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BoxyCharm by Ipsy Beauty Boost Review September 2023

Taryn Lowman
ByTaryn LowmanOct 4, 2023 | 4 comments

4.3 overall rating
1949 Ratings | 195 Reviews

BoxyCharm Beauty Boost by Ipsy is a $43 monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. This is an upgrade to your BoxyCharm membership. You will get an additional (total of 6 products) premium full-size product that will be worth at least $40 on its own. If you are a makeup addict – we recommend this box!

FYI: Subscription update!

Glam Bag Plus and BoxyCharm Base Will Now Be Called BoxyCharm. It’s the same great membership and price—now all under the new BoxyCharm name and extra perks. BoxyCharm members (all previous Glam Bag Plus and BoxyCharm Base subscribers) will still get 5 full-size beauty products worth up to $200 personalized for them, and now they’ll get to choose 3 of their items! Plus, they’re guaranteed 2 Power Picks—superstar products or brands handpicked by our team of experts—in their 5-product assortment. By removing the drawstring Glam Bag Plus, we can invest in better beauty products.

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First Impressions

Everything arrived packed neatly in the pink BoxyCharm by Ipsy box.

Now, on to the items!

Dr. Andrew Weil for ORIGINS Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion, 200 mL – Retail Value $42


This product is really interesting because when I saw that it was a lotion I assumed it would have a lotion-like texture to it. I was wrong! This came out as a liquid similar to a serum. It says that you can apply by dabbing a few drops to your skin or to a cotton ball and then applying. I'm finding the dispenser to be a bit clumsy with a liquid, and I don't love using a cotton ball to apply products because I don't feel I get the full benefit of the product. That really is my only issue with this product though!

This is made with reishi mushroom, fermented chaga mushroom, licorice root, and hyaluronic acid to soothe, strengthen, and minimize pores. I am loving this on my face, but I have also found that this is a great product to use on my dry hands! I worry I'm using too much of the product while I try to figure out the best way to get a small amount into my hands, but hopefully I can figure it out soon because I don't want to waste any of this product. It gives me a nice smooth hydrated feeling without leaving me feeling sticky.

AMIKA Dream Routine Overnight Hydration Treatment, 3.3 fl oz - Retail Value $32


I'm sort of always on the hunt for products that will work with my hair. I have very long, very thick, very curly hair that knots easily. So hydration is key for me. I use a ton of conditioner and a super hydrating leave-in, plus my favorite curly hair brush just to get through my knots every other day. Hair masks haven't always worked for me though because they usually have keratin in them which I don't love for my curls. This mask just changed the game for me!

This is an ultra-hydrating overnight mask that boosts your hairs moisture for 72 hours! It is made with hyaluronic acid, coconut water, blue algae, and sea buckthorn that does the work while you sleep. You don't have to rinse it out the next morning, and it is good for up to 4 washes. So depending on how often you wash your hair you could use this mask every other week if you wanted or even just once a month. I used it after an oddly humid day here in Pittsburgh when my hair was feeling so dry. I was so surprised how easily I was able to brush through my curls the next morning and styling was so easy. My curls felt alive again with a softness that I haven't felt in a while. This is a mask that I know I am going to purchase again and will use after I get my hair colored to bring some life back into my curls!

Selfless by Hyram Mandelic Acid & Rice Bran Gentle Exfoliating Serum, 1.0 fl oz– Retail Value $20.50


I love a good exfoliating serum! Honestly, they usually save my skin in the winter so I was really excited to give this brand a try, and I am happy to say that so far so good. This serum is fragrance free, which I love, and is safe on sensitive skin. So I'm not feeling any burning, irritation, or having any redness/breakouts. I will note that the directions say to use it every other night, but I would say if you are super sensitive every two nights might even be good. But really the whole point of this serum is to exfoliate your skin while still being gentle on it. It helps to brighten, create an even smooth texture, and prevents your pores from getting clogged. All in all this is a big win for me!

Juice Beauty STEM Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer, 50 mL – Retail Value $70


This pump is beautiful and so unique and made with sustainable packaging. I love the pump style top so you can really see how much of the product you are getting. I really wanted to give this brand a try because I just turned 36 and my very dry skin is reminding me that I really need to start doing my work on combatting wrinkles like yesterday. This moisturizer is made with fruit stem cells and Vitamin C to create this ultra-rich moisturizer. So while it is super hydrating, it also works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I love how quickly it drinks into my skin while leaving me hydrated and glowing. I've found that this works best with my night skincare routine since it is so rich, but I really enjoy knowing that I am fighting off those wrinkles while I sleep.

Phase Zero Santorini Quad Eyeshadow Palette, 0.23 oz – Retail Value $24.79


Wow did I want to love this palette. The colors are perfect for me, but it really fell flat when I used it. Each shadow is very light, but as I tried to build on the color I had a ton of fallout. The shadow even smeared below my eye leaving a nice solid orange tint that luckily brushed away easily. It seemed the more I blended the more of a mess I made. These colors are so me which is why I was really bummed that they did not go on nicely at all.

The description says that these are ultra-pigmented, high-performance matte and shimmer shades. I really feel like you can see how bummed I am even in the photo (or is that I am getting over a stomach bug?). I am going to see if my Mom who happens to be a makeup artist can do anything with these and teach me what I am doing wrong, but for now this palette is sadly getting pushed to the side.

Lunar Beauty Lip Pencil, x2 – Retail Value $28


Lip pencils are my jam and I was in need of some new shades after using up my favorites last Fall and Winter. Both of these liners go on really well and work with pretty much all of my lipsticks. I love how they are both pretty neutral so they can either blend in with a shade or I can go a bit darker and mix and match a bit if I want a more 90s look, which I do still enjoy rocking. It was fun that this came as a pack of two, it felt like a little bonus product. The formula is creamy and blends easily while going on super smooth. Overall a really solid formula that is going to stay in my makeup bag until I can't sharpen them anymore.


This BoxyCharm Beauty Boost by Ipsy was filled with some amazing goodies! The total retail value came in at $217.29, which is really amazing for the cost. The Beauty Boost gives you an extra product so you get 6 instead of the usual 5 that you would get with the BoxyCharm monthly sub, and if you ask me I really see the value in upgrading to get that 6th item! There were so many full-size items and products from trusted brands that all come with great reviews.

The anti-wrinkle moisturizer is the biggest wow for me, mainly because it is something I wouldn't go and purchase on my own. Now I get to try a product from a brand that I normally wouldn't gravitate to and see the results in my skin. The exfoliating serum is a huge win for me since I know I am going to go through the bottle very quickly as the cold weather comes in. The hair mask is finally one that I can use on my curls and I am so happy that I found something that will work for me, and from a great brand. The only item that was a miss for me this month was the palette. Overall this was a great month and I am excited to see what the next Beauty Boost that comes my way will feature!

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Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $43

Value Breakdown: Each of these 6 items had an average cost of $5.60. Here is how that breaks down per item:

  • Lotion $8.50
  • Hydration Treatment $6.33
  • Exfoliating Serum $4.05
  • Moisturizer $13.85
  • Palette $4.90
  • Lip Pencil $5.54

Other Things You Should Know

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be from the October curation.

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Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

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I love that Amika product! It smells heavenly <3

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The Origins product is really a toner, but some companies use the word lotion instead. So if you think of it as a toner, the watery consistency doesn’t seem so strange. I’ve used this for years and love it. It smells so good!! I always pour it on a pad to apply.

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I think it’s an essence. It’s common in k-beauty, and is used between toner and serum.

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