Memebox Exclusive: Time on My Lip Liquid Lip Stain Review

Memebox Time On My LipThis is a sponsored review.

“Time on My Lip has a revolutionary hybrid gel formula that adds glamour to your lips while moisturizing them with natural ingredients. Layer it up to achieve three different looks as a tint, gloss or lipstick. Change your look as the day goes on and benefit from paraben-free ingredients.”

I love Memebox and pretty much every thing they have ever sent me.

So, when they asked me if I wanted to test out a hot new product they would soon be releasing, of course I said yes! That product turned out to be the Time On My Lip Liquid Lip Stain by Re:cipe, a unique lip product formula that acts as a sort of three-in-one…

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Mascara Binge: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll Review

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara

“Baby Doll creates a full open-eye effect by lifting and separating lashes. The patented formula creates long-lasting volume and intense color that is evenly dispersed with no flakes, clumps, or smudges for up to 24 hours.”

Every once in a while, I get on a kick. Like, I’ll suddenly become obsessed with nude lipsticks and purchase a ton of them over the span of a month or so, trying to find the perfect one; the Holy Grail of Nude Lipsticks, that fits my needs perfectly. Rarely do these searches ever yield that elusive, perfect result… But, usually, I can find something that makes me pretty happy. (And all my lady friends love digging through the big bag of cast-offs I wind up with on these kicks.)

Recently, the obsession became mascara. I have never been too much of a mascara fan and usually relied on eyeliner to give me the definition I craved. Over the past two years my allergies have gotten terrible, leaving me unable to even consider wearing liner during the spring and part of the summer (sniffle). I was beside myself. Then, one day, I woke up and the mascara bug had bitten me. Over the next few months I tried mascara after mascara–both high end and drugstore–searching for The One. I am now calling this craze my Mascara Binge, and sharing the results with you here, in a little mini-series of sorts.

Today’s test subject: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll.

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Ipsy Review ~ October 2014

Ipsy October 2014

“This month, we’re whipping up the most delicious beauty confections for you in your October “Beauty Candy” Glam Bag. You’ll find both beauty tricks and beauty treats all month long, with colorful and eye-catching eye-candy that you can see and sample!”

I’ve been pretty unhappy with Ipsy these past few months. The bags just aren’t what they were last year. They used to be makeup heavy (as in, just about always 95% makeup), but the influx of hair care and skin care products has really lowered my opinion of them. I find myself getting a lot of repeat brands and similar products that I’m just not excited about. Every time I take a peak at my Glam Room my heart sinks, and that’s just not right. If I’m not excited about my bags, what’s the point of paying for them?

So, I cashed in all my Ipsy Points for a meh Milani eyeshadow reward, which I will receive along with November’s bag. It is incredibly likely that Ipsy and I will be parting ways after that bag, unless they somehow manage to knock my off my feet.

As for this month, October’s bag was so-so. Better than a lot of the ones I’ve gotten in recent months, but still not incredible…

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review ~ October 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2014

What inspired us for October?

Tricks & treats. Cat eyes. Moonlight. Getting cozy. Pumpkin spice.

~Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR Founder and Editor in Cheif

This review is coming very late this month, but my box only–finally–arrived today.

::sigh::

I won’t even get started on the shipping debacle POPSUGAR had this month. Suffice to say, they switched up their website last month and it caused a heap of problems, one of which was, possibly, the huge delay they had in shipping out October’s box. Not really sure, as their customer service was uncustomarily unhelpful when people (myself included) voiced concerns over having been charged with no inkling of a box being shipped, either in our online account or via email… To be honest, I never got any shipping notification this month. My account online remains blank, showing no shipment/tracking info, and no email ever graced my inbox.

But; whatever. I came home today to the surprise of it being on my porch. So, of course, I dove right in (and thus apologize for my less than stellar iPhone photos).

I was over the moon with last month’s box–so did this one live up to my expectations?

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Memebox #39 Cafe Box Review

Memebox Cafe Edition“Wake up and smell the coffee has just taken on a whole new meaning! We’ve rounded up freshly brewed beauty goods that will remind you of your favorite indulgent drinks from your go-to coffee joint. Indulge your senses in a swirl of sweet sin, and brim with delight with milky sweeties that will boost your beauty!”

Well… It has finally happened. I’ve gotten a Memebox I was incredibly disappointed with.

I’ll pause for a moment to let that sink in.

And sigh heavily while doing so.

Normally, I’m over the moon with every single Memebox I receive. They are, hands down, my absolute favorite subscription box when it comes to skin and body care items. Normally, I tend to go for the Global boxes, which are always a hodgepodge of surprises. The moment I saw the #39 Cafe Box available for pre-order, however, I jumped on that shit. I’m a coffee fiend. I practically worship my Keurig like a pagan deity and I adore coffee scents–candles, scrubs, lotions; you name it, if it smells like a freshly brewed pot of coffee (or even a nice milky caramel latte), I want it.

So, a box full of cafe-inspired goodies sounded amazing. I had seen reviews of their chocolate themed box and it was incredibly chocolatey and amazing, so my head was full of expectations for equally delicious smelling goodies in the #39. I thought we’d be getting some sweet coffee shop type treats, like vanilla and caramel scents, along with tons of coffee containing or coffee scented products!

Unfortunately, Memebox had a completely different take on what “cafe” items meant, and when I opened this box, I was crestfallen (to say the least).

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Sugarpill Cosmetics Sparkle Baby Palette Review

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Palette

“Let your inner princess shine! A high-glitz eyeshadow collection for living dolls. Ultra girly, shimmery shades to satisfy your sweet tooth!”

Man, oh man–I feel like we were waiting for this palette! It was months ago when I first saw swatches of the single shadows from this collection up on a few blogs and from that moment on, I was stalking the Sugarpill Cosmetics website, waiting to pounce the moment this baby became available.

I adore Sugarpill shadows. They have some of the boldest, craziest colors I have ever seen and their quality is stellar. Every single shadow I have tried from them has been buttery smooth, super pigmented, and downright phenomenal when it comes to lasting power.

Sadly, I don’t find myself reaching for the Sugarpill shadows I have (i.e. the Burning Heart and Heart Breaker palette shades).The problem? I just don’t have much call for bright blues, reds, and oranges in my day-to-day makeup life. I wish that were different, of course, but as it stands I find myself sticking more to the neutrals of my Urban Decay Naked 1 or 3 most days instead.

So, when I saw they’d be exploring their “softer” side with the ultra girlie, mostly pastel shades in this, the Sparkle Baby Palette, I was over the moon. The day it went up for sale, I made sure it would be mine!

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Birchbox Review ~ October 2014

Birchbox October 2014

October 2014: Fanfare

Obsessed. Addicted. Can’t get enough. Hold my calls.

Whether you’re excited about blockbuster season, geeking out about fall TV premieres, or searching for a new soundtrack, everyone has a fan in them. This month, we’re sharing our passions–and we want you to share yours! Use the card in this month’s box to broadcast your favorite show/book/movie/musician to the interwebs. Here’s to an entertaining month!

My Birchbox actually came pretty early this month buuuuut I was so wrapped up in the New York Comic Con madness it just kind of fell to the back burner. As, well, most things tend to do for me come early October. Nothing beats the geek in me, I guess. (Which, now that I think about it, is kind of fitting with the “Fanfare” theme, isn’t is? I certainly do have a fan in me and she does tend to get obsessed…)

I was pleasantly surprised by my September Birchbox, so I was really looking forward to this month. Would it trounce Ipsy yet again? I haven’t gotten my Ipsy bag yet, but I did get a sneak peek into my Glam Room and I have to say, it wouldn’t take much effort on Birchbox’s part.

So, let’s see what I got in my October box…

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