Elessa Jade’s Cupcake Approved Makeup Brushes!

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My girl Elessa Jade of Pursebuzz is such a show stopper. She is seriously one of the hardest working women I know. Not only does she have a hugely successful YouTube channel, but she is also a makeup artist, travels around the world to speak at events and she has also developed her own brand of makeup goodies, jewelry and accessories. She is one ball of sparkly awesomeness and I am so glad to have crossed paths with her so many times.

We both sat on the same panel for the inaugural The Makeup Show Orlando and right after we finished, I ran straight to her booth where these gorgeous brushes greeted me…

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Okay, okay…pick your mouth up off the floor. These cruelty-free brushes are just perfect for makeup newbies and professionals alike. And they not only feel insanely soft but look…

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Do you see that cupcake? ZOMGGGG! Adorbs, right? Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from Elessa.

12 Piece Sweet Temptations Professional Brush Set has enough brushes to crank out an entire look and then some. See look…

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The brushes are super soft, cruelty-free and I love everything about how they feel in the hands. I’m so proud of Elessa Jade for launching such a quality and affordable set of brushes. They were insanely popular at The Makeup Show Orlando and it looks like they are still doing fantastic but they are currently sold out online. I know…I hate featuring products that you can’t get right away but I wanted to put these on your radar when they do come back in stock. Because sure enough, I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly again. The entire set goes for $69.99 but you can also buy some of the brushes individually.

And don’t even get me started on some of the other awesome jewelry pieces. I ended up buying THREE at the show. Check out her store and if you make a purchase, tell her B sent you.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 71

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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 – Prime Beauty wants you to look your gorgeous best at those festive holiday parties so she’s sharing her 4 Easy Steps for long, full, flirty lashes!

Phyrra – shares the makeup artist’s best kept secret, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè Moisturizer. Find out why it’s a cult favorite!

Vampy Varnish – The prettiest packaging this holiday season goes to…MAC Making Pretty

we heart this – finds out that the fabulous Anastasia Want you to Want me palette won’t leave you looking like a cheap trick!

Beauty Junkies Unite – I know you’re busy prepping for Christmas, but I hope you’ll stop by and take a sec to enter our fantastic bareMinerals 4th Day of Christmas Giveaway! Four winners will receive a ‘Simply Irresistible’ Collection! (ends 12/27)

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with these super glossy lipglosses from Tarte. And beauty lovers could never have too many glosses, right?

EauMG – Victoria reviews a vintage inspired perfume that reminds of her of 3 generations of women and love.

Lipglossiping – offers you the chance to win a set of limited edition crystallised Face Lace eye laces. Step into 2013 with some serious sparkle!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m testing foundations! Check out this before and after (and inbetween) from Cover FX!

Nouveau Cheap – Does the newest foundation and powder line from Revlon, Nearly Naked, really leave you with nearly naked skin? Check out these before and after pics.

Pink Sith – Thinks that her December ipsy bag is just fab! See what she received and if she will keep her subscription!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – You’ve got to check out The Beauty Girl. This girl has worked inside the beauty industry, a la The Devil Wears Prada! She delivers the scoop with a hip entertaining voice. From hot products, tips and trends to great giveaways and celeb beauty secrets, The Beauty Girl brings it because “Beauty Shouldn’t Be A Bitch.”

Question of the Week:

Do you have beauty products that you reserve
“for holidays only”? If so, what are they?

B says, “I really only wear super red sparkly nail polish during the holidays.”

What about you? See you next week!

 

Makeup Wars: My Holiday Wish List

I’m back with another Makeup Wars post and this time I am showcasing some of the items on my holiday wish list. Truthfully, I seriously don’t want for much when it comes to beauty. And I know that sounds crazy as a beauty blogger, but I am satisfied beyond satisfied.

Okay, I’m lying. There is always something that I’m lusting after. Haaaa!!!

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Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS SHOCKING – Voluminous Mascara ($30) – YSL always has the longest product names everrrrrr. Anyway, I adore their mascaras but I hardly splurge on them because of the price. This one has been calling my name for quite some time and mannnnn, it’s time for me to answer.

Clarisonic Aria ($199) – Yeah, I know. I don’t need it. I really don’t. My Clarisonic Plus works just fine but there’s something so captivating about the beautiful Aria. She’s all shiny and would look like a piece of jewelry in my bathroom. And what’s that? I can recharge her via USB? Um…yeah!!

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water ($39) – I have fallen in love with this makeup remover and I am slowlyyyy running out of it. *tears* It’s pricey but this stuff is great. I haven’t been this excited about a makeup remover since Lancome’s Bi-Facil. And yeah, this stuff is better than that.

butter LONDON Fairy Cake nail lacquer ($14) – I’ve got like 2 dozen butter LONDON polishes but my collection won’t be complete until I get this baby. It’s a silvery holographic piece of awesomeness.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit ($85) – Since I’m covered in the skincare department, I would adore this kit for Baby Clumps. See, aren’t I on the road to learning how not to be selfish? :cool: There are only a select few store-bought products that I plan to slather her in and this brand is one of them. And yep…a lot of the products in the kit can work for me too so hey, Baby Clumps and I both win!

And on the non-beauty side, I’d love complete payment of my student loans and an iPad Mini. But who wouldn’t, right? Haaaa!!!

What’s on your beauty wishlist? While you’re thinking about it, check out what my fellow beauty girls are lusting after…



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!