Boxycharm - September Box - Unboxing


Based on a YouTube video I watched a few weeks ago, I decided to try out a new subscription service: Boxycharm. This one is for $21 a month. That's a bit higher than the Ipsy I'm used to, but I was willing to try it at least once.

I signed up on 9/4, as of the 21st I hadn't heard anything and my order was still listened as "Paid". I went ahead and emailed their customer service because the site said the boxes would ship between 5 to 10 business days after paying. The 21st was definitely after 10 business days.

They replied on the 23rd saying they'd mail me a new box and to keep the original box if it arrived. That sounded like a great deal and stellar customer service. I was pleased. On the 25th I received tracking, and the box arrived on the 29th.

I was so excited!

Here's the unboxing of it:

The box is so flattering!

There's not a lot of breathing room in there. Efficient or...?

Here's a full-sized Essie bottle for size comparison.

Here are the products inside (still in the boxes):

I did what I always do, I pulled the products out of their boxes so I could get a photo with them all lined up, unboxed, unboxed.

The spritz perfume had leaked a bit in its plastic bag, but it wasn't too bad. I wiped it down inside and out.

But uuuuhhh oh, this doesn't look good:

As I feared, one of the shadows cracked. Actually three of them cracked (three on the top row, starting from the right).

I prevailed though and got the shot! Unfortunately some of the cracked pigment is still overflowing on the bottom.

Here's the list of what was inside:

  • tarte LipSurgen lip gloss - "exposed" - $19
  • Coastal Scents Go Palette - Beijing - $12.95
  • NCLA Nail Lacquer - "Model Behavior" - $16
  • Tarina Tarantino - Fleur de Lash Mascara - Limited Edition - $19
  • Hello by Harvey Prince spritz - $29

I haven't decided if I'm going to contact customer service about the cracked shadows or not. The other products look like they're going to be good, and they're all full-sized. The box is a good value, but the cracked shadows worry me. I don't want all that pigment floating around in my purse.

Regardless of how it turns out, I'll try another month.

eSalon Review


I got into the BzzAgent campaign for eSalon ages ago and have been dragging my feet on coloring my hair, even though I got this whole thing for free (Thanks, BzzAgent & eSalon!). We dyed my hair last weekend. I'm finally getting around to posting about how it went. Feel free to smack me. I definitely need it.

The whole idea behind eSalon is that it's customized for you, like a stylist in a salon would do. But you don't have to go to the salon. You fill out their survey of information about your hair, it's current color, etc, and then they customize the color for you. They send you the instructions, also customized to your situation, plus the usual gloves, shampoo & conditioner packets.

All of this is for $19.95 (although mine says it was going to be $24.95). Of course, unlike at the salon, you have to put the color on yourself.

Unlike box products you get at the big box store, eSalon won't let you get certain dyes based on the answers you've given. So if you're like me, and have recently had your hair colored a black cherry red, the website won't let you go brighter red. I assume because it thinks it won't come out the way you expect it to.

So how did I like it?

Deals Spotted at Burlington Coat Factory: Pop Beauty, Ciaté, Nyx

MG and I headed over to Burlington Coat Factory today on the hunt for a winter coat for him. While they hadn't gotten any/many in yet, they did have a pretty good selection of make-up deals in stock. Here is what I spotted besides the usual selection of Elf palettes and other no-name brand sets.

Walmart Fall Beauty Box


The Walmart Fall Beauty Box arrived in my mailbox today! All of this came for the price of shipping $5. 

Julep - September Box


In September's box I used Julep points to add in the Mystery Grab Bag.

Julep - 100 Degrees of Mystery Box


For August I skipped the subscription box and ordered the 100 Degrees of Mystery Box instead. Here was the contents (from left to right).