BOXYCHARM August 2018 Review

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BOXYCHARM is a makeup and beauty subscription box that sends out 4-5 deluxe and full-size samples every month. In the past, the items have been mostly full-size products and the boxes have been able to maintain an amazingly high value.

The items are neatly packaged.

The box is full of beauty essentials!

There’s another card…

…and it contains info about promos, giveaways, and the links to their social media accounts.

The August 2018 theme is Life of the Party!

The information card lists all the products in the box, together with a brief description.

Everything in my August 2018 BOXYCHARM! There are variations in the box – see them here.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks ($12.50) These are individually packaged brightening and hydrating gold foil eye masks that reduce the appearance of dark circles. It has hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract, and lavender oil. The gold foil helps the absorption into the skin, the middle layer prevents the masks from slipping, and the third is a cellulose fiber that delivers the skin-loving ingredients we need. These eye masks are free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

House of Lashes ($9-$12) We can achieve those dramatic lashes we’ve always wanted with these beauties.

The House of Lashes goal is to enhance the appearance of the natural lashes and beauty of the eyes. It is handcrafted using 100% premium human hair and some have synthetic blends. I think it will also enhance the kind of eye makeup you are going to use whether smokey eyes or simple dainty colors.

It is very easy to apply and reusable. You might think that it is heavy to put on because of its appearance but it’s actually very lightweight like there’s nothing on. The longer, spread-out lashes give a natural dispersed effect.

Most subscribers received one of five variants of these lashes but a few winners nabbed Becca Primer or Tarte Mascara

Adesse New York Organic Infused Age Defying Nail Treatment ($18) It’s a one-of-a-kind age-defying nail treatment cuticle oil that hydrates, stabilizes weak nails and protecting it from damage. It conditions and toughens while also improving the nail structure to help reduce breakage. It is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

Laura Lee Los Angeles Party Animal Palette ($19) Laura Lee is a popular Youtuber and she collaborated with Boxycharm to curate this box, which was shipped to subscribers a few weeks before beauty guru followers unearthed a slew of racist and fat-shaming tweets she made 6 years ago. This development occurred after I unboxed this box, and I’ve let it set for a few weeks.

Note that BOXYCHARM, as well as Ulta, Morphe, etc., have cut Laura Lee from their partnership rolls. If you receive this palette and want something different, contact BOXYCHARM, they will give you an option for another palette or for charms. I hope Laura Lee makes sincere changes in the way she thinks.

Everything about the palette certainly fits the theme. The black packaging makes the colors pop more and it can be a handy mirror too.

It has minimal fallout. No doubt that all of the pigments are vibrant and can last all day. All of them are matte except Bottoms Up pink shade that has silver specks on it to have a subtle shimmer effect when applied.

NOTE: Bottoms Up, Hungover, & Dranks contain a colorant that is not approved for the eye area in the US, Canada and Brazil.

One of the disappointing things besides Laura Lee’s racism and her fake cry apology was this palette isn’t even an eyeshadow palette. Unfortunately BOXYCHARM listed it as such, and they shouldn’t have.

Bang Beauty Chocolate Eyeliner ($22) Just dip into it with an eyeliner brush or brow brush and you can achieve the full effect of this gel liner. It resembles the natural colors of brows and easily manageable just as long as you have a specific brush for it.

Use it as an eyeliner, define your brows or eyeshadow base. The consistency of the chocolate pomade is also creamy and pigmented that it stays longer in the eyes without smudging. It’s a triple threat/treat.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Coffee Run ($24) It’s a creamy hydrating satin lipstick of dark brown that delivers rich pigment and coverage in one swipe on the lips. There a light vanilla scent and it also contains shea butter, olive oil, and vitamins C & E. Best of all, the lipstick is formulated without phthalates and parabens. But it’s BROWN. Life of the party? Not for me.

Subscribers received one of a few variations of a Smashbox lippie. I wish I’d received anything but this!

The swatches of the Laura Lee Party Animal matte shades are only okay. One of my cousins laughs at my swatches compared to Instagram beauty people but at least mine are realistic and show how the products actually swatch out – no fakes here.  Besides the fact you can’t put half of them on your eyes, they were patchy with some fallout.

All the items are cute and are fun for a party gal. The lashes were a bit pricey so getting to try those because of this box is a win, plus there’s a nice cuticle oil. I was super disappointed with my lip shade, but happy with BOXY’s response to Laura Lee. I see Boxycharm as one of the most diverse and inclusive subscription boxes out there with tons of fans from every ethnicity and gender. I’m not thrilled with the variation boxes (until Adesse showing up I think we were all pretty sure everyone was getting NCLA cuticle oil) but ultimately if you want a shot at upgrading to BOXYluxe, you need to be subscribed before September to nab it.

What’s your favorite item in this month’s BOXYCHARM?

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