Boxycharm Unboxing: March 2018

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

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The Vintage Cosmetics Company Smoke Eye Brush Set- $23, thevintagecosmeticscompany.com

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.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company Smoke Eye Brush Set- $23, thevintagecosmeticscompany.com

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

South Mane 3 Eye Gel Packs- $9, southmanehaircare.com

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

Pur x Boxycharm Eye Shadow Palette- $36, purcosmetics.com

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.

Pur x Boxycharm Eye Shadow Palette- $36, purcosmetics.com

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

Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush in Hush Blush- $26, prettyvulgar.com

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

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara- $20, ulta.com

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.

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara- $20, ulta.com

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.

Overall

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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Stila Glitter on the Go Liquid Eye Shadow Set

This product has been in the back of my mind for a while, but liquid products scare me! I wasn’t sure how much use I would get out of this since it is sooooo glittery but I ended up grabbing the Glitter on the Go set from Sephora for $25. This set includes 3 shades of the Stila Glitter and Glow long wearing liquid eye shadows in the shades Kitten Karma, Smoldering Satin and Rose Gold Retro. These shade names are adorable and pair really well with the colors. This outer unit i super cute, the white and metallic looks high end and has a vintage vibe.

Packaging

These little tubes are really cute!!! I love that the bottle itself is clear so you can see the shade and product amount. The mixed metals are so cute, keeping with the theme of a lot of still packaging that will incorporate golds, silvers, etc and it does clash at all, it looks super chic! Here’s a photo of the liquid eye shadows next to a Stila palette so you can get an idea of the size of each tube.

Stila Glitter on the Go set with Stile Eyes are the Window Palette (Mind)

Applicator

The applicator on this is a great size for my eye shape. It disperses product evenly and spreads the product around on the eye with ease.  If you have hooded eyes or small/deep set eyes, this might be a little more difficult because the applicator is kind of big. You could always transfer the product onto a small brush if you need something that is thinner or even to do detail work that needs to be precise.

Application

I place all of my powder shadows down first (transition, crease, lid) and then go in with the Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow. You don’t really want to blend around this product while wet because it will smear &  you don’t want to blend around when dry because it will have fall out- so I would recommend this being the last step with shadows. Once its on the lid you can work with the product gently to blend out, I just wouldn’t blend other powder products around this.

These go on extremely wet! They do feeling pretty heavy upon first application but that didn’t last very long. The dry down is kind of quick- not too long of a wait for this to dry, however I did use a piece of paper to fan my face after applying so that made it dry faster.

My first time using this product, I made bit of a mess- I applied very heavily and then immediately opened my eyes which lead this to smear and transferred above my crease.  Since then, I’ve got a way better handle on application, but this product is slick and can be tough to use if you don’t have a steady hand. Keep in mind practice makes perfect, so just keep trying until you get a handle of this. (If you are use to liquid eye shadow, you may not have trouble with this at all. I am just not familiar with liquid products like this so it took a few tries to feel confident applying).

Swatches

Wearing with Liner and Lashes?

Liquid liner apples well over this if you use something very inky/pigmented. I used Tarte’s Double Take liner and it didn’t look bumpy or weird which is great! Another time I used Tarte’s Sex Kitten Liquid Liner , which is a thinner and less pigmented consistency and you could totally tell. The Sex Kitten Liner just wasn’t bold enough over the glitter, it looked patchy and bumpy (which doesn’t happen on regular shadows) so definitely go with something very black and pigmented!

If you try and use a pencil liner over this product it might be tough because this does have fall out when dry. Rubbing something on the eye like a pencil liner will likely move the glitter off of your eye lid and make a mess. Liquid Liner would be an easier and cleaner application, at least for  me.

Wearing false lashes over the glitter was a breeze! I was worried, thinking the glue wouldn’t hold as well, but I didn’t have a problem at all! I did end up with glitter on my lashes though because of the fall out.

Kitten Karma

Comfortability

These are surprising comfortable! One of the biggest reasons I was on the fence about this product was because I assumed it would feel dry and crunchy. This product does feel heavy upon first application, but once dry it is super light weight. There’s no heavy, itchy, tight or overwhelming feeling. I haven’t had any irritation on my lids or my actual eyes!

Wear Time

The wear time on these is incredible! I applied this around 10am and it was still on and in place at midnight! The glitter was still vibrant and gorgeous at the end of the night and I was really surprised that it hadn’t transferred all over my face!

I’ve worn these multiple times since purchasing. They wear beautifully and I haven’t had major fall out during the day while working or running errands.

I did snuggle up to my boyfriend one time and he ended up with glitter all over his face, but it was the end of the day so is wasn’t a huge deal. You couldn’t tell looking at me because I still had so much glitter and pigment on my eyes, but you could definitely see all of the sparkle on his face.

Smolder Satin

Removal

This wipes right off with a makeup wipe, easy peasy. Since this is a liquid that dries down, and lasts all freaking day, I thought removing it might be tough- It wasn’t! I used my normal go to face wipes (Simple Cleansing Wipes) and this came off with no problem!

Tips and Tricks:

I would recommend applying to one eye and keeping it closed while it dries down. Once it is dry, you can open your eyes and start the other lid.

This does have fallout after its dried down! Try not to touch your eyes at all because the glitter will move when disturbed. If you do not touch your eyes, these will last for a while!

Overall

I am extremely surprised at how well these wear and just how easy they are to apply. I really love these a lot and I’ve worn them really often. I have received a lot of compliments on my makeup wearing this because ii is just so glittery and eye catching. I love all three shades in this pack, and I am really glad I grabbed these instead of one big one, just so I can switch up my looks. I would give this a solid 9/10 rating.

Has anyone else tried these? Let me know in the comments below! Also, what do you think of me rating the products 1-10 at the end of my reviews? I’ve never done it before but I love so many items so I think it would be a clearer indicator of my like or dislike in a product.

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