This month I was surprised by Boxy Charm. Normally they send out e-mails with tracking links when the box ships. This month I received the e-mail in the morning and then that afternoon my box arrived on my doorstep. I’m not complaining, it was actually quite fun. Just a little surprising.
While Boxy Charm has a couple of different tiers at the moment I am only subscribed to the Premium tier which is $35 per month. At one point I had a box in every tier and quite frankly it was a bit much for me. I ended up evaluating which box I routinely enjoyed the most and pared it down to the one box. Since the Premium was the most reliable for me, that is the one I chose. There are still items in the other boxes that I like, but most of the time they are also offered for sale at a discounted price in the Boxy Pop up and add ons. So if there is an item in another box that I find I really want to try, often I can pick it up then so I never feel like I am missing out.
This month’s theme is Hugs and Kisses (XOXO). I don’t know why it bothers me when people read that out as XOXO instead of Hugs and Kisses, but it sort of does. It’s the same impulse that makes me twitch when people don’t conjugate their verbs correctly. But don’t worry, I only correct grammar in my head, not out loud. It may bug me, but I’m not rude enough to correct it out loud.
While the theme is appropriate for February, I can’t actually see how it relates to the contents in the box. I will say however, this month, I received a good box.
The first item I pulled out of the box was the one I chose. It was the Elemis Muscle Ease Active Body Oil. (retail $63.50). I chose this because I have been trying to expand my exercise routine and as a consequence have had many sore muscles in the past few weeks. In addition, while I really like Elemis as a brand I have only used their face products, never anything from any of their body line so I was eager to try it.
At the moment nothing is sore, but as the week goes on, I am certain that will change. The bottle the oil comes in is a very lovely blue with a silver cap. On the cap only the finial turns so there is only a small hole for the oil to be poured from, which I really like. It contains maritime pine, sea buckthorn, sea fennel, and rosemary and when taking a sniff of the oil it does smell rather medicinal. I actually sort of like the scent. It will be interesting to see how the scent changes or lasts when it is applied, as well as if the product actually eases muscle ache. But for now, it awaits my next bout of sore muscles. It is at least a pretty bottle to have out and waiting.
The second Item out of my box this month was the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir 24K Moisturizing gel cream. (Retail $39). While I was not a fan of the rose gold setting spray from Farsali (the scent isn’t my favorite) I did just start trying out the Unicorn Essence serum and thus far I am liking it. That right there is all I really know about Farsali products so I am pleased to have another one to try.
It is a very loose gel formula and there are sparkly gold flecks in it. I’m not sure whether they will stay on the face when the moisturizer is applied, but it could be fun to try out. The scent is actually quite pleasant as well. It is slightly sweet but I’m not quite sure what it reminds me of. As I just finished a moisturizer, I went ahead and opened this one to give it a sniff as I was moving it into the bathroom. I like the scent and will begin the 30 day trial of the moisturizer in the morning. So it was a well-timed arrival.
Surprisingly a Rodial product also arrived in this month’s Boxy Charm Premium. It is the Rodial Soft Focus Glow drops (retail $60). It is a makeup/skincare hybrid which according to the card claims to be a cross between a serum and a primer. With the Glossy Box Rodial Limited Edition box I received as one of my Surprise boxes from Glossy Box, let me try out several products from Rodial I am looking forward to giving this a go. I found Rodial to be interesting.
With the sheet masks I hated the mask material but loved the serum that was in it. I didn’t care for the lip masks and found the under eye masks to be just okay. However the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel I just finished using was absolutely fantastic. With Rodial I am finding that I like the formulas of their products, but their delivery – like the mask paper – isn’t always to my taste. This gives me high hopes for this makeup/skincare serum/primer as it is just a bottle of liquid with a dropper. Hopefully my love of their formulas holds.
Next we have the Bali Balm Sweet Orange and Coconut lip balm (retail $33). Now we all know I like lip products in almost every variety they come in, but if this lip balm retails for $33 it had better be a fantastic lip balm. Because that is a high cost for lip balm. While I will no doubt get use out of it, I believe this lip balm was also in the Boxy Charm Base box last month, which sort of makes it feel like a left over. And that is slightly disappointing. It is however the only disappointment in the box this month and like I said it is a slight one. I will probably be very critical of the lip balm when I try it though as it is so expensive and I will want to see why it is $33.
Next up is something I have wanted to try for a while and have not gotten around to it. It is the REN Clean Skincare Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser. (retail $32). REN is one of those brands that I have seen around but never actually tried anything from. I have heard good things about them and I love that they are a clean skincare brand so I am very happy to give them a try.
At the moment I have about half a tube of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser to use before I open another cleanser, but this one definitely makes the line up to open after The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser has been used up. I’m not rushing it though. The Soy Face cleanser is one of my top five cleansers (Elemis Foaming Cica Face wash, La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying foaming Facial Cleanser, Erno Laszlo Black Soap cleansing Bar and Olay Regenerist Daily Scrub are the other four at the top of the list and there is almost always one of the five in my skincare drawer.)
And finally we come to the one makeup item in this month’s box. It is the Tarte Double Take eyeliner. (retail $24). For now, mine is remaining unopened, because I have this eyeliner already and I really like using it. I don’t use a lot of eyeliner these days, but this is a good one. It has a pen style of liquid liner on one side and a soft pencil liner on the other side. The pencil side is soft and applies well and easily and the liquid liner has never seeped into any fine lines or faded on me. It is a really good eyeliner and I am very pleased to have a back up.
My February Premium Boxy Charm was heavily skincare with only eyeliner in the makeup category. For my $35 I received $251.50 worth of products so looking at it from a strictly retail perspective, the box was well worth the price. Personally I will get a lot of use out of all of the product. Several of them I am rather eager to try actually. So it has a very good personal value for me as well. While I am happy with the products, and I love trying out new skin care items, it would be nice if there was a better balance of makeup to skin care next month. Other than that, I have no real complaints. This was a good month and I am happy to keep up my subscription to the BoxyCharm Premium box.
If you are interested in doing a little shopping of your own, The Olay Regenerist Cleanser I mentioned is now on sale. As are a bunch of their other products. Everytime the Regenerist line goes on sale it tends to sell out of products very quickly, but I think this cleanser is still in stock.