Hi everyone! Today I am back with my review of the December 2015 Boxycharm box.
This is a subscription service that runs $21 a month, and you receive full-size and deluxe-sized products from mid- to high-end brands. If you would like to learn more, check out their website!
When I heard that this month’s theme was going to be all about the 1920s, I was floored. Easily my favorite time period, I’d live back in that era in a heartbeat if it was physically possible. But I was a tad disappointed when I received my box, because the products didn’t really line up with the theme. I expected to see vampy red lip colors, shimmering golds – all things luxurious and indulgent a la flapper. That isn’t what we received. I think that to avoid confusing subscribers, Boxycharm should either choose products appropriate to their theme or do away with it completely.
There were six full-sized products in this month’s box, which was a surprise. Boxycharm always does a nice job with supplying products that make the box seem worth it, even though a lot of the brands *coughcough* OFRA, Bellapierre *coughcough* tend to be repetitive and get boring after being subscribed for a while.
The Nelson J Moisture Healing Mask is the first product in the box. This stuff smells like delicious coconut and makes me want to be chilling in a hammock somewhere warm. I haven’t tested this out yet, but I think it’s ideal for this time of year. Everything seems to be dry in the winter, from skin to hair, so this will be a refreshing treat. It outlines the different ways that you can use the mask on the back of the bottle too, so you don’t get tired of the same routine. This retails for $23.
I was really excited to try the NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil. I don’t always pay the greatest attention to caring for my nails (painting them once a month is about as fancy as I get). Being an oil, it’s a tad messy. It also seems to sit on the skin for a while rather than absorbing quickly. It’s best to use this when you have ten minutes to relax because you will end up transferring the product onto anything you touch. I want to play around with this some more as I haven’t seen a noticeable improvement with my cuticles. These retail for $16.
The TATCHA Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers were a spoiler for this month’s box, and I think this is the closest Boxycharm gets to fulfilling the 1920s theme. These are luxurious, beautifully crafted blotting sheets. TATCHA is a pretty pricey skincare line centered on Asian traditions and natural ingredients. These handcrafted with abaca leaf and real gold flakes. They do a fantastic job of absorbing oil without disturbing makeup. It’s nice to have a product that feels special too. These come 30 to a pack and retail for $12.
I was also excited to see the Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow. It’s a cruelty-free highlighter that seems to stay a champagne on my skin tone, leaning neither gold nor pink. It’s a nice liquid highlighter, but it feels a little drier than some other formulas. It doesn’t emphasize pores, but I don’t find myself reaching for it over my HG Clinique Chubby Stick Highlighter or my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. It retails for $15.95 and is a nice option for those on a budget.
I really wanted to love the OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano. After hearing everyone rave about them on the Makeup Addiction Reddit page and from YouTubers, I really wanted to. But guys, this color is awful. The formula is okay – it’s matte, it’s a liquid lipstick, it’s not drying, it wears well, and it fades evenly throughout the day. But the color is straight-up brown. I’m not sure why this color is so popular right now, but it just doesn’t look good on me. Boxycharm pulled three browns for the boxes, so receiving any of the other shades would’ve been a similar dud. At $20, I don’t think I love it enough to try another shade, but if you are into the matte trend, give these a look. They’re definitely comfortable for a liquid lipstick.
The Bellapierre Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon is a similar situation. This is also straight-up brown. I feel like I’m in 1993 when I wear this and not in a good way. The liner itself is creamy and smooth. it doesn’t tug, pull, or bleed, which is what everyone wants in a good lip liner. That’s the downside of getting monthly beauty boxes: Some products are great and others are ones that you will immediately throw away. It’s makeup roulette. This retails for $18.
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all had a great New Years celebration. May 2016 be the best year yet!