The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 113

Scrub in pot

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!

For the month of December, we’re super-sizing The Lipstick League
and giving you double the fun from each member!

 

Beauty Junkies Unite – See what Amber thought were hits, and those that were misses in the new MAC RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection!

Chalkboard Nails – There’s no better way to celebrate Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 than with some freehand radiant orchid nail art!

Chalkboard Nails – Get party perfect nails with five easy black and gold nail art ideas. Feeling bold? Try combining a few together!

Clumps of Mascara – Been itchin’ to try new nail polishes but the stores don’t seem to have anything up your alley? Support an indie nail polish brand!

Clumps of Mascara – So not beauty-related but c’mon…who doesn’t like pictures of Baby Clumps?

Gouldylox Reviews – Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Here’s a list that takes care of everyone!

Gouldylox Reviews – Beauty products commonly use these tricks to play on your self-esteem. Don’t let them trick you!

Lipglossiping – checks out the behind-the-scenes video featuring the much-awaited relaunch of Shu Uemura’s lipstick range.

My Beauty Bunny – We’ve got the scoop on Radical Skin Care This powerful (and effective!) anti-aging line is the buzz brand in Hollywood – find out why.

My Beauty Bunny – We’re ALWAYS raving about DermOrganic’s amazing hair care products. Want to try them yourself? Here’s your chance to win two full size products!

Nouveau Cheap – Are the new Almay Shadow Softies cream shadows? Mousse shadows? Answer: neither.

Nouveau Cheap – Wet n Wild is discontinuing some products in 2014. Come see if your favorites made the cut.

Pink Sith – shares with you a famous holiday poem. “Twas the poem about the holidays that barely rhymed, but I show you gifts from ULTA Beauty so I know you won’t mind.”

Pink Sith – has a great gift idea for the men in your life. The Billy Jealousy Shave3Some is Mr. Sith approved!

Prime Beauty – attends so many holiday parties (haha) she needs flawless skin for all the pictures she’ll be starring in (haha again). Renee Rouleau’s Triple Berry Smoothing Peel does the trick and it’s on sale!

Prime Beauty – explores the Indie Brand SENNA Cosmetics and likes what she finds!

Phyrra – I’ve launched my very own cruelty free, paraben free, vegan hair masque called Pretty Little Elixir! It’s a must have for dyed or heat styled hair!

Phyrra – Love Chocolate? See if this sweet treat from Too Faced is for you! It’s the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette.

we heart this – took a field trip to 100% Pure in West Hollywood, a long time favorite of many of our team members. It was a sniff and scrub-a-polloza!

we heart thisbareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling is all kinds of beautiful. Check out the looks we posted and see if you agree…

 

Question of the Week:

What are some beauty products that you’d be delighted to
receive as gifts this holiday season?

B says, “I want Formula X polishes by Sephora. I seriously want them all!”

What are you lusting after this holiday season?

See you next week!

Makeup Wars: 5 Indie Nail Polish Brands That You MUST Try

Indie polishes

My Makeup Wars sisters and I are back and we’re showcasing some of our favorite indie brands. By indie, we mean brands that you probably won’t find in Sephora or UTLA. These brands are typically smaller businesses and they don’t always have a Marketing Department or Sales Department. They are run by real men and women and sometimes out of their own homes. They do it all!

I don’t own much indie makeup but I certainly have my fair share of indie nail polishes. Indie nail polishes have taken the nail polish blogosphere by storm. These brands are giving us nail polish lovers unique shades and finishes and I am so here for it. The bigger brands are obviously keeping their eyes peeled because I’ve seen them come out with shades AFTER an indie brand has released it. That said, check out some of my favorite indie brands!

Cult Nails 

Well, obviously Cult Nails would be first. Maria is a good and supportive friend of mine but even if she weren’t, I would still love this brand. Her polishes are AMAZING! She puts serious thought behind each shade and prides herself on stepping outside of the box. I’ve watched Cult Nails grow overnight and I am just so honored to know the woman behind this awesome brand.

My favorite Cult Nails polishes: Flushed, Deal With It, Lamestain and Charlatan

Literary Lacquers 

Gotta love a brand that combines 2 of my loves…books and nail polish! Amy reached out to me to see if I wanted to feature her brand on Clumps of Mascara and how could I say “No”? For one thing, I love when nail polish brands seek diversity. And the fantastic polishes are just the icing on the cake.

My Favorite LL nail polishes: More Like Fire Than Light, Green Gables, As The Waltz Was Ending

Cirque 

I can’t remember which nail polish blogger prompted me to stumble on Cirque’s nail polishes, but man, I am hooked. I love everything about this brand. The name, their adorable bottles and the shades. Ooooh, the shades! I like how Cirque is always releasing something unexpected. While many brands follow trends, Cirque does not and I love that about them. This one is nail polish brand that always keeps me on my toes.

My favorite Cirque nail polishes: Tibetan Nights, XX, Dark Horse, Cornotion (wish I owned it but it’s $48!)

 

A. England 

I fell in love with A.England at first glance. I don’t know much about the owner or her story behind the brand but I know that she has perfected holographic nail polishes. And this is no easy task. Holographic nail polishes are my absolute favorite and it’s so hard to find good ones. A.England has a slew of gorgeous polishes but they rock at creating holographics. I mean, amazingly so!

My favorite A.England nail polishes: Lady of the Lake, Tristam and St. George

 

Nailventurous 

I believe Floam was my very first indie nail polish. It holds a special place in my heart because um, well…it looks like the legendary Floam! I’m not sure if Nailventurous launches new polishes anymore but when the lady behind the brand was regularly launching polishes…WOW! I loved the uniqueness of these polishes. Also, while other brands have colors similar to Floam, I believe it was Nailventurous who did it first.

My favorite Nailventurous nail polishes: Floam, Sunny Floam, Bumblebee

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 112

Scrub in pot

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!

For the month of December, we’re super-sizing The Lipstick League
and giving you double the fun from each member!

we heart this – just turned four, but is giving YOU a present: a European holy grail giveaway – Lancome Erika F. eye shadow and Max Factor Fantasy Fire nail polish!

we heart this – What trumps RiRi Woo? Pleasure Bomb! Check out the RiRi hearts MAC Holiday collection and see if you agree.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Here’s a chance to win all 20 shades inside the new bareMinerals ‘Degrees of Dazzling’ eyeshadow collection!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares several holiday gift ideas for the ultimate in affordable luxury.

Chalkboard Nails – Enter to win the Cirque Alchemy Collection and lots more in Chalkboard Nails’ 12 Days of Giveaways!

Chalkboard Nails – Have you tried any Formula X for Sephora nail polishes yet? Don’t miss this gorgeous cobalt blue glitter gradient!

Clumps of Mascara – I’m not a girl with a lot of desires. Or so I thought. My holiday wishlist has now doubled in size. Eek!

Clumps of Mascara – Girls, listen…my skin has been screaming for something more than just a basic scrub. M.Steves has saved the day with their glorious Reviving Exfoliator!

EauMG – has the ultimate holiday gift guide for vintage beauties! Stock the boudoir with red lipstick, powder puffs and fancy perfume atomizers! A must read for true glamour girls.

EauMG – step foot into a Parisian artist’s studio with this decadent, boozy, fruity patchouli perfume, Nez a Nez Atelier d’Artiste.

Gouldylox Reviews – Can a brush that looks like a toothbrush give you the makeup skills of a pro? Find out!

Gouldylox Reviews – The hair authority on DIY braids, buns and twists, Hair Romance, has a new book that you’re going to need.

My Beauty Bunny – Just what is the deal with parabens and why is everyone so afraid of them? The answer may surprise you! Are the Parabens in Our Beauty Products Safe?

My Beauty Bunny – Check out Jen’s new do by West Hollywood celeb hair stylist Marco Pelusi! Purchase his amazing hair care products during his Holiday Deal and receive a FREE travel sized Color Hydrate Conditioner.

Nouveau Cheap – Wet n Wild has a brand new 8-pan eyeshadow palette for 2014. Come take a look at some swatches!

Nouveau Cheap – The semi-annual CVS Beauty Clearance Sale is now underway. I’ve got a list of things you can expect to see reduced to 50-75% off. Stocking stuffers, anyone?

Prime Beauty – has put together her list of Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers. Some may surprise you!

Prime Beauty – has several fantastic favorite sets from the tarte Gift of Giving Holiday 2013 Collection and you can win two of them so hurry and enter!

Phyrra – shares her Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow!

Phyrra – shares 6 Eye Makeup Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – Sabrina from The Beauty Look Book shares the new Chanel nail colours and does what she always does so well; makes us want expensive things!

 

Question of the Week:

What’s your go-to body lotion for this time of year?

B says, “Coconut oil, of course. I use that stuff all year!”

What body lotion are you using?

See you next week!

Makeup Wars: All I Want This Holiday Season Is…well, here’s a list!

Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlist

ZOMG! The holidays are a comin’ and while I am so not ready for them (I’m far too stressed these days to really enjoy ‘em!), they’re comin’ anyway. I’m not gonna lie – I kinda miss the days of being able to give my parents a list of things that I wanted and actually getting those gifts. Welp. Those days are over. Ha! The married with kid life means if I want something, I need to save up and get it myself!

But ain’t nothin’ wrong with wishin’. And for this Makeup Wars post my girls and I are sharing our holiday wishlists.

Vitamix

I want a Vitamix blender sooooo badly. And I’ll never buy it myself because as much as I want it, I could think of so many other things I could buy with that money. But man – the things I would make if a had a Vitamix. The soups I brew, the smoothies I would…smoothe. I could do it all.

Naomi Afro Manikin

Look. I have a daughter. And I’m a Black girl. And I DON’T know how to cornrow. This does not bode well as taking care of naturally thick hair requires skill. With this manikin I could practice braiding and cornrowing so that by the time my girl gets too old for afro puffs, I’ll be able to put some adorable rows in her hurr (picture source).

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Clarisonic Aria

Yeeeep. The Aria has been out for over a year and I still want it. And  there’s an Aria with a Josie Maran Set. They combined 2 of my favorite loves. *squeals* I’d also take Clarisonic’s Pedi Foot Transformation Set. Or both. Whatever.

Formula X for Sephora nail polishes

I want them all. I don’t need EVERY shade. But I at least need 10. Or 20. I’ve heard so many great things about this brand. Word on the beauty blogger street is that Formula X for Sephora nail polishes give you complete coverage with only one coat. Say whaaaat?

Reusable Rainbow Snack Bags

I’m a grazer and eat a lot of snacks throughout the day. I have a few reusable snack bags but I want more. Plus I love supporting work from home mamas!

Jewelry Holder

Also on Etsy is this gorgeous jewelry holder that I’ve been meaning to buy myself. It holds everything in ONE place.This organizer would make getting ready in the morning so much easier.

Wool Dryer balls

Y’all know I’m a hippie so this really shouldn’t even come as a surprise. I already use some wool dryer balls but I hear that having even more is better. These things are great! They really do fluff up towels and cloth diaper inserts aaaaand you don’t have to run the dryer as long. I haven’t used dryer sheets in years so the wool dryer balls are a great alternative.

Boscia Mask Medley

I’ve reviewed Boscia’s masks before but I need to re-up STAT. I had no idea that they had all 3 of their masks in one nice little set. So sweet of them to think of me like that.

Mason Jars

Doesn’t matter the size. Or the color. I want more! I use my mason jars for everything but I’m noticing that I’m running out. So…I need more!

Repayment of my student loans

No explanation needed. A wishlist is a wishlist, right? :tongue:

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 111

Eyeko Fat Brush wand

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!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Aprill from Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is a prolific writer. She has everything from nails to cosmetics to style and fragrance. In a recent article she shares some tips on how to prepare your skin for the winter, AND she is giving you a chance to win a $50 Visa Giftcard, plus some Aquaphor Healing Ointment! How fab is that?

 

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite BB cream? If you don’t have
one, what’s your current favorite foundation?

B says, “IMAN Cosmetics’ BB cream is pretty awesome. Mainly because it has shades for us brown girls. I certainly don’t wear it as often as I should but maybe I should it..

What’s your favorite BB cream?

See you next week!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 110

Eyeko Fat Brush wand

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!

Pink Sith – luxuriates over her new Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Accent from the 2013 Holiday Collection and asks if you “NEED” it too.

Prime BeautyPrime Beauty has found The One. No, unfortunately it’s not a man but BECCA’s The One Perfecting Brush, can you believe it takes the place of 10 face brushes? Oh and if you know of any nice single older men…

Phyrra – shares the Best Ways to Survive Rosacea! Find out her favorite products and tips.

we heart this – wanna see some before and after pics of a makeup hoarder’s storage salvation? (Brace yourself, it includes depotted shadows covered in dust!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – The review & swatches for the new China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection are up, do you spy any shades you love?

Chalkboard Nails – The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday shades packs a punch of texture – you won’t want to miss these party perfect Liquid Sands!

Clumps of Mascara – reviews another Eyeko mascara. You’ve heard of that brand, haven’t you?

EauMG – shares her first holiday gift guide of the year! EauMG’s Holiday Gift Guide for Natural Beauties contains natural and organic products that will nourish the hair, skin, body and soul.

Gouldylox Reviews – Only have a few minutes to get ready? That doesn’t mean you can’t look flawless!

My Beauty Bunny – Pores a problem? We’ve got the details on How to Get Rid of Blackheads and a few products to recommend as well!

Nouveau Cheap – So, I finally found the Maybelline Limited Edition matte Color Tattoos. Were they worth the hunt?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Aprill from Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is a prolific writer. She has everything from nails to cosmetics to style and fragrance. In a recent article she shares some tips on how to prepare your skin for the winter, AND she is giving you a chance to win a $50 Visa Giftcard, plus some Aquaphor Healing Ointment! How fab is that?

 

Question of the Week:

If you could change one thing about your skin, what would it be?

B says, “I wish I didn’t have pesky hairs growing on my chin. I can deal with the fuzzy ‘stache but the wanna-be beard that causes pimples on my chin drives me nutty.

Soooo, does anyone else have a more embarrassing skin story?

See you next week!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 109

ELLIS VAAS mascara wand

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 – Can Dr. Rescue, the newest member of the Maybelline Baby Lips family, truly rescue my sad, chapped lips? Come find out.

Pink Sith – becomes an Ingredient Detective and tells you all about the chemical Triclosan and why she is avoiding it at all costs.

Prime Beauty – takes a look at the Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Collection and likes what she sees!

we heart this – is feeling like a regular Picasso thanks to the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares the review & swatches for the new OPI Mariah Carey holiday collection for 2013!

Chalkboard Nails – Are you a fan of Wicked? Deborah Lippmann is too, and created this set of three mini lacquers to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary!

Clumps of Mascara – ran into an amaziiiing mascara. And it ain’t cheap but WHOA, it rocks.

EauMG – is obsessed with this limited edition shower gel by LUSH and wants you to be obsessed too.

Gouldylox Reviews – I love makeovers! You must see the before and afters on the lovely Chelle. She’ll make a beautiful bride!

My Beauty Bunny – Lilly Brush has teamed up with a few of our favorite beauty bloggers for their biggest giveaway yet! Click on over and enter to win $250 and two Lilly Brushes!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – I love it when beauty bloggers show me new and exciting ways to use products I’ve owned forever. That happened this week when Ashley over at Pretty Pisces Beauty rocked a shade from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette in a really beautiful way (I’m totally stealing this, Ashley).

 

Question of the Week:

If you could have any job within the beauty industry, what would it be?

B says, “I’d love to be a product developer. I would help with marketing and targeting products and packaging to women of color. Woot! “

See you next week!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 108

Cargo Essential Lip Color

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 – Halloween may be over, but we’ve got some treats to share! Check out what’s cooking at the Beauty Bakerie in our latest Indie Spotlight.

Nouveau Cheap – Are you a matte lip color fan? If so, you need these in your life. Period. (I would “drop the mic” if I had one!)

Pink Sith – has three BB creams to avoid the next time you shop for one at the drugstore.

Prime Beauty – is giving away a Hair Doozy so your bathroom counter will never be cluttered with hair appliances again!

Phyrra – raves about the new bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection and is giving one away! Go Enter!

we heart this – Halloween may have just past, but the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloweenies will be around until Dec. Because who doesn’t want to smell spookily beautiful year round?

Clumps of Mascara – shared the awesomeness that is Chippmunk.com and now the brand is giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky reader. And you can use it at Sephora.com. Woo hoo!

Gouldylox Reviews – Hands down, this is my favorite palette of the season so far.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – If you love beauty and are celeb obsessed, you need to take a ”walk” with Red Carpet Roxy! Follow this Hollywood insider and you’ll get the scoop on the fashion and beauty news at the latest A-list events.

Question of the Week:

What lip colors do you have in
your purse at this very moment?

B says, “Surprise surprise…I’ve got a red lippy!”

What color lippy do you have?
See you next week!