Lipgloss Break: February 2012

Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzer

I'm glad to be back in the D (that's Detroit :). I spent 3 days in Florida this week for work. It was a nice change to be able to wear dresses without tights! But the problem with that is that my legs were looking like Snow White's.

I was running low on time and didn't have enough time to use a self tanner, so I grabbed a sample of Lorac Body TANtilizer I received from Sephora and called it a day. The sample package described it as a 'body makeup' and not a permanent stain like self tanner. I thought I'd check it out as a quick fix!

I put it on Tuesday morning before my client meeting and I was instantly sun-kissed! It smelled great, not like a regular self tanner smell, and went on evenly. I was really impressed with the way it looked. It washed off easily the next morning in the shower. I did get a little on my work bag from carrying it against my arm, but it came off easily with a damp cloth. I would not suggest wearing it with a white dress, pants or top. Please keep in mind, that this does not contain sunscreen!

I'm planning on buying a full size one for my trip to Florida next week, which is an actual vacation!


Total Beauty Post - How to Pronounce Tricky Beauty Names

I thought this was a fun one!
Stop butchering the names of your favorite beauty brands with this helpful pronunciation guide
Learn How to Pronounce Tricky Beauty Brand Names -- Finally
This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup tips article
Saying "N.Y.X" instead of "nix" (for NYX) can make for an awkward moment at the makeup counter. Mispronouncing a beauty brand is a simple mistake -- but it doesn't have to be one you make again. Here's how to pronounce those hard-to-say brand names correctly.



Gwyneth Paltrow wears NARS at the Academy Awards







NARS worked with celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez to create presenter Gwyneth Paltrow’s red carpet look at the 84th annual Academy Awards!

"It’s elegantly bronzed,” said celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez for NARS Cosmetics about the red carpet look she created for Gwyneth Paltrow. “The dress makes such a statement, but it also has no color, so we needed to create a makeup look that complemented the dress and was still sophisticated enough for the red carpet. I really loved the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer because it gives a sun-kissed look to her skin, and perfect against a white dress!”

FACE

EYES
The champagne side of NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow applied on the eyelid for a pop of gold, followed by a Maybelline brown liquid eyeliner along the lashline. The look was finished with NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.

LIPS


** NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 PA +++ was also applied to her neck, d├ęcolletage, and shoulders!


Rose Byrne wears NARS at the 84th Academy Awards

Makeup by Maude Laceppee for NARS

 
Inspiration:
"Her dress is like a piece of jewelry so we wanted glamorous and sexy but minimal at the same time. It's really elegant and modern. We wanted the skin to look transparent but radiant and the new tinted moisturizer produces that effect. It's is super light but easy to blend for as much coverage as you want or need. It's a beautiful veil on the skin for a perfect red carpet glow."
 
The Look:
Face
Eyes
 
Lips
 
Multiple


ck one Introduces Cosmetics Line


I remember when ck one was all the rage in 9th grade. I just HAD to have the baby tee for the first day of school! The iconic brand is launching a color cosmetic line in Spring. I think the colors are going to be cool, chill and classic like the brand. 


And the Winners Are...

Heidi Klum fragrance gift set - Probe211
JWOWW fragrance gift set - robriffe
Present the Best You - jaydyn93420


Giveaway Break - I Love...Lots of Bubbles gift set



'I Love....Cosmetics' pretty much sums this line up. If you 'love' delicious smelling lotions and pampering products, then you'll love I Love...Cosmetics. The UK-based collection just recently debuted in the US, with hand & body lotions, bubble baths and shower gels in 7 scents including: Blueberry & Smoothie, Lemons & Limes, Strawberries & Milkshake, Vanilla & Ice Cream, Mango & Papaya, Coconut & Creme and Raspberry & Blackberry. Fun, fruity scents, just in time for Spring!



***Giveaway***

Enter to win an I Love...Lots of Bubbles gift set! We have 5 gift sets to give away!

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 , follow me on Pinterest 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, March 23rd. I will randomly select five winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



CND Shellac swatches

Today was a day of CND Shellacing! My best friend Tina surprised with me a full on manicure before my business trip this week. Finger soaks, cuticle removal and even a massage. It was so relaxing!

I was debating between neutral Romantique and Asphalt - and decided on Asphalt (below). Bold move for a client presentation, but goes with both of my outfits, so I think I'm all set.

CND Shellac Asphalt

Tina did her nails in Masquerade & Mother of Pearl. She was feeling inspired by Carnival and Mardi Gras :) Along with her base and top coat, she used two coats of Masquerade and one coat of Mother of Pear. Rocking nails.

CND Shellac Masquerade & Mother of Pearl

We are huge fans of CND Shellac here at Lipgloss Break. Check out all of our CND Shellac posts and swatches!


Total Beauty Post - NYFW Hair & Makeup Tutorials


Not in your Manolos, sitting front row at all the shows? No bother, we bring the hottest hair and makeup looks from the runway to you
The Latest Hair and Makeup Tutorials from NYFW
This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup tutorial article
From the '60s-inspired makeup at Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. show to the geisha-esque buns on the Zac Posen runway, we've got you covered with the latest looks from Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. See how to recreate the chicest hair and makeup all on your own here.


Shop it to Me President's Day Weekend Sale Site



I just learned this fun fact from Shop it to Me...President's Day Weekend is the 2nd best holiday of the year to snag discounts (even better than Black Friday/Cyber Monday)!

Shop It To Me will be sending special edition Salemails, so keep an eye on your inbox or log on to Shop It To Me Search to get in on the action. We're talkin' sweet savings and discount codes from 150+ retailers (including Bloomies, J. Crew, Tory Burch and more), filtered to your brands and sizes.  Check out the sales and plan out your shopping trips!


Think Spring with COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm

I really can't complain...it's February 14th (Valentine's Day!) and we just now got a few inches of snow in Michigan. It's around 20 degrees out and slippery, but it's pretty much the first time this winter we've had this much snow, so no sad faces here! I am just focusing on Spring, which is just around the corner :)

This Spring you can find me with my sunglasses on (just got lasik!), a dress, and lots of SPF for my face and body. For those who know me, I'll also have a lipgloss in hand, preferably with SPF.

Currently my lipgloss of choice is CoverGirl's new NatureLuxe Gloss Balm with SPF.  More of a balm than a gloss, it provides full color with a few swipes and is very moisturizing. I tried out Thistle, which is a pinkish purple and loved it. Definitely a Spring color that will go with everything.

Get the sheer color and shine of a gloss with the soft, lightweight feel of SPF 15 balm. Fortified with mango and shea butter, this feel-good formula leaves your lips feeling decadent and delicious.  I love balms like this, containing color, moisturizers and SPF, because they transfer nicely from daytime beach bag to nighttime clutch! All shades are available on Glam.com Amazon Store Site.

Check out the snow and the frozen lake in the background :) Can't wait to that is all green so I don't look out of place in a dress and sunglasses! 



Compensation was provided by Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Covergirl.


OPI Kicks off Fashion Week with Lauren Moffatt

As if you need more proof that Tangerine is the color of 2012, OPI kicked off the Fall 2012 Lauren Moffatt show by using 'A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find' on the models. Loving this color trend!



Valentine's Day Prep - Part II

                                       
For those of you who didn't celebrate this weekend, make sure you are ready for tomorrow! Give yourself a last minute Valentine's Day themed mani, set the mood with candles, and start pouring some drinks!

Give yourself a mani with a pretty pink or red for Valentine's Day! Check out Pure Ice's crackle nail polish set. You can find these at Walmart, for a very reasonable price! Great to test out the Crackle effect if you haven't tried this trend already. Sparkle pink is the base, and the solid pink is the top Crackle coat. I used two coats of sparkle as a base and it looks awesome by itself. 



                                              

Set the mood this Valentine's Day with a candle from Bath & Body Works. Try out one of their new scents, like Jungle Kiss, which smells like lilies and peaches, with a hint of coconut.

Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles are my favorite. They burn around 30-45 hours, and can fill a really large room with their scent. They are made of the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and lead-free wicks for optimal performance. I always like to stock up on these for hostess gifts too :)


Themed drinks are the best. Check out POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice and NUVO Sparkling Liqueur to make some pretty Valentine's Day themed drinks!

The POM Pink Angel
1 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 1/2 oz. kurant vodka
1 oz. triple sec liqueur
1/4 oz. fresh lime juice (or squeeze 2 lime wedges into the shaker and drop them in)
Orange peel for garnish


NUVO Kiss
4 oz NUVO Sparkling Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Frangelico
Serve in a Champagne flute


Giveaway Break - Addiction NV Stay Connected Clutch



I'm all about being organized, and this clutch is the answer to my organizational prayers. How cute is this Addiction NV Stay Connected Clutch? It's a black, woven zip case, featuring a matte silver wrist chain, a built-in cell phone holder, a credit card and ID compartment, a mirror and all 3 brand new True Commitment Dual Lip Stain and Glosses. I love the pink bow detail on the silver wrist chain!


The True Commitment lip glosses come in the following colors:

  • Rendezvous - Matte red/pink shimmer gloss
  • Summer Lovin' - Matte orange/gold shimmer gloss
  • Spring Fling - Bronze shimmer/clear shimmer gloss

These glosses are long lasting - kiss proof, food proof and drink proof, tested by me. I got to try out Spring Fling which is a perfect color when you have a little sun kissed skin in the Summer. The bronze lip stain goes on shiny but finishes matte, personally, I like it with the gloss over top. The gloss looks great by itself too.  I put this on before work (around 7:30am) and it stayed on through lunch. Amazing!



***Giveaway***

Enter to win Addiction NV Stay Connected Clutch, including 3 True Commitment Dual Lip Stain & Glosses!

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 , follow me on Pinterest 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 Monday, March 12th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!







Valentine's Day Prep - Part 1

Whether you're going out with your main squeeze or having a ladies night out this Valentine's Day, you have to prep! Some of you may even be celebrating early this weekend. Here are some helpful products, tips and tricks for getting all prettied-up for February 14th :)
Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit
Every pair of lips need a good scrub, especially with this dry winter weather. Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit gives your lips the extra TLC they need. It's an easy 4 step kit that will make your lips soft and plump. The kit includes:

Step 1 Foaming lip cleanser - This is the coolest. Put a thin layer on your lips and watch it foam up as it lifts impurities from your lips.

Step 2 Sugar lip scrub - Apply a thin amount and massage into lips with your finger. The scrub will remove dead skin and polish your lips. I used a damp wash cloth to remove the scrub afterwards.

Step 3 Instant lip plumper - Add some volume to your lips with this lip plumper. It's a gloss, so I usually put the balm on first, and then follow up with this.

Step 4 Softening lip Balm - Love this balm! If you know me, you know I have a moisturizer/balm in every corner of my house! This one is a keeper. Goes on ultra smooth, not too chalky or balmy, and lasts.

The kit retails for $45, which is a great deal compared to all the items you receive purchased separately.

Glowology Amazing Legs
Amazing is right. This shaving cream is dreamy. Get your legs ready for your Valentine's Day dress with Glowology Amazing Legs. This shaving cream is formulated with Pacific Sea Kelp and Vitamin A (which is known to treat eczema). It's also clinically-tested and hypoallergenic. It didn't bother my eczema and I got a clean, close shave with it. A little goes a long way too. You don't have to slather it on real thick to use it. The 4.5 ounce tube sells for $14.99 on Glowology.com.


Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
I remember my grandma use to make me brush my teeth with baking soda when I spent the night at her house. I always thought it was odd, and tasted a little funny, but never questioned it, because I always knew that grandma knew best!

Baking soda can act as a gentle exfoliate for your teeth. A sprinkle of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on top of your toothpaste on your toothbrush, can help to lift stains from teeth, leaving them sparkly white. I always like to use it at night after I've had a glass (or two!) of red wine.


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 & Body Works Valentine's Day Party This Saturday



Bath & Body Works is throwing a Valentine's Day Party this Saturday - and you're invited! From 10am to 4pm in stores and online all day. Win a romantic trip to Hawaii! Free tote bag and travel size lotion with a Signature purchase. Find at more at Bath & Body Works site.


Strictly Business with Julep Nail Polish in Demi

I was hesitant at first with this color, I thought it was too dark for me, but gave it a try anyways. I have a client meeting tomorrow and I wanted something to go with my black dress. This red is fierce! Julep nail polish Demi is a deep, rich red. It screams powerful and professional woman! 


Senna Cosmetics Sale on HauteLook



To kick off the month of love Senna is having a sale at HauteLook starting this Thursday, February 9th at 8am PST.


Up to 73% off! Here's a sneak peak:


Beautiful 7 piece Brush Clutch for just $45.00!!
Cream Lipsticks are $6.00
Lipgloss sets from $15.00 to $24.00
Mineral Mix Blush or Bronzer with Brush for $20.00
3 piece Glamour Kits for $34.00
Pencil trios for $14.00



I LOVE Senna's eyeshadows. Pandora and Midnight are my favorite. Check out the sale on Thursday on Hautelook.com!


Set the Mood with NYX Cosmetics Mood Gloss


Mood lip gloss - genius! Brings back memories of mood rings from middle school! NYX Cosmetics has 4 shades:

· Original “Mood” Lip Gloss in Romantic Love, $4.50 – This moisturizing lip gloss goes on clear and turns into a dark pink hue.

· NEW “Mood” Lip Gloss in Affectionate, $4.50 – This strawberry-scented moisturizing lip gloss goes on clear with a hint of shimmer and transforms into a frosted light pink.

· NEW “Mood” Lip Gloss in Sensual, $4.50 – This moisturizing lip gloss goes on clear and transforms into a shiny deep mulberry hue.

· NEW The “Blue” Lip Gloss Smile Brightener, $4.50 – This moisturizing sheer lip gloss illuminates your smile through cool undertones in the gloss that complement the whites of your teeth, making your smile appear brighter.

Availability: All “Mood” Lip Glosses are available online at www.nyxcosmetics.com



Pantone Color of 2012 is Tangerine Twist


Pantone has officially announced the Top Color for 2012: Tangerine Tango! Think Spring!



Ricky & Nicki for MAC Viva Glam



Ricky Martin & Nicki Minaj introduce Nicki's Lipstick in scene-stealing bright pink and Ricky's colourless Lip Conditioner in a tube that goes from day to dance floor! Every scent of the selling price supports MAC AIDS FUND - it doesn't get any better. 


Jason Wu Madness

Hi all - Did you wake up early for Jason Wu at Target? I was an hour late to my Target, but still scored a dress and top (to the left). For those of you who haven't shopped yet, the sizes run fairly big. I normally wear a Small in a Target dress size, and the XS for Jason Wu fit me to a tee.

Let me know what you get!


Jason Wu for Target

Who's excited??? I can't wait to check out this line tomorrow morning. I'm going as soon as my local Target opens. I hope I can score some cute dresses for work. You can preview the Jason Wu line on Target's site. 


I'm not a huge fan of Target for home goods and beauty stuff. I had a bad experience there when it came to registering for my bridal shower, but these partnerships with high fashion designers are making me rethink loyalty to them. It's genius really. It's fun saying you own a dress or clutch from a lux designer you couldn't normally afford. Same with H&M when they did the Jimmy Cho line. I hope there are more designer partnerships to come!


Let me know what you girls score tomorrow! 


Bath & Body Works Hand Soap Sale


7 for $20 hand soaps at Bath and Body Works! Spring/Summer scents already!


DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser Sale

If you're looking for a new cleanser, check out Sephora.com's deal on DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser. Normally $32, it's now available for only $15. It's a gentle cleanser that reduces oiliness without over-drying. Other benefits:

 - fading post inflammatory red spots
 - preventing future blemishes
 - decongesting clogged pores
 - deep cleansing and clearing of the skin


Giveaway Break - Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion

Even though it's been a balmy 53 degrees in Michigan, it's still important to prep and protect your skin.  61% of women complain of having agitated skin that includes symptoms such as blotchiness, dryness and redness, me included. With the onset of this dry winter weather for us in the North, we get it worse. 


Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion line was designed to combat redness, dryness and sensitivity in just one week. This revolutionary daily moisturizer will transform skin, instantly calming with its unique chamomile and feverfew blend - actually decreasing skin's sensitivity over time. 


The new line is available in 2 soothing formulas' including: 
  • An oil-free lotion with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 - perfect for everyday use and outdoor winter activities - to protect skin from the sun's damaging rays
  • A rich cream to keep skin smooth and supple - great for night use!



***Giveaway***

Enter to win a product from the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion line! I will be selecting 5 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 , follow me on Pinterest 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, March 1st. I will randomly select FIVE winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!