Boxycharm Overview and Tutorial – December 2018

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BoxyCharm is a popular full-size beauty and makeup subscription box.

Today, I’ll be showing you how I used some of the items in my December BoxyCharm box! I’d love if you shared what products and techniques worked for you in the comments as well! What items were your favorites? Which products have you been reaching for all month? Let’s talk about all things  BoxyCharm.

But first, here are the box basics:

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - All Contents

About BoxCharm

The Subscription Box: BoxyCharm

The Cost: $21 a month

The Products: 5-6 beauty items that will include nail care, skin care, makeup, haircare, fragrance and more. (At least 4 of those items will be full-sized).

Ships to: The US and Canada

December 2018 Boyxcharm Beauty Tutorial

This month’s theme of “Tis the Sea-Sun” definitely fits the holiday spirit. So far, almost every box this year has been pretty good and the December box is no different. In fact this month I think Boxycharm went above and beyond. So let’s jump right in and see exactly what we have in store.

Here are the contents of this month’s box:

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Mini Straightener 1

Our first product is a very cute PYT Mini Hair Straightener. My pair came in a neon lime green color but they also have plenty of cool colors and designs to choose from. They are 100% ceramic with half-inch plates that are small in size, however, they are equivalent quality to their full-size straighteners. These are simply perfect for your on the go touch ups because they’re small enough to throw into your purse. They are great for short hair but can be used on any length. I didn’t have to wait long for them to heat up, reaching a 400-degree temperature.

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Mini Straightener 2

I took a small piece of hair and put these babies to the test. It only took me two times in order to get my thick and coarse hair straight. I was actually surprised at the quality of such a small straightener. This one item alone pays for the box and above. The proof is defiantly in the pudding and this mini but powerful styling tool will most definitely be in my travel bag!

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Hair Capsule

Our second item is also a hair product. The Marajo brand has many hair care products to help tame and restore hair. It doesn’t matter what type of hair you have, they have something for everyone. Their key ingredient of pracaxi nut oil is what does the trick. The Marajo Anti Frizz Smoothing Serum Capsules are a pearl colored soft capsule filled with nourishing Shea Butter and other goodies to help reverse damaged hair. When I applied the single-use capsule to my hair, I immediately noticed a shine and as I worked the product in. It did not take much for me to notice that my hair felt very soft and a lot less frizzy. I’m so glad I have plenty left to use for future use. Once again, Boxycharm surprises me with the unique yet practical items chosen every month.

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Highlight Palette 1

Our next product comes from Wander Beauty. Boxycharm has sent us a few things from this brand in the past and so far I have yet to be disappointed. The Wander Beauty Dusk to Dawn Blush & Highlight Palette has three shades that all compliment each other. I decided to go with a very natural look and this product is perfect for adding that semi glowing finish. You can definitely use this palette for eyeshadow as well as a blush and highlighter, however today I will be using it to add a subtle yet gentle glow to my face. These three shades can bring any skin tone to life.

Before I used our blush & highlight palette, I filled in my brows very lightly, nothing too bold. Instead of a full coverage foundation, I opted for a more natural look with a light coverage BB cream. I added a small layer of black eyeliner to help open my eyes a bit and one coat of black mascara.

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Highlight Palette 2

Here is how all three shades look all together.

Using a very light hand, I took a medium blush brush and used all three shades in our palette. I used the middle color Havana Nights (a satin dusky pink)for my blush. I used the shade Tuscan Sunrise (a satin neutral peach) for a very light contour, then our final shade City Lights (a shimmery champagne gold) to highlight the highs of my cheek bones, the tip of my nose and a very tiny amount under the arches of my brows. I love how well each shade blended into my skin, giving me a light natural look with a slight glow that I was going for. A simple look that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Lip Liner 1

We also received a lip liner from the Bodyography brand. I received the shade Barely There and although it’s a beautiful shade, it doesn’t look like it’s going to work for me but let’s give it a try anyway.

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Lip Liner 2

Here is how the lip liner looks on my lips. I wanted to wear the lip liner in order to test it out and give you guys my thoughts. Although it makes my lips look a bit dreadful I did enjoy the fact that it didn’t take much effort to apply. I have used some lip liners where you really have to work hard just to get it to show up. This shade is a nude shade that can be worn under or on top of your lipstick. They also have seven other shades to choose from, all vegan with coconut oil and vitamin E.

Boxycharm Makeup Tutorial December 2018 - Tarte Glitter

Our last product is from the very popular Tarte Cosmetics. I absolutely love Tarte lip products, because they are always of high quality and will not dry your lips out like other lip paints tend to do. This is Tarte’s Glitter Lip Paint and can be worn alone or as a lip topper. I received the shade Flaming Hot and it’s a gorgeous iridescent purple that would compliment any makeup look. It’s a sheer lip gloss with infused glitter and shine.

Here is my look all complete, I love how comfortable it is to wear and smells almost good enough to eat! I decided to wear it alone for just a slight pop of color with this natural makeup look. I think it looks great and it feels so smooth on my lips! If this looks this good, I would just love to try their other shades.

Verdict: I simply love how Boxycharm mixes it up between makeup items, hair products, and other awesome unexpected products. It’s hands down my favorite beauty subscription box. I hope you enjoyed exploring this months box with me as much as I enjoyed reviewing it. I think December’s Boxycharm was unique and lots of fun.

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Written by Desiree Queen

Desiree Queen

I am addicted to subscription boxes for so many reasons. For one I simply love the element of surprise that each month brings, whether its beauty, skin care or anything else. I love the opportunity of trying out new products every month without having to commit to the full purchase. My favorite boxes are Boxycharm, Popsugar, and any Mommy and baby boxes. I am a brand new mother and I love trying out new things for my baby and I love how they always have something special for mommy!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Boxycharm Tutorials, Canadian Subscription Box Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: boxycharm | 14 comments


  1. Liz, they no longer say each box contains 5-6 items. Main page says:


    I don’t know when they changed it, but I noticed it in either Nov or Dec.

  2. I am still waiting … my first Boxy!

    • I also ordered the ‘Best of Boxy’ the same day I signed up and I just got a confirmation that ‘Best’ has been delivered. Are there any reviews for these?

      Still no word on the December BoxyCharm. *sigh*

  3. I have been with Boxycharm for going on 3 years. It is my absolute favorite box. I subscribed to the Boxyluxe box that comes every 3 months for an additional $28 so $49 total and it was well worth the extra. I received right at $400 in products and I love everything I got.

  4. I’ve been hearing bad things about the charger that came in the Glam AF bag.

  5. Very nice review. Great natural look.

  6. Great review and you are beautiful!

  7. The straightener is amazing for how tiny it is! I am super impressed with it!

  8. I’m so happy you received that Tarte Lip Paint! I’ve been scouring the web trying to find photos of someone wearing it. That is why I love your reviews – you actually try the products and give us a clear look at the results.

    Are the Marajo capsules like a cream/lotion? I’m wondering if they could be used before heat styling to help protect the hair and offer frizz-free locks.

  9. Great review! I’m getting boxyluxe for the first time, so im excited. I’m getting the straightener for sure!

  10. Great review! While the liner isn’t amazing on it’s own, it looks very nice on you with the gloss 🙂

    • NJ, you know it’s funny…you didn’t particularly like the eyeliner but I (who do not usually use such a definitive liner), loved it. It actually helped me define my eyes and it stayed put as well.

      Makeup is so subjective; our skin types and methods used always make for differing applications and effects…so long live our differences! Hope you and yours have a great Holiday! 💖🎄💖

      • I lov eye pallets so if u hav too many I’d b up to bargain

  11. Cute review! I’m much more excited to get my box now!!

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