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?

POPSUGAR Must Have Box June

I’m so ridiculously excited about sharing this box with y’all that I can’t even think right. Please excuse any kind of randomness you get from me while reading this post. First things first…yours truly was asked to join the very prestige group of bloggers. POPSUGAR has handpicked a couple dozen of us for their POPSUGAR Select group and I am honored to be a charter member. Aside from landing a spot on their site, they also gifted me with my first POPSUGAR Must Have box.

POPSUGAR Must Have box

I’ve read about these babies before and they are THEE box of all subscription boxes. They are a little bit on the expensive side (retailing at $35 a month with free shipping) but the contents are always spectacular. I’ve been spoiled by this box and I’m pretty sure no other box will be able to compare. Check out the offerings in this month’s box…

Popcorn, Indiana

Popcorn FIT

I’ve never heard of this brand but man I need to see if they are in my local grocery store because this is one yummy bag of popcorn! Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn is a relatively healthy snack because it’s only 40 calories per cup. The sea salt wasn’t too overwhelming and it was just a nice little snack to have while watching Dexter on the sofa.

Juice Beauty

I’ve had Juice Beauty on my radar for quite sometime so I was excited to get this Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer from them. They even threw in 2 different shades of their CC Cream. Neither shade worked for me but I can’t wait to give this moisturizer a whirl. I have no idea what stem cellular repair means but it sounds promising. Ha!!

Gorjana Griffin Zuma

Nautical scarf

Darliiiiiing, this Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf retails for $62 and it is just divine. I love the nautical blue and white combined with the touch of bright orange. I’m a beach girl so I love a good lightweight scarf. I’ve been using it on my head and almost had to arm wrestle Mama Clumps for it. Oh…and Elle’s cabbage patch doll and my ironing board both say hey!

Revenge Wears Prada

A book! Remember those? I’m not even gonna lie…it’s been forever since I’ve had the time or been relaxed enough to curl up with a good ole’ book. I think I’m going to make Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger break me out of it. I can’t wait to start flippin’ the pages of tis one. I’ve heard great things about it!

Project 7 Quench

I’ve seen these Project 7 Quench the Thirsty Mints at my grocery store before and thought they were just another brand of mints. But they aren’t. Proceeds from each purchase go towards helping provide clean water to those need it. Fresh breath for a good cause? Right on!

Addicted to Sweat

I have yet to find myself in the gym since being a new mom. I’ve always preferred going to the gym over working out at home but I’ve got to get my physical activity in check so receiving this Hard Candy Fitness DVD — Addicted to Sweat 4 came at a good time. We’ll see how this works.

A pretty dynamic box, huh? Yeeeep. I’ve gotta do some penny pinching but every other month or so I may scoop up a subscription.

Any lovers of the POPSUGAR Must Have box?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 93

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

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!

we heart this – How could OCC improve upon their beloved Lip Tar? By adding a see-thru, glossy look to their original “hyper-opacity” formula and launching the Lip Tar Stained Gloss!

Beauty Junkies Unite – See why Amber thinks the Perlier Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water is literally the coolest new body product for summer!

Clumps of Mascara – can’t get over how awesome Avon’s newest mascara is. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

EauMG – shares one of her favorite natural finds of 2013 (so far). It’s Phoenix Botanicals Night Bloom perfume oil, an intoxicating white floral with vanilla.

Gouldylox Reviews – This braid tutorial is so easy anyone can do it!

Lipglossiping – asks the all important question: Salt or Sugar? Is your exfoliator scrubbing you up the wrong way?

My Beauty Bunny – Too hot and humid to wear foundation? Jen checked out Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm (BB) Cream and found it’s the perfect lightweight alternative for summer.

Nouveau Cheap – If you haven’t seen the Dip-It from Target yet, it could be a game-changer for you (and it’s only $2.50).

Pink Sith – Sometimes you just have to buy a nail polish because, KITTY!

Prime Beauty – has a question for you. Is there a foundation that provides a flawless finish AND substantial sun protection? Why yes, thanks for asking. Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50.

Phyrra – shows you how to be Naturally Chic with Milani Shadow Eyez Pencils and Liquid Eye Liners.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – We love Beauty Info Zone for their straightforward and informative reviews on all things beauty, and we check in every week for The Sunday Scoop, which always includes a list of the very best beauty giveaways on the webs.

Question of the Week:

When it comes to nail care, how often do you moisturize your cuticles? Do you prefer balms, creams or oils to get the job done?

B says, “Pre-baby I did that stuff nightly. Now I moisturize when I can. I don’t think you really need a separate cuticle moisturizer so I try to pay attention to them when I’m slathering coconut oil all over.”

Do you moisturize those cuticles?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 92

OCC Lip Tars

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 in love with the new Punk Rock Collection from Deborah Lippmann for Fall 2013!

we heart this – brings you the boldest and brightest orange nail polish they’ve ever seen; ORLY Mayhem Mentality, and asks the obligatory question of “orange you glad you’ve seen it?”

Beauty Junkies Unite – 10 winners are going to have the smoothest lips on the planet when they win Amber’s NIVEA Lip Butter Giveaway! The winners will receive the entire collection of NIVEA Lip Butter goodness. (Ends 7/2)

Clumps of Mascara – can’t stop staring at those gorgeous Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar Stained Glosses. Have you seen them yet? You pretty much need all of them.

EauMG – reviews a gorgeous tuberose floral inspired by Mexico, Arquiste Flor y Canto. It wears wonderfully in the summer!

Gouldylox Reviews – Why does no one talk about this? The seven perils of having long hair.

Lipglossiping – takes a refreshing look at some zingy body treats from indie company Marshmallow Blends.

My Beauty Bunny – Wondering about the latest “it” ingredient popping up in beauty products everywhere? We’ve got the answers! What’s the Deal with Argan Oil?

Nouveau Cheap – If you haven’t been to your local Big Lots lately, here’s a very good reason to pop in and check out the beauty aisle!

Pink Sith – has a list of 10 bronzers for under $10. Why not save a little green while you are getting your bronze on?

Prime Beauty – got her feet sandal-worthy with the Micro-Pedi tool–it really works!

Phyrra – Lusting for some ‘naked’ colors? Check out the Meow Cosmetics Stripped Collection!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – Cristina from Let Them Have Polish does some amazing nail art and her KB Shimmer Totally Tubular Inspired Nail Art is an amazing example!

Question of the Week:

What are your favorite perfumes to wear in the summer?

B says, “Yours truly doesn’t wear perfume. Nope! It gives me migraines. Which sucks because I adored wearing it years ago.”

Any perfumes on your must have list this summer?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 91

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance jar

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!

Phyrra – Want a camera bag without sacrificing style? You need the Epiphanie Lola, the best bag for beauty and fashion bloggers!

Vampy Varnish – Now you don’t need $250,000 to buy Azature Black Diamond Nail Lacquer Trust me, it’s fabulous stuff!

we heart this – tests Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil and asks the question “do you really need a $42 lip product?” Sorry wallets everywhere, you really do.

Beauty Junkies Unite – I just put COVERGIRL’s new Flamed Out Mascara to the test—check out the review with before and after photos!

Clumps of Mascara – is beyond obsessed with coconuts. So much so that she has been using these Pacificia Coconut Face Wipes daily!

EauMG – rounds up her most worn perfumes of spring 2013.

Gouldylox Reviews – Can a razor change your life? Pin it to win it and find out!

Lipglossiping – gets bedazzled by beauty after swatching the new Leighton Denny Holographic Collection. A matte holo? Whoulda thunk it?!

My Beauty Bunny – Want vibrant, sugar-coated candy nails for summer? Of course you do! We’ve got a look at the new Milani Texture Nail Lacquers that will add a sweet pop of texture to your summer mani.

Nouveau Cheap – If you’re a bright, bold matte eyeshadow lover who is also on a budget, you just might want to click right here.

Prime Beauty – is crushing on the new Lancôme Gloss In Love collection. Sparkle, shine and innovative packaging, oh my!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – Izzy from Musings of a Muse has been my guide for finding beauty most unusual, as well as the best in BB and CC creams. LOVE her blog!

Question of the Week:

What’s the most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever had? (Details, please!)

B says, “I hated having a perm. HATED it. Chemically straightening my hair ruined its health and I felt like such a victim to my hair. I enjoy my natural texture more because now! “

Any bad hair do’s on your watch? Do tell!

Schick’s Prune for June Summer Style Contest!

Prune for June

This sponsored post is brought to you by Glam! I am clearly on a Schick kick (haha, that rhymed) because this makes my second post in a week about their razors. Schick® Quattro for Women TrimStyle® and I will be hanging out in a few weeks but for now I just had to let you know about the gorgeous Style boards Schick has on Pinterest. You ARE on Pinterest, aren’t you? Girl, you better be.


Schick has partnered with 4 awesome fashion editors and bloggers and had them create Pinterest boards that were in line with their personal styles. I found that the Bare-Muda Triangle was definitely up my alley. The board features gorgeous prints and bold statements that definitely speak to my hippie soul. Have you seen that printed kaftan? That so has my name written all over it! Which style looks to be made for you? There’s the…

  • The Flash – for the edgy and daring darlings.


Okay Pinterest lovers, how about a chance to win some sweet prizes? Enter the Prune for June Pinterest contest by creating a summer style board. Yep, it really is THAT easy. Submit your board’s URL to Prune for June and have your peeps vote on your board entry. Fans will vote on the top 10 boards for each trimstyle and 1 grand prize winner per trimstyle will win! Of course the boards have to be unique and creative.

1 lucky guy or gal wil score a prize package worth $2,500 and the second plce winner will get a prize package worth $1,000. Cool stuff, uh? Get to creating that board!

Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® enables women to shave, trim and transform themselves with a simple flip of the handle. Getting your garden ready has never been this much fun thanks to the Prune for June Pinterest contest. Share your best summer style for a chance to win

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle®. amazing prizes.

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Angel Beauty Box – The beauty subscription box for brown girls!

I’ve reviewed a tooooon of beauty subscription boxes. These things are so popular these days and it doesn’t look like the trend is ending any time soon. There are a ton of boxes for EVERY interest. I received the Angel Beauty Box for review and I am pleasantly surprised and for several reasons. For one…it is a box catered to brown girls. And unlike many beauty subscription boxes, it has a nice little system that guarantees you get products that you will actually use. Let’s take a peek…

Angel Box

Yes, I kissed the box. Y’all know I’m silly. 😎 Like most boxes, this one came with a good amount of single-use samples. I got several from Mizani.

Mizani Hair Care

Mizani True Textures

I’m familiar with Mizani but haven’t used their products since I’ve been natural. It’s been forever since they’ve been on my radar but I’m actually looking forward to trying out that hair oil. Especially since it’s silicone-free.

Skincare wise, I got two 8 oz bottles of lotion from a brand named Ziaja.

Ziaja Lotion

I’ve never tried their products before and I found both bottles of lotion to be a bit strong in fragrance but I was still surprised to see such large “samples”. This never happens in beauty subscription boxes!

Also in the skincare department, I got 2 small samples of a Biao creme.

Biao samples

That makes TWO skincare brands that I haven’t heard of. I tend to get excited when I am introduced to brands that I haven’t heard of. At the same time, I like seeing familiar brands in my box too. A nice mix of the two makes me happy.

This unidentified tub of pink stuff landed in my box as well.

Homemade lip balm

I’m not sure what it is as there wasn’t a label or anything on it. I’ve got far too many allergies to play Russian roulette so I left that baby alone. I’m pretty sure it’s a lip balm.

I got a nail polish from the brand RGB!

HIP RBG nail polish

I’m not sure I how I feel about brown polishes on me but I love the concept behind the brand RGB. And I’ve played around a bit with this polish and I love how creamy it is.

And lastly I got 2 custom made all natural goodies!

Angel Beauty Box

Angel Beauty Box scrub

What a nice treat! Unfortunately, I didn’t get an ingredients list with these so I didn’t want to use them. I have to look at the ingredients of products that I put on my skin before I use them. It’s a shame because both the scrub and lavender lotion appeared to be free from synethetic fragrances (that’s just me guessing) but I didn’t want to chance it.

OVERALL: For $20, this appears to be one of the better beauty subscription boxes that I’ve come across. I like how you get so many different products ranging from hair care, skincare and cosmetics. I really enjoyed taking the survey online at that Angel Beauty Box website. The press sample of my box didn’t come with a list of the products (boo…) but subscriptions can expect a magazine listing the featured products.

Have you tried this beauty box? Or are you sick of ’em?