The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 70

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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 – has a lot to say about the new Liquid Metal eyeliners from Physicians Formula. Are they for you? Come see!

Pink Sith – has a SASSY review of mark. Very Sassy Eau de Parfum! Plus she is giving away three fragrance pencils to one lucky winner. Enter today!

Prime Beauty – is in a giving mood this holiday season. Enter to win her first prize, the Limited Edition bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette in the Prime Beauty Holiday Gifting Extravaganza!

Phyrra – says you must see the Winter Prism eve eyeshadows from the Silk Naturals Holiday 2012 Collection!

we heart this – swoons over the most swoon-worthy holiday gift they’ve seen to date; the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultimate Eye Liner Collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Pantone just announced the 2013 color of the year—emerald! Check out some of my emerald beauty picks to start the trend early.

Clumps of Mascara – is attempting to help keep you ash free this winter by giving away some delightful Eucerin moisturizers. 5 lucky folx will win!

EauMG – Oxblood, leather, peplum, winter white…Victoria is pairing Fall/Winter 2012 fashion trends with perfume!

Gouldylox Reviews – Tired of the holiday glitter, but want a bright, beautiful look? Check out this FOTD from Three Custom Color and Le Metier de Beaute.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – I’ve been stalking Honor’s blog for a few months now and I can’t get enough. Home Heart Craft is chock full of thrifty but adorable DIY projects for the home, as well as “get the look” DIY fashion projects that you can do in minutes and require no heavy machinery (yay!). My favorite: these DIY adorable headbands that will have you eyeing every cute ribbon you see this holiday season in a whole different light.

Question of the Week:

Share with us some ideas for fun stocking-stuffers to
give to fellow beauty-obsessed friends or family this holiday season.

 

B says, “Sephora has a ton of super cheap and affordable beauty gifts. I’m talkin’ items less than $30. Also, don’t knock the value of a gift card. $10-$15 at a drugstore would make an awesome gift for any beauty lover. They can get what they want and you don’t have to wreck your brain trying to decide what they’d like.”

What are you? Are you big into giving stocking stuffers? Or not so much?

 

See you next week!

 

Makeup Wars: Our Holiday Metallics

I’ve been asked to join another blog group and I’m all giddy about it because blogging is one thing but being a part of a community is something else. It just wouldn’t be as fun. I am the newest blogger on the Makeup Wars group, a band of bloggers who rally together to do showcase their opinions, recs and pics on a particular topic. It’s fun stuff because within MY post, you can click on over to another blogger’s post. It’s mad cool, yo.

This week we’re rappin’ about holiday metallics and while I’m not much of a metallic-wearin’ gal, I came across some goodies in my beauty stash. I’m going to tryyyyy to incorporate these bad boys throughout the weeks. Maybe I’ll grow to love them. Kinda like corals. OMG, remember how much I hated coral nail polish? Hmm mmm…

MoonRaker from OPI’s Skyfall collection is a fabulous metallic gray.

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And when it comes to metallic shadows on the lids, I am loooooving Urban Decay’s Smoked palette.

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I mean, check out that bottom row of awesomeness. Loaded is my favorite and it is a gorgeouuuus deep emerald shimmer with a metallic base. And when it comes to lips? Y’all know I looooove red. It’s hard to find a fantastic red metallic lipstick (although I think Hourglass Siren is close) so a few years ago, I faked a metallic lip by dapping a bit of hot pink glitter over red lipstick.

Sounds crazy, but I promise you it works. Especially if you’re pairing it with a shimmery metallic gold eyeshadow. POW! That red lip is COVERGIRL’s Cherry Bomb and I don’t even know if they have it anymore. It was hands down one of my favooooorite red lipsticks EVER!

Laugh at me if you want, but I promise it works. I’ve got plans to dabble in more metallic cosmetics so stay tuned for my findings.

Any metallic cosmetics lovers in the house?

Small Business Saturday!

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I have developed such an attitude about Black Friday (hence why you didn’t see any posts about it from me) but Small Business Saturday is definitely something that I can rally behind. I’d much rather support the mom and pop businesses over these huge corporations that are underpaying their employees and forcing that they work in these nutty Black Friday conditions. Yeah, I know. I’ve been a part of the problem before as I’ve done my fair share of Black Friday’ing throughout the years but when you know better, you do better.

Small Business Saturday rocks for everyone! That said, if you’ve gotta do some spending today, check out some of my favorite small but LARGE in quality/service businesses.

Cult Nails Lacquer – Because I adore everything about Maria, the person AND her brand.

Nail Veils & Chronicle Stones – Su runs both companies and she’s a fantastic mentor and power woman who has such an amazing eye for intricate pieces.

Boldly Unique - my good friend Christine handmakes these beautifuuuuul hair fascinators and hair pieces for women of all hair types.

Lipstick Mixtapes – Remember when I reviewed Safia Michelle’s lipsticks? She’s still rockin’ out with them and these babies can’t seem to stay in stock because they are THAT popular.

Oyin Handmade – The natural hair space has become sooooo full of natural haircare products and while it’s a great thing, I tend to stick with what I know. Oyin Handmade has delicious haircare and body care products for everyone. This company and their products seem to get better with time.

Quelly Rue Designs – I’ve reviewed her pieces before and ever since coming across this brand, I just have to make a purchase every few months. I love everything about Racquel’s handmade African-inspired jewelry, hair pieces and accessoires. Plus, she delivers a hand written letter with every purchase. Loves it!

Elessa Jade - Long time beauty vlogger and buddy of mine, Elessa of Pursebuzz recently launched her own line of brushes and jewelry. I’ve dabbled in both the jewelry and products and I’m in loooove.

EnkoreMakeup – And then there’s Koren, the HUGE YouTube sensation that has always been so supportive of lil’ ole’ me. He recently launched Lip Yogurts and omggggg, they are fabulous.

Rachel Stewart – Because her jewelry just screams to my afro-hippie bohem personality.

Tia Dantzler – Celebrity makeup artist and beautiful soul Tia just launched her Red Carpet Secrets Instructional DVD and I’ve already watched it 3 times. Makeup artist or just a beauty lover, this is a fantastic DVD that you’ll be watching time and time again to help perfect your skills.

Want to support the small businesses in your area? Visit this site to do a search on where you can find ‘em. Happy shopping!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 69

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Welcome to the Lipstick League Best of Fall edition! We’ve asked our members to share a link to their favorite product they’ve reviewed so far this season. And without further ado, here they are…

Gouldylox Reviews – My favorite product so far this season is my current mascara. Would it work for you?

Nouveau Cheap – My favorite product this season, and the one I’ve been reaching for the most, is this little $2 lip balm. Sometimes the best things are just so simple, aren’t they?

Pink Sith – My favorite product this season is an all in one Armani Palette (OK, maybe not ALL) but the blush and eyeshadow are so awesome for fall and easily transition into the holiday season!

Prime Beauty – My favorite products of the Fall season can be seen in this look from Makeup Wars -Battle of the Fall Face. I especially love the LORAC Pro Palette!

Phyrra – I have been in love with my Makeup Show Orlando Manicure with Cult Nails Nevermore and butter LONDON Fairy Cake. I keep wanting to wear this combination over and over again.

we heart this – This is not only Stef’s favorite red lipstick of fall, but her favorite red of ALL TIME. It’s Stila’s liquid lipstick in Beso, and if you’re a red lip junkie, you pretty much need this.

Beauty Junkies Unite – I fell in love with the nail colors in OPI’s Germany Collection in the fall of 2012, and over 10,000 Pinterest users did too!

Clumps of Mascara – I have been in love with so many nail polishes all season but Zoya’s Ornate nail polish collection absolutely rocked my world. These polishes are so gorgeous that sometimes I just sit and stare at the bottles.

EauMG I have had a very busy fall and haven’t reviewed half of the perfumes that I have fallen in love with, but I did review one – Von Eusersdorff New York Classic Patchouli. It’s a warm, cuddly comfort scent for me that is perfect for fall.

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 68

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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 – injects some fun into her beauty routine with Urban Decay’s latest mini-palette!

Gouldylox Reviews – This curling iron is part magic and part mystery. I don’t know why the curls last for DAYS, but they do. Check out the pictures for proof!

Pink Sith – wants to know if you see the same thing that she sees when she looks at the Lise Watier Glamour Rose Illuminating Face & Body Powder.

Prime Beauty – got into a little skirmish recently with her fellow bloggers. See what she chose as her mascara warrior in Makeup Wars-Battle of the Best Mascara.

Phyrra – tells you how she thinks mascara should be advertised!

Vampy Varnish – really likes the new Buxom Time to Shine Lip Collection for the holidays!

we heart thisDo you want to win a Clarisonic? (I’ll help, the answer is YES!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – See Amber’s 6 recent product picks for total complexion perfection!

Clumps of Mascara – tried CoverGirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascara and whoa…it shocked her!

EauMG It’s that time again. Gift guide time! Here’s EauMG’s Holiday 2012 Gift Guide for Vintage Beauties.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – Cafe Makeup ensures that Chanel’s Liquid Eyeliner in Platine secures itself a place on my Christmas wishlist!

Question of the Week:

What beauty item(s) are you most happy to have
purchased before it was discontinued?

 

B says, MAC’s All Of My Purple Life from the Bloggers’ Obsession collection. Loooooove this gloss and I was so happy to snag it before it went away. “

What about you ? Are you obsessed with getting products before they get discontinued?

 

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 67

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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!

EauMG – Victoria reviews Iris de Nuit perfume. It’s a fresh out of the dryer iris!

Lipglossiping – talks lucky numbers as she tries to figure out the sums involved in making a fragrance as delightful as Liz Earle’s latest offering!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m not the most confident person when it comes to body image, but shapewear boosts my confidence each time I wear it. Have you tried it? Rachel Zoe has a new line (yes, I too wonder if she’s worn it) and I’m giving away $100 worth in this (sponsored) post!

Nouveau Cheap – As a self-proclaimed “dry shampoo junkie” who can’t resist trying every new version that hits the drugstore, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the newest offering from Aveeno.

Pink Sith – tells you all about Literal Linda and the Lise Watier Portfolio Corrector. She is also giving one away, so enter today!

Prime Beauty – picks her favorite bareMinerals gift sets from a mind boggling selection.

Phyrra – is hosting an amazing Too Faced Giveaway worth $209! And it’s open Worldwide!

we heart this – We’re having a Too Faced giveaway of our 10 favorite products. Pop by and enter, why don’t you?

Beauty Junkies UniteEnter to win a Too Faced prize pack, with 10 of Amber’s favorite products, valued at $267!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ how creamy these Too Faced Créme lipsticks are. And that gold tube? Goooorgeous!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – One of my favorite blogs is Beauty Huile. It’s a must read beauty blog if you love green beauty products and oils as much as I do!

Question of the Week:

What ONE beauty item would you choose if someone
offered to purchase it for you…no price limit?

 

B says, “A Clarisonic Aria. Never mind that I already have one. I’m just obsessed with brand new Clarisonics. They even smell good.”

What about you? What beauty item would you get?

 

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 66

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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!

This weekend you can tweet beauty-related questions to #TMSOrlando for our very own Lipstick League members Brittany and Phyrra to answer. They will be panelists on James Vincent’s Beauty & the Blog panel at The Makeup Show Orlando. Congratulations!

Question of the Week: – Do you get excited when you finish a beauty product?

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away $140 in butter LONDON nail polishes and lippies. Crazy, uh? Enter to be eligible to win!

EauMG – Here’s a video review of the pretty lily fragrance, Cartier Baiser Volé EDP.

Lipglossiping – needs to go for a lie-down after getting hot under the collar for Dita Von Teese’s eponymous debut fragrance!

Gouldylox Reviews – Have you seen this hair gizmo? It actually works!

Nouveau Cheap – Are the new Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lip Colors much different than previous ColorStay lip colors? Come find out.

Prime Beauty – says it’s never too early to get glowing! She gets her Holiday glow on with these 5 must-have highlighters! 

Phyrra – falls in love with FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5. It’s the perfect Retinol product that works for 8 hours!

Vampy Varnish – loves the new and exclusive to Sephora Illamasqua Nail Varnishes in Cameo and Noble!

we heart this – What’s French, fabulous AND from a drugstore? RoC Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System, that’s what. We’re calling it a game changer, folks.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber gives you a peek at what’s inside the new bareMinerals ‘Simply Irresistible’ Collection for the holidays!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – She’s a fashion and lifestyle blogger but I adore Love Brown Sugar’s post on feeling beautiful in her own skin. We could all take notes on the knowledge that she’s dropping.

Question of the Week:

Do you get excited when you finish a beauty product?

 

B says, “I very rarely finish ‘em. And then when I do, I’m annoyed because I have to spend more money going out to buy more. Ha! I’m weird like that.”

Okay, so who else out there doesn’t finish their beauty products? I know I can’t be the only one.

 

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 65

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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!

Congratulations to Clumps of Mascara, Vampy Varnish and Nouveau Cheap for being featured on the new Wet n Wild Cosmetics “Beauty Ambassador Favorites” display, coming soon to a Walgreens near you! (Click the links above for pics of the display.)

Beauty Junkies Unite – I’m pretty sure you’ll like this set of mini Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in tarte’s new ‘Fantastic Foursome’ Blush Enthusiast Set for the holidays as much as I do!

Clumps of Mascara – is battling stretch marks with her growing baby bump. Is it a waste of time or will these products actually help combat them?

Lipglossiping – is definitely feeling the pull when it comes to Illamasqua’s lipstick in Magnetism!

Gouldylox Reviews – Have you started planning your gift lists already? Check out these lust-worthy gift ideas and stock up before they are gone!

Nouveau Cheap – Do you remember the brand Styli-Style, famous for their long-wear eyeliners? Well they’re back and under new ownership with lots of fun new products, as well as some old favorites.

Pink Sith – Confesses her love for a blush from Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Prime Beauty – takes a look at two highly giftable must-haves from  Tarte’s Holiday Baby It’s Bold Outside.

Phyrra – shows you how to get that perfect glow with Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo.

Vampy Varnish – thinks you are going to love at least half of the new OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012.

we heart this – We’ve deemed this the best long-wearing lip product we have EVER used. Find out what it is!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite – Gel manicures are a little pricey—but my fave fashionista, Sydne Summer of Sydne Style shows you two cute ways you can extend the life of your costly mani, DIY-style!

Question of the Week:

Can you remember your first lipstick love?

 

B says, “Nope. I can’t. I stayed away from lipsticks forever because I thought they were for “old folx”. I know. I’m so lame.”

What about you? What lipstick rocked your world?

 

See you next week!