The Lipstick League — week of 7.4.11

What a weekend, beauties! As I type, I am sitting in allergy-land and my head feels about 3 times bigger than it really is, and my eyes have had their fair share of allergy drops. We drove out of state over the weekend to pick up the newest member of our family, Scratch. He’s Cocoa’s birth-brother—and when we found out my family members had to find a new home for him, we could not bear the thought of him going with another family—we wanted him to be back with the sister he lived with for the first four years of his life. Well, the introduction didn’t go as planned…and now we are following all of the “how to introduce a new cat into the household” tips. And for some reason, I am SO allergic to this little guy!

It will pass, I remember the same thing happening with Cocoa when she came home, but it has been a rough weekend—my poor nose! My husband and I are taking shifts with the cats in their respective rooms so that neither one feels neglected or punished. It will be an interesting week for sure. But enough about me. How are you? And do you want this week’s links and question? Say no more my girls…

What’s a beauty trend that you wish would go away?

Answer: To be perfectly honest—I don’t see this one often enough to call it a “trend”, but sometimes I do still spot the extremely dark lipliner and lighter lipstick thing going on. I’m so sorry if that offends anyone, I promise it’s not meant to be offensive! But I also truly believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I’m pretty sure I do some things every now and then that someone wishes I didn’t. ;)

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares the entire Dolce & Gabbana Italian Summertime makeup collection, is there anything here you find swoon-worthy?

Clumps of Mascara – can’t take her hands off of Milani’s limited edition Paint palette.

EauMG – reviews a spicy, garden fresh fragrance by L’Artisan Parfumeur.

Lipglossiping – puts the stamp of approval on FIVE of the hottest pink lipsticks for Summer!  [Read more...]

The Lipstick League — week of 6.27.11

Happy 4th of July weekend! Did you miss us last week? Your loyal Lipstick League had a minor techie glitch last week, and believe me—we missed you too! But we’re back :) In this week’s round-up, you’ll find a few IMATS recaps…and sadly my bad knee prevented me from going after all—so I don’t have a recap to offer you this year. I’m living vicariously through the dolls who did go and who are giving me all the 411. Ready for this week’s question?

What’s the one shade you wish you could pull off, but can’t?

Answer: For me, I’d have to say blues. I don’t seem to do very well with blues on my own. When other artists apply them on my eyes—they seem to look okay, but when I try…I look like a clown. I’m not really afraid of most colors, in fact—I welcome a challenge, but blues get me every time.

What’s the one shade you wish you could pull off, but can’t? Leave yours in the comments!

Here are this week’s links from the Lipstick League:

Clumps of Mascara – has found the blush of all blushes. This one is absolutely gorgeous!

Lipglossiping – channels her inner eyeshadow geek when she swatches her Shiro Cosmetics haul. Come take a peek(achu)!

Nouveau Cheapis giving away 10 sets of the fab new Milani Glossé Top Coat and Smoothé Base Coat (contest ends midnight on 4th of July)!

Orange to LA – recaps her first IMATS Los Angeles 2011 experience. If you didn’t make it out to IMATS this year you can see what you missed!  [Read more...]

Refresh Your Daily Routine This Month With Clairol Natural Instincts

Have you noticed that Clairol Natural Instincts has gotten even better? I know I’ve reviewed the traditional Natural Instincts demi-permanent hair color in the past, but recently, the line was updated! It now includes the Natural Instincts Vibrant Collection, which is a permanent hair color option that comes with a Week 2 Color Refresher. And while the formula for the traditional Natural Instincts demi-permanent version hasn’t changed at all—you’ll find the addition of a Week 2 Color Refresher inside too. Say goodbye to lackluster hair, and hello to refreshed color!

I recently changed my base color, and I’ve been able to maintain it at home with #28 Nutmeg/Dark Brown. For my own hair, I continue to use the traditional demi-permanent line as a personal preference—I find it works fantastic for covering my greys and it doesn’t take a lot of time. It processes in just 10 minutes, is ammonia-free, and I love the shine it gives my hair, not to mention—I always get a perfect match!

How will you know which version is right for you? Let’s take a look at the differences between the traditional Natural Instincts and the new Natural Instincts Vibrant line to help you decide!

Traditional Natural Instincts demi-permanent hair color (brown box)

  • Demi/semi-permanent hair color that gradually washes out after 28 shampoos with no line of demarcation/root line—less commitment!
  • Processes in just 10 minutes
  • You can’t go lighter on hair with pre-existing color with this since demi/semi-permanent hair color only deposits color, but you can enhance or add subtle color to your hair’s natural color
  • Will cover hair that’s up to 50% grey
  • Comes with the new Week 2 Color Refresher color treatment to help refresh color—this replenishes the color tones that tend to fade over time, to extend the life of your shade in just 5 minutes
  • Available in 36 antioxidant-rich shades for healthy-looking, shiny hair
  • Costs about $8.99

New Natural Instincts Vibrant Collection (silver box)  [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win a $50 Sephora Gift Card

Since shopping for new beauty products is one of my favorite things, I wanted to share that experience with you. Maybe there’s something you’ve seen here on the site that you’d like to treat yourself to—I’ve got you covered! One lucky reader is going to win a $50 Sephora gift card. Ready to enter?

Prize: One (1) $50 Sephora gift card
Dates of entry: 6/26/11 to 7/10/11 at 6:59pm eastern (form will then be turned off)
How to enter: Please fill out the form below once daily for each day you wish to enter.  Just answer the questions on the form to earn: [Read more...]

Don’t Miss IMATS Los Angeles 2011!

It’s almost time for IMATS again! If you missed the International Makeup Artist Trade Show last year and are anywhere near Southern California this weekend, don’t miss it. I’ve attended this fantastic two-day beauty-packed event for the past two years, and I’ve yet to be disappointed.

You can shop the exhibitor floor packed full of beauty wares, take master classes to learn new skills, attend panel discussions led by top industry pros, and my favorite thing to do at IMATS—watch the student makeup competition. I’m always so impressed by the level of skill the participants demonstrate! Check out my past IMATS  photos and recaps here. I’ll be there, will you? From my past experience, you’ll want to get there early!

What: International Make-Up Artist Trade Show Los Angeles (IMATS 2011)
When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Where: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green St., Pasadena, CA
Price: $20-$75
Phone: 360.882.3488
Web: [Read more...]

The Lipstick League — week of 6.13.11

Well, happy weekend to you! Last week’s knee injury didn’t stop me from traveling all the way out to Woonsocket, Rhode Island this week to visit CVS Pharmacy headquarters—because I wouldn’t let it! I went there with several fellow bloggers to learn about some of the latest and greatest things CVS has on the horizon for all of us as consumers…and let me tell you—I had a sneak peek at the new Salma Hayek NUANCE line (a CVS exclusive), and I am dying to try so many things from the collection! The haircare and body products all smell AMAZING, too. I’ll have more to share with you on that front later…but I just wanted to give you a peek behind my week! Hope yours went well :) But I’m glad to be home, I missed my kitty and my hubs; and west/east coast travel and back in such a short time frame always really zaps my energy. I wish I would have been there longer…maybe I wouldn’t feel so exhausted now!

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for…the question of the week:

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Answer: Well my lovelies, that depends. If I need full-on hair and makeup, we’re talking about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes—thanks to my VERY testy hair. If it’s just a casual day that requires minimal product…it takes about 30-45 minutes depending on how I decide to wear my hair. Most days I’m happy to shower, allow my hair to air dry, and use multi-tasking products like tinted moisturizer and bronzer and call it a day for a quick fix!

How about you?

This week’s links from your Lipstick League cuties…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Find out if the new COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast Primer + Rich Color Eye Color shades will rock your world…or not!

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with Pixiwoo’s Real Technique brushes. They are totally this year’s “Best Dressed” as far as makeup brushes go.

EauMG – Four-legged guest fragrance commentator, Frink the Frug, reviews his summer fragrance obsession, LUSH Dirty.

Lipglossiping – chills out with MAC’s Magically Cool Liquid Powder and discovers a new fave!  [Read more...]

How to Pronounce Foreign Beauty Brands
How to Pronounce Foreign Beauty Brands

With one quick read of this handy guide, you won’t have to feel shy at the makeup counter ever again

How to Pronounce Foreign Beauty Brands

This is a makeup article

Do you ever feel silly when you ask to try a certain beauty product only to have the salesperson correct your pronunciation of the brand in question? To make sure that doesn’t happen again, check out this guide that phonetically spells out how to say the names of 10 popular brands.

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The Lipstick League — week of 6.6.11 (The “what’s in your purse” edition)

Wow, I have had the most unfortunate two weeks of the summer so far! Last week, I fell in my bathroom and sprained my knee and have been hobbling around, barely able to accomplish anything. No driving, anywhere! So here are hopes that this week will be better since I have a lot on my plate! I know that your week has gone much better—and if it hasn’t I’m sorry! The bright side is, the new week is here! Woo Hoo! Now this HAS to be my favorite “question of the week” so far:

Tell us what’s in your purse right now…

I figured—it would be more fun to show you AND tell you, than to just tell you…so here’s a peek inside my purse right now:

Aside from the boring stuff—like my wallet, iPhone, and the enormous mound of receipts and coupons I carry around in there—here’s what I have in there beauty-wise. Some of which fits inside my ancient Sonia Kashuk Cosmetic Bag, and some of which floats around the pockets and bottom of my handbag on most days!

  • My favorite hot pink leather business card holder (by LODIS)
  • Bath & Body Works Fresh Market Apple Pocket Anti-Bac
  • Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter mini
  • LORAC Tie Dye For Gloss in “Social Mixer”
  • Blistex Fruit Smoothies Triple Tropical Lip Balm w/ SPF 15
  • COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lipstick in “Dazzle”
  • Supergoop! MintFusion Lip Balm w/ SPF 30
  • 1 black Goody’s Ouchless Hair Elastic
  • Hello Kitty Strawberry Scented Tissues
  • Paul & Joe nail file
  • Lancome Yayoi Kusama Juicy Tubes in “Pop Art Hazelnut”
  • bareMinerals Best Friend Lip Balm
  • bareMinerals 100% Natural Lip Gloss in “Mango Salsa”
  • U by Kotex personal products
  • Maybelline FIT me! Pressed Powder in #120 Classic Ivory

I guess you could say my handbag is pretty large…what’s in your handbag? Make sure to leave a comment at the end of this post!

And for this week’s Lipstick League links, that I hope you enjoy!

we heart this – takes a look at MAC’s Beauty Balm. If you’re the right candidate, you may just have an HG on your hands…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber test drives the new COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara to see if it’s worth picking up on your next drugstore beauty adventure!

Clumps of Mascara – has a guest editor show us lovely swatches of the MAC Surf Baby collection. See any must haves?  [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win the bareMinerals Love & Happiness Collection (5 winners)

In case you haven’t heard, bareMinerals turns the big 35 this week…and I don’t think they look their age at all! In celebration, I wanted to share some exciting news with you—AND give five lucky winners their own Love & Happiness Collection. I reviewed this 35th birthday limited edition kit last week, and you should definitely check it out—I’m wearing this collection obsessively lately!

This collection includes:

  • Prime Time Brightening Sunlight Eyelid Primer
  • Queen Phyllis Matte Eyecolor
  • Big & Bright Eyeliner in Oz
  • Love Radiance All-Over Face Color
  • Best Friend Lip Balm

…and a cute little “xox” charm.

The good news…

During the 35th Birthday Party Launch weekend (June 9th-June 12th), you’ll receive a $20 Gift Card for every $75 spent at a Bare Escentuals Boutique. The $20 Gift Cards will be redeemable for purchases at Bare Escentuals Boutiques from June 20th-July 5th.

The Giveaway (no purchase required!)…

Prizes: (5)  Five winners will receive the bareMinerals Love & Happiness Collection
Dates of entry: 6/8/11 to 6/13/11
How to enter: Please fill out the form below once daily for each day you wish to enter.  Just answer the questions on the form to earn:   [Read more...]