BoxyLuxe - September 2019

The September

Boxycharm and BoxyLuxe theme for the month was All Access. I'm not really sure the theme had anything to do with the actual box. That being said, I was a little disappointed in the box this month, although there were lots of fabulous brands and items. I was really hoping to not receive the Tarte Park Ave Princess because I already own it. Also I had done a quiz to choose one of the items in my box and I had chosen a full set of Moda makeup brushes. I didn't receive them and instead received the Sutra curling iron which I had opted out of because I don't normally use a curling iron. I did upgrade for BoxyLuxe this month instead of the regular Boxycharm. The variation you're seeing is 5L, which included a the above mentioned Tarte Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette and Sutra curling iron. Also included was a Violet Voss palette, a Dr Brandt skincare sleeping mask, a Hank & Henry eyeliner, a Stila Liquid Lipstick, Sunday Riley Water Cream and IGK hair balm. On to the product breakdown and reviews (where I'm able to). I'll try to include Canadian pricing for products if it's available, but many items we get are only sold in the US or they may be sizes/variations created just for Boxycharm.

The first item that I received was the Violet Voss Essentials Eyeshadow Palette. I was happy to receive this in the box. Violet Voss usually has a great eyeshadow formula and the shades in this are quite lovely in person. Their are ten shadows in this palette with an equal number of mattes and shimmers. It has both warm and cool tones included, so I'm sure I'll be able to create some interesting looks with this whether I want a simple everyday neutral/warm look or if I want to add a more vibrant pop of colour. The Violet Voss Essentials Eyeshadow Palette retails for $29 US.

Next in the box was the Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask. Dr. Brandt is a pretty pricey brand, so I'm usually excited when we get their products in a subscription. I've actually had the chance to try this out for a couple of weeks now and I'm pretty impressed. I've been having some issues with my skin, I think due to the fact that I had to test out so much new skincare in such a short period of time. My skin freaked out and I kept getting those deep under the skin pimples that hurt. I also had two of them on the side of my cheek that just wouldn't clear up even after going back to my usual tried and true routine. While I was trying to stay away from new skincare the purpose of this sleeping mask is to help reduce redness and signs of irritation, so I thought it was worth giving a try. I noticed a difference after just a single use and noticeable improvement after each night. My skin really loves this mask and I'm thrilled that I received it in the box. The Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask retails for $52 US or $68 CA.

The third item was one I was not really looking forward to - a Hank & Henry Blickity Black Eye Liner. Hank & Henry is a great brand and I've seen reviews that this eyeliner is quite nice. My only issue is that I receive so many eye liners in subscriptions - and usually every month in Boxycharm - that it's hard to get excited for one no matter what the brand is. This particular liner is vegan that dries down to a satin/matte finish and is supposed to be transfer resistant and long wearing.The Hank & Henry Blickity Black Eye Liner retails for $17 US.

Next was a Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. I received the shade Patina Shimmer, which I was not thrilled about because it's a pink shade. I've heard that the Stila lipsticks are one of the best so I was excited for the chance to try one of them. From the previews though, it looked as if there were only a few shades included and none of them would have really suited my colouring. The Stila lipsticks contain vitamin E and avocado oil, which is supposed to keep the formula lightweight and soften lips. I've heard this is a great budge proof option if you need your lipstick to last all day long. The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick retails for $22 US or $29 CA.

Next was the Tarte Park Avenue Princess Chisel Palette. I'm a fan of Tarte products. I just find that many of them work really well for me and this palette is no exception. I was really hoping not to receive this palette, only because I already own it. The product itself is excellent. The packaging on this is to die for. It just looks so high end and gorgeous and the shades inside smell like delicious chocolate. This is a great palette if you have pale skin, which can sometimes be a struggle. The powders are smooth, silky and completely blendable. Like many of their products, this also contains Amazonian clay which is a skin-friendly ingredient. The Tarte Park Avenue Princess Chisel Palette retails for $45 US or $59 CA.

The next product created a lot of buzz because it's a high end skincare brand that is supposed to have some really amazing products, including this one. The Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream contains two forms of hyaluronic acid and tamarind extract which is supposed to intensely moisturize the skin making it look hydrated and plumped. It also contains papaya enzymes with are supposed to smooth and exfoliate and alpha-arbutin to brighten up areas with hyper-pigmentation and dark spots. This cream claims to increase hydration by up to 68% in as little as 15 minutes and last for up to 24 hours. Considering my skin has been on the dry side lately and winter is quickly approaching (boo!) I'm really looking forward to trying this cream out. The Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream retails for $65 US or $86 CA.

Next was one of the more expensive items in the box - the Sutra Clipless Curling Iron with Cool Tip. This was an item that we had received a quiz about directly from Boxycharm. It gave us the choice to choose between this curling iron and a large Moda brush set. I chose the makeup brushes because I don't use curling irons. I received this anyway, which was quite disappointing. This is however a great curling iron with a ceramic heating element and an infused titanium polished barrel and negative ion technology. The Sutra Clipless Curling Iron with Cool Tip retails for $65 US.

Next we received a hair product, which was the IGK Mistress Hydrating Balm. I'm not a fan of getting hair products in my subscriptions. My hair is really healthy, I think in part to the fact that I don't use a lot of products or overstyle it. This is a pretty pricey hair brand though that I believe you can find at Sephora. I've seen a couple of their products at Marshalls and Winners too - still priced in around the $20 range. Mistress is a leave in conditioning balm that isn't supposed to weigh hair down. The IGK Mistress Hydrating Balm retails for $29 US or $38 CA.

The total value of September's BoxyLuxe is $324 US and approximately $430 CDN, which I think is pretty good. There were some amazing high end brands included, which I might not normally splurge on myself, which is kind of why I like getting subscriptions. I just wish I didn't get the palette I already had or the hair product. Also receiving the product that I didn't choose on the customization quiz really sucked, although I did recently receive an email from Boxycharm stating that they made a mistake and they were going to include the product in next month's box at no extra charge. I'll update on next month's Boxycharm post if they actually make it right.

Final verdict?

I deducted a coffee cup for the hair product and the shades I received. I can't count the Tarte palette against them because I already own it. It wasn't a repeat from a previous box - it's something I purchased on my own. I'm also rating up because they are supposed to be sending the extra product next month and apologized for the mix up. If you would like to subscribe to Boxycharm, there is currently NO waitlist. My link to sign up is:.

https://www.boxycharm.com/refer/Allys-NABREKUW

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