Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beauty Blurb | OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Rose Gold - Subscription Box Review+Swatches

Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Subscription Box Review+Swatches featuring Kari Gran, Philosophy, Milani,Korres
Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Subscription Box Review+Swatches

For all my fellow lipstick loving friends, there's finally a subscription box for you! The O.C. Lipstick Club is a new monthly subscription box that caters to your beauty preferences while providing a selection of curated lip products, including luxury, indie, and trendy brands. I received a complimentary box for review.

Here's what I got in the January 2017 Rose Gold box (swatches below):

  • Kari Gran Lip Whip - $21
  • Korres Mango Butter Lipstick - $19
  • Philosophy Flavored Lip Shine - $10
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick - $6
  • Mini fragrance bottle (I got Michael Kors!)
  • A packet of bonus gifts! See what I got below.

I was impressed with the selection and liked that it was a variety of brands--most of which I'd never tried before. The whole box has a retail value of over $70 (!) but only cost $30, making it such a steal. Each box is thoughtfully packed with cute packaging too.


Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Subscription Box Review+Swatches featuring Kari Gran, Philosophy, Milani,Korres
Left to Right: Kari Gran Lip Whip Shimmer ($21), Milani Color Statement Matte Beauty Lipstick #69 ($6), Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in "Natural Pink" ($19), Philosophy Flavored Lip Shine Gloss in "Vanilla Birthday Cake" ($10)

My favorite item in the box was the Kari Gran Lip Whip. It has a smooth texture and a nice, subtle shine with just a hint of shimmer. The minty scent is quite refreshing too.

The Milani lipstick in #69 is a deep neutral mauve. It had an opaque matte finish with fantastic color payoff. It also felt lightweight, which is something I look for when buying lipstick.

I'm a fan of Korres beauty products but hadn't tried their mango butter lipstick yet, so I was most excited for this one. It reminded me of a tinted lip balm and had a sheer and slightly glossy finish. I got it in "Natural Pink 13", which showed up as a sheer coral on my skintone.

Lastly, the Philosophy flavored lip shine is a lip gloss with a light gold sparkle. The squeeze tube and slanted applicator make it easy to apply. I didn't care too much for the scent (it was a little strong), but it's a decent gloss that applies evenly.

The great thing about this particular box is the versatility of the items included. The shades are neutral and universally flattering. Individually, they're all lovely, but they look even better layered! Case in point:

Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Rose Gold - Subscription Box Review+Swatches
Left: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in #69 + Kari Gran Lip Whip Shimmer on top
Right: Korres Mango Lip Butter Lipstick in "Natural Pink #13" + Philosophy Flavored Lip Shine in "Vanilla Birthday Cake"

Four lip products and a mini fragrance bottle already seem generous for a $30 box, but there's more! There's even a bonus treat bag filled with samples and gifts. Mine included an Origins mask sample, a travel lip brush (I really needed this), and a Dr. Dennis Gross peel sample.

Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Rose Gold - Subscription Box Review+Swatches


Overall, this subscription box is an incredible value filled with quality products, most of which are high-end! I highly recommend it if you're a lipstick or beauty enthusiast who is interested in trying different brands.

Thanks to O.C. Lipstick Club for the box.
Want your own? Get one here.



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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Beauty Blurb | Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches

This post is sponsored by Maybelline. All opinions expressed are my own.

Beauty Blurb: Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches
Beauty Blurb: Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches


If you're looking to up your beauty game for 2017, look no further. I tried and tested Maybelline's new 24karat Nudes Eye Shadow Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara, and Master Precise Liquid Ink Pen Eye Liner.

Beauty Blurb: Maybelline 24karat Nudes, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches
Makeup look featuring Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner 

Swatches and reviews below!

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Maybelline - 24karat Nudes Eye Shadow Palette - $11.99

With twelve shades ranging from peachy cream and royal violet to deep matte coal black and iridescent copper, this neutral eye shadow palette has everything you need for everyday and dramatic looks. The compact size also makes it ideal for travel. 

I went with a golden smoky eye in the photos above, using the pale shadows as highlighter under my brows, the copper in the crease, blending with the golden black along the lid, with a touch of shimmery gold in the middle. I also used the top left (a shimmery pale champagne) on the inner corners of my lids for some added sparkle. 

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Maybelline - 24karat Nudes Eye Shadow Palette Swatches

The shadows are silky and blend well when applied with brushes. I found that the lighter shades were a little sheer, while the deeper ones were very pigmented. You can up the intensity by layering and using eye shadow primer. Swatches above (left to right, top to bottom following the order on the palette). Note: the lighter shades do not pick up on my skintone very well in the photos, but they're there.

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Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Ink Pen Eye Liner
Available in Intense Black - $7.99

I tend to avoid liquid eye liner because it can be intimidating, but I was actually able to apply the Master Precise Liquid Ink liner easily (with no mess-ups!) thanks to the flexible cone-shaped applicator. It was easy to create a thick cat-eye with a sharp wing. Plus, it dried fast and lasted all day. I liked the deep black opaque color because it really made my eyes stand out. Tip: go slowly, and carefully outline the wing before filling the rest of the line in.

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Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara
Available in Black for $8.49

I always aim for lush, dramatic lashes and the Colossal Big Shot Express did not disappoint! I'm extremely picky when it comes to mascara, and I've gone through lots of different drugstore and premium brands. Trying this was a pleasant surprise: I was seriously impressed by the length and fullness I got from applying it. The brush features wavy bristles that lift and separate while adding tons of volume. I always use an eyelash curler before applying mascara, and this held the curl without flaking or smudging all day. 



Overall, I had a positive experience testing each of these products. The price points are amazing, and the mascara is especially a steal. Let me know if you end up trying any of these. I'd love to know your thoughts.

All items mentioned in this post are available in mass market retailers at the suggested retail prices listed. 



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