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Tutorial: Spring Eye Makeup Look with Lashem, Starlooks, & Measurable Difference

Tutorial: Spring Eye Makeup Look with Lashem, Starlooks, & Measurable Difference
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Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to my very first tutorial! I was contacted by Chrislie Formulations (the company that makes both Lashem and Measurable Difference products) about posting an eye makeup tutorial and I agreed! So when I received my April Starlooks’ Starbox and saw the 5 eyeshadow palette in Toyko I immediately knew what look I’d do.

I’ve never tried taking photos of my own eye while step wise putting on makeup, so please excuse any less than perfect pictures. If you like the idea of me posting more tutorials please let me know in the comments as I have a lot of ideas of tutorials from everyday looks I’ve been wearing. This look isn’t one I’d wear everyday, but it is one I have worn several times in the last week or so. It is perfect for a colorful, yet wearable spring look. Although if you live in Southern California then it is much more like Summer than Spring.

Without further ado, my very first tutorial featuring products from Lashem, Starlooks, and Measurable Difference!
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Here is a list of all the products I’ll be using:

Lashem Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer
Measurable Difference Lash Amplyfying Liquid Eyeliner
Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extension Mascara
Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear
Starlooks Small Precsion Brush 813
Starlooks Medium Precision Brush 812
Starlooks 5 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Tokyo
Starlooks Eyebrow Quad
Starlooks Starbox (Please consider using my link as it’ll help me to be able to bring you more reviews and tutorials! Thanks so much!)

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Starlooks 5 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Tokyo


I always start with a clean face. I then went ahead and did my brows. If you’d like a post with several of the different ways I do my brows including more details on the way I mention briefly below, let me know in the comments.
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I started by applying Lashem’s Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer to my entire face and eye area.
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I went ahead and filled in my brows by using Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear as a base to which I added the dark brown and a touch of the black shades from Starlooks’ Eyebrow Quad that was sent in the May 2013 Starbox.
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Then I prepped my eyelid with Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear which you can see I’m almost out of. Of ALL the various eye primers I’ve tried, I reach for this one the most. It is also great to use on your brows as a base for brow powder. It works great! I find it is easiest to apply using a small concealer brush.
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Then I used my Starlooks Medium Precision 812 brush to pack on the light golden shade (far left #1) in the Tokyo palette in the corner of my eye through first third of my eye lid and along the first third of the lower lash line.
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Next using the same brush to sweep on the light green (middle shade #2) along the rest of the eye lid (below the crease).
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After that I used the Starlooks Small Precision 813 to just pick up a little of the darker green shade (second from the left #3) as it is very pigmented and lightly sweep along the crease and in the outer V which provides some depth to the look. I also swept a little down onto the lower lash line.
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Lastly, for the eyeshadow portion, still using the 813 brush to pick up a bit of the matte cranberry shade (far right #4) to place in the corner of the out V on top of the darker green shade. I also continued the cranberry shade down to the lower lash line.
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I then used Measurable Difference’s Lash Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner (in black) to line the upper lash line. I don’t tend to line my lower lash line with anything other than shadow very often as I find it makes my eyes look even smaller than they already are.
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Then I finished by adding Measurable Differences Instant Lash Extensions Mascara. This awesome mascara really does add length and volume to my lashes. The process is a bit more time consuming than just a quick swipe of mascara. To start you first apply a coat of the mascara as a base. Then you add a coat of the white fibers which are what truly add all the length and volume. I added a very generous coat to more dramatically show the difference. Afterwards, follow up with another coat of the mascara side of the dual ended wand.
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There you have it! I’d LOVE to hear what you think in the comments!

~Jaclyn~

**Disclosure: One or more of the products listed above have been sent by the manufacturer or PR rep for the purpose of review. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.**

Going to IMATS

Hi Lovelies,
For the very first time, I’ll be heading (with my younger sis) to the Pasadena Convention Center for one of the largest of all the IMATS events! IMATS stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show. I first heard of IMATS a couple years ago, but the timing was such that I was always having or recovering from surgery. But this time around, I’m definitely mobile enough to be able to attend! I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

Unfortunately, I found out about press passes too late to be able to get one, but did hear back from a very helpful woman who reached out to a pro makeup artist that may be able to help me learn how to effectively cover the massive scar that runs from mid-thigh down to my ankle. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a press pass next year!

IMATS began Friday afternoon for pros only with Saturday and Sunday open to the general public. There will be NO ticket sales at the door as ALL tickets sold out a few weeks ago! We’re going to attend on Sunday only as I don’t think I have enough energy to attend both days.

I’ve been having a lot of stomach issues lately and haven’t felt very well. I had a intestinal flora transplant via colonoscopy plus an endoscopy procedure on Dec. 13th and while I’ve had significant lower GI improvement, they endoscopy seems to have flared up the upper stomach where I’ve had 2 Nissen Fundoplications (both ended up failing). I haven’t had such severe stomach issues in a very long time.

The last several weeks, I’ve mainly had liquids (lactaid milk), yogurt, some crackers, and lots of ginger chews (for nausea). I was told to add Carnation Breakfast Essentials at least once a day in order to get more vitamins and minerals, luckily the vanilla mix I bought actually tastes pretty good. When I had tried eating more “real” foods I’d get pain in my stomach almost immediately. I just saw both of the GI doctors and they changed/added medications so hopefully I’ll start having more relief very soon.

In preparation for IMATS, I’ve been getting myself familiar with as many of the different venders as possible in order to try to have an idea of which booths are most important for me to visit. I also ordered 2 sets of business cards (one with my address for brands/PR/etc and the other with social media information), but it looks like my social media networking cards won’t arrive until Monday.

I’ve heard that most venders will have discounts ranging from 10-40% (or more) for the general public (pros receive additional discounts) that are truly unique to IMATS. I can’t wait to see so many of the brands I’ve read about online in person! If only I had a significantly larger budget! We’ll be leaving here very early in the morning so as to leave ourselves plenty of time to drive, park, walk, and get in line. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

Have you ever been to IMATS or other trade shows? What are your favorite parts?
~Jaclyn~

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox December 2013 Edition!

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox December 2013 Edition!

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Hi Lovelies,

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive the very last Starbox of 2013! I sincerely apologize for taking so long to post this review, but I’ve been having significant upper GI symptoms which is rather unusual for me. Back in October we received a sneak peak saying that we’d be receiving a 15 shade Pro Palette in our boxes! Last year I received a 15 shade palette in what is now called the Birthday palette, but was first introduced as a custom made palette for Starbox subscribers. Once again this year, I was told we’d receive another custom made palette.

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I have to be honest in saying that I don’t use last year’s palette very much because of how bright the various shades are. While those shades are beautiful, they don’t fit in my day to day routine as I tend to stick to nudes or neutrals. Although I do use the nude quad we received last November. Since this year’s November box had several bright shades, I had hoped that the big mega palette would be nudes or neutrals. And I was by no means disappointed!

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I absolutely LOVE this Pro Palette!! Every single shade is absolutely gorgeous! Starlooks has certainly outdone themselves this year with this easily wearable on a day to day basis palette. Once again this is a custom palette exclusively just for Starbox subscribers. Although I believe it is still possible to order December’s Starbox for just a couple dollars more than originally. Even the name of this palette, New Year’s Eve 2014, is a reason to celebrate. If you look at the options for pre-made 15 shade palettes, you’ll see a New Year’s Eve one with similar nude/neutral shades. The regular retail price of this mega palette is $99, but only $17.68 (including shipping) for Starbox subscribers or $21.68 (including shipping) for a single December box! If you love wearing nudes/neutrals as much as I do, t hen this is a palette to get at about a fifth of what it would cost normally!

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Onto to the box itself, included in the typical white padded mailer was a white box with green elastic bow (I do miss the bow tied with ribbon, but completely understand that, that kind of detail would be difficult to maintain with growing service). Upon opening the box, I saw two pieces of paper (I miss the card stock from just a couple months ago), one of which was the typical introduction to this month’s box (seen first photo for the front of the card) and the second mentioned a new perk for loyal subscribers!

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I really like that both the November and December boxes had pictures of an eye look that can be done with the included items. Although I found November’s a bit more useful as it showed pictorially HOW to apply the shades to get the look the model was wearing. I very much hope this becomes a routine feature! I’d LOVE to see a bunch more pictorial tutorials for looks using this December 2013 box! I was able to recreate the look from November on my first try and received many complements. I had a bit more trouble with the December look as there are so many more shades in the palette to choose from.

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Since there is only one “item”, I’ll go through the shades one by one starting with the first row, going left to right.

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first row (left to right)
1. silver (shimmer)
2. purple-magenta (matte)
3. dark green (shimmer)
4. cool toned dark brown (matte)
5. black (matte)

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second row (left to right)
6. taupe with duo chrome with a magenta sheen (shimmer)
7. pearlized white (shimmer)
8. warm toned medium dark brown (matte)
9. warm toned medium brown with purple duo chrome (sparkle)
10. like a matte black base with purple duo chrome (sparkle)

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third row (left to right)
11. beige (matte) [nearly my skin tone so very hard to see]
12. light cream with an ever so slightly pearlized sheen (matte)
13. bronze-y medium brown (shimmer)
14. olive green (shimmer)
15. medium brown with gold (sparkle)

Definitions:
shimmer shadows have very fine micro-glitter
matte shades have no shimmer or glitter
sparkle shades are matte bases with glitter or micro-glitter

I’ve only just started to play around with this awesome palette. The options with this are truly unlimited! Starlooks definitely hit this one out of the park with this palette that contains mostly easily wearable colors for use on a daily basis along with a couple pops of color here and there. The purple-magenta matte shade doesn’t show up very well all by itself, it needs to be applied over eye shadow primer or with a wet brush. I’ve included swatches of all the shades swatched in just that fashion, over primer and with a wet brush. I’ve also taken the photos with different light filters on my cell phone in hopes of giving you the best possible idea of these colors! And all of these shadows can also do double duty as eyeliner just by using a wet angled brush!

TIP: I like to also add a touch of dry shadow (of the the same or different shade) on top for an extra pop.

You too can receive awesome full size cosmetic products from Starlooks’ for only $17.68 a month (includes shipping)! If you do decide to subscribe, please consider using my referral link by clicking HERE, if you do then I’ll receive a special box which I’ll then review on my blog.

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The second card included with this box states that beginning with December, continuous subscribers will automatically receive an exclusive gift (valued at $35) EVERY 3 months!! So if you received a December box, then you (and I) will receive a special gift in February! If you joined before January 10th then you’ll receive your first reward in March, and if you are reading this and join before February 10th then you’ll receive yours in April! Also Starlooks’ Starbox is the ONLY subscription service out there that sends subscribers a FREE BONUS box during their Birthday month as a special Birthday Box!! Last year I received a red lipstick with coordinating red lipliner and a black eyeliner in my Birthday Box.

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Did you receive December’s box? If so what did you think of it?
How were your holidays? Did you do anything special or fun? I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2014!

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!

~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: 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 November 2013 Edition

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox November 2013 Edition

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Recently I was fortunate enough to be sent Starlooks’ November Starbox. For those who’ve followed my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I LOVE Starlooks! I first reviewed their Starbox back in June of 2012 which incidentally was their launch. This is a cosmetics company that I have been lucky enough to watch blossom and grow. Both Starlooks cosmetics on their own and Starlooks’ Starbox have been included in my first (annual) Jaclyn’s Musings Holiday Gift Guide!

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Now onto the box. The theme for this month’s box was Monaco. Near the beginning of each month Starlooks releases a new looksbook which has all of the products included in the look. Some months its relatively easy to guess items that may be included and other months not quite so much. This month was awesome in that in addition to the typical photoshoot photography, we were also shown through a series of photos how to do a particular eyeshadow look. I guessed that we were likely to be receiving all or most of the shades used and thought that might be through a 5 shade eyeshadow palette. Well, my guess was correct and we were introduced to a brand new 5 shade eyeshadow palette called Monaco.

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Severals months ago Starlooks revamped their packaging switching from black boxes to white ones with prominent lettering that really makes a statement. This months box was all white with a silver Starlooks logo tied with a silver elastic cord.

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Included in this months box was the 5 shade eyeshadow palette, slanted liner brush #824 and an infinity pot liner. As a bonus there was a small pencil sharpener with Starlooks’ logo on it. I just wish that the sharpener had a plastic cover so that it isn’t necessary to hold it over a waste bin.

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The 5 pan eyeshadow palette included the follow shades (from left to right):

a matte white -a sheer white that is easily built up to more opaque and is perfect both as a base and as a highlighter

a shimmery taupe – a beautiful medium taupe with golden/bronze shimmer that is very pigmented

a matte navy blue – a highly pigmented deep navy blue that is buttery and soft in texture

a matte red – a pigmented bright red that is smooth and soft in texture making it easy to apply sheer or more opaque.

a shimmery gold – a beautifully rich gold with more pronounced glitter than the shimmery taupe, perfect alone or layered over another shade.

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I was very impressed that the mattes were so easy to work with as mattes have a tendency to be on the dry side making them harder to work with than shimmers. The look shown on the looksbook and front of the information card included in this box is very easy to self apply. I would never have thought to pair bright red with deep navy blue mattes to create a cohesive look! The retail value for this super palette is $41!

No eye look is complete without eyeliner and also included in this box were the perfect tool and gel liner to get the job done. I love Starlooks’ makeup brushes. I have the 15 piece set, which I’ll be posting a review of soon, and that makes applying any look so much easier. BUT a girl can never have too many brushes so I was quite happy to see one included this month.

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The Slanted Liner #824 brush is a perfect staple for effortlessly lining your eyes whether you like thick or thin eyeliner looks. This brush coupled with the included gel liner is a fabulous way to finish any bold eye look. The retail value of this fabulous brush is $18.

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Before trying the included Infinity Pot Liner in Orion I did not know what I was missing! Orion is the most deep blue-green liner I’ve ever seen. On days when I’m in more of a hurry I’ve skipped applying eyeshadow and just apply color liner. I’ve been reaching more and more for this one than any of the others I own since I received this a couple weeks ago! This is definitely my most favorite item in this box although I didn’t dislike anything. The retail value for this amazing gel liner is $13. Which brings the the total value of this box an incredible $73! All ONLY for the cost of $15 (+ $2.68 shipping)!!

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I can hardly wait for the December Starbox as we’ve been told that it’ll contain 15 pan custom selection of eyeshadows that regularly retails for $99! All I’ve been told that the colors are quite different than last years were. If you like to see what some of the other 15 pan eyeshadow palettes look like you can do that by clicking HERE.

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And this amazing December box could be yours IF you sign up for Starlooks’ Starbox BY Tuesday, December 10th! If you ONLY want to order this one box for yourself or a gift you can use the code ILOVESTARLOOKS to get it for $19 (+ about $2.68 in shipping). If you’d like to purchase a 3 or 6 month (gift) subscription you can do that at a slight discount by using the same code. These options only apply to U.S. orders. If you’d like to sign yourself or someone else up for a continous subscription you can do what regardless of where you live (although if you live outside of the U.S. you need to call the office directly) for only $15 (+$2.68 shipping) a month. To subscribe just click HERE (this is a referral link). If you would please use my referral link, I will receive a special bonus Starbox filled with lip and/or eye items. I would greatly appreciate it if you would please use my link, it will NOT change anything for you at all.

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From now until December 15th you can use the code ILOVESTARLOOKS for a whopping 40% EVERYTHING on Starlooks.com!

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Do you subscribe to Starlooks’ Starbox or any other subscription box? I’d love to hear what you thought of this and/or other boxes you’ve received!

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!

~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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