Win Physicians Formula Cosmetics And Target Gift Cards During Summer Beauty Twitter Party!

Oooooh, it’s Twitter party time! I never get tired of a good Twitter party and really what makes ’em fun is having good hostesses and a great brand joining in. This Twitter party will have BOTH and I couldn’t be more excited. Physicians Formula and co-hosts beauty pioneer @BeautyStat, rockstar blogger @AGirlsGottaSpa and celebrity makeup artist @JOHANNASCHLIP will all put their awesomeness together and bring forth one epic Twitter party.

Yep, I’ll be there. You’ll be there. And prizes will be there! There will be 10 chances to score Target gift cards and goodies. Yes. TEN chances. Those are quite a few chances but you aren’t eligible until you RSVP and then attend the party. More info is below…

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Joanna Schlip will be answering questions about summertime makeup and I’m excited about it because yours truly has some serious “brown girl keeps browning” questions that I hope she can answer.

Head on over to BeautyStat and RSVP. You can also get your RSVP in by tweeting using the hashtag #PFHealthyGlamour letting us know that you’ll be there. Hurry, hurry! I’ll see you there.

Because Adults Should Write In Color…

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC 4-Color pen for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

This sponsored post brought to you by BIC® 4-Color™. Y’know…those very awesome pen creators. Don’t even get me started on the awesomeness that are pens. Yes, I love my keyboards and keypads and touchscreens like everyone else but life started when I picked up a pen.
Which sounds all dramatic and deep, but it’s true! BIC is notorious for giving us 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen. There really isn’t anything new about these. I’ve been usin’ these since ooooh, I don’t know. 7th grade, maybe? 4 color pens are the best because you aren’t havin’ to search for a different color pen every time you need to change up the shade.
Oh, you only write with one color ALL of the time? Oh. Wow. How awfully boring. Not I. Oh, not I. I gets down on the red, green black and blue. Switching the colors allows you to color code your thoughts and notes and it’s just plain fun! The silly kids at BIC® 4-Color™ have put together some hilarious videos.


Cheesy? Kinda. But funny? Yeah. And then there’s this one…

LOL, right? Silly stuff but somehow I think that deep down inside all of us, we are all 13-year olds who enjoy using pens of different colors. What you may not have known is that BIC® 4-Color™ has a pretty cool social media presence. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for many chances to not only win some pens but to bust a gut as the 4 colors compete over who is the most liked color of all. After all, they’ve got personalities. Oh, you didn’t know? Yesssss. Blue thinks he’s popular feels himself just a little too much. Green doesn’t know where to fit in, red is a perfectionist and Black dreams of being cooler than he is. Of course, Red is my favorite. I loooove writing in red. Then again, I’m an editor.
You can scoop up BIC® 4-Color™ pens from Amazon and Staples.

This sponsored post written by me on behalf of on behalf of 4-Color™ . All opinions are 100% my own.

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Zoya Awaken collection

My girl Leandra over at Nail Polish Therapy did the honors of reviewing these samples of Zoya’s Awaken line. I am soooo here for her gorgeous nails and she has really done this collection quite the honor.

Zoya Awaken collection

Sweet, dainty and girly, this collection just yells whimsical. You’ve got your perfect subtle shades that are ideal for Spring, but they also make for great summer pedicures, as well.


Zoya Dot

Dot is a pink petal cream and it really reminds me of cotton candy. It’s one of those shades that you maaaay be able to deal with even if you aren’t a fan of the color pink.

Zoya Cole

Cole is a peach whisper cream and by far my absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s so hard to find a true and authentic orange sherbet shade that applies like buttah. Cole is IT!

Zoya Hudson

Hudson is described as a purple orchid metallic with a silver shimmer and it’s really one of those unexpected colors in a collection. I loooove a purple cream, but this purple metallic goodness here is just glorious.

Zoya Dillion

Dillion is a green mint metallic and is, of course, a sibling of Hudson. She’s just as fabulous and shimmery.

Zoya Rebel

Rebel is a blue sky metallic that is quite reminiscent of shimmery ocean water.

Zoya Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a white-gold shimmer metallic and how refreshing is it to have a yellow that isn’t a hot and streaky mess?

Applied like dreams, the kids of the Awaken collection are such a great fit in Zoya’s lineup. Also included is Monet. This multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper is an additional $10 which is nice but I’m thinking you could probably go without it. Each bottle in the Awaken collection retails for $9 a pop and you can get the entire collection for $54 from Zoya.com.

Which shade is your fave?

Makeup Wars: My Beauty Diary

Dear Diary

Dear Diary,

6:00am: Rise and shine! I am so loving this “getting 7 hours of sleep” thing. Elle sleeping through the night has been the best thing to happen to my life. I am no longer a walking zombie. Life is good. I’ve got a good 30 minutes to do some Bible reading and listen to Dave Ramsey’s Podcast. Dang. When did I become such an adult? It’s weird.

6:30am:  Since my very awesome job laid me off, I’ve gotten super lazy in the makeup department. And it’s not a terrible thing either. Sometimes less is more. My morning routine is super simply mainly because after dropping Elle off at her, I’m going to run 5 miles or so. You know…gotta build up that endurance for the half marathon that I’m training for. Eeek!

Nuance Salma Hayek

Ohmigosh, Diary…that Josie Maran SPF is still #1 in my book. I use it almost everyday.

9:17am: I’m dead. Or at least I feel like it. I’m so exhausted. But the day has just begun and..okay yeah, I need a shower. I’m starting to smell myself.

Tuel skincare

I am loving this GREEN CLEAN invigorating body wash from Tuél Skincare. Best stuff ever. Can’t buy it again because it’s not in the budget. Boom. Did I tell you that I got my first Brazilian wax? It was…personal. Very personal. Then again, when you spread ’em to push a baby out, you’re a lot more free with your junk. Just sayin’. Also can’t get anymore Brazilians because DANG…those are expensive to maintain.

Skincare products

Ah yes, my post-workout skincare items. Excessive? Maybe.

Makeup

I’ve got a few errands to run, so no intense make up look here. A powder, an illuminator from COVER FX, mascara, brows and a lip color.

 3:30pm: I’ve been home for about an hour and I think I may actually polish my nails before I go and pick Elle up.

10:32pm: Woot! Time to go out with my girls. Just kidding. It’s time to go to bed because I am beyond beat. Hey. Chasing Elle down is should definitely qualify for a second workout of the day. For real. The nighttime routine is super easy.

Nightly skincare routine

By the way, does anyone know of good nightly eye cream? I should really get in the habit of using one. Oh, and for body care? I go straight into the kitchen.

Coconut oil

Yeah, I know some of y’all are acting like coconut oil and shea butter are all new and revolutionary but yeah no. I’ve been using this stuff for decades, boo.

I know. Why don’t I have more products? Because I like to keep it simple. Less is more and motherhood has taken away time for me to spend 30 minutes in the bathroom. Naw bro. Can’t do that anymore. And I don’t want to because I’m lazy. Yeah.

Off to bed, I go. Check out the beauty diaries of my fellow Makeup Wars sisters!

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Love,

B

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 124

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Prime Beauty – keeps her peepers clean and hydrated with Tarte’s fabulous new Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes. Trust me, you’re gonna LOVE them, pinky swear!

Phyrra – shares her April Beauty Favorites!

we heart this – checks out (and swatches) the electric cotton candy hued shades of MAC Playland.

Clumps of Mascara – is absolutely in love with her nails. She will never remove this look and wear it forever. And ever.

EauMG – celebrates its 6th year blogiversary! (And Victoria celebrates a birthday too!)

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m so in love with this shadow palette…and it’s under $15!

My Beauty Bunny – Blueberry season is almost here! Get in on the action early with Airelle Skin Care, a natural line that uses the sweet berries to improve the tone, texture and overall appearance of skin!

Nouveau Cheap – The weather’s warming up and that means it’s time for bright, pretty nail colors. Check out my swatches of the brand new Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Nail Color Collection. Fun and (way) affordable!

Pink Sith – Short on time in the morning? Well I have a Busy Mom’s 15 Minute Makeup Routine that might just get you glammed up with time to spare!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime BeautyGlamorable covers the gamut of beauty, accessories, subscription boxes and nail polish with flair. Anastasia is originally from Moscow, Russia and only moved to the US in September 2011. Her photography skills are amazing; I want everything she photographs, whether it’s a drugstore lipstick or high-end skincare.

 

Question of the Week:

Tell us what products are in your purse right now.

B says, “A few lip balms, a gloss and hand cream. And that’s it. My purse is also my diaper bag. Sexy, huh?”

 

What about you? What’s in your bag?

See you next week!

Reviva Labs’ Seaweed Soap. But you can’t eat it.

I have this thing about seaweed. You could really swap “thing” for obsession. I love the stuff. It is beyond tasty and I’ll never forget the roommate of mine that introduced me to the joys of eating seaweed. Roomie Joy and I both did a service term in AmeriCorps in Los Angeles. We lived in a convent. ‘Twas the best of times and the worse of times. But anyway…this soap reminds me of those times.

Reviva Labs Soap

And anytime a product brings back memories from way back when, you kinda have to keep and it repurchase it. It’s the law. Reviva Labs provided me with a sample of this and while many of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida girls have raved about it, I have never actually tried it. Lame B, I am. I’m a bar soap lover but I can’t use them too often as they tend to dry my skin out. But with the extra time I’ve been doing in the sun these days due to the warmer weather, I figured I could switch over to bar soaps without my skin acting up. And I was right!


Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap

For $4, you can cop yourself  a refreshing bar of soap with a base of palm and coconut oils. The built-in bits of seaweed help to gently exfoliate the skin. Sweet stuff, right?

Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap bar

My only drawback regarding this soap is the added dose of Fragrance. Totally unnecessary, in my book. Or I would have loved the use of sandalwood essential oil. That stuff is pretty expensive so even a touch of cedar (or some kind of essential oil with a woody note) would do the trick. The added Fragrance, I think takes away from the organic and natural feel of the bar. And said fragrance is either something you will love or hate. Can’t say I’m an enormous fan of it as it smells obviously synthetic and a bit pine-y in my book.

Reviva Labs All Natural Seaweed Soap

But whatever. It feels great on the skin and cleanses to perfection. Which is what a bar of soap is supposed to do, right? Go and scoop up a bar. It’s only $4. Definitely not wallet breakin’, ya know?

Watch A Video and Donate To Save the Children

Mom and Baby

When Mother’s Day rolls around I always forget that I am a Mother, too. I am always so quick to start getting cards together for my Mother, Mother-in-Law and all of the motherly figures in Elle’s life. And of course I firmly believe that you don’t have to have given birth to be a Mother. I also think about those who have lost their Mothers (or children) or may not have strong relationships with with Mothers.

I am loving that for each view of #YoureDoingOKMom video thru Mother’s Day, Johnson’s Baby will give $1 to Save the Children up to $50,000. Pretty epic, huh?

And have you seen the video? Brace yourself…

I cried, of course. I get all weepy when it comes to babies but really somehow I hope Elle thinks like this. Many days I struggle being her mama and I hope that I’m doing the right things. She’s this amazing little being and I like to think that I have something to do with it. So maybe I am doing OK.

I could wear my nails like this forever…

Pretty Skittles nails

First of all, I am proud of myself for doing something more than just a basic color. I lost myself for a second there. I used to be all konad’y and design’y and dang…I got lazy. But baby…I am back! Okay, granted this isn’t anything mega fancy, but still, it’s a big deal to me and I’m lovin’ it.

Classy Skittles nails

The one accent nail is just boring to me. I’ve been doing it for years and *yawn* I’m over it. And at the same time, I don’t always feel desirous of doing designs on each nail. Okay, I NEVER feel desirous of doing that. But something like this…

Zoya Skittles nails

It ain’t so bad. I am going to commit to doing a classy skittle nails look at least once a week. I am loving not only using different colors, but the pop from the white bubbles and then the subtle sea sparkle on the ring finger.

Sophisticated Skittles nails

I used:

Deborah Lippman I Know What Boys Like (blupurple)
Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl (pink)
China Glaze White on White (white)
OPI Mermaid’s Tears (the base color on the ring finger)
Zoya Maisie (this looks like the water in Playa del Carmem, Mexico. Really.)

Look at me. Doing my nails like a big girl. I’m so proud of myself.