For those who don’t know, Boxyluxe is a four times a year upgrade from the regular Boxy Charm Subscription box. It is offered December, March, June and September. The regular cost of the Boxy Charm subscription is rolled into the price and an additional fee is charged so that that the luxe box costs $50. Even though Boxy Charm went up in price recently, the Boxy Luxe box did not, so the extra charge is a little less than it once was. This box is billed as a beauty and lifestyle box so some of the things aren’t going to be strickly makeup and skin care. This is my second Boxy Luxe box and mostly the life style section of the boxes seem to be hair care based, which I don’t mind.
I have a lot of hair.
This month there were two hair care items in the version of the BoxyLuxe that I received. (version #22) The first was the IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo (retail $27). The IGK Mistress leave in conditioner is one of my standard products so I was happy to see another item from their roster this month. I have to say that with exercising more, dry shampoo has become a huge lifesaver in my world. I have tried this once already and really like it. It is a more powerful dry shampoo than I have tried before, which works really well on just finished at the gym hair. It might be a bit much on just slightly oily hair though. I also like the fact that even though it left a little white cast on my dark hair, one quick brush and it was gone. The scent is also nice.
The second hair product I received was the Daily Concepts Daily Hair towel Wrap (retail $18). I actually have several of these and they work well at removing a lot of moisture from the hair so that dry time is quicker. While it is not a terribly exciting product (wow, a towel, great.) it is useful so I don’t mind seeing it.
The next product I wasn’t quite certain about. It was the M. Greengrass Dry Oil Spray in Beach Air (retail $36). It is a multi purpose dry oil spray. It is supposed to add extra moisture to the skin without leaving it greasy. So I’m guessing it is used as a spray for the body in lieu of lotion. It smells nice, but I haven’t tried it yet and will be interested to see how it is supposed to be used (with moisturizer, instead of lotion?). There was little detail with the product, so I will have to play around with it and get back to you.
In my box this month there were three other skin related products, although these were much easier to figure out. The first was the Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream (retail $39). It was actually my choice for the month during selection as I have heard good things about the brand and wanted to try them. I am adding it to my scheduled skin care product testing line.
I also received the Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh (retail $48). I have used this before and look forward to using it again. Unfortunately I have a couple of open cleansers right now and I want to use them up before I open it. so that will have to wait.
The third skin care item was also of my choosing and it is the QMS lip Line Corrector (retail $200). As last month I received the QMS eye cream, I thought I would try them together. In fact I have been using them together since the package came in and look forward to giving a full report once my test is complete.
In addition to skin and hair care products, there were three makeup items in this month’s box. The first was the Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales Little Briar Rose Palette (retail $55). The eyeshadow palette looks like a book and has interesting shadows that I can’t wait to play with. I am trying to concentrate on one palette a week, not only so that I can rotate through my palettes but so I can decide what palettes get to stay in my rotation. Last week I used the Natasha Denona Cranberry Pallette for my weekly Palette and will have a review up later today. This week I think I will be going with this Storybook Palette so look for a review next Monday.
Next I received the Ciate Confetti Highlighter(retail $32). I (like many other people apparently) received this in both my BoxyLuxe and Premium Boxes and BoxyCharm is sending me an additional product to make up for it. While I think the confetti look is more gimmicky than anything else, the golden color is nice.
Finally in this month’s Boxyluxe there was a Two Faced Melted Matte Lipstick (retail $21) in the shade You Better Work. It is a mostly brown lipstick. while the color may need a little doctoring to work for me, possibly used as a base for something else, I really like the formula. It is smooth and creamy although it does take a while to dry down completely.
All in all I was very pleased with the nine products in the December BoxyLuxe. I can see myself using all of them, although I still need to look into the dry oil spray a bit and wish that came with a little bit more of a description. the retail value of the box ended up being $476 which is not bad for a $50 purchase. Admittedly $200 of that was the Lip Line Corrector From QMS, but it is still impressive. This month I really liked both of my Boxy Charm boxes and really hope they can keep up this level of quality going into the new year.