Lipgloss Break: 2013

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup



  • Mama Fashionista: Could this be the best beauty subscription ever?!? Quinn invites you judge for yourself by examining her New Beauty TestTube "untubing!"


  • D.G.S.Beauty: Dinah loves the Crown Brush HD Sets. See why here.
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to win the new Prepped and Primed Collection by TotalBeauty.com!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Are you looking for the perfect moisturizing cleanser that is gentle and hydrating, but thoroughly cleans the skin and removes every trace of makeup? Then Radical Skincare Hydrating Cleanser is for you!
  • Glamorable!: Have you tried a Wantable Makeup Box before? Check out this review to see the amazing goodies inside Anastasia's box this month!
  • Painted Ladies: a side-by-side comparison
  • TheFabZilla: Pressed for time & cash-strapped? TheFabZilla shares 10 products for $10 and under for your last-minute holiday shopping!
  • My Highest Self: Beauty Gifts from CVS, Target and Walmart all under $20!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction shows us the Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream. The key ingredient has been nicknamed the beauty berry!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out this dotticure where Miss L used holographic and white nail polishes.
  • Lipgloss Break: Need a last minute holiday gift? MAC Holiday Sets are always on my wish my list. Check out the colors in the Stroke of Midnight 'cool' face palette!
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : It is the time of year for Festive Glitter, Shimmer, and Sparkle! Find out Pammy Blogs Beauty's Top 10 Picks for Glittery Shimmery Favorites!
  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda shares some easy ways to update your beauty routine for winter!


  • MAC Heroine Lipstick

    Fierce is back! MAC Heroine Lipstick is back! Just in time for Pantone's color of the year, Radiant Orchid, to take play. This vibrant matte is just the pop of color you need this season.

    Heroine Lipstick has pre-launched online at www.maccosmetics.com. It will be in stores January 2, 2014. #MACHeroine 


    "How Do You Shop Style?" Game

    What kind of shopper are you? I always knew I was a savvy shopper, and the ShopStyle 'How Do You Shop Style' game proved it! Check out the game to see what kind of shopper you are and for a chance to win a luxury bag! More info on the game can be found on their site and you can start playing the game by following this link.

    Some of the questions in the game include...



    So, I have to ask...how would you answer these questions?

    Note: Post sponsored by ShopStyle.  Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.


    lucy #childspose Campaign

    Who's ready for Christmas?? I have a few more easy presents to buy and then I'll be finished with my shopping! Between work, holiday parties and gatherings and traveling through the snow storms in MI, I'm ready for Christmas Eve to be here!

    To help get you through the holiday and into the New Year, Lucy, the women's active wear brand, started a fun campaign centered around yoga's child's pose. They have produced a short film (directed by the talented Elizabeth Banks!) that features a series of stressful situations that every women can relate to. When faced with these situation, Lucy encourages you to get into the child's pose to relax. Check out the video and animated gifs here!

    If I have to go to the mall before Christmas Eve, you may find me in child's pose outside of Sephora! Where would you most likely be found in child's pose? Please share in my comments below, FB and Twitter, using the tag #childspose.




    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Round Up

  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla's foray into the enchanting world of cult-favorite Rouge Bunny Rouge continues. Will it be a rave for the blush and lippy this time? Find out.
  • Mama Fashionista: Cold weather drying out your skin? Quinn shares her Fab Five Favorite body lotions to keep your skin soft and fragrant all winter long!
  • Endless Summer: Elena shares her New Year's Eve Party makeup tutorial.
  • Painted Ladies: Wet n Wild has new 5-pan Coloricon Palettes for 2014 - is Floral Values a hit or miss?
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub Review
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for the perfect sun-kissed ethereal glow? Then you need Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light in your life!
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: BH Cosmetics Blush Duo Review and Swatches!
  • Glamorable!: Le Metier de Beaute came out with another fabulous product - Cheeky Chic Face Kaleidoscope. Click here for swatches and review.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura dishes about her new favorite shower gels, RITUALS Foaming Shower Gel Sensation.
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a set of Limited Edition ChapStick Holiday Tins!
  • Makeup by Kim Porter: Kim loves the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand cream. Read the review to see why.
  • Spontaneous Chick: Spontaneous Chick has posted some cute holiday nail art ideas that you can do at home.
  • My Highest Self: The bareMinerals Naturally Luminous Skincare Trio is a great gift idea, check out my review!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Eye-catching manicure for short nails.
  • Slashed Beauty: Curly Hair? Straight Hair? Don't Care? The grass is always greener on the other side... see why!
  • BeautyTidbits: Harshleen shares her picks for Beauty Gifts Under $50 for your beautiful besties! Guaranteed to put a huge grin on their face come present time!



  • MAC Holiday Sets

    Want to give the gift that keeps on giving? In my opinion, that's a MAC holiday gift set. I put these on my Christmas list every year. Each year, they put out a new line of limited edition holiday sets with a theme. This year the Stroke of Midnight sets are decked out in gold, white and black packages, and look like mini clutches. So classy!

    Here are some swatches from the Stroke of Midnight Face palette in Cool:
    Closed compact that looks like a clutch - so posh!
    Packaging for kit
    Close up of full face palette, including Iridescent powder in Sparkling Rose, 2 lipsticks in Sublime Pleasure and Romantically Inclined, 3 eye shadows in All Races, Scene and Magic Moor, and an eye pencil in Ebony
    Full palette with mirror. Also note there is a black flap cover that goes over the lipsticks, so you don't get shadow in them.
    Close up of lipsticks and eye shadows
    Lipstick swatches, Sublime Pleasure on the left, Romantically inclined on the right
    Eye liner and shadow swatches, from left to right: Ebony eye pencil, All Races, Scene, Magic Moor

    What's your idea of the perfect gift?
    -->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.

    Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale

    http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor
    Still holiday shopping? Check out Lord & Taylor's Friends and Family sale. It starts today and will run through December 18th, both online and in stores. Almost all regular and sale merchandise will be 25% off and customers will also be offered 10% off cosmetics and fragrances. Normally these sales don't apply to cosmetics, so this is a special event!



    Beauty Blog Coalition $500 Visa Gift Card Giveway!

    The bloggers from the Beauty Blog Coalition are at it again and want to give you the opportunity to win a little money right before the holiday season!

    All terms and conditions are listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open from 10 December until 21 December, internationally to all those ages 18 and up. You may tweet using the Rafflecopter option once a day until the giveaway is over for extra entries. One winner will receive a $500 prepaid Visa gift card. Two more winners will receive a $200 prepaid Visa gift card. (Both are available as a one-time PayPal transfer if the winner so chooses.)

    Please take time to visit the bloggers who made this giveaway happen and good luck!

    A Little Polish
    Ashley is PolishAddicted
    Beauty and Fashion Tech
    Beauty by Krystal
    Beauty by Miss L
    Beauty Info Zone
    Big Time Beauty
    Blushing Basics
    Blushing Noir
    Citizens of Beauty
    Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom
    Cosmetic Sanctuary
    D.G.S.Beauty
    daydreaming beauty
    Fabulous Awesomeness
    Geniabeme
    Glamorable
    Glamorous Mama
    GlitzGlamBudget
    Hairspray and Highheels
    Honeygirl's World
    InTruBeauty
    Justina's Gems
    Kat Stays Polished
    KellieGonzo.com
    KillerLipGloss
    Lawless Lacquer
    Liesl Loves Pretty Things
    Lipgloss Break
    Logical Harmony
    Makeup by Kim Porter
    Midnight Manicures
    Moxie Reviews
    My Highest Self
    My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog
    Peace Love Lipgloss
    Peek & Ponder
    Phyrra
    Pointless Cafe
    Polarbelle
    PolishGalore
    polish insomniac
    Portrait of Mai
    Pure Natural Diva Botanicals
    Set in Lacquer
    Smashley Sparkles
    Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful Blog
    The Crumpet
    The Lacquerologist
    TheFabZilla
    Will Paint Nails for Food

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    Ulta Holiday Gift Guide



    I think it's obvious that I'm obsessed with beauty products. I feel like I'm an easy person to buy for. Beauty products, like nail polish and lipgloss sets, pedicure gift cards or ULTA gift cards are perfect gifts for me!

    But not everyone is easy to buy for. I have lots of different people on my list this year, including dad and father in law, mom, friends and coworkers. I made a list of people who I need to buy for, and I just checked off several names with one trip to ULTA!

    I spent about an hour in the store smelling the new fragrances, playing with the eyeshadow sets, swatching lip gloss on my hand and testing out under eye concealer (okay, this was for me, not for the people on my list!). There was seriously something for everyone on my list! If you're still looking for the perfect gift, look no further! Here are my top gift suggestions for the holiday....

    For Moms or Mother in Laws...
    Clarisonic Mia 2
    Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. I'm a firm believer in investing in skincare. You only have one skin! I use my Mia 2 a few times a week. It makes my skin so soft and it's the only time I feel a deep clean on my face. If someone on your list already has one, get them a replacement brush! They are suppose to be switched out every 3 months and it's easy to slack on replacing.

    Perfume
    Ulta has an amazing free gift with fragrance purchase - a super comfy robe! Two gifts in one! Marc Jacobs' fragrance, Honey Eau de Parfum, has a sweet scent and is 2013 Allure Best of Beauty Award winner. Notes include pear, juicy mandarin, orange blossom and peach nectar.

    For Dad, Father in Law, or brothers
    Cologne sets
    Ulta carries all of the popular men fragrances. Dolce & Gabana, Acqua Di Gio (got this one for my dad), Burberry Brit (got this one for my father in law), and more. I smelled Jay Z's new fragrance, Gold, and loved it.

    For your sister or girlfriends
    I grew up an only child, and always wanted siblings. After I married my hubby, one out of six kids, I got my wish! I love my siblings in laws. They are so much fun. Around the holiday time it's so much fun to shop for the girls! 

    Lorac PRO Face

    I love treating my sisters with beauty products. Ulta has a huge selection of makeup and bath and body sets. I love buying full sets like this Lorac PRO Face set. It has everything you need to create a full look, along with instructions on how to apply 


    Philosophy Season of Sparkle
    If your sisters or girlfriends like to be pampered, check out Philosophy's Season of Sparkle shower gel set is a great gift. The sweet scents are a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, all in one.
    Urban Decay Vice 2
    This is an all star palette. 20 beautiful, edgy colors, that can be combined to create looks from day to night. 
    Ulta Beauty Box
    Ulta's Beauty Box is always a hit in my book. There are colors in this set for everyone. I love how they fold up into a pretty box that makes for great decor for a vanity or bathroom counter top.
    For your female coworkers
    Ulta has a large selection of beauty products you can mix and match, 5 items for $5. These make great stocking stuffers or secret Santa gifts!

    If you're still looking for someone on your list, check out Ulta's Holiday Gift Guide.  Or check out my Pinterest board where I have more ideas posted. Happy Holidays!

    http://www.ulta.com/ulta/a/Gifts/_/N-26ww?categoryId=cat120339&ciSelector=category&cmpid=DS!TRG_Holiday13!358142:9186:17492697:Custom

    ULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it's an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!

    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ULTA Beauty via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ULTA Beauty.


    Pantone Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid

    Let it be known, the color of 2014 is....Radiant Orchid! Here's what Pantone.com has to say about the color choice...
    "Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health."

    Prepare to see lots of shades of purple in stores near you! Here's my wishlist. I call it...
     'Shades of Radiant Orchid'

    Shades of Radiant Orchid



    Giveaway Break - ChapStick Limited Edition Holiday Tins



    How's everyone's holiday shopping going? I'm about half way done, and it feels pretty good. So far, all of it's been done from the comfort of my couch. I love online shopping!

    For little gifts or stocking stuffers, I always like to shop in store for the perfect little something. ChapStick released their holiday tins that make the PERFECT stocking stuffer or present topper. There's something about the smell of cherry ChapStick that reminds me of my childhood!

    Each tin contain 3 lip balms. These are limited edition tins, so make sure to scout out your local Target, Walgreens or Walmart to find them before they're gone....or enter to win some from Lipgloss Break!

    **Giveaway***
     
    Enter to win 2 special edition tins! I'll give TWO winners 2 different tins, with 3 lip balms in each one. If you win, you can keep one for yourself, and give one to a friend!
     
    Fill out the form below to win! There are also several different ways you can get extra entries: sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me & retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest, add me to one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook. Make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below. Enter up to once a day to increase your chances of winning!
     
    This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Tuesday, December 24th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




    Subscription Boxes...the Gift That Keeps on Giving

    If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for someone on your list, I suggest looking into a monthly subscription gift. Nowadays, you can find a monthly subscription box for every type of interest...healthy eating....cosmetics....nail polish...home goods....fitness gear, etc. Check these out for the 'person who has everything' on your list...

    For the Fit Chick...Ellie.com
    $49.99 a month gets you a new workout outfit each month, from a new line. You can pick your own top and bottom, or let their stylists pick one for you based on the results from your style quiz. I'm a huge fan of their gear. I have a pair of their black capris, long running pants, a sports bra and a few tops. Good quality and unique designs and colors. The Malta Capris are fun to wear to the gym and I always get compliments on them. This link will get you 20% off your first order. 

    For the Healthy Chick...NatureBox
    Clean, healthy snacks, delivered each month! $19.95/month will give you 5 full size packages of healthy snacks. I LOVED all of the snacks I received. One snack was blueberry almonds. Delicious and great for healthy snacks while traveling.

    For the glam gal, cosmetics lover, or bachelorette...Wantable.com
    Wantable.com offers several different types of monthly boxes. Makeup, accessories, and yes, even an intimate box, perfect for a bachelorette party!

    There's a few boxes for the Makeup Maven...
    Birchbox.com - Sends out a monthly box with trial size samples from the latest and greatest in cosmetics and skin care.

    GlossyBox.com - For $21/month you get full size and trial size cosmetics and skincare products. I've received a few boxes in the past, and can say, you definitely receive your money's worth in product each month.

    For the nail polish lover, check out Julep.com. Once you take your style quiz, their stylists will put together a box tailored to your liking. Check out my Julep Maven review here.

    For the girl who has everything...PopSugar Must Have box
    You get a little bit of everything in this box. Home goods, kitchen swag, jewelry, stationery...you name it. I have received two of these and LOVED them. Here's a review of my last box. It's $39.95/month to join. 

    For the Wine Connoisseur...Lot18.com. I've ordered wine from them before, it was delicious! Lots of unique different bottles.

    And for that Guy...

    Birchbox.com has a Men's box with male tailored skincare and toiletries.

    For the Outdoorsman - Mystery Tackle Box - I think you can guess what's included in this!



    We Search. We Find. We Shopstyle!

    ShopStyle is every fashion and online shopping lover's dream! They make it easy to search and find your favorite designers, clothing and accessories across the web.

    ShopStyle.com just received a makeover and you may start to see their ads around town, on TV and in major publications. Check out one of their ads below...
     
    I put together my own lay down shot, similar to the layout of the new ShopStyle ads. I was inspired by the staples in my wardrobe. I never leave home without at least 2-3 of these items!



    Starting from top right:
    1 - Vintage Louis Vuitton (circa 1970s). I found this hidden gem at a local estate sale. It's like my own precious treasure!
    2 - MAC Lipglass in You've Got It.
    3 - Fidelity jean jacket - I got this on a team shopping trip. It was my 'splurge' even though I paid with prize money. Jean jackets are a staple for me in the summer. You'll rarely see me without one on over a dress.
    4 - Tinley Road dress from Piperlime.com.
    5 - Gold and black geo necklace - small little jewelry shop on the Upper West Side in NYC.
    6 - Booties from Marshall's. Love Marshall's....
    7 - Michael Kors bracelet watch. I never use to be a watch girl until I found this watch. I love that it looks like a chunky bracelet.
    8 - AG jeans. Another purchase made during a team shopping trip. I think 3 of girls all got the same pair of jeans. They have this way of molding to your body. And the length was just right for me. No hemming needed!
    9 - Banana Republic necklace. I purchased this while on a little shopping excursion with a co-worker in Vegas. We snuck out of our sales conference when we heard Banana was having a sale...
    10 - Philip Lim for Target satchel. This can be carried with the top handles or as a cross body. I really like the gray color for winter. It matches my winter jacket!
    11 - MAC Lipgloss in Saint Germain...I can't get enough glosses!
    12 - Pastel skull and bones scarf from a boutique on Magazine street in New Orleans. I love finds like this. It's a super girly piece until you look close and see that there are skulls on it!
    13 - Essie nail polish in Spaghetti Strap. Perfect for an every day, go with everything manicure.
    14 - It's hard to see, but I have a ring next to the nail polish that my aunt Maryann gave me for my 30th birthday. It's a blue topaz gemstone ring and I love it! I rather have a hand me down piece of jewelry or accessory than a new one!
    15 - Tan and silver cuff bracelet. I purchased this awhile ago. I forget the store, but I wear it a lot because it's so unique.
    16 - H&M pink blazer. They have the best blazers! Form fitting and they hold their shape well. This bright color always gets me compliments.
    17 - Charming Charlies necklace. Bling! Early Christmas present from my mom. Thanks Mom!
    18 - ShopStyle Everlane tee. Dress it up or dress it down, this tee is so cozy and I love that its longer in the back.

    What are the staples in your wardrobe? Please share in the comments below!  

    Go on and check out ShopStyle.com, especially if you're looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone special (for yourself ;)!

    This post was sponsored by PopSugar.


    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

    Happy Thanksgiving! I'm not encouraging shopping on the holiday, but if you find yourself winding down after dessert and want to do some online shopping, here are some good sales you can start to browse...

    COSMETICS 

    Ulta
    Ulta.com sales start on Thanksgiving at 7pm CST. Really cool sets for sale. Preview ad here. $99 Clarisonic Mia is an amazing deal. Perfect gift for mom!

    Smashbox
    25% off when you spend $50 or more + free shipping. Use code HOLIDAY25

    Inglot
    20% off all products

    Lorac Cosmetics
    Lorac has created an exclusive Sephora.com and Sephora Inside JC Penny set. The chic, cult-favorite Pewter hue retails for $10 ($39 value) and includes a complimentary 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner in Ultra Black.

    Butter London
    Starting Black Friday through Cyber Monday butterlondon.com will be gifting customers with 20% off site wide (excluding product marked at “last-call”) and 50% off “last-call” items. Unlock these deals using the code CYBER13.

    Zoya Nail polish
    Thanksgiving night and Black Friday Only - Zoya Dream Big Offer,  Gift with purchase. *
    Available with any $72 purchase on Zoya.com. Use code: DREAM BIG.
    Includes 12 piece Zoya “Cheers to All” Gift Box (above), Zoya Color Lock Mini and Free Shipping. Over $118 Value. Hurry - extremely Limited Quantities - while supplies last. Limit one per customer or account. VALID 6PM EST 11/28/13 until 11/29/13 11:59PM EST. ONLY.

    Balm Chicky lip balms
    FREE SHIPPING on all holiday orders. Holiday Menage a Trois only $20!  That's 3 Balm Chicky Balm Balms (regularly $12 each) for only $20. Get em while the gettin' is still to be got!

    Studio Gear Cosmetics
    Black Friday sales are posted, including a $25 holiday smokey eye palette for $25!

    TINte Cosmetics
    Starts on Thanksgiving, 30% off. Enter BLK30 at checkout.

    SKINCARE

    Dermablend
    Black Friday Deal:  Receive a free gift with any purchase over $36. Enter the code below that applies to your shopping cart.
    * For orders $36 or more use code SHOP2 and receive Free Standard Shipping + a Long Wear Makeup Remover Sample.
    For orders $60 or more use code SHOP3 and receive Free Standard Shipping + a Setting Powder Sample.
    For orders $100 or more use code SHOP4 and receive Free Standard Shipping + a Kabuki brush.
    Valid through 11:59pm ET 11/29/13.

    Cyber Monday Deal: Buy any 2 products and receive $15 off with code CYBER
    *Buy any two products and receive $15 off when you use code CYBER. valid through 11:59pm 12/02/13 on all orders with two  or more products in shopping bag.

    Dr. Brandt skincare
    Black Friday 40% off entire online purchase. Starts midnight on Wednesday and goes until Friday, November 29th EST.

    C.O. Bigelow
    C.O. Bigelow is offering 25% off C.O. Bigelow products online only – Friday, November 29 through Monday, December 2, 2013 CODE: Turkey1838

    CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

    Amazon.com
    Tons of deals on site, including 60% off Women's outwear and free shipping on purchases $35+. 

    Ellie
    Need to shop for a fit chick? Check out Ellie.com. Use this link to get 20% off your first order and check out their Black Friday deals!

    Lord + Taylor
    Take an extra 20% off regular and sale items using the code THANKS — offer ends Dec. 1.
    Loft
    40% off! Use code ENJOY.

    Aritzia
    30% of everything on site and Free Shipping!

    Michael Kors
    Free shipping on orders over $100 with code HOLIDAY. 

    Alice + Olivia
    25% off site wide.  

    *this post contains some affiliate links


    Zoe Saldana's Super Sleek AMA Hairstyle

    So bummed I missed the American Music Awards, but excited to flip through some of the looks from the night! Zoe Saldana was styled by celebrity hairstylist Aviva Perea. Here is a run down how to achieve her super sleek look with John Frieda Frizz-Ease products...
    photo credit: Tractenberg
    Step 1 – Prep
    Perea prepped hair with Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($6.99), applying it to the roots to add extra lift to Saldana's blowout.
    Step 2 – Style
    Next, Perea blowdried Saldana's hair sleek and straight with a large Spornette mixed-bristle brush. Taking one inch sections, Perea spritzed Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Styling Spray ($6.99) from root to end and ran a flat iron down each piece.

    Step 3 – Perfect Perea finished off the look by coating Saldana's hair with Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist ($6.99 at drugstores) so her hair glistened under the lights on the red carpet. To ensure her style stayed sleek and frizz-free all night, Perea sprayed Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray ($6.99) to her finished look. 


    Tractenberg press release


    Shop it to Me Glam Giveaway

    Take a break from your early holiday shopping and enter to win something glamorous for yourself! To enter, invite friends to join Shop It To Me. You’ll get one entry for each friend who signs up. Upon entering, you can choose which prize you have your eye on. I have my eyes set on the wallet. Gold Gucci screams Glam! Hurry up and enter, contest ends this Friday!

    The contest ends at 11:59 PST on Friday, November 22, 2013.
    Important notes: US residents only, must be 18+ years old to enter. See the official rules.


    Layered Blue Nail Polish

    Feeling like blues now that it's getting so cold here in Michigan. This is Jessica Cosmetics nail polish in Blue Aria with Julep Ivy nail polish layered over my index figured.




    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Mama Fashionista: Better late than never! Quinn shares her October Favorites!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Do shiny new makeup collections cause you to neglect a lot of your makeup? If so, join me in #projectmakeadent!
  • Painted Ladies: In need of a nail intervention? Sheila has 3 products under $10 that will make your nails look amazing.
  • TheFabZilla: Professional MUA Eddie Funkhouser finally launched his online store. Check out TheFabZilla's review and FOTD feat. some Eddie Funkhouser makeups!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Arganesse Hair Treatment Review
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Exfoliation is so important in the colder months and Laura from My Newest Addiction shows us a great exfoliator from G.M. COLLIN!
  • Beauty by Miss L: MADARA is Latvian eco-friendly beauty brand and this week Miss L reviewed their Purifying Foam.
  • Glamorable!: Anastasia is really loving facial serum-oils during the colder months. Check out her latest discovery - ko denmark Anti-Aging Rosehip & Evening Primrose Face Serum.
  • In Her Makeup Bag: The gorgeous Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes may be sold out online, but Stephanie explains why she thinks you NEED to hunt it down in stores.
  • The Advice Sisters Beuaty/Fashion/Lifestyle: The Advice Sisters are loving Laura Mercier's Pretty, Cheerful Holiday Beauty Goodies
  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Mina Slater shows off polish for fashionistas with her swatches from The Fashion Week Collection by Mischo Beauty Luxury Nail Lacquer.
  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda breaks down the different types of mascaras to choose from in her Mascara Guide for Makeup Beginners
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win 3 handmade soaps from Lady Gatsby!
  • My Highest Self: Ode to Roses with LUSH! – Rose Jam Shower Gel, Eau Roma Toner Water, Bare Naked Lady Dusting Powder
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to win the Aquaphor Cold Weather Skin Prep Package and $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway over at BeautyTidbits!



  • MAC Smoky Eye with Gilded Night

    Girls night was never complete unless my girlfriend Kelly was there to do the makeup! Kelly is one of my best girlfriends dating back to middle school. Not only is she a great person and friend, but she's also a talented makeup artist! I was so excited to ask her to do a guest post...and even more excited that she said yes! Take it over, Kelly.....
    MAC Gilded Night
    I’m a MAC girl. I like to use a mix of products but primarily, you’ll find MAC dominating my makeup case. So, naturally, when Angela asked if I would sample MAC’s mineralize eye shadow in GILDED NIGHT, I jumped at the chance. Plus, what woman doesn’t like to be a girly girl and play with makeup? 
    Before & After
    MAC’s mineralize shadows are two complimentary colors baked together in the same palette—the best of both worlds. GILDED NIGHT—is a sassy duo for a date night or your upcoming holiday party. It’s a sparkling sophisticated mix of black and gold and I love that combination. This summer, I wore an all-black dress and gold jewelry for my brother’s wedding. Hot to trot ladies. 

    The look is simple and will take you less than 10 minutes. I started by applying a primer to my eyelids. Next, I applied the gold tone in the mineralize palette using a tapered blending brush—if you don’t have good brushes ladies, invest. Applying makeup with a good brush can make all the difference. After applying the gold, I smoked out the corner of my eye with the charcoal color in the palette. If you’ve never done a smoky eye, there are lots of tutorials on YouTube that can help—the main idea is to start with a small amount of the color and blend, blend, blend, adding slowly more and more until you achieve the darkness that you want. Nobody wants to look like a clown!

    After the shadow, I applied, MAC’s Graphblack Technakohl liner. I always put shadow over my liner as well to set it—the powder sets into the kohl making it last longer—especially for those of us with an oilier skin base. Finally, I applied mascara to complete the eyes.

    Always do your eyes first before applying your foundation. You don’t want clumps of shadow dust getting stuck in your foundation. After applying my mineral foundation, I finished off the look with some color in my cheeks with MAC’s SWEET AS COCOA, and my favorite MAC gloss, GIRL’S DELIGHT. Now all I need is the date! 

     --Kelly


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    Giveaway Break - Lady Gatsby Handmade Soaps

    Isn't scary how many labels  have ingredients in them that we can't even pronounce? Who wants to put something on their body, or even worse, eat, that has a mile long ingredient list of things you've never heard of? All natural is the way to go! Cue Lady Gatsby, maker of natural, scented soaps!

    Called out in Cosmo magazine, Today Show and Daily Candy, Lady Gatsby makes handmade soaps using only shea butter, plant extracts, distilled flower essences, olive, coconut and essential oils. They provide a sudsy lather and leave you with a fragrant finish. 

    To top it off, the package is adorably chic! At $4.50 a piece, they make a great holiday gift! They are sold on Etsy.com but you also have a chance to win some here!

    ***Giveaway***
     
    Enter to win 3 full size bars to try out for yourself: Rose, Lemongrass & Unscented. 
     
    Fill out the form below to win! There are also several different ways you can get extra entries: sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me & retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest, add me to one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook. Also be sure to follow Lady Gatsby on both Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below. Enter up to once a day!

     
    This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Saturday, December 14th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!