Lipgloss Break: June 2010

Material Girl


Madonna and her daughter, Lola, to create the ultimate girly fashion line, Material Girl. Who better to create this than the original Material Girl, Madonna. I can't wait to check this line out as soon as it comes out at Macy's.

Do you think this new line will be a winner? Or a dud? Comment below with your thoughts!


Laura Geller Sale on Rue La La



Are you a fan of Laura Geller? If so, stock up on Rue La La today and tomorrow. Sign up for a free membership and save huge. The Laura Geller set above is regularly almost $60, marked down to $32...snatch it up! There are a ton of great deals.

Make a Wish with Brazilets



I love these bracelets called Brazilets. Brazilets stem from a 200 year-old tradition from mystical Bahia, Brazil, and these are bracelets are worn throughout Latin America. Wrap a Brazilet around your wrist, and tie it in three knots, making a wish with each knot. When your bracelet naturally breaks off, your wishes come true!

I passed these out to my close family members about one month ago and we all still have ours on. They are definitely a conversation piece. On the wish front, after passing the bracelets out and tying them on, we all knew we had the same wish in mind, and it had come true before we even lost our bracelets.

It's not that I fully believe that you can just wish for something and it will come true, but it was the fact that my family and I all put them on together, and we all wished the same thing. That being said, when you buy one for a friend, make sure you buy one for yourself as well, and then the bracelets will remind you of each other.

Brazilets make a great graduation gift to give to friends and family, and a great 'going away' gift to give to first year college students. A good friend of mine (and coworker) is relocating to our San Francisco office. I plan on giving her one to start her new journey off right...with 3 wishes.

You can purchase Brazilets online at their website, LiveBrazilian.com. They are $5 a piece, and 20% of all proceeds go towards 'Plant a Billion Trees' which is dedicated to planting one billion trees in the Atlantic Forest - the most endangered forest in Brazil.

MAC alice + olivia

Introducing an irreverent, nonsensical colour collection from MAC. As stated in the press release "If Alice fell down the rabbit hole and met a Makeup Artist instead of the Mad Hatter, MAC alice + olivia is the curiously gorgeous collection she'd be rocking!'

PIGMENT
Later: Deepest black with a hint of purple pearl.
If It Sparkles: Frosty white plus a touch of pink.
Partylicious: Groovy turquoise mixed with silver sparkle.

$19.50 U.S., $23.50 CDN
7.5g / 0.26 U.S. OZ

Gregory’s Tip: “Sweep Partylicious Pigment over your lids with a #252 brush.
Add loads of M·A·C Fibre Rich mascara for eyes that truly sizzle in the summer!”

DAZZLEGLASS CREME
Sparklicious: Creamy, softest pink with multidimensional pearl.
If It’s Pink: Shimmering, hot to trot pink.
I.Want.Candy: Electric yellow with a sparkling edge.

$18 U.S., $21.50 CDN
2.7ml / 0.09 U.S. OZ

Gregory’s Tip: “Transform your matte red lip by applying I.Want.Candy Dazzleglass Creme
on top. It will literally change into a chic orange red with shine and luster.”


NAIL LACQUER
Morning.After: Creamy, get-noticed turquoise.
So Rich So Pretty: A party-ready purple with a hint of frost.
Military: Black matte with silver suede.

$12, U.S., $14.50 CDN
10ml / 0.34 U.S. FL OZ

Top Rated Nail Polishes

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Make a Wish with Brazilets



I love these bracelets called Brazilets. Brazilets stem from a 200 year-old tradition from mystical Bahia, Brazil, and these are bracelets are worn throughout Latin America. Wrap a Brazilet around your wrist, and tie it in three knots, making a wish with each knot. When your bracelet naturally breaks off, your wishes come true!

I passed these out to my close family members about one month ago and we all still have ours on. They are definitely a conversation piece. On the wish front, after passing the bracelets out and tying them on, we all knew we had the same wish in mind, and it had come true before we even lost our bracelets.

It's not that I fully believe that you can just wish for something and it will come true, but it was the fact that my family and I all put them on together, and we all wished the same thing. That being said, when you buy one for a friend, make sure you buy one for yourself as well, and then the bracelets will remind you of each other.

Brazilets make a great graduation gift to give to friends and family, and a great 'going away' gift to give to first year college students. A good friend of mine (and coworker) is relocating to our San Francisco office. I plan on giving her one to start her new journey off right...with 3 wishes.

You can purchase Brazilets online at their website, LiveBrazilian.com. They are $5 a piece, and 20% of all proceeds go towards 'Plant a Billion Trees' which is dedicated to planting one billion trees in the Atlantic Forest - the most endangered forest in Brazil.

Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Collection

Limited Edition Denim & Rose Palette
Packed with deep, shimmering blues, icy grays and pinks for eyes and fresh rose shades for lips and cheeks, this palette is the beauty equivalent of dressed-up denim. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh pink cheeks or a sparkling, smoky eye, you’ll have plenty of options for day or night.

Price: $60.00

NEW Limited Edition Highlighter Pen
A pretty finishing touch that makes all the
difference. Lightweight and luminescent,
this brush-on liquid shimmer catches the
light for beautifully defined cheekbones.

Available in Bronze, Opal, and Rose

Price: $32.00

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Denim Ink
The look of liquid liner with the ease and
feel of a gel formula. Long-wearing, waterresistant
color glides on and lets you get
it just right before it dries—then stays put
without a smear or crease until you take it off.

Price: $22.00

Limited Edition Sparkle Eye Shadow in Denim
Bobbi’s grown-up take on glitter.
This lightweight formula lights up eyes
with a combination of shimmering pearls
and fine glitter. Thanks to its creamy,
translucent base, it glides on smoothly
and won’t crease or fall onto your cheeks.

Price: $24.00

Limited Edition Denim & Rose Mini Brush Set
Four essential brushes for eyes, lips and cheeks—to go. Evening purse, gym bag
or carryon—this professional set in a chic denim case always fits.

Includes: Mini Lip Brush with Cap, Mini Blush Brush, Mini Eyeliner Brush, Mini Angle Eye Shadow Brush

Price: $55.00

Limited Edition Extreme Party Mascara in Denim
Extreme Build. Endless Volume.
Exceptional Separation. The formula stays
flexible, so each coat goes on as fresh as
the first—immediately or hours later—
without clumping, smudging or flaking.
Think of it as the world’s first touchup
mascara.

Price: $22.00

Limited Edition Shimmer Lip Gloss in Raspberry
Shimmer Lip Gloss offers beautiful, non-sticky
shine with a touch of iridescence
and is perfect on its own or over your
favorite lipstick. Formulated with Aloe
extract to soothe and soften lips; Vitamins
C and E for anti-oxidant protection;
and Jojoba and Avocado Oils for lots of
moisture.

Price: $20.00

Collection available in July 2010 at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide and www.bobbibrown.com.


Sales at HauteLook this week

InStyler Rotating Flat Iron on Sale At HauteLook - $99.99, marked down to $79.99.

Such a neat idea...VIOLight Toothbrush sanitizers. Keep your mouth clean! 40% off retail prices.

Stress Relief Tips

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Don't compromise your heath and beauty by letting stress get the best of you


Stress-Squashing Tips

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Stressed? Check. Tense? Check? Overwhelmed? Check. Then it might be time to read about some of these tried and true methods like aromatherapy and reflexology to help you chill.

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Dayna Devon Spills Her Beauty Secrets

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"How I Took 10 Years of My Face and Body"

Get fountain-of-youth secrets from mom and TV personality, Dayna Devon


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Dayna Devon tells us what she eats, what anti-aging and beauty products she uses and what kind of exercise she does to keep her looking younger than she is.

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Lancome Friends & Family Sale


Lancome Friends & Family sale, going on Friday June 18th - June 25th 2010. Only at Lancome Boutiques...present this invitation and get 20% off!

And the Winners Are...

Rene Furterer Giveaway - Adam Johnson
Avene Body Line - joannemick

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Every Man Jack
This is a great gift for a traveling Dad or husband. The Modern Dad Kit from Every Man Jack includes a Face Wash, soothing Shave Cream, healing Face Lotion, protective Twin Pack Lip Balm, and a really nice toiletry bag (totally manly!) for travel or to keep things organized.

My husband tried these products out and love them. He has sensitive skin and the face wash, lotion and shaving cream did not break him out. He also liked the shaving cream and it helped with his razor burn. I'll admit, I already stole the lip balm. It's a great balm with no flavor or color, perfect for men.
The kit retails for $15, which is ridiculously reasonable! You can find Every Man Jack at Target.
LUSH Shave the Planet Gift
Can't afford a lawn mower for him to shave the landscape? Check out LUSH's Shave the Planet Gift ($29.95) so dad can at least manscape his beard with some "green" products.



C.O. Bigelow Barber Collection
Have a dapper dad? Another shaving/grooming idea is the C.O. Bigelow Barber Collection. Choose from 4 different scents and styles. Each Elixir Collection includes Cologne ($19.50), Hair and Body Wash ($10.00), Deodorizing Body Spray ($10.00), After Shave Moisture Lotion ($10.00) and Ultra-Light Body Lotion ($10.00).

After the Game Lolita Pilsner Glasses
Have a Sporty Dad or Husband? Give him a gift that he can use while watching sports at home! The After the Game Lolita Pilsner Glass or 19th Hole Lolita Pilsner Glass ($25 each) while enjoying whatever game is on. Check these fun glasses out at www.thelolitastore.com.



Smashbox Cosmetics sale at HauteLook

HauteLook is having a Smashbox sale...if you're a fan of this brand, now's the time to stock up! Sign up for a free membership!

Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss


Estée Lauder is launching NEW Pure Color Gloss - A collection of 34 seductive shades in 3 brilliant finishes and a custom collection by world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux. The collection features the new exclusive True Vision Technology, which wraps pigments in a crystal-like coating to provide intense, brilliant color and shine to lips.

The NEW Pure Color Gloss collection will be available at all Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com beginning mid-June 2010.


Jessica Ignite Colour Collection


Currently obsessing over Jessica nail polish. Pictured is me wearing Electric Teal from the Ignite Colour Collection. One coat of clear over two coats of this color made it super shiny. I remember thinking 'WOW' while driving and watching the sunlight reflect off my nails. These colors are hot for hands and toes this Summer.

The Gift of Time for Father's Day

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It seems like watches are a dying breed. I use my phone to tell the time, but that doesn't make for a good accessory. Wrist watches are timeless, you never have to worry about them going out of style, and make the perfect gift for Father's Day. My husband bought all of his groomsmen a watch for standing up in our wedding. To me, this was a classic gift, one they could use (and they do!) and would never go out of style.If you're looking for a timeless, fashionable gift for dad for grandpa this Father's Day, a watch is the perfect gift that keeps giving every time it is worn. A watch like the Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic Guilloche (pictured) is built to last with a bold design. This is the type of watch my dad could wear to work, and then transfer to night time. Check out the huge selection of luxury watches that Victorinox has to offer on their site, ranging in styles, for men and women, and a wide variety of price points.

Make sure to check out the Victorinox Swiss Army Facebook page and participate in the Facebook IWAW sweepstakes page. Over 30 days they're giving 30 lucky winners a Victorinox Swiss Army timepiece. Don't hesitate, go sign up now!

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Friday Freebies...on Sunday

Nivea Happy Sensation sample
Starbucks Via Ready Brew sample

Giveaway Break - ecoTOOLS Makeup Bags

Ever since the movie Clueless, I've been a fan of Alicia Silverstone. She hasn't done too many big roles since, but she was just perfect in that movie. More recently, she's been very active promoting her Vegan cookbook and teaming up with ecoTOOLS as an environmental activist, to product a brand new cosmetic bag collection, ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone.

This line launched in December 2009 at Walmart and Target stores. The line includes a compelte set of five cosmetic bags, ranging from a brush bag with a brush set to an overnight bag. Each bag is produced with a natural hemp material and uses a recycled PET lining.

I've been using the Overnight bag religiously for travel. The inner pockets are plastic and easy to wipe clean in case of spills, and you can remove them too! It zips up fairly flat and it's easy to fit in front pockets of suitcases.

***Giveaway***

Enter to win the ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone Overnight Bag!

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, July 11th. I will randomly select TWO winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Beauty Goodies for Father's Day

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No. 9: Redken for Men Go Clean Daily Care Shampoo for Normal Hair, $12

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3


"The smell is intoxicating for the women around me …"

No. 8: The Body Shop for Men Maca Root Deodorant Stick, $6

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4


"This deodorant did control the odor all day …"

No. 7: Gillette Mach 3 Power, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5


"My husband uses it on his face and it always turns out silky and smooth …"

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Beauty Sample Sales this Week

Lots of fun ones to post about!

The biggest one this week is probably Laura Mercier on Gilt Groupe. It starts today at 11am EST. They will be having a variety of products from her line, from eye and lip collections to bath and body combos. If you are fan of Laura Mercier, or want to try out her cosmetics, don't miss this change to save big!

MD Skincare starts today at HauteLook.
Corioliss flat iron, hair dryer and brush sales at Ideeli. These flat irons are super fun and super reasonable. The one above is on sale for $36!

Vichy Mineral Balm


You know that feeling of your skin being so super tight and dry after you wash your face at night? It's the worst! Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Balm & Rehydrating and Repairing Care cured this problem for me.

I love this balm. I'm always skeptical to try new facial products because of my sensitive skin but not only is this non-comedogenic, but it's dermatologist recommended and tested on sensitive skin.

I was first really excited that this product had 'Aqua' in the name - I need water! I'm such a dehydrated person and it definitely shows in my dry skin. After the first use I could immediately tell a difference. I actually look forward to using this on my face after I wash my face at night. At first it goes on a little greasy, but absorbs really quickly. I sometimes wear it under my foundation in the morning, but now that I'm out in the sun more I usually use something with SPF and use the balm at night.

It contains Vichy Thermal Spa Water, which is rich with 50 mg of minerals and fragrance and colorant-free. It also contains:
Calcium
Postassium
Silicium (regenerating)
Magnesium
Iron,
Omega 6 oils

This is a pretty popular brand in Europe, but you can find in CVS stores around the states.


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.

Shop it to Me $1,000 Shopping Spree




I wrote about Shop it to Me's new look last week, now I'm writing about how you can win a $1,000 shopping spree!

Sign up at Shop it to Me (if you're not already a member) and for every person you invite to join, you'll get an extra entry into the shopping spree sweepstakes. Good luck!

Giveaway Break - Morning Glory Cosmetic Bags

Fashion trend alert: Florals are in! Floral prints scream 'Summer!' and are all over the stores in fashion and accessories. Have you invested in anything 'floral' lately? Floral shirt, home decor, flower accessories?

Check out the new Morning Glory beauty & cosmetic bag collection from Modella below. Doesn't get any fresher than this!

Bursting with blooms, Modella’s Fitted Mini Train (SRP $9.97) is the perfect travel bag. Roomy enough for a weekend away,

chic enough to garner tons of compliments, but still small enough to throw in

a duffel, it is the ideal quick trip bag.


If you are looking to update your standard cosmetic bag, Modella’s Mini Purse Kit (SRP $2.97) adds a touch of life to the inside of your hand bag. In a pinch, the adorable bag also doubles as a clutch!

When going away for a long vacation, you don’t want to forgo your favorite beauty products, but they are often too big and bulky to fit in your bag. The Modella Summer Paisley Fitted Weekender (SRP $13.97) comes with travel size bottles so you can bring along your old-stand bys in miniature size!


***Giveaway***

Enter to win Modella Morning Glory Fitted Mini Train & Mini Purse Kit!

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, July 9th. 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!




What's in my Beach Bag? Sunscreen!

This post is majorly delayed...should have been sent out last Monday. Better late than never...here it is:

Finally - Nice weather in Michigan this past weekend! Spent some time on the lake and loaded up my beach bag!

First things first, sunscreen. You can wear beach cover ups and long linen pants, but you can't walk around with a bag on your head. I always wear a higher SPF on my face since it sees the most sun (I'm not a fan of hats!). Here is what Mike and I wore on our faces all weekend:


CellCeuticals Photo Defense SPF 55+
I used this while I was in Vegas and it was a scorching 90+ degrees out. I only used it on my face and didn't burn at all while out in the sun by the pool all day. PhotoDefense is meant to protect skin against daily UVA and UVB sun exposure while simultaneously combating premature skin aging and moisturizing. This didn't turn my face white, went on smooth, absorbed quickly, and didn't break me out!
$45

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
I love love love La Roche-Posay sunscreen. They don't mess around with their products. It's designed for normal to combination skin, super light and has a matte finish. This one didn't break me out either.

This fluid provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect skin. Other benefits and pluses: High UVA protection, water-resistant, helps protect skin from sun damage, fragrance free, non-comedogenic and tested on sensitive skin.
$27.90

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Quick warning: this is not to be used alone for sunblock for your face. I love this stuff, but it's not the only lotion I use when out in the sun all day. This is my DAILY moisturizer and it is divine. It gives my skin a dewy look, but without making me look or feel greasy. It moisturizes really well and doesn't break me out. I can use it by itself with just some blush or a bronzer and don't feel the need for foundation. I love using it alone, I feel like I'm giving my skin some room to breath!

My dermatologist turned me on to Aveeno and I use it for body lotion (Positively Smooth smells great!), facial lotion and face wash (Ultra Calming Cleanser).

What's the Best Sun Protection for Your Skin?

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What's The Best Sun Protection For You?

Find out which products will keep you burn-free and looking fabulous this summer


What's The Best Sun Protection For You?

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While it's no fun to apply sunscreen (unless of course someone else does it for you), using these top-rated products will hopefully make it a tad more enjoyable.

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