Boxycharm and Ipsy Reviews for May plus a Memorial Day giveaway

It’s been months and months since I’ve reviewed the two subscription boxes I buy so I nudged myself to get out my latest IPSY subscription and the newest Boxycharm to share with you and do a giveaway (or in this case two).

IPSY is a $10 subscription and you’ll receive about 5 sample size products in it. BOXYCHARM is $21 a month and contains usually 5 full size products. I’m a very long time subscriber to both. Some months are wonderful and some months aren’t my style but I still love the surprises to come my way. If I had to pick one only it would be Boxycharm. I haven’t considered dropping Boxycharm though I do question IPSY at times.



First you need to know that the 6+ items in this month’s Boxycharm would cost $144 if bought separately. This is why Boxycharm is my favorite sub. The value is excellent and even if I don’t use it all I think they do a wonderful job coordinating the box.

PUR SCULPTOR PALETTE ($30) is a 4 shade highlighting/contour palette. There are 2 shimmery highlights and two matte contour shades. I’ve read complaints about how dark the contour shades are but I think that with the right touch it will work great for many. The highlighters are beautiful and will make for a pretty bronze look this summer.

PUR Sculptor Palette

PUR Sculptor Palette

Can’t have a palette without a good brush and they’ve included 4 brushes this month from AESTHETICA. The P12 Face Brush ($27) will work wonders with the PUR palette with its synthetic fibers. The trio of AESTHETICA eye brushes ($45) go with the next item perfectly. While I think the brushes are overpriced at $45 they seem like they’ll be great to use and come in handy. This set includes one Angled Eyeliner and Eyebrow Brush, One Fine Tipped Eyeliner Brush, and one full length Spoolie brush.

Aesthetica Face Brush and Eye Trio

PRETTY VULGAR INK GEL EYELINER is why you’ll appreciate the Eye Trio. It’s a highly pigmented gel eyeliner in black in the cutest retro packaging. ($24)

Pretty Vulgar Ink Gel Eyeliner

BEAUTY CREATIONS LIQUID LIP GLOSS ($10) is a matte liquid lip gloss that is a gorgeous shade that was created just for the box. The name Boxycharm will remind you why you have this. It’s a full coverage gloss that is said to be lightweight and long wearing.

Beauty Creations Boxycharm Liquid Lip Gloss

The last item is the only one I’m keeping since I don’t have this and can use it. I like everything else in the box but this is my favorite: COVERFX BLURRING PRIMER ($38). This primer will help blur the appearance of pores, fine lines and other imperfections to help with a smooth canvas for foundation.

CoverFX Blurring Primer



When IPSY first started everyone received basically the same bag every month. But they’ve grown so much from their beginning that the contents of the bag now are quite varied. You fill in a questionnaire with your taste and cross your fingers that you’ll get items you like. Even though I’m including this in the giveaway I think this month brought me good things.

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2018

The bag is an oval top plastic bag stamped with postage logos in red. The bag itself is quite cute. Inside are deluxe sample sized items and 2 full size sheet masks. Everything you see will be part of the prize. I could easily use all of these pieces but it’s time to share.

FRESH GARDEN sheet masks

There are two sheet masks from FRESH GARDEN. These masks sell at Walmart and are very well priced. The Acai Berry Calming Mask contains Acai Berry and 7 natural ingredients to help with stressed and tired skin. The second mask is Pomegranate Firming Mask and it contains both pomegranate and red flower extract to sooth fine lines and provide a lifting effect.

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara and Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

Two deluxe sample sizes for your eyes: Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara and Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner. I’ve used both of these and like them. The Doucce Mascara is a love it or leave it product. I found it wasn’t a typical mascara but I used a full size one and a deluxe sample size one in the past. The Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner (in black) is a great liner and makes creating a cat eye a little easier.

Amissglam facial sponge and Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder

I almost didn’t put these in the giveaway but I forced myself. I think the sponge is made by Amissglam though I can’t really read the name. I love facial sponges for apply foundation and others products but I just don’t need a new one right now. The Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder is their Amazon clay one and it’s terrific.

In addition to these I’m adding in a full size Tarteist Pro Glow in Sparkler ($29) (but I forgot to include it in my photo). It’s a liquid highlighter that builds from sheer to intense.

Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Here’s what Tarte says about it:

“Glow like a goddess with this creamy highlighter that builds from sheer to intense. Ultra-concentrated pigments & pearls are suspended in the hybrid gel-cream, oil free formula that you can mix with your liquid foundation or wear alone for naturally lit luminosity. Infused with rose water, it slips softly onto skin & keeps moisture in with tapered, squeezable packaging to put the highlight exactly where you want it. You can also layer the superpigmented shades with their matching Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Powder Highlighters for a seen-from-space strobe.”

So…. what do you think of these two subscriptions? Do you want to win one? (What a silly question). —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US subscribers only because of the weight. One person will win the Boxycharm Box with an added matte lip Adesse Hi Definition Liquid Lipstick in in a nude brown. The second winner will get the IPSY subscription bag with an additional Tarteist Pro Glow Highlighter in Sparkler. I think you’ll enjoy either one if you win. The giveaway is open through June 13th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. You must be an email subscriber and you must comment. Seriously. I hate eliminating people but that’s going to happen if you don’t do those two things.

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  1. Stephanie wilson says:

    I never heard of boxycharm or ipsy til recently just sign up with boxycharm don’t know if it’s worth it but I’d love to try the eyeliner that was in the may box.

  2. fingers crossed!!

  3. Cynthia Richardson says:

    My first choice would be Boxycharm

  4. Stephanie Shipley says:

    My first choice is Ipsy!

  5. heather eg Kaufman says:

    I would like to try Boxycharm.

  6. Emma Shetler says:

    I’m dying to sign up for Boxy Charm!

  7. Lucy Nguyen says:

    I like the Ipsy prize

  8. Amanda lea says:

    The ipsy I would use EVERYTHING in that box…I am not crazy about the colors in the boxcharm.

  9. Heather B says:

    Boxycharm would be my first choice!

  10. Surinder gurm says:

    Boxycharm please

  11. Leah Davis says:

    I’ve never tried either, but I’d like to try Boxycharm because I’m more of a fan of full size products.

  12. Natalie says:

    I would like the Boxycharm! I like the lip colors.

  13. Michelle W says:

    I want the ipsy glam bag. But I would love either of them.

  14. Ipsy !!!