Join Me At The Niche Parent Conference!

Niche ParentI love when conferences come to Orlando. It happens quite a bit because helllloooo the big Mouse lives around these parts. Yours truly is an Ambassador for the Niche Parent Conference. And wait just one second. Don’t get all huffy and puffy on me and say “But I’m not a pareeeent.” Cool. You don’t have be. In fact, many of the attendees are NOT parents. The Niche Parent Conference prides themselves on bringing together the best digital influencers for a weekend of networking, learning and good ‘ol time.

This conference will be a fantastic fit for bloggers of all genres because the content provided will be geared toward us social media junkies of all backgrounds!

“The Niche Parent Conference features a workshop-style agenda that will give digital influencers, journalists, and business owners hands-on training by top industry leaders in a peer-to-peer environment. Educational and informative continuing education workshops and sessions for attendees will cover the latest trends in blogging, social media, and entrepreneurship. The agenda will be designed to help attendees of all levels enhance their social media and marketing skills, in addition to offering entrepreneurial and business training.” (source)

Yes y’all. Good times will be had and I hope that you can make it! For more information about this very awesome conference, visit the site and to purchase your ticket, do so here!

Heading to Niche Parent and want to meet up? Let me know!

 

 

Disclosure: As Ambassador, I will receive a pass to attend the Niche Parent Conference but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. There’s an affiliate link up there so if you purchase your ticket, yours truly gets a few pennies to spend on saving up for the hotel stay during the conference. Weeee!!!

Brown Beauty Bloggers Rockin’ 50 Shades of MAC

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Oh darliiiings, I have something in store for you. I had the opportunity to partner with 4 other talented brown girl beauty bloggers for a little collaboration called 50 Shades of MAC. There are 5 of us and we are each showcasing 10 MAC Cosmetics lipsticks. The lipsticks featured are both permanent and limited edition and I think you’ll love getting a chance to see how these shades look on brown girls of various complexions. And because I am…ME, some of those pictures are some kinds of silly. You know how I do.

So…let’s get this party started!

MAC Port Red

First up is Port Red. Launched from the 2008 Naughty Nauticals, Port Red is a blue red that has subtle silver undertones. It almost looks metallic.

MAC Black Knight

2008 also gave us the goth-friendly collection Cult of Cherry. I loved the dark shades of this collection and I knew that I had to have Black Knight. Because why wouldn’t you want a creamy black lipstick in your life?

MAC Violetta

Violetta is a bright violet purple and it is one of MAC’s Bestsellers for a reason. This shade looks stunning on women of all complexions.

MAC Most Popular

Most Popular is from the 2009 Hello Kitty collection and I really only picked this up because Hello Kitty is my spiritual animal. It’s a deep berry red that is average at best, but come on…it has Hello Kitty imprinted on the stick. ‘Nuff said!

MAC Electro

I remember first seeing Electro from the Neo Sc-Fi collection and going crazyyyyy. This creamy orange isn’t exactly the most flattering thing when worn alone on darker skin but honey, I don’t care. I LIVE for Electro.

MAC 3-D

3-D used to be my “interview” lipstick back in the day. Whenever I was job hunting and needed to head on an interview, this rose made me feel like I was going to get the job!

MAC Pomposity

There really isn’t anything striking about the purpley magenta that is Pomposity. The silver shimmer in it provides a little bit more pop than your average magenta lipstick and that’s what drew me to Lady Pomp.

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Politely Pink, I feel, is MAC’s answer to a nude lip for brown girls. When paired with Chestnut lip liner, I found this lipstick to be so flattering when so many other so-called nudes weren’t.

MAC Girl About Town

Girl About Town and I have good memories because I think this was the lipstick that made me fall for bright colors. This vibrant berry actually looks good on all complexions!

MAC Candy Yum Yum

Candy Yum-Yum. So yeah…I ignored that matte hot pink the first time it came out. The second time I scooped it up. And now? I love it so so much. I love pairing it with MAC’s Nightmoth to really compliment me.

Check out the other 40 shades by visiting the sites of the other gorgeous ladies!


Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 133

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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!

Prime Beauty – is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA’s Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully!

Phyrra – Love Urban Decay? I share my Omen Tutorial, plus we’re giving away a ton of Urban Decay Eyeshadows! Open Worldwide.

we heart this – calling all blush addicts; Ellis Faas has something you’re going to want to see…

Beauty Junkies UniteTake a sneak peek at the newest hair color innovation from Garnier, Color Styler. Now you can rock bright, bold hair hues without the commitment or damage of traditional hair color!

Clumps of Mascara – gifted a reader with her own personal post of makeup tips from beauty bloggers!

EauMG – shares her most complimented perfumes of all time! Some of the ones that made the list will surprise you.

Gouldylox Reviews – I love you guys! Find out why and enter to win a $2000 VIP Beauty Treatment! Please enter, I really want one of you to win so you’ll tell me what a $2000 beauty treatment is like!

My Beauty Bunny – Remember how I raved about Onsen Secret last week? Try it for yourself by winning a $1000 shopping spree from my new favorite skin care line.

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

 

Question of the Week:

Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition.
What do you do?

B says, “End the friendship. Haha, I’m kidding. I probably wouldn’t let a friend borrow makeup.”

 

What about you?

See you next week!

Need A New All Natural Skincare Brand To Try? Get Some Just Natural In Your Life!

This is a sponsored post by Just Naturals and they have so graciously given me the opportunity to try some of their skincare products. This is perfect timing because I have been spending a lot of time in the sun and it has really taken a toll on my skin. Elle’s ezcema is also getting out of control (again) so we were both in need of some new skincare products that could really pamper the skin. Just Natural prides themselves on providing vegan and cruelty-free products that are handmade. And they have succeeded. All of their products feel as if they could have been made right at home.

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Just Naturals sent me a ton of goodies and I spent a few weeks test driving everything.

Just Natural Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Let’s talk about the glory that is their Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub ($27). This earthy and sweet smelling scrub smells fantastic. Like many scrubs, the scent will not linger but when applying it, you will enjoy how nice it smells. I found this scrub to be perfect for me. However, those with sensitive skin may want to stay away as smoothing it on the skin may appear too abrasive for some.

Just Natural Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub in hands

Just Natural has dumped Kukui and Hazelnut oils in this scrub and so even after you wash it off, you are left with such soft skin. LOVE!

Just Natural Skin Calming and Healing Lotion

Their Skin Calming & Healing Lotion ($29.99) is what I was really excited to try because Elle has been in need of a  lightweight moisturizer. I usually use thicker creams on her but in the summer, her skin does okay with something light. The Healing lotion is not insanely moisturizing and almost fragrance-free.

Just Natural Skin Calming and Healing Lotion on skin

The scent of Sweet Orange Blossom Essential Oil is light and pleasant and I’m thinking this baby is great for summer and for those who don’t suffer from really dry skin.

Just Natural Skin Calming Body Wash

The Skin Calming Natural Body Wash ($13.99) has been a staple in my shower for weeks now. I have been on the hunt for skincare products that maintain a healthy pH balance. This soap-free body wash doesn’t lather or foam and is the one of the better body washes that I’ve tried in quite some time.

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Instead of drying this skin out, this wash moisturizes as it cleanses. The aloe vera gel included is great for dry and inflamed skin and it is such a treat for those of us with eczema.

Just Natural Body Nutritive Serum spray

The Body Nutritive Serum ($25.99)  is by far my favorite product of the bunch. It has a really nice and woodsy scent and I find it to be more of an oil than a serum. It is the perfect summer oil as it dissipates quickly but keeps the skin feeling moisturized for hours. I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I’m a huge fan of Just Natural. I will be restocking up on their Body Wash and Serum when I run out. I find the prices to be reasonable for an all natural brand and more than anything, I like how the brand really takes pride in only providing nourishing oils and properties in their products.

I am just itching to try out some of their butters but it looks as if they are out of stock. That totally bums me out, but hey…I’m taking it as a good sign that they really make spectacular buttahs. For more information about Just Natural, visit their site.

butter LONDON Colour Hardwear Nail Art Tool Kit

Butter London Nail Art Kit

Some of us are great writers. Others are great athletes. And then some of us are really good at nail art. I’ve mentioned a thousand times that I suck at the latter. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that. Luckily the fine folks at butter LONDON are making it easy for us not so creative folx to get our grooves on with some basic nail art skills. I recently received a press sample of their Colour Hardware Nail Art Took Kit and I can’t be more excited to try this baby out.


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For one thing, how sweet is the packaging? Perfectly portable, this tin can of creative baubles and thangs is perfect for storing your new utensils be it at home or in your luggage for travel. Including is this kit is the following…

  • Dotting Tool: Double ended with two different sized dots. Create dot artwork-like polka dots and leopard prints.
  • Striping Brush: Short and pointed for drawing intricate nail designs and lines.
  • Clean Up Brush: Dip in nail lacquer remover and brush away imperfections. Brush away excess nail lacquer along the edge of the fingernail.
  • Liner Brush: Long tip perfect for bold lines and long strokes. For French manicure as well as drawing lines that need to be straight or have curves.
  • Marbling Brush: Perfect for swiping effects across the nail for animal stripes, ombre and textured effect                               (source)

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Butter London Colour Hardware Nail Art Tool Kit

Very cool, right? The most practical tool, I think is the Clean Up Brush because what nail polish lover doesn’t find that handy? My second favorite is the Dotting Tool because even if you are darn awful with nail art, chances are you can crank out a few dots with any problems. Shoot girl, if I can do it anyone can.

And they are also giving us a little manual in case we need to see actual pictures. Thank you bL!

Butter London Colour Hardware Nail Tool Kit

Butter London Colour Hardware Art Tool Kit

This cute little kit goes for $30 at ULTA.com and I think it’s a sweet option for people like me who just want the basics. And it’s even better for those who are just starting out.

So what about you? Are you into nail art? Or would you rather stick to the many other skills that you’ve got?

 

Oh! And since we’re talking butter LONDON awesomeness, check out some of my favorite bL thangs…

*This post contains a press sample and affiliate links.

Beauty Basics As Told By…Beauty Bloggers!


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I feel so special every time I get a reader email. I really do. It never gets old and I feel so honored when someone takes the time to ask lil’ ole’ me a question. In honor of reader Lisa’s 30th birthday, I have decided to craft a post just for her. Lisa just had a birthday and wants to start getting into makeup more. She dropped me her stats and while I immediately had some suggestions for her, I ran to some of my fellow beauty bloggers and asked for their thoughts and product recommendations.

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And here’s what the girls say…

She should for sure get a palette. Great budget ones are the Maybelline nudes or NYX Natural or the Dream catcher ones. I think they are like $15 unless you can get a deal at Ulta like right now 50% off. Hazel eyes look amazing with purples and bronzes. It helps bring out the flecks of color” 
– Jamie from Makeup, Life & Love

 

I’d definitely recommend the wet n wild trios/palettes. They are very straightforward about application, which makes them beginner-friendly (with a diagram on the back showing where to place each color) and have a great texture. The best part, they range from $1.99 to $5. My favorites are the Walking on Eggshells trio for an every day look, or the Comfort Zone palette for more options to bring a look into nighttime.
– Miranda from SlashedBeauty.com

 

 Foundation I would suggest Loreal Lumi. Neutrals I think WetnWild offers nice colors. Cover Girl has lovely bronzers.
– Norah from Norah Loves Makeup

 

For blushes and lipstick/lip gloss I would definitely recommend Milani, and for the rest she can go to town at NYX and e.l.f.. Some of my best budget buys were from those three brands.
-Anastasia from Glamorable

 

Right now I’m messing around with the L’Oreal Visible Blur Lift Foundation. It’s ah-may-zing. That, dust some powder… facial perfection.  Oh and for mascara Milani Total Lash Cover!
Brooke from Blushing Noir

 

Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara and the Apocalips line from Rimmel. Great products, imo. (I’m over at Be Happy And Buy Polish. I just saw a great post today about great neutral eyeshadow palettes under $10 – there were two Wet n Wild palettes in it that sounded great.
– Jessica from Be Happy and Buy Polish 

 

Gaia of The Non-Blonde has 2 fantastic posts on Starting To Wear Makeup in Your 30’s and 40’s. Check them out here and here.

 

Makeup for Beginners

 I’d recommend going to a makeup counter to test shades to see what she likes, then looking for similar colors from ELF, NYX, and wet n wild.
– Nidia from Lit from Within

 

 I recommend NYX and Maybelline to start out with as well as with Milani.
-Jacqueline from Fab Diva 20

 

Oh. Fair and blonde! From one fair blonde to another – I love peachy-golden blushes with my skin tone. Like Nars Orgasm or NYX Apricot. For pinks, I try to choose dusty rose and bright pink shades that are not too dark or too pigmented so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb on my face. Like Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. I love using MAC Mineralize Skin Finishes as blushes, too, and they can help you find a great color for your skin tone! Also, for night time, a red like Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Red Label or Best Red would pop! Also, their purple, Violet Volt would look great too! I also am in love with how well Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Violet looks with my fair skin/blonde hair. At the end of the day, it’s all about trial and error and finding what you like! Drug store makeup makes that affordable, and some places – like CVS and Walgreens – have return policies so you can try a different shade or get your money back!
-Judy from Beauty Judy

 

 For lipstick/lipgloss I would recommend Revlon Colorburst lip butters and lipglosses. As for eyeshadows, I also vote for WetnWild palettes and for eyeliner and blushes, Milani is the brand to go for!
– Harshleen from Beauty Tidbits 

 

How’s that, Lisa? Here’s to hoping that we were able to help you and other ladies who are just getting their start into makeup.

Win An Urban Decay Eye shadow Palette From The Makeup Wars Girls!

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Your favorite ladies from the Makeup Wars have gotten together and decided that we should treat our fabulous readers. And what better way to do so than by giving you the chance to score some goodies from Urban Decay. Yes, girl. I hope you’re excited about it because this is huuuuge! ONE lucky winner will sore TWO Urban Decay eye shadow palette. This is an extra special giveaway because each member of the Makeup Wars has handpicked one of our favorite Urban Decay shadows. Cool stuff, right?

If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Urban Decay’s eye shadows, you are in for a treat because they are absolutely divine. Press your luck! Share this post with your fellow beauty lovers to increase your chances of winning. And while you’re at it, check out my 2 most recent Urban Decay video reviews.

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 132

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My Beauty Bunny – If your skin could use some moisture and pampering, you need to check out Onsen’s Milk Lotion Cleanser. Based on the skin rejuvenating powers of Japanese hot springs, this gentle wash does both beautifully!

Pink Sith – reviews the BVLGARI Omnia Coral EdT and is offering a full size one as a giveaway thanks to the folks from ShopAtHome.com. Enter Today! (US only)

Prime Beauty – loves the budget friendly Japonesque makeup brushes but did you know they have a fabulous line of color cosmetics too? Check it out!

Phyrra – shares her best Summer Hair Care Tips!

we heart this – is giving away the BPAL Pretty Deadly perfume oil collection; seven gorgeously kick ass bottles!

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with black eyeliners. Like…a lot. Here’s a list of some of her favorites.

EauMG – has a new favorite “beach” scent. Now she just needs a beach vacation to go with the fragrance!

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars is all about the best black liner. Waterlines, smudging, liquid – you name it, we’ve got the right liner!

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

 

Question of the Week:

You can only wear one shade of lipstick for the rest of your life – name it.

B says, “Whooooa…that’s a tough one. It has to be a red one. So I’ll say COVERGIRL Queen’s Cherry Bomb.”

 

What about you? What lippy would you wear forever and ever?

See you next week!