Makeup Wars: Brand Wars

Weeee, it’s time for another Makeup Wars! This go ’round we’re sharing our love for our favorite brands. Well, at least one of our favorite brands. Each girl picked a brand and we’re showcasing our favorites from that brand. Guess which brand I picked…?

Tarte Cosmetics

Yes. Yessssssss. I love me some Tarte. A few weeks back I did a post on 5 Reasons Why Tarte Rocks and if that didn’t show hard I fangirl for that brand, I don’t know what will. I could easily be an ambassador for them because I love everything that they stand for. And it’s very rare that I run into a Tarte product that I don’t like.

Tarte Lights Camera Flashes

I do wish that they had more of a wide range of products for various skin tones. I love you more than gluten-free bread, Tarte but c’mon, y’all. It’s 2013 and there are soooooo many beauty lovers of all kinds of shades. You should be catering to us all.

Tarte BB Cream

But change takes times and I’m hoping in the next few years we’ll be seeing darker foundations shades from them. And while I know Tarte is on the more expensive side of things, I can appreciate how they are regularly on QVC. Their QVC-exclusive collections give you more bang for your buck and you can pay spread your payments out a bit more.

Tarte QVC

It’s hard for a beauty blogger to pick one favorite brand but Tarte really embodies everything that I love from their natural approach, beautiful packaging and fragrance-free products. Hey Tarte, are you listening?! I guarantee you, if you add some dark skinned beauties modeling your products, you’ll appeal to a whole new demographic. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard “Well, I didn’t think Tarte was for me because I’ve never seen anyone as dark as me wearing their products.”

Tarte Wild lipstick

Well, now you have, brown girls…now you have. Go Tarte go!

Check out the other brands that my Makeup Wars sisters picked…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 107

Clinique All About Shadow

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 – No tricks and all treats from LUSH this year! We’ve got a look at their adorable and limited edition Creatures of the Baaaath! Halloween Bath Bombs.

Nouveau Cheap – My new Holy Grail top coat retails for a whopping $1.99 (but that’s not the only reason why I love it!).

Pink Sith – has found a product that prevents makeup meltdown! It’s the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Sealer Spray!

Prime Beauty – Prime Beauty was constantly whining about her thin, fine hair until she discovered these 8 Products for BIG hair!

Phyrra – bring joy this Holiday with the Too Faced Be Merry & Bright Set!

we heart this – report from the Halloween party of the year; the MAC Rick Baker Monster Mash (and show swatches of the collection.)

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber reviews one of the best palettes for holiday 2013, Too Faced’s “A Few of my Favorite Things”. Trust me, take a look!

Chalkboard Nails – Would you ever rock leopard print eye makeup? I’ve got two stylized eye looks with matching nail art (of course!).

Clumps of Mascara – Clinique has been releasing some pretty awesome products. I ran into 5 products that I am just totally in love with.

EauMG – completes your Halloween costume with these fragrance suggestions for popular women’s and men’s costumes.

Gouldylox Reviews – This powder foundation made a believer out of me.

 

Question of the Week:

If you weren’t blogging about beauty,
what would you be blogging about?

B says, “I’d probably have a lifestyle blog which would include parenting, the married life, and the random (sometimes f’d up) things that happen in my life.”

Would you read my lifestyle blog?
See you next week!

5 of Clinique’s Newest (And Awesome) Products

Clinique has been launching new product after new product and I am finally sharing them with you lovely people! I received these items to review and as usual, Clinique is just totally impressing me. They really can’t do any wrong when it comes to skincare products but I am just so excited to see how far they’ve come in the cosmetic world too. Check out some of their most recent launches…

Clinique Happy Hearts Fund

Clinique is continuing their partnership with the Happy Hearts Fund and this year we are getting some pretty packaging to go along with the cause. The Happy Hearts Fund helps is on a mission to help families and neighborhoods rebuild their homes and schools after natural disasters have hit. Clinique helped Happy Hearts Fund rebuild a computer center in Staten Island, New York after Hurricane Sandy and the love doesn’t stop.

Happy Hearts Fund

These limited edition items are decked out in orange and pink hearts and I am just loving the whimsical feel of the packaging. Lovers of the Clinique Happy fragrance ($37) will adore this pretty bottle.

Clinique Happy fragrance

My nail polish lovers will also love how pretty the Happy Heart bottle is ($12.50).

Clinique Happy Heart nail polish

And if you’re down for showing the love in a bolder way, a t-shirt with the mantra “Make Someone Happy” ($16) is the way to go. Proceeds from each purchase go towards the Happy Hearts Fund.

Happy Hearts Fund t-shirt

Quickliner for Eyes Intense ($16)

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense liners

I’ve never described any of Clinique’s eye products as intense, but honey, these liners are ah-mazing! These retractable and creamy pencils are just as fabulous as the original Quickliner pencils except there is more depth and POW in terms of color payoff. My favorites….

Quickliner for Eyes Intense swatches
(l-r Intense Amethyst, Intense Peacock, Intense Peacock, Intense Cobalt, Intense Peridot)

Fascinating, aren’t they? That Intense Amethyst is giving me life and I love that these work beautifully on the waterline and on the lower lashline. They really DON’T BUDGE and are perfect for all day wear.

Superprimer Face Primers ($27)

Clinique Superprimer Face Primers

Primers are such a personal thing. For every makeup lover or makeup artist that you run across that doesn’t use them, you’ll find more that swear by them. Clinique has given us primer lovers options when it comes having a smooth and fresh base. I think this is fantastic idea!

I don’t generally wear primers (mainly because it’s an added step that I’m too lazy to do…ha!) but if I’m going to use one, I’m all for wearing one that works with my complexion. Like the one that targets dullness in deeper skins. Also in the line-up:

-Universal Face Primer
-The Primer for Dullness
-The Primer for Redness
-The Primer for Sallowness
-The Primer for Discolorations

All About Shadow Quads ($28) and Singles ($15)

Clinique All About Shadow

I’ve always overpassed Clinique’s eye shadows because I’ve found some of their other products to be more captivating but um, wow…the color payoff of these shadows totally surprised me! Take this On Safari palette for example…

Clinique All About Shadow Quads swatches

Each shade contains a bit of golden shimmer but they aren’t as frosty as I expected. I don’t usually purchase single eye shadows but if you were to, Purple Pumps would definitely have my eye.

Clinique Purple Pumps

It’s not the most intense matte eye shadow that I’ve ever come across but still, Clinique gets lots of love from me for going out of the box with these gorgeous shades.

Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes ($17)

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

If extra vibrancy is what you’re looking for when applying eye shadow, I think these will be right up your alley. I adore Clinique’s “Chubby” line of products and these cutesy shadow sticks are really just like applying eye shadow. Except waaaay more convenient. They’re perfect for travel and quick fixes. They didn’t last long on my oily lids so I definitely recommend wearing them with a primer underneath.

Get these Clinique products at your favorite Clinique counter or at Clinique.com!

Just In Time For The Holidays! Reverse Wishlists from pickURgift.

This post is brought to you by pickURgift.com. The holidays are rollin’ over again and I for one am not looking forward to shopping for people. Yeah, I know. That sounds awful, doesn’t it? It’s not that I don’t like gifting folx with gifts but the whole shopping and “trying to figure out what they want” thing is just beyond frustrating. If I’m going to spend my hard earned money on a gift for someone, I want it to be a gift that they’ll actually like. Not just a random something that they’ll turn around and regift to someone else.

pickURgift
Mmmm, what lippy should I buy?

Don’t act like you haven’t done it. :wink:

Enter  Pick UR Gift . This newly launched site takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what to buy people. You’re familiar with wishlists, aren’t you? The concept is simple. You make a list of things that you one day hope to buy. Pick UR Gift is a reverse gift list service that allows YOU (the gifter) to create lists of items that you think someone you’d like to buy a gift for (the giftee) and then send that list to the giftee. The giftee then takes a look at the list and picks what they like! And if for whatever reason they aren’t a fan of anything that you’ve picked or want to leave you additional information, they can leave comments on their gift page. Sounds cool, huh? Especially for us beauty lovin’ folks. It’s so incredibly hard to shop for us because we tend to gift ourselves with the things that we want year round. But Pick UR Gift works because it’ll ensure that whatever gift your giftee selects, it’s a gift that you know they really want. Similarly like a registry.

Scenario:

My Mom is an insane hobbyist. She’s into so many things and I never know what to buy her. I know what kinds of things she likes though. So I create a list of “potential gifts” for her. This is the fun part. After adding the UR button (which is safe and requires no downloading) to my toolbar, I can literally go to any website, find an item I think she may like and add it to her list.

Pick UR Gift

After I’ve added enough items, I can email the page to her, wait until she picks a gift (or gifts) and then boom…hassle-free gift giving.

The Pro’s:

-The website is super easy to navigate and it is very user-friendly.
-The toolbar doesn’t require any downloading. It also works beautifully in any browser.
-Pick UR Gift works on virtually any website including Amazon.com.
-Reverse wishlists are better than registries because the “Gift Pages” will never expire. Baby and wedding registries tend to expire after the birth of the baby and after the date of the wedding.
-It’s free for all parties involved!

The Con’s:

-If you’re one for surprising, the reverse wishlist may remove some element of surprise. Chances are the giftee will have some idea of what you “plan” on getting them.
-Giftees will have to register for an account on pickURgift.com. This may annoy some people.

 

All in all? A very cool website! I’ve already created wishlists for my Mom and husband. I may do some for my sisters but something tells me a shopping spree in my beauty room is what will truly make them happy. Ha!

What do you think? Do you think you’d get some use out of pickURgift.com?

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was paid to write this post but all thoughts and experiences are my own.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 106

Cult Nails Wack Slacks

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!

Gouldylox Reviews – Get great hair the lazy way. Sleep on it!

My Beauty Bunny – It’s NEVER too early for holiday collections! Check out three of Too Faced’s Holiday Sets (they’re ah-mazing) and add them to the top of your gift list.

Nouveau Cheap – Sinful Colors has just released the mother of all holiday collections with a whopping 26 new shades.

Prime Beauty – declares that every woman from 16 to 60 needs a PINCH Minimergency kit! Be prepared for a wardrobe malfunction, nervous armpits or a frizzy hair mishap all in a teeny tiny kit that fits in your bag.

Phyrra – shares the Best Ways to Use e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set!

we heart this – shares a tale of a preteen search for a “signature scent” (which begins with Reader’s Digest and ends with liberal dousing.)

Beauty Junkies Unite – Have a spooktacular Halloween with these great looks from the MAC Rick Baker Halloween Collection!

Chalkboard Nails – Embrace your punk side with this distressed neon nail art. You won’t believe how easy it is!

Clumps of Mascara – In love with green smoothies? Okay, yeah…me too. But what about green juices? I’ve been sippin’ on some and can’t get enough of ‘em. Talk about beauty from the inside and out…

EauMG – pairs popular women’s A/W ‘13 fashion trends with perfume. From camo to punk plaid, EauMG has it covered! This type of post only happens twice a year, so go check it out!

 

Question of the Week:

What are your favorite perfumes to wear in the fall?

B says, “I’m a perfume-free girl due to those pesky migraines.”

What fragrances are you looking at this Fall?

 

See you next week!

About Time: A Film About Living In The Moment

This post is brought to you by POPSUGAR and it’s all about time. You know, that thing that runs out too quickly and you never seem to have enough of it? Yeah…THAT time. A few weeks ago, POPSUGAR sent Esposo to see the movie About Time. Unfortunately I couldn’t join him because I had the pleasure of watching our darling child sleep. And we’re just not the kind of parents that will take their younger kids to movies. Yeah no.

About Time

So he went and came home raving about the film. About Time is about a man who has the gift of being able to go back and relive any moment in his life. Crazy, awesome gift ,right? Or is it? Without giving too much away, it turns out that instead of making every moment even better than before, he ends up realizing that life is okay even if it isn’t…perfect.

The whole  concept reminds me of a time I had to host a party. I was beyond excited about getting a good 20 of my friends together at at nice little place in downtown Orlando. I had the snacks, the goodie bags and was looking forward to spending some much needed gal pal time. A few hours before I was getting ready to leave Esposo had gotten a call from a company and he HAD to go work. We don’t have family in town and Elle’s sitter only works during the week so since he couldn’t watch Elle, I had to take her with me. And so I did it. I strapped my 5-month old to my back and hosted that party. I was so nervous about it but she slept during most of the party and I left feeling so so confident. So yeah, things didn’t go as planned but somehow everything worked out.

Just like in About Time. I’m guessing that sometimes, things are supposed to happen the way they are supposed to happen. Thankfully we can’t go back and change them because we’d end up in quite the mess, huh? I can’t wait to see About Time in theaters. It comes out nationwide on November 8, 2013 and I’ve already made a date with one of my girls to go and see it.

Movie lovers, I’m thinking this comedy would be a great movie to see with that someone special, with friends or solo.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.

AVEENO Baby collection giveaway!

Yo. It’s gettin’ cooler ’round these parts. By the way, I was never one to say “Yo”. I clearly watch way too much Breaking Bad. Best show everrrr! And when it comes to Elle’s skincare, AVEENO Baby has been rocking our world. The brand sent me some of their products and we’ve loved them so much that we’ve already gone and re-purchased some things.

Aveeno Baby skincare

Remember how bummed out I was about Elle and her eczema-ridden skin? I was breaking my neck trying to find a product that could not only alleviate her flare ups but prevent them from happening. Since she still drinks breast milk I decided to go gluten-free for 2 weeks and lo and behold, her skin cleared up. I’ve been on a gluten-free (and dairy-free diet) for almost 3 months and so far so good. Elle’s skin is flourishing. Every now and then she’ll appear with some dry patches and that’s when I like to use these AVEENO Baby products.

I used to be all “natural skincare ONLY!” but when your baby is clawing at her itchy skin to the point that she begins bleeding, you’ll try anything. Coconut oil and shea butter just wasn’t cutting it. I find that the AVEENO Baby products are mild enough to be used daily and Elle’s skin seems to feel better when I used them. Like the Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash…

Aveeno Baby Calming Wash

Baby girl doesn’t get baths daily (they’re too drying for her) but when she suds up, this creamy wash rocks. I love massaging it on her drier areas. The Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream is my favorite though…

Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy

We use this daily and it’s the only product that not only makes her skin FEEL better but it lasts throughout the day. We ran out of this stuff and ended up buying more.

Are you a mama that has a baby with dry skin? Or are you a mama to be? Or do you know a mama who could get some use out of these? I’m giving away the full AVEENO & AVEENO Baby Eczema Therapy collection.

Good luuuuck!

 

(congrats to our lucky winner – Patricia in Connecticut!)

Visiting Orlando? Experience the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa!

It was a dreary day when I pulled up to Reflections Spa-Salon at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. I was ready for a serious morning of pampering and I wasn’t let down. I was offered the opportunity to visit this spa and the timing could not have been more perfect. Yours truly has officially started working out again (yay but ouch!) and my body was torn to shreds. I was in desperate need of some help and I was beyond elated with what awaited me at Refections.

Reflections bath

First of all, location, location, location! The spa is nestled nicely in the touristy part of Orlando so if you think you’ll be visiting the area soon, you’ll be happy to know that chances are you won’t be too far from this spa.

Every spa that I visit has a theme and Reflections is no different. This spa’s treatments are “inspired by the powers of the ocean and healing elements of the sea”. You totally get that the second you walk into the lobby.

Reflections Lobby

A gorgeous aquarium of bright colored fish are in the center of the room and the lounging sofas somehow curve into your body. Sweet beverages are at your service you have the opportunity of really relaxing before your treatments start.

I had a tropical hot stone massage and a manicure and pedicure and both services were wonderful. Service is everything at a spa and I don’t care how fantastic a spa claims to be; if the staff isn’t accommodating, the whole experience can be a downer. From the moment I walked in until the moment I left, I felt like the staff genuinely cared. Before each service began, questions were asked to make sure that I was comfortable.

Reflections manicure

And of course the answer was always yes, because who isn’t comfortable when they have warm rocks being massaged into their skin? A girl can certainly get used to this. Seriously. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, I hear their sugar scrub is absolutely divine.

For more information about Reflections Spa-Salon, visit their website. And if you’re thinking about coming to the Orlando area (which you totally should since the weather is divine!), staySky.com hotels and resorts are absolutely fabulous. Each resort has gorgeous amenities for the entire family.

 

Disclosure: I was treated to these spa services at no charge. I was not obligated to write this review, but why wouldn’t I? I mean, honestlyyyy…..