Lipgloss Break: May 2011
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Beauty App Tuesday - QVC Beauty App

Check out QVC's new beauty app! Here's what you can do with it:
  • You can customize your homepage with some of your top brands for quick access to the updates that matter most to you. Or, keep the standard homepage and you’ll stay up to date on everything hot and new in the world of QVC Beauty.
  • It makes shopping beauty on the go seamless — view full product descriptions and multiple images, and read customer reviews.
  • You never have to remember the item number or exact color name of that lip gloss you used to the last drop again — the reordering feature remembers your previous orders so you can quickly and easily purchase favorite items.
  • A glossary lets you find definitions of need-to-know beauty terms in a flash.

Don’t have an iPhone? Me neither (I have an Android). You can still sign up to receive mobile alerts!

Total Beauty Post - Keep Your Makeup From Melting

It's suppose to be a scorcher tomorrow in Michigan. People in the midwest may need to check this out!
How to Keep Your Makeup from Melting

Going to an outdoor wedding or just fighting the daily onslaught of humidity? Check out these tips to keep your makeup from dripping

How to Keep Your Makeup from Melting

This is a makeup article

I'm going to an outdoor wedding in the sticky hot month of June and to prep for the guaranteed makeup meltdown, I went to celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles to get the lowdown on keeping my face from running down my couture.

Get tips

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! To some of us Memorial Day means spending time with family outside, eating hot dogs, and a day off a work, but it really means so much more. To those who have served our country (to both my grandfathers!) and are currently serving our country, we thank you. Thank you so much for serving our country and for fighting for our freedom.

CND Shellac Hot Pop Pink

Hot Pop Pink from CND Shellac. This is part of their second collection. It reminds me a lot of Tutti Frutti from the first collection. Beautiful color. Bright fuchsia pink, perfect for summer!

If you've read my blog for awhile, you know I'm a huge Shellac fan. I went to my kettlebell class and bleached our outdoor vinyl furniture today and my nails don't show a trace of any damage. This stuff is amazing!

Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Sun Defense Stick SPF 50

Stay protected during this long, Memorial Day Weekend! Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 targets and protects sensitive, over-exposed areas, such as lips nose and ears, in a convenient, easy-to-apply stick.

Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation Program, Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 provides everything you need with just one stroke. Combined with the legendary benefits of our cult classic Eight Hour Cream, the sun stick offers Eight Hour’s hydrating benefits to soothe and smooth for up to 8 hours plus SPF protection. Additional benefits include:

  • Powerful SPF 50 sunscreen shields from the burning and aging effects of UVA and UVB rays
  • Oil-free and PABA-free
  • Water-resistant and perspiration-resistant
  • Non-sticky
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Ophthalmologist, clinically and dermatologist tested
  • Non-comedogenic

Grow Your Own Lavendar set from L'Occitane

Looking for a special housewarming or hostess gift? Check out the limited-edition “Grow Your Own Lavender” Gift Set which is currently being sold on 100% of the profits from sales of this beautiful gift set will benefit Helen Keller International and their ChildSight® program.

Giveaway Break - Juicy Tubes Kusama

LancĂ´me has joined forces with world-renowned Japanese visual designer Yayoi Kusama for an irresistible collection of six limited-edition petite glosses this summer. The avant-garde designer infused her love of botanically-inspired motifs and playful dots for this collaboration available now on

The six new colors: Pop Art Hazelnut, Happy Honey, Rose Blossom, Dot Apricot, Crazy Raspberry, and Swing Pink, deliver a sheer finish with their own unique fragrance. The collection features honey as the main ingredient and the formula, flavors and pigments are 100% natural origin and preservative free. The packaging is eco-friendly, certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), which helps reduce the exploitation of forests.

Juicy Tubes are constantly receiving accolades for their maximum glossiness. Many brands have tried to copy their consistency and packaging but in my opinion, haven't come close.


Enter to win the limited edition Juicy Tubes Kusama set of 6 petite glosses!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for mymailing 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 residents only. The contest will end on Friday , June 24th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Beauty Sales this Week

Macadamia Natural Oil haircare sale - I swear by this stuff! It totally transformed my hair back to it's soft, healthy state. If you are suffering from dry, brittle hair (damaged by the environment, blow drying or coloring), try out the Leave-in conditioner and/or Healing Oil.

Total Beauty Deal
Pur-lisee Skincare sale - $30 skincare package for only $15

What's In My Beach Bag? - Australian Gold Sunscreen

Finally...nice weather in Michigan! We just had a beautiful weekend here. Sunny and in the 80s.

I'm still sporting my very pale skin from the winter, and wanted to make sure I was fully covered with sun protection while out this weekend. I did a great job protecting myself...except for my back. Never forget to put sunscreen on your back! I remembered an hour too late, and I'm paying for it with a burn. But luckily, the rest of me was well protected with Australian Gold this weekend.
I used Australian Gold Sheer Coverage all over my arms and legs, in SPF 15. It rubbed in evenly and smelled just wonderful. There is something about the smell of Australian Gold that reminds me of vacation and pina coladas. Yum. Every spot I applied this remained sunburn free. I applied once in the morning, a second coat in the afternoon, and was out in the sun probably for a total of 4 hours.

This also comes in a cute sample size, perfect for tossing in your purse or beach bag. I like to keep it in my every day purse in case of an emergency (for example: spontaneous dinner reservations out on a patio).
I also used Australian Gold SPF Spray Gel with Bronzer (both this weekend and in Florida a few month sago). Great protection with SPF 30 and even coverage. It's not like a self tanner where you have to make sure you apply even. This didn't streak at all and applied it fairly quickly. This also smelled delicious...not like self tanner at all!

One of the best things about Australian Gold (besides the smell) is the price. You can find it at your local CVS and at high end salons.

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.

Bobbi Brown - SPF 15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer

“Tinted moisturizers are a great option for summer because they offer lightweight coverage that lets skin show through.
Plus, SPF makes them a great all-in-one choice.”
-Bobbi Brown

Inspired by her award-winning SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer, Bobbi introduces a modern gel-based formula for normal to oily skin types. NEW SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free hydrates and protects skin while offering sheer, natural-looking coverage. Light and refreshing, it glides on smoothly and blends easily. Vitamins C and E protect skin from free radicals, while SPF 15 helps prevent sun damage.

Ingredients & Benefits

Sodium Hyaluronate,
a moisture magnet, instantly hydrates skin.

Emollients and humectants soften skin and strengthen its natural moisture barrier, improving its ability to lock in moisture.

Collegen boosting peptides help strengthen and firm skin.

Antioxidant Vitamins C & E help protect skin against free radical damage.

Aloe, Sucrose and Caffeine help calm and soothe skin.

SPF 15 offers broad spectrum UV protection.

Available in 9 skin tone correct shades:
Alabaster Tint, Extra Light Tint, Light Tint, Light to Medium Tint, Medium Tint,
Medium to Dark Tint, Dark Tint, Deep Tint, Rich Tint

Available May 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and <>
Price: $40.00 each

And the Winners Are....

Freeman Beauty Contest - 10 winners total!

Memorial Day Party Ideas Tweet Up

One more week until Memorial Day Weekend! Does anyone have any plans yet?

Discuss your potential plans or get ideas for parties at the Hostess with the Mostess & @TheGlamNetwork tweet up! They are hosting it with Bacardi Daiquiri. To RSVP, tweet @HTWM_Jenn and drop in the #BacardiDaiquiri tag by Tuesday, May 24th along with any questions or topics you want to discuss around great summer entertaining ideas.

The tweet up will be held at on 5/24 at 6pm CST (4pm PST/7pm PST) with the tag #BacardiDaiquiri. Please feel free to invite your readers and other blogging friends to participate—see you there! (Must be 21+ years old to participate - thanks!)

Total Beauty Post: New Nail Art Technology
New Nail Art Techs

See the newest inventions that make nail art a cinch

New Nail Art Techs

This is a nails article

Gone are the days of spending painstaking, eye blurring hours bent over your nails with itty bitty toothpicks to paint on nail art. The reason? These groundbreaking nail art technologies, wait until you see them.

See them now

Giveaway Break - HairMax Haircare

HairMax unisex hair care combines nature and science to bring you a complete hair solution. Here are some highlights from their product line:

HairMax Enhancing Shampoo
Retail Price: $12.00
Hairmax uses Phytic acid in its shampoo system to lower the pH and promote a regenerative action on the base of the scalp, reducing oxidative stress layers. The shampoo system can be used by itself or in conjunction with the HairMax LaserComb. The HairMax shampoo system has a lower pH than most shampoo systems on the market. The company’s research indicates that the oils (sebum) produced in the hair follicle can turn into a waxy substance in higher alkaline environments. This lower pH, phytic acid based shampoo system helps to prevent the sebum build up and promotes the lubrication of the hair follicle to encourage healthier looking hair.

Revitalizing Conditioner
Retail Price: $12.00
Most conditioners are thick and heavy, weighing down the hair making it look flat and difficult to style. HairMax conditioner utilizes innovative botanicals that deeply moisturize the hair shaft then rinse free, leaving the hair soft and manageable.
The HairMax Conditioner restores and protects the hair shaft while a combination of botanicals and vitamins rejuvenate your hair's look and feel. With the added benefit of sunscreen protection, the HairMax Conditioner will encourage a healthy scalp; giving your hair a healthy look and feel, leaving your hair smooth and shiny.

Invigorating Scalp Treatment
Retail Price: $7.50
Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp. Perspiration, sebum, environmental pollution and styling products can build up on the scalp clogging the hair follicle, leaving particle deposits that can clog hair follicles and leave hair looking flat and greasy. Invigorating Scalp Treatment is designed to dissolve these particles, washing them away, making your hair look full, clean and full of body. The Invigorating Scalp Treatment contains phytic acid to help reduce the pH of the scalp. When used in conjunction with The Hairmax Laser Comb, this facilitates laser absorption from the Hairmax into the scalp.

Hair Fortifier
Retail Price: $7.50
Many of us take vitamins to maintain the health of our body. Well our scalp isn’t any different. HairMax Hair and Scalp Fortifier are vitamins for your hair. This product is infused with a special combination of botanical nutrients, DHT blockers and innovative ingredients, like caffeine, oleanolic acid and biotinoyl tripeptide, that are believed to have positive results for healthier looking hair. HairMax Hair and Scalp Fortifying mist is delivered directly to the root of the hair, maximizing the benefits these innovative ingredients may provide.


Enter to win 4 products from the HairMax product line!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for mymailing 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 residents only. The contest will end on Saturday , June 18th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

MAC has a Mobile Site!

MAC launched a mobile site! Check it out from your mobile at! Shop the Best Sellers, View New Products & How to Videos from your phone!

Text JOIN to MACTXT (898622) to get SMS and MMS from MAC. Stay in the loop for all things MAC, enjoy special promotions and VIP access with up to 5 messages a month.

You can also sign up here.

Beauty Sales Today

Barielle Nail Polish at HauteLook. Tons of colors, base and top coats and treatments.

NARS Summer 2011 Collection

For Summer 2011, NARS launches two sets boasting shades of pink to balance a deep, sun-kissed tan. Both sets include must-have products – some limited edition, and some already-existing cult favorites. Bright, vibrant packaging exudes the NARS sophistication and playfulness that the products inside deliver.


Products include:

· Sex Machine Velvet Lip Pencil – pink mauve

· Deep Throat Lip Gloss – peach with shimmer

· Deep Throat Blush – peach with shimmer

Price: $55.00

Available: May 1, 2011 at


Products include:

· Angelika Lip Gloss (medium size) – cotton candy with gold particles

· Angelika/Laguna Blush/Bronzing Powder Duo – cotton candy with gold particles, and brown with golden shimmer (created exclusively for this set!)

Price: $49.00

Available: May 1, 2011, exclusively at

Total Beauty Deals

Happy Monday Everyone! No better way to start off the week by finding out about a new Beauty Sale site! Total Beauty just launched Total Beauty Deals, where they will feature a new beauty sale for you to purchase. Check out today's deal....$50 worth of Skyn Iceland Skincare for $25. This is a great way to try out new products on sale!

Sign up today to get on the VIP list!

OPI Skull & Glossbones

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection - Skull and Glossbones. I used a base and 3 coats. It's a rich color, and will look better once my hands aren't so pale from the long winter. It has high shine to it (no top coat needed for shine, just for lasting power).

Beauty App Tuesday - My UV Check

Did you know that Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in females age 25-29? With summer around the corner, it is important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays and from becoming another statistic. As part of La Roche-Posay’s SOS — Save Our Skin campaign that encourages daily sun safety through education and awareness, the brand has launched a new iPhone application, “My UV Check,” that uses location-based services to assess the strength of sun rays. Studies show that regular use of sunscreen led to a 50% decrease in melanoma. With ‘My UV Check,’ choosing which SPF factor to bring to the beach has never been easier! Check it out in the iTunes store - it's free!


  • The first application on the market that measures both the UVA and UVB index
  • Provides individualized sun risk diagnosis
  • Learn how to check your own skin for suspicious lesions/moles
  • Explore the Anthelios range for individualized product recommendations and to find the closest store near you

CopyKate Look from Almay

Morning readers! I have some exciting news! I recently teamed up with the Glamour Beauty blog and ALMAY on a "How to Get that Look" post. In the post (check it out here), I walk through the steps on how to recreate Kate Hudson's fresh daytime look from her new movie, Something Borrowed. There are two other looks recreated by other fabulous beauty bloggers.

Has anyone seen this movie yet? If so, how was it? I'm so overdue for a chick flick movie night!

OPI On Stranger Tides

OPI Pirates of the Carribbean 'On Stranger Tides' Collection contains fun pastels and silver shatter. More swatches to come! The colors include:

Skull & Glossbones

Best light gray ever, no bones about it.

Mermaid’s Tears

Few have seen this magical green.

Steady as She Rose

This gorgeous pink is your final destination.

Planks a Lot

Dive into style with this lustworthy purple!

Sparrow Me the Drama

This cool, collected pink means business!

Stranger Tides

Explore this uncharted sea of sage.

Silver Shatter

A shimmering sea of silver with a two-texture finish.

Steady as She Rose on my Toes!

Total Beauty Post - Fabulous Spring Haircuts
Fabulous Spring Haircuts You Should Try

Temperatures are rising and trends are shifting, which means it's time for a hair change. See what cuts are hot right now

Fabulous Spring Haircuts You Should Try

This is a haircut article

Here to give us the 411 on the hottest haircuts from the runway and red carpet is celebrity hairstylist and trend-spotter Abby Schlenger. She shares what cuts are "in" and which will look best on you.

See haircuts

Beauty App Tuesday - mark.

mark. has a new free app in iTunes. With the mark. Beauty & Fashion Trend applications you can view pieces from their seasonal collections in an instant. From lip color to handbags, each item displayed is an up-and-coming trend. Download this app for free at iTunes.

Bobbi Brown Almost Bare Collection

“From bronzers to the light shimmery glosses, The Almost Bare Collection creates the gorgeous sun kissed look you get after a day at the beach, one of my favorite sources of inspiration.”
-Bobbi Brown

New, Limited Edition Bronzing Powder
Formulated for all skin types, Bobbi’s Bronzing Powder has just the right mix of red and brown – the colors you’d find in a true tan – to give skin a warm tint of healthy-looking color. What makes it so wearable? The lightweight mica-free powder applies smoothly and evenly and feels ultra-comfortable on skin. Now, this makeup bag essential is available in two limited edition shades ideal for darker skin tones.

Bronzing Powder is available in 2 shades:
Deep Chocolate, Rich Cocoa

Available May 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and
Price: $33.00 each

New, Limited Edition High Shimmer Lip Gloss
Because there’s nothing sexier than glossy lips paired with luminous skin, Bobbi introduces her most high shine gloss ever. This ultra shiny formula glides on smoothly and offers medium to full coverage that makes lips look lush and full.

High Shimmer Lip Gloss is available in 3 shades:
Pink Tulle, Citrus, Bellini

Available May 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and
Price: $22.00 each

Almost Bare Fragrance
A Bobbi Brown classic, this fresh floral eau de parfum features a delicate balance of inspiring Italian Bergamot blended with Violet Leaves to relax and soothe the senses. The scent is enhanced by a note of Soft Muguet and gentle Jasmine Petals with a Soft Cedar and Warm Amber background.

Available May 2011 from Bobbi Brown counters and
Price: $60.00

The Fresh Air Fund

The Summer of 2011 is approaching fast! The Fresh Air Fund is in need of loving host families. The Fresh Air Fund is a non-profit agency that has provided summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually.

In 2010, The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences.

To learn more about becoming a host please go to or call (800) 367-0003!