Friday, February 19, 2016

Boxycharm February 2016 "Rush to Relax" Subscription Box Review

Boxycharm is one of the best beauty boxes for makeup that I know of. There is always, always full size makeup in it. It is actually the box that gave me the urge to get rid of all my old crappy stuff from junior high and start anew. This month has one product I'm really interested in using, too. Plus one that I already love.

The Cost: $21/month.

What You Get: Full size and luxury size beauty samples of the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. Anything from nail care and hair products to the top skin care and cosmetics

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String- I'm just going to say it. I LOVE THESE! I got on last year in a Popsugar box and loved it but couldn't bring myself to pay $16 for one. Now, I have another one! Woohoo! These last a long, long time and I love the exfoliation they give. I slathered mine with shower gel once the stuff that this is packed with was gone and kept using it til I figured it was time to toss it. This one smells like peonies.
Value: $15
Beauty for Real Blush + Glo Stick- This is a blush (coral crush) and a highlighter (hi-beam) in one. It has a cream to powder formula.
I think the highlighter is really pretty and smooths on. It also has the most perfect sheen to it. Not too sparkly or glittery- just a perfect glow.
The blush has a slightly drier consistency and is a little bit darker than I normally wear. I am excited to practice with this. I may take this with me on my trip, it's that handy.
Value: $24
Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask- I like that these are popping up in subscriptions. It seems like for a long time this was an Asian beauty "thing" that didn't transfer over. Now, however, they're everywhere! That's a good thing. I like sheet masks, especially good ones like these with no alcohol and with sodium hyaluronate for moisturizing. Once you take this off your face, pat in the leftover essence. The instructions say it works great for priming your skin for makeup.
Value: $12 (there are much better ones for much less, I have to admit)

Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum- Apply a pea sized amount (that's a lot!) to your under eye area and wait for the magic to happen. Say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. This doesn't have a spectacular ingredient list. Especially for the price. I think if you want to really get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, this is not the thing for you. There's no peptides, no retinol, no vitamin c...
Value: Sample
Realtree for Her Perfume Spray- I got this a lllooooong time ago in a Birchbox (in a smaller size, of course) and didn't really like it then. I still don't. It's just too floral for me.
"Real Tree for Her opens up with the sweet taste of pomegranate, a hint of persimmon and an exotic scent of orchids. It blends with lotus blossom and champaca flower and it’s followed by the rich scent of amber, the transient scent of violets and the depth of mahogany wood."
Value: $12.99

Ofra Banana Powder Godet- This is an all-in-one face powder. Use it to conceal dark circles, to set your makeup or as a finishing powder. You can even use it as a highlighter. I had no idea what this was when I opened it because it's just the pan. No case which is kinda strange. Although I admit, I was thinking I needed a metal magnet case type thing to carry all the colors I loved from all my palettes in one place. There surely must be a thing like that. I need to Google it.
I wonder if this would be too yellow for someone with pink/blue undertones.
Value: $12

VERDICT: This Boxycharm was worth it to me for the Spongelle and the Beauty for Real stick alone! In all honesty, I'm never a big fan of getting perfume in a subscription box. It's just so subjective, I think it should be left to the sample box realm. But either way, the February Boxycharm surprised me with how much I am enjoying the contents. I'll use the mask, try the funny yellow powder and enjoy my Spongelle. And the Glo Stick.

If you'd like to sign up for Boxycharm, you can do that here. If you like makeup, you should give it a shot. I believe that until the end of the month, you can still get this exact box. Unless they sell out. It will tell you on their page. If you don't want this box then wait til March 1st to sign up because they send your box as soon as you purchase.

What did you think of this box?

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  1. I thought this was a very " light" box for BC.
    I LOVED the scent of the PSMH Spongelle. Haven't opened this one yet. The heart Spongelle and the Glo Stick thing are my favorite items. They promised full sized products, but this box was, as I said, light, IMO. I will not use the OFRA banana powder refill as I have very fair skin with slight pink undertones too.
    I received Realtree spray in another sub box ( I guess it was BB) and it had leaked all over everything, so I can't be extremely objective, but it's not offensive, just very young- type and sweet smelling. May or may not use the Freeze eye serum as I wear contacts and most eye creams, lotions and potions interfere with my vision as they manage to migrate slightly into my eyes during the day.

    Most of all, am TICKED to only get 1 face mask in that big folder thing. I threw all my K-masks away during my K- skin care ingredient concerns, largely unknown to dummies like me who can't read Korean.

    I really hope you and your hubby have a fabulous time in Ireland, bring home fabulous Irish=made items ( swooning over their crystal right now), and I hope you return home to a TON of really great sub. boxes waiting for you and for your dog. :) Not sure if your hubby is like mine and has his own set preferences for brands, scents, colors, etc. He gets gift cards from me for all holidays now.
    I finally learned to just stop buying him things. :)

    Bon Voyage!


    1. Haha! I didn't even think to mention it but you're right! When I opened up that envelope and found one mask, it was kind of a let-down, I have to admit! If you're looking for a good sheet mask brand that has all the ingredients listed, you might want to look at Patchology. I find their masks to be effective, though pricy. They do run coupons if you sign up for emails, though.

      I'm trying to save room in my suitcase for crystal or porcelain. I'm determined to find a way to bring some home!

    2. When I go shopping in Europe, or maybe I should say when I went, as I do not plan to return under the current world violence conditions which I do not expect to improve, I have often had the shop ship the item to my home address. Usually, my items are waiting on me when I arrive home. This saves a lot of luggage space, so you can buy a lot more, ha ha, and also it can help with the VAT exemptions US citizens have in W. Europe. I'm not sure exactly how, but I know when I buy taxable things in the store boxed to take home, it's a lot more time-consuming and also expensive in the long run.
      Of course, I love Waterford crystal more than there are words.

      The most difficult thing I ever lugged home was a hat for my hubby. I found a gorgeous hat at the Galleries Layfayette in Paris, and just had to get it for him. About an hour after I left the lovely department store, I realized-- I had bought him a Stetson hat, made in the USA. He still loves it and I still feel stupid, LOL. The large bright orange Stetson hatbox would not fit in my luggage, so it was stored by a flight attendant, who gave me some strange looks, but Air France has totally first class service.

      Patchology for masks? I'll go have a look, thanks. :)
      I don't understand why it's so hard for US companies to offer high quality masks at reasonable prices. They aren't imported like the S. Korean ones, so you'd think they would have competitive pricing.