The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 100

Rx for brown skin mask

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!

Question of the Week – A $50 gift certificate from Sephora magically appears on your desk. It’s going to disappear from your desk if you don’t use it within the next hour. What are you going to buy?

Prime Beauty – issues a GUSH ALERT for the Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con Eyeshadow Palette in Starlet. She hasn’t been this verklempt since her teen crush on Bobby Sherman in the 70’s.

Phyrra – It’s no secret that Phyrra loves teal. See what she’s lusting after in this week’s Teal Thursday!

we heart this – Glamorous geek? Check out the Digital Nails Companions collection based on Doctor Who (she says while she pushes up her glasses and thigh-highs simultaneously!)

Clumps of Mascara – has gone gluten free and dairy free. No one said it would be fun but she’s putting together all kinds of yummy recipes.

Gouldylox Reviews – Can a washcloth be worth $33? I wouldn’t have thought so, but this one is!

Lipglossiping – contemplates the pros and cons of finding a perfume that bridges the gap between your teenage tastes and your current loves.

My Beauty Bunny – Get beautiful from the inside out by drinking your water! We’ve got a giveaway to add some pizzazz to your H2O and some cash to your wallet – Win $100 Plus All 6 Stur Drinks!

Nouveau Cheap – Pond’s, the classic drugstore skincare brand, has released a new BB Cream. Is it worth your time? Find out right here.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – Kathryne from TheFabZilla. The majority of her posts are beauty related, but she does mix it up with fitness, lifestyle, and fashion from time to time. Kath says “After all, looking fabulous is beyond hot red lips or sexy smoky eyes.”

Question of the Week:

A $50 gift certificate from Sephora magically appears
on your desk. It’s going to disappear from your desk if you don’t
use it within the next hour. What are you going to buy?

B says, “OMG OMG! I’d get a new Clarisonic face brush and a new mascara. Probably one from Dior.”

What would you spend your $50 on?

 

See you next week!

Baby Goodies from Alex and Alexa

This post is sponsored by Alex and Alexa. I’ve featured this super cute baby site on Clumps of Mascara before. Elle is quite the fashionista. No thanks to me because my fashion-sense is somewhere between boho and hippie. But dressing  a baby girl is so much easier. Elle Belle is pretty petite for her age and it’s a great thing because she can really get some use out of her clothes before growing out of them. I’m okay with spending just a little bit more on ‘em because I know we’ll get our money’s worth.

…that is, if she doesn’t poop ‘em up. Parents know what I mean. :wink: Check out some of the baby stuff I’m lusting for on Alex and Alexa.

Alex and Alexa

Sophie La Girafe

Let’s talk toys first because Elle, after all, is a baby. She could care less about dressin’ cute. She just wants to play! Sophie the Giraffe is this insanely popular toy for teething babies. I haven’t purchased it because it’s upward $30 but I can totally get down with the bath tub version. Elle Belle loves splashing in the tub so I know she would enjoy this.

Bang Bang Copenhagen Navy & White Stripe Headband

My sweet girl rocks the headbands. They’re her signature. I’ve never seen one so cute and retro. She doesn’t have a lot of black in her wardrobe so I’m thinking around winter, she’ll have some darker shades. This headband will fit beautifully in her already large headband collection.

Tate Publishing Shape by David Goodman and Zoe Miller

I’ve been reading to Elle since she was in my belly. It’s a little hard reading to her these days because she likes to eat the books but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I like how colorful this book is. I mean, it’s beautiful, full of colors and shapes. And it’s the kind of book I’ll be okay with reading a thousand times.

Mirella Pink Dragonfly Tutu

All little girls need tutus. I promised not to be that Mom that would make her daughter dress super girly but I can’t help it. She’ll just look too darling in a tutu. I doubt we’ll go anywhere in it but I am so okay with taking pictures of her in it and calling it a day.

Sneakers

Elle needs kids sneakers but her feet are so so small. She can barely get into a size 2. That’s okay though. I’ll be stashing sneaks until her feet grow a little bigger. Alex and Alexa have such adorable shoes for babies and toddlers.

 

Mamas, Grandmamas, godmamas, Aunties, or friends who have friends with babies…did you see anything cutesy?

 

No one gets acne in their 60’s…right?

It’s been many many mannnnny years since I’ve tried any Clearsil products but apparently it’s still super popular. My sister is in love with this stuff…

Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash

I didn’t even know Clearasil was doin’ big thangs. My baby cousin (who isn’t so much a baby anymore. She’s almost 20 and a freshman in college. *tear*) is still fighting acne so I think I’m going to scoop this up for her. She’s big on having a no-nonsense skincare routine. And an affordable one too.

Clearasil

Have you tried Clearasil lately? I always thought it was targeted to younger folx but I don’t know…it looks like their line-up can fit those of us who still deal with acne in our 30’s,40’s and 50’s.

Because acne DOES clear up after that. I think. There aren’t any 60-year old’s with acne still, right?

The Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Files: Breakfast Egg Scramble

Spinach and egg scramble

Did I ever tell y’all that I up and went gluten-free? I’ve been dairy-free for almost 8 months now but this gluten-free thing is new. Elle’s eczema got worse (yep, I’m still pumping and giving her my breast milk) and worse and her pediatrician said that I should try going gluten-free for 2 weeks to see if her skin cleared up. And guess what? Her skin DID clear up. And so began my gluten-free life.

I’m going to be featuring a few of my dishes with y’all in case some of you are also eating the same way. And  honestly, even after I stop breastfeeding, I think I’ll continue the gluten-free life. Reading Wheat Belly has enlightened me on a loooooot. Epsoso is also being supportive and limiting dairy and gluten too.

Breakfast

Even though I love my gluten-free cereals, I’ve been wanting to slowly cut processed foods out of my diet and have fresher ingredients ALL the time.

Can’t get any easier than this. I toss in 2 cups of spinach, 2 eggs and season with just a dash of salt and pepper. Sometimes Esposo adds smoked turkey and bam, a complete and tasty meal that only took 5 minutes to scramble up. For some added sweetness, I’ll have an apple or peach on the side.

And that’s that!

Rx for Brown Skin’s Purifying Moroccan Mineral Mask

I’m not gonna lie – I thought Rx for Brown Skin wasn’t around anymore. When I received this glorious mineral mask to review I was in all kinds of shock. But apparently, they are still around and kicking. I think I confused their not being in Sephora anymore with them just not existing.

Rx for brown skin

But naw…they are here and I am soooo here for them.

My skin is on the highest level of trips right now so I haven’t used this yet but I still wanted to feature this glorious mask. Ready Freddy?

Rx for brown skin Skin Purifying Moroccan Mineral Mask

I’ve done several reviews on this brand before and I just love the idea of having a skincare brand that caters to the needs of those with brown skin.

Rx for brown skin mask packaging

Rx for brown skin mask ingredients

Rx for brown skin packaging

And of course I love that it’s fragrance-free.

It’s not cheap though. This tiny jar retails for $40. But you know how I feel…I never put a cost on skincare. Yes, girl. I will invest a ton to keep my skin looking clear, healthy and radiant.

Rx for brown skin Skin Purifying Moroccan Mask

Rx for brown skin mask

Have you tried anything from Rx for Brown Skin lately? Or am I the only loser that didn’t know they were still around?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 99

baby

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 – has stars in her eyes after reviewing the stunning Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Constellation…satin stars, shimmer stars, purple stars…oh my.

Phyrra – shares her Makeup Wars Favorite Hair Tools. Find out her must have items!

we heart this – want you to know your skin CAN handle the truth. Ole Henriksen’s Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil to be exact.

Beauty Junkies Unite – gives you an early peek at the newest member of the Benefit blush family, Rockateur.

Clumps of Mascara – is modeling a sweet pink nail polish with her baby girl.

EauMG – tries the juiciest, ripest peach in the ‘fume world, a new limited edition perfume by Providence Perfume Co.

Lipglossiping – explores 5 reasons why your hairdresser hates your guts! Are you guilty as charged?

My Beauty Bunny – This week I revved up my lips with Too Faced’s Lip Injection Color Bombs. Check out the swatches of the six new shades of this hydrating and plumping lippie.

Nouveau Cheap – “Revolutionary” is a strong word, but what if I told you that you could combine two manicure steps into one and achieve a really cool nail look at the same time? Meet the new Orly Matte FX Matte Flakie Top Coats.

Question of the Week:

Do you ever fall into a beauty rut?
If so, what types of things help to pull you out of it?

B says, “Yep! I’m in one now. Motherhood is my excuse. Actually, I blame pregnancy. I went 2-3 months without putting on makeup because I was just so sick and now it takes A LOT for me to do more than lipgloss, mascara, liner and powder. My life has changed and I just don’t have the time or desire to spend more than 15 minutes doing my face. I’m okay with that though.”

What about you? Have you ever been in a beauty rut?

 

See you next week!

5 Perks of Cloth Diapering. And my cloth diapering story.

Cloth diapers

When it comes to cloth diapering you’ll come across 2 kinds of people. Those that would never try it or those that swear by it. There are very few people in between.

And then there’s me. Y’all know I like to keep it real. So if you’re a mama, expecting mama or just like reading about cloth diapers (I was into that before I had kids….), carry on.

Rainbow cloth diaper

I always knew I’d give cloth diapering a whirl but soooo many people told me how HARD it was. And of course these were all people who had never tried it themselves. But c’mon…many people label me as this crunchy/hippie mama who had a baby in a birthing center and had her placenta encapsulated so doesn’t cloth diapering kinda follow that label? It’s not as hard as I thought it would be. And there are really so many reasons to love it!

Saves money

Duuuuh. Average diaper costs range from $.14 to $.23 per diaper. A newborn has to be changed at least every 2 hours. So in one day of newborn’s life you’re spending at least $2.00 a day in diapers. Meanwhile, our cheapest cloth diaper is $5 and guess what? It will last until our babe is potty training. AND…we can use it for consecutive children. Hells yeah!

Landfills

Now I never claimed to be the most eco-conscious person in the world but dang, the thought of tossing out over 10 diapers a day just seems…wrong. I feel better knowing I’m freeing up some landfill space by not havin’ my babe’s poopy diapers slung all over the place.

Prettier

Yeah yeah…call me vain but they really are. Plain white diapers with some random cartoon character on them? Boar-riiiiiing. Changing diapers will never be fun but I’m in better spirits when I’m changing a rainbow diaper.

Gentle

Especially if your baby has sensitive skin like my babe’s. Cloth is gentler on her bum .

Customizable

We prefer to use one size pocket diapers and they are awesome because you adjust the absorption by adding different kinds of inserts. You can also adjust the leg sizes on many diapers and this is a huge perk for smaller or larger babies.

Inserts

But there are downfalls to cloth diapering too…

-Emptying a dirty diaper pail will never be fun.
-Touching poo is bound to happen.
-No one will want to change your baby because cloth diapers confuse some people (i.e. daycares)
-It’s a bit inconvenient on the go.
-Finding a routine can take time.

Cloth diapers for babies

I thought cloth diapering was something you did or didn’t do. That you either WEREN’T going to do it or you had a stash of 30 diapers before your child made their entrance in the world. But naw playa. After we went through all of the disposable diapers that we received from our baby shower, we slowly transitioned to cloth. We clothed at night and on the weekends. Then I found a sweet local mama who was selling a huge stash of diapers for a crazy awesome price.

And then it took forever to find the perfect wash routine.

But do I have any regrets? Noooope. Cloth diapering works for our family and I’m so glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers and gave it a whirl. We only wash diapers every 2-3 days and we’re saving hundreds of dollars on not buying diapers.

Ours

Brands We Own:

Charlie Banana
Blueberry
Sunbaby
Kawaii
City Knickers Diapers

Approximate Number of Diapers:

25-27

Style of Diapers:

One Size Pocket diapers with snaps and aplix

Inserts used:

Microfiber
Charcoal Bamboo
Hemp/Cotton

Where did/do we purchase cloth diapers from?:

Local co-ops
Moms who make customized cloth diapers
Target (Charlie Bananas)
Second hand from local mamas

Cost Spent on Diapers and Accessories

Around $200

Accessories we own

1 small wetbag for diaper bag
1 wet/dry wetbag for when Elle goes to her sitter
1 large wetbag for traveling
1 diaper pail (aka trash can)
1 diaper pail liner
30+ cloth wipes (aka baby washcloths)

Any cloth diapering mamas out there? Or moms who tried it and didn’t like it?