InstaBeauty: Lipsticks & Subscription Boxes

So many new launches, so little time: In the interest of telling you guys about the latest gotta-have-it beauty booty, I'm trying out a new feature. All month long I'll be sharing snaps of products on Instagram, and then doing an InstaBeauty round-up at the end. May's InstaBeauty round-up is all about subscription boxes and new lippies, so without further ado, here we go!

1. I couldn't resist sharing the April Rifle Paper Co. x Birchbox collaboration even though it's May already. Look how incredible that box is! (It's singlehandedly upped the prettiness quotient on my desk.) The products inside aren't too shabby either: I've actually tried the Mereadesso moisturizer and Bee Kind shower gel before, so I can vouch for their awesomeness. This is the first in a line of exciting Birchbox collaborations; sign up by May 17 to get the equally lovely Cupcakes & Cashmere Birchbox.

2. The texture of a lip balm, the femininity of pink, the scent of sweet tart candies, the allure of leather (the tube is encased in genuine black leather): Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter Whipped Lipstick Flush for Lips in 202 'Rotaisie' ($43) has it all. The hyaluronic acid in the formula moisturizes and gives this lipstick a nice feel, while the slim bullet makes application a cinch.

3. How cute is the cityscape-emblazoned cardboard tube on this limited edition Cargo Gel Lip Color ($25.05)? 'Chelsea' (pictured here) is a sheer Marsala-esque shade.

4. Even drugstore delights can add up, which is why the FLARE Beauty Boxes ($9) are such a steal. They're filled to the brim with P&G Beauty products tested and approved by FLARE magazine's beauty editors. Regardless of which box you choose, each has core summer beauty essentials: clump-proof mascara, day-to-night lipstick, moisturizing body wash, and nourishing hair care.

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  1. I get the PopSugar Must Have box but am wanting to add a few beauty specific ones, so this post is perfect for me! But I am a little sad that I missed out on the Rifle + Birchbox collaboration :(


    1. It's really pretty, but hey, there's always the Cupcakes & Cashmere one if you sign up before May 17. The box is all gold and pink triangles.

  2. Oh I love anything the Rifle Paper Co do -- how pretty! I'm always impressed my your lippie knowledge, Lisa! It makes me want to be more daring! Though I am always worried that lipsticks still have lead in them. Have you found that to be the case with most of the brands you try?

    1. The amount of lead in lipstick is most likely trace amounts due to impure raw materials, and not something to worry too much about. The Canadian Cancer Society has a pretty succinct summary of the issue here:

      Moreover, the oft-quoted "You'll eat 4-7 pounds of lipstick in your lifetime" stat is waaay off. Beautygeeks (a Canadian beauty blog run by beauty editors) does the math here:

    2. Oh amazing, Lisa! Seriously, that makes me feel so much better and want to get more daring with my lipstick uses. Thank you for sending these links! xoxo Lar

  3. #1 is just so pretty, I kind of just want the box for my home decorations lol


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