Good morning my darlings and welcome to the March 2021 unboxing of the BoxyCharm premium box. If you follow me on instagram then you know this box came in yesterday afternoon. My reaction was quite simple. I saw it and squealed “Kypris”. I was very happy. So that is where I am going to start.
Before i do, I should mention that this is the BoxyCharm Premium category which is $35 per month. They have a $25 base box and quarterly they offer a Luxe box. March is a luxe month. The BoxyCharm link will take you to the Boxy site where there are all the details. I am not an affiliate, but it is my referral code and I believe I get charms if you use the link to sign up.
So Kypris. I was actually introduced to this brand by Boxycharm. They sent a serum in one of their boxes a while back. I remember at the time there was a big blow up about the ingredients labels not matching the labels on the site. Since Alyaka (one of the sites I routinely purchase clean beauty products from) was having a sale on Kypris at the time, and I was really enjoying the serum that was sent in Boxycharm, I went ahead and ordered a second bottle.
It performed exactly the same and my skin loved it. It is a bit on the pricy side so I haven’t reordered. I was actually waiting until Alyaka put a Kypris Sample kit together again. They had one for a while but last time i looked it was gone. Of course now they have several more sample kits that I have been eyeing.
As a brief aside the Alyaka sample kits cost around $27 each (the link will take you to them if you want to see what is available, they change out periodically) and let you try different brands like RMS, and Lilah B to see if those products are for you before you invest in the full size. You know I love the try before you buy method and as Alyaka also has free shipping to the US it’s a double win for me. But this is about Boxycharm.
The Kypris Illuminating Eye Serum and Primer + Shimmer Palette kit contains a bottle of eye serum and primer which I think will be fun to try out and it comes with a shimmer eyeshadow palette. When I do my makeup after my workout and shower I will be using it today for my shadow and will give you my first impression then, I think I may have to pick out at least one matte shade to go with it. But that is for the afternoon. For now, I am happy to have the kit and will soon put the eye cream in rotation.
The second item in my premium box this month was the IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask. It is a spray hair mask. I have to say I am intrigued. And may have to take it into the shower with me post workout.IGK is a really good brand. For a long time it was my go to brand for hair products. I still really like and use their products, but I have branched out to try others. Some have been better, many have been worse. I;ve never tried the Prenup and you know I adore hair masks so this will be fun to try out.
Moving right along we have the product I chose. This, surprisingly enough was the Too Faced Hangover Primer. I know, I was surprised I chose it as well. While I like – who am I kidding, ADORE – primers, when I tried a small sample of the Too Faced Hangover Primer I was not that enthused. It was too moisturizing for me at the time. I think I may have better luck with it now that my skin is in it’s winter dry levels.
Also I noticed I am getting quite a collection of serums I need to work through and while more will no doubt come in, I decided not to deliberately choose another one to add to the pile. It takes a while to work through a serum and I may have to pass a few along so that they don’t go bad (I don’t open them until I use them and store them in a dark closet in the coldest part of the house so I still have some time. I suspect a skin care declutter is in the works soon. As I just did a savage lip declutter, I’m kind of dreading doing a skin care one.
Speaking of lips however (and avoiding thinking of skincare declutters) a new lip product came in this month’s box and the packaging is gorgeous. It has a clear lucite looking top and then the color. Very chic. It is from Roen, the Kiss my Liquid Lip Balm to be exact, which I have never tried before. I’ll be wearing it this afternoon along with the Kypris shimmers and the Too Faced Primer so we will see how it goes. I’m not sure it will match very well but I have no video calls scheduled today so no one will know. Well except you.
As long as you don’t tell on me, we’ll be good.
There was also a set of brushes in this months box. It was from a brand I had never heard of – Beauty Diva London. I have to say, first impressions out of the package and they do not look all that impressive. They have very light weight plastic handles that I can very easily see myself dropping and cracking. However I could be wrong and they could be fabulous. When I do my make up today I will set my Luxie Brushes to the side (I’m planning a reviews soon) and try them out. Perhaps they will perform like rockstars and I will adore them. Who knows.
And this leaves us with the Dose of Colors Block Party single shadow. For me this is a repeat. I received this exact same eyeshadow in this exact same shade a few months back. It is a slight disappointment. It’s a good formula but because I already have it, I will be passing it along untouched. It is still a good shadow. The only disappointment is in the repeat.
That was my BoxyCharm Premium this month. Quite frankly I was very pleased with it. While I do love skincare, we have been getting very skin care heavy boxes lately so it was nice to see one that was makeup heavy. After all even the eye serum came with an eyeshadow palette. I know many of you are looking at the above run down and asking yourselves why are there no retail prices next to the items. I deliberately waited until the end for that. I wanted to look at the items and decide on it’s value to me, based on the items inside before looking up prices. This month’s box was very much worth the $35 price tag. I enjoy the items and I am looking forward to trying them out.
Of course it is always fun to look at monetary value as well, if only because we can be excited for the money we saved by buying the box instead of the items separately. So…The Dose of Colors Block Party Single shadow is valued at $20. The IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask is $32 while the Beauty Diva Eye Brush Set is a $48 value. Roen Beauty Kiss My Liquid Lip Balm in the shade Charlie is valued at $26. The Too Faced Hangover Primer has a retail price of $35 and the Kypris Illuminating Eye Serum and Primer + Shimmer Palette Set which is a new launch is valued at a whopping $145.
So six items with a combined retail Value of $306. That my darlings is quite a savings. Oddly enough I had planned to pick up the Too Faced Hangover Primer to try it on my winter dry skin. It was actually in my shopping cart when it came up as a choice on BoxyCharm. As it is $35 and I was already prepared to pay that separately, but instead paid $35 for the box, I am actually extra tickled by this. It’s rare that timing lines up perfectly in my world. For example I have been trying to catch the Urban Decay Honey Palette on one of their sales for a while now and always just miss it. Or I’ll spot it and before I can purchase it an emergency expense pops up. I’m beginning to think that palette is cursed… But that is another story. For now I am very pleased with My March BoxyCharm Premium and look forward to seeing what April has in store.