The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 53

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 – Love plump, shiny, saturated lips? Then you’ll love the new Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Glosses this season.

we heart this – Do you really need another product with Argan Oil? If it’s Moroccanoil, the answer is yes.

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away a pretty awesome beauty bag. You’ll definitely want to get in on this one.

Gouldylox Reviews – If you want to slim your face and jawline in a hurry, this will do the trick. It’s not permanent, but in a pinch it will work. (And it feels great.)

Nouveau Cheap – Do I love the new L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream? Do I hate it? Am I on the fence? Come see for yourself.

Pink Sith – wouldn’t be LION if she told you the brushes from the Japonesque Safari Chic Set are PURRfect!

Prime Beauty – asks Hot weather making you melt?  Cool off and perk up with Laura Mercier’s Tone Perfecting Eye Gel!

Phyrra – lets her skin shine through with Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation. See why she loves it!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – Jessica from Beautezine is one of my favorite bloggers (and people!) and she’s got the new fall goodies from Yves Saint Laurent covered!

Question of the Week:

If, for one month, you could only use one brand for
ALL of your makeup needs, which brand would you choose?

 

B says, “Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’ll say NARS. They’ve got it all. A close second would be Tarte Cosmetics.”

What say you? Could you only stick to using one brand for an entire month?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Giveaway! The Insiders’ Choice Beauty Box

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had a giveaway, uh? Yah. I thought the same thing. Something tells me that you gals are going to love this one so hopefully the absence of giveaways will be made up with this treat. And here’s the thing…even if you don’t win this, you may find yourself buying it because these goodies are just THAT awesome.

Check it:

CEW and BeautyBar.com teamed up to create The Insiders’ Choice Beauty Box, which features 11 products selected as the industry’s most innovative picks during the 18th Annual CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards.

And yes, I’m one of those geeks that not only looked forward to these awards but did the Running Man each time I found out that one of my favorite products won an award. Hmm mmmmm.

Okay, so here’s the best part: For a limited-time only, these Insider’s Choice Beauty Boxes will be available at BeautyBar.com/CEW. The box is valued at $109 and is selling at a specially discounted price of $25. Aaaaand, if you buy two boxes, you’ll get one free with the promo code: BBCEW (for the first 250 customers).

Crazy, right? And check out what comes in the box.

The Insiders’ Choice Beauty Box contains the following products:
· L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Serum Intense
· L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara
· Heidi Klum Shine Eau De Toilette, 0.5 oz.
· StriVectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream, Travel Size
· L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream-1 oz.
· Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion
· Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm-Red Dahlia
· Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Neutralizer
· Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, Travel Size
· Dr. T’s Supergoop! All-Over Everyday UV Lotion for Face & Body – SPF 30+ – 1.6 oz. Travel Size
· Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Color Strips, Animal Instinct-16 count

I know, girl. I know. And these aren’t itty witty samples either. Each product is at least a deluxe sample size and most of the goodies look to be full-sized. And each box is only $25! I’ve already purchased one just because I really need to re-up on the awesomeness that is L’Occitane’s Hand Cream. And that Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm look awesome. Oh! And that Maybelline concealer may do wonders for the dark circles under my eyes. Can’t WAIT to get this box.

Anywhoovers, if you’d rather try ‘n press your luck to win it, go for it, mama! It’s a U.S. resident only giveaway and one winner will be selected Wednesday, August 1st. Good lucky, duckies!

 

[Contest has ended. Melissa in Mississippi was our lucky winner! ]

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 52

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 – wants you to show some skin with Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. Which shade is your match?

Vampy Varnish – loves the new Urban Decay Smoked Palette and thinks you might love it too!

we heart this – Hey you in that red lipstick! There are bugs in your makeup. Yes, BUGS.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shows us how the new L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream works, complete with a before and after of her skin!

Clumps of Mascara – is rockin’ jelly nails. Zoya’s Gloss collection is unlike any kind of collection we’ve seen in a while.

EauMG – Expand your vocabulary with the Smell Bent Vocabulary Perfume Collection!

Gouldylox Reviews – brings out her inner bombshell with Be a Bombshell’s summer collection!

Krasey Beauty – Looking for a great new body wash? Check out Tone’s newest Fruit Peels Body Wash, and read about how K.B met K.P (Kellie Pickler).

Nouveau Cheap – Will your cravings for some Revlon Moon Candy turn you into a lunatic? (Get it?? Lunatic? Lunar? Moon? Yeah, I know. Sorry. But this collection sure is pretty!)

Pink Sith – sits you down for a fairytale about princesses and NARS Vent Glace Eyeshadow

Prime Beauty – Find out why Prime Beauty cannot stop sniffing herself. Could she have discovered fragrance nirvana with the new Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – Check out one of my favorite bloggers, the Makeup Zombie! She shares her favorite indie companies.

Question of the Week:

What’s your most prized beauty possession?

 

B says, “My Maybelline Hello Kitty mascara. I’ve only used it a few times and likely won’t use it again (it’s waaaaay older than 3 months) but I so love that tube of mascara.”

What about you? I’m probably the only crazy one holding on to old mascara, uh? Ha!

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Luax Cosmetics – vegan cosmetics with bling!

Indie brands represent! It’s no surprise that I have my love for drugstore and the big chain brands. But when I’m presented with the chance to play around with products of lesser known brands, I always jump to the opportunity. It’s in my nature. I’m the type that would much rather shop for her fruits and veggies at a farmer’s market than a grocer, ya know?

I was recently introduced to the baby brand Luax Cosmetics and whoa – I’m impressed!

The brand was founded just 3 months ago and already founders Benni and Tiffany are making waves in the beauty industry! These 2 driven ladies had a passion for cosmetics but wanted to design a brand that not only included vegan and eco-friendly products but also had a bit of a high fashion touch to it. And I can see why. Many times, when you think of vegan brands, you picture organic and nature-esque products and packing. But these ladies have done something completely different and I’m absolutely lovin’ it!

Let’s start with the nail polishes. So far they’ve got 14 nail polishes ($8.99 a bottle) listed on their website and I’m anxious for them to start cranking out some more. I’ve got Royalty…

…and Welcome To the Big Apple.

Both applied beautifully and have a semi-jelly finish to them. The formula was good for both and while I got more of an opaque finish with Royalty, I don’t mind the visible nail line showin’ through on Welcome To The Big Apple.  And the tops of the bottles are just so luxurious, darling!

The tops are topped off with SWAROVSKI crystals. And they’re not budging either. Those crystals are glued on  and not moving an inch. Which is great. Because if I’ve got nail polish bottles that look this pretty, I would act a fool if one of those crystals took off. I’m just sayin’…

Luax Cosmetics is also givin’ us lip lacquers at $13.99 a pop! I spied 8 colors on their website and when asked which shade I wanted to review, of course I had to give Bossy a whirl. But of course. It’s red!

And I mean, RED!

I found this blue-toned red to compliment my hue beautifully. Which is no easy feat as some reds make me look scary. Formula wise, I found it to be interesting because while it looks and applies like a gloss, it feels like a moisturizing and highly pigmented lipstick once on the lips. At the same time, it lasts like a stain. Word?!  I’ve never seen such a gloss with so many characteristics. I literally had to scrub my lips to get the gloss off. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’d much rather have a lipgloss that requires some work to get off than have one that disappears 20 minutes after application.

Just like its sisters, the lip lacquers have the pretty crystals secured and chillin’ on the tops of the wands.

And lastly, there was the lip scrub.

Ah yesss, lip scrubs. Lip scrubs are essential to life. I know that sounds out there but girlfriend, they are. And everyone should have a good lip scrub in their lives. This sugar-based lip scrub retails for $9.99, which is perhaps the one product that I believe may be a bit overpriced. But does it scrub? Um yeah….

It has a nice scent to it. Especially if you like peppermint. It goes on easily and rinses off thoroughly. There is a bit of a film left behind which I found great for moisturizing the lips. But if you’re ready to top your lips off with a lipstick or gloss, you’d have to wipe le lips with a hand towel or tissue.

Overall? I think Luax Cosmetics is doing a darn good job for having only been around for 3 months. I’m impressed and I love the uniqueness of the product packaging. It’s memorable, fun and classy. It’s a super girly brand that I can’t wait to see go to the top. I’d love to see an Ingredients tab on their website and that’s only because I’m a blogger who loves reading her ingredients. Plus, when you’ve got allergies and skin issues, you want to know what you’re getting when you play around with a new products.

If you’re in the mood to try some new brands – check out Luax Cosmetics! Visit their website here.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 51

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!

Prime Beauty – reviews the June GlossyBox and has one to giveaway too!

Phyrra – Phyrra feels a sin comin’ on. Oh wait! That’s just Sinful for Her by Tru Fragrance.

Vampy Varnish – Get your potty-mouth on with this new nail lacquer from Sheswai and it’s cruelty free!

we heart this – it may not be beauty, but we bet you feel beautiful (and clever) sporting this clutch purse that you made yourself. Oh, yes you did!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares 7 hot picks from the brand new Maybelline nail lacquer collection, Color Show!

Clumps of Mascara – already has a Clarisonic but she’s in looooove with these. How gorgeous and summery are these shades?

EauMG – Check one of Victoria’s favorite perfumes for the heat, L’Artisan Parfumeur Batucada.

Gouldylox Reviews – This BB Cream does a great job of staying in place all day, but has one other major drawback.

Lipglossiping – nags more of her readers to share their favourite red lipsticks in her regular Red Lipped Readers series.

Nouveau Cheap – A collection of jumbo eyeshadow pencils from the drugstore in rich, vibrant colors that don’t crease, smudge or smear even after eight hours? Oh yes, it’s true.

Pink Sith – managed to spend less than $20 on a full face of makeup? Check out the 79 cent blush/bronzer she picked up from Sally Girl Cosmetics.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet, gentle and discriminating blogger in person! Check out The Ultimate Makeup for info on makeup, fashion and all things pretty!

Question of the Week:

What product(s) do you use to clean your makeup brushes?

 

B says, “I keep it simple and use fragrance-free dish liquid. And that’s WHEN I remember to wash my brushes. Which is hardly ever. Ha! “

Please say you’re better than me about washing those brushes. What do you use?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Pampering Yourself While Saving Money – it IS possible.

I’m not big on buying myself a lot of stuff. Never have been. Perhaps one day when I’ve paid off all of my student loans, my car note and debt, I won’t feel so guilty about buying a host of beauty baubles and random stuff. But every now and then Esposo reminds me that it’s okay to treat myself to a lil’ somethin’ somethin’.

Really? Who knew?!

And then I thought about  it -I do pamper myself sooooometimes. But I’m usually doing so in a way that will save money. And here’s how…

I buy beauty stuffs ONLY when they’re on sale –  I’m a saver by nature and I tend to appreciate purchases more when I get ‘em on sale. Doesn’t everyone though? No one brags about paying full price for anything.

Stash gift cards and use them when you need a fix – Yup, I STILL have gift cards that I received over the holidays. When family members and friends start passin’ them out, I hide them and don’t even think about pulling them out until March hits. I’ve actually got 3 left to department stores and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using  one this weekend.

Shop at a friend’s house – Yep, I’ve mentioned this one before. If you’ve got a friend that’s into beauty, fashion or jewelry as much as you are, you better make use yo! I love swapping gently-used and products I’ve never used with my girlfriends. I get to get rid of things I’m not even using and I get to get some new things as well – ALL for the $free.99.

Best ways to pamper yourself without going into debt – name ‘em!

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam

 

 

Giveaway Winners! Eucerin Skincare + Braun Epilator

The giveaways have been a flyin’ this season on Clumps. And why not? It’s summer time, Clumps recently turned 5 years old and oh yeah – y’all deserve it. If you didn’t win this go ’round, worry not. I’ve got some more fabulouuuuus giveaways up my sleeve. Congrats to the following ladies!

Miami Event – The Garnier Greener Tour

My homegirl and Miami blogger Jewel of Jewel’s Fab Life is hosting the Garnier Greener Tour this Friday from 4pm-6pm in Miami. I’m all kinds of jealous that I can’t attend. It’ll be an epic event for several reasons…

  • The beauty pimped out Garnier bus will park its sexy self at a Walmart parking lot. What’s inside the bus? Garnier goodies, cupcakes and information on how we can recycle our cosmetic packaging.
  • TerraCycle’s partnership with Garnier means there will be bins on site to encourage you to bring old shampoo, conditioner, and lotion bottles to recycle.
  • Hairstylists will be on site in case you’d like to upgrade your locks a bit.
  • There will be plenty of games and activities.
  • You’ll get to hang out with Jewel!

 

The event is absolutely free but you do need to RSVP to confirm your attendance. If you make it – tell Jewel I said “hi!” For more information, check out Jewel’s post here.