Makeup Wars: Unique Spring Trends – Black lipliner!

The Makeup Wars gals are back with another post and I am super excited to feature this one. I’ve been catchin’ up on beauty trends and I am excited to announce that rocking black lipliner is finally a legit trend.

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Yes!! ‘Bout time, right? For years, many of us would rock black EYEliner on our lips. I’m not even going to front and act like I didn’t. Black eyeliner and silver gloss blended together was totally my look in high school. It wasn’t until I hit college where I realized that rockin’ black liner on the lips didn’t compliment me. Or anyone for that matter. And so I let it go.

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But after flipping through magazines and hittin’ the beauty blogs, I’ve come across so many articles that are announcing that black liner on the lips is finally in. I’ve seen it worn several ways.

There’s the thick liner with very little blending…

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And my favorite, thick liner WITH red lipstick. Yes!!!

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Fierce, right? I’m loving it and I am so glad that this trend is officially a trend. I know brown girls everywhere are rejoicing. I’ve even heard that some brands will be launching black lipliner. No need to use your black eyeliner for your lips anymore. I love how versatile this look is. It’s perfect for those of us who have to be all professional on our jobs but then it’s also great for after-work Happy Hour with the girls. I’m thinking black liner on the lips will be my signature look. I am just that much in love with it.

Whatcha think, gals? Are you feeling this look?

Check out some of the other trends my Makeup Wars sisters are rockin’…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 82

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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!

Vampy Varnish – Is SURE you will find a few favorites with the new and previously exclusive Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil release!

we heart this – Have you tried MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Foundation yet? Umm, you might wanna…

Beauty Junkies Unite – You’ll probably fall in love with the pretty pastels in the new L’Oreal Paris Versailles Romance Collection! See the review & swatches.

Clumps of Mascara – is just a wee bit amazed at this spray lotion thingy. It sounds just like what it is…lotion that you spray on. Whoa!

EauMG – here’s the roundup of the dozen perfumes that Victoria wore the most during Winter 2012/13!

Gouldylox Reviews – Want products that won’t damage your hair or break the bank? Look no further!

My Beauty Bunny – takes a peek at the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils. These super pigmented, non-sticky and highly toteable lippies are perfect to stash in your bag for on the go touch ups!

Nouveau Cheap – I didn’t get a makeover last week, but my blog sure did! Take a peek at the new digs!

Prime Beauty – has been yearning for Don Draper, luckily the Mad Men starts again on April 7th and Estee Lauder has helped ease the pain with the Limited Edition Mad Men Collection. Bonus: pic of PB’s sister- a Betty Draper look- alike.

Phyrra – shows you the best way to apply the Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara. She also has a giveaway so you can try it too!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – Kellie from Kellie Gonzo takes some amazing photos and these ones of Nfu Oh #63 are really amazing. Just look at that holographic effect!

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:

What’s the most expensive beauty product that you have
purchased in the last three months? Was it with its price?

B says, “I got my hair done for $55. Not really a product but hey, it’s something!”

What about you? Spend any crazy money on beauty stuffs in the past few months?

 

 

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!