The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 59

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 – Alice in Wonderland fans: have you seen the latest Limited Edition lip balm set from eos?

Pink Sith – reviews the new Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit. It has the blackest black shadow ever!

Prime Beauty – has heeded your call for more fashion posts with an awesome handbag find! Emilie M. has chic and stylish bags at affordable prices and I even have a discount code for you! You’re welcome.

Phyrra – Phyrra is ecstatic to share her exclusive interview with Too Faced Founder Jerrod Blandino!

we heart this – discovered a professional range of no-nonsense hair care products that smells fab, is independently produced, and sulfate and paraben free. Read our review to see why we think BANGSTYLE is creating bang on hair care!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Take a sneak peek at a few of the pieces from the upcoming NARS Andy Warhol Collection for holiday 2012!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ these Julie G nail polishes. But why or why isn’t there a Rite Aid in Florida?

EauMG – Travel to Vienna with this sweet, yummy gourmand from The Scent of Departure.

Gouldylox ReviewsShop for a good cause and look lovely with Laura Mercier.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – I love reading beauty blogs from across the globe, and one of my favorites is Catanya’s Things. Catanya is from Spain, and this week she reviewed the new YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, which seems to be on everyone’s radar right now.

Question of the Week:

Regardless of where you’re going,
what’s the first beauty product that goes in your
suitcase when you’re packing for a trip?

 

B says, “Hmmmm, definitely deodorant, baby. I can forget everything else but without this stuff, I’d be in quite a funk. Get it? Funk? Heheeee!”

What say you, chicas? What beauty product gets thrown in first when you’re packing for a trip?

 

See you next week!

 

EcoTools 5 piece brush set + giveaway!

I’m back with another quick review of one of my favorite brush brands everrrr….EcoTools! I’m still a bit upset at myself for shelling out a crap ton of money on those higher-end brushes back in my makeup newbie days. Someone should have knocked me on my head and told me about EcoTools.

But hey…you live and learn, right? And when you’re a beauty blogger, you try to help fellow beauty lovers not make the same expensive mistakes you did. Aaaaand that’s why I’ll always be bragging about EcoTools. Check out this Bamboo 5 piece brush set…

These are some itty bitty babies, uh? While ideal for everyday use, I think these may be a better fit for those wanting to test out EcoTools’ products or for travelin’ mamas who need brushes that get the job done.

Lé Specs…
-Durable handles of each brush is made from bamboo.
-Cosmetic case is from natural cotton and hemp.
-Brushes are 100% cruelty-free.
-The aluminum on the brushes are recycled aluminum ferrules.
-Affordable at only $9.99.

The cosmetic case is the perfect size. It fits comfortably in the hand which means it’s the perfect fit for purses, bookbags and carry-on luggage.

The brushes, despite their small handles, are actually really good at makeup application. I usually carry normal size brushes with me when I travel, but toting these along will definitely save space. And I just love the beautifully etched handles.

Quick intro of the kids…

 

Mineral Powder Brush

Ideal for applying powder or mineral foundation. Also works great with blush application. This brush, like all of them, is SUPER soft.

 

Concealer brush

Great for liquid or mineral powder concealer. It’s a pretty stiff brush so it’s also great for applying concealer to blemishes.

 

Eye Shading Brush

I’m not sure how great this is for eyeshadow application but I love it for blending and applying eyeshadow to the browbone.

 

Baby Kabuki

An itty bitty kabuki brush that helps buff powder. Don’t judge her small size – she fits nicely in the hand.

 

It’s another stellar EcoTools set that is not only available in drugstores and at Ulta but on EcoTools’ new e-store! But wait…if you feel like you’ve GOT to get it now, why not press your luck and try to win it?

One lucky Clumps of Mascara reader will score this 5 piece brush set. That includes my guy ‘n gals livin’ outside of the U.S. too. That’s right! It’s an International-friendly giveaway.

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Enter your information in the Rafflecopter below. If the Rafflecopter does not load immediately, give it a few seconds. If you’re still having trouble entering your information, shoot me an email with the subject EcoTools 5 piece brush set giveaway. Otherwise…good luuuuuck!

 

[Winner has been selected. Congrats to Sejal K!!!] 

5 Goodies in my purse this Fashion Week!

Fashion Week is in full swing and for once I’m not pouting that I can’t attend. I think it has something to do with my being pregnant and knowing that I’d be an uncomfortable mess trekking about NYC trying to catch shows. Okay, I’m lying. I STILL really want to be there. Not so much to see any shows but to attend all of the events. I’m still pouting that I’m not there. So much so that I’m creating “What if I was at Fashion Week” scenarios. Play with me, will ya? Soooo, if I was at Fashion week this season, these are the beauty goodies that would be in my bag.

 

La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish remover

Shufflin’ around the city, hoppin’ off of trains, snappin’ shots, blogging on the go and huggin’ fellow beauty bloggers is a tough job. The nails usually take a beating and I’m far too vain to walk around with chipped nails. A simple swipe of this pad will help remove polish from all 10 nails. And they’ll be fresh and ready to go when it’s time to apply a new coat of polish. Woot!

Korres Lip Butter Glaze

I likely wouldn’t apply this first thing in the morning (I’d go for something much brighter) but when lipstick starts smudging off, this Lip Butter is not only incredibly moisturizing but gives a fantastic pop of color.

A handkerchief

Because mama said a lady should always carry one. Plus, I sweat at the drop of a dime and subtly dapping my brow is far more attractive than sweeping my hand across my face. Know what I mean?

Johnson’s Baby Oil

Aside from using this as makeup remover, the popular oil is also great for quickly dapping on those super dry spots. Lotions usually don’t last long for me and my natural oils don’t come in portable sizes so I like to opt for this stuff. Just a dab on an eczema flare up and I’m good to go!

Phone charger

Obviously, right? These smartphone thingies aren’t all that smart because they just can’t stay charged up allllllll day. So unfair.

Business cards

You never know who you’re going to meet and being caught without your business card at Fashion Week is the ultimate business faux pas. Unless of course you’re a celebrity that everyone already knows… Yours truly ain’t exactly on that status yet.

Pretty short list for a beauty editor, uh? Less is more when it comes to attending fashion shows. Or anywhere for that matter. I have great longwear makeup products so I usually never have to re-up with mascara, powders and blush.

 

Okay – so let’s say you’re going to Fashion Week (and if you’re there, don’t tell me…I can’t take any more jealous twinges. ha!)…what’s the #1 beauty item you’d HAVE to have with you?

 

*This is a paid post but all opinions are my own.

Join me and Chevy for a Pregnancy Pick-Me-Up!

Soooo, guess who’s doing another awesome event with Chevy? I aaaaam! And I’m beyond excited about it because this event is specifically for preggo chicas like myself.

If you’ve been a Clumps of Mascara reader for awhile, you may have seen some of my Chevy posts. I’ve done a lot of Cruze-in’ with the brand. I explored Orlando with my fellow blogger friends, got a sugar rush during Valentine’s Day and  hosted a pizza crawl. Chevy knows how to have a good time so I’ll be partyin’ with them for as long as I can.

Do you know any pregnant mamas in or around the Orlando area? Tell ‘em to join me next Wednesday for a fun Chevy-sponsored event. As the flyer says, spots are limited to if you or someone you know is interested, RSVP with the quickness. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions.

Stay tuned for more update of this event. You know I’m takin’ pictures, right? :cool:

 

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 58

Gorgeous polishes from Essence!

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 – offers a juicy insight into the latest Jo Malone fragrance launch: Blackberry & Bay. Cream scones and tea with that?

Nouveau CheapMy favorite makeup brush cleaner isn’t really a makeup brush cleaner at all (well, technically speaking).

Prime Beauty – loves what WEN Cleansing Conditioner does for her hair but not her wallet, so she’s found an affordable alternative in her latest Splurge vs. Steal!

Phyrra – is ready to battle again in Makeup Wars – Favorite Fall Nail Polish. See the best nail polish for Fall!

we heart this – has partnered with Sephora this week to bring you the colors of the season; Blackest Black, Nouveau Purple and Crimson Velvet. Check out these red lip picks for the prettiest pout around.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Get Amber’s official breakdown of the new READY Foundation SPF 20, a solid mineral foundation from bareMinerals!

Clumps of Mascara – has found the world’s most interesting eyeshadow quad. It’s quite reminiscent of alien aircraft!

Gouldylox Reviews – This lash curler actually fits the shape of my eye, perfectly. I didn’t know what I was missing by settling for my Shu.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – My favourite post of the week comes in the form of this little number from A Touch of Blusher who has me craving the new Paul & Joe collection like a reformed smoker at a Marlboro convention.

Question of the Week:

Who makes the best mascara?

 

B says, “Are you kidding me?! No way can I answer that question!”

Okay mascara lovers…who makes your favorite mascara?

 

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 57

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 – EauMG reviews a fruity perfume inspired by Sauvignon Blanc.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m really bad at math, but I think I figured out how committing this beauty sin will impact you for the rest of your life.

Nouveau Cheap – It’s easy to dismiss drugstore Halloween makeup, but if you turn your nose to it this year, you could miss out on this gorgeous $3 matte red eyeshadow.

Prime Beauty – test drives bareMinerals new READY SPF 20 Foundation! It even made her stop using the “F” word–find out how!

Phyrra – Phyrra brings the makeup brush that revolutionized foundation application for her to the next Makeup Wars! Do you own it?

Vampy Varnish – Wishes she didn’t love the new Estee Lauder Metal Mania Pure Colour Nail Lacquers so much because they’re so expensive!

we heart this – neon tribal, diagonal dots, gold French tips and glitter that is Liberace-worthy; with It’s So Easy nail art is precisely that!

Clumps of Mascara – is still obsessed with red lipstick and glosses. This likely won’t change any time soon. Check out the newest red lippies to her stash!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – My favorite beauty/fragrance blogger, Gaia of The Non-Blonde, reviews a perfume from one of my favorite indie lines, Providence Perfume Co. Divine Noir.

 

Question of the Week:

What compelled you to start a beauty blog?

 

B says, “I was about to graduate from college, was freaking about what the future held, fell in love with beauty products and wanted to start logging my journey. That was 5 years ago and I’m still freaking about what the future holds. HAAAA!!!”

If you’re a blogger, what compelled you to start blogging?

 

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 56

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 – EauMG reviews a fruity perfume inspired by Sauvignon Blanc.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m really bad at math, but I think I figured out how committing this beauty sin will impact you for the rest of your life.

Nouveau Cheap – It’s easy to dismiss drugstore Halloween makeup, but if you turn your nose to it this year, you could miss out on this gorgeous $3 matte red eyeshadow.

Prime Beauty – test drives bareMinerals new READY SPF 20 Foundation! It even made her stop using the “F” word–find out how!

Phyrra – Phyrra brings the makeup brush that revolutionized foundation application for her to the next Makeup Wars! Do you own it?

Vampy Varnish – Wishes she didn’t love the new Estee Lauder Metal Mania Pure Colour Nail Lacquers so much because they’re so expensive!

we heart this – neon tribal, diagonal dots, gold French tips and glitter that is Liberace-worthy; with It’s So Easy nail art is precisely that!

Clumps of Mascara – is still obsessed with red lipstick and glosses. This likely won’t change any time soon. Check out the newest red lippies to her stash!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – My favorite beauty/fragrance blogger, Gaia of The Non-Blonde, reviews a perfume from one of my favorite indie lines, Providence Perfume Co. Divine Noir.

 

Question of the Week:

When you think of autumn, what beauty product instantly comes to mind?

 

B says, “Burnt orange nail polish! Yummy!!! “

Are you a lover of autumn beauty?

 

See you next week!