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Lip Monthly Subscription Service Review

I don’t suppose there’s any point in denying it any longer: I have a problem with lipsticks. Also lip glosses, lip balms, lip tints, lip crayons, and lip liners. They are scattered around my house and half the contents of my purse is lip stick and lip gloss. When I came across Lip Monthly, a monthly subscription service that is focused on lip products, I was drawn like a moth to a flame – especially with a low $10/month price tag. I may be an addict, but I’m an addict with a budget ūüėČ

June & July Lip Monthly Products. See the review at allthevs.com

I will tell you that I am now a Lip Monthly affiliate, so if you were to sign up yourself, I’d get a small commission. I think it’s worth it, and I do think Lip Monthly is a stellar¬†return on my investment each month. I have received only full-sized products so far, many of which are cruelty-free, and I’ve been introduced to many great companies that I probably would not have heard of or tried otherwise. But we’re all here for the lipsticks, so let’s review!


The June bag included a pink zebra-print bag and four full-sized products, with a retail value of $54.44.

June Lip Monthly Bag

June Lip Monthly Products. See the review at allthevs.com
From left to right: Be A Bombshell in “hollywood,” So Susan Colour Hybrid, and Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments in ” Fig Jam.”
  • The Be a Bombshell lipstick was definitely my favorite in June’s bag. I love coral lipsticks and this was a nice reddish-coral shade. It had good staying power and felt very light and creamy. I would put it close to the same quality as my MAC Amplified lipstick. Be A Bombshell does not test on animals. Website: BeABombshellCosmetics.com

Be A Bombshell lipstick in "Hollywood."

  • So Susan Colour Hybrid bills itself as a “velvety lip/cheek mousse” and frankly, I thought it was kind of weird. It has incredible staying power, but after application, it felt like how I imagine chalk paint feels. With a gloss over it though, the weird chalk feeling wasn’t there. It’s cruelty free, so I’m sure that’s a selling point for many of you. Website: SoSusan.com

So Susan Color Hybrid lip/cheek mousse

  • The lip/cheek cream from Jelly Pong Pong was SO vibrant! Think “bright fuchsia!” It wore well and had good staying power, it just wasn’t a good shade for me. Jelly Pong Pong and So Susan are both the masterminds of Susan Chyi, by the way. Busy woman, right?! Website: JellyPongPong.com

Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments in "Fig Jam"


  • I like the J. Cat eyeshadow in “Ticket to Stardom” a lot. I’ve wore it quite a few times already. I think the packaging is wonderful for something that is only $3! It has some fallout, and it doesn’t stay in place all day but I also have oily lids so no eye shadow really stays all day anyway. J. Cat has 48 individual shades in the Flying Solo line, which is pretty impressive. The products are also cruelty-free and free of a whole lot of bad stuff, like sulfates. Website: JCatBeauty.com

J. Cat cosmetics eyeshadow in "Ticket To Stardom"
June Lip Monthly Products. See the review at allthevs.com

J. Cat cosmetics eyeshadow in "Ticket To Stardom"


The bag for July was a cute bright blue one with four full-sized products and a retail value of $59.94. Yes, you read that right: I received $60 worth of product for $10. Now you see why I think it’s worth it?

July Lip Monthly Bag

From left to right: Lord and Berry lip crayon, MICA lip balm, and Milani lip gloss
From left to right: Lord and Berry lip crayon #20100, MICA tinted lip balm in “Velvet Rose,” and Milani lip gloss in “Pink Grapefruit”
  • The Lord & Berry lipstick crayon, shade #20100,¬†is so cool. It’s almost my favorite product so far. It’s vibrant, it has staying power, and it doesn’t feel dry. I would wear it pretty much anytime, anywhere. I couldn’t find mention of whether their products are cruelty free though. Website: Lord&Berry

Lord and Berry lip crayon in shade #20100

  • The Mica Beauty Cosmetics tinted lip balm in “Velvet Rose”¬†is the kind of vampy lip balm I’d wear paired with a smoky eye for date night or a hard rock concert. I don’t see myself wearing it unless “dark” was a theme I wanted to go for. Someone who isn’t Paley McPalerson like me could definitely get away with wearing this on occasions other than rock shows¬†and Halloween ūüėČ Mica Beauty is a mineral makeup, but I couldn’t find mention of whether their products are cruelty free. Website: MicaBeauty.com

MICA Beauty Cosmetics tinted lip balm in "Velvet Rose"

  • My favorite from the last two months is a brilliant shine lip gloss from Milani in “Pink Grapefruit.” I knew I’d love this as soon as I pulled it out of the bag, because I love Milani products. This is just the perfect shade of pink for someone pale like me. It has a hint of peach, and just the right amount of pigment. It also sticks to my lips better than a lot of other gloss I’ve used, so it stays on longer than I expect from a gloss, even while drinking and using my e-cig. Milani has vegan products, which wins them even more points in my book. Website: MilaniCosmetics.com

brilliant shine lip gloss from Milani in "Pink Grapefruit."

  • The last product in July’s bag and that I’m reviewing today is my least favorite: A honeysuckle-scented mini-roller perfume (8.8 mL) from Harvey Prince called¬†“Sincerely.” I’m very sensitive to smells, especially synthetic/chemical smells, so I don’t wear perfumes. If you like the smell of a honeysuckle candle, you’d probably like this, but that’s one of my least favorite scents. I do give points for being organic and having the roller ball applicator. Website: HarveyPrince.com

Final Thoughts

I have branched out and wore lipsticks in shades I otherwise wouldn’t have since I started getting a Lip Monthly bag. I’m not too crazy on getting a new literal bag every month because I really dislike clutter, and I do wish there were four lip products in each bag instead other makeup products, but the overall value to me as a customer is well worth continuing to pay $10/month. I look forward to the gold envelope arriving each¬†month and will continue with this service indefinitely.

If you’d like to check out Lip Monthly for yourself, click on the banner below (this is my affiliate link, I will get a very small commission if you sign up through me).

What subscription services for makeup do you use, and what would you recommend? Will you be signing up for Sephora’s monthly bag when it rolls out nationwide, or if you are in one of the three cities it will initially be¬†offered¬†in? That one is definitely on my radar!

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Five On Friday – Retrolicious & Folter clothing review

Paul and I finally went and saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron today. I thought it was good, but I probably wouldn’t watch it again. A lot of the characters just felt “flat,” and Ultron came off as misguided vs actual bad guy. If you’ve seen it, what did you think? Anyway, on to the Five on Friday.

1.I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I bought this dress from Retrolicious. I also bought a shirt from Folter Clothing. I’m going to review the Retrolicious dress first. (I was in no way compensated for these¬†reviews.)

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The first thing I love is the colors and pattern. Very summer-y. Second: It has pockets! I love dresses with pockets. It’s also very comfortable.

Retrolicious and Folter Clothing Review from allthevs.com

Retrolicious and Folter Clothing Review from allthevs.com
Pardon the wrinkles, this was at the end of the day, after I’d sat through a movie.

What I don’t love is the belt that ties. I will probably buy a different belt to wear with it. The other thing I don’t like is that it is a little loose in the bust area. I feel like you’d really need to be a B+ or C cup to fill it out the way it was meant to be. The back tends to gap open at the top and I think, on a larger-busted woman, that wouldn’t be an issue.

2.On to the Folter shirt. This is the “Mohawk Girl” shirt. Both the dress and skirt are on clearance, so you’ll get a good deal if you buy now.

I LOVE this shirt. It fits like a dream. This is a size small. It’s very soft, and kind of punk. Not my usual style for sure. (The necklace is one I made.)

Retrolicious and Folter Clothing Review from allthevs.com

Vinny wanted in on the action.

Retrolicious and Folter Clothing Review from allthevs.com

Retrolicious and Folter Clothing Review from allthevs.com

The back is amazing. I wore a red spaghetti strap shirt underneath to avoid the awful “here’s my bra” look. I liked the contrast between the red and black anyway.

Retrolicious and Folter Clothing Review from allthevs.com

My pink spider purse is also from Folter clothing. They no longer carry that style (I’ve been lugging it around for 17 months and it’s still going strong!) but they have some other cool ones here.

I definitely expect to be buying more from Folter and Retrolicious.

3.I got a job at Home Depot, which I’m really excited to start. It’s 20 hours a week, but they said I can actually work all I want because they’re always needing someone to cover shifts. I’ll be a cashier. I use to be an office manager for a construction company, so I know I’ll be able to fit right in at the Home Depot. I’ll still have plenty of time for family and blogging too, since it’s part-time. I may work more after the summer, when the kiddo is back in school.

4.The wild raspberries are ripening up. I can’t wait to go pick them so I can make raspberry compote. Speaking of compote, did you see my Blueberry Compote Vanilla Cupcakes – Three Ways post over at Janus Lane? Super delicious!


5.I found an awesome new band called Racing on the Sun. If you like alt rock, then definitely check them out!

I’m excited to start work next week. Anything great coming up on your horizon?

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