The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 105

Beautifully Disney nail polishes

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 of “highs and lows”. Aftelier Oud Luban is a natural perfume that lacks middle notes.

Gouldylox Reviews – This foundation rivals anything at Sephora.

My Beauty Bunny – Cleansers, and toners, and masks, oh my! Win them and a whole lot more in our HUGE Andalou Naturals Giveaway!

Nouveau Cheap – The newest ChapStick lip balm feels like a million bucks on the lips, but does it deliver on its promise of “8 hours of moisture”?

Prime Beauty – turns to SENNA Cosmetics Fall 2013 Neo-Copper Collection for her quintessential fall makeup look with warm metallic tones of bronze and copper.

Phyrra – Before you buy another makeup brush, you need to see Phyrra’s review on the Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes from Beautylish!

we heart this – Vintage lovers and modern fashionistas agree, the MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks offers the best of both worlds. We’ve got swatches of all eight lipsticks – check them out!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Find your perfect red with Jouer’s new fall collection, Perfect Red!

Chalkboard Nails – tries on the Contrary Polish No Place Like Home collection, a perfect fall palette of shimmer-packed nail polishes.

Clumps of Mascara – Disney lovers, brace yourself for this one. Disney has launched a chic and sophisticated makeup line for big kids. Beautifully Disney is simply amazing!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – Natalie of Another Perfume Blog shares her thoughts and impressions of Estee Lauder Modern Muse EDP (“Estee Lauder’s first major perfume launch since 2003”) and the brand’s perfume legacy.

 

Question of the Week:

Name your top three go-to makeup brushes.

B says, “I need a good powder brush, a kabuki and a fluffy eye shadow brush. I’m pretty low maintenance in the brush department.”

What are your faves?

 

See you next week!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 104

OPI Dining Al Frisco

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 – As if you needed any other reason to love Tarte, I have so graciously given you 5 Reasons Why Tarte Rocks. Tell your wallet “I’m sorry”.

EauMG – A name like “Hedonist” is a lot to live up to when you’re selling to card carrying pleasure-seekers, but EauMG thinks that Viktoria Minya Hedonist perfume lives up to its name! Rum, peaches, white florals and vanilla tobacco…indulgent.

Gouldylox Reviews – Looking for the perfect red? I’ve picked my favorites from pricey stores to drugstores. Which is your favorite?

My Beauty Bunny – has partnered with Wantable for a fantastic giveaway worth close to $600! Click here to enter to win a Stella McCartney Noemi Jungle Print Tote filled with cruelty free makeup from Au Naturale, Lavera, Brazen and more!

Nouveau Cheap – Nail polish that comes in little “vintage perfume bottles” and smells of red wine and Italian leather? Yes and yes. Come check out my review of four of the new Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Lacquers.

Pink Sith – is all aglow because of her new favorite facial scrub and cleanser from Suki.

Prime Beauty – Can an *ahem* older woman still give off a hip vibe? This old lady can with the Urban Decay Shattered Face Case! Take a look.

Phyrra – shares the best ways to organize your beauty stash! You’ll be surprised by some of the options!

we heart this – discovers a $3 eye liner that rivals brands 6 times its price. Click to see who makes it!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber reviews and swatches one of Urban Decay’s gift sets for the holidays, the Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil collection.

Chalkboard Nails – Big Brother is watching you in this eye pattern nail art inspired by George Orwell’s 1984.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – Annelise of Aunie Sauce is such an amazingly wonderful spirit. We first met when she emailed me about her struggle with trichotillomania and I’ve been following her journey through life, love, beauty, fashion and fitness ever since.

Question of the Week:

What are some of your favorite hand creams for
the fall and winter months?

B says, “L’Occitane has great hand lotions. And they aren’t super fragranced either! “

Do you have any hand lotions that you love?

 

See you next week!

5 Reasons Why Tarte Rocks

*This post includes a paid link.



“What’s the type behind Tarte Cosmetics, B?” I get asked this alllll the time. Mainly because I feel like some brand ambassador for Tarte. I am always bragging about one of their products and claiming how I just can’t get enough. And it’s true. If I had to pick a brand that embodied everything awesome and then some, it would be Tarte. And here’s why…

They have the best packaging!  

Every time Tarte releases something new, I am blown away at how beautiful the packaging is. They use actual bamboo and sustainable items and every product just feels very REAL in your hand. The use of natural products goes with the natural concept and it’s as if the brand really puts a lot of thought behind how a product looks from the inside and out.

They have brown girl friendly cosmetics. Kinda.

Okay, so they don’t have an enormous amount of darker concealers and foundations but they have a good selection and this is HUGE for a natural cosmetic brand. Many brands seem to exclude the fact that we live in a multi-ethnic world and so beauty lovers of a darker hue are often left out when it comes to shade selection. I am happy to see that Tarte caters to women and men of all complexions. Kinda.

Their holiday sets are just fabulous.

You’ve seen their holiday sets, haven’t you? They are mind blowing! Even if I already own the products, I still make it my business to purchase at least one of the sets. Again, it’s just the packaging that sells me. Tarte has this really nifty way of making you feel like they’ve created an entirely new product just because of how gorgeous the holiday sets are.

They really are fragrance-free.

I’ve come across so many brands that claim to be fragrance-free but yet their lipsticks or glosses have just a faint vanilla-y smell. Tarte really is a fragrance-free brand and this totally speaks to my can’t wear fragrances because they’ll trigger a migraine soul. If Tarte ever decided to toss fragrances in their products, I know they’d pick natural fragrances and not any of that synthetic stuff.

Maracuja oil is everything.

Yeah, I know Tarte didn’t invent maracuja oil but they brought my attention to it and I can’t thank them enough for it. I’m an oil lovin’ girl and I just don’t know where I would be without that magical serum. I have never come across a more perfect all-purpose oil.

Any other Tarte lovers out there?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 103

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara wand

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!

Chalkboard Nails – Disney fans will recognize the Titans in this Hercules nail art — thankfully, Zeus has let me borrow his thunderbolts to keep them in check!

Clumps of Mascara – changed her hair. Yes again! Check out what she did.

EauMG – This perfume sets the scene for a Lovecraft tale. Here’s a deep patchouli scent by Roxana Illuminated Perfumes.

Gouldylox Reviews – Want waves that last through sleep and a trip to the gym? This mineral totally worked for me

Lipglossiping – washes away the day’s grime with a look at what are (probably) the most expensive face wipes in the world…

My Beauty Bunny – is gearing up for the BeWell Beauty and Wellness Expo coming to Pasadena this October. Want to win tickets and a swag bag worth $300? Of course you do. Stop on by and enter!

Nouveau Cheap – I rarely declare something a new “Holy Grail” product, but in the case of this facial cleanser, it’s so good that I haven’t wanted to reach for something else in months.

Pink Sith – thinks raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens is cool and all, but she would rather tell you about her Favorite Oils for face, hair, nails and body.

Prime Beauty – and other top beauty bloggers give you a peak at what’s in their purses!

Phyrra – tells you how to get sublime skin with Cover FX CC Cream Time Release Tinted Treatment SPF 30!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Check out the review & swatches for new Breast Cancer Awareness collection from OPI, Pink of Hearts 2013!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Chalkboard Nails – Nail Polish Society shows us her sweet-yet-tough manicure, complete with glitter that has been hand placed in the shape of a skull and crossbones!

Question of the Week:

Do you switch up your skincare routine with the
change of the seasons? How are you preparing for the cooler weather?

B says, “Not really. After all, I am in Florida. I won’t really change up my routine until winter. “

What about you? Have you started switching up your routine yet?

 

See you next week!

Enter for a chance to win $250 and All 6 Flavors of Stur!

My beauty bloggin’ girls and I are joining together to bring about an awesome giveaway. Mainly because there’s cash involved and who doesn’t need cash these days? Am I right? Check this out…

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You’ve heard of Stur, haven’t you? It’s this natural stevia liquid water enhancer. It’s pretty groovy because it has 0 grams of sugar, 0 calories, and 7 essential vitamins. It comes in a ton of yummy flavors and if helps get that water intake in because Stur helps people naturally drink more water. I haven’t tried it yet but my girls are raving over it like it’s the next best thing.

More Stur features…

▪ Lightly sweetened with stevia leaf extract
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▪ Vegan
▪ 7 essential vitamins – A, D, E, B3, B5, B6, B12
▪ Add to water, soda water and even cocktails!
▪ Portable – great for travel

Price:
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Wanna win ALL six flavors of Stur AND $250? Well, of course you do. Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 102

OCC Lip Tars

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!

Chalkboard Nails – This hand placed glitter nail art answers important questions like, “What would a mermaid look like if she was going out clubbing?”

Clumps of Mascara – In honor of Skin Care Awareness Month, I’m giving away a $150 Whole Foods gift card. The lucky winner will be able to load up on skin healthy fruits and veggies!

EauMG – shares her perfume picks for autumn 2013. From hayrides to date night, Victoria has a perfume suggestion for you!

Gouldylox Reviews – Hey Now!  I joined the Stern Universe for one morning and got the chance to ask the beautiful Lisa G how she does it.

Lipglossiping – gets technical and puts Guerlain’s latest foundation to the test, soon discovering that this scientifically-advanced base is the one testing her!

My Beauty Bunny – Blow outs go to the dogs! I had a doggy spa day thanks to the Metro Air Force Commander, a compact dog drying/grooming tool all spoiled pooches must have!

Nouveau Cheap – The Walgreens-exclusive Disney Villains Collections have landed, and one of my favorites is the e.l.f. Maleficent Look Book. Your inner villain won’t be disappointed.

Pink Sith – asks if you are doing serious damage to your hair with your flat iron. She has 5 Helpful Flat Ironing Tips for you to look your best!

Prime Beauty – takes a look at Lancôme’s the Absolu Désir Collection for Fall 2013 and it’s trés magnifique!

Phyrra – shares her most favorite cruelty free beauty products! From hair to skincare, makeup and more!

we heart this – discovers multiple levels of nude perfection, courtesy of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos.

Question of the Week:

Fall is here! What makeup items are you adding to your stash to celebrate the season?

B says, “Vampy nail polish. I must hoard them all!”

What about you? What makeup goodies are going to be a part of your Fall beauty routine?

 

See you next week!

EBONY.com is looking for the new COVERGIRL!

COVERGIRL Fabulous Beauty Makeover Contest

Hey girls! Ohmigoodness…how’s this for something different? EBONY.com and COVERGIRL are hosting the “Fabulous Beauty” contest. It’s a sweet contest because the lucky winner will score an all expense paid trip for 2 to New York City, a COVERGIRL makeover and an exclusive photo/video shoot for EBONY magazine! It’s taking everything in me to not apply.

Or maybe I willl…

The good news is applying is easy. Interested gals must simply tell how they rock their COVERGIRL beauty and what they love about themselves. Entrants must also submit a headshot and tell, in 250 words or less, ‘How does beauty empower you?’

Extra Deets….

1. One entry per person.

2. Complete entries must be submitted by 11:59PM CST on September 25, 2013.

3. Winners will be notified on September 28, 2013.

4. NYC trip and photo/video shoot occur on October 4-6, 2013.

 

Not up your alley? Pass it along to the beautiful lady in your life and have her enter here.