Lipgloss Break: May 2012
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What's in my Beach Bag? - UnBurn

It's that time of year again! I got my beach bag out of storage and filled it with all sorts of good SPF products and magazines. Each week I'll highlight a new item that is 'beach bag approved'!

This week, my go to product was used AFTER I spent the day in the sun. It's the inevitable, the first few sunny days of summer I always miss a spot with sunscreen and get a little sunburn. The weather was so nice this weekend in Michigan that everyone at my house got a little pink from the sun.

Luckily I had Water-Jel Unburn Sunburn Relief waiting for me on my bathroom counter. Unburn is a topical gel that draws the heat out of your burn using heat exchange technology. In other words, it soothes it. It contains 2.5% of Lidocaine, which provides pain relief, as well as a Vitamin E, aloe, tea tree oil and spearmint oil. You can also use it on other burns, for example, a flat iron burn.

Regular aloe seals in the heat from a burn, when UnBurn literally takes the heat out of the burn. Both my husband and I used it this weekend and really liked it. It soothed our sunburns, and took away any soreness we would have experienced. It also smells good - kind of a fresh like spearmint. I would suggest waiting for a few minutes before dressing, but for the most part it soaked in really quickly.

Unburn is available in 8oz. bottles at Walmart.

Check out a few items that were in my beach bag last summer!
Borghese Body Bronzer
Korres Mango Butter Lipstick

Jessica Summer 2012 Gelato Mio Collection

If these colors don't SCREAM summer to you, then you're from a different planet! Jessica based her summer line off of Gelato appropriate! The line is called Gelato Mio, which is Italian for 'My Ice Cream.' Yum. 

Colors (starting in the upper left, going clockwise) are: Barely Blueberry, Lime Cooler, Banana Peel, Tangerine Dreamz, Strawberry Shake It, & Surfer Boyz 'n Berry.

Most of these needed 3 coats to get a solid, streak free color. I got a pedicure last week with Surfer Boyz 'n Berry and the lady next to me asked to borrow my color. 

Want to get creative with this line? Check out a post on one of my favorite nail polish blogs, The PolishAholic. She did a Gelato Mio Water Marble manicure and it's dreamy! 

NARS Thakoon 'Our Lips are Sealed' Contest

NARS is having a Facebook contest I thought I'd share with you:

The Thakoon for NARS “Our Lips Are Sealed” Facebook contest is now live! All you have to do to enter to win an exclusive Thakoon-designed scarf (and more!) is upload a photo of your lips and nails onto Instagram using the hashtag #NARSThakoon. On May 29, you’ll be able to click back to the “NARS FB Exclusives” tab on our Facebook page and vote for your favorite entries. Check it out here:

30 day Trial Offer of StriVectin-SD

StriVectin truly believes without a doubt, that they have the power to change your skin… And they’re willing to prove it.

StriVectin believes in the power of their award-winning, anti-aging powerhouse, StriVectin-SD, so much that they are giving away 2 million dollars worth of product!

Until June 1st, you can take advantage of this amazing 30-day trial offer of their clinically proven StriVectin-SD ($34.50 retail value) for only $6.50 shipping and handling at

12 Beauty and Fashion Coupons for Memorial Day

Thanks to for finding these sales!

1. Ulta
Get 20% off any item through May 26 with coupon code 75802.

2. Macy's
Click here to save an additional 15% during the Memorial Day Sale through May 28 using code MEMDAY.

3. Maidenform
Take 25% off sitewide through May 29.

4. Easy Spirit
Save 20% with the purchase of two items through May 28.

5. Victoria's Secret
Get free shipping on orders of $100 or more through May 29 with code SHIPVS12.

6. Designs by Stephene
Get 20% off any purchase through May 29 with promo code DBSMEMORIAL.

7. FreshPair
Take up to 60% off top brands through May 28.

8. e.l.f. Cosmetics
Buy one, get one free from the Best Sellers category through May 28 with code BOGO.

9. Lord and Taylor
Get an additional 20% off sale items through May 28 with code MEMDAY.

Save 20% on any order through May 29 with coupon code YCMEMORIAL.

11. PinkMascara
Take 20% off any order through May 29 with promo code MASCARA20.

12. Ann Taylor
Save 50% on select full-price dresses, skirts and shoes through May 28. 

Carly Rae Jepson by Harry Josh at the Billboard Music Awards

I love Carly Rae Jepson's song 'Call Me Maybe.' It's so catchy and my husband and I always sing to it when it comes on in the car!

I was really excited to find out that John Frieda stylist Harry Josh styled this pop star's hair for the Billboard red carpet. He gave her a super sleek rock n roll blow's how:

"Movement is key," says Josh who applied John Frieda Full Repair Style Revival Heat Activated Styling Spray ($9.99) to Carly Rae's wet hair before blow drying to ensure her final look would have shine and a flexible hold that will last throughout the night.

After blowdrying he flat ironed her hair section by section. "The heat from the flat iron is what helped to lock in shine. Style Revival, which is formulated with lightweight Inca Ichi Oil, helped to protect Carly Rae's hair from the potential damage from the high heat of the flat iron."

To finish off the look, Harry used a touch of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Thermal Protection Formula ($9.99) on the ends to seal in shine.

Zoya nail polish in Ali

Neon nails to get me pumped up for tomorrow! Zoya in Ali dries matte so I added a quick dry top coat to give it some shine.
I love that neon's are back in style. Everyone needs a little neon in their life!

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Beauty With Attitude reviews some new lip butters and lip balms. Check them out!!
  • Gia shares pictures and her opinions of Jessica's Bridal collection - the much more affordable versions of Chanel's Spring collection - along with some Cult Nails and Sally Hansen polishes she loves for mid-mani refreshers!
  • Pastels are in for spring, and while Retrodiva isn't much of a pastel girl, she takes a look at this season's best pastel nail polish - a great way to wear the trend.
  • Jessika from polish insomniac goes back in time to show your her favorite Essie's!
  • BlushingNoir is hosting a giveaway where TWO winners will receive a set of Stila Nail Polishes and a Plumping Lip Gloss from Victoria's Secret! Open internationally!
  • Glitter.Gloss.Garbage has your beauty must haves for summer travel!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom is a fan of purples - especially when they look like Salon Perfect Purple Sorbet!
  • Beauty Info Zone wants you to see the latest and greatest from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.
  • lola's secret beauty blog exposes celebrity makeup artist Susan Thompson & her eponymously named cosmetics line that is far too good to remain a Hollywood insider secret!
  • Hello Dollface tries some oral care that will get you excited about brushing your teeth!
  • Phyrra is having a big giveaway for her 4th Blog Anniversary. Enter to win!
  • Perilously Pale is thinking she needs to give drugstore items a chance more often when she shares with you swatches of five Revlon Colorburst lipglosses including Papaya, and Strawberry. Hungry anyone?
  • Miss L shows one of her new favorite pink nail polishes and cute mani with flowers.
  • Lipgloss Break Reviews Jessica Cosmetics Heavy Petal Spring 2012 collection.
  • Spontaneous Chick gives a tutorial on how to do a leopard eye shadow.
  • BeautyXpose reviews the latest high shine lip glosses from Smashbox: Shades of Fame.
  • Curls N Pearls reviews Vincent Longo's - check out this post for a breakdown of pros and cons.
  • BeautyJudy provides advice and tips on how to successfully represent your blog and personal brand at beauty trade shows and events.
  • The Beauty Professor gives a glowing review to Guerlain Terracotta Gloss in Sable…summertime is here!
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty says Buh-bye to Frizz with Marc Anthony's Bye. Bye. Frizz Keratin Smoothing Line. Be sure to check out her review!
  • Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful shows a new way to make minerals more user-friendly & is giving one away to readers!

  • Jessica Cosmetics Heavy Petal Collection

    I'm a huge fan of Jessica Cosmetics nail polish. They offer beautiful shades that are long wearing and go on very easily, usually streak free.

    Their Spring 2012 Heavy Petal Collection is awesome. The collection is made up of different shades and finishes of pinks and purple. Each color has a solid version, a soft metallic version and light shimmer shade version (these are pretty sheer). From top left clockwise the colors are: Witchy Wisteria, Dased Dahlia, Hotter than Hibiscus, Rolling Rose, Born 2 Pansy, & Geranium Gypsy.

    I used Dased Dahlia for a pedicure and it looked awesome. Rolling Rose & Born 2 Pansy are my favorites for a quick polish that will go with a lot of different outfits and since they are semi-sheer.

    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.

    Giveaway Break - Billion Dollar Brows Set

    For those of you who live in the LA area, Billion Dollar Brows has a salon in Beverly Hills that offers several different services such as tweezing, tinting and brow shaping. For those of you who don't live in LA, you can buy BDB's tools online...or try to win a selection from Lipgloss Break!


    Enter to win a pair of Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel, Tweezers,  and Universal Brow Pencil! 

    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, June 14th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! Please take some time to yourself today - you all deserve it!


    And the Winners Are...

    Neutrogena Soothing Lotion Giveaway - rstephen8103, rm809tm1, chichijunk, amy9_27, lisamurphy4

    Addiction NV Lip gloss set - knadams1

    Cargo Cosmetics Bronzer Twitter giveaway - shushgirl

    San Francisco in a Weekend

    This post is way over due. It was amazing to get away for a bit 2 weeks ago with the hubby. San Francisco is an amazing city. Lots of shopping, great food and sunshine. Super chilly at night and when the sun goes in, but I was prepared from my past experiences.

    Even though I didn't make it to the gym in SF, I feel like I got an amazing workout from all the walking we did! Saturday morning we woke up early, had breakfast, and rented bikes. Yes, we were touristy, we rode our bikes across the bridge into Sausalito. a tough ride! 8 miles later we were dining in Sausalito, followed by coffee drinks before catching the ferry back to the city.

    Sunday we explored some more, made it to the Coit Tower and a ton of parks, and did our fair share of people watching in North Beach.

    If you plan on visiting San Francisco my tips are:
     - Bring comfortable walking shoes
     - Bring a jacket that transfers from day to night (jean jacket, blazer) because the city can go from what feels like 80 degrees to 50 degrees in a minute!
     - Wear sunscreen. The temperature is deceiving. It may be chilly, but if the sun is out you will burn!
     - Sit at an outdoor cafe and people watch. Lots to take in on the streets of SF :)
     - Rent bikes to get around and explore, and if you have it in you, ride them across the bridge - it was definitely the highlight of our trip!

    Steps leading to the Coit Tower.
    Cotton Nautical colored dress from Marshalls, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini bag 
    View from the middle of the bridge
    Flowers along the bay in Sausalito

    Chai latte, cappuccino & people watching

    2 for $20 Candle Sale at Bath & Body

    Perfect timing! Pick up last minutes Mother's Day gifts at Bath & Body works this weekend. They are having their 2 for $20 candle sale -yay!

    Glowing by JLo

    To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Glow, Coty brings you Glowing by JLo. It is a Floral Woody Amber that embodies the aura of Jennifer in her most flawless form: modern, sexy, wet skin and is inspired by her favorite candle. The bottle was inspired by the beauty and the lines of Baccarat crystal, when the atomizer is pressed, the bottle beautifully illuminates for 15 seconds. Literally, it's glows!

    TOP:       Bergamot, Mandarin, Cypress
    MID:       Orange Flower, Muguet des Bois, Cassia Flower
    BASE:     Sandalwood, Amber Sultan, Vanilla, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cashmere Musk

    2.5oz/75ml  $65.00

    CND Shellac in Hollywood

    This is the color I chose for my SF trip. It went with all of my outfits! CND Shellac's Hollywood is red hot red, with light gold specs. A great red that goes with a lot, and transfers well into summery months. 

    Sponsored Post: Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips


    It’s summer time in Michigan! Well, almost. It’s getting really nice out and it’s making me think of all the things I want to do and prepare for before summer is in full swing. Here’s my to-do list:

    1) I’ve kicked my workout routines up a notch and I’m preparing for my first kettlebell competition mid-May. I’ve also created a new recipe binder full of clean-eating recipes to help me feel healthier going into summer.
    2) In the beauty department, I’ve been bronzing like I was in the tropics, using self tanner, that is. I stay far away from tanning salons. I opt for self tanner 2-3 a week to keep up a natural glow.
    3) You know what looks nice with a bronzed glow? Pearly white teeth! I drink so much coffee and the occasional red wine that I’m afraid that I haven’t been treating my teeth good this winter.

    I recently got to try out Rembrandt Intense Stain Stain Dissolving Strips and was really impressed! They are so much easier to use than any other whitening system I have tried before!

    These strips are unique in several different ways. One way is that each strip can be used for your top OR bottom teeth. This way, you don't waste any! Some people only like to whiten their top or are maybe too sensitive to do their bottom, and then they end up wasting a box of strips because half are for bottom teeth.

    The most exciting part of these strips is that they dissolve in your mouth – no more removal hassle! I put them on as I’m heading out the door to work and they dissolved during my 20 minute commute, or right before bed and fall asleep with them on.

    Each strip is individually wrapped with clear instructions on the back on how to apply based on top or bottom teeth. Super easy for traveling...I just threw a couple in my makeup bag for my trip this week. Getting my teeth sparkling white for summer doesn't get any easier than this!

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    Happy Sunday

    I challenge you to enjoy your day :) Read a good book (I will be reading Fifty Shades Darker :) or magazine today...or take a walk in this beautiful May weather.

    Stay tuned for a fun giveaway this week on my site and on Twitter!

    Giveaway Break - Skinnygirl Face Solution Kit for Mother's Day

    For Mother's Day this year, indulge your favorite lady with some pampering luxe gift sets! Skinnygirl Face & Body offers five affordable sets: 
    • Margarita Bath Kit ($15.00) 
    • Sangria Bath Kit ($15.00) 
    • Face Solution Kit ($14.97) 
    • Body Solution Kit ($15.97) 
    • Mommy Kit ($12.88)
    Skinnygirl Face & Body was created by Bethenny Frankel - reality TV star, entrepreneurial powerhouse and mother - who stresses that the secret to balancing it all is to remember to take a little time out of your day for you! I'm definitely a fan of that philosophy!

    Skinnygirl wants to help celebrate Mother's Day with Lipgloss Break readers and give a set away to one lucky reader!

    Enter to win a Skinnygirl Face Solution 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 , 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 go through Mother's Day, and will end officially on Monday, May 14th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

    Bath & Body Works Mother's Day Party

    Come join Bath & Body Works as we shower moms with love and fabulous fragrances at our Mother’s Day Party on Saturday, May 5th from 1pm-5pm! Whether she’s a fragrance devotee, a candle connoisseur, or a germ-conscious mom, this event will help you find the ultimate gift to celebrate every mom on your list. Honor the one you love during this fun, fragrance filled event:

    WHO: Bath & Body Works

    WHAT: Mother’s Day Party

    WHEN: Saturday, May 5th, 2012 1pm – 5pm

    WHERE: At select Bath & Body Works stores

    · WIN AN EXCLUSIVE MOTHER’S DAY TOTE: Enter to win an exclusive VIP Wild Garden Mother’s Day Tote before it is officially available for sale! Valued at over $100, this pampering perk is filled with must-haves from Signature Collection Wild Garden, Anti-Bacterial Wild Fusions and Home Fragrance Bloom collection.

    · PERSONALIZED SHOPPING WITH BBW GIFT GURU: Complimentary gift wrapping will be provided for those who make a purchase. 

    · FREE MOTHER’S DAY TOTE: And for celebrating your special lady with us, you can get a limited edition Wild Garden Mother’s Day Tote Bag that includes a full sized Malibu Heat Body Lotion FREE with any full size Signature Collection purchase made during the event!

    Visit the Event Page at or go to for details.