A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 9 – The Chance

My new job

I took the above picture in my car last Friday before a job interview. I wasn’t nervous. In fact, I felt confident and powerful. I knew I would rock the interview. I do very good in them. I was just grateful to GET an interview. I feel like I look good on paper but securing an interview is always a challenge.

But today I am thankful because I landed that job. It was offered to me the following day. I get to work for a company that I actually like. I get to be creative. I get to be in control. I get to be independent. I get to work away from a desk from time to time.

I couldn’t be more thankful for this financial burst that our family so needs. And I am so thankful that someone gave me a chance.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 109

ELLIS VAAS mascara wand

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!

Nouveau Cheap – Can Dr. Rescue, the newest member of the Maybelline Baby Lips family, truly rescue my sad, chapped lips? Come find out.

Pink Sith – becomes an Ingredient Detective and tells you all about the chemical Triclosan and why she is avoiding it at all costs.

Prime Beauty – takes a look at the Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Collection and likes what she sees!

we heart this – is feeling like a regular Picasso thanks to the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares the review & swatches for the new OPI Mariah Carey holiday collection for 2013!

Chalkboard Nails – Are you a fan of Wicked? Deborah Lippmann is too, and created this set of three mini lacquers to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary!

Clumps of Mascara – ran into an amaziiiing mascara. And it ain’t cheap but WHOA, it rocks.

EauMG – is obsessed with this limited edition shower gel by LUSH and wants you to be obsessed too.

Gouldylox Reviews – I love makeovers! You must see the before and afters on the lovely Chelle. She’ll make a beautiful bride!

My Beauty Bunny – Lilly Brush has teamed up with a few of our favorite beauty bloggers for their biggest giveaway yet! Click on over and enter to win $250 and two Lilly Brushes!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – I love it when beauty bloggers show me new and exciting ways to use products I’ve owned forever. That happened this week when Ashley over at Pretty Pisces Beauty rocked a shade from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette in a really beautiful way (I’m totally stealing this, Ashley).

 

Question of the Week:

If you could have any job within the beauty industry, what would it be?

B says, “I’d love to be a product developer. I would help with marketing and targeting products and packaging to women of color. Woot! “

See you next week!

Let’s Talk A Little Bit About #MascaraProblems…

Mascara wands

This is a collaborative post is all about mascara. And its potential woes…

Mascara can be a wonderful thing – a desert island essential and the one thing most women won’t leave the house without – it makes us look awake and opens up our peepers to give us that pretty, girly look. However, mascara can also be the beauty bane of our lives and when it goes wrong, it really goes wrong. Here are some of our most common #mascaraproblems…

The Eye Poke

You’ve slept in, you’re blurry eyed and you’re trying to balance throwing on some clothes with gulping down a scolding hot coffee and doing your makeup – it’s never going to end well. How it often does end, is with a mascara wand being prodded into your eyeball, blinding you for a good few minutes and consequently making you even later for work. Not ideal.

Over-Zealous Hairdressers

A trip to the hairdressers is supposed to be a relaxing experience, but often, that’s just not the case when you’re at the mercy of an over-zealous hair washer. Not only do you leave with an aching neck after being sat over one of those hellishly uncomfortable sinks, but you’re also subjected to several face-fulls of water as your hairdresser carelessly tries to rinse the conditioner from your locks. Ten minutes later you’re left with black smudges around your eyes and streaky foundation, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Hairdressers, take note: invest in more comfortable sink seats from Capital Hair & Beauty and be more careful in future!

The ‘Les Mis Effect’

Anybody who saw Les Miserables at the cinema will be well aware of what I’m talking about here. Going to see a sad film at the cinema will inevitably result in you walking out looking like a clown; tear-stained foundation and panda eyes, anyone? It’s happened to all of us, but seen as Les Mis has to be the biggest tear-jerker we’ve ever come across, we’re dubbing this the ‘Les Mis Effect’. Mascara lovers, be warned!

Won’t-Budge Waterproofs

On the other end of the spectrum, the problem isn’t getting some mascaras to stay on, but rather the issue lies with getting them off. Some waterproof mascaras are so determined never to run, smudge or budge, that they’re actually impossible to remove. You can try oils and all the best eye-makeup removers in the world, but you can never quite get it all off. In the process of trying though, you end up with sore eyes and a few less eyelashes than you had when you started. You just can’t win!

Wet ‘n Wild giveaway – Win Fergie’s Best sellers!

My darling friends at Wet ‘n Wild are hosting this amaziiiiing giveaway for Clumps of Mascara readers and I couldn’t be more excited about it. We all know how much I adore Wet ‘n Wild everything. And I know how many of you are in love with this iconic drugstore brand. Who wants to win the bestsellers from the Fergie line? You do, of course!

Look!

Wet n Wild Beauty

I knew you’d want it. And if it’s not exactly up your alley (which I bet is unlikely), maybe you can win it and give it away to your favorite beauty lovers for the holidays? Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

Good luuuuuck!

 

[A winner has been selected. Congrats to Maria in Florida!]

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 7 –Sunsets

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I could have easily done a super long post on how thankful I am for my baby girl (since today she’s 10 months old) but I remembered that I already wrote about her. Ha! I have no problems with being obsessed with my child. She’s awesome.

But today I found myself being so thankful for sunsets. There is something is magical about them. I’m not a fan of it getting darker earlier but the sunsets I’ve been able to catch this week have been breathtaking.

OPI Limited Edition MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Back in September (how is it already November???) OPI released a small collection of 3 polishes showing love to the Miss. Universe pageant. Each polish came with an adorable complementary bejeweled crown ring. Which is just the perfect touch, darling. I received these for review and while they aren’t terrible unique, they are still stunning to look at.

OPI MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Even on my nubs.

OPI I’m Feeling Sashy

I’m Feeling Sashy is a dusty purple and OPI does a great job at producing creamy muted purples like these. It reminds me a lot of Parlez-vous OPI, a very popular shade from OPI from back in the day.

OPI Miss You-niverse

Miss You-niverse is a deep black plum that looks almost black. It’ll make for a great Fall color and it’s just screaming to to be topped off with a shimmery or glitter top coat.

OPI The Gown Needs A Crown

 

The Gown Needs A Crown is a textured matte platinum. We’ve seen the satin finish from OPI before and I’ve always been a fan of it. I loooove this polish so hard. The smoothness of the polish just looks stunning. It’s sheer perfection!

 

OPI MISS UNIVERSE collection

I applied 3 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems with them. If you’re loving any of these you better hop to it and snag them with the quickness. I’ve spotted them at ULTA but I’m not sure how long they’ll last!

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 6 – Greeeeens!

Salad

I didn’t always like salad. And then I met Esposo who has turned me into a salad snob. I won’t touch iceberg and romaine. Oh noooo. I need my arugula, spinach and red cabbage. I LOVE greens so so much. I can eat spinach raw. I can eat it in a smoothie, for breakfast, steamed, on a train, on a plane…you get where I’m goin’.

I am so thankful for greens and how nourishing they are. How diverse they are. And how good they are.