Lipgloss Break: 2011

CND Shellac Rock Royalty

My NYE nails! CND Shellac in Rock Royalty with Zillionaire glitter on my ring finger.

I've been noticing reality show stars, magazine pictures and Pinterest trends with one finger nail different than the rest. I don't like totally opposite colors, but I do like the glitter look on just one. I've seen Rihanna do this a lot as well.

Check out my other CND Shellac swatch posts. 


CND Shellac Decadence


I chose CND Shellac Decadence for my holiday nail color. It's a lot brighter than what it looks like in the bottle. It's a pretty 'Christmas' red, more warm, unlike Hollywood or Wildfire, which are cooler toned reds, more like '4th of July' reds.

I just purchased Masquerade and Fedora at the beauty supply store. Swatches to come soon!


Giveaway Break - Shine by Heidi Klum



Shine by Heidi Klum is an effervescent floral oriental fusion, Shine perfectly reflects Heidi’s sparkling vivacity and soft sensuality. The elegant fragrance opens with fresh, juicy notes of mandarin and pear, enhanced with spicy pink peppercorn to invigorate the senses. This melts into a beautifully feminine bouquet of exquisite mimosa absolute, lily-of-the-valley and sunflower, exuding a delicious joie-de-vivre.  At its base, warm notes of vanilla, tonka bean and musk create seductive, sensual undertones, making this fragrance wonderfully addictive. Shine by Heidi Klum ranges in price from $14.99 to $35.

***Giveaway***


Enter to win a bottle Shine by Heidi Klum!

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, January 27th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



Total Beauty Post - 4 Easy Tricks to Camouflage Tired Eyes


See our tricks to get your eyes looking awake and well-rested -- even if you're not
4 Easy Makeup Tricks to Camouflage Tired Eyes
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Does clocking in a full eight hours of sleep feel like a pipe dream these days? Whether you drank too much eggnog at last night's holiday party, or your baby refused to fall asleep, these easy makeup tricks will help cover up puffy, tired eyes. Coffee will do the rest.  


After Christmas Sales!

Now the sales really start! The day after Christmas is when stores prepare for your returns and exchanges, but also want to get rid of excess inventory, which they usually mark down. Time to shop for what you didn't get from Santa!

Sephora.com
Extra 20% off at checkout. Enter EXTRA code at checkout.

Huge after Christmas Sale!! Don't go in a store without a coupon in hand! There are plenty across the internet you can print out, like this one


JCrew.com 
Extra 20% off final sale prices, use code MUSTSHOP.

BedBathandBeyond.com
50% off Christmas items. Stock up for next year!

Restaurant.com
$2 for $25 gift certificates. Use code 'SALE' at checkout.

Lancome
4 deluxe samples at checkout. Use code CYSNEWYEAR at checkout.

Nordstrom
50% off winter clearance and double reward points!

Expressionary.com
Stock up on personalized stationery! Up to 60% off,  use code MADNESS.

ToryBurch.com
25% off sale item. Use code SALE25 at checkout.

Staples
15% off everything you can fit in this bag in store. You have to print off the coupon and bring it to the store.

ProfoundBeauty.com
30% off all orders - use code WINTERSALE

Ahava
40% off holiday gifts!




Splurge vs. Steal...Sears Style

If you live in Michigan or anywhere else that experiences four full seasons, you need to drastically change your wardrobe from summer to winter. And if you have a job where you have to look somewhat professional, that means you need two new wardrobes: one for work, and one for play. This can get pricey! My advice: go somewhere you can get the most for your money. The big name department stores will drain your wallet and you'll only come out with one new outfit! I recently hit the fashion jackpot at Sears, where I found 2 dresses, for both work and night, and accessories, all for under $65!

I'm sure everyone has seen ads for Sears Kardashian Kollection which is pretty trendy, but they also have several other great lines like Apostrophe, UK Style by French Connection and Bongo. I was on the hunt for fun dresses that I can wear to work during the day with a blazer, and then transfer to night time with bling accessories. I hit the jackpot with 2 Apostrophe dresses.

The first one is a black tunic dress. I've been wanting a tunic dress with a tie belt forever! To the right is a picture of me in the new dress, along with gray tights from Apostrophe. Now check out this black tunic for $84, not much difference besides the leggy model :) This Apostrophe dress was $19.99, and the tights were only $6...score!

The next dress I purchased was a wrap dress (left). It looks cute with a jean jacket over it for during the day, and then heels and bling for at night. I purchased a ring from the Kardashian Kollection specifically for this dress ($14.99), that really shines. I can also wear the Apostrophe gray tights with this dress.

Compare this dress on sale for $24 (regularly $48) to this wrap dress. Again, not much different but the price.

Ladies - let this be a lesson, if you need a wardrobe refresh, check out Sears, and help your dollar go further!



I received a gift card from searsStyle to help review as part of the Glam Trendsetter Program. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears. 



Total Beauty Post - No More Bad Hair Days


You won't have to deal with another frizzy, dull, fill-in-the-blank hair day again. See our 5 surefire bad-hair-day solutions now
Never Have a Bad Hair Day Again
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Do your co-workers think you're a huge Giants fan because you wear your baseball cap all year round -- but you're really just hiding your bad hair? We've got the secrets to fix all your bad hair day issues. You know, so you don't have to wear that hat on non-game days again.  


Thicker, Fuller Hair For Free!



This holiday season, Nioxin would love to gift you thicker, fuller hair- for free!

Nioxin’s revolutionary new hair thickening treatment, DiaMax, is clinically proven to increase the diameter of each hair strand from the very first use, and now through January 2nd, Nioxin is giving away $1 million worth of product! Visit DiaMaxEffect.com to receive your own full-sized sample, and hurry, because the supply is depleting quickly!

About DiaMax:
· Hair thickness is as dependent on each strand’s diameter as it is on the total number of hair strands.
· Each person has an average of 100,000 hair fibers on their head. DiaMax is proven to increase each strand’s diameter by about 4% – that’s like adding 4,000 hair strands!
· The first of its kind, this miracle technology was bred from ingredients commonly found in skincare and providesimmediate results you can see.

DiaMax doesn’t officially launch until February 2012 but Nioxin is providing thousands of consumers with an advanced sample!


John Frieda video shoot debut!

 
Drum roll please...it's finally in, my final makeover video from John Frieda! I'm so excited to share it with everyone. Please check it out! 



And for all of you who are wondering, I'm still sporting the cropped short hair. I was nervous about the extreme side part at first but it's almost like I trained my hair to do it, and now it naturally parts to the side. And Harry was right, it's super easy maintance and easy to recreate before work. 

Before Harry and the John Frieda stylists got a hold of my hair, it was very dull from washing it every day and from using shampoos made especially for combating well water. Harry's advice to me was: don't wash hair every day. I always felt like my hair was super greasy the next morning if I didn't wash it, but with a little John Frieda Luxurious Volume dry shampoo, my hair looks freshly styled, and I'm good skipping a day of washing. Overall, my hair is looking healthier and less dry from so much washing, and I get to sleep in a little later on the days I don't wash my hair! 


I've also continued using John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze about 3 days a week. I can't get over how healthy my hair looks after using the glaze. I apply it to my hair, in the shower, after shampooing and conditioning, and leave it for about 3 minutes, and then rinse. Its just a clear glaze so it works on all colors, to help give hair a shine boost! 


I had an amazing time in NYC with the John Frieda and Glam team, and I want to thank them all for my makeover. It was just what I needed now that I've left my '20s' this year. And for the dress they styled me in...it's going to be making an appearance on New Years Eve this year!




Other bloggers who experienced this opportunity used Precision Foam Colour as part of their make over. Precision Foam Colour is the first ever premium permanent home hair colour from the John Frieda® Hair Care Experts that uses foam technology to deliver a luxurious at-home colouring experience.  Demand gorgeous, salon-quality results -- 100% grey coverage and vibrant shine.  With 20 flattering shades to choose from, achieving natural-looking hair colour perfection is in your hands. 
 
The product reviewed in this post was provided gratis by the John Frieda® Hair Care team. The
opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or
positions of the John Frieda® Hair Care team.


Total Beauty Post - Gorgeous Eye Makeup for the Holidays

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Gorgeous Eye Makeup Looks for Your Holiday Parties

Got an office holiday party or a coffee date with your crush? These new looks are perfect for every occasion


Gorgeous Eye Makeup Looks for Your Holiday Parties

This is a TotalBeauty.com eye makeup article

Just because your makeup is "office appropriate" doesn't mean it has to be boring. Whatever the festive occasion, we've got new, stunning looks that are sure to snag you the attention you deserve.

Get the looks



Happy Free Shipping Day!





Today is Free Shipping Day! For a lot of retailers, it's the last day you can order items with regular shipping to get here by Christmas Eve. Check out www.FreeShippingDay.com for all participating stores!

China Glaze Colours from the Capital


Here are swatches from China Glaze's "Color From the Capital" collection inspired by The Hunger Games. If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it! It's a great item to add to your holiday wish list and an entertaining holiday vacation read. First movie based on the first book comes out in March! Check out the trailer.


Giveaway Break - Hard Candy Lipgloss Ring Set


The perfect stocking stuff this holiday season: Hard Candy has 5 piece lipgloss ring sets. They are only $5 at Walmart stores. They have a slight sheen to them with sparkles. Peppermint, grape, strawberry, cherry and vanilla flavors that you can definitely taste and smell once applied. They are fun for all ages. Younger girls will love to wear them and girls my age will love to have one in every purse they own! These are fun conversation pieces!

**Giveaway***

Enter to win 1 out of 3 Hard Candy Lipgloss Ring Sets!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for mymailing 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, January 15th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them onLipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



Holiday Party Prep Tips

'Tis the season of shopping, eating and...holiday parties! Here are some holiday prep tips for two extreme parties, 'ugly sweater' and 'work party.'

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Please let your sweater be the only ugly thing you are wearing! Try out Jessica Cosmetic's Shine On nail set to match your loud obnoxious sweater (these also make fun stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!). Here's a swatch of Superstar, a golden shimmer.

Hard Candy has a limited edition set of $1 glitter nail polishes that come with huge, over the top rings that will probably match your sweater to a tee. Also, you can sport one (or 2 or 3!) of their lipgloss rings which are sure to be a conversation piece. Here's an idea: wear all 5 rings ($5 for 5 piece set) and give them away to friends throughout the night :)



Formal Work Holiday Party
Make your appointments! If you plan on getting your hair, makeup or nails done, make your appointment early! I'm a huge fan of getting my makeup done at MAC. You can book an appointment at a MAC counter or store. You have to commit to spending at least $50 in MAC products in order to get your makeup done, but that's pretty easy to do.

For your nails, try out Shellac! There's nothing worse then having your hair, makeup, nails done, new dress on, on your way to your party, and you chip a nail. Try out Shellac so you don't have to worry about messing your nails up for the party, and since it lasts 10-14 days, depending on when you get them done, your manicure can last throughout the holidays!
Check out Goody Glam line of hair accessories to dress up your look. These super sparkly headbands come in a ton of colors are affordable. You can find them at your local Walmart store.

And most important tip of all...have fun!



And the Winners Are....

Make-up Matte - shopmark01
Minus417 nail care kit - whirlygirly77
Head to Toe Beauty - sahairah



ONE Bath & Body Launches at Ulta

ONE will be offering their unique eco-friendly products at ULTA Beauty stores now! To celebrate, customers will receive free music downloads from five up and coming artists. These up-and-coming artists - including Erika Jayne, The M.I.D.S and Tori Kelly - will each contribute 2,000 music downloads as a free giveaway to serve as a thank you to loyal users.

Just log onto www.OneBathandBody.com and click the "ONE Artist of the Month" tab to check out the artists and their musical offerings! Housed in eco-conscious, recyclable packaging, ONE's luxurious essentials let you look and feel good.



Beauty Sales

Tarte Cosmetics Friends & Family sale - 30% off and free shipping $40+. Use code FFDEC, valid through December 12th.

HauteLook
HUGE Philosophy sale, bubble bath, lip glosses, Amazing Grace, Eye Hope and more!
MOR Cosmetics soaps

Freeze 24-7





CND Shellac Hollywood

Here's a swatch of CND Shellac in Hollywood. Similar to Wildfire, but with a shimmer. In some lights, the shimmery gold undertone made the color look a little red-orange. It's a beautiful color for holiday festivities.

Total Beauty Post - Best Highlights for your Hair Color

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Best Highlights for Your Specific Hair Color

Find out which shades complement your hair color best


Best Highlights for Your Specific Hair Color

This is a TotalBeauty.com hair color article

How do you know which highlights will match your hair color? What's the difference between highlights and lowlights? We answer all of your coloring questions here and tell you exactly which shades suit your hair color best.

Get tips



Glamour's 2012 Cover - Kardashians

In their first joint interview since Kim announced her divorce from Kris Humphries, the Kardashian sisters open up to Glamour about love, life and what they hope 2012 will bring.

What do you think about these girls gracing the cover? Readers of Glamour.com didn't have the nicest things to say...


And the Winners Are....

DeVine Lip Shimmers - sahairah
Illumin8 - mistymorgan8



Giveaway Break - Holiday Beauty Bundle

Cheer up, it's hump day, and I have a giveaway for you! I wanted to post this on 'Treat yourself Tuesday' but missed the deadline. Take a break from holiday shopping and enter to win a special treat for you!

**Giveaway***

Enter to win a Holiday Beauty Bundle from Lipgloss Break! I put together items from some of my favorite brands, including Cargo, Goody, Avon and more!

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, December 30th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



CND Shellac Wildfire

Check out CND Shellac in Wildfire. Perfect red for the holiday and the 4th of July. A true shiny, bold red. Tina used a base coat, two color coats and a top coat. They turned out fabulous as always. More CND Shellac swatches to come!



Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

...and the deals keep on coming!

Sephora
Spend $25 or more online and enter 'MYSTERY' at checkout to get a mystery bag full of samples (along with the 3 free samples you get at checkout).

Zoya
The perfect gift for nail polish lovers! The Zoya Color Boxes are online at www.zoya.com. As a special promotion starting now through Monday at 11:59PM ET, Buy 3 Color Boxes and get 1 FREE plus get a coupon code for a FREE bottle of Zoya Nail Polish of your choice with any purchase online. No Coupon Codes Necessary. See full details on their blog zoyanailpolish.blogspot.com

BeautyTicket.com
Take an extra 50% off everything. Use code cyber50 at checkout.

Eve Pearl
Up to 55% off all Eve Pearl products. Enter code "BPTG2011" at checkout. Ends Monday November 28th at 11pm EST. While supplies last.

TINte Cosmetics
Cyber monday Sale 20% off online at tintecosmetics.com. Enter 'MON11' at checkout. Their Flavored Lip Colors would make a great stocking stuffer!

Still has their Black Friday sale up through Monday. Enter 'THANKS' at checkout for 35% off! Ends Nov 28 at midnight.

J Crew Factory
Normally the Jcrew.com Factory site is only open on the weekends, but it's staying open for Cyber Monday. Plus take an additional 25% off orders over $150, use code "YOURGIFT".

Rent the Runway
Get 20% off your order using code 'CYBER20'. Have a holiday party coming up? Reserve the perfect dress today at renttherunway.com!

Urban Decay
UrbanDecay.com CyberMonday deals.

BeautySak
25% off at BeautySak.com. Use code 'THANKS25' at checkout!




Total Beauty Post - Best Polishes of 2011

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Best Nail Polishes of 2011

Total Beauty doles out this year's Nail Polish Awards! See which brands you should choose for your next manicure -- and which you should avoid


Best Nail Polishes of 2011

This is a TotalBeauty.com nails article

We tested the hundreds of nail polish brands and shades to bring you this list of the best (and the worst!) polishes. See which one is the most chip-proof, which delivers the most pigmented colors, and more.

See the winners now



Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please take the time today to think about the important things in life and give thanks :) I know I have a lot to give thanks for, including having wonderful readers and blog followers! Thanks for reading Lipgloss Break - Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday Beauty Deals Part II


Anastasia of Beverly Hills
Anastasia.net is offering 35% off until Nov 28th. Enter code 'THANKS' at checkout.

J.Crew
25% off and free shipping over $150 or more. Offer ends on Sunday. Use code 'YOURGIFT' at checkout.

Ulta
Not only is Ulta having huge sales in store, but also online. Check out Ulta.com for their Black Friday specials, starting at 12am on Friday. Use code HOLIDAYSHP25 to get free shipping on orders over $25.

Classified Cosmetics
Black Friday sale at classifiedcosmetics.com - 50% off any order + free shipping. Checkout code: BLKFRIDAY


Black Friday Beauty Deals

Bath & Body Works
VIP Black Friday Tote (available at all Bath & Body Works locations
Spend $40 at any Bath & Body Works Store and this VIP Black Friday Tote, a $130 value, could be yours for only $20!
The VIP Tote includes these holiday favorites:
  • Be Enchanted Body Lotion, Shower Gel and Shimmer Mist
  • Mistletoe Kiss Gentle Foaming Soap
  • Mistletoe Kiss Pocketbac
  • Pocketbac Holder
  • Liplicious Cranberry Kiss Lip Gloss
  • 2oz Aromatherapy Nighttime Tea Body Lotion
  • Mini Gauze Sponge
  • Glitter Pump to be used with any Signature Collection Body
    Lotion or Shower Gel
  • Two Cosmetic Bags
  • Coupon for $10 off any Slatkin & Co. three wick candle
At the end of Black Friday, post pictures of your Bath & Body Works Black Friday Hauls on Twitter for a chance to win a $25 Bath & Body Works Gift Card.

Urban Decay
Starting on Black Friday, on UrbanDecay.com, you can get $20 off of Book of Shadows IV. Use code: BLACKFRIDAY11

IT Cosmetics
30% off of orders $25 and more for a week starting on Black Friday. Check out itcosmetics.comand use code: FF30 plus you'll get free shipping!

GiltGroup
Gilt.com is launching mobile exclusive "door buster" deals at 6am Black Friday morning. Set your alarm!

Benefit cosmetics

Clinique


isaay
You don't need to drive to the mall this year to take advantage of Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals. Update your wardrobe on isaay.com from the comfort of your own home with 20% off from Friday, November 25th – Monday, November 28th by using the coupon code "ISAAY11" at checkout!

Elizabeth Arden
From November 25th – November 28th, get 25% off + Free Shipping on ANY order from ElizabethArden.com. Save up to 65% on skincare, makeup and fragrance gift sets. Use code BF2 at checkout.

b-glowing
b-glowing.com, a leading online specialty beauty retailer, will offer shoppers 20% off orders of $75.00 or more plus Free Shipping. Some brands may be excluded.
The promotion detail follow:
Code: cyber11
Dates: 11/25 Midnight Central Time Zone through 11/28
Offer: 20% off any order of $75+ plus Free Shipping


China Glaze's Eye Candy

3-D glitter? Yes please! China Glaze's new limited edition collection, Eye Candy, is inspired by Marilyn Monroe's timeless allure...Diamonds. These super sexy glitter polishes will look great by themselves or layered over a solid color. Just in time to shine for the holidays!

They will be available at salons and beauty supply retailers in mid-December.


Madonna is launching a fragrance



Madonna is launching a fragrance with Coty Prestige in April 2012. It's called Truth or Dare by Madonna.

It will be a unique blend of narcotic florals, balanced with addictive woods and vanilla. Can't wait to check it out!

Total Beauty Post - Special Occasion Makeover

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Your Special Occasion Makeover

See what our experts suggest for three women with three very big events


Your Special Occasion Makeover

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeover article

You know when you've got that special occasion coming up -- maybe it's a date, or a job interview, or you're hosting a party -- and you want to look your best but don't know how to make that happen? We gave three women a gorgeous makeover fitting for their special occasion needs. See each woman's before and after looks -- then steal the hair and makeup tips for yourself.

See transformations



Sephora Minis

I've been slacking on my gift giving guides! I'm going to try and kick it up a notch this weekend since next week is....Black Friday!

Looking for stocking stuffers or gift toppers? Check out Sephora's minis:

Sephora Collection Mini Bag ($15/$50 value)

This mini palette contains the essentials to create a quick look on the go. In the shape of the iconic Sephora shopping bag, this slim palette contains nine eyeshadows, one blush and four lipsticks.

Sephora Color Wand ($10 each)

A Sephora favorite, this slim wand holds six shimmery glosses, each with their own doe-foot applicator. Choose from Hydra (nudes and beiges) or Sacred Heart (pinks, raspberry and violet).

tokidoki Mini Rollerball Set ($18)

A set of six mini rollerballs in each of the new tokidoki scents. Give yourself the perfect opportunity to try them all or break them up into adorable stocking stuffers. Fragrances include:

· Adios: Devilishly Crisp Citrus

· Ciao Ciao: Sassy Sheer Floral

· SANDy: Sparkling Fresh Floral

· Donutella: Rich Delicious Cream

· Adieu: Sexy French Berry

· Siberia: Icy White Musk



MAC Viva Glam 2012 Campaign

Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj in the M·A·C Viva Glam 2012 campaign visual shot by David LaChapelle. Every cent of Ricky and Nicki's Viva Glam products, on-counter February 2012, goes to support the M·A·C AIDS Fund.

I'm looking forward to trying out the line!



Shellac Layering - Barbie Pink


I've never been so happy with Shellac layering before. I got the idea from I Heart Cosmetics blog to layer Gotcha & Strawberry Smoothie. What did I get? Barbie pink!

Here's what I did:
Shellac base coat - cure for 10 seconds
1 coat of Gotcha - cure for 2 minutes
1 coat of Strawberry Smoothie - cure for 2 minutes
Shellac top coat - cure for 2 minutes

This looks a lot like Zoya's Barbie shade. It may be very Spring/Summer, but will sport it for 2 weeks in the Fall nonetheless.




Total Beauty Post: Makeover Tricks to Look Younger

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Look 10 Years Younger with These Makeover Tricks

We gave three women an anti-aging makeover. Read on to see their transformations


Look 10 Years Younger with These Makeover Tricks

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeover article

If you still think plastic surgery is the only way to look younger, think again. Turns out your hair and makeup can make you look years younger. We asked stylists and makeup artists to give three women -- one in her 30s, another in her 40s, and a third in her 50s -- makeovers that would erase years from their looks. The results? You have to see them to believe. (Then steal the experts' tricks for yourself!)

See makeovers