BoxyCharm by Ipsy August 2023 Review – Return to the Wild

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The latest BoxyCharm by Ipsy box is here! The theme was Return to the Wild and it contained a decent combination of products such as an eye shadow palette, body scrub, and more. See all of my items below! Please keep in mind that BoxyCharm by Ipsy sends out lots of different box combos so my products may vary from yours. Plus, keep in mind that subscribers get to choose three of their five items (the other two are chosen by Ipsy)!

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Dew of the Gods Qew Cucumber + Collagen Vitamin Salt Scrub ($22) This is supposed to be a salt scrub but to me it was more of a shower gel with some salt added. I applied it to wet skin in the shower and it felt lush and slightly scrubby, although you could apply it to dry skin and supposedly that would increase the exfoliating power of the salt. I would simply apply it first to a sponge or brush of some sort and just enjoy it that way, plus, I think it would last longer, I wouldn’t have to waste much product. It smelled good thanks to the cucumber (added) fragrance and since it’s so hot (it will hit 108 here today) it made me think of cooling vegetables and refreshing sips. There was no oily residue left on my skin after rinsing.

Murad Essential-C Toner ($42) I rarely use toner and only keep them around to use when reviewing a new cleanser (to see if it worked) or when wearing extra heavy special occasion makeup, to remove all traces. This toner has a citrus scent thanks to both fragrance and essential oils, plus witch hazel, castor oil, urea, and vitamin C. I didn’t experience any irritation but did feel a residue on my skin after using.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush ($32) This blush was rather easy to use — just apply, blend well with fingers or the brush on the bottom, and go. I suggest using a small swipe, or maybe a few dots, because I ended up looking more feverish rather than kissed by the sun. I received the shade Pink Dahlia, which is described as rose petal pink. Swatched below.

Estate Cosmetics Most Wanted Lip Balm ($12) This is called a lip balm but it’s more like a lip gloss, although it’s not sticky. I received the shade Priority, which doesn’t really add much color to my lips but leaves them looking glossy. I didn’t notice any scent when wearing it, I guess it has a very light floral fragrance but you really have to sniff it closely and I doubt most people do that anyways. Swatched below.

Here are the swatches! On top is the ABH blush in Pink Dahlia and on the bottom is the Estate lip gloss in Priority.

Violet Voss Berries N’ Cream Dreams Eyeshadow Palette ($37) I didn’t see this on the Violet Voss website so I’m not sure where you might get it if you want it. Half of the shades are matte, the others are shimmery metallics. I went to see Barbie and thought, oh no, I didn’t wear pink, but then I remembered I had sampled this palette so it was ok in the end, ha! Berry Bubbly was my favorite, I adore anything rose gold, but Berry Bright and Berryland were good too, with Muted Mulberry in the crease. The palette was ok, I had some fallout but it was easy to brush it away, and the blending was fine, but I’m not really a fan of pink shadow overall simply because I think it makes me look sick.

Here are the swatches! The top row is on the left, the bottom row is on the right. The color payoff on the swatches was slightly better than on my lids, but then a finger usually works better for applying metallics instead of a brush.

This curation of products in my latest BoxyCharm by Ipsy was pretty nice, with three makeup items, an item for my face, and another for my body. I especially liked the blush and the attached brush, they certainly livened up my complexion. I also enjoyed using the body gel scrub, it smelled cool and refreshing. The toner will be used occasionally as I know some of the ingredients are potentially irritating, and the eye shadow palette and lip gloss were good additions to the box. The value for my assortment was around $145. Keep in mind that subscribers get to choose three of their five items from a curated list to customize their box.

Below is a box opening picture!

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