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?

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 76

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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!

Lipglossiping – brings out the brights with a lip colour so packed with pigment, you’ll be hard pressed not to pout with envy.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m obsessed with this glorious waffle of creamy goodness.

Nouveau Cheap – Does the beautiful packaging of the new Flower by Drew Barrymore Color Play Créme Eyeshadows match what’s inside? Come see for yourself!

Prime Beauty – has a riddle for you. What’s pink and peach, heart shaped and imparts a glowy natural flush? Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush! Get the deets!

Phyrra – brings you a sneak peek of Jesse’s Girl Julie G Gumdrop Nail Polish!

we heart this – If you’re like us, you love a good haul post! And we’ve got one right here – check out Stef’s IMATS haul.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Check out the review & swatches for the five new Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal shades, Amber loves these cream eyeshadows because they’re great multi-taskers!

Clumps of Mascara – reminisces about the good ole’ college days and talks about that time she went to Philadelphia to volunteer for a week.

 

Question of the Week:

Is there anything in your beauty arsenal that
you like to bring out for springtime (that you don’t
use much during the colder months)?

 

B says, “Not really. I pretty much use what I like whenever. No matter the season! “

What about you? Anything you’ve been itchin’ to use?

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 75

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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!

If you’re in So. California, join Lipstick League members we heart this on February 10th at Beauty for The Beasts; an event they’re co-hosting at Cristophe’s Salon that benefits animal rescue. Book a service (like a $40 blow-out) or just come for the gift bag – they’re worth $200! It’s going to be a good time for a great cause.

Question of the Week – What is your favorite face cleanser – foaming, creamy, soap, whatever – and why?

Clumps of Mascara – hasn’t been on the MAC Cosmetics bandwagon in a while and this mascara didn’t help her regain her love for the brand either.

EauMG – It’s happy hour! Pull a stool up to the bar and read this perfume review of Vince Camuto for Women.

Lipglossiping – continues exploring the brighter side of lipstick with the latest in her red lip series featuring a beautiful cherry red from Clarins.

Gouldylox Reviews – Pictures don’t lie! You won’t believe the before and after this mascara gave me. And it’s under $10!

Nouveau Cheap – The new Nivea Lip Butters have finally landed in the US! Warning: you may be tempted to eat these with a spoon (but please don’t).

Pink Sith – Has a review of the taupest taupe taupe that ever tauped taupe or as normal people call it, Sephora Collection Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe #6.

Prime Beauty – found a drugstore BB cream worthy of praise in Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream!

Phyrra – Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? Phyrra decides to be Good with the Urban Decay Disney Oz, the Great and Powerful, Glinda Palette.

Vampy Varnish – Urban Decay’s new Oz The Great and Powerful Collection is fabulous. Check out lots of photos and swatches of The Glinda Palette and The Theodora Palette!

we heart this – We’re co-hosting Beauty for The Beasts at Cristophe’s on Feb. 10, beauty to benefit animal rescue. Salon services, champagne, gift bags – we’ll see you there!

Beauty Junkies Unite – See why Amber absolutely loves MAC Party Parrot Lipstick, you won’t want to miss this hot hue!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – Fellow beauty girl and mommy friend of mine is loving those Maybelline Vivids lipsticks as much as I am. Ishah Beauty has be wanting to haul that vibrant orange lipstick.

 

Question of the Week:

What is your favorite face cleanser –
foaming, creamy, soap, whatever – and why?

B says, “I love creamy cleansers.”

What about you?

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 74

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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!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber puts Maybelline’s newest mascara to the test, The Rocket Volum’ Express. See the before and after pics to decide if it’s for you!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ Clinique’s super intense lip balms. You pretty much need to haul them all. Seriously.

EauMG – talks about one of her favorite perfumes – regular ‘ole Chanel Coco.

Lipglossiping – explores the sweeter side of Jo Malone with the brand’s Spring 2013 fragrance launch.

Gouldylox Reviews – Ever want to grow a new finger? This cream might be able to do just that. Or maybe just reduce fine lines. Either way, this is a real thing.

Nouveau Cheap – Wet n Wild’s first-ever eyeshadow primer might just be my favorite primer of the year, and it’s only January. Click here to find out why.

Pink Sith – Has Chantecaille “Jumped the Shark” with their latest Save The Sharks 4 pan palette? Find out in this very honest review.

Prime Beauty – steps out of her brown/bronze/beige neutral comfort zone with bareMinerals new Remix Collection, a color-lovers delight!

Vampy Varnish – Thinks the new Nicole by OPI 2013 Nail Lacquers are pretty great, and at a drugstore near you soon!

we heart thisMAC Strength shows us a lip color combo that’s a one, two punch!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies UniteThis post from Jessica at Beautezine made me swoon over the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipsticks!

 

Question of the Week:

Do you think cosmetic ads should have a disclaimer if
they use excessive photoshop, false lashes and such?

B says, “Absolutely!! I’ve seen some mascara ads actually say that false lashes were used and I’m all like, “Wait…I have to use false lashes to get those results?” What crock!”

What do you think?

 

Armitron Watch Giveaway!

Wellllllll, it’s a new year and yours truly needed to step her game up in the watch department. I used to be obsessed with watches, y’all. I mean seriously obsessed. But I go through phases with watches. One minute I need to haul every single one that I see and the next I’m all like, “Whatever…I don’t need to wear a watch today.” Armitron has reeled me back into my obsession and I’m glad because watches really do complete a look.

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Esposo is a watch guy so he was all kinds of giddy about getting the opportunity to test drive this baby.

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These pieces are the newest from Armitron’s Spring 2013 collection. We’ll rap on Esposo’s watch first.

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Retailing for only $33, I like this watch because it’s nice enough to dress up and dress down. Because Esposo works in a pretty active field, he prefers watches that are pretty durable and can take a beating and still keep on tickin’. The blue face makes it wearable and the bling gives it a nice added touch of class.

And then there’s this gorgeous rose gold watch

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I’ve had my fair share of watches but I’ve never owned a rose gold one. I’m a silver lovin’ gal and can get pretty stuck in my ways but ZOMG, I think I’m starting to love rose gold.

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A bit on the fancier side, this is the kind of watch that I’d only want to wear for date nights, church, special events or Girl’s Night Out. I find it far too gorgeous to wear every day. It retails for $60 so it’s not too much of a wallet breaker.

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The best thing about Armitron watches is that they are afforable and durable. Both of the watches retail for under $75 which ain’t too shabby if you are looking to step up your watch game. And because I love y’all, I’ve decided to give away a his and her watch set.

One lucky winner will win the following:

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And if you’re lookin’ for more beautiful Armitron watches, check out their store on Amazon. In the meantime, press your luck to win these kids. Oh! And this is an International-friendly giveaway. Woo hooo!!

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Makeup Wars: 5 Beauty Resolutions

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Well y’all…it’s time to hold my self accountable. And doing a blog post about beauty resolutions is the BEST way to do it. And when I screw up, I want you guys to let me know, mkay. That’s what beauty friends are for. Okay. Sooooo…here we go.

 

Clean my makeup brushes regularly.

I’m not even going to tell you how often I DON’T clean my brushes. You’ll judge me. And it would be okay because I’d judge me too. So yeah, I vow to rinse those brushes off more often.

Create a better makeup storage situation.

My makeup storage is all over the place. I’ve got my everyday products that I have in a crate in my bathroom and then I’ve got more stuff allllll over the place in my beauty room. My nail polishes are housed beautifully but everything else is all kinds of messed up. This is why I need The Container Store to hurry up and open here in Orlando. Fo reals.

Learn how to maintain my brows.

It’s a well known fact that I’m a low maintenance brow gal. Unapologetically so. I have no desire to invest 5-10 minutes drawing, filling in and sculpting my brows. I like them naturally crazy and bushy. BUT – let’s not pretend that great brows can transform a look. I need to find products that will help my brows look more polished while making sure they don’t look too drawn-on and stenciled.

Teach at least 3 beauty classes for pre-teens and teens.

…and not a “This is how you put on makeup class.” but I want to share with them the importance of taking care of their skin and how they really DON’T need makeup. And if they do want to wear makeup, I’ll suggest age-appropriate products and shades. I didn’t teach any beauty classes last year but did so quite frequently in 2011. Plus, I loooove community outreach.

Read more international beauty blogs and websites.

Beauty is universal and as an editor, I want to stay up on the latest and greatest worldwide. I read a few beauty blogs outside of the U.S., but I want to read and connect with more bloggers. And then I want to feature them on Clumps and be featured on their sites. It’s like beauty penpal-ing!

 

I could add a dozen more to the list but I do so much better with small monthly and quarterly goals, ya know? Do you have any beauty resolutions for the New Year? Buy more? Buy less? Tell meeeee! Oh, and in the meantime, check out the beauty resolutions of my fellow Makeup Wars sisters…