Sunday, February 17, 2013

January 2013 Starlooks Starbox - Unboxing and Review

Starbox is one of my favourite subscription services. I find I always reach for my Starlooks makeup because it is such high quality. I loved the January box! It was filled with great products... one in particular, I have been really really enjoying.

The box this month was a light green with the Starlooks logo in gold. Once again, there was an elasticized ribbon - I love these! The theme for the January box was Eden. The Eden theme represents a new year... and a new life.

1. Blush in Cuty Peach // 6 g // $12

This is the product in my Starbox that I have been LOVING! Not only is this blush such a pretty colour, it is also highly pigmented and lasts all day. A little goes a very long way - I typically take the excess product off my blush brush with a clean paper towel before applying the product.

2. Eye Pencil in Brown // 2.4 g // $8

The first time I used this eye pencil, I thought it was really hard. It definitely tugged on my eyelid. The more I used it though, the creamier it got. Now I try to warm up the eye pencil before I use it - I either cup the point in my hand with the cap on or I hold it near my lighted mirror without the cap on - and I am finding it much easier to apply. It is still not my favourite formulation but I find I do use this eye liner quite often.

3. Diamondline Eye Pencil in Fancy // 2.4 g // $8

It boggles my mind that this eye pencil is only $8. It is so creamy and pigmented. We received this eye pencil in the shade Fancy, which is a beautiful shimmering pale green. I like to wear this on my waterline, lower lash line, and inner corners; however, there are little pieces of shimmer that get everywhere so keep a few cotton swabs handy to clean up the glitter if you decide to smudge it out. I wish there were smoky shades available in this eye pencil formulation... I think there is only one (myth), which was already included in a previous Starbox before I subscribed. I may have to buy that one but I am waiting for Starlooks to update the website with real life swatches.

4. 858 Soft Small Dome Fluff // $15

I have received one Starlooks brush in the past and I really liked it. It was very high quality and I have been looking forward to receiving more. The brush we received with the January box is wonderful. It's super soft and made of cruelty free pony hair. This brush is great for blending and packing on colour.

5. Green Ivy Bracelet // $15

I was very excited to receive this bracelet when I saw spoilers of the January Starbox. [Incidentally, Starbox is the only "surprise" box where I look at spoilers before receiving mine... I just can't wait!] However, after trying this bracelet on, I realized it doesn't look very good on my wrists. It's a little chunky and awkward on me, which made me sad because the bracelet is such a pretty colour and design. I love the emerald colour (Pantone colour of the year and my birth stone!) but it just doesn't work on me as a bracelet. I saw a blogger wrap this around her bun though and it looked amazing so I will be giving that a try. :)

Overall, I really loved my January Starbox. I have been waiting to receive a Starlooks blush and we finally did! I was thinking of putting this subscription on my chopping block because I have so much makeup and it's one of the pricier boxes; however, I don't think I can give it up just yet. Did you receive a January Starbox and, if so, what did you think of the products?

// Approximate value of the products in the January 2013 Starbox: $58 (not sure how the $63 value on the card was calculated) //

I forgot to mention that I also received two teeny tiny crystals but they were so small that I didn't see them in my box and I have since lost one. Anyway, here is the January edition of "Why, Marci!?".

For more information about the company, please check out my August Starbox review. The February theme is Abyss and it's a special edition box curated by make up artist, Lauren Clark. I love her blogs and her looks so I am very excited for the February Starbox!

Note: 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 recently notified by a Youtube viewer that shipping to Canada has changed to $4.50 - please contact Starlooks for a quote.

Note: I paid for the January Starbox with my own money.

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