Makeup Wars: 5 Beauty Resolutions

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Well y’all…it’s time to hold my self accountable. And doing a blog post about beauty resolutions is the BEST way to do it. And when I screw up, I want you guys to let me know, mkay. That’s what beauty friends are for. Okay. Sooooo…here we go.

 

Clean my makeup brushes regularly.

I’m not even going to tell you how often I DON’T clean my brushes. You’ll judge me. And it would be okay because I’d judge me too. So yeah, I vow to rinse those brushes off more often.

Create a better makeup storage situation.

My makeup storage is all over the place. I’ve got my everyday products that I have in a crate in my bathroom and then I’ve got more stuff allllll over the place in my beauty room. My nail polishes are housed beautifully but everything else is all kinds of messed up. This is why I need The Container Store to hurry up and open here in Orlando. Fo reals.

Learn how to maintain my brows.

It’s a well known fact that I’m a low maintenance brow gal. Unapologetically so. I have no desire to invest 5-10 minutes drawing, filling in and sculpting my brows. I like them naturally crazy and bushy. BUT – let’s not pretend that great brows can transform a look. I need to find products that will help my brows look more polished while making sure they don’t look too drawn-on and stenciled.

Teach at least 3 beauty classes for pre-teens and teens.

…and not a “This is how you put on makeup class.” but I want to share with them the importance of taking care of their skin and how they really DON’T need makeup. And if they do want to wear makeup, I’ll suggest age-appropriate products and shades. I didn’t teach any beauty classes last year but did so quite frequently in 2011. Plus, I loooove community outreach.

Read more international beauty blogs and websites.

Beauty is universal and as an editor, I want to stay up on the latest and greatest worldwide. I read a few beauty blogs outside of the U.S., but I want to read and connect with more bloggers. And then I want to feature them on Clumps and be featured on their sites. It’s like beauty penpal-ing!

 

I could add a dozen more to the list but I do so much better with small monthly and quarterly goals, ya know? Do you have any beauty resolutions for the New Year? Buy more? Buy less? Tell meeeee! Oh, and in the meantime, check out the beauty resolutions of my fellow Makeup Wars sisters…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 73

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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 in love with the new Urban Decay Naked Beauty Balm! Check out why!

we heart this – the beauty cruise director, Stef, choose the top 12 beauty products of 2012 that most floated her boat.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Get the scoop on the latest from Urban Decay…check out the review & swatches for the new NAKED Nail Kit!

Clumps of Mascara – actually gave a mascara a 5 out of 5. This hardly ever happens! Check out which mascara made her go gaga.

EauMG – Do you have any perfume New Year’s Resolutions?

Lipglossiping – hides all the Christmas chocolates and resolves to jump back on the weight-watching wagon, anyone else being the ultimate New Year cliche?

Gouldylox Reviews – Ever want your own before and after experience? Join the beauty bootcamp and make it happen in 2013.

Nouveau Cheap – For my birthday, I told myself that I was going to treat myself to some fun bath products and not even think about testing or reviewing them. But man, these body washes are so delightful that I just couldn’t stop myself from reviewing them afterall.

Pink Sith – is giving away an Argan Oil Infused Hair Care Set from DermOrganics. Enter today!

Prime Beauty – is having fun creating a plethora of nail looks with Le Metier de Beaute’s Holiday Nail Lacquers. The Deck the Nails duo are shimmering overlays and Bright as Night are deep jewel tones including the new Pantone color for 2013-Emerald! See what combinations she created!

Phyrra – shares her first impressions of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – I chose Chalkboard Nails and her amazing black spotted and neon abstract nails as my guest post this week because I think she’s amazingly talented, and this is a super cool look!

Question of the Week:

What’s your least expensive yet most effective beauty tip/product?

B says, “You don’t need to spend a ton of money on makeup brushes. Brands like EcoTools and Real Techniques have amaziiiiing brushes for both beauty beginners and professionals. And they are super affordable too!”

What about you? Got any tips to share?

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 72

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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 a darkly sparkly blurple eyeshadow tutorial.

we heart this – Ever wonder how to style your hair into a sock bun? Wonder no more!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Catch a sneak peek of spring color, and find out just how lovely the new ZOYA Lovely Collection for spring 2013 really is!

Clumps of Mascara – is just a wee bit obsessed with Josie Maran skincare products these days.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve tested a lot of skincare products. Here is my favorite that you’ve probably never heard of!

Nouveau Cheap – Physicians Formula has so many interesting goodies in store for us for 2013 that I had to devote an entire blog post to it.

Pink Sith – Shares with you her Top Taupes of Twenty Twelve and all that alliteration stuff!

Prime Beauty – is starting the New Year off with happy healthy hair and you can too! Enter to win a set of DermOrganics hair care products from Prime Beauty!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I chose Scrangie’s Ozotic Nail Polish Swatches because I love Scrangie and I love Ozotic polishes. Scrangie’s always got gorgeous swatches of the most amazing colors.

Question of the Week:

Do you have any beauty resolutions that you’ll
be making for 2013? Or anything you just want to improve/avoid/get better at this year when it comes to beauty?

B says, “I  am really going to try to do more videos for my YouTube channel. I’m also going to play around with lashes a bit more.”

What about you? Anything you finally want to get down in 2013 when it comes to beauty?

 

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? 😎 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?