Monday, October 20

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - October 20

  • TheFabZilla: Chucky may have pranked me. Check out the case of the missing brow liner from Charlotte Tilbury. Worst purchase yet?
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: With all of the gorgeous holiday color collections launching, have you put together your lust list? I have!
  • Painted Ladies: False lashes at your fingertips! Lash Closet is a first-of-its-kind false lash subscription service.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out Leelo´s Halloween themed little monsters nail art
  • Color Me So Crazy: In need of a little color now that the summer is gone?? Try Karora Self Tanning products!
  • Lipgloss Break: Review of Nubar Nail Lacquer 'Fall in Love Collection.' Great shades that are long lasting!
  • Grow It Girl: Tiki found the perfect fall vampy nail polish that's low odor. Check out what polish she is currently loving.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison got another good ipsy bag this month & it arrived early!
  • beautyXposé: As the seasons change, so does your skin’s needs. Today, we’re bringing in an expert to talk to you about transitional skin care.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Do you need ideas to take your work manicure to a WOW manicure? Jessica at Be Happy And Buy Polish has you covered!
  • I Know all the Words: Go full on Black Honey gorgeous this Fall with the Clinique Black Honey Beauty Set


  • Friday, October 17

    Allure Best of Beauty 2014


    In my opinion, Allure magazine is the print leader for beauty news and information. I always love checking on their Best of Beauty list each year. You can visit the site and check out the 2014 top products by category. Lancome Lip Lover and Revlon ColorBurst are on my wish list to try! 

    What products on this year's list catch your eye?


    Thursday, October 16

    Beauty Blog Coalition Cash Giveaway!


    The fabulous ladies over at the Beauty Blog Coalition (including me!) have pulled together to bring you a Facebook Only Giveaway! Starting today, enter to win 1 out of 3 cash prizes. The only way to enter is to 'Like' our pages on Facebook. The contest ends November 1st so don't wait - enter today! 
    Prizes:
    1st Place: $155
    2nd Place: $100
    3rd Place: $55
    *Winner must take PayPal Only.

    The following blogs are participating...check them out!
    Participating bloggers:
    Aquaheart    www.aquaheart.net
    Beauty by Krystal    http://www.beautybykrystal.com
    Beyond Beauty Lounge    http://www.beyondbeautylounge.com
    Blushing Noir    http://blushingnoir.com
    Color Me So Crazy    http://colormesocrazy.blogspot.com
    Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom    http://www.confessionsofasarcasticmom.com/
    Cosmetically-Challenged    http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com
    Everyday Beauty Blog    http://everydaybeautyblog.com
    Geniabeme    http://www.geniabeme.com
    Glamorable!    www.glamorable.com
    Hairspray and Highheels    http://www.hairsprayandhighheels.net
    I Know all the Words    www.iknowallthewords.com
    Intrubeauty    http://www.intrubeauty.com
    Liesl Loves Pretty Things    http://liesllovesprettythings.blogspot.com/
    Lipgloss Break    http://www.lipglossbreak.com
    Makeup Life and Love    http://www.makeuplifelove.com
    Midnight Manicures    www.midnightmanicures.com
    MinaSlater.com  http://www.minaslater.com
    My Highest Self    http://myhighestselfblog.com/
    Nail Polish Anonymous    http://www.nailpolishanonymous.com
    Peek & Ponder    http://peekandponder.com
    Pointless Cafe    http://www.pointlesscafe.com
    Polarbelle    Http://www.polarbelle.com
    polish insomniac    www.polishinsomniac.net
    PolishGalore    http://www.polishgalore.com
    The Dalai Lama's Nails    www.thedalailamasnails.com
    The Lacquerologist    http://www.lacquerologist.com/
    The Mercurial Magpie    http://www.themercurialmagpie.com/
    The Plastic Diaries    http://www.theplasticdiaries.com/

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    Tuesday, October 14

    NUBAR Nail Lacquer 'Fall in Love' Collection

    Now that I'm a mom, it's a lot harder to find time to paint my nails and allow them to dry properly, so when I get the chance, I want to find a polish that will last. I'm a huge fan of gel manicures, but they're not practical to have all the time. I recently tried out Nubar Nail Lacquer for the first time and was really happy with the wear time.

    Nubar Nail Lacquer is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free. They pride themselves in being a 'healthy' nail polish, which is something I look for now since I have a newborn at home and my hands are constantly around him.

    Normally I only get 2 days wear out of regular nail polish, but I had a really good run with Nubar polish. Love American Style is a creamy red that goes well with every season, especially Fall. This lasted, chip free, about 5 days on my nails. After 5 days I had minor signs of wear, but the manicure still looked good. 
    nubar nail polish in Love American Style
    Nubar Love American Style
    Lush is a pretty blue that is perfect for fall and blue jean and jean jacket weather. This manicure also lasted about 5 days on me (credit to my BFF Tina for giving me this manicure). 
    nubar lush nail polish
    Nubar Lush
    Sweet Hue is a bright pop of color for your hands. It's a pinkish-coral with a slight gold shimmer. I really liked this shade. It took 3 coats to achieve complete coverage, but was worth it! This color will transition nicely into Spring and Summer.
    Nubar Sweet Hue
    Check out the full 'Fall in Love' collection on the ByNubar.com site. What's your go-to Fall nail color this season? Please share in the comments below! 

    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, October 6

    Mommy & Baby Favorites

    Today my baby boy is 7 weeks old. Time flies! I've learned so much these past few weeks, and can't imagine my life before Maximus. 

    I remember the first time my hubby and I walked into Baby's R Us to register...we were so overwhelmed! We only stayed for 30 minutes. I came right home and jumped online to do my research on the best products to register for. Here is a list of my favorite baby items so far.

    Mommy & Baby Favorites

    1. TWELVElittle Diaper bag
    When out and about with your little one, you have to be prepared for diaper explosions, spit up, hunger and tears. I heard with your second child you worry less about this and can leave the house with just a diaper and a wipe, but I'm no where near this confident yet. My diaper bag is loaded down! I bought this TWELVElittle bag the week before my son was born. I did a ton of research and this one had everything I was looking for: 1) could pass as a regular purse, 2) lots of compartments, 3) came in black, to match most of my clothes and stroller, 4) separate pocket for bottles and 5) changing pad pull out. I really like the bag so far. It's unreal how much I can fit in it. I will be doing a 'What's in My Diaper Bag' post soon. You'll be amazed...

    2. Aden + Anais Swaddles
    These blankets are made of 100% cotton muslin. They are super soft, breathable blankets, especially nice for summer babies, like Max. They have all kinds of fun patterns, and also make burp clothes, crib sheets and changing pad covers to match. I opted for the blue and gray star prints.

    3. Boppy pillow
    This is not just for nursing moms. This pillow was with me from day one in the hospital. I'm so glad I brought it! Feeding a baby can get so tiring for your arms. The Boppy fits snug around your waist and will allow you to rest your arms/baby on it, for a comfortable feeding or cuddle session. 

    4. Newborn Rock'n Play
    The Rock'n Play is ultra portable, which is why I love it so much. You can easily bring it from room to room, and easily collapse it to pack in a car. 

    5. BOB Revolution Stroller
    This was my splurge item. I knew I was going to be a baby strolling machine, and wanted a really nice stroller to walk up town with. A jogging a stroller is not just for runners (which I am not). It's great for city strolling too. The BOB Revolution is extremely easy to push, maneuver and collapse, which was nice since I was recovering from a c-section, but still wanted to get out and go for walks. 

    6. May Designs Bump Diary
    I'm a list maker. Even though I work in the digital sales field, I still like to make a good old fashion list on paper. I came across May Designs while shopping for gifts, and ended up buying my self a few presents. I loved the idea of personalizing a Bump Diary to help keep me organized throughout my pregnancy. I'm still using this to help keep track of doctor questions, appointments, etc. May Designs allows you customize your cover with colors, patterns, and fonts. Since we didn't have a name picked out until the week before Max was born, my cover read 'Bambino Sherman.' 

    So, there you have it. A few of my favorite things so far. Here are a few other baby item round ups that may be helpful...enjoy!

    Persnickety Plates - Baby Must Haves
    The Small Things Blog - Favorite Mom & Baby products
    Mommy Mentionables - Top Baby Products for New Moms
    And here's a list items you can probably cross off of your wish list...

    Please share your baby must-haves in the comments below. What could you or baby not live without?



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    Saturday, September 27

    Neutrogena #PoreNoMore Challenge


    I was recently asked to take the Neutrogena #PoreNoMore challenge. I was hesitant to switch up my skin care routine at 38 weeks pregnant, so I enlisted my best friend to help...my husband.

    My husband doesn't usually follow a strict skincare routine like I do, so this was definitely a challenge for him. But, since the Neutrogena Pore Refining Collection has so many different products and options, I think it made it easier for him to stick to it. He always complains about his large pores, so I really didn't have to twist his arm to participate.

    Here's a rundown of the products:

    Pore Refining Daily Cleanser
    This cleanser is non-comedogenic (meaning it won't clog pores) and dermatologist tested. It's gentle enough to use as your every day cleanser. It will help to shrink pores, especially when paired with other products in this collection. 

    Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser 
    This exfoliating cleanser helps to reduce the look of pores just by washing your face. The exfoliating micro beads gently sweep away dead surface skin, than the alpha-hydroxy formula penetrates pores to remove dirt. This cleanser is non-comedogenic, soap free and dermatologist tested. I advised my husband to only use this a few times a week in place of the Daily Cleanser. 

    Pore Refining Toner
    You may think your skin is clean, until you swipe some of this toner over your skin with a cotton ball. It always amazes me how much oil and dirt can be left behind after a quick face wash. This toner is designed to sweep away dead surface skin, and then penetrate deep into pores to help them appear smaller. It's also non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested.

    Pore Refining Moisturizer
    End your pore cleansing routine with this moisturizer, to help visibly reduce appearance of pores and for softer, smoother skin. It contains Beta Hydroxy to smooth rough, uneven skin, and Retinol, that reveals the look of brighter skin. It's also oil free (I always look for this in products!), hypoallergenic and it won't clog pores. 

    So did my husband follow this exactly? Nope. But he did pretty good. He even kept it up when we were in the hospital for the birth of our son! Sometimes after a late night of working he would be too tired to wash his face, so it was nice to have the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner on hand for a quick cleanse to remove oil. And he especially liked the Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser. He said the little exfoliating beads really made it feel like he was getting his skin super clean.

    Want to shrink your pores? Check out this collection of products and take the #PoreNoMore challenge yourself! Please share your results in the comments below! 

    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.


    Saturday, August 16

    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup


  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for an effective new skincare line that works wonders? Then TATCHA'S The Ritual Discovery Kit should be on your radar!
  • Slashed Beauty: Custom mixed, high quality hair color on a budget? It's true, and Miranda is showing us how it all works behind the scenes at eSalon.
  • TheFabZilla: Gold in skincare? TheFabZilla reviews Allegresse 24-Karat Skincare line + a Giveaway worth $389!
  • Color Me So Crazy: #RedCoatTuesday Ladies!! PLL fan?? Check these nails out!!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out Leelo´s simple eye-catching pink&yellow manicure.
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win the full line of products from Modere's Hair Care Collection!
  • Geniabeme: Check out an easy way to add some color to your everyday eye makeup!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle: The sun's rays are out 365 days year. Alison of the Advice Sisters offers
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison swatches & reviews the 37 nail lacquers from the new Milani Color Statement
  • My Highest Self: A sunscreen with Kona Coffee bronzer?? Yes, please!
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to Win a set of 3 Mally Beauty Pro-Tricks Dual Core Hydrating Lipsticks!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Heading off to college? Know someone who is? Check out Jessica's post about having (and keeping) great nails at college!



  • Tuesday, August 12

    Giveaway Break - Modere Hair Collection


    Yesterday I posted about Modere's Beauty Box, which you can sign up for, risk free! 

    Modere'sBeauty Box has 5 full-size products PLUS 4 travel size products.
    •       Try the travel sizes and full-size Dual Action Eye Gel for FREE
    •       If you don’t like them, return for FREE

    Modere's Beauty Box has a great introductory price of $79.99 for $129.99 of products
    •       ExfoliantDesigned to cleanse pores and restore your complexion ($12.99).
    •       Anti-Aging Serum - Formulated to help preserve and enhance your natural look ($39.99).
    •       Antioxidant Gel – Contain Vitamin C to help preserve the nutrients in this gel ($24.99).
    •       Antioxidant Hair Serum - I love this stuff – gives my hair a beautiful healthy shine and keeps it frizz free ($21.99).
    •       Dual Action Eye Gel - This gel has been my best friend in helping me to hide and soothe my puffy eyes and darks circles during my pregnancy ($29.99).

    KEEP the travel sizes and the Dual Action Eye Gel – $35.00 Value – FREE – as our thank you for trying Modere's Beauty Box.

    Today, Modere and I are giving you a chance to WIN another collection of great products – The Hair Care Collection – premium quality, affordable price, never tested on animals! $80 Value

    This collection includes the following:
    • Antioxidant Hair Serum - This is actually included in the Beauty Box, and I LOVE it. I use it after I'm done styling to help nourish my hair and tame frizz, but it can also be used before styling as well. It smooths hair with moluccana seed oil and improves color longevity. 
    • Repairing Hair Mask - Improves hydration and shine while nourishing severely damaged hair
    • Shampoo All Hair Types - Leaves hair feeling soft, natural and clean to increase manageability and sheen
    • Conditioner Dry/Color Treated Hair - Creamy formula enriched with panthenol for moisturizing repair that leaves hair feeling rejuvenated and looking silky and healthy

    Visit Modere.com to check out all their products – use promo code 881393 and get up to $25 OFF your first order!

    What are you waiting for? Enter below! 

     ***Giveaway***

    Enter to win a full Modere Hair Collection set! 
    There are 3 ways you can enter to win...

    For 1 entry - Check out my Modere Beauty Box review post and comment below to let me know which product sounds most interesting to you. Pick one or pick all of them, let me know what you think! This counts as 1 entry once you add it to the rafflecopter widget. 

    For 1 more entry - Share this Giveaway with your friends on Facebook! 

    For 10 entries (WOW) - Try a Modere Beauty Box for FREE - try risk free - keep $35 of product just for trying. All you have to do is enter your order # in the rafflecopter below, and it will count as 10 entries!  
      
    This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Friday, September 12th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break (if you don't contact me within 7 days I will pick a new winner, so keep checking back!). 

    If you can't see the Rafflecopter widget, please click here to enter. Good luck!
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    Sunday, August 10

    Modere Beauty Box Review

    I love trying and discovering new products, and one great way to do this is to subscribe to a monthly beauty box subscription or sampler program. Modere just launched their new Beauty Box, which allows you to try their top beauty products for 7 days, risk-free.

    Each box comes with 5 full size items, and 4 sample sizes, for $79. If you don't like the products, you can send back the full sizes and you will not get charged. The sample sized products and eye gel are yours to keep. If you want to keep everything, your card will be charged, or, if you want just one or two items, you'll be charged the MSRP listed for that product plus S&H.

    A little bit of background on Modere....
    Modere believes that "the future of beauty starts with a natural you." Modere bases their products on naturally derived ingredients, to make them gentle and intuitive. They are all about enhancing unique and authentic beauty.

    Exfoliant
    The Modere Exfoliant is designed to cleanse pores and restore your complexion. The tiny hint of prickly pear exfoliates gently, while Jojoba wax beads massage your face, leaving behind moisture. There's no need to scrub this on your face and neck, a gentle massage will do. It's also not advised to use this every day. 2-3 times a week will work!

    The Modere Exfoliant retails for $12.99.

    Anti-Aging Serum
    The Modere Anti-Aging Serum is a quick absorbing serum that is formulated to help preserve and enhance your natural look. After cleansing or exfoliating, you should use a dime size amount of this on your face, massaging in upward, circular motions. I also like to add a little bit to the back of my hands. This is a fairly large tube (1.5 oz) so only using a dime size amount will definitely make this product last awhile.

    This product comes out as a light, milky white serum, and absorbs extremely quickly. The light scent is really pleasant, but I can't quite put my finger on what it smells like.

    The Modere Anti-Aging Serum comes in a 1.5 fl. oz tube and retails at $39.99.

    Antioxidant Gel
    Modere's Antioxidant Gel contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, which is a type of Vitamin C, to help preserves the nutrients in this gel until they are being applied to your skin. After cleansing you can apply a pea-sized amount to your face, neck and decolletage. If you're using the anti-aging serum as well, you can apply the gel after the serum. It's suggested to use this 2x a day, and follow up with a Modere Day Lotion or cream.

    I LOVE the way this gel feels when applied. It comes out of the tube in clear form, and once rubbed in it almost takes on a powdery finish feel. It absorbs really quickly, and doesn't have a smell to it.

    The Antioxidant Gel retails for $24.99.

    Antioxidant Hair Serum
    Modere's Antioxidant Hair Serum has me obsessed! I love this stuff. I've putting a pea-sized amount on my hair after styling, and it gives a beautiful, healthy shine, and keeps it frizz free in this humid weather we've been having in Michigan. You can also apply this to wet hair before styling. A little bit of this serum goes a long way.

    Key ingredients include...Kukui Seed, Argan Oil (love!) and Jojoba seed oil (love this too!).

    The Hair Serum retails for $21.99.

    Dual Action Eye Gel
    I've used this eye gel non stop since I received my box, and I'm loving it. I'm 37 weeks pregnant and haven't been sleeping well, so this gel has been my best friend in helping me to hide and soothe my puffy eyes and darks circles. I've been using this morning and night after washing my face, underneath my eye and over my eyes. A little amount goes a long way.

    This Eye Gel retails for $29.99, but is yours to keep even if you return the box!

    Stay tuned for a Modere sponsored giveaway - coming up soon on Lipgloss Break! In the meantime, check out the Modere Beauty Box for yourself and let me know what you think. If you're interested, sign up to receive the box for yourself. If you don't like it, you can send it back, you don't pay anything, and get to keep the samples and eye gel. It's risk free!

    This post was sponsored by Modere. 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.