May 2021 BoxyCharm Premium Unboxing

For those that don’t know the Boxy Charm Premium is a $35 per month beauty subscription.  Inside each box are six full sized items. This month’s theme is Flourish.  I’ll admit that while I can usually see how the theme fits with the month at hand, I rarely see how the products fit into the theme. 

The first Item out of my box this month is a box of the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye masks (retail $18).  Surprisingly there are only three sets in the box.  Given the size of the box I would have expected more.  I have used the Rodial eye masks before and they are okay.  They aren’t my favorite eye masks, but they work decently well.  I find Rodial to be an interesting brand.  I very much enjoy their serums and creams but tend to feel let down by their sheet masks and under eye masks. 

It’s strange because they have to be similar products as they are all in the same Dragon’s Blood line of products, but there is a really big difference in performance.  I’ll happily use these eye masks but when buying from Radial I tend to go for the tubes and bottles. Still Eye masks are nice especially during allergy season. I tend to use them right after my walks on the walking trail to help recover from the trees and flowering shrubs in the park.

The second Item in this month’s box is the Grown Alchemist Body Cream (retail $26).  I have tried their night cream and while I liked their formula I found them a little too perfume-y for me.  The body cream is scented with Mandarin and Rosemary so I am hoping that the lack of floral and the fact that it is a body cream will help with the scent.  I actually just finished up a body cream so I am looking to try a new one.  I  will probably actually use this one after my shower tonight.  I kind of like the fact that it is in a paint tube.  It should make it easy to use every last drop.

My third item I am not terribly excited about.  It is the Odacite BL + C Pimples Black Cumin + Cajeput Serum (retail $36).  I’ve tried Odacite before and actually liked the product, however this is designed for problem skin.  While I tend to get the occasional issue from too much face mask wearing, over all, I don’t have overly problematic skin.  I get the occasional pimple but I find most problem skin serums dry out my skin very badly and cause more issues than they solve. So I will be more than likely passing this on to someone else.

Also being passed on to someone else is the set of three LaRuce Brushes I received.(retail $96)  It isn’t that I don’t like them it is that I have two entire sets of LaRuce Brushes that I received from IPSY and I already have these three.  They are good brushes, but they are a bit overpriced in my opinion.  You can find my full brush review here if you are interested. 

In general, I really like them. They were a featured product of IPSY for a while. I have noticed that since Boxycharm was purchased by IPSY the two are swapping products back and forth and I suspect there will be some overlap for a little while as they settle into things.  I suspect this won’t be the last overlap. But they are good brushes, even if they are overpriced, and I’m sure someone else will love having them.

There was one makeup item in my box this month and it was the Too Faced Melted Chocolate Eyeshadow (retail $21).  It is a liquid eyeshadow with a matte finish.  I have to say I am very much looking forward to playing around with it and seeing how it works with other formulas. The shade I received (and that I chose) is Amaretto.  It is a slightly pinky neutral and a shade I can easily wear on its own on my eyes. 

Too Faced Swatch

The final item was also a choice item for me and quite frankly I can’t wait to try it out.  It is the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Moisturizing nectar (retail $65).  It can be used anywhere on the body but it is suggested as a sleep mask to repair the skins barrier. When I chose it, I thought it was a moisturizer, but I’m okay with a sleeping mask. 

I think I find this interesting because I have never heard of tulip based skin care products.  I am so excited to try it out and will be rolling it into my skincare line up asap. Also the jar is lovely to look at so it satisfies my beauty loving soul as well.

Overall it is a decent box this month.  There are quite a few products I am looking forward to trying.  It isn’t really the most exciting box, but it is still a good one.  I think because last month the Premium box was so spectacular it feels a little bit like a letdown.  It isn’t, it just isn’t as exciting as last month. I would have liked to have seen a bit more makeup though as I am well stocked with skincare. But with every subscription box you are going to have exciting months and non-exciting months.  This was a steady and decent box. The retail value comes to $262 so monetarily I did get my $35 worth out of it.  Sure $96 was for the brushes, which is far too much for these three brushes in my opinion.  However the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar which I really want to try retails for $65 so just for that This Boxycharm Box was worth it for me. 


BoxyCharm Premium February 2021 Unboxing

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.

November 2020 BoxyCharm Premium Unboxing

I am going to come right out and say it.  This was one of the better boxycharm boxes they have had in a while.  At least as far as I am concerned.   Boxy Charm Premium is a $35 per month subscription tier of the BoxyCharm world.  For this $35 I am supposed to get six full sized products. Let’s see what products they sent this month.

First up is the Grown Alchemist Night Cream (retail $125).  I believe everyone received this product in their boxes this month.  As so many of my creams lately have turned out to be fantastic day creams but not so great at night, I am always looking for a good night cream.  I have heard of Grown Alchemist but never tried anything by them.  While I like the look of the paint tube container for the night cream, it will be interesting to see how it works in practice.  I can see both the possibility for great good and great evil inside it. And that is just the packaging.  Regardless, I am ready to give it a test and happy to see it in my box.

The Smashbox Photo Finish fresh setting powder (retail $39) was my choice item this month and I’ll admit I was intrigued by the fact that you spin the dial to loosen powder from a solid surface.  I don’t know how it will work but it did make it to the house early enough that the powder made it to my makeup bag this week so I will let you know on Friday.

Also making it to my makeup bag this week and arriving in this November BoxyCharm Box was the Pur 4-in-1 skin perfecting powders face palette (retail $32).  I love the thought of face palettes.  The all in one that saves space and makes it easy to get ready.  Thus far it hasn’t worked out too well for me but I continue to hope.  We will see how this palette does in it’s makeup bag test.

Another item I believe everyone received this month is a new launch from Cosmedix.  It is the Skincare brush set (retail $25).  I have been using a silicone spatula brush for my masks for a while now. 

I picked it up from Amazon for less than a dollar a while back and it has been working fabulously well.  I’m happy to give a more expensive brush set a go.  I like that on the spatula looking one there is a smooth side and a textured side.  I am a little less certain of the flat brush.  It is composed of actual bristles.  I’m going to try it with a couple of my creamier masks and see how it performs.  I’ll have to get back to you on that.  I am curious but I suspect it might not be as fabulous as the flat silicone brush.  But I am willing to try.

Next up is the Dose of Colors Block Party single eyeshadow (retail $20).  It is an old cold kind of shade which picks the light up very well.  I like the Dose of Colors formula even though I don’t have many of their eyeshadows. 

I think this color is one that I might incorporate into my Holiday looks actually.  This year we may be staying home but we will be festive for the video calls.  There will also be cocktails via the video calls, but that is another story. 

And New Year’s may see me on the couch with my baby doll but even if I go with comfy pajama pants, I will still be rocking a new pair of shoes, a glass of champagne and at least one sparkletastic eyeshadow.  Will this be it?  We shall see.

Finally we take the last item out of the box and find it is the Realher lip liner duo (retail $25). Am I super excited about a lip liner duo? Not terrible, however I don’t have a red quite this shade (and need to buy one because I have several red lipsticks this shade)) and the second one is a lovely neutral.  They both feel creamy and I have lately been really liking the Realher products that I have been using. In fact the Dream so Big Palette is on my list of products to pick up. I am going to have to do a bit of a palette declutter before I do though. But the shades in that palette just look so nice. I also want to try out their lipstick formula. They are actually having a sale on those right now so I might be talking myself into the set sooner than the eyeshadow. Lip products, my eternal weakness. I linked the sale at the bottom of the page for those interested.

That was the contents of my BoxyCharm premium this month.   So I paid $35 and received $266 worth of product. While that is a good return for my money, I am more pleased by the fact that everything in this box is a product that I can use.  I love setting powder and have high hopes for the Pur Palette.  I love eyeshadows and was looking at ones specifically for festive looks, which this is certainly sparkly enough to qualify as.

And actually I was contemplating buying one of the shades of lip liner that I received this month.  When I first started getting Boxy Charm there were months when it would arrive and the majority of the items in the box were ones I had either just run out of or had been looking at picking up.  At first it made me think that BoxyCharm might have hidden cameras somewhere in my dressing table. Then they kind of went off the rails a little bit.  This box felt a bit like the old Boxy Charm was returning. Which is kind of amusing as they have now been bought by IPSY. I have to say, it is still a nice feeling.

RH Week of Beauty Steals – Matte Lipstick Collection- 12 Matte Lipsticks for $35