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LIP MONTHLY NOVEMBER 2014 UNBOXING: FIVE PRODUCTS EVERY MONTH + COUPON CODE!

Published November 21, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

TGIF and what a way to wrap up the week…Along with The French Box, the mail carrier brought with her today the November Lip Monthly bag.

With no further ado, let’s see what the people at Lip Monthly have put together for us for November.

First of all, let’s start with this UH-DORABLE bag!

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This is a new design for this month and I’m loving it. Super cute. Nice touch, Lip Monthly, and thanks for listening to your subscribers’ suggestions!

Okay, now for what’s actually in the bag.

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Well, this is an impressive little assortment. Let’s look at each item individually and see what new goodies we have to try out. Lip products are my personal makeup Waterloo.

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RETAIL VALUE: $1.99

In the color “Berry Me,” this NYC Expert Last Lipstick is full-sized and extremely wearable, with a bit of shimmer. I’ve been wanting to try this product and this color will be the ideal way for me to do so. November is off to a great start!

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RETAIL VALUE: $13.00

From Ofra, next up is a full-sized lip liner (I adore lip liner!) in the color Orchid. This is a muted plum shade, sort of a “your-lips-but-better” color. Actually, it appears to go perfectly with the NYC lipstick above and the Hikari lipstick below. Very nice, Lip Monthly, very nice!

And speaking of the Hikari lipstick, let’s take a closer look at that baby:

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RETAIL VALUE: $13.00

I received this same color in an Ipsy bag a couple of months ago and I already know it’s a gorgeous shade, a perfect deep berry/burgundy for fall and winter. Since I already own this one, I’m passing this to my daughter, who was threatening to steal the one I received from Ipsy.

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RETAIL VALUE: $3.00

From Crown, also included in this month’s bag is what is referred to as a lip brush. It’s considerably larger than my usual lip brushes and quite stiff. I think I’m going to put this brush to use as a concealer brush. Whichever way its used, it’s a great full-sized brush and I’m happy with it!

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RETAIL VALUE: $4.00

The November “monthly mix-up” is this pretty package containing City Color Cosmetics eye mousse in the shade White Gold. This is not only a lovely shade, it’s also very creamy and highly pigmented. When allowed to dry, it also would be an amazing eye shadow base. And the packaging is really pretty, in a little plastic box sitting on a little golden cardboard stand. I’m always impressed when less-expensive products take an extra step in presentation.

RETAIL VALUE OF NOVEMBER’S BAG: $34.99

Lip Monthly is my favorite “fun” subscription. For only $10/month, you receive 5 full-sized products, usually 4 lip-related and 1 “monthly mix-up” product. I’ve been subscribing for a few months now and, wow, have they progressed. The curator/owner really listens to customer feedback and suggestions and does her best to please everyone with the colors and assortments and she has recently switched from a plain box to a really cute reusable makeup bag with each month’s subscription. Make no mistake, the contents are not high end nor expensive, but they are a selection of affordable drug-store type of products. If you’re looking for high-end products, Lip Monthly might not be the best subscription for you; however, if you love lip products and are an equal opportunity lover of all things lips, this might be the perfect subscription for you. It would also be a perfect subscription gift for any makeup lover on your holiday gift list. It’s certainly affordable and a lot of fun at Casa Beholding Eye.

If you’d like to check out Lip Monthly and perhaps even subscribe, here are some links to help you out:

Website: https://lipmonthly.com/referral/eO4RCHAHnq8T6m2 (ENTER HOLIDAYLIPS TO GET $5 OFF YOUR FIRST BAG)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lipmonthly?ref=br_tf

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Until next time, stay beautiful!!! XOXO

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Ipsy September 2014 Unboxing: Goodbye, Lilliputian and Hello, Full-Sized Products plus GIVEAWAY!

Published September 20, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, after the lackluster August Ipsy bag which contained samples so small they probably should have been labeled as a choking hazard, Ipsy was back in full swing (and full size!) this month. A lot of subscription boxes seemed to be running behind this month but with the arrival of Ipsy, Birchbox, and the much-anticipated BoxyCharm on the same day, it’s Christmas in September here at Casa Beholding Eye.

Let’s tear into that pretty pink mailer and see what’s in the bag this month.

First of all, let’s actually talk about the bag this month. A-mazing. Really cute, pleather, metallic gunmetal gray with studs…Okay, Ipsy, this one is actually cute enough where it will actually make it’s way into my bag instead of being used for organization in my cosmetics closet. Really, really cute. The lighting isn’t great in this picture but here it is, along with this month’s Street Style card:

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And here are all of the contents. I’m already impressed, especially after last month.

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Now let’s take a look at these one at a time. First off is an absolutely gorgeous FULL-SIZED nail polish by Pacifica in a shade called Red, Red Wine. It’s a really deep red shade that is going to perfect for Fall and Winter. Also, totally vegan and cruelty-free…BONUS POINTS! This is definitely going to be used a lot in the upcoming months:

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And going perfectly with the nail polish, next up is a FULL-SIZED lipstick by Hikari in Cabernet. Like the nail polish by Pacifica, this lipstick is the perfect deep red for Fall and Winter. Knockin’ it outta the park so far, Ipsy!

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Next up is a very generous sample size of Mitchell and Peach hand cream. I’m still working on a couple of other hand creams from other subscription boxes, but this should be a nice one to add to my repertoire, especially with the drying months ahead.

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The fourth item to make its way into my greedy yet well-manicured little paws is this very generous sample size of Nourish Organic cream facial cleanser. All organic, this is a very welcome addition to my cache of skincare items. Made with cucumber and watercress, I’m hoping it has a really fresh scent and cleans without stripping any natural oils. Still on a roll, Ipsy, no eye rolls like I had with the August bag!

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And the last item in this month’s bag is by Be A Bombshell “Smooth Criminal” HD finishing powder. I haven’t tried the Be a Bombshell brand before, but considering the small amount of finishing powder required for each use, this generous size should last me awhile.

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So there we have it…Ipsy’s redemption for last month’s aesthetically disappointing bag filled with munchkin-sized products. While I admittedly was on the verge of cancelling my subscription after the August bag, this September bag has really impressed me.

At only $10 a month, this month’s bag brought 2 FULL-SIZED products and 3 extremely generous SAMPLE-SIZED products, all of which I will definitely use. Now that, my sister beauty fanatics, is what I call a deal. Treat yourself to a little Ipsy every month…you can customize your profile to help ensure you get products you’ll love and, on the off chance you find you don’t love getting that shiny pink shipping envelope in your mailbox every month, you can cancel at any time. What have you got to lose?

If you’d like to sign up for Ipsy, here are the links to their website with my referral code and to their Facebook page:

Website: http://www.ipsy.com/r/jk7y?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ipsy

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And stay tuned for next month’s blow-out GIVEAWAY…I’m pretty sure you won’t want to miss out on that, so follow my blog for updates and sneak peeks.

Stay beautiful, friends!

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