The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 27

 

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 – Amber is going absolutely ga-ga over the new Urban Decay Naked2 Palette, check out the review & swatches!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away a $50 gift certificate to Sephora.com. Enter the giveaway!

EauMG – Check out EauMG’s holiday gift guide for natural beauties.

Gouldylox Reviews – has a holiday list of gift ideas that might break the bank, but you’ll score you major gifting points.

Krasey Beauty – Looking for that perfect holiday gift guide? Look no further than this holiday beauty gift video guide!

Nouveau Cheap – The big 2012 drugstore beauty launches have begun, with many new collections now surfacing in stores. Find out what I’ve purchased so far, and why Bed Bath & Beyond is currently rocking my world.

Pink Sith – Shares with you her “I have no idea how to apply this beautiful NARS palette” review of the Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired eyeshadow palette.

While Prime Beauty prefers ‘eye candy’ of a different sort, she’s still smitten with Tarte’s Eye Candy Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow Set. At $27 for six full size gorgeous cream eye shadows, it’s likely to satisfy your sweet tooth and make a wonderful gift if you can stand to part with it!

Phyrra – shares with you her new favorite way to follow all her beloved beauty bloggers… on the Kindle Fire!

Vampy Varnish – talks about all her favorite holiday 2011 gift ideas!

we heart this – hearts MOR’s Lip Macarons. And with our code and a $20 purchase, you can get one for free!

 

Question of the Week:

Your favorite type of lip color: lipstick, gloss,
balm, stain or other?.

B says, “I prefer lipsticks. Although drying, they last a lot longer than glosses. Plus, I feel so sexy putting on a lipstick. But of course, I neva eva put one on without putting on a lip balm first.”

Any other lipstick over lipgloss ladies in the house?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

 

Angle Eyeshadow with Qtips and win $50 to Sephora!

Soooo, guess who has the amazing opportunity to be a Q-Tips ambassador for a whole year?

Yup! Yours truly! In case you didn’t know, I take Q-Tips pretty seriously. So much so that I not only keep them stashed under my bathroom sink, but I also have have a nice little jar of them on my bathroom counter too.

My ambassadorship will consist of me bringing you creative posts on how us beauty guys and gals can use Q-Tips everyday. Today we’re going to touch on how using Q-Tips can help to angle eyeshadow and remove mistakes. Soooo, even though I’ve been wearing eyeshadow for a few years now, I still have the most unsteady hand in the world. How I end up with shadow all over my brow and around my hairline is beyond me. Exhibit A.

See the craziness that is this smokey eye? I’ve got eyeshadow ON my brow and under my eyes. In my defense…I still struggle with doing a smokey eye. And don’t even ask me how long it takes. Cleaning up, however, takes less than a minute with my handy dandy Q-Tips. I soap a Q-Tip up with a bit of makeup remover.

And gently sweep up to angle my eyeshadow a bit – you know…for more of a dramatic look. I also clean up under the eyes…

…aaaaand bam.

Oh wait. You didn’t look at my brows, did you? I’m growing them out and they look like two furry rugs on my face. Womp. Ah well. Can’t have it all, now can we? On a good note, I’m giving away a$50 gift card to Sephora.com!

Here’s how you can win:

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TMI Tuesday: Confessions of a Hairy Woman

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Yes. It’s true. I’m hairy. And I’m a woman. 10 years ago I could never admit this. Shoot, 5 years ago I couldn’t admit it. But the fact is…my hair grows at the speed of light.

This can be beneficial in some cases. Hair cut gone wrong? No worries. My hair will grow back quickly. Overpluck the brow? It’ll grow back in 2.3 days. Ironically enough, I’m not one of those “gotta be hair-less all over” kind of women. Even though I live in tropical weather year round, I shave my legs once a month. If that. Stubble doesn’t bother me and the only area that gets hair removed regularly is the bikini line and my underarms. Everywhere else though? Pfft.

I even have a mustache.

Sexy, uh? I spend several minutes a day in the bathroom try to get rid of it AND the hairs that sprout all over my chin. Dude, I don’t know what happened but when I hit like 22 or 23, I started getting a ridiculous amount of facial hair. In fact, I can’t even go a day without doing some kind of plucking or clipping. It’s quite the nuisance. And the whole laser hair removal thing? Yah. I’m not convinced that’s safe enough for us richly hued people. The only saving grace is Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. While it doesn’t eliminate the chin hairs, it dries up the bumps that ingrown hairs cause – making it hella easier to tweeze the hair out. It sucks, y’all. It really does.

Chin hairs are vicious lil’ somethings. They’ll spout right before something important happens. You’ll be getting ready for a  date, meeting or important presentation with only seconds to spare. You catch a glimpse in the mirror and see a chin hair. You go to pull it. It doesn’t budge. Instead, it coils up into a darling little candy curl. You pull again. Doesn’t budge. At this point, you feel like the chin hair is laughing at you like…

It sucks, y’all. It really does.

Are there any other hairy gals out there? Please make your voices heard. I just know I can’t be the only woman who is thiclose to pulling out a razor and going at it on the chin. Have you ever tried laser hair removal? Would you? Are there any products or techniques that you use to get rid of or minimize facial hair? And what’s the deal with women who pluck their brows, only to draw them back in? I could SO use some insight on that.

Home Beauty: Interior Design with Easy Canvas Prints

I’m no interior designer. Far from it, in fact. But I do know that I love reflecting my personal style when it comes to my living space. I want people to be able to walk into my house and not only feel comfortable, but walk around at marvel and the photos and paintings and my wall. Which probably sounds a little vain. Ha! But I can’t help it. After graduating from high school, I left home and went from dorm rooms and apartments and had more than my share of roommates. It’s hard to be creative when you’ve got roommates. The minute I got my own place, I got my van Gogh on.

Each and every bit of wall art was designed by me.



Yep. I painted those canvases.

And those are pictures that I’ve taken. I take so much pride in my pictures and love putting them on display. And while I’m no painter, I find it therapeutic to mess around in acrylic paints every now and then.



Esposo helped with that one but it was still my vision. 😉 What’s better than personal photos or handmade canvases?

A personal photo ON a canvas.

Isn’t that amaziiiiing? I couldn’t think of anything better to put on a 11×14 canvas than the wonderful memory that was the Lucky Dior party. I probably should not have selected Image Wrapping. But because I did, you can only see a bit of my face in the canvas. Ha!

Easy Canvas Print was gracious enough to provide me with the opportunity to order my own canvas. Twas the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I uploaded a photo, selected my size and placed my order. One of the best features of the website is being able to get an idea of how large your canvas would be when compared to a 7-foot long sofa.

I suck at measurements so I would have never been able to figure that out on my own. 11×14 (retailing for $46.52) is an ideal size. It was larger than I thought it would be.

I live in a 1 bedroom apartment (formerly known as The Bachelorette Pad) and so my dining room is also my office, beauty room, library and Clumps of Mascara headquarters. When Esposo and I move into a larger place in the Spring, this canvas will be in fine fashion with my other beauty stuffs in the Beauty Room.

These canvases will make PERFECT holiday gifts. Especially for newlyweds, new parents, photographers or people like me who really love showcasing memories. Oh! And if you LIKE Easy Canvas Prints on Facebook, you can get 50% off and FREE shipping on your next order. Woot! And speaking of their Facebook page, I’ve seen so many beautiful canvases that I’m in the process of ordering another one. Yup! I enjoyed the many shipping options (I ended up paying extra for faster shipping – I’m so impatient!) and the canvas arrived in tip top condition. The quality of the canvas is outstanding and I can’t wait to get my next order.

Easy Canvas Prints rocks! Are you big on decorating your home?

TMI Tuesday: Wait, you’ve never been to the gynecologist?

I have been getting so many emails about future posts to do for TMI Tuesdays. Some were a little out there (and not in a good way) but most were great discussion topics that I think a lot of us gals can relate to.

Take going to the gynecologist, for example. Linda in Arizona suggested that I do a post on the importance of going to the gyno.

Here’s the thing about going to the gyno…there’s nothing pretty about it. It isn’t like going to the dentist where you may leave with a bag of dental goodies and whatnot. Going to the gyno is a total invasion of privacy. There is nothing exciting or fun about whipping your panties off, sliding your feet into metal stirrups and having your girly parts examined by someone who don’t even know THAT well.

But, my sisters…it has to get done. There’s no way around it. Every woman should be getting pap smears regularly. It makes no sense for us to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on beautifying our bodies on the outside just to ignore our reproductive systems. Seriously y’all.

I was chit chatting with a girlfriend of mine a few weeks ago about how annoyed I get about having to go to the gyno. I’m all like…

“I hate when my gyno asks me questions while she’s feeling around my cervix. I mean, does she really think I care to answer random questions while I feel her hand on the inside of my stomach? Don’t you hate when that happens?”

Girlfriend of mine goes silent. Which is totally uncharacteristic for her. And then she says it.

“Well,” she says. “I’ve never been to the gynecologist.”

And I’m just like…

…because in some warped world, I think that most women my age have been to the gyno at least once. I get that health insurance is sky high. I also understand the fear of doctors’ offices. However, I know that there are free pap smears at health fairs and clinics. As women, we have got to care about our reproductive health the same way (if not more) we care about new lipglosses, shoes and purses. Unlike a purse or a new hairstyle, investing in your reproductive health can be the difference between life and death.

As a matter of fact, instead of texting your gal pal if to see if she’s seen the newest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s (gags), keep it real and say, “Hey sister friend, you’ve been to the gynecologist in the past year, haven’t you?” And if she hasn’t, don’t judge her but motivate her to make an appointment with the quickness.

‘Fess up. Are you a woman who has never been to a gynecologist? Or maybe you have gone and have some tips for those who haven’t been just yet. And what’s your preference? A male gynecologist or lady gynecologist? Or does it not matter? While my current gynecologist is a man, I much prefer a lady. I mean, I’m sure he’s seen fifty ‘leven vags in his lifetime and mine is no different, but still….

What say you?

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

Is it just me or is Fall prettier this year? I didn’t even know Florida had Fall. I’m so used to seeing green trees and green grass but for the first time EVER, I’ve been falling in love with the changing of the season.

Mama Clumps’ house is decked out to the fullest.


…and with just a few Christmas-y stuffs on the horizon.

I so love this time of year. And I so love my Clumps of Mascara and I am beyond thankful for your love and support.

Loves y’all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

TMI Tuesday: Aunt Flow’s Baggage

My first capture of leaves changing in FL. Woot!

Okay, I don’t think I’ve ever done a “TMI Tuesday” post, but let’s pretend that it’s a normal act here on Clumps of Mascara, mkay? Although I can be quite prude-ish, I really do enjoy TMI (too much information) conversation. It’s the free spirit neo-hippie in me and discussing things that used to be taboo can be enlightening and informative.

But of course, I’m a little immature so they can be funny too. 8)

One of my favorite TMI discussions that I love rapping with my gal pals is talking about our periods. As much as I haaaaaaate that red monster, I find it fascinating. I think our reproductive systems are just so complex and interesting. I could talk about it all day. Especially since, growing up, I didn’t talk about it much. You know, because everyone was so embarrassed or whatever. I don’t really care anymore. The fact of the matter is, women all over the world have periods, will have periods or had periods. We are all in sync. I’ll be Justin (haha, see what I did there?).

Soooo, while I’ve always been a pad wearer (because tampons are just too painful for me considering I’ve suffered from dysmenorrhea for years), I’m thinking about switching to using menstrual cups. I’ve got my eyes on the Diva Cup. Have an open mind here, okay? There’s nothing particularly attractive about ANY of Aunt Flow’s baggage, but in attempts to green up my life a bit, a menstrual cup sounds, dare I say it….cool.

Some of y’all out there are probably already freaking out and when I first heard about menstrual cups, I was too. I was all like,

“Wait, so there’s basically a cup of blood just chillin’ under my cervix?”

“Won’t it spill or leak out?”

“It’s reusable? But how….” 

“Won’t it hurt going in?”

And while I haven’t tried the Diva Cup yet, my apprehension has been eased a bit after reading a very honest blog post from one of my favorite bloggers. In her comment section, many women admit to using the Diva Cup and products like it. Soooo, they are saving a crap ton of money (Diva Cup @ $30 can last for 10 years) and they aren’t exposing their lady parts to chemically saturated pads and tampons. Aaaaand, they aren’t clogging landfills. Excuse me, but with that many benefits, shouldn’t we all be wearing menstrual cups?

Maybe.

The learning curve will probably suck for me but I’m willing to give it a try. And as Caitlin mentioned in her post, she felt using the menstrual cup helped her be a little more connected to her period because she was able to monitor her flow. That part sold me. I’m obsessed with my reproductive health and I like the idea of being able to see what’s goin’ on up and around there. A girlfriend of mine said she used to be squeamish at the thought of it but figured if she could pick her dog’s poop a few times a day, getting that close to her own body’s fluids wouldn’t be THAT bad.

So yeah. I’m going to give the Diva Cup a try.

What do you think? Would you try menstrual cups or do you think you’ll stick to pads and tampons?

Also — let me know what you think about these kind of posts. If you have any ideas for what we can talk about on TMI Tuesday, let a sista know. 8) Or, if TMI Tuesday scares you a bit, let me know that too.

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 25

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 – Don’t read this review of Fortune Cookie Soap Holiday Goodies! if you are hungry!

we heart this – screams “toe pick!” And you understand that reference you may want to check out the MAC Glitter and Ice collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Check out the review and swatches of the Urban Decay Mariposa Palette, it’s an affordable alternative to some of their pricier palettes!

Clumps of Mascara – did something crazy on 11/11/11. She got married!

Gouldylox Reviews – I love shadow sticks in general, but are some of my absolute favorites. Check out this great holiday gift pack from Tarte!

Krasey Beauty – Love cosmetics with a kick? Check out the newest additions from Benefit Cosmetics!

Nouveau Cheap – A DIY home nail art stamping kit that you can get at the drugstore for under $10?? Find out if it’s a dream come true or too good to be true.

Pink Sith – Is in love with the new Cyber Eyes Eyeshadows from Estee Lauder.

Prime Beauty – faces and conquers her fear of mineral makeup with the help of Purely Cosmetics. Now, if she only overcome her irrational fear small furry animals.

Phyrra – Phyrra’s Independent Spotlight with Concrete Minerals is one to be thankful for!

 

Question of the Week:

If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be?

B says, “I have such a low maintenance routine that I don’t think I’d have to eliminate anything.”

What about youuuu?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League