In Search Of...

I am not typically a winner, as far as contests go.

Recently, I got hooked on the TBS dark comedy, Search Party, a reverse effect of winning my first-ever Instagram contest. Kudos TBS and Will Leather Goods for successful marketing strategy - lol! What I won was a darling leather pouch that you'll see below! It has a handy wristlet with some great fringe on the end chain - it's perfect for little outings or casual nights out.

I realize I have not posted in a while. I'm working on getting back into good, regular habits again, now that the holidays are over! I also realized this is my second post in a row wearing my favorite little yellow beret - oopsy, please forgive, but you can only best wear a beret during the fall and winter anyway. My cowgirl boots have kept up well, and reminded me of the cool-casual style of the west that the clutch gives off.

Will Leather

Goods x

Search Party

WHAT I'M WEARING/aside from the aforementioned clutch?

  1. Luxe Rachel Zoe Belted Wrap Cape - found mine at the Brooklyn Flea, but was able to find the same cut online, just in a different color.
  2. Shepler's cowgirl boots - authentic and a wild array of styles! I've had mine for about 10 years (still in top shape), and they add a versatile, whimsical western flair to so many types of outfits.
  3. Lightweight Check Wool and Silk Scarf by Burberry.
  4. Jeans, from the best variety of wallet-friendly selection of tall-girl jeans shop via Alloy Apparel.
  5. MAC lipstick in color Pink Pigeon, which is exactly like Candy Yum-Yum, so I've heard.
  6. Fierce Beret - in case you forgot from my previous post ;) by Valfré.

What's the best contest you have ever won?

More importantly - have you watched Search Party? Ben and I just finished Season Two. I laugh SO hard and cannot wait for the next season!

Hope 2018 is off to a swell start for all you lovelies! Look forward to reading your comments!

XO Lauren

Lauren A. Oosterlinck and Ben Edwards, Copyright 2018

To Lip Monthly? Beauty review.

Who subscribes to Lip Monthly?!
... I DO! ...

It's been a couple of months, so I wanted to commiserate on the pros & cons of Lip Monthly, and the latest May '17 bag.

The May '17 Lip Monthly bag contains:
1. "Sublime" Ultra-Luxe Longwear Lip Pencil by Starlooks cosmetics
***Below are the products I review in this video***

2. City Color cosmetics Dual Lip Wand in Blush 
3. Bang Beauty lip gloss in Rosie
4. Luna by Luna cosmetics Eyeshadow Crayon in Gemini

I was pleasantly surprised to find the eyeshadow crayon in this latest LM bag, even though this is a LIP bag, lol. The shimmery golden shade is pretty, but unfortunately, the ($18 retail priced) crayon creased off every time I wore it (tried around my eyes and as a highlighter) - zero staying power. I cannot use it.

What also disturbs me about the products in this bag are that the products generally do not seem high quality, as LM advertises. Of the products in this May bag, the City Color duo lip wand 'Blush' product could not be found on their website, at the time of this post - strange (methinks it is discontinued, still)... I searched for a legit website for Bang, but not to be found. Ok ... so are they sending us reject, defunct products for the low, low price of $12/month?? 

I am interested to hear what my fellow LM subscribers think about these products, and LM in general. I hope LM improves their products (without raising the price), and this helps shed some light on whether or not you want to subscribe.
Regardless of my thoughts, I hope you all are enjoying your May bag, and received it in a timely manner!

Don't forget to "LIKE", COMMENT & SUBSCRIBE for my monthly email updates/YouTube channel for weekly make-up tutorials, reviews, and more! Peace and blessings.

XO Lauren