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?

 

 

OPI Euro Centrale Collection for Spring/Summer 2013 – Part II

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I’m back with part II of this OPI’s gorgeous Euro Centrale collection. If you missed it, check out the other 6 here. Let’s wrap things up with these babies…

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Vant To Bite My Neck? is a deep eggplant that isn’t all that unique as far as purples go. It’s a nice creme that applied with ease and had an opaque finish with only 2 coats.

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Oy-Another Polish Joke is a shimmery gold that works well alone but it would probably look better layered on top of another shade. The funny thing is, I didn’t even think to layer it. Ha!!

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My Vampire Is Buff is a creamy buttercream. It’s stunning to look at. It’s a nice and clean shade.

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Hands Off My Kielbasa! is a bronze-y tan and without the shimmer, I would totally label this shade as a Grandma color. It’s just okay in my book. I like how it looks on my nails but there isn’t really anything special about it.

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I Saw..U Saw..We Saw…Warsaw has the longest (and most annoying) nail polish name I have ever seen. It’s a pretty midnight blue but I much prefer the richness in OPI…Eurso Eurso. ISUSWSU is a tad bit more smokier.

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A Woman’s Prague-ative is a shimmery copper. It’s brighter in real life and it’s just a stunning little addition to the collection.

The entire crew…

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The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Anywhere OPI polishes are sold – Ulta, JC Penny salons, etc.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: OPI…Eurso Eurso, My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours, My Vampire Is Buff
 

I don’t think it’s OPI’s most stellar collection but there are definitely some winners in here. I love the different finishes and I love that there isn’t a red in this collection. Yas! OPI loves their reds so it’s refreshing to see a collection that doesn’t have one.

What do you think? See any beauties in this collection?

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm – Because Most Guys Have Lips

It’s true! The male species have lips. At least most of ‘em. And if any of yours are like mine, they may be a bit “particular” about what they put on their lips. And not “particular” in a good way. And yeah, I know it’s not easy being married to a beauty editor. I’m always chasing after Esposo asking him to Smell this and Try that. And he’d rather eat burnt asparagus than acquiesce. Help with web design? Sure! Let me use his hand to swatch a lippy? NEVER! But when I told good ‘ol Esposo that Jack Black was a brand made for the fellas, he actually let me apply these popular balms on his lips. Score! I got these for review and now we are both kinda obsessed with them.

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You’ve spotted this brand at Sephora before, haven’t you? I’ve been eyeing them for years but I am just now trying out these lippies. These babies are popular! My fellow beauty bloggin’ sisters are always ravin’ about the awesomeness that is Jack Black.

The Basics

What The Lippies Don’t Have: Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances/Dyes and Phthalates
What the Lippies Do Have: Shea butter, avocado oil and SPF 25
Flavors: Vanilla & Lavender, Grapefruit & Ginger, Original, Lemon & Chamomile, Black tea & Blackberry

I’ve got good news…they are only lightly scented. Woo hoooooo! Nothing irritates me more than a lip balm that is insanely fragrant. If you’ve ever liked how Vaseline feels on the lips, then you’ll love how JB feels. It’s thick, hydrating and smooth. It feels fantastic when worn solo and worn with a lipstick on top.

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And it’s nice to have a lip balm with SPF in it. I’m sold. And so is the guy. At $7.50, they may be a little bit more than the average lip balm, but they are definitely worth their price. Especially if you’re a fan of having SPF in your lip balms. You can get these from Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Ever try anything from Jack Black?

Hair Talk: Pantene for Natural Hair

Did I tell you gals (and the few guys that read Clumps) that I chopped off like 6 inches of my hair a few weeks ago? Yah. I’ve been itchin’ to do it for about a year now and I finally took the plunge. My friends aren’t even surprised at this anymore. They were all like, “Oh, you cut your hair off? Again? Cool.” I’ve done huge chops THREE times. It ain’t a big deal but it’s necessary. I love going from long hair to short hair in seconds. It’s so euphoric.

And let’s face it, nooooobody has time to be bothered with hurr when I’ve got to get me and Baby Clumps out of the door in the morning for work and daycare. Naw. Hair is basically a luxury.  And since I have shorter and less complicated hair, I’ve been able to play around with more products. Through Glam Media I was sent these 2 kiddos…

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Okay, so I knew Pantene had a natural hair line but I didn’t know that the Clarifying Shampoo was paraben-free. Um, wow! That’s a huge deal.

 

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I was actually a fan of both the shampoo and conditioner. I used both of them continuously for a week and here’s what I thought…

The Clarifying Shampoo

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I NEED a clarifying shampoo. Whether I’m rockin’ locs or the short fro, my hair tends to really hold on to product.  This is good for styling but when it’s time to wash my hair, I want it to be super clean. And not in a stripped kind of way. This clarifying lotion was really effective at not only cleansing my scalp and hair but keeping that moisture in too. After rinsing, I didn’t didn’t feel like my hair was crunchy! And trust me, finding a clarifying lotion that isn’t crunchy is beyond difficult.

The Deep Conditioner

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As far as deep conditioners go, I don’t have too many requirements. I just like for them to leave my hair moisturized and soft. In fact, I’m a big fan of co-washing and could easily use a deep conditioner a few times a week. This one works nicely for me. It doesn’t weigh down the fro and I’ve actually been using it as a leave-in conditioner. It’s niiiice!

Good products = a happy fro. 

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Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural – Two collections From Pantene for healthier hair* no matter what your style. *Vs. non-conditioning shampoo

 

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pantene via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pantene.

Win A Suave Naturals Prize Pack + $50 Walgreens gift card!

Guess what? I’m taking showers now! Laugh if you want but no one told me that mothering a newborn may mean that you don’t get the chance to bathe as often as you’d like. I’m not even kidding. The first month Elle was born, I probably took a shower like…once a week. Yep. I smelled live divine regurgitated breast milk 24/7. Sexy, uh? Showers have become luxuries so I take ‘em when I can get ‘em. Luckily I can get them more often these days. Meeting me in those porcelain walls these days is this kid…

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I was sent this body wash to review and I gladly obliged because I love me some Suave products. Especially their conditioners. But that’s a story for another day.

There’s a reason why Suave’s products have been on the shelves for so long. They are affordable and cheap! And they are always coming out with something new that you feel like you HAVE to have.  Like this Rainforest Fresh Body Wash ($2).

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It smells so so sooo…fresh! I’m serious. I’ve placed this in the guest bathroom and Sticky Fingers Esposo snagged it and put it in our bathroom. He’s that enamored with it. Which says a lot since he’s a no fuss kind of guy when it comes to beautification. I find the scent to be a bit on the strong side so I can only use a little bit at a time but I do like the burst of tropical freshness.

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If you’re all annoyed with your current body wash, I totally recommend giving this one a whirl. And you’re in sweet luck, darlin’. I’m giving away one Suave Naturals prize pack to one lucky winner, which will include three Suave Naturals Body Washes and one $50 Walgreens gift card!

To be eligible to enter, all you have to do is let me know in the comment section which body wash you are currently using, and if you think Suave Naturals New Rainforest Fresh Body Wash would be better for you! Also, to be able to qualify make sure to use hashtag #SuaveScents on Twitter, letting me know you commented below!

I will be picking a winner on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, so get commenting! Good luck to all those who enter!

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Event: Meet Me at Naturals In The City!

Hey girls…hey! It’s my first speaking engagement of the year. Woot! I haven’t done a local event since last November so I am super excited to be hosting and sitting on a panel at the Naturals In The City event in Tampa, Florida.

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Focused on natural hair, beauty, fashion and wellness, this is THE event to be at this season. Tickets are only $15 and you’ll get to check out several vendors, listen to panels regarding beauty and hair and have a great day out in the beautiful Tampa Bay area. If you think you’ll be in the Tampa area, purchase a ticket and meet me out there. I would so love to see you! For more information, visit the event website.

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara

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Look who has a new mascara! And a waterproof one at that. Just in time for summer, the folx at Clinique were so gracious to shoot me this mascara to test drive. I plan on doing a ton of time at the beach this season (yes y’all – I am a total beach babe) and I’m hoping that I can find a mascara that can accomodate my obsession with boogie boarding self.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $16 at Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping, smudging. Our waterproof version of High Impact Mascara can stand up to heat, humidity, an active day. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: Decent brush, okay performance but waterproof? Meh.

What I Loved About It: The formula is pretty groovy.

What I Didn’t Like: It was far too flaky for a waterproof mascara.

Overall: FACT: Clinique usually has pretty decent mascaras. And you wouldn’t know it unless you were a Clinique fan because this brand always comes off as being so modest to me. Other brands love to brag about what they do well, but no, not Clinique. I was all kinds of excited to try this mascara because I usually have great experiences with their mascaras. Well, I hate to say it but this one wasn’t so hot.

And it wasn’t the wand’s fault because the wand is actually the best part about this mascara. See…

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Yep. It’s a nice one. It does well at getting those smaller lashes and bottom lashes. It isn’t the most ideal mascara for volumizing but we don’t care about that because this is a waterproof mascara. All we care about is waterproofness. And that’s the thing. It just isn’t there. And that makes me sad.

Formula-wise, the mascara had a bit of glossiness to you. I liked it. It went on well and I didn’t have any issues with trying to get it evenly coat the lashes. It’s a lightweight formula and I didn’t notice any significant boost in my lashes’ appearance. Very little volume and not much length. Like I said, none of that really mattered. But the mascara totally disappointed me in that it didn’t really seem like a waterproof mascara. It flaked a bit throughout the day and after a few splashes of water in the face tests, it seemed to just wipe away. Nooooooo!!

I’ve tried better waterproof mascaras. This one isn’t horrible but I know that Clinique can do better than this. The mascara is still fairly decent because you do get a liiiiittle length.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Meh. Only if you realllly need to try something new. But don’t expect anything spectacular from this one. Your lashes may get a bit of added length but that’s about it.

 

Have you ever tried any mascaras from Clinique? Doesn’t it suck when a waterproof mascara really isn’t waterproof? Grr!


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 83

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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!

we heart this – has an instant win game for you; Beautisol self tanning mousse and their FAB applicator mitt. It’s like a beauty lottery scratch off card, you could win in seconds!

Beauty Junkies Unite – With each season, I fall more in love with the exclusive beauty brand, jouer Cosmetics. See what really got me going for spring!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away a SensatioNail gel nail starter kit. She was a skeptic when it came to at home gel nails but this kit is some kind of awesome.

EauMG – Want to know what an angry rose smells like? Check out this review of the newest addition to the Juliette Has a Gun family.

Gouldylox Reviews – Would you consider letting a medical professional stick your face with hundreds of needles if it mean fewer fine lines and scar indentations? Check out my results (and gnarly after photos).

Lipglossiping – puts the new Kiehl’s BB Cream under the microscope. Will it out-perform her favourite (now discontinued) Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer?

My Beauty Bunny – has a look (and swatches!) at the new Spring 2013 colors from cruelty and Big 3 free Sheswai Lacquer. Wait to you see Ladylike – it’s my new favorite polish!

Nouveau Cheap – The new Hard Candy All Lid Up créme eye shadows have inspired me to break out of my browns and taupes and bring more color to my springtime eye looks.

Pink Sith – shows you a highlighter from Lancome that has been discontinued. But do not fret. She is giving one away to one lucky reader. Maybe you! Enter today!

Prime Beauty – tested out Olay Regenerist Micro-Scupting Cream and found the claims are true! It performs like luxury skincare products four times the price! Look your best with Olay and enter to win 1 of 5 jars of Olay Regererist Micro-Sculpting creams from Prime Beauty!

Phyrra – shares her tips and tricks for the best photography and video equipment for beauty and fashion bloggers. From handbags to cellphones and lights, she’s got you covered!

Vampy Varnish – love sparkly eyeshadows but prefer more “refined” sparkles? Check out the new Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow for spring! I predict you are going to lust after Zodiac…

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – We’re always blown away by The PolishAholic; from her flawless manicures to her amazing photos, Jen’s got skills! Plus, she always introduces us to new indie brands like the LA based wHet.

Question of the Week:

When it comes to haircare, what types of styling
products do you use on a daily basis (if any at all)?

B says, “I use Oyin Handmade’s Greg Juice for some pick me up.”

What about you? Do you put anything on your hair each day?