Monday, November 25, 2013

REVIEW: Starlooks October 2013

I know it seems like this is SUPER late, but since I signed up for the Starlooks Ambassador Program, I got my October box a little later than usual. But, without further ado, here she is!

First, we have this seriously beautiful blush palette! This is the '3B1' palette. I've tried Starlooks' blushes before and LOVED them and these are exactly the same quality as the single blushes. Super pigmented and powdery!

With flash. 

Without flash.

Swatches. No primer!

I think I've already raved about the gem liners, so I was pleased to receive another one this month in 'Mirage,' a lovely blue metallic! Swatches below. 

Another product I know I've talked about before..Tendergloss! The perfect lipstick/gloss combo. This color is 'Puzzy.' It's very sheer but has a beautiful peach shimmer. 

Mirage Gem Liner + Puzzy Tendergloss at an angle. 

Mirage Gem Liner + Puzzy Tendergloss from directly above!

This was a GREAT box and next month looks even better! Starlooks announced that the December box will be another 15 color eye shadow palette like last year, but in different colors. That's a $99 palette, ladies! Definitely sign up for December if you've been thinking about it. :)

As a reminder, you can get 40% off all Starlooks products until December 15th using 'ILOVESTARLOOKS.' Please choose 'friend/family' where it asks how you heard about Starlooks & enter 'AP-Allison' I would very much appreciate!

Friday, November 22, 2013

SNEAK PEEK: Julep December 2013

Ok, not really a sneak peek since the selection window is open, but let's take a look at the colors & products Julep has available for December!

Meet The Glitterati Collection...

NOTE: All images & color/product descriptions are via Julep's Blog!

Classic with a Twist:
ClassicDec Classic
Sweep Eyeshadow Palette: Neutrals
Jillian: Deep eggplant with bronze molten
Mia: Greenish silver metallic

Boho Glam:

Boho GlamDec Boho
Sweep Eyeshadow Palette: Neutrals
Misti: Smoky blue-grey creme
Joelle: Full-coverage smoky holographic glitter


BombshellDec Bombshell
Sweep Eyeshadow Palette: Neutrals 
Cara: Cranberry frost
Andrea: Brilliant full-coverage bronze glitter

It Girl:

IT GirlDec IT
Evelyn: Magenta purple creme
Celia: Icy green metallic
Shoshanna: Full-coverage yellow holographic glitter

Modern Beauty:


Modern Beauty
Sweep Eyeshadow Palette: Neutrals
"These gorgeous, long-wearing eyeshadows blend effortlessly to create a variety of stunning eye looks. The lid-smoothing, reparative formula pairs revolutionary anti-aging ingredients (including Julep’s proprietary Power Cell Complex™) with premium pigments to create five universally flattering shades: Tiramisu, Glow, Dusk, Toffee, and Cocoa.Over time, Power Cell Complex promotes collagen production to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and tighten eyelids and improve skin clarity for a flawless future. This palette is: Anti-aging, versatile, extremely wearable, perfectly neutral, travel friendly, purse-ready, velvety-rich texture, smoothing, long-wearing, highly-pigmented."
Blank Canvas Mattifying Eye Primer: 
"An anti-aging, crease-proof primer that keeps shadow and liner in place. Active ingredients in Blank Canvas Mattifying Eye Primer work together to smooth the eyelid surface and promote long wear for eye shadows, liners, and concealer, providing serious staying power. Light diffusing Diamond Powder minimizes the appearance of lid discoloration and imperfections while Julep’s proprietary Power Cell Complex™ promote collagen production to smooth and brighten skin."

  • Featured Add-Ons:
Gianna: Jagged gold glitter top coat
party dressparty dress swatch
Party Dress Duo
Evelyn: Magenta purple creme
Christine: Bronze microshimmer

What's everyone going with this month? I'm seriously debating an upgrade. I'm in love with so many of the polishes for this month!

Black Friday Deals

Are you ladies braving the crowds and going out on Black Friday? Or are you an online shopper? I'm planning a little of both and wanted to share the deals I've seen so far with you!

A few of Sephora's $10 deals for this year. More to be revealed tomorrow via Pinterest!

Via Seventeen Magazine (
Miss Jessie's: Now through December 31, get 40% off your entire purchase at
Urban Decay: On Black Friday, get a 6-piece bundle of Revolution Lipstick for only $50 (a $132 value). Set includes the following shades: Jilted, F-Bomb, Catfight, Naked, Native and Protest. Plus, get travel sizes of All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, Supercurl Mascara and Eyeshadow Primer Potion, as well as the Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set, for $35 (a $72 value) at On Cyber Monday, get the Smoked Palette and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion Travel Duo for $40 (a $58 value). Urban Decay is also throwing back to 2011 with a revival of the Book of Shadows Vol. IV, complete with a deluxe Revolution Lipstick sample. Plus, score the Book of Shadows Vol. IV, complete with a deluxe Revolution Lipstick sample for only $25 (a $64 value).
Make Up For Ever: Purchase two full size Aqua Shadows in two shade variations (20E & 28E and 2E & 30E) for $10 at From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, get 20% off storewide, and 50% off "last-call" items when you use the code CYBER13!
AHAVA: 40% off sitewide at from 11/27-12/2.

Alterna Haircare: From 11/29-12/2, purchase the 3 Steps to Flawless Hair Kit, containing Caviar Moisture Shampoo (1.35 oz), Caviar Moisture Conditioner (1.35 oz) and Caviar CC Cream (0.85 oz) for only $10.00 (a $26.00 value) at
H2O Plus: On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, get $25 off your $100 purchase all day, plus a free gift with any purchase from 6am-10am at and 10am-1pm in stores.
CARGO Cosmetics: Get 50% off the Let's Meet in Paris Mini Lip Gloss Kits on Friday, 11/29 in ULTA stores and at

What is everyone picking up? I'm all over that Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Set & the Living Proof items at Sephora! CAN'T WAIT! What deals have you seen/heard about? Post 'em in the comments :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SNEAK PEEK: Birchbox November 2013

"Find out how Birchbox co-founders Katia and Hayley are celebrating the November theme, More Good, and get a sneak peek at a few of the products our members will be receiving in their boxes this month. November's theme is #MoreGood and we're taking time to give thanks and give back. For starters, this month, Birchbox is making a $25,000 donation to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. We're also happy to announce several new brands and products in the Birchbox Shop, including the launch of the brand-new Cynthia Rowley Beauty Collection (exclusive to Birchbox!) and our latest Limited Edition box, Birchbox Home: Snow Day"

I'm a little late, but wanted to share this month's Birchbox Sneak Peek Video with you all! :) Feel free to watch it, or keep reading for a summary of what's in store!

Every box this month will contain a Holiday Gift Guide, featuring products & sets from the Holiday Shop, which you can check out here

They're launching another Limited Edition Home Box with a 'Snow Day' theme! It hadn't launched at the time this video was posted, but it's available now. 

Each box contains:
Chantecaille Flower Infused Cleansing Milk - Travel Size (0.27 oz)
Chantecaille Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask - Travel Size (0.17 oz)
L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream - Travel Size (10 ml)
Mox Botanicals Matcha & Clementine Body Soak - Travel Size (.50 oz)
S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm in Cinnamon or Peppermint (.15 oz)
(MALIN + GOETZ) Votive in either Cannabis or Dark Rum (2.35 oz)
JONATHAN ADLER Fireplace Matches in Purple Flame (50 ct)
Happy Socks® Combed Cotton Crew Socks (One Pair)
Askinosie Chocolate® Single Origin Cocoa Powder (40 g)
Three Tarts Gourmet Marshmallows in Cinnamon (2 ct)
Scrabble® Birchbox Edition Mini Game Set

Items that you may receive in your November boxes:
ivory lace
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
Tiossan Body Cream
Tocca Crema Da Mano Hand Cream in Cleopatra

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

Beauty Protector Shampoo & Conditioner
maple bacon
Chuao Chocolatier ChocoPods

New items in the shop:

Color Club Nail Polish
on the rocks

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Exclusive Launch Collection

Sign up by 11/15 to get the November box! My referral link:

Starlooks 40% Off Promo

Hello, beautiful people!

First, before I get int the promo information, I'd like to share some exciting news with you. Starlooks now has an ambassador program to help promote their brand, and I've been chosen to participate! What does this mean exactly? Honestly, for me, not a whole lot is changing. I'll continue to share my favorite products with you and give you a heads up on deals like the one I'm going to discuss next. And, as always, I'll let you know when I don't like a product, too! :) Every time you make a purchase & mention my ambassador code, I'll get a credit to use towards new purchases to review here.

From today through December 15th, you can take 40% off your Starlooks purchase using code 'ILOVESTARLOOKS.' That's a HUGE discount; just in time for holiday shopping! If you decide to take advantage, please help me out & choose 'family/friend' where it asks  “How did you hear about Starlooks?” Then put 'AP-Allison' in the box. 

New to Starlooks and not sure what to buy? Here are some of my favorites.

Gem Eye Pencil
Gem Eye Pencils. These are seriously awesome. They're metallic eye liners and they come in a variety of fun colors. They glide on super smooth and have fantastic lasting power, especially on the upper lid. Perfect for a glitzy holiday look!

Tendergloss. It's lipgloss in lipstick form! They're super moisturizing and creamy, and come in a variety of highly pigmented colors. I have quite a few of these & 'Sugar Lips' is my favorite. :)

Blush. Available in matte or satin, and tons of colors! I didn't realize how pigmented these are the first time I tried it and ended up with an outrageous amount of product on my face. I just barely dip my brush on this and have great color pay off for the whole day!

If you're interested in signing up for the monthly Starbox subscription you can do so here. 40% off does not apply, but you can use my reference code.
Or, if you've been reading my reviews and missed out on a box you would have loved, you can buy past boxes here. The 40% off does apply to these!

Any questions/comments about Starlooks? Feel free to leave me a comment, e-mail, tweet, whatever! I'd be happy to help you out the best I can!

SNEAK PEEK: Ipsy November 2013

November 10th, 2013

Hello, friends! I thought this was just a rumor, but apparently it's true so I'm sharing.
Right now if you sign up for Ipsy & connect your Facebook account, you can 'hop' off the waitlist. I'm told there is an adorable bunny graphic when you do so. :)

Please note that you would get your first bag in December, not November.

If anyone's interested, I'll just leave my referral link here:

November 8th, 2013

Here's the bag!

Do you love it as much as I do?! I love most shiny things AND it's a wristlet which makes it even better!

Now that we've seen all the spoilers, what are you all hoping to get in your bags this month?

November 8th, 2013

Last product spoiler & then I'm guessing they'll show the bag this afternoon.
I will tell you all that some people have received their bags you can see what the bag looks like on Instagram. Looks like it's a shiny gold wristlet with pink liner! :)

"NOVEMBER SNEAK PEEK #6: Add a little extra sparkle to your eyes with this star-worthy liner!"

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencils in Amethyst & Topaz:
Gem Eye Pencil

November 7th, 2013

Ah, I'm so behind! New spoilers, comin' atcha.

Ok here's the spoiler from the 6th:
"Every toast you make will be a little more glamorous when you use one of these lovely shades to raise your glass."

And then this was posted on Ipsy's Instagram!

Looks like we have Nailtini in our bags this month! Best guesses: Champagne & Caviar Cocktail!

And then here's the spoiler for the 7th! A whole bunch of goodies. :)

"Get ready to sparkle like a diamond with one of these amazing products in your November Glam Bag! "

And then the Instagram image:

Here are my best guesses:
Ever EZ Lashes Lash Double Pack
Kiss USA Ever EZ Lashes

HSI Professional Argan Oil

TRES Two Extra Hold Hair Spray
Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette Sampler

Cailyn Cosmetics Built-In Sponge Tip Mineral Eyeshadow

Glam Glow Tingling Exfolianting Mud Mask

November 4th, 2013

Boy do I have a treat for you today! TWO spoilers.
First, the link to spoiler #2 was working & showed this image:

Admittedly, I'm a little stumped on this one! Blush?

ETA: Looks like I'm color blind today..I totally thought they were white, but they do look a little green now that I'm looking again! Ipsy posted this on their Instagram earlier:
Looks like Pixi's Beauty Bronzer could be in our bags as well!

And then, Ipsy posted this official sneak peek via Facebook:

"NOVEMBER SNEAK PEEK #2: These lip products are perfect for your party clutch and, this month, you will be getting one of these undeniably glamorous shades!"

On this one the Be A Bombshell logo is clearly visible so my best guess would be these:

Best color matches look like 'Trophy Wife' and 'Some Beach.'

November 1st, 2013

Sigh. I was hoping the first official spoiler would be different from the e-mail one, but no dice.
Here it is, if you missed it!

NOVEMBER SNEAK PEEK #1: You asked and we listened! To kick off "Glam It Up" month in style, every ipsy subscriber will be getting a glamorous goodie from this emspiring makeup line! Which product are you most excited to try?

October 30th, 2013

HOLY CRAP, I am behind on my posts! Have been so busy lately. It is very strange to be posting November spoilers when I haven't even put up my October review yet. Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend! :)

But anyway, November is upon us & Ipsy has started spoilers for the month. Here's one from an email today:
Join the Glam Bag Waitlist now for a chance to get a full-size product from em michelle phan!

Looks like we're finally getting EM in our bags! Bound to happen sooner or later. And SIX items this month! That's SUPER exciting!

Here's what I spy in the picture:
 in color bubblegum
Pillow Plush Cushiony Lip Balm - shown in Bubblegum, Lollipop, & Berries

 in color black
Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara

 in color cupcake pink
Lip Gallery Creamy Color Sheer Lipstick-shown in Cupcake Pink and Miss Moneybag (?)

waterliner in color royal amethyst
Waterliner Intense Color Eyeliner-shown in Royal Amethyst & Emerald

 in color black
Lash Gallery Dramatic Volume Mascara

Here's the fine print on the e-mail:
November’s Glam it Up Bag includes five of our community’s most sought-after items, plus a bonus full-size product from our co-founder Michelle Phan’s own em michelle phan collection. That’s six products total! 

To me, that says we might see items we've seen before in this month's bag, but Ipsy does say we shouldn't get repeat products in our bags. 

Can't wait for the next spoiler!

If you're interested in signing up for the Ipsy waitlist, please feel free to use my referral link!