It’s Boxycharm unboxing day!!!!! My favorite thing ever is ripping into this little box of goodness and adding to my already over crowded vanity!
If you are unfamiliar with Boxycharm it is a monthly subscription service that is $21 per month for 5 beauty products. I’ve been signed up for Boxycharm for several months now and every single month the value has been way over $21, usually over $100 even! So let’s jump right in to the March 2018 Boxycharm!
The Vintage Cosmetics Company Smokey Eye Brush Set
These brushes have been a bit of a roller coaster ride (I know I’m so dramatic). I first pulled these out and thought “hmmm.. I have too many brushes already” so I put this to the side, not overly excited to use these. When it came time for me to take my blog photos, I open the cardboard unit and pulled the brushes out and fell in love! Brushing them on my hand they felt soft and the lettering on the handles are just too freaking cute.
So this morning, when getting ready, I reached for all three of these brushes while applying my eyeshadow. Unfortunately, these are not as soft on the eye as they are on my hand. Keep in mind the skin on your hands is thick whereas your eyelids are very thin and delicate so that’s where these fell flat for me. I tried to use these even though they were a little scratchy but it was just too uncomfortable and I ended up putting these down and grabbing my go to Wet n Wild Brushes. Out of these 3 brushes, I did find the flat brush was the best one, I used it to smudge shadow under my lower lash line and it was fine. Not incredible, but not as scratchy as the two blending brushes. I don’t think this 3 pack of brushes in worth the $23 price tag, especially since I like the Wet n Wild (white & pink) brushes way better and they are price between $0.99 – $2.99 each.
South Mane 3 Eye Gel Packs
These gel eye masks are to be placed on the delicate skin under your eyes. I have never used this brand before but I have use products along these lines. I love the Sephora Pearl Eye Masks that are $5 per pair, they definitely show a huge improvement in puffiness and redness. Again, I haven’t used this product yet but I definitely will be! I prefer these over a full sheet mask- those tend to slide around and make talking difficult. There are perfect since they are just for your under eyes! The price on this seems very fair, at $3 per pair I could see myself purchasing these again, assuming they work. i’ll keep everyone posted on that!
Pur x Boxycharm Eye Shadow Palette
Ummmmmm, I’m sorry do you see how beautiful this palette is?!?! I love this color set up- the warm colors are all so beautiful and the cool shades are the perfect pop of color! I love how the matte shades in here work well for a transition shade. They also have enough variety that you can create a lot of looks using this palette alone. This is definitely a sunset vibe color scheme, very summery! I did swatch all of these on my arm and these are sooooo pigmented.
The mattes are buttery and creamy to the touch. The shimmers are so soft and smooth. I am in love with this palette! I haven’t used it on my eyes yet so I really can’t account for fall out or wearability but so far I am digging this set up and the textures! Any time there is a palette in a subscription box I callout a win! This is a great item to get in a box being that the palette is $36 and I paid $21 for ALL of these items! Also did I mention that Pur Cosmetics makes gorgeous highlighters, so I just assume I’ll love this as well!
Pretty Vulgar Make them Blush in Hush Blush
This is the second time I’ve received a Pretty Vulgar item in a Boxycharm. I have a metallic liquid lip by this company that is super opaque and pigmented! I don’t reach for it a lot because it is a metallic pick, not really my style, but the packaging and wear time is really nice. When I pulled this blush out of my March Boxycharm I was floored by the packaging. Are you serious Pretty Vulgar?! This is STUNNING! I love antique/vintage style home decor and this is very reminiscent of gorgeous vintage frame or mirror.
I wore this today and the color is right up my alley. I love the mauve-y/rose color. It applied well to the cheeks and blended out nicely. The only negative I noticed during my first use was the kick back. As soon as my brush hit the pan there was kick back everywhere. This is a soft creamy formula so its not the worst thing in the world to have kick back but worth pointing out. If you love this shade but don’t want to drop $26 on one blush, I would recommend the Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Mellow Wine which is a fantastic dupe for this blush and only $2.99.
Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara
First of all, this is the biggest mascara tube I’ve ever seen in my life. When I pulled this out of my Boxy Charm I thought maybe the cardboard unit was just really large, but the tube itself is also massive!
I want to point out that the claims on the box of this product is kind of hard to believe….. this says 200% thicker & 314% more curl!! Of course, I wanted to use this to see how much volume and curl this would give my lashes so I tried this out right away. My first thoughts were the wand is way too big to precisely coat the lashes. It’s a little awkward trying to get close to the inner corner and it was a little messy doing the bottom lashes because the wand kept hitting my skin. As I was applying, this went on thick and wet. I prefer a drier mascara that I can add multiple coats to. This went on so thick and wet so it felt very heavy. My lashes didn’t necessarily clump together terribly, but this didn’t fan my lashes out either. It did dry down and felt flexible still which is good. I hate when mascara dry so hard and crunchy.
I would 314% say that this does not stand up to its outrageous claims. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a terrible product. If you like wet mascaras, this does a nice job of coating the lashes and making them very black, but it doesn’t give you a huge boost in curl which is what I was hoping for. I see myself using this again as it wore well under my also lashes but I wouldn’t repurchase at $20.
The March 2018 Boxycharm kicked major butt this month! I am obsessed with the Pur Palette and the Pretty Vulgar Blush. The South Mane patches will go to good use in the future and I’ll probably even use the mascara again! The brushes were a little bit of a let down since it was just too scratchy for my eyes. Overall the price of this box was $21- if I had purchased these items separately is would have been $114- which means I saved $93!
What did you get in your Boxycharm this month? Let me know in the comments below.
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