September 2020 Boxycharm Premium Unboxing

Boxycharm Premium is a monthly beauty box subscription.  It costs $35 per month and generally has six full sized beauty products in the box. This month’s theme is Glam Vibes only. To be honest, most months I’m not really sure if the theme actually relates to the contents of the box.  This month I’m guessing that that the theme is because pretty much everything in the box is rather high end.  Although to be honest as it is a premium box, I would already expect that. Theme confusion aside, I am rather pleased with my selection of products this month.

The first item I took out was The Queen Eyeshadow Palette by Eloise Beauty (retail $46).  I have never heard of the brand, let alone tested the shadows, but it is a vibrant palette that looks like it would be fun to play around with.  As most of the palettes I’ve received lately have been more neutral in tone, it is kind of fun to have some brighter colors available.

The second item I pulled from the premium box was the item I actually chose for my selection.  It is the Marc Jacobs Youthquake Hydra-full retexturing gel crème.(retail $59).  I have to admit, I have been lusting after this crème since its release.  I really enjoy Marc Jacob’s products so I really wanted to see what the brand did in the realm of skin care.  When makeup brands lean into skin care it is very rarely a neutral middle of the road product that gets produced.  It is either really good or really bad.  I have my fingers crossed for the really good.  I have about a week left on my Dior Dream Skin Moisturizer trial and there is a very good chance that instead of sticking to my plan I will jump this ahead of the line.  I may try to resist, but I am not entirely certain how well that will work out.

Next was the Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial oil (retail $55).  I dimly recall hearing the name Emma Hardie before but for the life of me I can’t remember where or in what context.  I’m fairly certain I have never tried anything from the brand (or if I did it wasn’t all that memorable).  So I am thrilled to find a new brand I’ve never really heard of and to test out the product.  With first the Malin + Goetz Recovery oil and now the Timeless Skincare 100% Squalane Oil I have to say I am really starting to like incorporating oils into my skin care routine.

The fourth item in the September premium box was the Kitsch Ice roller ($18).  Apparently this is the month of the rollers.  I received one Jade roller in my Look Fantastic Box this month and a second Jade roller in my Glossy Box. I already had a rose quartz roller which I really like.  I keep it in the fridge and it is marvelous when I come in from the heat or when my allergies have me all puffy eyed. 

At the moment it is rag weed season where I live so puffy eyed is kind of my default state at the moment.  I will be passing on the unopened Jade rollers, since I already use my quartz one, but I will try the metal Kitsch one as I want to see if there is a difference with using the metal one versus the stone one.  Currently it is chilling down and getting ready for its first use. To be honest I enjoy the roller tools more for the depuffing and cooling rather than the serum application.  I find the serums work better with a vibrating cleansing tool like a Fereo or a PMD wand. Not that I won’t try it with the serum.

The next product in my September Premium box I was very pleased to see.  It was very shiny and hard to photograph as it kept throwing back light, but it is the Milk makeup Kush Lip Scrub (retail $22).  I have used this before.  It is extremely mild and very soothing. 

With most lip scrubs you sort of have to rinse or wipe the exfoliate off of your lips once you have used it which sort of removes the balm agent as well.  With this you don’t.  The grains are fine enough that after applying you rub your lips together and they sort of disappear.  This is a great product to use every night as it won’t over exfoliate and it softens as well. I was very happy to see it.

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Finally, the last item I removed from the box was the Stila smudge stick Waterproof eyeliner (retail $22).  Do I need another eyeliner? No.  Is it a good eyeliner? Yes.  I’ve used it before and if I remember correctly it was nice and creamy and while smudgeable when applied, once set, it stayed put. And unlike my liquid eyeliners it won’t really dry out.

I may have to take stock of my open eyeliners before deciding it I am going to use it right away or keep it unopened for a while. For now it is staying in the box so that I know I haven’t used it. This is actually the perfect excuse to go through my liners.  I know I have several that have dried out or that I just don’t like enough to keep. I was planning to do a big fall declutter of my dressing table as well as my wardrobe as I switch to fall and winter clothes.  I was aiming for the first weekend in October to do this, but there is no harm in starting my eye liner perusal a little early.

But that is another topic. Back to the Boxycharm September Premium Box.

So was this a good box?  Yes.  Every item in this box is one I will use, or that I would like to try out.  There are brands I love and a few I have either never heard of or only dimly recall.  It was a nice mix of products that actually felt premium.  On occasion some of the premium boxes haven’t really felt that way.  I’m hoping to chalk it up to quarantine shipping issues and hope that they now have a workable system in place.  The boxes certainly are getting better.  Last month and this month were both a welcome relief from the not so great boxes the few months prior.  So the end balance is that for my $35 I received $222 worth of products.  While the price is fair, I am happier that they are all products I am more than happy to try out and use.  That for me makes the box worthwhile.  Don’t get me wrong the return on investment is nice, but there really is no point in getting expensive things you aren’t going to use. These are from quality brands and they are products I will use. So I have to say, for me, September was a five star box.

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BoxyCharm Premium Unboxing for August 2020

The August box was a little beat up when it arrived, but nothing was broken.

When my neighbor dropped off my Boxy Charm box, they also brought me the Boxy charm premium box which was delivered with it.  For those who don’t know Boxy Charm Premium is a $35 per month subscription from BoxyCharm.  In it you are supposed to get six (occasionally seven) full sized items.  In the past few months, these boxes have been hit or miss.  I have to say though, the August box hit it out of the park for me. 

The first item I unboxed was the OLEHENRICKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer (retail $38).  This was actually the item I chose this month.  I love OleHenricksen products and you know I love primers so I it was a win win for me;  good brand and a product type I love.

The second item in my August Beauty Box was the Ciate London New England Editor Palette (retail $32).  I believe every box was supposed to get this palette this month. 

While it occasionally feels like I am slowly building a shrine to Ciate in the depths of my dressing table, I do like their products and I am happy to see this shadow Palette.  I have to say I am pleased by the color selection.  It looks like it is going to be a lot of fun to play around with.

The third item also comes from a brand I love.  It is the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals XL Lash Volumizer. I’ve tried mostly Dermelect skin care (and really like the Dermelect Self Esteem Serum) but I had never tried any lash products. 

Contrary to how it sounds, this isn’t a mascara but a lash treatment.  I took before pictures of my bare lashes and will be using this nightly (as directed) for the next month to see if it makes a difference. 

The wand for the dermelect, the product is a white-ish liquid so it is hard to see

I was actually debating between several lash serums to try out when this showed up so it sort of made the decision for me.  I’m sure at some point I’ll try the others out, but I have no problem starting with Dermelect.

Next up is a Mac Satin Lipstick (retail $19).  Mac was the first non-drug store lipstick I ever purchased and I will always have a soft spot for MAC Lipsticks because of it. The shade looks like it is going to be a good one for me. 

It is a reddish neutral and will be added to next week’s makeup bag so I’ll get to wear it for a full week.  (I suspect that with the Clarins and Trestique lip products from the regular Boxy Charm box next week’s make up bag will be very lip heavy.)

A long wear Gel eyeliner from Milk (retail $22) was in the August box as well and even though I am never super excited about eyeliners in subscription boxes (mostly because I accumulate them far faster than I can ever use them) I will make an exception for this.  I have tried the MILK formula and really like it.  In addition it is a white eyeliner.  These I use on my water line. 

Well I should say I use it for my water line.  I have one white eyeliner I use repeatedly.  Now of course I have two. So I was happier than I thought I’d be to see an eyeliner.

And finally there is the Fenty Beauty Portable contour and concealer brush (retail $24). Essentially what that means is that there is a cover and the metal bit slides up and down so it is easy to put the lid on without catching the bristles in the side.

It’s pretty cute with densely packed bristles. It looks like it will be good to use.  I’ll add it to my make up bag next week and give it a test to see how it works. The metal doesn’t lower all the way which makes me wonder if it will be hard to clean, but that is a worry for another day.

All in all I was pretty happy with this month’s Premium box.  It looked like it got kicked around a bit, but nothing was broken and it had a bit of an adventure getting to me. Every item in the box is one I will use, or at least try out. And the box actually felt premium.  For my $35 I received $162 worth of product.  It’s not the largest return on a box I’ve gotten but everything was priced accurately.  There was no strangely priced item included to elevate the price. But more important than price is the fact that I will use everything included inside the box.  That makes this month, one of the good ones. It’s almost like they heard I was going to cancel one at the end of the year and decided to make my decision as difficult as possible. Which I am perfectly fine with. I like being wowed by boxes instead of disappointed. I don’t think anyone buys subscription boxes hoping to be disappointed. and I think everyone could use a little less irritation in their lives.

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July 2020 Boxycharm Premium Unboxing

July 2020 BoxyCharm Premium

Morning my darlings, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know we are just beginning August, but my July boxes came in late this month so there is one more to cover and that is the BoxyCharm Premium bag. I have to say, it didn’t entirely feel premium this month. But lets get into the items inside and well talk about them as we go.

First up is an Neon Orange Jelly pouch with pompoms (retail $20). Now I will say that with IPSY I get a makeup bag every month. So I’m not opposed to seeing a bag in a subscription box, but unless it is a really good bag, I tend to think of it as an add on, a bonus rather than an item. This month, the pouch counted as an item in my premium box.

I can’t say I am too happy about that, especially as the pompoms are small, cheap looking, and already beginning to fray. It’s an okay bag. Not my favorite as I generally find the ‘jelly’ plastic tends to split along the stitching after a few months of use. Had it been an extra item, I would have been okay with it, but it wasn’t.

Next up, I pulled out the Morphe and Manny MUA Glam Palette (retail $20). Okay first up, I really like Manny MUA. I find him fun and entertaining to watch. I’m not a big fan of Morphe. Politics aside, while their brushes are pretty nice, I don’t find their products to be that great in general.

I am just not a fan of their shadows. Plus, this was one of those palettes that was released and flopped big time, so seeing this in a subscription box sort of feels like someone hit a remainders sale. Morphe isn’t a brand I would expect to see in a premium box either.

Okay, don’t worry it isn’t all bleak.

The next product is definitely a premium product. It is the Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion (retail $40). Is it good lotion? Yes. Do I think it is over priced? Yes. Am I thrilled to get body lotion? Not really. However, I have had it before in a smaller sample and it is a good lotion. I like the pump and I will use it. I think for the price there should be a bit more product, but I like the product and will use it.

The next product I have very mixed feelings about. It is the Perricone MD No Makeup lipstick (retail $30). First of all it isn’t a lipstick, it is a tinted lip balm. Which I’m fine with, especially in the summer. But seriously, it’s not a lipstick. It is however one of the few lip balms that I will definitely say is well worth the $30 price.

Perricone, MD lip swatch

I really like the brand Perricone, MD. I generally find their products to be good and work well with my skin. I’ve tried quite a few of their products over the years and I can’t think of a single one that I would not repurchase again.

However, my box looked a bit crunched. And not in a got banged up in the box during transport way, but in the clearance shelf of TJMaxx sort of way. But that is only the box.

The product was fine. My concern with it though is that the expiration date on the bottom of the product says that it is going to expire in December of this year. Which means it is not a new product and I have only 5 months to use it before it expires.

Expiration date

I’ve had Perricone lip products before and that is the one issue with them. They are great and hydrating, far more skin care than makeup, but when they expire, they expire. They are prone to mold and funky smells the closer you get to the expiration date. These are not products you buy back ups to stockpile, they are buy and use now sorts of things. Well worth using, but they are serious about the expiration date. So I’m going to make a concentrated effort to use it before then, but despite being an excellent brand, these issues don’t lend themselves to the premium feeling the box is going for.

Moving on we come to the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty Set and Define Kit (retail $42). Personally I like face kits like this and thought it would be interesting to try. It was in fact my selection item for this month. Admittedly, it wasn’t a good selection month. It was this palette or two other palettes from this brand or a Brows by Reema face kit, if I recall. This is the one I went for as it seemed like it had more products I would use.

I am looking forward to trying it out. I had not heard of the brand though, so I went and looked them up. I don’t mind new brands, I like learning about products I may not have picked up on my own, I consider that part of the fun of subscription boxes.

They did have this kit on their website though and it was offered for $42. It also had a mirror inside it, which this one doesn’t. Personally, I don’t really care about the mirror. I’m sure it made the package lighter and easier to produce in the quantities Boxy Charm required at a cost that was not prohibitive. But that’s also sort of bugging me as well. Since there is a clear difference between the ones offered for sale and the ones sent in BoxyCharm, should the retail price be listed as the same?

I don’t know. Personally I go back and forth in my mind about that. While I don’t think that the mirror contributes to the products, it does contribute to the packaging and packaging does help in many cases to determine price. When I look at the palette, given its size, and packaging, I have to say it feels more like it should be in the $20 range. It doesn’t feel like a $42 palette. So again I’m on the fence about this one. I put it in this week’s makeup bag so I will be using it and testing it out this week. Maybe it will astound me with it’s quality and I will be able to say the price is justified, maybe not. We shall see.

Finally, we come to the last product in the box. And I have to say I was very happy to see this product. No there isn’t a however, I was just happy. (see I told you it wasn’t all bleak) It was the Laura Geller Line N define Dual dimension eyeliner.(retail $24).

I have been wanting to try this one out for a while actually, I just kept getting eyeliners from boxes so I never felt like I ought to go out and buy one. This has the pen tip eyeliner on one end and a crayon style eyeliner on the other end. Its been a while, but I have used Laura Geller’s eyeliner’s before and really liked them so I am happy to try this one out as well.

So there we have the July Premium Boxy Charm box. For my $35 I received $176 worth of product. For Boxycharm premium that is a bit of a low return on investment. Usually the value is much higher In addition, there were some issues and the box really didn’t feel premium. I recognize that there are currently issues beyond their control, but this seemed a bit like poor decision making met shipping issues.

I will say that I am very excited about the selection I already made for August’s box and I hope the rest of the items that come in the box are just as nice. At the moment my plan is to keep my Boxycharm subscriptions through September. I want to see if Boxyluxe is actually worth keeping and if the onset of the pandemic was the reason for the last Boxes issues. I was hoping to start changing things around in January, but if the boxes don’t get better, I may be switching things around earlier. We shall see.

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Reviewing BoxyCharm Premium for June 2020

June 2020 BoxyCharm Premium (and no the pickle jar wasn’t part of it)

Boxycharm Premium is a tier of Boxycharm and costs $35 per month. I have to say I was eagerly anticipating this month’s box.  Last month, to be blunt, it was a flop, would this be as bad or would it be redeemed? 

Let’s see shall we?

The first Item that appeared when I began unpacking the June Box was the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping mask (retail $49).  I’m sure by now everyone realizes that I love sleeping masks.  I love a product that works while I sleep. And this is one I have been wanting to try for a while. 

At the moment I am conducting a Volition Skin Care test, but as soon as I finish my month long trial and start incorporating other products in, this Glow Recipe sleeping mask will be added to my line up. I’m hoping it is as good as their Watermelon sleeping mask, If possibly less jelly like in consistency.

The second item was one I actually chose during the selection day.  It was the Milk Makeup Glow Oil Lip+Cheek. (retail $15).  I know some of you may be thinking, didn’t you get that in your last box, and didn’t you complain that it was travel sized?  Yes and yes. Well spotted. 

It was a different color last month and last month’s shade was one I could use on my lips, but wasn’t very good on my cheeks.  This one looks like it will be a good color for the cheeks as well as the lips so I might give it a try.

Of the selection items it was also the only one that really interested me.  And I like Milk Makeup so I’m not upset at having a second one.  I wasn’t too enthused with the selections, but that is another story.

The Billion Dollar Brows sculpting duo brush ($30) was also in my box this month.  It is a decent quality brush.  I’m not terribly enthused with double sided brushes as one side always gets smashed or if I use both sides then when I put it back in the jar of brushes product gets all over the other handles.  Usually with dual ended brushes I’ll pick one end to use and just forget about the other side.  But it is a decent brush and it did go with the next product. So I could see why it as chosen for the box. It does show that at least a little thought went into the box’s makeup where the last couple have seemed very random.

This was the Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette (retail $44).  As with most Too Faced products, the packaging feels super lux and the products smell absolutely delicious. The outer packaging has that soft touch feel that I absolutely love.  

I have held of swatching and playing with it because I want to get a solid first impression of it.  I will be adding it to this Friday’s makeup bag and trying it out next week so there will be a review of it soon. (Plus there is a limit to how long I can hold of playing around with it.)

It was very hard not to go ahead and add it to the bag this week.  I just kept wanting to touch the packaging.  So I was needless to say very happy to see this in my box this month. And I can see why it went with the Billion Dollar Brows Contour brush.  I may even use the brush with the palette.  I just don’t  like the dual ended part.

Also in this month’s box was the Living Proof Restore Repair Leave in (retail $30).  I used to use Living Proof products a lot, but I sort of got away from them and haven’t picked them up in a while.  I remember being fond of their shampoo mostly.  But it has been a while since I’ve used them.  I tend to gravitate more towards IGK and Klorane. Klorane is actually one of my favorite dry shampoos.  I go through a lot of their product.  But that is beside the point. 

I am happy to once again try a Living Proof Product. Especially as I can’t really remember why I stopped using them in the first place. Maybe this will jog my memory, maybe it will just be a good product to use. We shall see. Over all, I am pretty happy to see it.

Finally, we come to the box of Grace and Stella Anti-wrinkle +Energizing face masks (retail $25). The box was actually wedged into the bottom of my Boxycharm box and had to be pried out.  It just barely managed to fit.  At first it looked like a false bottom.  I actually tied this mask for last Friday’s Face mask post if you want to check out my review. 

I generally like Grace and Stella products and this one made me look like an ancient Mayan statue while doing great things for my skin, so I wasn’t mad.  I also like the fact that it is a full box of six face masks.  This feels like something that should be in a premium box.  If there was only one, I probably would have been upset.  But I like the six as it is clearly a full sized package.  I also liked the masks, so that helped my assessment.

So that was my June Boxy Charm Premium. I have to say I was far more excited by the products than I have been in the past couple of months.  I’m hoping that they are going to keep their standards high and that the lapse was because the world went insane and shipping was delayed rather than anything else. For my $35 I received a selection of products whose retail value was $193.  As I believe their promise is at least $170 for the premium, I am pleased with the value.  Even with my personal dislike of dual ended brushes, I believe I will end up using everything in my box. And let’s face it, that’s the true value of the box.  If you aren’t going to use the items, they are essentially worthless.  These are items I will use. So June was definitely a good month for Boxycharm Premium.

May 2020 BoxyCharm Premium: A Review

My Premium BoxyCharm Box for May 2020

For those who don’t know Boxy Charm is a beauty subscription.  The premium tier is $35 per month and for that price you are supposed to receive six full sized items with a minimum retail value of $120. This month’s theme was Mother Nature. I’ll be honest, I was not happy with my May box.  Generally I really like Boxy Charm.  They have a few months here and there where the box isn’t the greatest, but even then it is still fun to get. Other times it is super amazing.

For the record, I really hate writing negative reviews.  Usually even if I don’t like a product or a box, there are enough positives about it that I can see it working for someone else.  This month was different.

Now here’s the deal.  All of the products in this month’s box are ones I like.  The products are fine, but this isn’t a product review, this is a subscription box review. Even though each product is individually fine, it is their sum taken as a whole that makes up the subscription box and determines whether or not the subscription is worth paying for.  

This month not only did the box not feel premium, but when I opened it my first thought was ‘They must have forgotten to pack something.’  The box felt incomplete. It was light weight and the items sort of rolled around looking a little lost in the large box. Even when I counted the items and read over the card, I still pried out the bottom of the cardboard to make certain nothing else was hidden because it really felt as though something was missing. I think I would have felt that even if it was a regular box.  The fact that it was a premium one made it even worse.

But let’s get into the box. 

We’ll start off with the high note of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (retail $30). It was the item I chose for this month’s box.  It is gorgeous.  It looks luxe.  I love the packaging and it felt very premium. I look forward to using it.

The second item was the Pure Heals Centella 90 Ampule Serum (retail $28). I’m always up for trying new skin care.  At the moment however I am completely awash with skin care so it is going in my skin care drawer and will be used at a later date.  I am happy to have it to try, but lately there has been so much skin care in subscription boxes it is really hard to get all that excited.

Next there was the Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara (retail $29).  It is a good mascara.  I’ve used it before and really like it. It is actually in my top five mascaras. It is one I would purchase on my own. In subscription boxes, however, mascaras always feel like filler. It is something that gets added in because there are already several higher priced items in the box. I got a mascara last month as well, so even though I like this mascara, I wasn’t terribly excited to see it in the box.  I do hope this means there will be more Kevyn Aucoin in future boxes because I really like the company’s products and would love to have more of them to try out. Again this nothing against the product.

The next item in my box was the tarte sugar rush best bud lip butter balm (retail $12).  Do I like tarte?  Yes.  Is it pretty? Yes.  But it is a lip balm.

I like lip balm. 

I currently have a lip balm subscription with Jersey Shore Cosmetics. (incidentally even though their lip balms are also $12 each, their monthly subscription for a four pack of lip balms with tax and shipping comes to $13.  I actually received this month’s JSC subscription on the same day as Boxy Premium which invited direct comparison, just so you know where I am coming from.)

But in a box like this, a lip balm is still a filler item.  Like mascara it is something that gets added to the box when the value is already high. Will I use it?  Yes, it’s a nice lip balm. But that’s not why I get BoxyCharm.

Following the tart lip balm was the Milk Make Up Glow oil lip and cheek (retail $15).  Again, I like Milk. There are several of their products I use and repurchase on a regular basis.  I’ve even used this product before and loved it.  It is an excellent lip oil and gives the cheeks a naturally flushed look for a no make up makeup look.  It’s a great product. 

And if it was full sized, you might be reading a different post.  Despite the fact that one of BoxyCharm’s claims to always provide only full sized products, this was a travel size. I won’t lie, I felt cheated.  The size of it made it feel like a chubby lip balm, which it kind of is, but it also made it feel like a quick add on not a featured product. which is not something I like saying about Milk because again, I do like their products.

So at this point I am looking at the last item in my May box to not only get the value for the box in the way Boxy Charm is known for, but to make up for two filler items and a travel sized product.  A tall order in general and one not really fulfilled by the final item; a set of Battington Beauty powder and contour brushes. 

Before I even mention the retail value of these brushes lets go over something. Last month, I received the 5 piece Lavish eye brush set (which I love by the way and will be posting a review on soon) It retailed for about $30.  The month prior I believe I received the brush trio from Alamar Cosmetics. Those are also great brushes.  A few months ago (late last year sometime I can’t remember which month) I received a set of the Boxy Charm Brushes.  They are fabulous as well. These brushes set the bar relatively high for the kinds of brushes I expect from BoxyCharm.

These Battington brushes have soft bristles, and really light weight cheap feeling metal handles. In addition, the handles are really fat. It is like gripping one of those chubby pencils little kids use when they are starting to learn how to make letters for the first time.

Because I have so recently gotten brushes from BoxyCharm, I had plenty of items to compare them to. In fact a direct comparison was inevitable.  The Alamar and BoxyCham brushes both beat these hands down for quality and usability.  The bristles are fine. I can’t complain about those, but I do not like those handles. Even if you neglect the quality issue, the fat handles are not for me. There needs to at least be a dent or something in there for better gripping. I know I have relatively small hands to begin with, these just made my hands look tiny and they felt awkward to use.

If the set of two was listed as retailing for $30 I would consider that fair value for the duo. I wouldn’t consider it a particularly good value, but I wouldn’t think I was being rooked. When I looked at the card and realized they were listed as retailing for $90, not only was I floored, but I was kind of mad.

If you add up the retail value of everything in the box without the brushes it comes to $114.  With the brushes it comes to $204. Boxy Charm Premium is listed as having a minimum value of $120 per month unless it is a brand take over month.  This was not a brand take over month. I understand that not every month is going to be a super fabulous month.  Subscription boxes are a gamble. Sometimes you get products you want, other times you get products that don’t work for you. I kind of like the gamble which is one of the reasons I purchase subscription boxes instead of just putting the cost of the box towards a product from Milk or Kevyn Aucoin.  Sometimes I get products I would never have purchased on my own and I enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone with them. Sometimes the new products become favorites that I repurchase on my own again and again. Sometimes I try them for fun and decide they aren’t for me.

This month not only am I disappointed, but I sort of feel as though someone at BoxyCharm is taking revenge for not letting them win at Dodge Ball in elementary school or something.  (Admittedly I never defeated anyone at dodgeball. I always deliberately missed because I wasn’t a big fan of actually hitting other people, so maybe it’s vengeance for not helping them win.)Its like they put in the item I chose, selected the cheaply made over priced brushes and then added enough items to consider it complete.

While I have noticed that the boxes that come the month before a Boxy Luxe Month are never the greatest, this was a new low.  It should have been a warning not to expect too much when they started showing spoilers for the June Luxe month at the end of April.  That should have been the moment when expectations were lowered for May.  Maybe that’s it.  They were so excited about June that they rushed through May. But quite frankly if they aren’t going to pay that much attention to Premium the month before a Luxe box then maybe they shouldn’t have a Premium category. 

At the moment I am not happy, and at the moment am seriously considering cancelling my Premium box. I am willing to concede that times are a little strange with everything going on in the world. That is at this moment one of the primary reasons I am not automatically cancelling my Premium subscription. Truthfully, if it was any higher than $35 I probably would have cancelled it, but as I would have paid more than $35 for the products in this box that I like, I’ll let it ride for a few months to see if it is just a sign of the times or a continuing trend. The premium tier is also less than a year old so they still may be working out a few details and learning to juggle their various subscriptions. So I will be watching and at the year mark (which was my initial re-think marker for this subscription) I will decide if it is worth keeping or not. As I have loved having BoxyCharm, even in the somewhat boring months, I really hope this is just a sign of the times and a temporary slip up.

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BoxyCharm Premium April 2020 Review

BoxyCharm premium is a $35 per month beauty subscription box offered by (unsurprisingly) BoxyCharm. Inside the box each month are six full sized beauty items. This month was a pretty good month for me. It was heavily weighted towards self care (be it skin or hair) than it was makeup which was a bit surprising as I tend to think of BoxyCharm as makeup heavy. Oddly enough despite the multitude of eyeshadow palettes available in their selections this month, neither my regular BoxyCharm nor my Premium this month had an eyeshadow palette. While I don’t mind, as nearly every box I’ve ever received from Boxy has had some form of eyeshadow in it, it was just surprising.

Perhaps the adjustment was because of my choice. Each month you are allowed to choose one item that you want in your box from a limited selection of items (usually 2 or three options are presented). The option I chose was the Kopari Coconut Face cream (retail $38). I chose it because I liked their toner and thought the face cream would be interesting. Also in my Scentbird subscription (which has both perfumes as well as some skincare and makeup items) I added the Kopari facial cleanser to my queue. It will be a few months before it comes up but as I have other face cream I want to try out, I have no problem waiting, especially as mid summer seems like the perfect time for something coconut scented. I suspect most of my summer travels this year will be virtual instead of actual so I can theme a tropical getaway in my backyard this year. I’m sure the summer will be hot enough to suit so all I need to do is add fruity drinks with little umbrellas and a few tropical scents and I’ll be fine.

But I digress.

Surprisingly in this month’s premium box there was a second moisturizer. It was the Lavido Age Away Replenishing Cream (retail $69). I’m not mad at it actually. I received the Lavido cleansing scrub in IPSY this month so I am actually using them as a pair at the moment. (I just finished my Tatcha trial and will post that next week.) I’m actually liking the cream a lot at the moment, I just find it surprising that two moisturizers came in the same box.

The next item I pulled out of my box ths month was the Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask (retail $38). I have yet to try anything from Farmacy that I didn’t like. Last month I was disappointed that the cherry cleanser was only in the base box (which I didn’t get because it was a Luxe month, although last month luxe itself was somewhat disappointing). I was also disappointed that even though it was offered for sale in the ad-ons this month it was sold out before I could even log on, so alas, the cherry balm was not for me. That’s okay I still have the song Cherry Bomb stuck in my head, which isn’t a bad consolation prize. And I get to try out the Honey potion this month. I’m sure everyone knows how much I love masks and I have to admit, I have been plowing through them more since the stay at home order went into effect.

Next up, I received the IGK Hair Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray (retail $32). I like IGK and I have a lot of hair I need to tame into good behavior. I also have a few weeks of cool/warm weather where I can still wear my hair down if I choose. Once the weather heats up my hair is too long and thick to be left down. I was planning to get a cut before the summer hit but didn’t quite make it to the salon. Once heat hits my hair pretty much stays bundled on top of my head until fall. So I’ll either be trying this out double quick or waiting until the return of the chill. either way I love the brand and have high hopes.

Finally we get to the first of the two makeup items in my box this month. The first is Nudestix Magnetic Lip Plush Paints (retail $28). It looks like a very pinky nude that I’m not entirely certain will work for me, but I am excited to try out the formula. Plus I’ve started keeping various lip products whose color may not be the best for me on my desk. That way I can try out the formula and only my computer monitor will judge me. As I know where the power button is located, I don’t fear that judgement all that much.

And last, but certainly not least is the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara.(retail $26). I am always on the hunt for a good mascara. At the moment I am finishing out a couple of travel sizes that have been in my collection a little too long, and then I will be testing out this mascara. I have to say it was really hard for me to set it aside and wait to test it. I have heard such fantastic things about it. But I need to clear out some space by using up the travel sizes.

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I’m being good. I don’t want to be, but I am.which will just make it more fabulous when I am done being good. At least that’s the hope anyway. Then I’ll get to celebrate extra space from the clear out, a feeling of virtuosity and a new fabulous mascara.

Yeah, I’m betting I crack and try it out before the week is over too. I’m just not that good at being good.

But I am trying.

So that was my BoxyCharm Premium this month. The total value of my $35 box came to $231. While I was somewhat surprised by the fact that I received two moisturizers, I am over all pleased with my box. I have no idea why the tag for this box is festival vibes as absolutely nothing in this looked even remotely festival themed. Even the plush paint lipstick is a very muted color. And that was the only color in the box. Nevertheless, everything in it is something I will use. For me, that increases its value, theme appropriate or not. While I love skin care, I am hoping that next month is a little more makeup heavy to balance out this month, but still, I’m very pleased by BoxyCharm Premium.

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March 2020 Boxycharm Premium Review: The Fenty Box

The much anticipated March 2020 Boxycharm Premium Fenty Box

BoxyCharm Premium is a $35 per month beauty subscription and each month comes with about six full sized products. Usually the products are from a variety of brands but this month Boxycharm went with a full box of Fenty products.

I have to say, while I have seen Fenty in stores and on commercials, I have never purchased any Fenty products. As with any well hyped product thought, I have to say I was curious. Ever since it was announced, every one was buzzing with it and talking about the products.

The first item in the Fenty box was the one I heard the most about. It was the Killawatt Freestyle highlighter in the shade Trophy Wife. (retail $36). It is gold. Bright gold. It swatches well. Oddly the color blends in but the glitter, that stays, and spreads. I wiped off the swatch with one hand to see how it blended in and now my entire arm is glittery. I am little concerned with how well it will stay in place because of that, but only time will tell if it is a great highlighter or a traveling glitter bomb.

The next item in the box was the Match Stix Shimmer Skin Stick (retail $25) and mine was in the shade Confetti. Despite the many uses claimed by the product, it is a shimmery purple cream highlighter. While it is a cream product instead of a powder and a very different shade from the official highlighter, I have to say I’m not terribly thrilled with getting two highlighters in the box. It is a nice highlighter and it seems to blend well with none of the glitter fall out of the other one, but I wish that if they had shades that could be used as blush (which was one of their claims when advertising the elements of the box), they would have gone with those shades rather than just two highlighters.

Admittedly the Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette made me feel better. The package is beautiful, although now covered in fingerprints. So if I go missing, or am accused of a crime, you know where to look for a full set. While I can take or leave highlighters, the shadow palette is a good one. The colors are shades I like and am eager to play around with. I did a quick swatch of the colors. I started from the left hand side and swatched each row left to right. As you can see in the above picture in the box, the colors aren’t in two straight rows but on a diagonal. The colors feel soft and creamy and I am looking forward to playing with them to see how they work on the eyes.

Inside the box was the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (retail $19). It is a clear gloss with a bit of shimmer. I have to say it may be my favorite new lip gloss. It is shiny with a bit of shimmer, but it isn’t sticky at all and it smells like walking into a high end patisserie. It is that pastry cream with a hint of vanilla and the dep down belly knowledge that this is going to taste good. Although it doesn’t taste like anything, but it does smell good and sort of makes me feel like I’ve had a pastry. Sort of aroma dieting. I personally love the lip gloss.

While interesting, this is not a color I will turn to often

As we all know my love of lipsticks is sometimes shameful, I was very much looking forward to the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick (retail $18) included in the box. While I am coming around to lip glosses as more than an anti snacking device, I love matte lipsticks. They are my go to. I will say that when I tried the lipstick, the formula was very nice. It was creamy and matte and everything I look for in a lipstick. It was however in the shade Clapback which is an odd blue tone. while there are some who can pull this shade off on the daily, I am not one of them. While the formula is an excellent one and it is highly pigmented, the color was just a bad choice. It just sort of says ‘we put the colors that weren’t selling in retail venues in your box to get rid of them’. I really wished they chose a color more people can work with instead of a left over.

That isn’t an entirely premium feeling.

Finally the last item in my box was the Invisimatte Blotting Paper (retail $16). It is a cute holder and will probably live in my purse for quite some time. I don’t have very oily skin and I rarely use blotting paper. It is good to have around for the occasional usage, but it isn’t going to be something I reach for very often.

Over all this was a mixed box for me. I really like getting to try several Fenty products. I will use the purple highlighter. If they were going to brag about it being useful as a blush, I wish they sent a blush shade, but I will use it. The gold Trophy Wife, if I’m honest, will more than likely end up as eyeshadow rather than a highlighter. I just don’t need that much glitter on my cheeks. I love the shadow palette and the gloss.

I like the formula of the lipstick so I may try out another color at some point in time, but I won’t lie, it was a disappointment. Clapback is a color meant to stand on its own. It is not something I can work with or blend down with another color. It is what it is, and that is a disappointment. while the blotting paper was just, meh.

It is also somewhat telling that this box arrived at my house March 5th. I am still waiting for my regular March Box to arrive. I have not at this time even received notification that it has been sent. I know everyone got the same products, with only a few shades differing so it was easier for them to put together, but it was clear that in the color variations it was a completely random choice and not one with any individual consideration. I get that. From a business/logistics perspective it makes sense. If color choices were a little different, I would feel very different about the box.

I will forgive a lot for a good lipstick.

Sadly it is their color choices that made me feel a little let down by this box. Double highlighters and a disappointing lipstick make this just an okay box, not a great one. And to be honest, given Fenty’s popularity and the amount of good reviews they have, I was expecting a great box.

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BoxyCharm Premium February 2020

February Premium BoxyCharm Box 2020

I’ll admit, I was very excited for this month’s box. Every spoiler I saw looked interesting and while I knew what my one choice was, I like a bit of the mystery of not knowing exactly what will be in the the mix when it arrives. Incidentally I received version #22 of the premium box this month.

The item I chose was the Karity Picante Palette (retail $29). The colors looked like a good mix and many of them looked like ones I would use. Some of them liked like they would challenge me to use them because they were a little out of my comfort zone but not so far out that I wouldn’t be willing to try. while they look good in the picture they are absolutely stunning in real life. I look forward to foing a full review on this palette.

The second item I pulled out of this month’s box was the Korres Body Butter in the scent fig (retail $32). Everyone knows I adore Korres products. They are actually the very first non drug store skin care product line I tried. They have been around since 1996 and I think I made my first purchase from them in 1997. So I have a soft spot for them in general. I also love figs. When we moved into this house the first thing I planted in my garden was a fig tree. Although ‘tree’ was sort of optimistic at that point in time. It is getting there though. This year it was finally old enough that I managed to get three figs. Not the jam making explosion I crave, but a good start.

Since you know I have to sniff everything, I opened the cream and inhaled. I am pleased to say it doesn’t have the jammy sweetness I was braced for. Instead it sort of smells like the scent you get when you break a fig off the tree and sniff the newly exposed end. It smells very green with a hint f the sweetness that is contained within the fruit. I think I am really going to like using this cream. Which is a good thing as it is a really large tube of cream that will take me a while to get through.

The next item was the Watermelon Glow Recipe Ultra Fine Mist (retail $28). It is watermelon-y although not as strongly scented as their face cream and night gel. The mist is ultra fine and it is quite refreshing. I think it is more of a summertime spray than a winter one but I suppose February is technically easing us into spring. We had snow over the weekend and are now being hit with waves of cold rain that seems upset it is just slightly too warm for it to be snow so it is hard to picture spring let alone summer. I can see this being kept in the fridge and used when I come in sweaty from the garden though. Over all it seems like a good product, just slightly off on the seasonality.

In my box this month, in fact in everyone’s box I believe, was the Hourglass ambient lighting blush (retail $40). I am always looking for a good blush. I have a lot of not quite right blushes, several I can make this work blushes and a few I like it but I’m still looking for more blushes. The closest blush I have to a staple in my makeup bag is my Benefit Gold Rush. While it is a great blush it also has a bit of gold sparkle to it. I like the sparkle but I don’t want it everyday which is the only reason I am still looking. This Hourglass looks like it has potential and I am looking forward to putting it through its paces.

This month Tarte made an appearance in Boxy Charm with the double duty beauty base tape primer($30). I personally welcome Tarte’s return as their products always work well on me. I also love primers. I remember trying the base tape a while back and I remember liking it, but I cant remember too much about it. It was before I started writing reviews and if I don’t write things down I tend to forget them. So that being said I look forward to retrying it to get a feel for the product.

Finally we come to the last item in the box. It is also the most controversial. It is the Faccia Skincare 24K Gold Foil Moisturizer. There seems to be a lot of dust up about this. For a while there was no website because it is such a new brand. Then there was a website but it had contradictory information on its ingredients list and then there was an issue with the price. While Boxycharm lists its retail value on their info card as $100, in other places it was found offered for sale for just a few dollars. At the moment I am wrapping up a skin care trial and because I am so curious about all of the drama I will be bumping this up the line to try out, so I will have a full review up as soon as I’ve had a chance to give it a full and fair trial. I find it interesting to see what people say about a product, but the truth is in how it performs on my skin, at least for me. so I’ll reserve judgement until then.

That was this month’s premium box and I have to say over all I am very pleased with it. All are interesting products I may nit have picked up on my own but enjoy and will look forward to trying out. The total retail value of this box ended up being $259, and yes that is with using the $100 cream from Faccia in the tally. It is not a bad return on a $35 box and over all I am happy with what I recieved. Even with the controversy regarding the face cream I am happy with the other products and the value they provide. I also have to say this month was better than January’s box as well.

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BoxyCharm Premium Review: January 2020

BoxyCharm Premium January 2020

BoxyCharm Premium is a $35 per month subscription box. It is one of the tiers in the BoxyCharm list of subscriptions and each month it contains about six full sized beauty products.

This month’s was an interesting one. I received my subscription box on Friday and I couldn’t wait to open it. While they do give lots of spoilers for different variations throughout the month, there is only one guarantee as to what will be in the box and that is the one item you get to choose prior to it being sent out.

The item I chose was the Too Faced Cosmetics Palm Springs Dreams Cocktail Party Eye Shadow Palette (retail $45). I simply saw the design and couldn’t resist. I have to say, the packaging did not disappoint. It is absolutely stunning. The shadows themselves are named after drinks or cocktail themed things (like Last Call) and they look gorgeous. The hardest part about getting the palette was that I was still testing this week’s palette and wanted to force myself to wait to play around with it. Today I will post this week’s palette (by ELF, just FYI) and then today after I return from the gym and shower, I will get to play with it. Next Monday I will report back but I am really looking forward to playing with those colors.

It was hard to put it aside and wait for today to play, but I did.

Oddly, in addition to the full sized palette, I received a single KAt Von D Beauty eyeshadow in Lolita. It is a stunning color and as always her shadows are great. As my current week’s palette was very neutral I did add it to Friday afternoon’s look to spice it up. The shadow is soft and highly pigmented. A little goes a long way. Even though it is a $19 shadow and a big pan, I’m not entirely sure it should count as a full sized item and since I already received a palette in this box, I wasn’t as enthused as I might have been otherwise, but it is nice. And like all single shadows, if I remember I have it, I will use it. Otherwise it will get lost in the drawer.

Another item I wasn’t too enthused about seeing was the Billion Dollar Brows Best Seller’s Kit (retail $42). It is a nice kit and contains a really nice brush for detail work, a nice highlighter/concealer stick a brow pencil that works well and has a spoolie on the end asd a clear setting gel. I also received the exact same kit from IPSY last month so I will be passing this one one. The products are nice. The brow pencil is not a favorite so I don’t feel the need to keep a spare.

Lolita swatch. I barely tapped my finger into the pan to product this color.

Next up we have an item that I was so excited to see that I went ahead and used it for my Friday Face Mask on Friday. That was the Bliss Pore Patrol Mask Deep Detox Four Clay Souffle Mask ($18). I immediately used it for the face mask and I absolutely love it. It made my skin feel fresh and clean and I know I will use this product until it is gone and then go out and buy a replacement. Just so you know, Bliss has a sale through January 20th. I’ll post the code and link at the bottom of the page. (it is an affiliate code so i may receive some compensation if you use the link in a purchase.)

This month I also received a cleanser in my box. It is the Skinfix Barrier+Foaming Oil Cleanser (retail $28 according to the info card but the website lists it for $38)). I love when I get cleansers in my subscription boxes. I feel like I go through so many of them with all the sweaty workouts these days. At the moment I am using the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and once I have finished with it, I will be trying this one out.

Finally, my subscription box this month contained the Farsali Liquid Glass Radiance Serum (retail $54). In addition to giving you a radiant glow it is also supposed to help smooth out fine lines. While I am currently testing a serum for fine lines (Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum, in case you were wondering) once I have completed that trial I will be testing out this one. I love trying new skin care, but it does require a few weeks of use to determine if I actually like it or not so its a slower review process. I did lift the cap though and I have to say, it smells amazing.

The Farsali Serum smells absolutely amazing.

Okay that was my January 2020 Boxy Charm Premium box and over all I have to say I was very happy with it. The single shadow was a little odd and I will be passing on the brow kit but I am very excited about everything else. My total retail value for this month’s box was $206. while it is usually a little higher, I am happy with what I recieved and happy to continue receiving this subscription box.

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BoxyCharm Premium Review December 2019

The December 2019 Premium BoxyCharm

This month’s Boxy Charm Premium was an interesting one, at least for me.  First, for those who don’t know, the BoxyCharm Premium box is a $35 per month beauty subscription where six full sixed products are sent to you in the mail. With tax, at least for me it comes out to $38.41.  To get the box you have to already belong to Boxy charm, although if you chose once a member and getting the Premium box, you can cancel the regular one. I will also say that according to all of their information, if you do get both boxes, they try not to replicate any of the items.  That information became useful for me this month.

Okay so before getting into the products I will say, this month I got the Boxy Premium and the Boxyluxe boxes.  This is the second month that the premium box has been available. (incidentally I pay for both of my boxes in case you were wondering). I’m still trying to decide what to keep and what to let go, but for now I have both.  During the non luxe months I get the regular and the premium box. How long this will stay has yet to be determined.

I will also point out that I did get my Boxy luxe box in the mail on the same day as I got the Premium box. I just decided to review this one first. But it does mean I know what was in each box.

So the first thing I noticed when opening my Premium box this month was that there was no card explaining the products and listing their retail value.  After poking around, I figured this was an oversite as everyone else seemed to get cards with their boxes.  My Box just missed the inert.  Incidentally the theme of this month’s box was Whimsy.  I’m not entirely certain why this theme applies to the box.  I can see some semi-whimsical elements but as it is heavily skin care this month and the palette and highlighter are both red and gold I would go more with holiday themed, but perhaps there is a reason I don’t know.

despite the confetti look, it swatches gold

Speaking of highlighters, I received the Ciate London confetti highlighter in my Premium box.  I also received it in my Boxy Luxe box. That box did come with a card so I didn’t have to look up the retail value on their website.  The highlighter retails for $32. (with the exception of the highlighter all retail values come from the company websites for the products)

 I will say that I received my box on Tuesday and by Wednesday afternoon, I received an e-mail from Boxy charm stating that they realized they sent me a duplicate product and that they would be sending me a replacement as soon as possible.  They also instructed me to keep the extra highlighter rather than return it. 

I love that they caught the mistake so quickly and are moving to make up for it.  I suspect that the holiday season will slow things down considerably, but I look forward to seeing what product they send me as no mention was in the e-mail.  I suspect it will be the other option which I believe was the Ciate blush, but I could be mistaken.  I will keep you posted.

All in all I am pleased both with the product and their response. The highlighter swatches a general gold color which I find more suitable for my skin than many of the other varieties of highlighter and I look forward to using it for more than just my initial impressions trial.

the palette is great, my swatches, not so much.

The second item I unboxed was the Natasha Denona Cranberry Palette (retail $48) It is a five pan palette and so far I am thrilled with it.  The plastic packaging is sturdy and unlikely to break any time soon, the colors are highly pigmented, feel soft as butter and are all colors I will use.  My swatches are really poor.  They worked much better on the eye than the arm and when applied with a brush rather than a finger. There are two mattes and three shimmers.

 As I have often let reviews of palettes fall behind, I’m going to start adding a weekly palette review in addition to my regular reviews for a while to not only correct this but so that I can give each palette its moment in the sun, as it were. I figure using each palette as my primary one for a week solid will not only give me a good idea of the palette itself it will help me to use all of my palettes on a regular basis.  I will be using not only the newer palettes for my weekly palette but mixing in older ones as well and determining what remains in my drawer and what needs to move along. I don’t like keeping things I won’t use when I know someone else can use them. So I think this will help with that.

But that is a post for another time, so moving on we next come to another eye product, the Kat Von D cake Pencil (retail $19). It is a mechanical pencil.  It is soft and highly pigmented.  While I don’t use a lot of eyeliner (I have slightly hooded eyes so it takes some work to play with that I don’t always have time for or want to use as my looks with eyeliner often more dramatic looks then running errands or attending meetings requires) I have to say I really like this one.  It is creamy on the skin and either stays put or smokes out beautifully depending on the use of it. And unlike a lot of the pen style liners I won’t worry about it drying out for a while.

I love the little spoon that comes with the lip mask. only a tiny bit of product is needed for the lips.

Next we have the item I actually got to choose in this month’s box and I have to say, I couldn’t be happier.  I am thrilled to not only see this product but that it arrived now when I can use it the most. This is the Bite Agave Nighttime lip therapy  (retail $22). It is essentially an overnight mask for the lips and I love it. During visits to family in Canada I stocked up, mostly on the maple scented lip mask.  I am thrilled to see that is now available in the states.  It has also been a while since my last visit to the Great white North and I was out completely. And as my lips have been chapped lately, I am doubly happy to have one of the Bite masks here.

Oddly enough the last two products in my premium box this month are moisturizers.  While I look forward to using both products and am not complaining, I just find it odd that two moisturizers came in the same box. Usually they vary the products more.  I suspect that given the duplicate and the lack of information sheet, my box was packed in a bit of a hurry this month and somehow it didn’t register that there were two moisturizers. I will use both and report back so I am not complaining in any way, I just found it odd.

The first of these moisturizers is the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer (retail $39). I have been hit or miss with Glow recipe.  I couldn’t take the scent of the Pineapple serum (even though the product worked well and my Mom is currently loving it) but I really liked their Watermelon sleeping mask.  So I have my fingers crossed for this one.  Since it is in the watermelon category I am hoping I like it.  And honestly, their products have all worked well on my skin, but they are all so highly scented that the scent does become the reason I decide whether to use or pass. I will say that I love the glass bottle and the pump dispenser. They have me on packaging.  I will test the product to see if they have me there as well.

The second moisturizer was the Ultimate Hyaluronic Acid Resurfacing DUO Moisturizer from Avant. This was interesting as not only was it an additional moisturizer but the packaging was different.  As you can see from the above photo, I received this product in a tube container rather than a jar.  On line I could only find this exact product in a jar.  The product amount was the same.  Both the jar on line and my tube contain 1.69 ounces of product. As it is a British brand I suspect the packaging change was an effort designed to make it lighter to ship. While the retail price is given in pounds, seventy to be exact (on sale from 100 actually at the time of this writing) a quick conversion gives it a retail value of $92.23 (for the sale price $131.76 if you go pre sale for my calculations at the end I will use the 92 for the final total. If interested in my conversions, I used THIS website). I have not yet opened the tube but it is in my line up of products to try and it will have its trial time. I just didn’t want to open it too early, exposing it to air and possibly skewing my trial. So I will have to report back on this product as well.

Over all it was an odd little box.  All of the products are ones I like and will use.  I am happy with all of them and my chance to try them, so I have no real complaints.  My only one would have been the duplicate product, but Boxycharm is working to correct that and as they moved so quickly I can’t actually complain.  There is just a general air of the box having been hurriedly assembled and some of the details getting lost (no card, repeat product, two moisturizers).  I’m hoping that they are just getting a handle on their new expansion rather than letting things slip.  Time I suppose will tell.

In the end my $35 ($38 with tax) box had $252 worth of product inside.  All of them are things I will use and all of them I was happy to see.  So despite its oddness, I am very pleased with this month’s subscription box, trying out the products in more depth and letting you know what I think of each.

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