The Lipstick League: Week of 7/14/14


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I hope you had a wonderful weekend! This is the week of the 6th anniversary of Beauty Junkies Unite. Keep your eyes peeled here on the blog and on my social media accounts for special giveaways just for you! Now let’s take a look at this week’s links from my friends in The Lipstick League…

Question of the Week: Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. What do you do?

Answer: I would never loan mascara or eyeliner, so that’s out anyway. I have allowed only very, VERY good girlfriends to use my lipstick, and that’s been fine. (I dip in alcohol later to cleanse.) If someone broke a blush pan, nail polish, or foundation bottle, I’d just assume it was an accident and let it go. Over the years, I’ve kind of developed a “don’t expect to see back what you loan out” mentality. (I’m pretty selective about what I loan, and pretty much always receive everything back!) But makeup is a little different to me. If one of my really good girlfriends is in need of something I have (within reason), it’s okay with me if an accident happens. They’d probably offer to try to replace, and that gesture would be good enough for me. I love my makeup collection, but I treasure my friends more! Prime Beauty is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA’s Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully! Phyrra: Love Urban Decay? I share my Omen Tutorial, plus we’re giving away a ton of Urban Decay Eyeshadows! Open worldwide. we heart this is calling all blush addicts; Ellis Faas has something you’re going to want to see… Beauty Junkies UniteTake a sneak peek at the newest hair color innovation from Garnier, Color Styler. Now you can rock bright, bold hair hues without the commitment or damage of traditional hair color! Clumps of Mascara gifted a reader with her own personal post of makeup tips from beauty bloggers! EauMG shares her most complimented perfumes of all time! Some of the ones that made the list will surprise you. Gouldylox Reviews: I love you guys! Find out why and enter to win a $2,000 VIP Beauty Treatment! Please enter, I really want one of you to win so you’ll tell me what a $2,000 beauty treatment is like! My Beauty Bunny: Remember how I raved about Onsen Secret last week? Try it for yourself by winning a $1,000 shopping spree from my new favorite skin care line. (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.) Make it a beautiful week!

The Lipstick League: Week of of 5/26/14


 

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m about to jet off on a fun, quick trip. I’ll have details for you when I get back! Make it a great one :)

Question of the Week:  Happy June! Share with us some of your favorite beauty products that you discovered in the first half of 2014.

Answer: Definitely the Urban Decay NAKED 3 palette, and L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara!

Enjoy this week’s links from some of my fave ladies!

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber has the scoop on a very interesting new-to-market at-home hair color concept that’s “automatic” and “reusable”. What does that even mean?

EauMG discovers one of those rare gourmands that you want to wear in the heat of summer! If you love yummy ‘fumes, check out this refreshing vanilla.

Gouldylox Reviews: Want to really make your eyes pop this summer? Check out these double ended liners!

My Beauty Bunny: The Dead Sea has long been known as a beauty wonder—and here’s your chance to see why. Stop by and enter to win a prize package of Aqua Therapy Dead Sea products worth over $75!

Nouveau Cheap: Like OHMYGAWD! You totally need to see the BH Cosmetics Eye on the 80s Palette. It’s totally rad, dude. Fer sure. Like totally.

Pink Sith reminds you that Father’s Day is on June 15th! She has a list of 7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas to get you started with your shopping.

Phyrra shares her purple hair gradient tutorial video.

we heart this checks out the new additions to the BPAL Excolo collection, scents based on gods and priests, spirits and beasts; all dedicated to love.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite: Susan Yara is the host of a new, AMAZING YouTube channel called MixedMakeup. I’m a big fan of her series, The Cut, where she gives you the scoop on a new product, very quickly, yet thoroughly. Don’t miss this short segment with NudeSTIX. She has me yearning for this new range of versatile pencils in a very bad way.

The Lipstick League: Memorial Day Edition


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The Lipstick League hopes you’ve had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Let’s remember those we’ve lost in the Armed Services who bravely fought for our country. That’s what it’s all about!

Question of the Week: What are some of your favorite blushes, highlighters and/or bronzers for summer?

Answer: I LOVE all the bright shades out right now, and I’m even more in love with the new BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles. What’s better than beautiful color AND highlight in one? All of the shades are gorge, but I’m leaning more towards the Lychee/Opal combo. Another thing I don’t want to be out of is the IT Cosmetics Vitality Face Disc. It has the perfect bronzer, blush, and highlighter in a convenient compact!

Enjoy this week’s links…

we heart this: What $6 body wash, with a jar of moisturizer in each bottle, has made us forget all about a $25 one? This one!

Beauty Junkies Unite: Imagine you could be made over by your favorite makeup brand and one of the most famous makeup artists and photographers in the world for an exclusive photo shoot. That’s just what happened to Amber with jouer Cosmetics and Troy Jensen. Get the behind-the-scenes deets!  [Read more...]

Join the Neutrogena Sun Safety Tweet-a-Thon Today!


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I am SO incredibly honored to be able to share important sun safety facts today on such a large scale, because sun safety is potentially LIFE SAVING. Today, I hope you’ll join a group of Neutrogena Ambassadors (like myself) and celebrity spokespersons in a one-of-a-kind Tweet-a-Thon with Neutrogena that will take place from 9am EDT, to 9pm EDT today. We’ll make it worth your while—the prizes are INSANE.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking—who has time to be on a 12-hour Twitter party? Not to fear! We’ve broken it up for you so you can join in for as long or as short of a time as you want! Each hour will focus on a certain topic and will feature some celeb guests. Do names like Emma Roberts, Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle UnionHayden Panettiere, Julie Bowen, and Bella Thorne ring a bell? I thought so!

Use #ChooseSkinHealth, and follow along all day today on Twitter when you can! We’d love to engage with you!

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Behind the Scenes: jouer Spring Sirens Photo Shoot


Jouer spring sirens When one of your favorite makeup brands emails an invite to be photographed in their cosmetics with the master makeup artist and photographer, Troy Jensen—you don’t walk—you RUN. As a legit jouer girl, I let out an audible SQUEE!, and then worried about what I was going to wear. The more I thought about it, I decided to just wear simple black since it’s timeless, and I could jazz it up with a statement necklace. Seems like Troy and I were on the same page, because he took one look at me and said “rock and roll goddess”. We picked out some statement necklaces, added a ton of sexy hair that sadly wasn’t mine, and we were on our way!

When Troy says something, you just TRUST. You don’t question, you don’t worry. This is the guy who has the most incredible eye for creating some of the hottest editorial, video, and red carpet looks for A-list celebs—and he was touching my face. (Insert another *squee* here.) I guarantee you’ve seen his work everywhere, but you just don’t know it. He’s hot stuff. (Literally and figuratively!) Check out his site, troyjensen.com, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Here’s what he selected from jouer to glam up my face…

Jouer product looks I wish I could dish all the secrets on his incredible application, but his techniques are definitely HIS techniques. Troy tells me he’s totally self-taught, and prides himself on his work (which definitely shows). I think self-taught is the best way for ANY artist, because you’re not bound by rules or by what someone else wants to teach or mold you into. (Who wants carbon copies? I don’t!) I don’t blame him for not spilling the beans in a step-by-step tutorial. If I had his talent, I’d keep it to myself too.  [Read more...]

Happy New Year 2014!


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Hello lovely ladies and lads, happy new year!

I know I’ve been noticeably absent around these parts over the holidays, but I’m back and ready to bring you another year of beauty reviews and ramblings. 2014 will be year 6 (SIX!) of Beauty Junkies Unite. How cray is that? I know!

How did the holidays treat you? I hope you got every pretty little thing you desired. Around Beauty Junkies headquarters, it was quiet (just the way we like it), with lots of hot cocoa (whipped cream, too!), and warm jammies with soft slouchy socks. It was a wonderful vacay, but I’m glad to be back! See ya back here soon, I’m working on new reviews now :)

The Lipstick League: Week of 12/16/13


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

Question of the Week:  You can only buy one drugstore mascara for the rest of your life. Which do you choose?

Answer: OOH! This is easy! Have you seen the new L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara yet? See why I love it so much here.

Clumps of Mascara:  I don’t think I’ve ever loved a blush as much as I love these little Too Faced Sweethearts. Aren’t they just preciiiious?

EauMG: Hug your auntie! EauMG has last minute gift ideas for sweet nieces and teens!

EauMG: Attention fellow carb lovers, Victoria reviews a gourmand by L’Artisan Parfumeur that smells like woods and baking bread. It’s the ultimate comfort fragrance.

Gouldylox Reviews: This pre-’poo treatment changed my hair dramatically for the better.

Gouldylox Reviews: Excited about the movie American Hustle? Here’s how to get the looks from the movie!

Lipglossiping embraces the spirit of the season with some vampy berry lips courtesy of Aveda!

My Beauty Bunny is thrilled to announce the launch of the My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural AHA Facial Moisturizer! It’s vegan, GMO-free, paraben-free, and oil-free, and packed with good for your skin ingredients.

My Beauty Bunny: Takes a look at The Organic Pharmacy’s vibrant and shimmery All That Glitters nail polish collection and whips up a simple holiday-themed manicure!

Nouveau Cheap: Looking for some last-minute gifts for the bath & body lovers in your life? Here are my picks from Lush for Holiday 2013.

Nouveau Cheap: New for 2014, come take a peek at the Maybelline Color Show Street Art Collection.

Pink Sith: Only a few more days until Christmas! Here are 10 beauty stocking stuffers, all $25 or less, to help complete your list.

Pink Sith: Need a kickass red lipstick to wear to your next PepsiCo Board Meeting to tell them this isn’t your first time at the rodeo? Then you need NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Future Red!

Prime Beauty is getting ready for the holidays with bareMinerals Crystallized Full Face Collection, a blend of iridescent, holographic joy AND it’s on sale. Happy Holidays!

Prime Beauty found a fabulous gift for the traveler. Whether you’re going away for the weekend or on a long distance trip, you will definitely want the Jonny Bag with you!

Phyrra shares the best cruelty free beauty gifts for under $30!

Phyrra loves all things sparkly! Here are her Top 10 Favorite Glittery Beauty Products.

we heart this reviews bareMinerals Complexion Superstars gift set, and gives you “WOW” worthy before and after images.

we heart this implores all Black Phoenix Alchemy perfume oil fans; you NEED Scrappy Damsel! It’s a near dupe for their infamous scent Underpants…

Beauty Junkies Unite: Don’t miss your chance to enter to win 5 of the newest haircare products from the NUANCE Salma Hayek line found exclusively at CVS!

The Lipstick League: Week of 12/9/13


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

Question of the Week: What are some beauty products that you’d be delighted to receive as gifts this holiday season?

Answer: With 100% honesty, I have to say that I have everything I could ever want or need! I’m very blessed to say so, and extremely grateful.

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 Shave 3Some 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 this: bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling is all kinds of beautiful. Check out the looks we posted and see if you agree…

The Lipstick League: Week of 12/2/13


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

Question of the Week: What’s your go-to body lotion for this time of year?

Answer: For the longest time, I was using a glycolic body lotion from Vitality Institute to help slough off winter dry skin, but so far this season I’ve been using the new St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion sprays—I LOVE the oatmeal & shea one. It’s very soothing and quick to apply.

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 steps 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!