The month of May has just flown by, hasn’t it?? With all the parties, wedding and baby showers, and spring cleaning the month has melted away. We know that it’s not always possible to read each post every day so we thought a summary post of the month’s reviews would be helpful. Here is everything we reviewed and reported on this month. Happy reading and hello June!!
BATH AND BODY:
SUNDAY SCOOP –
Are you a Meijer shopper? If you live in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky then there’s a good chance that you have a Meijer nearby. My family has been Meijer shoppers for years. When you have growing kids you really appreciate the one stop shopping and great prices.
But it’s not all about Cheerios, milk, peanut butter and Milk Bones; it’s also a place to stock up on all your beauty needs whether they are toothpaste, vitamins, shampoo, or cosmetics. When I’m looking for a new collection from Maybelline or L’Oreal I love to look at the end caps of Meijer stores since I’m more likely to find it there than any other store.
Meijer has a program called mPerks and you want to be a member of mPerks if you aren’t already. You always receive savings with the program but right now (April 20 – May 17) is Meijer Beauty Perks time. It’s a great time for saving. mPerks is a digital coupon division that helps save you time because you don’t have to cut out coupons; instead you digitally clip them and at checkout use your mPerks number to redeem. This free service is easy to use. They often have beauty coupons but through May 17th there are even more “Beauty Perks”.
The brands in my pictures are an assortment of what you’ll find during this special program – L’Oreal, Maybelline, Essie, Colgate, Garnier, Dove, Goody, Caress, Softsoap, and Nature’s Bounty among others. Take a gander and then get to the mPerks website, sign up and start saving. — Marcia
More information and photos can be seen on Meijer’s Flickr Account. Happy shopping!
*we have received products from Meijer to help promote Meijer Beauty Perks; this is not a sponsored or affiliated post
I feel that Wantable’s subscription box needs no introduction since I write about it monthly and rave about it monthly too. In my book it’s the premier cosmetic subscription service around because they are all about COSMETICS. They aren’t sending me skincare to add to my piles of that. They aren’t sending me fragrance, thank goodness. I don’t have to worry about hair products that aren’t good for my hair. What they send for $36 a month is what I love – color cosmetics. Piles of that don’t bother me!
My December box was sent for review while previous boxes were purchased by me. I was fortunate enough to earn some credits by subscribers purchasing the box so I thank you for that. But now let’s get onto the good stuff – introducing my personal WANTABLE BOX FOR DECEMBER 2013.
On my profile I’ve got Eyeliner as a “love” item and I was especially excited about the EVELINE EYELINER MARKER ($10.99) included this month. Lately I’m on a liquid eyeliner journey and wear liquids easily 5 out of 7 days. EVELINE is a brand I never had heard of before which is one of the things I love about Wantable.
The point on this is firm so it’s very easy to use. I can do a one stroke liner with it though Eveline also recommends dotting along your lash line and then connecting in small strokes. While this needs a little touch up on the bottom lashline for me, it lasts the entire day on the top.
MICHAEL MARCUS SHADOW PRIME ($24) – I put eyeshadow as one of my “loves” and Wantable knows that eyeshadow needs a good eyeshadow primer. The primer reminds me a lot of Paula Dorf’s Eye Prime in consistency and color. This is a thick cream product. I apply it with a brush since my nails are too long for the pot but then I smooth with my finger. If I put on too much though it tends to eat my shadow so I have to be careful with the amount and be sure to let it melt into my skin. Where a thick cream can especially work well is with a pigment since it gives the loose powders something to grab onto. I need to try it with some of my sparkly shadows too.
My next two products are from my “like” list – blush and lip gloss. The lip gloss is from 29 Cosmetics and it’s Dew Lip Gloss in Top It Off ($24). The color is a very sheer pale pink. It doesn’t give much color actually but it feels really good one the lips to top off a lipstick.
GIRLACTIK BEAUTY BLUSH in MILAN ($18) is a soft and luxurious feeling lilac pink blush. On the Girlactik website it shows this is the newest shade they’ve created. It also says that it’s a matte nude pink. It’s a silky matte but it’s not nude on me. It’s just a pretty light shade that I think is on the cool side. Since my skin is very fair though it probably is more of a nude on someone with darker skin.
Wantable always includes an extra in their packages and this month’s is just the cutest. It would make a great stocking stuffer or gift to put in a birthday card to a friend. Look at these cute GLAM GIRL MATCHBOX EMERY FILES from Kikkerland. Perfect size to put in a makeup bag and with its matchbox cover it won’t scratch anything. (I found them at shopinbliss.com for $1.99)
Another wonderful box that was a thrill to open. I always discover new brands and feel like I’m opening a birthday present when Wantable’s Cosmetic box arrives. Have you subscribed? You know you want to! — Marcia
*box received for review, this link https://www.wantable.com/invite/1DV7tjqbktQ is an affiliate code to help us earn credit off our future boxes.
Here on Beauty Info Zone we’ve reviewed butter London nail lacquers and Lippies and are quite enamored with them. The good news is that butter London has expanded and now has a wonderful line of cosmetics that include eye pencils, blush, mascara, lip glosses and more. It’s an exciting colorful line that we can’t wait to test out.
The new Bespoke Colour Cosmetics Collection will be available at Ulta stores. To celebrate this butter LONDON has their team of artists including Katie Hughes coming to the following cities between August 7th and 29th.
· Seattle, CA
· Sacramento, CA
· San Francisco Bay Area, CA
· Los Angeles, CA
· Orange County, CA
· San Diego, CA
· Las Vegas, NV
· Atlanta, GA
· Houston, TX
· Dallas, TX
· Chicago, IL
This ROCK OVER TOUR will include giving ULTA shoppers a free 20 minute consultation and Rock Over with Katie Hughes and her team of makeup artists. Additionally, consumers who purchase $25 of butter LONDON product will receive a full size Nail Lacquer in Chancer, while supplies last. If you are lucky enough to live in one of these cities you can get more information about the tour locations by visiting http://www.butterlondon.com/
Suddenly the name Pantone has become a buzz word in the cosmetics world. Artists have always relied on Pantone for color accuracy and it’s been important for true makeup artists as well. But now it’s come to the masses and we will be influenced by Pantone’s colors and Color of the Year for a long time to come. In 2012 they announced it was Coral and now for 2013 Emerald has been coronated. The January Starlooks box (aka Starbox) is right where it belongs with beautiful shades of lighter coral and green.
Each month Starlooks sends a beautiful box they’ve curated of their own cosmetic line along with a surprise or two. So far the boxes I’ve received have all been quite different from each other, always filling me with surprise and delight.
January’s box contains a gorgeous peach blush called Cuty Peach, a brown eyeliner pencil, a Diamondline Eye Liner in Fancy (a fabulous light green), a dome eyeshadow brush and the surprise of a beaded bracelet by Abby Rose Designs in Emerald. Plus they always include a crystal to collect. I now have a small collection of these. They’ve changed their program a little which I’ll explain after telling you about these great products.
I’m trying not to pick a favorite but I’m absolutely loving Cuty Peach blush and Fancy Diamondline eyeliner. The blush is luminous and reminiscent of much more expensive blushes that I have including one from Sunday Riley. The peach has enough pink in it to be a universal shade. It’s not shimmery at all, it’s just buttery soft and well pigmented. I have to use a light hand with this but it lasts all day long!
Fancy Diamondline eyeliner is a beautiful eyeliner but I personally don’t use light shades like this. So how am I using it? As an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base! It’s so soft and smudges beautifully especially with the great Dome Brush included in the Starbox. The brush is very soft and does a great job of smudging especially. The other eyeliner is a brown eyeliner – what else can I say? It too smudges well but I like it as a straight brown eyeliner for my top lashline.
The bracelet was the biggest surprise. Abby Rose Designs is a shop on Etsy. (etsy.com/shop/abbyrosedesigns). Their motto is “The world around us is inspiring – a gorgeous palette of emotion and allure, both of which are incorporated into each Abby Rose piece. Inspiration can be drawn at a moment’s notice – from texture, color, or even a fleeting thought.” Beautiful sentiments and a nicely made piece of costume jewelry just right for this season. (Plus I’ll finally have something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day!!).
Here’s how Starlooks/Starbox has changed (or maybe it was there all along and I didn’t notice it!!). You can accumulate Star Dollars through purchases. For every dollar you spend you receive a star dollar. 100 points gives you $10 Star Dollars towards a purchase. They ship for free (unless your package is over 10 lb.) and the prices of their products are very reasonable. The eyeliners are $8, the blush is $12, the brush is $15. The Abby Rose Design bracelet sells for $15. The box costs $15 each month and if you miss a box they often have them still for sale for $25. The January box has a value of $58. I received this box from the company for review but I’m having so much fun with it that I’ve now subscribed to Starlooks/Starbox to see what other treasures they’ll be bringing me starting in February. This box of beauty is definitely worth the fun that the $15 will bring. — Marcia
See my other Starbox reviews here
Whenever I talk about subscription boxes I hear complaints that people don’t need or want more fragrance or skincare samples. They are inundated with them and plain old tired of them. Yes if the boxes had one of those samples and included cosmetics then people would be happy. Instead they are loaded with samples that will probably never get used. But Starbox by Starlooks is different – they are just what you have been asking for: COSMETICS!! Just about everything in the box will be cosmetic. What a dream come true.
I have the latest box from Starbox and it’s what I’ve been hoping for all along. Full size cosmetics and lots of them. Each month you’ll receive 3-4 FULL SIZED pieces of makeup, hair product, or accessories by STARLOOKS. Each month will include a different mix of product types including colors, styles, formulas, etc.
A box costs $15 a month and there is a small charge for shipping (usually $1.98). Starbox cosmetics are created by the company. They have a very complete FAQ section, much better than any I’ve seen.
Let’s get to what was in my October box and why I’m so happy. There were 3 full size cosmetics that create a beautiful look plus a fun extra.
- Starlooks Eye Pencil in Gold Dust. This is one of 20 shades that Starlooks makes. The shade is perfect for holidays especially. It’s a beautiful gold that isn’t brassy or too yellow. It applies smoothly and evenly. I find if I warm up the tip with my fingers that I can even use it as an eyeshadow. You can buy the pencils at the Starlooks store for $8.
- Starlooks Pigment in Posh. If you love pigments and you love purple then this is for you. It’s a beautiful slightly iridescent shade of purple that isn’t glittery. It applies like a dream. A little goes a long way. What’s so amazing about this pigment is that it lasts so well. I like using a tacky base with a pigment (lately it’s Mally Beauty Eye Primer) and Starlooks Posh pigment is easy to blend over it and lasted me the entire day. You can buy one of the 21 shades for $12.
- Starlooks Lipstick in Masquerade. This lipstick surprised me in a few ways. First I opened it and wondered why they’d send a red brown lipstick with purple eyes. Boy was I wrong. Masquerade is a beautiful red with a slight brown undertone that doesn’t show up that way on my lips. I’ve worn it straight from the tube and also applied with a lipbrush. I prefer the lipbrush because I like a softer look if I’m going to wear red lipstick. The other way it surprised me is that it doesn’t have fragrance. Anyone who has read Beauty Info Zone knows that I’m very fussy about fragrance. When I smelled it (I always smell products, one of my idiosyncrasies) I noticed nothing. When I applied it I noticed no fragrance but lots of moisture. Starlooks has me in their lipstick corner now. The online swatch is very accurate for Masquerade so I’m sure that the others are too.
Starlooks carries a whooping 89 lipstick shades at $11 each.
- Now for the surprise in the box. It’s called Eye Rock and it’s a set of Eye Tattoos.
To use them you start with clean skin without any makeup or creams on. Play around with them to figure the right placement and see if they need to be trimmed. Wet the paper back thoroughly and then let the water soak in for about 40 seconds before you remove the paper. Now wet the area around your eyes liberally and smooth on the tattoo. Wait about 5 minutes for them to dry and seal. Eye Rock has dozens of designs and they cost $5.99 at Beauty.com.
If you’ve been doing the math you’ll see the box would cost $36 if bought separately but it sells for $15 total, no hidden costs. As with all subscription boxes, you take a chance because you don’t know what you’ll get but I can assure you that this is an amazing box for a great price. While it will be my 18 year old niece who ends up with Eye Rock tattoos, I’m happily using all the other products.
Now here’s the best part, Starlooks sells eyeshadow palettes for $99 but if you pre-order the December Starbox subscription you’ll be getting one for $15. If that doesn’t persuade you to pre-order the December box I don’t know what will. It would make a fabulous gift too for any cosmetic lover on your list.
I see Starboxes in my future, do you? — Marcia
*sent for an honest review