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April was a beautiful spring month here in Cali. I enjoyed the rain it brought along with this pretty little box of lovelies from Boxycharm.

I compare things by nature. {A good quality to have as a reviewer I think} So, upon arrival, I immediately started to compare April’s box with the March box {my first Boxycharm experience} and at first glance I gave the win to March’s box hands down…but upon using and testing the products, it was a tighter race than I had first assumed.

Since the box had a rainy day theme, I had a little fun with water in the photos!

Let’s Unbox:b.jpgApril’s Boxycharm box had 5 full sized beauty products; two lip products, a hand cream, a shadow and a mascara. I love lip products, so this was a plus for me. All of the packaging was minimalist and straight forward, and the products themselves kind of reminded me of a cloudy day. There wasn’t much color and the overall first impression was very subdued.

I think this added to my assuming that the March box was my fav immediately, because the March box was more of a fiesta, full of candy themes and pink. It jumped out at me with fun from the moment I opened it. I would have to say this box was more of a “sleeper” hit with me, but as I began to dive into the products and use them, I realized what superstars some of them were.boxycharm-april-2016-infoaAs you can see from their product menu, the total value of the products is over $100, which is pretty awesome for a $21 box!IMG_5949aFirst up is the Pur~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher.

I love unique products. So many cosmetics can feel and look the same as the many others like them. I get excited when a product stands out from the crowd.

This lip nourisher is petroleum free. This means the texture and consistency is very different than a normal lip balm. It goes on wet and almost looks like a clear lip gloss, but there is no stickiness at all. Like none! It’s smooth and light, and I just love how my lips look with this product on them. I feel like it somehow brings out the natural color in my lips in a really simple, but great way.

Because this product is so sheer, I expected it to wear off quickly and need a lot of re-application to keep my lips hydrated, but I was wrong. Surprisingly, the Pur~lisse keeps my lips smooth and moisturized for several hours.

This product is a major winner for me!IMG_5930a

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Next, we have the blinc Black Lash Primer.

This product is a lash primer, something I had never tried. I was curious, because like I mentioned above, I get excited over new types of beauty products I’ve not used.

You are supposed to put this on as a sort of base for your mascara. It gives your mascara a true black finish and adds volume. Blinc also says their formula encourages new lash growth for longer and fuller lashes, and we all know that’s never a bad thing.

I was seriously amazed at how black and thick my lashes looked after one application. I looked like I was wearing falsies. The first couple of times I wore this primer I didn’t even add any mascara to it, because I didn’t need to. Then, when I did add mascara I added my L’Oreal Telescopic Lengthening mascara and WOWZA, hot mama lashes for sure.

This might just win my new fav product award!IMG_5921aThis is the Anderson Lilley Manhattan Beach Butter Hand Cream.

Oh my word, this smells great. It’s like the beach in a bottle. It’s so refreshing and summery and gives good vibes.

This hand cream isn’t overly oily, but it is nice and creamy. I have been using this hand cream every day since I opened it, and it leaves my rather dry hands hydrated and soft. It’s kind of my partner in crime. I always keep it close by. {Sometimes just to take a quick whiff}IMG_5958aIMG_5952aThis little cutie is the yourMinerals Sweden in the shade Brown Hypnotic.

Although the name says brown, it definitely has a plum tint to it. It’s also very metallic and can be almost iridescent in the bright light. I would suggest using an eyelid primer and perhaps misting your brush with a bit of setting spray to get the bold color you see in the canister.

This is a nice complement to a smokey eye or you can use a bit in the crease to deepen a natural eye look.IMG_5916aLast, we have the Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Honolulu

I was intrigued and excited when I saw this shade because I don’t have a similar shade. I was a bit bummed when I put it on, and it looked a lot darker than it did in the tube. Even when I tried to apply the lightest coat it was a bit purple-y goth looking on me. {A dark/goth look can be really chic done right, but it’s not my cup o’ tea)

Then I discovered a new beauty hack for dark lipstick {which I will share in a separate post} and I’m diggin’ the lippie now. The formula is bit drying, very few matte lipsticks aren’t, but I didn’t get any flakiness or chapped lips. I also, recommend using the Daily Lip Nourisher before application. They are great little beauty BFFs for keeping you matte lips hydrated.kathleenlights-boxycharm-reivew-and-unboxingFor those of you who love to see the products in action, here’s one of the cutest little beauty vloggers on Youtube giving a short little unboxing the April Boxycharm box. {seriously, she’s so fun to watch} Enjoy!

KathleenLights Boxycharm Unboxing 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Upon first opening the April Boxycharm box, I didn’t think I was going to love this box as much as I have. My three standouts for sure are the Blink lash primer, the Pur~lisse lip nourisher and the Anderson Lilley beach butter hand cream. I have used these a ton and really adore them. The Ofra matte lipstick and the Yourminerals eye shadow were good too, but took a little tweaking to get them to work for me. They are products that I will use on occasion.

Boxycharm continues to be a winning box for me, and I’m so glad I signed up. I love the value and the full-sized products really set this box apart.

If you want your own Boxycharm May box use this link HERE! Enjoy.

Oh, and click the pic if your interested in a great online deal of the L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Blackest Black Mascara. My go-to for lengthening my lashes!

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14 thoughts on “April Boxycharm Review and Unboxing Fun”

  1. I got the same shade in the Ofra lipstick as you in this box. I was really excited, but it looked VERY dark upon application like you said. I enjoy wearing dark lipsticks, but this one looked almost black on my lips. I’m looking forward to reading about your beauty back to make it more useable! xx

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