Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 120

Zoya Lux nail polish

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! 

EauMG – reviews a perfume by Lalique that reminds her of pink fluffy clouds made from candy floss.

Gouldylox Reviews – Did you pick up the Kat Von D Esperanza palette? It’s so much more versatile than you think! Phyrra and I show you how to get two very different looks with one palette!

My Beauty Bunny – Hates having to worry about wrinkles AND pimples. But lately my skin has never looked better! Check out How to Banish Adult Acne for my tips.

Nouveau Cheap – swatches the entire Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Collection, and discovers a neat way to use them!

Prime Beauty – brightens up your spring with her Top 10 Spring Beauty and Accessory Picks!

Phyrra – Love the UD Electric Palette? Check out these great vegan and Sugarpill Dupes!

we heart this – sexy demons, a Kevyn Aucoin exhibit, candy hued lip products, the brush you NEED to learn how to use; it’s The Makeup Show Recap and Haul.

Clumps of Mascara – is head over heels in love with the glittery awesomeness that is Zoya’s Magical Pixie collection. Have you seen it yet?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – Want to improve your sense of smell and identify different perfumer notes? Check out these little exercises on Bois de Jasmin that will put your nose into basic training.

Question of the Week:

What’s the one makeup product you can
skip if crunched on time?

B says, “Foundation. Because I’m always crunched for time, I generally just use powder. Easy peasy.”

 

What say you, darling?

See you next week!

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

I have always believed that after well polished nails, an outfit is not complete without a gorgeous smile. Thanks to the lovely people at Colgate your smile can become even more radiant. Colgate has introduced the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen which makes brushing and whitening a simple step. I was so excited to receive a sample of this!

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

The toothbrush is designed remove the surface stains from your teeth and the whitening pen contains hydrogen peroxide which helps cleaning beyond surface stains. The whitening pen is right under the toothbrush so it is convenient and you wont have to worry about losing it.

So now the important – question does it work?

Colgate Optic White

YES!  I love this toothbrush whitening pen combo. This is the first whitening product I have used that didn’t make my teeth feel super sensitive and afraid to eat right after using. The whitening gel is a little gritty at first, but it dries in seconds and your teeth look whiter and brighter.

Colgate Whitening Gel

After using so many whitening strips, mouthwashes, and whitening molds this is the most convenient whitening product that I have ever used.  At $14.99 this toothbrush whitening pen combo is available everywhere and a must have in my beauty book.

So…what do you think? Would you use the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen to dazzle your smile?

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 119

Zoya Rebel

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 all over this fantastic concealer from IMAN Cosmetics. It goes from a powder to a creme. It’s magic!

EauMG – shares a list of perfume names that make her feel sad. But, hopefully this post will leave you feeling glad.

Gouldylox Reviews – Too Faced has released their new summer collection and the shadow palette is a vision in bronze and electric pink. It may contain the hottest pink shadow I’ve ever seen! Is it for you?

Lipglossiping – shares some luminizing foundation tips for boosting skin radiance. Perfect for anyone with a dehydrated skin type!

My Beauty Bunny – Want fuller, plumper, kissable lips? City Cosmetics’ City Lips Lip Plumper delivers! And we’ve got the before and after pictures to prove it.

Nouveau Cheap – swatches what might possibly be the most beautiful drugstore blushes she’s ever seen.

Pink Sith – imagines that a Samurai Princess would fall in love with Tatcha’s Indigo Soothing Silk Body Care Line while still being incredibly badass on the battlefield!

Prime Beauty – found and beautiful and easy way to bring Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color of the Year into her wardrobe with butterLONDON’s Molly Coddled!

Phyrra – shares the Best Cruelty Free Illuminizers. Get your glow on!

we heart this – introduces you to a one-ingredient product under $20 that banishes acne and fights wrinkles. Say what now?

Beauty Junkies Unite – You don’t have to be a vintage Urban Decay lover to appreciate this lipstick color that’s a blast from the past—and available for a limited time. Try not to fall in love with Gash Revolution Lipstick!

Question of the Week:

What is your all-time favorite drugstore lipstick?

B says, “NYX (they’re considered drugstore, right?) has an old skool lippy called Pink Caramel and giiiiirl, it if fantastic. Technically it’s a lipgloss, but it is so bright and so pink. And SO cheap. “

 

Where are my drugstore girls? What’s your favorite drugstore lipstick?

See you next week!

Sneak Peek at the Bee

Oh snaaaaap. Warmer weather is here and with it are the longer days which means I can start taking more pictures outside. *squeals* I have never been a fan of studio photography. Natural lighting is the best in my book. I just couldn’t wait to show y’all this lovely bar of sap from the brand Beecology.

Beecology

This bar is just one of many lovely products from a brand whose owners are actual beekeepers. Pretty sweet, huh? I shall return with more pictures and features!

 

Soooo About Eyeglasses…1 Pair? Or Many?

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This post is  brought to you by Zenni eyeglasses and it has been a hot little minute since I’ve been shopping for eyeglasses. Once upon a time a very loooooong time ago, I actually spent hundreds of dollars on my eyeglasses. I did. I was foolish enough to think that I could only purchase my eyeglasses in the same little office where I had my office exams. It just made sense, right? Exam + purchase = a happy girl with her vision correction. And then I discovered Zenni eyeglasses and I have seen the light.

I remember when eyeglasses were primarily for people that actually needed the vision correction. Now and days, eyeglasses are a fashion accessory. Some people rock ‘em…for no reason, actually. And hey, if that’s your thing, who am I to knock it? But seriously, if you’re going to spend money on non-prescription glasses, it could help if said glasses didn’t cost you an arm and a leg, am I right?

Zenni rocks because you can snag fashionable and gorgeous frames for affordable prices. The “nerd” look appears to be in style (which is crazy because when I was growing up, it definitely wasn’t a style…ha!) and Zenni has a nice selection of larger frames that will likely fit girls and guys of all face shapes.

I’ve managed to put 3 different frames in my cart and to my guys and girls that rock eyeglasses, riddle me this…do you stick with 1 pair of glasses or do you tend to switch it up a bit? I’m not able to do change my frames everyyyyyday, but I kinda like the idea of having a few bold frames and then 1 or 2 neutral and professional frames.

What say you?

Join Me For The #TIBeautyBash Twitter Party!

Prestige Cosmetics Twitter party

Hey girls, hey! It’s been a minute since I’ve hosted a Twitter party so when the brand Prestige Cosmetics asked me if I’d like to co-host one with OMG Artistry, I, of course said YES. Twitter parties are fun! Especially when the chance to win goodies are involved.

On Wednesday night at 7pm EST, us beauty lovers will be all be tweeting to get a sneak peek at the newest Total Intensity products by Prestige Cosmetics. Yours truly has already had a chance to play with these and ohmigoodness, girls…if you love vibrant and bright shades, you are going to LOVE these products.

BUT, in order to get a chance to WIN 1 of 5 door prizes, you must RSVP here. Seriously, do it now. Follow the hashtag #TIBeautyBash and we’ll see you there!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 118

Tree over lake

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 her favorite DIY beauty for eyes, lips and hair.

we heart this – wants to introduce you to a drugstore lip stain that is glossy, pigmented and all kinds of PERFECT.

Clumps of Mascara – has finally tried the brand Yes to Carrots. Not sure what took so long but now I’m in love and can’t stop bragging about their awesomeness !

EauMG – finally found a celebrity perfume to enjoy! Dita Von Teese EDP is a sultry floral over smoldering incense. And the packaging is fit for any glamour gal!

Gouldylox Reviews – What is the best DIY beauty hack? The Makeup Wars team compares their favorites. Which one is yours?

My Beauty Bunny – We’re so excited to announce the My Beauty Bunny Exfoliating Moisturizer is now on the virtual shelves! The cruelty-free lotion gently exfoliates and helps minimize fine lines, and works with all skin types.

Nouveau Cheap – What if I told you that there was a new drugstore liquid liner that could change your life? OK, maybe not your life, but it just might change your outlook on liquid liners (in a good way).

Prime Beauty – dreams of being a ballerina but for now she’ll settle for looking like one with the Lancôme French Ballerine Spring 2014 Collection!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I adore Honey from Honeygirl’s World. She covers beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I really like her tutorials and her recent Honey Bella Rosa tutorial combines gold and purple, two of my favorite shades.

Question of the Week:

In your opinion, what’s the most overrated beauty product of all time?

B says, “MAC’s lipsticks. They’re just…meh.”

What’s insanely overrated for you?

See you next week!

Let’s Talk About Everyone’s Favorite Subject…Birth Control!

This post is sponsored by Bedsider.Org  but all the opinions are all my own.

As I started to write this post, I was somewhat perplexed on how I wanted to approach the topic of birth control. I mean talking about birth control can be extremely awkward and uncomfortable. But it is something that needs to be discussed. As I reached the point of frustration, Beyoncé’s Grown Woman played on my iPhone and then I got all the inspiration I needed. Sex is a part of everyday life and sex is how you create life. If you are grown enough to be having sex, you should be grown enough to protect yourself.  The stats for unplanned pregnancies are way too high and if you aren’t ready for  littles ones, take the steps you need to in order to protect yourself. I can barely afford gas in my car so there is NOOOOO way I can afford kids right now.

What people do not know is there are so many methods of birth control and the information is literally at your fingertips. Bedsider.Org is your online headquarters for learning about birth control. Bedsider realizes that talking about birth control is a serious topic, but they make it lighthearted and informative.

The most information I got on birth control came from the movie Mean Girls.

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Of course I knew about the pill and condoms, but I had no idea what fertility awareness was or what and how a sponge worked. Bedsider.Org explains it all. Not only does the site go through each form of birth control, but they let you know how it works and the potential cost. You get to hear real testimonies from people who are using that particular method. I loved hearing the male point of view in the videos because sometimes we forget that birth control is something that both partners need to be aware of.  Another one of my favorite things about Bedsider.Org is that you can sign up for birth control reminders. If you are on the pill, shot, patch, or the ring, you can sign up to have daily, weekly, or monthly reminders to take your birth control. How awesome and convenient is that?

With Valentine’s Day in a few days, you may be planning to get hot and heavy with your loved one, boo, or the hot guy who bought you a drink at the bar, but before you do, make sure you take some time to go through Bedsider.Org  to find out which birth control method is right for YOU and YOUR body.

Make sure to you stop by the website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Stay Pretty, Positive, and Safe!

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.