Samples Showdown: Marc Jacobs and Benefit

Today I’m bringing two deluxe samples into the showdown, and I’ll tell you which you should buy and which to say buh-bye to.

MARC JACOBS LIP LOCK MOISTURE BALM WITH SPF IN 10 MAKEOUT

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Yes, even a clear lip balm gets a color code and name.
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You can count on Marc Jacobs for luxe packaging

I got this as part of a Sephora VIB exclusive lip-focused goodie bag.   I’m always looking for the next big miracle worker in lip balms/treatments because I have incredibly dry lips, and I looove products with SPF, so I had my eye on this before… but the price point is high, because Marc Jacobs.  This unfortunately, isn’t anything to go crazy for.

THE VERDICT: Don’t expect the inside product to match the outside luxe; though it wins points for having SPF (your lips need protection too!), it loses huge points for being so expensive yet blah.

BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL! PUSH-UP LINER

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The applicator is a slanted tip made out of flexible rubber, and the product comes out by clicking it up through the dispenser.
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Benefit comes up with the cutest names.

I’m sure you’ve allll heard the hype surrounding this new innovation in makeup technology – gel liner, in a pen form?? Oh my!  I love just about everything about it; the name (sassy!), the brand (Benefit is awesome!), the packaging (sturdy yet easy on the eyes), except… yeah.  The product itself is good, but doesn’t blow me away.  The gel formula is really long-wearing, to the point where it’s a little overkill.  I think I used half a bottle of makeup remover getting this stuff off!  The slanted tip is going to give you a nice application, but not as nice as a brush dipped in a gel pot or a liquid liner pen.

THE VERDICT: Girls, don’t throw away your liquid and pencil liners yet – this liner is worth buying but probably won’t replace your current favourite.

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Giveaway! Make-up by One Direction: The Looks Collection

Win a limited edition make up set from The Looks Collection by One Direction before it’s available to the public!
Up All Night
Up All Night
Brandbacker and beauty company Markwins have teamed up to give you this exclusive first look and giveaway contest, and I’m so excited to share it with you before the make up collection even hits stores!

Winners will receive a Make-up by ONE DIRECTION limited-edition collection of beauty essentials, housed in a collectible keepsake tin. Inside is everything you need to rock all your beauty looks on or off the stage.

Much like the One Direction band members themselves, this prestige makeup line is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, featuring vivid shades, premium formulas and chic, collectible packaging and components.

1D fans, remember when Niall showed off his make up skills?

I hope you’re better at applying nail polish than Niall!

Check out the three kits, each named after a 1D song.  Every kit has 7 pieces and includes an eyeshadow palette, mascara, lip gloss (which glows under UV light!), lipstick, nail polish, a chubby multitasking crayon that can be used as eye liner and shadow.  It also comes with bonus stencils made from doodles by the guys; use it anywhere to decorate your accessories or give yourself a temporary tattoo.

Take Me Home
Take Me Home

By looks alone, Take Me Home is my favourite – I’m such a sucker for gold!  The eye shadow palette looks like it’s going to be great for building shimmery neutrals.  The black light activated lip gloss sounds really cool (although, where would I find black light even?).

Midnight Memories
Midnight Memories

I can’t wait to try these out!  My kit from Brandbacker is in the mail, and once I get it I will definitely let you know what I think about each piece.

If you’re looking to buy your own kit (or all three!) they will be coming to US stores through August.

US RELEASE DATES:
Macy’s – August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor – August 25th

TO WIN YOUR OWN ONE DIRECTION MAKE UP ENTER HERE: https://promosimple.com/ps/4f5b

Contest ends in two weeks on August 5th and winners will be picked at random.   They are giving out 50 kits, so don’t miss out!  Be sure to come back everyday and enter to increase your chances of winning!

You can visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection to get all the latest details!

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