The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 113

Scrub in pot

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!

For the month of December, we’re super-sizing The Lipstick League
and giving you double the fun from each member!

 

Beauty Junkies Unite – See what Amber thought were hits, and those that were misses in the new MAC RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection!

Chalkboard Nails – There’s no better way to celebrate Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 than with some freehand radiant orchid nail art!

Chalkboard Nails – Get party perfect nails with five easy black and gold nail art ideas. Feeling bold? Try combining a few together!

Clumps of Mascara – Been itchin’ to try new nail polishes but the stores don’t seem to have anything up your alley? Support an indie nail polish brand!

Clumps of Mascara – So not beauty-related but c’mon…who doesn’t like pictures of Baby Clumps?

Gouldylox Reviews – Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Here’s a list that takes care of everyone!

Gouldylox Reviews – Beauty products commonly use these tricks to play on your self-esteem. Don’t let them trick you!

Lipglossiping – checks out the behind-the-scenes video featuring the much-awaited relaunch of Shu Uemura’s lipstick range.

My Beauty Bunny – We’ve got the scoop on Radical Skin Care This powerful (and effective!) anti-aging line is the buzz brand in Hollywood – find out why.

My Beauty Bunny – We’re ALWAYS raving about DermOrganic’s amazing hair care products. Want to try them yourself? Here’s your chance to win two full size products!

Nouveau Cheap – Are the new Almay Shadow Softies cream shadows? Mousse shadows? Answer: neither.

Nouveau Cheap – Wet n Wild is discontinuing some products in 2014. Come see if your favorites made the cut.

Pink Sith – shares with you a famous holiday poem. “Twas the poem about the holidays that barely rhymed, but I show you gifts from ULTA Beauty so I know you won’t mind.”

Pink Sith – has a great gift idea for the men in your life. The Billy Jealousy Shave3Some is Mr. Sith approved!

Prime Beauty – attends so many holiday parties (haha) she needs flawless skin for all the pictures she’ll be starring in (haha again). Renee Rouleau’s Triple Berry Smoothing Peel does the trick and it’s on sale!

Prime Beauty – explores the Indie Brand SENNA Cosmetics and likes what she finds!

Phyrra – I’ve launched my very own cruelty free, paraben free, vegan hair masque called Pretty Little Elixir! It’s a must have for dyed or heat styled hair!

Phyrra – Love Chocolate? See if this sweet treat from Too Faced is for you! It’s the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette.

we heart this – took a field trip to 100% Pure in West Hollywood, a long time favorite of many of our team members. It was a sniff and scrub-a-polloza!

we heart thisbareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling is all kinds of beautiful. Check out the looks we posted and see if you agree…

 

Question of the Week:

What are some beauty products that you’d be delighted to
receive as gifts this holiday season?

B says, “I want Formula X polishes by Sephora. I seriously want them all!”

What are you lusting after this holiday season?

See you next week!

Makeup Wars: 5 Indie Nail Polish Brands That You MUST Try

Indie polishes

My Makeup Wars sisters and I are back and we’re showcasing some of our favorite indie brands. By indie, we mean brands that you probably won’t find in Sephora or UTLA. These brands are typically smaller businesses and they don’t always have a Marketing Department or Sales Department. They are run by real men and women and sometimes out of their own homes. They do it all!

I don’t own much indie makeup but I certainly have my fair share of indie nail polishes. Indie nail polishes have taken the nail polish blogosphere by storm. These brands are giving us nail polish lovers unique shades and finishes and I am so here for it. The bigger brands are obviously keeping their eyes peeled because I’ve seen them come out with shades AFTER an indie brand has released it. That said, check out some of my favorite indie brands!

Cult Nails 

Well, obviously Cult Nails would be first. Maria is a good and supportive friend of mine but even if she weren’t, I would still love this brand. Her polishes are AMAZING! She puts serious thought behind each shade and prides herself on stepping outside of the box. I’ve watched Cult Nails grow overnight and I am just so honored to know the woman behind this awesome brand.

My favorite Cult Nails polishes: Flushed, Deal With It, Lamestain and Charlatan

Literary Lacquers 

Gotta love a brand that combines 2 of my loves…books and nail polish! Amy reached out to me to see if I wanted to feature her brand on Clumps of Mascara and how could I say “No”? For one thing, I love when nail polish brands seek diversity. And the fantastic polishes are just the icing on the cake.

My Favorite LL nail polishes: More Like Fire Than Light, Green Gables, As The Waltz Was Ending

Cirque 

I can’t remember which nail polish blogger prompted me to stumble on Cirque’s nail polishes, but man, I am hooked. I love everything about this brand. The name, their adorable bottles and the shades. Ooooh, the shades! I like how Cirque is always releasing something unexpected. While many brands follow trends, Cirque does not and I love that about them. This one is nail polish brand that always keeps me on my toes.

My favorite Cirque nail polishes: Tibetan Nights, XX, Dark Horse, Cornotion (wish I owned it but it’s $48!)

 

A. England 

I fell in love with A.England at first glance. I don’t know much about the owner or her story behind the brand but I know that she has perfected holographic nail polishes. And this is no easy task. Holographic nail polishes are my absolute favorite and it’s so hard to find good ones. A.England has a slew of gorgeous polishes but they rock at creating holographics. I mean, amazingly so!

My favorite A.England nail polishes: Lady of the Lake, Tristam and St. George

 

Nailventurous 

I believe Floam was my very first indie nail polish. It holds a special place in my heart because um, well…it looks like the legendary Floam! I’m not sure if Nailventurous launches new polishes anymore but when the lady behind the brand was regularly launching polishes…WOW! I loved the uniqueness of these polishes. Also, while other brands have colors similar to Floam, I believe it was Nailventurous who did it first.

My favorite Nailventurous nail polishes: Floam, Sunny Floam, Bumblebee

Keep Those Teeth Beautiful: Tips for Preventing Tooth Enamel Erosion

Keeping the pout pretty is more than just staying up on the prettiest lip shades. This post is brought to you by Darla Scheidt, the Marketing Director for Grove Dental Associates  and she’s going to give us the skinny behind a lovely thing called…tooth enamel erosion.

We’ve been hearing a lot about tooth enamel and what happens when it wears down, or erodes. While most of us are aware of tooth decay, the whole enamel erosion idea has taken some of us by surprise. Though there are many products available to help strengthen tooth enamel, did you know that there are quite a few things that you can do to prevent erosion from happening? Even if you’re already seeing signs of tooth enamel erosion, you can still start now to prevent further damage.

Avoid Consuming the Following

There are quite a few things that wear down our tooth enamel and, unfortunately, a lot of them are our favorite foods:

Soft drinks – If it’s sweet and has bubbles, it’s probably not good for your teeth. The problem isn’t just the sugar, it’s the acids used in making soda pop. If you must drink it, try to stay away from clear, citrus sodas as they typically have higher acid content than their darker counterparts.

Energy and sports drinks – Though we may need these for a pick-me-up, they are as full of acids as sodas. This includes those energy shots and the drinks that athletes use to replenish electrolytes.

Citrus fruit – This makes sense, as citric acid levels are high in oranges, tangerines, lemons and limes. Don’t avoid these completely; rather, try to mix them with other fruits or foods so you can still get the vitamins.

Vinegar – As you may know, vinegar is used as an ingredient in a lot of foods to balance the sweetness since it is acidic. It’s so potent that many people use it to clean their homes! Try to avoid foods with a lot of it, such as salad dressing.

Carbohydrates – These aren’t only bad for your waist, they’re terrible for your teeth! If you eat a lot of refined carbs, you’re eating a lot of sugar, which is adept at wrecking your teeth. Try balancing your Pasta Alfredo with a nice salad (minus the vinaigrette dressing!).
There are some other causes of tooth enamel erosion. Try to avoid having dry mouth—if you need to, keep sugarless chewing gum or bottled water on hand. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you can wear down your enamel. See your dentist because he or she may have a suggestion for a small mouthpiece to keep you from doing this.

Acid reflux disease (GERD) can also cause enamel erosion. If you have this condition, make sure to discuss options with your doctor as it can also cause problems with your esophagus.

What to Do If You’ve Already Had Enamel Loss

First of all, eliminate as many of the causes of tooth enamel erosion as you can. Quit the sugary foods, sodas and any acidic foods and talk to your doctor about other medical conditions that could affect your enamel.

Using toothpaste with fluoride is good for maintaining and strengthening your enamel, and make sure to floss frequently. There are also products on the market, specifically rinses, that may help strengthen your tooth enamel.

Your dentist may have some suggestions for you, which may include prescription solutions to strengthen your enamel. There may also be some procedures that can help strengthen your teeth.

Bonding is a procedure that has become popular in recent years for cosmetic reasons; it’s responsible for many of those bright, white “Hollywood” smiles. The process involves covering your teeth with a substance that strengthens them and prevents further damage, helping you to avoid tooth loss.

Crowns have been around for a long time and will protect from further damage; they may be an option for you if there has been some loss of the bony material of your teeth.

 

About the author:
Darla Scheidt is the Marketing Director for Grove Dental Associates, a successful multi-office, multi-specialty group dental practice in the Chicago western suburbs. With four offices, over 30 doctors and having been in practice for over 40 years, Grove Dental stays on the cutting edge of dentistry to better serve patients.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 112

Scrub in pot

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!

For the month of December, we’re super-sizing The Lipstick League
and giving you double the fun from each member!

we heart this – just turned four, but is giving YOU a present: a European holy grail giveaway – Lancome Erika F. eye shadow and Max Factor Fantasy Fire nail polish!

we heart this – What trumps RiRi Woo? Pleasure Bomb! Check out the RiRi hearts MAC Holiday collection and see if you agree.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Here’s a chance to win all 20 shades inside the new bareMinerals ‘Degrees of Dazzling’ eyeshadow collection!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares several holiday gift ideas for the ultimate in affordable luxury.

Chalkboard Nails – Enter to win the Cirque Alchemy Collection and lots more in Chalkboard Nails’ 12 Days of Giveaways!

Chalkboard Nails – Have you tried any Formula X for Sephora nail polishes yet? Don’t miss this gorgeous cobalt blue glitter gradient!

Clumps of Mascara – I’m not a girl with a lot of desires. Or so I thought. My holiday wishlist has now doubled in size. Eek!

Clumps of Mascara – Girls, listen…my skin has been screaming for something more than just a basic scrub. M.Steves has saved the day with their glorious Reviving Exfoliator!

EauMG – has the ultimate holiday gift guide for vintage beauties! Stock the boudoir with red lipstick, powder puffs and fancy perfume atomizers! A must read for true glamour girls.

EauMG – step foot into a Parisian artist’s studio with this decadent, boozy, fruity patchouli perfume, Nez a Nez Atelier d’Artiste.

Gouldylox Reviews – Can a brush that looks like a toothbrush give you the makeup skills of a pro? Find out!

Gouldylox Reviews – The hair authority on DIY braids, buns and twists, Hair Romance, has a new book that you’re going to need.

My Beauty Bunny – Just what is the deal with parabens and why is everyone so afraid of them? The answer may surprise you! Are the Parabens in Our Beauty Products Safe?

My Beauty Bunny – Check out Jen’s new do by West Hollywood celeb hair stylist Marco Pelusi! Purchase his amazing hair care products during his Holiday Deal and receive a FREE travel sized Color Hydrate Conditioner.

Nouveau Cheap – Wet n Wild has a brand new 8-pan eyeshadow palette for 2014. Come take a look at some swatches!

Nouveau Cheap – The semi-annual CVS Beauty Clearance Sale is now underway. I’ve got a list of things you can expect to see reduced to 50-75% off. Stocking stuffers, anyone?

Prime Beauty – has put together her list of Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers. Some may surprise you!

Prime Beauty – has several fantastic favorite sets from the tarte Gift of Giving Holiday 2013 Collection and you can win two of them so hurry and enter!

Phyrra – shares her Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow!

Phyrra – shares 6 Eye Makeup Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – Sabrina from The Beauty Look Book shares the new Chanel nail colours and does what she always does so well; makes us want expensive things!

 

Question of the Week:

What’s your go-to body lotion for this time of year?

B says, “Coconut oil, of course. I use that stuff all year!”

What body lotion are you using?

See you next week!

Beauty in Mommyhood: Elle is 9 months old

Elle is 9 months old!

Dear Elle,

I think this month you have made the most obvious changes. I mean, WOW! You are sprouting into a toddler right before our very eyes. I used to be this Mom that was so concerned about the things that you weren’t doing. You weren’t crawling. You weren’t interested in food. You didn’t have any teeth. You weren’t interested in walking. The books said you should have weighed “this much” by “this time”. My friends’ babies were doing it. But you weren’t.

But I’ve learned to trust you. And to trust DaDa and myself. In a sense, I’m lucky. You get to be my baby longer. I get to enjoy giving you a bottle. I get to hold you in my arms and keep you safer for longer. I can still give you baths in the sink! But this month, oh this month, you are changing. And everything that I was so concerned about…you’re doing.

Crawling baby

Wanna know your biggest milestone? You’re communicating with us! You wave when someone says “Hi”. You even say “Hi!” You light up when Daddy walks in a room. When you’re in your high chair and you can’t see me you call for me. You say “Mu Mu” or “Muh”. When you’re done with your bottle, you turn your head away. When you want to get picked up, you reach up. Sometimes you’ll sign for milk if you’re in the mood. You say Bye Bye when Gam waves to you over FaceTime. You are doing such an amazing job at letting us know what you want. Which is great! You’ve always been such an easy baby to read but it’s exciting knowing that crying isn’t your only way of letting us know what you want.

Baby Steps

I’ve read that some babies skip crawling and go straight to walking. I think that’s you. You know how to crawl but you prefer to scoot. And you prefer pulling yourself up over scooting. You really want to walk. You get so excited when you’re on your feet. You’ve mastered standing and balancing yourself with only one hand. You go from a crawling position to a sitting position within a second. You’re so good at it!

Happy baby

You’re also and…can Mama be honest? Sometimes you can be a bit of a handful. Some days you just don’t want to be bothered with anything. The little things set you off. Changing your diaper. Combing your hair. Wiping your nose. Sitting in your car seat. For the first time in your whole life, you’ve had moments where you are just inconsolable. Which breaks my heart but I know you’re going through some growing pains.

In the past few weeks I have made the decision to stop sharing so many of your pictures online. In fact, these monthly posts will be the only place where I will share your pictures. No more cute pics of you all over Facebook and Instagram. I’ve become selfish. You are MY baby. I don’t want so many strangers knowing how cute you are when you eat. I don’t want everyone to see the layout of your new nursery. You deserve a level of privacy. You deserve a close-knit circle of friends and family members who have your best interest in mind. I don’t want to let so many in. Yes, you’re cute and adorable but the world doesn’t need to see that.

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The post would be as longer as your other posts, but let’s be honest…mama began drafting it too late and now I’ve completely forgotten about the milestones that happened this month. And now I’m confused with what you did at 9 months and what you started doing at 10 months. Silly mama.

The good news is that we have a ton of pictures and videos to show so hey, I’m not mad….

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Love you,

Mama

Just In Time For The Holidays…Free Store Pickup!

Kmart Free Store Pickup

This sponsored post is brought to you by Mami Innovative Media and this is it, y’all. This is my first year doing some serious holiday shopping. Yes, I know my wee babe is not even a year old yet but this this year will determine how well I do next year and the year after. I’ve got a game plan, I’ve saved my pennies and I’m ready to treat my girl with toys that she doesn’t need. Yes, I’ve fallen victim to commercialism. So sue me! You don’t know joy until you see my girl’s eyes light up when she gets fascinated by a toy.

FREESTOREPICKUP-Sears

So while I don’t plan on going in debt getting her some treats, I do intend on making this year go as smoothly as possible. Which is why I plan on using free store pickup. Both Sears and Kmart offer this and it just blows my mind. You mean, all I have to do is buy online and just go to the store and pick it up? No fighting Grannies over the last block set? No standing in crazy long lines? This is the life, y’all. This is how shopping is meant to be and I’m ecstatic over it!

And now I can spend more time decorating the halls with boughs of holly. 😎

Please don’t tell me that I’m the only one excited about this… I mean, you do plan on gettin’ some free store pickup in your life, don’t you?

Disclosure: “Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart. All opinions expressed here are my own.”

Makeup Wars: All I Want This Holiday Season Is…well, here’s a list!

Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlist

ZOMG! The holidays are a comin’ and while I am so not ready for them (I’m far too stressed these days to really enjoy ‘em!), they’re comin’ anyway. I’m not gonna lie – I kinda miss the days of being able to give my parents a list of things that I wanted and actually getting those gifts. Welp. Those days are over. Ha! The married with kid life means if I want something, I need to save up and get it myself!

But ain’t nothin’ wrong with wishin’. And for this Makeup Wars post my girls and I are sharing our holiday wishlists.

Vitamix

I want a Vitamix blender sooooo badly. And I’ll never buy it myself because as much as I want it, I could think of so many other things I could buy with that money. But man – the things I would make if a had a Vitamix. The soups I brew, the smoothies I would…smoothe. I could do it all.

Naomi Afro Manikin

Look. I have a daughter. And I’m a Black girl. And I DON’T know how to cornrow. This does not bode well as taking care of naturally thick hair requires skill. With this manikin I could practice braiding and cornrowing so that by the time my girl gets too old for afro puffs, I’ll be able to put some adorable rows in her hurr (picture source).

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Clarisonic Aria

Yeeeep. The Aria has been out for over a year and I still want it. And  there’s an Aria with a Josie Maran Set. They combined 2 of my favorite loves. *squeals* I’d also take Clarisonic’s Pedi Foot Transformation Set. Or both. Whatever.

Formula X for Sephora nail polishes

I want them all. I don’t need EVERY shade. But I at least need 10. Or 20. I’ve heard so many great things about this brand. Word on the beauty blogger street is that Formula X for Sephora nail polishes give you complete coverage with only one coat. Say whaaaat?

Reusable Rainbow Snack Bags

I’m a grazer and eat a lot of snacks throughout the day. I have a few reusable snack bags but I want more. Plus I love supporting work from home mamas!

Jewelry Holder

Also on Etsy is this gorgeous jewelry holder that I’ve been meaning to buy myself. It holds everything in ONE place.This organizer would make getting ready in the morning so much easier.

Wool Dryer balls

Y’all know I’m a hippie so this really shouldn’t even come as a surprise. I already use some wool dryer balls but I hear that having even more is better. These things are great! They really do fluff up towels and cloth diaper inserts aaaaand you don’t have to run the dryer as long. I haven’t used dryer sheets in years so the wool dryer balls are a great alternative.

Boscia Mask Medley

I’ve reviewed Boscia’s masks before but I need to re-up STAT. I had no idea that they had all 3 of their masks in one nice little set. So sweet of them to think of me like that.

Mason Jars

Doesn’t matter the size. Or the color. I want more! I use my mason jars for everything but I’m noticing that I’m running out. So…I need more!

Repayment of my student loans

No explanation needed. A wishlist is a wishlist, right? :tongue:

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 111

Eyeko Fat Brush 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!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Aprill from Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is a prolific writer. She has everything from nails to cosmetics to style and fragrance. In a recent article she shares some tips on how to prepare your skin for the winter, AND she is giving you a chance to win a $50 Visa Giftcard, plus some Aquaphor Healing Ointment! How fab is that?

 

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite BB cream? If you don’t have
one, what’s your current favorite foundation?

B says, “IMAN Cosmetics’ BB cream is pretty awesome. Mainly because it has shades for us brown girls. I certainly don’t wear it as often as I should but maybe I should it..

What’s your favorite BB cream?

See you next week!