The Lipstick League: Week of 2/15/15


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!

Nails Inc. for Victoria Beckham Collection / Judo Red and Bamboo White Review, Photos, Swatches


New for spring from Nails Inc., they’ve collaborated with Victoria Beckham for two limited edition shades of polish with Japanese elements, inspired by the SS/15 Victoria, Victoria Beckham Collection. Two shades is all it takes when they’re this perfect! Let me show you what I mean…

nails inc for vvb victoria beckham nail polish collection

There’s Bamboo White (STUNNING!), and Judo Red (GORGEOUS!). Both polishes are enclosed in generously thick and weighty Venetian glass bottles. On the side of each bottle, you can see the corresponding shade through a glass window. I love the matte finish of the bottles, it gives the exterior a hint of the sophistication of what’s to come. Bamboo White (bone white cream with a hint of pink) is housed in the matte black bottle, while Judo Red (vibrant tomato red) is housed in the matte white bottle.  [Read more…]

What’s New: Essence of Beauty Limited Edition Holiday Body/Hand Cream

essence of beauty hand body cream sugar frosted mint vanilla wishes snowy apple

Easily one of my favorite things I’ve come across this holiday season, CVS/pharmacy’s house label, Essence of Beauty has released three delicious limited edition scents from their fine fragrances collection that I just love! They’re available in hand/body creams that are perfect for stuffing into stockings, pockets, or handbags for yummy, soft hands and skin 24/7!

Sugar Frosted Mint – Sparkling scent features top notes of iced peppermint
and spearmint, mid notes of warm milk, jasmine and a touch of spice, and
base notes of creamy coconut, vanilla bean and warm milk.
Vanilla Wishes – Comforting fragrance features top notes of red plum, spun
sugar and pomegranate, mid notes of vanilla bean and sweet toffee, and
base notes of sultry amber and coconut milk.
Snowy Apple – Enchanting scent features top notes of apple, orange
and pineapple, mid notes of apple, florals and pear, and base notes of
osmanthus, peach and sweet vanilla. [Read more…]

Beauty Quickies: Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm

sole goddess balm

When I wear cute shoes, two things happen: my feet hurt and I get blisters. (Sound familiar?) I’ve tried just about every insert I can find to help stop the friction that makes the ball of my foot hurt, and the blisters that inevitably form on my heels—no dice! The good news is, I did find a balm that helps out in that department, and it’s called Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm.

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Sole Goddess

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BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector Review, Photos

becca ever matte poreless priming perfector

I have no idea what I did before foundation primer came about. Once I found out that they stopped my foundation from sliding around all day after my skin’s oil production kicked up, I haven’t looked back since. I don’t even think about applying foundation without primer first now. But no matter what primer I’ve used, I haven’t been able to find one that allows me to completely eliminate those mid-afternoon touch ups with a blotting paper or two—until now. BECCA’s new Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector totally acts like liquid blotting paper! This stuff is like magic in a tube.

becca ever matte

This multi-tasker is an all-in-one solution to oily skin, enlarged pores, and makeup that just doesn’t want to stay on. Sweat-proof and humidity-resistant, Ever Matte is a silicone and oil-free balm that you can apply both before foundation, and after (yes, after!) to smooth the skin’s appearance. This hides the emphasis of pores and fine lines to ensure a perfect foundation application. [Read more…]

5 Facial Sunscreens You Won’t Want To Miss This Season

Protecting your skin against sun damage is essential, but sometimes sunscreen can make it so hard to want to use! We know it’s a MUST—but with goopy textures, messy lotions, and unflattering fragrances—it’s no wonder why you’d be tempted to skip this important step in your skincare routine. Here are five facial sunscreens worthy of wearing on your face!

bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen

The most portable and leak-proof on the list—this mineral powder sunscreen allows the skin to breathe. Available in three complexion-flattering shades, all you have to do is twist up the brush and dust it on.

$28—Sephora,,, Bare Escentuals Boutiques


COOLA Mineral Face Tint Rose Essence Natural Mineral Sunblock SPF 20

We fell in love with the rose essence in this SPF 20—but appreciated its slightly tinted, lightweight, paraben-free formula even more. Loaded with anti-aging antioxidants, it absorbs quickly but still leaves the skin feeling hydrated.



StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF 30

Get sun and age protection at the same time with StriVectin—this very lightweight sunscreen was formulated for year-round use. It contains a proprietary ingredient (NIA-114™) that helps repair existing sun damage, while protecting the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. A must for those who have worshipped the sun in the past.

$49—,  [Read more…]

Hang tight little chicas, I haven’t deserted you ;)

Hey dolls!

I’m so sorry if it seems like I’ve been MIA in the past week.  I know posts and reviews have not been as frequent as usual but I haven’t been feeling really well and I’ve also been insanely busy, so hang in there with me!  Nothing like trying to run a marathon when your feet are trapped in Jello.  I’m working on some reviews of killer new products and have some super giveaways planned for you.


Review: CLEAN Outdoor Shower Fresh

Right now, I’m in heaven.  I’ve been searching for a fragrance that would make me feel as if I were standing in the middle of a rain forest.  Found it!  CLEAN Outdoor Shower Fresh is what I imagine it would be like–simple, crisp, and sparkling.  It’s not your average eau de parfum, it’s slightly herb-y but very feminine at the same time which I think is a difficult blend to achieve.  Right off the top I get a sense of the violet leaves and water lily notes which dries down to a slightly effervescent water base, it’s a little sweet with the faintest hint of sandalwood.  I thought it was a gorgeous spring fragrance and it’s actually a favorite of my husband right now who loves the way it smells on me which is definitely a feat!

I wanted to give attention to a point of difference with CLEAN–they’ve recently reformulated their line by making a few earth-friendly adjustments like using corn-derived alcohol which means they’ve kissed the synthetic stuff goodbye!  You’ll find that they’re infused with botanicals too, how many fragrance houses do you know that use aloe leaf juice in the base for moisturizing benefits?  I honestly can’t think of any!  If you’re already a CLEAN fan, you’ll want to give this one a whiff at ULTA or Sephora–or if you’re lured by leafy or watery scents, try not to miss this!

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.

10 Top-Rated Lipsticks
10 Top-Rated Lipsticks

Check out the products real woman love

Total Beauty’s readers have tested boat loads of lipsticks and these 10 came out on top. Read on to hear them gush about why these tubes are their faves.

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No. 10: Revlon Renewist LipColor, $9.99 average reader rating: 8.2

“My experiences with drugstore makeup brands have been pretty hit-or-miss, but…

No. 9: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color, $30 average reader rating: 8.3

“It goes on soft, but at the same time …”

No. 8: Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers, $8.99 average reader rating: 8.3

“Subtle cooling sensation, which is great on!”

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!