Lipgloss Break: April 2014

15% off at Dermalogica.com

I hope everyone saw my rave review of Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Booster. If you'd like to try it out yourself, I have a coupon for you! The coupon code is: BOOST and will get you 15% off any purchase from Dermalogica.com now until May 31st! Happy Shopping :)





Giveaway Break - Epic Blend Premium Lip Balm


Have you heard of Epic Blend Premium Lip Balm? If not, you're missing out! This all natural lip balm has a lot offer! Epic Blend is a Canadian lip balm that is made with all organic ingredients. It's also gluten-free, paraben-free, Vegan and they DO NOT test on animals. 

They have tons of flavors to choose from, including Pineapple-Mint, Coconut (fun for summer) and Citrus Kick.

Epic Blend lip balms are $3.49 per lip balm, or $12 for a 4-pack of lip balms. These are sold at retailers throughout Canada. Not Canadian? You can purchase online at EpicBlend.com. Or, you can enter to win a set of your own below! 


 ***Giveaway***

Enter to win a set of 10 Epic Blend lip balms!

 
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 & CA residents only. The contest will end on Thursday, May 29th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Clean Eating Crockpot Lasagna

Lately I've been trying to cook a 2-night meal on Sunday nights, so we can eat the leftovers on Monday. More often than not, they end up being crockpot meals.

I have done a ton of research on clean crockpot meals, and incorporating several recipes, I put together my own Clean Eating Crockpot Lasagna recipe. Trust me when I say, it's phenomenal. It takes about 20 minutes to prep and 4 hours to cook in the slow cooker. It serves about 6 people, but since my husband usually eats 2 helpings, it only lasts us two dinners :)

Ingredients:
1/2 package of whole grain or whole wheat uncooked lasagna noodles (I used Ronzoni Whole Grain)
1 package of lean turkey
1 jar of all natural tomato sauce
2.5 cups of part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
15 oz container of part skim ricotta (you can substitute cottage cheese for this, but since I'm pregnant and can't find pasteurized cottage cheese, I went back to using ricotta)
1 package of mushrooms
3 cups of spinach
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes

1. Brown the turkey, mixing in garlic and red pepper flakes
2. While meat is browning, mix the ricotta with 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese
3. Once meat is brown, add 3/4 of the jar of tomato sauce to the pan and stir, making a meat sauce
4. Line the base of your crockpot with lasagna noodles (you may need to break a few apart to fit)
5. Add a layer of the meat sauce on top of the noodles
6. Add a layer of the cheese mixture on top of the meat sauce
7. Add a layer of mushrooms on top of the cheese mixture
8. Add a layer of spinach on top of the mushrooms
9. Repeat steps 5-8 one more time
10. Add one more layer of the meat sauce & cheese if you have any left over, along with the rest of the pasta sauce
11. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top and cook in crockpot for 4 hours on low.
clean eating lasagna
You really can't mess this up. If your proportions and layers are off, it's okay! Trust me, no two lasagnas will be the same. As I'm typing this, I'm finishing my 2nd bowl of this lasagna and my hubby is on his 3rd :) Once it cools in the crockpot I'll be putting the leftovers into tupperware for a fast, healthy dinner tomorrow night.

Enjoy!



Beauty Blogger Weekly Roundup - April 27, 2014

  • Slashed Beauty: If you're struggling with dry hair, you might be washing it all wrong. Learn about co-washing & its benefits!
  • I Know all the Words: Love fresh and fruity scents? The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry range aims to please!
  • TheFabZilla: Still on purple lippy spree, Kathryne from TheFabZilla drenched her lips with Milani Violet Volt and Violet Addict. Skip or buy? find out!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Rose Desire and Rose Caprice are perfect choices for those who love gorgeous nudes and pinks that are moisturizing and luxe!
  • My Highest Self: Hair care that repels water? Get all the details in Tina's review of the Nexxus Color Assure Sulfate-Free System for Hair!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Need a new facial scrub? Check out D.G.S.Beauty's review on the Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant
  • Glamorable!: Glamorable is venturing into the world of brights with new Wet N Wild Color Icon 5-pan eyeshadow palette. Click here to read the full review.
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber has a sparkly blue mani perfect for spring! Finger Paints Crystal Springs from the Pastel Rain collection is a fun blue and green glitter topper with silver shards.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison tried Tarte's new Butter Lipstick in adorable eco-friendly packaging
  • Beauty by Miss L: Alpha Hydrox Sheer Silk Moisturiser with SPF15 review
  • Makeup Life and Love: Searching for the perfect palette to upgrade your makeup wardrobe? But a bit short on cash? Jamie shows us a great alternative to those high end palettes, in this weeks High vs. Low Beauty installment.
  • Lipgloss Break: Does your skin need some hydration? Check out Angela's review of Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Booster!
  • Geniabeme: Geniabeme shows off her yellow and pink Spring makeup look.
  • BeautyTidbits: Check out the swatches and review of the new Total Intensity Color Rush Eyeshadows from Prestige Cosmetics.



  • MAC Lorde

    MAC and Lorde have partnered up on a new line for summer. One word that describes it is 'Fierce!' Both items below are limited editions. 
    Lipstick in Pure Heroine, deep plum. Retails at $16. 
    Eye liner in Rapidblack. Retails at $19.50


    Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review

    It's now mid-April in Michigan, and it's been 70 and sunny the last few days, but just a week ago, it snowed! I'm sure everyone from the south are tired of hearing about this harsh winter, but trust me, it's taking a toll on everyone involved, both mentally and physically. When it's sunny out everyone seems to be in a great mood! But when it's cold, it's a downer! And it doesn't just have an effect on my mood. My poor, dry skin, has been suffering this winter too.

    Normally I don't do much testing with skincare products. I have really sensitive skin and I usually don't like to rock the boat. But since we've had this extremely cold and dry weather, I've caved. I've been testing out several different moisturizers and treatments to help protect my skin against this weather.

    One of the moisturizers I was able to test was Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. I've seen great results from this product! I've been using it religiously under my moisturizer for about 3 weeks now and have been extremely happy with the results: softer skin, less redness in the morning, and no breakouts.

    The consistency of this product is just like water, which is also the first ingredient. According to the site, it's suppose to not only help with redness but also with fine lines. It also contains hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycolipids and algae extract. No artificial fragrances or colors are added.

    The directions on the box suggest mixing this with your existing moisturizing, but I've been applying it directly to my skin, and then a layer of my moisturizer over it (sometimes). A little goes a long way, so I can see this 1 oz bottle lasting awhile. 
    It's hard to see because it looks like water!
    A little goes a long way with this formula, and I can see this 1oz bottle lasting a long time. And after seeing really good results from this product, I definitely want to try out more Demalogica products. You can purchase Dermalogica from their site and also at Ulta Stores. This product retails for $56. 

    Have you tried Dermalogica products before? If so, which are your favorite? 

    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.


    Zoya Nail Polish Exchange 2014

    I love when Zoya does their exchanges. It's a great way to try new colors on a budget, while helping to save the Earth! Zoya makes it easy to swap out old nail polish for new ones. 

    Here's how it works:
    1. Visit www.zoya.com and add at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish to your cart (salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles). Excludes ALL Summer 2014 Collection shades (Tickled, Bubbly & Summer Magical PixieDust).
    2. Apply the code: ZDAY2014
    3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish). For an example of how your order should look, see example below.
    4. Complete check-out, review and submit order.
    5. Zoya will ship out your NEW polishes right away. The exchange runs on the honor system, which means offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. See full exchange details below...
    The Exchange
    1. Once you get your order - ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya - you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish.
              Ship Your Old Nail Polish To:
              Art of Beauty, Inc.
              c/o Polish Exchange
              5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
              Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA
    1. Include a copy of your invoice/order.
    2. Once we receive your polish we do the rest! It's that simple!


    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - April 21, 2014


  • Slashed Beauty: Tired of troublesome skin? Experts tell us what foods to eat and avoid to help us get glowing, healthy skin.
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a set of Dove's new Pistachio Cream Body Wash & Beauty Bar - it's Angela's favorite!
  • TheFabZilla: Love purple lips? Kathryne from TheFabZilla got the scoop on Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Violet and Matte Creme Lip Crayon Grape
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love clay-based masks? Then African Botanics Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask is a fabulous game changer that is not to be missed!
  • Glamorable!: Find out why Anastasia DID NOT like Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bath from LUSH Easter 2014 Collection.
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to win the new Mother's Day Collection by TotalBeauty.com!
  • My Highest Self: Check out the good and the bad in Tina's review of Vidal Sassoon Hair Color in Deep Velvet Violet!
  • Beauty by Miss L: BYS Limited Edition Neons eyeshadow palette review & swatches.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog : Laura shows us her new favorite nail polish from Ciate London called Antique Brooch.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Washing makeup brushes has become a chore. See how the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove has made life a little easier.
  • Geniabeme: Get a full face of makeup for under $20!
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber raves about Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation this week on daydreaming beauty.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Check out what Allison got in her April Beauty Rocks Glam Bag from ipsy


  • Emilie M. & e.l.f Cosmetics Spring Giveaway - Last Day to Enter!

    Today, April 18th, is the last day to enter the Emilie M. spring giveaway with e.l.f. cosmetics. There has been a grand prize given away each day, and today you could win! Visit either www.eyeslipsface.com or www.emiliemshop.com to enter!







    $500 Prepaid Visa Gift Card Giveaway

    It's a May Day Giveaway! A bunch of us fabulous beauty bloggers from the Beauty Blog Coalition got together to offer a huge giveaway! 3 prizes total: 1st prize is a $500 Visa card, 2nd is a $250 Visa card and 3rd is a $130 Visa card. You have a lot of chances to win - just scroll down to the rafflecopter below! 



    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Giveaway Break - Dove Pistachio Cream Body Wash & Beauty Bar

    Hi Friends! Friday I posted about my newest obsession, Dove's Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash and Beauty Bar. Now's your chance to win a set to pamper yourself! 

     ***Giveaway***

    Enter to win a set of Dove's Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash & Beauty Bar for yourself!

     
    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, May 13th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!





    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Round up - April 13

  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda announced she's a finalist in this year's Allure Beauty Blogger Awards! Find out how you can help support her.
  • I Know all the Words: Like your nail art fast and easy? Avon Sprinkle Nails are just that (and totally cute!)
  • TheFabZilla: Tom Ford released a limited edition called Lip Summer Color Shimmer. TheFabZilla reviews Solar Gold, buy or bust? Find out.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Does Armani Now Have Dupes for NARS Gaiety and Tom Ford Narcissist Blushes? Swatches and Commentary.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: D.G.S.Beauty uses all-natural hair products from the Eden Body Works jojOba monoi line and is raving about the results.
  • Makeup Life and Love: Ready for Spring Break but not too sure what to bring? Jamie shows us what she is taking on Spring Break this year...
  • Glamorable!: Conceal, hydrate and protect your skin with one swipe of Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream! Check out Anastasia's review, swatches and before and after pictures.
  • daydreaming beauty: Minerals pressed with argan oil? Yes please! gloss48 and daydreaming beauty teamed up for a review and giveaway of our favorite Painted Earth Cosmetics!
  • Geniabeme: Geniabeme plays with some orange eye shadows!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison can never get enough rose gold polish & Zoya's Tinsley is a new twist on rose gold
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Have you spotted the LE Maybelline Bleached Neons collection yet? Stephanie picked up two of the Color Elixirs and swatched them on her blog!
  • Lipgloss Break: Dove's Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia is the best smelling Dove product to date!
  • BeautyTidbits: Say hello to bright pops of color for spring with the new Prestige Cosmetics Total Wear Lip Crayons!


  • Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale April 11 - 21

    Lord & Taylor Friends & Family sale starts today! Sale will take place in-store and online through Monday, April 21st. Almost all regular and sale merchandise will be an extra 25% off, with 10% off cosmetics and fragrances. Happy Shopping! 





    Dove's Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Review

    I've always been a fan of Dove. Even before my dermatologist suggested that I use it for my eczema, I was buying the classic white bars in bulk from Costco. I was recently able to try Dove's new scent, Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia, and let me tell you, I've been having dreams about this scent! 

    I can't get enough of body wash and beauty bar in this scent. I can't say that it smells like pistachios (not really sure what pistachios smell like), but the fresh fruity smell mixed with a bit of floral is out this world. It fills my bathroom with the refreshing scent but isn't too overpowering for first thing in the morning.

    I'm partial to the body wash since it's super moisturizing, combining Dove's NutriumMoisture technology with mild cleansers, which is just want my sensitive skin needs. I was hesitant to try a scented body wash but so far, it's been very gentle on my skin. 

    If I've enticed you with my review, check back tomorrow to enter to win a set of Dove's Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash & Beauty Bar for yourself to try! 


    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.