The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 98

Glossybox lip balm

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 – Wet n Wild just released three new eyeshadow trios and a line of textured nail polishes. Have you seen them yet? If not, take a peek!

Pink Sith – says the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is like therapy in a bottle for her troubled skin. Plus, bonus sad walking away music from The Incredible Hulk!

Prime Beauty – has the 411 on the new butter LONDON Rock Your Colour Bespoke Colour Cosmetics Collection and it’s bright and beautiful!

Vampy Varnish – has swatched and reviewed the new Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb! Moisture Plumping Lip Tints for fall 2013!

we heart this – are giving away two amber delights; Win BPAL’s amber perfume oil and hair gloss!

Clumps of Mascara – Okay, so it isn’t exactly beauty related but if you’re living the gluten-free and dairy-free life or just want a fresh and delicious salad, check out the recipe for this one.

EauMG – is high on perfume this week (it’s OK, she’s in Washington state). Here’s EauMG’s guide to marijuana perfumes. These unusual perfumes contain a cannabis accord or are inspired by the substance. Don’t walk on the grass. Wear it.

Gouldylox Reviews – Curious if the Marc Jacobs line is worth the hype? I’ve got pictures, swatches and details!

Lipglossiping – feels the mercury rising with this spicy little number from Glitter Gal Cosmetics. Guaranteed to get you hot under the collar!

My Beauty Bunny – is excited to be spreading the cruelty free message in the pages of People Style Watch Magazine! Check out my newsstand glee and the shout out to my favorite vegan hair care brand, DermOrganic.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – Kimberly over at Libby’s Pink Vanity reviewed the Forever 21 Creamy Splatter Eyeshadows which, by the name alone, captured my attention!

 

Question of the Week:

How did you arrive at your current eyebrow
shape? Were you born with those brows, did you get them professionally shaped or did you shape them
yourself? And are you happy with them?

B says, “My brows are ridiculously thick. I mean, they are like fuzzy caterpillars growing on my face. I always hated them growing up but I now go to an amazing eyebrow threader who creates a beautiful arch for me. I then maintain them by trimming every few days but I am so so dependent on my brow lady.”

What’s your brow story?

 

See you next week!

GLOSSYBOX review – July 2013

It’s been a hot lil’ minute since we’ve tangoed with good ole’ GLOSSYBOX. And yeah, I know I’m like a month behind reviewing it but hey, maybe this review will motivate you enough to finally get that GB subscription that you’ve been lusting over for so long. I got this box for review and I think it’s oh so fitting for a summer beauty subscription box.

Glossybox of July 2013

Like all GLOSSYBOX boxes, this one came with a leaflet of what you’ll uncover after ripping the top off of your box.

Glossybox July 2013

I like to review these beauty subscription boxes by the diversity of their products and if their products reach a value of at least $21. That, to me, is very important. Yeah. I’m kinda nutty about it. Let’s get started…

Nail Inc. Baker Street nail polish

Glossybox Nails Inc

This itty bitty bottle of blue polish is fantastic. Nails Inc. is a pretty high-end brand and so even though this isn’t a full size bottle, seeing the baby version of one appear in a GLOSSYBOX is crazy exciting. Plus, this striking cobalt blue is stunning. I mean, dang…

Dr. Brandt BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

Glossybox

I’ve heard of this brand before but I didn’t know that they had a BB cream. Then again, who doesn’t have one? It’s a moderate sample size but they get a fail because the Light to Medium is far too light for me.

Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE Make-up Cleansing Tissues

Glossybox USA

These babies are a bonus item in this month’s GLOSSYBOX. Pretty rad bonus. 10 towelettes is enough to really test the product. They are heavily fragranced so you know they aren’t exactly up my alley.

Figs & Rogue Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube

Glossybox lip balm

Glossybox lips

This gorgeous tube of lip balm was the first thing eyes landed on when I opened up the box. My, what gorgeous packaging! The lip applicator (or lack of one) isn’t all that comfortable when it comes to applying. But this petroleum-free lip balm isn’t strong on the scents and the subtle pink shade will look flattering on everyone. I dig it!

BVLGARI Eau Pafumeé au thé Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel

Glossybox Bvlgari

It’s a generous sample size but I don’t do perfumes and so even sniffing this gave me a slight headache.

Brazilian Blowout Açai Deep Conditioning Masque

Glossybox hair

For the gals who love keepin’ their do’s in check, this hair masque has enough product to give you a few tests of how the masque may work on your hair. That is, if you don’t have Rupunzel-length hair. I doubt I’ll give it a whirl. I’m just not really into hair products these days.

OVERALL:  This box was definitely worth at least $21. This is the norm for GLOSSYBOX as I’ve come to discover that they are pretty good with giving you products that at least meet what you’ve spent. And like all subscription boxes, you aren’t going to love everythiiiiing but with this one, there is something for everyone. They cover hair, skincare, nails, cosmetics and fragrances and that’s just no easy task. Another win for GLOSSYBOX .

If you haven’t signed up for  a box yet – head on over here  and do so.

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?