Lipgloss Break: March 2011

LORAC Summer Collection


Lorac Cosmetics Summer collection called Touch Me Tease Me Tantalize Me Collection will hit shelves in April (at Ulta on April 10th and Sephora on April 19th). It gives you everything you need to get gorgeous bronzed skin and sultry metallic eyes for summer.



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Zoya Mod Mattes

Zoya is releasing Limited Edition matte nail polish for the Summer - Mod Mattes. I think Lolly is adorable! I wonder how the matte pink would look on toes? These will be available March 21st.

Piggy Paint for Kids

Piggy Paint nail polishes are for kids! I was excited to try this polish out. Not only did I love the color, but I thought it was a really cool idea.

Piggy Paint Nail Polish is safe for kids because it is:
- non-toxic
- low odor
- water-based formula
- hypoallergenic
- fun, vibrant colors
- cruelty-free
- safe for use during pregnancy!

I tried this color out in Girls Rule, which is a shimmery purple. I painted my nails at night with a base and top coat, and the next day it started to chip. This is definitely a great concept for kids, but doesn't transfer to adults (washing dishes must have did it in!), which is a bummer, since the colors are outstanding!



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.


Smashbox Sale on RueLaLa

Smashbox Cosmetic sale on RueLaLa!

Bikini Waxing Tips from Skyy Hadley

Spring is here, even though the weather doesn't seem like it! Below are some tips from beauty expert Skyy Hadley on ways to get silky smooth skin before, during and after you get a wax.

Before wax

· Exfoliate the area to be waxed with an exfoliating scrub such as the True Blue Spa Invigorating Spa Scrub

· Make sure hair is at least ¼ inch long before you wax

· I suggest taking an aspirin or drinking a glass of wine an hour before your appointment or at home wax to minimize the pain

During Wax- if you choose to wax at home

· Make sure the area is clean and dry

· Sprinkle some baby powder onto the area to be waxed

· Apply a thin layer of wax in the direction of hair growth

· Pull wax strips off in the opposite direction of hair growth

· Use one hand to pull the wax and use the other to stretch skin to help minimize pain

· Remember to wax small areas at a time

· My favorite at home wax kit is the Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit

After wax

· Apply an aloe lotion or gel onto the treated area to soothe the skin

· If desired, apply an ingrown hair protector gel after waxing the bikini area

· Wear loose cotton pants or a skirt to let the treated area breathe

Myth: Shaving causes hair to grow in thicker and waxing causes hair to grow back lighter. In reality, it really only appears this way because when you shave, hair grows in all at the same time where with waxing the hair grows in at different times.



Bikini Area Hair Removal 101

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Bikini Area Hair Removal 101

Get the closest shave in your bikini area without scary repercussions (AKA bumps, cuts and ingrown hairs)


Bikini Area Hair Removal 101

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Shaving your bikini area can be a challenging task. What's a girl to do then? Consult an expert on the subject, of course. Here to answer questions about getting the smoothest bikini area shave possible is Venus Scientist, Claire Girdler.

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Giveaway Break - "Beautiful Skin Revealed" Book


Introducing Dermatologist Dr. Paul Friedman's New Book, "Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin." This book is an insider's guide to healthy skin....

How do you navigate through the selection of products for cleansers, moisturizers, cosmetics, and more? Which combination of treatment options, potions and lotions is the real deal? In an effort to seperate fact from fiction, Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Paul Friedman, has co-authored this book to offer an expert's insider view on common skin conditions and treatments that really work, in addition to offering tips on how to maximize the time with your dermatologist.

The book contains 12 chapters including sections on: Complexion, Acne, Wrinkles, Flushing, Birthmarks, Eyes, Leg Veins, Skin Cancer, Scars and Stretch Marks, General Dermatology, Products and finally Choosing a doctor.

***Giveaway***

Enter to win a copy of "Beautiful Skin Revealed" Book!

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 22nd. I will randomly select one winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!






Shellac in Gotcha

Love love love Shellac's new pink, Gotcha. It's from their Spring line. This picture makes it look a little darker than what it is. It's very similar to Zoya's Barbie in person.

It's a must for Summer!

Obsessive Compulsive Nail Polish Wasabi Swatch

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics are outrageous! I love them, super bold and fun. Check out the polish I sported for St. Patty's Day. It's called Wasabi. I thought it would turn out green, but it was more of an electric yellow. It's pretty thin paint, so it needs about 3 coats to get rid of streaks.

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Add GREEN to Your Day!

Whether you're going out to celebrate, or just going to work today, you have to incorporate GREEN in your day for St. Patrick's Day (or you'll get pinched by an leprechaun)!

GET A GREEN GLOW
Hard Candy has a little bit of green in every part of their line! Eyeliners, shadows, mascaras and nail polishes. Best part, it's affordable. You can find the entire Hard Candy line at Walmart.com.

I got the chance to try a few of Hard Candy's green items:

The Lash Weave Lush Green mascara is awesome. It's not as bold as a black or blue mascara, but you will definitely see a tint of green in your lashes.

The Meteor-Eyes Baked Shadow in Space Cadet is a deep green when it's on your eyes. The sparkles that are in the pot don't really come across once on your skin. I found that adding a few drops of water to my brush before dipping it in the pot and applying helped to make the color more bold.

The Take Me Out Chopstick liner in Money is awesome. Full of glitter even with application. I think it looks best with black first, and then over dried black eyeliner to really make eyes pop.

Walk the Line Liquid Liner in Lucky is SUPER green. I mean, GREEN. It goes on really smooth and really bold. If you want to go really green, you could probably use this liner alone. Your eyes will be spotted across the room. But be warned, it's really hard to remove, so you may have green eyes for a few days :)CLEAN GREEN
Bath and Body Works has come through again with cute, fun antibacterials. Check out the Feeling Lucky green ones!


EAT YOUR GREENS!
Check out these Irish recipes at Yum Sugar. Guinness Ice Cream anyone?


RELAX...
End your night and detox in a bath with a LUSH Avobath Bath Bomb ($6.25). It's chock full of our favorite green vegetable avocado, skin is left moisturized and nourished. Lemongrass and bergamot stimulate the senses to get you going!

Please comment below and let me know how you're adding GREEN to your day :)

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

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.

Total Beauty Post - 20 Wallet Frendly Beauty Products

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20 Best Wallet Friendly Beauty Products

See which products work just as well as snazzy high-end brands' but won't break the bank


20 Best Wallet Friendly Beauty Products

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Drugstore-product enthusiasts believe that it is possible to improve your look and save cash at the same time. That's why we read through tons of beauty product reviews in order to bring you a master list of the best wallet-friendly finds from the drugstore beauty brands you love.

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No. 20: Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant, $3.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3


"I sweat a good amount and this lasts me six to eight hours."

No. 19: Olay Regenerist Thermal Contour and Lift, $25.72

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8


"Short of an expensive spatreatment, this product cannot be beat. It's easy to use …"

No. 18: Maybelline New York Full 'N Soft Washable Mascara, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8


"It doesn't clump, it goes on smooth, it builds and lengthens…"

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Gelac Update

I've been meaning to give everyone an update on Gelac (see post Shellac vs. Gelac). Unfortunately, I have some bad news...it only lasted 4 days. But, I'm going to keep on trying it out. We have skipped a step or cut a corner or two, maybe we haven't perfected it yet. I'll keep everyone updated. But for now, if you're going to treat yourself, splurge on Shellac :)

Vera Wang Preppy Princess

What do you think of when you hear the word 'preppy?' Popped collars? Frat boys? Polo shirts? Once you smell Vera Wang Preppy Princess fragrance, you will think of something else - flirty girls who are stylish and like to have fun!

Vera Wang Preppy Princess comes up in a fun pink bottle with a blue and white plaid design. The top has a crown and ring top, similar to Vera Wang Princess. The fragrance features impressions of tangerine, red apple and succulent crushed berries. The eclectic blend of honeysuckle and jasmine matches the scent's classic meets edgy style, while the scent of sensual woods and an unexpected kiss of coconut water make you feel like you are popular, invited to the inner circle.

The dominate smell of berries is why I like it so much. It's not musky at all, and it reminds me of a scent I wore in high school, fruity and light.

Zoe Kravitz holds court in the ad campaign and schools fans on what it truly means when downtown meets uptown and fashion-forward, confidence rules.

Eau de Toilette Spray
3.4 oz / 100 ml $75.00
1.7 oz / 50 ml $60.00
1.0 oz / 30 ml $45.00

Satiny Body Lotion
5.0 oz / 150 ml $35.00


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Beauty Sales this Week

HauteLook sales - Click here to get a free membership and access to these sales!

Monday - Lorac, Booty Parlor Skincare
Tuesday - Fusion Beauty
Wednesday - Senna Cosmetics, Alterna Professional Haircare
Thursday - Pixi Beauty, Scente Genie
Friday - Bellapiere Cosmetics, Miss Oops Accessories

Total Beauty Post - Spring's Best New Lip Products

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Spring's Best New Lip Products

These balms, lipsticks and exfoliators do much more than add a little color to your face


Spring's Best New Lip Products

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Have you noticed that the birds are chirping again? You know what that means … spring is nearly here. That's why we're offering up a must-buy list of the season's best lip products that will exfoliate, soothe and add color for the warmer, cheery days ahead.

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Giveaway Break - Freeman Facial Scrub & Mask


Not only is Spring on its way, but if you're in high school, a big event is coming up...Prom! Whether you are getting ready for Prom or you are getting ready for warmer weather, it's time to make sure your skin is refreshed and moisturized. Get rid of your tired, dry winter skin!

The Freeman Feeling Beautiful formula provides you with antioxidant rich skincare to help exfoliate and refresh the skin, deeply cleanse, and moisturize. Put your best face forward at the big dance and this Spring!

Freeman Feeling Beautiful products are available at food, drug and mass merchandise stores nationwide and by visiting www.freemanbeauty.com and retail for $3.99...or, you can try to win one from Lipgloss Break!

**Giveaway***

Enter to win a Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Scrub & Mask. I'm going to select 10 winners!

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 10th. I will randomly select 10 winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



Pixi Beauty Succulent Lip Twin Review


I love the set up of Pixi Beauty's Succulent Lip Twin. The 'ball' of color you see in the clear cap is a lip and cheek tint. It then unscrews and has lip balm. The site describes the lip balm as just a hint of color, but the Pink Peony is pretty dark.

The applicator for the lip balm isn't smooth, rather a jagged opening, so I've been using my lip brush to apply. It's a beautiful color that totally brightens up a look.

The Lip Twin is perfect for traveling...lipstick, gloss and cheek stain in one!

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.


9 Ways to Make Your Beauty Life Easier

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9 Ways to Make Your Beauty Life Easier

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9 Ways to Make Your Beauty Life Easier

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It's for you crazy-busy women that we consulted beauty experts to get the latest innovations and clever tricks that are guaranteed to leave you looking put-together without having to clock major time parked in front of the vanity. So, if you can spare a few minutes to get a couple of pointers, let's begin …

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Gelac vs. Shellac


Many of you know that I'm totally obsessed with CND Shellac. I've done many posts displaying the different colors in the line and demonstrating how chip-resistant it is. CND just released new colors, and my friend Tina and I were super excited about them! The problem is: they are sold out. Shellac is such a hit in the industry and a growing trend, CND can't keep up with the orders.

So, feeling a little let down and limited by color options, my friend Tina, who also does my Shellac manicures, found IBD's Gelac. Gelac is described just like Shellac, as the 14-day manicure. The difference is there are a TON of Gelac colors! Gelac needs to be cured just like Shellac, and has one extra step, which is the 'prep' step.We 'held back' and only purchased 3 colors to start with, Pink Wink, Rosy Future and Black Licorice. Tina did my nails in Pink Wink on Sunday (pictured), which is really really light and would be nice with a french manicure. Sometimes I like the really light ones because it's easier to camouflage new growth. It's a very natural, clean look. It's holding up well, but we still have 11 more days to go!

Has anyone tried Gelac yet? If so, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought! I'll keep everyone updated on my experience, and let you know if its a good substitution for Shellac, or at least when you want to experience more colors!


Total Beauty Post - Test Your Celebrity Knowledge

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Do You Remember When These Celebrities Dated?

It's time for a round of good ol' celebrity trivia. Do you remember who dated whom? Test your celebrity knowledge -- now


Do You Remember When These Celebrities Dated?

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What is it that drew all these couples together in the first place? Is it a preference for a certain type? Is it just that naturally beautiful people prefer other natural beauties? Let's see if we can detect a common thread, a unifying theme -- and, while we're at it, try to see whether the person they previously dated has anything in common looks-wise with their current partner.

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Free Beauty Samples & HauteLook Beauty Sales!

Free Samples:
Frederic Fekkai sample
Dove Hair Care sample

HauteLook:
Stila Cosmetic sample sale!
Twist & Pout key chain sale - these are sooo cute. I received one as a gift from my friend's shower. I use it all the time on key chain. Perfect gift for any lady who loves lip gloss :) They are sold in packs of one, two, three and more!
Korres - travel essential sale and more!

Giveaway Break - EnvyDerm Eyelash Growth Serum


Want long, lush lashes? Fortunately, EnvyDerm, a groundbreaking new non-prescription formula eyelash growth serum, is here for our eye batting rescue.

"Through meticulous research and development, scientific advances, professional expertise and the understanding of a customer's well-being, EnvyDerm is changing the world of beauty," says Nadia Smith, President and Founder of EnvyDerm. "At EnvyDerm, we provide consumers with the best eyelash care products to enhance their natural beauty."

How to use EnvyDerm?
The EnvyDerm applicator is very similar to a liquid eyeliner applicator. One should apply the stimulating serum once a day before bedtime along the upper and lower lash lines. EnvyDerm does not disrupt the daily application of makeup or other skincare routines. Can be used on brows as well.

What is in EnvyDerm?
EnvyDerm is formulated with active natural ingredients such as bioavailable lipo-oligopeptides that stimulate keratin genes. Powerful SymPeptide technology lengthens and strengthens natural lashes. EnvyDerm uses vitamins, minerals and amino acids to moisturize and nourish lashes and brows.

When Can I Expect to See Results?
One should begin to see the lash line becoming thicker, fuller and healthier looking in as little as 2 weeks! In a clinical study, users saw a 25% increase in eyelash length during this period. EnvyDerm will continue to prove results over time if used on a consistent basis.

**Giveaway***

Enter to win EnvyDerm (Retail value $99.95)!

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 Thursday , April 7th 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 - 7 Gorgeous Curly Haircuts

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7 Gorgeous Curly Haircut Inspirations

Are you frustrated by your curly hair? See these copy-worthy cuts that will work with your curls


7 Gorgeous Curly Haircut Inspirations

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Cutting curly hair can be tricky, but with these masterful tips from curly hair expert Michael Duenas, gorgeous curly hair is right at your fingertips -- literally, just click "see haircuts."

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NARS Illuminators

Following the success of the Orgasm Illuminator, NARS introduces three new iconic shades to the Illuminator category. This collection of light-reflecting liquids glides on to refresh the skin, enhance the complexion and create a shimmering incandescence. The Illuminators can be used to highlight bare skin or to light up your makeup as it lights the skin from within.

COPACABANA - Like its namesake Multiple, Copacabana Illuminator will impart a pearlescent sheen and can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, and used to highlight the neck, shoulders and décolleté.

SUPER ORGASM – Infused, like the blush, with golden shimmer and a peachy-gold hue that can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, and used to highlight the neck, shoulders and décolleté.

LAGUNA - A golden-bronze hue, just as in Laguna Bronzer, that will give a sun-kissed glow and can be applied to the face or mixed with foundation.

Key ingredients include Polar Berries, known for their antioxidant properties; Bisabolol, known as an anti-inflammatory (obtained from the Chamomile plant) and Indian Frankincense, known for its soothing and comforting properties. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

PRICE: $29 each



Totaly Beauty Quiz - Do you have the Totally Wrong Hair Color?

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Quiz: Do You Have the Totally Wrong Hair Color?

Find out if you're actually a blonde trapped in a redhead's body


Quiz: Do You Have the Totally Wrong Hair Color?

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If you feel like you've been dealt a bum hand when it comes to the color of your strands, change it. But, first, take this quiz to see what color is best suited to you.

Find out



Age-O-Meter


Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, have just a fun Facebook app called the Age-O-Meter that gives you a sneak peek into the future. The app uses age progression software to show users what they might look like in 30 years.

The app uses age progression software to show users what they might look like in 30 years. Users submit a snapshot of themselves via webcam or file upload and in less than 30 seconds, you are presented with an image of what you might look like in the future.

Check it out!

Start Booking Appointments for Wellness Week!

Hey all! It's about that time for Wellness Week. Make sure to visit SpaFinder.com today, enter your email address and zip code, and make sure you are aware of the spas around you that are participating in this awesome deal.

During March 21-27 participating spas will be offering half-off deals and $50 special spa treatments deals. You can begin booking now, and will continue to book right up until Wellness Week, so hurry and get your appointment before they fill up!

For my local MI followers, here are the deals going on in the metro-Detroit area:
  • Pigalle Salon & MedSpa (Southfield, MI)
  • Consher Organic Spa (Birmingham, MI)
  • Yoga Shelter (West Bloomfield, MI)
  • Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (Dearborn, MI)
  • Franklin Spa and Concierge (Franklin, MI)
  • Skinthetics (West Bloomfield, MI)




Living Social Deal - 2 Movie tickets for $9

Like going to the movies? Get 2 movie tickets for $9 from Fandago.com. Visit Living Social to get this deal - make it a movie date night...enjoy!

And the Winners Are....

Crazy Rumors Lip Balms - SJberes3
Daisy Marc Jacobs - Probe211

Total Beauty Post - Don't Waste Your $$ on these Products!

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23 Horrible Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Readers say these anti-aging products did nothing that they claimed to do


23 Horrible Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

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To help save you from getting hurt by these products that don't deliver, we're here to share a list of the anti-aging goods our readers have tried, tested and rejected.

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No. 23: Cosmedicine MegaDose Skin Fortifying Serum, $60

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6


"I was completely disgusted by the smell. I don't know what this is 'supposed' to do for your skin, but the smell makes me not care."

No. 22: L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift Complete Lotion SPF 15, $16.59

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6


"I tried using this once and had to stop, [because it made my] face start to itch and feel dry."

No. 21: Benefit Eyecon, $28

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6


"After applying it twice a day for over a month" one reader didn't see "changes under my eyes" or "any lightening at all."

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!



ULTA and Teen Vogue Prom Preview Parties at ULTA Stores

Want to achieve a Hollywood glam, runway, show-stopping look for prom? Teen Vogue and ULTA have teamed up to help you get the ULTAmate look for the big night. On March 1st, gather your girls and head to your local ULTA store for a Prom Preview Party from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Don’t be late! The first 50 guests to come to the party will receive a FREE ULTA gift and each party guest can enter to win a bag with over 20 beauty treats from Urban Decay, Benefit, TIGI, Stila, L’Oreal and more!

Throughout the night, ULTA’s experts will conduct live demos and share the latest in easy up-dos, amazing skincare tips and hot make-up looks that will have even the prom queen green with envy.

Fall in love with a look? Come back between March 6th and June 25th to receive discounted prom styling from ULTA’s team of master designers:

  • Prom pin-ups starting at $40
  • Prom pin-up and makeover packages starting at $60

To learn more about the Prom Preview Parties, visit ULTA on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ULTA) and check out www.ulta.com to find an ULTA near you.