Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 132

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My Beauty Bunny – If your skin could use some moisture and pampering, you need to check out Onsen’s Milk Lotion Cleanser. Based on the skin rejuvenating powers of Japanese hot springs, this gentle wash does both beautifully!

Pink Sith – reviews the BVLGARI Omnia Coral EdT and is offering a full size one as a giveaway thanks to the folks from ShopAtHome.com. Enter Today! (US only)

Prime Beauty – loves the budget friendly Japonesque makeup brushes but did you know they have a fabulous line of color cosmetics too? Check it out!

Phyrra – shares her best Summer Hair Care Tips!

we heart this – is giving away the BPAL Pretty Deadly perfume oil collection; seven gorgeously kick ass bottles!

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with black eyeliners. Like…a lot. Here’s a list of some of her favorites.

EauMG – has a new favorite “beach” scent. Now she just needs a beach vacation to go with the fragrance!

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars is all about the best black liner. Waterlines, smudging, liquid – you name it, we’ve got the right liner!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

 

Question of the Week:

You can only wear one shade of lipstick for the rest of your life – name it.

B says, “Whooooa…that’s a tough one. It has to be a red one. So I’ll say COVERGIRL Queen’s Cherry Bomb.”

 

What about you? What lippy would you wear forever and ever?

See you next week!

The Beauty in Washing Clothes with Safonique!

Just kidding. There is no beauty in washing clothes. It’s only the worst chore everrrr! I wash a lot of clothes, y’all. It’s unreal, really. I’m still in my baby makin’ years but I can’t see myself having more than 2 kids because with each new family member comes more loads. And honestly, washing a family of three’s loads are more than enough for me. And don’t even get me started on washing cloth diapers. It’s not a chore. It’s a lifestyle…

I received a sample of Safonique Natural Cleaning Power Eco-Friendly Lavender Sea Laundry Detergent awhile back and I’ve put it through the ringer (haha, literally) many many times. It’s hard to review a laundry detergent because so many factors come into play.


Safonique
-What kind of water do you have?
-What temperature is your water?
-How full do you load your washer?
-What kind of fabric are you washing?

Yes, girl. If you didn’t know there was a science behind washing clothes. That said, I will really only judge on its cleansing power, overall efficacy and how it smells. Developed over 15 years by Patricia A. Boswell, Safonique is a hypoallergenic detergent with pure essential oils. The ingredients are: coconut oil, palm kernels, sugar, baking soda, natural oils and natural enzyemes.

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I’m not gonna lie, it frustrates me when brands don’t go deeper with their ingredients list. WHAT natural oils? What kind of natural enzymes? These things are important to those of us with skin sensitivities. And y’know…just for overall knowledge. What Safonique does tell us is that their formula is Phosphate Free, Cruelty Free, Septic System Safe and free from Synthetic Dyes and Perfumes. Well, okay…I’m down with that.

Because of how concentrated this stuff is, you really only need about 2 ounces for regular loads. And boom…that’s it.

Those not a fan of the scent lavender won’t like this. It really is that simple. After washing and drying, my clothes smelled as if I rolled through a field of lavender and I looooved it. This is a big deal since we typically wash our clothes in detergents without fragrances. Even when I add my own drops of essential oils, I can’t get the smell to last beyond washing.

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In terms of general cleaning, this stuff works beautifully and I think it’ll be a great buy for mamas of little ones, those with sensitive skin and folx who are desirous of gently scented clothes that don’t smell too “fake”. If you’ve got a dirt slinging kiddo or serious stains throughout, you may want to reach for something a little stronger. And as much as I love Safonique, it isn’t heavy duty enough to tackle cloth diapers. Then again, very few detergents are.

Oh, and can we talk about the very cool 50 oz plastic packaging? I’d love if more brands went this route as the pouch takes up less space and looks like it’ll be easier to recycle.

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If you’re a lover of natural laundry detergents, you should definitely give Safonique a try. It is priced well under $7 at Walmart.com.

 

What do you think? Are you a naturalista when it comes to laundering the clothes or do you just use what works?

Zoya Bubbly nail polish collection

You will excuse me for just now getting this post up, won’t you? Back when I reviewed Zoya’s Tickled collection, I had a mission to get this press sample of Bubbly up soon after and yeah well…life. You know how it goes, right? *cue the violins* I think you’ll forgive me once you see the sweetness that is this collection…

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And you’ll have to forgive me for going font crazy because I am learning my way around PhotoShop and I basically want to do fun ‘tings to ALL THE PICTURES. How sad is it that I’ve been blogging for over 7 freaking years and I am just now playing in Photoshop? Sad stuff, girls. Saaad stuff.

Zoya Bubbly nail polish collection

But file this collection under things that make me happy. If you are a fan of a holographic jelly fizzy polish, this collection may be up your alley. They do really well when worn alone but I’ve found that they really shine when layered on top of a creme polish.

Zoya Binx up close

It’s an interesting formula that Zoya is giving us and I think it is more than fitting for summer.

Zoya Harper

Harper is a cotton candy pink with cold shimmer and when worn alone, I think she looks okay. I can’t wait to see how this baby acts aboard a baby pink.

Zoya Stassi

Staasi is a citron green with all kinds of emerald loveliness. I am also amazed at how well this one does on its own.

Zoya Alma

Alma is a warm golden peach that I think will look beautiful on the nails of women of all complexions.

Zoya Muse

Muse is a blue raspberry with a touch of gold. And the best thing about this baby? She doesn’t give you Smurf fingers! It’s a sweet blue that I can’t wait to try over a navy blue. Giiiirl, how hot would that be?

Zoya Jesy

Jesy is a firey coral orange and I usually have my issue with corals but this is just sweet and divine.

Zoya Binx

Binx is a spicy orchid purple and this shade is my favorite of the bunch. I find that it is the one shade that really does spectacular on its own.

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Not a bad bunch, huh? Overall, I think it’s a fantastic collection and I can appreciate how Zoya always keeps us on our toes. We never know what they are going to do when it comes to nail polish formulas and colors. And trust me when I say it is hard to surprise nail polish aficionados. We think we’ve seen it all but Zoya continues to push the envelope and I’m so glad that they do. I find the formula on these to be superb and I didn’t have any application issues with them. I applied 2 coats for each polish but I’m thinking you can get away with applying 3 without any problems. And of course they will all look smashing when layered over your favorite creme nail polish. Yassss Zoya. Yasss!

You can get this collection at Zoya.com for $9 a bottle or $54 for the entire collection.

So what do you think? A fan of this formula or not so much?

Come oooon, Fall 2014. NARS has some fantastic things for us!

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I’m kinda ready for FAll. Yes, I know this is a little crazy considering Summer just started but quite frankly, I can’t enjoy summer. It’s just TOO hot, yo. That and the daily thunderstorms are seriously raining on my parade. Literally. I’ve got another reason to look forward to cooler weather and vampy shades. NARS Fall 2014 Fall collection Night Caller is seriously up my alley. Here’s what they are givin’ us…

Eyeshadow Duos
Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow ($35) – (L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst
Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow ($35) – (L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate

Eyeliners
Night Flight ($24) – black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner – black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner – black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner – black with green pearl

Lip Pencils
Bansar Satin Lip Pencil ($25) – rose brown
Mondore Satin Lip Pencil ($25) – cranberry

Face
Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39) – strawberry red
Unlawful Blush ($30) – amber pink with silver pearls

That blush and those lip pencils are miiiiiine!

The Best Black Eyeliners Ever!

Black eyeliners

So I’m not gonna lie…I am pretty boring in the eyeliner world. And it’s not because I work some professional job or that I consider myself to be Mrs. Conservative. Naw. I just really love black eyeliner. I wear it everyday and very rarely will I wear another color. Do I love emerald greens, bright blues and royal purples on my eyes? Yeeeep. But black liner is staple, girl. It just is. This edition of the Makeup Wars, us gals are sharing some of our favorite black eyeliners. I thought I’d stick with my faithful Urban Decay Zero, but really I’ve tried a TON of black eyeliners that I’ve loved.

 

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They are far from cheap but I can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s pencil eyeliners. Especially that Zero. For some reason, my eyes have gotten really sensitive over the years and the only pencil that I KNOW won’t leave me tearing up is Zero. Oh, and it doesn’t budge. At all. I’ve purchased and repurchased this pencil so many times. Like, you don’t even want to know how many times…

 

Physicians Formula trio

So they suck in the foundation diversity game, but Physicans Formula makes some realllllly nice eyeliners. Their liquid and pencil eyeliners are pretty cool, but really its their dark and smooth Kohl eyeliner pencil that just makes me go gaga. I can’t get enough of it for when I really want to smoke out my eyes.

Maybelline really gave us a gem when they put put their Eye Studio Ink Pen Eyeliner. The Black version of this liquid eyeliner pencil is spectacular.

A few years back, NYX gave us an entire collection of black liners that I couldn’t get enough of. They were so cool to give us these because each liner has a different formula. Everything from matte to sattin and liquid, NYX had us covered on the black liners front.

When I really want some pop to my upper lashline, I love Essence’s Metallic black eyeliner. It has just a very small amount of shimmer that really makes the eyes stand out. And it’s only $1.99 and does darn good around water and sweaty situations.

Urban Decay Perversion bottle

I did a review on Urban Decay’s Perversion cream liner and I still loving that baby from the moon and back. Other runner ups are Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream in Shade 27 and the cult fave MAC Blacktrack gel liner.

And let’s not forget Milani as they are always there to give us budget-friendly sturdy liners in all shapes and sizes.

 

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner

 

I could really go on and on, but I’ll stop here and let my girls share with you some of their favorite black eyeliners…


The best black eyeliners
 

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 131

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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! 

Question of the Week: Your house has been robbed–don’t worry everyone is safe–but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the ONE product you hope has not been stolen?

My Beauty Bunny – You may have heard China recently changed its rules on cosmetics animal testing. But what exactly does the rule change mean for cruelty-free beauty lovers? We’ve got the facts!

Nouveau CheapOne product that functions as moisturizer, face primer AND sunscreen? Surely that’s too good to be true…or is it?

Prime Beauty – celebrates our nation’s birthday and Eddie’s with a giveaway from Eddie Funkhouser!

Phyrra – shares her June Beauty Favorites! Do you love any of these?

Clumps of Mascara – tried very hard to ignore it. In fact, it looked pretty similar to the original. But she was weak and so LORAC’s Pro 2 palette was purchased and it is looooved!

EauMG – Victoria’s is in LOVE with this indie bath and body line’s bubbling, foamy sugar scrubs. Oh, and they smell DIVINE.

 

Question of the Week:

Your house has been robbed–don’t worry everyone
is safe–but your beauty stash has been raided.
What’s the ONE product you hope has not been stolen?

B says, “Everything else can be repurchased but if my Clarisonic is gone…someone better hold me back!”

 

What would you hate to find gone?

See you next week!

 

 

 

Happy 4th of July, America!

Happy 4th of July

Because any holiday is reason enough for me to indulge in a cupcake. Just sayin’… Truthfully, though – I’ve always acknowledged Juneteenth more than the 4th of July since it relates to history more but hey, I am all about that freedom stuff and whatnot. Sending my fellow Americans lots of positive vibes. Enjoy this day and keep it safe!

Also, would I be a mean parent if I woke my babe up and took her to see fireworks? Seriously though! Elle goes to bed at 7pm and fireworks don’t start until 9pm. I reallllly want to take her. I’ll wake her. Yeah.

Enjoy your day!

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 130

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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! 

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars is all about purple eye shadows! They look amazing on everyone; which is your favorite?

My Beauty Bunny
Who says natural makeup has to be boring? Go bold with the Cherry Bomb Lip Lacquer (and more!) from Cate McNabb.

Nouveau Cheap – swatches the new Maybelline The Nudes Palette and gives you her first impressions (plus a few dupe comparisons).

Pink Sith – wonders if you actually read nail polish reviews, or just look at the pictures. She puts you to the test with some pretty Nail Polishes from FingerPaints!

Prime Beauty – discusses the issue of rosacea, a common problem among women and how to treat it. But that’s not all…enter to win a Cetaphil Gift Basket AND a trip to the Emmy’s!

Phyrra – brings you an Orange is the New Black Flaca Makeup Tutorial! See other character tutorials too!

we heart this – if James Vincent tells you need a Fan Brush, well then, you go get yourself a Fan Brush (and read his advice on what to do with it.)

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with this Too Faced Melted. How can a lipstick/gloss/stain thingy be THIS fantastic?

EauMG – It’s officially summer and here are Victoria’s perfume picks for Summer 2014!

 

Question of the Week:

Which lip color do you reach for
when you’re in need of a pick-me-up?

B says, “I have really been loving MAC’s RiRi Woo. It rocks my world.”

 

What about you? What lipstick makes you happy?

See you next week!

 

 

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