BoxyCharm has returned! I took a bit of a break from talking about it because January was crazy and I had a lot going on, but we’re back baby! With Valentine’s Day being this month, the theme for this box is Be My Glam-entine, and I think that’s super cute and a great way to combine to holiday with beauty. You’ll see in the pictures that my box significantly damaged, but BoxyCharm does a great job with their inner packaging so none of the products were damaged.
So, the first product we have is the Teami Blends Green Tea Detox Mask. This is a mineral rich mask made with organic matcha, lemon grass and bentonite clay that naturally detoxifies, rids pores of impurities and replenishes the skin. I hear a lot about Teami Blends on social media, so I’ve seen people talk about this mask and they seem to really like, so I’ll put it in the rotation and give it a try. It sounds nice, so I’m interested to see what it’s like.
Moving on we have the Wander Beauty Wanderess Escape Eyeshadow Palette. This is a 10 pan eyeshadow palette that takes inspiration from everywhere, the sunsets in Santorini to the streets of Paris to create a universal palette. This has a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes with Hyaluronic Acid and rosehip seed oil to stay crease-proof and help the skin retain moisture. I really like that the shade names were chosen and voted on by the Wander Beauty Community.
You do get a mirror with this palette, and even though it’s not the biggest, I used it today and it’s a great mirror. Because it’s the size and shape it is, you can really see what you’re doing.
Like I said, this is a 10 pan palette and you not only get the range of finishes, but because this is a universal palette, you get a decent shade range as well.
I swatched this palette in the rows they appear in. The first shadow we have is Moonlit which is a very pretty warm champagne shimmer. Next to that is Enchanted, a nice, subtle matte mauve. Then there’s Flourish, which is what I would call and orchidy purple but it’s foiled and it’s so pretty. I’m excited to see how this one will look on. Then there’s Sunkissed, a matte light sienna brown and the last shadow in the row is Santorini, a satin deep gold/bronze.
The second row starts with Nude Beach, which is a matte beigey/nude. Then there’s Daydream, a super pretty foiled warm peach. Next to that is Stargaze, which is a true like 24k gold shimmer, then there’s Sea Glass, which is one of the shades that caught my eye immediately. It’s an aqua blue shimmer and it’s so pretty. This is another one that I can’t wait to wear and see how it is on. And the last shadow in the row is Overnight, a matte chocolate brown. I have a couple of these shadows on today and so far I can say that I really like them and what I got initially from the swatches, that they’re smooth, creamy and very pigmented, it continuing to be true. I’ll be doing a ‘Three Recent Looks’ with this palette, so look out for that.
Next we have the Ace Beaute Glow Essentials Highlighter Palette. This is my choice item for the month. This is a six pan highlight palette with a vast color range to give you the seamless glow you want. I love the packaging on this palette, the rose gold with the white is super pretty and perfect I think, for a highlight palette.
This palette does come with a good size mirror and you don’t always get that with a face palette, so I do like that.
Like I said, this is a six pan palette and there is a vast shade range. The pans are a really good size and I definitely appreciate that. You see a lot of highlight palettes with skinnier pans and I feel like you hit pan of those so quickly.
I swatched this in the rows they appear. So the first highlight we have is Icy, which is a very pretty white/silver. Then there’s Glowing, which I used today and it’s the kind of highlight I love, that soft lighter gold. Next to that is Poppin, this is a white base but it has a pink/purple duochrome shift to it. You could easily use this as an eyeshadow topper or on the inner corner of your eye and it would be super pretty. The first highlight in the second row is Radiant, and it’s a very pretty and soft, light pink and I actually use a pink highlight quite a bit, so I’m excited to try out this one. Then there’s Gleaming, a slightly darker gold, I also used this today and I think it’s going to be a good one to mix with. This one and Glowing together are very nice. And the last highlighter in the row and the palette is Beaming, which is a darker peachy/gold shade. All of these shades are very pigmented, you’re not left wondering where they are once you put them on, but you can also fluff them out and make them more subtle which speaks to the formulation.
The second to last product we have is the Bali Balm Pineapple Lip Scrub. This sugar cane crystals for exfoliating, gently buffing and polishing away dead skin cells. It has coconut oil for hydration, cinnamon, orange and vanilla essential oils along with pineapple and it smells incredible. If it was candy I would eat it, that’s how good it smells. This is actually a new launch and it’s reef safe, paraben free, palm oil free, no animal testing, and it’s vegan. Bali Balm is running a deal right now on their website, which I saw when I was researching this, where if you use the code BOXY22, you get a 50% discount plus any lip balm free. I’ve received one other Bali Balm product and I did like it, so I’ll be interested to try this out. My only gripe is the price, it’s $23.00 which is the higher end of what you usually see for lip scrubs. You do get 15 ml which is a good amount and it’s pretty full, so it doesn’t seem like something you would have to repurchase on a super regular basis.
And the last product we have is the Illamasqua Hydra Setting Spray. This is a lightweight mist that is supposed to lock in your makeup and give you a flawless dewy finish. It has a non sticky formula that dries fast and is infused with pea peptides which are rich in amino acids, and will leave your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. I do love a good setting spray and I haven’t tried much from Illamasqua, so I’m interested to try this out.
That about wraps it up for this post, if you got any of the same products in your February BoxyCharm box let me know and if not, I’d love to know what you did get.
Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get next month :).
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