Kat Von D “Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book” Review

Hi Makeup Geeks! As you all know, every year around the holidays I go on my search for the best makeup palettes. I review each of them individually, then at the end I pick my favorite one of the year. I love this time of year not only for the season and the feeling that comes with it but it gives me a good excuse to shop! 🙂

The palette we will be looking at today is the Kat Von D “Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book”

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Packaging

The packaging is a thin, sleek cardboard palette that opens like a book. The front cover is a penciled design in black and white- very Kat Von D inspired! It opens to reveal 24 shades with 12 of them being new.  The left side of the inside palette has 3 eyeshadow ideas, “The Natural State”, “The After Hours”, “The Spellbinder”, each of which can be recreated with the shades in the palette. the palette is organized in pairs with each shade suppose to compliment each other. Each shade is 0.05 ounce which is the normal amount in a shadow. It does come with a plastic overlay to protect the shadows when you travel but I know for some this is more of an aggravation but it can be easily cut away. The price on this is great for the amount of shades you get.  I love how easy this is to take for travel as it’s super lightweight and sleek.

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Eyeshadows

Included in this palette are 24 eyeshadows ranging in several colors and finishes.  There are 3 matte finish shadows, and 21 metallic/shimmer shadows. Overall this is very good quality with only a few of them being somewhat powdery. The majority of the shades were very creamy and easy to apply and adhered to the skin very well. They also blended well and had stunning pigmentation.  My only downside to this palette is there should have been a few more neutral shadows to balance out all the colors- this way you don’t have to bring extra shadows if you travel with this palette.

Going L to R

  • Dark Throne – Medium Matte Dark Grey
  • Precious – Shimmery Soft Warm Peach
  • Babe – Medium Cool Toned Purple with Iridescent Shimmer
  • Piaf – Dark Grey with a Silver Metallic Sheen
  • Sunset Blvd. – Gold with a Frost Finish
  • 8 Bit – Metallic Teal with Gold Shimmer
  • Geek – Medium Matte Peach
  • Fallen – Shimmery Warm Golden Copper
  • Holy Bible – Muted Metallic Silver
  • Oddfellow – Black with a Teal Shimmer (One of my Favorites)
  • Birdcage – Yellow Green with a Frosted Finish
  • Gunner – Dark Green with Green and Silver Sparkles
  • Instaglam – Light Pink with a Frosted/Metallic Finish
  • Stupid Autocorrect – Warm Frosted Copper Red
  • Galore – Warm Frosted Gold/Beige
  • Hexagram – Olive Green with a Frosted Finish
  • Smile Now – Medium Golden Peach with Pinky Sheen
  • Cry Later – Medium Brown with a Pearl Finish
  • Arcadia – Lilac Purple with a Frosted Sheen
  • Wonderland – Deep Burgundy Sparkle
  • Queen- Warm Brown with a Teal Sheen
  • Bukowski – Medium Cool Blue with a Frosted Finish
  • Countess – Matte Finish Light Beige
  • WTF – Orange/Red with a Satin Finish

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Price:   $46.00

Where to Buy:   (unfortunately Sephora already sold out, but you can find on Amazon)

I give this palette a big 2 thumbs up as the quality, packaging, and colors are amazing.  This is one of my favorite palettes for 2013 🙂

XOXO,

Marlena

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Hot New Products- February!

Hello, Makeup Geeks! Welcome to the HOT New Products for February 2014. This has been a great month for products and I’m excited to share these with you.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

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The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are available in 6 different shades, all of which are simply amazing! These blushes are very smooth, gentle on the skin, and will last all day. The packaging is sleek, with a reflective rose gold finish. As you open the blush compact, there is a square mirror which is perfect for on the go. The only thing I dislike about the packaging is that it easily shows finger prints.

Shades:

  • Radiant Magenta: A beautiful light pink, that looks great on medium to dark skin.
  • Dim Infusion: A warm peach color, that looks great on fair to medium skin.
  • Ethereal Glow: A soft baby pink that looks great on fair skin.

Other Available Shades:

  • Diffused Heat: A vibrant poppy color.
  • Luminous Flush: A champagne rose.
  • Mood Exposure: A soft plum color.

Price: $35 for .15 oz of product.  (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora)

Swatched, left to right: Diffused Heat, Dim Infusion, Ethereal Glow, Luminous Flush, Mood Exposure, Radiant Magenta

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Swatches

Photo compliments of: MakeupByTiffanyD

NARSissist Palette

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This palette contains 15 neutral eye shadows, with a great mixture of matte and shimmer finishes. These eye shadows are very silky, and of great quality. The packaging is sleek and durable; it closes tightly and has a mirror on the inside. Overall this palette is nice, however the price is high and some of the eyeshadows could have better pigmentation.

Shades:

  • All About Eve I: Flesh toned neutrals.
  • Madrague II: Matte caramel.
  • Fez: Velvety cocoa.
  • Bali: Neutral.
  • Coconut Grove: Deep brown infused with reflections.
  • Madrague I: Matte cream.
  • Nepal: Soft sheer rose.
  • Ashes to Ashes: Shimmery violet based brown.
  • Brousse II: Black violet.
  • Mekong: Espresso infused with gold.
  • Bellissima I: Shimmering beige with subtle glitter.
  • Lhasa: Lavender grey.
  • Bad Behavior: Deep pewter.
  • Dogon II: Charcoal black.
  • Pandora II: Matte black.

Price: $79 for 15 eyeshadows  (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora)

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Naked Lipgloss

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The Naked Ultra Nourishing lip glosses come in 9 nude shades, all of which are highly pigmented without being overly sticky. These lip glosses come in a long skinny tube with an engraved logo on the side; my favorite part about the packaging is being able to see the shade through the tube.

Shades:

  • Streak: Coral Peach.
  • Love Child: True Bubblegum Pink.

Other Shades:

  • Nooner: Light Nude.
  • Freestyle: Brown Nude.
  • Rule34: Medium Brown Nude.
  • Walk of Shame: Pale Nude Pink.
  • Naked: Nude Pink.
  • Liar: Soft Mauve-Pink.
  • Beso: Deep Pink Mauve.

Price: $20 for .13 oz. of product  (eBay) (Sephora)

Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss Swatches

Photo compliments of: Phyrra

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté

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These lip glosses are available in 22 different shades, giving you a large variety of colors to choose from. The packaging is very high-end looking with a gold and silver top, and clear bottom where you can see the shade of the gloss. These lip glosses come with a triangle shaped doe foot wand, which allows you to apply an even coat. The texture of these glosses are very smooth and best described as a mixture between a lip gloss and a lip cream. Although these glosses are very pigmented, they lack lasting power and will require a few touch ups throughout the day.

Shades:

  • 203 Corail Gandoura: Light coral.
  • 202 Rose Jersey: Rosy pink.
  • 101 Iridescent: Light pink with iridescent shimmer.

Other Shades:

  • 201 Pure: Clear.
  • 1 Gold: Gold with golden shimmer.
  • 19 Rose Orfèvre: Warm pink with golden shimmer.
  • 10 Or Rose: Light warm pink with golden shimmer.
  • 20 Nude Carat: Nude with golden shimmer.
  • 2 Or Saharienne: Dusty rose with golden shimmer.
  • 104 Prune Organdi: Raisen purple with iridescent shimmer.
  • 49 Terriblement Fuchsia: Fuchsia with golden shimmer.
  • 4 Fuchsia Vermeil: Rosy fuchsia with golden shimmer.
  • 30 Corail Lingot: Warm peach with golden shimmer.
  • 204 Corail Trapèze: True coral.
  • 15 Grenade Pépite: Hot pink with golden shimmer.
  • 102 Rose Satine: Rosey pink with golden shimmer.
  • 3 Rose Fusion: Coral pink with golden shimmer.
  • 103 Opium Persan: Dark coral with iridescent shimmer.
  • 205 Rouge Shantung: Watermelon red.
  • 206 Fuchsia Oran: Reddish fuchsia.
  • 207 Rouge Velours: Classic cool red.
  • 208 Fauve: Burgundy red.

Price: $32 for .2 oz. of product. (eBay) (Sephora)

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Photo compliments of: The RAEVIEWER

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish

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The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polishes currently come in 43 stunning shades, great for any occasion! These polishes are excellent quality, and you receive a decent amount of product for a good price.

Shades: 

  • Vapid: Palest lavender.
  • Pleasure Model: Pink toned purple.
  • Seething: Lingerie satin pink.
  • Deven Green: Nearly-neon green.
  • Pool Boy: Opaque aquatic blue crème.

Price: $10 for .05 oz. of product.  (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora)

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic Colored Pencils

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The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic colored pencils are extremely versatile. You can use them on your eyes, lips, and body. These cosmetic colored pencils currently come in 12 pigmented shades, however they tend to be very dry and harsh when used around the eye area.

Shades:

  • Pool Boy: Aquatic blue.
  • Hoochie: Vibrant magenta.
  • Anime: Vibrant neon pink.

Price: $16 for .04 oz. of product. (eBay) (Sephora)

TARTE Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette

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The Tarte Be Mattenificent palette contains 8 eye shadows and one blush, all of which are matte finishes. Each eye shadow is smooth and creamy, without sacrificing any pigmentation. This palette comes in a hard plastic case with a decorative glass overlay. It latches tightly and contains a mirror and dual ended brush.

Eyeshadow Shades:

  • Dream in Chocolate
  • Don’t Stand Black
  • Sand Out From the Crowd
  • Peach for the Stars
  • Two Plums Up
  • Pink Outside the Box
  • Rose to the Occasion
  • View From the Taupe

Blush Color:

  • Elevated

Price: $36 (Amazon) (eBay)(Sephora)

Tarte Mattenificent Swatches

Kat Von D Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette

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The Kat Von D Esperanza eyeshadow palette contains 8 colorful eyeshadows, all of which are pigmented and smooth.  These eyeshadows come in a colorful and bold cardboard palette that is sleek and portable, with a small mirror inside the lid.

Eyeshadow Shades:

  • Selena: Glitter purple.
  • Dayglo: Transformer shade, iridescent white.
  • Galore: Pearl peach.
  • Placebo: Matte peony pink.
  • Santeria: Glitter greenish grey.
  • Archangel: Sparkle  seafoam green.
  • South: Matte beige.
  • Dog Roses: Sparkle bronze.

Price: $36   (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora)

Kat von d Esperanza Swatches

That wraps it up for the February hot new products! I hope each and everyone of you are staying happy and healthy. 🙂

XOXO,

Marlena

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The “Tarte of Giving” Palette Review

Hello Makeup Geeks! As you all know, every year around the holidays I go on my search for the best makeup palettes. I review each of them individually, then at the end I pick my favorite one of the year.

Today we are going to review the Tarte “The Tarte of Giving” Palette. So let’s see what Tarte has to offer this time. 🙂

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Packaging

I can’t tell you how much I adore this packaging! I think packaging a palette in something that is reusable is brilliant. It always makes me feel as if I am getting a something little extra for Christmas. 🙂 Tarte always excels when it comes to this, and this year was no exception. They packaged this palette exclusively made for Sephora in their signature purple shade.  It has gold accents and large pockets for storing makeup as well as a clear bag that is removable.  It has a gold hanger for easy storage. It’s sturdy and will be a great addition to store or travel with you makeup. This is brilliant! The palette hold a MASS amount of products! You will find 20 x .07 eyeshadows, 8 x 0.59 maracuja lipglosses, a 0.23 Deluxe Pure Maracuja Oil, 0.08 Deluxe Maracuja Oil C-Brightener Eye Treatment, a 0.05 blush, 0.17 Deluxe Cheek Stain, 0.16 Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, and of course the makeup bag. SHEW…That is a lot of product!

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The Best Blushes Ever!

Hi Makeup Geeks!

You all know I love to try new makeup products, so I’ve compiled my “Best Of” series stating my favorite makeup products of all time!  My top picks are completely unbiased- I simply want to help you spend your money on only the products I know are amazing.  Trust me, I have tested, swatched, and worn just about every makeup product out there. ;)

Enough blabbing…. On to the best blushes ever!

xoxo,
Marlena

1.  Illamasqua Powder Blusher – Naked Rose

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My favorite products by Illamasqua are their blushes as they’re super pigmented, creamy, and last a long time.  I especially love the color “Naked Rose” as it’s a muted pink color that is easy to apply without looking too bright or clownish. :)

Price:  $26.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon

2.  NARS Powder Blush – Amour

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NARS is known for having the best high end blushes. Their color “Orgasm” has won an award every year for several years now. BUT, I chose the color Amour as it is a beautiful matte finish warm pink that is flattering on every skin color.

Price:  $28.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon  .  eBay .  Nordstrom

3.  Inglot Powder Blush – #20

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Inglot is also known for having smooth, creamy, and pigmented blushes but without the high price tag that other makeup companies charge.  This color #20 is the perfect matte pink that brightens your cheeks without being overpowering.

Price:  $12.00

Where to Buy:   Inglot

4.  MAC Powder Blush – Melba

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To warm up the skin, this color Melba is perfect as it’s a muted peach color.  It doesn’t look too orange, and the matte finish doesn’t emphasize acne scars or pores like some shimmery ones do.

Price:  $12.99 – $20.00

Where to Buy:   Amazon  .  eBay  .  Nordstrom

5.  Milani Mineral Blush – Luminous

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This Milani blush is the perfect dupe for the popular NARS “Orgasm”- a slightly shimmery peachy pink color.  It adds a beautiful glow to the skin without coming across glittery or too shiny. Plus the cheap pricetag will save you some money.

Price:  $5.00

Where to Buy:   Most Drugstores  .  Amazon

6.  NYX Powder Blush – Peach

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Yes, yes, I know I have a lot of matte finish blushes on this list.  But shimmery blushes can sometimes accentuate things you don’t want anyone seeing! This matte pink blush (not sure why NYX named it “peach”?) is a great way to brighten your cheeks and add just the right amount of color.  Price is great too…

Price:  $6.99

Where to Buy:   Makeup Geek Store

7.  Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Tipsy

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I own almost every single one of Tarte’s blushes. Why? Because many of them are matte finish, they come in lots of colors, and the formula is very pigmented and smooth.  This color Tipsy looks amazing on medium to dark skin as the coral color adds lots of warmth to your cheeks.

Price:  $25.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon  .  eBay

8.  Illamasqua Cream Blusher – Rude

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I am currently in love with cream blushes.  I’ve noticed that the older I get, the drier my skin gets (yay). So I have to add back in the dewiness to my skin by using cream blushes and cheek highlighters.  This Illamasqua one is very creamy, yet not oily looking.  And this color “Rude” is the perfect true peach color that warms up my complexion beautifully!

Price:  $26.00

Where to Buy:   Sephora   .   Amazon

9.  NYX Cream Blush – Rose Petal

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NYX also makes some amazing cream blushes, but without the hefty price tags of other makeup lines.  I love this color “Rose Petal” as it’s a muted warm pink color.  It looks great on every skin color- from fair to dark.

Price:  $6.50

Where to Buy:  Amazon  .  eBay

10.  Stila Convertible Color – Petunia

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I’m not sure why I didn’t discover these cream blushes sooner as they’re amazing!  I just wish Stila made more colors of them.  This color “Petunia” is a brighter warm pink that looks great on medium to dark skin. It adds a youthful glow to the cheeks and doesn’t look oily or feel sticky.  The best part:  you can use this on your lips too for a lipgloss. :)

Price:  $19

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon  .  eBay  .  Nordstrom

Because so many blushes are aimed at medium skin, I wanted to share a few of my favorites for both fair skin and dark skin.

Fair Skin:

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  • Benefit Powder Blush in Georgia
  • Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Tremble
  • Stila Convertible Color in Peony
Dark Skin:
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  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flush
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty
  • Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Hussy
  • Stila Convertible Color in Gladiola

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NOYA Lip Balm Review

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Hello my fellow Makeup Geeks! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Leslie an I am beyond thrilled to be able to review new items that you may never have heard of or just haven’t tried yet. I am going to be reviewing both high-end products as well as more inexpensive products that are budget friendly. My reviews will be fair and honest; I won’t recommend anything to you that I wouldn’t spend my own money on!

So you may be asking yourself, “Who is this?” Well, let me give you some information about who I am and how I came to be part of this amazing group of people. I live in Southwest Virginia on the border of Tennessee and Virginia in a little town named Gate City. I am as southern as you get and have the accent to prove it. I am 41 years old and have been married to my best friend and husband for 21 years. I have two children, my son is 20 and my sweet daughter is 16. I also have a beautiful granddaughter who was born on July 4, 2012. She’s our little firecracker.

Hopefully over time while reviewing products you can get to know me and my family and be part of our lives as well. I look forward to it. And if there are any products you would like to see reviewed please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below letting me know. I would love to hear from you! So let’s get started with our first review!

Noya Lip Balm Review

Price & Where to Buy : $3.49  at  Makeup Geek Store

For my first few reviews I wanted to focus on some things that we have begun to carry in the Makeup Geek store that you may not have necessarily heard of or know we are selling. Recently, we began carrying NOYA Lip Balms. Personally, I had never heard of these. Many times this can be a good thing so you aren’t not swayed one way or the other and can more easily give a personal and honest review.

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NOYA Lip Balms only contain 3 – 5 ingredients depending on which flavor of balm you choose. These come in four different flavors; vanilla, cherry, natural and spearmint. They are all natural and kosher. The claims on the website are as follows; “NOYA kosher lip balms contain no more than 3-5 simple, all-natural, kosher ingredients. Packed full of moisture, they’ll leave your lips begging for more, but don’t worry – all the ingredients are the same ones you can find in your kitchen, so feel free to reapply as often as your heart (and taste buds!) desire. They come in four fun flavors, sure to satisfy even the pickiest of puckers!”

The first thing I should mention is that I am not much of a lip balm girl. I know some people love them, but it was just not something I ever really got into. The only time you would find me using one was when my lips felt ordinarily dry or chapped and even then I would just use whatever I had here at the house. They always left my lips feeling smothered and the product felt heavy and never did what it claimed to do. The other thing I noticed immediately was the flavors. One thing I strongly dislike is artificial flavors. You know what I mean, that fake cherry flavor that comes in most gums and lip balms. Every kind I ever tried that claimed to be “all natural” or “taste like really cherries” never did. It always tasted like a bad synthetic version of the real thing to me, so I wasn’t expecting much more than I had tried numerous other times with the same results.

So I received two from the Makeup Geek store to try and test. The first one I used was cherry. I placed it on my lips and began to immediately rub my lips together to see how bad the flavor was truly going to be. Immediately I noticed the texture of the lip balm. These didn’t feel greasy like a lot of other balms I had tried in the past. These were lightweight, smooth and felt natural on my lips. The only thing that I could actually feel was a hydrating feeling as if my lips were being nourished.

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The next thing I noticed was the flavor. I actually had to pick up the tube and look to make sure I had put on the right one; sure enough I was wearing the cherry flavor on my lips. It was amazing! This is not that fake flavor that many lip balms possess. This is a delicious, natural flavor that tastes as good as it feels. It really does taste like real cherries and I found myself licking my lips to continue to taste it. After basically licking the first coat off, I put on a second coat to sleep in and see if I could notice a difference by morning. And to my surprise, I really could. My lips were much softer and subtle and felt hydrated without a greasy or oily residue.

It took a while for me to actually switch and give the vanilla flavor a shot because I absolutely loved the cherry so much, but finally I gave in and put down my much loved cherry. The vanilla has a surprising flavor, this taste far more like a sugar cookie or yummy cupcake rather than your basic vanilla flavor making it a sweet surprise.

After a week of using them nightly before bed I could tell a huge difference in my lips. Not only were they softer and much more subtle, the looked and felt more hydrated and had a better overall appearance. The other things I truly love about these are the all-natural ingredients. I know exactly what I am putting on my lips. The flavors and ingredients are as follows:

  • Natural – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil  – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Vanilla – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavor, Organic Stevia – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Cherry – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavor, Organic Stevia – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Spearmint – Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavor, Menthol – (Makeup Geek Store)

The other great thing is the price, for only $3.49, these are budget friendly enough to try all four!

Advantages 

  • Leaves lips soft and subtle
  • Taste AMAZING
  • Feels light and natural
  • Doesn’t feel greasy
  • Doesn’t weigh down lips
  • All natural ingredients
  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Great Price
  • Inexpensive

Disadvantages

  • None that I can think of — especially for the price

I highly recommend these! They are the best lip balms I have ever tried and I will never use another one. In fact I like these so much I will be purchasing the other two to have the entire set of these spectacular lip balms! Well, there you have it. I highly recommend these to anyone who has a love for lip balms, and for those of you, who were like me, give these a try, they are sure to surprise you! Be sure and let me know what you think and if there is anything you would like to see me review just post it in the comments below. :-)

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