The Lipstick League: Week of 6.11.12


Good morning! (Or afternoon if you’re reading this a little later or on Monday instead of Sunday!)

I promise I’m not getting all sappy, but if you’re spending today with your Dad or father figure this Father’s Day, hold him a little closer and really show him your thanks. I’m 36, and I NEVER had a Dad or positive father-figure in my life. I’ve spent my life very indifferent to this fact, but now that I’m older, I realize I really did miss out on all the things that Dads do for their little girls. I’m really not sad about it, and believe me this is not a “woe is me” message. I’ve had MANY years of getting over it. But I guess what I want to say is, please be thankful if you’re one of the people who had another special parent to share in your successes and cheer you on in life. That’s all I really wanted to say today, and I hope you spend a lovely day with the guy you call Dad!

And now on to The Lipstick League!

Question of the Week: What higher-end product(s) in your beauty arsenal do you consider absolutely splurge-worthy?

Answer: It is eye cream, TO THE MAX! Occasionally I’ll find an affordable eye cream that’s good (most of the AVEENO ones rock), but I find myself really spending the big bucks on eye cream because it’s the one area I know that once it’s damaged, GOOD LUCK getting its youthful appearance back!

Krasey Beauty – Krasey Beauty waxes poetically, literally, about the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencils.

Lipglossipinggets her tongue in a twist with the pronunciation of a well-known French beauty brand!

Nouveau Cheap – Whether you like your bronzers and highlighters matte or full of sparkle, the latest releases from NYX have got you covered.

Pink Sith – tries out Marc Anthony’s (no that THAT Marc Anthony) Dream Waves Amplifying Collection and she get’s beautiful beachy waves and curls as a result!

Phyrra – brings you the best bright hair from Premiere Beauty.

Vampy Varnish – loves the new LORAC Wild For TANtalizer collection and thinks you will as well!

we heart this – From clear pits to coral tips, see what Glam.com predicts will be the hottest products for summer.

Beauty Junkies Unite – If you’re tired of your eyeshadow creasing or disappearing, then you will not want to miss these long-wearing 12HR waterproof cream eyeshadow pencils that Amber reviewed from Milani Cosmetics!

Clumps of Mascara – reviews Maybelline BB Dream Fresh. This, lovelies, is a ginormous deal since very few BB creams come in shades for women of color. Yay for this one!

EauMG – Victoria reviews a creamy, dreamy white floral perfume by Annick Goutal.

Gouldylox Reviews – Is still learning how to manage her now long hair. This week was a major FAIL. Here’s why.

Have a GREAT week!

The Lipstick League: Week of 6/4/12


Well hello there! How has your weekend been so far? I’m just checking in to bring you the latest from the lovely ladies of The Lipstick League! I’m working feverishly on several features for you this week, I’ve got some GREAT products in-house to show you. I can’t wait. Until then, go over to visit some of my beauty blogging besties. These ladies rock!

Question of the Week: How do you keep track of the beauty blogs you read? Do you use an RSS reader, bookmarks, GFC, Bloglovin’ or something else?

Answer: Well THIS is embarrassing! But to be honest, I make it WAAAAAY too hard than it really is. I haven’t been using any of the tools that can help me stay up-do-date, like an RSS reader. (Say what? And I call myself a blogger?)  Instead, I make my daily rounds to several of my favorite blogs based off of memory alone. I just have daily habits for checking certain sites. But you know what? Maybe today I’ll set up my RSS reader, I’m feeling inspired now!

Gouldylox Reviews – Want beachy waves? Kelly from Gouldylox tested the irons and found out which ones deliver the wave you want!

Lipglossiping – gets down and dirty, talking about all those things you shouldn’t do… but do anyway…

Nouveau Cheap – reviews a drugstore setting powder that matched her skin so well she could barely photograph it.

Pink Sith – Brings you an UNusual review of Undeniably beautiful LORAC Unzipped Palette!

Prime Beauty – visits the Island of Capri…sort of. Okay, the Estee Lauder Bronze Sands Eye Shadow palette takes her there. K?

Phyrra – is treated to a Beauty Blogger Breakfast at Neiman Marcus. See what she learned from the experience!

we heart this – is giving away a $100 gift card to New London Pharmacy’s online shop. Shop for Dad or yourself, we won’t tell. Caudalie, Fekkai, Deborah Lippmann and more!

Beauty Junkies Unite – See why Amber has been toting around not just one, but THREE shades of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in her purse lately!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away THREE $50 gift cards to Sephora.com. You want one, uh? Be sure to enter!

Have a great week!

The Lipstick League: Week of 5.28.12


Hope your weekend has been gorgeous so far! Here’s your question of the week and weekly link love from the lovelies of the Lipstick League!

Question of the Week: Your three favorite cosmetics lines…name them!

Answer: Bare Escentuals, Urban Decay, and Too Faced!

EauMG – Looking for a perfume that smells like fresh, juicy oranges? Then check this one out.

Gouldylox Reviews – shows some skin in Times Square after using this to create really, really soft skin.

Nouveau Cheap – A perfect hybrid of balm and stain, the new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have officially rocked my world.

Prime Beauty – thinks she may have mastered complexion perfection with SENSAI Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation, a Japanese jewel!

Phyrra – brings you the Last Best Hope, a Babylon 5 inspired collection by Geek Chic Cosmetics

Vampy Varnish – A seriously amazing mascara can be found in MAC Extended Lash Play Mascara!

we heart this – Want to win $294 in skincare products from the new and fab line Replere? Of course you do!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Are you in on the BB craze yet? Maybelline officially launches their answer to the BB cream question next month with their new Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm. Check out the review & swatches to see if it’s for you!

Clumps of Mascara – reviewed a lip plumper and she’s not convinced that she likes ‘em. What about you? Are you a fan of lip plumpers?

The Lipstick League: week of 5.21.12 — The Memorial Day Edition


(I can’t find the photo credit for this great shot!)

Even though Memorial Day in the United States is often celebrated by a three-day long, sun-filled weekend (with delicious barbecued treats), it’s officially observed tomorrow, Monday, May 28th. One day, or one weekend for that matter—isn’t long enough to show our appreciation to the men and women who selflessly serve our country, and for those who have paid the ultimate price while doing so. I’d also like to recognize the families of our servicemen and women, they make tremendous sacrifices so that their loved ones can proudly serve. This week’s Lipstick League is dedicated to all of them, and with that—I wish you a very Happy Memorial Day.

Question of the Week: What product will you definitely be sporting at some point this weekend (a holiday in the US)?

Answer: I’m actually going to try out a new sunscreen I just received—the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF (it has those cool moisture ribbons in it). It’s available in an SPF 12, 30, and 50—but I’ll probably just wear the 30 because my plans don’t involve a whole lot of sun. Truth be told, our BBQ passed away this week, and pretty much everyone we know is out of town. Our BBQ’d treats will be coming from a local (and quite delicious) rib joint!

Gouldylox Reviews – Just in case your beach plans fell through this weekend, here is a list of everything you’ll need to prepare for summer.

Nouveau Cheap – A nail art stamping kit for under $2? Seriously? It’s true!

Pink Sith – Goes all 50 Shades of Gray on you with her review of the newest Agent Provocateur L’agent fragrance. However she does not use the term “inner goddess”, thank goodness!

Prime Beauty – shows you how to look good nude with the LORAC Unzipped Palette!

Phyrra – Phyrra’s story has a happy ending with Cult Nails Cult Fairy Tale Collection.

Vampy Varnish – Even though Kelly gets sea-sick, the new limited edition MAC Hey, Sailor! Collection makes her want to get all nautical.

we heart this – You better WORK that Milani Runway palette!

Beauty Junkies Unite – What summer nail polish shades will you want from Essie’s new ‘Bikini So Teeny’ collection? Amber’s pick: Mojito Madness!

Clumps of Mascara – loves OPI’s Mickey Mouse nail polish collection. Check out these pretty pinks.

The Lipstick League: Week of 5.14.12


This weekend has been full of relaxation here at Casa de Beauty Junkies, and I don’t get that very often. So I’m relaxin’ it up! Later on today though, I will be bringing you some new goodies on the site…PLUS I’ve got a really sweet new giveaway planned for you since the Urban Decay NAKED2 palette giveaway ends tonight! Two of you will win a NAKED2 palette when it ends, so get your entries in girlfriend, before 11:59 pm EST tonight (5/20)! But never fear, there’s always a rockin’ giveaway planned for you whenever one ends!

Question of the Week:  If you could only purchase one beauty product in the next month (not counting staples), what would it be?

Answer: Normally, I would think a purchase like this for me would be completely absurd—but ever since I saw the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush on my pal Lindsay’s blog, Belle Belle Beauty last week—I have had a SERIOUS case of the WANTS for it. Okay, so for $70…I probably won’t buy it next month—but if I could buy it next month, I would. At any rate, you should still go say ‘hi’ to Lindsay over on her site! Not only is she super sweet, but she features a lot of swoon-worthy treats like that La Prairie blush.

Clumps of Mascara – Looking for a new lippy but don’t want to break the bank? Check out these 4 Awesome Lippies Under $10.

EauMG – Looking for a “beach” fragrance that doesn’t smell exactly like sunscreen? Check out Victoria’s review of Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude.

Nouveau Cheap – Coral is THE color of the moment and Revlon just released a shimmer-free blush in this on-trend shade. Is the new Photo Ready Cream Blush in Coral Reef worth a trip to your local drugstore? You be the judge!

Pink Sith – Did the Pink Sith really post a picture of her face covered entirely with Hello Kitty Oil Blotting papers to prove that the OC Eight Mattifying Gel Doesn’t work?

Prime Beauty – has 6 great beauty problem solvers you need RIGHT NOW!

Phyrra – Looking for a luxe styling tool? Try the ghd purple peacock!

Vampy Varnish – Are you a freak for olive green nail polish like me? Then you NEED NARS Night Clubbing in your life!

we heart this – take you on a beautiful, yet sinister, stroll through OCC’s Garden.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber gives you a look at the latest mascara innovation from Maybelline before it officially hits stores next month, The Mega Plush by Volum’ Express Mascara review!

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!

we heart this – have a passion for fashion? Swing on over to we heart this; we’re looking for a new fashion writer. And psst…we pay in makeup!

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!