BoxyCharm Rock 2018 | January Review

Happy weekend! Today we’re going to be discussing the January edition of BoxyCharm. The products this month revolve around the theme “Rock 2018”, which is a fun way to kick off the new year. There are some hits and misses in this box, but the great news here is that you can do nearly an entire face of makeup with the products they provided. For a $21 box, that’s pretty great!

Here’s the rundown on this month’s BoxyCharm:

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BoxyCharm Rock 2018 | January - Pur Face Palette and Dr. Brandt Primer

Pur The Complexion Authority Bronze and Brighten Cheek Palette

I started testing the products in this box bright and early Monday morning. I decided to finger swatch these three shades before putting them on my face, and I nearly had a heart attack. They were SO pigmented they could almost be considered foiled eyeshadows. My Monday morning brain nearly abandoned ship, but I decided to use an extremely light hand and give it a go for the sake of the review.




Well, I’m relieved to say that with the right brushes and extreme caution, I was able to put this bronzer, blush and highlight on my pale skin without looking like a clown. The highlighter may be my favorite of the three, and the blush was also pretty. I’m not sure how often I’ll be reaching for the bronzer due to its extreme shimmer, but overall this palette was not as scary as I initially thought. I’d also like to give these a shot as eyeshadows, as I think they would be beautiful on the eyes.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer

I’m a huge fan of Dr. Brandt products and am happy that they’ve been appearing more often in BoxyCharms. This is a substantially sized primer that’s designed to bring a glow to the face while also filling pores. The formula is light and does a good job of fulfilling its claims. It’s a creamy consistency rather than the thicker pore fillers you may be accustomed to (like the Porefessional), so you don’t have to pat it into the skin. It doesn’t pill up, and it sinks in well. This is a nice tool to have in my makeup collection and should last me a long while.




BoxyCharm Rock 2018 | January - Glam Metals Palette

Crown Pro Glam Metals Palette

If you’re sick of the same old warm/neutral eyeshadow trend in the makeup industry, you’ll be happy to see that this palette is taking things in a different direction. I love the “metal” theme here: the shade names are rock-inspired, the colors are grungy, and the mirror is even shaped like a guitar!

BoxyCharm Rock 2018 | January - Glam Metals Palette Colors

I appreciate that Crown is trying to do something different and unique with this palette. Will these be colors I reach for on an everyday basis? No. But these pops of color are gorgeous. There’s only one matte here (the black color in the top right), so you will need to pair this with another palette. There was also a fair amount of fallout when applying these colors to the eyes. The colors are very pigmented and go on smoothly without much effort. Overall, it’s not perfect, but it’s a fun addition to my palette collection.

BoxyCharm Rock 2018 | January - Eyebrow Pencil and Grande Lips

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

This It Cosmetics eyebrow pencil is a nice, neutral color and comes with a small oval-shaped tip. I find this kind of a shape to be very practical and easy to use. If you turn it on its side, it’s easy to get somewhat precise lines, and using it flat allows you to fill in the brow quickly. I also quite like that the pencil itself isn’t as hard as the Anastasia Brow Wiz. It goes on much more easily without having to apply too much pressure. It’s great to see a brand like It Cosmetics in the box, and I’m excited to keep using this one.




Grande Cosmetics Grandelips Hydrating Lip Plumper

I have decided to forgo trying this product, and I’m setting it aside for a future giveaway. It was obvious immediately upon opening it that I wouldn’t have any interest. I don’t like bright lip colors, and lip plumpers are not my thing. Some variations of BoxyCharm this month contained a more wearable color from a different brand that probably would have suited me better, but I’m sure I will find this one another home.

BoxyCharm Rock 2018 | January - Replacement Beaute Basics Bronze Essentials

Beaute Basics Bronze Essentials – Customer Service Update

Last month I mentioned that my Beaute Basics bronzer came smashed in the box. After contacting customer service, they let me know that they would send a replacement the following month. I’m happy to confirm that I did get the replacement! It came separately from the January box, but right around the same time. It’s great to know now how BoxyCharm handles broken items, and I’m happy with their customer service!





What did you think of this month’s BoxyCharm?

BoxyCharm January: Rock 2018 Review (plus an update on last month's shattered item)!

Thinking Out Loud | Done with Winter, and A Make-Up Disney Trip

Thank goodness we’re in the home stretch of the week! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to do some relaxing this weekend. Today we’re here to discuss the randomness from the week courtesy of the Thinking Out Loud link up. Make sure to check out the other blogs joining the link up today to find out what everyone’s up to!

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Thinking Out Loud about Life

1. We’ve reached that point of winter where I’m worn down by the weather. There was another snow storm yesterday, the temperatures have spent an alarming amount of time below 10 degrees for weeks on end, and there are still months to go! I would sincerely like to move to a warmer climate someday.




2. But here’s something happy and fun: we’re going to Disney in just a few weeks! If you’ve been reading here for a while, you may remember what happened the last ime we went to Disney World: we had to evacuate mid-trip because of Hurricane Irma. We decided to have a “make up” trip in February since we didn’t get to do half the things we planned. I can’t imagine a more perfect time to get away from the winter weather.

3. I also just found out that Disney is currently hosting the Festival of the Arts at Epcot which will still be going on when we arrive. We missed out on a lot of the Food and Wine Festival last time, so this will be a nice way to make up for that.

4. I have absolutely no idea how to dress for Florida in February. Will it be cold? Hot? Both? I think I will probably end up packing a lot of layers, and I’m also planning on studying the forecast when the trip gets closer.




5. I’ve already started obsessively planning everything that needs to get done between now and when we leave. I’m pre-writing blog posts and instagram posts and getting ahead on my work at the office. I’m really hoping to have a nice, relaxing time while we’re away this year.

Thinking Out Loud about Blogging

6. This week on the blog, we took an in depth look at the Becca Cosmetics Apres Ski Eye Lights Palette.

7. I also shared all my new year’s goals and resolutions for 2018!




8. I have a very fun post coming up on Tuesday. My Beautylish Lucky Bag arrived this week, and I’ll be sharing what I received and what I thought! It’s my first Lucky Bag ever.


Tell me something random from your week!