I was super excited when my favourite subscription service appeared in my mail box for the month of April the other day! Boxycharm is a $21 USD a month subscription service where you get 4-5 full size beauty products to your door. I have been subscribed since November of last year, and it has always been 5 products. They include makeup, skin care, and hair care products and it is always above $100 worth of product. I live in Canada, so after dollar conversions and shipping $35.63 comes out of my account every month. With each box being valued at over $100, it is definitely worth it. It is an amazing opportunity to try out new products! It is like Christmas every month!
Let’s jump in and unbox April 2017! The theme for this month’s box is Boho Glow!
- Ofra Rodeo Drive Highlighter: $35
- PUR Cosmetics 3-Piece Contour Blending Sponges: $36
- Measurable Difference Concealer Palette: $19.99
- Allegory Story Plato’s Cave Lipgloss: $15
- Hairgurt By Project Beauty Soothing Yogurt Shampoo: $10
*Total Box Value: $116
I put these products to the test and created the following look. This is my take on Boho Glow! I used every product except the shampoo, because it wasn’t my hair washing day! I am going to take you through my first impressions and give you some ideas on how each of these products can be used.
1. Measurable Difference Concealer Palette:
This concealer palette has a great shade range. It consists of 16 different shades. These concealers are a very thick consistency and dry matte. This is great for covering up blemishes and colour correcting. For contouring, and covering the under-eye area I highly suggest mixing some oil or primer spray into it by wetting your brush. This makes it glide across the skin smoothly and makes it easy to blend. This palette can be used for so many different things. It is very versatile! For the look I created above, I did the following:
- Vanilla: Eye primer, I then set it with translucent powder
- Espresso: Used as a cream eyeshadow on the lid. I then went in with a matte dark brown eyeshadow from the Morphe 35O palette on top. I blended it all out using a warm matte light brown shade.
- Pecan: under the eyes to colour correct the dark blue circles before foundation
- Cream: covered up pimples before foundation
- Milk Chocolate + Toffee: Contoured the hollows of the cheeks, nose, hairline, and jawline
- Toasted almond + Milk Chocolate: Filled in my brows then used a light brown shade from the Morphe 35O and the Loral Brow Stylist Plumper on top to set them
2. PUR Cosmetics Contour Blending Sponges
This sponge set is amazing!! I’ve never found a sponge that I like as much as the beauty blender until now! The best part is that they are latex free & hypoallergenic
The bright spring colours, add a nice touch. They look like cute little eggs, just in time for Easter! When you wet them they expand quite a lot (picture to the right). It remains a little firm, but bouncy enough to blend out the product effortlessly. The bottom round part of the sponge is perfect for blending out foundation. The round tip fits perfectly under the eyes and around the nose to get a precise, flawless blend. The angled carved out side of the top is perfect to get a precise contour and to bake with.
3. Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter
There is honestly no better way to describe this highlighter than STUNNING! It is a golden toned highlight which is perfect for the spring and summer. On the arm it swatches very subtle; but when you apply it to the face with a brush, it comes to life! You can either go for a more natural highlight if you use a super light hand, or build it up to a blinding light. A lot of highlighters emphasize the texture on my cheekbones like crazy, but this one doesn’t. When you touch the pan, it is such a silky, smooth powder. When I first touched it, I couldn’t stop. The only disadvantages to this highlighter are the fact that the packaging feels cheap and the product feels very fragile. I feel like if you dropped it, the product would shatter. Thats how soft and smooth it is! So I would say, just be careful and you have yourself a beautiful highlighter! In the makeup look I created, I used this to highlight the tops of the cheekbones, the nose, cupid’s bow, inner eye corners, and the brow bone.
4. Allegory Story Lip Gloss In Plato’s Cave
I love the dusty brown colour of this lipgloss along with the beautiful packaging, but I did not like the formula! It is very thick, and applies so patchy. I know it’s a lipgloss, but I had to apply 3 layers to just get it to look even. By then, my lips felt very heavy and uncomfortable!
The one good thing I would say about the formula though is that it doesn’t feel to sticky. My lips don’t get stuck together. In the description of the lipgloss it says that it is a vanilla scent. To me, it just smells like a bad version of a regular lipstick.
5. Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo By Project Beauty
I haven’t had the opportunity to test this out yet , but I like the description Boxycharm gives. It contains yogurt, prebiotics, quinoa, 6 botanical oils and bio-keratin. All of these ingredients are great for combatting dry, frizzy hair. It also smells exactly like a strawberry banana smoothie! Sooo good! I can’t wait to test this out. I will give an update on my instagram (elmasmabeauty) after I use it. It is a shampoo, so just use it how you would with any other shampoo.
That wraps up what I got in this month’s Boxycharm. If you are interested in this subscription service, you can sign up here: Boxycharm Sign Up (Disclaimer: This is not an affiliate, but if someone signs up through this link, I get charm points to go towards various product rewards)
I hope that this post gives you some ideas and inspiration for using the products included in the box. Thank you for reading,