My Beauty Junction

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lip Factory beauty box April 2014 unboxing, review

Lip Factory beauty box April 2014 unboxing, review
Lip Factory beauty box April 2014 unboxing, reviewLip Factory is a US-based makeup-only monthly beauty box that ships worldwide. For $32 a month - $22 within the US - you get five or six full-sized makeup products. To subscribe, please use the reference number 385650 to get 50 points (which you can redeem against boxes or products later) and hit I have been a subscriber since June 2013 and have received some absolute gems in my previous Lip Factory boxes (click here to view them all).
Now for the April 2014 box. The theme is "Lip Factory Welcomes Spring". You've got to love the artwork on all their product cards. I keep them all and use them as bookmarks after a little tweaking. The Easter break meant that my box was just a little later than usual. This month's box has a total value of $55.99.

Here are the contents of my April 2014 spring special Lip Factory Box.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free skin care beauty box from HQHair unboxing, review

Skin care beauty box from HQHair unboxing, review
Some days ago,, one of my favourite online shopping destinations for makeup, had an irresistible offer - a free beauty box as a gift with purchase, containing their editors' picks from high-end brands, if you buy for £45 from their website.
Who can possibly resist a free beauty box, especially a beauty box addict such as yours truly? I was going to get myself the full-sized GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment anyway, after loving the sample, so I ordered the pack and the GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment (will review after using).
British-based HQHair ships worldwide and has express shipping with full tracking, so my order arrived within a week - just after the Easter break - and I didn't pay customs'duties for this. Best of all, HQHair - and their sister website LookFantastic - have similar offers from time to time. I got the entire Real Techniques Core Collection free once, and several other goodies.

Here is my free Editors' Picks skin care beauty box from

I need help from each of you: Petition to Memebox to restore shipping worldwide

Petition to Memebox to restore shipping worldwide, including to India, Malaysia, Israel, Mexico and other countries.Dear reader (yes, you),
You have been a huge source of support and inspiration for my blog, and now I need your assistance to get our collective hands on a beauty box. I'll tell you how you alone can help me out.
Since mid-2013, My Beauty Junction has been a blog devoted especially to finding beauty boxes that ship worldwide. You can see my unboxing posts and beauty box reviews here.
Some of you must have read my posts on Memebox, a Korean beauty box that offers great value for money. You are looking at previous Memebox photos in this post.
My blog has sent them several customers from within and outside my country, and more than 60 boxes have been pre-ordered by customers from my country alone (that I know of, lol). There has been neither postal delay nor customs hassle till date, as far as Memebox delivery is concerned.
On March 31, Memebox stopped shipping worldwide, and restricted themselves to the US, Japan and Canada. I received this news with disappointment, but Memebox promised to ship worldwide again soon.
Read on to find out what went wrong.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool review, swatches, photos

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool review, swatches, photos
A black eyeliner is a must in everyone's kitty. As a rule, I prefer liquid eyeliner - application is gentler and it is easier to remove and to correct bloopers, which I always run the risk of making. But I don't like felt-tipped liners as a rule, because they tend to dry out very quickly, even if I seal them tightly and store them upside-down. However, you know that I am a sucker for anything gimmicky innovative, and that I am a huge fan of Too Faced, so when I saw the 3 Way Lash Lining Tool in Sephora in December, I picked up one for myself, attracted by the trident-like applicator, which you will see in a minute.

Here is my review of the Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Green EOTD with Sephora Blockbuster eyeshadows

Green EOTD with Sephora Blockbuster eyeshadows
Green EOTD with Sephora Blockbuster eyeshadowsI tell you, I am obsessed with the Sephora Makeup Academy Blockbuster palette of November 2013. There is such a variety of colours, enough for as many looks as you would want, and the shades are versatile, from neutrals to brights, and a couple of neons which I have not dared to go near. And the shadows are easy to blend and surprisingly well-pigmented. I need to review this palette in all its glory before the 2014 version is launched.
Green is probably my third-favourite eyeshadow colour after blues and purples. It gives dark eyes a nice pop without being visible from the moon. This time, I picked medium frosty and shimmery greens and a brown-grey eyeshadow, and did not smoke out the look too much.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For readers from India: You can order Sephora USA brands now

For readers in India who want to order makeup brands that are unavailable here, I have some good news.
You must have seen me share my haul posts from Order Makeup UK. This is a venture begun by my beauty-bestie Shivani in order to bring brands from Sephora and Ulta to India. In December, the group had closed down, but they are reopening and are taking new orders from this moment!
OMUK - the name belies what they do - lets you order any brand or product sold in Sephora USA, or Ulta - the brand list includes OCC, Tarte, Benefit, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Burt's Bees, Bumble and Bumble, NARS, Smashbox, Lorac, Philosophy, Hourglass, Kat von D, theBalm, Marc Jacobs, Bare Minerals, Stila, Buxom, GlamGlow, Ardency Inn and a lot more brands stocked in Sephora USA (check out for the list of brands they stock), apart from US-only launches from usual suspects such as Chanel, Lancome and so on.
Read on to find out how to order. And, there is an exclusive early-bird offer below!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hot pink flocking powder manicure with O.P.I. It's All Greek To Me nail polish

Hot pink flocking powder ombre manicure with O.P.I. It's All Greek To Me nail polish
I have never used flocking powder before, despite having bought different colours sometime ago. I was on the verge of doing watermarbling for my birthday - since that is what I did for my birthday last year - and remembered my resolution to try new techniques. A long think and scramble in my stash later, I settled on and NOTD with two flocking powder shades for a sharp gradient effect and gems. A combination of elements there, but if you cannot go over the top on your birthday, when can you?
Flocking powder nail art proved to be the  most labour-intensive manicure I have done. In fact, this is clearly a nail art-fail. Here are the problems I faced.