The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 97

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 – They say living well is the best revenge – and your nails will be living in style when painted with a polish from NCLA’s Sweet Revenge Collection. Come take a peek!

Nouveau Cheap – Drugstore polishes that look like Vintage Leather on the nail? Yep, and they’re from Maybelline!

Pink Sith – Needs more nail polish like a squirrel needs a can opener, but that didn’t stop her from picking up the latest Urban Decay Nail Polishes in Addiction and Vice.

Prime Beauty – was gobsmacked when she had the opportunity to have her hair styled by big-time British celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill. Mark has crossed the pond and launched his salon professional line in Walgreen’s!

Phyrra – shares the best CC Cream with you; It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC Cream. And it comes in 5 shades!

Vampy Varnish – shows you the latest and greatest Zoya collection called Cashmeres and Satins for fall 2013.

we heart this – loved the Benefit The Rich is Back palette at $34, but did you know it was just marked down to $24? It’s a beautiful deal!

Beauty Junkies Unite – See which lippies were hits, and those that were misses in the new MAC So Supreme Lipcolor Collection!

Clumps of Mascara – is hosting a giveaway where you could possibly win a $125 Visa gift card. Sounds pretty groovy, huh?

EauMG – is kicking it old-school with this review of an iconic 1980’s fragrance, Jessica McClintock.

Gouldylox Reviews – Want to make your eyes pop? Try this new mascara from Make Up For Ever!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – We are constantly in awe of the tips, tricks and tutorials shared by the lovely Christina at Hair Romance. Like this Easy Braided Updo; the perfect solution for any bad hair day!

 

Question of the Week:

Have you ever had your makeup done by a professional
makeup artist? If so, tell us a bit about the experience(s).

B says, “I have! Although not recently. I’m usually not very satisfied when makeup artists do my face. Except that one time Tia Dantzler did my face. She did an amazing job.”

Have you ever gotten your face beat by a MUA?

 

See you next week!

The iPad case for cool kids: The Snugg

Once upon a time I used to scoff at the iPad. I thought it was nothing more than an oversized and overpriced iPhone. And then I got my hands on one. And fell in love. The end. I adore everything about my iPad and getting the opportunity to review The Snugg iPad case has me lovin’ it even more.

The Snugg iPad case

You’ve heard of the Snugg, haven’t you? This popular iPad case  performs beautifully. And it’s not just me sayin’ this. Check out their Amazon reviews. But first things first. Let’s go into the features of this case.

Snugg review

-Cost: $34
-Versatile flip stand with two positions.
-Comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.
-Case is made from soft PU leather and is lined with velvety nubuck.
-Includes a convenient loop for stylus pen.
-The cover automatically switches the iPad screen on and off thanks to the in-built Sleep and Wake function on the iPad. When the cover is closed, your iPad will go into sleep move, saving your battery.

That last function is my favorite! I remember when Apple first released their iPad case cover that did the same thing and that pretty much sold me on wanting to purchase an iPad. I hated how that case didn’t cover the entire iPad though. This is why the Snugg rocks.

When it’s closed…

closed iPad

…and when you open it…

Open iPad

Pretty cool, huh? The Snugg is a nice quality case. I’ve been testing it by bringing it in the kitchen to look up recipes, tossing it in my bag for meetings and playing nursery tunes for Elle while I join her on the floor for tummy time. The stitching has stayed in tact and I can easily wipe off smudges with a wet cloth. So parental units…The Snugg is definitely baby-proof.

Snugg

I doubt I’ll ever be doing any presenting with my iPad but if I were to, the little handle in the back is pretty nifty.

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I have an iPad 2 case and I noticed that everything matched up well until I noticed the camera hole being a little off centered.

iPad camera

The main reason for this, I think, is because my iPad isn’t snug enough in the case. It’s not a terrible flaw but it’s something to note.

I really don’t have any other complaints about this case. I think the price point is reasonable and the quality rocks. I can use every function of the case without taking my iPad out and that’s a huge plus. I’m a lover of the color orange but the Snugg comes in a ton of colors.

Clumps of Mascara iPad

Get more deets about this case here.

Any iPad lovers in the house? What kind of case do you have on yours?

Makeup Wars: Color Wars

This is probably the funniest (yes, that’s a word….for today) Makeup Wars ever! Each of us gals signed up for a color and we are going to be sharing some of our favorite products featuring that color. I picked purple! For the record, I don’t have a favorite color. And if I did it would be rainbow and since a rainbow has a TON of colors I’m not sure that really counts.

I know. I’m so complicated but picking a favorite color when there are so many beautiful ones out there just ain’t easy. I picked purple because there are just sooooo many gorgeous purple picks when it comes to the beauty world. Here are 3 of my faves.

Purple nail polish

I love love looooove purple nail polish. Especially when it is unexpected and has some kind of funky shimmer or whatnot. It’s hard to pick a favorite (especially since I did so in our last Makeup Wars post) but Zoya’s Aurora is by far the prettiest purple nail polish in the world.

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You can’t deny it. You KNOW you can’t. Sidenote: I sooooo miss my longer nails. Can’t wait until I can do this shape again.

Ah yes…purple lips. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I can easily get down with some purple lips and it was MAC’s All of My Purple Life that had me going bananas.

Pay no attention to my beach hurr but to that stunning purple gloss. Yas! Yas!

When it comes to eyes, I think purple eyeshadows look amazing on everyone – especially on brown eyed girls. Make Up For Ever’s #92 is epic. I mean, epic. I think I’ve lost this baby because I haven’t seen it in awhile but years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve used it) but it was the bee’s knees back in the day. I took this picture back when I didn’t care much about photography.

That about does it…a few of my favorite purple picks. Of course I’ve got more but I don’t want to make this post insanely lengthy. I’ve always wanted purple hair but my jobs never allowed it. Womp. Check out the colors my other Makeup Wars sisters picked!

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 96

Butter London Silly Billy

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!

Lipglossiping – desperately wanted to love her new Lime Crime Velvetine but when lip and velvet met, things didn’t stay pretty for long!

My Beauty Bunny – Looking for a great post-workout towelette? We’ve got the details on Yogi Wipes – a cruelty-free choice that cleanses, refreshes and nourishes skin.

Nouveau Cheap – Claire’s can be fun for an inexpensive jewelry fix, but did you know they also sell macaroni & cheese and french fry-flavored lip balms? I reviewed them both, if you’re curious (you know you are).

Pink Sith – wants to show you the two new nail polishes from the NARS Fall 2013 collection, but fears you may label her nail art as a pinterest fail.

Phyrra – says it’s time to rejoice! New Sugarpill Sparkle Baby and Cold Chemistry is coming soon. See her swatches & tutorials.

Vampy Varnish – butter LONDON has something new out and it’s not nail lacquer…it’s the butter LONDON Bespoke Colour Collectionand there are some great items!

we heart this – is not sending you to their site this week. They’re sending you over to Makeup and Beauty Blog, where the lovely Karen featured them in her new series This is My Makeup Life.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Explore your more rebellious side with Too Faced’s new Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette for fall!

Clumps of Mascara – Time for updates of the world’s favorite baby! Or at least everyone’s favorite baby on THIS blog. Elle Belle turns 6 months old!

EauMG – Don’t just eat your veggies but smell like them too. Seriously. Victoria reviews Honoré des Prés I Love Les Carottes perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – Win an entire skincare line for mature skin!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – The lovely Paris from My Women Stuff questions whether Beauty Box Subscriptions have had their day. Has the beauty box bubble finally burst?

Question of the Week:

Is there a beauty trend that is “out” that you wish were “in”?
If so, what is it?

B says, “I haven’t really stayed up on beauty trends lately so I can’t say.”

Are you up on beauty trends?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 95

Flushed 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!

Gouldylox Reviews – has found a mascara that gives long, lush lashes that no summer fling can resist!

Lipglossiping – questions the merits of gold in Orogold 24K Deep Peeling. Gold-laden genius or cosmetic quackery?

My Beauty Bunny – Doing a little beauty shopping this weekend? Find out what eyeshadow is best for your eye color and shape to help make the decisions easier!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for a nice drugstore alternative to Clinique Black Honey that will only set you back five bucks? Check this out.

Pink Sith – Takes you on a journey though a rose garden in the middle of a hot summer day with Seth Kornegay Eau de Parfum in Orla .

Prime Beauty – is keeping her summer shine at bay with BECCA Blotting Powder Perfector–you’re going to love it!

Phyrra – shares her favorite Purple Nail Polish for Makeup Wars!

Vampy Varnish – takes you on a personalized tour of San Francisco with the new OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013.

we heart this – have you seen the mermaid-esque summer Aqua launches from MAKE UP FOR EVER?

Beauty Junkies Unite – Ladies, please don’t miss this review & swatches of the upcoming OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013. You just might be surprised by how many shades you love!

Clumps of Mascara – Can a piece of cloth replace your makeup remover? Hmmm…find out if The Wonder Cloth is really as wonderful as they say.

EauMG – Let’s travel to Bali with The Scent of Departure. Fans of “beachy” scents are going to love this affordable fragrance!

Question of the Week:

Do you own any beauty products that you “coveted” but never (or rarely) use?

B says, “Uhhhh yeah. Pretty much all of my beauty products are like that. Except for the Clarisonic. I wanted that baby for a long time and I still use it regularly. “

Do you have any beauty icons?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 94

Nautical scarf

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 her favorite black pepper perfume, CdG PLAY Black.

Gouldylox Reviews – In need of a skin rescue? First Aid Beauty has you covered!

My Beauty Bunny – Searching for cruelty free dupes for Benefit Hoola lipgloss? We’ve got swatches that closely match the shimmery bronze lippie and will keep you looking great in animal-friendly style!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for some beautiful new powder blushes with a silky-smooth texture, awesome pigmentation and an even more awesome price (under $3)? Click right here.

Pink Sith – wants to know if you’re a concealer floozy? She is. This time she has an “affair” with the Edward Bess Platinum Concealer and explains why she and Edward can never be photographed together.

Prime Beauty – chose 10 cream blush contenders for the latest Top 10 Tuesday Best Cream Makeup.

Phyrra – shares her favorites for Fall 2013 Colors.

Vampy Varnish – Has swatches of the beautiful new Zoya PixieDust Collection for Fall 2013!

we heart this – apologizes in advance for creating a deep sense of need in you after you see Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe, a tinted treatment that makes your skin glow…and costs a lot of doe.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber had to see what the fuss was about over Dior’s new Nail Glow, a $24 tinted nail enhancer. Check out the review & swatches, decide if it’s worth the hype!

Clumps of Mascara – Sick of beauty subscription boxes? It’s not exactly cheap, but POPSUGAR’s Must Have box is the best box I’ve ever seen!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – Let’s travel to the Land of Oz where musk is not only a perfume note but a Life Savers’ candy flavor! One of my favorite perfume blogs is Australian Perfume Junkies. This blog consists of a great team of diverse perfume junkies that cover mainstream perfumes, niche perfumes, men’s fragrance…you name it, they’ve talked about it!

Question of the Week:

Name some beauty icons who inspire you.

B says, “Let’s see…there’s RuPaul, Queen Latifah, Laila Ali, Jill Scott, Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Iman…ugh, I could go on and on.”

Do you have any beauty icons?

POPSUGAR Must Have Box June

I’m so ridiculously excited about sharing this box with y’all that I can’t even think right. Please excuse any kind of randomness you get from me while reading this post. First things first…yours truly was asked to join the very prestige group of bloggers. POPSUGAR has handpicked a couple dozen of us for their POPSUGAR Select group and I am honored to be a charter member. Aside from landing a spot on their site, they also gifted me with my first POPSUGAR Must Have box.

POPSUGAR Must Have box

I’ve read about these babies before and they are THEE box of all subscription boxes. They are a little bit on the expensive side (retailing at $35 a month with free shipping) but the contents are always spectacular. I’ve been spoiled by this box and I’m pretty sure no other box will be able to compare. Check out the offerings in this month’s box…

Popcorn, Indiana

Popcorn FIT

I’ve never heard of this brand but man I need to see if they are in my local grocery store because this is one yummy bag of popcorn! Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn is a relatively healthy snack because it’s only 40 calories per cup. The sea salt wasn’t too overwhelming and it was just a nice little snack to have while watching Dexter on the sofa.

Juice Beauty

I’ve had Juice Beauty on my radar for quite sometime so I was excited to get this Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer from them. They even threw in 2 different shades of their CC Cream. Neither shade worked for me but I can’t wait to give this moisturizer a whirl. I have no idea what stem cellular repair means but it sounds promising. Ha!!

Gorjana Griffin Zuma

Nautical scarf

Darliiiiiing, this Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf retails for $62 and it is just divine. I love the nautical blue and white combined with the touch of bright orange. I’m a beach girl so I love a good lightweight scarf. I’ve been using it on my head and almost had to arm wrestle Mama Clumps for it. Oh…and Elle’s cabbage patch doll and my ironing board both say hey!

Revenge Wears Prada

A book! Remember those? I’m not even gonna lie…it’s been forever since I’ve had the time or been relaxed enough to curl up with a good ole’ book. I think I’m going to make Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger break me out of it. I can’t wait to start flippin’ the pages of tis one. I’ve heard great things about it!

Project 7 Quench

I’ve seen these Project 7 Quench the Thirsty Mints at my grocery store before and thought they were just another brand of mints. But they aren’t. Proceeds from each purchase go towards helping provide clean water to those need it. Fresh breath for a good cause? Right on!

Addicted to Sweat

I have yet to find myself in the gym since being a new mom. I’ve always preferred going to the gym over working out at home but I’ve got to get my physical activity in check so receiving this Hard Candy Fitness DVD — Addicted to Sweat 4 came at a good time. We’ll see how this works.

A pretty dynamic box, huh? Yeeeep. I’ve gotta do some penny pinching but every other month or so I may scoop up a subscription.

Any lovers of the POPSUGAR Must Have box?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 93

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

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!

we heart this – How could OCC improve upon their beloved Lip Tar? By adding a see-thru, glossy look to their original “hyper-opacity” formula and launching the Lip Tar Stained Gloss!

Beauty Junkies Unite – See why Amber thinks the Perlier Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water is literally the coolest new body product for summer!

Clumps of Mascara – can’t get over how awesome Avon’s newest mascara is. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

EauMG – shares one of her favorite natural finds of 2013 (so far). It’s Phoenix Botanicals Night Bloom perfume oil, an intoxicating white floral with vanilla.

Gouldylox Reviews – This braid tutorial is so easy anyone can do it!

Lipglossiping – asks the all important question: Salt or Sugar? Is your exfoliator scrubbing you up the wrong way?

My Beauty Bunny – Too hot and humid to wear foundation? Jen checked out Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm (BB) Cream and found it’s the perfect lightweight alternative for summer.

Nouveau Cheap – If you haven’t seen the Dip-It from Target yet, it could be a game-changer for you (and it’s only $2.50).

Pink Sith – Sometimes you just have to buy a nail polish because, KITTY!

Prime Beauty – has a question for you. Is there a foundation that provides a flawless finish AND substantial sun protection? Why yes, thanks for asking. Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50.

Phyrra – shows you how to be Naturally Chic with Milani Shadow Eyez Pencils and Liquid Eye Liners.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – We love Beauty Info Zone for their straightforward and informative reviews on all things beauty, and we check in every week for The Sunday Scoop, which always includes a list of the very best beauty giveaways on the webs.

Question of the Week:

When it comes to nail care, how often do you moisturize your cuticles? Do you prefer balms, creams or oils to get the job done?

B says, “Pre-baby I did that stuff nightly. Now I moisturize when I can. I don’t think you really need a separate cuticle moisturizer so I try to pay attention to them when I’m slathering coconut oil all over.”

Do you moisturize those cuticles?