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?

Get Some Physicians Formula In Your Life!

Hey girls, hey! So about that #PFHealthyGlamour Twitter party last week… Did you go? I did and oh my heavens, if that party was in a real club, the roof would have been on fire. I’m not even kiddin’. We would have all been bumping into each other and spilling our drinks on strangers. It was a packed house but what an awesome party it was.

Physicians Formula BB powder

Tips from Joanna were flowin’ left and right and many lucky ladies left $50 richer. It was a grand time. Through Beauty Stat, I got the opportunity to work with Physicians Formula and I was sent a whole box of awesome goodies.


Physicians Formula products

I am no stranger to the brand. In fact, I’ve reviewed several of their mascaras, some of their lippies and their blushes. I do think they could plump up their availability of darker shades. But hey, I’m confident that in the next few years, we’ll see more “true” darker hues from them. In the meantime, I am head over heels in love with their Nude Wear blushes.

Physicans Formula Nude Wear blush

Physicians Formula Nude Wear

They call it “Nude Wear” because after you’ve applied these blushes, you can barely spot them on your cheeks. You’re left with a very subtle and beautiful glow. And yes, girl…I can attest to this.

Physicians Formula blush

They’ve got a similar effect in a palette form that can be used on both the face and eyes.

Physicians Formula eyeshadow palette

This Warm Nude Shimmer Strips All-In-1 Custom Palette may be a bit too shimmery for the office, but it is fantastic for date night or Girl’s Night Out.

Physicians Formula Shimmer palette

And for my girls who like intense and sultry eyes, I’m thinkin’ you’ll love the Sexy Booster Ooh La La Eyes Trio.

Physicians Formula eyes

Physicians Formula trio

Included is an eyeliner pencil, felt-tip eyeliner and kohl eyeliner. When layered with the Va Va Voom Volume mascara, this results in the perfect sexy eye look…

Physicians Formula mascara

Physicians Formula eyeliner

Fabulous, right? Yessss! Physicians Formula is doing fantastic things and if you head on over to Target stores and Target.com from now until May 24th, you can score some serious buy 1, get 1 FREE deals. Stock up now!

 

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by BeautyStat.com (#bstat) and Physicians Formula. While I was compensated to do this post, all thoughts are my own. 

My Beauty Bunny’s Cruelty Free Facial Moisturizer

I am incredibly excited to post about this moisturizer. Developed by my girl Jen of My Beauty Bunny, this Cruelty-Free All Natural Moisturizer has been my staple and go to moisturizer for some weeks now. I received a sample of it some time ago and for the past 3 weeks I’ve been telling everyone I know about how great this moisturizer is.

My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free Moisturizer

…and I’m not just saying that because I love Jen and respect her mission to spread the gospel about cruelty-free makeup and skincare products. She’s a pioneer in the game and this moisturizer speaks to her awesomeness.

My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural Moisturizer

I use about 3 different moisturizers each day. I’ve got an SPF moisturizer that I use for when I’m running outside, one for bed and then there’s my Beauty Bunny moisturizer. Complete with 5% alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a soothing blend of aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane and extracts, I find this moisturizer to be perfect under makeup and when worn alone. It’s not only cooling on my face after I’ve endured just a bit too much sun from my runs, but I find that it really sinks in my normal/dry skin. Those with oily skin, no need to be worry…this moisturizer is incredibly lightweight and fitting for those of all skin types.

My Beauty Bunny moisturizer ingredients

And of course, it would only include the good stuff and omit the bad stuff. And don’t even get me started on the subtlety of the fragrance. When applied, you get just a very small whiff of refreshing grapefruit that quickly dissipates. With just a very small pump, a little goes a long way. I often found myself pumping too much.

My Beauty Bunny moisturizer

I couldn’t be more proud to know someone who has launched such an incredible skincare product. While originally launched at $39, you can score this moisturizer for a steal at $15.90.

Who Would Love the My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural Moisturizer?

  • Those of various skin types.
  • My guys and girls with sensitive skin.
  • Those looking to add a lightweight (yet powerful) moisturizer to their routine.
  • Folks who like to keep it simple in the ingredients department.
  • Fans and supporters of My Beauty Bunny because…well, just because!

I’d hurry and get your hands on this holy grail of a moisturizer as  bottles are limited. Snag yours at FutureDerm.com.

I’m In The Intel Smart Squad!

Hey y’all! So I totally forgot to tell you…yours truly is the newest member in the Intel 2 in 1 Smart Squad. Weeee! I know you’re all like “Um…okay. What is that?” Good question. Intel has hand selected some influencers who they thought would be good fits to talk about the awesomeness that are their 2 in 1 devices. This opportunity speaks to my techie heart and I couldn’t be more honored to jump on board with an awesome brand. Each influencer will receive a device to use in their daily lives and then share the device’s perks with our social media networks. Easy for me! I am so here for the not just a latop but more than a tablet convenience of an  Intel 2 in 1 .

Not gonna lie – I’ve been a Mac girl for many years now but with the ole’ MacBook gettin’ old I have been entertaining the idea of getting a Windows computer. Mainly because no way will I ever spend $1K+ on a dumb laptop again. But also because I hopped in a Windows store a few months ago and was blown away at the operating system. I’m an old school Windows kid but I can’t wait to see what it’s like to use an Intel device daily.

I’ll be sure to let you know when the new family member gets here. In the meantime, check out the video below. Maybe then you’ll understand why I’m excited about getting my Intel 2 in 1 .

If you own a 2 in 1, let me know what you think!


#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between Clumps of Mascara and Intel This could include Intel providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

Dial Vitamin Boost Body Washes – Even The Men Love Them

Dial body wash

I got these bottles of body wash for review and they sat on my beauty shelf for a few weeks. Each week Esposo kept asking me if he could use them.

“Please babe,” he’d plead.

“I’ve gotta take pictures of them first,” I’d say.

Dial soap

A week would pass and he’d ask again. And then again. Ca-learly this man knows nothing about a blogger’s editorial calendar. Men, I tell ya. Esposo is far less pickier than I am when it comes to body products. All he needs is something that cleanses. He doesn’t care about parabens, fragrances (or lack thereof), pH balanced blah blah blah or anti-aging properties. He just wants something that suds up.

Yeah. And cleanses. Dial recently launched these 2 gorgeous bottles of sudsy body wash and the premise is this: they are supposed to provide nourishing moisturization from right after you begin lathering up until the end of the day. They have 2 formulas.

Dial Body Vitamin Boost

Amazing B is a lotion-infused formula that assists in drawing in moisture to keep that skin hydrated.

Dial Vitamin Boost

And then there’s Super C. An oil-infused formula that contains antioxidants to protect the skin and provide a healthy glow.

Both smell absolutely wonderful but I found Super C to be my favorite as it was energizing and citrusy and was such a perfect way to start the day. I asked Esposo which one he preferred and he didn’t care. Of course.

Way to go, Dial. You’ve managed to get my super man-ly man of a man excited about showering. I don’t know how to thank you. You can snag these from Walmart, Target and drugstores for about $4.99.

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!