Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 139

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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!

we heart this – shows you a box of brushes so luxurious, they’re presented in satin! Prepare to “oooh”…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber is giving 5 winners a $50 Walgreens gift card, and a mini Neutrogena prize pack! You know you want to enter! (ends 2/9/15)

Clumps of Mascara – is a married woman who had never worn a wedding dress before. Until this day.

EauMG – It’s another installment of In the House, a quick brand overview of some of my favorite indie and niche perfumes. This month’s focus is on Neela Vermeire Creations, a line of luxury perfumes inspired by the rich history and culture of India.

Gouldylox Reviews – More men wear makeup than you might think. When Howard Stern’s Sal Governale’s favorite concealer was discontinued, I rushed to find a new, perfect choice. Is his favorite your favorite?

Love for Lacquer – Ross & Rachel or Carrie & Big? The new Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer Duos will make your heart explode!

My Beauty Bunny – Dropped a bundle on new hair color? Find out How To Keep Hail Color From Fading With Paul Mitchell and Quinoa!

My Newest Addiction – Excited about the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation? Laura shares her opinions and photos!

Nouveau Cheap – Free, unlimited 2-day shipping at Sephora for just $10 a year? Too good to be true? Check out >my first experience with the Sephora Flash subscription service and you be the judge!

Prime Beauty – gives the new LORAC Unzipped Gold Eye Shadow Palette a test drive. Is it worthy of it’s name? Find out!

Phyrra – Want to know the secret behind the name of Too Faced Better Than Sex? Find out that and much more from my Interview with Jerrod Blandino!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – we heart Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog (I know, who doesn’t?) This blogger babe knows her makeup AND her cats! We love when the two collide; like this post about the palettes from the Paul & Joe Menagerie Collection. Meow.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

Are there any makeup looks you wish you could rock,
but feel like you can’t?

B says, “Crazy lip colors like green, pale pink and blue just don’t look right on me. I wish I could pull it off but noooope. I end up looking CRAZY. And not in a cool way.”

What about you?

See you next week!

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 138

Cirque Colors

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 – Looking for an easy way to fill in your eyebrows? Try my quick and easy tutorial!

we heart this – If you use our $10 off coupon, you can get $384 in products for just $39.99 (including shipping!) Check out the FabFitFun Winter VIP box

Beauty Junkies Unite – Have you tried L’Oréal’s latest mascara yet? It’s called Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara, and I’ve got the scoop and before/after photos. What do you think?

Clumps of Mascara – can’t get enough of those gorgeous polishes from Cirque Colors. If you love holographic polishes, you pretty much HAVE to buy these.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – A well pigmented, long-lasting blush stick for $2.99? You have to check this out!

Gouldylox Reviews – Try a lob before you go in for the chop! It’s easier than you think (and you could win $100 of styling products!)

Love for Lacquer – Love is in the air! Be prepared to be blown away by the new Valentine’s Day collection from Different Dimension!

Nouveau Cheap – Want a handy list of all the new 2015 products from Wet n Wild with photos, prices and product info? Here you go!

Prime Beauty – shows you the Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Palette which truly takes you from day to night AND can be worn wet or dry!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – My friend Eugenia is awesome and I love her blog and videos. I wanted to share her Top 10 Beauty Products of 2014 because I adore many of her choices!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

Name a beauty item that was discontinued that you wish
would come back, even if it was only for a limited time.

B says, “So many years ago, Carmindy from What Not To Wear had a brand alongside Sally Hansen. She had glorious paraben-free eyeliners that were cheap and amaziiiiing. I mean, the black was insanely luscious, y’all. So wishing they’d bring that back!”

What about you?

See you next week!

Workout Approved Cosmetics for the Busy Professional

Workout Approved Makeup (for the busy

Fitness. Lawd. I just…man, you know what? I’ve really gotta get it together this year. Here’s the thing. In 2014 I ran a total of 10 races. Yes y’all. Me. This never been an athlete in her life chick joined Black Girls Run and…was a black girl that ran. Pretty freaky stuff. But I’ve got A LOT to do including dropping a loooot of weight and quitting the “OMGGGG, I don’t have time because I work full time and my husband travels and I’m a mom” excuses.

So. I’ve been getting it in. Very excited to bounce back on board with my Makeup Wars sisters as we highlight some of our favorite workout approved cosmetics.

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 137

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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!

My Beauty Bunny – Carry groceries, office supplies or your latest beauty haul in true style. Enter to win a gorgeous Thursday Friday Tote Bag from their Nautical Collection!

Nouveau Cheap – Have you seen the Halloween 2014 Limited Edition glitters from Sinful Colors yet? If not, click right here.

Prime Beauty – shares 6 Beauty Problem Solvers that will curl your lashes, remove deodorant stains, untangle your tresses and get every last drop of product out of the tube!

Phyrra – has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don’t buy another mascara until you read this!

we heart this – Would you like to see swatches of all 30 new Milani Bella gel powder eyeshadows? (Hint: you would!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber confides in us what one of her personal vulnerabilities is, and also one of her biggest beauty regrets in life.

Clumps of Mascara – puts away the beauty blogger hat for a second and gets real about some thangs.

EauMG – was curious about the Korean beauty box service, Memebox. Victoria shares her impressions of Memebox and the three Scentboxes (yes, boxes with a fragrance focus!) she ordered.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Glitter.Gloss.Garbage unveils September’s hottest Glossybox ever! Plus you can win one!

Gouldylox Reviews – Need a new fall lippie to switch it up without the commitment? Makeup Wars has you covered!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

Quick: name three makeup products that you’ve
repurchased multiple times.

B says, “Sephora’s waterproof eye makeup remover, Urban Decay’s Zero eyeliner pencil and MAC’s Vino lipliner. Those are three of my staple beauty products.”

What about you?

See you next week!

I’m Hosting A Prestige Cosmetics Twitter Party Again! #BackToBlack

Girls.

I had the worst headache everrrrrr last night. It was unreal. Luckily one of my gal pals was visiting and helped me Elle (because you know…Esposo has been traveling for work for 2 weeks now) and I could not have been more grateful. I’m thinking that my life as a new mother is scaring her. Truthfully, it scares me, too. My friend is shocked at how much goes into just getting these tiny (crazy toddler) humans fed and in bed. Yes, it’s unreal. And scary. It is indeed birth control for both her and myself. None of this has anything to do with this Twitter party that I’m hosting but I thought I’d give some insight into my life. HAAAA!!!!

This party, though…

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I’m excited about it. This is my second time hosting a Twitter party with Prestige Cosmetics and the first one was explosive! They brought me on board again and this time I’ll be co-hosting with my good friend and homie Erin of Scandalous Beauty and I am excitedddddd! We’re going to rap about Prestige Cosmetics’ newest collection and one lucky participant will snag a door prize. Be sure to RSVP to qualify for this door prize and join us as we chat about Prestige’s 18 new basic black products.

See you thurr!

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 136

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

 

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!

Gouldylox Reviews – Need dark circle help? Want to look well rested? This may be just what your looking for.

Lipglossiping – All the shine without any of the removal issues! Revlon debuts their take on the latest drugstore “gel-a-like” nail polishes!

My Beauty Bunny – Looking for a dark, vampy red polish for fall? You must check out my new favorite, Mrs Mia Wallace, from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction collection!

Prime Beauty – has fallen for NARS Night Caller Collection, especially Unlawful Blush: it definitely doesn’t play by the rules!

Phyrra – You demanded it! I’m bringing you the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette!

we heart this – We’ve got swatches of the limited edition MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow palette. 30 of ’em. You may want to grab your wallet…

Beauty Junkies Unite – See the differences between the Urban Decay NAKED Basics palette, and the brand new NAKED2 Basics eyeshadow palette! Amber has the breakdown.

Clumps of Mascara – is holding on to summer with this sizzling summer look!

EauMG – shares her August 2014 Empties. She also proves that she can’t go more than two months without buying cosmetics…

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Does the Wet n Wild High Waisted Jeans palette live up to it’s value of $3.99? You decide.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here).

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox ReviewsHarshleen at Beauty Tidbits is always so sweet and her blog has great advice. Check out this recent post about affordable shadow palettes!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

When a beauty product is labeled “Limited Edition” (LE), are you more inclined to purchase it?

B says, “Of course not. I’m not a sucker. Those brands won’t get me like that. You do know that I’m playin’ right? Haaaa!!”

What about you?

See you next week!

Makeup Wars: Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette review + tutorial

This is a very special Makeup Wars because a few of us gals were so graciously sent the Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette to review. I haven’t been keeping up with the awesome things that Ana has goin’ on and uh…talk about a mistake. This palette has reignited the admiration that I have for the brand.

Anastasia Maya Mia palette

Designed by blogger and makeup artist Maya Janeska. This East African beauty is not only stunning but puts out amaziiiiing tutorials and has a jumpin’ Instagram channel. She collaborated with Anastasia Beverly Hills to put together a fantastic palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette

It really is unlike any eyeshadow palette that I’ve seen before because within the 10 shadows, you’ve got two pops of color – including that very bright Aqua!

What a nice little surprise, right? I’ve found that the Aqua works very nicely on the lid and even used as a liner on the waterline. Included with the palette are 5 Get The Look cards . Maya has given us step-by-step instructions on how to achieve various looks. Of course I fell in love with the look that used that stunning Aqua. I’m lovin’ how the cards tell you at the top which shadows you’ll be using.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Get the Look cards

Swatch-wise, I would have loved for these to be more intense.

Anastasia Maya Mia palette swatches

They pop well on my skin but if we could have taken the intensity level up a bit more, I would have been a happy girl. And then there’s a nice dual-sided brush!


Anastasia Maya Mia palette brushes
But despite that, this palette inspired me to do a tutorial which, ohmigosh y’all…I haven’t done in years! It is such a challenge to do a tutorial under 5 minutes. My girl Phyrra has perfected this so until I grill how she does her tutorials, you lovely people will have to deal with my choppy tutorials. And bad brows. Because yeah. My brows look baaaad in that video. Oh well. 😎

You can get this palette from ULTA.com for an easy $29.


 

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 135

Shea Moisture blush

 

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 – can’t wait to try Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics palette! But…will she like it? Dun dun dunnnn!

Gouldylox Reviews – Wonder how something that calls itself “Bulletproof” actually stands up to smudging? Read the findings of my investigation of Too Faced’s new Bulletproof Eyeliners!

My Beauty Bunny – What products does a beauty blogger spend her cash on? Check out my very favorite cruelty-free faves and see!

Nouveau Cheap – Your friendly neighborhood lip balm fanatic gave the new eos Visibly Soft Coconut Milk Lip Balm Sphere a whirl. Adorable packaging aside, is this worth a purchase? Click here to find out.

Pink Sith – agrees that saving money on beauty items is awesome. but sometimes “saving” costs more than the “splurge” as she explains in her recent post.

Prime Beauty – gets in touch with her sensual side (don’t laugh!) with Laura Mercier’s Sensual Reflections Collection for Fall 2014. Can it be soft and sexy at the same time? Find out!

Phyrra – Craving Fall? Check out my Colour Pop Fall Tutorial!

we heart this – No need to get out your fangs, we’re giving away all 23 perfume oils in the BPAL Only Lovers Left Alive collection (based on the the Tilda Swinton/Tom Hiddleston vampire movie!)

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – My girl Ren over at Makeup by Ren Ren creates an amaziiiing look using a cheap (yet powerful) little palette from Wet ‘n Wild.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

If you could only wear one nail color for Fall 2014, which shade would it be?

B says, “China Glaze’s Community. It’s a beautiful brown that matches my skin!”

What about you?

See you next week!