Link Love

Happy Monday!

Movies

Looking to add to your reading list this year? Read up on these books before they become movies this year.

Watch out: these starlets may have been missing on the big screen last year, but they’re back in a big way. (Yay, more Emma Stone!)

Beauty & Fashion

Alicia from River City Chic breaks down the 5 jackets every girl needs.

As someone who wakes up at 5 a.m. on work days, I totally appreciate this early morning hair and makeup advice from College Fashion.

Awesome

A group of nuns in upstate New York adopted a senior pit bull which is pretty much the sweetest thing I’ve read all week.

These world maps bring to light some interesting global trends, some good and not as good.

Not sure why this floating around now, but these flags made of food associated with each country is making me hungry (but not for hot dogs and mustard).

Although I’m an awful ice skater, I really enjoy trying it every now and then — turns out Philadelphia has a long history of ice skating, going back to colonial times.

Not Awesome

It turns out today’s low wage workers are better educated but, when adjusted for inflation, are making less than low wage workers forty years ago. What I thought was surprising is that the trend actually pre-dated the recession.

And finally, in very grim news, there was a deadly mall shooting in Maryland this weekend. The shooter and two victims were all under the age of 30, and investigators are still searching for a motive. Very sad.

~ Sarah

Review: Glamour Look By Mary Kay VoxBox

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Last month, I had the opportunity to join Influenster, an online community where “trendsetters” (their words, not mine!) have the chance to test and share reviews of  upcoming products (for free!) and the like — a level up on your basic brand engagement, if you will.

I was pleasantly surprised that I was quickly selected to test a new set of products from Mary Kay, as part of the Glamour Look VoxBox program. As far as “mail-order” beauty lines are concerned, I grew up an Avon girl because their products were more affordable for my mom and I, so needless to say I was very excited to try out Mary Kay products for the first time!

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The products in my Mary Kay VoxBox?

Lash Primer

❀ Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in black

❀ Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush

True Dimensions Lipstick in Pink Chérie

Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm

First things first, the primer/mascara duo were pretty incredible. As far as makeup goes, I’ve never been the girl to prioritize mascara. (You know the girls, I’m talking about — never too far from an eyelash curler, etc. Give me a tinted moisturizer and lip balm instead any day.) That being said, with one swipe of the primer alone, I saw a noticeable difference in my lashes. And the mascara isn’t clumpy and it doesn’t budge.

I don’t really have much to say about the concealer brush, except I guess it’s nice? I’m pretty attached to my Ecotool brushes, but I can’t complain about having another one around! Now onto the two more hit-or-miss products in the voxbox…

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This lipstick was the first thing I tried on when I received the products (even before I snapped a photo!) and it was initially so disappointing. The color is very pink, almost Pepto Bismol pink on my coloring. Not that I can blame anyone for not knowing what works with my summer complexion! It was mostly disappointing because it’s also super moisturizing.

After mulling it over for a few days, I decided to give the lipstick another go — this time as a cheek stain! I tend to favor powder blushes over creams, and peach tones over anything else, but had been meaning to pick up a pink cream blush…eventually. And this lipstick turned out to be perfect for that! It didn’t work on my lips, but it did on my cheeks. It helps that it’s not too shimmery too.

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After the initial disappointment with the lipstick I really wanted to love the eyeshadow. I don’t know why it didn’t photograph true to color, because it’s a beautiful purple. Seriously. And I also love purple shadows because they flatter all eye colors (but especially hazel eyes, like mine). Still, I don’t have much experience with cream shadows, so it seemed difficult to apply and kind of drying on my lids. Nonetheless, I appreciate the thought with all the creamy products — usually your best bet for the summer!

Did any of you receive the Mary Kay VoxBox? Is anyone interested in joining Influenster? Let me know (and I have invites!).

~ Sarah

I received these samples to test and keep from Influenster and Mary Kay, but the opinions in this post are honest and entirely my own. Besides the product, I was not compensated in any other way. Please read my disclosure policy here.