Friday, October 25, 2013

Starlooks Starbox October 2013 Review!

I am SO excited that October's Starlooks Starbox is here! I haven't seen too much buzz online about this month, so the contents were a complete surprise to me. I can say that I was THRILLED with this month's box and it was even better than last month! If you would like to learn more about Starlooks and their subscription boxes, as well as take a peek inside my September box, click HERE!

Now let's get on with the October Box!

This month, the Starbox was packaged in a black box with a copper logo and elastic ribbon. Very classy looking! :)

Inside we had a few things! First off, In their beautifully packaged boxes: 3 full sized Starlooks Products, which we'll get into shortly! However there was also a few coupons and such that I wanted to share with my readers!

1. $50 off All Glasses at Rivet & Sway with coupon code: "JoyofSpecs" (expires 12/31/13)

2. 50% off ANY Starlooks purchase with coupon code: "ILOVESTARLOOKS" (expires 11/10/13) Also, shipping is ALWAYS free on their site!

Not only did we get 2 really awesome coupon codes, but we also got a hint as to what is going to be inside the December Box, which will be a 15 Shade Pro Eye Shadow Palette valued at $99! Psyched!

Now onto the good stuff: The Makeup!

So from the looks of things, we have an eye pencil, a lip product and a palette! First thing I opened was the pencil.

This is their line of "Gem Pencils" also known as "Diamond Line" and it is in the color  "Mirage." It's a nice shimmery silver color and seems like a great shade for fall/winter. You can use this as an all-over shadow base, or as a eyeliner. It can also be used in and out of the water line. These liners retail on their site for $14!

As you can see from the swatch, these pencils are very pigmented and metallic. I achieved a very intense color payoff with hardly any effort. The pencils glides easily and is very creamy. Looking forward to trying this out!

The next item was a product that I've been wanting to try since I first discovered Starlooks, and that is their line of lip products called, "Tendergloss."

This tendergloss is in the shade, "Puzzy" which is a very light pink/nude color with a golden sheen. First off, I am obsessed with the packaging of these glosses. The little bullet tubes are made of metal, and have a heaviness to them which makes them feel very high-end. The shade itself is supposed to be a sheer "natural lip enhancer" shade for all skin tones. I love the formula of the tenderglosses. They remind me a bit of a Revlon Lipbutter, only better! Here's a swatch. This is a very sheer color so I tried my best to get it to show up on my hand.

You can see it's quite sheer but has a light pink/gold sheen to it, which looks absolutely lovely on the lips. These lippies retail for $13 on the Starlooks site.

Finally, the mystery palette. I had my fingers crossed for a blush, as I don't have that many blushes in my makeup collection and I've been looking into getting more to try out. And what do you know? Starlooks answered my prayers With a blush palette!

This palette has 3 shades, and is known as 3B1 on the Starlooks website.

I absolutely LOVE this palette! First shade on the left is a bright pink, the middle is a warm peach shade, and the right shade, while it comes off a bit brown on camera, is actually a beautiful berry/mauve. The feel soft and silky and are perfectly pigmented. There is also a large mirror in the palette which is always a plus!

These swatches are just 1 finger swipes. You can see how lovely these shades are! This palette retails on the Starlooks website for $46! Making this entire Starbox a value of $73!! That's almost double last month's box!

Let's take a look at everything all together!

I am so incredibly happy with this month's box. I love that Starlooks takes time to curate their boxes and picks things that compliment each other nicely. I love that we receive full sized products, and not just a bunch of samples! It's really nice to slowly be able to build up my makeup collection with high quality makeup for a fraction of the price! These boxes cost $15 a month (+ shipping) and you always get at least double the value! In this month's case, the box was 4 TIMES more valuable than what the subscription costs.

I think Starlooks is a perfect gift for yourself, or anyone you know who is a makeup lover. their cosmetics are high quality, and on trend. Not to mention, they even send you an extra box of gifts on your birthday month for free! :)

If you'd like to sign up for the Starlooks Starbox, please consider using my referral link HERE. Let me know what you think of the October Box!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Goodies Box October 2013 Review and Farewell!

My fiance has been receiving GoodiesCo boxes for the past 3 or 4 months now, however he's always digging into them and eating them before I can take picture for a review! We have had a few ups and downs with this company (that is owned by Walmart Labs) in regards to quality of their boxes and did eventually cancel. These were our last boxes for October, and we also received a kids box to try out as well.

Only a few days before these boxes arrived, I learned that Goodies Box would no longer continue once everyone received their October boxes. I had already canceled at this point, however, I will say it's a shame. The kids October box was one of the best food boxes we've received and it's a real shame that they won't be available anymore. It was hard to beat $7 a month!

Let's take a look at the Taster's Box First:

This isn't their BEST box to date, but it is leaps and bounds better than last month. My only issue was that the pizza dough was leaking out of the corners of the paper bag and floury powder got all over the other products.

What was included:

-Easy Make Pizza Dough Mix
-Cafe De Vita Enchanted Chai Drink Mix
-Happy Squeeze Razzleberry Greek Yogurt
-Choco-pie Fluffy Marshmallow and Chocolate Biscuit
-Enjoy Life Chocolate Sunbutter Bar
-Special K Nourish Cranberry Almond Oatmeal
-Guylian Hazelnut Belgian Chocolates
-Coffee Thins Chocolates

And now, for the Kids box! (We don't have kids but we definitely love candy and snacks of all kinds!)

WOW, right? We were so impressed with the wide variety of items in this box, and even more excited that everything looked interesting and tasty! Here's a list of what was inside:

- GudFud Jelly Stuff Marshmallows
- Happy Squeeze Fruit and Veggie Twist Apple Mango Pear Kale
- Natures Bakery Fig bar in Apple Cinnamon
- Warheads Sour Twists
- RockinOla Choco Berry Granola
- Warheads Sour Chewy Cubes
- Pretzel Crisps
- Lunchables Jr. Teddy Bear Picnic (Peanut Butter, Dried Apples, Teddy Grahams)
- Sneaky Pete's Oat Beverage in Mango
- Orbit for Kids Strawberry Banana

I think both boxes for October were well worth the $7, and it's a shame that GoodiesCo is no longer continuing. I think that they had a few missteps, and that included the few boxes that had very little in them, and not introducing the kids box sooner. I think that the Kids box is very unique and would most likely be their biggest sell if they decide to come back in the future with a new plan. Overall, we had fun being members of GoodiesCo and we'll definitely miss it!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Loot Crate October 2013 Review!

It's official: My love for subscription boxes has rubbed off on my fiance. He has seen me get little presents in the mail month after month, and I thought he might also want to get in on the fun! First I signed him up for a Goodies Box, which was a low-cost food box that had fun snacks in it. We weren't huge fans of it (and I just heard they're stopping their service) so we ended up cancelling. We also received a "Love with Food" box (my fiance loves snacks!) and while it was a nice box and well worth the money, he's not exactly the kind of guy who is into healthy snacks. He's more of a pringles guy than seaweed crisps.

I also noticed that many of the subscriptions catered to men were a lot more expensive than their feminine counterparts. Most mens boxes start at $20 and go up. WAY up. We considered Birchbox Man ($20) but Jeff (my fiance) thought that he wouldn't end up using all the bath and body products since I'm a couponer. That's when we remembered Loot Crate existed.

During a browsing of different types of Subscription boxes a few months ago, I came across one called "Loot Crate." It was in our price range ($13.37 a month + S&H) and it seemed to be catered perfectly to Jeff. It's a box filled with geek culture items, which is pretty freakin cool!

Some of the past crates include t-shirts, books, toys, name it! There's usually a theme for each month as well. I've seen many video games represented, along with different cartoons and tv shows, classic geekery etc. We were SO excited to find out that this month had a theme of "SURVIVE" which we were hoping had to do with ZOMBIIEEES...and it did! If you're a total geek or you know someone who is, this is definitely the perfect something to receive in the mail each month!

Our box shipped out on the 19th from California (they ship out the same time each month) and was already on our dorstop on the 21st. That is FAST shipping! Let's take a look at what was inside our first Loot Crate!

Items Included:
1. Ewoking Dead T-Shirt from Graphic Lab
2. The Zombie Survival Guide: Max Brooks
3.Outbreak Status Temporary Tattoo Set
4. Zombie Hunter ID Card
5. Love Your Guts Greeting Card
6. 8-Bit Zombie Button Set
7. $5 off your purchase card at Graphic Lab
8. Creepy Candy Gummy Brain (Not pictured as my fiance ate it immediately!)

My fiance and I were both thrilled with the box this month, and feel like we definitely got our money's worth! He was also very happy to get another copy of the Zombie Survival Guide, as he's had 4 copies that he's handed out over the years and is currently without one of his own. I think the value of this box really exceed the $13.37 that it costs and even though it's not my box, I'm really looking forward to next month!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Birchbox October 2013 Review

I am really excited to share this review with you all, because I have been an on again off again subscriber of Birchbox since 2011. I got boxes for half the year in 2011, and noticed that they're samples were going downhill. I was receiving a lot of foil packets, I wasn't using any of the products, and I was just overall unhappy with the program.

Flash forward to 2012, and I was offered a free box to review. Of course I can't pass up free (extreme couponer for life!) so I decided to give Birchbox yet another go. I only vaguely remember what I got in that box, but I know it included a foil packet, a really ugly blue eye liner, and a few cardboard note cards. I cancelled immediately and haven't looked back. Until this month!

I received an e-mail from Birchbox asking if I would like to come back with incentive. I decided to look at some of the October Birchbox's that people were getting via youtube and other blogs. I was pretty impressed by what I saw, so I decided to give it yet ANOTHER go. I know, I know. But I am really hoping that third time's a charm!

Before I show what I received in my Birchbox this month, I wanted to give a quick explanation of what it is. (If you know all about it, feel free to skip on over this paragraph to the good stuff!) Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription company that sends out a box of beauty samples to your door each month, for $10. They were not the inventors of subscription services, but they were definitely one of the first to start the trend of beauty subscriptions over the past couple of years. The one thing that makes Birchbox stand out from the rest of the pack is their review/points program. I have found it to be by far, the best one that is offered. Each box you receive costs $10 a month. You will receive 5 products in your box. If you go on the Birchbox website and review the products you receive, you will get 10 points for each review. (50 points per box) Once you receive 100 points, you can cash them and make a purchase for anything you want at! 100 points=$10, so when you look at it that way, each month, you can earn $5 in credit at That's kind of an awesome deal if you ask me!

Now, onto my October Birchbox!

Seeing as how my oh-so-blurry cellphone pictures don't do it justice, here's the official photo from the Birchbox website too!

Before I get into individual reviews of each product, I will say that I am more than impressed with this box. For the first time in my entire history with Birchbox, I did not receive a little perfume vial or foil packet. I received genuine deluxe samples! Yay! I've tried each of these products while I like some more than others, I am just thrilled that Birchbox has won me over, finally!

1. POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in "Flowering Fuschia"
I have tried a few products from POP Beauty before, and while I haven't been wowed by anything in their line, everything seems pretty nice and affordable. This lipgloss is called an "Aqua Lacquer" and it lives up to it's name. It creates a very liquid-like appearance on the lips with a lot of shine and just a tint of color. It looks like a neon pink, but applies to the lips like a sheer gloss. It is supposed to be naturally plumping, which I am assuming comes from peppermint oil, as the gloss smells minty. It doesn't really have a strong tingle like other plumping glosses do, so that's always a plus. Upon first glance, the packaging appears to be a squeeze tube gloss, which I'm not fond of. However, when you unscrew the cap, you will find a little spatula applicator that is actually pretty unique.

The spatula takes the place of the usual doe-foot fuzzy applicator that most lip gloss wands have. It's made out of a flexible plastic and applies the product just fine. The consistency of the gloss is on the thick side, and is slightly tacky, but not uncomfortably sticky. It seems to last quite awhile on the lips (about 4 hours for me) which is rare for a lip gloss. My only complaint would be that the stopper in the tube doesn't take off enough product from the spatula and if you're not careful you can make a mess.

2. Evologie Stay Clear Cream
Birchbox describes this product as a moisturizer, but I would have to say right off the bat that it's not at ALL moisturizing. This is a cream that protects skin and claims to balance oil levels on your skin. It also claims to help with acne and redness etc. I have used it for a few days on my hormonal skin as I have pretty bad acne on my chin from time to time. This seemed to shrink up my acne pretty nicely over the course of 2 days, however I would never use this as a moisturizer unless you have naturally oily skin. For combination or dry skin, I would suggest using this as a night cream applied on the areas of your face that need it. It doesn't moisturize at all, but really, it dried out my acne and even made my skin a bit dryer. I think it works well enough but for $62 for a full size, I'll have to pass. 

3. Ruffian Nail Lacquer in "Hedge Fund"
I like nail polish well enough, but I'm not one to get all excited over a polish. Chances are, my nails are covered in a chipped polish and are all different length because I feel like nail care can be so time consuming! But lately I've been making more of an attempt at keeping my nails nice and cared for. When I saw this beautiful polish in my Birchbox this month, I was actually excited! It gave me a little taste of what those polish lovers feel when they see one in their subscription boxes. First of all, the bottle is absolutely lovely. It's very unique and it's something I would like to display on my vanity rather than stowing it away in a drawer with the rest of my polishes. The shade is a metallic olive green with a gold undertone. I find it to be pretty unique as I don't have anything similar in my polish collection currently. It applies beautifully, and I think it's a great shade for fall!

4. Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up in "Light"
I'm a huge fan of Benefit products, however there are a few here and there that I think get more press and attention than they deserve simply because of the brand that made them. Even so, I've heard great thhings about the "Fake Up" concealer. This concealer is in stick form and comes in a pretty silver twist up tube. It claims to be a hydrating, crease-control concealer that is lightweight and is long lasting. Before I could even try this product out, I immediately had a figurative bad taste in my mouth. When I opened the product and went to twist it up, I realize this is how much product came in the tube:

Uhm...what? I mean...I wasn't expecting a full size product or anything, but they give you this tube that is the size of a small lipstick, and you get this. I even though that the product might have broken off into the cover, that's how small this little sample is. And then I was even more angry because they wasted SO MUCH PACKAGING for that tiny little sliver of product. Not only did this come in a cute little tube, but they packaged the tube in a cardboard box. Is all of that needed for such a small sample?

Now that I got that rant over, I will say the product itself feels super silky and smooth and feels nice and hydrating. However, I don't think it really covers any better or worse than some other under-eye concealers I have used. What I mean to say's OK. It's right in the middle of the road for me in terms of how well it wears on me. I do think that more mature skin would wear this much better, as it is very creamy and crease-proof, which would work very well on fine lines around the eye area.

5. ChapStick Hydration Lock
Let me confess something right here and now: I'm not really a lip balm kind of person. It's the one thing I actually use up on a regular basis, but I'm not obsessed. I don't own a million lip balms. I think I own 3. I keep one by my bed and I use it frequently while I'm on the computer and I apply it before bed. It's my favorite lip balm from LypSyl, and I would definitely tell you to run out and get it RIGHT NOW because it's the best lip balm I've ever used. But we're not here to talk about LypSyl. This ChapStick is a new product in their famous line of basic ass lip balms. Yea, I said it. This shit is basic as hell. However, this particular one seems interesting enough. It's called "Hydration Lock" and claims that it gives 8 hours of moisture and a fuller, smoother appearance to lips. It also claims to have a vanilla creme scent.
Here's the breakdown: It smells like vanilla wax, not so great. It definitely feels more moisturizing than your basic ChapStick, and feels a bit less thick and waxy and a bit more slick than their other balms. This definitely doesn't last on my lips for 8 hours, however I have yet to determine if it keeps my lips moisturized for 8 hours. As far as I know, this is just a fancier packaged ChapStick. Nothing to mind-blowing, but it does the job!

While not every product in this Birchbox was a home run for me, I definitely think that all of them will eventually be used. I am thrilled that all the products were full or deluxe sample sizes, and I feel like each item is something that I would be interested in using/trying. I am very happy with this Birchbox and I have very high hopes for the months to come!
If you're interested in joining Birchbox, Please consider using my Referral Link HERE.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ipsy Bag October 2013 Review!

I am so excited to tell you about this months Ipsy bag! I've been waiting very impatiently for this one in particular, as I think that the hints were much more vague than usual! For those of you who do not subscribe to Ipsy, they offer sneek peeks on their facebook page throughout the beginning of each month. Almost every month I can figure out what most of the products are, however this month more than half of the products were a complete mystery to me!

Quick rundown of the subscription for those who are not familiar! Signing up with Ipsy, you will be charged just $10 a month and you will receive 5 deluxe samples and/or full size beauty products in an adorable makeup bag. These bags come in the middle of each month. The items in your bag are tailored to you and your preferences and interests. You will be able to earn points with each product you review, which you can cash in to get extra products in your Ipsy bags! The community is amazing, and Ipsy does facebook contests every month for every brand featured that month. It really is a fantastic beauty community!
So let's take a look at the bag and I'll tell you a bit about what I got, and what I think!

1. Sexy Hair Texturizing Spray Clay
Ipsy has featured quite a few products from the Sexy Hair brand, and I've been pretty happy with them so far! This product seemed a little scary to me at first; I mean, clay...that you're supposed to spray into your hair? But I gave it a shot. This product is actually really nice if you have kind of limp, boring hair that needs more texture and natural volume and hold, which I do! I don't think this would do much good for coarse or naturally thick/kinky hair, but if you crave more body and texture, this is a great tool. I just spritz it in and run my fingers through my hair and done!

2. ZOYA Nail Polish in "Mason"
When I saw the previews for the fall line of Zoya polishes, I wanted ANY color but pink. There is a beautiful emerald green and a deep purple/blue that were also offered this month and I really was hoping for one of those. When I opened my Zoya box and saw the pink shade, I was bummed initially. However, I ended up absolutely LOVING this shade! I'm not a huge polsih person, but I definitely love a nice shade on my nails that is different, but still looks nice with most of my outfits and compliments the season/time of year. I think that pink doesn't normally work for fall, but I think it works in this case.  It's a very jewel-toned pink with little bits of glitter/shimmer in it. It works really well for a brighter fall look.

3. H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment
 It's been quite awhile since I've received a skincare product in an Ipsy Bag, and I was very happy it was this one. I frequently use a gel moisturizer from Garnier, and this is a very similar consistency, and has a very light pleasant smell to it. I don't find it to be anything special, really, but I do think it moisturized my skin very well and as with most gel moisturizers, did not leave a greasy feel on my face. I will definitely use this up, however I don't think I would repurchase due to the fact that it's a bit too similar to the lower cost Garnier alternative.

4. Ofra Lip Gloss and Plumper in "Sultry"
One of the other lip products being offered this month was a Buxom lip gloss, so of course I was a little let down to find out I was receiving this one. However, I looked on the bright side and decided it would be nice to try a product from a brand I had never heard of. At first glance, I was a bit disappointed, as the packaging looks absolutely horrendous. It appears to be one of the cheapest squeeze tubes ever, with a little cheap sticker on it that has the logo, name of the product and ingredients. I am HUGE on packaging, so this was a major turnoff for me. No matter how much I like this product, I will not repurchase it because of how it looks. It has to be a knockout product for me to overlook bad packaging! Aside from that, the product is actually pretty decent. It looks like a deep berry red in the tube, but is definitely a berry stain color on my lips. It's a bit thick and a little sticky, but not uncomfortably so. Just enough so that it will (and does) stay on your lips for a long time. There is no perfumed scent, but it has a kind of waxy smell to it as many low-end unscented products do. There is a "plumper" to this gloss, although it doesn't burn your lips. Upon reading the ingredients I noticed it was just a bit of peppermint oil doing the plumping. I didn't notice a difference, as I never do with plumpers, but I enjoyed it overall!

5. Nourish Organic Coconut and Argan Body Lotion
I left this product until last because I always leave the standout product until the end, whether it's amazing or a mess. Many people who received this product said that it had a terrible smell and that it wasn't a good lotion. I had read these reviews before I received my bag so I got a bit more interested in seeing what all the fuss was about. Let me just say, this is the ONLY product in a year of having Ipsy that I have every intention of purchasing a full size of.
It's very strange for me to say this about a lotion of all things, because I will spend thousands of dollars on makeup, and just grab a random lotion that smells nice and use that when I get a little dry skin. I am not a lotion kind of person. Not to mention, this one in particular was getting very mixed reviews (people either loved it or hated it on the Ipsy site.) However, this lotion is truly amazing. Let's first talk about what it boasts! It is:

-USDA Organic
-100% Natural
-Gluten Free
-Made in the USA
-Not Tested on Animals
-Packaging is all recycled materals

I mean...c'mon! I'm not insane for organic/natural like a lot of people are, but I can definitely appreciate and usually prefer it when it comes to my skin! Upon opening the tube, it smells a little bit sweet, like vanilla frosting. Many people said it had a black pepper scent to it...I'm not sure where that comes from but I definitely did not smell it. Let me just say in advance that these lotions are sold exclusively at Target. If you smell this one and are not liking the scent, PLEASE try a different scent. They have many and it's so worth it! This lotion has a thinner consistency. It's not watery, but it's not thick and goopy either. I massaged it into my hands first, and it does absorb very quickly and evenly as the tube claims. There was not greasy residue. Not only did my hands feel soft and supple, but the morning after I applied it, my hands STILL feel soft!

I am absolutely thrilled with this lotion and I am 100% sure I will purchase a full size with the coupon that Ipsy provided! (That's another great thing about Ipsy, you will get coupons and deals on each product offered in the bags!)

Overall, this was a fantastic Ipsy bag! If you are interested in joining, please consider using my referral link HERE. Not only does this help me get points, but I have been told that new subscribers that join through referral links have a shorter wait time on the waiting list! I know you'll love Ipsy as much as I do!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Balm: Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette Review!

I completely forgot that today was going to be an amazing mail day. You know the kind. You stalk the mailman through your window blinds and practically knock him over while you're yanking your packages out of his hands and running back up the stairs to rip them open. I was so distracted with other (family drama!) things that I completely forgot that not only my Ipsy bag was arriving, but my palette from The Balm! (Thanks Hautelook!)

I've heard many excellent reviews on this palette, so I was excited to get it and really dig in. I'm pretty difficult to please when it comes to eyeshadow quality, however I am already a huge fan of The Balm's palettes and eye shadows, so this I knew would be fun!
First Let's take a quick look inside the palette.

I have always loved The Balm for their adorable packaging, and clearly their "Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette" is no exception. It has a large, heart-shaped mirror at the top. Below it are 12 full sized shadows. The pans are the same size as some of their other popular palettes, such as their Nude 'Tude Palette. There's also a highlight, a blush (It's a small version of their Frat Boy blush) and finally at the bottom there are two lip/cheek tints. It's set up so the palette opens from two flaps. There's a larger flap to cover the powder products, and a smaller flap that goes over the cream lip/cheek tints when not in use. I love this idea because it keeps the powder fallout from getting into the cream products. I really wish more palettes would have something like this!
Let's take a look at each section individually, along with some swatches! First we have the 12 eye shadows, which there is a mixture of shimmer, satin, matte and even a bit of glitter!

Normally I judge each shade individually in regards to texture and pigment, but I can happily say all of these shadows are beautifully pigmented, and have an extremely buttery feel to them. They apply very nicely and I'm VERY excited to try some new looks with them! They are separated in the palette into 3 columns. The left being called, "Heavy Metal." The Middle column is called, "Classical" and the right is called, "Alternative." Each column has 4 shadows that are named in relation to their column. Here's a look at each one swatched with a bit more information on each shade. These were all swatched with my finger onto my arm without any primer.

Heavy Metal

In this column we have "Metal-ica" which is a frosty white/silver. Below that there is Iron Maid-in, which is a satin gold color. "Lead Zeppelin is a grey with gold glitter and to my eye, has the most glitter in it than any other color. Alice Copper is almost a burgandy/ruby color with  a small amount of silver glitter.

While I'm not the best at giving swatches of matte colors, I did my best! The classical column is completely matte. They are all very soft and not at all chalky. While my swatches are on the lighter side, they are definitely buildable to an opaque finish on the lid. On the top, it is hard to see as it is close to my skin tone, is the color, "Adagio" which is a peach/cream color. Below that is a light brown called, "Allegro." The one that appears the darkest is called, "Moderato." It may look black in the swatch but it's actually a very dark purple, although I can imagine it might come off more slate grey on the lid. Finally we have the color "Presto" which swatches a bit on the grey side, but is actually a mink brown.


This column has some of the most interesting colors in the palette, in my opinion. At the top, we have a muted purple color with a fine amount of gold glitter. This one is called, "Blink 1982." the glitter is very sparse, and I find this to be a very unique shade. It's almost like a dusty rose. A little purple, a little pink and a dash of grey. Very beautiful color. Next is a very misleading shade called, "The Stroke." It appears in the swatch and at first glance to be a matte black. However when you take a picture of it with flash (like above) or hold it in the light, you can see that it's a VERY deep navy blue color with a small amount of deep blue flecks of glitter. Such an interesting and unique color! Next down is a grey/purple color called "rem." This one is the one I was most drawn to I think it will be a fantastic "all over the lid" color. It's very pretty and has a bit of gold in it as well. You have to see it up close to really see how nice it is! Finally, is the shade "Third Eye Blinded" which is a simple frosty pink shade.
All in all, it's a great variety of shadows in regards to color and finish. this is a great palette for someone who wants to try a few different kinds of eye looks yet doesn't want to get too crazy with the color.

Next in this palette, is the cheek shades!

There is an illuminator/highlight shade called "Solid Gold." It is NOT the same as MaryLou-Manizer from The Balm. This shade has a bit less shimmer and is a bit more gold-toned. The cheek shade, while called "Dont' You Want Me?" in this palette, it is actually a blush from The Balm's main line called, "Frat Boy." Both of these shades are very pigmented as you can see from the swatches below.

There are also two lip/cheek stains in this palette. I think they would be more suited for a lipgloss/tint of some sort, but they are labeled to be used as either for lip or cheeks. The choice is yours!

While my crappy cell-phone picture doesn't really show the differences between these two tints, they are in fact, quite different colors. If you take notice of them in the photo of the entire palette I showed earlier, as well as in the swatches to come, you can see that Milly is more of a pink/nude tone, and Vanilly is more of a berry red. Here's the swatches for the blushes and tints:

The very top swatch is of the "Sold Gold" highlight and below that is the "Don't You Want Me?" blush. The lip tint swatches are below. The first being "Milly" and the bottom swatch being "Vanilly." You are able to see the difference in these shades much more with the swatches. These lip tints are very nice and apply smoothly and feel moisturizing, although I will admit that they feel a bit dry over time. They will definitely tint your lips, so applying a gloss or a balm over the top of them will keep them feeling moisturizing!

Overall, I think this palette has it a LOT in it for such a compact package! I think this is an excellent palette to travel with, as all you would need is your liner, mascara and foundation. It also has a large mirror which is always good to have while traveling! I think that all the products are very pigmented and apply easily, making this a great gift for a beginner makeup enthusiast, or a makeup obsessed veteran who seems to have everything! This palette has such a cute theme and is so well-thought-out by the company that I think it would be an asset to anyone's makeup collection!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Walgreens Mini-Haul: Jordana Lip Liners and 12 Hr Made To Last Eyeliner and Wet N' Wild Silk Finish Lipstick

I am not usually a Walgreens kind of gal, however my beloved CVS doesn't always carry the "bargain" cosmetics brands that I am looking for. Luckily, my local CVS FINALLY started carrying Wet N' Wild again, although they don't always have the limited edition collections like Walgreens. I also discovered that Wags also carries Jordana, which many years ago, was the makeup line in many local dollar stores. Lately though, I've been seeing their products pop up in some of my favorite beauty youtubers videos and my interest was peaked enough to want to make a trip out to try some of the products I've been hearing about!

While my local Walgreens didn't have anything special or limited edition in regards to Wet N' Wild, I did see their line of Silk Finish Lipsticks and the price tag: 99 cents. Now, if you haven't used Wet N' Wild before, or haven't for many years, I suggest you make a return to the brand. Their shadows and lipsticks are to die for with unbeatable prices!

In this case, I had never tried a lipstick from this line before, so I found a really pretty fall color called "Deep Wine".

The lipstick tube's cover is clear, so it was very easy to see the color of the product. Even though it's a 1 dollar lippy, the packaging was cute enough, and seems relatively well made. The lipstick was SO pretty and creamy looking that I didn't even want to use it! I will show a photo of my swatches at the end of this blog post, but as for my opinions on the product itself? WOW! For a $1 lipstick, this is fantastic! It's a very pigmented lipstick. It glides on very easily and you don't have to work hard to get a very opaque application of the product. It comes off with a beautiful wine red color with a blue undertone. It's a perfect bold lip color for fall and I am even more thrilled at the price tag!

I also picked up a few Jordana products. I wish I was able to get more, but it was about 100 degrees in the Walgreens and I was just grabbing at things quickly to try out because it was so dang hot! I'm about to run out of my Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy lip liner that I got about 2 years ago. It's a rose-nude color that always went well with most lipsticks, but I can't afford $19 for another one. Same goes for my UD eye liner in Perversion. I have a hard time justifying that kind of money on some liner pencils, so I thought I would play around with a lower cost alternative. I picked up 2 Jordana twist up lip liners. One in Baby Berry and one in Tawny. I also took the recommendation of EmilyNoel83 on youtube and bought the Jordana 12 Hour "Made to Last" eyeliner, because it was compared to the UD 24/7 liners.

Here's the products all together (Forgive the weird lighting, I was using a flashlight to get an accurate color and it just came out weird-looking!)

Both of the liners are similar, but one is a more brown/nude/pink shade, and the other is a pink/berry/red. I really love the twist up liners, but I do think pencils last longer, even if they take a bit more effort to sharpen. Here are the swatches!

It's hard to show how easily the black liner goes on. It REALLY glides. It's called a "liquid liner pencil" on the packaging, and it even feels that way. It glides on just like the Urban Decay liners. However, this liner will STAY ON! UD liners tend to smudge off my eyes. This liner swatch stayed on my hand for 24 hours and there is still a light black line on my hand even after washing my hands. Rubbing my hand vigorously still left about 80 percent of the liner in place. If you're looking for glide on, low cost (about $2) and long lasting liner, these are it. There are quite a few colors and I am most definitely going back for the rest of them. I am SO impressed with these!

Aside from the lipstick swatch (how GORGEOUS is that Wet N' Wild lipstick??) I also have the Jordana liner swatched in between the eye liner and the lipstick. The lighter one on the left is Tawny, and on it's right is Baby Berry. These are basic liners. They apply nicely and smoothly. Nothing too groundbreaking, but definitely just as good as any other lip liner I've tried. Even better that they are twist up, and under $3!

Overall this was a very successful trip to Walgreens! I might stop by again soon to see what else they have in store, as well as to pick up some more products from Jordana!