OMG guys. I've been freaking out with excitement over the MAC Maleficent collection and was soooooo ecstatic to review it for We Heart This!!! Click here to see my review & swatches :)
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We Search For the Best in Lip Products! Every month LipMonthly's experts travel across the country to find the best products in retail stores, so you don't have to. We will bring you the best deals on the market, in our beautifully designed packaged boxes. All that's left for you to do is try them on! We've partnered with brands all around the world. For only $10/month, you'll get a unique box with a variety of 2-3 full sized products, and 2-3 sample products.
LipMonthly reached out to me to see if I wanted to review one of their subscription boxes, and since I love accumulating lipglosses like they're never going to be made again, and LipMonthly has been in Cosmo, Self and Glamour magazines, I couldn't wait for my first box to arrive.
Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that delivers five beauty or skincare samples to your doorstep for only $12 a month (and the shipping is free)! Ordering recurring boxes gives you an even greater discount.
I was really excited when Beauty Box 5 reached out to me to be on their review team!
My thoughts on these products:
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
While I think it's a good basic product (it's moisturizing without being heavy, the oatmeal scent is faint but pleasant), it's readily available, I've tried it before, and it's not very exciting to see a travel-sized container in my BB5.
Model Co Illusion Lip Pencil
I haven't tried any Model Co products before, so I liked the opportunity to try out a new brand, and I liked that it was a full-sized product. Although the color looks a little cool on me on it's own, it's a good neutral nude base for lipstick. Although the pencil seemed a little dry and tugged at my lips a bit, it's not drying--it feels pretty comfortable on my lips, and I like that the cap has an included sharpener.
Swissco Glitter Toe Separators
These are cute as far as toe separators goes, but I never use these things. Does anyone actually use these??
La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes
I really did NOT like these. The fragrance was too strong for me, and the wipes did not do a good job of removing any of my makeup. I needed to use two wipes to get the majority of my makeup off, and then still used a good foaming cleanser afterwards to get rid of any residue. I would not buy these.
Nubar Alter Ego Nail Laquer
While I love glitter polish, I know a lot of adults who wouldn't find this very useful or practical (for work). At least it's during the holiday season. While it looks orange in the bottle but looks like iridescent glitter on my nails (no orange tint).
For only $12, I'm not really disappointed in my October Beauty Box 5, because I did get some use out of most of the products, but there wasn't anything I was in love with. Of the five samples in the October box, the lip pencil was the best, and the cleansing wipes were the worst.
At only $12 a month, it's still a useful subscription service, and this could be a really good gift--and if you get a subscription, it's the gift that keeps on giving! How fun is that?! While the makeup lover who has everything might not need it, it's a great gift for those who love samples--whether it's because they like trying new things without committing to a full-sized products, or because they travel a lot, or for makeup-lovers on a budget.
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover
$24.00 for 0.09 oz
This innovative lip pencil coats lips in stunning, glossy color with moisturizing ingredients vitamin E, hyaluronic spheres, and phytosterol esthers. Ultra rich color in a creamy formula that perfectly defines the lips while preventing lipstick from bleeding and feathering. Available in color-coordinated shades that correspond with NARS lipstick hues. Richly pigmented. Smooth application.
A few months ago, I received a deluxe sized sample of NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover as a 100 point Sephora Beauty Insider perk. Although I dislike the scent and texture of NARS lipglosses, I have been interested in trying other NARS lip products, especially when it's a freebie!
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils come in ten shades. New Lover is described as a "gold infused strawberry pink." It's a gorgeous semi-sheer color with medium pigmentation, shimmer, and a nice shine to it. It's the next step up from my lips but better--it's an easy to wear shade that isn't too subtle, but not too tween-sparkle-overly glossy either. The texture is nice and smooth, even with the sparkles. The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil felt nice on my lips--not too heavy, not too slick, not sticky. If I were Goldilocks, I would say that it's JUUUUST RIIIIGHT. I found it to be decently moisturizing and it wore for about 3 hours on me, which is good. Unlike NARS lipglosses, there wasn't any plasticky scent or taste (thank goodness). I didn't notice any scent or flavor at all, which I liked.
I'm a huge fan of this product, and I like everything about it...except the price and packaging. While the black matte pencil looks really nice and sharpens easily, I would prefer an automatic/twist up crayon. Compared to other NARS lip products, you're getting much less product for the same price, especially since you'll lose some product during sharpening (a lipstick is 0.12 oz, a lipgloss is 0.19-0.28 oz, and a lip lacquer is 0.14 oz). While I know that those are different product types, the Velvet Gloss lip pencils could have kept the same fabulous formula, but shaped into twist up crayons (like Tarte's Lip Tints and Lip Lustres, $24 for 0.1 oz, or Clinique's Chubby Sticks, only $16.00 for 0.1 oz!!). Or, they could have packaged it in a lipstick or lip balm tube. Still, I'm really fond of this product and might actually see myself shelling out the money to replace it when my deluxe sample is gone.
This month, Laura Mercier is adding a lot of new products to their permanent collection. They have two completely new products--their brand new Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colours (which comes in 18 shades) and their brand new Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact SPF20 (which comes in12 shades).
In addition to these new items, they're adding more color options to their current permanent lineups of Laura Mercier Lip Liners (7 new shades) and are also adding a new fragrance, Ambre Vanille, to the Laura Mercier Bath & Body Collection.
I was excited to receive two products from this release to test out and review, the Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Rosewood, and the Lip Pencil in True Red.