The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 97

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 – They say living well is the best revenge – and your nails will be living in style when painted with a polish from NCLA’s Sweet Revenge Collection. Come take a peek!

Nouveau Cheap – Drugstore polishes that look like Vintage Leather on the nail? Yep, and they’re from Maybelline!

Pink Sith – Needs more nail polish like a squirrel needs a can opener, but that didn’t stop her from picking up the latest Urban Decay Nail Polishes in Addiction and Vice.

Prime Beauty – was gobsmacked when she had the opportunity to have her hair styled by big-time British celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill. Mark has crossed the pond and launched his salon professional line in Walgreen’s!

Phyrra – shares the best CC Cream with you; It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC Cream. And it comes in 5 shades!

Vampy Varnish – shows you the latest and greatest Zoya collection called Cashmeres and Satins for fall 2013.

we heart this – loved the Benefit The Rich is Back palette at $34, but did you know it was just marked down to $24? It’s a beautiful deal!

Beauty Junkies Unite – See which lippies were hits, and those that were misses in the new MAC So Supreme Lipcolor Collection!

Clumps of Mascara – is hosting a giveaway where you could possibly win a $125 Visa gift card. Sounds pretty groovy, huh?

EauMG – is kicking it old-school with this review of an iconic 1980’s fragrance, Jessica McClintock.

Gouldylox Reviews – Want to make your eyes pop? Try this new mascara from Make Up For Ever!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – We are constantly in awe of the tips, tricks and tutorials shared by the lovely Christina at Hair Romance. Like this Easy Braided Updo; the perfect solution for any bad hair day!

 

Question of the Week:

Have you ever had your makeup done by a professional
makeup artist? If so, tell us a bit about the experience(s).

B says, “I have! Although not recently. I’m usually not very satisfied when makeup artists do my face. Except that one time Tia Dantzler did my face. She did an amazing job.”

Have you ever gotten your face beat by a MUA?

 

See you next week!

The iPad case for cool kids: The Snugg

Once upon a time I used to scoff at the iPad. I thought it was nothing more than an oversized and overpriced iPhone. And then I got my hands on one. And fell in love. The end. I adore everything about my iPad and getting the opportunity to review The Snugg iPad case has me lovin’ it even more.

The Snugg iPad case

You’ve heard of the Snugg, haven’t you? This popular iPad case  performs beautifully. And it’s not just me sayin’ this. Check out their Amazon reviews. But first things first. Let’s go into the features of this case.

Snugg review

-Cost: $34
-Versatile flip stand with two positions.
-Comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.
-Case is made from soft PU leather and is lined with velvety nubuck.
-Includes a convenient loop for stylus pen.
-The cover automatically switches the iPad screen on and off thanks to the in-built Sleep and Wake function on the iPad. When the cover is closed, your iPad will go into sleep move, saving your battery.

That last function is my favorite! I remember when Apple first released their iPad case cover that did the same thing and that pretty much sold me on wanting to purchase an iPad. I hated how that case didn’t cover the entire iPad though. This is why the Snugg rocks.

When it’s closed…

closed iPad

…and when you open it…

Open iPad

Pretty cool, huh? The Snugg is a nice quality case. I’ve been testing it by bringing it in the kitchen to look up recipes, tossing it in my bag for meetings and playing nursery tunes for Elle while I join her on the floor for tummy time. The stitching has stayed in tact and I can easily wipe off smudges with a wet cloth. So parental units…The Snugg is definitely baby-proof.

Snugg

I doubt I’ll ever be doing any presenting with my iPad but if I were to, the little handle in the back is pretty nifty.

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I have an iPad 2 case and I noticed that everything matched up well until I noticed the camera hole being a little off centered.

iPad camera

The main reason for this, I think, is because my iPad isn’t snug enough in the case. It’s not a terrible flaw but it’s something to note.

I really don’t have any other complaints about this case. I think the price point is reasonable and the quality rocks. I can use every function of the case without taking my iPad out and that’s a huge plus. I’m a lover of the color orange but the Snugg comes in a ton of colors.

Clumps of Mascara iPad

Get more deets about this case here.

Any iPad lovers in the house? What kind of case do you have on yours?

Busting Beauty Myths + Giveaway!

Water

So girls (and the handful of guys that read this blog)…let’s talk about beauty myths, shall we? I could probably write a book on ‘em because there are just THAT many. The sad thing is, when it comes to skincare and my obsession with trying to have and KEEP clear skin, I’ll probably try anything. Except dab pee on my pimples.

Naw. I can’t get down with that. I don’t know if it’s a rumor within the family or not but my girl cousins have this running joke that Grandma has always had clear skin and her “liquid output” is the reason why. Everyone is too afraid to ask her. And to try it. I mean come on, dude. I’m comfortable with my body but I’ve gotta draw a line somewhere.

Check out my list of beauty myths…

Black don’t crack.
Yeah no. Everyone gets wrinkles.

Good skin is all genetic.
Not always. Good skin is also determined by lifestyle and diet.

Water is important for hydration but it won’t necessarily lead to healthier skin.
So not true. Our skin contains a good amount of water and hydrated skin is healthier skin.

Black girls don’t need sunscreen.
Yeah no. The sun don’t discriminate, mamacita. EVERYONE needs protection from the sun.

Going a day without washing your face never hurt anyone.
Pfft! Lies! I can’t be the only who has gone to sleep without washing their face only to have pimples greeting me the next morning. It’s good to get in the habit of always washing the face before bed.

Eucerin skincare
My favorite Eucerin skincare products for when my skin needs that extra hydration.

 

I could list a dozen more but I’d love to hear some of yours. Are you forever running into crazy beauty myths? How ’bout this…you tell me what they are and you could be entered to win the following:

· $125 Visa Gift Card
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion

You could use that gift card to treat yourself to a massage, or take yourself out to eat or if you’re practical like me, you could use it to put some gas in your car. Ha! Press your luck by entering the Rafflecopter below. Remember, it takes a minute or two to get goin’ so be patient.

Good luuuuuck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.

Three Fabulous Eyeliners That Stay Where You Put Them

Eyeliners

When it comes to my beauty arsenal, eyeliner seems to be poorly represented. I have fifteen varieties of blush, over fifty shades of lipstick and so many eye shadow palettes that I have honestly lost count.

However, I only have three types of eyeliner. Why only three? Because I found the only three I’ll ever need. It can be hard to find beauty products that want to stay where we put them. Lipstick smears, foundation rubs off and eyeliner smudges. I dig the retro cat-eye, but I’ve found that it can turn into raccoon eyes without much prompting. After years of fighting with my eyeliner, I decided to try out something meant to wear a bit longer.

And no, I don’t mean permanent makeup. *shudders*

NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker — $9

What can I say; I absolutely love this eye marker. I get a gorgeous line and it just glides on! Give it a few seconds to dry and you’re set for the day, no matter what activities you have planned.

Pros: Easy to use, great control.
Cons: Only one shade available.

Glominerals Precision Eye Pencil — $16

This eyeliner pencil is great for everyday use. I usually get six to eight hours of regular wear out of it, so it’s ideal for the office or a day spent shopping. It’s available in eight gorgeous shades; my personal favorite is Plum.

Pros: Goes on easy, doesn’t tug, great for sensitive skin.
Cons: Doesn’t wear well through strenuous activities, needs to be sharpened.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner — $30

If you’re willing to spend a little more on long wearing eyeliner, this is the one to buy. Waterproof and smudge proof, it’s perfect for lounging in the pool or kicking it at the beach. It’s available in seventeen shades with a built in sharpener on the end.

Pros: Waterproof, variety of shades.
Cons: Expensive.

These three great eyeliners give me a variety of looks and the kind of durability I wish I could expect from all of my makeup. Lipstick, I’m looking in your direction.

 

About the Author: Selina Torres spends her days face down in a pool of cosmetics for the benefit of woman-kind. When she’s not testing out different eyeliners, she’s doing freelance writing for Glisten, a fabulous new skin care company.

Indie Nail Polish Love: Literary Lacquers

Yay for indie nail polishes. Indie nail polishes are my favorite because these nail polish lovers turned entreprenuers really take a passion for what they do. They aren’t just selling polishes for fun, they are creators who bring amazing polishes to life. I’ve never come across a brand that can impress me the way indie nail polish brands can. Add Literary Lacquers to that list. The gorgeous Amy of LL so kindly sent me a few of the polishes from her most recent collection The Good Parts.

Brace yourself…

Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light

More Like Fire Than Light nail polish

More Like Fire Than Light is a juicy orange linear holographic polish and ohmnigoodness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange holo that is as magnificent as this one. I applied 2 coats here but I’m thinking a third coat would really make it more opaque. It’s just so divine.

Literary Lacquers Zipless

Zipless nail polish

Zipless is a cherry red jelly with gold circular and hexagon glitter submerged within. If you’re a fan of creating jelly sandwiches with your polishes, you’ll love this one because it’s pre-made. Glorious!

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial nail polish

Raspberry Cordial? is a shimmery raspberry with what I think is a subtle red holographic touch. It’s delightful and unexpected.

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure nail polish

Woman of Pleasure is another jelly sandwich and this baby blue jelly has dark blue and magenta hexagon and round glitter specs. I’m too lazy to be all creative with jelly sandwiches so I love this one too.

Literary Lacquers Green Gables

Literary Lacquers Green Gables nail polish

Green Gables is a green holographic. It’s perfect. The end.

I’m missing a few from the collection but I’ve already got my eyes glaring at some of her other polishes. Like Gift of the Magi? I SO need that. Each nail polish retails for $10 which I will gladly pay to support an indie brand that makes awesome polishes. I also love how Literary Lacquers has polishes based on books. That totally appeals to my inner nerd.

Support Literary Lacquers and purchase a shade or two. Or 10.

Makeup Wars: Color Wars

This is probably the funniest (yes, that’s a word….for today) Makeup Wars ever! Each of us gals signed up for a color and we are going to be sharing some of our favorite products featuring that color. I picked purple! For the record, I don’t have a favorite color. And if I did it would be rainbow and since a rainbow has a TON of colors I’m not sure that really counts.

I know. I’m so complicated but picking a favorite color when there are so many beautiful ones out there just ain’t easy. I picked purple because there are just sooooo many gorgeous purple picks when it comes to the beauty world. Here are 3 of my faves.

Purple nail polish

I love love looooove purple nail polish. Especially when it is unexpected and has some kind of funky shimmer or whatnot. It’s hard to pick a favorite (especially since I did so in our last Makeup Wars post) but Zoya’s Aurora is by far the prettiest purple nail polish in the world.

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You can’t deny it. You KNOW you can’t. Sidenote: I sooooo miss my longer nails. Can’t wait until I can do this shape again.

Ah yes…purple lips. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I can easily get down with some purple lips and it was MAC’s All of My Purple Life that had me going bananas.

Pay no attention to my beach hurr but to that stunning purple gloss. Yas! Yas!

When it comes to eyes, I think purple eyeshadows look amazing on everyone – especially on brown eyed girls. Make Up For Ever’s #92 is epic. I mean, epic. I think I’ve lost this baby because I haven’t seen it in awhile but years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve used it) but it was the bee’s knees back in the day. I took this picture back when I didn’t care much about photography.

That about does it…a few of my favorite purple picks. Of course I’ve got more but I don’t want to make this post insanely lengthy. I’ve always wanted purple hair but my jobs never allowed it. Womp. Check out the colors my other Makeup Wars sisters picked!

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 96

Butter London Silly Billy

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 – desperately wanted to love her new Lime Crime Velvetine but when lip and velvet met, things didn’t stay pretty for long!

My Beauty Bunny – Looking for a great post-workout towelette? We’ve got the details on Yogi Wipes – a cruelty-free choice that cleanses, refreshes and nourishes skin.

Nouveau Cheap – Claire’s can be fun for an inexpensive jewelry fix, but did you know they also sell macaroni & cheese and french fry-flavored lip balms? I reviewed them both, if you’re curious (you know you are).

Pink Sith – wants to show you the two new nail polishes from the NARS Fall 2013 collection, but fears you may label her nail art as a pinterest fail.

Phyrra – says it’s time to rejoice! New Sugarpill Sparkle Baby and Cold Chemistry is coming soon. See her swatches & tutorials.

Vampy Varnish – butter LONDON has something new out and it’s not nail lacquer…it’s the butter LONDON Bespoke Colour Collectionand there are some great items!

we heart this – is not sending you to their site this week. They’re sending you over to Makeup and Beauty Blog, where the lovely Karen featured them in her new series This is My Makeup Life.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Explore your more rebellious side with Too Faced’s new Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette for fall!

Clumps of Mascara – Time for updates of the world’s favorite baby! Or at least everyone’s favorite baby on THIS blog. Elle Belle turns 6 months old!

EauMG – Don’t just eat your veggies but smell like them too. Seriously. Victoria reviews Honoré des Prés I Love Les Carottes perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – Win an entire skincare line for mature skin!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – The lovely Paris from My Women Stuff questions whether Beauty Box Subscriptions have had their day. Has the beauty box bubble finally burst?

Question of the Week:

Is there a beauty trend that is “out” that you wish were “in”?
If so, what is it?

B says, “I haven’t really stayed up on beauty trends lately so I can’t say.”

Are you up on beauty trends?

Wrapping Up Summer With Eucerin

So we really know there is no “end of summer” when it comes to living in Florida. Like seriously. It’s so hot that even alligators are sneaking in peoples’ houses to stay cool. Ha ha. I’m kidding about that last part. My Eucerin ambassadorship is still truckin’ along and this time the cool kids at Eucerin have asked me to talk a little bit about hydration and how insanely important it is. Especially during these hot months.

CamelBak and Eucerin

In this month’s pack I got an awesome CamelBak bottle.

Purple CamelBak water bottle

Have y’all ever used these? I’m in love with them. I’ve purchased 2 of my own but I love everything about this one because it’s larger than my standard 22 oz bottle. Woot! I carry around a water bottle daily and the CamelBak rocks because it’s virtually indestructible and the straw makes for easy gulping.

CamelBak water bottle

It’s some kind of cool. And as always, I’m slathering my faithful Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer all over.

Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion

It’s my favorite daily moisturizer because it not only keeps the ash at bay but it also keeps me all protected with the SPF 15 dumped inside. This, y’all, is a necessity for everyone. And of course I especially love it because my eczema doesn’t go all crazy on me. This tend to happens when I’m wearing body moisturizers that have a ton of fragrances in them. Thank you, Eucerin. Thank you so much.

I hope you gals and guys are staying cool. Later this month I am going to be hosting a Eucerin giveaway so stay tuned to those details. In the meantime, stay hydrated and keep that gorgeous bod of yours protected with SPF!

* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.