Lipgloss Break: November 2014

Tips for a Clean 'Movember' Shave


Are you ladies ready for 'Movember' to be over? Now that it's December men all over the world should be shaving! The growing 'Movember' trend has men everywhere tossing their razors aside for the month of November, and growing out their mustaches and beards. Last year we even had a 'Movember' contest at work. The men were looking a bit scruff towards the middle of the month!

Lucky me, my hubby didn't grow a mustache, but he did try out Neutrogena's Men Shaving Line and Panasonic's new wet/dry shaver to get rid of his stubble. Here are the steps and some pro tips for a clean 'Movember' shave....
Neutrogena Men's Line & Panasonic wet/dry razor
Neutrogena Men's Line & Panasonic wet/dry razor
1 - According to Elizabeth Ulloa, Neutrogena beauty and grooming expert, you should prep your skin by running a washcloth under lukewarm water to open your pores. You should leave the washcloth on your face for about 45 seconds.

2 - Next, use a face scrub, like Neutrogena's Razor Defense Face Scrub, to clean out your pores and smooth out your skin. According to Ulloa, this will help remove dry, dead skin, which could potentially block the razor blade. Neutrogena's Face Scrub is a great option since it's oil free, dye-free and won't clog pores. It's also gentle enough to use on a daily basis.

3 - Cover all areas you want to shave with a shave cream. Depending on the type of cream, foam or gel you use, you will need to use different amounts. With Neutrogena's Shave Cream, a little goes a long way, and you only need a thin layer. Ulloa suggests gently massaging the shaving cream for about 1 to 2 minutes to help prevent razor burns. 
tips for a clean shave
4 - For shaving, dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Beer recommends 'using warm water, and following the grain.' My hubby really liked the Panasonic wet/dry shaver for a clean, close shave. This shaver makes shaving easy with its sensor technology and pivoting head. He loves that it is both a wet/dry razor, and has the option to take it in the shower with him if he needs to multitask. He got minimal razor burn while using this razor both wet and dry. Another tip: Use a magnifying mirror like the one above to make sure you don't miss any spots!

5 - Make sure to rinse your razor periodically while shaving!

6 - After your clean shave, rinse off the remaining shave cream and apply an after shave. Another tip from Dr. Kenneth Beer, 'avoid alcohol-based aftershaves.' Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin Post Shave Balm is alcohol free and great for sensitive skin.

Did your boyfriend, hubby or friend partake in Movember? Hopefully these tips will help erase any signs of unwanted Movember mustaches! 

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

So many deals...so little time! I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving with family & friends. Happy Shopping!

FOR THE MAKEUP LOVER

MAC Cosmetics - The holiday sets came out early and are almost sold out, but MAC has another surprise in store. Available only on Black Friday, MAC is offering an exclusive online-only edition of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow, The Smoky Black Friday palette. It features a trio of noir shades that blend for nighttime looks. These colors are gorgeous, and the perfect edition to any holiday party ensemble. Review to come soon...

NARS - 20% during the Give & Take Event Friday, November 28th - Dec 2nd. Sign up here to access the exclusive 20% event.

LORAC - Black Friday deals: Sultry Starlet Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette & Vintage Vixen Matte Eye Shadow Palette ($12 each at Ulta.com) & Champagne Eye Trio $12 at Nordstrom Rack. Cyber Monday deals: 25% off PRO Palette and PRO Palette 2, Free Red Eyelash Curler with every purchase, Perfect PRO Eye Trio ($25 at Nordstrom.com) and Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette ($15 at Ulta.com)
LORAC Pro Palette
Bath & Body Works - There is a VIP Bag going for $20 with a $40 purchase. The bag has over $100 worth of products in it. This is the perfect hostess gift to have on hand!
Bath & Body Works VIP Bag
Ulta.com- Deals start on Thanksgiving Day, online, at 7pm CST. So many great deals, including sale prices on Too Faced, Laura Geller, Smashbox palettes and more! And 20% off Clarisonic Plus set - great deal!

Avon.com - Receive free shipping on all orders and 30% off any purchase of $30 or more on Black Friday

Lancome.com - November 30 - December 7, 20% off Friends & Family sale, plus get free shipping on any $49 order and a travel-size product of your choice.

Inglot - 20% off

FakeBake.com - 25% off all products!

Spa Sonic at Drugstore.com - On sale for $33.99 (cheap alternative to Clarisonic!)

Sexy Hair - Offering free shipping over $25 plus a free deluxe sample w/every purchase made on Black Friday. Their Sexy Hair Ultimate Control Flat Iron or Dryer is on sale for $99.95, including a free Style Sexy Hair 450 Protect and free shipping (regular retail price is $188).

Sibu Beauty - The premium skincare products and supplements made from the Himalayan Sea buckthorn berry is offering 60% off all the entire line and free shipping on orders over $50. Use code: SIBU60. Nov 28 - Dec. 1

LAQA&Co - 25% off all items.

Gloss48 - 20% off site wide. Use code SNOWVEMBER

Skindinavia - Offering free makeup primer spray + free shipping + 20% off with code '20off.' Valid Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Dec. 1).

Miracle Skin Transformer - Black Friday: spend $50 and receive 30% off your entire purchase, use code BLACKFRIDAY30. Cyber Monday: spend $50 and receive 40% off your entire purchase, use code CYBERMONDAY40

Jurlique - Black Friday: 3 custom bundles that are 50%+ off - no codes needed! Cyber Monday: $15 off any $50 purchase, $50 off any $150 purchase, $100 off any $300 purchase.

HairEnvy.com - 50% off Harry Josh Pro Tools on Cyber Monday

Dr. Brandt - Black Friday sale, 40% off on entire online purchase + free standard shipping

La Roche-Posay - Save up to 30% off with promo code 'FRIDAY.' 20% off $75, 25% off $100 and 30% off $125.

FOR THE HOSTESS
May Designs - 40% off entire site - get your 2015 planners now! Use code 'THANKS40'

FOR HIM
Amazon.com Electronic deals - Everything from laptops to cameras to TVs.

FOR THE KIDS
Citrus Lane - 20% off all gift subscriptions, use code CLGIFT20 and get 15% off your order with code THANKS15.

BabySteals.com - Doorbuster sales start Friday at 8am!

Children's Place - 50% off!

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Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - November 24

  • TheFabZilla: I sold my soul to these meteorites. Check out my review of Guerlain Holiday 2014 Meteorites Pearls d'Etoiles
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Earthy is the Perfect Contour and Bronzer for Cool-Toned Skin.
  • FutureDerm: Do Amino Acids Actually Do Anything in Skin Care?
  • beautyXposé: With holiday shopping in the full swing, it’s time to check out the makeup gift guide for the makeup maven in your life.
  • Painted Ladies: Take a closer look at ColourPop Sugar Shock Shadows in Queen For A Day and Empire!
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for an oil-controlling CC Creme that's also gluten free? Check out the new Mirabella CC creme that provides full coverage and also keeps shine away all day!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Showing Off Two Colors from Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer
  • Beauty by Miss L: Simple effortless makeup look
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shares a pretty storage solution for her growing nail polish collection
  • Lipgloss Break: Check out my list of must have beauty products as new mommy.


  • Must Have Products for a New Mom

    I'm guilty of having the unrealistic expectation that I was going to have a lot of free time during maternity leave. OMG - I couldn't have been more wrong! If I get a shower in I call it a successful day! I'm currently loving products that make my routine a bit easier. Below are some of my favorite items so far on maternity leave...
    1) Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes - I love these for when I'm a pinch or on the go. Sometimes I have to use these in the car on the way to the gym! These makeup remover wipes are a quick and easy to use to remove makeup. They don't make my skin feel greasy and are especially good at removing eye makeup. I like to keep a package in my diaper bag and gym bag.

    2) Noodle & Boo The Balm - I LOVE this lotion. It smells like a sweet baby :) With the cold weather in full effect in Michigan, my skin is so dry. I keep this lotion in my diaper bag for both myself and my baby boy. My hands are constantly on my baby, so I'm extra careful of the lotions I put on my hands. The best part about Noodle & Boo products is that they are safe for both mommy and baby - win/win!

    3) Dove Dry Shampoo - I can usually sneak in a shower, but washing my hair is a whole other battle. It seems like I never have time to dry it all the way straight unless someone else is home helping with the baby. I packed this dry shampoo in my hospital bag and have been using it ever since. When I use this dry shampoo my hair looks really fresh. It also has a great, nice and fresh scent (usually I don't like the smell of dry shampoos).

    4) Bath & Body Works Antibacterial - I'm fanatical about sanitizing my hands now that I'm a mommy. I keep several of these everywhere: car, diaper bag, purse, living room, kitchen...no excuse for someone not to use them before picking up the bambino! Bath and Body Works usually has them on sale for 5 for $5. Great idea for stocking stuffers too :)

    5) Love + Grace PJ set - It's a struggle to take this pajama set off....because they are so comfortable! I was super excited to try these out. They are the softest pajamas I have ever owned. And as a nursing mom, it's key to have an easy, button down PJ top to go over a nursing tank. The first few weeks at home with bambino I was in my PJs the entire day, so if you're going to be a new mom, I'd highly recommend splurging on an ultra-comfortable pair like these.

    6) Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist - There's something about Fall and Winter that make me crave vanilla scents! The Bath & Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla Fragrance Mist, in my opinion, is the perfect scent for the holiday seasons. I've been staying away from strong perfumes because I don't want them to irritate my baby boy, but this light mist is perfect to spray on my body, and even hair, to make me feel (and smell!) pretty.

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    Bloggers Give Thanks PayPal Giveaway!



    Myself along with a few other awesome bloggers have come together to bring you a PayPal giveaway just in time for Thanksgiving!  It’s our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for supporting our blogs.

    Want a chance to be a lucky winner? Bookmark this page to make it easier to return to every single day up until November 20, 2014, and earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on twitter!

    Prizes
    1st Prize: $150
    2nd Prize: $50
    3rd Prize: $25

    Organized by: Kim of Beauty and the Bump

    Rules: Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter daily.  Besides the mandatory blog comment entry, all other entries are optional. Giveaway ends 11/20/2014, and is open to anyone with a valid PayPal account.


    Good Luck!



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    Giveaway Break - Headbands of Hope


    I love when I come across a company that is giving back. Headbands of Hope is where I'm going to be shopping for all of my friends this holiday season...

    Headbands of Hope is an American-made colorful headwear line. They have some beautiful headbands! For every headband purchased, one is given to a child with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund much needed childhood cancer research, Alex's Lemonade Stand or CURE Childhood Cancer - you get to choose. 

    It's great to be able to give a gift like this to someone you care about, and know that you're contributing to a good cause as well. I worked at Detroit Children's Hospital when I was in college and experienced first hand how special it was for patients to receive gifts like this. A small gesture or gift goes a long way for kids who are fighting cancer. 

    I just purchased a knitted a headband to help keep my head and ears warm for the upcoming winter months. I can't wait to get it and spread the words about Headbands of Hope. 

    Thanks to Headbands of Hope, you can enter for a chance to win a studded headband, like the one pictured below! 

     ***Giveaway***

    Enter to win a black and gold studded headband from Headbands of Hope! 

     
    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 2nd. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break (and will send an email as well), so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!