Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Boxycharm - July 2015 Review

Boxycharm is a $21 a month beauty subscription box with 4-5 full size items and free shipping. 

I received my first box - the July box - and here it is:

A cute, basic black box. 

 Open it up and it looks awesome!

Here is my loot. 

The gorge I'll make you look amazing daily spray, $29.95. I received the full size. I liked this product. It did add a lot of moisture when I sprayed it on my dry ends, and it smelled good too. I don't think I liked it enough to spend about $30 on it though, but it was nice to get in the box. It had a funny amount of claims on the bottle. 

I received the "Medium Full Size" - is that medium as in color? Or size? Confusing. In any case, this product was translucent on me, with a small amount of pearlescent glow. The texture is amazing. Very subtle and pretty. I need to try it over makeup, but so far it is a winner. 

Versanti Professional Blush Brush, $29, full size. Ok, I really love this brush. It is soft but not too soft, and does a fantastic job. Plus it's pretty. I think it's worth the cost of the entire box. 

OFRA Cosmetics Lip Liner, $13.00. This was a great feeling lipliner, in a color that does not work for me. It could, however work for other skin tones. 

Some more pictures:

And lastly:

The MDMflow Greater Than Mascara, $35. I was really excited for this mascara from the UK. It looked awesome, the wand looked amazing, and then I smelled it. It smelled so funky. I'm not 100% sure, but it very much smelled EXPIRED. I really hope I am wrong. I couldn't find any complaints from other reviewers. In any case, I decided not to try it and will be contacting Boxycharm

Final thoughts: At first I was a little underwhelmed. But I really like that I am actually getting some mileage out of these products. The mascara was a disappointment, but other reviewers really liked it. I would really like it if Boxycharm had an option to receive my basic coloring so I receive products (like the lipliner) that will work for me. All in all, worth the purchase, but some reservations. 

Have you tried Boxycharm?

xx Jen

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best Beauty Subscription Boxes Over $15

A few posts ago I compiled a list of 8 Beauty Subscription Boxes $15 and under (yes that is a link if you would like to check it out) - and now I am upping the price to over $15. I found a lot of very cool options when I was researching my $15 and under post, and am excited to share what I feel would be good options to try. As always, check out reviews, be cautious, and I do not endorse or guarantee any of these products. 

1. Glossybox - this box is $21 a month for monthly billing, and $18.50/month if you prepay for 12 months. There is also the option of prepaying for 6 months though the price is the same as month to month. Shipping in the US is free and shipping to Canada is $5. You receive 5 deluxe samples of high end products. The reviews I read and watched showcased a gorgeous box and adorable packaging. This is for sure a box I would love to try, and the main reason is the brands (well known and high end), the sizes (deluxe), and all the great reviews I found.

2. Julep Maven - I tried Julep Maven when it was pretty new and really liked it. In face I still have some of those nail polishes. They are 5-free polishes, meaning free of 5 harmful chemicals, and cruelty-free. The program is more customized now - you can pick a box, swap a product, and change a color or two. (Although I see no option to customize the welcome box.) There is a welcome box for $12.49 with the code on the site, and you are signed up for the subscription of $24.99/month. Shipping is free. Then there is a 3 month intro offer which comes with a welcome box, 2 months of Maven and free shipping for $39.98 with the code on the site. Although I loved Julep, I'm not sold on limiting myself to one brand.

3. BoxyCharm - You get 4-5 full & "luxury" size beauty products for $21/month, and shipping is free. If you pre-pay for a year you get one month free. I really love the look of this box, and the products look really nice. This is one I plan on trying, as the reviews are quite good. I wanted everything I saw in people's July boxes - which almost never happens to me. Sadly, BoxyCharm only ships to the US, and excludes Hawaii and Alaska. BoxyCharm states they have a community that shares tutorials. They also have a rewards system, giveaways, and - well seriously I am trying this one. ;)

4. Lookfantastic - This box from the UK is £15/month which is USD $23.41 - therefore qualifying for this post. You save money if you prepay for a longer plan. The box is a very chic black and comes with at least six assorted beauty products. The site is adding a special product to some boxes worth £99, which I've never heard of a box subscription doing before. Sizes appear to be deluxe sample/borderline full. Shipping is free to several countries, including the USA & Canada. I would love to try this box. 

After looking through these, I decided to order BoxyCharm. What are your favorite beauty subscription boxes?

Monday, July 27, 2015

My Current Facial Cleansing Routine

My skincare routine has changed so, so much in the last 6 months or so...I basically went from having super dry, irritated and sensitive skin to very hydrated skin. (So hydrated I actually had to tone down my moisturizer). I decided to stop using my AHA product, and switch from a very minimalist routine to a very complex routine - I admit, it requires a certain mindset. I really like this, in the end, because it forces me to SLOW DOWN. Relax, breathe, repeat. :)

A big part of this new beauty routine is simply washing my face. I have adopted the Korean skincare routine of double (sometimes triple) cleansing and it makes a huge difference. 

Here are my current cleansers. Of these, the Sulwhasoo Cleansing Oil and su:m Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick are my favorites. The Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes (available at Target) really don't remove much makeup but is a nice "toning" feel. The Shiseido Benefique NT Cleansing Foam is incredibly creamy, but I have to remember to keep it away from my eyes. It's a wonderful cleanser when my skin is feeling ultra-dry. 

But this Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil (found at neimanmarcus) is so great at removing really stubborn makeup. It is pretty much perfect. The su:m miracle rose cleansing stick (I purchased mine at is really my favorite cleanser. It smells like actually roses, has pieces of roses, is creamy, doesn't sting if I get it near my eyes, and is completely indispensable. 

The only item I don't really love out of all these are the makeup wipes. They smell wonderful, but are a bit too sensitizing for me, and sting my eyes a little.

What are your favorite face cleansers?