Lipgloss Break: April 2011

Anastasia Master Classes

Want to learn how to master the brow arch? Anastasia Beverly Hills stores, counters and studios have master classes you can sign up for and get a one on one lesson on how to master the perfect arch.

Features and benefits of the class:
  • Customer receives a customized Brow Shaping and consultation
  • Learn which brow products and colors work best for you
  • Learn tips and shortcuts for applying quick brows
  • Look and feel beautiful with your brow shape!
Check out Anastasia's site for events near you!

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For you local Michigan ladies, check out the event next weekend at Somerset!
Master Class Event May 7th from 10-5pm
Nordstrom Somerset
2850 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Please call Nordstrom's at (248) 816-5100 and ask for the Anastasia Studio to book your appointment


Beauty App Tuesday

I'm blogging from 10,000 miles high! I'm en route to SFO for work. On flight internet is absolutely amazing!

For those who know me personally, know how much I love my Android phone :) I'm connected to it for work, social networking, texting and of course, apps. There are some fun beauty related apps that I'd love to share...every Tuesday! Beauty App Tuesday kicks off today!

OPI app for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

OPI has an app that allows you to virtually try on their various nail polish shades. It allows you to change the skin color of your virtual hand so you can get a more realistic view of how the colors will look on you. The only complaint listed is that it's not update with the latest collections....guess you'll have to take your chances with those shades :) It's a free app - download it from iTunes.

Beauty Product Reviews by Total Beauty
Fun, free app from Total Beauty. Browse over 280,000 reviews on over 45,000 beauty products. Beauty products aren't cheap - do your reserach first and see what others are saying! Get this app free from iTunes or the Android Market.

And the Winners Are...

Goody Retro set - garrettsambo
L'Athene Primesse Essential Facial Cleanser - lmariegrimm
EnvyDerm - dawnm90

NARS Summer 2011 Collection

NARS has it's summer line out...now we just need some summer weather!

Available beginning April 15th at narscosmetics.com, the NARS Summer 2011 collection includes:

CAP FERRAT TRIO EYESHADOW, $45 - Icy sea foam, silver green, and icy turquoise

DOGON DUO EYESHADOW, $33 - Metallic taupe with icy green sheen; charcoal black

EXOTIC DANCE DUO EYESHADOW, $33 - Metallic white with silver sheen; metallic gold

QUEEN SOFT TOUCH SHADOW PENCIL, $24 - Citrus gold glitter

NEW ORDER HIGHLIGHTING BLUSH, $27 - Soft pink with gold and silver shimmer

WONDER LIP GLOSS, $24 - Sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer

MAYFLOWER LIPSTICK, $24 - Sheer shimmering raspberry

BOLERO VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL, $24 - Pink cantaloupe

CARTHAGE PURE MATTE LIPSTICK, $25 - Hot pink

KISMET NAIL POLISH, $17 - Metallic sunflower

ÉCUME NAIL POLISH , $17 - Opaque white



Total Beauty Post - Dramatic Hair Color Makeovers

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Dramatic Hair Color Makeover

See how one busy working mom got a major boost in confidence with this chic new color


Dramatic Hair Color Makeover

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With a demanding work life, and an even more demanding 2-year-old at home, Beth needed a cut and color that would help her look more polished and put-together -- without taking a ton of time. So we called in our team of experts at the Warren-Tricomi salon to give her a new low-maintenance 'do.

See her makeover



Lady Gaga on cover of Harper's Bazaar

Lady Gaga graces Harper's Bazaar's May cover, and in the interview, the provocative pop star opens up about her body, fashion statements, her stand on plastic surgery, and more. Please see attached for the cover and inside photos and full story, and below for a few highlights from the interview.
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For the provocative pop star, all the world’s a stage. Why? Because she was born that way.

“I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have. I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.”

“I am an artist, and I have the ability and the free will to choose the way the world will envision me.”

She says that once she had become a household name—after winning Grammys, after wrestling with Madonna on Saturday Night Live, after countless magazine covers—she felt pressured to move to the pop-culture mecca that is Los Angeles. “I had all these number-one records, and I had sold all these albums, and it was sort of this turning point: Am I going to try and embrace Hollywood and assimilate to that culture?” Suffice to say, it didn’t work out. “I put my toe in that water, and it was a Kegel-exercise vaginal reaction where I clenched and had to retract immediately,” she says in a very vivid metaphor. “I ran furiously back to New York, to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars.”



Gelac Looking Glass swatch

Giving Gelac a second try! Tina did my nails in Looking Glass on Saturday. I already have a 'break' in one of the nails that I'll have to try and file down. Gelac just seems so much thinner than Shellac. Looking Glass, although it's a pretty sheer color, didn't full cover my nails.

MAC Quite Cute Pinball game


M∙A∙C Cosmetics has developed a virtual pinball application for their Facebook Page, to coincide with the launch of their Quite Cute Collection “Quite Cute Pinball” represents the first time a beauty brand has engaged its community through a Facebook pinball game, and it’s one that M∙A∙C’s 1.6 million fans are sure to enjoy.

“Quite Cute Pinball" is a retro-fun pinball game based on Japan’s youthful culture of cute. The game centers on the whimsical pastel shades and offbeat icons of the M∙A∙C Quite Cute collection, and will be housed in a dedicated tab on the M∙A∙C Cosmetics Facebook page. “Quite Cute Pinball” is easy to play, the kind of game anyone can pick up in a snap. There is a main board as well as two bonus levels of cute to unlock, and players can chart their ranking among their friends and the Facebook community as a whole. Players can also invite friends to join in and share their accomplishments via newsfeed, including scores, special pinballs unlocked and bonus gameboards unlocked. All your friends will know when you totally dominate the scoreboard – in the cutest way possible, of course.

To play, visit http://www.facebook.com/MACcosmetics?sk=app_130940390307919 on the M∙A∙C Cosmetics Facebook Page. Have fun!

Total Beauty Post - Best Skin Sloughing Body Scrubs

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18 Best Skin Sloughing Body Scrubs

The secret to super-soft skin? A great body scrub. See reviews on Neutrogena products, Clinique and more


18 Best Skin Sloughing Body Scrubs

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Dry skin is a year-round problem, but an amazing body scrub sloughs off flakes, leaving your skin hydrated. Read these reader recommendations to find one that'll work best for you.

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No. 18: Philosophy Hot Salt Tub and Shower Scrub, $25

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.7


"I use it dry before my bath and it really gets my circulation going."

No. 17: Neutrogena Energizing Sugar Body Scrub, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0


"Unlike some other scrubs which are difficult to wash off, this one is not greasy and smells good."

No. 16: Giovanni Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub, $13.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1


"This body scrub smells ... like fresh brownies, and works well at removing dead skin."

Want to see the other scrubs that made the list? Click here!



Zero Frizz Review


During my trip to Florida 2 weeks ago, the weather was on the brink of turning really sticky. The day I left there was such much humidity my skin felt damp just walking outside! I made sure to pack Zero Frizz Corrective Serum in my bag so I could put it to the ultimate test of Florida humidity.

I use Zero Frizz all the time here in Michigan, but it's also very dry here right now, so I couldn't put it's frizz taming capabilities to the test.

I used it every morning while in Florida and was super happy with the results. Not only did it keep the frizz at bay but it made my hair look really smooth after blow drying. I used it by itself on a few days, and then mixed with a moisturizing leave-in condition on another day. Both times my hair stayed frizz free.

Zero Frizz has UV protectants, vitamins and proteins that help to strengthen hair and prevent breakage. A little goes along way, and at $4.64 a pop, you're going to get a great big bang for your buck! You can find Zero Frizz at local Walmart.




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Get a Bronzed Glow from a Spray Tan

Have you ever spray tanned? I know people now think of Snookie when I mention spray tanning, but its a safe way to get a bronzed glow, without putting yourself in harmful rays.

I've never tried a Mystique tanning booth, but heard they are just 'okay' in terms of even coverage. I've had the best luck when the tan is airbrushed by a professional.

For the local Michiganders that follow my blog, I recently visited Allison at Sunkiss'd Spray Tan to get bronzed for an upcoming trip. This was my second visit with her and loved the results. Allison uses Artesian & Norvelle tanning solutions. I think she may have mixed it to be a medium shade for me. Immediately after spray tanning I was really dark. Once I showered in the morning it was a very natural bronzed color. The tan lasted a solid 4 days, and then started to fade.

If you have a wedding, party or vacation coming up, I highly suggest trying this out. If it's YOUR wedding, please get a trial run first! Mention Allison's website and get $5 off. She normally charges $25.















Bronzed glow from a spray tan!

Private Sale Sites

Biva.com
There's a new private sale site, featuring a lot of beauty products, lots of colognes and perfumes. Just in time for Mother's Day! Sign up for free here.


Rue La La
Want $20 to spend on Rue La La? Sign up today and get a $20 credit. Make sure to sign up before April 25th.

April Facebook Giveaway Offers

Oxy "Prom Perfect" Giveaway

Conair "Spring into Style" Giveaway

At Last Naturals "Perfect Balance" Sweepstakes

Certain Dri "All Star Antiperspirant" Sweepstakes

Total Beauty Post - Innovative Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

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8 Innovative Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

You can help the planet and help yourself with these green products


8 Innovative Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

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With innovative sustainable packaging and environmentally sound, organic ingredients, these products prove that you don't have to forsake beauty and get all crunchy hippie and dreadlocked to be eco-conscious.

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Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer Collection

The Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer collection is a quick-drying formula that is available in long-lasting colors.

These long-wearing, nail-strengthening lacquers contain Borghese’s exclusive Aqua di Vita complex to help restore moisture and balance, while Micronized Gemstones add strength and brilliance. Each shade comes with a special Duale Curve Tip Brush custom designed to hug the shape of your nail for smooth, flawless application that lasts up to seven days. The rich, saturated hues are free of DBP’s, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

The Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer Collection includes:

Vigneto

Marino

Mochaccino

Chroma

Lira

Menta

Violetto

Maraschino

Siena

Rosso

Anemone

Limoncello



Total Beauty Post - 7 Tips to Help You Organize Your Makeup

Time for some Spring cleaning! Throw out your old makeup and use these tips to organize your makeup!

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7 Tips to Help You Organize Your Makeup Like a Pro

Ignoring it won't make the mess go away. It's time to clean up your makeup stash -- here's how


7 Tips to Help You Organize Your Makeup Like a Pro

This is a TotalBeauty.com expert tips article

It's time for a total overhaul and to find out the best and smartest ways to keep your stash in check, we went to the experts who offer up tips that'll help you keep your makeup organized and up-to-date.

Start cleaning



Giveaway Break - Lexli Skincare Starter Kit


Innovative skincare brand Lexli International is leading the way with a line of skincare products supported by scientific research and formulated with a base of certified organic, pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera, one of the most clinically effective natural ingredients in the world.

Dr. Ahmed Abdullah is a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Lexli. Dr. Abdullah is among the pioneers who began the practice of utilizing pharmaceutical-grade aloe in their plastic surgery practice for the treatment of skin damage, including burns, scars and lesions. "When it comes to skin care, 'less is more' is a mantra repeated by experts, no matter how often new and improved technologies are introduced," says Dr. Abdullah. "Long known for its healing properties, aloe vera has been proven to produce restorative and medicinal effects. Lexli offers results-driven products with high technology formula and a cocktail of essential ingredients to ensure optimal skin health post-treatment and beyond."

Lexli's 30-Day Starter Kit is an easy, inexpensive way to try the Lexli skincare line and make sure it's right for you. Each kit provides a month’s supply of products featured as a part of Lexli’s Simple 4-Step System. Included in the travel-friendly kit is: Aloe-Based Cleansing Lotion (2 oz.), Aloe-Based AloeGlyC® Renewing Exfoliant (0.50 oz.), Aloe-Based Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Normal to Dry Skin (0.50 oz.), Aloe-Based Tone and Balance (2 oz), Aloe-Based Night Moisturizer (0.5 oz).Starter Kit Price: $84

**Giveaway***

Enter to win a Lexli Skincare Starter 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 Thursday , May 5th. 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 - 3 Pretty Spring Beauty Trends

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3 Pretty Spring Beauty Trends You Must Try

See which trends are a must this season


3 Pretty Spring Beauty Trends You Must Try

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Spring is here and that means it's time for a fresh start. Not only will I be trading in sweaters for breezy dresses, but I'm also updating my beauty routine. Buh-bye thick face cream, sayonara wintery hues. This season I'm psyched to try these three trends.

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China Glaze Summer 2011 - Island Escape

Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure. Colors in the collection include:

· Papaya Punch: Crème based vivid orange.

· 108 Degrees: Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.

· Senorita Bonita: Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.

· Blue Iguana: Bold and daring sparkly blue.

· Cha Cha Cha: Vivacious shimmer green.

· Electric Pineapple: High intensity crème based lime green.

Escape this summer to a far away place with China Glaze. Vacation in color!

The China Glaze Island Escape collection will be available as open stock colors, 6 piece box collection, 6 piece counter display, 12 piece counter display and 36 piece rack.