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I’ve seen some spoilers for the next few months that BoxyCharm posted, and got really interested, and although I really don’t need that much makeup, I decided to get myself onto their waitlist in late August. I didn’t have to wait that long, and my subscription started in September. This is my second box.

BoxyCharm is a makeup subscription box that sends only full and deluxe size products. They advertise as sending 4-5 full size products, but sometimes send more than that. The brands included are really good, with a mix of more and less popular high-end, natural and middle-level brands. There are some variations between boxes, but they are not big, and the value is pretty much equal between variations.

When you sign up you will almost always go onto their waitlist, and they will AUTOMATICALLY charge you once you’re off, unless you sign up on days when there is no waitlist, which happens every now and then. You will get the box from the month you are charged in, i.e. if you are charged in October, you are getting the October box.

The cost: US $21 + $5 shipping to Canada (no shipping charge for the US)

Ships to: Canada, US (except Hawaii and Alaska)

Everything comes nicely packed in a small black box, with foam padding. This so ingenious, since it keeps everything safely tucked in.

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This month’s theme is Spellbound! The box comes with an information card, with one side explaining how to enter to win a special BoxyCharm box…

 

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…and the other side giving details of the products included, with some application tips.

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This is everything that I received in my October box. Please note that there are some variations, and you may receive some different products. I will give more details about what products you may have received further down.

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Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion

WOW! The cost of this scrub covers the cost of the box more than twice, with retail price being $68 CAD/ $58 USD. This is not a very gentle scrub, but I like scrubs that visibly improve my skin. Try not to press too hard when using it, though. The liquid inside had tiny particles that remove all the dead skin off my face. I can’t say how well it will work on my pores, since I haven’t used it long enough, but I’ll update you once I have some results. Everybody received this product.

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Prosecco Pop

If you didn’t get excited about the scrub, this highlighter should make you happy, and with its price of $46 CAD/ $38 USD, it more than covers the cost of the box, too. Some subscribers received the liquid version of the highlighter instead, in the same color, retailing for $50 CAD/$41 USD. Since my cheeks are dry, I was happy with either version, but this pressed one can be easily used as an eyeshadow, too, so it’s the better option for me. BECCA highlighters are very delicate in general, but mine came all the way to Canada in pristine condition. It’s a very pigmented highlighter, and huge. It will last for a while. I love the warm gold color, and will be using it a lot in the following months.

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Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Homeslice

Yay for Tarte! Tarte is one of my favorite brands, and I’m always happy to have more of their products. Every subscriber received this lipstick in one of 8 different colors: Homeslice, Delish, Front Row, Bestie, Get It, Salty, Pillowtalk, or Xoxo. I was lucky to have received a color that works for me, and it was about 50-50 chance to get one that I wouldn’t like. There are a few I would’ve liked more, but I can’t complain. This lip paint retails for $24 CAD/ $20 USD, and it really does dry really fast. It’s drying on the lips, like most matte liquid lipsticks are. Homeslice is a peachy nude, luckily a bit darker than your usual nude (real nudes never work for me).

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ncLA “Nailed it” tool kit

This is one of the items this month that not everyone received, and it retails for $16 USD. Some subscribers received Dirty Little Secrets Cosmetics Eyeshadow Crayon (retails for $14 USD) instead of this item. I am not sure if anyone received something else. I may have like the eyeshadow crayon more, but to be honest, both items are just OK for me. The little tool set I received is the smallest manicure kit I’ve ever owned. I tried it once, and it works, but it’s not the best quality, so for me this will be a travel or purse set, just for emergencies.

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Jonteblu Lip Liner Pencil in Brown Sugar

As far as I can tell, everyone received this lip liner, and in the same color, retailing for $5 USD. It’s a great color, deep  brownish red, and the liner has the perfect softness, gliding well, but not too soft that it smudges much. I just wish the color was coordinated with the lip paint, since I don’t have any peach lip liners, but I will probably use this liner more than the lip paint. I tried the lip liner all over my lips, and then the lip paint over it, and the color that comes through that way is beautiful.

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Here are all the makeup items swatched, left to right: lip paint, lip liner, highlighter. Everything is very pigmented, and I swiped everything only once to get this level of pigmentation.

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I am happy with this month’s box, although it’s not as good as the previous one. Some people complained about the lack of a palette, but I actually loved receiving the BECCA highlighter more than another eyeshadow palette. I will use everything from this box, except the manicure kit, which will be more of a backup/emergency kit. Total value I calculated is $135 USD ($139 per the information card), and I paid $26 USD (the box + shipping to Canada). This is a great value, even if I exclude the manicure kit, and it introduced me to some brands I haven’t tried before. I really appreciate that BoxyCharm isn’t overcharging for shipping to Canada as some other boxes do.

You can order BoxyCharm box using this link (all the links in this review are referral links and give me a $5 equivalent in points). This helps me get more products and boxes for reviews, but if you don’t wish to use my referral, you can google the name of the box.

If you subscribe now, you will be waitlisted, and probably start the subscription with the November box, although there are no guarantees. It has been spoiled that the November box will contain a Winky Luxe Kitten Palette, Luxie Quad Eye Travel Set Brushes and a CoverFX Illuminating Setting Spray, plus other products.

Do you have any questions about this subscription? Do you subscribe to any boxes? How do you like this one?

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