Lipgloss Break: June 2014

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - June 30

  • Slashed Beauty: It's getting HOT! Find out which budge-proof and budget-friendly eyeliners will last you all day in the summer sun.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for the perfect lightweight fast-absorbing beauty oil for the warmer months? Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil is that and more!
  • TheFabZilla: Eyeliner love. Kathryne from TheFabZilla tells you why Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon is a must-have.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Need inspiration for a summer manicure? Jessica has 5 simple nail art manicures for you to try!
  • My Highest Self: Stop by to see which Caress Fresh Collection body wash is Tina's favorite!
  • Lipgloss Break: Keep your skin protected this Summer and enter to win a set of Neutrogena sunscreens!
  • Glamorable!: Love wearing pastel colors on your nails? Then check out this post with swatches and review of Ricky's new Pastel Opal mini-collection.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out Leelo´s pink & purple summer makeup look
  • Makeup Life and Love: Face Oils? Not sure if a facial oil is for you? Keep reading as Jamie shows us for every skin type a facial oil to suit its needs...
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's rockin' blue lashes, lips and nails with Milani's LE Bella Blue Collection
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber shares her summer must haves from L'Occitane, Belle Scents, Pur Minerals and Mally!
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to Win a prize pack of NYC cosmetics and $50 Walmart gift card!



  • MAC Nail Transformations


    MAC is releasing a collection of nail lacquers and transformative topcoats designed to give nails a stylish twist. The light peach beige of Skin, deep plum of Rebel and sheer nude of Quiet Time undergo a unique transformation when combined with one of six glowing topcoats.

    I love the creativity of this line and being able to style your nail polish to fit your mood. 

    Available online now and in store July 3rd.





    Giveaway Break - Neutrogena SPF Pack


    I hope all my readers are no strangers to sunscreen. It's so important to protect your skin in the harsh summer months! Yesterday I wrote about my love for Neutrogena sunscreens and how they kept me and my family well protected this past week in North Carolina. Now, you have a chance to win a prize pack of sunscreens all for yourself! 


     ***Giveaway***

    Enter to win a set of 3 Neutrogena Sunscreens! I will be picking 2 winners to receive a total of 3 sunscreens from the Beach Defense, Ultra Sheer and Wet Skin line. 

     
    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 Friday, July 25th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



    Protect Your Skin on SUNday with Neutrogena Sunscreen

    We have a lot of reasons to celebrate today! Yesterday was the first day of Summer, and today is International Sun-Day! Today is the Sunday closest to the summer solstice, making it a special SUNday to celebrate the nearest star in the Universe, the Sun!

    But before you go out and celebrate, make sure you are well protected from this star! I've been in extreme Outer Banks, North Carolina heat all week, and have been layering on Neutrogena sunscreen. I'm guilty of not wanting to wear high SPF sunscreen in the past because I was afraid I wouldn't get 'tan.' Well, that mind set has gone out the window now that I'm older (and I like to think wiser, too) and I worry about longer term skin damage and wrinkles. 

    I stocked up on SPF 50+ for this trip and pretty much forced it on everyone in my family. Especially when traveling south, the sun is so much stronger, and it never seems like you can enough sunscreen on. There is nothing worse than a sunburn on vacation! My family has been using the below sunscreens all weekend and we've all stayed sunburn free while playing in and out of the ocean and pool.


    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70
    Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70
    This goes on underneath your moisturizer and can be worn daily. I LOVE the way this soaks into my skin. I also have extremely sensitive skin, and this non-comedogenic lotion hasn't caused any breakouts or flare ups of my rosacea. I've been putting this on my face, neck and chest every morning when I wake up. You never know when you're going to eat outside or drink coffee on the balcony and the sun will reach your face. It has a sheer, not greasy, finish, and almost looks like it could be a skin corrector. Other benefits include: water resistant for up to 80 minutes, Helioplex technology, oil-free, and PABA free. 

    Neutrogena Ultra Dry-Touch SPF 55
    Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55
    I loaded up with the Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55 before I even stepped outside. Being pregnant has made me even more cautious about protecting my skin. This kept me burn free but also allowed me to still get a bit of color. This sunscreen is super lightweight and absorbs quickly. I also didn't have any problems with using it on my sensitive skin (it helps that it's non-comedogenic). It's also oil-free, PABA free, and uses the Helioplex technology like the Ultra Sheer Liquid. 


    Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 50+
    Beach Defense Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+
    This stick is genius, especially when you don't want to get your hands sticky with sunscreen. It makes for easy, clean application. My niece and nephew also thought it was pretty 'funny' since it looks like deodorant, and made them a little less unhappy about sunscreen re-applications :) This stick didn't absorb as quickly as the Ultra Sheer, but I felt like it was better to use before going into the ocean because it was a bit thicker. The water just ran right over it on our skin, and kept us well protected. Like the Ultra Sheer line, it's oil and PABA free. To top it off, this one smells a little fruity :)

    Neutrogena sunscreens can be purchased online at Neutrogena.com or found at your local drugstores like CVS or Walgreens. 

    How do you plan on protecting your skin this Summer? Please share 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.


    LipMonthly Review

    I think it's pretty obvious that I'm obsessed with lipgloss, based solely off of the name of my site. I love trying new lip balms, glosses and lipsticks, and I'm always reading about the latest and greatest in lip products.  I recently learned about LipMonthly, which is a new monthly subscription service for lip products. How perfect does this sound?!?

    For $10 a month, you'll get a curated box of lip balms, stains, lipsticks, and/or glosses. In my first box, I received the following:
    - Stila lip liner in Fuchsia
    - GlamNatural gloss in Poco Loco 
    - Hard Candy Lip Tattoo lip gloss
    - Lipology gloss 
    - Ultraflesh mascara - this was a surprise!

    The entire box was worth way more than $10! And each month there will be a surprise product, that may or may not be a lip product, that is included. LipMonthly will include a wide variety of brands, both popular and smaller niche brands, to bring the best assortment each month. 

    If you're interested in trying it out, visit their site! They are currently running a promotion to get $5 off your first box! 


    I LOVE monthly subscriptions because it allows you to try new brands that you may have never heard of before, and potentially fall in love with! Are you currently signed up for any other monthly subscription box? If so, which ones?






    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - June 15

  • Glamorable!: Get your glow on with Eddie Funkhouser complexion products!
  • lola's Secret Beauty Blog: HydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an amazing anti-aging Sunscreen that is peptide packed, soothing, and self-adjusts to the color of your skin tone!
  • Slashed Beauty: A smokey eye is essential to anyone's beauty repertoire. Miranda shows us how to achieve Lea Michele's signature smoky eye in her latest tutorial!
  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla shares her secrets to younger looking skin. She also reviews Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber's June Wantable makeup Box was perfectly curated just for her!
  • I Know all the Words: The ulitmate Eye Cream Dream Tream post featuring Biotherm, Clarins, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Guerlain and Lise Watier
  • Geniabeme: Geniabeme creates an inspired makeup look from Alex Vasu from Orange is the New Black.
  • My Highest Self: Hawaiian Tropic makes the cut for winning sunscreens for face and body!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Are you looking for pictures & a review of the L'Oreal Collection Privée? Jessica has them on her blog!
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a Moisture Masque for your hair from Bosley Pro. It's great for treating dry, damaged hair.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's take on Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Peony
  • Alison Blackman's Advice Sisters Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle: Video Treat! 2 eye look matte & shimmer by Makeup Artist Carol Shaw
  • BeautyTidbits: Beat the heat with these Summer Skincare Must-Haves!


  • Giveaway Break - Bosley Hair Moisture Masque

    Yesterday I posted about how much I love Bosley Moisture Masque...today, you can enter to win one for yourself! 


     ***Giveaway***

    Enter to win a Bosley Pro Hair Moisture Masque for yourself to try!

     
    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 Sunday, July 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!



    Bosley Moisture Masque Review

    After this harsh winter I feel like I've been playing catch up taking care of my hair and skin...they've been so dry! I was on a mission to focus on my hair for the past few months, and tested out Bosley Professional Strength Healthy Hair Moisture Masque.

    I love this stuff. I've been using it about 3-4 times a week. I'll first shampoo my hair, rinse, and then apply this conditioner from the roots to the ends. I like to try and let it stay on for about 5 minutes in the shower, and then I rinse it out.


    I love how this moisture masque makes my hair feel. Now that it's getting humid in Michigan, I usually fear frizziness during the day, but I haven't had problems when using this. It also doesn't make my hair too soft or oily to style, and can usually still go a day without washing when using this product.


    According to the site, this masque contains a 'blend of mango and shea butters, with Brazilian palm tree and avocado oils, adding rich moisture and shine.' It also includes red wine extract to help with antioxidant protection, LifeXtend complex to help nourish hair and ColorKeeper complex to help prolong and protect color. 


    This masque is pretty thick, and smells really good. You can definitely tell this a salon quality product, which I love. It's like having a spa day, every day! You can find it at salons, HSN and Ulta stores, and retails for $24.95. You can find a store near you that carries Bosley by using the store finder on their site




    Is your hair still recovering from the harsh winter? If so, what are you doing to help revive it?


    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.


    IT Cosmetics It's All About You Collection

    I'm a HUGE fan of IT Cosmetics. I love their powders, brushes and Bye Bye Undereye cover up. Their products are great for my sensitive skin!

    Tune into QVC on June 21st for this collection launch. It's one day only so mark your calendar!



    Beauty Blogger Weekly Roundup

  • Slashed Beauty: Ready for the beach? We round up the top beachy beauty products in the newest Beauty Mood Board: Sunny Beach Babe.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lackluster skin need a boost? If so, Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask is at your service!
  • TheFabZilla: Feeling nostalgic, Kathryne from TheFabZilla reoriented herself with VMV Hypoallergenics. She explored the lipstick line, check out her thoughts!
  • Spontaneous Chick: You may not like them raw, but head to Spontaneous Chick to learn the benefits of eating onions for your skin.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out which is Leelo´s new favorite nail polish for this summer.
  • I Know all the Words: Sorbets aren't just for dessert anymore! The Body Shop has versions for face and body with their Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet & Pink Grapefruit Body Sorbet
  • Geniabeme: OCC Lip Tars are great to make a bright ombre lip!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: D.G.S.Beauty got her T.L.C. VoxBox from Influenster. See what awesome goodies she received.
  • Makeup Life and Love: A BB for Lips? Say What? Get your lips summer ready with BITE beauty and the newest launch of their Lip BB.
  • Lipgloss Break: Give your feet a break with Kushyfoot Flats to Go!
  • beautyXposé: Ready to kick off the Summer in style? Check out our fellow beauty bloggers’ favorite summer products.
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber has a sneak peek of Rainbow Honey's mini mystery bag for the month of June to share this week!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle: Summer Frizz? Advicesisters.net found 3 fab frizz fighters
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison found a baby blue polish shade she loves!
  • BeautyTidbits: From the best products that save you time to easy haircare tips to pamper your lovely locks, the top beauty bloggers share some of the best haircare tricks in their arsenals!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Looking for some hot neon nail polish this summer? Jessica at Be Happy And Buy Polish has three for you!
  • Fluttering Lashes: Check out the look I created for Topshop Make-up!!


  • NARS Summer 2014 Gifting


    NARS Summer 2104 Summer gifts are launching July 1. I have my eyes on the Domination palette. Can't wait! The gifts include...

    Uninhibited, $52
    Dolce Vita Lipstick, Lipgloss sand limited edition Nail Polish

    Climax, $52
    Shiap lipstick, lip gloss and nail polish

    Domination, $49
    Palette includes Orgasm, Laguna and Mistinguette blush, and a Devotee highlighting blush. 

    Available at Nordstrom on July 1. 



    Kushyfoot Flats to Go Review

    kushyfoot flats to goI never understood how some women can walk through the airport, carrying a briefcase and rolling a suitcase, in 3 inch heals. Me, on the other hand, am all about comfort. I do wear my highest heels to client visits, but while traveling to my clients, I'm all about the flats!

    I was recently lucky enough to try Kushyfoot Flats to Go, which are designed for travelers as well as anyone who needs a break from their heels. They are ultra portable, and can fit in nicely into your laptop bag or medium to large size purse.



    kushyfoot flats to goThese are for indoor use, and could possibly work outdoor in dry weather. They are really thin, so I wouldn't rely on them to keep your feet warm, just comfortable.

    They slip on like a glove and provide relief from heels or uncomfortable shoes. I usually wear these into the airport, through security, on the plane, and to the rental car station, before I even put my heels on, saving my feet hours of torture! I love how they fold right in half and fit nicely into their clear plastic pouch they came in.

    I tested out the snake print flats. These have black soles and a little snake print bows on top. I normally wear a 6.5 size shoe, and size 5-6 Kushyfoot Flats to Go fit me great. These are way to casual and thin to pass as "normal" shoes, but you will definitely see me wearing these as long as possible before I need to put my heels on. They retail for $9.99 and can be purchased from Kushyfoot.com. I would definitely recommend keeping a pair in your work laptop bag, purse or car, for emergency heel situations!





    Pregnancy Style - Make non-maternity clothing work


    Dress, Marshalls; Jean Jacket,
    Chicago boutique, Shoes, TOMS
    I was excited for about 10 minutes about buying maternity clothes...and then I saw my options. So plain! I found a few items at Old Navy, Pea in the Pod and H&M that I love, but it's still slim pickings. I couldn't wait for the Michigan weather to get warm so I could wear some of my non-maternity dresses.

    Pregnancy Style Tip - Look for dresses in your closet that don't zip or button, and have an elastic, higher waist. This blue and white polka dot dress from Marshalls can totally be pulled off as maternity wear. I got asked several times if it was a new maternity dress. Paired with comfy wedges and a jean jacket, I have an outfit that works for a work travel during the day and transitions to night for a work dinner.




    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - June 2

  • Slashed Beauty: Do you know how much product you end up throwing away? Find out how to use every last drop of your beauty products.
  • TheFabZilla: Find out why Kathryne from TheFabZilla is adding Givenchy Terre Exotique to her bronzer must-haves!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you love delectably scented roses and you love luxury beauty oils, then you will be delighted by the amazing By Terry Huile de Rose Nutri-Regenerating Firming-Lift Oil!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Give your face and body some extra love using the Lush Ocean Salt scrub. Check out D.G.S.Beauty's review here.
  • Geniabeme: Sleek i-Divine Supreme Shangri La Collection is super gorgeous for a date night!
  • beautyXposé: Kristin shares a first look at the Smashbox Full Exposure palette.
  • Makeup Life and Love: Get skin summer ready with Jamie in a weekend exploration of skincare featuring Tatcha Skincare.
  • daydreaming beauty: Start the summer with some color in your cheeks! Amber shows you her top blush choices for summer on daydreaming beauty!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Leelo from Beauty by Miss L reviewed cruelty free Abra Therapeutics Hydrating Cleanser.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's new sulfate-free shampoo bestie that's great for her chemically-treated hair!
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win Mary Kay CC Cream & Lash Love Mascara
  • BeautyTidbits: Lipstick lover? Lipgloss hoarder? Lipbalm addict? If you are a lippy-lover, you need to check out Lip Monthly!
  • Fluttering Lashes: Check out what's in this month's May Birchbox!! Some Sun Savvy products and more...
  • Glamorable!: Love Korean skincare? Then you should definitely check out Memebox! Glamorable is unboxing the Snail Superbox and sharing her thoughts on the products.