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BOXYCHARM “SPARKLE AND SHINE” NOVEMBER UNBOXING: AWESOME OR AWFUL?

Published November 20, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

While not so patiently awaiting delivery of the November French Box tomorrow, today the mail carrier put into my awaiting hands the November Boxycharm “Sparkle and Shine” box.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’ve seen multiple unboxings of this box and am on the fence about whether I like it or whether I find it geared towards a younger demographic. A lot of shine is always a good thing, but a little sparkle goes a long ways. At a certain point in life, it can be a fine line between throwing on some classy shimmer and looking like a leftover from New Year’s Eve in Times Square, so let’s check it out and see if this box is awesome, awful…Or a little of both.

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And there it is, just begging to be opened.

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And, as everyone probably already knows, the theme this month is “Sparkle and Shine.”

“Now, pop open your box, Charmers, and get your sparkle and shine on!”

Whatever you say, Boxycharm.

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RETAIL VALUE: $20.00 – $25.00 (must depend on which color one chooses?)

First up is this Color Bug by Kevin Murphy. It’s a similar product of the As-Seen-On-TV chalk highlighter for hair. We received the purple color. Not something I’d probably ever use (I was hoping for the gold), but my daughter did swatch it onto her dark brown hair and the color amazingly enough was actually detectable.

Well, that was underwhelming. Moving right along.

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RETAIL VALUE: $16.00

Here we have a Tarina Tarantino Eyelicity eyeliner in the color in Glitter Mist. Although it looks white in the tube (and in the picture), it is actually an amazing opalescent, leaning to pink, color that is really gorgeous. This stuff has some staying power, too. If you’re in the market for a festive, long-lasting eyeliner for any upcoming holiday events, this is a product you’d probably love. Boxycharm was also giving a black version of this eyeliner, but we’re happy with the white.

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RETAIL VALUE: $24.95

This shock of color blush is from Ofra in Paradise Pink. Although it looks pretty intimidating in the compact and in the pictures, it actually blends out really lovely to a subtle shimmery pale pink, kind of the same color pink one’s cheeks naturally turn when out in the cold. It’s a lot more wearable than I was expecting.

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RETAIL VALUE: $14.99

A little more shimmer, this is by Bella Pierre and is their shimmer powder in Sensation. This is really lovely and really versatile, whether it’s on the eyelids, on the inner eye corners, or even on the cheeks. It’s a keeper.

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RETAIL VALUE: $44.95 (and a great big knee-slapping chuckle at that…See below)

And here we have an overly inflated retail value for MicaBeauty Eye Primer.

It’s an eye primer. NYX makes an excellent one that appears pretty much identical in texture and does an amazing job. For $7.

Interestingly, this purported retail value of $44.95 is on sale for half price right now on the MicaBeauty website.

Color me skeptical, but there is no way MicaBeauty is selling ANY of these primers at $44.95. That is an absolute insult to any beauty maven’s intelligence. I’m even going to go out on a limb and say I highly doubt they’re moving many units at even the “sale” (snort) price of $22.50.

Honestly, it just infuriates me when retailers heavily inflate the retail value of a product just to up the value of a subscription box. No fault of Boxycharm, the onus for this type of bait-and-switch is totally on the supplier of the product.

In fact, here, ladies…Here’s a link to go get yourself a good quality NYX eye primer for $7 and spend the difference on something else nice for yourselves:

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So there we have it, the much-awaited November Boxycharm “Sparkle and Shine.”

Was it great? Eh. Was it good? Yeah, but in my humble opinion, it’s not nearly as good as the previous few months have been. That Color Bug is definitely an odd choice, as it has rather limited appeal to various demographics and really isn’t something most subscribers would consistently use. Maybe once or twice a year and then it goes to the Haircare Graveyard.

I’m a bit disappointed but hoping that they’ll step the game back up for December.

I’m also obviously somewhere between amused and annoyed at the overinflated retail value of that MicaBeauty eye primer. I’d balk at the “sale” price of $22.50, forget about $44.95.

Anyway, if you’d like to check out Boxycharm further, here are some links to get you started:

WEBSITE WITH REFERRAL CODE: https://www.boxycharm.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/9718/
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Boxycharm

As always, feel free to follow what I’m up to on the following social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBeholdingEye
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

Until next time, stay beautiful…And stay tuned for tomorrow when THE FRENCH BOX arrives!!!

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BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #12 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 26, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Happy Sunday and, to fellow fans, Happy The Walking Dead Episode 3 Night! We’re all about The Walking Dead on Sunday nights here at Casa Beholding Eye. We like to think of it as quality family time gathered around the TV after work and having dinner…even though we rarely speak a word until the episode is over.

There are less than 2 days left to enter the giveaway and we’re up to Item #12 (one sneak peek featured 2 items).

This blog is lengthy but there may or may not be a little “twist” at the end, so I encourage you to read all the way through. *hint hint*

This one is probably going to rock your socks off so be prepared.

From the FabFitFun Fall Edition box is “the” big-ticket item. Renowned for skincare product extraordinaire, here it is:

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From Dermalogica, one of the top names in the skincare industry, is a full-sized Skin Hydrating Booster. I love me some Dermalogica but, truth be told, my skin is sensitive and a bit combination but rarely, if ever, dry. I’m sure this is an exceptional product (as are all Dermalogica products), but it would just go into my Skincare Graveyard as I would likely never use it. My skin’s quirkiness is your gain, readers.

RETAIL VALUE: $56.00.

So let’s take a look at the other 10 items in the giveaway and do a quick recap, in no particular order:

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RETAIL VALUE: $38.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $25.00

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RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $10

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RETAIL VALUE: $29.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $22.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $19.00

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RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $20.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $35.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $95.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $55.00

ESTIMATED RETAIL VALUE: $404.00

With an estimated retail of over $400, not to mention most of these items are top-of-the-line, in-demand products featured in recent subscription boxes, this is a giveaway in which we at The Beholding Eye take great pride offering.

A few people have asked why do a giveaway as opposed to selling the items on Ebay and making a quick buck (or a lot of quick bucks, considering the retail value).

Well, that’s a very good question.

1. Because it’s better to give than to receive? Yeah, sometimes, but I’m usually pretty self-absorbed.
2. Because before I discovered subscription boxes, I would have crawled through broken glass on my hands and knees to get my bloody hands on a just a few of these products? Definitely.
3. I’d like to let someone who will be able to use and appreciate these amazing products have a shot at owning them? Yes indeedy.
4. Because I’m nice? (Nah, get that idea out of your head…I’m actually quite snarky — as one can tell reading my other blog entries, I’m sure — and straightforward, although with a hint of diplomacy…”nice” isn’t the first word that usually comes to mind when describing myself.

I don’t know, actually. I think it’s more a combination of #2 and #3. I’ve won a couple of very small giveaways and I know the euphoria that comes with winning. As ecstatic as I’ve been to win a few relatively minor things, I can’t even imagine being the winner of this haul. I’d probably be shouting from the rooftops and dancing in the streets…and THAT’S the reason I’m really doing this. I want to make a fellow beauty-holic happy (not to be confused with being “nice,” so banish that thought out of your mind). And while these products are UH-MAZING, realistically, they don’t do me a bit of good when they’re not right for my hair/skin type or if it’s a duplicate of a great product that I’d like for someone else to be able to try. Times are still tough for a lot of people…being able to make someone happy with a box full of fantabulous beauty products just seems like the right thing for this beauty-holic to do.

So, if you haven’t entered the drawing yet, I strongly encourage you to do so now. Entries end tomorrow at midnight. I may or may not put another product into the mix (if I can find it…I put it up for safekeeping for the drawing and have yet to unearth it) but as it stands right now these will be the contents of that glorious USPS box complete with tracking you’ll be receiving if Rafflecopter chooses you as the winner.*

From this point forward, I plan to do monthly or semi-monthly giveaways, albeit to a lesser degree. Two to three times a year, I plan on doing a blockbuster giveaway such as this one. Again, it will be products I simply cannot use or duplicates I have received. Sharing the wealth and all with my readers. I hope everyone who entered will continue to follow me on social media for updates, reviews, unboxings, etc. I’m planning on getting a laptop with a camera after the holidays so I can also do vlogging.

And Happy Sunday and Happy The Walking Dead Episode 3 night from Casa The Beholding Eye to you. See our bright and shining faces? That’s yours truly photo-bombing in the background.

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As always, feel free to follow what I’m up to on the following social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBeholdingEye
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

Until next time, stay beautiful…

If you haven’t entered yet, click on the Rafflecopter link below and get your name into that proverbial hat…Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!

ENTER HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Due to the overwhelming response to this giveaway and our heartfelt appreciation at all of the kind words, new subscribers, new followers to our social media, etc., we were thinking….Perhaps we should add a second-place winner, who will receive a cosmetic bag full of various and sundry samples we’ve been receiving in our boxes for a few months now. While not nearly as grand and glorious as first place, we think it would be a nice little “thank you” gesture for one additional reader who took the time to enter the contest. Let me know in the comments what you think about this latest addition. Au Revoir for now, and stay beautiful!

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY: SNEAK PEEK #10 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 25, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Okay, we’re winding down to the last couple of days of the giveaway and, since it’s Friday and I’m still on cloud 9 over my Wantable Intimates box from this morning, let’s grab another item and toss it into the giveaway. Who ever thought giving things away could be so much fun?

And here it is, Item #10 in the Big October Beauty Giveaway:

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From the world-renowned Bulgari, this is an approximately 3-ounce bottle of their Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Conditioner. It smells wonderful (as do the Bulgari fragrances I’ve sampled). Assuming its hefty price tag means it not only smells good but actually works well, this should knock your proverbial socks off.
(RETAIL VALUE: Approx $20; full-size 6.76 oz bottle retails for $45)

And tomorrow will likely bring what is likely the final item in the giveaway. Off the top of my caffeine-deprived head (I’m only halfway through cup #2 this lovely Friday morning), I believe retail value on this giveaway is now up to $350 and contains some truly UH-MAZING products. It’s going to be like the Beauty Fairy came to visit the winner…Be sure to enter now so you don’t miss out on your chance to have a big box of awesomeness show up on your doorstep! Link at end of post for your convenience, my lovelies…

As always, feel free to follow me on the following social media and be sure to enter the big October Beauty Giveaway (link at end of this post!):

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBeholdingEye
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful, and good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #5 – RV NOW UP TO ABOUT $225!!!

Published October 9, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Happy Thursday from Casa Beholding Eye…It’s beautiful weather today and I’m getting ready to dive into a cheeseburger for lunch (a rare treat!), so I decided to share the next sneak peek with all of you lovelies who are entering the Big October Beauty Giveaway.

I present Sneak Peel #5, which is a product many were clamoring for and was included in the August BoxyCharm subscription.

*DRUM ROLL*

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RV: $22 (PRODUCT IN GIVEAWAY IS FULL SIZE)

From Model Co., it is their Lip and Cheek stain in Rosy Red. This is a really nice product. It blends out to very sheer and natural looking “just came in from the snow” flush or can be built up for a more dramatic impact. If you missed the August BoxyCharm and really wanted to try this product, here’s your chance so enter below for your chance at winning this amazing giveaway!

And just to refresh your memory, here is a peek at Sneak Peeks 1 through 4:

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Be sure to subscribe to this blog, leave a comment on the original giveaway announcement, and follow the directions through the Rafflecopter for your chance to win. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. Entries end October 28, 2014, and the winner will be announced via this blog on October 31st.

As you can see, we’re only 5 items in and the estimated retail value of this giveaway is currently at about $225 (and growing). Great time to enter and a great time to share this giveaway with your friends, too!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsMorelion
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful, and good luck to all who enter.

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #4 – RV UP TO $200 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 7, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Happy Tuesday, my lovelies. It’s payday at Casa Beholding Eye so I’m feeling festive and want to roll out the next Sneak Peek into the October Beauty Giveaway.

This is a product sought after by many in the September Boxycharm box. Since I already have one that I haven’t used yet, I’ve decided to throw the duplicate into the giveaway so someone who perhaps missed out on it can have a chance to give it a spin, too.

And here it is…

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TARINA TARANTINO FLEUR DE LASH MASCARA LIMITED EDITION IN GUNMETAL PACKAGING IN BLACK (RV $19)

And just as a refresher, here are the other products thus far in the giveaway, in no particular order:

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Be sure to subscribe to this blog, leave a comment on the original giveaway announcement, and follow the directions through the Rafflecopter for your chance to win. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. Entries end October 28, 2014, and the winner will be announced via this blog on October 31st.

As you can see, we’re only 4 items in and the estimated retail value of this giveaway is currently at about $200 (and growing). Great time to enter and a great time to share this giveaway with your friends, too!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsMorelion
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful, and good luck to all who enter.

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #2 HERE – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 4, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, the weather is cooling down and I’m feeling a little bit festive and decided to go ahead and do another sneak peek of the items in the giveaway today.

As a reminder, here is item #1:

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SONYA DAKAR FLASH FACIAL – RV $95 (GIVEAWAY IS A FULL-SIZE ITEM)

And, drum roll please, here is item #2:

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Yes, this is the much-coveted Enter Pronoun bronzer from the August BoxyCharm. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the packaging is a million-dollar knockout…That being said, I can tell it’s going to be a bit too dark for me and would rather see it in a loving home with someone who can use it.
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So far the giveaway (which has just begun) is up to a retail value of over $100.

Here at The Beholding Eye, we’re doing our first giveaway with a total GO BIG OR GO HOME attitude. Although the products that are being included are amazing, they will just be pretty shiny things sitting on a shelf and I’d much rather see them in good homes with a lovely who will put them to good use.

Want to get in on the action? Follow the yellow brick road…or, in this case, the below link:

ENTER HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Another sneak peek is planned for Monday…or, heck, maybe even tomorrow. Until then, stay beautiful!

Boxycharm September Unboxing: Let Me Count The Ways…

Published September 20, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

The highlight of my month is when the mail carrier brings my Boxycharm to the door. I subscribe to an array of various subscription boxes, but Boxycharm is just in a league of its own. While I don’t quite understand how they can offer such amazing products at such a low monthly price, I try not to bother myself with that little detail and just savor every single monthly box. This month’s box was exceptionally fantabulous. This blogger was wringing her sweaty little hands in anticipation, stalking the September box’s shipping status practically every hour, and hyperventilating whenever it would move closer to arriving. Sound extreme? Maybe…but one look at the contents below and I’m sure all of my sister beauty addicts will totally understand. Boxycharm isn’t like Christmas every month…It’s more like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and my birthday all packed into one lovely little box.

Let’s jump on in and rip into this baby!

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There it is, the contents of the box in all of their much-anticipated glory. My heart starts pounding as I snatch up each product to see what color lip gloss and which amazing palette I’ve received. Exercising a bit of self-control, I begin to explore…

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First up is a full-sized Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash Mascara Limited Edition. Not only do I adore Tarina Tarantino products, the packaging of TT items is always classy and gorgeous, the kind of products that you want to whip out of your makeup bag just to show off how utterly pretty they are. This mascara is no exception. I’ve received a lot of mascaras the past few months in various boxes and individual purchases, so I think I might decide to share the wealth with this beauty and toss it into next month’s GIVEAWAY. Stay tuned for updates on that event…Guaranteed it will be chock full of products every one of my blog subscribers should adore.

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Next to make its way into my eager little mitts is this full-sized tarte LipSurgence lip gloss. There were 4 shades being distributed and, although I had my fingers crossed for Park Avenue Princess (a pale nude gloss with subtle gold glimmer), I received Blushing Bride. I’m normally not able to wear a lot of pink shades, but this is a lovely dusky mauve color that luckily works with my skin tone. Item #2 from the box and it just keeps getting better and better. Oh, how I *heart* thee, Boxycharm, and I still have 3 more products with which to count the ways…

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Next up is a full-sized Harvey Prince Hello perfume. Now, a couple of months ago I had received a Harvey Prince Hello body lotion in one of my subscriptions, and I was not impressed with the fragrance. In fact, I passed the product to my daughter, who thought it smelled fine. I had my reservations about getting a full-sized perfume in this scent but…”Hello” indeed! This perfume smells absolutely amazing, soft and fruity and delicious, nothing like the body lotion. In fact, I’m so delighted with the fragrance that I’ll likely be purchasing it on my own when this runs out. I’m really finicky about my fragrances, so the fact that I would repurchase this says a great deal about how impressed I am.

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The fourth item in the box is a full-sized NCLA Nail Lacquer in Model Behavior. There were 3 shades of polish distributed, and this is precisely the one I was hoping to get. It’s a gorgeous deep purple/gray color that will be absolutely amazing this Fall and Winter. I’ve never seen a color quite like this and can’t wait to give it a try.

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The fifth item in this month’s box is a full-sized Go palette by Coastal Scents. There were 4 different palettes being distributed and I had my little black heart set on either Cairo or Beijing. Imagine this blogger’s delight when I looked at the package and saw I had indeed gotten…CAIRO! Gorgeous colors, great pigment, a great size to throw into your bag for touch ups on the go, complete with a mirror. It just doesn’t get much better than this. I’m looking forward to using these with my new and amazing BH Cosmetics brush set that I blogged about earlier this month.

And, we’re not quite done yet….Boxycharm also put in a couple of pretty handy-dandy discount codes for subscribers this month. Didn’t care for the tarte lip gloss in your box? No problem, here’s 20% off from 10/10 to 10/24 so you can purchase your preferred shade or whatever your beauty-loving little heart desires. I love sharing deals with my readers, so here’s the card with the code for you to take advantage of:

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Just go to http://tartecosmetics.com and enter “FALLBOXY” at checkout and save your 20% on the amazing tarte product(s) of your choice. Bear in mind the dates the coupon is applicable, 10/10/2014 through 10/24/2014. Ready, set, go!!!

And another little discount Boxycharm added this month is for specialty “name” jewelry (think Carrie’s much loved necklace on Sex and the City). I’ve checked out the website for this company and there’s an adorable assortment at pretty good prices, so the 10% off is definitely enticing. Here’s a copy of the card with the coupon code so my readers can redeem if you’d like your own personalized objet d’art:

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Just go to http://www.mynamenecklace.com and enter code BOXYCHARM at checkout to score your purchase and save your 10%. Again, super cute stuff. I fully intend to grab one for myself.

Just to recap, here’s the product descriptor card for this month’s Boxycharm. As is always the case with Boxycharm, all products are full-sized so the retail value reflected on the card is true to the individual products received:

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The total retail value of this month’s box is $95.95…for which I paid $21. The best part is, not only is it a bargain, these are products I will most definitely use. Again, Boxycharm, how I *heart* thee. It’s the best $21 per month gift I’ve ever blessed myself with. If I could only choose one box out of my numerous subscriptions, Boxycharm would be the winner hands down.

Want to sign up for your own Boxycharm subscription? Here are links with my referral code to their website and also for their Facebook page:

Website: https://www.boxycharm.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/9718/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Boxycharm?ref=br_tf

And as always feel free to follow me on any of the following social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsMorelion
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

And don’t forget to follow this blog for updates and sneak peeks at next month’s big GIVEAWAY…Believe me when I say you won’t want to miss this event!

Until next time, stay beautiful…now, go get your Boxycharm on, you deserve it!