Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 122

Iron Girl medal

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! 

My Beauty Bunny – Add a little more beauty to life with goodies found in the aisles of Target! Check out our review of the skin-saving It’s a Beautiful Life kit from Pacifica.

Nouveau Cheap – What if I told you that there’s an adorable little drugstore palette that can be used for face AND eyes (seriously, it works for both) with lovely, wearable shadows that resemble shades from higher-end brands? It’s true and it’s right here.

Prime Beauty – tests out her hypnotic powers with Lancome’s Hypnotic Eyes Collection. Are you getting sleepy yet?

we heart this – want to know the easiest way to tightline? Win this giveaway and you’ll find out soon enough!

Clumps of Mascara – loves COVERGIRL but this mascara is just, well..they should probably go back to the drawing board.

EauMG – From spring break to April showers, update your spring fragrance wardrobe with any of these perfumes featured in Victoria’s Spring 2014 Perfume Picks.

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s finally warm, so it’s time to switch up your colors! Makeup Wars tackled the fine art of choosing the best blush for spring and summer. Is your favorite on the list?

Lipglossiping – appreciates a pretty posey when she sees one and the new Clinique Cheek Pop blushers feature some of the prettiest around!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – Hollywood red carpet host Jessica Carroll has relaunched her fun fashion and beauty site DressJessXO. Not only is she sweet as pie, she always has amazing tips gleaned from celebs. Here, she shows us how to Rid Yourself of Dark Circles in just 3 steps!

Question of the Week:

Do you have a “signature” scent? If so, what is it?

B says, “I don’t have one. Just about everything that I wear is fragrance-free. Exciting, huh?”

 

What about you? Do you have a signature scent?

See you next week!

The Best Race Everrrr – Iron Girl!

I did it, girls. I smashed the Iron Girl 5K last weekend in Clearwater, Florida. If you’re not familiar with the race, Iron Girl is a race for women. And women only. Of the 6 races that I’ve ever participated in, this has been, by far, my favorite. You don’t know girl power until you see thousands and thousands of women running beside you, cheering for you and reaching their goals WITH you. It’s a beautiful thang and I was so honored that Iron Girl provided me with a press pass to attend and run this race.

Iron Girl 5K

According to Iron Girl, their mission is “to Empower Women Toward a Healthy Lifestyle!” (source). It’s a mission that I totally get behind and as long as I am able, I will always make it my duty to do at least one Iron Girl event a year. The Iron Girl event series features several events each year and the Clearwater Half Marathon & 5K held on April 13th was the first event to launch their season.

Iron Girl 5K Clearwater

Some races you participate in and then you move on. From the minute you sign up for an Iron Girl race, you are a part of the sisterhood. And they don’t stop letting you know this. From the sweet paraphernalia to the amount of support you get on race day, look no further than the Iron Girl for your first race.

And when I tell you ORGANIZED, oh my…this event was by far one of the most organized races that I’ve ever participated in. The volunteers were incredibly nice and helpful, and the registration table was easy to spot. Women from all over (and the men that support them) travel from all over to run the Iron Girl in Clearwater because it is such a stunning race.

Iron Girl Runners

The weather was a cool 72 degrees and while going over the bridge, down it and over it again wasn’t easy, I was so amazed to see so many women, mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, running buddies of all shapes and sizes crossing the FINISH line. And seeing signs like this from the guys reppin’ The Best Damn Race didn’t hurt either…

Iron Girl The Best Damn Race

The MC  steadily congratulated everyone who crossed over and we were all greeted with a stunning medal.

Iron Girl medal

I always joke and say that I really only run for cookies and medals but it really does feel good. Every time I felt like quitting, I looked over and saw another woman pushing it and that’s what motivated me. Although, yeah…downing food is a good motivator, too.

Iron Girl food

The race made sure that us racers were well hydrated and fed proceeding the race. They offered a full breakfast with scrambled eggs, bagels, fruit, sausages, biscuits and a very yummy strawberry shortcake. The latter was completely random but definitely appreciated.

Race Pros

  • Affordable! Under $50 for the 5K and under $105 for the half-marathon
  • There’s an app for the race
  • Race provides detailed information regarding travel and parking.
  • Lots of help from volunteers
  • Stunning (and accurate) course
  • Lots of post-run food and water

Race Cons

  • Because of its popularity, finding a hotel near the race may be challenging
  • The line to take a picture by the Iron Girl sign is loooooong

For more information, visit the Iron Girl’s website and follow them via their social media networks so you can jump on board when registration opens up again.

Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas

This inclusive post will talk about everyyyyy aspect of my experience aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. It really is hard to write an entire post about such a massive vessel, but hey – I’m an overachiever and will attempt this. To make things easier, I’ll break everything up in categories? Sound good?

The reason for the trip…

Each year, a group of bloggers take a fun trip. It really is that simple. The idea was brought about by the ridiculously talented blogger behind MomDot.com (hey Trish hey!) and she wanted to have a “different” kind of blogger conference. Something fun, lighthearted and just…simple. And so Brandcation was born. Each Brandcation is held in a different city and with a different theme. The hashtag for this trip was #SeasTheDay and I don’t think that could have been more fitting.

Royal Caribbean Liberty and Brilliance

Wait, so you got on a ship with 39 other bloggers? Did you know any of them?

Well, I knew 2 but I didn’t really know anyone else. Pretty adventurous, huh? But hey…after you go to college and live in the dorms with strangers, you can pretty much do anything. And after I left the trip, I had a ton of new friends and bloggers to follow. It turned out better than expected.

What’s so great about Royal Caribbean? And this boat…how big is it?

First of all, it’s a ship. Or a vessel, if you want to be fancy. Having been on several cruises and with this being my first Royal Caribbean cruise, I will say that this is the BEST cruise line everrrrrr. Liberty of the Seas is the 2nd largest vessel in the world. Here are her specs…

Ship Information

  • 154,407 gross register tonnage
  • 1,112 feet long
  • 185 feet wide
  • 28 feet draft
  • 21.6 knots cruising speed
  • 15 passenger decks
  • 14 passenger elevators
  • 4 bow thrusters
  • 3,634 guests (double occupancy)
  • 4,375 guests (total)
  • 1,360 crew (International)

Staterooms

  • Total: 1,817
  • Ocean View: 1,084 (842 with balconies)
  • Interior: 733 (172 Promenade View)
  • Staterooms with third/fourth berths: 855
  • Wheelchair accessible staterooms: 32

What was the food like?

This is probably #1 question I get when those who have never taken a cruise before find out that I love cruises. And I get it. People are particular about their food. As they should be. Do know that your food is prepared in bulk when you’re aboard a cruise. Cruise lines aren’t just preparing a few salads at ones. They are preparing dozens and dozens of salads for lunch at around 6 in the morning.

Royal Caribbean kitchen

It is a smooth operation and having toured a cruise kitchen, I can assure you that the chefs and food handlers take all safety precautions. Food selections are diverse and my vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free conscious eaters will be happy to know that Royal Caribbean caters to you, too.

Royal Caribbean food

Every meal I had came with veggies. I also liked the many different dining options. You could get free room service, munch on pizza at the pizzeria, dine at Johnny Rockets, have a fancy meal in the main dining room or eat buffet style.

Royal Caribbean dining room

Whatever you’re feeling, Royal Caribbean makes sure that you have good eats. And around the clock!

Sooo, how small are the rooms?

Good question. Compared to the rooms that I’ve stayed in before, my room was massive! My roommate and I had plenty of space to move around. Royal Caribbean provided ample amount of storage space, which is appreciated when you’re away from home for 5 days.

Royal Caribbean room

The beds? Ridiculously comfortable and while small, the 3-piece bathroom was still easy to manuver around in. But here’s some advice, if you plan on cruising any time soon, pleeeease do yourself a favor and get a room with a balcony. The extra money is worth it because you won’t feel as claustrophic and you get views like this every evening…

Royal Caribbean on the water

Royal Caribbean sunset

What is there to do?

You’re kidding, right? There is SO much to do and I didn’t find any “bored” moments while aboard Liberty of the Seas. I’ll let the pictures speak…

Royal Caribbean rock climbing

Royal Caribbean golf

Royal Caribbean waves

Royal Caribbean pool

…the rock climbing wall, nine-hole mini golf course and FlowRider surf simulator doesn’t even touch the surface of what there is to do aboard the Liberty of the Seas. There’s…

  • DreamWorks Experience (including parades and meeting characters!)
  • VitalitySpa & FitnessCenter
  • Three Pools
  • Six Whirlpools
  • Sports Court
  • Nine-hole Miniature Golf Course
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Jogging Path
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Video Arcade
  • Boutiques
  • Art & Photo Gallery
  • Medical Center
  • Royal Caribbean Online Internet Center

And the shows…

Royal Caribbean shows

OMG, the shows rocked my socks. I saw 3 shoes and when I tell you that the performances were amazing, I’m not joking. The singing, the dancing, the little wow factors…they still resonate with me. There are also 22 bars and clubs and while I didn’t hit any of the clubs (I was too busy enjoying the shows), I heard the music was thumpin’ and the drinks were good.

A pretty fly by post of should a big ship, I know, but I wanted to give you folks an idea of what it was like to cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. For more information about the ship and to find out even more details about what you can expect, visit their site here.

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

May Day Giveaway – Win 1 of 3 Gift Cards!

Oooooh lovelies – don’t you love getting the opportunity to win big after only having done very effort? This month some of my beauty bloggin’ sisters and I are giving our readers the chance to score BIG.

May Day giveaway

 Can you even deal? I can’t! If you’ve been lookin’ for some new blogs to check out, entering through the Rafflecopter is the best way to follow various beauty blogs on different social media networks. AND you’ll get put in the running to score 1 of 3 gift cards. Pretty sweet, huh? This is open to anyone anywhere in the world and ends on April 30th.

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COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Okay, so let’s pretend that this mascara JUST came out. Not that it came out mannnny months ago, okay? I’m serious. I already feel bad that I haven’t done a mascara review in gee, I don’t know, 50 years but don’t make me feel worse by commenting that I’m reviewing a mascara that came out forever long ago. Mkay? Promise?

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Very well, then. Let’s move on!

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast

I received a press sample of this mascara so so long ago and it has finally worn me down. I’ve been testing it for a good week and some change and now I’m ready to talk about it!

Price: $10.79 from drugstores nationwide and at Drugstore.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Flaunt the next big thing in lashes with Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara! The brilliant two-step Bombshell Boost System combines extreme volume with an intensifying top coat for big, sexy bombshell lashes. Step One: Apply the extreme volume basecoat. Step Two: Finish with the intensifying top coat.” (source)

The Truth: This is the biggest mascara that I have ever seen. The wand is huge!

What I Loved About It: I do like the inclusion of 2 wands. This always bodes well with me.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s so big and clunky. It makes it difficult to hold comfortably.

Overall: Okay. So. You girls could have warned me about this one. When purchasing this mascara, you do realize that it is larger than most mascaras. But this doesn’t really ring true until you open up the package and hold it in your hand. It is a giant mascara. I could see it being rather intimidating for first time mascara users. Or for clumsy mascara users. Seriously.

Let’s look at the wands…

COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara

I will say that both wands are pretty stellar. #1 looks like it could be an identical twin to to the CG Lashblast wand. It’s the perfect wand for separating and lengthening lashes from root to tip. And #2, while not as plush as I would have liked for it to be, at first glance, it appeared to be okay in the volumizing department. The packaging says this about the wands…

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara

I disagree as I don’t see how you can effectively volumize with such small bristles on #1, but hey! What do I know? :wink:

I do think most users will find some difficulty with using the wands because they are just so bulky and hard to hold comfortably. But once (and if) you can get past that, each wand is a pleasure to use. However, the end result, I found, was just so so. After using #1, I didn’t see any big difference in using #2. My lashes didn’t look bigger and bolder and I really could just have gotten away with using #1.

Formula-wise, you’ll be happy to find that I didn’t experience any smudging. Flaking came about hours later, but I’m thinking a waterproof topcoat mascara could seal that and bring along longevity.

I don’t know, CG, this just doesn’t seem like your kind of work. It’s not the 2-wands-1 mascara thing that I have beef with, but the girth of the wand itself and the overall performance, I found to be so un user-friendly.

 

Bare Lashes

Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

COVERGIRL Bombshell

COVERGIRL Bombshell on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Those not looking for much in their mascaras will be okay with this. However, those of us who are looking big big and bold lashes will be disappointed. And having checked out some of the reviews online, it looks like many mascara lovers aren’t big fans of this mascara.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 121

MAC RiRi Woo 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! 

Lipglossiping – counts down the days until she can welcome the summer with a punch of seasonal colour from Deborah Lippmann!

My Beauty Bunny – Feeling lucky? Go ahead and enter to win a shopping spree at Nurture My Body The Grand Prize winner will have $300 to spend on cruelty-free products!

Nouveau Cheap – Attention lip balm fans: have you seen the new Softlips CUBE yet? If not, you must click here!

Pink Sith – has made a confession. She is a Concealer Adulterer. Read all the sordid details about her affair with Joe Blasco Concealer and Neutralizer!

Prime Beauty – visits the French Riveria, indulges in chocolate and gets a tan with no burn all with the Too Faced Limited Edition Bonjour Bronzing Wardrobe, a must-have for pale girls!

Phyrra – shares her picks for the Top 10 Best Pink Lip Products!

we heart this – hearts Mad Men almost as much as beauty products! You too? Check out our Mad Men dictionary, then join us every Monday as we recap the final season.

Clumps of Mascara – is totally that girl that wears lipstick when she works out. And red lipstick at that!

EauMG – There’s a new feature on EauMG, In the House. There are so many brands out there; it can be intimidating. In the House is a quick introduction to a featured indie/niche brands. Come check out the first installment!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve got new lippies and skincare and I am obsessed! Especially with this eye cream and face oil. If fine lines are your concern, I’ve got answers!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – I do love a comprehensive brush review, and this post on Wayne Goss’ Foundation Brush from MyWomenStuff left me scrolling through the archives like a woman possessed!

Question of the Week:

I own more of this brand than any other:

B says, “Probably OPI. I have a loooooot of China Glaze polishes. Zoya, too. Makeup wise, I can’t big as I really love playing with so many brands.”

 

What about you? Do you favor one brand over another?

See you next week!

My iPad Mini Gets A Makeup Over Thanks To the Snugg!

Remember that time I reviewed the Snugg case for my iPad? Well guess what, cool guys and girls? They have the Snugg case for the iPad Mini.

Snugg iPad Mini case

I just about did cartwheels when I received a press sample of this case. I mean…how cute, right?

Snugg iPad mini

Reasonably priced at just $29.99, this Snugg iPad mini Leather Case Cover comes with all of the fixings as her older sister. You’ve got the ‘so durable that it survived an International trip’ cover…

Snugg case covers

If you really want to test the durability of your iPad case, try traveling with it. If it can survive the tossing, bumping, slipping and dumping that gadgets go through in transit, then honey, you’ve got a good case. Our pal the Snugg here, stood up beautifully and even survived an “almost accident” involving a swimming pool. Don’t ask.

Once you open the case and you’ve got nifty business card slots to the left and the Smart Cover capabilities.

Snugg for iPad

Which will never get old in my book. In my review of the Snug iPad 2 case, I had issues with the front facing camera not lining up correctly. This certainly isn’t a problem with the Mini.

Snugg iPad case cover

I’ve never understood why iPad cases are so ridiculously expensive but then provide you with zero features and oftentimes aren’t made to last. Considering the Snugg on my iPad 2 has been hangin’ in there since the moment I’ve got it, it’s safe to assume that the Snugg ROCKS in terms of durability. Even with a toddler in the house.

I’m hopin’ Grandmama Clumps isn’t reading this but Mother’s Day is coming up and I’ll be getting a Snugg case for her iPad Air. Surely she’ll love hers as much as I love mine.

Visit the website here to view all of the specs of this very awesome tablet case and cover.

Snugg iPad case

What kind of case do you use for your tablets?

That Girl Who Wears Lipstick When She Runs…

I feel like such a lame-o for just now wearing this lipstick. I purchased MAC’s RiRi Woo – I dunno…months ago! And I really only purchased it because so many of my beauty blogger friends were raving over it. And I fell for the hype.

MAC RiRi Woo

Which is funny because I’ve never been one to fall over MAC, the brand or Rihanna, the artist. But the lippy arrived and I didn’t touch it. Until a few weeks ago when Grandmama Clumps and I ran a 5K.

Black Girls Run

I was inspired by the gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross who wears red lipstick when she works out. And just like that, the stunning RiRi Woo lipstick has become my #1 workout lippy.

MAC RiRi Woo lipstick

And you can see why, right? This limited edition cool matte of a red lipstick rocks my socks. Every few years, I run across a red lipstick that I fall in love with and it looks like this red is the one. In fact, any time I run a race, I’ll be wearing this one.

RiRi Woo swatch

RiRi Woo lipstick

Yep. Some girls run with tutus. Others run with lucky socks. And then there will be me. I will run with red lipstick.

BOOM.