The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 99

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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!

Prime Beauty – has stars in her eyes after reviewing the stunning Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Constellation…satin stars, shimmer stars, purple stars…oh my.

Phyrra – shares her Makeup Wars Favorite Hair Tools. Find out her must have items!

we heart this – want you to know your skin CAN handle the truth. Ole Henriksen’s Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil to be exact.

Beauty Junkies Unite – gives you an early peek at the newest member of the Benefit blush family, Rockateur.

Clumps of Mascara – is modeling a sweet pink nail polish with her baby girl.

EauMG – tries the juiciest, ripest peach in the ‘fume world, a new limited edition perfume by Providence Perfume Co.

Lipglossiping – explores 5 reasons why your hairdresser hates your guts! Are you guilty as charged?

My Beauty Bunny – This week I revved up my lips with Too Faced’s Lip Injection Color Bombs. Check out the swatches of the six new shades of this hydrating and plumping lippie.

Nouveau Cheap – “Revolutionary” is a strong word, but what if I told you that you could combine two manicure steps into one and achieve a really cool nail look at the same time? Meet the new Orly Matte FX Matte Flakie Top Coats.

Question of the Week:

Do you ever fall into a beauty rut?
If so, what types of things help to pull you out of it?

B says, “Yep! I’m in one now. Motherhood is my excuse. Actually, I blame pregnancy. I went 2-3 months without putting on makeup because I was just so sick and now it takes A LOT for me to do more than lipgloss, mascara, liner and powder. My life has changed and I just don’t have the time or desire to spend more than 15 minutes doing my face. I’m okay with that though.”

What about you? Have you ever been in a beauty rut?

 

See you next week!

5 Perks of Cloth Diapering. And my cloth diapering story.

Cloth diapers

When it comes to cloth diapering you’ll come across 2 kinds of people. Those that would never try it or those that swear by it. There are very few people in between.

And then there’s me. Y’all know I like to keep it real. So if you’re a mama, expecting mama or just like reading about cloth diapers (I was into that before I had kids….), carry on.

Rainbow cloth diaper

I always knew I’d give cloth diapering a whirl but soooo many people told me how HARD it was. And of course these were all people who had never tried it themselves. But c’mon…many people label me as this crunchy/hippie mama who had a baby in a birthing center and had her placenta encapsulated so doesn’t cloth diapering kinda follow that label? It’s not as hard as I thought it would be. And there are really so many reasons to love it!

Saves money

Duuuuh. Average diaper costs range from $.14 to $.23 per diaper. A newborn has to be changed at least every 2 hours. So in one day of newborn’s life you’re spending at least $2.00 a day in diapers. Meanwhile, our cheapest cloth diaper is $5 and guess what? It will last until our babe is potty training. AND…we can use it for consecutive children. Hells yeah!

Landfills

Now I never claimed to be the most eco-conscious person in the world but dang, the thought of tossing out over 10 diapers a day just seems…wrong. I feel better knowing I’m freeing up some landfill space by not havin’ my babe’s poopy diapers slung all over the place.

Prettier

Yeah yeah…call me vain but they really are. Plain white diapers with some random cartoon character on them? Boar-riiiiiing. Changing diapers will never be fun but I’m in better spirits when I’m changing a rainbow diaper.

Gentle

Especially if your baby has sensitive skin like my babe’s. Cloth is gentler on her bum .

Customizable

We prefer to use one size pocket diapers and they are awesome because you adjust the absorption by adding different kinds of inserts. You can also adjust the leg sizes on many diapers and this is a huge perk for smaller or larger babies.

Inserts

But there are downfalls to cloth diapering too…

-Emptying a dirty diaper pail will never be fun.
-Touching poo is bound to happen.
-No one will want to change your baby because cloth diapers confuse some people (i.e. daycares)
-It’s a bit inconvenient on the go.
-Finding a routine can take time.

Cloth diapers for babies

I thought cloth diapering was something you did or didn’t do. That you either WEREN’T going to do it or you had a stash of 30 diapers before your child made their entrance in the world. But naw playa. After we went through all of the disposable diapers that we received from our baby shower, we slowly transitioned to cloth. We clothed at night and on the weekends. Then I found a sweet local mama who was selling a huge stash of diapers for a crazy awesome price.

And then it took forever to find the perfect wash routine.

But do I have any regrets? Noooope. Cloth diapering works for our family and I’m so glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers and gave it a whirl. We only wash diapers every 2-3 days and we’re saving hundreds of dollars on not buying diapers.

Ours

Brands We Own:

Charlie Banana
Blueberry
Sunbaby
Kawaii
City Knickers Diapers

Approximate Number of Diapers:

25-27

Style of Diapers:

One Size Pocket diapers with snaps and aplix

Inserts used:

Microfiber
Charcoal Bamboo
Hemp/Cotton

Where did/do we purchase cloth diapers from?:

Local co-ops
Moms who make customized cloth diapers
Target (Charlie Bananas)
Second hand from local mamas

Cost Spent on Diapers and Accessories

Around $200

Accessories we own

1 small wetbag for diaper bag
1 wet/dry wetbag for when Elle goes to her sitter
1 large wetbag for traveling
1 diaper pail (aka trash can)
1 diaper pail liner
30+ cloth wipes (aka baby washcloths)

Any cloth diapering mamas out there? Or moms who tried it and didn’t like it?

My husband wants to marry Vaseline’s Spray & Go Moisturizer

Awkward, huh? Esposo is still so in love with this stuff. I received a box of CVS goodies a few months ago and he never cares about the beauty boxes that come up in this house. Until he noticed me pulling this out of a box…

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer  aloe

“Can I have this?” he asked. “Please babe. I ran out of the last bottle. C’mon…”

He was pleading. Over lotion. How freaking hilarious. I mean, I get why he loves it, but dang, man…

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

I guess I shouldn’t complain because at least he actually wants to put lotion on. My dear ole’ Esposo has come a long way.

Yah. Anywho, if you still haven’t jumped on the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer train, hop on, my loves. Snag it from CVS and rack up those ExtraCare Beauty points.

 

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is like…more dramatic

I remember when I first got into skincare. I was in 5th or 6th grade. My face was gettin’ all teenage acne-ish on me and I wanted to be  cool like my Mom and have like a REAL skin care routine. Mama Clumps trekked me on down to Governor Square Mall in Tallahassee, Florida and we made our way into Dillard’s and I got my first skin care consultation at a Clinique counter. And I left away with this baby…

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I had the entire 3-step skincare system but the golden lotion was my truest love. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion holds a special place in heart because it was my first big girl moisturizer. How this stuff could get any better is beyond me. But the magicians at Clinique had some tricks up their sleeve and they have made this popular moisturizer even awesomer. Yah. Let’s pretend that awesomer is a word, mkay?

Clinique moisturizing lotion

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is now going to give us…

-All day hydration.
-Improvement in skin’s barrier strength in 8 weeks.

Clinique

Not HUGE improvements as I’ve always thought this lotion gave my skin a nice dose of hydration but hey, I trust ‘em. I’ll be honest though. It feels and looks the same to me. Which, I guess, is a good thing. There’s a reason why this lotion is a staple in many households.

Look for it at your nearest Clinique counter or at Clinique.com for $26 for a 4 oz bottle. Rock on, Clinique. Rock on. And keep making more of your amazing nail polishes. I looooove them.

The Old Skool Mama and Pink Nail Polish

A lot of parents like to pretend like they never had a gender preference when they found out they were expecting a baby. Yeah whatever. I keeps it real. Esposo and I both wanted a boy. Mainly because we both have sisters and thought having a son would be a nice and new adventure. And then we found out we were expecting a girl and…

pink finger nails

…we were thrilled. Baby Clumps is the best thing in our lives and she is just perfect in every way. I see why God blessed us with this girl. I am loving our Mother and daughter relationship and can’t wait to do all kinds of fun things with her.

baby

Like polish her nails. It’ll be years before that happens though. I’m a beauty blogger, yes, but I am an old skool mama and want my daughter to fully understand that cosmetics are for fun. And they aren’t a necessity to life.

Pretty baby

Being a mother is the scariest task ever because I don’t want to “mess her up”, ya know? I don’t want to give her a complex. I want to give her a strong foundation of love, self-acceptance and I want her to recognize beauty in all things and all people. And if she really wants it, I’ll let her have COVERGIRL’s Pink Lady polish.

Covergirl Glosstini nail polish

I love these polishes. Mainly because most of them are pretty opaque after only 2 coats. And they are so so glossy.

Covergirl pink lady

Remember these? Yeah. And they dry pretty quickly too. There are some things  I just can’t wait for.

One being my nail polishes to dry.

And then are some things I CAN wait for.

One being my baby girl growing up….

The Lip Balms I Almost Ate…

So Clarins has these lipsticks that they only release during the summer and it’s quite a shame. These bad boys are so dang fabulous that it’s a pity they aren’t available year round.

I got ‘em to review and it has taken everything in me to not bite them.

Clarins lips

Yah. Like bite bite. They just look so luscious.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Clarins lipsticks

I’m not crazy though. No lipsticks were harmed in this feature.

Clarins packaging

To sum it up, these are fantastic. They look like lipsticks but they feel like balms. They are sheer in color, long-lasting and have a sweet and fruity smell.

Crystal Mandarin has a juicy and sweet orange tint to it. I didn’t think this would work so well but surprise…it does!

Clarins Crystal Mandarin

Crystal Rose, I think, is the most wearable shade for all complexions because it has enough red and pink in it to compliment ladies of all skin tones.

Clarins Crystal Rose

Crystal Gold Plum is really more of a gold and while I’ve never liked gold on my lips, this is subtle enough to actually work kinda well.

Clarins Crystal  Gold Plum

Crystal Berry is a subtle vamp of the family.

Clarins Crystal Berry

They are spectacular. Clarins, please make these available year round. Please! They retail for $26 a pop at ClarinsUSA.com and at Clarins counters. I’m all for sheer lipsticks. Sometimes you just don’t want a super pigmented lip, ya know?

By the way, I’m still trying not to bite these. Don’t judge me.

Giveaway! Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar BB Cream!

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Hope in a Jar BB Cream

With the same anti-aging benefits of Philosophy’s iconic Hope in a Jar moisturizer, this new multitasking Hope in a Jar A-Z BB Cream is a one-step complexion perfecter that acts as your…

-Primer
-Moisturizer
-Foundation
-Treatment
-Sunscreen

It’s oil-free and fragrance-free formula allows for natural-looking, build-able coverage that instantly blurs and camouflages imperfections. Like all Philosophy products, it also packs a bunch of skin-loving minerals and vitamins to ensure that your skin looks its best from day to night.

Lactic acids helps refine skin for a healthy, rosy glow; beta-glucan supports skin’s natural defense system to nurture skin health from the inside out and a SPF 20 helps protect skin against environmental attacks and harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Can your BB cream do all of that? If not, now is your chance to win a full-sized sample of the Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar A-Z Complexion Perfecting BB Cream.

I’m giving away 3 to 3 lucky winners (one each)!

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