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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: 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.

Jaclyn’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013!!

Jaclyn’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013!

I know I’m a bit late getting this posted, but between midterms, extra credit papers, and my first final in 9 years blog posts haven’t actually made it onto my site although I have written a few. If only I had a magic wand that would allow me to skip any sort of formatting….ah well, better late than never!

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Also if you don’t know, Chanukah falls very early on our secular calendar. For the first and only in my lifetime, Chanukah begins BEFORE Thanksgiving! This Wednesday, November 27th at sundown begins the festival of lights. While the least important Jewish holiday, it is the most recognizable because of when it falls. The incredible thought is that at sundown in two days, Jewish families all around the world will light two candles on the menorah (one for each night and one is the shamesh, the helper candle) and say the brachas (blessings).

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So without further ado my (first) holiday gift guide! I’ll also include a wish list so you can see what items I have my eye on. I’ll also try to add on to both lists as weeks go on. As I write this I’m listening to Chanukah music on Pandora, the first such music this season. My mom loved decorating for Chanukah. When I was little she would make sweatshirts with menorahs for me, my best friend from pre-school, and herself.

Beauty products- for the woman who would still love playing with Mom’s makeup! I’m including links to where you can purchase items (some contain referral links) and reviews if I have posted any.

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Starlooks Starbox - a monthly subscription of 3-5+ FULL size products. Pro quality products at lower prices. Subscription is $15 a month plus approximately $2.68 in shipping (within the USA, call or email for international shipping) Amazing customer service. Order until the 10th of the month to receive that month’s box, order by Dec. 10th to receive the incredible 15 shade palette which retails for $99! If you sign up PLEASE consider using my referral link as I will receive a bonus surprise box of items which I will review for you here. Read my review for October 2013, HERE and November 2013 HERE

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Ipsy Glam bag – a monthly subscription of 4-5 deluxe sample and full size products plus a cosmetic bag all for $10 a month! I’ve heard and read amazing things about this subscription. A great way to try a variety of beauty products without buying full sizes.

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Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extensions – a fabulous mascara and primer to extenuate lashes without fussing with falsies! Read my review HERE

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Measurable Difference Lash & Brow Amplifying Serum – an easy to apply serum that nourishes, hydrates, and conditions lashes and brows for captivating alluring eyes. Read my review HERE.

Measurable Difference Lash Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner – This liquid eyeliner applies like a dream and is a very deep black. It truly stays put until I decide to remove it and then it comes off so easily! Definitely the best of both worlds, my review coming soon!

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Studio Gear Holiday Palette – I just received this beautiful palette a couple days ago! Right now it is on sale for $25 (reg. $40). This very slim palette contains 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush. Instead of a mirror, there are directions for creating two gorgeous smokey eyes perfect for holiday parties! The blush is super pigmented and the name Snowy Glow perfectly describes the pinky-coral tone. The smooth and pigmented eyeshadows come in Frost (a light silver-white shade), Platinum (a darker grey silver), Coal (a charcoal grey with duo chrome silver and blue shimmer), and Glimmer (a golden shimmer sheer shade perfect as a topcoat or highlighter or on its own). Read my review HERE.

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Urban Decay’s Naked & Naked2 palettes – $52 each palette contains a dozen FULL sized natural and neutral eyeshadows. The is a little overlap between the two palettes, as both have the shade Half-Baked, which is one of my favorites, so that is okay. Both palettes contain super smooth, buttery, and richly pigmented shades. I use both of mine regularly. There IS a NEW Naked palette about to be released with completely new and exclusive shades all slightly rose gold toned. The Naked3 is high on my wish list. There is also a Naked Basics palette $27 with 6 matte shades to complement the Naked palettes or to stand alone.

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Benefit Hervana blush – $28 this still remains one of my all time favorite blushes. It was this blush that changed my entire perspective on blushes! Before I was sent this blush, I pretty much thought blush was evil for someone with naturally rosy tinted cheeks, but how wrong I was. Now I absolutely LOVE blush. So thank you Benefit! What a fabulous gateway blush. Highly recommend for a naturally rosy tinted look.

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Benefit Brow Zings – $30 I absolutely LOVE this little compact! I got this for my birthday 9+ months ago and still have quite more than half left. This little compact sure packs a huge punch when it comes to filling in ones eyebrows. Everything you need is included from powder, to setting wax, two mini brushes, and a mini tweezer. While I don’t care for the included tweezer, it does work in a pinch. But the mini blushes are fantastic! Those are by far my preferred brushes to use for my brows even over my full sized counterpart.

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Benefit They’re Real! Mascara & Watt’s Up? Highlighter – $23 and $30 for full sizes. I am putting these together because that is how I tried them. The minis of these are in the birthday gift from Sephora for Beauty Insiders (free to join) for this year. I absolutely LOVE both items! The brush on this mascara is unlike anyone I have ever used before. There is a little spiky ball on the end of the wand which is perfect for my short and sparse lashes. The highlighter is a gorgeous warm cream colored stick with a golden sheen. Both minis are perfectly sized to carry in ones purse.

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Lancôme Teint Idole 24hr. Foundation – $45this is the foundation I am currently using thanks to a Sephora gift card. It is beautifully lightweight full cover foundation that is extremely easy to apply with fingers, brushes, and/or sponge. This one is fairly sweat resistant and is smudge resistant throughout the day.

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Starlooks Cosmetics – I have their 15 piece brush set which is just amazing! I love to quality of their brushes. Actually everything I’ve tried from Starlooks has been excellent quality. I would highly recommend their lipstick, gem pencils, gel liners, blushes, bronzers, and brush sets. I’ll be posting a review of the brush set coming soon!

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Bath & Body Works – I love their products! My most favorite scent is their limited edition Summer Vanilla series specifically the Summer Vanilla Lemon! Overall I dislike perfume and so I tend to prefer body sprays since they are generally lighter scents. I wish I had gotten a second Summer Vanilla Lemon body spray as I use the one I have everyday! You can’t go wrong with getting BB&W items as every woman (and man) bathes.

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Prada Candy Eau de Parfum – $82 for 1.7 oz This is the ONLY perfume I’ve come across that I truly love the scent of! I’ve only gotten samples of this so far because of the high price tag, so this will also be on my wish list, a girl can dream! Maybe because this scent is much lighter than many traditional perfumes, its sweet scent is one that I enjoy. I just don’t think the bottle is as pretty as say Marc Jacobs perfume bottles are. I wish there was just ONE of his scents that I liked as I’d enjoy that bottle indefinitely. I love the way perfume bottles from before the 60′s looked.

Books- Including some of my favorite reads since I started this blog. And for some reason trilogies seem very popular!

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Clockwise series by Elle Strauss – I LOVE all three of books in the Clockwise series and hope that Ms. Strauss will write another story or two or ten. Beautifully written story about 16 year old Casey Donovan who has a little problem of time traveling at the most inconvenient moments. She always travels back to the same time loop, in the 1860′s in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Things get even more complicated if she is touching someone skin-to-skin when she “trips” back in time, she’ll take them with her! Read my reviews of Clockwise, HERE, and ClockwiseR, HERE.

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Fractured Light trilogy by Rachel McClellan – When 16 year old Llona Reese learns that her parents were killed by Vykens (evil personified), she knows that as an Aura (light personified) she is in danger. Without training or guidance Llona does her best to learn about who and what she is in hopes of saving her life and the lives of those around her. The concluding novel is scheduled to be released in about April 2014. You can read my reviews of the first two novels HERE and HERE.

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Beckoning Light trilogy by Alyssa Rose Ivy – When 16 year old Charlotte moves back to Charleston, South Carolina, she is inexplicably drawn to a locked gate in her back yard. One night she finds the crystal key that opens this mysterious gate and enters another time and place. There she finds that she really didn’t know her mother as well as she thought. You can read my reviews of the first two novels HERE and HERE.

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Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth – Soon to be a major motion picture, the concluding novel in this exciting trilogy was recently released. Tris lives in a society where everyone belongs to a faction, like a micro society inside another one. Tris happened to have grown up in Abnegation where selflessness is valued higher than anything else. When it is Tris’s turn to go through the simulator in order to decide what faction she should belong too, something odd happens and suddenly Tris is told that not only is she Divergent, but that she must NEVER tell ANYONE what she is.

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The Warrior Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima -The first book is from the point of view of Jack Swift who unbeknownst to him that he has magical abilities. Even among others with these special abilities, Jack is unique. This leads to him becoming the hero in this coming-of-age series. Each subsequent novel is form the point of view of another one of the main characters.

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Delirum trilogy by Lauren Oliver – This dystopian trilogy is set in the future where falling in love is outlawed. In fact the government strips its citizens of their ability to love when they reach a certain age. So what happens when one teen does the unthinkable! She falls in love with someone.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Probably my very favorite sci-fi novel. I’ve at the very least, liked every Orson Scott Card book I’ve ever read. Nowadays we’d likely also cross-reference this as YA dystopian.

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Tempest series by Julie Cross – A time travel series about Jackson who is able to travel back in time, but this also gets him in trouble. And have serious consquences for this friends. As Jackson realizes the implications of time travel the risks become greater.

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Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke – It is only when a young man begins reading a book out loud for his wife and young daughter does he realize that he has a unique ability to make things (living and not-living) appear, but everytime something appears, something else has to disapear. And then he finds that he is in danger because of this ability.

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Alicia, My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman – This is an extremely powerful story of survival. When I was in 9th grade Ms. Appleman-Jurman came to the Jewish high school bureau programming to tell us her story. I dare you to read the first page and not be hooked. Ms. Appleman-Jurman’s story is one of love, scarifice, and the will to live.

Other Great Gift Ideas:

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Netflix – Netflix is a great gift for the movie and tv show fan! While I discontinued the dvd portion of the service, I did subscribe to it for many years and very rarely had any sort of problem with the service. I still subsribe to the streaming part of the service and watch many tv shows and movies on it.

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Hulu Plus -Hulu Plus is perfect if you have a device (ie Nintendo Wii, Playstation, Roku, etc) that allows you to stream directly to your tv. While I dislike the commercials especially sicne it is a service I’m paying for, I do find being able to use it to watch many (excluding CBS) of my favorite tv shows on demand.

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.

Review: Starlooks’ Starbox February 2013

Review: Starlooks’ Starbox February 2013
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

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I have to say that I had been very curious as to what exactly would be included in the very first collaboration between Starlooks and up and coming makeup artist, Lauren Clark. When I say the lookbook I had a few ideas as to what I’d hoped would be inside including a lip product in the shade she is wearing in that photo shoot. I’ve since found out that, that shade is called Tipsey and is a coraly-pink shade and just beautiful!

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According to the included product information card, we were receiving three full size products, but I counted four! Turns out that the fourth item is a bonus item and a preview of the signature lip set to come!

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The first item I pulled out was a lip gloss in the shade pink oasis which is a very sheer yet sparkely gloss that has a deeper color on the brush or in the tube than on ones lips. This is not a stick lipgloss and contains a generous amount. Lately, thought I’ve really preferred more opaque glosses and I’d love the one that matches the included bonus lip liner Tipsy.

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Next is an item that I am still on the fence about, the infinity satin liner in the shade princess diary (which reminds me of one of my favorite movies, I know it was a book series by Meg Cabot first but I could not get through even one of those!) which is a very light pearly pink. I’m still not so sure about such a light pink color as an eyeliner. I’ve tried playing around with it a litter, but definitely need to try out a few more things. I’ve heard of others using it a base for other shadows and want to give this a try. Would you wear a light pink gel eyeliner? Are there certain colors that you wouldn’t wear on your eyes? cheeks? lips? nails even? I’d love ot hear!

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The last of the “regular” items is a brand new item to the Starlooks likes called HD Fluid Blush. And while that tube looks small, looks are very misleading as it is extremely well pigmented! A teeny tiny amount of this will go a very long way! At first I was very ambivilent as to why I’d ever wear a blush THAT bright pink! Turns out the same of this shade is aptly named Barbie which is quite fitting. When unscrewed the cap and started to gently apply pressure to the little tube as I didn’t want it to squirt out all over me, I waited until I had a miniscule amount on my middle finger and gentry tapped it onto my cheeck. I was surprised at how well it blended in and looked natural! This is by far my favorite of the “regular” listed products.

Last, but not least is the bonus item we received, a lip liner in the shade Tipsy! I absolutely LOVE this shade!!! Unfortunately, I’ve found just trying to wear the lip liner by itself dries out my lips too much, but when I add some of my favorite clear scented lip balm (MOR macaron lip balm in sorbet) to it all of a sudden I have the most beautiful lip color! I’ve never seen a shade quite like this and certainly don’t own anything that even closely resembles this shade! It is so different from what I typically wear on my lips, but I love it nonetheless.

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p style=”text-align: left;”>I’ve included swatches of what the products look like on my skin. Starting on the left the first swatch is the Tipsy lipliner by itself, next is the Pink Oasis gloss, followed by the Tipsy lipliner with the Pink Oasis gloss on top, to the right of that is the Princess Diary light satin infinity eyeliner, past that is the HD Fluid Blush in Barbie on first pass after squeezing a teeny tiny amount out, and lastly the Barbie blush somewhat diffused and rubbed in. Also new this month was a little fold out guide that shows you two different looks to try using these new products. I like this idea a lot and very much hope they continue doing that again in the future. I think it would make a GREAT addition to the box to be shows a couple of different looks to try that could also help in jump starting the creative process for both newbies all the way through pro makeup artists and everything in between!

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I gave this box 4.5 out of 5 stars as I’m still unsure how much I’ll actually use the Princess Diary light pink with a statin finish (more iridescence than sparkle or even shimmer) as an eyeliner which is what the product is “meant” for. Lauren Clark herself recommends using it as an eyeshadow base for brown shadow while others on the beauty forum MakeUpTalk (www.makekuptalk.com) have suggested using it as an eyeshadow base more generally saying that it adds more depth. And while I LOVE lip glosses in general, I wasn’t that impressed with how sheer Pink Oasis was although I do like the little bit of sparkle along with a non-tacky formula (the only thing worse than a super stick lip gloss is one with a very strong scent)! Whereas my favorites from this box are the HD Fluid Blush in Barbie and that awesome pinky-coral lip liner.

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As of this past Monday evening, Starlooks’ launched their first ever singature collection also from Lauren Clark who is the professional makeup artist that collaborated with Starlooks in curating the February Starbox! Well, until the end of March, anyone can choose to purchase this set that includes the lipliner in Tipsy, matching lipstick in Tipsy, coordinating lip gloss also in Tipsy and a bonus limited edition HD Fluid blush in a pinky-coral to match this extremely Tipsy set!! I’d LOVE to be able to get my hands on this limited edition special set. The full set is selling for $39 while the set without the Tipsy lipliner which is available ONLY to current subscribers as we already received it in this months Starbox and that set is $32!

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If receiving 3-4 FULL sized cosmetic items (although frequently more items are included as bonuses) each month sounds interesting to you then you should check out Starlooks’ Starbox! For $16.98 (includes $1.98 shipping) you’ll receive extremely good quality products and be introduced to a variety of products in the process. Plus customer service is amazing! And its so easy to get in touch (and receive a response) from the founder and creator of Starlooks Marci Star personally! The photo of Lauren Clark above is of her using many of the products included in the February bag and her limited edition signature lip set.

Staring as of January 2013, there will be a three month rotation of Neutrals, Mixed Neutrals/Bold, and Bold products with January being Mixed. That means the next month you can subscribe in time for is April which will be Mixed Neutrals/Bold. If you sign up after the first of the month, then you won’t receive your first box until the following month. Also Starbox is the ONLY subscription that I know of that sends you a separate birthday box during your birth month for no additional charge! Since February is my birth month, I have already received mine and will be posting my review shortly! If you DO decide to subscribe, PLEASE consider mentioning me, Jaclyn Cotton or my blog Jaclyn’s Musings where it asks about who referred you. I’d really appreciate it as it’ll help make sure I’m able to review more and more of the Starlooks’ line!

~Jaclyn~

*I know I’m way behind in posting reviews of the Starboxes. I’ll be posting them in reverse order from most recent to oldest. I appreciate your patience while I work on catching up on sharing some amazing boxes, books, and products with you in the coming weeks and months!*

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