Today, I’ll be showing you how I used some of the items in my October 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 October BoxyCharm.
But first, here are the box basics:
The Subscription Box: BoxyCharm
The Cost: $21 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Use code BOXY50 for 50% off first base box
The Products: 5-6 beauty items that include nail care, skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrances and more. (At least 4 of those items will be full-sized).
Ships to: the contiguous US for free, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada for $5
BoxyCharm October 2019 Tutorial + Review
Contents of my October 2019 box:
- Dose Of Colors 5 Pan Matte Eyeshadow Palette
- Iconic London Prep-Set-Glow Hydrating Mist Spray
- Hank & Henry Slick With It Mascara Duo
- Mellow Tinted Brow Gel
- Go2Beauty Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Mask Set of 2
This month’s Boxycharm theme is called “ After Dark” and it's perfect for the month of October! There’s nothing like waiting until after dark to enjoy a nice scary movie with a huge bowl of popcorn around this time of year.
Our very first product is a beauty sheet mask from the company GO2 Beauty. We received two bamboo charcoal sheet masks. I was happy to see these were made with charcoal because I am very aware of the awesome benefits that charcoal does for your skin. So I'm assuming that if this sheet mask has charcoal, it has to be a good one. If you are not familiar with the benefits of charcoal for your skin, allow me to fill you in. Charcoal draws chemicals, bacteria, poisons, dirt, and other micro-particles to the surface of the skin. Along with fighting acne, it can also help to treat some poisonous bites and disinfect wounds. This particular sheet mask has awesome skincare ingredients that help to easily remove any dirt, oils, and makeup. It also reduces inflammation and cleans out your pores. When your pores are clear this helps to brighten your complexion.
The instructions say to unfold and apply to a clean face. Here I am with the mask on, and although it's not black like I assumed it would be, it has a very pleasant smell. My poor two-year-old son went running from the room after seeing me, so I’m assuming I must resemble Jason from the horror film. ( Happy Halloween son) I recommend wearing a towel around your neck to catch the solution as it drips. I left the mask on for the ten minutes the products suggest and then I carefully peeled it off.
After rinsing my face with warm water and patting it dry, this is how my skin looked afterward. My skin feels nice and smooth. All the oil and dirt are gone and I did notice a slight brightening of my skin as well. I really like this mask and I love the benefits of charcoal on my skin so I’m super glad that we get two of these!
Our second product is from Mellow and it's their Tinted Brow Gel. I’m not familiar with this company, so I’m curious how this product will perform. This brow product is a lightweight non-sticky gel that has an easy to use formula. I received the shade light brown and I hope it's not too light for me. I normally use a darker brown color on my brows. It also claims that it can go over powder or penciled-in brows as well. This is great because I can use my brow pencil right along with it.
I decided to use my dark brown eye pencil first and complete my brows with the Mellow product. First I created a simple outline of how I wanted my brows.
Then I filled in my brows with the mellow product by creating tiny hair-like strokes and proceeded to fill in my brows from tip to end. In my personal opinion, the brush applicator is a bit oversized and bulky making it a bit difficult to use small strokes.
Here is how my brows turned out using this product. It doesn't say how long this product will last or if it's waterproof or not. As you can see this light brown color was a bit too light for my brows, so sadly ill be removing it and using what I already have on hand. I think if I had my proper shade, this product wouldn’t be too bad because I really enjoyed using the lightweight formula.
I’m super excited about our next product. Due to our spoilers, I already knew that we would be receiving the Dose Of Colors 5 pan matte eyeshadow palettes. I remember rushing to the website to look at all the shades and already had my eye on a few of the colors I really wanted. Well, that's what happens when you want something too bad, you end up getting the very one you didn't want. Lol. Don’t get me wrong, ALL the palettes are gorgeous, but I was afraid to receive the one closest to my skin tone, fearing they may not show up on camera as well. I received the Cool Taupe eyeshadow palette and it has very warm earth-toned shades. These shades are great to use with other eye shadow palettes but a little hard to create alone, especially since all the shades are Matte. However, there's nothing wrong with a little challenge, so let's see what look we can create using this beautiful cool tone palette.
To start off I used a medium fluffy brush and used the Smokey shade Sign Off and placed it all over my lid. I know it’s pretty hard to see, but here is how it looks alone.
Next, I used a small crease brush and used the color Let’s Chill in my crease, it's a gorgeous ash grey tone. Here are the two shades together.
Next, I used a flat brush and the shade Taupeless, starting in the center of my lid, and dragging the color outward. I’m using this tan color as a builder shade because I’m going to add a nice pop of color right on top of it.
The pop of color I’m using just happens to be from our September Box. It's the Gorgeous Laura Geller Highlighter in the shade Gilded Honey.
I took the Highlighter onto my finger and added it right on top of the color Taupeless. I needed something to bring this eye look to life and this turned out perfect.
Next, I took the brush that came inside the pallets and began blending out the harsh edges so that all the colors will mix well together.
Here is how it looks all blended out.
My last step and shade was the color Smoke Show. Using a dense brush, I took this shade and added it to the outer corners of my eyes, marrying all the outer shades together.
This is how it looks.
This look is suited best for a more evening look, however, if you want to wear this Smokey eye look in the day time, then use less of the highlighter in the center of your eye.
After adding some black eyeliner, I moved on to our next product. We received the Hank & Henry Slick with it Mascara Duo in the shade Clout. I am very familiar with this brand, but I don't own any of their products until now. First off, I love the sleek packaging and how it has two sides. I can't say I've seen anything like this before when it comes to mascara. It's a vegan product that's also waterproof.
I think it's an amazing concept to have a brush for your upper lashes and a separate brush for the lower lashes. We all know that those tiny lower lash hairs can be almost impossible to groom. It claims that it doesn't flake or transfer so I’m really excited to try this product out and put it to the test.
The color is dark black and was very easy to apply. I loved how I was able to add layer after layer to both my top and bottom lashes without any clumping. I can't say that there are too many mascaras that do this. I’m in love with the brush for your lower lashes because I normally skip my lower lashes due to the brush being too big, so this was great for me! I like it so much, that I immediately replaced the mascara in my purse for this one.
Our final product is the Iconic London Prep-Set Glow and I received the original. At first glance this product is stunning to look at. I could not help but shake it over and over again just to watch the particles fall. The ingredients contain extracts of cucumber, chamomile, antioxidants, green tea, and Vitamin E . This product has plenty of goodies to give your skin a healthy-looking glow. There is also a bit of caffeine to give your skin that pep it needs. Today I will be using the product as a skin prep and then as a setting spray.
So I wouldn't get any product on my brows or eye makeup, I took a clean beauty sponge and sprayed the Prep-Set-Glow onto the sponge and applied it to my face as a primer before I add my foundation.
Here is how it looks on my skin alone. I’m not sure if you can see the gold sparkles, it’s very lightweight and I like that.
After adding my foundation, I gave the bottle a nice shake to get all the goodies flowing. I closed my eyes, held the bottle a couple of inches from my face and sprayed an even amount all over my face.
Here is my final makeup look after adding foundation, and a classic red lip.
The spray left me with an almost golden sheen and at first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but after it settled I absolutely loved the outcome. This spray is not only gorgeous but has my skin feeling hydrated as well. I love how its a nice fine mist that smells amazingly fresh. I truly love how my makeup went on over it and then of course how it leaves me with a perfect healthy inner glow. I’m guessing that this product looks great on all skin tones and kinda has me curious about how the other shade will look. I am glad that this was our final product because it gives a nice finishing touch to a simple makeup look.
Verdict: This month's Boxycharm items are perfect for the month of October because we received some pretty awesome treats! If I had to pick a favorite it will be a tie between the duo ended mascara and the awesome Iconic Prep- Set -Glow spray. What was your favorite item this month?
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What’s your favorite item from the October BoxyCharm Box?