Lipgloss Break: February 2010
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Illamasqua's Nail Varnish Competition

Illamasqua, the edgiest, nighttime makeup brand, is looking for the next hot Nail Varnish color, and beginning on February 21, 2010, it could be created by you! Submit a description of your dream color and what inspired it, along with an image or photograph, and you could have your shade created by Illamasqua. The winning shade will be sold as an exclusive on, and through UK-based Selfridges department stores and, beginning in October of 2010 (although, you'll get your hand on it before anyone else!).

The rules:

  • The contest is open globally from Feb 21, 2010 through March 14, 2010
  • In 50 words or less, submit a description of your dream color and what inspired it - pictures are encouraged, whether a photograph, swatch, material etc... - to Illamasqua
  • You can submit only ONE entry
  • Entries can be submitted three ways:


c/o Illamasqua

6-8 Anwell St



One winner will be selected and notified by 5th May. A prestigious panel of beauty trend makers, including Illamasqua Artistic Director and Legendary Make-up Artist Alex Box, Internationally acclaimed Nail Artist Sophy Robson and the Youtube sensations Pixiwoo will be heading up the judging panel!

Aqua di Gio UNICEF Project

As a leader in the fragrance industry, Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Giò pour Homme is proud to announce its role as a National Supporter in the 2010 UNICEF TAP Project in an effort to raise awareness around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities. Nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water and specifically 4,100 children die daily due to lack of clean water.

During the month of March – with a focus on World Water Week (March 21st – March 27th) - Acqua di Giò pour Homme will support the cause by donating $1 to the UNICEF TAP Project with each purchase of the Acqua di Giò pour Homme fragrance sold in the US during the month! In addition, customers who visit a Giorgio Armani fragrance counter in March will receive a reusable Acqua di Giò pour Homme bpa-free water bottle as a token of appreciation.

The brand will be kicking-off the initiative online with the launch of the Acqua di Giò Facebook page ( For each person who signs up as a friend of the page during the month of March, Acqua di Giò pour Homme will donate $1 up to $50,000!

Total Beauty Break
10 Perfect-Skinned Women Spill Their Secrets

Want picture-perfect skin? All it takes are these simple tricks

Wondering what she does to look so good? We found out her secrets to maintaining a flawless face, and we give you full permission to rip them off.

See habits

Get Ready for Girls' Night Out!

Going out this weekend? I am, along with 10 of my best girlfriends. Tonight is the Dove Visibly Smooth Girls Night Out - a 'Black Top Affair'! I'll post more about the event later. To prep for your weekend of fun, check out the words of wisdom from Lilliana and expert extraordinaire.

Fashion and Style expert Lilliana Vazquez has devoted her life to helping women look fabulous within the framework of their own figure, budget and lifestyle. As the founder of the CheapChica’sGuide and the fashion expert on NBC 10 News Philadelphia, she is a strong believer that women don’t have to compromise those once-in-a-blue moon, purely selfish and unreasonable indulgences simply because they are out of budget.

What are your top tips for how women should dress for a Girls’ Night Out?

When it’s time to pick an outfit for your GNO (Girls’ Night Out), forget the jeans and go for something flirty and feminine. This is your chance to buy that cute mini or party dress you’ve been eyeing up!

Remember that the key to a successful look is all about balance. If you’re wearing a super short skirt, throw a blazer over your top or if your dress has daring hemlines, add textured tights for a look that’s sexy, yet sophisticated!

What is your beauty essential for a night out?

Getting gorgeous for your GNO is all part of the fun! After you’re done styling your hair and applying your make-up, don’t forget an essential step in the beauty prep process, deodorant! Dove Visibly Smooth will keep you fresh, dry and stubble free for longer while you dance the night away with your girlfriends and it won’t leave any trace of white stains on your new outfit!

What should be packed in your purse?

With limited real estate in your clutch, here are the items you shouldn’t leave home with out:

Flip Camera—to capture all the fun you’ll be having on your GNO

Lip Gloss— sheer pink lip gloss looks good on everyone so you can share it with your girlfriends

Oil Blotting Papers—forgo bulky powder compacts for these ultra-thin sheets instead

Breath mints—tiny mints that pack a big punch are best

For more ideas on what to wear for your next GNO go to—where you’ll find the best in frugal fashion, celebrity looks for less and online shopping deals that you can't find anywhere else.

Friday's Freebies

Walmart Crest 3D White strips
Tide Frebreeze Freshness sample

Completely Bare Spa on Facebook

Become a fan of Completely Bare on Facebook and receive $20 off a service or a purchase through the website, Enjoy!

Giveaway Break - Beauty Expiration Kit

Many people are unaware of makeup's expiration dates. The packaging hardly ever makes it clear, and quite frankly, it's hard to keep track of! Sometimes using makeup after it's prime can be damaging to your skin, eyes, etc.

Once Opened is a fun and practical invention. The Once Opened Beauty Expiration Kit helps you organize your cosmetics. It includes 24 Self-laminating Labels, Guide to Beauty Products & their Life Expectancy and a Permanent Marker.


Enter to win a Once Opened Beauty Expiration Kit!

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 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!

This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents. The contest will end on Thursday, March 25th. I will randomly select FIVE lucky winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

And the Winners Are...

bareMinerals SPF Foundation - jelichi, tammo85, gcwhiskas
Ultimate Serum Giveaway -
Baggu Bag -
Mini Kittour Daily Mini Organizer -

Giveaway Break - Hey Dude Skincare

Introducing Hey Dude Skincare for men!

Hey Dude Skincare is a line of men's skin care products designed to give today's man the essential tools he needs to combat the natural effects of aging and external conditions upon his face and body. Made from high quality organic ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and essential nutrients, Hey Dude Skincare products perform the most vital of functions to help a man protect, repair and maintain his skin - Functions that include moisturizing and cleansing deeply into the cellular level of a man's facial skin.


Enter to win Hey Dude Skincare After Shave for your man (we have to have some giveaways for him, too)!

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 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!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents. The contest will end on Wednesday, March 24th. 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!

Total Beauty Break
Beauty Step-by-Step: The No-Makeup Makeup Look

Follow this makeup tutorial, courtesy of Makeup For Life blogger, for a subtle, flawless finish

This spring, the trend in makeup is all about looking au naturale. See how to get the freshest face, eyes and lips you've ever seen.

See tutorial

Giveaway Break - ecoTools 6 Piece Eye Brush Set

In the past month or so I posted 4 different videos from ecoTools. The instructional videos offered tutorials for different makeup looks and tips. Have you been keeping track of them? I hinted that they would lead to a giveaway, and here it is!


Enter to win ecoTools 6 Piece Eye Brush Set. I'll be selecting TWO winners!

In order to enter, you'll have to list the names of the 4 videos I posted from ecoTools, featuring makeup artist
Meredith Baraf. You can list them out in the form below. 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!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. The contest will end on Thursday, March 11th. I will randomly select the lucky winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Bath & Body Works coupon

Print and get a FREE Home Fragrance or Body Care item with any $15 purchase!

Stella McCartney Limited Edition Perfume Necklace

I love when fragrances come out with creative packages and items to hold their scents. Stella McCartney debuts a limited-edition solid perfume necklace. It's actually a really cool looking necklace, and I would definitely rock it to work or out at night.

It's available at Sephora stores and Retails for $49.

The Wizard of Ohh Ahz by China Glaze

China Glaze line 'The Wizard of Ohh Ahz' is a glitter-lovers dream. The polish is super shiny and sparkly, and lasts a long time. Read more about this line in my previous post. Below is a picture of Good Witch, a frost, sparkly pink.

Total Beauty Break
Winter Beauty Survival Guide

Learn how to get the cold winter weather to leave your gorgeous looks alone

Winter can be your skin and hair's worst nightmare. It dries out your cuticles, frizzes your strands and makes skin flake -- ugh! To the rescue: tips from Winter Olympics Team USA. Here they share their secrets on how to battle cold winter temps and look gorgeous all cold-weather season long.

See tips

Giveaway Break - Surprise Beauty Giveaway Mix

I have Spring Fever! I can't wait to change the clocks forward and for nice weather. I'm doing a little early Spring cleaning from the Beauty Closet and decided to do a surprise giveaway.


Enter to win ...a surprise mix of beauty and cosmetic products! I will gather some sweet beauty goods from my closet. I'll include at least 5 different products, including haircare, skincare and cosmetics.

Fill out the form to win. For extra entries:
This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents. The contest will end on Saturday, March 20th. I will randomly select one lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

LUSH Covers Olympics

LUSH has Canadian themed products to help you celebrate the Olympics in your own way.

Street Party Bath Bomb, $4.95

You may not get a chance to celebrate the opening ceremonies in person, but you can bring the party to your tub while you watch it on TV. Enjoy a full night of celebrations starting with a patriotic bath. The scent of a champagne cocktail and mini American flag will surely evoke Olympic spirit; you may even find yourself singing ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ the tub while waving the little flag that comes with it.

Canadian Maple Soap $7.95

The deliciousness of Canadian maple syrup cannot be denied. So, in true LUSH fashion, we’ve added it to a soap to slather all over your body. The soothing soap shaped like a maple leaf will leave skin soft and sweetly scented, thanks to its real Canadian maple syrup and sugar topping. Don’t try and add it to your breakfast, this one is meant for the bath or shower.

Canadian Gift $16.95
Two things may come to mind when you think about the fine country of Canada - maple syrup and Mounties. LUSH is bringing back some old favorites in one gift that pays tribute to the nation. Only during this special sporting event can LUSH-lovers experience a double-whammy of Canadian-inspired culture that’s handmade in Vancouver: Canadian Maple Soap and Mountie Massage Bar. This “force” of a massage bar will be sure to bring your body back to law and order even if you are just viewing the games.

Let’s Get Fizzical Tin $44.95
For those of us who aren’t breaking a sweat in the Olympics, LUSH urges you to get “fizzical” in the bathtub instead. Filled with nine of our fizzing bath bombs, this reusable tin is the perfect place to stash all those Canadian souvenirs!

First Aid Beauty to Debut on QVC®

I've written a review for First Aid Beauty before, raving about how well it worked with my eczema. I recently tried the Ultra Repair Cream, and loved it. I felt an immediate difference in my skin versus when I use a regular, drugstore brand lotion. The moisturizing effects lasted all day and my skin didn't feel dry at night. It goes on pretty thick (thicker than Aveeno) but that's how I like my lotion to feel.

First Aid Beauty is pricier than drugstore brands, but is worth an investment if you are battling dry skin. Even a monthly dose of it could probably help get your skin through on track through the winter.

First Aid Beauty has announced that they are scheduled to debut on QVC Monday, February 22. FAB’s hero product, Ultra Repair Cream ($39.00/12oz), is scheduled to appear on QVC at 10am EST, with FAB Founder & CEO Lilli Gordon appearing on-air.

In addition to QVC and, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream will be available through Sephora and, as well as on the brand’s website,

Friday's Freebies

  • Free bareMinerals 10 day supply at Sephora at JCPenny. While supplies last, print this coupon to redeem.

Rite Aid: Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, February 18-20, they're offering 20 percent off of all regularly priced over-the-counter medications – including pain, cough or cold treatments and other medicine cabinet necessities. (No minimum purchase required; while supplies last; no rainchecks.)

Get a $10 credit just for signing up at
Refer 10 friends to Shop it to Me and get a $10 gift card of your choice!

What Does Your Skin REALLY Need?

Quiz: What Does Your Skin Really Need?

What should you do to make your skin look fab? Take the quiz and find out

Quiz: What Does Your Skin Really Need?

If only we were lucky enough to grow out of our funky adolescent skin rut and have perfect, clear skin forever. But since we live in the real world, take this quiz to figure out what your skin needs right now.

Take quiz

SpaFinder Launches Spa Deal Days


Top spas throughout U.S. to offer popular treatments for just $50; Sign up before February 22nd for exclusive access to list of participating spas

New York, NY (February 15, 2010) – Hundreds of spas throughout the United States will offer luxury treatments for just $50 as part of the first annual SpaFinder Deal Days from March 8th through 14th.

Presented by SpaFinder, the week-long event will give Americans in every corner of the country a chance to ease the winter blues and recharge for the spring with facials, massages, manicures/pedicures, and more for just $50.

SpaFinder Deal Days marks the first truly nationwide spa event of its kind, with spas from Syracuse to Sacramento and everywhere in between expected to take part. Confirmed participants range from day spas to destination spas, including New York City’s Great Jones Spa; Red Mountain Spa in Ivins, Utah; Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Safety Harbor, Florida; and Murad Inclusive Health Spa in El Segundo, California.

While the full roster of participating spas will be announced on March 1st, spa-goers who sign up now will have exclusive access to a sneak preview on February 22nd, allowing them to book treatments at the spa of their choice one week ahead of the general public.

“Our goal is to inspire people from all walks of life to take care of themselves with a much-needed moment of peace and relaxation, at a price that’s easy on the wallet,” said Sallie Fraenkel, chief operating officer of SpaFinder, Inc. “The one-two punch of winter and a tough economy has left people more stressed than ever, and this is a perfect way to recharge their batteries in time for spring.”

For more information about SpaFinder Deal Days, please visit

2 Free Zoya Nail Polish Shades

In honor of NYFW Zoya, The New Color of Fashion, wants to give a "Fashion Reward" to all our followers and fans.

Place any Zoya or Qtica order of $10 (on, or
and get any 2 Zoya Nail Polish shades (0.5oz bottles) as our Free gift to you.

Simply add all the items that you want to purchase online to your shopping cart.
Enter the code NYFW in the "code" field and press the "update" button.
A $14 discount will appear in the shopping cart for the value of the 2 Zoya Nail Polishes.

Offer valid from Wednesday, 2/17/2010 Sunday, 2/21/2010, at 5PM ET. Standard shipping charges apply. Offer valid for consumer online orders only. Free ground shipping for orders over $55 in Continental USA only. Not valid with any other coupon code or offer.

NARS Face Charts

NARS Cosmetics created the makeup look at the 3.1 phillip lim AW2010 show.

INSPIRATION: Disco-punk. "This is a youthful, rebellious look that exudes a strong sense of confidence. Energy radiates within the girls through their makeup with eyes that have a bit of a rock and roll feel," said designer Phillip Lim whose inspiration stemmed from an image of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.

LOOK: “This look has many layers,” said NARS lead artist Lisa Butler. “The eyes are punchy and edgy while the skin was kept healthy and glowing. The lips are a soft, sheer pink for the elegant punk-rock princess style that Phillip was looking for.”


· Riviera Multiple

· Douceur Blush (NEW for Fall 2010); try Lovejoy or Madly Blush for a similar effect

· Luxor Multiple


· Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow

· Nymphea Single Eyeshadow

· Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow (NEW for Fall 2010); try Bali Single Eyeshadow for a similar effect

· London Eyeliner Pencil


· Bangkok Pure Matte Lipstick (NEW for Fall 2010); try Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for a similar effect

Giveaway Break - Origins & Ojon

Origins introduces Starting Over, age-erasing moisturizers with Mimosa, a high performance, natural alternative to harsh, painful, expensive cosmetic procedures.

Perfect for people looking to give a fresh start to their skincare routine with the New Year, ingredients found within Starting Over are clinically proven to help rebuild natural collagen, even-out skin tone and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Starting Over is available in a regular as well as oil-free formulation.
Ojon, hands down, has the best smelling products out there for hair...and they work great too! Check out my review for the Ojon Restorative Leave-in Treatment.


Enter to win a prize package filled with Origins & Ojon beauty products:

Origins Starting Over Age-erasing moisturizer with Mimosa
Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff
Origins All-Purpose High-Elevation Cream Dry Skin Relief
Ojon Shine & Protect Shampoo
Ojon Shine & Protect Conditioner
Ojon Restorative Leave-in Treatment (clear)
Ojon small Restorative Hair Treatment

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 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!

This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only. The contest will end on Wednesday, March 17th. I will randomly select 2 lucky winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Rebecca Minkoff - Makeup by Stila

I love Rebecca Minkoff purses. I have the Morning After mini bag in a deep blue and it's my staple going out purse. I was super excited to see what type of make up she requested for her show during Fashion Week. Here are the details:

Makeup: Sarah Lucero for Stila

Inspiration: Effortlessly chic and pretty with a very sexy femininity. Sarah Lucero created a strong graphic cat eye paired with a fresh-faced lip and cheek flush.

Get the Look

· Stila Eye Shadow in Dune

· Stila Eye Shadow in Java

· Stila Smudge Pot in Brown

· Stila Convertible Color in Peony

· Stila One Step Makeup

Stila Date Night Look

Stila Pro Makeup Artist, Sarah Lucero, shares her secrets to look perfectly pretty for a special date night or night out on the town!

Goody Colour Collection

I've been into pinning my hair back on one side with bobby pins...these new Colour Collection pins from Goody are perfect!

Total Beauty Break
Lip Plumpers: The Good and The Bad

See which plumpers gave readers full, kissable lips (and which ones did absolutely nothing)

Jealous of Angelina Jolie's lips? Our loyal readers share the lip plumpers that gave them just the right amount of plumping, shine and color, as well as the ones that gave them red, swollen, bee-stung lips. Ouch.

See products

Giveaway Break - bareMinerals SPF Foundation

Have you checked out Bare Escentuals Rethink What Matters campaign yet? If not, you should! There are new contests and quizzes every week. Tell them what you think and enter to win!


Enter to win bareMinerals SPF Foundation!

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 and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment.

This giveaway is open to US residents. The contest will end at Sunday, February 14th, at midnight. Since this is a quick giveaway, you have to fill out every item below, including your choice of texture and shade for your foundation. 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!

Total Beauty Break - VDay Beauty
Valentine's Day Beauty: Sexy Date-Night Hair and Makeup Looks

Steal one of these celebrity looks on February 14th

Whether you're going on your first date or your fiftieth, be confident and sexy in your skin by trying one of these easy celebrity looks. Here we share tricks on how to get them.

See photos

VDay Lipstick Tips from AJ Crimson

Beauty expert AJ Crimson has a few makeup tips to share: 'How to find the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone' and 'How to make your lipstick last longer,' for your Valentine's Day night out. Check out his tips!

How To Find The Perfect Red Lipstick For Your Skin Tone:

"If you think you can't wear red lipstick, think again. Anyone can pull off a red lip including an extra special one for Valentine's Day.

But first thing first, what's your right shade? Lets break it all down, we have to start off by figuring out what works well with your complexion. It's all about choosing the right shade. If you're of a lighter or pale skin tone, you should stick with tones such as scarlet red or rose tones. If you have a medium complexion, try to go a little brighter with a torch red, or even a ruby red lipstick. For a darker skin tone, you might want to go with a more medium tone because you can pull off darker reds. You should stay in the range of brick reds and burgundy tones, as well as cranberry."

How To Make Your Lipstick Last Longer:

"Ok, now here's where the real fun begins! It's time for the lipstick application. A great tip on applying red lipstick and making it last, as well as creates a pouty lip, is to exfoliate your lips prior to applying the lipstick and using a good lip conditioner. An easy way to exfoliate is to use a sugar scrub, which you can actually make yourself. The reason for exfoliating is because dry cracked lips are a definite "DONT" for Valentine's Day. After exfoliating, apply a moisturizing lip balm. Then you want to apply a concealer to the lip to even out the skin tone and to create a base. This also helps to insure that the intensity of the lipstick will be even on the top and bottom lips. You should then apply a lip liner, similar to the shade of lipstick you are using, this will give off the illusion of a plumper pouty lip. The liner will also prevent the lipstick from feathering or smearing. Lastly, apply the lipstick using a lip brush. This will help you smooth over any creases in the lip while using less product."

"Stick with these tips and you'll have that perfect kissable lip you were looking for on Valentine's Day!" - AJ Crimson

Bare Escentuals - Rethink What Matters

Bare Escentuals new campaign - Rethink What Matters - invites women nationwide to shake up their foundation and discuss topics that are more than just skin deep - from going bare in public to discussing what freedom really feels like!

Each week at, a new discussion topic will be featured with 5 questions for all to answer, share with your friends and have the chance to win free products and other fantastic goodies. New topics and products will be featured weekly, posted each Friday. This week's topic is 'Rethink Public Displays of Affection.' Share your answers with friends via Twitter & Facebook, and you can win great prizes!

Stay tuned for an awesome Bare Escentuals Giveaway...!

Friday's Freebies

Burt's Bees toothpaste sample
Redken hair care samples
Register at and get a $10 credit

Kat Burki - 50% off Body & Bath

Huge Valentine's Day Sale at Kat Burki - 50% OFF all body & bath items! Use code: VALENTINE at checkout - and shipping is free!

Profound Beauty Giveaway

Here's the deal folks: Profound Beauty is having a blogger contest to see who can refer the most people. The prize? The top 10 bloggers who encourage the most people to sign up will receive TWO TRAIN CASES filled with 12 of their most sought-after styling for me and one for you!

If Lipgloss Break has the most referrals, I will randomly select one of you who have signed up to win the Train Case filled with Hair Styling products. Make sure to encourage your friends to sign up so we're among the top bloggers!

TO ENTER: Just sign up HERE for an account. The added incentive: you automatically get a $10 credit just for signing up.

MBeze Sale at The Skinny

MBeze sale at The Skinny. Ranging from their Tropical Perfumes at $15 to entire collection sets at $41.60.

Not a member yet? Sign up for your free membership!