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 beautyinfozone@gmail.com 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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What did Allure send out in their September beauty multitaskers box? #AllureBeautyBox

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September was a good month for me with my beauty subscriptions. This is the third one I’m writing about this week. Next week I’ll write about Boxycharm and have a giveaway for the products I can’t use from these so this will be a win/win group of reviews. ALLURE BEAUTY BOX ($15 per month) is my newest subscription and I’m still on the fence about it. While I like a good amount of products in the box, I’m just not sure I need this sub. Unlike Sephora Play this has brands that sell everywhere from drugstore to beauty sites to online only sites. This month has one full size product and 5 sample sizes. I didn’t do the math to figure out the value of this $15 subscription although I’m quite sure it’s worth a lot more than what I paid.

September 2016 Allure Beauty Box

September 2016 Allure Beauty Box

Skincare seems to be more prevalent in Allure’s boxes than cosmetics. The August box contained more products with two brands (not products) in both boxes.

September Allure Beauty Box Skincare

September Allure Beauty Box Skincare

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes is a wrinkle smoothing eye treatment. Since I love eye creams I’m happy to have this one to try out. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a hero ingredient for me. Although just a regular size sample, not deluxe, I’m happy to see it in the box.

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50 is teeny but it’s a winner. Who doesn’t need a sunscreen for their lips and one that’s easy to carry in any size bag or pocket is happiness. Use this alone or as your gloss for the day. Last month brought me a Supergoop product that is too fragranced for me so this is an improvement.

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk is a repeat brand from last month but not a repeat product. This moisturizing cleanser is one that will end up in my travel bag. One nice thing about it is that you can start with dry skin, rub it on and wash it off. Now if only I’d travel more!

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk

GrandeMascara is something I’ve read about but haven’t had a chance to try yet. It’s said to give you major volume and length and I sure hope so. My lashes have been looking a little too wimpy lately so I can use some help. I’ll report back on it.

GrandeMascara

GrandeMascara

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude was the one item I was looking forward to when I saw some sneak peaks. This is a new formula from Orly and can be a one coater depending on color. There are 10 colors that you could get but guess what? I don’t look good in nude polish. Nude lips yes but not nude nails. Therefore someone will win this unopened bottle of Orly Breathable in the giveaway.

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba is different than the one pictured so I’m guessing that a variety came in the boxes. This is the prettiest bottle of fragrance. I love the way it looks. Bulgari Omnia Paraiba is a beautiful blue. Sephora describes it as “The fragrance is an olfactive fusion intertwining fruits and flowers in a lively rhythm, a fragrance dedicated to a woman whose exuberant spirit overflows into pure, seductive sensuality.” Someone is going to fall in love with this.

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

And there we go. More products that I won’t use than I will but I’m not giving up. I’ve seen boxes that have been terrific plus I know everyone’s needs and taste is different. Hope springs eternal! What did you like about the Allure Beauty Box for September?  —  Marcia

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Shall we play with Sephora Play?

Sephora Play for September 2016

Sephora Play for September 2016

Sephora Play is now open for new subscribers which means it’s a good time to show you what the latest subscription box has brought. Obviously since it’s a sub from Sephora, everything you get in the package is sold at Sephora. The theme for the month is The UNbasic Basics. So let’s peek in and see what they consider unbasic.

Sephora Play for September 2016

Sephora Play for September 2016

In alphabetical order (old habits die hard) I’ve got pictures of 5 of the 6 deluxe sample items.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW GEL

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, clear

They hit this UNbasic out of the park. First it’s clear so everyone can use it. Second the size is perfect since, like a mascara, you really shouldn’t use it more than 3 months. Third it’s Anastasia Beverly Hills who made their name with eyebrows. You can use this to tame your brows or to set your color.

KAT VON D TATTOO LINER in TROOPER

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Absolutely perfect for me. While all subscription buyers grouse about black eyeliners, including me, this is different since it’s a liquid liner. I love liquid liners. The best part is that just 2 days before this arrived in the mail I had bought the brown one, Mad Max Brown, in the store. I’ve been using it non-stop too. Now I have both shades so color me UNbasically happy.

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY NIGHT CAP OVERNIGHT PERFECTOR

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY NIGHT CAP OVERNIGHT PERFECTOR

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY NIGHT CAP OVERNIGHT PERFECTOR

When I reported on my Ipsy Glam bag there was also this size product from Living Proof, 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. I now have this to add to my Living Proof collection which is a good thing. I haven’t tried this yet but it sounds like it could be perfect for my hair. It works overnight and then in the morning you wash it out. I think it’s going to be a great conditioner. Score one more for UNbasic.

OLE HENRIKSEN SHEER TRANSFORMATION

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

This is where there was some variation in Sephora Play for September. Some people received a Dr. Jarts product, others Ole Henriksen. This moisturizer is very light and can double as a makeup primer. There’s basically no fragrance to it (yea) and is oil free. It contains Licorice Root for brightening, Chamomile for soothing, and Vitamin C to encourage production of collagen. I’m on board to try this for sure.

SEPHORA COLLECTION ROUGE SHINE LIPSTICK in LOVE SPELL

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell

The Rouge Shine Lipsticks are available in 29 High Shine colors. This is a beautiful pink though it is highly fragranced so I’m pretty sure it will be available in a giveaway. As much as I love the shade I haven’t been able to wear Sephora’s lipsticks before. I think it’s the color though that makes this UNbasic.

Missing is ATELIER COLOGNE in SUD MAGNOLIA since it too will be given away so I left it in its opaque envelope. This is described as a floral blend with delicate notes of magnolia with layers of wood and citrus. But I’m not a fragrance wearer.sephora-play-bag

How did I think that Sephora Play did this month? A WINNER. Even with two products that will be given away it definitely hit the mark. These are basics that aren’t so basic and ones that are a welcome addition to my collection. What do you think of the subscription? Is it worth $10 to you?  — Marcia

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September’s IPSY Glam bag is my favorite one ever

IPSY Glam bag for September 2016

IPSY Glam bag for September 2016

I’ve been purchasing IPSY Glam bag for about 2 years now. For $10 it’s one of the least expensive subscriptions around. It’s almost always filled with cosmetics which is what I’m all about. IPSY mostly sends 5 deluxe sample sizes and has a lot of variations each month If you compare yours with other people’s there’s often a vast difference. For September I received an absolutely perfect bag for my needs and taste.

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite polish

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite polish

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite

When I opened the black plastic Glamazon cosmetic bag the first thing I noticed was a box from Trust Fund Beauty. With fingers crossed I opened it to find this gorgeous shade: Champagne Socialite. If I received nothing else I could use in the September bag I’d be thrilled with this $15 bottle of polish alone. I’ve worn several Trust Fund polishes and been thrilled with them all. This is a brand new shade for Trust Fund and is only available as a pre-order. How could I get this lucky?? I’m looking forward to wearing this soon since I have a party in October that this sparkly rose gold foil will be perfect for.

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

It’s been a long time since I’ve used these eye masks from ToGoSpa. I think these are one of the first eye masks I ever used. I’ve reviewed them in the past on Beauty Info Zone and always enjoyed them so seeing a package of 3 Green Tea Eyes masks added some excitement to this subscription. This is another full size product which retails for $12.50. The Green Tea ones are infused with aloe, vitamins C and E, amino acids, antioxidant rich Green Tea Extract, and energizing Taurine. Not only do they help with dark circles but they are soothing, moisturizing, brightening, and they help de-puff. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until they were back in my hands again.

Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter

Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter

Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter fits my makeup profile to a tee. It’s a cream cheek stain that can also be used on lips. Cream blush! What more can I say? Well I can tell you that this is the full size at 4g/.14 oz and it sells for $24. I’m plotzing from the value of this bag! This gluten free, cruelty free, vegan, GMO-free cosmetic is made with Pure Shea Butter. No swatch because it’s fragranced and I have to decide if I keep it or use it in a giveaway. (Any suggestions?)

Living Proof Perfect hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment

Living Proof Perfect hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment

While Living Proof Perfect hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment is a deluxe sample and not full size it’s plenty big enough for me. Perfect for home, perfect for travel. I’m a huge fan of Living Proof and it’s one of the brands I’d never say no to, especially in a subscription. You can buy a 2 oz size of this for $15 so this deluxe sample is worth $7.50.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Last but surely not least is IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. Love this mascara!! I’ve finished one and am almost done with my second plus have a third waiting in the wings. QVC has a great deal on two mascaras. I think every bag received a sample mascara and this is the one I was hoping for.

I don’t want to play favorites but this is the best IPSY bag in the world of IPSY bags. It’s not only worth over $60 but it has nothing I’d change in it. That’s rare when you get 4 subscriptions! If you decide that IPSY Glam Bags should be in your life this is a good time to subscribe and I hope you’ll use my referral link so I can earn some points toward a new product. What’s your opinion of this bag? Did you get the same items? Let me know in the comments. —  Marcia

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Ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag

 

Visit the Color Me Monthly Vault now while the savings are on

Color Me Monthly Vault shades

Color Me Monthly Vault shades

I’ve often written about Color Me Monthly’s nail polish subscription which I truly enjoy. They’ve sent me several polishes to try out since they began and now it’s time for me to buy a few myself. From now through August 31st they are on sale for 15% off. A subscription is just $7 a month (and includes shipping) and the polishes in the Vault are $9 each. The Vault contains extras of the subscription shades.

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla

One of the shades in the Vault is Órla that I’m wearing right now. It’s a stunning gold shimmer that is fit for a queen. It was the March 2016 shade which was so fitting since it’s reminiscent of a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow nails. These very shiny shade is one you’ll want to wear during the holidays so think ahead and purchase it now for $7.65.                                 sample

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla outside

Color Me Monthly Orla outside

My order contains Revelry, the pinkish red shade that is glossy and shimmery. This was the shade sent to subscribers for June. I can’t wait to wear it.

Color Me Monthly Revelry

Color Me Monthly Revelry

The other shade that I purchased is Sorcerer’s Violet, a periwinkle blue cream. I love wearing blue polish and Color Me Monthly creates outstanding blues.

Color Me Monthly Sorcerers Violet

Color Me Monthly Sorcerers Violet

One shade that I adore and highly recommend is Seven Sisters, I wear this often because it’s a stunning deep blue with shimmer that’s like a starry night.

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

Color Me Monthly Seven Sisters

Color Me Monthly Seven Sisters

I can’t forget about the deep satiny red, Just For You, since this is another that has been worn many times.

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

You’ve only got a few days left to take advantage of this sale. There won’t be another until Black Friday which will give you time to see what wonderful polishes these are and be able to pick up the ones you missed.  Use the code SCHOOL16 at checkout to get your discount.

Every month the COLOR ME MONTHLY polish comes with a haiku written to match the month’s shade. Since Órla is the one I had forgotten to review until now, here’s the haiku for this stunner:

heavy is the head

that elegantly shackles

the golden princess

Órla

Orla (Color Me Monthly)

Orla (Color Me Monthly)

What are your favorite nail polish shades? I bet Color Me Monthly will have one (or more) perfect for you. —  Marcia

*Orla sent for consideration

Sephora Play vs Allure Beauty Box – which would you pick? #sephoraplay #allurebeautybox

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

I can’t seem to keep away from subscription boxes. At the moment I’m buying 4 of them even though I keep promising myself that I’ll quit some. Not only don’t I quit but I started up with Allure Beauty Box this month. The longest running one for me is IPSY Glam bag, next is Boxycharm, then when Sephora Play opened a few months ago I added that, and now here I am with Allure’s Beauty Box. Both of the boxes I’m showing are the August boxes. Which is your favorite of the two?

Sephora Play for August 2016

Sephora Play for August 2016

Each month Sephora Play ($10) has a theme and for August it’s THE EYE OPENERS. Up until this month I’ve been very disappointed in the Sephora box and it’s been sitting on the cutting block. This month though was better for me and I’ve got items in this box that I’m actually going to enjoy using.

Sephora Play pamphlet

Sephora Play pamphlet

As you open the box you’ll find a pamphlet explaining each product within and giving you some great ideas. There’s also a card worth 50 Beauty Insider points which can be redeemed in store only. I have yet to use one but I’m hoping to shop soon.

August Sephora Play products

August Sephora Play products

THE EYE OPENERS contains 4 eye products and 2 others. All items are deluxe samples so it’s not just packets.

Eyes 1: ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM is already a favorite. I’ve actually used up an entire jar and my deluxe sample is mostly gone so this is a welcome addition.

Eyes 2:  MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544 is small but mighty. I stands for iridescent which is going to make my eyes pretty happy. It’s described as a “highly saturated iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula”. The texture is so smooth! The color appears to be a purple and taupe combination that went on beautifully and easily.

Eyes 3: SEPHORA COLLECTION CONTOUR EYE PENCIL in LOVE AFFAIR (33) is a shimmery plum liner. It’s awfully small so I had a hard time using it. But the color is very pretty, it’s lasting well on my upper lashline, and I don’t see any glitter.

Eyes 4:  URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA is a lengthening and volumizing formula that gets lots of love. I just opened a new mascara today but I’ll try this in a few days.

Fragrance:  CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON will be in a giveaway package since I don’t wear fragrance. Each month Sephora include a vial of perfume in Play. Reserve Warm Cotton is described as “bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens”.

Skincare: LANCOME ENERGIE DE VIE – SMOOTHING & GLOWING LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER is a fragranced liquid lotion meant to visually relieve dullness, diminish signs of fatigue, and promote a healthy looking glow. This too will be an extra in a giveaway package since I’m not able to tolerate Lancome fragrances.

Sephora Play for August

Sephora Play for August

These all came in a cream linen bag that’s winking outside the box. What do you think so far? Worth $10?

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

With my first month of the ALLURE BEAUTY BOX I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve read reviews for a long time with this and the last few boxes seemed to be outstanding so I decided to give it a chance. The box is $15 which includes shipping. There’s usually $5 off your first month if you start a subscription. Allure Beauty Box is also deluxe sample sizes with some being very generously sized. For August there were 8 items in the box.

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Hair #1 and 2: GARNIER WHOLE BLENDS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER in HONEY TREASURES. These are each 1.7 fl oz so they’d be great for travel. I can’t use these though because they have Sodium Chloride which pulls the keratin from my hair and they contain sulfates. I think these were bonus items since they aren’t listed in the booklet that comes with the box.

Hair #3: WET BRUSH in MIDI SIZE is an exciting find in this box. I had just given away a new full size Wet Brush to a relative in need and this is a great size for home or travel.

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Skincare #1:  PIXI GLOW TONIC is a product I’ve written about many times. It’s Pixi’s best selling Skintreat. While Pixi sells a smaller bottle now on their website this is a great travel size. There’s even a $2 off $10 purchase of any Pixi product at Target on the back. I know exactly what I’m buying too.

Skincare #2:  SUPERGOOP DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPRAY WITH ROSEMARY. I love Supergoop but not this unfortunately. I’ve tried it before and the fragrance (sunscreen w/alcohol and a hint of mint) fades but it still doesn’t work for me. This will be a great extra though in one of our giveaways to help mattify skin and give a shot of SPF 50 to your face.

Skincare #3: FREEZE 24-7 ANTI-AGING EYE SERUM is a product I’ve used before. I had a much smaller size that I took with me on my last trip. It’s a good eye cream but not one I’m likely to ever buy. I didn’t notice the tightening it’s supposed to have but it was a nice moisturizing effect.

Skincare #4: PUR-LISSE BLUE LOTUS BALANCING MOISTURIZER is a lightweight lotion for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. I know you don’t want to hear it but the fragrance = no/no for me. It’s a floral aquatic one which is probably wonderful for a future giveaway winner.

Cosmetic: CARGO SWIMMABLES EYE PENCIL in PEBBLE BEACH. At first I feared this was another black pencil eyeliner of which I have dozens but it’s actually a deep espresso brown. I’ve noticed Cargo making a reappearance after what I considered a long snooze. The new Swimmables line is making headway with water resistant products. This is a nice size, about half the size of one you’d buy.

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Sadly for me the Allure Beauty Box is too fragranced but I’m still impressed with the brands and quality in the box. My lose will be other’s gains.

So which one wins the battle? $10 for Sephora Play or $15 for Allure Beauty Box? I think my choice is pretty obvious in this post. — Marcia

 

*affiliate link for Allure Beauty Box which would earn me a small amount towards my next box if you decide to order.

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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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