Oooh, this week's Lipstick League question is a good one: When you make a "blind purchase" (buy a beauty product without ever having seen it in person), how important is it to you to read reviews first? Have you ever made a blind purchase without reading a single review?
Short answer: no. Longer answer: I don't really buy much online. I still prefer to buy in person, unless I have to re-up on something I already know. That said, I'd seen and heard so much about those pretty Milani blushes and lipsticks that I ordered them online without seeing or touching them beforehand. (They're still pristine, months later. *sigh* #archivist) And I'm just about to pull the trigger on some tinted lip balm and gloss from sephora.ca... which isn't really much of a risk because hello: if they're sheer, they'll work with any complexion.
lipstick league links of the week
Nouveau Cheap Hard Candy has lots of fun new products launching right now (plus new shades for existing products). Here’s everything you need to know... and then some!
Olive & Ivy is all over what’s new at LUSH for Halloween!
Phyrra focusses on the best eyeshadows to wear to enhance your eye color!
Prime Beauty thinks Rachel Zoe is ba-nah-nas and so is her new subscription box, the Rachel Zoe Box of Style! The pieces are to die for!
Beautygeeks Reaction is mixed to this post about makeup for a 10-year-old. At what age should girls start wearing makeup? And what’s age-appropriate?
Beauty Junkies Unite Amber grew up watching Jem & The Holograms, and went full-on Jem for her Halloween costume idea and tutorial. You're not going to want to miss it! It's truly, truly, truly outrageous!
Blushing Noir Brooke shares with you the exciting beauty collaboration with NARS Cosmetics and Steven Klein for Holiday 2015! Spoiler alert – every piece is a must-have!
Clumps of Mascara The change of the season means fabulous new hair styles. For fashionably-aware little ones, too!
EauMG Want to add a new fragrance to your wardrobe, but don’t know where to start? Check out these Perfume Picks for Autumn! There’s something for everyone and in a variety of price points!
Gouldylox Reviews stopped blow drying her hair for a month, and the change is dramatic! Here's how she's dealing with air-drying in style. Try it!
Love for Lacquer Ever wondered what a beauty blogger keeps on her desk at all times? Jess has the scoop for you!
My Beauty Bunny Nothing beats a fab pair of eyebrows, and the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil from Hourglass is here to help you get them. Look at these before and after pics and you'll see why this pencil is a must-have!
My Newest Addiction Usually Laura says "Save the drama for your mama," but the Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliners are so amazing she doesn't want to share them with anyone, not even her mama.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap Stephanie over at Imperfectly Painted swatched one of the new Sinful Colors Halloween 2015 shades, and now it’s officially on my wishlist (so perfect for fall/winter).
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Over to you, lovelies: do you ever buy makeup or skincare online without having seen or touched it first, and if yes, do you check out the reviews first?