The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 108

Cargo Essential Lip Color

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 – Halloween may be over, but we’ve got some treats to share! Check out what’s cooking at the Beauty Bakerie in our latest Indie Spotlight.

Nouveau Cheap – Are you a matte lip color fan? If so, you need these in your life. Period. (I would “drop the mic” if I had one!)

Pink Sith – has three BB creams to avoid the next time you shop for one at the drugstore.

Prime Beauty – is giving away a Hair Doozy so your bathroom counter will never be cluttered with hair appliances again!

Phyrra – raves about the new bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection and is giving one away! Go Enter!

we heart this – Halloween may have just past, but the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloweenies will be around until Dec. Because who doesn’t want to smell spookily beautiful year round?

Clumps of Mascara – shared the awesomeness that is Chippmunk.com and now the brand is giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky reader. And you can use it at Sephora.com. Woo hoo!

Gouldylox Reviews – Hands down, this is my favorite palette of the season so far.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – If you love beauty and are celeb obsessed, you need to take a ”walk” with Red Carpet Roxy! Follow this Hollywood insider and you’ll get the scoop on the fashion and beauty news at the latest A-list events.

Question of the Week:

What lip colors do you have in
your purse at this very moment?

B says, “Surprise surprise…I’ve got a red lippy!”

What color lippy do you have?
See you next week!

Beauty in Mommyhood: Elle is 8 months old

*Note: I am way behind on Elle’s updates. She’s actually almost 10 months. Eek! I’ll be cranking out another update in the next week.

Happy girl

Dear Elle,

You’re Muffin.
Your name is Muffin.
You’re sweet, brown and round – your name is Muffin.
You’re Muffin.
Yeah Muffin.
And everyone loves you ’cause you’re Muffin.

Daddy's girl

I make up the silliest songs for you. But singing them to you always makes you feel better when you’re fussy. I’m seriously going to put together an album of the songs that I’ve made up. Including the “Wipe your face and wipe your butt” jingle and your favorite…”Don’t You Cry, Elle Belle”. Your bring out the sillies in me.

Speaking of sillies, you are hilarious! My favorite game to play with you is getting us both under the covers and then pulling back the sheets and shouting “Weeee!” You have the cutest little laugh. One time Daddy had you giggling for like 10 minutes straight. My heart was bursting.

Elle

You are well on your way to toddlerhood because now and days, you get really upset when you don’t get what you want. You don’t understand NO yet but I’m trying to find ways to help you understand what you can and can’t do without always saying NO.

Mommy and me

Food

You still aren’t insanely in love with food but you’re definitely getting more and more interested. This month you had smoked turkey. You loved in. In fact, you really love turkey and I’m amazed at how well you feed yourself. Breast milk is about 80% of your diet. When you’re not gulping that down you’re eating peaches, scrambled eggs, gluten-free noodles, homemade spaghetti sauce, sweet potatoes and pretty much anything that we eat. You also like hummus and applesauce but only sometimes. You also drink water from a cup.

Silly baby

 

Sleeping

Mama soooooo wishes you would sleep through the night. I’m thinking one of the reasons why you don’t is because you’re still in our room. This month the plan is to move you into your own room. You never had a formal nursery because we didn’t intend on staying in this house long but things have changed and since we’re going to be here a bit longer, I think you’ll do better in your own space. We’ll see how it goes. 8 months of chronic sleep deprivation is crippling.

Your Firsts:

-You went to Disney!!! Not the parks but we explored the area.
-You stayed at your first Disney World Resort – The Grand Floridian. That makes 5 hotel rooms that you’ve crashed in. Wow!
-You said Mama!!!
-You have perfected the army crawl.
-You signed “milk”
-You went to your first makeup show.

Cool Things You Do:

-You have perfected your wave.
-You wave bye bye too!
-You know how to tap the iPad to make things change.
-You can high five on demand.

You’re getting heavier and that sometimes when I look at you I say that baby face of yours slowly start to disappear. I’m so not ready. But ready or not, huh?

 

Love,

Mama

Win $100 to Sephora.com from Chippmunk.com!

This post is brought to you by Chippmunk.com, your one stop shop for mega savings! Okay, yeah…I know. That sounds insanely cheesy, huh? Surely I could have come up with something a liiiittle more creative, right? Seriously though, that’s what Chippmunk.com is all about.

Especially if you’re like me and you’re always trying to save a buck. Or two. Or ten.

Chippmunk.com

Yeeeep. Chippmunk is a savings search engine. They aggregate and rank online coupons/deals in over 20 different categories. Okay, so I’ll break it down for you. You’re starting to get ready to do your holiday shopping (you’re one of those ‘early bird gets the worm’ kind of people) and you know you’ll be doing a lot of shopping of beauty products. Because, like you, your friends and family members of lovers of cosmetics and skincare products. BUT, you are also a frugal minded mama and you’re always looking for a discount somewhere. Chippmunk will be your very best friend and here’s why.

You can pick a department (beauty, obvs)…

Chippmunk

Or a store. If you are really particular about how much money you plan on spending, you can even toggle the amount.

Chippmunk website

Which, I think is the best feature. Too many times I come across coupons that are like “Save $20 on a $200 purchase”. And I’m like “Yeah no. Not gonna work because I wasn’t going to spend $200 anyway.” You rock for this feature, Chippmunk. And yes, beauty lovers…you don’t even have to ask. There are plenty of retailers for us on Chippmunk. There’s Drugstore.com, Sephora.com, Beauty.com….yes, yes, yessss. Love it!

Chippmunk.com is giving 1 Clumps of Mascara reader a chance to score $100 to any of their retailers. They’ve got a never ending list of awesome stores. And all you have to do is leave a comment in the Rafflecopter below. It’s easy peasy. Give the Rafflecopter a second to load.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

[giveaway closed– congrats to our winner, Keisha in New Jersey!]

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. 😉

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!