Beautycon Box Review, Spring 2016

Beautycon Box, $29 plus $6.99 shipping per quarter, US only

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Emmett thought the Beautycon Box was the perfect size for him!

Beautycon Box is a quarterly box curated by a different "beauty influencer" each month.  Previously, the box had skewed toward a teenage demographic and was called the Beautycon BFF Box.  They've dropped the BFF and chose Bunny, aka Grav3yard Girl, to curate the box this month.  The painting above is of Bunny and is on the back of the product information card.  Bunny is thirty and her followers aren't quite as young as those of last quarter's curator, Bethany Mota, so I decided to try the box this quarter.  Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for teens, the next quarterly box has a young curator.  Teala Dunn will be choosing the summer box products.  Because the boxes are curated by different people each time, the boxes can be vary greatly from quarter to quarter, so it's hard to make generalizations about the box.

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Here's what was inside the spring box:

The Spring Beautycon Box was worth approximately $148.90.  The hair ties and keychain were made by or for Beautycon, so I am estimating values on them.  For a box that comes to $35.99 after shipping, the value is incredible.

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Seeing the beautyblender spoiler was what made me decide to get the spring box.  Believe it or not, I've never had a beautyblender before!  I've read rave reviews about the sponges, but I have had a hard time convincing myself to spend money on beauty products in stores because of all the beauty boxes I get.  I've seen beautyblenders given away many times in boxes, so I knew one had to come my way at some point.  This was a two-pack of the micromini size.  For those who aren't familiar with beautyblender, they're sponges that you wet, squeeze out a bit, and then apply foundation, highlighter, countour, or concealer with the sponge.  It's supposed to give you a flawless finish, so I was looking forward to finally using one!  I was impressed by how smooth it made my foundation, so I wish I had tried them sooner.  They are a little pricey, but it's worth it.  I've seen less expensive versions by other companies out there, but I haven't tried those either.  Has anyone tried those before?  Do they work as well as the beautyblender brand?

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The Maybelline The Rock Nudes palette wasn't for me.  While I love finding drugstore brands that work just as well as the higher end stuff, eyeshadow is one thing I generally prefer to be higher end.  The pigment in drugstore brand eyeshadow almost never matches that of more expensive shadows, in my experience.  If you've found an exception to that rule, though, I'd love to hear about it!  As you can see in the swatch below, the four colors on the left side of the palette aren't really visible on my skin.  The colors that look darker had to be applied a few times to get the depth of color you see below.  This palette is definitely a pass for me.  

Maybelline The Rock Nudes palette, swatched left to right, top row on top.  The lighter colors aren't really visible.

Maybelline The Rock Nudes palette, swatched left to right, top row on top.  The lighter colors aren't really visible.

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While I try to use liquid makeup remover instead of makeup remover towelettes before washing my face at night, that doesn't always happen.  Usually I use regular towelettes, but I liked the idea of a wipe with charcoal in it and that is meant for oily skin!  These worked really well and I will look for these the next time I need to buy makeup remover wipes.  If you have oily skin, try these and see what you think.  

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I have quite the collection of GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment!  It seems to be a common sample in beauty boxes.  I love GlamGlow, so I am always happy to get more of their products.  GlamGlow makes some fabulous masks and cleansers, in my opinion, but they are definitely on the expensive side!  Whether it's worth it, only you can decide.  YouthMud is, as you probably guessed, a clay-based mask meant to fight signs of aging.  It has a slight tingliness to it, but it isn't bothersome.  My skin always feels tighter and looks better overall after I use this.  My favorite GlamGlow mask is SuperMud, but this is a close second.  While I'll never turn a GlamGlow product down, I do wish there was a little more variation in the products they provide to beauty box companies so I wouldn't end up with so many YouthMud.

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The Nyx Matte Finish Setting Spray is supposed to set your makeup so it will hold up on even the hottest days.  I used this and found my makeup held up well, but my makeup holds up fine on its own this time of year.  Once the oiliness in my T-zone comes out in full force in a few months, then I will have to try it again and see how it really works.  Has anyone had good luck with this product?  It's quite inexpensive, so I'm hoping it will be an inexpensive alternative to the pricier setting sprays out there!

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The Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is one of those wonderful multi-purpose products.  Not only does it moisturize and help repair damage with vitamin C, it's also a sunblock.  This was really hydrating and made my skin feel great.  It isn't quite sunburn time in my area, so I will be saving the rest of this for the summer.  While sun protection is important year-round, I have sunblock in my other makeup, so I'll save this for when I need it most.

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Benefit Cosmetics' They're Real! Beyond Mascara is a very popular mascara that I have gotten a number of times in other boxes.  This has never been my preferred mascara.  I know many people love it and it works perfectly for them, but I just haven't had the same luck.  I find it to be very clumpy on my lashes, so I'll be giving this sample away to a friend who loves it.

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Pacifica is one of the more accessible, less expensive vegan beauty companies out there.  Most of the products I've tried from them haven't been for me, but there is the occasional gem.  I got a Power of Love lipstick in a different color in my ipsy bag a couple of months ago.  The color I got this time was Tender Heart (swatched below).  I assume it was named after the Care Bear because he was a similar color, which is kind of cute.  Grumpy is my preferred bear, but I have a soft spot for all Care Bears.  The color itself isn't for me and the formula isn't my favorite, but Emily absolutely loves the formula and found it stayed on all day for her.  The Power of Love lipsticks are sold exclusively at Target.  For each one that is sold, Pacifica will donate one to a woman in a shelter.  

Pacifica Power of Love Lipstick in Tender Heart

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Beautycon and Bunny worked together to design these hair ties.  My hair is a little too short to tie up right now, so I wasn't able to try these.  I've had similar hair ties in the past and tried them when I had longer hair and never had the best luck with this type.  They're always falling out on me.  I'll be giving these away to a friend with longer hair.

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Bunny and NCLA designed these nail wraps for this box.  If you don't know anything about Bunny, you can get a good sense of her style looking at these.  I like that she really put herself into the design of these because it is something her fans will appreciate.  Unfortunately, these are most definitely not my style.  I've never tried nail wraps before and don't know how well they work, but I absolutely love NCLA polish.  I'm going to be passing these along to a friend who would like the prints on these more than I do.

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This keychain is another thing in the box that just screams Bunny.  She designed this with Beautycon.  I knew almost nothing about Bunny before I subscribed to this box, but I read up a bit on her and discovered she has a creepy doll collection.  The keychain is modeled after one of her dolls.  Again, this is not my style at all, so I will be giving it to a friend who will appreciate it more than I will.  

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Finally, there was a $20 gift card to Dolls Kill, an online retailer that sells things that are Bunny's style.  I like that this is a gift card and not just a coupon.  There are a number of things for sale under $20 or a little over $20 on the site, so you can use this without spending lots of your own money.  I will probably give this to a friend who would love the products on the site.

Bunny certainly put her imprint on this box!  Although she and I don't have similar styles, it's nice to see a box curator take her job seriously and let her personality shine through.  Presumably many of the people getting this box are huge Bunny fans, so this is something her true fans are sure to love.  I liked the beautyblenders, the Garnier makeup wipes, the Murad moisturizer and sunblock, and the GlamGlow.  I'm hoping that the Nyx setting spray will be a great, inexpensive find, but the true test of that will be in the summer. Emily liked the Pacifica lipstick a lot, so that will be going in her makeup bag.  The other products will be given to friends who will enjoy them more than I would.  Not everything in this box was for me, but it was worth checking out a box from Beautycon.  I canceled after I received this box because the next curator is likely to make the summer box more teen-oriented.  I don't want a teen-oriented box, of course.  There aren't many beauty boxes aimed toward teens out there, so I think it's great that Beautycon is filling that niche most quarters.  If I happen to see some spoilers for the summer box that make it look like an attractive option to me, I would consider resubscribing, but I'm taking a wait and see approach.

One important thing to note is that you have to e-mail Beautycon within seven days of receiving a box to cancel the subscription if you don't want to receive the next box.  If I hadn't e-mailed and canceled in that time-frame, I would be receiving the summer box and then the subscription would be canceled following that box.  This is one of the stranger, more annoying cancellation policies out there, so I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of it.

Did anyone else get the spring Beautycon box?  What did you think?  Have you gotten past Beautycon boxes?  I'd love to hear what you thought.