Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 152

Clumps of Mascara – officially has a favorite nail polish brand.

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s time to glow! If you want an ethereal look or need to be a bronzed beauty,  these are the products you won’t want to live without.

Love for Lacquer – Are you an Elf Cosmetics fan?! Love For Lacquer has a HUGE GIVEAWAY up on her blog right now! You don’t want to miss out! (It’s also open worldwide!)

My Newest Addiction – Laura is obsessed with the new MAC Wash and Dry collection and she shared her review, swatches and a makeup look!

Nouveau Cheap – I am no longer a depotting virgin! If you’re new to the world of depotting, here’s a nice way to try it without any commitments (seriously, it’s under $5).

Prime Beauty – gets cheeky with the Aussie hair care brand evo. Great products and great humor make this line a gem for Sheila’s from not only OZ but the world!

Phyrra – Love pigmented eyeshadows that blend with ease? I’ve got the Makeup Geek Summer Eyeshadows to share!

we heart this – have you seen the Jordana Cat Eye Liner swatches? Ok, have you seen how you can wear 2 or 3 of them at the same time? You should look…

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

The makeup gods have granted you the power to put ONE brand on sale (a one-day-only 75% off)
sitewide sale + free shipping on all orders).
Which brand do you choose?

B says, “Whooooa! That’s a tough one. I’d say Make Up For Ever. I would haul EVERYTHING. “

What about you? 

See you next week!

KBShimmer Summer 2015 Nail Polish Collection

KBShimmer Summer 2015 Nail Polish Collection

I’m not gonna lie – KBShimmer is the only nail polish brand that I get reallllly excited about. Everyone else does great work but KBS, I feel, is steadily murking the nail polish game. And I’m loving it. I only purchased 4 of the 28 polishes in the summer collection but really I want to go back for more. My wallet is arguing with me about that so hmmm, we’ll see.  In the meantime, I wanted to show off these gorgeous picks.

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I’m the Mean Mom Who Has Never Thrown Her Kid a Party

The future is so bright, you've got to squint. Thanks for the tee, @sheenatatum! I love when my girl isn't covered in pink. Somehow it managed to be one of her favorite colors.

The future is so bright, you’ve got to squint. Thanks for the tee, @sheenatatum! I love when my girl isn’t covered in pink. Somehow it managed to be one of her favorite colors.

I’m supposed to be sharing my monthly parenting posts with you at least 2 times a month, but man, I’ve been so forgetful. If you’re bored enough and read some of these, you may come across a particular hidden treasure. Heheeee…

5 Signs I’m Not That Mom – I love writing posts about the other side of motherhood. You know, for us mothers who aren’t all Pinterest’y and NOT okay with sleeping with toddlers and working mamas who actually really like sending their kids to daycare. 

That Time I Wanted a Boy But Had a Girl – Ohmigoooodness, what kind of parent actually admits this? Hehe. Me. And unapologetically so. But then, check out this post on my fear of having a black son. 

4 Reasons Why I Refuse To Throw My Kid a Party – In a world where parents feel obligated to throw lavish parties for kids who can’t even speak yet, there are parents like me. Parents who refuse to shell out money for little people who won’t even know what’s going on. But that doesn’t mean I’m a total grinch who doesn’t celebrate her girl’s birthday in some way. Really, I blame Karen Alpert for this post because after reading this I was terrified to host (shoot, and even attend) a kid’s birthday party.

I Am the Only Mom of Color At Playdates. Why? – Look. It’s a fact that I hate I hate playdates. I’ve never been secretive about this. But shoot, why is it every time I attempt to show up at one, I notice that I’m the only mom of color? What’s with that?

Seen any cool parenting posts/thoughts/ideas out there in the e-space? Please share! I’d love to check ’em out! 

I’m Inspired!

I don’t have to look far for inspiration. I am seriously surrounded by it. Shoot…glancing outside is a form of inspiration for me because if blue skies and green grass can’t inspire you in some way, check your pulse, homie. Being all connected to the internet means I am constantly being bombarded by images of super skinny models and their fake plumped lips all over Instagram. I mean, I am excited to see a plus size model on the cover of a major magazine. And dark skinned beauties like Lupita are still making headway, but do you know who is REALLY inspiring me? This lady here…

Senior Style Bible

Image Courtesy of SeniorStyleBible.com

Dorrie is 80 years old and she’s a fashion blogger at Senior Style Bible. Excuse me while I pick my mouth up all of the floor. Is she not the fiercest lady you’ve ever seen? Oftentimes we think of beauty and we think of stunning young girls with tight bodies, abs and perky breasts but look man, everyone doesn’t have that. I searched all over Dorrie’s site and was in such a trance at her styling choices, her overall attitude and her fervor for life. It’s so refreshing! 

I’ve got girlfriends freaking out about turning a year older and dude, I celebrated entering 30-hood. I’ll embrace my 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and God willing, when I live to see my 80’s, you won’t be able to tell me anything. Why is it that we freak out about turning older? What’s the problem with this again? Dorrie is 80 years old and rockin’! Why in the world is that something to fear?

When I spot it, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, I’m wishing Dorrie was local to me so I could treat her out to lunch and just sit and marvel in her awesomeness. 

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – Mini Compact Car Love

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

When I purchased my first car, I was a single gal. I had gotten my first real job, was living in an apartment with my best friend and was living that young, free and single life as a fresh transplant to Orlando, Florida. When my car from college died, I wasn’t trying to get something brand new with car payments that would kill my monthly budget. So I got what I could afford and I’ve been lovin’ that baby ever since. She’s on her last leg now and THIS YEAR I haaaave to get a new car. 

Enter the Mitsubishi Mirage. 

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Last Minute Spring Beauty Tips – Before Summer Hits!

Spring Beauty Tips

I’m so excited for Spring right now. I mean, granted next month is Summer but whatever. I’ll take these breezy days over the scorching days that are soon approaching us here in Florida. But Spring beauty tips? They are some kind of awesome. The part I love best – they’re so simple to do. I mean honestly, how many times have you seen the latest trends only to think “I’d need my own personal makeup artist to do that?” Nooooope. Not this season. These Spring beauty trends are sexy, simple and must tries.

Zero Makeup

It can’t get much simpler than this. I know it’s scary, but try going without makeup sometimes. You look incredible as you are.

Red Lips

I adore red lipstick. The classic is back in full force. Get out your favorite red and wear it proudly. If red’s not your thing, opt for a wine color instead. It’s just as popular this season.

Negative Space Manis

Usually bare spots mean you’ve chipped a nail. Negative space manis mean you leave open space on purpose. Leave an empty stripe or shape when you paint your nails. Get creative and check out Pinterest for inspiration.

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