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Product Review: Studio Gear Holiday Palette

Product Review: Studio Gear Holiday Palette

I was fortunate enough to be selected for Studio Gear’s Holiday Palette campaign on Brand Backer. Brand Backer is an awesome site that helps to connect bloggers and brands with one another. This was the first campaign I was accepted into when I joined just a few weeks ago.

Just this ONE slim palette will help you get ready for all holiday comings and goings! Included in this easy to stick in your purse compact palette are four eyeshadows and one blush. While there is not a mirror included, I really do love that there are directions including a diagram on how to easily apply a perfectly sparkling holiday look with two variations! So even if you are not a professional MUA (makeup artist), which I am not, Studio Gear makes it very easy to create a professional-like look.

The four winter wonderland inspired eyeshadow shades included are:

Frost (upper left hand corner) – a light shimmering silver leaning towards white

Platinum (lower left hand corner) – a darker shimmering silver leaning more towards grey

Coal (upper right hand corner) – a glittering charcoal grey that looks in the pan than swatched

Glimmer (lower right hand corner) – a shimmering sheer gold

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In the center of the palette is what I consider the highlight of this palette, a perfectly coral-pink blush that truly lives up to its name Snowy Glow. This highly pigmented shade adds just the right amount of blush to look naturally flushed! Just make sure to use a light hand so as to not apply too much at a time.

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All of the shades are easy to apply and blend into numerous cohesive looks perfect for winter and the holiday season! You can find this awesome little palette, HERE, normally retails for $40, but is on sale for only $25 right now! And just for being a reader on Jaclyn’s Musings, Studio Gear has given me a code to share with all of you for 10% any order on Studio Gear.com just by using the code SGHOLIDAY.

You’ll also find this little bit of holiday goodness on my first (annual) Jaclyn’s Musings Holiday Gift Guide 2013.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!
I’d love to hear all about YOUR favorite looks for winter and the holidays in the comments below.

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox October 2013 Edition!

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox October 2013 Edition!

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I recently had the opportunity to review the October edition of the Starlooks’ Starbox. While I wasn’t all that excited about the September box, I was quite please upon opening up this box! As usual, Starlooks’ Starbox is beautifully presented. The copper metallic elastic matched the glossy black box.

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Upon opening the lovely box of goodies, I first saw that there were a few more cards included than usual. One card was for $50 off a pair of classes from (insert name of site here). They advertise that for $199 the customer chooses three pairs of frames to try on in the comfort of one’s own home and then mails them all back selecting one pair that will have their prescription lenses fitted. While I really like the concept and am due for a new pair of glasses, I still feel that this is too much money out of pocket for me especially when I couldn’t find any place on the site in which information about one’s insurance can be entered for prior billing.

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The next card mentioned a sneak peek of the products that will be included in the December box, which I will divulge later in my post! And of course the usual card with photos from the LooksBook and information about all the included products. Earlier in the month on the Starlooks facebook page, we were told that the October box included an item we hadn’t seen in a while which immediately caused followers to speculate what that might be. I too had a few guesses as to what this “long-lost” item could be, but I kept my ideas to myself.

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The first item included was a Tendergloss lipstick in the shade, Puzzy. Tenderglosses are like a combination of a lip gloss and a lipstick. This particular shade reminds me quite a bit of the essentially clear gloss from September. In the tube this looks like a very pale light pink, but both swatched and on my lips it has no color other than a glistening sheen. In the swatch below (on the left side of the gem pencil swatch), it is very subtle.

This would be perfect for someone who is just beginning to gain confidence in applying makeup along with those who do not like bright/bold lip colors and those who dress conservatively for work. Since I first started to renew my interest in cosmetics, I’ve discovered that not only do I absolutely LOVE brighter and bolder lip shades, but that I LOVE wearing red lipsticks! So to receive another lip item with very little color, I’m not that excited. However, I DO recommend the Tenderglosses as a great alternative to a ‘traditional’ lipstick, yet is still applied with the ease of a lipstick. This has a retail value of $13.

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The second item in the box was a gem eye liner. Previously these were referred to as diamondline pencils and in my view of the January 2013 box (click HERE) and back in their very first box, back in June of 2012 (click HERE). These are by far the creamiest pencils I’ve ever used! Besides the insane creaminess, these gem pencils (as far as I know) all have silver (micro) glitter included. This time Mirage was included which has a base of silver also with silver glitter. I’ve included swatches of all 3 of the gem pencils that I own. These sparkling pencils can be used alone, layered (ex. over a darker liner shade), or even smudged. There are so many different looks that can be done with a liner such as this! The retail value is $14.

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And last, but not least, this is MY FAVORITE item included in this box! I had hoped we’d be receiving one of these sooner or later and so glad it came in this box!! This is also the item teased about as a spoiler as an item that we hadn’t seem in a while. So without further ado here the third item is none other than a 3 shade plush palette! This very hefty palette contains quite a bit of product (by weight)! We received the shade 3B1 of two blush palettes I’d had my eye on with the other being the shade 3B3. I absolutely LOVE this palette! I’ve been using it almost daily since I received it. While that bright pink shade (far left) looks intimidating, it actually looks fabulous on and only needs a light hand to add that perfect flush. For me, the middle shade also doubles as s highlighter. And the more mauve-esque shade (far right) working great on the apples of the cheeks for a lovely flush and it also works to do some contouring. So this is truly a multi-tasking product. This has a retail value of $46

The total retail value of this box is a whopping $73! That is over 4 times the cost of the box! And Starlooks ONLY ever includes FULL sized products from their ever expanding line. If you like makeup and surprises, then this is the box for you! For just $15 a month (plus approximately $2.68 shipping) you too can enjoy monthly treats!

SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve been thinking out joining, but been on the fence then I have a couple spoilers for you. First off I’ve been told that the value of the upcoming November box is at least $75! And the card included in the box states that (once again) 15 shade pro eye shadow palette which typically retails for $99 will be in the December box! A little birdie told me that this 15 shade shadow palette will NOT be one of the ones for sale on the site, but a custom one like last years was. Starlooks’ Starbox makes a fabulous gift to any beauty lover from novice through pro makeup artist!

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Starlooks’ recently started a referral program. For EVERY NEW subscription placed using ones referral link means a bonus box of either lip, eye, or both items as soon as all boxes are sent out for that month, for up to 3 bonus boxes per month!

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If you are thinking of subscribing to Starbox whether for yourself or a gift for someone else, I would greatly appreciate it if you could PLEASE use my referral link which you can find through the button on the far right hand side, or by clicking HERE! This will help me to be to continue to do reviews on Starlooks products! If you EVER have ANY questions about Starlooks, Starbox, or something on their website or social media pages, don’t hesitate to call or email them as Starlooks’ customer service is excellent! I don’t believe I have ever heard a negative comment based on their customer service.

The cutoff date for subscribing to Starlooks’ Starbox is now the 10th of the month! They are also already taking pre-orders for December box! Don’t forget to check out Starlooks’ social media pages!

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What do you think about the contents on this box? Are these items ones you would use? Do you receive Starlooks’ Starbox or interested in joining? I’d LOVE to hear what you think!

~Jaclyn~
Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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