59pm EST.
In November, they will be launching BoxyCharm Premium, a NEW and even BIGGER monthly beauty box, featuring 6-7 beauty products valued at over $175 for only $35 per month. Initial quantities will be limited. They already have a sign-up for their waitlist.
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My Thoughts On These Changes
Customization – I think it’s great that they are allowing people to test swatch products. People have complained for YEARS about this, but who knows how well it will work out?
Choice – Getting to pick 1 item every month (up to 3 for BoxyLuxe) is another thing that people have been asking for, for a very long time. They had done it with the BoxyLuxe before and it was cool but failed to do it for this BoxyLuxe so I was pretty pissed about that..
BoxyPopUp – I nearly missed the opportunity for this when they first launched it, because they failed to send an email? Pretty absurd! I was able to get three things but nearly everything was sold out. Regardless, now we know when it will be available and even though I’m no longer a subscriber, I’m excited to see what kind of things they add to the shop. The only down-side to this is you’re not allowed to use your Charms..
Value & Price – I’m glad they’re raising the box value, but I don’t think these changes justify the price raise?? Is it just me? The one thing they got going for them is their affordable box with full sized, high-end brands. To raise the price is stupid in my opinion. Which brings me to the next point..
Boxycharm Premium – Who asked for this? I feel like they’re copying Ipsy? And you’re paying an extra $10 USD for an extra item or two? I guess that’s cool but it seems there’s some confusion as to how it works. I’m still not clear on it. I don’t like that you have to be subscribed to the regular box to get BoxyLuxe in the first place, I think they should leave it up to people to chose which box they want? Idk.. The details on this are still not clear.
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What are your thoughts on the changes/add-ons Boxycharm is making?
Moving on from this. Now we can start with our unboxing! BUT, spoiler alert, I wasn’t into this box as much. Only a few products caught my eye so let’s just jump right in and let me tell you my first impressions of each product.
Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
Retail Price: $65.00 USD
I have lots of skincare products in rotation, so I don’t know if I want to add this in the rotation just yet, but it sounds great. It’s a gel-cream moisturizer and I’ve had great experience with one in the past during winter, so maybe I’ll save it for that time. I opened it and it smells pretty mild but interesting. I can’t pin-point the scent, maybe papaya, but it smells like “clean” beauty, kind of.
Hank & Henry
Blickity Black Eye Liner
Retail Price: $20.00 USD
I was kind of excited about getting this eye liner, mainly because some of the ones I have are starting to dry out and a few I didn’t like as much. I like the fine tip of this one, I’m able to draw thin and thicker lines, so it’s great so far. I still haven’t tried it on the eyes so I’m not sure if it skips or pulls on the skin or not.
I do have a lipstick from this brand and it’s amazing so I’m kind of expecting the same quality for this eye liner.
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina Shimmer
Retail Price: $22.00 USD
I have a red lipstick from this line and I love the formula. It’s so creamy and the color pay-off is amazing in one swipe! The color really does stay on the lips, based on my experience from the one I already have. The shade on this one is quite nice, kind of mauvey with strong pink undertones. I usually don’t go for shades like this one anymore, and I feel like beauty sub boxes give these shades out ALL the damn time, but I’m not mad at it because the formula is great.
Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask
Retail Price: $52.00 USD
I don’t have irritated skin but I do have rosacea, so I do sometimes have redness which is normal for me. I hope that this product actually helps my skin to relieve some of that redness. I’m also very excited about it because I’ve never used sleeping masks before so this will be a first for me. I haven’t been let down by Dr. Brandt products, I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve gotten in my Boxy from this brand, so I expect the same from this one.
Mistress Hydrating Balm
Retail Price: $29.00 USD
I’ve received samples from this brand through Ipsy and I was never a fan because of the strong scent. This one isn’t as obnoxious as the others, but you CAN still smell it. I’m not super stoked about getting this product, my hair is really picky and anytime I’ve used hair creams, my hair either doesn’t like it or it leaves me with a sticky/goopy/oily mess of hair. So I don’t know what to expect from this product until I actually use it.
8 Pc Brush Kit
Retail Price: $69.99 USD
Why is an 8 piece brush kit so expensive?? $70 is insane! However, the bristles are super soft and they’re VEGAN! I do like the black quilted handles, I think they’re gorgeous! I wasn’t stoked about this product because I wanted the curling iron over this, so whatever.. The brushes are growing on me, and honestly, one of my favorite things about Boxycharm is that they send you lots of brushes, so I can’t complain. You can’t really have too many brushes anyway..
Essentials Eyeshadow Palette
Retail Price: $29.00 USD
I was super happy about getting this palette. The photos of it looked amazing online when they released the spoilers, and having it in my own hands, I can see just how gorgeous the shades are.
I love that it’s a colorful palette and the mattes and shimmers are evenly balanced so I’m excited to play with it hopefully soon! I do have their Holy Grail palette which has an amazing formula so I expect no less from this one!
Park Avenue Princess Palette
Retail Price: $45.00 USD
I’m not as excited about this product because I feel like most of their face palettes look the same? I did get another one of their face palettes in my June BoxyLuxe as well I believe? I’m just not a fan of these in general. However, are you seeing this beauty?? The packaging blew my mind, it looks absolutely gorgeous!
I do like that the shades in this palette are great for a wide range of skin tones, so it would come in handy for MUA’s in my opinion. I did swatch it after deciding to try it and some shades look decent enough for me to use. I will have to test it and get back to you guys on what I think about it.
Here are the swatches of the lipstick and the eyeliner:
So those are all the products in my LAST BoxyLuxe. Again, I’m not super excited about this box. I expected my last one to be banging, sadly it wasn’t. And I was also a bit upset over their Charm Room which had shitty products so I wasn’t able to use my $20 worth of Charms I had left.
Needless to say, I am so happy to be done with this box for a while. I may end up trying other boxes just to see what else is out there. I also expect to make some purchases from now until the end of the year so my money will be going towards those purchases instead. I’m so excited I cannot wait!
I hope you guys have an amazing weekend! I’m so glad to be back to blogging but I will be easing back into it. Hope you guys understand. I love you all! See you later!
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