Makeup Wars: Unique Spring Trends – Black lipliner!

The Makeup Wars gals are back with another post and I am super excited to feature this one. I’ve been catchin’ up on beauty trends and I am excited to announce that rocking black lipliner is finally a legit trend.

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Yes!! ‘Bout time, right? For years, many of us would rock black EYEliner on our lips. I’m not even going to front and act like I didn’t. Black eyeliner and silver gloss blended together was totally my look in high school. It wasn’t until I hit college where I realized that rockin’ black liner on the lips didn’t compliment me. Or anyone for that matter. And so I let it go.

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But after flipping through magazines and hittin’ the beauty blogs, I’ve come across so many articles that are announcing that black liner on the lips is finally in. I’ve seen it worn several ways.

There’s the thick liner with very little blending…

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And my favorite, thick liner WITH red lipstick. Yes!!!

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Fierce, right? I’m loving it and I am so glad that this trend is officially a trend. I know brown girls everywhere are rejoicing. I’ve even heard that some brands will be launching black lipliner. No need to use your black eyeliner for your lips anymore. I love how versatile this look is. It’s perfect for those of us who have to be all professional on our jobs but then it’s also great for after-work Happy Hour with the girls. I’m thinking black liner on the lips will be my signature look. I am just that much in love with it.

Whatcha think, gals? Are you feeling this look?

Check out some of the other trends my Makeup Wars sisters are rockin’…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 82

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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!

Vampy Varnish – Is SURE you will find a few favorites with the new and previously exclusive Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil release!

we heart this – Have you tried MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Foundation yet? Umm, you might wanna…

Beauty Junkies Unite – You’ll probably fall in love with the pretty pastels in the new L’Oreal Paris Versailles Romance Collection! See the review & swatches.

Clumps of Mascara – is just a wee bit amazed at this spray lotion thingy. It sounds just like what it is…lotion that you spray on. Whoa!

EauMG – here’s the roundup of the dozen perfumes that Victoria wore the most during Winter 2012/13!

Gouldylox Reviews – Want products that won’t damage your hair or break the bank? Look no further!

My Beauty Bunny – takes a peek at the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils. These super pigmented, non-sticky and highly toteable lippies are perfect to stash in your bag for on the go touch ups!

Nouveau Cheap – I didn’t get a makeover last week, but my blog sure did! Take a peek at the new digs!

Prime Beauty – has been yearning for Don Draper, luckily the Mad Men starts again on April 7th and Estee Lauder has helped ease the pain with the Limited Edition Mad Men Collection. Bonus: pic of PB’s sister- a Betty Draper look- alike.

Phyrra – shows you the best way to apply the Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara. She also has a giveaway so you can try it too!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – Kellie from Kellie Gonzo takes some amazing photos and these ones of Nfu Oh #63 are really amazing. Just look at that holographic effect!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I adore Mandy from PrettyMaking and her post about tarte maracuja’s creaseless fair concealer made me want not only that concealer, but the Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint, too!

Question of the Week:

What’s the most expensive beauty product that you have
purchased in the last three months? Was it with its price?

B says, “I got my hair done for $55. Not really a product but hey, it’s something!”

What about you? Spend any crazy money on beauty stuffs in the past few months?

 

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 79

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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!

Pink Sith – thinks that her Birchbox subscription is trying to break up with her based on the contents of the box from February.

Prime Beauty – takes the confusion out of the myriad of eyeliner choices on the marker and helps you decide which is for you!

Phyrra – Does the lingering Winter have you dreaming of warm getaways? Enter Phyrra & BFTE’s Tropical Pinterest Contest.

Vampy Varnish – Loves the brand new Satin Lip Pencils from NARS and is pretty sure you will find some to love as well!

we heart this – is giving away not one, not two, but SIX of their new favorite skincare product; O.R.G’s Organic Mineral Peel.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber gives you a sneak peek review of the Sweetheart Beads from the upcoming Too Faced summer 2013 collection, Hello Sunshine!

Clumps of Mascara – is absolutely in love with Maybelline’s Vivid lipsticks. How hot is this Neon Red lipstick?

EauMG – Get your chocolate fix! Victoria updated her chocolate perfume guide. Here’s a guide to yummy chocolate perfumes in a variety of price points!

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s the first ever Gouldylox Makeover Challenge! Check out how I got a long time friend to go from girl next door to glam for less than $50 at CVS/Pharmacy!

Lipglossiping – goes ooh la la over her favourite French Pharmacy skincare and offers a worldwide giveaway on her favourite pieces.

My Beauty Bunny – My Beauty Bunny is giving away Beautisol Tea Tan Glow! Go enter!

Nouveau Cheap – So I found a $1 alternative to my favorite NARS eyeshadow. Did I mention it’s only ONE dollar?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – During some recent image searches I happened upon the Bloomin’ Beauty Blog. This blog is filled with great images and reviews of high end makeup, making it one of my newly favorite blogs to visit, and also dangerous for my bank account!

Question of the Week:

What essential products would you recommend to
a friend who is just starting to build her beauty arsenal?

 

B says, “A good eyeshadow primer, 2-3 good eyeshadow palettes, 3-5 lippies, a dynamic concealer, bronzer or blush and a brow pencil. Tis all!”

What would be some of your recs?

 

 

Surprise! Green Giant Does Veggie Chips!

Confession: I’m a snacker. And I’m a snacker who likes crunch but I very rarely munch on potato chips. Honestly, it’s really hard to break the habit of buying and eating those things so I don’t even entertain the idea of buying them. I’m a lover of pita chips and the like and you know, pretzels – snacks that are lightly salted and give off a nice crunch with every bite.

Wellllllls, look who is taking their veggies to the crunchy snack aisle.

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Surprise! Green Giant! I know, right? I mean, I grew up eating their frozen vegetables and I think it’s some kind of awesome that they are spreading their wings and trying out veggies in snack form. Okay yeah, let’s face it – real veggies are always a better snack option but shoot, sometimes you just need some crunch. And a crunch that doesn’t that doesn’t break the calorie bank would be dope too.

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Enter these Veggie Snack Chips in Roasted Veggie Tortilla with Zesty Cheddar and Multigrain  Sweet Potato Chips  with Sea Salt.

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Through the Clever Girls Collective I was able to test drive these and of course I rolled with the Sweet Potato Chips first. Y’all know how much I adore those orange roots of happiness. Green Giant’s version of sweet potato chips weren’t half bad.

They are thin with a nice crunch and the sea saltness was there but it wasn’t TOO salty. I popped a chip in Esposo’s mouth and he thought they weren’t salty enough. But what does he know? :cool:

And then there were the Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips.

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I could only eat a few of these because I’m on a dairy-free diet. I loved how the zesty cheddar-ness wasn’t so…cheddar-y. Esposo loved these the best. Obviously, both are dynamic choices over traditional potato chips but man, those sweet potato chips have my heart. I love love loooove them. Green Giant totally surprised me with this one. And speaking of surprises, they’ve got a ton of them on their YouTube channel. If you run into these at your grocery store, lemme know!

Any veggie chips lovers in the house?

 

Thank you to The Green Giant™ for being a sponsor. Show the Giant your surprise talent at www.facebook.com/greengiant.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 78

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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!

Nouveau Cheap – ChapStick has been releasing some yummy Limited Edition flavors over the past few years, but their new Cupcake Creations Collection really takes the cake (pun intended). Grab these babies while you can!

Pink Sith – says there can be trouble with Taupe. Can that even be possible with this taupe loving fiend? Check out her comparisons of just one taupe among many bloggers.

Prime BeautyPrime Beauty has fallen head over stilettos for the Smashbox Love Me Collection for Spring 2013, but she has a dilemma. Should she stick with her old boyfriend or go for the handsome new stranger? Help her decide.

Phyrra – has fallen in love with a new indie company called Girly Bits! See her review, swatches and manis.

Vampy Varnish – completely loves the new Candy Sprinkles Nail Lacquer collection from Hard Candy exclusive to Walmart!

we heart this – you’ve tried Birchbox, but have you tried Birchbox Home? Who knew a citrus spritzer could give me such joy!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber has the review & swatches of the new OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ Zoya’s Lovely nail polish collection. Spring is absolutely in the air!

EauMG – shares her favorite chocolate perfume!

Gouldylox Reviews – February is a busy month for product launches. Check out my five favorite products in February. (I couldn’t choose five, but seven didn’t sound as classy.)

Lipglossiping – takes a moment to appreciate that rare wonder of makeup doing exactly what it’s supposed to!

My Beauty Bunny – goes to the Oscars! See her photos.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – Do you ever wonder how your favorite nail polish bloggers get those beautiful, sharp close-up shots of their manicures? One of my favorites, Jen from The Polishaholic, reveals her secrets here.

Question of the Week:

What one makeup brush do you consider
an absolute staple in your makeup kit?

 

B says, “I adore my ecoTOOLS kabuki brush. I use it almost every time I wear a powder. It feels dynamic on the face.”

What’s your favoritest makeup brush?

 

Makeup Wars: 3 Travel Tips for the Beauty Obsessed

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I could write a book about Traveling While Addicted to Cosmetics. I mean, honestly – it ain’t easy trying to decide which nail polishes, blushes and eyeliners to bring on a 2-day trip. And don’t even get me started if I’m traveling for more than 2 days. I’ve hit the highways and airways enough to finally know how to pack efficiently. Plus, when you keep loosing your luggage at airports or have that $26 lotion spill out over your new sandals, you learn a thang or two.

And yes. Those things have actually happened to lucky ole’ me.

 

So first things first: Use travel-sized bottles

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Yeah, I know it seems like an obvious tip but there have been plenty of of times where I’ve been lazy and thrown an entire bottle of shampoo in my luggage. Aside from adding to the weight of the luggage (which sucksssss if you’re flying), you risk the chance of  something spilling over. Your favorite body wash doesn’t come in a travel size? Purchase a smaller bottle or re-use one. Label them accordingly and POW – smaller bottles.

Don’t forget the Qtips!

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I know. I’m so obsessed with these things. We already know how awesome they are but they double as makeup brushes, exfoliating tools and eyelining. Taking Qtips with you means you can likely leave some other beauty stuffs behind.

Keep the essentials IN the travel bag

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For the most part, when I travel, I don’t have to “pack” any of my essentials. Every thing is ready to go and all I need to do is add whatever extras I want to take. Plus, who really has the time to constantly pack and re-pack the essentials each time you travel? I’ve got my own set of cleansers, tweezers and makeup products that reside in my travel bag.

And if you learned nothing else, darlings – whatever you do, if you can help it, don’t take your most expensive beauty and skincare products when traveling. Just don’t. You’ll never forgive yourself if that Dolce & Gabanna lipstick you took to the Bahamas never made its way back to the States.

Never.

*sigh* On to happier times – check out what my fellow Makeup Wars chicas have to say about beauty bloggin’ travels.

Beauty Blogger Packing

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 77

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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!

Welcome to our new Lipstick League member, the fabulous My Beauty Bunny, who will be bringing us the latest in cruelty-free beauty every week!

Gouldylox Reviews – Wondering what drugstore BB Cream gives great face? Check out this Foundation Half & Half with results that one reader insists must be photoshopped! (It’s not!)

Lipglossiping – puts together a bright Spring look in an attempt to defrost the winter chills!

My Beauty Bunny – My Cruelty-Free Product of the month is the DermOrganic Leave-in Treatment. See why it’s awesome!

Nouveau Cheap – What’s the closest drugstore equivalent to a $25 lipstick? In my humble opinion, it’s these new Milani Color Statement Lipsticks, which feel so sublime on the lips you won’t believe they’re under six bucks a pop.

Phyrra – is in love with Virus Insanity Eyeshadows! Check out the beautiful duochromes and holographic sparkles.

Prime Beauty – deems the new shades of Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colours the best on the market!

Vampy Varnish – loves the HBO show GIRLS and now Deborah Lippmann has a new nail collection out to celebrate it!

we heart this – shares their 3 latest drugstore purchases (a leave in conditioner, nail stickers and Stef’s girl crush’s new lipstick). Come on by and share yours!

Clumps of Mascara – is loving Sally Hansen’s gel nail kit. Gel nails at home? Sounds ideal!

EauMG Pamper yourself or your Valentine with one of the many pretty scented items on Victoria’s 2013 Valentine’s Gift Guide!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox Reviews – This week, I wanted to share the blog, Oh So Pretty, The Diaries. I love their tutorials, hair ideas and descriptive photos. Check them out for some inspiration beyond reviews.

Question of the Week:

If you could have a shopping spree with any
cosmetic brand, who would you choose?

 

B says, “Whoa! Talk about the hardest question everrrrrr. This is a tough one but I think I’d go with Make Up For Ever. I would haul every single one of their shadows and blushes. “

What brand would you pick?