Today, I’ll be showing you how I used some of the items in my August BoxyCharm box! I’d love it 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 August BoxyCharm.
But first, here are the box basics:
The Subscription Box: BoxyCharm
The Cost: $25 a month
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Use code BOXY50 for 50% off first base box
The Products: 5-6 beauty items that will include nail care, skincare, makeup, hair care, 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 August 2020 Tutorial + Review
Here's a quick look at everything I received this month:
- Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer
- Violet Voss Essentials 2 Palette
- Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector
- Minetan Body Skin Hydra Glow Sleep Serum
- Mudmasky Hair Mask, Scalp Treatment & Miracle Shampoo
Our very first product is an overnight sleep mask serum that instantly absorbs into your skin. It has a triple-action hyaluronic acid formula that is supposed to add a glow to your skin. It has time-release hydration that seeps into your skin while you rest at night. I love products that work while you sleep, making it easy to get the best results. I gave this a shot last night before I laid down and although I did not notice a glow to my skin by morning, I did notice that it was really hydrating. I love that it comes in a spray bottle with a nice fine mist, making it easy to apply. After spraying it on my skin holding the bottle just a few inches away, I used my fingers to work the product in. I will need to continue to use this product in order to see a more gradual effect on my skin.
Our next product is from Mudmasky and it's their hair mask, scalp treatment, and miracle shampoo. This is a unique product that helps to repair and treat your hair while moisturizing it as well. It's made for all hair types and can make unhealthy hair healthy again. It also helps to control dandruff starting from the roots and can help an itchy scalp which no one loves. Since I happen to use very specific hair products on my hair, I had a close friend of mine allow me to test this product out on her instead. My gorgeous friend Kate did a before and after photo for us while using this product.
This is Kate's hair before using the shampoo. As you can see she has very full and curly hair. One of Kate's complaints is that her hair is not easily tamed and can often be hard to control or comb through.
Kate applied a small amount to wet hair. She massaged the product into her hair and scalp, leaving in for about 2 minutes. Afterward, she rinsed out the product using warm water and allowed it to air dry. She said it lathered up nicely and had a pleasant aroma. Although it's a hair mask it can be used as a shampoo and conditioner in one. Here is her hair after using the Mudmasky shampoo and as you can see, even after an hour her hair still looks more tamed and manageable. She also said that she enjoyed how soft and cleansed her hair felt and it was much easier to comb through. Kate also said that she would certainly be using this product again and was happy to receive it.
Our next product is an eyeshadow palette from Violet Voss. Back in September, we received the Violet Voss first Essentials Palette and I happened to love the highly pigmented colors then, so I’m excited to try their 2nd palette. The Violet Voss Essentials Palette 2 also comes in ten very soft and pigmented shades. You get some matte and some gorgeous shimmer shades that I cant wait to try out. Since this palette has plenty of pops of color I didn't want to play it safe. I wanted to have fun with this eye look and choose a few shades that I knew would stand out on any skin tone. I wanted to play around with shades I wouldn’t normally use or even wear on a day to day basis.
Let’s get started.
After adding some eyeshadow primer, I went in for my first color. Using a medium fluffy brush I used the shade “Clay.” It's a light tan shade that serves as the perfect transition shade. I placed this all over my lids and into my crease area as well.
Here is how that shade looks alone
Jumping right into the bold colors I used a flat brush and the shade “Blue Violet.” Blue Violet is the perfect name for this shade because it's a purple shimmer shade with hints of blue iridescent hues. I wet my brush and placed this shade directly across my lids, avoiding my crease area and the outer corners of my eyes.
Here is how that purple shade looks on my lids.
Next, I took a smaller flat brush and used the gorgeous shade “ Copper” on the inner portions of my eyes, stopping slightly towards the middle of my lids. I love how this deep golden shimmer shade looks against the purple shade.
Here is how that shade looks in the inner corner of my eyes
I noticed that some of the shimmer shades have a bit of fallout. That’s why it's important when using shades such as these to do your eyes first before adding your foundation. I can't tell you how often I have ended up with a face full of glitter that shined through my foundation. Next, I used my finger to place the shade “ Aqua” directly into my crease area. After using my finger to place the color on, I then used a medium fluffy brush to blend the shade out using back and forth windshield wiper motions.
This light green shade has a slight pearl finish to it and is a shade that I would not normally choose. However, I think it looks pretty good and I’m glad I choose to step outside the box and have fun with bolder shades.
To marry these shades together I used a small fluffy brush and added the shade “Chocolate Brown” on the outer portion of my eyes. This shade is just as it describes: a nice chocolate brown matte color.
Here is how that brown matte shade looks on the outer corners of my eyes.
To complete this eye look I added some black eyeliner to the top and the bottoms of my lash line. I also added two coats of mascara and filled in my brows. I then placed a tiny amount of the shade “ Bronze” under each brow bone to highlight the area.
I can't tell you how excited I was to see our next product. We received the Two Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer. I have seen so many YouTube videos using this product and I have yet to see a bad review, so I am super excited to try this product. The claims for this concealer are super hydrating, full coverage with a weightless feel. It has a four-in-one formula that can be used to conceal, contour, and highlight. The formula itself contains coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid. This concealer comes in 35 shades and I received the shade Mahogany, which is a deep color with golden undertones.
Before using this product I put on a primer and my go-to foundation. I will be using this to highlight certain areas of my face and to conceal a few dark spots as well. It has a large doe foot applicator which makes it super easy to grab product and place it where you want it. I choose to highlight under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, in between my brows, the center of my forehead, cupid's bow, and lower chin. Since this Mahogany shade is a few shades lighter than my foundation, it is perfect to highlight with.
I then wet my Beauty Blender and began to pat the product in place. After it was done, I set the highlighted areas with setting powder. You can definitely see the highlighted areas and how well they have blended into my foundation. I love how it did not take much time to blend out, and I was very shocked to see a product with such full coverage blend out so well without creasing.
All in all this multi-use concealer did not disappoint. I love how buildable it is and it's so easy to work with. This concealer was exactly what I expected it to be and more. It sets beautifully on top of my foundation and is by far the best concealer product that I have used in a long time.
After adding blush, highlighter, and more setting powder, I reached for our final product in this month's box. It’s a liquid lipstick from Clarins cosmetics: their Velvet Lip Perfector in the shade “Velvet Nude.” These lipsticks are weightless and have a mousse-like texture that won't dry your lips out like some matte liquid lipsticks tend to do. There is also shea butter added into the formula which also helps make it creamy and smooth. This particular shade is a light tan color with a matte finish. I knew this shade needed a little help in order to go with the makeup look I created.
Above is the shade worn on its own.
Here is my makeup look completed. To make this lip shade work for me, I simply added a dark brown lip liner and a light nude lip gloss for a slight shine. I love how soft and comfortable it feels on my lips. The shea butter included makes wearing this a very comfortable and pleasant experience. I enjoyed the smooth and comfortable feel so much that I would definitely be interested in their other three shades.
Verdict: The August BoxyCharm was a mix full of different types of products, and I was surprised to see a hair product included this month. However, if I had to choose a favorite item it would hands down be the Born This Way concealer for sure. That product lived up to all its claims and so much more. What was your favorite item in this month's BoxyCharm?
To Wrap Up:
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What was your favorite item from the August BoxyCharm box?