Tagged! This or That? My Beauty Preferences

Soooo, I was tagged by the ever so wonderful Cosmetic Passion and Married 2 Makeup. I won’t even tell y’all how long ago they tagged me because that would be embarrassing. Ha! I haven’t done one of these in so long so I am super excited. Yay! Let’s gooooo….

1. BLUSH or BRONZER?
Bronzer– For the most part, it’s hard to mess up and it gives my skin the perfect glow without much effort. I usually wear tarte’s Hotel Heiress daily.

2. LIPSTICK or LIP GLOSS?
Lipstick
– How about lip balms? Those are my true BFF’s! But if I really had to choose, I’d say lipsticks because of their staying power and their ability to change colors with the addition of a lipliner or gloss. But I will only rock a lipstick with a lip balm underneath.

3. EYELINER or MASCARA?

Eyeliner– I know…y’all are like, how can this be? Yes, yours truly prefers eyeliners over mascaras. Eyeliners are great at making me look awake. Without the definition they give me, I look like a corpse. No lie. I may leave the house without mascara on, but leaving the house without eyeliner hardly ever happens.

4. FOUNDATION or CONCEALER?
Concealer
– It is a well known fact that I am not a foundation wearer. Because of  my acne prone skin, less is more and I find regular use of foundation can be rather skin-clogging. I’d rather rock a concealer that matches my complexion (shout out to CoverFX!), put on the areas that need concealing and dust a powder all over. Easy peasy.

5. NEUTRAL or COLOR EYESHADOW?
Neutral– Don’t get me wrong, I love super bright eyeshadow looks but my personality is much more neutral these days. My POW comes in the form of outrageously bright lippies. 8)

6. LOOSE or PRESSED EYESHADOW?
Pressed – Loose shadows are too messy.

7. BRUSHES or SPONGES?

BrushesecoTools have the best!

 

Who do I tag? You! What are your favorites?

Makeup artist Rondell Johnson goes on tour!

Makeup artists and aspiring makeup artists, where are youuuuu? If you’re looking to attend a beauty event that caters to your desire to learn more about all areas of beauty, I’ve got something for you. Talented makeup artist and educator, Rondell Johnson has been hitting the road to educate aspiring and professional makeup artists. He’ll be instructing two classes:

Professional Makeup Artist

The “Professional Makeup Artist” Workshop is all about makeup and how it relates to photography. In this workshop, students will first watch my application as I explain what my approach on makeup customized for photography is. The student will learn and understand what ingredients do and don’t photograph well, color theory, what textures you should work with when doing a photo shoot, film, media, etc. how to effectively accentuate your client/model’s feature in photography and ultimately, perform to deliver results that are raw, and unedited.

Women of Color Master Class

The “Women of Color Master Class” conveys to the student the all of the aspects of makeup customized for Hispanic, Mediterranean, Latin, African, Mexican, Central American, Indian, and many other ethnic women of color. Training consists of skincare assessment, color theory of skin, the creative breakdown of foundation, eye brow enhancement, blush and how it relates to the foundational process, lip care and different lip finishes, and how to effectively create a balance with precise application.

The tour is a nationwide tour that will go on for as long as students are registering. He’s already hit up Washington, DC and Suffolk, Virginia. Where will be go next?

New York City, New York on October 23rd, 2011
Jacksonville, FL on October 30th.

Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL are very soon to follow. The class in these areas will be “Women of Color Master Class”. For more information about Rondell and his classes, visit RJohnBeauty.com. Oh! And if you follow him on Twitter, tell him B sent you.

Ridin’, flyin’ and electric slidin’ with my portable DVD player

I be ridin’ dirty.

I really shouldn’t even play like that considering the song is anything about riding around in a car with a Hello Kitty sticker on it. But I do ride a lot. I usually fly a lot too but this year I haven’t been as active with my airport hoppin’. Either way, when it comes to entertainment on the road, plane or train…I pretty much need it. When my cell phone dies and laptop is too heavy to tote with me, I’ve got an entertainment babe that weighs less than my MacBook.

Ta da! It’s a portable DVD player. Why am I just now getting this thing? I mean, honestly…I should have gotten one a long time ago. Besides being super practical, they’re just fun! Especially if you’re riding with kiddies.

The only kiddies in my life would be my fairy godchildren and I’m super excited that I can entertain them while in transit. Retailing for $139.99, I found the Audiovox Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player to be a great buy, especially if you plan on hitting the road this holiday season.

Pro’s
-The swivel screen is great for viewing on a sturdy surface.
-The 2 headphones and headphone spitter is ideal for sharing.
-You don’t have to buy additional accessories as the headrest mount & car bag come with purchase.
-It takes no time to go from headrest mount to carrying case.
-The price point is good for those who don’t want to spend hundreds on tablets but don’t want to drain their phones’ batteries watching movies.

Con’s
-I do wish the volume was a little louder. Then again, I may have blown my ear drums years ago.
-No BluRay DVD compatibility. That means it simply won’t play any BluRay DVDs.
-Battery life is only 4 hours. If you’ve got a car cigarette lighter or AC plug, you’re covered. But if you’re stuck on a plane ride that is more than 4 hours, you’re in trouble.
-The screen resolution is just okay. It’s not striking or fancy.

Did I mention that I love the accessories that come with the DVD player?



For more information, check out Audiovox and get your shoppin’ on at Amazon. Oh, and what did electric slidin’ have to do with this DVD player? Nothing really. It just rhymed with ridin’ and flyin’. 😉

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 20

 

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 – is happy to embrace the new Autumnal lip shades from Clarins, maybe it’s because they remind her so much of Summer!

Nouveau Cheap – gives you a sneak peek at the EcoTools Limited Edition Holiday 2011 Beautiful Expressions Kabuki Set. Let’s just say you might want to keep this one for yourself.

Pink Sith – recommends that you get tucked into bed and snuggle up because she’s going to tell you a bedtime story about a pale Princess and a gallant Knight that saved the Princess with Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tints for cheeks and lips!

Prime Beauty – Prime Beauty found a product that combines her two true loves–wine and skincare! Caudalie Vinoperfect Perfecting Day Cream is a triple threat; moisturizer, primer and skincare treatment in one sweet multitasking package!

we heart this – We’ve fallen in love with Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara and we want to shout it from the rooftop!

EauMG – A video review of one of Victoria’s favorite perfumes for fall, Serge Lutens Chergui.

 

Question of the Week:

What polish is currently on your toes?

 

B says, “I usually alwaaaaays wear polish on my toes but this week I’m not wearing any. Gotta let the nails breathe every now ‘an then, ya know?”

What color are you rockin’ on your tootsies?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 19

 

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 – Embrace the wearable fall trends. My favorite this week is orange!

Lipglossiping – shoots for the stars with a Leighton Denny nail colour that’s quite frankly, out of this world!

Nouveau Cheap – finds her new favorite gold nail color in L’Oreal’s Project Runway Collection.

Pink Sith – has fallen in love with yet ANOTHER nude lipstick. This time it’s Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Whisper!

Prime Beauty – is giving away The Anastasia Beauty Express Kit for Brows & Eyes ($39). Let Brow Maven Anastasia of Beverly Hills shape your brows and enhance your eye area with the included stencils!

Phyrra – disseminates this month’s Independent Spotlight about the darkly delightful Distorria and Detrivore Cosmetics!

Vampy Varnish – Is obsessed with one of the new Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2011 nail colors

we heart this – were whisked to NYC for makeovers with the John Frieda team! Check out Stef and Tyna’s transformations.

Beauty Junkies Unite – See why Amber just can’t get enough of the new Body Butter Body Washes from Softsoap in Strawberry Smoother and Coconut Scrub!

Clumps of Mascara – has found the world’s best tasting lipgloss. Not that she’d go around eating it for dessert, of course.

EauMG – reviews a natural fragrance that smells like a yummy tropical marzipan by Providence Perfumes.

 

Question of the Week:

What eyeshadow in your stash do you

currently reach for the most?

 

B says, “NARS Nepal eyeshadow. I’ve been wearing that shadow for years. Because I’ve got like a 3 mile long space from my lower lashline to my brow, I have to use a middle color between my crease and highlight. That color is NARS Nepal. It compliments my complexion and always fits beautifully with whatever look I’m going for. Next up would be NARS Albatross. I usually always use that under my browbone.”

What’s your favoritiest eyeshadow color?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

 

Giveaway Winner! Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, part III

Congrats to our winner of the Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body wash giveaway.

Tammy in Virginia is going to score both full sized Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, a gift card to treat herself to a pedicure, a fabulous scarf AND beach bag.

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry, darlings. I will be doing TWO more giveaways of Caress goodies in the next few months. Stay tuned!

 

LUSH’s Toothy Tabs makes brushing teeth fun!

I talk a lot dental health. Mascara ain’t got nothin’ on healthy teeth and gums. And my dentist didn’t even pay me to say that. 8) Point is–if there is a super cool dental health product or brand, you can bet that I’ll want to check it out and review it for y’all. Take LUSH’s Dirty Tooth Tabs for example….

Made without preservatives but WITH natural ingredients, these Dirty Toothy Tabs are super ideal for traveling and teeth brushing on the go. While I’m not sure I’d trade my traditional toothpaste for these, I think the Toothy Tabs may find a permanent spot in my traveling case. Will the tabs remove plaque and leave your teeth feeling clean? Absolutely! But the fresh breath babe that is me needs to feel a burst of freshness and you just won’t get that with these tabs. You also don’t get the “whitening” agents in Toothy Tabs. I love toothpastes that also whiten and would consider using the Toothy Tabs daily if they had properties that assisted with that. The good news is, they are super easy to use. The instructions are right outside of the packaging.

And they don’t foam up as much as a traditional toothpaste but it does enough to where your teeth will feel clean. Even better is that you can get 40 of these teeth tab-ies for $3.95.

That’s about the same price as traditional toothpaste AND you can easily recycle the cardboard container. Is it cost effective going from regular toothpaste to Toothy Tabs? Maybe. The average person brushes their teeth twice a day so 40 tabs at twice a day in a month equals 60 tabs. That’s just for one person. Of course you’d need more tabs for more members in the family. Going through 2-4 boxes of Toothy Tabs a month at $3.95 a pop isn’t THAT much of an investment for dental health.

I do however find these to be extremely practical for traveling. They take up less space and while you don’t get that super minty breath like you would from a store-bought toothpaste, I love the way they make my teeth feel. Even though they don’t provide enough for me to use every day, I wouldn’t mind using these every now and then every time I take a trip. Plus, they’re just fun to use. They come in 6 different flavors and you can grab them at LUSH locations and LUSH.com.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 17

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 – has tried a natural deodorant that doesn’t make her smell like a goat. She has now converted and won’t be using traditional deodorants ever again. Yay!

EauMG – Villainess Soaps has launched a limited edition fall collection. Visit EauMG for a coupon code!

Gouldylox Reviews – This is one fall trend you should embrace!

Lipglossiping – gives you the chance to win an exclusive, signed bottle of Michael Kors’ signature fragrance. One of only ten in existence!

Nouveau Cheap – My purple lipstick obsession continues with the new Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Violet Frenzy.

Pink Sith – has a breakthrough in her Post Traumatic Mascara Disorder and realizes that colored mascara, especially from Make Up For Ever, can be beautiful!

Prime Beauty – did not contract rabies, it’s just part of the fun and fab new Fabulips Treatment Kit from Bliss. It may look superfluous, but once you try it you’ll be hooked forever!

Phyrra – puckers up with Too Faced Full Bloom Lip and Cheek Color.

Vampy Varnish – Has fun with the new Zoya Gems & Jewels Holiday 2011 Collection

we heart this – Stef declares 100% Pure’s Coconut body creme the BEST she’s ever tried. Do you have any idea how many body cremes she’s tried?

Beauty Junkies Unite – Get your sneak peek of Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 Collection, “Belle de Nuit”!

Question of the Week:

What is your favorite makeup collection
or limited edition product this fall?

 

B says, “I haven’t seen anything that looks spectacular just yet.”

Any limited edition products catching your eye?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League