BoxyCharm: A Brutally Honest Review

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When Aimee finally broke things off with Ipsy, I wanted to help her find a new monthly glam bag to make Ipsy jealous. And, if I’m being brutally honest, I also wanted to get a little revenge (because it’s what good friends do). Birchbox had already let me down years ago, and this Ipsy drama brought back those feelings of hurt. So, after researching reviews for beauty boxes, I discovered BoxyCharm. With a promise of receiving 4-5 full-size beauty products from both well-known and up-and-coming brands each month, I was pretty sure I’d found the one.

The day my BoxyCharm arrived in the mail, I was as excited as Ralphie getting his Little Orphan Annie Decoder Pin. I even waited until after my little one was asleep in bed so I could savor opening the package and checking out the products uninterrupted. But this was no Ovaltine ad. No… This was love at first sight, and it felt so good to have a new beauty box in my life.

Each of the products in my box are from a new (to me) brand and are thoughtfully made with cruelty-free practices and/or natural ingredients. Also, my monthly subscription is $21/box, and the retail value for these products is at least $112. Pretty charming, right?

What’s In the Box

Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick, Ofra ($19.90 retail)

This creamy lipstick feels like buttah on your lips, and the pigment is incredible. It’s not transfer-proof like other long-lasting lipsticks, but the color does cling well – even while eating/drinking. The real selling point, though, is that it can line and fill. So, move over, Kylie.

3 Sheet Masks, Biobelle ($14.97 retail)

Yep, you read that right: THREE full-size sheet masks! I received the #primer mask (to use before putting on makeup), the #iwokeuplikethis mask (to bring out your natural glow), and the #beautysecret mask (to promote firmness and moisturize). I’m like a weird beauty product hoarder, because it’s never a special enough time for me to do a mask or a scrub. No clue what I’m waiting for, but I’ve brought these with me on my beach trip, and I’m determined to try at least one while I’m relaxing one evening.

Rose Gold Tapered Brush, Luxie Beauty ($24.00 retail)

Aimee previously shared a brutally honest review about an Ipsy glam bag in which she described the Luxie brush as feeling like “angel kisses.” And she wasn’t lying. I don’t know how this brush feels so good, and I don’t care. It’s also really great for applying powder highlighter.

“Be Your Own Kind of Beauty” Eye Shadow Palette, Real Her ($28.00 retail)

RealHer is a new brand to me, and I’m pretty certain we’re going to become good friends. Not only do they tout their Leaping Bunny certification, but 20% of all gross profits are donated to the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW is a top-rated, non-profit charity that advances equity for women and girls through leadership programs, advocacy, education and research. So, I’m pretty certain I will be the proud owner of all three of these gorgeous eye shadow palettes before the end of the year.

Diamond Glow Powder, Artist Couture ($26.99 retail)

I was a little nervous about this highlighter, because it looks like loose gold, glitter powder. And I haven’t worn glitter since I graduated high school and stopped cheering. But my fabulous friend, Callie, whose face is always flawless advised me to use a tapered brush (the Luxie one works beautifully) and apply a small amount on my cheekbones as the last step in my makeup routine. Voila! Gorgeous, glowing highlight.

The Verdict

It’s too early to say for sure, but I feel really good about this new relationship. It could be too good to be true, but I’m definitely sticking around to find out. I’ll keep you posted on what’s in my July box.

Click here to sign up to try out BoxyCharm for yourself, and let us know what you think!

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