Lipgloss Break: January 2012
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China Glaze Spring 2012 Electropop

I'm loving China Glaze's Spring line - Electropop. Two different sets will be out in Feburary, a Lights collection and a Brights collection. The pinks and purples in this collection are perfect for toes in the Spring/Summer. And I love that it comes with a glitter in the mix! 

L'Eau de Chloé fragrance

The latest edition to the Chloe Fragrance collection - L'Eau de Chloe, will be on counters mid-february. The print campaign will feature the beautiful French model Camille Rowe-Pourcheresse, who also starred in the Chloe signature fragrance campaign this past Fall. Has anyone smelled this yet? 

SAG Beauty - Hair by Wella

Emma Stone
Styled by Mara Roszak for Wella Professionals

“Emma’s dress was my inspiration. I wanted to create a smooth, polished up-do with a bit of a modern 50's feel.” – Says Mara Roszak of the hairstyle she created for Emma Stone at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards®.

Step-by-Step Styling
1.       Part the hair to the side then apply Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier to wet hair and blow dry smooth
2.       Add a pump of Wella Professionals Mirror Polish to hands and apply lightly to hair, starting at the ends, to smooth out any fly aways
3.       Tease the crown of the hair to add a little height and pull into a mid-height ponytail
4.       Twist the ponytail and then wrap into a bun and secure with bobby pins
5.       Spray all over with Wella Professionals Stay Firm hairspray

Zoe Saldana
Styled by Mara Roszak for Wella Professionals

“Zoe’s dress was so inspiring. I wanted to create a "not too perfect" up-do by adding texture and movement to the hair, while keeping it modern and fresh.” – Says Mara Roszak of the hairstyle she created for Zoe Saldana at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards®.

Step-by-Step Styling
1.       Apply Wella Professionals Extra Volume Mousse to wet hair and rough dry
2.       Then, using a 3/4" barrel curling iron, add waves to the hair by rotating the direction of the curl
3.       Once the whole head was waved, spray Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz on the hair to break up the wave and add texture
4.       Loosely pull the hair back into a low pony  and secured it with an elastic
5.       Then split the pony into two sections and braid them both, then wrap the braids into a bun and secure with bobby pins
6.       Once the hair is up, apply a dab of  Wella Professionals Bold Move styling paste to fingertips and define a few pieces around the face
7.       Spray all over with Wella Professionals Stay Firm finishing spray

SAG Beauty - Rose Byrne's Red Carpet Hair

Check out Rose Byrne's new look debut on the SAG Awards Red Carpet. Her favorite guy - John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh! 

Harry Josh says that her new look is "70's inspired with a modern twist. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface meets a modern day Anna Wintour." 

Here is how Harry styled Rose's new 70's inpsired bob to go with her chic white Elie Saab jumpsuit for the red carpet:

Step 1 - Saturate the Roots with a Volumizer
"I needed to get a lot of lift at the roots. Without that, the look would just fall flat," says Harry. On wet hair, he applied tons of John Frieda Full Repair Root Lift Foam ($6.99) which not only gave him the weightless lift that he needed, but also helped to protect against damage caused by heat styling. 

Step 2 - Protect the Roots
Harry applied the Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion ($9.99) to smooth the ends and make sure they looked healthy and groomed since her new cut is so blunt. 

Step 3 - Blow Dry with a Round Brush
Section by section, Harry used a natural bristle brush and angled the blow dryer down to get maximum shine.

Step 4 - Place Velco Rollers at the Crown
Harry used the rollers to lock in the volume.

"It's the epitome of chic, just like Rose." - Harry Josh

Total Beauty Post - Best Sephora Buys

We asked women walking out of our local Sephora to give us a peek inside their pretty black and white bags. See what's worth splurging on
11 Best Buys at Sephora Right Now
This is a makeup article
There's nothing that gets us as giddy as a little girl on Christmas Day than spending an afternoon at Sephora. Their shelves are lined with new shadows, perfumes, and the latest products promising to make us look absolutely, positively amazing. But what's the stuff that's really worth the spendy price tag? We stalked Sephora customers to find out.  

Giveaway Break - g2 Organics Odorless Nail Polish Remover

Enter to win one of three bottles of g2 Organics Odorless Nail Polish Remover! See my review of this nail polish remover in my previous post. 

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 , follow me on Pinterest 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 Monday, February 27th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

g2 Organics Odorless Nail Polish Remover

I was hesitant to believe there could be such a thing as an odorless nail polish remover. But g2 Organics proved me wrong. Not only is it odorless, but it removes tough glitter nail polish without the stench or drying feeling from acetone nail polish.

Each environmentally friendly glass bottle of g2 Organics nail polish remover is reiki-charged, with each bottle containing tiny quartz crystals that have been charged to create harmony and well-being with each swipe.

Reiki-charged is a simple, safe and natural Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. g2 Organics co-founders - Marie & Cherie are both certified Reiki instructors & personally charge each product!

This nail polish remover is great if you don't want to expose your kids or pets to smelly nail polish remover, or if you want to give your daughter a manicure without using toxic removers to clean her nails.

More g2 Organic Fun Facts:
* This product only contains 5 ingredients (compared to a drugstore brand remover that contains an average of 14)
* It contains aloe vera and vitamin E to nourish the nails and cuticles, without drying the nails out.
* It's also non-toxic and safe for everyone including children
* Made with organic and natural ingredients so its environmentally friendly
* A portion of all proceeds goes to cancer research

Bath and Body Works - 20% off coupon

20% off Bath and Body works this weekend. Print off your coupon or shop online. They still have 2 for $20 candles!

Essie Nail Polish Spring Collection - Navigate Her

Navigate Her
A Crewed Interest
To Buy Or Not To Buy
Tour de Finance
Ole Caliente
Orange, It’s Obvious!

essie’s Spring Collection, Navigate Her, celebrates the career focused, independent woman! It  will be available in February 2012 for a suggested price of $8 per bottle.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Wish You Were Here! Contest

Anastasia Beverly Hills presents Wish You Were Here! makeup kit. This beach inspired kit, available exclusively at Sephora, features the limited edition Pacific Coast Illumin8 Shadow Palette, HydraFull Gloss in Guava, and Clear Brow Gel to give you that cool LA look, no matter where you are. 

To celebrate this cool new kit, one lucky winner will receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles, a two-night stay at a Los Angeles hotel, a brow appointment with Anastasia, a hair and makeup makeover featuring the Wish You Were Here! kit at the Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon, and a photo shoot with the ABH team!

Here’s all you need to do...
  • Take a postcard-worthy photo of yourself in front of your favorite local landmark!
  • Make a new post of the picture on Facebook and tag Anastasia of Beverly Hills ( in the photo to enter. You need to first LIKE the page on Facebook in order to tag us.
  • Or email your name, home address, and photograph to “”.
  • One entry per contestant only by 11:59 PM PST on February 3, 2012
  • You must be a United States citizen to enter.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills team will select a winner and fly you out for a Los Angeles beauty weekend with Anastasia!   See for complete contest rules and details.

Bobbi Brown Neons & Nudes

I'm digging these bright colors for Spring! I love the pop of color in the model's lips. This is a good look for the fashion color blocking trend. 

Schick Hydro Silk Insider - Free Razor

Schick is releasing their newest razor, the Schick Hydro Silk Influencer, in just a few days. The new razor features moisturizing serum, 5 curve sensing blades, skin guards and a soft handle.  It is definitely the most intense woman's razor I have ever seen and used. It definitely has a 'glide' to it that leaves me knick free.

Want to try it out for FREE? I have 37 more samples to share - sign up HERE!  No catch, just sign up on their site and you will receive a razor within 2-3 weeks. Enjoy!

Looks like all the samples are gone. Stay tuned for more opportunities for freebies and check out my current giveaways!

Shopping this weekend?

Check out these sales! Luckily, my Bath and Body Works and Loft stores are in the same spot :)

Bath and Body Works - 20% of coupon for in-store or online. And always my favorite, 2 for $20 candles. Stock up for gifts. Summer scents are out...I can't believe it. I'm counting down the days...

Ann Taylor Loft - They reached 1 million followers on Facebook so for Saturday, January 21st ONLY, they are giving out a $50 coupon on Facebook. 'Like' the Loft Facebook page to get the coupon. It's only good for Saturday, January 21st. I'm eyeing up this blazer!

Beauty Coupons

Going shopping this weekend? Make sure you take your coupons with you!

Check out these coupon finds from

1. Elizabeth Arden
Order before Feb. 2 and receive a free 9-piece deluxe gift with coupon code GIFT9, plus free shipping on orders of $40 or more.
2. Folica
Take 15% off orders of $75 or more by Feb. 1 with coupon code FOLICANEWYEAR.
3. Sally Beauty Supply
Get $5 off three Orly Nail Lacquers with promo code 444591 when you order by Jan. 31.
4. Ulta
Take $3.50 off any $10 purchase with an Ulta printable coupon. Good through Jan. 21.
Save $5 on two Nivea Lotions by Jan. 30.
6. Yves Rocher
Enjoy free shipping on all orders of $20 or more through Jan. 30 with code YRFREESHIP.

And the Winners Are...

Hard Candy Lipgloss Ring Set - wizzythang16, rjspratien, & dsoliz123

There are more giveaways to enter - don't miss your chance to win!

Giveaway Break - Hey Dude Skincare

Hey ladies - News flash: Guys need beauty lovin' too! Check out this new set from Hey Dude Skincare!

Hey Dude Skincare has created the "Dudification" concept with the idea that savvy men won't fuss with lots of "girlie"  products that confuse them with fancy words and smell less than "masculine." Real Dudes want cool, hip products tailored to their own needs, not repackaged "girlie" products that are irrelevant to them, and even worse, cost a ton of dough to buy.

The line is made up of:
Dude Scrub Fresh Citrus Pre-shave skin exfoliator - $15.99

Dude Cleansing Shave Gel, low foaming, eucalyptus-infused formula - $14.99
Dude Aftershave Gel, menthol free irritation eliminator - $16.99
Dude moisturizer, all day moisture with vitamins C & E - $16.49
Dude Wash, double pheromone-infused 3-in-1 body wash, shampoo & shave gel - $9.99
Dude Self Tanner with SPF 15 oil free formula with aloe & vitamins A, C, & E - $17.99

Guys will find that Hey Dude products contain none, or a minimal amount of, any of the following ingredients, all of which have considerable evidence discouraging or questioning their use based on clinical studies:
• Parabens
• Mineral oil
• Lanolin
• Phthalates
• Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
• Propylene glycol

And you're likely never to see:
• Solvent alcohols that sting on contact
• Pore-clogging ingredients


Enter to win one of the products from the Hey Dude Skincare set for your man!

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 , follow me on Pinterest 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 Sunday, February 19th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

China Glaze "Colours from the Capital"

Here are the swatches and bottles from The China Glaze "Colours from the Capital" collection, inspired by The Hunger Games book series! I can't wait to see this movie and try out these polishes!

The collection will be available at salons and speciality beauty retailers, including Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA stores, retailing for $7/bottle. They will be available in early March, timed to the release of The Hunger Games in theaters March 23.

Golden Globe Beauty - Kate Winslet

Lancôme ambassadress Kate Winslet’s look from the Golden Globes was created by Avon Global Creative Color Director Jillian Dempsey.

“Kate Winslet’s look was shimmering, soft and sophisticated,” said Jillian Dempsey.

Jillian used taupe and champagne shades on Kate’s eyes and lots of rich mascara for extra definition.  A pop of rose blush on her cheeks gave Kate a youthful, natural-looking flush.  Jillian topped it off with a creamy rose lip color for a fresh finish.   

Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara in So Black!
Lancôme Modéle Sourcils Brow Groomer
Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Perfect Eyes Kit Eyeshadow in Smoky Eyes
Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Café

Lancôme Teint Idole 24H Foundation (available in March)
Lancôme Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder
Avon MagiX Face Perfector
Stila Convertible Color in Lillium

Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick in Delicate Lace (available in February)

Golden Globes Style - NARS

Makeup by Toby Fleischman for NARS Cosmetics
 "Sometimes the stars just align (pun intended) and tonight with nominee Evan Rachel Wood, her look came together so organically. Of course with a Gucci Premiere gown such as hers, it was all about the dress so we wanted to keep the make up clean and soft.
When I saw the new NARS Spring collection, it was as if the products were created specifically for this look!  We had so much fun getting ready for the big day. We rocked out to some of our favorite tunes (Lykke Li), ate some yummy snacks (cookies of course) and most importantly laughed!"
The Look:
Paramaribo Duo Eyeshadow (new for Spring 2012) was the exact gilded gold and bronze we wanted to create a soft metallic eye that would pick up the accent of the feathers.  Then we used Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara on the lashes to finish the eye (ok maybe more than one coat!).
To keep the rest of the face feminine, the new NARS Gaiety Blush (new for Spring 2012) was amazing for a sheer flush of pink on the cheek along with a swipe of good-old standby NARS Angelika Blush to add a bit of shimmer.
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil topped off with Como Larger Than Life Lip Gloss gave Evan a soft mauve pink lip to complete the look. 

Golden Globes Style - Hair by Wella

Michelle Williams, winner for Best Actress had her hair styled by Chris McMillan using Wella Professionals.

Chris says, “Michelle looks incredible with this short, modern Mia Farrow inspired style.  It’s a retro ‘60s combined with Flapper flair type of look that shows there’s still a lot of glamour and versatility with short hair.”
  1. First, apply Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse to wet hair and then shape hair with hands to air dry naturally in the direction of the style.
  2. Once dry, use hands and a hair dryer directed at the roots to give extra lift at the crown and body throughout.
  3. Then apply Wella Professionals Mirror Polish because the shine serum adds a polished finish while smoothing hair into a shape.
  4. Adding a simple black headband with jeweled brooch gives a modern spin to this retro look.
  5. Push bangs over to the side where the jewel is positioned for a heavy fringe effect.
  6. Spray Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to smooth hair down and give hold throughout the night.

The beautiful Busy Phillips had her hair styled by Chris McMillan using Wella Professionals for this evening’s Golden Globes. Just yesterday, she was at the Wella Professionals Beauty Bar with her young daughter, where they both had their hair styled in matching braid updos. 

“What I love about Wella stylers is that they are light and there’s no product buildup so the hair still has a natural look and won’t get weighed down throughout the night,” Chris explains.

  1. Prep wet hair with Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse and loosely dry for a textured finish.
  2. Spray Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray while hair is nearly dry so it’s slightly piecy and pull into a imperfect, textured French twist.
  3. Add a headband at the top of the head to complete the look for an added touch of elegance.

Wella Professionals stylists have been busy tonight creating the top stars’ hair looks for the Golden Globes. Here are the details on Shailene Woodley’s hair look, styled by Campbell McAuley for Wella Professionals.

1. First, prep wet hair using Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier and then let dry naturally with a diffuser. Campbell says “I love this product because it makes the hair look healthy and shiny and gives great volume.
2.  Once nearly dry, lightly mist hair with Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray before using a 1 ¾ curling iron to enhance natural waves.
3. Once hair is prepped, then take a section from crown to ears to divide hair into a front and back split section.
4. At the back section, pull hair back into a ponytail, not pulling it too tight so that there is still a natural hair movement.
5. Spray Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray in the front section to give the best glossy finish for the red carpet. 
6. Then, sculpt hair into a side parted wavy style with hands moving into a beautiful twisted bun.
7. Finish off with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Hairspray

Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist Andy LeCompte has provided his inside scoop on styling MADONNA with Wella Professionals for her win on tonight’s Golden Globes Awards.

According to Andy, “Madonna wanted easy natural texture hair.”
“To start, I rough dried her hair manipulating and emphasizing her natural texture.  Next I applied a mist of Wella’s Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray to protect the hair from thermal heat as well as give the hair a slight bit of texture.  I spray this before I use my FHI platform 1 inch flat iron to make soft S formations, giving the hair a natural wave texture.  Then finish with a mist of Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray.  One of Andy’s fave product, he says “I love Wella’s Ocean Spritz to break up the texture.”

Lancome Glamour Eyes Kit - Limited Edition

Michelle Phan has launched her limited-edition Lancome Glamour Eyes Kit. Has anyone checked this out yet? Michelle does a great job at explaining and demonstrating application in her video below. 

The kit includes a new Color Design 5 Pan Palette (Chic by Chelle), which was created a named by Michelle herself, as well as Michelle's other Lancome favorites: Artliner and Hypnose Drama Mascara. 

The Glamour Eyes Kit launched exclusively at Sephora and Available while supplies last!

“I was inspired by my `Day to Night Makeup’ Lancôme video, where I used two 5 Pan Palettes,” says Michelle. “I figured I’d create one palette that was versatile enough for both day and night makeup.” The resulting palette, Chic by Chelle, features neutrals for a more casual look, along with purple, silver and black for instant glamour—all in the intense 5 Pan Palette formula.  “I'm so excited to use this kit to ring in the New Year!" adds Michelle.

CND Shellac Cleary Pink or Clearly Clear?

I Shellac'd my nails last night since I was leaving for Chicago today for work, and didn't want to worry about a chipped nail while traveling. I wanted to test a new color for you all, so I decided on Clearly Pink. I was a little disappointed. They should have named this color Clearly Clear. It is as clear as a top coat. I read on the CND site that it was made for those who can't wear color to work (ie interpreters, nurses). So I understand why they launched it with their second line, but be warned, its really clear.

I put one coat of Cleary Pink, and one coat of Romantique, to add color (along with base and to coat). Want to see more Shellac swatches? Check out my other Shellac posts!

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Giveaway Break - Present the Best You


Enter to win a makeup kit and business card holder from BeKnown &! Be sure to sign up for BeKnown as an extra entry!

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 , follow me on Pinterest 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 Thursday, February 9th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Looking for a Job? Make Sure to BeKnown!

If you’re a new grad, looking for a new job, or currently out of a job, the beginning of the new year is the best time to dig in and start searching for openings. A lot of companies post brand new openings after the first of the year. This year could be the year you land your dream job!

I remember using when I was looking for a job at out of college. It was great to be able to put in select criteria I was looking for have do the searching for me. Joining in on the social trend, recently launched BeKnown, a professional networking app for Facebook. BeKnown allows you to set up a professional profile directly on Facebook that is completely separate from your personal Facebook page.

One of the apps and newest features of BeKnown are College Pages, which provides a way for alumni to network professionally on Facebook and view job postings from their fellow graduates. Want to connect and network on the go? They also have an iPhone app.

So once you use BeKnown to land an interview, make sure you are prepared! Do your research on the job. My worst interview experience was when my interviewer asked if I knew the names of the founders of the company, and I didn’t. HUGE mistake!

Along with knowing the background and ‘ins & outs’ of a company, you should also pay special attention to your appearance and how you present yourself. Besides being confident and polite, you have to look and be professional. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

-       Dress to impress:
o   Suits are always ‘in’ for interviews. Even if you are interviewing at a company that has a casual dress code, still dress up for the interview. Do not assume that wearing jeans to an interview is okay, even if the person interviewing you has them on.
-       Keep it neutral:
o   Now is not the time to experiment with new wild colors! Makeup is okay to wear, just don’t go over the top with bright colors. It can be distracting! Wear ‘daytime’ makeup, leaving the glitter and dark colors for night time.
o   Wear neutral color clothing. Anything with stripes and patters could be distracting as well.
-       Put your best hand forward:
o   Make sure your nails are trimmed and clean. Chipping nail polish can give off the impression that you don’t care about your appearance. You don’t have to have polish on, but if you do, keep the color neutral.
o   If you don’t want to wear polish, make sure fingernails are clean and filed.

Be confident and Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I was a participant in's "Present the Best You" online contest. They also sponsored the following post/giveaway.