Win It! A Very Special Salon Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Nail Polish Collection Giveaway — 20 Winners!


Salon Perfect St Pattys giveaway

Have I got a surprise for YOU! Salon Perfect has put together an extremely special, limited-edition giveaway for Beauty Junkies Unite readers, and you have a chance to win! Not only is this giveaway for six nail polish shades that are perfect for creating your St. Patrick’s Day nail art—but includes four of Salon Perfect’s core shades that you can only purchase at Walmart—but there are two very special edition, custom-blended glitter toppers that you CANNOT BUY ANYWHERE!

Only 100 of these special edition, custom-blended glitter toppers were created for giveaways, and 20 Beauty Junkies Unite readers will be the very lucky recipients of a set. Sound like fun? Well, read on!

special edition glitters

The top coat glitters are called Sham-Rock Your Socks Off, and Luck of the Irish. Check out the swatches below!  [Read more…]

Gillette Venus Swirl Razor Review, Photos


gillette venus swirl razor

I know a razor is a very personal thing, but it’s one of those non-negotiable things for me in my beauty arsenal. If I’m going to be forced to rake a sharp razor across my skin, it better be a GOOD one. And ever since I started using the Gillette Venus family razors several years ago when they first launched, I haven’t gone back to subpar shavers, I just won’t. I don’t mind paying more for quality in this case. This is an essential for me!

I recently upgraded to the new Gillette Venus Swirl, and I’m so glad I did. The Venus Swirl is a little bit different than the last Venus razor incarnation I was using—the Venus & Olay razor (which is also pretty darn good in it’s own right.) One of the key differences with the new Venus Swirl, is the fancy new addition of of their proprietary FLEXIBALL technology. Let’s take a closer look!

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I feel like I have to describe what makes the razor cartridge itself special to me. It has five very thin blades that are contoured in such a way that it takes much less force and pressure than a typical razor. This results in an extremely effective and precise shave, that I never have to pass over a section twice.  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 2/22/15


maybelline touch of spice

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite beauty pick-me-up? New fragrance? New lipstick? New nail color?

Answer: I am SUCH a sucker for buying new lipstick when I need a boost. I know this might sound familiar to some of you because you do it yourself, but I have a drawer full of the same shade of lipstick by several brands. I keep buying pretty lipsticks, and they’re almost all the same! What do you buy when you need a beauty boost? (The lipstick above is Maybelline’s Touch of Spice.)

Clumps of Mascara is running! Literally. The Iron Girl Clearwater race is in April and I can’t wait to run, walk and wog my way to the FINISH line.

EauMG: I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of posts featuring makeup products that match Pantone’s color of the year. Now let’s talk fragrance. Here’s my guide to perfumes that remind me the color Marsala.

Gouldylox Reviews: I’m not a pink lipstick kind of girl. But lately, everything is reach for is pinky pink. You’ve got to check out my favorites that are rocking my world.

Love for Lacquer: Looking for amazing Spring nail polish? The new KBShimmer collection will rock your world!

My Beauty Bunny: Is your skin revolting against this harsh, cruel winter? We amped up our hydration routine with Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture – it’s a great cure for dry, winter-ravaged skin!

My Newest Addiction: Laura shares with us #allthethings she carries in her Tory Burch Robinson Open Dome Satchel. The hand cream is pretty fabulous.

Nouveau Cheap: Did you know that Wet n Wild has released new blushes in their Fergie line? Take a peek at all three of these lovely shades here.

Prime Beauty shares her love for the February POPSUGAR Must Have box. Seven full-sized products that captures a beauty junkie’s heart and then some!

Phyrra shares her best tips and tricks for How to Wear Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows, as well as other glittery and duochrome shades!

we heart this: Would you believe us if we told you we fell in love with a lipstick that sells for just $2.49? You should, ’cause it’s true!

Beautygeeks has the BEST-EVER advice on how to choose the right hair colour, guidelines from veteran celebrity hair colourist Christophe Robin (row-ben), who is the best in the world.

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber tried an eyebrow product that’s only $4.88, thinking it was way too good to be true. The good news: it’s not! See what it is!

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

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara: Are you a lover of gel nails? If so, check out those Gellac Glitter Effects Sprays that Chickettes featured. I’m just so amazed at how far gel nails have come!

Win It! Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel & $200 MyHabit.com Gift Card Giveaway


neutrogena giveaway

We’re celebrating the launch of Neutrogena’s newest moisturizer, Hydro Boost Water Gel, and you have a chance for an amazing prize! 

Hydro Boost Water Gel is a fantastic way to keep your skin happy and quenched day or night, under makeup, or without. Its unique gel texture allows it to absorb quickly, but hydrate like a cream without a heavy feel. I’ve tried this, and my skin loves it, especially since it’s oil-free and packed with hyaluronic acid for lasting moisture.  [Read more…]

Salon Perfect Perfect Brow Pomade Review, Photos, Swatches


Salon Perfect Brow Pomade

Sometimes, I can be a bit of a skeptic when it comes to bargain beauty products. So when I found out that these new brow pomades from Salon Perfect were just $4.88 each, I immediately thought there was no way that they could be any good. Fast forward to a few weeks later when I had them in my hot little hands, and my attitude changed as if you had flipped on a light switch. To put it simply: I think these things are AWESOME.

The Salon Perfect Perfect Brow Pomades are available in three shades: blonde, light brown, and dark brown. One of the biggest problems I face with brow products is that they’re often too red for me, and the browns often don’t even look close to the shade I need. I didn’t have that problem with these at all. I actually thought I would need the dark brown, but I wore the light brown and really liked it! (I can get away with either, just depending how bold I want to go.) It doesn’t pull red on me like about 90% of the other products I’ve purchased in the past.

salon perfect brow pomades

I know there is an expensive and popular brand of brow pomade out there right now—and I’ve already received many questions about how the Perfect Brow Pomades compare to it. Okay, I’ll just say it—it’s Anastasia Dipbrow. Truth be told, I don’t own Dipbrow! I have too many brow products right now to invest in it personally. So I can’t give you a comparison from personal experience, and I’m sorry about that! But having looked over the ingredients for both, there are several duplicate ingredients. The composition is not exactly the same, but seems pretty close to serve a similar purpose. Dipbrow may also have more shades, but I think the three shades of Perfect Brow Pomade can be pretty universal for most of the population.  [Read more…]

It’s Time for the Space NK Spring 2015 Beauty Edit Gift Bag, So You Know I’m Happy About It


space NK spring beauty edit 2015

You guys know I go nuts right before every season when Space NK does their incredible beauty edit gift with purchase. It’s always packed with deluxe sizes of products from 28 brands that I normally wouldn’t be able to afford to try otherwise, and it also lets me know exactly which luxe beauty products I should be saving my pennies for! This season’s Spring Beauty Edit bag even has one full size product in it, so you know I’m all over it.

The one caveat—you have to act fast! This special Space NK gift with purchase will be available only on February 18th, and while supplies last. It’s valued at over $400, and the products are DIVINE.

The deets from Space NK:

On Wednesday, February 18th, Space NK will host the “Spring Beauty Edit” event across all of our 23 US locations. During this special, one-day-only shopping event, customers will be perfectly prepped for the new season as we present the latest in spring beauty and looks from our “New Bohemian” SS15 campaign. Guests can meet with experts from some of our finest brands for makeovers, advice and tips.

Event times, featured experts and services vary by location. Exclusively for the event, and while supplies last, shoppers who spend $250 or more will receive a gift with a selection of must-haves from 28 of our featured brands (deluxe, travel and full-size items). As this is our most popular event of the year, shoppers are encouraged to reserve their space in advance to avoid disappointment.

This gift with purchase will sell out in stores early, but will also be available to online shoppers at spacenk.com on February 18th.  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 2/15/15


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Question of the Week:  Which eyeshadow palettes have you been reaching for the most lately?

Answer: I know, these are all are very similar—but I love wearing neutrals almost every day. And when you like what you like (and you just know what works), it’s hard to stray! Currently, I’m wearing a lot of Urban Decay’s NAKED2 Basics, LORAC’s Champagne Dreams, and LORAC’s Pocket PRO palette. What about you?

Enjoy this week’s links from my friends in The Lipstick League!

Beauty Junkies Unite: Is your dry skin driving you nuts right now? Old Man Winter is no match for the new L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection. See the full review & photos!

Clumps of Mascara: When you have a nail polish that has the same name as you, it has to be good…right? Check out Zoya’s Naturel Satins collection.

EauMG: Take the time to smell the roses! It’s annual Rose Week on EauMG! It’s a week long event of lovely rose perfume reviews.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Aprill swatches the mysterious L’Oreal Smokissime Powder Eyeliner pens.

Gouldylox Reviews: Have you seen this $45 jar of Vaseline? It’s kind of the cutest thing ever. Would you ever spend that much money on Vaseline? (Having seen it in real life, I can honestly say I might.)

Love for Lacquer: Battle Of The Brushes! Curious about the new e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki brush? See how it compares to the NARS ITA & Becca The One Brush!

My Beauty Bunny: Exploring the wonders of coconut oil? Check out our Top Five Ways To Use Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine!

My Newest Addiction: Laura shows her favorites from NARS Spring 2015. Review and swatches of St-Paul-De-Vence Eyeshadow Duo, Valhalla Shimmer Shadow and Reckless Blush!

Nouveau Cheap: G. found her holy grail matte red lipstick in this collection, and she’s guessing you’ll find a few new loves as well!

Prime Beauty needed a foundation intervention. Did she get it with the new bareMinerals Complexion Rescue? Find out!

Phyrra: Step into Spring with the Fortune Cookie Soap Wonderland Spring Soap Box. Beware the Bandersnatch!

Vampy Varnish: Another nude eyeshadow palette? Yes but theBalm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Volume 2 is pretty great, trust me!

we heart this: Love is in the air! We are head over heels for the all matte, tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette, come see why!

Beautygeeks: If you’re dealing with hellish winter like we are, maybe you’re also in dire need of some Spring-like cheer in the form of our ManiGeek’s swatches of the gorgeous Essie Spring 2015 nail colour collection and a sweet mani how-to.

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

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite: I love reading The Small Things Blog, Kate’s hair tutorials make me feel like I can accomplish (almost) anything with my fine hair. I like this “Lived-in Waves Tutorial”, because it helps create a relaxed, yet polished look that stays put all day. And now I really want the curling iron she’s using!

The Many Shades of Grey: Beauty


the many shades of grey

Admittedly, I’m not a Fifty Shades of Grey book or movie kind of girl. I got about 100 pages into the book and was bored out of my skull, but if you love it or you’re going to see the film this weekend—I promise, absolutely no judgement! There are over 100 million other people who absolutely loved it. I just wasn’t one of them! However, I am a HUGE fan of so many other shades of grey…beauty products, that is. These are just a few hues that are incredibly gorgeous and flattering for anyone. Find your favorite shade(s) of grey with these amazing beauty picks!

clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals Grey eyeshadow palette

Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greys 

It really doesn’t get any easier than this wardrobe of wearable, everyday (and night) eyeshadows from Clinique. An excellent collection of pigmented matte and pearl shades, in an effortlessly blendable formula. $36, sephora.com  [Read more…]

L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection Review, Photos


loccitane shea butter skincare collection

Please join me in welcoming back Dilara! She’ll be here periodically reviewing her favorite products. She’s a mom of two from the Midwest, and she’s very, very cool! You’ll enjoy getting to know her. — Amber

It seems like every year I talk about how cold and dry the Ohio climate is and how much my skin is suffering. I hope you haven’t grown tired of those posts because guess what? It’s cold, dry and my skin is suffering yet again. When Amber handed me the new L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection, the timing couldn’t have been better.

I feel like I’ve seen shea butter products popping up recently as natural way to moisturize and protect your skin. Shea butter is a natural substance that contains plenty of Vitamin E and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it perfect for multiple skin types. My skin is dry-to-normal pretty much year round. In the winter, it gets especially parched. Cold weather, hot furnaces and wicked winds beat me down to a dry, cracked, flaking mess. Shea butter has been called “the superfood for your face” and well, it’s time to put it to the test.

loccitane shea butter cleansing oil

Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Sounds a little risky, slathering your skin with oil isn’t exactly the top beauty approach on most peoples’ list. But for me, I had nothing to lose. First of all, it is luxurious. The Shea Butter Cleansing Oil has a deep, silky texture that removed all of my makeup. I preferred to rub it all over my face first, and then I added a little water to create a milk on my skin. After massaging that all over my face, my eye makeup was completely removed, as was my foundation, powder and mostly everything else. I normally wear a very long-wearing lipstick which is difficult to remove. This product removed it effortlessly. It rinses off clean with no residue, and left my skin feeling supple and smooth.  [Read more…]