October 2014 Barkbox

I try to stick to clothing and makeup reviews on this blog, but I’m making an exception for this month’s Halloween-themed Barkbox. I usually don’t share all of my subscriptions (I have a lot and it’s a prblem), but this is one of my most consistently great boxes, so I thought I’d give them a shoutout.

Barkbox features a selection of great dog toys and treats each month starting at $19/month. It’s customizable based on your dog’s size, and while it’s only set up for one dog, my dogs share what’s inside and it’s always enough. Each box typically has one or two toys, several snacks and sometimes a grooming product or some other pet accessory. The average box has five total items.

This month featured six items:

october 2014 Barkbox

A crazy bouncy toy ($14), a light up LED ball ($10), a bag of pumpkin dog treats ($4), a crunchy dog cookie bar ($2), a rabbit jerky stick ($3), and a beef jerky stick ($3).

My dogs are always pumped about Barkbox time and this month was no exception. This is what they were doing while I took pictures for you guys.

dogs love barkbox

Can you feel their eyes burning a hole through the box?

All New Liquid Lip Tint by Memebox!

This is extra exciting! In addition to curating a variety of fun K-Beauty products, Memebox has created their first line of cosmetics in partnership with RE:CIPE. Memebox has provided this “Time on My Lip” liquid lip tint in Awesome Pink free for me to review, but as always, all opinions are my own.

memebox time on my lip lip stain review

This product line launches October 23rd and will retail for $12, although there’s a special deal if you sign up on their website in advance. This is paraben-free, and promises a buildable, “gradient” tint. It’s designed to be layered, and Memebox recommends dabbing lightly for a tint, applying a full coat for a shiny gloss, and layering on a second coat for an opaque lipstick effect. Memebox also suggests switching it up by blotting down the opaque, glossy finish for a lasting matte lip.

So I tried each of these methods and I LOVE IT. I’m not just saying this, check out the swatched pictures:

1. The light stain

korean makeup time on my lip pink lip stain

2. Sheer and glossy

memebox time on my lip lipgloss swatch

3. Fully opaque and shiny

korean liquid lipstick time on my lip

4. Opaque but blotted

memebox time on my lip lip tint blotted

Am I right? It’s so pretty! It’s also very moisturizing and smooth. You can probably see how the lines in my lips smooth out as I build the coverage. It’s very even-looking and easy to apply. I didn’t notice much of a scent, although it has a really mild “makeup” taste if you lick your lips.

The packaging has a nice weight to it and the lip logo on the front is clear so you can see the product inside. I also noticed that the color is the exact color of the Memebox box. Cuuuute.

memebox time on my lip lip stain packaging memebox time on my lip lipgloss packaging

So I’m a fan! I can see myself buying additional colors when the full line comes out on Thursday.

October Ipsy vs Birchbox review

I’m on time this month! Birchbox has been here for a week, but Ipsy just got here. This month I got:

IPSY

october 2014 ipsy glam bag samples review


 

The BB craze is getting out of control, but I DID really like this product. It smoothed my frizz and made my hair super soft. I really liked this stuff.
20% off at http://www.ecrunewyork.com with code ISPY through 11/30/14.

This was a decent exfoliating cleanser. Not sure if it was anything special.
50% off at epiceinternational.com with code IPSY5014 through 1/1/15.

Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder in Plum Frost ($3.99).

Jesses Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder plum frost eyeshadowJesses Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder plum frost eyeshadow swatch

Man, I was excited because this was really pretty in the package and it was huge. Unfortunately, the color was kind of a generic shimmery, pinkish brown and not very pigmented. Not great.

20% off at jessesgirlcosmetics.com with code IPSYOCT2014 through 11/30/14.


Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Rose Berry ($6.56).

A lot of Ipsters were not into the idea of handcream, but I was really excited because with each year that passes I get more and more into skincare. I think my skin now in my early 30’s is prettier and better than it was in my mid-20’s. This was a nice moisturizer and the packaging is so cute. I’m keeping it on my desk at work for added cheerfulness. All of the brand’s products look cute, so I may end up buying a few as stocking stuffer gifts while there’s still a discount code.

15% off Figs & Rouge purchase at www.feelunique.com with code IPSY through 11/30/14.


Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure ($12).

starlooks lip gloss guilty pleasure swatch

I’m not big into lipgloss, but this was a very nice nude pink color. A little thick and sticky, but pretty typical for a gloss. If you like gloss, this isn’t a bad option.

20% off at http://starlooks.com with code IPSY through 11/30/14.


 

BIRCHBOX

birchbox sample review october 2014


ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty ($24 for a set of 3).

modelco party proof lipstick kitty(The lighting was bad here, the lipstick looks lighter than this but I could only photoshop it so much. Sorry!)

I have actually received this same lipstick before in a different shade, and I like it now as much as I liked it then. This is a comfortable, long lasting lipstick in a nude-pink color. It was creamy, moisturizing and comfortable although it isn’t exactly matte. I’d say it’s more of a satin finish.  Nude colors are kind of different on every person’s skintone, but this is what it looks like on a pale, neutral-toned face.

modelco party proof lipstick kitty swatch


BeeKind™ Body Lotion ($15).

This was very clean feeling and absorbed immediately, although I don’t know that my skin felt very moisturized after. Kind of a weird experience, really.


dr. brandt® Exclusive Clean Up Nice Kit ($45 for the whole kit).

The included sample was a pore minimizing mask. You’re supposed to use it frequently to see results, so I can’t comment too much on the efficacy. My skin felt smooth and clean after using, but I’m not sure what the effect was on my pores.


Lord & Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil ($18).
Eh, it’s a mini eyeliner, which is not something I’ll end up using again (those stubby handles are annoying to use!), and it’s not really a product I like anyway. This is a glitter eyeliner, which is already something I’mnot always into, and the base is really lacking in pigmentation. Pass.

jesses girl mineralized plum frost eyeshadow lord and berry paillettes eyeliner swatch


Harvey Prince Petaly Noir ($55).
Perfumes are very individual so take this with a grain of salt, but I now know that I don’t really like Harvey Prince after receiving a ton of Harvey Prince perfume testers in past Birchboxes. They always have an added sweetness to them that doesn’t work for a person of my age. It’s fine for a girl in her teens or early 20’s, but I know a lot of Birchboxers are much older than that, so it’s weird to send this to everyone (it would make more sense for Ipsy, who skews a little younger). All I’m saying is don’t send me wrinkle cream in one box and sugar perfume in the next, Birchbox. Make up your mind of what demographic you’re going for and stick to it! Or at least reference my age in my profile.


 

And finally, here’s a full face look using the Jesse’s Girl eyeshadow, Lord and Berry eyeliner, and ModelCo lipstick.

birchbox and ipsy review october 2014