Lip Factory November/December 2014 & Advent Day 14

Lip Factory is a monthly box that ships out full size make up. While their focus is on lips they send out a range of products for your face.  Their monthly fee is $26 including shipping. There is a slight discount if you sign up for 6 or 12 months.  A percentage of their box is also donated to Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach.  You will get 5-7 products each time.  You do fill out a survey so they can somewhat customize your products to your likes and colors.  They decided to ship both at the same time because they had some shipping issues from one of their suppliers and since November would be so late it was better for them to put it all in one box.  Unfortunately there is no info card, so I’m not sure what is from each month but it’s a good haul.

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The first looks.  Nice and full with lots of lip products!

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Ulta Matte Lip Crayon in Hazy Pink-$8.00 Full Size

This lip crayon is not my favorite color but it is easy to apply and feels good on.  It is not dry like some matte products can be.  Matte is not my first choice for a finish, I’m more of a shiny girl.

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Mirabella Lip Pencil in Sweet Velvet-$23.00 Full Size

This is another crayon so again super simple to apply.  I find this color better for me and am not too sure if I’m crazy or if this really does have a great smell to it.  It is not listed as a matte finish but it definitely is not a gloss or shine in any way.

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J.Cat Beauty Twist and Kiss Hydrating Lip Balm in Love Kiss-$4.99 Full Size

One more lip crayon in the box and this one is PINK, like neon pink on my lips.  However since it is a balm as well as color it feels really nice and my lips feel softer just from my test apply.

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Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara-$2.99 Full Size

I used to use a clear mascara years ago as a top coat but am now thinking this would be perfect for the times I have to go to swimming lessons with Bear, so I can stop worrying about my mascara running in the pool.  I could just go without makeup but that would be sacrilege. My brows tend to not get too unruly but maybe Hubby would let me tame his???

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Model Co Eyeliner in Black-$13.00 Full Size

Model Co is an Australian makeup brand. This liner is really well pigmented and my sample swatch is a true black.  I love the built in sharpener, I think they were the first to do this and it’s genius.

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Super Cute Lip Gloss in Love-$14.00

Finally the shine I’ve been waiting for!  This is a great color for me and while it has a touch of stickiness, it’s nothing I can’t live with.  I’ve never heard of this brand before, but it seems from their website they only deal in lip gloss.  Sounds like a good gig to me.

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NCLA 5 Free Luxury Nail Lacquer in Prized Possesions-$16.00 Full Size

I think that glitter polish is my favorite.  I am attracted to it first in the store and even with this being my second polish this week from boxes I’m thrilled.  This has a purple base with three different sized sparkles in purple, blue, silver and green.  Happy!

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Girlactik Beauty Star Shadow in Lush-$14.00 Full Size

As you can see this arrived broken for me. I have sent off an email and they are going to see what they can do for me.  I like this color, it’s a micro glitter pink and I like the way it looks.  This is also a mineral makeup so that makes me like it even more.

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BellaPierre Cosmetics Lipstick in Cat Walk-$20.00 Full Size

This is a mineral lipstick made with natural waxes and antioxidants.  This is my choice for best liked item in this box.  The color is perfect, the formula is nice and I want more colors.

This box had a huge value due to the two months worth of products, $115.98.  That is over double what they charge for it.  I’ve only been getting this box for three months now (counting this as two) and I am really happy with it.  The nonlip items are always useful and the lip products have been high quality and quickly are becoming new essentials.

OOPS…this post snuck out without the advent calendar update.  Let me remedy that right now by letting you know what I received.

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I thought I’d show them in the flaps today for a change.  Benefit gave me another hair tie, it’s pretty but still mildly disappointing.  The Body Shop provided me with a Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask.  Sunday is my day for using masks so this works out perfectly. I have never used one of the masks like this where it’s on a paper shaped like your head and you lay it on but have read about them in the Facial Friday Feature from The World Of Cos Blog. If you have never read her blog you should. She has fun posts about beauty and provides great info about the products she uses.

 

Lip Factory October 2014

Lip Factory is a monthly box that ships out full size make up. While their focus is on lips they send out a range of products for your face.  Their monthly fee is $26 including shipping. There is a slight discount if you sign up for 6 or 12 months.  A percentage of their box is also donated to Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach.  You will get 5-7 products each time.  You do fill out a survey so they can somewhat customize your products to your likes and colors.  This box felt like it took forever to get here. I received notification it had been shipped on the 15th and it arrived on the 31st.  Probably one of the longest times of any I’ve received so far but now that it’s here, let’s open it up.

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This is the way it ships and there is no other box inside so less waste. This months theme-You Are Beautiful

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Folded product card detailing the products and prices.

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First peeks.

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DeVine Lip Shimmers in Rose and Merlot-$8.95 for two

These are lip balms with all the good stuff found in wine in a lip product.  Neither of them has very much color when applied and very little shimmer but they do make your lips feel soft.  They are also natural, alcohol, gluten, cruelty, pesticide, and paraben free.

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Frost Cosmetics Lip Gloss & Lipstick in 1-$15.99

There is no color on this tube and when I checked the website it could be a few different ones so I’ll just call it Copper.  It’s a good thing this came on Halloween because there is no other day I could pull this off. It is not sheer at all, it has full coverage and it is literally copper on my lips. If I wanted to be a robot for Halloween I would wear this, it is pure metallic.  Also the texture is super odd and globby.  I originally thought it was just slightly frozen from transit but it has not changed after returning to room temperature.  Maybe if this had come in one of the other colors you can buy it might have  been something I would be happy with but this is my first hated item I’ve received in a box and it will either be given to Bug to play with or get tossed.

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Michael Marcus Lipstick in Desire-$24.00

This is supposed to be a long wearing lipstick so we’ll have to give it a go. It is a bit of a bright pink but completely wearable. It is slightly grainy in texture while you’re putting it on but feels okay on.

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Frost Makeup Bag-$10.99

At least this is an item from Frost I’ll use.

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Ofra Eyeliner in Grapeful-$13.00

This is a super dark purple eyeliner.  I just ran out of my last purple liner so timing on this is perfect.

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29 Cosmetics Reserves Lipstick in Sparkling Shiraz-$25.00

This is not on my info card so I’m guessing it’s a bonus item.  It’s another product made with grape seed extract like the Devine lip shimmers.  It promises to help make lips look smoother and to visibly ease signs of aging.  One can only hope.  I was a little scared about how fushia it looked but it goes on much lighter and has a nice shimmer without being super shiny.

After all the waiting this box was worth it.  It contained $97.93 worth of stuff!!!  Even if I take off the lip gloss it’s still $81.94 which is four times what I paid.  Lip product is probably my biggest weakness so the fact that this box focuses mostly on them is good for me.  I only hope shipping is shortened next time.