The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 85

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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!

Clumps of Mascara – is in looooooove (yes, that much) with OPI’s Liquid Sand nail polishes. Trendy? But who cares…textured nail polish is some kind of cool!

EauMG – Here are Victoria’s perfume picks to wear this spring!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m loving Angie Miller‘s look on American Idol. Instead of spending hundreds, get her full face for less than $75!

Lipglossiping – explores the curious world of the girl crush and invites you to talk about the women who inspire you.

My Beauty Bunny – is thrilled to announce the site has received a make-over! Come check out the new digs and while you are there see what Peter Dinklage from ‘Game of Thrones’ has to say about animal testing!

Nouveau Cheap – reviews the brand new Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (inspired by Japanese calligraphy brushes)and gives you a chance to win your very own–and more!

Pink Sith – takes you to an imaginary land of pink and glitter and unicorns when she tells you about Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails in #3 Lovely Violet.

Prime Beauty – tests out Aveda’s Petal Essence Collection for spring; a wonderful mix of pastels as well as vibrant colors!

Phyrra – raves about the Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner! There’s also a great giveaway to enter.

Vampy Varnish – Thinks some of the new Zoya PixieDust shades for Summer 2013 rock!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber breaks down eight very affordable BB creams for every need, and offers you a chance to win a $50 CVS/pharmacy gift card in the process, so that you can go buy your own fave BB!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – The Gorgeous Gleam is a fabuuuulous beauty blog by NYC’s Erica. Her makeup skills always leave my mouth wide open. And she always has me wanting things I don’t even really need. Like these darling little lip balms.

Question of the Week:

Quick, what’s the one beauty product you want most right now?

B says, “I still reallllly want a Clarisonic Aria. And in the non-beauty world I want a Vitamix and a rainbow baby wrap that costs like $100. Since all of the above cost over a hundred each, I’m not getting them. Womp.”

What are you lusting after?

 

 

Pretty Polishes: Milani Fast Dry nail polishes

Milani High Speed Fast Dry polishes have some new shades this season. Woo hoo! I received a few of them to review so of course I’m sharin’ them with you lovely people.

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Hereeeee we go!

Milani Flaming Race

Flaming Race is a red coral creme and ohmigoodness, I ADORE this color. My camera is making it look mostly red but ignore that. It is a true and wonderful coral. I can’t stop staring at my nails when I wear this.

Milani Pink Express

Pink Express is a light pink cream and you know how I feel about those. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Blah.

Milani Move on Mauve

Move on Mauve looks all plain in the bottle but this this mauve pearl has a beautiful undertone to it. If you look closely, you can spot subtle magenta shimmer. This is the kind of shade that was on its way to being all Granda-y but it made a fierce comeback.

Milani Rapid Orchid

Rapid Orchid is a deep and vampy purple that looks black on the nails.

Milani Quick Teal

Quick Teal is a gorgeous teal and of course I’m having issues capturing its awesomeness. You HAVE to wear a base coat when wearing this nail polish. If you don’t, you will definitely endure blue stained fingernails.

Milani Instant Pearl

Instant Pearl is an off white pearl. It’s nice. It’s a great wedding shade for the bride with a little bit of spark.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $4.99/bottle
Availability: At drugstores and MilaniCosmetics.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Move On Mauve, Quick Teal, Flaming Race
 

Well, well, well…I can’t say these polishes are my favorite Milani product. For one, the formula on them kinda suck. They were all on the thick and goopy side. It made application difficult, especially when going for a second or third coat. And they really don’t try fast. I mean, at all. My nails were still wet after a good 10-12 minutes of polishing. It’s a shame because I think the color ranges are great but the formula could definitely use some work. Ah well. I’ve still been rockin’ Flaming Race for 3 days now. They aren’t exactly 1-coaters either. I had to apply at least two coats for each polish to get an opaque finish.

Zoya PixieDust nail polish collection

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Say hello to one of the most popular nail polish collections of the season! The textured nail polish trend is like…huge and Zoya’s Pixie Dust is one of the leaders in spearheading this trend. Like most nail polish trends, when it comes to the textured look, you either love it or don’t. I happen to be a fan of the sparkly matte bumpy look so these are right up my alley. DSC_6900

Chyna is a red dazzle sparkle and this is probably my favorite out of the bunch. She would probably look dynamic alone but man, I love how sparkly she is even with a dull matte finish.

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Nyx is a periwinkle sparkle and she is one of the lighter shades in the collection. I found that the matte look wasn’t as apparent but it’s still a very pretty and Spring appropriate shade.

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Godiva is a soft nude sparkle and she looks a little funky on my complexion. Pretty still? Yes. It’s the kind of shade I’d wear to work if I wanted something with a subtle pop.

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Dahlia is my second favorite because dang, look at that sparkle! It looks a lot like charcoal but the sparkle is just so unique and pretty.

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Vespa is just as sheer as sheer as Nyx and has a nice mint appearance to her. I don’t know if I’m a fan of the PixieDust formula on lighter shades.

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London is a fog gray that rocksssss.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: At Zoya.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Chyna, Dahlia and London
 

Application of these were niiiice. I didn’t have any problems whatsoever. And you would think that removal would be horrific a la removing glitter nail polish, but nope, I didn’t have any issues at all. I’m all over this collection and since Zoya has announced that they’ll be coming out with more PixieDust polishes for the Summer and I am going to be all over those. What do you think? Are you a fan of the textured nail polish look or not so much?

OPI Bond 007 Liquid Sands polishes

I am all over these Liquid Sands nail polishes. Have you tried them yet? I am beyond hooked. I love them more than I loved mattes and crackle nail polishes. They are so fun and unexpected. I mean, WHO would have thought we’d be rockin’ textured nail polishes? Crazyyyyyy. OPI is giving us the Bond Girls, a collection of six new Liquid Sand nail lacquers featuring a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle fitting the allure surrounding the Bond Girls*. I got these for review and couldn’t wait to get my nails on them.

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Literally.

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Vesper is a dark purple and I think it has the bumpiest look out of all of the Liquid Sands. I love it! Plus it’s a purple that actually looks purple. That’s hard to come by among dark purples.

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Honey Ryder is a shimmery gold that has a nice dose of silver intertwined up in it. It’s an interesting color and I didn’t think I’d like it but somehow it works.

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Jinx is my favorite of the bunch! OPI says its a coral but it is really so much more. It’s a fire-y red and punchy orange. It is the definitely the kind of polish you’d want to rock if you want statement nails.

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Solitaire is a diamond sparkling white. This is such a gorgeous wedding color for the bride with a little personality.

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Pussy Galore is a baby pink and if you look closely you can spot a bit of neon pink shimmer.

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Tiffany Case is a gorgeous sea blue but it gives smurf fingers. Look!

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Yeah, so it doesn’t matter how gorgeous a polish like this is. The staining doesn’t make it worth using. :tears:

Pretty groovy collection, uh? You either like the textured nail polish look or you don’t. And if you don’t, that’s okay. If some of these colors scream your name, you can probably layer a top coat over it for more of a glossy effect. The texture will still be there but you won’t have the matte finish. I’m a fan. I absolutely love Liquid Sands!

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Ulta, JC Penny salons, anywhere OPI is sold
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Tiffany Case, Honey Ryder and Jinx
 

 

*verbiage from press release

China Glaze Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013 – part II

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I’m back with part II of the lovely and dainty Avant Garden Collection. If you missed it, part I is here.

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Mimosa’s Before Mani’s is a sweet and squishy orange polish. It reminds me of orange sherbet with a bit of shimmer. It doesn’t look like a mimosa though. Just sayin’.

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Fancy Pants is an amazing royal blue with pink and violet shimmer. It’s a gorgeous and unique nail polish and it’s one that I’d definitely list as a top nail polish color of the year.

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Sunday Funday is a bright blue that my camera is photographing all kinds of wrong. While it looks like a bright baby blue, it really leans more on the turquoise side of things.

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Passion for Petals is a bright salmon pink that is actually a very nice shade of pink. I tend to think that most nail polish brands overdue pinks but I really like this one.

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Budding Romance is a moss green and it’s one of those fuguly greens that you either love or hate. I really like ‘em. They are murky and funky if you’re in the mood to wear a green polish that isn’t really “green”. You know what I mean, don’t you?

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Snap My Dragon is a bright red with pink shimmer. It’s gorgeous alright, but nothing too striking and unique.

What an interesting collection! I love that it doesn’t have just the regular ole’ pastel Spring-y colors. Well, you’ve got some of those but you also have some interesting shades as well. I didn’t have any problems with the formulas either. And it’s pretty random but these polish names are so strange to me. Or is it just me?

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $7/bottle but you can find them cheaper on e-tailers.
Availability: Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Mimosa’s Before Mani’s, Fancy Pants and Budding Romance
 

The collection altogether…

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Whatcha think about these babies? See any that you like?

New Polishes From Hard Candy!

So this week I’m going to be cranking out a toooon of nail polish posts. I’m behind on putting some thangs out and wanted to hop to it before the seasons change. About a month or so ago, Hard Candy released several new polishes. And not like 10 or 20. I’m talking like…50. It was a huge new collection and these polishes were landing in Walmart stores nationwide. Beauty bloggers were going crazy because these polishes were just…stunning. And there were so many different shades and formulas. Not just creams and shimmers but holographics and glitters. ZOMG is right. I finally spotted a few of ‘em and between those and the ones I was sent for review, I am so in love with Hard Candy right now.

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Beautiful, aren’t they? There are so many more that I want to scoop up. I am nowhere near done with my haul of HC polishes. But these will keep me satisfied for a good…week or so. :cool:

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Little Bo Pink is a shimmery hot pink. It’s so pretty! And there is something crazy unique about it. It reminds me of sparkling ocean water. Except pink water. Crazy description, I know but I am totally drawn to this pink. And I am NEVER drawn to pink nail polishes. Or the color pink in general.

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Black Tie Optional is a white and black glitter with specs of hexagon glitter bits. Yep, it’s cool. I’ve seen a ton of indie brands release a polish like this but I haven’t seen many of the bigger brands pull this off. It’s an awesome top coat and can spruce up any polish.

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Crush on Gold is a warm gold foil. It’s not super spectacular but if you dig foils, you’ll like this one. I loved how smooth the formula was. It was nice and smooth at only 2 coats.

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Tinsel Town is a purple and gold glitter meshed with turquoise glitter. It’s pretty much New Orleans in a bottle. I layered it over Crush on Gold for some extra bling!

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Gummy Green looks like mint chocolate chip ice cream on the nails, uh? The black and white specs stand out beautifully against the mint base.

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Cotton Candy Pink is a baby pink with purple and silver glitter and teeny hexagon specs. I think I love this one more than Gummy Green

This is my first time trying Hard Candy nail polishes in a loooong time and I was impressed. The quality of these were spectacular. I applied 2 coats for each polish (except for the last 2. I used 3 coats for those babies) and formulas were all nice and smooth. Go Hard Candy!

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $4/bottle
Availability: Walmart and Walmart.com
Worth the price?: Absolutely!

 

Have you gotten any of these Hard Candy polishes yet? They are flying off of shelves like you wouldn’t believe…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 84

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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!

Beauty Junkies Unite – If you’re attending a wedding this spring/summer, or part of the bridal party—don’t miss essie’s new Bridal Collection 2013 for absolutely lovely nails!

Clumps of Mascara – reviewed a waterproof mascara but it wasn’t what she expected.

EauMG – Behold! There’s finally a niche perfume subscription program that will deliver 3 niche perfume samples right to your door! Here’s Victoria’s impressions of Olfactif.

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s Chic Week at Sephora, which means 15% off of everything. What to haul? Here is what I’m hoping to snag!

Lipglossiping – goes ga-ga over a beautifully demure grey nail polish that’s both stylish and work appropriate.

My Beauty Bunny – The life of a beauty blogger isn’t exactly glamorous – but this past week sure was. Take a peek at my Beauty Event Wrap Up, including beauty treatments, fancy jewels, LuckyFabb West and a meeting with the one and only Betsey Johnson – squee!

Nouveau Cheap – The new Maybelline Summer 2013 Limited Edition Color Tattoos have landed!. Come check out some reader-submitted swatches to see the duochrome goodness for yourself.

Pink Sith – The BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Palette in Eclipsed has sated Pink Sith’s desire for an olive green eyeshadow…or has it?

Prime Beauty – is loving her soft, silky hair after using WEN Cleansing Conditioner. The limited edition Spring Gardenia Green Tea scent is perfect for this time of year. And…because she loves her readers so much, she is a giving away a bottle too!

Phyrra – is groovy, baby, with her new Fyrinnae 1960s Retro Collection review!

Vampy Varnish – wants to EAT some of the goodies in the new MAC Baked Beauties collection for summer!

we heart this – we’re not pastel kind of girls, but the China Glaze Avant Garden launch of Pastel Petals is making us feel a bit flower child-y.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite – My favorite style blogger, Sydne Summer has THE BEST style blog around! I love the series guide she’s doing on trends from A-Z, and this week she explores the letter “G”, for green. See how to pop this color of the year into your wardrobe seamlessly.

Question of the Week:

Imagine there is some calamity and all makeup production ceases. You only have what is left in your stash. What kind of makeup will you run out of first and what kind of makeup will you run out of last?

B says, “Of course I’d run out of mascara first. Ha! And I’d probably run out of foundation last.”

What say you?