Time to get caught up on my Boxy Charm boxes!
My May Boxy Charm came in right around the 10th of May, I am liking it better now that they are coming closer to the same time as the US ones!
The theme for the May Boxy Charm was 'Makeup Is Art'. You would think that with a theme of 'Makeup Is Art' that you would be getting colorful products. Not so with the contents of my May 'Makeup Is Art' box! What I did recieve though are a great mix of products that are perfect for greating a neutral base for any color that I may want to put on top of it.
In the May 'Makeup Is Art' box I received a contour palette, brow powder palette with brush, liquid highlighter and a paddle makeup brush. A nice mix of products.
Highlight & Contour Palette - IBY Beauty - Sculpt, define, and illuminate your features with the Highlight and Contour Palette. Chic and portable, this PRO-approved kit comes in 6 versatile shades. #BoxyTip: After applying your base foundation, use this palette to highlight and contour. Highlight with a color one or two shades brighter than your face. COntour with a color one or two shades deeper than your base tone. Don't forget to blend! Retail $40.00 USD
The contour palette was one of the products that there were 2 different products you could have recieved. Either the IBY Beauty powder palette or a Crown creme contour palette. I was kind of hoping for the creme contour palette as I haven't tried any creme contouring before, but I am not to upset about the powder one. The shades seem like they would work well for people with light to medium skin tones best, I am not so sure that it would work that well for deeper skintones though. It is nice to see that the shades aren't to warm nor is there glitter in the highlight shades.
Round Contour Brush - Crown Pro - This super soft paddle brush can be used with any liquid, powder, or cream product for a full coverage application. #BoxyTip: Ideal for sculpting and blending, this brush is best used with liquid or cream products. Retail $24.99 USD
I was so excited to see that I recieved a paddle makeup brush! I have been looking at this shape for quite awhile and am happy to have gotten one in Boxy Charm! The bristles on this brush are dense and soft. It came with a bristle protecter that you can use to set the brush in when you aren't using it.
Brow Brush - The BrowGal - This double ended brow brush was designed to allow for precision and creating hair-like strokes, while filling in the brows. #BoxyTip: Use spooly side to comb brows upwards, Use the brush to fill in brows using the convertible brow palette! Retail $14.00 USD
Convertible Brow 02 - The BrowGal - The Convertible Brow is a powder/pomade duo that acts as a powder when used dry and a pomade when used wet to fill in and apply color and definition to the brows. Each compact has a warm, neutral, and ash tone to allow you to mix your perfect, custom color. If used wet, the palette will revert back to powder consistency, ensuring the product does not dry out. #BoxyTip: Using the brush on your dual sided eyebrow brush, comb eyebrow hair upwards. Once groomed, dip the brush end into desired color and outline the arch of your brows. We recommend using the most product at the arch, and the least amount of product at the beginning of the brow. Once filled to perfection, brush your brow out for a flawless, natural looking finish. Retail $35.00 USD
I put these two products together because to me they go together! The double ended spoolie brush is a great size for using on your brows, the brush end isn't to wide like I have seen on some other brushes. Nor are the bristles to floppy or stiff, it just seems like a good brow brush! The brow powder only came in one shade, I think, which luckily for me looks like it will work for my brows. My brows are a light brown shade so the middle color looks like it would be a good match. The first shade looks pretty warm to me though. I am not so sure that this would work the best for someone who has dark hair though, the darkest shade doesn't look dark enough to me. But I guess you could always use the powders for eyeshadow if the shades don't work for your brows!
Liquid Glow - Temptu - In this limited edition collaboration with Boxycharm, TEMPTU introduces Liquid Glow, its first hand-applied highlighter. Formulated to deliver a radiantly luminous complexion, or to illuminate all over, this long-lasting formula is designed in a rose gold hue that flatters every skin tone and creates a natural, lit-from-within glow. #BoxyTip: Apply to the high points of the face, under or over your foundation, and anywhere you want to glow. Mix in with your favorite liquid foundation for an all-over glow! Retail $29.50 USD.
I have not used liquid highlighter much before, to me I think of them as to much work! I was thinking that this would have sparkle in it but I am happy to see that it does not, it just looks glow-y. I am interested to see if this will end up being a lot of work to use as a highlighter and also how it will work mixed in with a matte foundation.
The 'value' of the May 'Makeup Is Art' box is definitely there, $143.49 USD! But it is really only a great value if I end up liking and using the products. Boxy Charm is $21.00 USD a month plus $5.00 shipping to Canada, with the exchange it usually cost s me between $30.00-$35.00 CAD. I will let you know if it was worth it for me this month!
A quick rundown on my thoughts on the April 'Boho Glow' box -
Rodeo Drive Highlighter by OFRA Cosmetics - My thoughts were pretty true for what I was thinking on the OFRA highlighter, it is a little to much for my liking. You can sheer it out somewhat, but it does take some work. My sister on the other hand is loving it and was quite happy to take it off my hands.
Blend Squad 3 Piece Contour Blending Sponges by PÜR - I have learned that I am just not a fan of beauty sponges that have that flat side on them. I find that they almost make a line if I end up touching that area to my face and than I have to work more at blending it in. The sponge itself wasn't bad, they are a little stiffer than a Beauty Blender though.
Concealer Palette by Measurable Difference - This was a complete dud for me. The creams creased within a couple of hours when I tried to use them on my under eyes and I could barely get it to stay on my face when I tried to use it there. The creams also dried up really quickly in the palette, I was barely able to give it many tries before this happened.
Lip Gloss: Plato's Cave by Allegory Story - I liked this lip gloss, as far as lip gloss goes! I am not the biggest fan of most glosses as I find them to be to sticky for my liking. This gloss wasn't that sticky though and it had great color. The glossiness didn't seem to last to long but the color did seem to hang around for a few hours.
Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo by Project Beauty - By the end of this tube of shampoo the scent was starting to make me nauseous! It just starting smells like something was rotting, not what you want your hair smelling like! It did an ok job of cleansing my hair? It didn't dry it out nor make it exceptionally tangled either, it just didn't wow me.
So no real surprises for me with from the April 'Boho Glow' box. Nothing quite stood out in the April box. Did I think the box was worth $35.00ish CAD? I liked the gloss, my sister is loving the OFRA highlighter, I did use up the shampoo, the PUR Sponges aren't a complete write off, the only real dud in the box was the concealer palette. So I would have to say that the box was worth it for me, even though I didn't find anything that really wowed me, it was fun trying out new products/formulas.