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!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 55

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!

Clumps of Mascara – ZOMG! Look at these new felt tip liners by Milani. The affordability isn’t the best part…you can actually use these babies on the eyes, face and body. How cool!

EauMG – Orange blossoms by the sea – Victoria reviews Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m in love with the Flamboyage technique for highlights. Check it out!

Nouveau Cheap – What’s the current must-have drugstore product that’s got everyone (myself included) in a frenzy? It’s the new Limited Edition Maybelline Color Tattoos, of course!

Pink Sith – Has no problem at all. She can quit at any time. At least that’s what she says when she reveals her THIRD Inglot 10 pan palette!

Prime Beauty – added another neutral/nude eye shadow palette to her collection. Find out why Anastasia’s  She Wears It Well is different from the pack. Hint: Youthful Synergy Complex®

Phyrra – Phyrra reviews Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. See if it becomes a staple for her!

Vampy Varnish – Feeling…vampy? Then check out Deborah Lippmann Forsaken Lip & Nail Duet inspired by HBO’s True Blood!

we heart this – MAC Asked (nicely), You Requested (feverishly!) Check out the By Request collection, as chosen by YOU.

Beauty Junkies Unite – We’re giving away one of our favorite new fall palettes, the Too Faced ‘The Return of Sexy’ Eyeshadow Palette. Enter now!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – I absolutely adore Mimi of Makeup Withdrawal. Her nail polishes swatches are the best! Case in point: She spams us with various beautiful NYX nail polishes.

 

Question of the Week:

Our three favorite haircare lines, name them…

 

B says, “My faves: Jane Carter, Peter Lamas and all-natural products that I make or buy. “

Who makes your favorite haircare products?

 

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 54

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 – Here’s your sneak peek at the upcoming bareMinerals Ready Foundation that won’t be released until next month! Are you ready?

Clumps of Mascara – is making her red lipstick last longer by dabbing a bit of red eyeshadow on top. Oh! And she’s giving away TWO $50 gift cards to Sephora.com too. Woot!

Gouldylox Reviews – Who doesn’t love Beauty Shorts? All the beauty with less of the blather. Find out what you need, you don’t want and rules in this weeks BS.

Lipglossiping – features the latest independent nail polish brand to come out of the UK, Carolyn K London Nail Paint!

Nouveau Cheap – Hilarious internet memes are all over the place these days, so I thought I’d join the fun and create some specifically for the beauty community.

Pink Sith – talks about a line minimizing cream from Natura Bisse that is supposed to mimic the results of some costly needle injections. The price is Over The Top do you get what you pay for?

Phyrra – puts together a smokin’ tutorial with BftE Wizard’s Wand.

Vampy Varnish – shows you THE biggest nail art trends for fall 2012 and guarantees you won’t see them elsewhere!

we heart this – Nail Lacquer, 18 dollars. Getting to say you’re wearing Le Métier De Beaute, priceless!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite – Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog takes the best product photos I’ve ever seen. Tell me she doesn’t make you want a few pieces from the new Givenchy Acoustic Colors Collection, too! Overall, her blog is top notch–she’s so clever and creative.

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite body lotion/cream, and why?

 

B says, “Anything fragrance-free! I am sooooo in love with coconut oil these days.”

Am I the only loser who only likes fragrance-free products? Hehehe…

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League


 

Review of the U.S. June Glossybox – Is it worth your $$$?

Okay chicas – so remember that time I did a giveaway for Glossybox? I could only select 5 winners and since then, Glossybox’s beauty subscription boxes have taken the U.S. by storm. I was beyond anxious to play around with Glossybox. I received a few gratis boxes but wanted to wait awhile to get an idea of how consistent Glossybox was with providing subscribers with higher-end products. After all, there’s already a crap load of beauty subscription boxes out there but Glossybox claimed to be one of the few that provided beauty goodies on the were a bit upscale.

As of now, Glossybox is $21 a month and in reviewing this month’s, I knew I wasn’t going to like everything (I mean, who does when it comes to these boxes?) but the goal is to feel as if the box itself was worth $21. Ready Freddy?

Let’s go….

Packaging-wise, receiving a Glossybox is like receiving a gift each month. I can appreciate the sturdy and reusable pink boxes and I loved untying the ribbon to reveal the goodies. Fun factor = FULFILLED.

Each Glossybox will come with a nice little notecard indicating the “theme” of the box. I received this one last month so it’s full of beauty stuffs that is geared towards summa summa summa tiiiiime. 8)

First up is First Aid Beauty’s Fab Smooth Shave Cream.

While not necessarily a product I would use, it definitely follows the summer time theme and will be pretty handy for razor usin’ ladies and gents. Plus, it’s fragrance-free and has a nice consistency. At 2.0 oz, it’s a nice size to get several uses out of the product to decide if you want to purchase it. This is actually the full size version of it and it normally retails for $7.50.

Next up were baby samples of  VBEAUTE’s Lite Up, Buying Time and Eye Never.

Samples this small annoy me because you can’t really get a good use of the products. Something as integral as a face moisturizer usually requires at least a week’s worth of use before you can determine if you’d want to use them again. That said, I would have loved to ditch these for something else. Plus, they’re a bit on the pricey side. Their original sizes and costs are Lite Up: $150.00 / 1oz ,  Buying Time: $135.00 $ / 1.7oz  and Eye Never at 85.00 $ / 0.5oz. Whooooa!

Next up is AHAVA’s Mineral Botanic Hibiscus & Fig Velvet Cream Wash.

I’ve heard of this brand before but have yet to try any of their products. The good news is, after taking a whiff of this body wash, the chances of me trying it again are pretty high. Despite being a fragrance-free lover, I actually really love the scent of this wash. It works well in the shower too. Love love love the 3 oz sample size as I feel like it gives more than enough to test out. Huge win with this one, Glossybox. Oh! And the original price is $22 for 17 oz. Expensive yes, but 17 oz should last for quite some time.

Then there’s Wella’s Enrich Moisturizing Treatment.

Um. Well, for one, it’s a hair product and we all know how particular my hair is. So yeah. I couldn’t use it. Ladies with short to medium lengths will get a good idea of what the product will do. But if you’ve got longer hair, you may only get a good 1-use out of it. I kinda wish beauty subscription boxes omitted hair products altogether; except for maybe shampoos. When it comes to styling products, it’s just hard to find ones that will appeal to MANY women, ya know? Our hair types and needs are all soooooo different.

On the scent side, I got an uber small sample of A Perfume Organic Urban Organic Scent.

The sample size was smaller than I’d like but it still excited me because despite not being a perfume wearer (because of migraines), if I am going to wear fragrances, I will likely wear homemade, solids or vegan ones. And it’s SO hard to come across truly natural fragrance lines.

My sample of Urban Organic blew me away and despite the $65 price tag, I will likely invest in full size versions of one or more of these perfumes. And I am beyond excited about it!!!

And lastly was an Eyeshadow Ice from Ofra Cosmetics.

Interestiiiiing. I had no idea what this was a first glance but after doing some research on it, I found it to be a creamy eyeshadow with primer built-in. Cool!

I haven’t tested it on the lids yet but it held up for quite some time on my hand. I’m curious to see how this will hold up when I bang out a smokey eye. We shall seeeeee. This is the full size version and it normally retails at $18.

Overall: I’ll be honest with y’all – there seems to be a bit of drama with beauty subscription boxes and the boxes that are shipped to paid subscribers and to bloggers. Some say that the press samples that bloggers receive have more product. And I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t fair. I don’t believe this is the case with this month’s box and so I feel as if I can fairly review it as if I were paid subscriber.

Is the Glossybox worth $21 a month? I would say so. At the very least, you’re introduced to brands you’re familiar with and samples of brands you aren’t familiar with are put on your radar. Will you like everything you receive each month? Well, no. But that’s the case with any beauty subscription box. Some months you’ll find yourself ALL over every product and other months you’ll be like, “Um…I’m never using this. Ever.” I do love how Glossyboxes tend to have more higher-end products and products and mix cosmetics with skincare. I guess the bottom line with these things is you either love ’em or you don’t. If you love ’em, I think you’ll enjoy Glossybox. Even if it is a bit more expensive than the average beauty subscription service.

What do you think? Have you tried Glossybox yet? Yay or nay to beauty box subscriptions?