Another charming box for Boxycharm and another charming giveaway

September 2017 Boxycharm

I think I get more excited about receiving my Boxycharm each month than just about anything. I’ve purchased this now for about 2 years and I’m even on a 6 month prepurchase. After I moved my box never got forwarded and they were terrific about getting me a box so their CS is top notch.

The variety of items in Boxycharm makes me happy plus just about every month there’s a full size eyeshadow palette and you know I’m all about eyeshadows. This month’s box is great for those of us who love eye makeup.

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette

I was most excited to learn about this Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette? Is the Pope Catholic? Darn tootin’ I was and this shows why:

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette

8 beautiful matte shadows and 4 shimmers and all in colors I love to wear.

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Dairies (from purcosmetics.com)

This $34 palette will be getting a lot of use from me and Boxycharm has more than paid for itself with just this one item.

Bodyography eyeshadow and angled liner brushes

This Brush Duo from Bodyography (value $20) is a great accompaniment to this palette. The flat shader is the style brush that I use for my lids every day.  It’s a goat hair brush that is soft yet dense. The angled liner is soft and easy to use with the matte shadows or gel liners for lining.

MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil

Not only has Boxycharm added brands like Pur and ColourPop but now there’s MAC. MAC Lingering Eye Brow Pencil is a self-propelling, self-sharpening brow definer. Great for travel. Subscribers received either Lingering or Spiked. ($18)

Studio Makeup HD Powder

Studio Makeup HD Powder ($35) is also in the box. I don’t know about you but a jar this size will last me for years. Since it’s a translucent powder it should work on just about everyone. Some people received a loose blush from Studio Makeup in their box.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Strut

Each month brings us a lip from Boxy and this month they again sent the popular Colourpop our way. I received Strut which is a pretty fall shade in their Ultra Satin Lip formula.

Colourpop Sturt Ultra Satin Lip (from colourpop.com)

Colourpop describes this as a cool toned taupe. Even with the name “ultra satin” it’s a matte liquid lip but it’s not as drying as their Ultra Matte.

Brigeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask

Boxycharm seems to be putting in a non-cosmetic item each month too and this month it’s Brigeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask (2 oz, value $9). Brigeo is very popular and this mask is one of their top sellers. It’s to be left in your hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing out. This isn’t a good mask for me since it’s so highly fragranced (my opinion) but one of my good friends love it so she’ll receive it in the next package I send her.

The total value for my $21 Boxycharm subscription is $123 so I’d say I’m ahead of the game. And since my last Boxycharm giveaway was such a success I have another one for you today.In this particular giveaway you’ll receive two items from Studio Makeup plus the MAC Lingering Eye Brow Pencil and lots of surprises. The palette is from a previous Boxycharm and has been knocking around in my drawer so it looks a little under the weather but it’s brand new.

Studio Makeup On-The-Go palette

To enter you need to be an email Beauty Info Zone subscriber and comment. Those two are mandatory although you wouldn’t believe how many entries I get that people don’t do these (bye bye kiddo). All other Rafflecopter entries are there to help you get more chances to win. The giveaway is open through 9/30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close early email me at [email protected] with your comment. This is open for US and Canada only.

If I’ve convinced you to become a Boxycharm subscriber then I hope you’ll use my affliate link. — Marcia

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Boxycharm July and August delights and a giveaway

I received my Boxycharm subscription boxes for both July and August at the same time. The July box inadvertently went to my old house and was returned to them. Boxycharm was wonderful about this (unlike Ipsy who made it difficult) and sent me the box again which I really appreciate. Both boxes are great and made me remember why Boxycharm is the best subscription beauty box around. I’ve even prepaid for the next 6 months since I don’t want to lose out on this.

No subscription box is going to be perfect unless you were given a huge range of products to pick from and got to do your own eeny meeny minnie moe. Because of that I have products from these two boxes that are going to make one Beauty Info Zone reader very happy.

Boxycharm for July 2017

Let’s see what the July box CUTIE PIE contained. Just a note first that Boxycharm is $21 a month and my July box has a value of $133. Yes $133!!

EYES are my thing so the first item opened was the Blinc Electric Eyes Palette ($45 on special for $25). I didn’t have a clue that Blinc made anything other than mascara so this was an excellent surprise.

Blinc Electric Eyes Palette

Metallic makeup is all the rage for now and will continue to be during the fall so this set of 5 highly pigmented shades are perfect. I love to mix a metallic shade with satin shades and I’ve got 5 new colors to do so with!

from blincinc.com swatches of Electric Eyes

Continuing with eyes is a UNI-BROW UNIVERSAL EYEBROW PENCIL by WinkyLux ($12). The name Uni-Brow is a little scary but it’s fun too. This is a medium brown pencil with a very nice triangular tip. I have one with the same tip from Tom Ford that was a whole lot more money. This is firm enough that I can build up the color and smooth enough to apply easily plus it has a spoolie.

WinkyLux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil

WinkyLux Uni-Brow Pencil

Lips come next since all Boxycharm boxes include lip products and this one is from ColourPop. While only $6 you know it’s hot as can be. They are taking the makeup world by storm. The Ultra-Matte Lip I received is in Thursday and it’s a very hot shade. You’ll be noticed in this red violet shade.

Ultra Matte Lip from ColourPop in Thursday

from ColourPop.com

bareMinerals Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50 Daily Prep Lotion ($30) was my bareMinerals items. Other received their Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo which is marvelous.

bareMinerals Prep Step Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50

Since I own the powder duo already this works great for me, I can never have enough sunscreen and this one is an excellent addition to my collection. It combines a moisturizer with the SPF50 and has a unique color-adapting formula. I was especially happy to find it’s fragrance free (also paraben free and oil free).

One more for July and it’s from Ofra. Boxycharm has the B.E.S.T. brands! This Body Illuminizer is an all over lotion to give your skin a glow ($40). It’s not a self-tanner and it’s recommend for all skin tones.

Ofra Cosmetics Body Illuminizer

Remember this box cost $21 and look at the goodies! But now onto the August box, Beach Please.

Boxycharm for August 2017

One of my close friends finally gave in and ordered Boxycharm after my telling her over and over that she’d love this sub. Well when she got the August box she went bananas! Which she should. This box has a value of $106 and is only fabulous!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II

Eyes first of course and this month it’s from Tarte and it’s Rainforest of the Sea: Volume II ($36 but onsale for $18.95 now). One of my favorite palettes is Volume I so you know I bought Volume II instantly. That means someone is going to win my spare!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II

The application of these 8 cool toned shadows is terrific. They are very buttery. There’s a mix of finishes but nothing glittery. The shades are  Pearl (white shimmer), Conch (off white), Sunset (yellow gold), Marina (caramel), Seaside (chestnut), Siren (dark brown), Breezy (shimmering slate), Riptide (steel blue).

Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner pencil ($15) is next and in spite of it being another black liner this one really works well. It’s quite smooth, it smudges when first applied if that’s what you want, and then it sets. This too is a product I already own so you know what that means.

Bellapierre Ebony Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

We’re not done with eyes and these PUR Cosmetics Pro Eyelashes (Diva, $14) are what I call fun. Can I apply false lashes? Not at all but my sister is a makeup artist and she’s great at it. There were two different lash sets that subscribers received but there are 7 pairs that Pur makes. These are 3D lashes that are handcrafted with silk to provide lightweight and natural looking yet fuller lashes. Cruelty free of course since they are PUR and you can reuse them up to 30 times.

PUR Pro Eyelashes

Lips are a given for Boxycharm and this month I received GRLPWR LIQUID LIPSTICK in Date Night. This applies creamy (according to the website) and dries to a matte finish. ($14.95)

GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

GRLPWR Date Night (from The Beauty Crop site)

We aren’t done and now we have my favorite of the box (since I already own the Tarte): MODA PRO 3 PIECE BRUSH SET by Royal & Langnickel ($26). I own brushes, boy do I own brushes, but when great ones come along count me in. These are so new that you can only see the collection on their website but they aren’t available yet – except for us Boxycharm subscribers! There are 3 brushes in the 100% vegan, cruelty-free set.

Moda Pro brushes from Royal & Langnickel

Pointed Brush BMX-130 is made to apply blush and powder with precision or to use the tapered edge to create a subtle contour. It is so incredibly soft and I love the handles of these. They are sort of quilted with a an easy to grip handle.

Moda Pro Chisel BMX-250 brush

The Moda Pro Chisel BMX-250 is unlike any brush I own. The shape is unique as it’s curved and fits my cheekbone exactly. Fabulous for apply highlight or contour.

Moda Pro Crease BMX-430

The Crease BMX-430 brush isn’t any different than other crease brushes except it is just great to use. It can define your eyes, it helps blend, it helps with buffing your eye. It’s soft yet firm enough to do its job properly. These are impressive brushes and I plan to add to this beginning collection.

Moda Pro brushes from Royal & Langnickel

Now the part you’ve been waiting for – a giveaway. Everything in the giveaway is fabulous but I either have it or don’t need it so one US subscriber will own 5 of these after the giveaway is over on 9/5/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close be sure to email me at [email protected], label it boxycharm, and comment in the email. But ONLY if the comment box closes. Then you can click I commented and do more of the entries. Sorry about the US only but this box is heavy!

Boxycharm giveaway

** Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: Volume II palette

** ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Thursday

** #GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

** Bellapiere Gel Eyeliner pencil in Ebony

**  Ofra Body Illuminizer

Good luck and don’t forget that if you want to be included in Boxycharm fun you need to subscribe. I hope you’ll use my affiliate link.  —  Marcia

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Two months of Boxycharm fun

During the winter holidays it was just too hard to fit in the fun items I’d been buying. Now that it’s calmed down I want to share two months worth of BOXYCHARM. It’s my favorite subscription and I always get my $21 worth. The main reason that I like to review subscriptions is so that you can get an idea of which one you’d want to buy. These two (December 2016 and January 2017) are prime examples of what Boxycharm offers. Be sure to read this whole review for a surprise….

DECEMBER BOX: “MAKEUP ON POINTE”

Boxycharm from December 2016

Boxycharm from December 2016

December 2016 Boxycharm contents

December 2016 Boxycharm contents

There were 3 versions of the December Boxycharm, below is what I received:

  • OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Napa Valley – $19.90
  • Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Palette – $50
  • Butter London Nail Polish  in Ruby Murray – $15
  • The Original Mini MakeUp Eraser – $12
  • IBY Beauty Lip Liner in Rosebud –  $14
  • $111 total value

PURE COSMETICS BUFF COLLECTION PALETTE

This reminds me so much of Urban Decay’s Rose Gold palette and the rose gold one from Ulta. Since I have both of those already I’m debating whether to keep this or use it for an anniversary giveaway. It gets great reviews and the colors are beautiful.

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection

BUTTER LONDON NAIL LACQUER in RUBY MURRAY

butter LONDON Ruby Murray

butter LONDON Ruby Murray

What’s not to love about butter LONDON? Fabulous brand and I haven’t had any new polishes from them in a long time. butter LONDON describes this as a deep berry cream.

MAKE UP ERASER MINI

The Original Mini Make Up Eraser

The Original Mini Make Up Eraser

The Original Mini Make Up Eraser

The Original Mini Make Up Eraser

I have the full size of this so I’m thrilled to have the mini especially for travel. The two sides are different textures and feel so good. Since it’s recommended to wash in the machine after each use it’s nice to have a second one. It does a great job especially if I have light makeup on.

OFRA LONG LASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK in NAPA VALLEY  & IBY BEAUTY LIP LINE in ROSEBUD

Ofra Long Lasting Lip in Napa Valley and IBY Beauty Rosebud Lipliner

Ofra Long Lasting Lip in Napa Valley and IBY Beauty Rosebud Lipliner

I haven’t used either of these mainly because the surprise is a giveaway at the end of this post. These aren’t my colors but my experience with both brands has been excellent. The look of the IBY Lipliner reminds me of Starlooks liners.

IBY Beauty Lip Liner in Rosebud

IBY Beauty Lip Liner in Rosebud

OFRA COSMETICS LONG WEAR LIQUID LIPSTICK in NAPA VALLEY

OFRA Cosmetics Napa Valley Long Wear Liquid Lipstick

OFRA Cosmetics Napa Valley Long Wear Liquid Lipstick

This is a beautiful purple that probably applies as a dark berry shade. Here’s what OFRA has to say about these lipsticks: “Our formula is a matte color formula but if you want to add some shine to your liquid lipstick try our revolutionary Lipgloss Stick. All shades contain antioxidants and Vitamin E while the formula provides a lightweight layer of lasting color to make you look stunning all day. Color will last in a perfect condition up to five hours without eating or drinking. For best results do not eat or drink for 15 minutes after applying.Please note that this is not a lip stain and does not dry completely but remains on your lips for hours!”

JANUARY BOXYCHARM: “AND THE CHARM AWARD GOES TO”

Boxycharm for January 2017

Boxycharm for January 2017

  • Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter Duo Set –  $35
  • So Susan Fan Brush  –  $18.95
  • Pur Cosmetics Mineral Glow Bronzer  – $25
  • English Laundry Pour Femme Deluxe Roller Ball –  $25
  • Gorge Amazing Konjac Sponge  –  $18
  • $122 total value

VINTAGE COSMETICS ILLUMINATING FACE HIGHLIGHTER SET  – in Rose Quartz/Chocolate Diamond 

VINTAGE COSMETICS ILLUMINATING FACE HIGHLIGHTER SET - in Rose Quartz/Chocolate Diamond

VINTAGE COSMETICS ILLUMINATING FACE HIGHLIGHTER SET – in Rose Quartz/Chocolate Diamond

Love this! I’m so happy this is in my possession now. I’ve heard some great things about Vintage Cosmetics and received another product from them in an earlier box but it came broken. This highlighting set is perfection. Not too dark, not too light.

VINTAGE COSMETICS ILLUMINATING FACE HIGHLIGHTER SET - in Rose Quartz/Chocolate Diamond plus So Susan Fan Brush

VINTAGE COSMETICS ILLUMINATING FACE HIGHLIGHTER SET – in Rose Quartz/Chocolate Diamond plus So Susan Fan Brush

This has shimmer so I will only be using this at night but it’s not glittery. I love the light pink especially and the chocolate will give some dimension to my face.

SO SUSAN FAN BRUSH This is a great brush for two of the products in this month’s box. It’s a thin brush so it applies the color lightly. So Susan is a cruelty free brand and this brush is made of nylon and taklon. In the giveaway I’ll be giving away a Bellapiere fan brush since I was so excited about the So Susan and Highlighter that I used it instantly.

PUR MINERAL GLOW BRONZER

Pur Mineral Glow Bronzer

Pur Mineral Glow Bronzer

It’s a pleasure to get a product from PUR, a brand I use often. This is a medium toned golden bronzer that’s infused with anti-oxidants. It’s the kind of bronzer than can be used year round. Since I don’t wear bronzer very often this is also going to be part of the giveaway.

GORGE, AMAZING KONJAC SPONGE

GORGE Amazing Konjac Sponge

GORGE Amazing Konjac Sponge

It’s always great to have a new Konjac Sponge since it’s an item you actually either use up or toss after a few months. It’s an exfoliating sponge that is deep cleansing and pH blanced. You can use it on face and body. I like keeping one in the shower especially for my body.

ENGLISH LAUNDRY, POUR FEMME DELUXE ROLLER BALL

English Laundry, Pour Femme Deluxe Roller Ball

English Laundry, Pour Femme Deluxe Roller Ball

If you are a regular reader of Beauty Info Zone then you know I don’t wear perfume. Sometimes I’m tempted but I’m happy with certain fragranced body oils and use those instead. Therefore this is part of the giveaway. It’s not only beautiful but English Laundry says it’s a classic scent that’s sophisticated while smelling fresh.  “Inspired by classic country gardens, English Laundry’s charming blend perfectly melds top notes of rose geranium with a backdrop of woody spicy and musky notes. Bright, enticing and elegant. Signature opens with quince, complimented by white chocolate and jasmine petals at the heart. For a purely peaceful scent, notes of orris roots, powdery musk and sensual woods have been composed at the base.

I like this subscription service so much that I recently paid up front for 6 months. That saved me $10 overall. I’m sure I’ll have 6 more months of fun before I have to make another decision. So what’s your opinion of these two Boxycharm sub boxes?  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Here’s what will be in this giveaway for sure: *PUR Mineral Glow Bronzer (full size)  *BellaPiere Fan Brush   * English Laundry, Pour Femme Deluxe Roller Ball   *OFRA Napa Valley Liquid Lipstick  *IBY Beauty Rosebud Lipliner plus a variety of sample size items from other subscriptions that I purchase. The giveaway is open to US and Canada, email subscribers only through 2/2/17. If comments (Speak Your Mind) close please email me at [email protected] and label it Boxycharm. Be sure to click I commented so your entry can count, then continue on. Don’t be boxy – be charming and enter.

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Boxycharm October 2016

Boxycharm October 2016

Boxycharm October 2016

I’ve written about Boxycharm’s subscription many times and have determined that this is the one sub service that I can easily recommend to readers and friends. For $21 per month you receive full size products that are almost always cosmetics. This month’s box has a value of $119 so even if I don’t use 100% of it myself, I’m still ahead of the game.

The theme this month is Boxy Bazaar but in my eyes it’s Fall Bazaar since everything in this box reminds of fall shades. Three out of five of the items this month will remain home with me while two are going to be rehomed.
BRIGEO BLOW DRY PERFECTION HEAT PROTECTANT

BRIGEO BLOW DRY PERFECTION HEAT PROTECTANT

The only non-cosmetic item is BRIGEO BLOW DRY PERFECTION HEAT PROTECTANT ($24, 4 OZ). This will be sent to a close friend who absolutely adores Brigeo products and will be thrilled to receive this. It’s a weightless blow-dry finishing and heat protectant cream. Brigeo is a well loved brand in part because they contain no sulfates, silicones or parabens. I consider it very fragranced although I doubt others would. But I pick and choose my battles when it comes to fragranced products and this one isn’t winning my nose over. It sounds great though since it smooths hair, tames frizz, and enhances shine.

IBY Beauty Three's Company Trio Eye Shadow palette

IBY Beauty Three’s Company Trio Eye Shadow palette

My favorite product is from a brand that is new to me: IBY BEAUTY.  I’m always overjoyed when Boxycharm has eyeshadows in their boxes. Some of my most used palettes have come from Boxycharm. This full size palette, $19) is their Three’s Company Trio Eye Shadow palette and contains perfect fall shades: a shimmery highlighter, a metallic burnished copper, and a basic brown matte shade. It will be easy to do an eye look with these three plus they are a nice addition to my (not so) small eyeshadow collection. I haven’t used this yet because of a health problem but once I’m back to makeup, this goes on.

LUXIE BEAUTY EYE BLENDER BRUSHES

LUXIE BEAUTY EYE BLENDER BRUSHES

LUXIE BEAUTY EYE BLENDER BRUSHES

LUXIE BEAUTY EYE BLENDER BRUSHES

To help apply the eyeshadows is a trio of full size LUXIE BEAUTY EYE BLENDER BRUSHES. I’ve received a pretty pink brush from Luxie previously and have always liked them because they are super soft and cruelty free. This time they’ve collaborated with Boxycharm to bring us this collection of blending brushes ($36). With three brushes each can do their own job of blending and buffing. The 229 is going to help me the most since it’s sturdy and reminds me a little of MAC 217.

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STARLOOKS ULTRA MATTE LIP PAINT in PIQUANT

STARLOOKS ULTRA MATTE LIP PAINT in PIQUANT

 PIQUANT swatch

PIQUANT swatch

It’s not fall without a matte lip paint this year and that’s been fulfilled by STARLOOKS ULTRA MATTE LIP PAINT in PIQUANT ($19). There are 4 available shades with Piquant being the most mauve of the bunch. This will be rehomed in a future giveaway since I’m so picky about lip shades.  It looks beautiful though.

TEMPTU S/B BRONZE SHIMMER BRONZER

TEMPTU S/B BRONZE SHIMMER BRONZER

Last is a product I’d never have bought for myself but that I really appreciate having, TEMPTU S/B BRONZE SHIMMER BRONZER ($29.50). A tiny drop mixed into moisturizer or liquid foundation will give just enough glow and come in handy on my ghostliest days. For me it’s the perfect way to add bronze since I’m just not adept enough with a powder bronzer. This will last me for the rest of my life probably.

There were some variations and not everyone received the TEMPTU but the substitutions look fabulous (Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer, Cargo Beach Blush, or OFRA Beverly Hills Highlighter. If they’d given me a choice I’d have picked the OFRA but I’m very happy with the Temptu.
What do you think of this month’s subscription? Do you think this would work for you? —  Marcia
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What’s in the September Boxycharm and what’s in our giveaway?

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Just in case you are tired of all the subscription box reviews this month I’ve added a giveaway with products that I won’t/can’t use from them. Boxycharm is my favorite of the 4 I buy and I’m thrilled to share the contents of this with you.

Boxycharm products for September 2016

Boxycharm products for September 2016

Boxycharm doesn’t skimp. They send full size items almost all the time and this month there are 5 full size winners. A Boxycharm subscription costs $21 per month but it’s always worth a lot more. This month’s box has a value of $111. If only my stocks did this well! I’ll share in alphabetical order so as not to play favorites.

butterLONDON Trend Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy ($15). As a nail polish afficionado I’m always happy to see them in my boxes. Yummy Mummy is described as a cool beige shimmering nail lacquer. I’m not sure if I can carry this color off. The thing it has going for it is that it’s a cool beige. I noticed that butterLONDON has changed the name (Trend Nail Lacquer) and I couldn’t find it online at Ulta or Sephora. butterLONDON’s website carries all the shades though.

butterLONDON Yummy Mummy

butterLONDON Yummy Mummy

Hikari Cosmetics Eye Liner in Raven ($13) –  it’s a running joke with beauty blogs that they never want to see another black eyeliner again. After all how many can we have? The nice thing about this is that it’s a mechanical pencil so you can carry it around without a sharpener. Great for those office to dinner nights.

Hikari Cosmetics Raven Eye Liner

Hikari Cosmetics Raven Eye Liner

Project Beauty Hairgurt ($11) is a smoothing yogurt hair masque. It contains yogurt protein, prebiotics, quinoa, a botanical oil blend and bio-keratin. The fragrance is Strawberry Banana. It sounds and smells like a smoothie. It’s the kind of hair masque that I’ll save for a spa day since it’s to be used after shampoo. You apply it from roots to ends and wash it out 5 to 10 minutes later. I’m overdue for a masque treatment so this will come in handy. I just hope I don’t go eat something while it’s working its magic on my hair.

Project Beauty Hairgurt in Strawberry Banana

Project Beauty Hairgurt in Strawberry Banana

Pur Cosmetics Lip Lure in Graceful ($22) is already a favorite. Lip Lures are a liquid lipstick that aren’t matte nor are they glossy. They hit that middle ground perfectly by being moisturizing and rich in pigment. I love the applicator since the color comes out like a showerhead and then smoothes on gracefully. I totally forgot I owned Graceful or I’d have saved it for a giveaway but now I’ll have a purse one and a vanity one. Graceful is a dark nude.

Pur Cosmetics Lip Lure in Graceful

Pur Cosmetics Lip Lure in Graceful

Pur Cosmetics Lip Lure in Graceful

Pur Cosmetics Lip Lure in Graceful

Studio Makeup “On The Go” Palette ($49.95) – how can a full size palette of 9 neutral eyeshadows be anything but great for most of us! The nude trend isn’t going anywhere. Even if you are a bright eye makeup person there’s always a need for some neutrals. The shades in this palette are a mix of matte and shimmer shadows. The shimmer are of course my favorites but I will get use out of all these shades. It’s a sturdy black cardboard palette that’s heavily magnetized so it won’t open when you are on the go.

Studio Makeup On The Go Palette

Studio Makeup On The Go Palette

Studio Makeup On The Go Palette

Studio Makeup On The Go Palette

I hope you can see why BOXYCHARM is my favorite of all the subscriptions. It’s always a value and I’ve found some fabulous products from it. If I had to stop the flow of money, I’d still keep Boxycharm.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATIONsept-subscription-giveaway

This subscription giveaway is a combination of items from my Ipsy, Allure, Boxycharm, and Sephora Play bags/boxes. I’ll also be adding in some products from previous subscriptions for the winner. Contents are: 2 Sephora lip samples, Hikari Raven mechanical eye liner, Seraphina Guava Butter cheek and lip color, Supergoop Setting Mist, Pur-lisse Blue Lotus Moisturizer, Orly Breathable Nail Polish in Nourishing Nude, Estee Edit Skin Glowing Balm, Bulgari Omnia Paraiba mini, and Atelier Cologne Sud Magnolia. All products are deluxe sample sizes except for the Hikari eyeliner and the Orly polish. Other goodies will be included to surprise the winner.

The giveaway is open through 10/10/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern to US subscribers. We often have a problem with comments closing before the giveaway ends, if that happens email me at [email protected] and label it SUB BOX, make your comment in the email so you can continue on. I’ve been aghast at how many people don’t follow directions in our giveaways so if you click it, DO IT.

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Making waves with Modern Merbabe the Boxycharm July box

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard of Boxycharm. It’s become my favorite subscription box and the July box shows me why this has made me so happy. Let me start by telling you that a subscription is $21 a month and you’ll receive only full size items. It can be 4 or 5 each month. This month the box has a value of $120. Not a bad investment at all.

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

As with all subscriptions you may not have bought the items to begin with so the value of $120 may be high but not worth it to you. For me this month’s Boxycharm is a winner and one I’m very excited about.

OFRA PROFESSIONAL MAGNETIC PALETTE AND 6 EYESHADOW PANS

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

How could I not be excited about this? I’ve been thinking of buying a new Z palette since mine are almost filled and I’d like to organize better. Not only do I not have to do that but I got 6 gorgeous shadows that would retail for $12 each on their own. These don’t have names imprinted on them and I can’t really tell from the OFRA website but there are 3 beautiful shimmer shadows and 3 mattes. All 6 are very workable shades with the shimmers and the light yellow shade (could be Banana Highlighter Powder) my favorites. They’ve valued this set at $59 but I think they undervalued it since the shadows alone would be $60.

OFRA eyeshadows

OFRA eyeshadows

MALLY BEAUTY is included this month too and I got lucky. Some boxes received an Ice Blue Mally Waterproof Eyeliner pencil ($18) while others got one of two Mally Rounded Blender Brushes ($15). I love brushes so having this green metallic brush is a little piece of heaven.

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

The brush has longer hairs than my other blending brushes so it’s a great change of pace for me. Into my brush cups this went instantly.

To add to the thrill of this box there’s a NOYAH LIP GLOSS in Malbec ($16), a wine berry shade. I remember when Noyah only had lip balms and I lovingly reviewed them. It’s great to see how far they’ve come. This is a natural lip gloss made without made without sulfates, parabens or phtalates. The packaging is adorable with an earth friendly bamboo top.

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

To top off the beauty in this sweet box is PYT HAIR Oil Treatment ($30). While I’ve only used it once I was amazed at the shine I suddenly had from the treatment. It’s made with Argan Oil which I already know is great for my skin or hair. It’s safe for color treated hair and it helps leave hair frizz free.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Fragrance (Lilial, D-Limonone, Hydroxycitronellal, Lyral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Coumarin), Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Panthenol.

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

I’m thrilled to learn about this new brand and use it in my routine.

Even though I don’t have a clue why this month’s Boxycharm is called Modern Merbaby (other than they do say “Let’s Make Waves”) I still think it’s one of the best I’ve received from my subscription. Now I can’t wait for another month to pass so I can get my next one. Are you a subscription box fan? — Marcia

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Have fun in the sun with the June Boxycharm

boxycharm june box

I don’t know about you but I love going out to the mailbox to see what’s been delivered. Are there any of the magazines that I whiz through? Are there products from PR reps with items I’m looking forward to testing? Maybe there are some bills – no, I don’t love that! One of the best things for me is when one of the three subscription boxes I buy comes. Not all months are a success but the June Boxycharm happens to be a winner. The GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN box is the perfect example of why I subscribed to this $21 a month bundle of fun.

Boxycharm June 2016

Boxycharm June 2016

The 5 full size products are going to make summer a blast. Since I don’t know where to begin I’ll show you in alphabetical order.

COUGAR BEAUTY MINERAL FACE & BODY SHIMMER

Cougar Beauty

Cougar Beauty

Cougar Beauty Diamond Kiss

Cougar Beauty Diamond Kiss

Even someone as old as I am wants to make summer shinier every once in a while and this Cougar Beauty Diamond Kiss powder (full size, $16) is just the ticket. This is a light golden kiss of powder that you need to apply lightly with a fluffy brush. The bigger the area you want to shine, the bigger the brush. For me a small fluffy brush over my eye makeup can make my eyes shimmer. The powder is so finely milled that it’s not like big blobs of glitter. But it is shimmery. This was fun for me to find in the box because it’s not something I’d buy myself especially since it’s a UK brand not easily found here.

FARMACY HYDRATING COCONUT GEL MASK, BRIGHTENING

Farmacy Brightening Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask

Farmacy Brightening Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask

It’s no secret that I love facial masks. I review them all the time. Farmacy is a brand so many beauty bloggers have written about yet I haven’t had the chance to indulge in it. What better place to start but with a mask. These are available for sale in a box of 5 for $24, since there are 3 in the special Boxycharm box these are valued at $15. Now why is this brightening mask so good? Because it targets dark spots and freckles, both of which I’ve been ?blessed? with. Farmacy is a brand that uses naturally derived ingredients, is cruelty free and contains no parabens or formaldehyde.

This particular mask is powered by Echinacea Greenenvy, a variant of Echinacea Purpurea which contains the highest known concentration of blah blah blah. You don’t care about anything other than if it works though and this is exceptionally nice. 20-25 minutes of relaxation later and your skin looks more even.

GIRLACTIK PRECISE EYELINER MARKER in Black

Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker

Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker

Most beauty blogs I read (including mine) moan and groan when we get another black eyeliner in a beauty box. Even though this is black I have no intention of moaning or groaning. First I haven’t used Girlactik in a very long time, second I love liquid eyeliners, and third this is a great eyeliner. It doesn’t bleed on me and the formula is quite long lasting. The tip of this is perfect for me since I like a very thin defined line, especially with black. It’s possible to make it thicker but not my style. Girlactik is found in prestige drugstores like Duane Read and Rite Aid’s Beauty stores, none of which are near me. $20

LVX NAIL LACQUER in SERENE

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

I am most thrilled about this $18 polish in the subscription. My goal of trying every brand just got one step closer to reality. To make this more exciting this is one of LVX’s newest summer colors. Serene is a “whimsical sky blue” that is 7 free, high shine and a beautiful creme polish. I haven’t worn it yet but you better believe I will. This is lighter than my picture and just waiting for my nails.

LVX Serene

LVX Serene

OFRA OIL CONTROL PRESSED POWDER

OFRA Oil Control Pressed Powder

OFRA Oil Control Pressed Powder

While a pressed powder doesn’t look exciting, it’s a necessity so why not get a great one worth $39.95 in your $21 subscription? Boxycharm works with OFRA often but many times what I get is too dark for me. This powder on the other hand is just right. My blog partner Lisa would steal this from me if she had a chance since she’s addicted to oil free pressed powders and this one works like a charm, a boxycharm.

Boxycharm June 2016

Boxycharm June 2016

If you’ve read this far you can tell that this box is fantastic and I’m so happy it’s mine. Worth $109 it’s a steal for me. And I don’t have to give any away! I get to keep it all and use it happily.  — Marcia

If you don’t subscribe to Boxycharm, I think this is the best sub on the market personally. My affiliate code is HERE just in case you decide to take a chance. With Boxycharm you earn charms that help you “buy” extra products.