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January Starbox by Starlooks {Review}

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Starbox time!!  Last month’s Starbox was so incredible that I just couldn’t wait to open January’s box!  The theme this month was “Surprise Yourself”, so based on other reviewer’s comments, it looks like none of us were given a tracking notification email–we just had to wait and be surprised as to when it would show up!  Love that.  I also gathered that every Starbox subscriber got something different in their box this month!  What an even better surprise!

logo_animIn case you’ve forgotten what Starbox is all about, or you’re new to Dandy and this is the first you’re hearing of it, I’ll explain.  Starbox is a monthly subscription box where you are sent a select number of items each month, but unlike many other subscription boxes that I have tried, Starbox brings you FULL-SIZE items that last more than one or two applications.  They are also not an assortment of obscure and unknown brands–they send products from the Starlooks makeup line, which is seriously PRO quality makeup, comparable to Makeup Forever, Sephora, M.A.C, Chanel, and Dior.

IMG_9487This month’s box arrived fairly late in the month, so I had a lot of time to anticipate what treats would show up in my mailbox.

IMG_9494As promised, four full-sized items and a bonus zebra nail file!  I love when they throw in extras like that.  November’s pencil sharpener has been super handy.

IMG_9495Aren’t these colors pretty for January?  Shimmery, sleek, not too loud…

IMG_9499I was so pleased with everything in the box this month.  One really fun item was a pair of eyelashes ($13).  Talk about drama!  The glue container it arrived with was a little flimsy and hard to control, but the lashes are high quality and very dramatic, flexible, and long.

jan1This cream pot liner ($13), which I blended over the lid as a cream eye shadow, is shimmery gorgeous!  This is Milky Way – Satin.  I love how all of the Starlooks products I own are long-lasting, easy to apply, and comfortable to wear.

IMG_9642Lastly, the tender gloss lipstick ($13), in Puzzy, and the lip gloss ($12) in Pearl Necklace are so pretty together!  I’m usually not one who loves a lot of lip color, so this combination is perfect for me.  I feel like it could be dressed up or down, while still being noticeable.  Such a sweet color for Jan./Feb.  The hexagonal shape of the lip gloss is fun and easy to grasp and twist.

IMG_9666The total cost of my box was over $50, so for $15, wouldn’t you say I’m getting a steal (every month!)?

Hurry and start your subscription!  Don’t miss out on another box of wonders for only $15!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

7 Balm {Giveaway}

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I am a lip gloss/lip balm addict. I literally cannot go ANYWHERE without balm on my lips and a tube in my purse. Nothing annoys me more than having dry, cracked lips. I have tried almost every kind of balm, gloss, cream and stick out there, but I’m always trying something new to see if I can find the ultimate lip balm. And now, Seven Balm Organic Lip Balm is definitely on the top of my list!

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7 Balm comes from a line of products made from Manuka honey, a type of honey native to New Zealand and southeastern Australia that is known to have many medicinal, healing properties. Seven’s line of products includes a Skin Healing and Moisturizing Ointment, and a Moisturizing Soap. All of Seven’s products use Certified Organic ingredients, have no colorants, preservatives, fragrances or fillers. This is stuff you can feel good about using!

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7 Balm Organic Lip Balm is chock full of goodness. Along with the Manuka Honey, it has eight healing oils (why they didn’t stop at seven is beyond me…) and 94% Certified Organic ingredients. It is made in Canada, so you know the ingredients are coming from a good place, and the square tin contains more than twice as much as a standard tube of lip balm!

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It has no flavoring or fragrance, which, while I know is better for me, is kind of a let-down because I do like a good flavor on my lips. But the feel of it on my lips is wonderful–soft, creamy, smooth and healing.  It’s not sticky and leaves my lips feeling smooth for hours after the first application. I’ve only used it as a lip balm, but other customers have used it for diaper rash, eczema and cold sores and reported positive results. Think of the uses! I don’t think I’ll use it anywhere else, though, because I enjoy the pretty shine it leaves on my lips too much to use it anywhere else 🙂

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7 Lip Balm and the other 7 Products can be purchased online. The Lip Balm is $9.75, the Cream is $24.95 and the Soap is $14.95, but you can buy all three products for only $45–pretty reasonable prices for high quality, organic ingredients. But if you’re lucky, you can win a tin of 7 Lip Balm for free!

Enter to Win a Tin of 7 Lip Balm!

**Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via PayPal invoice.

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of December 17, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Seven Products, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Hard Candy Cosmetics {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have a dear and extremely talented friend from my childhood who now performs in Vegas and teaches aerial classes!  We share some pretty great stories from our teenage years, and one of my favorites involves some lip gloss.  I wasn’t in the car with her, but apparently she was applying some lip gloss (the wand kind) and a bump in the road caused a little mis-application, and she exclaimed, “Ohhh!  I got some on my lip!”, and her sisters replied, “As in…where else were you trying to put it?”  I think of that story every time I put on lipgloss, especially in the car 🙂

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Gloss, lipstick, balms, glitter, etc.  It all makes me feel young!  Let me introduce you to some lip and eye products from Hard Candy!  I got to try out three goodies–a shade of LIP DEF, All Glossed Up, and All Lid Up.

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These LIP DEFs are pretty cool.  This shade is called “Rated R” and it adds 3D pearls to your lips to create the illusion of depth and volume.  It hydrates well and the result is very glossy without a lot of stickiness.  The color?  Bright!  See, when these three surprises arrived, the colors shocked me a little!  I’m not really a glitter-wearing hipster–more like a church-going mom, but I still like the feel of gloss on my lips!  Who says I can’t be a little crazy, even if I only go out to grocery store and play groups 🙂Hard-Candy-Lip-Def

Next up, I tried a tube of All Glossed Up, in the shade called “Cupcake”!  This is SOooo pink.  More than the color, I super love how it adheres like a melted crayon.  The large tip makes it easy to achieve perfect application, especially when you hold it and write with it like you would a fat pencil.  A familiar hold and shape make this a friendly tool.  Pigments and stain are combined in a silicone base, creating staining properties and making it long-lasting.  It is so creamy, glides on effortlessly, and really stays on well!  Hard-Candy-All-Glossed-Up-Hydrating-Lip-Stain-2

The All Lid Up is a classic eye shadow.  This “Quick Sand” shade is perfect for lighting up and enhancing your eyes, and can really be used for daily wear or with glamor outfits.  THIS is more of my style and color.  It is supple and creamy, and though I wish it came with an applicator, or was packaged in a way where I didn’t have to put my fingers inside, the shadow is easy to get to, thanks to the shallow rim and wide opening.  I like using this as a shadow (though you could also use it as a liner) because of its no-crease formula.  It stays on my lids all day without rubbing off or smearing.

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Here’s a look at them applied to the back of my hand:

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And here I am wearing the LID DEF gloss and the All Lid Up “Quick Sand” eyeshadow.  I instantly loved the look of the eyeshadow!  This is without any other eye colors or products–just the eyeshadow.  It almost creates the perfect highlights and lowlights just by the way it reflects the light.  I’m lovin it!

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You can find Hard Candy brand cosmetics and accessories at Walmart–and for a great price!  These are sold for $6, $5, and $5!

You can win these same three products!  Your own tube LIP DEF, All Glossed Up, and All Lid Up eyeshadow by Hard Candy!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 13th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Hard Candy, but all opinions are strictly my own

Purely You Minerals {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I was really into showchoir in high school.  We would have competitions against other schools (in a very Glee-like fashion) weekly during showchoir season, and were always trying to place better than the week before.  One competition we convinced the boys in our group to wear a little guy-liner and foundation, and we won our first Grand Champion!  With our medals and our trophy as tall as I am, of course we girls attributed it to the makeup.  They even made t-shirts that said “Real Men Wear Makeup”, and I think they let us spruce them up every competition after that.  Makeup really does do wonders!  It can win Grand Champion trophies and it can really enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem!

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Lately, I’m really in to mineral makeup.  I don’t know why or how I kept using liquid foundation for so long.  Mineral makeup just feels so much healthier, so light, and so real.  I had the opportunity to try out Purely You Minerals, and I’m pleased as punch with their line of beautiful colors and products.

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These products were formulated by a busy stay-at-home-mom who worked tirelessly for 4 years to create the best formula of makeup that is natural, effective, and still designed with integrity.

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Purely You Minerals sent me a few samples to test out.  I’m so glad they also sent me a few things I hadn’t requested, because some of them turned out to be my favorites!  In this picture from top to bottom are: Peachy, Satin Plum, Warm Fair Foundation, Haze, Translucent Light Silk Veil (which is awesome, by the way), Electric Blue, and Neutral Light Foundation.  Ochre lip gloss.

IMG_3720This makeup is flawless!  (And these pictures are 100% un-Photoshoped).

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Everything feels very light and I never feel “caked” throughout the day.  All of Purely You’s products are made in small batches to maintain high quality standards, and they don’t contain any talc, powdered starches, clays, or parabens, and are always gluten free.  Hopefully this eliminates many possibilities of potential allergies for those with very sensitive skin.PURLELY+YOU+MINERALS+Compact

One of the really neat things that Purely You can do is a Custom Compact (starting at $5), which you can fill with four of your favorites and have your top ‘go-to’s in one place.  You can mix and match your favorites and only tote around what you’re actually using.  It also means you could have your blush, bronzer, and eye shadows all in one compact.  Speaking of eye shadows, Purely You has some super dreamy ones.  Check out these gorgeous colors:

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And one lucky winner is going to get to pick their own full-size eye shadow!

I would wear all of these.  Even the electric blue!  I didn’t request to try this one out, but it was sent anyways, so I gave it a shot, and I don’t hate it!  If you’re interested in making the change to mineral makeup, I recommend starting at Purely You and trying a few things out.  Their products are super affordable and I’m nothing but pleased with them.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 10th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Purely You Minerals, but all opinions are strictly my own

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