Thursday, August 30, 2012

August Starbox 2012

I know what you’re thinking. Another box?? I broke down and subscribed to Starbox (by Starlooks) at the beginning of this month after watching a whole bunch of YouTube unboxing videos and reading a whole bunch of blog posts. In my defense, I’m planning to cancel one of my other boxes. Yes, you’ve also heard that before but this time I will. I Internet-pinky-swear it.

Before subscribing, I contacted Starlooks for more information since I had a difficult time finding a review from someone who had actually paid for the box. I know receiving a free product does not necessarily taint a review but I feel it’s important to have a perspective from some paying subscribers. Also, Starlooks has an extensive line of products and I was confused because I couldn’t find a company history or any other reviews for the products (such as on Makeup Alley). So I contacted Starlooks a few times, always receiving a prompt response, and was quickly put in touch with the founder and owner, Marci Star.

(Source: Starlooks)

// Company History //

Marci gave me a bit of history about the company. Starlooks was founded in 2006 as a makeup artist management company and eventually evolved into product company with its own makeup and hair care line. Starlooks had been formulating its brand for 3 years before formally launching its product line this year (along with the Starbox a few months later). Marci is in the process of adding a company profile to the website.

What I also found intriguing about this company is that its products are often compared to MAC. Marci mentioned that one of her friends used to work at the MAC lab and referred her to several chemists and manufacturers, which now also formulate the Starlooks line. I was very intrigued by the information but what pushed me over the edge to subscribe was really the responsiveness of the owner and the excellent customer service overall.

(Source: Starlooks)

Starlooks guarantees 3-4 full size products in each Starbox. The subscription is similar to Julep in that the Starbox exclusively contains products from Starlooks (as opposed to samples from various different companies). The website indicates that the products can be makeup, hair care, or accessories but I’ve only seen and heard about Starbox including makeup and makeup brushes so I will try to clarify this. Starlooks does have a hair modifying dust (which i *think* is a dry shampoo/root booster/texturizer) that I find interesting but I’d rather receive makeup in the monthly boxes with a bonus of hair care if Starlooks chooses to send something like that out. So far, the makeup products and brushes seem very high quality based on all the reviews, feedback on the Facebook page, and my limited experience.

There is currently no beauty profile to fill out and all subscribers receive the same products.

Each month, Starlooks puts together a “looksbook” – a photo session in which the models wear the Starlooks products that will be featured in the upcoming Starbox. The photos are always very interesting and I think it’s a lot of fun trying to guess which products will be included. It certainly creates some excitement and anticipation for the next Starbox.

(Source: Starlooks)

One additional note about the products: before I subscribed to this service, I inquired as to where the products are made and the response was Canada and the U.S. so I was very surprised when I received my first Starbox and the products were labeled with “Made in China” – I e-mailed Marci to clarify and she responded that the actual product/makeup is made in Canada or the U.S. but the containers/packaging are made in China (and U.S. regulation requires that statement somewhere on the box). Marci is now looking into alternate ways of conveying that message so subscribers don’t think the actual product/makeup is made in China. This may not be a big deal to most people but it was important to me because I’ve had a few allergic reactions to products made in China (namely, some of the shades in the Coastal Scents palettes).

// Price //

The price per month is $15 plus shipping.
Shipping within the U.S. is $1.98 so the monthly price works out to $16.98.
Shipping to Canada is $3.75 so the monthly price works out to $18.75.
Updated to add: I was just notified by a Youtube viewer that shipping to Canada has changed to $4.50 - please contact Starlooks for a quote.
These are U.S. dollars.

// August Starbox //

Here is what we received in the August Starbox (in order of appearance in the video):

1. Limited Edition Card Autographed by Lauren Bradley

This is the first special edition Starbox and it featured products curated by fashion designer Lauren Bradley. The theme of this box was Le Sang Bleu, which is Lauren Bradley’s new line of lingerie. Le Sang Bleu translates to blue blood and the idea is that a royal bloodline exists in every woman… which I interpreted as a metaphor to feel bold and empowered. The card has a lovely vintage aesthetic and features a photo of Lauren Bradley wearing a few pieces from her lingerie line (which matches the theme of the lookbook). The envelope was very classy, wrapped in copper thread with a wax seal. I liked receiving this little extra in the Starbox and I thought it conveyed a great message.

2. Lip Gloss in Pink Petal Rose // 4 mL or 0.14 oz // $11

This is a very pretty light pink shade that borders on lilac in certain lighting. That’s likely why I identified it as being blue-based and perhaps having iridescent shimmer. It comes with a doe-foot applicator and some subscribers had a defective tube (the stopper attached itself to the lid so the lip gloss got everywhere) but mine was ok. Apparently around 2% of the tubes are defective.

Now that I’ve had a chance to try this lip gloss, I absolutely love it. There is no scent or flavour… hallelujah!!! The formulation is very creamy and non-sticky on the lips. I wore it over my favourite Revlon lip butter in peach parfait and it was a pretty combination. The shine is very lovely and it lasted all morning (a good 3-4 hours). Starlooks claims that this lip gloss is very similar to the Chanel lip gloss but I can’t speak to that since I've never tried the Chanel makeup line. :(

One thing I want to mention is that this lip gloss looks nothing like any of the shades that Lauren Bradley was wearing in her lookbook so I was surprised when I saw the colour. I later found out (via the Starlooks Facebook page) that the reason was that Lauren Bradley was wearing different lipsticks but Starlooks didn’t want to send out another lipstick because there was an issue last month with the product melting in the heat. Lauren Bradley instead chose a lip gloss in the shade pink petal rose to send to subscribers. While I am happy with the lip gloss, I think it would also have been nice if the colour was closer to the shades worn in the lookbook.

3. Pointed Slant Eye Liner Brush #844 // $12 (per the Starlooks website)

This brush is 100% synthetic and made from Japanese nylon hairs... which are super soft! I have an angled brush but it is nowhere near as small or as fine as this one so this brush is definitely a welcome addition to my collection. The card that came with the Starbox shows a retail value of $15 but I think that’s a typo because the Starlooks website shows a price of $12. Unless the website is wrong in which case we should buy them up, ladies! Just kidding.

4. Infinity Liner in Sculpture // 3 mL or 0.10 oz // $9

I don’t think I’ve ever used liquid, cream, or gel liner (I use eye shadow instead – wet if I want a more intense line) so this type of product is new to me and I am very excited to try it. The colour is just amazing – a metallic, gun metal/charcoal colour. I think this colour would be great with a lot of looks and work with both warm and cool tones. I think this may be a new addition to the Starlooks product line as I didn't see it on the website. I'm going to try the liner this weekend and report back with my thoughts.

I’m very glad the eye liner brush came in this box… otherwise I’d have to buy one (or make do with the one I have); however, I still think of the brush and the liner as a set so I would have loved one more product to try in this month’s box. Not complaining, just my honest reaction.

5. Quartz Crystal

I also received a small quartz crystal in my Starbox but I did not mention it in the video because I frankly did not see it. Each Starbox will contain one (or more) of these crystals and the idea is that subscribers can collect them in a glass jar to eventually build a brush holder. I wonder how many months it would take me to collect enough crystals?

// Past Boxes //

If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’m a little geeky anal crazy nutso detail-oriented with tabulating information so I’ve included below the contents of each Starbox since its inception.

May Starbox: Lip Gloss in Modest ($11), Lip Gloss in Pink Diva ($11), Lip Gloss in Cupid’s Charm ($11). Bonus: Lip Balm. With my penchant for lip products, I think this would have been my favourite box so far! I also really liked the May lookbook, even though many subscribers thought it was weird.

June Starbox: Eye Shadow in Caricature ($9), Precision Eye Pen ($13), Diamond Line Eye Pencil in Myth ($8), Small Precision Blending Brush #813 ($15).

July Starbox: Eye Shadow in Gold Dust ($9), Blush in Classy ($12), Lipstick in Citron ($11). Bonus: Mirrored Compact.

August Special Edition Le Sang Bleu by Lauren Bradley Starbox: Lip Gloss in Pink Petal Rose ($11), Pointed Slant Eye Liner Brush #844 ($12), Infinity Liner in Sculpture ($9). Bonus: Autographed Card.

If you miss a Starbox, the past boxes are available for a limited time on the Starlooks website but they will set you back $25 rather than the $15 subscription price.

I love the idea of special edition boxes and I also would love to see 4 products when a brush is included in the box (like the June Starbox).

(Source: Starlooks)

// Referral System //

This is still being developed but I believe the current system involves receiving 100 points per referral, which translates into $10 off Starlooks products (this is similar to Glymm in that you can’t put the points towards a box and they are instead applied to the online store). I think there is also a limited time promotion right now where if you refer one person, you will get an extra product in your next Starbox. Marci mentioned they will be having lots of other incentives and promotions to come so I think the referral system is still being tweaked.

// Summary //

Overall, I am excited about this new service because it provides full size makeup products rather than miscellaneous (sometimes tiny, sometimes drug store) samples of skin care, hair care, and the like. I think it offers a great alternative to the sample subscription boxes so I will definitely stay subscribed for the time being. One of my favourite things about this company is how forthcoming the owner is. She provides regular updates on the Starlooks Facebook page addressing any feedback or concerns from subscribers. It’s great when an owner is so invested in the company and makes it her business to be upfront and transparent.

If you are interested in subscribing to Starbox, please mention ellesy or petitepearstyle when you sign up. I would really appreciate it and, as always, send heaps of good karma your way! Also, there is a promo code available until September 1st for a free bonus product in your first box so definitely take advantage of that if you do sign up. The promo code is “frugalshopping1”. Thanks to Frugal-Shopping for this promo code.

Edited to add: Canadians who wish to subscribe to Starbox have to contact the company directly to get set up. I signed up by filling out the information on the contact form and a representative got back to me very quickly. I asked them to call me and I gave them my credit card information over the phone. I was just notified by a Youtube viewer that shipping to Canada has changed to $4.50 - please contact Starlooks for a quote.

FTC: I paid for the August Starbox and did not receive anything for free.

Massive Sephora Haul

As I mention in the below video, this is the Sephora haul that broke the camel's back. I will officially be BANNED from buying new beauty (makeup) products in September and October (at a minimum)... but that's okay because I will have lots of new products to try in the meantime.

Here is what I purchased over the past couple of months (in order of appearance in the video).

1. Sephora VIB Bonus (gift with purchase)

2. Urban Decay Smoked Palette

3. Benefit Legally Bronze

4. Benefit Porefessionally Pretty

5. NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette

6. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy

7. bareMinerals Putting On the Glitz

8. Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip

Not mentioned in the video (I ended up returning it): Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

I am surprisingly excited for my beauty ban - both because I want to see if I can do it and also because I want to finally use up some of my products or try out some of my new purchases. If you have any beauty ban tips to share, please do let me know!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

celebrating 3 years

hubby and i got married 3 years ago at jump on august 8. i loved every minute of our wedding day and i'm so glad we got married at a restaurant because it is so easy to go back to celebrate! here's what we ate for our leather anniversary.

half dozen coast oysters - jump's five chili hot sauce, fresh horseradish, lemon and scallion rice wine mignonette. what sauces do you like with your oysters? i can't seem to branch out from lemon & fresh horseradish... it's my fave!

i absolutely love the risotto at jump. it's really the only place i ever order risotto. we had the lobster risotto at our anniversary dinner last year too but i don't think it was exactly the same. in any case, we loved it so much that we had to order it again. p.e.i. lobster risotto - sweet corn, roasted peppers, tarragon and lobster cream.

mmmm, i've been craving pasta lately. my mouth is watering as i remember this dish. garlic tiger shrimp tagliatelle - cherry tomato, rocket, sun-dried olives and white wine soffritto.

i saved the best for last. here is what my hubby ordered. the steak & lobster plate - grilled 12 oz dry aged rib eye steak and lobster mac'n'cheese. he ordered this last year too but it was also a little different.

before and after. so so so full. we ate every bite.

at some point during the evening, we always take a break to take some photos in the courtyard. why can't i stand still?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

august 2012 topbox

topbox arrived a little later than usual this month due to a supplier shipping delay... but it came to my door really heavy and jam packed with stuff!

here is what i received (in order of appearance in the video):

1. nexxus therappe luxurious hydrating shampoo

topbox included the nexxus shampoo as a bonus drug store sample. this is a very generous sample size! i also like that this didn't count towards our regular complement of 4 deluxe sized, luxury samples.

impressions: i've only used the shampoo once and i liked it. my hair feels really clean but it's not my favourite shampoo. while i enjoy coconut scents, this one smells a little artificial and i didn't see coconut in the actual list of ingredients.

travel size and sample size // 89 mL // $2.79

2. nexxus humectress ultimate hydrating conditioner

we also received a conditioner by nexxus. similar to the shampoo, this was a very generous sample that did not count towards our 4 promised luxury samples.

impressions: i used the conditioner once as well and found it similar in effectiveness to the shampoo - it was good and left my hair feeling soft but it's not my favourite conditioner. the scent is different from the shampoo - much sweeter and more like tropical fruit (mix of pineapple, coconut, etc.). unlike the shampoo, the conditioner does have coconut oil in the list of ingredients.

travel size and sample size // 89 mL // $3.99

3. chloe l'eau de chloe perfumed body lotion

i was a little worried when i saw this product because (a) i initially thought it was a fragrance and (b) when i realized it was a perfumed body lotion, i thought the scent would be too strong. sephora describes the notes as grapefruit, cedrat, peach, violet, rose petals, natural water of rose, cedarwood, patchouli, and amber. the sample comes in a pretty plastic bottle, which i believe is a miniature of the full size product.

impressions: i find this scent pretty mild and quite pleasant. to me, it is a very fresh floral scent and i enjoyed using this product. i try to use my stronger fragranced lotions on my trunk and my legs to keep the product away from my nose - i could still smell the lotion after applying it but i actually really enjoy the scent. i liked this product a lot more than i thought i would.

full size // 200 mL // $48 (per
sample size // 30 mL // approximate value of $7.20

4. kellett skincare moisturizing gel

kellett skincare is a canadian company (woohoo!) and this particular product is supposed to combat adult acne and signs of aging. this is a generous sample size at 10 mL and i really like the pump bottle.

impressions: the gel is very smooth and silky. i really enjoyed using this product. i've only used this product twice so i can't speak for how effective it is (anti-acne and anti-aging) but it moisturizes my skin quite nicely. i will continue to use this product and provide an update.

full size // 50 mL // $95
sample size // 10 mL // approximately $19

5. pink wipes feminine wipe

i was intrigued by this product when i saw it tucked into my topbox. i currently use baby wipes when i feel i need to, ahem, freshen up so this might be an interesting (albeit expensive) alternative. this is the only product i haven't tried from my topbox so i'll include an update with my thoughts soon.

update: i like this wipe. it has a light, clean, fresh scent. that being said, i probably will not be repurchasing this product due to the price.

full size // 15 wipes // $12
sample size // 1 wipe // approximately $0.80

6. expression lash & brow brush

when we were given the opportunity to customize our august topbox, i opted not to receive a fragrance so i was provided with this lash & brow brush instead. i couldn't find an actual website for the expression brushes but i believe this is a brand by the bay. i was a little surprised about the fragrance question in the august survey because topbox had previously indicated that there were no intentions to include fragrance samples in the subscription service... i guess this is evolving. i am happy we get a choice.

impressions: this brush is okay - nothing too exciting or different from the one i currently use.

full size and sample size // 1 brush // $5

7. expression kabuki brush

i really liked the expression bronzing powder brush from my may topbox so i was excited to receive this cute little kabuki brush!

impressions: the brush felt really soft on my hand; however, when i tried it on my face, it was a little bit prickly. i used this brush to apply my blush this morning and it was effective but a bit too rough. i will see if i continue to reach for this brush but i am a little disappointed in this product.

full size and sample size // 1 brush // $20

overall, i really liked this month's topbox. it provided very good value (higher than average) and contained generous sample sizes along with luxury brands. my favourite product this month was probably the chloe perfumed body lotion. the one thing that was lacking in this box was the lack of any makeup samples (i'm not including the brushes); however, topbox has promised at least one makeup sample in the fall boxes! exciting!

// approximate value of the products in the august 2012 topbox: $58.78 //

did you receive a topbox this month? if so, what did you think of the samples? i've been reading that the marc jacobs perfume is great!

ftc: i paid for this box and nothing was sent to me for free.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

easy summer look

here is my essence summer look contest entry!

if you haven't already, please click on this link to vote for me as i need 25 votes to move to the judging round. :) voting ends today at midnight (august 18 eastern standard time). thank you so much!

august glymm bag - 2012

UPDATE (April 2013): Please read my most recent post on Glymm before ordering from this company.

glymm was the first to ship this month! it was also the first to arrive, despite the fact that it took a week to arrive.

i made a change to my personal rating system because i felt like there was a category missing. for my beauty box comparison, which will be updated once i've received all my august subscriptions, i will be revising all previous ratings to reflect this new system:

4 - loved the product - would repurchase
3 - liked the product - might or might not repurchase
2 - product was okay - might or might not repurchase
1 - disliked the product - would not repurchase

here is what i received (in order of appearance in the video):

1. naked princess naked shine luscious lip gloss in barely coco

when i initially saw this product, i thought it was a perfume sample. i was very pleased when i realized it was actually a lip gloss... even though the sample is teeny tiny. i had never heard of naked princess. upon further research, i discovered it is a lingerie company that also offers beauty products. the beauty products are all paraben free and cruelty free. in addition, the lip gloss appears to be safe to ingest, which the website states is important because a woman can ingest up to 2 pounds of lip products in her lifetime. yikes! i love that the website includes lip swatches of the glosses on a lighter skin tone and on a darker skin tone. that certainly helps me visualize how the lip gloss will look on me. i wish more companies would include this.

impressions: i really really love the formulation of this lip gloss. it is probably the least sticky lip gloss i've ever tried and it just feels great on. the gloss is very lightly pigmented and gave me a very pretty nude lip. there was also a nice shine to the gloss. i didn't notice any plumping properties, which was fine by me. the gloss has a nice sweet scent. the only thing i did not like about the lip gloss was the flavour. i have a pet peeve with flavoured lip products and this one made my stomach turn. it was sweet but also a little plastic-y. boo.

full size // 0.1 fl oz // $26
sample size // 0.008 fl oz // approximate value of $2.08

2. benta berry g-1 moisturizing face cream for boys and girls

this is the sample that glymm previewed on its facebook page. when i researched the product, i became a little wary about trying the it. it was sampled in the february birchbox and not very well reviewed at all. i believe some bloggers noted that the product broke them out.

impressions: upon first use, i thought the cream was on the heavy side but still quite silky and smooth. as i continued to rub the product into my face, the cream started balling up and i was left with a huge mess. i think i eventually rubbed all the product off my face! the scent is ok - apparently the fragrance was designed by a famous perfumer. after recording the video review, i tried the product again and the balling up was less apparent this time but i still found the texture odd. it feels a little sticky and gritty. it reminded me of the olay regenerist wrinkle revolution complex from my june glossybox. i'm actually glad we received a tiny sample because i'm not a fan of this product.

full size // 30 mL // $22
sample size // 3 mL // approximate value of $2.20

3. vitamine & sea mineral clay mask

i don't know why i kept calling this a mud mask... maybe because it looks like mud. i was initially very excited to try this. i absolutely love masks. they, like bubble baths, really make me feel like i am pampering myself.

impressions: the texture of this clay mask is very hard. i literally had to dig my finger into the product to get it out of the jar. it was difficult to spread over my face and it felt very drying. perhaps i was using the product incorrectly but it didn't come with any directions... on the sample, on the online product "card", or on the vitamine & sea website. the scent is not too pleasant - it smells earthy and sulfuric. i left the mask on for 10-15 minutes and washed it off. my skin felt ok but not as great as it usually feels with other masks. it felt a lot more dry than usual. the one thing i liked about this mask was that it seemed to make my blackheads less visible. perhaps it's because it literally leeched all the moisture out of my face, including the oil. i may use this again if my hubby doesn't want to try it but i will not be repurchasing this product.

full size // 210 mL // $62
sample size // 5 mL (estimated) // approximately $1.48

4. mai couture blush papier in prettyful

i previously received the mai couture blot & bronze papier in my february glymm bag. i thought the product was ok but i was more interested to try the blush sheets so i'm glad i received these in my glymm bag this month. similar to the bronzing sheets, i cut the blush sheets in half so i could get 4 uses out of them. :)

impressions: the prettyful shade left a pretty pink tone on my cheeks but i felt that the pigmentation was too light, it looked a bit splotchy, and it was a little too much work to apply the product. these might be handy to have on the go. i didn't like that there was so much shimmer on the sheets - it got all over my hands but surprisingly i did not notice it on my cheeks. i like that the blush sheets are paraben free and talc free but i still prefer more conventional (powder and cream) blush.

full size // 50 sheets // $19
sample size // 2 sheets // approximately $0.76

5. coccolily nail polish in provocative

this was the last product i pulled out and when i saw this sitting in the bottom of my glymm bag, i became super excited. this really made the bag for me. i had never heard of coccolily - it is a designer label by naana tennachie yankey, which features clothing, nail polish, and handbag collections.

impressions: i hope this nail polish line gets stocked in the glymm boutique because i want to try some of the other colours! the camera does not do the provocative shade any justice. in real life, it is such a bright and vibrant neon pink colour. i got many compliments on my nails today. the polish was also pretty much a dream to apply. it was close to opaque in one coat. due to the neon pigments, it seemed to dry halfway between matte and glossy - i was a little confused as to the finish so i tried both a matte and glossy topcoat to see which i would like better. by far, the glossy! i absolutely love this nail polish - it's possibly my favourite one i've ever received from the beauty boxes.

full size and sample size // 15 mL // $12

overall, i really liked my glymm bag this month. besides the nail polish, i also really liked the beauty bag that all the products came in. this month, we received a black faux patent leather bag with a diamond shape quilted pattern. i think it is so chic and i would probably even use it as a wallet clutch. i also really liked the lip gloss, although the flavour is most unfortunate. again, glymm has come through with samples from some interesting niche brands.

i have to note, however, that not all subscribers received the nail polish. there were two other variations of the bag that i noticed when reading other reviews: (A) included the nume hydro punch hydrating conditioner instead of the nail polish... i had previously sampled the conditioner in my may glymm bag; (B) included the atelier cologne in vanille insensée and the laundress delicate wash detergent instead of the nail polish.

besides the value of this month's glymm bag being much lower than previous months, there was a large differential in the value of the glymm bags, which makes me uncomfortable because that was one of the reasons i decided not to subscribe to luxebox. nevertheless, since i liked my glymm bag this month, i am going to stay subscribed and see what happens in september.

// approximate value of the products in the august 2012 glymm box: $18.52 not including the bag //

last thing i want to mention is the product card. the online link that we used in previous months contained a message that our product information will be e-mailed directly to us. this was due to the many variations in the bag this month. it will be interesting to see if this continues next month. here are the screenshots for my products:

what did you think of the glymm bag this month?

before i go, i just want to mention that i entered the essence summer look contest. basically, i created a 3 minute video showing a summer look using only essence cosmetics products. i need 25 votes by midnight est on august 18 (today!) to move to the judging round. i would really appreciate it if you could vote for me. just click here to vote for my video... thank you so much! :)

ftc: i paid for the august glymm box and nothing was sent to me for free.

Friday, August 17, 2012 haul

just wanted to share a few recent purchases from i used the promo code summerbeauty to get 20% off... not sure if this is still active but please let me know if it works for you. below is a video describing the products i purchased... please continue to scroll down for photos. :) comes out with promotional beauty bags every few months. i was alerted to this season's here comes the sun cosmetic bag and the promo code by candice of mirror image. it was a great deal at $30 (or $24 after applying the promo code) for over $150 worth of product so i had to pick one up. here is what was included in the bag:

- faux leather orange cosmetics bag (embossed with, two-way zipper, inner pocket)
- atelier cologne in orange sanguine (sample size)
- nail tek crystal file in pink (mini size) - value of $11.50
- cargo lash activator mascara (sample size)
- nyx cosmetics xtreme lip cream in nude peach fuzz - estimated value of $7.99 to $9.99
- lippy girl cosmetics organic mineral blush in tongue in cheek - value of $16.50
- it cosmetics bye bye pores airbrush bronzer - value of $29
- boscia vanilla blotting linens - value of $12
- mèreadesso lip treats in clear - value of $28
- perricone md face finishing moisturizer - value of $79

except for the atelier cologne and cargo mascara, all products were full size!

i wanted to take advantage of free shipping (with purchases of $50 or more) so i also picked up two products from a line i've been meaning to try. i chose the paul & joe creamy cheek powder in 02 kitten. this is a really beautiful light pink shade with a subtle shimmer that translates into a dewy glow on your skin. this product is buildable and lasts a good part of the day (i could still detect the blush after 8-9 hours at work). i am also loving the compact and plan to use this as a mirror when i finish the blush.

last product i picked up was the paul & joe nail enamel remover. i was really drawn to this glass bottle because i could picture it sitting in the pottery barn cubby organizer i picked up earlier this year. it fits perfectly and the bottle is even prettier in person. it's got a nice weight to it and i plan to refill it with (inexpensive) nail polish remover once it's empty.

have you picked up any new beauty products recently? i'm thinking i may need to enforce a beauty ban in september and october.

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