Lipgloss Break: July 2013
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I love when makeup companies create lines with NYC themes. I only lived in the city for 6 months, but it only took me one day to fall in love with it, and now I tend to obsess over everything that has to do with it!

NARS has a flagship boutique in the hip West Village at 413 Bleecker St. This location has served as an inspiration to their line, 413 BLKR collection. The latest additions to this line has arrived just in time for fall, which seems to have come a little early this year with all of this cold weather we've been having in the midwest! A deep rose brown lipstick and a midnight blue nail polish. Perfect hues for your fall sweaters and jackets.

"Founder and Creative Director Fancois Nars drew inspiration from the fast-paced city of Manhattan when this line-up and these new shades fit in seamlessly."

I love wearing darker colors in the fall. Especially deep blues for University of Michigan games! 

You can find this collection on 

Blogher '13 in Chicago, Gone Too Soon!

I am just now coming down from this past weekend’s Blogher 2013 high. I had such an amazing time! Blogher put on a great event with even better people. The sessions were good, but where I learned the most was from talking with and meeting new blogger friends.

This was my first blogging conference so I don’t have anything to compare it to. If you are new blogger starting out, this is a great conference to learn the basics of writing, getting the social media basics down and monetization. There are more advanced sessions for more experienced bloggers, but I think the main thing for the more experienced is networking with others and connecting with brands at the expo.

At any rate, it was a ton of fun and I made some great new friends. I can’t wait to find out where Blogher 2014 is going to be held!

My digs in the South Loop, thanks to AirBnB.
Folgers Reboot lounge at Blogher. I stopped here several time a day...
fitbit flex
Fitbit Flex. So excited to learn more about this. I am wearing it as I type but have no idea what it's tracking! Thanks Best Buy!
I passed Soldier Field on my morning runs...
The La-Z-Boy Boys!
false eyelashes
Getting fake eyelashes applied compliments of KISS Nails
Another Rockbox win.
Breakfast at Eleven Cafe in South Loop

Blogher '13 is Here!

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Tomorrow I leave for my first Blogher conference. It feels like Christmas Eve...I'm not going to be able to sleep! I'm really looking forward to driving into Chicago with Christine from hours of non stop beauty talk!

Although I've never been to a Blogher conference, I've attended several conferences for my full time job. Here's what I've learned...
1 - Wear comfy shoes!
2 - Bring a jacket or sweater, conference rooms are always chilly
3 - Everyone takes notes on laptops now. So much easier than trying to catch everything writing
4 - Carry lots of business cards!
5 - Dress to impress! You're representing your company and brand, so put your best foot forward
6 - Carry a healthy snack in your bag. Sometimes conferences don't provide or snacks, or if they do, it's cookies and you'll go into a sugar high and then low...

I can't wait to put to use all that I'm going to learn from Blogher '13. Please comment below or tweet at me (@lipglossbreak) if you'll be at the conference. I'd love to say HELLO!

Conference stylin'

Zalando dress, $61 / Rag & Bone pocket jacket / Steve Madden round toe shoes / Longchamp fold over tote / Troika card case wallet

Butter London Colour Clash

Loving Butter London's Autumn/Winter 2013 line, Colour Clash. Lots of fun, bright colors. Here's a swatch of Pimms, an opaque sunflower cremey yellow. This is going to look great during college football season...go Maize & Blue (University of Michigan alum here!).  

On a separate note, I had a blast testing out my new lightbox when taking these pictures! Thanks and props to my brother in law for making it for me!

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.

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Blushing Noir: Could the Dior 384 BONNE ETOILE 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette be the palette to splurge on for Fall 2013? See for yourself!
  • Mama Fashionista: Better late than never! Mama Fashionista's mini me shares her June Favorites!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Filled with Desire is a swoon-worthy must-have pink blush! It's truly stunning!
  • Peace Love and Glitter: Treat AND conceal dark under eye circles at the same time? There is a way, and it's fabulous.
  • BeautyTidbits : Does LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant get Harshleen’s stamp of approval?
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura gushes over the IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Glosses. They are her newest addiction.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Need a new pair of eyeglasses? Firmoo has a great selection and will send you your first pair for free.
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila tries two new Color Tattoo pigments from Maybelline - are they worth the $6,99?
  • TheFabZilla: Yet another anti-aging product! TheFabZilla tries Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-wrinkle complex. Find out if it's yay or nay.
  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor has tried a lot of products this's a video on four of her favorites!
  • The Stepford Witch: This week, the spotlight is on Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment. Read the review to find out if this product does as it claims.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out this blue glitter manicure.
  • A Little Polish: A Little Polish shows off a great way to incorporate blues and greens into a fun, trendy mani!
  • Advice Sisters: Advice Sisters' new website called leather and lace advice offers some thoughts on dieting
  • Icy Nails: Icy Nails: Incoco Real Nail Polish Appliques in On the Edge. Fun and Fabulous!
  • Lipgloss Break: The Limited turns 50 and celebrates with Dress for Success and giveways. Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to The Limited!
  • Geniabeme: Inglot's Freedom Palette is great for travel and has great choices of shades to choose from!
  • My Highest Self: Come see Tina's swatches of the Zoya PixieDust Collection for Fall 2013! Which one is your favorite?
  • Fun Fierce Fabulous Beauty Over 50!: Find out why Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color is a summer must have item!

  • Mint Manis for Talia Joy

    Zoya Nail Polish in Josie
    Some of you may have seen or heard about Talia Joy Castellano, a star in the beauty community. Talia was a beautiful thirteen year old girl who was battling two horrible forms of cancer, neuroblastoma and preleukemia. She was also a very talented makeup artist, with YouTube channel with almost 1M subscribers. She has also appeared on Ellen DeGeneres, where she was made an honorary Cover Girl!

    Talia passed away this week but she will always be remembered as the smiling, beautiful girl that shared her love for makeup with the world.  Her last instagram post was of a teal mani, so in her memory, beauty bloggers are getting together to share mint manicures for Talia. Please share the love and repost: #MintManisForTaliaJoy & #TaliasLegacy.

    The Limited Turns 50 & Giveaway!

    The Limited is turning 50 and is celebrating it's Golden Anniversary by helping women succeed! The Limited is supporting Dress for Success, a nonprofit that offers professional clothing to help support women who are entering or re-entering the work force.

    To help raise funds for this organization, The Limited is inviting women to share their success stories and words of wisdom (both personal and professional) online at The Limited will donate $1 to Dress for Success for every entry, up to $50,000. The Limited will also be donating 30% of proceeds from a limited edition clutch and a commemorative bracelet that will debut this fall. Be sure to enter to help meet their goal!

    But that's not the end of the festivities. The Limited will also launch a social media campaign in August that will allow consumers to select the ultimate celebration dress design they would like to see in stores. They are full of surprises for their 50th Anniversary...including....a gift card giveaway on Lipgloss Break!

    Enter to win a $50 gift card to The Limited!

    Fill out the form below to win! There are also several different ways you can get extra entries: sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me & retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below. Enter up to once a day!

    This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Friday, August 16th. 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 Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup

    Catch up on your beauty news and reviews below...

  • Mama Fashionista: It's time for monthly favorites! See what Quinn of Mama Fashionista couldn't get enough of in June!

  • Beauty 101: Do you love blush? Casey from Beauty 101 does, too, and she recently found a winner in the Sleek Blush by 3 Palette!
  • TheFabZilla: Are you A BBeliever? TheFabZilla tries Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream. Is it a #BetterBB , find out.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you are delighted by Burberry Beauty, then take a look at their Summer Splash Palettes in Midday Sun No. 01 & Hot Tropic No. 02, and also Fresh Glow in Bronze- they are all STUNNING
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Stephanie tries out her first holographic manicure using new Maybelline Color Show Holographic nail polish in Mystic Green!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog has a Summer Complexion Series. This week she is talking about the Laura Mercier Undercover Pot.
  • Painted Ladies: Kat Von D Everlasting Face Shaper Blush in Heartagram has stolen Sheila's Heart.
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: Summer Bright Lips With NYX Cosmetics Round Lipsticks!
  • Beauty Professor: The Chanel Fall 2013 Collection has arrived and the Beauty Professor has three of the gorgeous cream blushes...take a peek at her review and video tutorial!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Check out Destany's June favorites!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Perlier’s Lemon Sorbet Crackling Body Water is amazing! Check out my review on this innovative beauty product.
  • BeautyTidbits: Check out the review and swatches of the new ncLA Sweet Revenge Nail Polish Collection over at BeautyTidbits.
  • Icy Nails: Icy Nails has the sweet, pink Chic From Ears to Tail from the Couture de Minnie Collection for Summer.
  • Endless Summer: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Hand & Body Lotion is a great product to add to your beauty routine in order to prepare your body for bikini season.
  • Geniabeme: See what my picks are for my drugstore Summer essentials are!
  • Fun Fierce Fabulous Beauty Over 50!: The Verseo Profile Facial Massager for $19.99 is perfect at home treatments!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out Miss L´s simple glitter manicure.
  • Beauty by Arielle: Looking to Give Some Oomph to Your Lashes? Check out Arielle's Mascara Tips & Tricks
  • My Highest Self: It's a mixed metal mani with butter LONDON!

  • IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You on QVC

    Take a break from the sun on Saturday and tune into QVC and! IT Cosmetics will be available today at a special value price! Their new collection, Your Most Beautiful You, is amazing! 

    IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You 6-pc Collection includes:
    ·         Supersize Bye Bye Under Eye®
    ·         Heavenly Luxe™ Dual Airbrush Foundation/Concealer Brush
    ·         Hello Light™ Anti-Aging Crème Luminizer
    ·         Heavenly Luxe™ Pointed Precision Complexion Brush
    ·         YBBB™ Your Brows But Better™ Brow Power Skinny Pencil
    ·         Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain

    it cosmetics luminizer
    I've become a huge fan of this line over the last 6 months. Normally my skin is really sensitive to new facial products, but I don't have a problem with IT Cosmetics. For example, normally I would never try out a creme face product, but I took a chance on Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Luminizer and really like how it blends with my skin. It doesn't look cakey and highlights nicely. The Dual Airbrush foundation brush helps to blend it in perfectly.
    This kit also comes with a Supersize Bye Bye Under Eye. This concealer is super thick and a little goes a long way, so I'm thinking this tube may last me forever! I like to use it under my eyes to cover up my dark circles. It also blends nicely. This kit comes with a brush but I actually like to use my fingers to blend it under my eyes. This can also be used as a foundation but I haven't tried it yet.

    The Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain is a one of a kind gloss. I've never seen a lip stain stay on so long. This gloss goes on super shiny with a hint of pink. When the gloss fades, it leaves behind a rosy stain that lasts throughout multiple mugs of coffee and breakfast. 

    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.

    What's in my Beach Bag? Sun Bum SPF 30!

    I definitely consider myself a 'Sun Bum' in the Michigan Spring/Summer time. My coworker always teases me because whenever the sun is out I can always be found working on our office deck. But I'm also very cautious to make sure I'm fully protected by sunscreen when outside.

    Just the name of this sun protection line had me hooked. I received a sample of Sun Bum SPF 30 Continuous Spray and the lip balms to try out. I tried them out this past weekend while out on the lake and they kept both me and husband burn free! They are a new essential for my weekend beach bag.

    The Continuous Spray sunscreen provided great coverage and made for easy application. I could even get my back covered without help! Sun Bum SPF 30 is water proof and sweat proof, paraben free, oil free and hypoallergenic. To top it off, it smells like the beach, coconut and sand. Retails for $15.99 and can be purchased online and at select retailers.

    The lip balms are great too. Normally I'm not a fan of wax based lip balms, but this one goes on smooth and doesn't dry out lips or have a thick waxy feeling to it. It's super moisturizing! All of their fun flavors (my favorite so far is Banana) contain cocoa butter, and are PABA free. Other tasty flavors include Mango, Key Lime, Coconut, Pint Guava and Pomegranate. Sun Bum lip balms are $3.99 a piece and can be purchased online. These are steal for how moisturizing and tasty they are, with the added benefit of SPF.

    Do you wear sunscreen? I hope everyone comments 'yes' below! Take my advice and wear your'll thank me later!

    Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at:
    Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at:
    Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at:
    Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at:
    This easy to use, ultra sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.
    Features / Benefits
    • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789
    • Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof
    • Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Photostable
    • Vitamin E Enriched
    - See more at:

    Ellie New Summer Splendor Collection

    So excited for Ellie's Summer Splendor collection to be released. Check out the video preview! The pink zip up top and pants look so cute! Get 20% off your purchase by using using this referral link.

    Check out my previous Ellie reviews, I'm obsessed with all of their collections!

    Clean Eating Blueberry-Raspberry Jam

    I've been on a huge fruit kick lately. I realized how cheap Costco is for buying fruit and I've been stocking up. I get 3x the amount of strawberries and blueberries at Costco for the same price of what I pay for a small amount at my local grocery store. Costco is the way to go! What we don't eat in a weekend I freeze for smoothies or parfaits for a later time.

    I normally just buy strawberries and blueberries but this past Costco visit the raspberries were calling my name. They looked so perfect!

    I've been wanting to make my own jam for awhile now. I don't buy it from the store because it contains so much sugar, and the sugar free jam, to me, tastes awful. I found recipes from two of my favorite food blogs, Oh She Glows & PaleOMG and used them both to make Blueberry-Raspberry Clean Eating Jam. Here's what I used:

    2 cups of fresh raspberries
    1 cup of frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup of all natural honey
    2 tbsp chia seeds
    2 tbsp lemon juice (or a juice from one lemon)

    1. Add blueberries to a small sauce pan over medium heat. As they defrost they will start 'popping' open, and juices will start to come out.
    2. Add raspberries, honey, and lemon juice
    3. Continue to stir and mixture should start to get thicker
    4. Add in chia seeds
    5. Stir until all fruit is broken apart. I kept mine over medium heat for about 25 minutes, and then 10 minutes over low
    6. I let it cool and then put it in my one of my grandmother's mason jars :)

    I used this jam on my toasted Ezekiel cinnamon raisin English muffins for breakfast on Saturday morning and it was delicious!

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Mama Fashionista: Are you a lip balm addict like Mama Fashionista? Quinn shares her top 10 lip balm picks!

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you love pink blush, and are crazy about a lit from within glow- then say bonjour to Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Effet Tweed in Tweed Pink No. 10- C'est Magnifique!
  • Painted Ladies: Find out about Vaseline's new Spray & Go moisturizer and enter to win a $1000 gift card to!
  • BeautyTidbits: Hitting the beach for your vacation? Check out these affordable beach bag beauty essentials to help you look your best while having fun in the sun!
  • TheFabZilla: Are you ready to age beautifully? TheFabZilla shares her experience with doctor-formulated Ageless Derma Stem Cell & Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream
  • The Stepford Witch: Find out why Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow is a must-have in your kit. Swatches included!
  • Beauty Professor: Ever wondered the best way to apply Dior Airflash Foundation? The Beauty Professor shares her approach in a comprehensive review and video tutorial!
  • My Highest Self: Check out Tina's pastel neon mani with The Wanderlust Collection from Birchbox + Color Club!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany's favorite lipstick finish is matte - she she tried out NYX Bloody Mary matte lipstick!
  • The Gloss Menagerie: Check out the new NARS Fall 2013 color collection at The Gloss Menagerie!
  • Geniabeme: Do you want volume in your hair?! You must try Rock Your Hair products!
  • Midnight Manicures: What's in your purse? Jeanie shows you whats in her purse and a neat way to organize it.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L used e.l.f. Essential Dramatic Lash Kit for the first time.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Perlier's Shower and Bath Cream Kit is amazing! Check out my review.
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a full size L'Occitane hair mask. It's so good for your hair!
  • Fun Fierce Fabulous Beauty Over 50!: Dry you nails instantly with
  • Blushing Noir: Lips can sport a wicked glow all year round with Jesse's Girl Glow Stix Lip Gloss in WICKED.