The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 110

Eyeko Fat Brush wand

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!

Pink Sith – luxuriates over her new Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Accent from the 2013 Holiday Collection and asks if you “NEED” it too.

Prime BeautyPrime Beauty has found The One. No, unfortunately it’s not a man but BECCA’s The One Perfecting Brush, can you believe it takes the place of 10 face brushes? Oh and if you know of any nice single older men…

Phyrra – shares the Best Ways to Survive Rosacea! Find out her favorite products and tips.

we heart this – wanna see some before and after pics of a makeup hoarder’s storage salvation? (Brace yourself, it includes depotted shadows covered in dust!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – The review & swatches for the new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection are up, do you spy any shades you love?

Chalkboard Nails – The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday shades packs a punch of texture – you won’t want to miss these party perfect Liquid Sands!

Clumps of Mascara – reviews another Eyeko mascara. You’ve heard of that brand, haven’t you?

EauMG – shares her first holiday gift guide of the year! EauMG’s Holiday Gift Guide for Natural Beauties contains natural and organic products that will nourish the hair, skin, body and soul.

Gouldylox Reviews – Only have a few minutes to get ready? That doesn’t mean you can’t look flawless!

My Beauty Bunny – Pores a problem? We’ve got the details on How to Get Rid of Blackheads and a few products to recommend as well!

Nouveau Cheap – So, I finally found the Maybelline Limited Edition matte Color Tattoos. Were they worth the hunt?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Aprill from Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is a prolific writer. She has everything from nails to cosmetics to style and fragrance. In a recent article she shares some tips on how to prepare your skin for the winter, AND she is giving you a chance to win a $50 Visa Giftcard, plus some Aquaphor Healing Ointment! How fab is that?

 

Question of the Week:

If you could change one thing about your skin, what would it be?

B says, “I wish I didn’t have pesky hairs growing on my chin. I can deal with the fuzzy ‘stache but the wanna-be beard that causes pimples on my chin drives me nutty.

Soooo, does anyone else have a more embarrassing skin story?

See you next week!

5 Reasons Why You Should See THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY

It’s been forever and a day since I had a real Girl’s Night Out. Between Esposo working crazy hours and not having a sitter on hand, getting out at night is practically impossible. But the stars aligned, a babysitter was hired and on Tuesday night some girlfriends and I were out to see THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY. I received a whole kit of goodies to ramp up the excitement…

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You remember THE BEST MAN, don’t you? Best movie everrrrr. I have it on DVD and pretty much know it word-for-word.

The cast.

How they managed to get ALL of the original cast members is beyond me. This NEVER happens. But it did for THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY and the women are still gorgeous and the men are still fine, honey. How have Sanaa Lathan and Nia Long NOT aged? How is Morris Chestnut’s chest still so perfectly chiseled? Whooooa!

It’s a roller coaster of emotions.

Some movies are mostly funny. Others are mostly sad. Some are thought-provoking. THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY is a roller coaster of so many emotions. The up and down almost made me want to go home and have a glass of wine to collect my thoughts. Good acting really makes you feel the emotions of the characters and my girls and I were all over the place emotionally.

It makes for great discussion.

My girls and I couldn’t stop talking about the movie after we left. You know a movie is good when you get invested with the characters so much that you keep talking about them as if they really exist!

It isn’t overly Christmas-y.

Some of y’all are against the Christmas EXPLOSION that happens in November and December. Personally, I could be in the Christmas spirit year round but I’m lame like that. For those that suck their teeth over Christmas songs, movies and decorations, you folx will be happy to know that the movie isn’t heavily Christmas-fied.

It’s always good to support the brown people on the big screen.

Let’s face it, seeing people of color on the big screen is such a rarity. I’m all for diversity and it annoys me that Hollywood doesn’t have more people that look like me on the silver screen.

 

Go see THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY! You will love it. Looooove it!

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 14 – Mis padres

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Mis padres means “my parents” in Spanish. Oh, how I love my parents. I grew up in a house where my parents weren’t friends. They were parents. It wasn’t always easy talking to them. Or understanding why they did certain things but the older I get, the more I understand their lessons. Being a parent is flipping hard. And nothing can prepare you for it.

My parents did the best they could and for that, I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the sacrifices that they made for me. I am thankful for their pushes, their understanding and their encouragement. It was crazy embarrassing but I am thankful that my Dad, who was a speaker at my college graduation, made me stand up in a sea of hundreds of fellow graduates so that he could have everyone clap for me. I am thankful that when I was in a bind and had no car to get around my Mom simply gave me hers and got another one for herself. I moved away at 18 but I am thankful that I have two 2 houses that I can still call home.

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I am my parents’ favorite child. I am the oldest and therefore the best. Obvs. 😎

 

Both pictures were taken at my baby shower last year.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 13 – Nail polish

I’m a beauty blogger, yes, but I am far from a makeup collector. What I review I typically put to the side to share with my sisters or donate the gently used items to domestic violence shelters for women and children. I have no need to collect makeup. For what? No one really needs 200 tubes of lipstick.

But nail polish…

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Nail polish is different. This is the one thing I actively collect because nail polish really makes me happy. Polishing my nails is therapeutic. It just makes me feel good. Glancing at my nails during a rough day can instantly boost my mood. So yes, I am thankful for nail polish.

 

Little known fact: My water broke while I was polishing my nails. Crazy, huh? 

That Time I Posted Pictures Of My Scars On The Internet

I’m a klutz. And there’s no denying it. I have childhood and adulthood scars all over my body. And I used to be ashamed of ’em, but whatever. Each scar tells a story and I’m not gonna pretend like I have this perfectly flawless skin because helloooo, I don’t. But at the same time, there are some scars that I wish weren’t so glaringly obvious. And when I got some samples of Mederma, I just knew I’d be puttin’ them to use.

Mederma Advanced

Please tell me you’ve heard of Mederma. They are only the “#1 doctor and pharmacist recommended brand for scars”. According to Mederma, regular use of their products will assist in improving the appearance of both new scars AND old scars. And since I’m a dork, I figured it would only be right to introduce you to a few of my scars, new and old.

Childhood scar

I got this one in 9th grade. I sat down in a seat at school and some metal pokey thing was sticking out and sliced my arm. Okay, “sliced” sounds dramatic but that’s how it felt when it happened. I remember trying soooo hard not to cry. And that’s when I knew I could handle getting 5 tattoos. Ha!

Childhood scars

That scar is a 2-in-1. One came from tripping on a sidewalk while taking a walk during my church’s summer camp. The other one came from when I was 12 and fell off of my bike. I’ll never forget the burn I got when my Mom poured hydrogen peroxide in that wound. I really should have gotten stitches, Ma. Seriously.

Bug Bite

And then there’s the newbie…got that one from a bug bite during a park day with Elle.

So yeah. I am totally going to be trying Mederma on all of those scars. And when my baby girl gets to being all rough, I’ve got Mederma for Kids on deck.

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Aaaand, Mederma has a Stretch Marks moisturizer!

Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy

I’ve always been pretty skeptical as it relates to getting rid of stretch marks but at the same time, I never stop trying to get rid of stretch marks. Ha! Mederma products are sold at most drugstores and Mederma for Kids is sold at Target. If you’re not sure where to find it in your area, check out their website.

Anyone else want to share their scars on the world wide web? Come oooooon. 😎

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 12 – Caretakers

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I am so grateful for Elle’s in-home daycare provider. I am thankful that she loves my baby as if she were her own grandchild. She cuddles her and knowing that my child is being watched by someone that I can trust makes being away from her so much easier.

It’s SO hard to find good caretakers. I get sad wishing that I had an Aunt or cousin nearby who could watch Elle. But we live in this big city by ourselves and I’m just ever so thankful that we have caretakers that we can trust.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 10 (Breast pumps) and Day 11 (Esposo)

You  like how I combined days 10 and 11, huh? I just knew I would fall behind on the daily posts. I knew it! I’m proud that I’m not too far behind though so yeahhhh.

Day 10: Breast pumps

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The whole “Elle not effectively latching despite my attempting every day for 3 months thing) devastated me and made those first new months of motherhood so so hard. But thanks to the modern conveniences of electric breast pumps, I’ve been able to exclusively pump for Elle for 10 months now. I’ve pumped in hotel rooms, cars, airports, conference rooms, restaurants…the list is endless. I hate it. Pumping sucks. But at least I’m able to give my baby that nourishing breast milk. And I’ve been able to give milk to a total of 9 babies. That includes 3 friends, 2 foster babies, a family who adopted a baby and 2 babies in NICU. I am beyond thankful to thee ole breast pump.

Day 11: Esposo

Today Epsoso and I celebrate 2 years of marriage! I’m a bit bummed out that we didn’t get to spend it together since he’s out of town working but I know he has big plans for when he returns. 😉 Marriage is crazy hard. There are some days where I can to punch my darling husband in the throat. But he’s my best friend. My #1 fan. My biggest supporter. My lifelong partner. I love him, will continue to love him and I am thankful to him and our marriage.

Mascara Monday: Eyeko Fat Brush mascara

It cracks me up when some makeup brands get all literal with their descriptions. Eyeko wasn’t like “Massive plumping brush”. They’re all like…”fat brush”. Ha! *snort* It’s the little things, y’all. The little things… Anyway, when I got this to review I just knew I had to share it with the blog fam!

EYEKO FAT BRUSH

And obviously this wand ain’t little. It’s fat. Didn’t you read the description?

Eyeko Fat Brush mascara

Price: $19 from Eyeko.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Our super-sized dense bristle brush coats lashes from root to tip building a volumised full lash fringe. Complimented by our fibre-enhanced Keratin formula to boost lashes with carbon black finish for visibly thicker and defined lashes. ” (source)

The Truth: The wand is definitely on the thick side.

What I Loved About It: The packaging. This is seriously the best mascara wand everrrrr!!!

What I Didn’t Like: While the formula was nice, the mascara’s performance overall was just…eh.

Overall: Man, I love me some Eyeko. It’s been over a year since I’ve tried their Skinny Brush Mascara and I’m trying to figure out what has taken me so long to play with their mascaras again. Eyeko is most known for their innovative mascara packaging but I’ve also heard that their eyeliners are amaziiiiiing.

Also amazing is this mascara’s wand…

Eyeko Fat Brush wand

Yes, it’s large and in charge (like me, boo!) but I like it. I’m a fan of larger mascara wands. I don’t need to use them often but when it comes to coating the lashes in just a few coats, large wands tend to get the job done. They also make it difficult to get in the inner corners and bottom lashes, but c’mon now, girlfriend. Stop being picky. You can have it all. Application is easy enough but my folx with smaller lids and lashes may run into some trouble.

The good news is, because it’s a fiber mascara, you can take small strokes up to the tips of your lashes for extra long. In fact, I found that to be more effective that attempting to get volume from sweeping the lashes at the base of my lashes. I found the formula to be very lightweight. It was memorable but it wasn’t terrible either.

I think I like the Skinny Brush mascara better because at least you have more control. I think my guys and girls with nice and thick lashes will like a mascara like this because it’ll take their lashes over the level. Those of us who already have puny lashes, however, we won’t see any dramatic differences. Womp.

But the mascara does have some other good specs – it’s paraben-free, contains conditioning keratin and it’s water-resistant.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 3 coats

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Do I recommend it?: I’d say nay. I think you’re better off with the Skinny Brush mascara.

Soooo is anyone else in love with Eyeko’s packaging?