Lipgloss Break: May 2013

Giveaway Break - Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control

I have used Miracle Transformer before and I love it. It's a great product that provides awesome coverage. Now they have a new formula, the first ever tinted complexion enhancer for acne prone skin. This could be a game changer!

This is the first acne treatment to fight what they refer to as 'pimple memory,' or recurring breakouts in the spot. I always get pimples in teh same spot, I thought it was just me! This formula includes salicylic acid, anti-mircobial peptides, marine extracts and vitamin B3. These work together to both fight and prevent future breakouts.

Similar to its regular formula, it's lightweight, oil-free, and controls shine, leaving a matte flawless finish. It comes in 5 shades: translucent, light, medium, tan and dark. You can find it at Sephora.com and at www.MiracleSkinTransformer.com. Or....you can try to win one here!


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This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, June 30th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!


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RocksBox Review


I have fabulous new monthly subscription service to share with you all. You may be thinking, 'not another subscription service...,' but this one is different! RocksBox is a membership-based jewelry styling service. As a member, you pay a flat rate of $19/month to trial unlimited designer jewelry, sent to you 3 pieces at a time.

You start by taking a style profile. This is how RocksBox learns your style and puts together jewelry selections they think are a good fit. You can also put in special jewelry requests. You'll receive 3 pieces that are tailored to your style. You can wear them and show them off to your friends, and then do one of two things: 1) Send them back for new pieces to accessorize with or 2) Buy them! If you fall in love with one of the pieces you have the option to buy it at a discounted RocksBox price.

I think the best part about RocksBox is that you get to try out new jewelry that you may not have picked out for yourself on a regular shopping trip. In my first RocksBox, 2 out of the 3 items I would not have picked out for myself, but after pairing them with dresses during my weekend in New Orleans, I fell in love!

Here's what I got in my first box...

There was something about this bracelet by David Aubrey that reminded me of the time I spent in India. Maybe the jade and gold pairing? At any rate, I loved it. I wore this around New Orleans while we were exploring and out at night. The 5 strands of jade make it look like you are wearing several different bracelets. 

This is not a necklace I would normally pick out for myself, which is the point of RocksBox. It gets you to try new, edgy styles that you normally wouldn't dare to wear. The House of Harlow Fringe Pedant got me many compliments! I LOVED this necklace. It hung pretty low, down to my belly button, and was super edgy. I wore it with a black dress the few times I wore it, but would have also went well with a solid color top or dress or a neutral color. 

This CC Skye Pave Dome Ring screams cocktail party or black tie affair. I wish I could have kept it for my holiday party in December! I love pave settings. This picture does not do it justice. It sparkled beautifully. It could also be dressed down with jeans and blank tank. 


After you receive your items and wear them out you can then log into your account and give feedback on each item. This will help RockBox select the next set of items you receive. I can't wait to see what I get in my next RocksBox shipment. I love the idea of having new accessories to keep my outfits fresh. Sometimes a single accessory can change an entire outfit. 

Have you heard of RocksBox or received a box yet? If so, what do you think so far? Leave a comment or tweet at me with @MyRocksBox #RocksBoxiFabbo

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.


Memorial Day Essentials

It's been a chilly Memorial Day weekend so far here in Michigan. But even though it's not bikini weather, don't forget to wear sunscreen! Here's my Memorial Day 'must have' list:

 
I like this sunscreen for my face because it doesn't break me out.
I have a long sleeve mullet dress that I'm obsessed with, kind of like a half maxi dress. I love the look of this maxi dress from JC Penney because it doesn't go all the way to the ground.
I practically live in jean jackets in the Spring and Fall. Definitely a necessity when it's only 60 degrees out.
Protect your eyes! These Ray Bans are on my wish list.


Doesn't have to be as fancy as this Lacoste one, but grab a beach blanket or towel and have a picnic in a park!

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Hopefully its sunny wherever you are!


Proactiv at Generation Beauty


Proactiv will be a main sponsor at Generation Beauty by ipsy this year and they want to offer up two pairs of tickets, valued at $300 per pair (best for local LA gals). Fill out the entry form on their Facebook page to enter!


Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Mama Fashionista: Learn how Quinn plans to maintain her new red hair color with L'Occitane!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle website: Kiehls has developed a unique skincare product that actually can help reduce the signs of stress and perhaps, prevent them
  • BeautyTidbits : Find out why Harshleen can't stop raving about her latest SPF discovery - Neova DNA Damage Control Everyday SPF 44
  • My Highest Self: See the before and after photos when Tina reviews the new Revlon Luxurious Colorsilk Buttercream Hair Color!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Maybelline Colorsensational Lipcolor in Born With It No. 015 is a stunning must-have for those ever on the lookout for the perfect pinky nude lipstick, and it's budget friendly!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila is glad you she purchased Physicans Formula Custom Shimmer Strips Kajal ... so you don't have to!
  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla spills why Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick is worth the bite
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Looking for a new BB cream? Try the Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream!
  • Beauty Professor: Ever an alluringly elusive line, the Beauty Professor adores Serge Lutens beauty. This week, she shares swatches and a video review of his famed Teint Si Fin foundation powder!
  • Beauty by Arielle: Review of Real Purity's Cream Blush
  • Lipgloss Break: Check out Zoya nail polish Stunning Collection - a must for summer!
  • Blushing Noir: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour makes a quick eye look golden!



  • Ellie Little Black Collection


    You know you have it bad when you spend more money on workout clothes then every day clothes. I'm not one of those girls who gets all done up to go to the gym, but I do think that when you are comfortable in the clothes you work out in, and like the way they look on you, you'll have a better workout. Look good = Feel good. And that's why I'm totally obsessed with Ellie...

    I love that Ellie gives you the option to join as a monthly subscriber or purchase items separately. The best bang for you buck is joining as a member, and you'll get 2 items each month for $49.95. You can cancel at any time. Click the banner to the right for 20% off your order!

    I already did one post about my obsession with Ellie gear, but recently I got to try out a new outfit from their Little Black Collection and I'm in love all over again.

    I packed my new top and pants for my trip to New Orleans a few weekends ago. The hubby and I woke up super early our first morning there and went for a jog along the Mississippi River, which is where we took these pictures.
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    Ellie Black Widow top.

    Pictured above is the 'The Black Widow' top, named this because of the strappy back which is spider-like. But don't let this creep you out...this top is contoured, slimming and sleek. It has a built in bra (medium support) and I didn't have to wear another one for my run (but I'm also smaller on top). The back panel is mesh, and there are also breathable panels along the sides. The panels are sheer, but not too sheer that they are see through. The fabric itself is really breathable, made from EllieProText and Power Mesh. I wore this for a jog, but would also wear it to cycling and kettlebell workouts. This top retails at $44.95.
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    Ellie logo detail on Black Widow top

    Ellie Little Black Capri pants
    Ellie Little Black Capris
    The pants I wore are the Ellie Little Black Capris. These fit like a glove. They are super comfortable. I would wear these out and about for errands as well. They are made from wicking fabric that keeps you dry, and are preshrunk so you don't have to worry about washing them. They are also water, wind and tear resistant. I wore these for my run but would also wear them to yoga, kettlebells, cycling and the gym for weightlifting. Little Black Capris retail at $44.95.
    Ellie Little Black Capri pants
    Ellie logo detail on Little Black Capris

    Ellie also has two new lines out: Cosmic Love and Coral Crush. These are a few of the items that are on my wishlist:

    Ellie Cosmic Love
    Space Cadet top and Galaxy shorts
    Ellie Coral Crush
    Dynamic Duo Top and To Dye for Capris







    Have you tried Ellie gear yet? If so, did you like it? What's on your Ellie wishlist? Don't forgot to click on the banner above for 20% of your order!

    Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep, and affiliate links. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.


    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup


  • Mama Fashionista: Attention Curly Girls! Quinn of Mama Fashionista shares her must have products from curly hair specialists, Ouidad!


  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for a safe, highly effective, and cruelty-free organic facial peel? Then look no further than O.R.G. Skincare Organic Mineral Peel! It's truly amazing!
  • My Highest Self: The Sea Salt line from H2O Plus brings Tina back to her first beauty splurge!
  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla is summer-glowin' with Nars blush/bronzer duo in desire/blush.
  • Painted Ladies: Is the Spa Sonic Skin Care System a dupe for the Clairsonic?
  • BeautyTidbits: Need a little help in the eyeshadow department? Eye Majic Instant Eyeshadow may just be the thing for you!
  • Blushing Noir: It's getting HOT in here & the Temperature is Rising with the MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow Quad!
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : Do you need more color to bare your skin for Spring and Summer? Pammy Blogs Beauty reviews Beautisol's Tea Tan Glow.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L did lovely spring mani using Models Own nail polishes in Golden Green and Gold Digger.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: In need of new photography equipment? This Seamless Tabletop Background would be a perfect pick.
  • Beauty Professor: Forever on a foundation hunt, the Beauty Professor weighs in on the Hourglass Immaculate foundation in a review and video tutorial!
  • Lipgloss Break: Get a bronze glow the healthy way with Beautisol Tea Tan Glow.


  • Zoya Nail Polish Stunning Collection


    Loving Zoya nail polish Sunning Summer 2013 collection. Fun, bright colors for fingers and toes. From top left, going clockwise, the colors are:

    Darcy - Bright, yellow (good for future Michigan games!)
    Thandie - A creamy orange
    Josie - A tealish-green
    Rocky - Love the name as much as the color. Will look pretty on toes and paired with denim
    Yana - A bright reddish-pink. Another good one for toes
    Micky - My favorite from the collection. A Pretty coral-pink that will go with most everything.

    For each swatch I did a base coat with two color coats and a quick dry top coat. I always have great wear with Zoya nail polish, lasting in good condition for 3-4 days, and minor touch ups needed after that.

    You can purchase these (and many other colors!) from Zoya.com. You can purchase the entire set in a sampler kit for $48 or buy them individually for $8 a pop.

    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.


    Beautisol Tea Tan Glow Review

    As I grow older, I think back to my 'tanning' days in high school and college and regret them more and more every year. How did I think that was healthy for my skin? Now, I protect my skin with SPF, but I won't lie, I do still love a little color!

    Instead of hitting up the tanning bed I opt for self tanners. Most recently I tried out Beautisol Tea Tan Glow and I loved it. I brought it with me to Vegas, New Orleans, and on my last trip to NY.

    I've tried Beautisol self tanner before and I'm a huge fan. The Tea Tan Glow is a newer concept. It's a Wash Off Body Bronzer, and if that isn't self explainatory, it means it washes off in the shower.

    At first, I was a little weary of the smell. I usually apply self tanner at night and then shower the next morning to get rid of the smell, but with Beautisol, this won't work since it would just wash off all of my color. It has to be applied the day that you want your color to show. I've used Tea Tan Glow several times and the smell never bothered me. There is a light scent when you first apply it, but it fades fast.

    Tea Tan Glow is great if you only want color for a day. If you don't feel like dealing with the fading color or the maintenance of a longer lasting self tanner, or maybe you're afraid of streaks, no worries with Tea Tan, because it washes right off. And if you're read my blog before, you know I have sensitive skin and eczema on my legs. Beautisol Tea Tan Glow did not bother my skin at all. This is the true test that helps me decide if I'm going to use a product again. I'm sold!

    Tips for applying Tea Tan Glow:
    1 - Wait at least 15 minutes before you dress after applying Tea Tan Glow.
    2 - It may not be a great idea to wear white after applying this!
    3 - Use a light exfoliater before applying. This helps get rid of dead skin and color will go on smoother.
    4 - Put lotion around your ankles, elbows and knees before applying color. This helps the color go on even in these hard to cover places.
    3 - I also like to moisturize after it dries. I think it helps to even out the color.
    4 - Wash your hands immediately after applying. You may need to exfoliate to get all of the self tanner off your palms.

    Do you use self tanner? If so, please share your tips below!

    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.


    Enter to Win $500 Gift Card!

    The Beauty Blog Coalition is a group of Beauty Bloggers who work to bring you the latest on all things beauty. This spring we have collaborated to put together a giveaway of $500. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Giveaway is open to international participants.

    Here is a list of the member's participating in the current giveaway - be sure to check them out for some enjoyable reading:
    The Beauty Blog Coalition is a group of Beauty Bloggers who work to bring you the latest on all things beauty. This spring we have collaborated to put together a giveaway of $500. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Giveaway is open to international participants. Here is a list of the member's participating in the current giveaway - be sure to check them out for some enjoyable reading:  
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    Justina's Gems  
    Beyond Beauty Lounge  
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    Cosmetics Aficionado 
    Just For Trendy Girls  
    Peek & Ponder  
    Pretty In Pink  
    Aquaheart's Obsessions  
    InTruBeauty  
    Beauty Info Zone  
    Moxie Reviews  
    Prime Beauty  
    Midnight Manicures 
    Geniabeme  
    Blushing Noir  
    Beauty by Miss L  
    Peace Love Lipgloss  
    TheFabZilla polarbelle  
    My Highest Self  
    MinaSlater.com - Fabulous Awesomeness  
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    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Round Up


  • Mama Fashionista: Find out why Quinn has traded in her foundation, now that she's discovered Smashbox's CC Cream!


  • BeautyTidbits: Addicted to your flat iron? Beat the heat damage with the new Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450 plus Spray Treatment!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you favor luminous foundations or the perfect tinted moisturizers, then say hello to Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15! It is nothing short of perfection!
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: DIY Prom Makeup Tips
  • Beauty Info Zone: Are you looking for an inexpensive but highly effective eye mask? Beauty Info Zone has found the answer.
  • The FabZilla: You've heard it but don't really know much about it. So what is this thing called maracuja?
  • Lipgloss Break: Lipgloss Break is giving away a Modella travel cosmetic bag. Enter to win!
  • The Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle: Elixir Collection is a unique new collection from I Colonialim an iconic Italian bath & body brand
  • Beauty 101: Casey knew that she found the perfect way to clean her brushes when she tried the Koren Zander Pro Brush Soap. Check out her review!
  • Beauty Professor: Have a job interview coming up? The Beauty Professor's shares her tutorial on polished interview makeup!
  • Midnight Manicures: Looking for a bronzer that lives up to the hype? See what Jeanie thinks of the Milani Bronzer XL in the new Radiant Tan.
  • Midnight Manicures: Midnight Manicures announces a new Contributor to the team, Jamie, the creator of Sea Lore Polish. Check out Jamie's newest collection Sea Lore "Spring Seas".
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Brushes Review!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Learn a fun, simple and affordable way to create your very own makeup brush holder
  • The Lacquered Lady: Looking for some lightweight moisture this summer? The Lacquered Lady reviews Vaseline's new Spray and Go Moisturizer
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : Turn Your Shower into a Spa! Pammy Blogs Beauty tests it out ExfoliKate Body


  • NARS Hearts New York City

    I love this palette more than NARS loves New York! This limited edition gift set features  4 shadows (Biarritz, Nepal, New York & Galapagos) and a blush/bronzer (Amour Blush and Laguna Bronzer). It also includes a compact version of Chinatown Nail Polish and Dolce Vita lip gloss.

    Set is available May 1 at select retailers including Barneys, Lord & Taylor, Saks, Henri Bendel & Bloomingdale's.



    7 Tips for Selling through Consignment Shops

    With Macklemore’s ‘Thrift Shop’ running through our heads, my husband and I packed up spring and summer clothes from last year and dropped them off at our local consignment shop. I’ve been doing this for the past year and found it to be an easy and fun way to make a few dollars to put towards new items in my wardrobe.

    Consignment shops will take new and gently used items and sell them for a discounted price. Once your item sells, you get a percentage of the sale. The percentage you earn varies by shop. The consignment shop I go to, Trading Closets in Brighton, MI, offers you 50% of the selling price. They mark down items each month, and then after 60 days, you can either pick your items up if they don’t sell, or they will mark them down to 80% without any commission or donate them.

    The first time I went I really had no idea what to expect. I gathered up about 10 items in my closet I no longer wore and brought them into the store. To my surprise, the store only kept one item! I was floored, and a little insulted, until the consignment shop employee pointed out the reasons she didn’t accept the other items. Slight discoloration…out of season…loose hem….after the run down I totally understood why they didn’t take the rest of my items.


    I took what I learned from that trip and applied it to future drop offs, carefully inspecting every item before I left the house. Now, I usually have a 90% success rate when I drop clothes off!

    Here are some tips to use when going through your closet and gathering items to bring in:

    1. Check the store’s website or call ahead to find out what ‘season’ of clothes they are taking. If it’s March and they only want Spring/Summer clothes, you’ll be wasting your time if you bring your sweaters in. Usually they will be very explicit on what they are accepting.

    2. Steam or iron your items before bringing them in the store. Most consignment stores look for items they can transfer directly to their racks. Presentation is everything.

    3. Bring clothes in on hangers. Usually stores don’t keep them, but again, it’s all about presentation.


    4. Some of the ‘signs of wear’ they look for: deodorant marks on the insides of the arms of tops, fabric balling up (sweaters tend to do this), snags, holes, broken zippers, loose hems, discolorations and stains, just to name a few. Also make sure your items are smoke and pet hair free.

    5. Some stores have a special light they put the clothes under to help spot stains or discolorations. It’s helpful to bring your own clothes outside in the sunlight and inspect them before you bring them in. Sometimes indoor lighting can hide imperfections.

    6. Depending on the store, they may also accept accessories (purses and jewelry), home goods, furniture, DVDs, and beauty products. Check out the website or store before you go in.

    7. Don’t watch over the consignment shop worker while he/she is looking through your clothes. This is just nerve wrecking! Shop around while they are going through your items. You may find some hidden gems!


    And remember, don’t be insulted if they don’t take your items! The consignment shop employees know what sells best in their store. They may already have 20 of the same type of item they can’t get rid of. If you find yourself returning home with items, you can always donate them to your local Purple Heart or Salvation Army.