BoxyCharm Review – The ‘Am I Disillusioned’ Edition

As you know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I’m usually a huge fan of BoxyCharm. However, when I saw the spoilers for this month’s box, I found myself underwhelmed by the products that were going to be included. Each one of the brands has been included in previous boxes and nothing was overly exciting.

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Contents

Let’s take a look at what was in the box:

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Makeup Is Art

IBY Beauty Highlight & Contour Palette

BoxyCharm May 2017 - IBY Beauty Palette

IBY Beauty has been included in BoxyCharm in the past, and their last item was an eyeshadow trio that I really loved. This month’s box could have either included this palette or a cream contour palette, and as usual, the outpouring from nearly everyone online was that they did not want the cream. Neither did I, so I was happy to see the powder version in my box.

However, the highlighters in this palette seem to be more like flat powders. There is no shimmer or glow to them and they really were not light enough for my skin tone. I did not have much better luck with the row of bronzers, which didn’t do much for my skin.

The BrowGal Brow Brush and Convertible Brow

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Brow Gal

Because I love both subscription boxes and reviews, I watch a lot of BoxyCharm reviews on YouTube. If there was one product that was universally hated in past BoxyCharms, it was the BrowGal brow gel. Every single person I saw review the product hated it so much, they immediately decluttered it and went on a rant of some kind. This is why I was surprised to see more products from this brand included in this month’s box.

Both the brush and powder palette were okay, but not something I see myself reaching for often. I have another brow brush and powder palette that I’m working through and the results I see with that combo are worlds better.

Temptu Liquid Glow

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Temptu

The story is the same with Temptu. A few months back, they included a liquid bronzer that everyone complained about. Was it workable? Sure. This is workable as well, but I really don’t like liquid face products, whether it be highlight, blush or bronzer. Also, it takes such a tiny amount for each application, I don’t see ever being able to work through something of this size.

Crown Pro Round Contour Brush

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Crown Brush

This brush was probably the best item in the box. It was soft and just dense enough to make your makeup look smooth. I also enjoyed that this brush wasn’t overly large so you could use it for contouring if you wanted to.

Overall, I think this was one of my least favorite BoxyCharms to date. I’m hoping to see more variety of brands in the box in the future as well as some signs that the company is listening to the feedback from its customers. Why continue to include products and brands that continually get bad feedback? For now, I will continue to stay subscribed, because I know that when BoxyCharm is good, it’s really good. Let’s see what next month will bring.

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What do you think about this month’s BoxyCharm?

Thinking Out Loud | Heat Wave, Countdown to Vacation, and Goals

Happy Thursday! Let’s jump right into some Thinking Out Loud courtesy of the Running with Spoons weekly linkup:

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Thinking Out Loud about Life

1. It’s in the 90s outside today. What?? Last week we barely got out of the 40s, and it seems like we skipped right over the nice spring temps. I went straight from blasting the heat to blasting the air conditioner. I’ll take the hot weather over the cold any day though.

2. One of the things I love about this time of year is all the baby animals that start making their appearance. There was a tiny baby bunny in our yard last week and just yesterday I caught a glimpse of some of the new Canadian geese chicks. So cute!

3. I got my new 2018 Erin Condren planner in the mail yesterday, and it’s as beautiful as I expected it to be. They upgraded their paper this year, and you can really tell the difference. I’ll be doing a walkthrough of the book and the changes they made soon on the blog.

4. I’m starting to count down to our New York City vacation which is coming up fast! I can’t wait to get away for a while and do some things purely for fun. We’re going to be staying downtown in what looks to be a pretty nice hotel, and we already have tickets for a Broadway show. If you want to follow along with our vacation adventures, make sure to follow me on Instagram.

5. I can’t believe that next week is the last week of May. The year is flying by, and I really need to do a check-in on my yearly goals soon. I’m doing pretty good with some, but failing miserably in one or two categories. Nothing like a halfway check-in point to help you regroup!

6. I finally caved and downloaded SnapChat, though I’m only using it to keep up with some of my favorite YouTubers. It’s so fun to peek into the everyday lives of other people! If you have any recommendations for some fun accounts to follow, let me know.

Thinking Out Loud about Blogging

7. I have a BoxyCharm review coming up this Saturday, and I’m going to be discussing why I’m starting to become slightly disillusioned with the box. Make sure to check back.

8. Also, make sure to check out some of my recent posts including my Sephora VIB sale haul as well as my reviews on the Modern Renaissance and Viseart Theory palettes in One Week One Palette.

Have you seen any cute baby animals this spring?

Tell me a random thought from your life!

One Week One Palette | Weeks 17 & 18

This week’s edition of One Week One Palette feature two palettes I happened to pick up at the same time during the Sephora VIB sale. Coincidentally, both palettes have similarly toned shadows. Welcome to One Week One Palette: The Warm Eyeshadows edition!

Week 17: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

One Week One Palette - Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

I’m clearly pretty late to the game when it comes to the Modern Renaissance palette, but for the longest time I just didn’t think I would enjoy the colors. During the VIB sale, I was debating between getting this one and the first Naked palette. While I will still likely get that one at some point, I wanted to see what all the hype was about here.

I can’t say I expected to be disappointed after everyone raving about this for months on end. They were right: the quality is amazing, easily blendable and the colors create beautiful looks on the eyes. I’m happy to be playing around more with warm eyeshadows, and Im finding that I had nothing to be afraid of when it comes to these colors.

The only downside here is that there is a fair amount of fallout. Other than that, this palette is the winner everyone says it is.

Week 18: Viseart Theory Palette

One Week One Palette - Viseart Theory Palette

I was on a warm eyeshadow kick for these two weeks and decided to jump right into the Viseart Theory palette, purchased in the same order as the Anastasia. Viseart is another brand I had heard raved about but had never tried. The palette I got is the Theory V Nuance.

This palette contains all shimmery shades and the colors are beautiful. I’ve heard in the past that Viseart’s matte shades are more impressive than their shimmers, and I can see why people say that. Though the colors were nice, the shimmer was not very impressive. When I put on a shimmer shadow, I like it to be as shimmery as can be. In that way, this palette was slightly disappointing.

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Have you tried either of these palettes? What did you think?