Watch A Video and Donate To Save the Children

Mom and Baby

When Mother’s Day rolls around I always forget that I am a Mother, too. I am always so quick to start getting cards together for my Mother, Mother-in-Law and all of the motherly figures in Elle’s life. And of course I firmly believe that you don’t have to have given birth to be a Mother. I also think about those who have lost their Mothers (or children) or may not have strong relationships with with Mothers.

I am loving that for each view of #YoureDoingOKMom video thru Mother’s Day, Johnson’s Baby will give $1 to Save the Children up to $50,000. Pretty epic, huh?

And have you seen the video? Brace yourself…

I cried, of course. I get all weepy when it comes to babies but really somehow I hope Elle thinks like this. Many days I struggle being her mama and I hope that I’m doing the right things. She’s this amazing little being and I like to think that I have something to do with it. So maybe I am doing OK.

GLOSSYBOX April 2014 – Was it worth it?

Another month means another peek at a GLOSSYBOX. I’ve been reviewing these for quite sometime and somehow, it appears that GLOSSYBOX seems to be one of the few beauty subscription boxes that is still a truckin’. The hype has died down for many, but lé gloss is still giving us gorgeous pickings for a smooth $21/month. I received this sample box a week or so ago and as always, the goal is to make sure that the samples provided are worth at least $20 or so. Aaaaand that they give a nice range of products.

GLOSSYBOX USA April 2014

At first glance, nothing stood out to me which was a bit sad as I always look forward to the Ohh La La factor that I get from a GLOSSYBOX.


GLOSSYBOX Ciate

As always, we’ve got 5 samples and that includes the following:

GLOSSYBOX Ciate polish

A bottle of Ciaté London Paint Pot. I’ve heard of this brand but haven’t ever used any of their nail polishes. I do know that they are on the higher end side of things so it’s nice to try a different brand. They regularly retail at $15 a bottle. And the shimmery gold of a shade isn’t too bad either.

GLOSSYBOX Aqua Spa

I’ve never heard of the brand Aqua Spa but their Relax Body Crème is a nice and thick lotion that I found slathered nicely over my dry skin. The lavender scent is nice, but heavily fragranced for me. A 9oz bottle of this regularly retails for $8.

GLOSSYBOX Bellapierre Cosmetics

Helllooooo Bellápierre Cosmetics. Each subscriber got a tube of their Vanilla Pink SUPER Gloss (retails for $24.50) and the cinnamon-y shade, I guess, is a safe shade for everyone. A bit boring for my taste, but I do dig how long it lasts.

GLOSSYBOX Bellapierre Cosmetics on lips

It also goes nicely with a brown lip liner.

GLOSSYBOX LaSplash Cosmetics

LA Splash Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sealer/Base is also in the box and outside of getting it in a GLOSSYBOX, you can expect to pay $9 for it. I love a good eyeshadow base but I have never seen one as sheer as LA Splash’s. I can’t wait to see how this works.

GLOSSYBOX Caldrea

…and lastly there is Caldrea Body Wash. An 11oz bottle of this will run you $18. I am loving the travel sized version of their body wash and the scent seems to be subtle enough to keep headaches at bay.

Once again GLOSSYBOX has given us products than more than go over $20. We’ve got a little somethin’ in the skin, makeup and nails department and I’m actually okay with not seeing anything for hair. Because helloooo…those hair products never worked for my hair type anyway. Another score for GLOSSYBOX. Click here to subscribe. That is an affiliate link so if you click it and purchase, I get a few monies. Not enough to retire, but hey…it’s a lil’ somethin’ somethin’. :cool:

The Blogger with A Brand: A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

I seriously know the best people. I’m not even kidding. As if being a beauty blogger isn’t hard enough, I know a select few that have launched their own products. How freaking awesome is that? Add A Girl’s Gotta Spa! to the list.

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New to the market at only 3 months old, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products are really a great fit for those of us with skin types. Founder Shannon Smyth has developed such a fantastic formula of ingredients that are fitting for those of us with dry, normal and combination skin. The line currently provides an Energizing Citrus Body Wash ($31) and Energizing Citrus Body Lotion ($33). Both will arrive to you housed in 8 fl oz bottles and you can slather away knowing that you’re supporting a brand that truly cares about the ingredients in its products. And yeah, speaking of the ingredients, Shannon has kept it simple.

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In addition to being cruelty-free A Girl’s Gotta Spa products are also vegan and do not contain the following:

  • Sulfates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Petrochemicals

Of course I’m doing cartwheels because I am all for any brand that omits synthetic fragrances. What you’re left with are the healing and moisturizing properties from olive oil, shea buter and cocoa butter in the natural body lotion and a blast of citrusy notes from the body wash.

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I’ve got to get my hands on these and not only support my girl but to also pamper my skin without having to worry about the crazy chemicals that tend to make my skin go crazy. And what better way to gift a mama this Mother’s Day than with products that were MADE by a mama. C’mon…who doesn’t love the gift of luxury bath products?

Learn more about A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products here.

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 123

Beecology Honey & Lavender Soap

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! 

Pink Sith – wonders if you can smell that? What is it? It’s Spring, and she has 8 great recommendations for a Spring fragrance.

Prime Beauty – checks out the new Japonesque Color Cosmetics line. Does it live up to the fantastic reputation of the brush line? Find out!

Phyrra – shares her favorite coral and peach lip products! Find a new favorite to love.

we heart this – shows you the trippy packaging and gorgeous shades of the MAC Proenza Schouler collection (repeat after us: pro-EN-za SKOOL-er.)

Clumps of Mascara – adores butter LONDON. But how awesome (or not so awesome) are their products outside of nail polishes?

EauMG – have you tried the newest addition to the Thierry Mugler fragrance family? The new Alien has had a makeover and she’s looking great!

Gouldylox Reviews – I don’t think of myself as a warm or a cool person normally, but this warm Monarch palette from Kat Von D is one of my new favorites!

Lipglossiping – celebrates the discovery of a fabulous mineral foundation for those of us with a deathly-pale complexion!

My Beauty Bunny – Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies! My Beauty Bunny celebrated its 5 year anniversary with a day at the park with the Bunny World Foundation, and oh yea, lots of cute, fuzzy bunnies!

Nouveau Cheap – The new Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Bronzer & Blushes have landed and boy are they adorable!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Obsessed with high end makeup? Want lots of pictures and swatches? Yeah, you needs you some Ommorphia Beauty Bar! Eugenia, who writes the blog from Montreal, Quebec, always tempts me with products to lust after. For example, this week she is enticing me with YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush! Check it out…but keep your wallet out of sight!

 

Question of the Week:

What’s the last lip product you applied?

B says, “Jack Black Lip Balm. I’m always wearing that wonderful stuff.”

 

What about you, mama? What’s on your lippies?

See you next week!

For The Sweetest Smelling You…

Mother’s Day is coming up! Every time this holiday rolls around I always forget that now I’m a Mother, too. I instantly get in “What should I get my Mom?” mode. Pretty sweet of me, huh? Grandma Clumps is big on scents and so I’m thinking that maybe I should get her some fragrances this year. The Love2Love fragrance line recently hit Walmart stories nationwide and while I haven’t sniffed these fragrances just yet, something tells me they will be woooonderful.

Love2Love

The brand has launched 4 blended scents including the following:

  • Freesia Violet Petal 
  • Orange Blossom White Musk
  • Fresh Rose Peach
  • Jasmine Sparkling Mimosa

You gotta love the diversity in the scents. From floral to citrusy and woodsy, there are notes to suit everyone and I think I have an idea of which one my Mom would go for.

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She’d be all over the Freesia Violet Petal since she loves the color purple and appreciates floral fragrances. These are reasonably priced at $9.98 (for 3.4 oz) and $6.98 (240ml) and something tells me that they would go pretty quickly. Your best bet? Head to your local Walmart to scoop up a bottle or two for the Mother or the Mother figure in your life. Or if you’d rather get something for yourself, I’m thinking these scents are perfect for Spring.

If you’re feelin’ lucky, visit Walmart.com and design your dream date for a chance to win a Hawaiian vacation. Share the date across your your favorite social media channels with family members and friends by using the hashtag #love2lovewalmart. Sounds easy enough, right? You can’t win if you don’t try! Oh, and enter NOW for a chance to WIN one of the many fabulous gift cards by clicking HERE.

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Good luck and here’s to smellin’ like Spring!

 

This post was brought to you by BeautyStat.com.

Color Secrets Professional goodies

Emerald Green and Fuschia Pink

I recently received some Color Secrets Professional products and I have to say…I really like them.

Color Secrets polishes

Color Secrets Polishes are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and Big 3 Free. They have a great shine quality to them so if you do not have time to put on a top coat these are perfect for you. There will be 144 colors available for you to love and purchase for only $3.99 a pop.

Color Secrets lipglosses

When it comes to lipgloss I am as boring as you could get. I stick with the clears  and maybe a light shimmer. The shades didn’t have colors on them, but I loved them all! The pink adds a great pop of color that will brighten up any outfit and the shimmer has a subtle sexiness that highlights your lips. I carry these two with me everywhere. They are a tad sticky for my taste but still perfect.

Color Secrets mascara

Mascara is one of my favorite beauty products and something I will not leave the house with. I love mascara so much that I have a emergency tube in my car just in case I forget to put it on at home. Color Secrets Professional Rich Jewels Color Mascara is a lot of fun and something you will definitely want to purchase. I used the Fuchsia Pink and Emerald Green and I love it. It is not something that you would wear to work or during an interview, but it something fun to add when you are going out on the town. As much as I loved it, it is not the greatest lengthening mascara. My suggestion is put on your favorite mascara first to get your length and then put on the color mascara to get your color and length. The rich jewel mascara comes in 6 hues and they are only $3.99 each.

Eggplant and Emerald Green

Along with the colorful mascara Color Secrets has rich jewel gel eyeliner which is gorgeous. I am just now learning how to use gel eyeliner and I love how smooth and easy this is. At a price of $5.99 this might turn into my go to gel eye-liner.

Color Secrets Professional products are available at select Walgreens locations and available online .

 

Do you see yourself using Color Secrets Professional products?

Beds for Adults…and for Adults Whose Kids Have Moved Out

This post is brought to you by the very cool brand FRETTE and if you didn’t know that bedding could be so beautiful, then honey…you live with a toddler. Welcome to my world. The world of “What’s that spot?”s and “Why shouldn’t I change the baby on the bed again?”-type questions. Pre-baby I took so much pride in my linen and bedding. I was serious, y’all. I had a whole little system down. And now I have this…

Bed sheets

Between pregnancy nausea and exhaustion, I got lazy. This is where FRETTE comes in. The luxury bedding site has stunning prints that will easily have your guests trying to swipe your sheets after they come for a visit. So long “I purchased these in college” sheets. These sheets and comforters are all kinds of grown up. They are sexy and stunning and gorgeous and okay, well yeah…somewhat expensive, too!

I did say luxury, girlfriend. But, I’ll tell you what…in about 25 years when my child raising days are over (right? kinda? hopefully?), I will definitely be investing in FRETTE’s Hotel Classic collection.

FRETTE bedding

There’s always something refreshing and comforting about crisp white sheets and I’ve always wanted to own a stunning white duvet in my bedroom. Probably not a good idea at this time in my life but just you wait…I’ll get there. And for us beauty lovers, FRETTE is giving us the chance to purchase lovely towels and bathroom essentials since many of us spend our lives in there anyway.

FRETTE bath

Makes sense. I’ve always been a fan of lighter towels and wash cloths too because I can always get an idea if I’ve removed everything. Does that make me weird? Probably. Oh well.

 Do you feel the need to invest in high-quality and fancy bedding and towels? Or is it just me?

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 122

Iron Girl medal

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! 

My Beauty Bunny – Add a little more beauty to life with goodies found in the aisles of Target! Check out our review of the skin-saving It’s a Beautiful Life kit from Pacifica.

Nouveau Cheap – What if I told you that there’s an adorable little drugstore palette that can be used for face AND eyes (seriously, it works for both) with lovely, wearable shadows that resemble shades from higher-end brands? It’s true and it’s right here.

Prime Beauty – tests out her hypnotic powers with Lancome’s Hypnotic Eyes Collection. Are you getting sleepy yet?

we heart this – want to know the easiest way to tightline? Win this giveaway and you’ll find out soon enough!

Clumps of Mascara – loves COVERGIRL but this mascara is just, well..they should probably go back to the drawing board.

EauMG – From spring break to April showers, update your spring fragrance wardrobe with any of these perfumes featured in Victoria’s Spring 2014 Perfume Picks.

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s finally warm, so it’s time to switch up your colors! Makeup Wars tackled the fine art of choosing the best blush for spring and summer. Is your favorite on the list?

Lipglossiping – appreciates a pretty posey when she sees one and the new Clinique Cheek Pop blushers feature some of the prettiest around!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – Hollywood red carpet host Jessica Carroll has relaunched her fun fashion and beauty site DressJessXO. Not only is she sweet as pie, she always has amazing tips gleaned from celebs. Here, she shows us how to Rid Yourself of Dark Circles in just 3 steps!

Question of the Week:

Do you have a “signature” scent? If so, what is it?

B says, “I don’t have one. Just about everything that I wear is fragrance-free. Exciting, huh?”

 

What about you? Do you have a signature scent?

See you next week!