Saturday, March 14

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup March 15

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: MEMEBOX is an amazing beauty box line, and their Best Beauty Forward Box was filled with winning products! See why!
  • TheFabZilla: Trust me, you need to own at least one violet lipstick right now. Check out My Top 5 Picks!
  • The Feminine Files: Great quality makeup brushes don't have to be expensive. Here are some of my favorites from Real Techniques!
  • Painted Ladies: It's all about the green! Sheila has a fun and festive St. Patrick's Day eyeshadow tutorial for you.
  • I Know all the Words: Shampoo shifts form with Lush Honey I Washed My Hair & Brazilliant Shampoo Bars
  • Beauty by Miss L: Does Little Wing Beauty Vitamin C Serum live up to its promises to revitalise tired, dull or aging skin and be beneficial to all skin types.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison tried out Scentbird, the monthly fragrance subscription service and loved it. Get all the deets here!
  • BeautyTidbits: Constantly putting on lip balm all day long? Treat chapped lips and avoid "lip balm addiction" with these expert skincare tips!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Want fresh and bright skin? Check out the Redefine Regimen


  • Monday, February 23

    Rosamund Pike's 2015 Oscars Look


    photo credit: TPR Holdings
    One of my favorite movies this year was Gone Girl. I read the book (couldn't put it down!) and LOVED the movie. I was excited to see Rosamund Pike looking super sexy and glamorous on the red carpet last night. 

    Her hair was styled with Oscar Blandi products by Kylee Rae Heath. Here's the breakdown from Kylee:

    "It was key to have it look easy and untried. We wanted to create tons of texture."

    TO CREATE THE LOOK:

    1.       Starting on damp hair I sprayed Oscar Blandi Protein Mist throughout the hair.

    2.        I then applied Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse and combed the product through. 

    3.       Next, I blew her hair out creating volume and movement. Before using a Sultra 3/4 inch sized barrel and a 1inch sized marcel iron to create texture, I sprayed Oscar Blandi Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray

    4.       Once the texture was in place, I used a comb to section from behind the left ear, over the head to the top of the right ear. 

    5.       I pulled the back section into a ponytail. Then, looking in a mirror together, I pulled the front section back to meet the ponytail securing with bobby pins.

    6.       I sprayed the look into place and twisted the ponytail into a bun and pinned it. Then finished the look with the Pronto Lacca Medium Hold Hairspray and applied the Polish Glossing Creme to the short hair of her undercut.  

    Oscar Blandi products can be found at Ulta.com. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Oscar Blandi hairspray. It smells so good!




    Saturday, February 7

    10 Uses for my Essential Oils


    I recently started using Young Living Essential Oils and I'm really enjoying experimenting with the different oils and blends. Here are my top 10 uses for essential oils and oil blends (so far!):

    1 - Lavender in baby boy's bath
    2 - Lavender in baby boy's humidifier
    3 - Eucalyptus in humidifier when stuffy
    4 - Lemon oil in dishwasher to help get rid of water spots
    5 - Diffusing Lavender and Stress Away at night to help relax me after a stressful day at work
    6 - Diffusing peppermint during the day to help energize 
    7 - Diffusing Citrus Fresh in kitchen to freshen it up
    8 - Fennel oil to help with nursing
    9 - Using all sorts of oils for DIY bath products, such as lotions and shower fizzies (bath product recipes coming soon!)
    10 - Diffusing Purification in my kitchen after cooking, to help freshen the room

    All the oils I listed above + several others come in the Young Living Essential Oils premium starter kit. The starter kit also comes with a diffuser and samples of oils (ideally to share with friends). It really is the best deal if you want to start experimenting...

    There are SO many uses for oils. I love the smells and relaxing effect of using them. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have on Young Living Oils. Please tweet at me or comment below! If you're interested in purchasing the starter kit or oils, please use my distributor ID #2360032!

    Do you use oils? If so, which are your favorite and what do you use them for?

    *Post contains affiliate links


    Sunday, February 1

    Quick Beauty Favorites

    I've always been a fan of products that make my beauty routine easier and faster, but since becoming a mom, I worship these products! Here are a few that I have been hooked on...
    OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go

    OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go
    The key word is 'to go.' I love this stuff. I've always been a huge fan of OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil but the 'to go' version is genius. Who wants to carry around a far of this in their purse, just waiting to leak or spill? This makes it easy to keep my cuticles moisturized during this miserable Michigan winter. I like to apply it before I put my winter gloves on, letting it soak in real good while I'm driving with my gloves on.
    Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint
    Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint
    I can feel confident and get out the door really quick with this stuff. A swipe on both my cheeks gives me great color that makes me look ready to conquer the day (even though I'm probably running on limited sleep). The purple undertones mask redness in my face. I also use this on my lips as well, with a gloss over it. 

    Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
    Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
    Michigan winters are harsh on faces! We're currently in the middle of Snowmagedden and I'm pretty much snowed in for the next few days. My poor lips have been so dry being outside in the cold and inside the house with heat on. I recently received a sample of Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm and fell in love. I normally prefer petroleum based balms but this one contains beeswax and I love how it feels on my lips. It's not drying at all. Goes on smooth and has lasting power. 


    *This post contains affiliate links



    Thursday, January 29

    OPI Sheer Tint in Be Magentale with Me

    OPI Sheer Tint in Be Magentale with MeI'm always keeping my eyes open for pretty, light nail polish shades for every day wear for work. I spotted the new OPI Sheer Tints Top Coats and had to buy the pinkish-red Be Magentale with Me shade. In the bottle, it reminded me so much of a fun nail polish I had when I was younger.

    I LOVE this polish as a quick go-to polish that will go with every outfit. I've seen other bloggers put 3-4 coats on it to make it more opaque, but I like the sheer look with my white tips coming through (this is right after I had my son, and the prenatal vitamins were still working overtime...such long nails!). Pictured is just two coats over my natural nail. It's such a elegant, clean look. I use this polish all the time! 

    You can find this Sheer Tint on Amazon for $7.25. What do you think? Do you like the look of this sheer polish? Or would you be more likely to wear it over a color coat?


    Thursday, January 15

    Giveaway Break - AGE Therapy Gel

    Yesterday I posted about TrueAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel, which helps to improve the skin's appearance while boosting its protective layer (protecting it from glycation, read more here). Today, I'm giving you the chance to win a full size tube of AGE Therapy Gel to try for yourself. Good luck!

    ***Giveaway***

    Enter to win a full size AGE Therapy Gel!

    Fill out the form below to win! There are also several different ways you can get extra entries: sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me & retweet on Twitter, follow me on Pinterest, add me to one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook. Make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below. Enter up to once a day to increase your chances of winning!

    This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, February 15th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break (and will send an email as well), so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



    Wednesday, January 14

    TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel

    As a 33 year old with a magnified mirror in her bathroom, I'm constantly obsessing and spotting new wrinkles and skin blemishes. It doesn't help that I have a newborn at home that doesn't like sleeping much, so my skin is so tired looking these days. I'm open to trying any new products that help with aging skin.

    I recently learned about TrueAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel, created by Morinda. Morinda is the leading creator of anti-aging beverages, supplements and skin care products, and most recently, this new gel.

    AGE stands for advanced glycation end-products, which causes skin damage, also known as glycation. Do you know what glycation is? If not, don't worry, I had to Google it. Glycation occurs when excess sugars in the bloodstream bind with proteins in the skin, causing stiffness and inelasticity, while impairing the skin's protective function. AGE Therapy Gel helps to improve the skin's appearance while boosting its protective layer.

    According to Kira Davis, Morinda's global product development manager, "glycation is responsible for virtually every sign of aging and can have a devastating effect on skin." TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel is created from the best ingredients found in Morinda's flagship AGE-fighting product, TruAge Max.

    AGE Therapy Gel works well along side any skin care routine. I have really sensitive skin and I had no issues when I tested it out. The gel is really light weight and absorbs very quickly. Here are the key benefits:

    It Protects...The topical TruAge Max blend is compromised of ingredients that create a protective barrier against AGE accelerators such as free radicals, environmental damage and moisture loss

    It Soothes...Oat kernel extract and beta-glucan provide a soothing effect on skin, reducing redness and irritation, as well as helping to strengthen the skin's barrier function.

    It Repairs...Carnosine has been shown to block AGE damage, protect minor cuts, scrapes and burns, and relieve dry, chapped skin. It also protects and relieves chafed and irritated skin. 

    So what do you think? Would you be interested in trying this out? AGE Therapy Gel is available now exclusively at Morinda.com at a special introductory price of $42. Check back tomorrow for a special giveaway from Lipgloss Break!

    Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.



    Monday, January 12

    2015 Golden Globe Winner List


    Did you guys stay up and watch the awards? I channel surfed a bit. Here's the winner list in case you missed it!

    MOTION PICTURES
    Best Drama
    • WINNER: "Boyhood"
    • "Foxcatcher"
    • "The Imitation Game"
    • "Selma"
    • "The Theory of Everything"
    Best Comedy
    • "Birdman"
    • WINNER: "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    • "Into the Woods"
    • "Pride"
    • "St. Vincent"
    Best Director
    • Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    • Ava Duvernay, "Selma"
    • David Fincher, "Gone Girl"
    • Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
    • WINNER: Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
    Best Actress in a Drama
    • Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"
    • Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
    • WINNER: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
    • Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
    • Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"
    Best Actor in a Drama
    • Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
    • Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
    • Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
    • David Oyelowo, "Selma"
    • WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
    Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
    • Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    • WINNER: Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
    • Bill Murray, "St. Vincent"
    • Joaquin Phoenix, "Inherent Vice"
    • Christoph Waltz, "Big Eyes"
    Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
    • WINNER: Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
    • Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods"
    • Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
    • Julianne Moore, "Map to the Stars"
    • Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie"
    Best Supporting Actress
    • WINNER: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
    • Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"
    • Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
    • Emma Stone, "Birdman"
    • Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"
    Best Supporting Actor
    • Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
    • Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
    • Edward Norton, "Birdman"
    • Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
    • WINNER: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
    Best Screenplay
    • Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    • Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
    • WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, "Birdman"
    • Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
    • Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"
    Best Foreign Language Film
    • "Force Majeure Turist," Sweden
    • "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem Gett," Israel
    • "Ida," Poland/Denmark
    • WINNER: "Leviathan," Russia
    • "Tangerines Mandariinid," Estonia
    Best Animated Feature
    • "Big Hero 6"
    • "The Book of Life"
    • "The Boxtrolls"
    • WINNER: "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
    • "The Lego Movie"
    Best Original Song
    • "Big Eyes" from "Big Eyes" music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
    • WINNER: "Glory" from "Selma," Music and lyrics by John Legend and Common
    • "Mercy Is" from "Noah," Music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
    • "Opportunity" from "Annie," Music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
    • "Yellow Flicker Beat" from "The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1," Music and lyrics by Lorde
    Best Score
    • "The Imitation Game"
    • WINNER: "The Theory of Everything"
    • "Gone Girl"
    • "Birdman"
    • "Interstellar"
    TELEVISION
    Best TV Comedy or Musical
    Best TV Drama
    • WINNER: "The Affair"
    • "Downton Abbey"
    • "Game of Thrones"
    • "The Good Wife"
    • "House of Cards"
    Best Actress in a TV Drama
    Best Actor in a TV Drama
      • Clive Owen, "The Knick"
      • Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
      • WINNER: Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
      • James Spader, "The Blacklist"
      • Dominic West, "The Affair"
      Best Actress in a TV Comedy
      • Lena Dunham, "Girls"
      • Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
      • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
      • WINNER: Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"
      • Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"
      Best Actor in a TV Comedy
      • Louis CK, "Louie"
      • Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
      • Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
      • William H. Macy, "Shameless"
      • WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"
      Best Miniseries or TV Movie
      • WINNER: "Fargo"
      • "The Missing"
      • "The Normal Heart"
      • "Olive Kitteridge"
      • "True Detective"
      Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
      • WINNER: Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Honorable Woman"
      • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show"
      • Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge"
      • Frances O'Connor, "The Missing"
      • Allison Tolman, "Fargo"
      Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
      • Martin Freeman, "Fargo"
      • Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
      • Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
      • Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"
      • WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"
      Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
      • Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
      • Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
      • WINNER: Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"
      • Allison Janney, "Mom"
      • Michelle Monaghan, "True Detective"
      Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
      • WINNER: Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"
      • Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"
      • Colin Hanks, "Fargo"
      • Bill Murray, "Olive Kitteridge"
      • Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"


    Get the Look: Kerry Washington by Neutrogena


    Kerry Washington looked stunning last night at the Golden Globes. Seeing her made me even more antsy for new episodes of Scandal! Kerry is a Brand Ambassador for Neutrogena, which created her look last night. Below are the details on the inspiration behind her makeup and hair, and how to achieve this look!

    Makeup Artist: Carola Gonzalez

    Makeup Inspiration:
    Today's inspiration sprung from the design of the dress, Greek designer Mary Katrancou, 1950's silhouette with a modern edge. I wanted to accentuate Kerry's eyes with a modern twist. I kept it pretty simple, a black line all around the eye layered with a shimmery dark grey eye shadow to break away from the usual black liner and add a spark to the eyes. The lips I kept sheer with a hint of color to compliment the fuchsia shade of the dress without overpowering the eyes or final look.

    Cosmetic Get the Look Breakdown:
    To begin the Golden Globe's makeup process, I began by prepping Kerry's skin with Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer. During winter months skin is dryer than most months, out of the year, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer is the way to go. It's truly a skin quencher, it adds just the right amount of moisture needed without making skin look oily. Once fully absorbed I start by highlighting under the eye area and then applying foundation all over face to even out skin: I used Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer SX13.

    I proceeded with Kerry's eyes using Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black. I lined the eye all around the outer area of the eye, around lash line. Then lined the inner rim of the lower lash with the same liner. Since I wanted to give the appearance of a shimmery liner, I layered the eye liner, using a tiny brush, with the new Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear eye shadow shimmery dark silver from the Smokey Steel Palette. (the third one from the top).

    To complete the eye makeup, mascara is a must! I applied a couple of coats to the upper and lower lashes with Kerry's favorite mascaraNeutrogena Healthy Lengths in Carbon Black.

    For the cheeks I always like to add an extra touch of glow and color. In this case I chose Neutrogena Healthy Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer in Posie Glow. I got two shades in one, the perfect combo, to create the desired radiance and color for the look. I applied it from the apple of the cheek in an upward motion towards the temples.

    The lips are always my last step, choosing the right shade is critical to the final look. Since the dress already had a vibrant color, I decided to go with a sheer berry lip to compliment the fuchsia shade of the dress. I used Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Bright Berry.
    Hair Stylist: Takisha Sturdivant-Drew

    Hair Inspiration:
    My inspiration for Kerry's dress was it’s a period look with a modern edge to it. So I wanted to do the same for her hair. I decided to pull her hair back but nothing to serious, so I kept it very tight on the sides with some height on top, and gave her a messy centered bun with some twists and braids. It's a modern look, but with a flirty feel that's always fun.

    Hair Get the Look Breakdown:
    I shampooed and conditioned her hair with the Neutrogena Triple Repair Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Then I left a dime size of theTriple Repair Fortifying Leave-In Treatment to protect her hair from the heat and give it a great shine. Secondly I blew her hair out with a comb attachment blow dryer, but left some texture in her hair. Then I curled certain pieces of her hair with my 1-inch curling iron. Finally I teased her hair on top and in the center, took her hair and pulled it into a messy chic bun. Her hair went well with the Mary Katrancou Dress and it was a great 


    Get the Look: Kristen Wiig by Tracey Levy for Charlotte Tilbury



    I loved Kristen Wigg's fresh look on the red carpet last night. Her makeup was done by makeup artist Tracey Levy. Here are the steps she used to create the look:

    1. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask (launching in March) was used to prep the skin by smoothing the skin and totally blurring all imperfections while minimizing the appearance of pores.

    2. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream was used generously on Kristen’s skin for the perfect amount of moisture. The Magic Cream was also an excellent primer for the makeup.

    3. Levy prepped Kristen’s lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm (launching in March).

    4. Levy then brushed a wash of the #1 Prime shade from Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate all over Kristen’s lids. Levy then added a light dust of #2 Enhance shade through her crease. She then used the #1 color from Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp on her lid for a highlight.

    5. Levy then used a small brush and applied Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Las Salinas (launching in March) along Kristen’s lash line and outer corner of her eyes. Levy used this as a base to blend the two darker colors from the Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp to create a reddish-pink. Levy then applied a bit more of the #1 in her inner corners.

    6. Levy used a Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler to curl Kristen’s lashes before applying a light coat of Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black.

    7. For the face, Levy lightly blended a mix of Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in 4 Fair and 6 Medium, keeping the lighter mix in the inner part of Kristen’s face and blending the darker towards the outside. Levy used a foundation brush and blended with a moist beauty blender.

    8. Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Concealer in 2 Fair and 4 Medium were then blended with Levy’s ring finger and a beauty blender. For the highlight, Levy used Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow along the top of Kristen’s cheekbones and the bridge of her nose.

    9. For Kristen’s cheek color, Levy mixed the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Las Salinas on the outer top of her apples blended upwards then Levy blended the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera under the apples and out for a bit of dimension.

    10. Levy then lightly set Kristen’s makeup with touch of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in 2 Medium.

    11. For a bit more “punch,” Levy dusted a bit of Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Love is the Drug. To enhance the highlight of Kristen’s cheekbones, Levy dusted Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow under her cheekbones and jawline.

    12. Kristen’s brows were natural but enhanced with Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D and Brooke S.

    13. Kristen’s lips were then finished with a bit more Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic then defined with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. The lips were filled in with a soft finger and Levy applied Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria (launching in fall 2015).

    14. Since Kristen’s dress is over the shoulder, Levy rubbed Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow on her shoulders and chest to make the skin look luminous.