March Meetup of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group

Soooo, guess who hosted the March meetup of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group? Meeeee! It was so epic, y’all. As much of as I love my girlfriends, sometimes talking beauty talk with them just….doesn’t work. And the same goes for blogging. But to be able to be around 20 beautiful and talented women who get the whole beauty obsession and blogging thing was just pure joy!

How crazy is it that we didn’t even think about taking a group photo until about half of the girls had already left? Ha! Autumn 2011 marked my first meetup with the beauty bloggers in Orlando. And even then, there were less than 10 of us. We had a grand time swapping polishes, chowin’ down on yummy food and networking. Months passed, a few tweets were exchanged between us gals and I said, “Let’s get the ball rolling for another meetup.”

And so we did.

I reached out to some of my favorite brands (as did some of the other ladies) to see if they were interested in providing product samples of us bloggers. Through Twitter and Facebook, I tried to rally up as many beauty bloggers that I could find – and on March 3rd, we had our meetup!

I forgot to take pictures. Yah. I was so annoyed with myself for not taking ANY pictures but between attempting to being a good hostess and rummaging through the hundreds of bottles of polish that we brought him to swap and trade, taking pics just didn’t happen. But tons of  thanks to Pamela because she took fantastic photos.

 We are already planning the next meetup and I can’t waiiiiit. If you are a beauty blogger, beauty enthusiast or makeup artist and are looking for other beauty lovers in your neck of the woods, put some feelers out there. I would have never thought we’d have a group of 20-something. Who knows? By the end of the year, we may have over 50 beauty bloggers at our next meetup.

See. Orlando is so much more than Mickey Mouse, y’all. We’ve got Premiere Orlando coming in June, The Makeup Show Orlando in November  and we’ve got a crew of some of the hottest bloggers around. Oooooh yeah.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Milani, Milani, Avon, Venomous Cosmetics, Cult Nails, tarte Cosmetics , Pure Ice, Overall Beauty, CVS Beauty and NYX Cosmetics.

As far as the fabulous ladies who were at the event – they are listed below.

-Ali of niftyBA!
-Judi of Judixo
-Stephanie of Imperfectly Painted
-Kari of OnceBitten
-Alyssa of Alyssa’s Nails
-Kimberly of Libby’s Pink Vanity
-Maria of Cult Nails
-Cat of Beauty by Beauty by Cat Blog
-Pamela of Pamela’s Closet
-Safia of Lipstick Mixtapes
-Courtney of Phyrra
-Toni of ToniizBeauty Blog
-Leandra of Nail Polish Therapy
-Rhonda of Nails Beautiqued
-Cristina of Let Them Have Polish!
-Margaret of The Glamazon’s Blog

Oh! And a quick pic of Kari’s gooooorgeous Fantasy Fire nails! Goooooorgeous.

Stay tuned for more beauty-related events in and around the Orlando area! And if you happen to be a beauty blogger in Orlando, Tampa or the surrounding areas, let me know!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 38

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!

Clumps of Mascara – is an enormous fan of Make Up For Ever’s HD foundation. Just watch this transformation.

EauMG – shares her most worn perfumes of winter. What were yours?

Gouldylox Reviews – If I can use this to make a cute updo with ease, so can you.

Krasey Beauty – has the details on the makeup used on-set for The Hunger Games movie!

Lipglossiping – wants just two minutes of your time to help raise awareness on behalf of blogs who have lost subscribers in the recent Google Friend Connect removal for non-Blogger blogs.

Nouveau Cheap – The new eyeshadow palettes from Milani look so pretty, but it’s the new mascara that has me mesmerized!

Pink Sith – How is the Rouge Bunny Rouge Sheer Lipstick Succulence of Dew in Fluttering Sighs like Scarlett O’Hara? Well, you’ll just have to read the review to find out!

UK brand Barry M persuaded Prime Beauty to change her mind about loose eye shadow, maybe an ol’ beauty blogger can learn new tricks!

Phyrra – is giving away a gorgeous Bali Ha’i dress from Shabby Apple!

Vampy Varnish – loves some of the items in the new MAC Chenmancollection.

we heart this – an ode to BPAL’s Lupercalia, their collection of perfume oils based on love poems.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Blushes and bronzers that adjust colors based on your skin’s pH? Physicians Formula recently launched them—the pH Matchmaker collection. Does this kind of innovation work, or not? Check out the review!

Question of the Week:

Which non beauty sites do you visit daily?


B says, “Since I’m a social media and tech geek, I do a lot of hopping around on and” 


What about you? What are some of your favorite non beauty sites?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 37

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!

we heart this – just sent their latest package to Beauty Board members. Take a look at what they’re excited about for spring, from L’Eau de Chloé to mascara with a flexible wand!

Beauty Junkies Unite – We tried out six shades of the new L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Eyeshadows, and couldn’t believe the long wear we got out of a shadow that isn’t a cream!

Clumps of Mascara – is head over heels in love with OPI’s Holland collection. Some of the polishes are just so so and others are just amazing!

EauMG – Inspired by a Gauguin art exhibit, Victoria shares which perfumes that she believes could fit in with these Polynesian paradises.

Gouldylox Reviews – You can mix this little miracle into everything. This huile is that good!

Lipglossiping – Gets on board with the latest beauty trend straight from London Fashion Week… Face Lace. Intricate stick-on designs for the visage!

Nouveau Cheap – If you haven’t heard, Payless Shoe Source sells cosmetics now. And guess what? There’s some awesomeness to be found in their newest collection.

Pink Sith – Loves her Barry M Dazzle Dust in Oyster Grey so much, she went a Absolutely Ape with Alliteration.

Prime Beauty – continues her series on “Brands You Need To Know About But Probably Don’t” with GlamNatural and their outstanding hydrating foundation.

Phyrra – Flirts with the Make Up For Ever La Bohème Rouge Artist Natural lipsticks, which are perfect for spring.

Vampy Varnish – Loves the new NYX Roll On Shimmers and they come in 16 shades!

Question of the Week:

If you weren’t blogging about beauty,
what would you be blogging about

B says, “Photography, fitness/health and inspiration. Outside of beauty, those of some of my other passions.” 

What say you, fellow bloggers?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 36

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 – checks out the newest MAC collection for spring called Vera

we heart this – checks out Covergirl Natureluxe gloss balm and shares 4 easy tips for retro lovers to lighten up their look for spring.

Beauty Junkies Unite – The eyes really have it with this new collection from bareMinerals, Frill Seeker!

Clumps of Mascara – made a list of 7 Things Beauty Bloggers Should Never Do. Think she was dead on?

Gouldylox Reviews – I care. This is why I am asking, no begging you, not to do this

Krasey Beauty – shows you the bright beauty look (and outfit!) that she wore to her friend’s bridal shower.

Lipglossiping – wonders how to make our fellas smell as good as they look and shares her husband’s favourite scents.

Nouveau Cheap – Are you a fan of colorful, sparkly shadows? If so, then you’ll definitely want to check out the new Coloricon eyeshadow singles from Wet n Wild.

Pink Sith – swoons over the Spring 2012 Chanel eyeshadow quad in Ecolosion, where being subtle is not necessary.

Phyrra – cures her lemming for the Urban Decay Naked 2 collection. See how!

Question of the Week:

What’s currently at the top of your beauty lemming list?


B says, “I want the China Glaze Hunger Games nail polish collection sooooo badly. 


What about you? Got your eyes on any beauty products?

See you next week!

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 35

This week in photos

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 – rocks out with Make Up For Ever’s Rock For Ever Palette.

Vampy Varnish – not only do you need to read the series but you also need to check out the new China Glaze Colours From The Capitol collection inspired by The Hunger Games.

we heart this – Hey LA, if love animals, and want to score a gift bag worth $250 (filled with the likes of MUFE, Benefit, BPAL, Urban Decay, Murad and more) then you simply MUST join us this Sunday at the raffle we organized for the Amanda Foundation!

Clumps of Mascara – has found a hot pink lipstick that is rocking her world.

Gouldylox Reviews – I love a good DIY project. Check out the great looks you can get from a headband worn “80’s Physical-style” and a tube sock.

Krasey Beauty – tests out the WEN by Chaz Dean haircare line. Find out if it made her hair silky silky smooth!

Nouveau Cheap – The new Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Sticks promise all day, crease-proof wear. But do they deliver? Come see!

Prime Beauty – is calling all Drama Queens! You SIMPLY HAVE to try the Three Custom Color Daytime Drama Palette–I DIE! But seriously, you WILL perish if you don’t at least see the pics.

Question of the Week:

What’s the one haircare tool you never travel without?

B says, “I’m a loc rocker, baby! That means I don’t use any tools on my hair. I haven’t even used a comb in like…5 years.”

What about you? Got any hair tools that you can’t travel without?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Need a new lippy for the weekend?

Happy Fridaaaaaay!

Clumps dot com is doing some crazy stuff, y’all. And I can’t really explain it. If you received a Mascara Monday post in your RSS feed or email, please oh please ignore that. That post was SUPPOSED to go live next Monday. And if you’re viewing Clumps on your smartphone or desktop, some of the images have shrunk. So weird. I don’t know what’s goin’ on but as soon as Esposo can find the time to do the behind-the-scenes work, we’ll be back and running smoothly again.

What? You didn’t think I could figure out these problems, myself, did you? Ha! Anywhoovers – since I can’t seem to get through my scheduled posts, check out this list….


Some of my beauty bloggin’ gals and I compiled a list of some of our favorite lip products. Of course I had to highlight by beloved Fresh Sugar Lip balm. Check out what the other gals are lovin’.

Feeling royal? Jen Mathews from My Beauty Bunny shares her fave cruelty free lip glosses fit for a queen.

Julie from The Style Page reviews 3cc Robert Jones Signature Collection.

Brittany from Clumps of Mascara knows of no better lip balm in the entire world than this kid.

Have you gone on the Tour de Fabulous with Brooke from BlushingNoir?

Madame B Fatale tells us what she thinks of Trilogy’s Everything Balm. Hint- it makes for an awesome balm!

Jessika from polish insomniac falls in love with By Terry

Afrobella exclusive Lipglass by MAC took the world by storm and sold out more then once. Check out swatches of this beautiful lipglass at Cosmetically Challenged!


What lip products are rockin’ your world these days?

Guest Post: How to Effectively Apply Fiber Mascara

It’s Ishah here, from over at Beauty Mamas – a blog for women who live life to the fullest and still want to look beautiful 😉 My all time favourite type of mascara formulas is the fiber mascara. It builds up on your natural lashes to lengthen and volumise like no other. There is a trick to applying it, however, that can really make a big difference in the end result of your lashes!

For today’s post I am using Dolly Wink Long Mascara, but the concept is the same for other fiber mascaras. I have used this method with Maybelline The Falsies as well.


Here is the video tutorial, but if you prefer text & pictures just keep on scrollin’.

                                                       Source: IshahBeautyMamas 

As you can see on the brush and on my hand, the mascara has a bunch of little fibers that are supposed to grip onto your lashes as you swipe.


The traditional method of applying mascara isn’t the most effective with this type of formula. Firstly, we focus on lengthening: to really get the most fibers on your lashes and lengthen them as much as possible, use the tip of the wand first and swipe the brush up vertically, . This way, you are placing the fibers right where they need to go, on the ends of your lashes.


Swipe each section, all the way from your inner, to your outer lashes. Using the tip ensures that you can catch every single lash and build them up. You will be able to see the fibers attaching to the ends of your lashes and making them beautifully looong! I do two coats, just to ensure I’m building the length up as much as possible.


Once you have gone over the lashes with the tip of the wand, it’s time to go back to more familiar territory. To build volume and separate, swipe the wand in a ‘zig zag’ fashion at the roots of your lashes, then sweep upwards to the tips.



Make sure you get every lash! I give them 2 coats, but make sure you’re loading your lashes with as much of the mascara that’s on that brush. I feel like many women do too many coats and cause clumping, when what you should really be doing is using one or two coats and going over and over your lashes thoroughly with each coat. Did I explain that right? If you’re confused, see the video.
The top lashes

L: no mascara R: 2 coats of mascara applied vertically, 2 coats applied horizontally.


Although I wouldn’t recommend doing any more coats than that, you can continue to build as much as you want with the mascara and fibers that are on the brush. With each coat I literally go over and over my lashes until they are as long and lush as I want them. If you have a good mascara (like Dolly Wink or Fiberwig) you wont get any clumping or flaking. In the video I actually went over the eye I used for the tutorial more thoroughly than the eye I had done beforehand, so it ended up looking a little more dramatic.

Oh, and don’t forget those bottom lashes! They can really pull a look together (like this one!)


Fiber mascaras can do wonders for your eyelashes if applied right! Maximise the potential of this great formula by taking the little bit of extra time to do it right 😉

What are your thoughts on fiber mascara? Worth the extra time and effort?

Thanks for reading, beauties!

Ishah xx

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 34

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 – gets downright giddy when she discovers a new beauty brand and Rae Cosmetics has her squealing with delight. See why!

Phyrra – compares theBalm’s Shady Lady Vol. 1 and 2 side by side for you.

Vampy Varnish – talks about common new blogger mistakes and how to avoid them.

we heart this – A love letter to Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Love Letter (which just happens to be a perfect, easy Valentine’s manicure too!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – It’s raining tulips everywhere! Just kidding, it’s the review & swatches of OPI’s new Holland Collection for Spring/Summer 2012. I couldn’t decide which were my favorites, so I’m actually wearing different shades on my fingers and toes right now!

Clumps of Mascara – talks about an issue that many women go through or have gone through. In this week’s TMI Tuesday, we are talking about birth control.

Gouldylox Reviews – Is totally in love with this almost magical lip treatment. Yeah, it’s that good.

Nouveau Cheap – Jordana just rolled out 18 new specialty glitter polishes. If glitter’s your thing, come check out my three-part series covering every shade now available.

Pink Sith – invites her readers to the Natura Bisse Pure Air Bubble at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Corner, VA for February 22-25th, and gives a mini review for Inhibit-Dermafill.


Question of the Week:

If you were advising a makeup newbie,
which three items would you suggest that they get to
start with? (not counting base items)?

B says, “A good eyeshadow primer, a blush or bronzer that compliments their complexion and a bangin’ mascara.”

What about you? What would you tell them to get?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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