Lipgloss Break: makeup
Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts

Giveaway Break: Hard Candy Color Correct Line

I remember how excited I was to get a new Hard Candy nail polish in the 90s. Remember how they came with fun, colorful matching rings? Hard Candy is back with a full line of makeup and beauty products, and they are awesome.

They just released a new, limited edition, line of color correcting primers and concealers that can combat dry skin, acne and dark spots. The line has the perfect shade for any complexion and affordable prices.

Here's an overview of the new line:

Hard Candy Color Correct Expert Stick, $5
Creamy, bendable pastel stick concealer
Camouflages skin imperfections
Available in six shades

Hard Candy Color Correct Radiant Primer, $5
Neutralizes skin impurities prior to makeup application
Available in six shades

Hard Candy Color Correct Expert Créme Wand, $5
Corrects skin imperfections
Flexible brush tip applicator is soft on the skin while contouring the face
Available in six shades

This line is only available at Walmart, or, you can enter to win the full line here! I'm lucky enough to partner with Hard Candy for a giveaway - Enter to win the entire new Hard Candy Color Correct line! US residents only please, and you must be 18+ to enter. There are several ways to enter - good luck!

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Currently Loving...Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector

Finally, warm weather has arrived in Michigan. This past Sunday we probably spent 5 hours playing outside, walking uptown and eating on patios. Now that we have sun and we're spending more time outside, I'm working on incorporating SPF in my skincare routine.

I'm currently loving Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector. It has everything I'm looking for in my every day makeup routine:

  • SPF 20 to help protect my skin from harmful rays
  • Tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone
  • Retinol to help reduce fine lines

I use a makeup sponge (previously talked about my makeup sponge on my other blog, The Non-Housewives) to put this on, and it goes on really smooth. I don't feel like I'm wearing makeup when I use Anti-Aging Perfector, and my bronzer and blush lays nicely over it. This is the first time I've been able to wear makeup like this without breaking out. I'm hooked.

I'm going to stock up on this for summer so I never run out. I may purchase a shade darker for summer. It's so easy to throw on over moisturizer, and I can always use the extra SPF. This is going to be my go-to for Summer!

You can find Neutrogena products online or at a store near you.

Neutrogena sent me products to review as part of their Ambassador program. All thoughts are my own. 


Scentbird Perfume Subscription Review

Scentbird Perfume Subscription Review
I love a good monthly subscription box…and I’ve tried a lot! Birchbox, Ipsy and Glossy Box for beauty, Citrus Lane for babies and kids…all so much fun to get in the mail each month. It’s a great way to discover new brands you wouldn’t normally seek out.

I recently checked out Scentbird, who has taken a unique twist on the monthly subscription business model. With Scentbird, you get a 30 day sample of perfume each month. You get to choose which perfume (over 350 to choose from!) or you can take a survey to see if there is a new scent that you should try, based on your preferences.

Scentbird Perfume Subscription ReviewNot only is each month’s sample a generous size, but it comes in a fun, travel friendly holder you can use each month for your new scent. I'm the type of person who gets tired of the same scent over and over, so this service is nice to keep my perfumes up to date. After taking my first quiz, it was suggested that I try out Hanae Mori, which is a scent I have never heard of! I thought, what the heck, and selected it as my scent for the month - and I'm so happy I did! I love the scent. It's something I never would have tried if I just smelled at the perfume counter, but once it's on me, I'm love it. 

Interested? Sign up! It’s $44 for a 3 month package, $84 for a 6 month plan, and $164 for a year. Sign up today and receive 15% off your first your first month


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Quick Beauty Favorites

I've always been a fan of products that make my beauty routine easier and faster, but since becoming a mom, I worship these products! Here are a few that I have been hooked on...
OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go

OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go
The key word is 'to go.' I love this stuff. I've always been a huge fan of OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil but the 'to go' version is genius. Who wants to carry around a far of this in their purse, just waiting to leak or spill? This makes it easy to keep my cuticles moisturized during this miserable Michigan winter. I like to apply it before I put my winter gloves on, letting it soak in real good while I'm driving with my gloves on.
Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint
Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint
I can feel confident and get out the door really quick with this stuff. A swipe on both my cheeks gives me great color that makes me look ready to conquer the day (even though I'm probably running on limited sleep). The purple undertones mask redness in my face. I also use this on my lips as well, with a gloss over it. 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Michigan winters are harsh on faces! We're currently in the middle of Snowmagedden and I'm pretty much snowed in for the next few days. My poor lips have been so dry being outside in the cold and inside the house with heat on. I recently received a sample of Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm and fell in love. I normally prefer petroleum based balms but this one contains beeswax and I love how it feels on my lips. It's not drying at all. Goes on smooth and has lasting power. 


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OPI Sheer Tint in Be Magentale with Me

OPI Sheer Tint in Be Magentale with MeI'm always keeping my eyes open for pretty, light nail polish shades for every day wear for work. I spotted the new OPI Sheer Tints Top Coats and had to buy the pinkish-red Be Magentale with Me shade. In the bottle, it reminded me so much of a fun nail polish I had when I was younger.

I LOVE this polish as a quick go-to polish that will go with every outfit. I've seen other bloggers put 3-4 coats on it to make it more opaque, but I like the sheer look with my white tips coming through (this is right after I had my son, and the prenatal vitamins were still working overtime...such long nails!). Pictured is just two coats over my natural nail. It's such a elegant, clean look. I use this polish all the time! 

You can find this Sheer Tint on Amazon for $7.25. What do you think? Do you like the look of this sheer polish? Or would you be more likely to wear it over a color coat?


Get the Look: Kristen Wiig by Tracey Levy for Charlotte Tilbury



I loved Kristen Wigg's fresh look on the red carpet last night. Her makeup was done by makeup artist Tracey Levy. Here are the steps she used to create the look:

1. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask (launching in March) was used to prep the skin by smoothing the skin and totally blurring all imperfections while minimizing the appearance of pores.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream was used generously on Kristen’s skin for the perfect amount of moisture. The Magic Cream was also an excellent primer for the makeup.

3. Levy prepped Kristen’s lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm (launching in March).

4. Levy then brushed a wash of the #1 Prime shade from Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate all over Kristen’s lids. Levy then added a light dust of #2 Enhance shade through her crease. She then used the #1 color from Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp on her lid for a highlight.

5. Levy then used a small brush and applied Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Las Salinas (launching in March) along Kristen’s lash line and outer corner of her eyes. Levy used this as a base to blend the two darker colors from the Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp to create a reddish-pink. Levy then applied a bit more of the #1 in her inner corners.

6. Levy used a Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler to curl Kristen’s lashes before applying a light coat of Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black.

7. For the face, Levy lightly blended a mix of Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in 4 Fair and 6 Medium, keeping the lighter mix in the inner part of Kristen’s face and blending the darker towards the outside. Levy used a foundation brush and blended with a moist beauty blender.

8. Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Concealer in 2 Fair and 4 Medium were then blended with Levy’s ring finger and a beauty blender. For the highlight, Levy used Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow along the top of Kristen’s cheekbones and the bridge of her nose.

9. For Kristen’s cheek color, Levy mixed the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Las Salinas on the outer top of her apples blended upwards then Levy blended the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera under the apples and out for a bit of dimension.

10. Levy then lightly set Kristen’s makeup with touch of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in 2 Medium.

11. For a bit more “punch,” Levy dusted a bit of Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Love is the Drug. To enhance the highlight of Kristen’s cheekbones, Levy dusted Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow under her cheekbones and jawline.

12. Kristen’s brows were natural but enhanced with Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D and Brooke S.

13. Kristen’s lips were then finished with a bit more Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic then defined with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. The lips were filled in with a soft finger and Levy applied Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria (launching in fall 2015).

14. Since Kristen’s dress is over the shoulder, Levy rubbed Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow on her shoulders and chest to make the skin look luminous.


Allure Best of Beauty 2014


In my opinion, Allure magazine is the print leader for beauty news and information. I always love checking on their Best of Beauty list each year. You can visit the site and check out the 2014 top products by category. Lancome Lip Lover and Revlon ColorBurst are on my wish list to try! 

What products on this year's list catch your eye?


NARS Cosmetics' Fall 2014 Color Collection

Oh la la. This collection looks fierce. This is NARS Cosmetics 'Night Caller' Fall 2014 Color Collection. In addition to new autumnal products, the dramatic new palette also features new Night Series Eyeliners. These new eyeliners are suppose to glide on smooth and 'light up the night.' 

This collection will be available starting July 15th on www.narscosmetics.com, and in NARS boutiques.

Will you be buying anything from this collection??



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!



Lena Dunham 2014 Golden Globe Look by Temptu


Makeup artist Jo Strettell used TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup and an array of TEMPTU products on nominated Girls Actress and Writer Lena Dunham for the 2014 Golden Globes Awards

SKINCARE: TEMPTU's Smooth and Matte Base Primer.

FOUNDATION: TEMPTU AIRpod foundation to create a flawless fresh base, a little of the TEMPTU Concealer Wheel to perfect under the eyes and around the nose. Finished off with a dusting of the TEMPTU Invisible Difference finishing powder.

BLUSH: TEMPTU AIR pod blush in RED on the apple of the cheeks to give a soft petally flush.

EYE SHADOW: L'Oreal's TELESCOPIC Waterproof eye liner along the top eye lash to create a fine line, with a fine line painted under the bottom lashes.

MASCARA: Lashes layered with the L'Oreal VOLUMINOUS mascara. Finishing the spiky eye lashes and linered eye look with the SENSI liquid eyeliner by painting between the lashes to darken the thicken the roots.

LIPS: MAYBELINE NEON RED #890 the perfect coral / orange / red to compliment Lena's Yellow / Gold Dress


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NARS Bold Lip Tutorial

Want to rock a bold lip this Fall? Check out this video tutorial by NARS head makeup artist, Cindy Rodriquez. All products used are inspired by Guy Bourdin's Holiday collection. Details on the collection coming soon!




Chanel nail polish in Jade Rose

This is an oldie but goodie. I received this nail polish 3 years ago in NYC, while touring the city with Total Beauty. Came across it in my nail polish drawer and thought it was a good fit for this week. Traveling most of this week, I needed something neutral that would go with all of my outfits. This peachy nude was perfect.

You can find Chanel nail polish at www.nordstrom.com. 

When traveling for work or vacation, what is your go to nail polish color to last throughout your trip? Do you go bold with a red? Or neutral with a nude or light pink?


Zoya Irresistible Collection

zoya nail polishI wanted a bright color to wear out on the lake this weekend so I chose Bobbi from Zoya's Irresistible Collection. This shimmer collection has a ton of bright colors in it. I liked this cranberry sparkle for the upcoming 4th of July. This is a base coat with 2 color coats.



Inglot AMC Lipgloss and Nail Polish review

I made my first Inglot purchase this past weekend. The husband and I got rained out from the pool in Fort Lauderdale, so we took a short trip to Aventura Mall. The Inglot store caught my eye and I had to stop in.

I learned from the sales rep that Inglot, a Polish cosmetics company, has been around for 25 years, but only in the US for the last 5 years. There are only 6 store fronts in the US, and lucky me, stumbled upon of them! In case your wondering (like I was), it’s pronounced ‘in-glot,’ just how it looks.

The products and store layout reminds me a lot of MAC Cosmetics. There’s definitely no shortage of bright, fierce colors. Inglot allows you to build your own palettes, which is really cool. I was immediately drawn to the lip glosses, and went ga-ga over the AMC glosses.
I tried a few on in store and decided on shade 542. This picture does not do this gloss justice. This gloss looks great by itself, but when layered over a lipstick, more of the pearlescent colors come out, changing when viewed from different directions. Layering it over a lipstick also helps it to stay on longer.
Near the cashier was a table full of marked down items and of course, I had to get this polish that caught my eye. I’m always looking for more neutral colors that will go with several different outfits and is work appropriate. This creamy beige matte is perfect for daily wear and will pretty much compliment any color outfit I wear. It’s suppose to be matte but I applied a glossy top coat to help it last longer.
So my first impression of Inglot is a good one. I have a new favorite gloss and a new every day nail color. I’m sold! Looking forward to trying out more of their glosses and building an eye color palette that can be used for both day and night looks!

Have you tried Inglot yet? If so, what are your favorite items?


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!


***Giveaway***

Enter to win a full size Miracle Skin Transformer for Acne Control!

Fill out the form below to win. You can enter once a day by tweeting each day!


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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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!


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.


    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.