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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 90

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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!

We’d also like to take a moment to congratulate our very own Phyrra for five years of beauty blogging! To commemorate the event, she’s hosting a mega-givewaway here that you don’t want to miss.

 My Beauty Bunny – has a fabulous guest post from the Lipstick League’s Clumps of Mascara sharing the 5 Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands for Women of Color. Trust us, ladies of every complexion will love these colorful choices!

Nouveau Cheap – the best multi-tasker to come out this year is also limited edition. Here’s why you need the new Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream (but hurry before it’s gone).

Prime Beauty – takes a look at the Lancôme Summer 2013 Color Design Eye Show Palette. The colors are so summery you’ll want to dive right in, PLUS she has a Lancôme giveaway to give your skin a luminous summer glow!

Phyrra – shows off the new Makeup Geek Pigments! Which shade will you fall for?

we heart this – presents a drugstore eyelid primer that’s WAY better than pulling a rabbit out of hat! It’s L’Oreal Magic De-Crease.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Take off for your summer vacation early with the review & swatches for the brand new Essie Resort Collection for 2013. These new nail hues are bright & fun!

Clumps of Mascara – adores the brand Simple and their awesome skincare products. Got sensitive skin? You HAVE to try this drugstore brand out.

EauMG – Here’s a video review of one of Victoria’s favorite classic perfumes for spring/summer, Chanel Cristalle.

Gouldylox Reviews – Did a temporary color stain your hair? If you aren’t up for the pastel trend, here’s how to remove the unwanted color.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – Did your spring cleaning include a thorough washing of your makeup tools? If not, Kristie of Blushing Basics has the details on tackling this important task: How To Clean & Sanitize your Makeup & Makeup Brushes.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – The lovely Meg from Lips So Facto shares her top tips on how to DIY your own relaxing bath soak, a must-read for stressed-out sisters everywhere!

Question of the Week:

Before we officially head into Summer 2013, tell us:
What was your favorite new beauty product of Spring 2013, and why?

B says, “Hmmm…I can’t even say. Nothing really WOW’d me this season.”

What about you? Were there any products that you just looooved this season?




The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 85


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 – is in looooooove (yes, that much) with OPI’s Liquid Sand nail polishes. Trendy? But who cares…textured nail polish is some kind of cool!

EauMG – Here are Victoria’s perfume picks to wear this spring!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m loving Angie Miller‘s look on American Idol. Instead of spending hundreds, get her full face for less than $75!

Lipglossiping – explores the curious world of the girl crush and invites you to talk about the women who inspire you.

My Beauty Bunny – is thrilled to announce the site has received a make-over! Come check out the new digs and while you are there see what Peter Dinklage from ‘Game of Thrones’ has to say about animal testing!

Nouveau Cheap – reviews the brand new Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (inspired by Japanese calligraphy brushes)and gives you a chance to win your very own–and more!

Pink Sith – takes you to an imaginary land of pink and glitter and unicorns when she tells you about Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails in #3 Lovely Violet.

Prime Beauty – tests out Aveda’s Petal Essence Collection for spring; a wonderful mix of pastels as well as vibrant colors!

Phyrra – raves about the Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner! There’s also a great giveaway to enter.

Vampy Varnish – Thinks some of the new Zoya PixieDust shades for Summer 2013 rock!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber breaks down eight very affordable BB creams for every need, and offers you a chance to win a $50 CVS/pharmacy gift card in the process, so that you can go buy your own fave BB!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – The Gorgeous Gleam is a fabuuuulous beauty blog by NYC’s Erica. Her makeup skills always leave my mouth wide open. And she always has me wanting things I don’t even really need. Like these darling little lip balms.

Question of the Week:

Quick, what’s the one beauty product you want most right now?

B says, “I still reallllly want a Clarisonic Aria. And in the non-beauty world I want a Vitamix and a rainbow baby wrap that costs like $100. Since all of the above cost over a hundred each, I’m not getting them. Womp.”

What are you lusting after?



Makeup Wars: Green, Baby. Green!


This installation of the Makeup Wars is alllll about greens. I wanted to crank out an awesome green look but I’ve been down and out with a terrible  cold. Aaaand, Baby Clumps has a cold too. So yeah. We’re pretty much a wreck. I didn’t want to sit this Makeup Wars out so I thought I’d feature 4 beautiful variations of emerald polishes from 2012. Emerald is Pantone’s Color of the Year. Readdddyyyyy?


This pine green is on the ‘dustier’s side of being a sparkly emerald but he was still too gorgeous to leave out. It’s the kind of green that actually LOOKS green (and not black) when you’re rockin’ it on the nails.


Live & Let Die from OPI’s Skyfall collection is an absolute winner to me. Look at how stunning that kid is! Just when you think green polishes have been done a thousand ways already, we get this beautifully rich green with with a dose of shimmer.


From Zoya’s Ornate collection (which was one epic collection, by the way) we’ve got Logan and this is by the far the greatest example of emerald. Logan is sparkly, shimmery and just…amazeballs.


Under Mistletoe is a gorgeous green from the Julie G.’s holiday collection. It isn’t as pigmented as the others but it is stunning.

As much as I love green eyeshadow, I’d much rather wear it on my nails. It’s hard to make green look complimentary without looking over the top. At least for me. But who knows – maybe I’ll get creative in the coming months.

Are you a lover of green nail polish? Check out my girls’ posts…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 78


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!

Nouveau Cheap – ChapStick has been releasing some yummy Limited Edition flavors over the past few years, but their new Cupcake Creations Collection really takes the cake (pun intended). Grab these babies while you can!

Pink Sith – says there can be trouble with Taupe. Can that even be possible with this taupe loving fiend? Check out her comparisons of just one taupe among many bloggers.

Prime BeautyPrime Beauty has fallen head over stilettos for the Smashbox Love Me Collection for Spring 2013, but she has a dilemma. Should she stick with her old boyfriend or go for the handsome new stranger? Help her decide.

Phyrra – has fallen in love with a new indie company called Girly Bits! See her review, swatches and manis.

Vampy Varnish – completely loves the new Candy Sprinkles Nail Lacquer collection from Hard Candy exclusive to Walmart!

we heart this – you’ve tried Birchbox, but have you tried Birchbox Home? Who knew a citrus spritzer could give me such joy!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber has the review & swatches of the new OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ Zoya’s Lovely nail polish collection. Spring is absolutely in the air!

EauMG – shares her favorite chocolate perfume!

Gouldylox Reviews – February is a busy month for product launches. Check out my five favorite products in February. (I couldn’t choose five, but seven didn’t sound as classy.)

Lipglossiping – takes a moment to appreciate that rare wonder of makeup doing exactly what it’s supposed to!

My Beauty Bunny – goes to the Oscars! See her photos.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – Do you ever wonder how your favorite nail polish bloggers get those beautiful, sharp close-up shots of their manicures? One of my favorites, Jen from The Polishaholic, reveals her secrets here.

Question of the Week:

What one makeup brush do you consider
an absolute staple in your makeup kit?


B says, “I adore my ecoTOOLS kabuki brush. I use it almost every time I wear a powder. It feels dynamic on the face.”

What’s your favoritest makeup brush?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 72


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!

Phyrra – shares a darkly sparkly blurple eyeshadow tutorial.

we heart this – Ever wonder how to style your hair into a sock bun? Wonder no more!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Catch a sneak peek of spring color, and find out just how lovely the new ZOYA Lovely Collection for spring 2013 really is!

Clumps of Mascara – is just a wee bit obsessed with Josie Maran skincare products these days.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve tested a lot of skincare products. Here is my favorite that you’ve probably never heard of!

Nouveau Cheap – Physicians Formula has so many interesting goodies in store for us for 2013 that I had to devote an entire blog post to it.

Pink Sith – Shares with you her Top Taupes of Twenty Twelve and all that alliteration stuff!

Prime Beauty – is starting the New Year off with happy healthy hair and you can too! Enter to win a set of DermOrganics hair care products from Prime Beauty!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I chose Scrangie’s Ozotic Nail Polish Swatches because I love Scrangie and I love Ozotic polishes. Scrangie’s always got gorgeous swatches of the most amazing colors.

Question of the Week:

Do you have any beauty resolutions that you’ll
be making for 2013? Or anything you just want to improve/avoid/get better at this year when it comes to beauty?

B says, “I  am really going to try to do more videos for my YouTube channel. I’m also going to play around with lashes a bit more.”

What about you? Anything you finally want to get down in 2013 when it comes to beauty?


Top Beauty Finds of 2012

You knew it was comin’. I’ll save my whole spiel about “OMG, I can’t believe it’s already almost 2013″ and whatnot and just get right down to the nitty gritty.

Okay, wait. I lied. Seriously though – can y’all believe how quickly 2012 flew by? I mean, dang! Okay okay…here are some of my top  beauty finds of 2012. Keep in mind that these aren’t ALL of them. I’m far too lazy to list them all. Hey! I’m bein’ honest. Something you can continue to expect in 2013. 😎 Hollerrrrrrr.

Hereeeee we goooo….

Top Mascaras


So in this post I listed 6 of my favorite mascaras. Not included in that list are the following…

  • CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara – Because how many mascaras don’t kill your lashes after you’ve applied a good 3 coats to them? Not many. We’ve seen a lot of Lash Blast mascaras but I’m happy to say that this one really doesn’t clump.


Top Nail Polish Brands/Collections




  • butter LONDON – I was head over heels in love with this nail polish brand this year. Why? They were always releasing beautiful nail polishes that didn’t look like other polishes that I owned. At $14 a bottle, they are a bit on the higher-end side of nail polishes but who cares. We all need a hobby and one of mine is collection bL polishes until I die. Yep.
  • Cult Nails Coco’s Untamed collection – Oooh boy, I couldn’t get enough of this collection either. Even more impressive is that a 13-year old came up with all of these gorgeous shades. Yuuuup.


Top Lippies



  • I listed 4 of my favorite lippies here. Included in that list is the ever so awesome Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter.


 Top Skincare Products



  • Check out this list of 7 skincare products that rocked my world.
  • Eucerin Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash – It’s far from paraben-free and contains more ingredients than I like my skincare products to have but this has been the only body wash that not only soothes but keeps my eczema at bay.
  • Josie Maran skincare products – Okay, I’m cheating here because I haven’t really done a post for her products yet but I’ve been using them for weeks now and I am obsessed. Ob.sessed. Josie Maran drops argan oil in all of her products and I’ve been slathering everything from her hair oil, sunscreen and whipped argan butter allllll over.
  • Clarisonic Aria – This is another product that I haven’t reviewed (or tried) but I plan on getting my hands on it in 2013. I’m just so in love with this version of the awesome Clarisonic face brush that I just HAVE to have it.

Best in Foundations



  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – Oh geez, I love this stuff. I am actually at the bottom of my first bottle and I am thisclose to buying another. This foundation actually turned me into liking foundation. Which says a lot.

I totally didn’t even try to do a “Best in Eyes”. There were just too many products to choose from. Yeah, I know. I suck.



What were some of your favorite products in 2012?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 69


Welcome to the Lipstick League Best of Fall edition! We’ve asked our members to share a link to their favorite product they’ve reviewed so far this season. And without further ado, here they are…

Gouldylox Reviews – My favorite product so far this season is my current mascara. Would it work for you?

Nouveau Cheap – My favorite product this season, and the one I’ve been reaching for the most, is this little $2 lip balm. Sometimes the best things are just so simple, aren’t they?

Pink Sith – My favorite product this season is an all in one Armani Palette (OK, maybe not ALL) but the blush and eyeshadow are so awesome for fall and easily transition into the holiday season!

Prime Beauty – My favorite products of the Fall season can be seen in this look from Makeup Wars -Battle of the Fall Face. I especially love the LORAC Pro Palette!

Phyrra – I have been in love with my Makeup Show Orlando Manicure with Cult Nails Nevermore and butter LONDON Fairy Cake. I keep wanting to wear this combination over and over again.

we heart this – This is not only Stef’s favorite red lipstick of fall, but her favorite red of ALL TIME. It’s Stila’s liquid lipstick in Beso, and if you’re a red lip junkie, you pretty much need this.

Beauty Junkies Unite – I fell in love with the nail colors in OPI’s Germany Collection in the fall of 2012, and over 10,000 Pinterest users did too!

Clumps of Mascara – I have been in love with so many nail polishes all season but Zoya’s Ornate nail polish collection absolutely rocked my world. These polishes are so gorgeous that sometimes I just sit and stare at the bottles.

EauMG I have had a very busy fall and haven’t reviewed half of the perfumes that I have fallen in love with, but I did review one – Von Eusersdorff New York Classic Patchouli. It’s a warm, cuddly comfort scent for me that is perfect for fall.

See you next week!


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 64


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: – What beauty product would you immediately hoard if you found out that it was going to be discontinued?

we heart this – took a tour of Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood with MAC’s Gregory Arlt. Now, we’re sharing insider’s info about the collection (like, which Mad Men star inspired Love Goddess lipstick) and Marilyn’s beauty regime (ever wonder why she always looked so glowy? The answer will surprise you!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – I have a feeling there are a few shades in the new ZOYA Ornate Collection for holiday 2012, that you would be really bummed about if you missed!

Clumps of Mascara – loves everything about Tarte Cosmetics. But their Glamzon Pure Performance Lipsticks? Whoooooa! They are absolutely heavenly.

Lipglossiping – gets hot under the collar for the new BB Cream from french skincare maestro’s La Roche-Posay.

Gouldylox Reviews – What do you think of the idea of a CC cream? I’m not making it up, it’s a thing. Find out more here!

Nouveau Cheap – gives you swatches, swatches and more swatches to help you determine if you need the new limited edition Shimmer The Night Away palette from Wet n Wild.

Pink Sith – experienced the new Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai mask set and not only did she not turn into Red Skull she managed to turn a Frugalista into a High End Diva!

Prime Beauty – embraces the Oxblood nail trend with 6 deep red polishes!

Phyrra – shows you how to get the Perfect Night Out Look!

Vampy Varnish – is trying her hand at some simple Halloween nail art using NARS Andy Warhol Nail Polish.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – The British Beauty Blogger shared a post filled with fab advice about How to be a Beauty Writer. Whether you just want to improve your own blog, or are trying to get a job that pays you for the obsessing you already do, it’s a good read!

Question of the Week:

What beauty product would you immediately hoard if
you found out that it was going to be discontinued?


B says, “Ummmm, Zoya’s Remove+ nail polish remover. I can’t live without that stuff!”

What about you?


See you next week!