After I got back from Tahoe—where believe me, I was not winning any beauty awards—my June BoxyCharm was waiting in the mailbox for me! And I desperately needed it.
The theme this month was “Sea La Vie.” And despite living in landlocked Wyo after spending some quality time on Lake Tahoe, I felt like I was deserving of the sea life. So, I jumped right in to opening it (even though it was 4 in the morning and we had just finished our 14 hour road trip).
Once again, I do not know how this company does it. I paid my normal $21 and the box this month was worth $118! It’s insane. Flat out craziness. But, I’m alright with this kind of craziness.
Okay, this mask is designed to tighten skin and diminish fine lines. As a 23 year old, I was a little unsure that I needed this quite yet. But, I do love to try out a nice face mask, so I decided to give this a go. Oh my goodness, did it feel good?! It has an awesome cooling feeling when you put it on. And it smells like seaweed, without being over-the-top and making you feel like they just grabbed whatever washed up on the beach and told you to rub it on your face. Possibly– definitely– my favorite part had to be the lack of mess though! Some masks create such a muddy mess all over my bathroom counter, I spend the entire time cleaning the counter instead of enjoying the relaxing mud slathered on my face. Then, if I can leave the bathroom, I end up dropping little chunks of gunk all over my house. This mask has absolutely no mess! It just leaves a thin film on your face. Admittedly, I did try this the very day after I got back from Tahoe, so my face was needing a little love after only using face wipes and river/lake water for a week.
Of course, I haven’t used this long enough to tell you about the long-term effects. But, it feels darn good on the skin! It’s $38, but for the amount of product– and considering how little you need to use for each application, it will last a long time—I think it’s worth a purchase.
There isn’t a ton to say about this product. It’s a high quality brush. It’s dense. It’s insanely soft (this may just be shocking to me because my old Kabuki brush is so dirty, and stiff it’s like blending in make-up with sandpaper). It doesn’t shed. Really everything that you are looking for in a good kabuki.
My skin is pretty dry, so I don’t use a ton of powder products, but during summer I do like to use a translucent powder to set my make-up. This is especially true as I am just about to get into full-swing of wedding season, and I’ll want my make-up to last for a long time while I’m killing it on the dance floor. This brush retails for $30. And while I am really happy to have it, I do think if you are going to purchase just a kabuki brush, you could find others that do the same job, but are a bit more affordable.
This product was the most unique one in the box, and the one I was most excited for. I mean, of course, the packaging drew me in right away… but I had also never tried a cream (they describe it as “cream” I consider it to be more of a liquid) highlighter, so I was really excited to see what it was all about. I am pretty late to the highlighter game. First, I swatched it on my hand. The color is a beautiful rose-gold-ish highlight, AND the swatch stayed put and looked beautiful all day. It wasn’t one of those products where it runs all over, then you just look like a disco ball exploded all over your face.
This runs at $18 dollars and I would say it’s worth it. So far, my favorite way to use this is to apply a thin line to the top of my cheekbones, then blend it in with a damp beauty blender. I have also used it as an inner-eye-corner highlight or a brow bone highlight. Both are beautiful. You can use this mixed in with foundation or a BB cream for an all over glow. I have been a bit apprehensive to try this, but may give it a shot if I’m feeling adventurous and extra luminous some day.
*Note: when I first broke the seal I lost quite a bit product. This tends to happen because Laramie has such a high elevation, and lots of products that ship from lower elevation (just like Florida, where BoxyCharm ships from) tend to have some pressure issues. Just keep that in mind if you decide to purchase this item.
So, we have received ncLA nail lacquer before in a box. It was a clear polish with little sequins hearts in it (for Valentine’s Day), which was cute, but hard to apply. This polish, however, is absolutely phenomenal. It’s a great nude shade, for when you don’t know what color you want to paint you nails. Personally, I love bright nail polishes for summer, but there is something about a good nude that just looks put-together and clean. It’s a very polished look! Pun= check!
This nail polish (or “lacquer” if there is a difference besides sounding fancier) is $16 dollars, which is expensive for a polish. Thanks to BoxyCharm I have gotten to try a few different high-end nail polish brands, and I will say that this one is probably my favorite. The formula is really smooth and easy to apply. The colors are unique. And they last a really long time on the nail without chipping. So, if you do feel like splurging a bit on a polish, I recommend this one.
During the summer, I use very little eye shadow. At most I will use a big blending brush and run it over my crease with a soft brown eye shadow, or even my bronzer. Just a little something to give my eyes shape. This color is also beautiful for just that. It’s a really smooth, matte pink. And I have never used a Cargo eye shadow, but I have always heard super positive reviews about the brand. All of the hype is totally true. This shadow blends absolutely flawlessly, and they are pigmented without being scary. While $16 is quite steep for one eye shadow, these are no joke. If you are like me and prefer really, really simple eye looks, I recommend picking up just one or two crease colors. With the size of the shadow you should be set for awhile.
So far this is my favorite box! There weren’t any crazy, big-hitter items. Just practical, quality products. I have tried each item and loved them. But, even better: I consistently find myself reaching for these items. They are definitely not just a one-and-done product, like some of my others from BoxyCharm, where I like it but don’t actually use it. These are super practical for the summer time and fit into my whole “minimal-makeup-without-looking-like-a-complete-rag-muffin” vibe.
Thanks for reading,