The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 82

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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!

Vampy Varnish – Is SURE you will find a few favorites with the new and previously exclusive Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil release!

we heart this – Have you tried MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Foundation yet? Umm, you might wanna…

Beauty Junkies Unite – You’ll probably fall in love with the pretty pastels in the new L’Oreal Paris Versailles Romance Collection! See the review & swatches.

Clumps of Mascara – is just a wee bit amazed at this spray lotion thingy. It sounds just like what it is…lotion that you spray on. Whoa!

EauMG – here’s the roundup of the dozen perfumes that Victoria wore the most during Winter 2012/13!

Gouldylox Reviews – Want products that won’t damage your hair or break the bank? Look no further!

My Beauty Bunny – takes a peek at the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils. These super pigmented, non-sticky and highly toteable lippies are perfect to stash in your bag for on the go touch ups!

Nouveau Cheap – I didn’t get a makeover last week, but my blog sure did! Take a peek at the new digs!

Prime Beauty – has been yearning for Don Draper, luckily the Mad Men starts again on April 7th and Estee Lauder has helped ease the pain with the Limited Edition Mad Men Collection. Bonus: pic of PB’s sister- a Betty Draper look- alike.

Phyrra – shows you the best way to apply the Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara. She also has a giveaway so you can try it too!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – Kellie from Kellie Gonzo takes some amazing photos and these ones of Nfu Oh #63 are really amazing. Just look at that holographic effect!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I adore Mandy from PrettyMaking and her post about tarte maracuja’s creaseless fair concealer made me want not only that concealer, but the Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint, too!

Question of the Week:

What’s the most expensive beauty product that you have
purchased in the last three months? Was it with its price?

B says, “I got my hair done for $55. Not really a product but hey, it’s something!”

What about you? Spend any crazy money on beauty stuffs in the past few months?

 

 

Urban Decay’s Lip Junkie Lipgloss has new shades!

Urban Decay has recently added some slammin’ new lippies to their Lip Junkie lipgloss line and I was sent a couple of ‘em to review. Say ‘allo to Obsessed and Trashed.

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This is my first time trying these Lip Junkies and I’m really just trying to figure out what took me so long to jump on the bandwagon. These are awesome!

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If you’re a fan of non-sticky glosses that have a ton of moisture packed in them, I think you’ll like these glosses. They are fantastic for wearing over a lipstick and if you don’t mind the sheerness, they are okay worn alone too. If you are looking for more pigment, you likely won’t find them in any of the UD Lip Junkie lipglosses. But that’s okay , UD has other products for you to haul if it’s extreme lip color you’re looking for.

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Obsessed is a pale milky cream of a gloss. I actually really dig how it looks alone.

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Trashed is a bright pink with silver shimmer and the shimmer is definitely more apparent when worn over a lipstick.

I’m kinda in love with the packaging of these lipglosses. They are a little on the large size but the top is all fancy and they still manage to fit nicely in my cosmetic bag. Application is easy although if you are a fan of more of an even coverage, your best bet is to apply this gloss with a lip brush.

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I got a good 2-3 hours of wear time out of these. You’ll definitely have to reapply after eating or drinking but no biggie…I do that most of the time with most lipglosses anyway.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $19/each.
Availability: Sephora.com, Sephora stores and UrbanDecay.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Worth The Price?: They are pretty expensive for lip glosses but UD lovers won’t mind the splurge if they don’t mind how sheer these are. 
 

Whatcha think, Urban Decay fans? Have you tried these lippies yet?

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer – yassss!

Growing up, not putting on lotion was never an option. And when you have dark brown skin, everybody and their mommy could tell if you decided to go lotion-free. Ash talks, y’all and when she takes over, she practically screams. I would have soooo wished this Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer was out when I was a kid. This stuff is genius because guess why…

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You really do spray…and go! Like, fo real. There isn’t a secret behind it. It’s lotion in spray bottle. That’s it! It’s so simple that it almost makes you want to laugh.

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New to the lotion aisle, this Spray & Go Moisturizer doesn’t tote any lofty  claims. If you’ve ever used any of Vaseline’s lotion, you’ll like that the formulation hasn’t changed one bit. It comes in 3 familiar varieties  Aloe Fresh, Total Moisture and Cocoa Radiant. Does it work?

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Absolutely! Vaseline has what they call the bag-on-valve technology on this thing and it helps deliver a 360-degree spray delivery using compressed air. It not only feels good going on the skin, but it really does hit every area of skin it comes across. Here goes Esposo when I tell him about this cool new product…

“So wait – I just spray it on and keep going? I don’t have to rub it in?”

Of course, I laugh at him because come on..it can’t do ALL of the work for you. Some rubbing in is definitely required. But is this perfect for those who have to moisturize daily and can’t be bothered with the whole lotion thing? Well, yeah. And if you’ve used and loved Vaseline’s lotions before, then you’ll be happy to know that not much has changed as far as scent in the 3 different varities.

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I’m a fan and I think this moisturizer is perfect for traveling, gym bags and kids. And for lazy birds like me who don’t have an extra 20 seconds to lotion all over. I’m just sayin’…

Snag this for $7.99 at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. One bottle allows for 30 all over uses.

Whatcha think? Is this too gimmicky for ya or can you get down with some spray lotion?

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

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This collection is a ginormous one so I’m splitting it up in 2 parts. The Euro Centrale collection is celebrating the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. I’m happy to see that it doesn’t include a bunch of boring shades. They aren’t all unique but most of them have some kind of spark to ‘em.

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OPI…Eurso Eurso is a gorgeous cobalt creme. I will never own enough beautiful blues like this. I should have done another coat but if you’re good enough you can get away with 2 coats.

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You’re Such A Budapest is a soft lavender with subtle shimmer. It is super streaky so you’ll definitely want to apply at least 3 good coats for this one. It’s definitely a typical Spring color.

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Can’t Find my Czechbook is an aqua blue but of course my camera has it showing up as something differently. I can never photograph aqua shades well enough.

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My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours is a super bright orange that almost looks like it has a bit coral in it. My camera has gone wonky again but I absolutely love this polish. It is my favorite of bunch.

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Suzi’s Hungary Again is a warm pink with shimmer. It isn’t terribly unique but it’s fun and girly.

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Polka.com is a blue and violet glitter. There are some large hex bits in there. I’ve got it layered over OPI…Eurso Eurso. I dig it but of course you’ll have to work to get those hex pieces to spread evenly across your nails.

 

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
 

Any beauty babes from Hungary, Poland and Romania? How are you feelin’ about this collection? Stay tuned for part 2!

Iman BB Creme – is it better than the rest?

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I received this product to review so sooo very long ago. I’ve really been putting it through the ringer before I did my review. I wanted to be able to deliver a solid review to y’all. And so bam – here we go. Another BB Creme. Just about every brand that considers themselves to be somethin’ have come out with a BB Creme. Quite frankly, I’m over it. But if there is one to be excited about, it’s this one. And for one main reason…

The shade selection is brown girl-friendly! Finally, right? Brown girls everywhere have been hesitant about jumping on the BB Creme bandwagon because come on – most brands seem to neglect shades for those of us with darker hues. I realize that BB Creams weren’t created with those with dark brown skin in mind so I don’t take too much offense to it. But since it has become relatively popular here in the States, it was only a matter of time before a brand that produces products for brown folx would come out with a BB Cream. And so Iman’s Skin Tone Evener BB Crème SPF 15 was born.

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First, let’s rap about what this product SAYS it’s supposed to do:

  • EVENS with Skin Tone Evener Complex enriched with Acai, Licorice and Grape Seed
  •  PROTECTS with SPF 15 & antioxidants.
  • HYDRATES with Kokum, Almond, Aloe and Vitamins A, E and C
  •  PARABEN-FREE
  • COMPLIMENTS your skin tone with a hint of color in 5 perfect-match shades

(source)

Decent and and achievable claims, I’ll say. I do like that this one is paraben-free and the hydrating properties are great for those of us with dry skin. Consistency-wise, this one seems to be a bit thicker and not as watery as some BB Creams that I’ve tried. In fact, it leaned more on the tinted moisturizer side than anything.

There are 6 shades to choose from – Sand Light, Sand Medium, Clay Medium, Clay Medium Deep, Earth Medium and Earth Deep. I was Earth Medium and it seemed to be a decent match.

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Perfect? Not really because I noted a bit of redness when it was on my skin.

PROs

-I love the shade ranges.
-It has a lightweight feel to it.
-It’s fragrance-free.
-Application is simple as I found it smooth enough to apply all over using my fingers.

CONs

-The price point is a bit UP there considering it’s a drugstore BB cream. It retails around $19.99.
-It didn’t seem to last that long on me. Within hours it seemed to have dissipated a bit. A powder on topped seemed to help it last a bit longer.
-May be difficult to find. Your best bet is to order online at Target.com.

 

In this pic I have the BB Creme on just the left side of my face.

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The BB Creme added a bit more color to my face but I don’t know…does it look a little TOO warm? Also, my dark spots didn’t cover up as much as I would have liked them to…

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But does it work well in a pinch? Yuuuup. I have this BB Creme tucked away in my travel bag and find that this baby plus a powder is perfect for daytime and nighttime wear. So yes, I’m a fan!

The Beauty Basics

Price: Between $18-$20
Availability: Target.com and ImanCosmetics.com.
Do I Recommend?: Yep! Especially for my gals who’ve been looking for BB Creams for their complexions. Chances are if you are a brown girl, one of these shades will fit you beautifully. 
 

Whatcha think? Any Iman Cosmetics or BB Cream lovers try this one?

Floral Nail Art Designs with Target Beauty

I feel all crazy talking about Springtime because it has been all rainy here in Central Florida. I really shouldn’t complain because at least we’re not dealing with winter weather like some of y’all folx up north. Snow in March? That’s just a cruel joke, Mother Nature. Yucky weather or not, we can still get our groove on with beauty spring looks on our nails. This sponsored post comes from Target via Glam Media and it’s all about trying out some beautiful floral nail art designs. You know, something like this…

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Super cute, right? Now y’all know how I feel about nail art. I usually turn away from it because I’m not all that coordinated and let’s be honest, I just find nail art to be far too time consuming. But after checking out this design from Chalkboard Nails and seeing her tutorial, I figured I could give it a shot. Not too shabby, uh? I used this gorgeous Sonia Kashuk polish in. You’re familiar with Sonia K, aren’t you? She does everything beautifully – from brushes to liners, lippies and polishes too.

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I also picked up this Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy polish in Galactic.

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How precious are this? I’ve been into the flakey nail polish trend for quite some time and I just loooove that Revlon has given us a 2-in-1. It’s the perfect daytime to nighttime polish for gals like me who really aren’t into spending a ton of time doing funky stuff to their nails.

Are you into nail art or not so much? Surely these flowery nails will inspire you just a bit, uh?

It’s Time for Springtime.

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

 

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 81

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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!

Phyrra – shares the Jesse’s Girl Julie G Frosted Gum Drops Textured Nail Polishes!

Vampy Varnish – loves the new Deborah Lippmann Staccato Nail Collection for spring but it is a bit pricey compared to some other brands with similar shades…

we heart this – check out post 1 of 2 about Stef’s Makeup Show haul; featuring Cult Nails, Kevyn Aucoin, Ellis Faas and more. That’s right, 2 posts! She may have a problem…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber brings us 5 facial exfoliators that absolutely rock!

Clumps of Mascara – finally does an update on Baby Clumps. She is practically a big girl as the tender age of 2 months.

EauMG – Happy spring! Victoria reviews a perfume that reminds her of blue skies and fluffy clouds.

Gouldylox Reviews – Wondering if Aveeno’s BB Cream is anything more than a re-hashed tinted moisturizer? I’ve read (and re-read) all of the ingredients. The results aren’t what I expected!

My Beauty Bunny – is giving away a Derma Evenly Radiant Gift Basket!

Nouveau Cheap – puts the new Lumene BB cream to the test. Could this possibly be her new favorite drugstore BB cream? Come find out…

Pink Sith – believes that if red lipstick was currency she would be a billionaire. Check out her latest red lipstick acquisition, the Givenchy Le Rouge in # 307 Grenat Initlé.

Prime Beauty – wanted to spy on her favorite bloggers to see what they use to pamper themselves and found out she’s not as low maintenance as she thought! See what products and rituals 13 other bloggers indulge in on Makeup Wars, At Home Pampering!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I adore Mandy from PrettyMaking and her post about tarte maracuja’s creaseless fair concealer made me want not only that concealer, but the Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint, too!

Question of the Week:

Describe your everyday, go-to makeup look.

B says, “It’s beyond simple. A little liner (maybe), mascara (maybe) and face powder. I keeps it simple.”

What about you?

 

 

Reason #245 Why Having A Baby Girl Rocks

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Confession: I am obsessed with buying baby clothes. I can’t stop. And this is insanity because I’m not a shopper. Not for myself or for anyone else. I cringe at the thought of going to a mall or outlet. But shopping for a baby girl? It’s like a different kind of experience. Everything looks better in itty bitty sizes. Elle has received soooo many clothes from friends and family members so I really shouldn’t be buying anything. But I can’t help myself. Between consignment stores and strollin’ sites like Alex and Alexa, I just can’t stop drooling over baby clothes.

And designer baby clothes? ZOMGGGG! My bank account isn’t stacked enough to be droppin’ pennies on Roberto Cavalli dresses, but hey looking at these pretty dresses is free. Seriously.

Brace yourself for the cuteness…

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This Torres Candy Stripe Prom Dress ($131.50) would be adorableeeee on Baby Elle. And I know I’m supposed to be anti-pink but I can’t take this cuteness. Can’t take it.

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I’ve dubbed Elle Belle as a baby hippie and so this Catimini Floral Print Romper Dress ($75.50) is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Steep in price, yes? But precious and darling for Spring? Oooooh yes.

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But how cute is this Monnalisa Pink Panther onesie ($22.48)? I didn’t even know the Pink Panther was such a cute little kitty. Ha!

Fellow mommies, grandmas, aunts and godmamas, are you too a wee bit addicted to buying baby clothes? Oh! And to my gals with baby boys, admit it – baby boy stuff just isn’t nearly as cute, uh? :cool:

 

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own but I was paid to place a link in this blog post.

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