The Lipstick League: week of 5.7.12


Happy Sunday, lovelies! You know what time it is—time for your weekly dose of Lipstick League love!

Question of the Week: List every beauty item that’s in your purse at this very moment.

Answer: Here’s the sad part—I just cleaned out my purse last week and I STILL have this many lippies in my purse!

  • Nivea Vitamin Swirl Lip Balm
  • Wet n’ Wild Strawberry Lip Balm
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter (Lollipop)
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter (Berry Smoothie)
  • Urban Decay Lipstick (Naked)
  • COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lipstick (Fairytale)
  • LORAC Lip Gloss (Social Mixer)
  • bareMinerals Lip Gloss (Mango Salsa)
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Powder (#2)
  • Nail file

Check out this week’s links!

Beauty Junkies Unite – You tell us: Is the new China Glaze Summer Neons collection hot or not? Check out the review and swatches and let us know!

Clumps of Mascara – has finally come across a mascara that wow-ed her so much that she gave it a 5 out of 5. And guess what? It’s a drugstore mascara!

Gouldylox Reviews – has discovered THE facial you want if you want to look fabulous for an event or remind someone what a mistake it was to end the relationship. Plumped lips, raised brow, firmer jaw and no pain. I can see why Madonna travels with one of these beauties on tour.

Krasey Beauty – wants you to win awesome prizes from Amazon.com Be sure to enter her giveaway!

Lipglossiping – puts Bobbi Brown’s new long-wear eye pencils to the test against a well-known budget brand and concludes that you should save your pennies!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for a bold and daring magenta-purple lipstick to wear this summer? The answer might be as close as your nearest drugstore.

Pink Sith – turns an otherwise boring review about a facial toner into a fun extravaganza by adding in Will Wheaton, Jazz Hands and Thor!

Prime Beauty – harvests the fruits of the Lipstick Tree with Tarte’s Gifts From The Lipstick Tree Trio—the perfect summer pop of color!

Phyrra – has great photo tips for beauty bloggers.

Vampy Varnish – thinks if you like mini nail polishes, you might like the new Urban Decay Showboat Nail Kit for summer!

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The Lipstick League — week of 4/30/12


Well hello there! Whatcha up to this weekend? I’m still in spring cleaning mode here at Casa de Beauty Junkies, and I know I’ll spend the bulk of my day cleaning out my clothing and shoe closet. The OCD in me purchased a boatload of matching no-slip hangers yesterday, so I’m also going to switch them all out. Boring, right? Also, I’ll be adding a new giveaway in a little bit. Due to overwhelming demand—I’ll be treating two of you to my FAVORITE eyeshadow palette. If you don’t already know which one it is…just wait. You’ll want it too! And now for your weekly dose of love from the Lipstick League…

Question of the Week: What’s the last drugstore beauty item you purchased? And how is it working for you?

Answer: The last time I went to CVS, I loaded up on the beauty goods and bought quite a few items. Of those items, I’d have to say that my favorite product was their Just The Basics makeup removing wipes. For the price, the quality rocked—and they really work for me! Another product I really liked (and that my husband essentially commandeered), was the Dial Naturals Tangerine & Guava Body Wash.

we heart this – is fabulously matchy in MAC Fashion Sets and has tons of pics to prove it.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Yes, you CAN wear bolder colors on your eyes! Check out this eyeshadow tip we’ve shared from Make Up For Ever, and then ogle the six, very pretty pastel shades!

EauMG – What to smell like an orange creamsicle? You can with Esscentual Alchemy Orange Cream perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve finished my at-home laser trial and the results are in!  Plus, I have one to give away!

Nouveau Cheap – wishes she could hug Gucci Westman for creating her new Favorite Lipgloss of 2012. (Yes, we’re only five months into the year, but it can’t get much better than this.)

Pink Sith – makes you crave the new NARS Ramatuelle Eyeshadow Trio and fresh summer fruit all in one simple post.

Prime Beauty – shows us that the French know their skincare. Not only does she teach you about Darphin Skincare but she has a giveaway for you too and it runs until May 24th.

Phyrra – offers advice with top tips for new Beauty Bloggers.

Vampy Varnish – looking for a less expensive alternative to the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils? Check out Milani Shadow Eyez which are new this season!

The Lipstick League — Week of 4.23.12


Hi lovelies!

I hope you’ve had a stellar weekend! I’m off to attend an event for the Lucky FABB conference which takes place tomorrow. It’s a fun conference held by Lucky Magazine for fashion and beauty bloggers and I’m super excited that it came to the west coast this year. I’m far from being a fashionable blogger, but I can definitely keep up in the beauty territory! I can’t wait to meet all the great gals that will be there. I’ll be away for a few days this week, but there are posts scheduled to keep you entertained—and don’t forget to enter the current giveaways! xo, Amber

Question of the Week: – What’s your current favorite bronzer and/or highlighter?

Great question! I’ve been toggling between a few bronzers; the new Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Milk Chocolate, the Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded, and the one that’s in the MAC Wonder Woman Pink Power MSF palette. For highlighters, I’m absolutely obsessed with Guerlain’s Meteorites and have been on a serious Meteorites kick for a while now! How about you?

Vampy Varnish – Love Tim Burton movies? Then maybe you’ll also love the new NYX The Crimson Amulet Palette which was inspired by the upcoming Dark Shadows movie!

we heart this – A $5.99 nail polish that looks exactly like flickering candlelight? Oui, Je T’Aime from the new Mattése Elite Mon Amour collection is c’est magnifique!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber will give four lucky Beauty Junkies Unite readers their own set of the new Crest 3D White Intensive Professional Effects Whitestrips in the latest giveaway. These new $60 Whitestrips promise to whiten as well as a $500 professional in-office procedure!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away not 1, not 2 but TEN Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation palettes. Want to win one? Enter today!

Gouldylox Reviews – Next month, bareMinerals is launching new colors in their READY line. Check them out early here!

Nouveau Cheap – loves a good gimmick, so come see what she thinks of the latest lip color gimmick to hit the drugstore.

Phyrra – releases her inner wildcat with Honeycat Cosmetics.

The Lipstick League – week of 4/16


Hey Lovelies! I’m hoping you had a wonderful weekend. I kicked off my annual manic spring cleaning routine at four this morning, and like the Energizer Bunny—I couldn’t stop! Have you done any spring cleaning yet? In the meantime, here are your weekly links and love from the Lipstick League…

Question of the Week: If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be?

Answer: This one is EASY! I would never, ever have to blowout my hair, ever again! What about you?

Phyrra – shows you shiny new Fyrinnae colors!

Vampy Varnish – Fell in love with Bite Beauty lip products!

we heart this – oil-free, anti-aging and mattifying? Hallelujah, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is a miracle!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber thinks these new jelly lip balms from Clarins are pretty nifty, how about you?

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with Butter London Wallis. Is this not one of the most interesting nail polishes you’ve ever seen?

EauMG – Victoria introduces her spring 2012 perfume picks!

Gouldylox Reviews – Looking for long lashes? This is by far the best lengthening system I’ve ever tried, short of RevitaLash.

Krasey Beauty – gives you the inside scoop on a series of gadgets that tone your body while you type. Say hello the the BMR “Lift” family

Lipglossiping – flies high with a BareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color that has been designed exclusively for Virgin Atlantic (and the exits are: here, here and here).

Nouveau Cheap – A matte top coat that you can buy at the drugstore for only $1.99…that actually works? Yup, it’s true.

Pink Sith – Whatcha doin’ Pink Sith? Oh nothin’ Just wearing my Super Awesome Fresh Sugar Coral Lip Treatment That’s all!

Prime Beauty – continues her mission to rid herself of those pesky crow’s feet with the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser–read Part 3 of her journey and see the before and after pictures.

Have a great week!

Win It! Alberto VO5 Haircare Prize Pack Giveaway


Over the past month, we’ve rediscovered the value of Alberto VO5 haircare products and want to share the love! Here’s your chance to win a haircare prize pack with their famous Hot Oil Moisturizing Treatment and new Perfect Hold Hairspray.

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Dates of entry: 4/20/12 to 4/27/12 at 11:59pm EST
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Sponsored: My Travel Beauty Essentials


As part of this great summer series from Philips, I get to share some of my beauty essentials for travel. Some of these may not be super exciting (and likely you’re already packing them), but some of them may give you an ‘a-ha!’ moment of your own, so I hope you find these simple tips helpful!

I always start out by packing my basics in a kit of clear plastic bottles like these…

It costs a small fortune to find the products I’m using in TSA-approved sized bottles, so I eliminate the stress and just make my own travel bottles with my favorite products at home! You can buy these empty travel kits at most mass retailers for about $10, so go for it! Even if you don’t fly with a carry-on bag, it will help prevent a checked bag from looking like this… (and we’ve ALL been there!)

Aside from packing the norm, like makeup and sunscreen, I like to add in a few essentials.

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The Lipstick League: week of 4.9.12


It’s been a week of re-organization here at Beauty Junkie Central, and I have a LONG way to go! I wish I could hire one of those closet organization experts to come work some magic on the beauty closet(s). I think I see a trip to IKEA in my immediate future, and that causes me to break out in a cold sweat. How can you both love and loathe a place so much at one time? In any event, here’s your weekly question and link love from your beauty-loving Lipstick League…

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite home fragrance product (candle, tart, incense, fragrance oil, plug-in or other)?

Much to my husband’s dismay, I have Airwick plug-ins all over the place. I’m kind of picky about the fragrance too, it has to be something like fresh linen or clean linen, I can’t remember what it’s called. Occasionally I’ll buy one of the seasonal ones, but usually it has to have something to do with some fresh-smelling something. Back in the day, I used to use Yankee fragrance tarts, but now prefer scented oils over those. I often forget I have scented oils… so maybe I’ll burn one today!

Prime Beauty – goes from drab to fab before you can say “long, lush lashes” with Too Faced Better Than False Lashes. You HAVE see it to believe it!

Phyrra – compares Urban Decay’s old and new Mildew and shows you a few more shades!

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Beauty Junkies Unite – People are starting to get excited about the upcoming release of OPI’s The Amazing Spider-Man Collection, are you one of them? Check out the review & swatches and decide for yourself!

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with NYX Cosmetics’ Color Lip Balms. Have you tried these babies yet?

EauMG – Candle lovers, check this out! EauMG reviews the Jonathan Adler Pop Collection Candles!

Krasey Beauty – is offering up the entire Denise Richards Volume Extend Haircare line! Click on over to Krasey Beauty, and enter to win!

Nouveau Cheap – Is the new CoverGirl Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation|Base rocking my world or is it just another gimmick? Click here to find out.

Pink Sith – Says that the MAKE UP FOR EVER Natural Artist Lipstick is so awesome and so moisturizing you won’t need to apply it in a swimming pool like Lynda Carter!

Take a Little Time Out to Chat With Mally Roncal Tonight on USTREAM!


Hey lovelies!

I was just kinda wondering what you are up to tonight. Let’s say…around 8pm? (Make that 5pm for you left-coasters out there.) I’m pretty selective about bombarding you with these types of opportunities, but I couldn’t resist letting you know about Mally’s USTREAM chat tonight. I love it when the artists behind the products reach out to the audience, it shows they aren’t just sitting in their offices in a bubble. Because of her consistent immersion with us, Mally has always been so in-tune with our needs! (And it doesn’t hurt that she’s just so dang cute all the time. She’s fun to watch!)

I’m sure you’ve seen her work her fabulousity on QVC before, but sit down and have a chat with her! Tonight’s focus will be prom-looks; but even if your prom was 20 years ago, she’ll definitely share some relevant tips that you can incorporate into your own routine. She’s kinda magic like that. Check the deets:

Date: Tuesday, April 10th
Time: 8pm EST
Location: USTREAM:  http://www.facebook.com/mallybeauty/app_196506863720166

Tune into USTREAM tonight for the chance to win exclusive prizes and deals as well as the chance to ask Mally your burning makeup questions!

Checking Off My Beauty Blogging Bucket List!


photo credit: Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot

Maybe you’ve already spied this on Facebook, Twitter, or at your local Target—and I do apologize if you’re heard this information a billion times already, but I couldn’t NOT post this on the site! Right now at Target stores nationwide, I’m featured on the newest Maybelline display with several of my fab beauty blogging sisters! My shelf is the second from the top, featuring the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion shadow palettes—which are my absolute favorite shadows that Maybelline has released to date.

This special display highlights the Maybelline product faves from the ‘Best of Beauty Blogs‘, and I could not be more humbled. I’m incredibly honored to be included with Brittany from Clumps of Mascara, Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie, and Jeannine from Beauty Sweet Spot. These ladies are cream of the crop bloggers, and are just plain awesome—make sure to check out their sites if you haven’t already!

Anything good that happens to me or the site is because of YOU. Granted, I work hard on the site—but it would truly be nothing without any of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

xo
Amber

photo credit: Brittany of Clumps of Mascara