Lipgloss Break: March 2010

Easter Event at LUSH

LUSH will be having a national Easter Event at every shop nationwide all-day Saturday (April 3rd). Give the Easter Bunny a break a hop over to LUSH for last minute basket filling. Kids and parents can have a good time while stocking up on all of LUSH's limited edition Easter treats. Spend $40 and receive an Easter product FREE!

Olay Professional Pro-X Rebate

Purchase $50 worth of Olay Professional Pro-X facial moisturizers and/or cleansers before April 9, and Olay will send you a $20 rebate.

Just download and complete this form and mail it in along with your receipt by April 23; in a few short weeks, a check will arrive in the post.



15% off at Sephora


Start spring cleaning with your makeup bag, stop by any Sephora store to restock and refill on all of your beauty needs. Beauty Insiders save 15% off their entire purchase April 12th –19th! Now is the time to shop!

Want 15% off but not a Beauty Insider?

Sign up on Sephora.com – it’s fast and free.



Does Your Diet Help or Harm Your Skin?

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Does Your Diet Help or Harm Your Skin?

The answer is in this quiz


Captain obvious here: Eating right is great for our health and our figures. But did you know that your food choices can yield shiny hair and better skin? In this quiz, you’ll find which ingredients will give you a beauty boost.

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Private Beauty Sales this Week


Bare Escentuals at RueLaLa - Click here for a free private invitation


StriVectin sale at HauteLook - Click here for a free private invitation


Mally Beauty at Gilt Groupe - Click here for a free private invitation




Giveaway Break - Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro

Turn back the clock with Garnier's highly advanced formula that targets the advanced signs of agining - sagging and loss of definition in the facial contours - specifically targeting the problem areas of the neck, cheek and jaw-line for more sculpted and lifted skin.

Pro-Tense Technology - A new patent-pending skin lifting complex that improves skin's density and elasticity
Pro-Xylane from Beech Tree Extract - a patented anti-aging, eco-friendly Green Chemistry molecule that rebuilds skin's structure by plumping from deep within skin's surface layers
Soy Protein - boosts natural collagen production
Vitamin A - helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Price: $16.99 at drugstores, starting January 15th

***Giveaway***

Enter to win Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro Gravity Defying Cream!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Friday, April 30th. I will randomly select ten (yes, 10!) lucky winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Jessica Daydream Collection for Spring

Anyone else super excited that it's going to be in the 70's this week in Michigan???? I think that deserves a fist pump!

Check out my blurry pic of Jessica Daydream Collection for Spring, in Eyes Wide Open. I'll be posting more previews of this line later this week.

Eyes Wide Open is a bright orange-ish coral color, perfect for spring. I think I'm going to use it for my next pedicure.

IMAAGE Mineral Blush Review


Looking for blush to give you some glow for Spring? IMAAGE Mineral Blush contains skin loving minerals that are good for your skin and IMAAGE's revolutionary technology lasts for up to 16 hours.

I tried IMAAGE Mineral Blush in Sparkling Rose and loved the natural glow it gave me. It went on really smooth and lasted all day while at work. It blended really well and didn't streak. It's hypo-allergenic so you can use it with sensitive skin.


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.



Bath and Body Works Summer Vanillas

Bath and Body Works has launched their new Summer Vanilla scents, Berry Vanilla, Coconut Vanilla and Lemon Vanilla...check them out for $1 for the 2 oz size. I smell Summer...

Oprah's Fave Beauty Products, and Budget Swaps

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Oprah’s Fave Beauty Products: Our Budget Swaps

Get penny-pinching versions of the beloved daytime diva’s coolest stuff


The beauty products on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episodes are the dopest, but seriously, who has the dough for them? That’s why we did a round up of discounted alternatives of a few of her fave things.

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Lancome Bronze Riviera Collection


Lancome is ready for the warm weather with its new summer collection, "Bronze Riviera," a mix of mineral blushes, bronzers and sheer glosses.

Some of the highlights....

Ageless Minérale Blush, $29.50 - Loose mineral blush, available in Sparkling Sand, Brilliant Berryand Luminous Rose

Tropiques Minérale Magic Bronzing Brush, $33 - Portable bronzing, available in Cuivre 01

Tropiques Minérale Bamboo Bronzer, $45 - The oversized bronzer is back, this time inTemptingly Bronze

Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin, $18 - These have 100% natural origin ingredients (such as honey), flavors and fragrances. Available in Pink Precious, Blushing Beauty, Rose Pretty andSheerfully Sweet

Le Vernis Nail Polish in Ms. Perfectly Pink, $18 - A chic fuchsia shade ideal for steamy summer days


Beauty Deals at Walmart

For one week only, Marcy 27 through April 2, Walmart.com is offering exclusive, unbeatable beauty deals on items from brands like Olay, Hard Candy, L'Oreal and Neutrogena, free shipping on all Beauty Value Week items (of which there are many!) and a special bonus Hard Candy lip gloss with every order. I absolutely love the Hard Candy line...check out my review.

Walmart will also be sharing special deals on their beauty page starting today.




Favorite Hair Products of the Month

If I don't include a hydrating or protective cream in my hair care routine, I pay for it with extremely dry hair. Because of highlighting and hard water, I have to do Malibu treatments every other week just to keep my blond hair blond. Those with blond hair and hard water know what I'm talking about! Here are some reviews on my latest favorite hair hydrating and smoothing creams, and frizz eliminators.
MOMO Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid
Davines has a collection called MOMO, MOre MOisture, made up of ultra-hydrating hair care. The line is designed specifically to moisturize and revitalize hair. I've been using the Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid before drying my hair and I really like how it makes my hair turn out. It doesn't weigh my hair down, and keeps it full and frizz-less. A little goes a long way. Made from grapefruit seed extract, the scent is sweet like grapefruit, but doesn't last too long after drying. If you're looking for a new hair moisturizer and anti-frizz serum, I would check this one out. It's going to remain a staple for me, especially throughout the Michigan humid summers. Retails at $21. Find a store that carries Davines near you.

MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream
This smells soooo good. The whole line smells good, but the MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream has a similar scent to men's cologne, but not as a strong, and lasts throughout the day. The orange colored cream is fairly thin, and I would use a little more of this than I would the MOMO fluid, maybe a nickel size amount. It provides a soft hold to my hair, without completely weighing it down. After blow drying, my hair is super soft but not weighed down, and still looking full. Retails at about $30 at several different online retailers and salons.

Herbal Essences Touch Me Softly
Kiss frizz away with Touch Me Softly, part of the Tousle Me Softly line of Herbal Essences. I like to use a small amount after blow drying and straightening my hair, to keep frizz away and to separate my ends and give them the 'messy' look. Retails for about $7.

S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer
I've been using this since college! First off, smells great. Second, it works great. This is a terrific straightener that won't weigh your hair down. Lately I have been purchasing my refills on Amazon, for around $11. I would shop around online. If you buy it in a salon, you'll probably pay twice as much.


Goody Global Chic Collection

I love the fact that Goody is making super summery headbands. I'm a huge headband fan (see previous post). Looks like Goody has some really fun spring looks, and affordable too! These will be available at Walmart mid-April 2010. Just in time for Spring!



Giveaway Break - Vera Wang Princess

Rule your scent and channel royalty with the new Vera Wang Princess. Radiant and whimsical, this sheer, fruity floral scent embodies the modern day princess. Vera Wang teamed up with Zoe Kravitz to create this edgy delicate fragrance, which perfectly embodies Zoe's individuality and one of the a kind spirit.

You have to check out the Vera Wang Princess site....it's so fun!

Top Notes: Lady apples, Water Lily, Golden Apricot and Mandarin Meringue
Heart Notes: Pink Guava, Tahitian Tiare Flower, Wild Tuberose and Dark Chocolate
Base Notes: Vanilla and Amber Woods

The feminine scent is housed in a heart-shaped amulet. And because every princess must have her jewels, the bottle is topped with a bejeweled crown, featuring a gold band and sparkling amethyst-hyed crystals.

This is the ultimate girly scent. This is one of the only perfumes that I used the entire bottle up of without getting tired of the scent. The packaging is beautiful, crowned top and all. Let's face it, we're all princesses!

***Giveaway***

Enter to win Vera Wang Princess!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, April 25th. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




10 Best TSA-Friendly Beauty Products

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10 Best TSA-Friendly Beauty Products

These travel- and budget-friendly products will keep you looking gorgeous without breaking your vacation bank


We compiled 10 perfect beauty products for travel -- everything from mascara that won't run to the perfect hangover beauty mask. Tuck these babies in your suitcase and you'll glide through the airport without hassle.

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Laura Geller Cosmetics Sale - 30% off

Laura Geller Cosmetics sale - 30% off for one day! Free Shipping on orders over $50!

Slimpressions Shapewear

Made in America, Slimpressions is a patent-pending line of everyday shapewear to smooth and compress a woman’s body. The company’s founding patent-pending garments, The Haves and The Have Nots, offer a unique solve in the shapewear but Slimpressions needed to respond to consumer demand and offers new products to slim women’s most troublesome areas. As of the Summer of 2009, a Bottom Line has been added to the Slimpressions family as well. The Bottom Line includes the Control Brief, Hi-Waist Control Panty, Long Leg Shaper and Seamless Full Cut Panty. The line’s garments also come in petite sizes…another new addition in 2009.

Slimpressions is different from its competitors because its garments are seamless. The garments are made using the patented Santoni seamless process…..molding to conform to every body type. Several other companies offer shapewear that is cut and sewn together, which ultimately sacrifices fit and effectiveness.

Many shapewear products are just not very comfortable. They can be very hot and confining. Slimpressions’ garments are powerful, yet thin. The company designed its line to be a lightweight solution with moderate control. Slimpressions took extra care to make sure women could feel confident wearing their products by including details like a nice, mesh weave for added breathability.

Slimpressions is sold on the internet at HerRoom.com, and in fine women’s clothing and lingerie shops throughout the U.S. and Canada. To check out the Bottom Line, go to www.slimpressions.com.



Giveaway Break - Lindsay Phillips Ballet Flats


Last summer I sported a pair of Lindsay Phillips flip flops (my review) and was able to change the strap to match my many sundresses. Now, for you flat lovers, you can do the same with Lindsay Philips ballet flats!

This idea is just genius. Each set of flats comes with a removable stylish snap. You can snap on and off different designs to revamp your flats and complete your look! Look stylish and be comfy!


***Giveaway***

Enter to win a pair of Lindsay Phillips Ballet Flats!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

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This giveaway is open to US residents. The contest will end on Friday, April 23rd. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Real Teens 2010 Contest


Aéropostale is celebrating real, everyday teens across the country with the launch of their Real Teens 2010 contest. Seeking new faces for their fall ad campaign, teenagers are encouraged to tell their story on www.RealTeens2010.com and share what it means to be a real teen living in today’s world for the chance to win.

The top 87 finalists (based on peer voting) will be judged by a panel of industry celebrities to find the 8 Real Teens winners who will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship and the chance to be featured in Aéropostale’s Fall 2010 marketing campaign. Judges include Ann Shoket, Editor in Chief of Seventeen and former judge on “America’s Next Top Model”; Taylor Gildersleeve, Actress “Haute and Bothered 2”; and many more!

For more information, head over to www.RealTeens2010.com.

8 Simple Steps to Fake a Perfect Complexion

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8 Simple Steps to a Fake a Perfect Complexion

Experts doled out advice to help make your skin look totally flawless -- regardless if it is or not


Follow these tips from celebrity makeup artists Charlie Green and Molly Stern to find out how to get skin that looks amazing in every type of lighting.

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LUSH Easter & Spring Goodies

Honey Bun bath bomb $3.95

A cute little bathing bunny scented with LUSH’s best-selling Honey I Washed the Kids fragrance. Toss into a ready run bathtub and watch as he fizzes around emitting hints of sweet orange and bergamot oil to leave you hopping around all day long. (Vegan)

Hippy Chick bath bomb $4.95

A citrus burst for the bathtub, this one is shaped like a little chick and is fragranced with LUSH’s Happy Hippy scent of grapefruit, bergamot and frankincense oils. (Vegan)

Dorothy bubble bar $5.95

Somewhere over this rainbow, you will find masses and masses of orange scented, skin softening bubbles. Orange flower absolute is a fantastic skin tonic and can help rid the toxins in congested skin. (Vegan)

Fluffy egg bath bomb $6.95

Take the traditional Easter egg hunt to the bathroom with this sweet scented pink egg adorned with a candy flower. Bathe in a bubbling mass of marshmallow, candy floss, jelly bean scented water and get your sugar fix!

Pink Happy Easter Gift $24.95

A pink fantasy for that sweetie in your life. The Candy Fluff Bath Bomb shell holds the bubble-gum pink, vanilla-scented Rock Star Soap and a soothing and sexy Creamy Candy Bubble Bar.

Yellow Happy Easter Gift $24.95

A scrumptious treat for everyone who loves their honey, literally. Honey Bee Bath Bomb contains the best-selling Honey I Washed the Kids Soap filled with honey, bergamot and aloe to soothe skin, and Ma Bar, a carmelized sugar, chocolate and honey solid bubble bar to sweetly scent you and your bath.




Runway, Real Way, NARS Way

NARS’ latest project: “Runway, Real Way, NARS Way,” is a series of three videos illustrating how women can achieve the NARS look, inspired by Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week.

Each video, filmed backstage at NY Fashion Week, features a wearable take on the stylized NARS makeup runway look that will be easy for women everywhere to recreate. Always a proponent of real beauty, the models featured in the videos are women from the NARS Marketing team. Below is the video for the Marc Jacobs runway look, Lightly-defined Eyes.




Recreate Sandra Bullock's Award Winning Hair


“Sandra Bullock’s sleek, shiny hair looks absolutely incredible! I love the sleek lines, including the curved part. Ultra modern and ultra glamorous!”

- Michael Shaun Corby, Global Creative Director for Alterna

Key Products

Caviar Anti-Aging Radiant Smoothing Lotion

This unique styling lotion shields hair from thermal styling with Rhodiola Extract and provides strong frizz and humidity protection. This blowout secret weapon leaves hair with a radiant, smooth finish.

Caviar Anti-Aging Polishing Serum

This light serum reduces frizz and mends split ends without weighing down the hair. The innovative formula polishes the hair using smart silicones that never cause greasy or flat locks. Smooth on any finished style for shiny, smooth perfection.

Get this look!

· Apply Alterna’s Caviar Radiant Smoothing Lotion to damp hair and brush through

· Create a curved side part right above the eyebrow arch

· Blow-dry hair straight using a medium-barrel round brush

· Using a medium-barrel curling iron, curl the ends of the hair only halfway up the hair

· Once all ends are curled, lightly brush through the curls to create a smooth wave

· Work a small amount of Alterna’s Caviar Polishing Serum into the hair for extra shine and to smooth all frizz




Giveaway Break - Hard Candy



I raved about Hard Candy's line yesterday, now I'm going to give one lucky reader a chance to try it out for themselves!

***Giveaway***

Enter to win Hard Candy Curl Up & Dye Mascara in Mr. Right and Plexi Gloss Lip Shine in Mauve-alous.

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!



This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents. The contest will end on Monday, April 19th. I will randomly select one lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Spring Style Revamp

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Spring Style Revamp

Learn how to get the fresh new hairstyles, makeup and fashion looks that are hot for spring


It couldn't be easier to update your look this season -- just add these three new hair, makeup and accessories to your bag of style tricks.

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Friday's Freebies

Crest 3D Whitening Strips
Aveeno Shampoo & Conditioner
Pureology Haircare Sample

Lancome Color Design Lip Matte

Lancome's latest lip news: Color Design Matte Lipstick! This new formula is soft and creamy, glides effortlessly and comes in eight dreamy colors. The credit goes to the new formula; its mattifying agent isn't a dull powder but a light-diffusing gel. High pigment levels ensure that it wears for hours, while soft waxes and emollients deliver modern slip.

Makeup artist Daniel Martin used the Bronze Show shade at the Chris Benz Fall 2010 presentation for the perfect update on the 90's lipstick. Celebrity makeup artists are already in love with the formula, too. Read what makeup artist Fiona Stiles had to say to Teen Vogue about the Corset shade!

Color Design Matte is a Macy's exclusive and will be on both the Macy's website this week and on lancome-usa.com next week. Color Design Lip Matte retails at $22.

Hard Candy line at Walmart

I use to save up babysitting money when I was younger to buy Hard Candy nail polish at Marshall Fields (now Macys). I was too young at the time to appreciate the quality of the nail polish, and was more impressed that each bottle came with a funky, colorful ring.

Now, you can buy this same product, same package and funky, colorful ring, at Walmart. I was lucky enough to try out the Kaleyedascope Eyeshadow in Make Believe, Blush Crush in Honeymoon, Plumping Serum in Girl Next Door and the Just Nails nail polish, pictured, in Mr. Wrong. The line also carries body shimmer, mascara, eye liners, lipstick and more.



The shadows are great. I've only tried them out dry, but apparently they create a more dramatic look when applied wet. The shadow duos come in fun color combinations and retails for $6 at Walmart.com.
I LOVE the blush. It gave a super natural flushed look. It has a swirl of shimmery highlighter in it so I looked dewy, but not too overdone. It reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm blush, but with softer highlights in it. It retails for $7 at Walmart.com.

The Plumping Serum lipgloss is awesome. No stinging involved in this plumping, just the illusion of fuller lips. The gloss I received is sheer, so I'd like to give this a try in a color that will stand out more. Has a slight minty feel to it, and looks really good over a lipstick. Retails at $6 at Walmart.com.

The nail polish, of course, is classic. All colors are super unique. With a base coat, two color coats and a top coat, this lasted about 4-5 days (while washing dishes w/o gloves) and was easy to touch up in between. The nail polish retails for $5. Don't forget to wear the matching ring :)

Overall I'm super impressed with this line. If you're looking to add a new product to your makeup collection, something new, something funky, start here. I hope more makeup brands follow Hard Candy's steps...a quality line moving to an affordable outlet.


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.

5 minute Celebrity Makeup Looks

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Quiz: What Five-Minute Celebrity Makeup Look Should You Try?

Even out your skin tone and brighten your eyes the way A-listers do -- in no time flat


Got 10 minutes to spare? First, take this quick quiz to find your celebrity muse (we're pretty sure it takes about five minutes). Then use your results to try a totally customized five-minute makeup routine.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

















In the spirit of St. Patty's Day, I'm sporting Zoya nail polish in Midori and the neon green from LA Colors Tease eye palette.