The Beauty Subscription Box
Worth QUADRUPLE its Value

Review & Unboxing ♡

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 The beauty world can be a little hard to navigate at times, especially with new trends and old trends coming and going with the seasons. It’s easy to look at all the products on the shelves and feel totally overwhelmed.

Lately, I’ve also been trying to reduce my spending habits and figured that subscribing to a beauty subscription service would help reign in any excess spending. That way, I could look forward to receiving new beauty products every month without going to Sephora with the intention of buying one thing and leaving with ten.

Being the makeup snob I am, I realized that Birchbox or Ipsy just wouldn’t do it for me. I had Birchbox in the past and canceled it as I wanted more makeup and less skincare things. With subscription boxes popping up all over the place, I wanted to find the most bang for my buck. Why spend money with the anticipation of beauty products only to receive testers and small products you may not even love? 

After doing my research, it was down to Glossybox and Boxycharm… but after seeing what they packed in the September Boxycharm, I couldn’t resist. I had to have it for myself. With a value OVER $100, click the read more to see what made Boxycharm the holy grail of beauty subscription boxes.

♡ First Impressions ♡

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After seeing this Boxycharm on other blogs, I expected the box itself to be much larger… but after opening it, I was the opposite of disappointed. About half the products inside were carefully packaged in bubblewrap and I appreciated how Boxycharm took the time to do this (after all, damaged products are no fun).

I also enjoyed the theme of the box which was Camp Glam– perfect for the incoming fall weather. Though I hopped on the train towards the end of September, it was just in time to receive the September box as well as the upcoming October box.

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Just look how pretty and full size everything it is. It really is like Christmas.

♡ The Products ♡

  • Project Beauty Hairgurt (Smoothing Yogurt Hair Masque) | $11

Normally I don’t like hair products, but when I pulled this baby out I was intrigued. Hairgurt? Like yogurt, you put on your hair? But after trying it out, I actually really liked it. Yes, it is practically yogurt (and smells like it too), but it makes your hair fluffy to the touch.

I would recommend applying it before bed, lightly brushing over your hair with a thistle boar brush, and voila! You’ll wake up to a head of super soft baby hair.

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  • butterLONDON (Trend Nail Lacquer) | $15

Words cannot EXPLAIN how excited I was when I pulled this out of the box. I’ve been D-Y-I-N-G to try out Butter London nail polish ever since I saw it in Ulta when I was a wee fourteen year old, but never took the jump and purchased it– mostly because I’m not a huge nail polish wearer and I’d much rather use my money on a lipstick than polish.

The polish itself is a Heather-grey (heh heh), borderline-taupe shade and it’s definitely a color that would look good on anyone of any skin tone. Really good pick, four for you Boxycharm!

  • PUR Cosmetics (Lip Lure) | $22

While I’m not a fan of bright pink  shades, the quality of this PUR Lip Lure stick is on pointe.

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  • Hikari Cosmetics (Eye Liner) | $13

What beauty box wouldn’t be complete without an overpriced black eyeliner added to the mix? 😂😂 I’m sure you can detect the sarcasm when I say this. If there’s one thing beauty bloggers bitch, moan, and complain about to no end, it’s receiving eyeliner after eyeliner in their beauty subscription boxes.

That’s not to say I don’t love eyeliner. I do. In fact, black eyeliner is my go-to makeup item. We’re like two peas in a pod, Benson and Stabler, PB & J… but I can also buy a black eyeliner for $2 at CVS and not notice a single difference.

This is probably the one item I was slightly disappointed with, even if the Hikari Eyeliner is smudge proof and perfect for tightlining.

  • Studio Makeup (“On The Go” Palette) | $50

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And last but definitely not least is the Studio Makeup “On The Go” Palette. I’ll be honest when I say that this palette was my whole reason for signing up for Boxycharm in the first place. A palette worth $50 PLUS extra products included for a mere $20 dollars a month? My little fingers already hit ‘charge’ before you could even say Boxycharm.

Let me just say, this palette is absolutely AMAZING and totally underhyped. The quality is great, it’s small and super portable, and looks great on the shelf.

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Also, on an unrelated note, I realized it’s a near dupe for Kylie Jenner’s Bronze Kyshadow Palette, so if anyone out there is sad about not being able to nab one of Kylie’s palettes, this one is nearly identical and just as pigmented.

  • Total Value of the box: $113

To answer any question you may have, yes everything was full size, yes I am eagerly anticipating October’s box, and yes, the value of this box was worth more than four times its price.

If anyone out there is on the fence about a beauty subscription box or isn’t content with just receiving sample sizes, you will not regret subscribing to Boxycharm (and there’s also no waitlist like Ipsy!).

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♡ QUESTIONS for Y-O-U ♡

To those of you out there as subscription box obsessed as I am, I’m curious to hear what your favorites are. There are so many different types, it can be hard to wade through them all. If you do have a favorite subscription box, what kind do you usually gravitate towards? Fashion, food, beauty? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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32 Comments

  1. October 18, 2016 / 6:25 am

    This is such a neat box and a good value for your money. Too bad BoxyCharm doesn’t ship internationally as the October box seems amazing!. 🙁

    I agree, such things should be all about full size products.

    Ines
    http://www.lifestajler.com

    • October 18, 2016 / 7:51 am

      Absolutely! Even though subscription boxes are made to be discounted, you want to get what you paid for. It sort of irritates me how Birchbox advertises itself as a beauty box when most of the products are skin and haircare / fragrance samples.

  2. Isabelle
    October 18, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I’ve only ever tried Birchbox before and although it was great I’ve been trying to decide on a new one for ages but it’s so hard to chose, I may have to try this one out! x

    http://www.taintedblues.co.uk/

    • October 18, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      So worth the money! From what I hear, for the October box, they’re giving out full size palettes for the second month in a row! 🙂

  3. October 18, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Wow, this is a nice subscription box, and all the products you get are from the best brands!

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

    • October 18, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      Totally agreed! I was just amazed when I opened it up and unpackaged everything! Best beauty box out there!

    • October 18, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks! I do too! Would recommend to anyone thinking of subscribing to a new beauty box! 🙂

  4. October 18, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I’ve definitely been thinking I should do Boxy Charm lately. Everyone raves about it, and I think it’s one of the better subscription services. The products you get are always so amazing! And I am always floored at the value. Thanks for sharing your Boxy Charm, and hope you have a great week. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • October 18, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Honestly I stopped doing Birchbox because I just wasn’t getting what I was paying for, but with Boxycharm I highly doubt this will ever be an issue. I was so impressed with my first box and from what I’ve read, every month they’re pretty consistent in quality and quantity as opposed to Glossybox which tends to fluctuate between luxury travel sizes, full sizes, and hair and skin products vs. actual makeup. Really hope you are able to try it out! I can’t stop raving about it and am eagerly checking my mailbox for my next box!

  5. October 18, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Great bag you got there! My favorite is the Studio Makeup On the Go Palette. The shades are so pretty. I really have to try their subs box someday. Thanks for doing this

  6. October 19, 2016 / 12:33 am

    I’ve never tried one of these before but you got me interested. I do love skin care— a lot! But working on the make up part.. Love your fun style of writing!

    • October 19, 2016 / 12:39 am

      Aw thank you! I definitely am a beauty lover, but if you are more into skincare I would recommend Glossybox! 🙂

  7. October 19, 2016 / 1:13 am

    I’ve only tried ipsy and yeah they didn’t cut it for me. in the end the only thing I really treasured was the makeup bags.
    This is definitely something I will look into as I’m always interested about new subscription boxes.

    • October 19, 2016 / 3:45 am

      If you’re deciding between full size boxes, I would definitely recommend Fab Fit Fun which arrives seasonally and costs more but has a value of over $200, Glossybox or Boxycharm, depending if you like hair/skin products or makeup products the most, respectively. I’ve also been dying to try the PopSugar Must Have box as I remember they gave away headphones worth $250 in them once. From personal experience, I can definitely say Boxycharm was worth every cent though.

    • October 19, 2016 / 3:46 am

      Definitely! It’s jam packed full of goodies!

  8. October 19, 2016 / 3:22 am

    Wow this is such a great value box! Definitely need to look further into Boxy Charm now, haha. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • October 19, 2016 / 3:46 am

      Oh my gosh if you’re a sucker for quality subscription box services like me, look no further. You will not be disappointed! Glad I could be of help!

    • October 19, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      The hairgurt is my favorite right now! 🙂

  9. October 19, 2016 / 11:59 am

    There are so many of them nowadays to choose from and while there are mostly beauty kinds of them it’s a growing market. Love the products. 🙂

    • October 19, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      I tend to veer towards preferring beauty boxes of them all! They’re a classic.

  10. Maca
    October 19, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    wow such a great subscription 🙂
    xo,
    Maca

  11. October 21, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    This sounds really good actually, haven’t heard too much about Boxy Charm. I am interested in trying the Beauty Con box, have you heard of it? Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • October 22, 2016 / 6:55 am

      Ever since my October box came in, I can indeed vouch that Boxycharm gets better and better! I haven’t heard or tried the beauty con box, but before I commit to ordering something, I usually do quite a fair amount of research on it beforehand! After researching it, it looks very similar in quality, however I would advise checking out Youtube to see what people got in their boxes to determine if it’s worth it! 🙂

  12. October 24, 2016 / 6:51 am

    Ohh what an unusual idea , hairgurt … but hey is yogurty hair works then there we go haha 🙂 I personally edge towards book boxes or things like the vegan kinds beauty boxes or snack boxes 🙂

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

    • October 25, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      I know, I pulled it out and was sort of like, what is this? haha but it does work surprisingly! I loved the vegan kinds of beauty boxes I’ve seen floating around the web, I’ve actually been meaning to try one next.

    • October 25, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      My October box also didn’t disappoint! I’ve been meaning to upload an unboxing and review, but the products really do just keep getting better and better. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  13. Emily
    October 25, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I keep seeing reviews on this box and it makes me want it so badly! I used to get Ipsy and Topbox and I loved them both.

    http://www.thinkingofmakeup.com

    • October 26, 2016 / 2:44 am

      It’s such an awesome box, I have no regrets and it’s become my favorite so far!

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