Lipgloss Break: October 2009
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Shopping Break - 20% off Beauty Ticket

Visit the and take an extra 20% off all items in the Pink Boutique. Use code: THINKPINK20. Offer expires midnight, Oct 31st. Happy Shopping!

Total Beauty Break
The 12 Best Foundations Under $15

Get flawless-looking skin with these beauties from L'Oreal, CoverGirl and more

When it comes to foundation, it really pays to find the perfect product for you. After all, all the eye makeup and lip products in the world won't make you look gorgeous if your skin looks blah. On the bright side, readers have found that you don't have to spend a fortune to get flawless-looking skin. In fact, there are plenty of cheapie products that will give you just that! Read on to see what they are.

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No. 12: Almay Line Smoothing Compact Makeup for Dry Skin, $14.78 average reader rating: 8.8

"It actually does improve the appearance of lines ..."

No. 11: Maybelline New York Pure Stay Powder Foundation, $7.99 average reader rating: 8.8

"First time in my life, someone commented on my 'beautiful skin' ..."

No. 10: CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Liquid Makeup, $10.13 average reader rating: 8.8

"I recently saw a friend I hadn't seen for a while and she asked if I had something done ..."

Want to see what's No. 1? Click here!

Happy TGIF Halloween!

Happy Halloween All! I know it's not officially here yet, but I'm feeling the spirit of Halloween already. I have my pink bob wig on, bright blue eye shadow, and I tried out the Dashing Diva Halloween Nails. I'm ready to go trick-or-treating...too bad I'm at work :)

I hope everyone has a great Halloween weekend...Angela

Smashbox WISH Holiday Collection

A portion of WISH Proceeds will be donated to Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit that provides care and life saving research for millions of sick or injured kids.

Eye WISH Palette

WISH for the Stars Set

WISH for a Flawless Complexion Set

WISH for the Perfect Tools Set

Bath & Body Works Sale & Coupon

My favorite...Bath & Body Antibacterial Hand Soaps. They are on sale for $3 until Sunday, and they have the holiday scents! While you're in the store, take this coupon and get a free Anti-bacterial Pocketbac hand gel with any purchase. Happy Shopping :)

Halloween Hair by Celebrity Stylist, Danilo

Put together the perfect hair do this Halloween. Tips below from Pantene Celebrity Stylist, Danilo.

Betty Draper from Mad Men

1. Start by using the Pantene Pro-V Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner to help tame frizz and leave hair silky

2. Apply the Pantene Restoratives Frizz Control Ultra Smoothing Balm to damp hair

3. Blow-dry hair using a natural or combination bristle

round brush

4. Wrap big sections of hair around a 1-inch barrel curling iron, wrapping from root to end for deep waves (wrap the front of hair away from the face and curl ends under)

5. Part hair to one side and apply gently brush hair with a natural bristly brush to keep curls together (using a synthetic brush will separate the curls creating a more tousled look)

6. Finish the look with the Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Maximum Hold Aerosol Hairspray

Blair Waldorf ("B") from Gossip Girl

  1. Start by using the Pantene Pro-V Texture Shampoo and Conditioner to prepare hair for a healthy, textured look
  2. Apply Pantene Pro-V Volume Root Lifter Gel to damp hair from root to tip
  3. Blow-dry hair periodically flipping hair upside down to create maximum fullness at the crown
  4. Wrap large sections of hair around a 1-inch barrel curling iron starting at least 4” from scalp
  5. Remove iron and quickly twist hot section pulling it into a rope-like shape until it cools – this will transform curls into waves
  6. Brush hair out and run fingers through hair to break up the curls for a tousled look
  7. Give hair added texture by adding some small braids and twists throughout hair
  8. Complete the look with a headband, placing it 1-inch away from your hairline

True Blood (or Twilight) Vampire

1. Start by using the Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo to hydrate hair for a good styling base
2 . Apply the Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Mousse to damp hair for lightweight hold and added shine
3. Blow-dry hair using a natural or combination bristle brush
4. Curl hair using a 1-inch curling iron wrapping hair from tip to root to create tight curls; for defined curls, hold each section of hair in curl formation as it cools after removing iron
5. Pull hair half-up starting approximately ½ inch above the ears and secure with a clip or bow
6. Apply the Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Frizz control Anti-Humidity Hairspray to hair keep curls smooth and frizz-free

Uhura from "Star Trek"

  1. Start by using the Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner to smooth hair and tame fly-aways
  2. Apply the Pantene Pro-V Smooth Serum to give shine and smoothness, and protect hair from heat
  3. Blow-dry using a flat brush with the airflow aiming down for a sleek, straight look
  4. Flat iron hair, directing the iron downward, parallel with face for more “finished” looking ends
  5. Pull hair back using a natural bristle brush for superior tension and smoothness, and secure ponytail at top of crown with an elastic
  6. To create the illusion of a bun at the top of the ponytail, secure hair with a hair-embellished elastic (available in multiple shades to match your hair)
  7. Complete the look with Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Maximum Hold Aerosol hairspray for reflective shine

Double Giveaway - OPI Pink of Hearts & DuWop Pink Shimmer Lip Venom

Two great giveaways from two great beauty brands, doing something for a great cause...

For the third year, OPI has created a Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise awareness of breast cancer during October. In 2009, OPI will donate $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. Pink of Hearts is a pretty, empowering light pink - a color meant to inspire and uplift. Each bottle features a special pink-ribbon cap wrap.

The color is a staple ever women should have. It reminds me a lot of Zoya's Barbie pink. It's super cute on both hands and toes and stayed on a good 5 days with base and top coats.
This October, DuWop’s Pink Shimmer Lip Venom takes on a new meaning, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation’s Cancer & Careers program. Cancer & Careers is a revolutionary resource for working women with cancer, their employers, co-workers and caregivers that provides information and guidance for working women during and after cancer treatment. Featuring the same formula as the original bestselling Lip Venom, Pink Shimmer is infused with an extra sheen and light color, and is available at

This is a very glossy gloss, and gives the illusion of fuller lips. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that DuWop was one of the first lip plumpers on the scene, and in my opinion, the best. If you are normally bothered by the slight 'sting' of lip plumpers, or are hesitant to try them out because of the sting, it helps l to put a balm on your lips first, and then apply the gloss. The balm keeps the gloss from stinging but will still give you a fuller look.


Fill out the form below to win OPI Pink of Hearts and DuWop Lip Venom! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day & spread the word!

This contest is open to US and Canada residents only. The contest will end on Saturday, November 28th. I will randomly select THREE lucky winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Nails to Die For...

Not sure what to do with your nails this Halloween? Dashing Diva Design Nails on the Go have Halloween themed nails, and they are to die for....

These fake nails are pre-glued press-on nails and last for up to two days of wear. This is perfect for Halloween events. Who wants to wear Skull & Bonz nails to work on Monday???

They come in 3 different designs:
Skull & Bonz - Midnight black nails accented with skull & bonz with a rhinestone studded eye, perfect for those sporting a pirate look this Hallwoeen
Treasure Island - French manicure goes black with dark diva attitude. Great for witches, vampires and cat costumes
Love Potion - Hearts and arrows adorn this classic, sweet, pink French mani. Good girls gone bad this Halloween. I'll be sporting Love Potion this Friday and Saturday with a neon pink bobbed wig.

You can find these at participating Dashing Diva nail spas and at all 240 Sephora stores nationwide until Halloween.

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.

e.l.f. Cosmetics at Target

News Flash: e.l.f. Cosmetics will be available in ALL TARGET stores effective November 1! With, $1, $3, $5, and $10 price points, these sleek black packaged cosmetics will be flying off the end caps before we know it.

Jenny B Heartburn tee

Jenny B Clothing, Hollywood’s admired casual apparel line, has launched a pink “Heartburn” tee from her collection to coincide with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month which runs throughout October. Designer Jennifer Brawley channels her love for fashion by creating a regional awareness campaign for breast cancer research and treatment. The “Heartburn” tees will raise funds and awareness to support women battling breast cancer. On behalf of breast cancer patients & survivors, 50% of the proceeds will be given to The Breast Cancer Foundation.

This tank is adorable. So unique. The sheer hearts scattered across it are so much fun. I rocked this under a grey cardigan and the hearts peeping out from underneath are the perfect twist to a standard, simple, staple camisole.

Treat Yourself to Free Samples

Olay Total Effects Body Wash

First Facial

Friday, after work, I treated myself to my first ever professional facial. It's scary when I splurge on things like this because there is a very good chance that I'll get addicted. I think I just may with this...

I made an appointment to get an express/mini facial at AvaShay's Salon in Brighton MI. There were two different options to chose from: a regular facial or a pumpkin mask facial. I opted for the regular one, with the guidance of licensed Esthetician, Barbara, since it was my first time and I was a little nervous as to how my skin would react.

While filling out the initial paperwork since it was my first facial there, I had a glass of wine and had a chance to unwind from work. The facial started with a cleansing, and ended with a mask, serum and moisturizer. I don't remember what happened in between too clearly since I dosed off a bit :)

My face felt so smooth afterwards and it felt good knowing that my pores were thoroughly cleansed. Barbara used Bioelements and Tao products for my facial, and so far, so good, no breakouts or sensitivity.

If you're looking to treat yourself to something relaxing, and want to spend less than you would on a massage, check facial prices around your area. A 30 minute facial should cost anywhere from $25 - 40, depending on any add-on's you may want. Not only is it relaxing, but it's a great treat for your skin.

OPI & Dell Partner

Color goes “digit”-al with NEW customized laptops from Dell in favorite OPI Nail Lacquershades! Featuring the renowned names and colors for which OPI is known, this exclusive partnership brings the ultimate color application to laptops. Initially launching a Holiday Collection with six shades, Dell will bring 20 more classic OPI colors to market and incorporate new offerings based on trends, seasonality and popularity throughout the year.

“Beautiful nails really are the ultimate accessory to any look,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPIExecutive VP & Artistic Director. “And now, with Dell laptops that coordinate with OPI Nail Lacquers, you can match your nails to your emails!”

The collection will launch with the following famed OPI shades:

Kyoto Pearl
Shimmery white satin.

Princesses Rule!
A bright sparkly pink that’s tiara worthy!

Up Front & Personal
A golden glitter you’ll really “sparkle” to!

Dear Santa
Please bring me this glittering holiday red!

Holiday Glow
Charcoal grey glowing with a touch of silver.

I’m Not Really a Waitress
A vivacious chianti red.

The color palette is Dell’s most popular option for consumer laptops, and the OPI partnership adds high-style OPI fashion shades to the color and artwork offerings available as options in theDell Design Studio.

The OPI color options for Dell Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops will be available in the Dell Design Studio at first in the U.S. and later in other countries. Select OPI colors also will be available retailers nationwide.

Giveaway Break - DermaScyne² Intense Daily Serum

Skincare company AminoGenesis has created a product to harness the amazing power of amino acids - DermaScyne² Intense Daily Serum. DermaScyne² is the only anti-aging skincare product that delivers 25 key biological building blocks to the skin enabling it to replace and repair the skin's essential proteins as they breakdown to maintain a youthful, radiant and healthy appearance.

DermaScyne² Intense Daily Serum with Natural Moisturizing Factors is the newest, most powerful option to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and other signs of aging. These precursers help support proteins like collagen and elastin as well as many other key proteins found in the skin.

DermaScyne² Intense Daily Serum with NMF also supplies the skin with the crucial moisture binding compounds found in the natural moisturizing factor. These compounds actually bind water into your skin for maximum hydration. In addition, DermaScyne with NMF delivers superior anti-aging benefits to keep your skin more youthful, radiant and beautiful for many years to come.

Sound like something you'd like to try? Enter to win!


Fill out the form below to win DermaScyne² Intense Daily Serum! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day & spread the word!

Retweet: @lipglossbreak Enter to win DermaScyne giveaway!

This contest is open to US Residents only. The contest will end on Monday, November 23rd. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Get Ready...Set...Coordinate!

These are genius! For someone like me who lives in flip flops May - September these are a dream come true. SwitchFlops allow you to easily switch and trade the top straps to coordinate with your outfit. I wore these all summer long and switched the top strap to match my different bathing suits and sundresses.

Lindsay Phillips is the energetic inspiration and founder of SwitchFlops. Her idea for SwitchFlops came from a high school art project! Her strap designs are influenced by her voyage around the world on the Semester at Sea and her travels to Europe. Her motto is: "Change your look, not your sole."

The newest design features a Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon and 25% of the purchase price to breast cancer research.

I suggest stocking up on these for next summer so you are ready to coordinate!
Find the retail location nearest you.

Time to Organize!

I finally finished switching out my summer clothes with my fall/winter clothes and organizing my closet. Now, it's time to take on my makeup. With the help of my fellow beauty bloggers, I reorganized my makeup, bath, body and hair products in my bathroom. It took approximately 5 hours....

Both Temptalia and Beauty & Fashion Tech suggested the sterilite containers you can find at Walmart or Meijers. Lucky me, they were on sale at Meijers. I bought 2 larger ones with a single drawer and 3 smaller ones with 3 individual drawers. I organized my palettes and brow kids in one large one, and in the other large one I have my shadows organized by shades and type.

I organized my foundations, bronzers, lip pots, mascaras, eyeliners and blushes in their own mini drawers. I also have a a mini drawer for tweezers, scissors, and other misc. beauty essentials.
I previously had everything semi organized in a pink and brown plastic woven baskets from the Dollar Tree (I heart the Dollar Tree). I moved these, along with fun pink Victoria's Secret boxes, to the lower shelves of my closet and have my bath and body products, hair products, sun care/self tanner and giveaway products stored in these.

I outgrew the dollar store martini glasses for my glosses, so I purchased regular glasses from the dollar store and organized my glosses in them by color (pinks, browns, sheers, etc.).

Here comes my favorite part. I got this idea from Temptalia and Bionic-Beauty. I purchased square-like glasses from the Dollar Tree along with small polished river rocks and pebbles. I put the rocks in the glass and 'voila' a brush holder and really cool, spa-like decor for my bathroom, for only $3!!!

I look forward to opening up my closet each morning and doing my makeup. I love the 'store like' feel to it and knowing where everything is! Not only did this help to clean my counters up, but it also makes doing my makeup in the morning more efficient since I can quickly find everything!

I'd love to hear how you organize your makeup...please comment!

Eve Pearl Breast Cancer Awareness Promotion

Eve Pearl will be donating the proceeds from the Pretty N Pink Eye Pallets now through October 31st, 2009.

LUSH Bubble Beard Contest

Bring out your best bubble beard! Nobody does bubble baths better than LUSH Cosmetics. And that’s why they are challenging you to an online bubble beard photo contest for a chance to win an entire year’s worth of solid bubble bars! Next time you soak in suds, mold a massive beard of bubbles, snap a picture (cover all private bits please!) and send it to us for your chance to win 10 bubble bars every month for an entire year – that’s 120 deliciously frothy baths!

Submit your very best bubble beard photo (or that of a loved one) online at The contest ends November 2, 2009 and the winner will be announced by November 6, 2009, so grab your rubber ducky and lather up!

*Read my review of LUSH's Bubble Bars!

Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies

Have you smelled the new Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies scents? There are 5 scents: Love, G, Baby, Music, and Lil Angel. So far, Love is my favorite. It's amazing. It's sweet and softly scented. It's creamy vanilla orchid base comes through in this scent and totally makes it my favorite.

The packaging for these scents are collection worthy. Little Harajuku dolls top each one. It's almost like decor for your bathroom vanity.

The Snow Bunnies's also recently got a new home. It's a snowy winter wonderland featuring new Uki Games, where you can compete for Kawaii prizes! This site is very well done: interactive and super playful. Follow @HarajukuLover_G for insider tips and prizes.

Giveaway Break - Pulse Yoga DVD

What is Pulse Yoga?
A basic yoga routine that introduces the Pulse concept of micro movements within a posture. Key areas such as abdominal, lower back and gluteous muscles are targeted. Alternating right/left pulse movements with free weights define and sculpt the upper body.

  • Apply the use of free weights in novel ways to basic yoga postures
  • Strengthen and tone key areas such as the abdominals, lower back, upper arms and gluteus.
  • Teach core awareness
  • Stretch chronically tight areas such as the hamstrings and hip flexors

Enter to win a Pulse Yoga DVD!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me on Twitter , or become a Fan on Facebook, just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

Retweet: @lipglossbreak Enter to win a Pulse Yoga DVD!

This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents. The contest will end on Thursday, November 19th. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Shopping Break - Sephora Friends & Family Sale

It's not often that Sephora has a sale like this. Sephora's Friends & Family 2009 Discount Sale starts today, and ends on November 2nd. Perfect for holiday shopping! Use code FF2009 at checkout!, Inc.

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Dwight Eubanks from The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Reality-TV hairstylist from the hit "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" TV show-- Dwight Eubanks-- recently shared some of his style secrets on a segment of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired on September 9. Inviting Ellen and her audience into his Purple Door Salon in Atlanta, Ga. Dwight highlighted his must-have Design Essentials products to keep his high-profile clientele ready for their close-ups.

Chief among Dwight's recommendations for products to help obtain camera-ready hair are D
esign Essentials' shine boosting selections, including Design Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Conditioner, Reflections Liquid Shine and Formations Styling Spritz to name a few. Design Essentials products help Dwight do everything from restoring his client's dry and damaged hair to maximizing shine without weighing the hair down. Photos below show the divine, reality-TV sensation in action!

Even Jamell McDowell, co-owner of Purple Door Salon is a fan of Design Essentials. Here, Dwight Eubanks applies Reflections Liquid Shine to Jamell's chic do for a luminous, healthy-looking finish.

Design Essentials Botanical Oils is not only ideal for hot oil hair treatments, but it is also a great body moisturizer as discovered by Mr. Eubanks.

Dwight Eubanks uses Design Essentials Diamonds Oil Sheen Spray to give his hair a fabulous shine.