The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 81

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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!

Phyrra – shares the Jesse’s Girl Julie G Frosted Gum Drops Textured Nail Polishes!

Vampy Varnish – loves the new Deborah Lippmann Staccato Nail Collection for spring but it is a bit pricey compared to some other brands with similar shades…

we heart this – check out post 1 of 2 about Stef’s Makeup Show haul; featuring Cult Nails, Kevyn Aucoin, Ellis Faas and more. That’s right, 2 posts! She may have a problem…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber brings us 5 facial exfoliators that absolutely rock!

Clumps of Mascara – finally does an update on Baby Clumps. She is practically a big girl as the tender age of 2 months.

EauMG – Happy spring! Victoria reviews a perfume that reminds her of blue skies and fluffy clouds.

Gouldylox Reviews – Wondering if Aveeno’s BB Cream is anything more than a re-hashed tinted moisturizer? I’ve read (and re-read) all of the ingredients. The results aren’t what I expected!

My Beauty Bunny – is giving away a Derma Evenly Radiant Gift Basket!

Nouveau Cheap – puts the new Lumene BB cream to the test. Could this possibly be her new favorite drugstore BB cream? Come find out…

Pink Sith – believes that if red lipstick was currency she would be a billionaire. Check out her latest red lipstick acquisition, the Givenchy Le Rouge in # 307 Grenat Initlé.

Prime Beauty – wanted to spy on her favorite bloggers to see what they use to pamper themselves and found out she’s not as low maintenance as she thought! See what products and rituals 13 other bloggers indulge in on Makeup Wars, At Home Pampering!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I adore Mandy from PrettyMaking and her post about tarte maracuja’s creaseless fair concealer made me want not only that concealer, but the Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint, too!

Question of the Week:

Describe your everyday, go-to makeup look.

B says, “It’s beyond simple. A little liner (maybe), mascara (maybe) and face powder. I keeps it simple.”

What about you?

 

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 80

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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 – dishes on the new Laura Mercier Smooth Creme Lip Colours–there are 14 of them, see two of her favs!

Phyrra – shares several brands from The Makeup Show LA. Check it out!

Vampy Varnish – shows you several options for bright lips in the hotter Spring and Summer months!

we heart this – Stef shares one of her favorite bright eye shadow palettes, AND you can get it for under 5 bucks!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Curious if the new Miracle Blur Instant Line Smoother from L’Oréal Paris really works or not? Check out this review with before & after photos, then decide for yourself!

Clumps of Mascaratested a makeup remover that just wasn’t up to par. In fact, it just, well…it sucked.

EauMG – The 1920’s are going to be a big trend this year thanks to The Great Gatsby movie coming out this spring. Instead of trying a perfume inspired by flappers, try one actually worn by flappers! Victoria reviews her favorite carnation perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – Love the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lip stains? Don’t miss these at the drugstore – some of the colors are an amazing dupe!

Lipglossiping – deploys her taste buds as she gets to grips with Jo Malone’s limited edition Sugar & Spice fragrance collection.

Nouveau Cheap – has been testing the new CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation for a while, and finally has her verdict.

Pink Sith – has three of the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils to share with you and a question about lip swatches

My Beauty Bunny – shares her cruelty-freee dupe for Covergirl Mascara.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – I don’t have a discerning nose but love perfume so I go to Cute and Mundane to read fragrance reviews. Dovey doesn’t only review fragrances though, she’s all about the makeup too.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – During some recent image searches I happened upon the Bloomin’ Beauty Blog. This blog is filled with great images and reviews of high end makeup, making it one of my newly favorite blogs to visit, and also dangerous for my bank account!

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite face powder and why?

B says, “I used to adore tarte’s Hotel Heiress but when I ran out and couldn’t find it at Sehora’s, I tried the Nuance Salma Hayek powder and it’s fantastic. In fact, it’s the only thing I wear on my face most days.”

Do you wear face powders? Which one is your fave?

 

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 79

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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!

Pink Sith – thinks that her Birchbox subscription is trying to break up with her based on the contents of the box from February.

Prime Beauty – takes the confusion out of the myriad of eyeliner choices on the marker and helps you decide which is for you!

Phyrra – Does the lingering Winter have you dreaming of warm getaways? Enter Phyrra & BFTE’s Tropical Pinterest Contest.

Vampy Varnish – Loves the brand new Satin Lip Pencils from NARS and is pretty sure you will find some to love as well!

we heart this – is giving away not one, not two, but SIX of their new favorite skincare product; O.R.G’s Organic Mineral Peel.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber gives you a sneak peek review of the Sweetheart Beads from the upcoming Too Faced summer 2013 collection, Hello Sunshine!

Clumps of Mascara – is absolutely in love with Maybelline’s Vivid lipsticks. How hot is this Neon Red lipstick?

EauMG – Get your chocolate fix! Victoria updated her chocolate perfume guide. Here’s a guide to yummy chocolate perfumes in a variety of price points!

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s the first ever Gouldylox Makeover Challenge! Check out how I got a long time friend to go from girl next door to glam for less than $50 at CVS/Pharmacy!

Lipglossiping – goes ooh la la over her favourite French Pharmacy skincare and offers a worldwide giveaway on her favourite pieces.

My Beauty Bunny – My Beauty Bunny is giving away Beautisol Tea Tan Glow! Go enter!

Nouveau Cheap – So I found a $1 alternative to my favorite NARS eyeshadow. Did I mention it’s only ONE dollar?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – During some recent image searches I happened upon the Bloomin’ Beauty Blog. This blog is filled with great images and reviews of high end makeup, making it one of my newly favorite blogs to visit, and also dangerous for my bank account!

Question of the Week:

What essential products would you recommend to
a friend who is just starting to build her beauty arsenal?

 

B says, “A good eyeshadow primer, 2-3 good eyeshadow palettes, 3-5 lippies, a dynamic concealer, bronzer or blush and a brow pencil. Tis all!”

What would be some of your recs?

 

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 78

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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!

Nouveau Cheap – ChapStick has been releasing some yummy Limited Edition flavors over the past few years, but their new Cupcake Creations Collection really takes the cake (pun intended). Grab these babies while you can!

Pink Sith – says there can be trouble with Taupe. Can that even be possible with this taupe loving fiend? Check out her comparisons of just one taupe among many bloggers.

Prime BeautyPrime Beauty has fallen head over stilettos for the Smashbox Love Me Collection for Spring 2013, but she has a dilemma. Should she stick with her old boyfriend or go for the handsome new stranger? Help her decide.

Phyrra – has fallen in love with a new indie company called Girly Bits! See her review, swatches and manis.

Vampy Varnish – completely loves the new Candy Sprinkles Nail Lacquer collection from Hard Candy exclusive to Walmart!

we heart this – you’ve tried Birchbox, but have you tried Birchbox Home? Who knew a citrus spritzer could give me such joy!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber has the review & swatches of the new OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ Zoya’s Lovely nail polish collection. Spring is absolutely in the air!

EauMG – shares her favorite chocolate perfume!

Gouldylox Reviews – February is a busy month for product launches. Check out my five favorite products in February. (I couldn’t choose five, but seven didn’t sound as classy.)

Lipglossiping – takes a moment to appreciate that rare wonder of makeup doing exactly what it’s supposed to!

My Beauty Bunny – goes to the Oscars! See her photos.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – Do you ever wonder how your favorite nail polish bloggers get those beautiful, sharp close-up shots of their manicures? One of my favorites, Jen from The Polishaholic, reveals her secrets here.

Question of the Week:

What one makeup brush do you consider
an absolute staple in your makeup kit?

 

B says, “I adore my ecoTOOLS kabuki brush. I use it almost every time I wear a powder. It feels dynamic on the face.”

What’s your favoritest makeup brush?

 

Feature: The 3 Step Foundation Routine

I’ve got a video for youuuuuu. Not of me, of course. Y’all know how badly I am with keeping up with my YouTube channel. And it’s unlikely that I’ll get back on it in 2013. Just bein’ honest. Buuuut, my girl Safia Michelle over at Lipstick Mixtapes was kind enough to do a video for me in which she shows us a 3 Step Foundation Routine.

Class is officially in session. Pay attention. Safia Michelle is one of the best makeup artists in the game!

 

 

Makeup Wars: 3 Travel Tips for the Beauty Obsessed

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I could write a book about Traveling While Addicted to Cosmetics. I mean, honestly – it ain’t easy trying to decide which nail polishes, blushes and eyeliners to bring on a 2-day trip. And don’t even get me started if I’m traveling for more than 2 days. I’ve hit the highways and airways enough to finally know how to pack efficiently. Plus, when you keep loosing your luggage at airports or have that $26 lotion spill out over your new sandals, you learn a thang or two.

And yes. Those things have actually happened to lucky ole’ me.

 

So first things first: Use travel-sized bottles

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Yeah, I know it seems like an obvious tip but there have been plenty of of times where I’ve been lazy and thrown an entire bottle of shampoo in my luggage. Aside from adding to the weight of the luggage (which sucksssss if you’re flying), you risk the chance of  something spilling over. Your favorite body wash doesn’t come in a travel size? Purchase a smaller bottle or re-use one. Label them accordingly and POW – smaller bottles.

Don’t forget the Qtips!

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I know. I’m so obsessed with these things. We already know how awesome they are but they double as makeup brushes, exfoliating tools and eyelining. Taking Qtips with you means you can likely leave some other beauty stuffs behind.

Keep the essentials IN the travel bag

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For the most part, when I travel, I don’t have to “pack” any of my essentials. Every thing is ready to go and all I need to do is add whatever extras I want to take. Plus, who really has the time to constantly pack and re-pack the essentials each time you travel? I’ve got my own set of cleansers, tweezers and makeup products that reside in my travel bag.

And if you learned nothing else, darlings – whatever you do, if you can help it, don’t take your most expensive beauty and skincare products when traveling. Just don’t. You’ll never forgive yourself if that Dolce & Gabanna lipstick you took to the Bahamas never made its way back to the States.

Never.

*sigh* On to happier times – check out what my fellow Makeup Wars chicas have to say about beauty bloggin’ travels.

Beauty Blogger Packing

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 77

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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!

Welcome to our new Lipstick League member, the fabulous My Beauty Bunny, who will be bringing us the latest in cruelty-free beauty every week!

Gouldylox Reviews – Wondering what drugstore BB Cream gives great face? Check out this Foundation Half & Half with results that one reader insists must be photoshopped! (It’s not!)

Lipglossiping – puts together a bright Spring look in an attempt to defrost the winter chills!

My Beauty Bunny – My Cruelty-Free Product of the month is the DermOrganic Leave-in Treatment. See why it’s awesome!

Nouveau Cheap – What’s the closest drugstore equivalent to a $25 lipstick? In my humble opinion, it’s these new Milani Color Statement Lipsticks, which feel so sublime on the lips you won’t believe they’re under six bucks a pop.

Phyrra – is in love with Virus Insanity Eyeshadows! Check out the beautiful duochromes and holographic sparkles.

Prime Beauty – deems the new shades of Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colours the best on the market!

Vampy Varnish – loves the HBO show GIRLS and now Deborah Lippmann has a new nail collection out to celebrate it!

we heart this – shares their 3 latest drugstore purchases (a leave in conditioner, nail stickers and Stef’s girl crush’s new lipstick). Come on by and share yours!

Clumps of Mascara – is loving Sally Hansen’s gel nail kit. Gel nails at home? Sounds ideal!

EauMG Pamper yourself or your Valentine with one of the many pretty scented items on Victoria’s 2013 Valentine’s Gift Guide!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox Reviews – This week, I wanted to share the blog, Oh So Pretty, The Diaries. I love their tutorials, hair ideas and descriptive photos. Check them out for some inspiration beyond reviews.

Question of the Week:

If you could have a shopping spree with any
cosmetic brand, who would you choose?

 

B says, “Whoa! Talk about the hardest question everrrrrr. This is a tough one but I think I’d go with Make Up For Ever. I would haul every single one of their shadows and blushes. “

What brand would you pick?

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 76

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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!

Lipglossiping – brings out the brights with a lip colour so packed with pigment, you’ll be hard pressed not to pout with envy.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m obsessed with this glorious waffle of creamy goodness.

Nouveau Cheap – Does the beautiful packaging of the new Flower by Drew Barrymore Color Play Créme Eyeshadows match what’s inside? Come see for yourself!

Prime Beauty – has a riddle for you. What’s pink and peach, heart shaped and imparts a glowy natural flush? Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush! Get the deets!

Phyrra – brings you a sneak peek of Jesse’s Girl Julie G Gumdrop Nail Polish!

we heart this – If you’re like us, you love a good haul post! And we’ve got one right here – check out Stef’s IMATS haul.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Check out the review & swatches for the five new Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal shades, Amber loves these cream eyeshadows because they’re great multi-taskers!

Clumps of Mascara – reminisces about the good ole’ college days and talks about that time she went to Philadelphia to volunteer for a week.

 

Question of the Week:

Is there anything in your beauty arsenal that
you like to bring out for springtime (that you don’t
use much during the colder months)?

 

B says, “Not really. I pretty much use what I like whenever. No matter the season! “

What about you? Anything you’ve been itchin’ to use?