Monday, March 30

Shopping Break - Benefit Free Color Plump



Travel Break - Packing for India!

It took me about 4 hours to pack for Paris, and I was only going for 5 days. I dedicated 2 days to packing for India for 2 months and I'm just now finishing! Below is a list of the skincare and beauty essentials I'm bringing with me. Please email me or comment if you think I forgot something...or have something to suggest. I've never been to India, or anywhere else away from home for 2 months, so I'm welcoming suggestions! A lot of these items are new to me, so I'll be posting my reviews of them while I'm in India.

SUNCARE
It's going to be 100 degrees there, first things first, I need to bring some sunscreen with me.

- Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster & Oil Free Matte Block - I'll be mixing the Solar Defense in with my face moisturizer and Smashbox tinted moisturizer.

- La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream - My dermatologist recommended this sunscreen. It contains Mexory SX, which is the new sun filter in the only sunscreen formulas that have been specifically approved by the FDA for protection against short UVA rays.

- Nivea A Kiss of Protection Lip Care SPF 30 - I'm going to keep this on me at all times. Not only does it protect from UVA/UVB rays, but it also contains Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter.

SKINCARE

- Cetaphil bar soap - My favorite. I usually use the pump, but that can be messy in a suitcase, so I purchased a new bar to travel with.

- Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer w/ SPF 15 - This will go under my sunscreen. You can never have too much protection!

- Setoso Eyebalm - I've been using this religiously every morning, before my moisturizer and makeup. I really like the application of this product. Applying the balm relieves you from having to rub the sensitive part of your eye area, and it glides on so smooth. It's cooling, relaxing and perfect for my soon to be jet-lagged eyes.

BATH & BODY

- Dove White Beauty Bar soap - I can't do without this. I buy it in bulk and will never switch.

- Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen - I am sacrificing all of my fun smelling body lotions for healthy, sun protected skin. I decided on Aveeno's daily lotion with SPF 15 as a body moistuizer after the shower.

SweetSpot Labs On-The-Go Wipettes - With 36 hours of travel time ahead of me, these will come in handy for freshening up.

HAIR

- I never leave home without my round brush, hair dryer and flat iron.

- Umi SLiquid - This styling gel has aloe in it, along with sunscreen for sun protection. After styling, it leaves my hair frizz free.

COSMETICS

- It was love at first site with this makeup bag. Victoria's Secret Quilted Beauty Carry All Bag in pink matches my master bathroom perfectly. I thought it would be perfect to take with me since it reminds me of home.

- Becca Cosmetics Mineral Bronzer - It's going to be 110 degrees outside...I need to look just a little sunkissed.

- PUR Minerals 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 15 - I alternate days with mineral make up and tinted moisturizer. I love Pur Minerals powder, it gives me great coverage with an added bonus of SPF 15.

- Lipstick Queen Big Bang in Infinite - This gloss has the perfect tint of pink to it.

- Jelly Pong Pong Fairly Lashes Mascara - This is my new favorite. You can read my review of this product HERE.

- Revlon False Eyelashes - I have no idea what to expect for the nightlife in India, I may want to spice it up one night and really play up my eyes.

- Thevi Cosmetics Triple Split Shadow in Hemisphere - I love having one compact with 3 colors. It makes it easy to pack, especially for short weekend trips while I'm in India. I can do my eyes light during the day, and dark at night, all in one compact.

- Crazy Rumors HibisKiss - This lip color is super moisturizing with the perfect hint of color. It's all natural and vegan.

- Eco Tools Recycled Aluminum Retractable Kabuki - I love this brush. It feels like silk on my face! It applies both bronzer and Pur Minerals 4 in 1 powder really well.

ACCESSORIES

- Hollywood Clear Bra Straps & Hollywood Hookup Bra Converting Clip- I wored these out to my best friend's bachelorette party this past weekend, under a sheer shirt, and loved them! I'll definitely be bringing them to use with my sleeveless dresses.

- Hollywood Hookup Bra Converting Clip - I'll use this on my bras when wearing my new razor back tank tops.

- Headbands - I'm trying to pull off the Gossip Girl look with fun headbands. We'll see if it happens in India.

NAILS

- LA Colors Nail Art in White - Wearing sandals and flip flops will give me the itch for a french manicure.

- Nic's Sticks in Are We There Yet? - I have this on my nails right now, and I'm taking it in my carry on for quick touch ups during layovers.

- Jessica Nail Polish in Coral Reef Daises - I have this on my toes right now. I'm ready for peep toe shoes!

- Zoya Hurry Up Speed Dry Drops - This is my favorite nail product. Not only does it dry nails quickly, but it also moisturizers your cuticles.

Well, I'm all packed now! I'm going to miss all my friends and family so much, but I know that this time will fly by and I will have the experience of a lifetime. Next time I post I'll be in India :)

Friday, March 27

And the Winner is...

Legally_Lipgloss! Congratulations on winning a Jelly Pong Pong Lip Gloss!

Don't fret if you didn't win this time around...plenty more chances to come. Don't forget to enter the latest giveaway, a Kitten Vixen Lip Gloss!

Total Beauty Web Tour!

Total Beauty Web Tour


Viva Woman tells you 10 things to avoid when cleansing your face.


Beauty Secrets Revealed tells you about Morning Banana Diet- Japanese Way Of Losing Weight.


The Informed Makeup Maven talks green washing and cosmetics and wants you to peek inside her spring makeup bag. Don't forget to check out her giveaway this fortnight, Rimmel recover foundation and Suki UV blotting papers!


Beauty Anonymous brings you YSL Summer 2009 Limited-edition Collection.


LA Pretty's fave new skin cream is making their skin brighter, clearer, and protecting their Pretty faces from the LA sun. And did we mention it's affordable? Find out what it is here!


Frappelattes has pictures of Nicole Richie with baby bump #2! Plus, discover where you can find all-natural pregnancy products to make this pregnancy a beautiful one.


This week Average Metro Joe covers an exclusive laser treatment for hair loss that is completely safe for men and women with troublesome hair loss.


Visit The Beauty Couch to read a review of Maybelline's Lash Stiletto and to enter a drawing to win one for yourself!


The Anti Hair Slave shows you how the Instyler really works. Watch the video review to check it out on a REAL person and also learn a couple tips and tricks for super sleek hair.


Check out one of the coolest nail polish innovations Beauty Junkies Unite has seen in a long time! Incoco Dry Nail Applique kits are a hit!


Daily Dose of Coffee tries out the new Jonathan Product Dirt offering: Spray Dirt. Is it worth the hefty price tag?


Are you a Bare Escentuals or mineral makeup fan?


Beauty411 tries out the new Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara!


See what Fabulous Over Forty uses for her daily and weekly skincare regimen.


Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is holding a Manic Monday/April Fool's giveaway. Enter to win a Spa Sensuals set. BUT since the giveaway ends on April Fool's Day, Jamie and Beckie are throwing in the kitchen sink of beauty products as well. Don't be fooled. Enter now!


Boutique Flair is one of the first to test some mineral makeup and natural skin care products from the newly launched PRIIA Cosmetics!


eye4style loves the off-kilter luxury of Strange Invisible Perfumes. Check out her review of the three newest scents in the line!


More Than a Pretty Face reminds everyone that the 40% off introductory offer on Daniel Chinchilla Cosmetics line ends March 31. Take advantage of the offer now!


More Than a Pretty Face has a new giveaway: win one of two scented candles from Delirium & Co!


Indian Girl has just the lipstick for lip gloss lovers! Also, get all your concealer questions answered by pros at Three Custom Color Specialists! Send in your questions today!


The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having another giveaway. Click here to enter to win a Galvanic Spa II kit, valued over $350!!!


Glossypink tells you how to get Nicole Richie's Blackbook Magazine makeup look!


The Makeup Divas reviews a few products from the new Avon Celestial 2009 Spring Collection.


The Advice Sisters Alison Blackman loves Josie Maran's Tinted Moisturizer. Read the review to find out why!


Get The Look: Katie Holmes New Long Hair-by Talking Makeup!


Enter Lipgloss Break's Kitten Vixen Lipgloss Giveaway!


Hot Beauty Health loves Korres new Eco-Friendly Face Primer. Read to find out why!


Have you been looking for Cheap Strivectin? RN Guide to Skin Care found an almost identical item for a fraction of the cost.


Suzanne at Mineral Makeup Reviews reviews Mineral Hygiencis a bismuth free mineral makeup with incredible staying power.


The Beauty Blog is offering a free special report 12 ways to save money on your favorite beauty products when you sign up for The Beauty Insider, a free monthly beauty newsletter from four top rated beauty sites.


This week, Spoiled Pretty is giving away the new June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection: four products (shower gel, body balm, mist, and dry oil body spray) to keep the skin hydrated, glowing and beautiful.



Thursday, March 26

Giveaway Break - Kitten Vixen Lipgloss

Lipgloss Break is pairing up with Kitten Vixen Cosmetics for a giveaway - enter for your chance to win a Kitten Vixen Organic Lipgloss in Ravishing Ruby!

Because the team at Kitten Vixen recognize that consumers are increasingly conscious of what they put on their skin, the 'Put Your Lips Together' range has been developed using natural and organic ingredients that are luxurious in look and feel. Kitten Vixen cosmetics contain no animal products and are not tested on animals.

Made with natural ingredients, the hydrating, non-sticky lip glosses are as delicious as they sound. All of the colors in the range are infused with organic flavoring, creating a subtle, natural aroma. The moisture-rich formulas leave lips soft and glossy with a stunning hint of color.


I will randomly select one lucky winner to win a Kitten Vixen Lipgloss in Ravishing Ruby. Make sure to sign up, below, for your chance to win! You can enter up to once a day. For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, or follow me on Twitter.

For this giveaway, I'm able to mail to US, Canada & UK addresses. This contest will end
on, Thursday, April 2. I will announce the winner on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Contest Break - Lancome Mini Makeover Contest

Enter to win the latest contest on The Lancome Blog! The prize is a mini-makeover with Sandy Linter, the celebrity makeup artist and Lancome Beauty at Every Age expert.

If you post a question for Sandy on the blog, you’ll be entered into the Sandy makeover contest. The winner will get 15 minutes on the phone with Sandy during which she’ll give specific advice, tips and tricks. Then, Sandy will pick the 10 Lancôme products she thinks are perfect for that person and we’ll have the products delivered right to the winner’s doorstep.

Hurry up and enter - the contest ends Friday night!




Shopping Break - Pür Minerals Spring Colour Kit


Get Your Exclusive Pür Minerals Spring Colour Kit just in time for Spring. The kit includes:
- Pur Rocks - Vibrant colour for eyes, lips and cheeks
- Pressed Mineral Shadow - Choose your shade!
- Pur Intensity in Coffee Quartz - Silky smooth gel eyeliner.
The Colour Kit retails at $50.

***Bonus: Get a FREE 5-piece Pur-fect Makeup Brush Collection & a sleek, silver travel case with your Spring Colour Kit purchase. Plus, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on this and all orders over $50. Shop Online!

Be sure to read my review on the Pür Minerals Starter Kit.

I'm going to India!


I will be leaving for the journey of a lifetime on March 31st. I will be living and working in Hyderabad, India, for 2 months! I will still continue to post, but it will be from a different country :) Do I have any readers that are from India? Or currently living there? If so, reach out to me!

Stay tuned for my packing list...I'll be listing out all of my essential skincare and beauty products for my trip. The common ingredient in 99% of them? SPF! It's 100 degrees there...

*The picture above is of Charminar, Hyderabad. Charminar, meaning 'Four Towers' is one of the most important monuments in the city of Hyderabad (the 'city of pearls').

Wednesday, March 25

Giveaway Break - Last Day to Enter!

Don't forget to enter the Jelly Pong Pong Lipgloss Giveaway! Today's the last day for entries. The giveaway will close at 11:59pm EST today. For extra entries, be sure to sign up for my mailing list, follow my blog, or post this on your blog or Twitter!

Skincare Break - Ice Elements


Is anyone else sick of the harsh winter we have had in the midwest? It has really taken a toll on my skin, which is why I was super excited to have been able to try out Ice Element's 2-Minute Miracle Exfoliating Gel. I was a little nervous at first, afraid that it was going to make me break out, but it's a lot more gentle than you would expect. Ice Elements gently exfoliates dead skin cells, removing dulling debris and excess oils, in a matter of minutes. It's a quick and effective, and easy to fit into my skincare routine.

How Do You Use It?
Ice Elements looks like purple hair gel! A little goes a long way. You put a thin layer on your face (or back of your hands if you want to test it out) and let it sit for about 1 minute. After a minute or so, rub gently in a circular motion and the gel should begin to liquefy. If it doesn't feel runny, wait another 15 seconds and start to rub again. Continue to rub to exfoliate skin. You should begin to feel the gel balling up, which is really pieces of dry skin! Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

I saw a noticeable difference even after the first use. My skin was a little red the next day, but it went away that evening and was so soft.

You can purchase Ice Elements online. It retails at $29.95.


Ingredients: Stabilized Aloe Vera, Butylenes Glycol, Carbomer, Clycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Ginseng Extract, Calendula, Benzophone 4, Propylene Glycol, Proplyparaben, Methylparaben, Diasolidnyl Urea, Cyanocobalamin



Shopping Break - StyleBell Sale


The Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Compact Ionic Hair Dryer is only $25! Yes, that is 80% off today only. MSRP is $120. Babyliss is known for their hair dryers and the Nano line is a StyleBell Favorite.

Product Features:
• 1900 Watts
• 6 Heat & Speed Settings
• Dries Hair 40% Faster
Nano Titanium Technology
• Removable Nozzle
• Lightweight
• A Full Size Dryer in a Compact Package
• 4 Year Warranty


This price will last until March 25, 2009 11:59pm EST! Find it on StyleBell.com




Tuesday, March 24

Lash Break - Introducing LashFood


Eyelashes are the beauty must-have for 2009. You can achieve long, full lashes, with false eyelashes, but who likes to put those on? Interested in achieving long, full lashes naturally? Keep reading. LashFood is a natural conditioner that will make lashes fuller, longer and stronger.

Made of 16 types of herb extracts and essential vitamins, LashFood is all natural, safe and effective. Breakthrough ingrediants include Biotin, Arginine and herbal extracts, that helps promote the natural growth and strength of eyelashes and eyebrows.

How to Use It?
The LashFood applicator is similar to a liquid eyeliner applicator. Apply the stimulating serum nightly along hte root of the lashes. For faster results, you can apply in the morning, too. It doesn't disturb your daily makeup application or skincare routines.

When Can You See Results?
If used consistently, one should see results in 2-4 weeks.

Read more or buy on www.LashFood.com. LashFood retails for $129 and will last up to 5 months. LashFood has been clinically tested and certified by dermatologists and is a registered product of the FDA.

Monday, March 23

Shopping Break - Benefit Smokin' Eyes Kit



Shopping Break - Free Shipping at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown is offering Free Shipping on all purchases until March 28th. Enter Code MUST5. Stock up on your favorite Bobbi Brown items without leaving your house!

Blog Break - The Thrifty Suburbanites

My best friend and her husband started a blog, The Thrifty Suburbanites, that includes tips and tricks on how to 'save a few bucks and pass on the wealth!' I would highly suggest adding it to your follow list...the more money we save on everyday living, we can put towards makeup :)

Sunday, March 22

And the Winners are...

Alan & Bcteagirl!

Alan won the SPINLASH Giveaway and Bcteagirl won the St. Patty's Day Nic Stick's Giveaway. Please respond to the email I sent you with your mailing address.

Don't forget to enter the Jelly Pong Pong Gloss Giveaway! The giveaway ends on Thursday, March 26th. Enter up to once a day!

Saturday, March 21

Pardon the Dust - Lipgloss Break Construction


Please pardon the dust! Lipgloss Break is going through a makeover. Let me know what you think. I'll take any and all feedback :)

Body Break - Clarsskin Review

I received a sample of Clarsskin to check out and was a little skeptical as to how it could differ from my normal bar of soap. I put it in my shower to remind myself to try it the next day, but someone else got to it first...my husband. He was curious as to what this new thing in the shower was, so he read the bottle and used it. 'Hey, this stuff works good!' he said the next morning!

Deodorant never seems to fully come off with bar soap the shower. A little bit of Clarsskin goes along way in the shower. It washes away all deodorant residue and stickiness, and allows you to get a clean shave without clogging your razor with deodorant gunk. This is going to be an essential for me this summer. No one likes deodorant stains! The blue bottle is lightly scented, nothing too strong that lingers, and it's also available in an unscented form.

How does it work?

Clarsskin Underarm Cleanser is a specialized underarm cleanser designed to gently and efficiently remove all traces of antiperspirant deodorant residue. The first product to define the true meaning of clean.

Bonus tip: Works great as a shaving cream for legs, too!

Friday, March 20

Shopping Break - Too Faced Vintage Super Sale!

Make sure to act fast to get your favorite Too Faced vintage products. While supplies last!

Total Beauty Web Tour!


Beauty Anonymous looks forward to Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup line.

Meilily brings you a new Product Pick: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love with exclusive Product Photos!

A Little More Beautiful is Giving Away BOTH amazing books by Nina Garcia, The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own! You can enter until March 30th! Also, check out the tips for getting Great Skin this Spring starting with discovering you're own personal skin type!

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is hosting a St. Patrick's Day "Green" Giveaway. Enter now to win three fabulous "Green" Jurlique products.

The Informed Makeup Maven is top to toe coconut with Bumble and Bumble, Philosophy, The Bodyshop, Reniu and contemplates mass market prestige beauty. Post your fave drugstore fave foundation to win a Rimmel Recover foundation and Suki UV blot papers, Makeup Maven summer staples.

More than a Pretty Face presents a very special introductory offer for its readers:

Beauty Junkies Unite gives in to the eyelash growth serum craze and tries NeuLash Active Eyelash Technology. Come check out the before & after pics and decide if the price is worth it for yourself! How much is too much to spend on lashes?

Win a free Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara from Makeup Files' first ever makeup giveaway!

Hot Beauty Health shares some great tips and recipes on eating your way to beautiful skin. Watch it now!

The Makeup Divasreviews the new Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal and is giving away two boxes to two lucky winners. Contest is ending on Saturday so hurry on over and enter today!

Blaq Vixen Beauty reviews the Bee Royal Liquid Lustre Metallic Lip Gloss in Bare! It's perfect for Spring 2009!

Fabulous Over Forty shares the latest in new foundations. Will one work for you?

The Beauty Couch says goodbye to straight hair with the help of Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Enhancing Spray.

Backstage Hair & Makeup at Rose a La Mode Fall 2009-by Talking Makeup!

Lipgloss Break is Giving Away a Jelly Pong Pong Gloss Bonbon. Enter to Win! Check out my review of Jelly Pong Pong's Fun & Flirty Products!

Headed out for Spring Break? You won't want miss to out on Beauty411's suggestions for Spring Break Beauty on a Budget!

This week Jenn from Beauty in Real Life reviewed Tarte's new Perfect Whirled Cheek Stain here and Christine is on the hunt for a new mascara find out what she thought about DuWop, Stila and Smashbox here .
MissWhoever You Are gives you the first look at the new Coco Chanel movie, Coco Avant Chanel. Boutique Flair is helping to keep the world beautiful by giving away two flip and tumble 24-7 bags. Good luck!
Glossypink has found a new favorite lipstick! Click here to see what it is!

eye4style is digging new Lavanila Vanilla Lavendar...have you sniffed any fragrances in the line?

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is craving a spa product that will give her skin a boost-- find out what it is!

I Heart Heels has an exclusive interview with Kim Kardashian. Check it out!

Beauty Beast reviews the new Buxom Babes Flower Girls lip gloss collection from Bare Escentuals and shows swatches of the shades.

This week, Spoiled Pretty is celebrating the arrival of spring with a fresh giveaway. Enter to win a 3.4 oz bottle of DKNY' s new Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau de Parfum, plus the shower gel!

The Jet Set Girls redesigned their website. Win a Spanx bra by posting on our brand new message boards!

Felicia from ThisThatBeauty was like a kid in a candy store at The LA Makeup Show Check out ThisThatBeauty's inside scoop from the Beauty Blogger's Sneak Peek.

makeup loves me lets you in on the newest development in spas.

Freebie Break - SweetSpot Labs


"We know you don't wash your hair with toothpaste. Nor brush your teeth with shampoo." - SweetSpot Labs.

You buy special products to help cleanse, refresh and groom every part of your body, from your hair down to your toes, but are you missing something in between? SweetSpot Labs has you covered. They have formulated pH balanced products specifically for optimum sweet spot health. They contain mild ingredients specially chosen to blend with soothing botanicals, and is absent of alcohol. Those products with aroma contain pure essential oils that were deliberately selected for scents that enhance and complement a woman, while contributing a cleansing, calming and refreshing function. The line includes "No. 00" products that contain no aroma or color for women who prefer aroma-free products or have extra sensitivities.

SweetSpots Labs would like to get to know you, and would like you, to get to know them! Be one of their first 500 friends on Facebook and receive one of their products for free, your choice!

Here's what you have to do:
1.) Join their Facebook page
2.) Take a look at their website, SweetSpotLabs.com and comment on their Facebook Wall about any of their products
3.) Email them at info@sweetspotlabs.com with your product choice (1 wash, mist or wipe) and your mailing address
4.) Last, but not least, enjoy the weekend!

And the Winner is...

Amanda Sue! Congrats - You won the 'Are you an NY or LA Girl' contest! Please reply to my email and send me your mailing address so I can send out your beauty prize!

Thursday, March 19

Skincare Break - KenzoKI: Cleansing Ice Jelly


Kenzo introduces Cleansing Ice Jelly. This self-cooling cleansing jelly is the perfect companion to summer! This chilly jelly turns into a soft, water-like cleanser upon skin contact, and doubles as a gentle, non-irritating make-up remover. Its unique jelly texture makes it especially effective on even waterproof makeup. Ginseng extract tones and stimulates, while the spicy scent of ginger flower helps to invigorate the senses.

What does it do?
It gently cleanses, removes make-up and tones. Ginseng is an effective anti-aging supplement and has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to help stimulate circulation and improve blood flow. It is classified as an adaptogen, a natural herb product that helps to increase the body’s resistance to stress and fatigue.

What is KENZOKI?
Inspired by nature, KENZOKI skincare pairs advanced research with four natural elements from Asia to create the ideal balance of performance and pleasure. Cultivated specially for Kenzo in East Asia, ginger grows from March to November in sandy plains. A research program conducted by the Gattefossé laboratories has shown that ginger plant water defends against free-radical activity. Moreover, by reducing the activity of the tyrosinase (an enzyme involved in skin coloring), this water enhances the skin’s natural radiance and encourages a healthy glow.

How do you use it?
Morning or evening, dab on a soft cotton pad or apply directly to face and neck.

Here's a tip:
Store this in the refrigerator to enhance its toning properties. Follow up this cleanser with KenzoKI Vital Ice Cream to lock in moisture and enhance its invigorating properties!

KenzoKI Cleansing Ice Jelly is available exclusively at www.KenzoUSA.com in April 2009.

Shopping Break - Sephora Beauty Bonus


Attention all you Sephora Beauty Insiders! Get a free Beauty Bonus with any online order...no minimum purchase! Enter code GONATURAL at checkout to receive 8 free natural product samples.

Feel like getting out of the house this weekend? Head to Sephora for their Naturally Gorgeous Store Event, Saturday, March 21. Stop in for a natural beauty makeover from one of our product experts, discover over 40 natural and organic brands and pick up your 8 free samples!

Not a Beauty Insider? Don't fret, it's free to sign up!

Giveaway Break - Jelly Pong Pong Gloss


With Spring just around the corner, I've been feeling very girly. I can't wait to bring out my colorful sundresses and jelly flip flops. Jelly Pong Pong is a match to my mood and attitude lately: feeling girly, sweet and fun.

***Giveaway***

I will randomly select one lucky winner to win a Jelly Pong Pong Gloss Bonbon Stain for lips & cheeks. Make sure to sign up, below, for your chance to win! You can enter up to once a day. For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, or follow me on Twitter. See my review of Jelly Pong Pong products below.

At this time, I'm only able to mail to US & Canada addresses. This contest will end
on Thursday, March 26th. I will announce the winner on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking - Good Luck!




Tuesday, March 17

Shopping Break - Bliss Free Full Size Body Butter



Receive a free full sized blood orange+white pepper body butter ($35.00 value) with your order of $75 or more at BlissWorld.com! Offer ends 3.31.09.

Shopping Break - Bobbi Brown Sale

Now's the time to purchase Bobbi Brown's Platinum Collection, with 25% off...that's huge savings!

Blog Break - Lancôme's New Blog


Lancôme has just announced the launch of their very own blog: www.thelancomeblog.blogspot.com. The blog will cover all the buzz about the brand, from their hottest products, to news about their spokespeople and makeup artists. To kick off their new venture, they are giving away 10 bottles of Génifique, their new skincare product that is launching this month. Enter to win!

St. Patty's Day Giveaway Break - Nic's Sticks by OPI



Happy St. Patrick's Day! Who's feeling lucky today? Leave a comment telling me how you are celebrating St. Patty's Day today (or this weekend) and one lucky reader will receive a Nic's Sticks by OPI in 'Home by Midnight' (sorry, didn't have anything green to giveaway!).

At this time, I'm only able to mail to US & Canada addresses. This contest will end at midnight tonight! I will announce the winner on Lipgloss Break - so stay tuned. Have fun & be safe celebrating!

Saturday, March 14

Makeup Break - Jelly Pong Pong

"Jelly Pong Pong places an ardent emphasis on creating products which evoke the dreamer in you & which clearly defines what it means to be passionate about cosmetics. With such pride in our creation comes a focus on product integrity & efficacy. Great-quality products that work." - - (Jelly Pong Pong website)

All Jelly Pong Pong products are made in Italy , using bespoke ingredients and under the care of our experienced formulator. Their manufacturing plants are environmentally-conscious and cruelty free. They are totally against animal testing.

I recently was able to test out some of Jelly Pong Pong's products. Great packaging, colors, scent and more. As you could guess from their name, it's an extremely fun line of products!

OMNIBRONZE
The Omnibronze is a universal bronzer that compliments all skin tones. It contains no shimmer, which helps to make the bronze look more real. It's silky in texture and goes on smooth with a matte finish. I usually wear a tinted moisturizer and bronzer every day, so I'm always excited to try a new bronzer. The Omnibronze looked so natural, and didn't look orange upon application. Aside from it being an awesome bronzer, the packaging is genius. It comes in a congac colored compact, with a small brush included. The compact comes in a faux leather pouch, which I refuse to do without!

LO LI POP
This isn't just a tinted a gloss, it has solid color to it. I tried Lo Li Pop in Cherry Surprise and loved it. Not only does it smell delicious, but it lasts long and has the perfect amount of shimmer in it. Lo Li Pop is available in 6 shades: Strawberry Slush, Cherry Surprise, Raspberry Parfait, Butterscotch Fudge, Grape Sherbet, Rum Raisin.

SUPERMODEL STAIN
The Supermodel Stain is a deeply pigmented cream color for lips and cheeks. It contains castor seed oil & beeswax which helps it to go on smoothly. It comes in a sexy hot pink compact with a mirror for convenience. The Supermodel Stain comes in No Cupcake, Cupcake Pout, Slenderella, Nymphette and Giggle & Pout.

LIP CUSHION
I tried Lip Cushion in 'Crush' and fell in love with the taste and smell of this gloss! Crush has a raspberry colored tint and taste to it. The gloss is a bit sticky, so I have been applying it with my contractible lip brush. Lip Cushion is made with evening primrose oil, beeswax & aloe vera which helps to heal lips and improve suppleness. Added bonus: The box this comes in is adorable. It has a pop up butterfly on top and I'm tempted to keep it for decor!

FAIRY LASHES
This is Jelly Pong Pong's first ever mascara. Fairy Lashes is water-resistant, and makes lashes appear thicker and curvier, and is light in texture. I would say this mascara is comparable to Benefit Bad Gal. It gave my lashes the same length and fullness as Bad Gal does. It's formulated with cotton seed extract which contains oligosaccharides which restructures eyelashes while rendering them flexible and hydrated.

Check out Jelly Pong Pong online or look for their locations in the US, Europe and Asia!

Freebie Break - Dove Shampoo & Conditioner

Thanks to Bionic-Beauty for finding this freebie! Dove is giving away a sample of their Heat Defense Therapy or Intense Damage Therapy hair care lines. You'll get a sample of the shampoo and condition of your choice! Hurry, it's while supplies last!

Friday, March 13

And the Winners are...

Pat & Jackie - Congratulations! You both won a set of Marina Cosmetics lip products. I emailed you both already at the email address you provided in the giveaway. Please email me your mailing address and I'll send you your prize!

Shopping Break - Free Gift at Bliss

Free gift for your big day: Free bliss eye mask sample ($14 value) + free shipping over $75. Enter code BIGDAY in shopping bag

Total Beauty Web Tour!

Total Beauty Web Tour

Beauty Anonymous brings you Anna Sui Summer 2009 Makeup Collection.



Is your smile in need of a pick-me-up? Head over to Bare Budget Beauty for your chance to win one of two new sets of Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal and say hello to whiter teeth in 14 days!

Alison of the Advice Sistersreviews Chanel's Spring collection that features a lovely, "boho" vibe --channel your inner "Gypsy Queen!"



Beauty Secrets Revealed tells you whether Acai Berry Really Helps You Lose Weight.



Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is giving away a H2PRO ceramic flat iron valued at $195. Enter now!



Steal The Informed Makeup Maven's looks and checkout this week's reviews. . Steal her look now!



Fabulous Over Forty has a new Beauty on a Budget find that is a great look and value.



The Makeup Divas is giving away some fabulous Chella anti-aging skin care products valued at $175.00! So hurry on over and enter today!



Viva Woman shows you how to customize your own lipstick color the cheap and easy way!



Beauty Junkies Unite is giving away a stimulus package fit for any Beauty Junkie! Enter to win over 50 beauty products valued at over $1000 in the Beauty Stimulus Package Giveaway!



Anti Hair Slave shows you how to work hair treatments into your daily schedule without taking making you a "slave" to your hair.



Amber at Beauty Blogging Junkie lists all you need for a fakecation.

I Heart Heels has a super-hot handbag giveaway as seen on Miley Cyrus at the Oscars - click here to enter!



Frappelattes gives us a mini how-to guide on how to apply false eyelashes, perfect if you're a beginner to this look.



eye4style is giving away DERMAdoctor's new Poetry in Lotion. Enter here to win!



You don't wanna miss out on Indian Girl's The Body Shop Giveaway !



A Little More Beautiful is giving away BOTH amazing books by Nina Garcia, The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own!



Check Out Lipgloss Break's review of SPINLASH and Enter to win Your Own!



Beauty411 reviews The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid from LaMer.



ThisThatBeauty shows off NEW!!! Prescriptives U-PICK Refillable Compacts...Check out ThisThatBeauty's chosen compact combo and Felicia's FACE OF THE DAY



Glossypink tells you how to get the look of a Victoria's Secret Angel, AND it's the final week to enter the Elizabeth Arden Pretty Fragrance Set giveaway!

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having a giveaway with Shecky's Girls Night Out. Click here to enter to win 2 tickets and 2 goodie bags to a GNO event near you!!!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings shares how to give yourself a great manicure at home!

Face Candy is introduced to Jouer Cosmetics.

Sephora goes eco-chic with the Pure line and the new Wanderlust Palette. Beauty Beast has the scoop.



Everyone has been talking about Maybelline New York's new mascara, Stiletto Lash. Does it live up to the hype? Daily Dose of Coffee takes it for a test.

Watch Laura Mercier Backstage at Pamella Roland New York Fashion Week Fall 2009-by Talking Makeup!

This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Barry Fletcher for a hair product giveaway. You're gonna love these products...so enter today!

Shopping Break - Bath & Body Works Weekend Sale

Hands Down - Bath & Body Works has the best sales on the weekends! Buy 3 Signature Collection Body Care items and get 3 free! I use these sales for stocking up on gifts. Everyone loves Bath & Body lotion, and they make a great last minute gift, or a great add on to a larger gift.

Shopping Break - Bobbi Brown Free Mauve Lipgloss





Get a free, full size mauve lipgloss with your purchase of $65 on BobbiBrown.com. Enter MGLOSS at purchase.

This cool, neutral hue gives lips instant polish and flatters all complexions. Hurry - offer ends tomorrow, March 14th, or until supplies last!

Thursday, March 12

Giveaway Break - SPINLASH Mascara


***Giveaway***

I will randomly select one lucky winner to win a SPINLASH mascara. Make sure to sign up, below, for your chance to win! You can enter up to once a day. For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, or follow me on Twitter. See my review of SPINLASH below.

At this time, I'm only able to mail to US & Canada addresses. This contest will end
on Thursday, March 19th. I will announce the winner on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Mascara Break - SPINLASH Review


It’s not the size of the brush, it’s the motion of the potion. While all the other cosmetics companies rely on new formulas and brushes to improve their mascaras, cosmetics company, Akasha has taken its innovative new mascara, SPINLASH, a step further! Not only does SPINLASH gently rotate to remove clumps, coat and separate with every turn, it also applies a liquid line of eyeliner. It applies mascara, eyeliner, and curls your eyelashes all at the same time!

I recently tried SPINLASH and I have to say, I had my doubts at first. I used it with my Jelly Pong Pong Mascara and was very impressed! It definitely feels weird at first, and I had a bad vision of my eyelashes getting tangled in the rotating brush. It almost kind of tickles a bit. Usually I comb and curl my lashes before I put on mascara, and SPINLASH saves me this step. It not only ensures that my lashes don't clump, but gives them a soft curl and evenly applies the mascara.

I didn't try using it as an eyeliner, but SPINLASH users claim that if you hold the wand at the base of the eyelashes and pause for just a moment, before stroking upwards, and you can get a perfect coating of mascara and a flawless application of eyeliner.

I haven't tried Lancome's Oscillation Macara, but I'm sure the price point can't compare to SPINLASH. For $19.99 you get two brushes and two mascaras. You can purchase the SPINLASH on their site, SpinLash.com.

Stay tuned for my SPINLASH Giveaway!

Wednesday, March 11

Lipgloss Break - Three Custom Color Specialists Whisper Gloss

Every season, Three Custom Color Specialists chooses their favorite runway beauty trend. For Spring ’09, they were particularly intrigued by the seductively bronzed cheeks, smoldering eyes and moist, kissable lips at Donna Karan, Milly, Juan Carlos Obando and Carlos Miele. Inspired by this sexy look, the Specialists created WHISPER, a creamy shimmering nude with fine flecks of gold and bronze, which is available in both their award- winning sheer lipstick formula and makeup artist favorite creamy lip gloss. WHISPER works with the natural pink in your lips to create a soft look that is universally flattering.

I'm new to this brand and I've got to say, I love this gloss. This is the exact shade I have been looking for: a light bronze shimmer that I can pair with smokey eyes and bronzed cheeks. The gold specks in the gloss sparkle just the right amount when the light hits them. The gloss goes on smooth (some glosses with sparkle can fill a bit grainy on your lips) and is long lasting. Two thumbs up!

WHISPER SHEER LIPSTICK and WHISPER LIP GLOSS ($18.50 ea.) will be available in March at www.threecustom.com, toll-free at 888.262.7714 and at select boutiques worldwide.

Fundraiser Break - Help Natural Disaster Victims

Buy a T-Shirt by 11 a.m. EST on March 12- Help Natural Disaster Victims!

Total Beauty is in a race to raise money for natural disaster victims -- all proceeds fund this amazing program that takes washing machines to families hit by natural disasters. Go here for more details! Or you can just go buy a cute "Loads of Hope" T-shirt here for $20.



Purse Break - ELSPETH Royalton Tote

Women's love affair with handbags will be tempted even further with designs from Elizabeth Phillips, the newest and trend-setting designer on the fashion block. ELSPETH is a premier handbag line that is known for its luxurious materials, vivacious colors and incredible quality. One of ELSPETH Signature Styles is the Royalton Tote. The All-Purpose Bag is a spacious and stylish bag and ideal for the gym, the office or a weekend get-away. Who said you can’t have everything? Made of nylon with distressed shrunken lambskin trim. Retail Cost: $280 www.elspethnyc.com.

This is the perfect bag for a summer carry all, making it easy to switch from work and the gym, to a night out. For the summer, I always look for larger bags, specifically to hold a bottle of sunscreen and a bathing suit...you just never know!

Did you say discount?
ELSPETH is offering 20% off with a purchase on their site, ELSPETHNYC.com.


Sweepstakes Break - Setoso

Setoso has heard from so many people that their EyeBalm and SerumBalm save them time because they can carry it with them and use it when they have a free second. So what better time than Daylight Savings (March 8th) to get your hour back by winning a full set of Setoso products. All you have to do is leave a comment on their site about what you’d do with an extra hour and you’re entered.

See Products HERE

Want a 2nd & 3rd entry into the sweepstakes? Just post this on your Facebook or Twitter page: @setoso Great Giveaway - Daylight Savings “Get Your Hour Back” sweepstakes http://tinyurl.com/ay5jm9 and you’re entered TWO MORE TIMES!