I know it’s a bit late but my BoxyCharm reviews for both February & March are finally here! I had mixed feelings towards these boxes. I wasn’t big on February but I liked March a lot. For those who don’t know BoxyCharm is a monthly beauty subscription box you can purchase for $21 a month. It comes with 4-5 full and travel sized beauty products. If you are interested you can check it out here.
February 2015 BoxyCharm Review
Kisses From BoxyCharm
This round brush is the perfect size for the outer corners and creases of your eyes. I used it briefly one day and liked it but I have a bunch of brushes right now so I set it aside for later use. Therefor, I don’t have a big review on it. I do really like the size. It fits perfectly into my crease and from that one time use I do think that I will like it a lot. For not I’m giving it a 4 out of 5.
Mullein & Sparrow
This is not a full sized product, I believe it is travel size but it is a great size nonetheless. The full size product retails at $35. This was hands down my favorite product in the February box. It is a clay mask. You mix the dry product in the bottle with water (it is a little tricky to figure out the right consistency) place all over your face, wait for it to dry, and wash off. This sucks all the crap out of your face. When I washed it off my face was so soft and it just felt like it had taken all of the “bad” out of it. I would definitely throw down $35 for a full bottle of this. Also look at that packaging!! How cute is that little apothecary bottle? I will definitely be washing and reusing that when I’m done with this. For what, I have no idea but that doesn’t really matter right now. An easy 5 out of 5.
I will tell you right now I was predisposed not to like this product. A) I don’t like confetti nail polish, not even a little bit. I’m not even a huge fan of glitter polishes but I absolutely abhor the confetti. For reasons we will get into in a moment because they are all the reasons I thought this product sucked. B) I’m not a romantic hearts and pink and girly kind of girl. It isn’t my style in the least. I get it. This was a February box and these things represent Valentines Day but guess what? We don’t celebrate Valentines Day because both S and I think it’s ridiculous. We barely celebrate our anniversary. It’s just not our thing and those stupid little days aren’t me. I show S I love him with tiny little things every single day and he does the same for me. Alas, I’ve gone off track. Point being the hearts aren’t my thing.
So onto this particular polish. I do like NCLA. We’ve received a polish in the past and I really liked the quick dry formula. I did not like this confetti formula. Like all confetti polishes I’ve ever tried it was extremely thick. You got all this clumpy, clear polish and no confetti, or very little confetti. It’s hard to work with. Yes, I could pull the hearts out with tweezers and carefully place them where I want but I honestly do not have the time, and even more so the patience, to do that. This is going to end up sitting in my polish bag unused until I throw it out. 1 out of 5.
I knew when I saw this I wouldn’t like the color but I had never heard of the brand so I wasn’t sure about anything else. I really liked the product. It was highly pigmented, it went on smooth and creamy, and when I tested it it appeared to have a high wear time. Unfortunately it was way too Malibu Barbi for me. I would definitely be willing to try this in a different shade though. 4 out of 5.
I have a few complaints about this product. Unlike other people’s mine did not come broken, however it was close. As soon as I swatched it the stick popped right off, and I wasn’t pressing that hard. This (as you will see in March’s box) is unfortunately becoming a recurring issue with BoxyCharm. I am not going to blame BoxyCarm for this one, as it seems it is just cheap, shitty packaging but still. When a similar issue happens twice in two months it may be need to be addressed. Anyway, back to the corrector. This is a cream to powder corrector, which was kind of cool. Think Colour Pop eyeshadow formula if you aren’t familiar with this sort of formula. It matched my complexion almost perfectly but that is where my second issue comes into play. If you were even a shad or two lighter or darker than me this color isn’t going to work for you and it’s supposed to be universal. Universal maybe. If by universal you mean universal for white girls. I was really irritated by this. Maybe it was because I was already pissed about the shitty packaging (especially knowing many others had the same issue) but it just seems ridiculous to claim that something can be used on all skin tones when it clearly can’t. Maybe I’m missing something here. I read some girls say this is supposed to be used under your foundation, there for it shouldn’t matter what color it is but that still seems ludicrous to me. How is this super light formula going to work under a dark, or even really light, foundation? I don’t know. I don’t have an answer. Anyway this is a simple 1 out o 5 for me.
So as you can see I wasn’t big on the February box. This ended up retailing at a total of $104.99. That is really good considering I paid $21 for it but there are at least two products in here that I will never use. Of course there will be some months that are hits and some that are misses. This one is a definite miss for me but if you want to see what is closer to a hit lets move on to March.
March 2015 BoxyCharm
This is a travel sized product. I had never used Oscar Blandi before but I had seen some reviews on their products and heard some awesome things so I was excited to see this in the box. I was even more excited that it wasn’t the dry shampoo. I have naturally wavy hair and when I use products like this (mousse) it really brings the curl out. I loved this. It didn’t leave my hair feeling too crunchy like some mousse seem too, it was light weight, a little bit went a long way, and it smelled terrific. Besides the lack of crunch I didn’t find it any more special than any other mousse. I’m sure I could find a drugstore one that does the same thing but I did really like it. I plan on using it tomorrow so I’ll try and get a picture of my hair with it in. I would give this a 4 out of 5.
I’ve received a lot of OFRA products in my beauty subscriptions and I typically like them. This is just a standard wooden eyeliner in black. Nothing special. I’ve already tossed it with my other eyeliners, as I have plenty right now but will definitely use it later. Would a different color have been more fun? Yes, but I don’t think it ever hurts to have too many black liners. Black liner is the one makeup item I won’t leave the house without so it doesn’t hurt to have it. It wasn’t anything special I would go running out to buy but I don’t dislike it either. It blends decently and went on easy enough. Because I’ve only swatched it I’m not sure on the wear time. I would give it a 4 out of 5.
I love Tarte and I especially love their LipSurgence products. However I was disappointed by two things (though they both seem to have to do with BoxyCharm more than Tarte itself.) A) This color seems sooo similar to the color we got last month. It is also a light pink Barbi type color. On the bright side it goes on much more sheer, like a gloss, so I can probably get away with wearing it more. B) The crayon came completely twirled up and was smashed into the cap. This is the second time in two months that I’ve received a faulty product. Luckily this one was able to be saved a little more than the color corrector was in last months box. You can put in a complaint to BoxyCharm and they will either get you a new version of the same product or, if they are out, they will give you more charms towards a different product. I didn’t want to waste my time with that, as this was still a useable product. It was just disappointing.
Like all the LipSurgance products this went on super smooth and creamy. It has that same awesome minty smell too it and the wear time seemed decent. I can’t complain about the product itself, except maybe the color, because it is everything I love about Tarte. I would give this a 4 out of 5.
I love this color. Actually I loved all the colors that BoxyCharm sent out and wouldn’t have been disappointed in any of them. They especially look nice when you see them all next too each other. Very Spring. The packaging is also cute. Very simple. I did not like the formula. It went on really streaky and even after 3 coats I was having a hard time getting the streak out. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture. It also chipped really fast. Like the next day. I always try new nail polishes without a top coat to see how they can stand on their own, then I typically use the OPI top coat, and that keeps them on for a decent amount of time. I want to use this again as I love the color but I don’t know if I feel like trying to get all the streaks out. The only plus to that is that it was fairly quick drying so I wasn’t waiting around forever to put new coats on. Maybe I will use it as an accent nail color… We’ll see. This gets a 2.5 out of 5.
I think I’ve mentioned since becoming pregnant how dry my skin is. My face has patchy dry areas and it is not fun. This product is wonderful. It smooths out problem areas, moistens up the dry areas, and seems to dry up oily areas. It has been a life saver. For some reason when you read the back they have a lot of rules about how to apply it but bitch I do what I want! Basically I warmed it up in my hands like it said then put it on my face how I wanted to. It is super light weight and smells pretty like flowers, but not overwhelmingly so. I’m hoping it lasts awhile too because I’m not sure I’ll be able to justify spending $48 on another one, especially with a baby coming. You know, we need things like diapers. I do love this though and maybe it will be a guilty purchase later on. 4.5 out of 5.
The final total for the March box was $112. Again, a great price for having paid $21 and I will actually use these products. I’m not sure how often I’ll use the Tarte or LVX products but I know that they won’t go to waste. This box was closer to a hit than the February box, though it still had it’s fault. Actually this is probably my favorite of the three 2015 boxes we have received. Keep an eye out to see what happens in April!