Oh, Boxycharm. There is always something with Boxycharm that makes everything way more complicated than it needs to be. After I got married and my name changed, I methodically went through all my subscriptions and updated my credit card information on file with each so there would be no billing issues. Once I had updated my billing information on Boxycharm’s site, I had heard rumors in forums that this does not actually update your information so I decided to proactively email Boxycharm just to double check that my credit card on file had been updated. Rumors turned out to be correct. In order to ACTUALLY update my billing information, I had to UNSUBSCRIBE from the whole damn thing and then wait a few weeks before I re-subscribe so I wouldn’t be re-charged for November. I have no idea how this site manages to be so backwards at every turn. I REALLY hope they can update things in the future because no one should have to unsubscribe just to change their credit card information. This is terrible business practice. I was just about to give up on this subscription all together because it is too much trouble but then I saw a spoiler for the December box so I went ahead and went through the motions to unsubscribe and re-subscribe. Blech.
I apologize for the rant, but I do think it’s important to share with you lovely readers when we have issues with the different boxes we receive and how those issues are rectified. For $21/month, Boxycharm will send a box of mostly full sized beauty-related products. Boxycharm does tend to have some high end products in its arsenal, too. So while the hassle sometimes makes me bonkers, the value is usually pretty good and I like receiving the boxes.
In the craziness of the holidays, I happened to lose the card that has all the pertinent product information but I do have the internet at my disposal, so I’m using my best judgment with the pricing of the different products. I did like that the theme is Jingle Belles, which is cute and timely.
Be a bombshell lipstick $14: More bad news here… this lipstick was broken when I opened my box, and it seems like almost everyone’s lipsticks were damaged. However, I emailed customer service and they will be sending a replacement with my January box. This seems like an OK solution for me but if you weren’t planning on getting the January box, you might be out of luck. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the Be a bombshell brand but I don’t think it’s great when everyone receives a damaged lipstick. The brand feels cheap to me while it seems like they are trying to be high end. I’m not super impressed so far.
Mistura travel brush ($17): I do enjoy receiving beauty tools in boxes, especially brushes. This brush is perfect for your purse or gym bag. Not the highest quality, but you don’t need the highest quality brush in your gym bag. I will definitely be putting it in my purse for touch ups!
Lina Lashes ($30): As a former lash extension junkie, I am often interested in falsies. They are fun for special occasions and can definitely give your look some oomph. These look like they are excellent quality but also… a bit much for my taste. While I like to think of myself as a makeup pro, I am not Kim Kardashian level “glam.” I think there are a lot of women out there who can pull these off and if I had big sparkly NYE plans I might be one of them. I am going to hold onto these for when I get my Kim Kardashian level of contouring down. (Unclear if that will ever happen.)
The mini Eva NYC Hold Me Tight Hairspray ($6) is a nice addition to the box. I enjoy receiving smaller sizes of hair products so I can try different brands without the commitment and they are also great for traveling. Things like hairspray are always needed I enjoyed getting this.
REVEALED palette by Coastal Scents ($39.95): This is the spoiler I saw where I decided to go through the hassle of getting the December Boxycharm box. I was so excited to receive it since I am a huge fan of all of the Urban Decay NAKED palettes and this seems to be a pretty obvious dupe. I am new to the Coastal Scents brand so I was interested to try the colors. They are definitely pretty and pigmented but I did experience a lot of fallout so I would make sure you wore an eyeshadow primer if you tried this.
Final Grade: C
This grade is taking into account the huge hassle it was to even receive this box in addition to the broken lipstick I received. While the value might be OK at $106.95 for spending $21, I just wasn’t over the moon about most of the products except for the eyeshadow palette. They were OK things but nothing truly special. I do like that this box sends mostly full sized products though, so you can really get a feel for brands and products versus a small sample. However, it does seem like they include the crappy Be a Bombshell brand each month so it would be nice if they diversified a bit.
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