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!

Hey girls hey! This giveaway is brought to you by BeautyStat.com and if you’ve been trying to get your hands on a new BB cream, now is your chance. Imagine a BB cream that goes above and beyond — covering all of your skincare needs from A to Z! Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar A-Z Complexion Perfecting BB Cream with SPF 20 ($38.00) does just that!

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)!

To enter this giveaway is like and share it on Facebook, pin on Pinterest or re-tweet on Twitter using hashtag #HopeInAJar. Don’t forget to tell us which shade you want: Light, Medium, Tan to Deep.

Also, make sure to tell us which A-to-Z benefit you are most looking forward to addressing with this product:

Antioxidants, Beta-glucan, Complexion perfector, Day to night, Easy, Foundation alternative, Glow, Hydration, Innovation, Jump-start, Keeps skin soft, Lactic Acid, Makeup-friendly, No fuss, Oil-free, Primer, Quick, Refiner, Skin-loving, Touchable, UVA/UVB SPF 20, Vitamins A, C and E, Weightless, X off your wish list, Youthful, Zero extra steps

Let your natural beauty shine through with a little help from Philosophy. Good luuuuck! And remmeber to give the Rafflecopter a few seconds to load.

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 98

Glossybox lip balm

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 – Wet n Wild just released three new eyeshadow trios and a line of textured nail polishes. Have you seen them yet? If not, take a peek!

Pink Sith – says the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is like therapy in a bottle for her troubled skin. Plus, bonus sad walking away music from The Incredible Hulk!

Prime Beauty – has the 411 on the new butter LONDON Rock Your Colour Bespoke Colour Cosmetics Collection and it’s bright and beautiful!

Vampy Varnish – has swatched and reviewed the new Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb! Moisture Plumping Lip Tints for fall 2013!

we heart this – are giving away two amber delights; Win BPAL’s amber perfume oil and hair gloss!

Clumps of Mascara – Okay, so it isn’t exactly beauty related but if you’re living the gluten-free and dairy-free life or just want a fresh and delicious salad, check out the recipe for this one.

EauMG – is high on perfume this week (it’s OK, she’s in Washington state). Here’s EauMG’s guide to marijuana perfumes. These unusual perfumes contain a cannabis accord or are inspired by the substance. Don’t walk on the grass. Wear it.

Gouldylox Reviews – Curious if the Marc Jacobs line is worth the hype? I’ve got pictures, swatches and details!

Lipglossiping – feels the mercury rising with this spicy little number from Glitter Gal Cosmetics. Guaranteed to get you hot under the collar!

My Beauty Bunny – is excited to be spreading the cruelty free message in the pages of People Style Watch Magazine! Check out my newsstand glee and the shout out to my favorite vegan hair care brand, DermOrganic.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – Kimberly over at Libby’s Pink Vanity reviewed the Forever 21 Creamy Splatter Eyeshadows which, by the name alone, captured my attention!

 

Question of the Week:

How did you arrive at your current eyebrow
shape? Were you born with those brows, did you get them professionally shaped or did you shape them
yourself? And are you happy with them?

B says, “My brows are ridiculously thick. I mean, they are like fuzzy caterpillars growing on my face. I always hated them growing up but I now go to an amazing eyebrow threader who creates a beautiful arch for me. I then maintain them by trimming every few days but I am so so dependent on my brow lady.”

What’s your brow story?

 

See you next week!

Celebrate National Honeybee Day with these LUSH goodies

Hey honayyyyyyy. National Honeybee Day is this Saturday, August 17th and I am all over it. I’ve always had an affinity for bees. I think they just so wonderful for our ecosystem and the health benefits of honey just doesn’t end. I keep our home stocked with local honey and local raw honey. The second I feel like I’m coming down with a cold, I run to my beloved honey. LUSH is lovin’ on honey too. I was sent these products to review in honor of National Honeybee Day.

National Honeybee Day

They have a ton of goodies in their line that are honey-based. Like the Honey Bee Bath Bomb and the Fair Trade Honey Shampoo. Both are available online and at LUSH stores nationwide.

I’ve been taking more baths lately and now that my skin isn’t as wonky (thanks to giving up gluten), I can’t wait to give this Honey Bee bath bomb ($6.95) a whirl.

LUSH Honey Bee bath bomb

Aside from a few of ‘em being overly fragrant, I adore bath bombs. This one is toffee-scented and packed with Moroccan Rhassoul mud, aloe vera gel and soothing honey. Basically it’s heaven on Earth. Can’t wait to try!

And then there’s the Fair Trade Honey Shampoo ($9.95 – $29.95)

LUSH Fair Trade Honey shampoo

This preservative-free shampoo is moisturizing and is supposed to give hair a nice sheen. I can’t wait to try this either. I’ve been washing my hair daily these days (one of the many perks of shaving off my hair) and I could use the extra moisture. Plus this shampoo smells so so nice and doesn’t have an obviously strong smell.

Thanks for celebrating bees, LUSH! Of course you’ll be able to find these and more honey-inspired products at LUSH.com and LUSH stores nationwide.

JOHNSON’s Baby Drugstore Beauty Challenge – win a gift card!

Oh darliiiiings, I’ve got a super cool challenge for you. For years I’ve been talking about the awesomeness that is JOHNSON’s Baby products. I’ve featured several ways of how you can use them. And not just in your beauty routine either but throughout the house, your car and office too. I’m a multi-purpose kind of girl and I’ve found a dozen ways to use these babies.

Johnsons Baby

And while I can brag about them alllll day long, I’d love to see how you’d use ‘em. That’s right. I’ve got a super cool Drugstore Beauty Challenge. I’m calling all willing participants to spend some money (not your own, of course) on JOHNSON’s Baby products and show me how you’d use JOHNSON’s Baby products to replace beauty products in your stash.

Baby

The unknown reality is that you really don’t have to spend a ton of money on beauty stuffs. You’ll find all kinds of amazing ways to use baby products  and they can really fit very well into your daily life whether you’ve got a babeh or not. So if you are willing to take the challenge, here’s what I need from THREE of you lovely ladies…or gents.

Drugstore Beauty Challenge

Sounds simple enough, huh? This opportunity is only open to my U.S. guys and girls. Good look and I can’t wait to see what awesome ideas you beauty babes come up with.

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The Gorgeous Zoya Irresistible nail polish collection

My nails have finally decided to stop acting crazy and you know what the means…I’ll be cranking out nail polish posts. I received this collection quite some time ago so the excitement for it has died down a bit but not in my beauty room. I’m not the biggest lover of foils and metallics but there’s something about these. They are just so beautiful…

GB and Zoya

See what I mean?

Zoya Bobbi

Bobbi is a hot magenta pink foil metallic. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a similar color like this from Zoya (then again…Zoya doesn’t really dupe themselves a lot) and if I haven’t, I’m making stuff up. Bottom line: it’s a fantastic super bright strawberry-ish shade. And it looks stunning on the toes. I’ve been wearing it 3 weeks straight now.

Zoya Rikki

Rikki is a fern green foil metallic. I would have loved if this green was a little richer but it’s not so bad. It applies beautifully.

Zoya Tinsley

Tinsley is a rose gold foil metallic and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a metallic like this. Of course we all know how much I don’t like the color pink but this is dainty, girly and just super sweet.

Zoya Hazel

Hazel is a full-coverage, blue green foil metallic. I don’t see much green in it. In fact, it definitely leans more on the blue side and reminds me of a stormy cloud. They should have really named the polish Stormy. Just sayin’…

Zoya Amy

Amy is a lot full-coverage, red orange foil metallic that looks a lot like China Glaze’s Riveting. It’s a stunning and insanely bright nail polish. It isn’t super unique but it is gorgeous nonetheless.

Zoya Kerry

Kerry is a full-coverage, yellow gold foil metallic. I’ve never been a fan of golds but somehow I can get down with yellow golds.

Okay so it’s not my favorite Zoya nail polish collection but it’s nice enough. It’ll definitely appeal to the bright nail polish lovers of the world. My faves? Bobbi, Tinsley and Amy. I think I prefer Zoya’s Stunning collection over this one. Then again I looooove creme nail polishes.

You can grab this collection from Zoya.com for $8/bottle or $48 for the entire collection.

GLOSSYBOX review – July 2013

It’s been a hot lil’ minute since we’ve tangoed with good ole’ GLOSSYBOX. And yeah, I know I’m like a month behind reviewing it but hey, maybe this review will motivate you enough to finally get that GB subscription that you’ve been lusting over for so long. I got this box for review and I think it’s oh so fitting for a summer beauty subscription box.

Glossybox of July 2013

Like all GLOSSYBOX boxes, this one came with a leaflet of what you’ll uncover after ripping the top off of your box.

Glossybox July 2013

I like to review these beauty subscription boxes by the diversity of their products and if their products reach a value of at least $21. That, to me, is very important. Yeah. I’m kinda nutty about it. Let’s get started…

Nail Inc. Baker Street nail polish

Glossybox Nails Inc

This itty bitty bottle of blue polish is fantastic. Nails Inc. is a pretty high-end brand and so even though this isn’t a full size bottle, seeing the baby version of one appear in a GLOSSYBOX is crazy exciting. Plus, this striking cobalt blue is stunning. I mean, dang…

Dr. Brandt BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

Glossybox

I’ve heard of this brand before but I didn’t know that they had a BB cream. Then again, who doesn’t have one? It’s a moderate sample size but they get a fail because the Light to Medium is far too light for me.

Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE Make-up Cleansing Tissues

Glossybox USA

These babies are a bonus item in this month’s GLOSSYBOX. Pretty rad bonus. 10 towelettes is enough to really test the product. They are heavily fragranced so you know they aren’t exactly up my alley.

Figs & Rogue Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube

Glossybox lip balm

Glossybox lips

This gorgeous tube of lip balm was the first thing eyes landed on when I opened up the box. My, what gorgeous packaging! The lip applicator (or lack of one) isn’t all that comfortable when it comes to applying. But this petroleum-free lip balm isn’t strong on the scents and the subtle pink shade will look flattering on everyone. I dig it!

BVLGARI Eau Pafumeé au thé Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel

Glossybox Bvlgari

It’s a generous sample size but I don’t do perfumes and so even sniffing this gave me a slight headache.

Brazilian Blowout Açai Deep Conditioning Masque

Glossybox hair

For the gals who love keepin’ their do’s in check, this hair masque has enough product to give you a few tests of how the masque may work on your hair. That is, if you don’t have Rupunzel-length hair. I doubt I’ll give it a whirl. I’m just not really into hair products these days.

OVERALL:  This box was definitely worth at least $21. This is the norm for GLOSSYBOX as I’ve come to discover that they are pretty good with giving you products that at least meet what you’ve spent. And like all subscription boxes, you aren’t going to love everythiiiiing but with this one, there is something for everyone. They cover hair, skincare, nails, cosmetics and fragrances and that’s just no easy task. Another win for GLOSSYBOX .

If you haven’t signed up for  a box yet – head on over here  and do so.

Beauty in Mommyhood: NUK’s Seal n’ Go Breast Milk Bags

Okay, so now that I’ve got more time on my hands, I am going to be doing more baby-focused reviews. I know. You’re excited, huh? Every time I turn around I’ve got another friend expecting a babeh and asking me something related to breastfeeding. I can never offer any advice because breastfeeding was a total FAIL for Elle and I but what I do know is pumping. I pump my life away yo. Nuk so graciously sent me some of their breast milk bags to review and I couldn’t be happier.

Breastmilk bags

While I was sent some of these to review, I have also purchased and been giving manyyyyyyyy breast milk storage bags from my moms who I donate milk to. In the 7 months that I have been exclusively pumping I have filled up thousands of breast milk storage bags. So I know a few things about ‘em.

Nuk breastmilk bags

About NUK’s Seal n’ Go Breast Milk Bags:
-100% leak-proof double zipper seal
-Superior oxygen barrier for freshness
-BPA free
-Leak proof double zipper seal protects against leaking

Nuk

I’ve tried 3 different brands of breast milk storage bags and Nuk’s get the job done, mamas. I do more filling up than I do defrosting them but both tasks require having sturdy breast milk bags. These are nice. They aren’t my absolute favorite because I find that the zipper seal can’t be easily sealed but I use them regularly and haven’t experienced any leaks. I like to fill my bags up to 7 oz  and these bags are completely stuffed at about 7 oz. I find that I can get more milk in other bags.

Breast Milk Storage bags

And like all breast milk bags, the measurements on the bag are all kinds of wrong. I usually measure my milk in a bottle and don’t refer to the bag.

And these bags aren’t just great for breast milk. We like storing Elle’s homemade baby food in them too.

Baby food

Esposo and I like to steam and purée fresh vegetables for Elle, put them in ice cube trays, freeze them, pop ‘em in breast milk bags and then take them out when we need them. These bags are fantastic for storing food! The food stays fresh and tasty.

Bottom line: If you’re a lactating mama or a mama who likes to freeze homemade breast milk, you’ll like these bags. Plus, they’re pretty affordable too at only $6.99 for 25 bags.