Father's Day and Christmas are our busy season, and I pretty much lose myself for a few weeks. So when I say I think this is October's box, I honestly don't know. I may go do some research on the Google to rectify this, but do you care if it's the wrong month?
BoxyCharm has quickly become my favorite makeup subscription. Whereas ipsy is sample sizes, BoxyCharm are full size products. Coming in at $21, it's twice the price of ipsy, but by far a better value. This box's retail value was $127!
Now don't get me wrong- I don't use all the products all the time, so it's never really retail value, but it is definitely worth the $21. I have added a few regular products to my daily use and my makeup routine that I have only found thru BoxyCharm. First and foremost, Luxie Brushes.
I received my first Luxie brush about a year ago in a subscription box, and it's literally my favorite brush of every kind of brush. My first brush was the Luxie 205 Tapered Blending Eye Brush, which has revolutionized my eye makeup game. It's that great of a brush. Now maybe I love it so much because I equate it with upping my skills, or maybe I just love it because it's pearly pink, rose gold, and extremely soft. Add the fact that it's synthetic and thus vegan and cruelty-free, I'm addicted to their brushes. Real Techniques and Morphe are also super popular brushes- I've used Real Techniques, but not long enough to form an opinion (maybe at a later time.)
I bought this set at Ulta purely for the highlighter fan brush and was very much disappointed. Then again, give me some more time to form a more informed opinion.
All that to say, I was pleasantly surprised to see a 3 pack of blending brushes in October's box. (I have since confirmed this really is October's box FYI.) This set of 3 brushes retails for $36, $12/brush, which is pretty low for eyeshadow brushes of quality. There's a pop up on their site when you leave the window open for a bit for 20% off your first order which is a great deal if you'd like to try them out.
Back to the matter at hand...the brush set. I have not used the bottom, longer, thinner brush as much as the other two due to lack of control. The shorter, stubbier brushes allow you to completely control the shadow you're blending or applying, whereas the longer, thin brush is a bit more loosey goosey, for lack of better comparison.
Enough about the brushes.
Up next, hair care: Briogeo Rosarco, blow dry perfection and heat protectant. Ignore the large tub in the top left, that came September in my PopSugar box. I had planned on doing a true review of the product after seeing it posted about quite frequently around beauty blogs recently. I still may, even if it's just to contradict all the "omg, I LOVE it," "this is amazinggggg" and "so goooood"'s out there.
I digress... the heat protectant creme. I would rate is a 3 out of 5 stars. It has a pleasant smell, a runny formula, but is formulated without paragons, sulfates, and phthalates. Briogeo claims it protects your hair up to temperature of 425, smooths hair, tames frizz, and enhances shine and softness. Ehh, that's a stretch. I will say it cuts blow dry time by HALF. So those of you with super thick hair who are tired of the time it takes to dry your tresses, use this. Honestly, other than that, I wasn't impressed. I'll finish it, but I won't purchase it again.
Lipstick. I love lipsticks, and this is a gorgeous hue. It's ultra matte, and promises to last 12 hours and not transfer to drinking glass or significant others. Um, sign me up. I wore it this past weekend to a family event- I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to try it out- eating, drinking, smooching, and it would be a few hours.
First off, I LOVE the color. Other than that, it wasn't great. It was sticky the entire time and I detest sticky lip products. I did use a BareMinerals lip liner first, and may have had some lingering chapstick, maybe this is why? It transferred to my water bottle too, even hours after applying. I will give this another go without lip liner and chapstick though because I just love the color. It is definitely more cranberry in color than it appears in the tube, shown here Essie Sable Collar:
On to the palette. Full disclosure- I cannot find it. I must have given it away, because I searched everywhere and cannot locate it! If I gave it to you, let me know how it is? I hope I did, because honestly with the number of palettes I have, I did not want to open it just to try.
So that's it for October's box- what did you think?
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