Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 126

NYC New York Color makeup

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! 

we heart this – what $6 body wash, with a jar of moisturizer in each bottle, has made us forget all about a $25 one? This one!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Imagine you could be made over by your favorite makeup brand and one of the most famous makeup artists and photographers in the world for an exclusive photo shoot. That’s just what happened to Amber with jouer Cosmetics and Troy Jensen. Get the behind-the-scenes deets!

Clumps of Mascara – is loving these Physicians Formula goodies. And they’re newest mascara? ZOMG! You will looooove it.

My Beauty Bunny – Nothing says summer like bold, shiny lips. Our new favorite to get that perfect pout is the Milani Power Lip Gloss Stain – come see why!

Nouveau Cheap – Is bigger always better? When it comes to drugstore mascaras, that might not always be the case.

Pink Sith – shows you the “magical” transformation that the ARDENCY INN Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate gives her as well as the sheer versatility of this wonderful foundation!

Prime Beauty – is loving Lancôme’s French Riviera Summer Collection, especially the Azure Chic Color Design Eyeshadow Palette; it combines the glorious soft golden sand and turquoise sea colors of summer.

Phyrra – shares the 9 Best Contouring Products for Pale Skin!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – we’ve always liked Blushing Noir for her great swatches and obvious love of makeup. But now we LOVE her for showing us a dupe for last year’s LE Maybelline creme eye shadow Seashore Frosts (a shade Stef is addicted to!)

 

Question of the Week:

What are some of your favorite blushes,
highlighters and/or bronzers for summer?

B says, “I have been all over COVER FX’s Illuminator in Sunlight. It really gives my cheeks such a gorgeous pop.”

 

What have you been usin’, lovelies?

See you next week!

My NYC New York Color Makeover!

I’ve been needing some color in my life. Y’know…something new, hot and refreshing. I can easily get bored with beauty products. I mean, everyone claims to have these “revolutionary” products, but I don’t know…they are all starting to look the same. And they cost more than they should.

NYC New York Color

And then I laid eyes on these fabulous findings from NYC New York Color. I have gotten the opportunity to test drive some of their products and to create a look using said products. Said products are also all under $20.

NYC New York Color lipsticks

Yep, I’m not even playin’. And this is kind of a big deal because some brands don’t have even have ONE product for under $20. Yours truly will attempt to create a stunning and glamorous look using products that total in less than what a lunch date would cost you. But first, let’s have a look see at the products that I’ll be playing with…

NYC New York Color pretty lipsticks
*squeals* I know. I know. NYC New York Color’s Expert Last Lipsticks are some kind of awesome in every way. Aside from being crazy affordable, these high intensity, moisturizing lip sticks will stick around for a good 6 hours. Which is a big deal in my book because who has time to apply lipstick every 2 hours? Yeah no. Not me.

NYC New York Color for lips

These girls are all gorgeous but it’s really Traffic Jam that takes my breath away. And it’s only $1.96 at Walmart and Walmart.com. Watch this…

NYC New York Color Traffic Jam

Nothin’ like a blue red (with just a touch of orange) to make my heart flutter. And that doesn’t mean that Forever Fucshia and Coralista aren’t gorgeous, too…

NYC New York Color Forever Fuchsia

I’m still on the fence about Forever Fuchsia. I think it’s a gorgeous shade but I’m a bit cautious when wearing shades like this against my dark skin. What do you think?

NYC New York Color Forever Fuchsia lipstick

I was also sent 2 of NYC New York Color’s City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Colors.


NYC New York Color Intense Lip Color pencil
Packed with color, this twistable pencils are perfect for us gals on the go who don’t have a mirror handy but know that they need some color on their lips. And color, they provide!

NYC New York Color Intense Lip Color

NYC New York Color Ballroom Blush

NYC New York Color Roosevelt Island Red

But creating a glamorous look isn’t just about the lips, darling. Oh heavens no. We must spruce up the windows to the soul. And for those eyes, I’ve got my hands on some High Definition Liquid Eyeliner….

NYC New York Color Liquid Eyeliner

…and Big Bold mascara.

NYC New York Color mascara

And the look I created…

NYC New York Color on brown girls

NYC New York Color makeup

I clean up pretty well for $20, huh? You can, too! If you head on over here and watch any of the makeover videos, you can download a $1 off coupon good for NYC New York Color product. Do it now, chicas. Seriously!

And after you’ve done that, enter this giveaway…

#NewYorkColorMakeover (Week Two)

Sound like a plan? Which lip color do you think you’ll scoop up?

Mascara Monday: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Once upon a time a dear friend of mine told me about the brand Younique. I laughed because the brand name sounded like the name of a little girl I used to teach when I worked for AmeriCorps. I explained the chuckles and she proceeded to tell me about this revolutionary mascara, blah, blah, blah…yeah, I get this quite often.

ounique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

The “OMG, you should try this mascara!” thing comes with having a blog titled Clumps of Mascara but I told her that I had already had a ton of mascaras to review on my plate and that I’d check it out. I never did. Until Trish from MomDot presented me with a sample of Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes on our Royal Caribbean Brandcation trip. Within minutes, I had headed back to my room to apply the mascara and ZOMGGGG.

Yeah. Impressed isn’t even the word.

Younique mascara

Price: $29 from Younique.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. ” (source)

The Truth: We’ve seen plenty of fiber mascaras but this is definitely one of the better ones.

What I Loved About It: The wands! They are slick, slim and perfect for applying a fiber mascara.

What I Didn’t Like: You can’t overdo it. If you over apply the gel of this mascara, you’re doomed. Very doomed.

Overall:  So obviously this isn’t my first time using a fiber mascara and Younique isn’t terribly innovative in this department. However, I do appreciate many aspects of their mascara. For one, like Too Faced’s Better Than False Lashes, the mascara comes in 2 tubes.

Younique Fiber Lashes

I love when this happens. Having both a base mascara and then a tube of just “fibers” leaves less room for error. Younique recommends that you apply a coat of your favorite mascara, a goat of their gel mascara and then the fibers and theeeen the gel again. Seems easy enough, right? Of course, this is the kind of mascara that you don’t need to be applyin’ right before a meeting or if you’ve got a toddler tugging at your leg. It will definitely take a good 3-5 minutes to apply everything.

The Moodstruck Transplanting Gel has a goopy and almost putty-like feel to it. It applies easily to the lashes and helps to bring them out a bit.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes gel wand

The key is applying the fibers on top of the gel while the gel is still wet. But obviously, right? The good news is, this is easy. The bad news is, you have to work at the speed of light. I’m not even kidding. I found that for the best results, it was imperative to apply the fibers within seconds of applying the gel.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes fiber wand

And like most fiber mascaras, removing this is easy. Simply wet your lashes and the fibers come right off. You will still need to use your regular makeup remover to get rid of the mascara that you used. But overall, I’m impressed with Younique’s version of a fiber mascara. Technique is everything when using one but it really helps when a brand provides a nice base (or in this case, gel) and workable fibers. As usual, you may suffer some fall-out while using this but you combat that by again, applying those fibers quickly and before the gel dries.

Bare Lashes



Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

(with step 2)

Younique mascara on lashes
Younique on lashes

Mascara comparison

Do I recommend it?: Yes! It’s one of the better fiber mascaras that I tried.

Any Younique lovers in the house?

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 125

Too Faced Lollipop Lipstick

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 – keeps her peepers clean and hydrated with Tarte’s fabulous new Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes. Trust me, you’re gonna LOVE them, pinky swear!

Phyrra – shares her April Beauty Favorites!

we heart this – checks out (and swatches) the electric cotton candy hued shades of MAC Playland.

Clumps of Mascara – is absolutely in love with her nails. She will never remove this look and wear it forever. And ever.

EauMG – celebrates its 6th year blogiversary! (And Victoria celebrates a birthday too!)

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m so in love with this shadow palette…and it’s under $15!

My Beauty Bunny – Blueberry season is almost here! Get in on the action early with Airelle Skin Care, a natural line that uses the sweet berries to improve the tone, texture and overall appearance of skin!

Nouveau Cheap – The weather’s warming up and that means it’s time for bright, pretty nail colors. Check out my swatches of the brand new Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Nail Color Collection. Fun and (way) affordable!

Pink Sith – Short on time in the morning? Well I have a Busy Mom’s 15 Minute Makeup Routine that might just get you glammed up with time to spare!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – Glamorable covers the gamut of beauty, accessories, subscription boxes and nail polish with flair. Anastasia is originally from Moscow, Russia and only moved to the US in September 2011. Her photography skills are amazing; I want everything she photographs, whether it’s a drugstore lipstick or high-end skincare.

 

Question of the Week:

How do you keep your makeup looking fresh in hot weather?

B says, “Oh, this is an easy one. I don’t wear makeup in hot weather. Really, I don’t. I may do a little powder, waterproof mascara, eyeliner and gloss. But nothing more than that.”

 

What about you? Do you where makeup when it’s hot?

See you next week!

Go Purple for Lupus Awareness Month

May is Lupus Awareness Month! Weeee! Don’t get it twisted. I’m not excited about lupus. I actually really hate lupus but I am happy that this disease is getting covered more and that education about it is being spread worldwide.

Some of my girls in the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group and I decided to post a purple nail polish mani in honor of Lupus Awareness month.


Nails for Lupus Awareness

All Lacquered Up inspired this look but honestly…I’m not THAT in love with it. I mean, it’ll do but my nails look a bit clown-y and silly, don’t you think? Ah well. And it doesn’t help that the butter LONDON Matte Finish that I used on top smeared the whole look. Yours truly was too lazy to re-do it. Ha! I used Zoya Blu as my base and Dutch’ya Just Love OPI? as the purple in this look.

Nail polish for Lupus Awareness

But posting purple nails won’t do a darn thing for lupus so I thought I’d share some facts and resources that may be able to help you or someone you know who may be dealing with this disease. Every bit of information that I am grabbing is coming from Lupus.org.

  • Lupus Foundation of America research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
  • It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.
  • Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too.
  • Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.
  • People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.

(source)

I know at least 4 gal pals (all are Black women under 40) that deal with lupus and they are such strong women in my eyes. One friend told me that some days are great and others are debilitating. It’s the roller coaster of pain that seems to frustrate her the most. But she’s still smiling and doing what she can to get the word out about this disease.

Please, oh please, oh pleaseeeee, scientists. Let’s find a cure for lupus sooner rather than later. Check out the looks that my fellow BBCFL girls did…

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Win Physicians Formula Cosmetics And Target Gift Cards During Summer Beauty Twitter Party!

Oooooh, it’s Twitter party time! I never get tired of a good Twitter party and really what makes ‘em fun is having good hostesses and a great brand joining in. This Twitter party will have BOTH and I couldn’t be more excited. Physicians Formula and co-hosts beauty pioneer @BeautyStat, rockstar blogger @AGirlsGottaSpa and celebrity makeup artist @JOHANNASCHLIP will all put their awesomeness together and bring forth one epic Twitter party.

Yep, I’ll be there. You’ll be there. And prizes will be there! There will be 10 chances to score Target gift cards and goodies. Yes. TEN chances. Those are quite a few chances but you aren’t eligible until you RSVP and then attend the party. More info is below…

Physcians-Formula-Twitter-Party

Joanna Schlip will be answering questions about summertime makeup and I’m excited about it because yours truly has some serious “brown girl keeps browning” questions that I hope she can answer.

Head on over to BeautyStat and RSVP. You can also get your RSVP in by tweeting using the hashtag #PFHealthyGlamour letting us know that you’ll be there. Hurry, hurry! I’ll see you there.

Because Adults Should Write In Color…

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC 4-Color pen for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

This sponsored post brought to you by BIC® 4-Color™. Y’know…those very awesome pen creators. Don’t even get me started on the awesomeness that are pens. Yes, I love my keyboards and keypads and touchscreens like everyone else but life started when I picked up a pen.
Which sounds all dramatic and deep, but it’s true! BIC is notorious for giving us 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen. There really isn’t anything new about these. I’ve been usin’ these since ooooh, I don’t know. 7th grade, maybe? 4 color pens are the best because you aren’t havin’ to search for a different color pen every time you need to change up the shade.
Oh, you only write with one color ALL of the time? Oh. Wow. How awfully boring. Not I. Oh, not I. I gets down on the red, green black and blue. Switching the colors allows you to color code your thoughts and notes and it’s just plain fun! The silly kids at BIC® 4-Color™ have put together some hilarious videos.


Cheesy? Kinda. But funny? Yeah. And then there’s this one…

LOL, right? Silly stuff but somehow I think that deep down inside all of us, we are all 13-year olds who enjoy using pens of different colors. What you may not have known is that BIC® 4-Color™ has a pretty cool social media presence. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for many chances to not only win some pens but to bust a gut as the 4 colors compete over who is the most liked color of all. After all, they’ve got personalities. Oh, you didn’t know? Yesssss. Blue thinks he’s popular feels himself just a little too much. Green doesn’t know where to fit in, red is a perfectionist and Black dreams of being cooler than he is. Of course, Red is my favorite. I loooove writing in red. Then again, I’m an editor.
You can scoop up BIC® 4-Color™ pens from Amazon and Staples.

This sponsored post written by me on behalf of on behalf of 4-Color™ . All opinions are 100% my own.

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Makeup Wars: My Beauty Diary

Dear Diary

Dear Diary,

6:00am: Rise and shine! I am so loving this “getting 7 hours of sleep” thing. Elle sleeping through the night has been the best thing to happen to my life. I am no longer a walking zombie. Life is good. I’ve got a good 30 minutes to do some Bible reading and listen to Dave Ramsey’s Podcast. Dang. When did I become such an adult? It’s weird.

6:30am:  Since my very awesome job laid me off, I’ve gotten super lazy in the makeup department. And it’s not a terrible thing either. Sometimes less is more. My morning routine is super simply mainly because after dropping Elle off at her, I’m going to run 5 miles or so. You know…gotta build up that endurance for the half marathon that I’m training for. Eeek!

Nuance Salma Hayek

Ohmigosh, Diary…that Josie Maran SPF is still #1 in my book. I use it almost everyday.

9:17am: I’m dead. Or at least I feel like it. I’m so exhausted. But the day has just begun and..okay yeah, I need a shower. I’m starting to smell myself.

Tuel skincare

I am loving this GREEN CLEAN invigorating body wash from Tuél Skincare. Best stuff ever. Can’t buy it again because it’s not in the budget. Boom. Did I tell you that I got my first Brazilian wax? It was…personal. Very personal. Then again, when you spread ‘em to push a baby out, you’re a lot more free with your junk. Just sayin’. Also can’t get anymore Brazilians because DANG…those are expensive to maintain.

Skincare products

Ah yes, my post-workout skincare items. Excessive? Maybe.

Makeup

I’ve got a few errands to run, so no intense make up look here. A powder, an illuminator from COVER FX, mascara, brows and a lip color.

 3:30pm: I’ve been home for about an hour and I think I may actually polish my nails before I go and pick Elle up.

10:32pm: Woot! Time to go out with my girls. Just kidding. It’s time to go to bed because I am beyond beat. Hey. Chasing Elle down is should definitely qualify for a second workout of the day. For real. The nighttime routine is super easy.

Nightly skincare routine

By the way, does anyone know of good nightly eye cream? I should really get in the habit of using one. Oh, and for body care? I go straight into the kitchen.

Coconut oil

Yeah, I know some of y’all are acting like coconut oil and shea butter are all new and revolutionary but yeah no. I’ve been using this stuff for decades, boo.

I know. Why don’t I have more products? Because I like to keep it simple. Less is more and motherhood has taken away time for me to spend 30 minutes in the bathroom. Naw bro. Can’t do that anymore. And I don’t want to because I’m lazy. Yeah.

Off to bed, I go. Check out the beauty diaries of my fellow Makeup Wars sisters!

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Love,

B