Lipgloss Break: October 2013
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Purple Nail Polish 'Dupes'

This is probably my 5th time saying  this...but I love Fall for the change up in nail polish colors! I love deep, dark hues on my fingers, and it just doesn't feel right unless it's chilly outside!

I was organzing my polishes over the weekend and found several very similar bottles, so I'm going to start swatching and posting the duplicates, or 'dupes.' Here's the first set!
purple nail polish
Both brands are a beautiful purplish magenta color, nice and rich for Fall. It's a bright color that  pops, but definitely not too loud. I think it's work appropriate - I wore it to a client meeting today!

Zoya in Mason had slightly more shimmer to it, but once I put a top coat on each, they both looked the same. I had to keep reminding myself which brand I used on each hand! 

Do you have any dupes in your collection? If so, which ones?

POPSUGAR Must Have Box

I love the idea of monthly subscription boxes. I first started seeing these a few years back, with a fewer smaller beauty companies. Now, it seems like there is a subscription box for, jewelry, healthy snacks, home decor and more! I've tried a few different subscription services out before and I always seem to get something that I wouldn't have purchased for myself, but end up loving!

POPSUGAR's Must Have box is my new favorite. It has a little bit of everything in it each month. All full size products, and a great assortment of new products. September's was filled with an assortment of good stuff, starting from top center and going clockwise...
Must Have Home
Barr-Co. Original Scent Reed Diffuser - This scent is amazing and it goes with any type of decor. I put it in my bathroom and it still smells amazing.

Must Have Fashion
P.S. - You're Invited by Erica Domesek - This book is so cool. So many ideas for DIY fashion projects that seem easy enough that even I could do them! This is a great idea for a hostess gift!

Must Have Home
Rifle Paper Co. Coaster Set - It's fun to set out pretty coasters when entertaining! They make a nice touch to any coffee table.

Must Have Fitness
Sharkies Energy Bites - All organic energy bites, great for pre-workout snack.

Must Have Food
That's It. Bar - Super clean and healthy. Pure fruit!

Must Have Beauty
Kitsch Headbands - They couldn't have picked a better gift for me. I live in these headbands on the weekends and during workouts. These came with fun, bright colors.

Must Have Fashion
Shoptiques $25 gift card - (not pictured) Shoptiques is a markeptlace where you can shop amazing boutiques from all around the world in one place.

This box, in my opinion, is the perfect gift for the girl who is hard to shop for or the girl that 'has it all.' Housewarming for the new send's perfect! There is something in each box for everyone. You can see what's in past boxes here. The Must Have subscription is $35/month, and discounted if you buy 3, 6, or  year at a time.

Do you belong to any monthly subscription services? Please tell me in the comments below!

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup

 Here's a week's worth of beauty posts from top beauty bloggers...enjoy!
  • Blushing Noir: RiRi Hearts MAC Fall 2013 quad in Her Cocoa
  • Mama Fashionista: Quinn shares some wonderfully decadent new moisturizers from L'Occitane!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Guerlain lovers rejoice: The Emilio Pucci Terra Azzura Bronzing Powder and Blush are perfection with the Place de Vendôme Eyeshadow Palette!
  • TheFabZilla: Enter to win haircare products from Taya Amazon White Clay Thickening Collection worth $182+.Open international.
  • Painted Ladies: Long, fluttery lashes for $8? Sheila is sold on L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara!
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Stephanie swatches & reviews one of the new Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms in the shade Whimsical!
  • My Highest Self: Lost and Found! See which limited edition lip gloss Tina found after losing it for a whole year!
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win SinfulColors Leather Luxe nail polish collection for Fall. The line is filled with deep, bold colors for Fall!
  • Glamorable!: Patriotic nails don't always have to be Red, White and Blue. Check out these swatches of Bondi Lady Liberty - an iconic shade inspired by an iconic landmark!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L? simple Halloween manicure
  • daydreaming beauty: A fabulous mascara that actually keeps your lashes curled? I reviewed CoverGirl Flamed Up Mascara this week!
  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda takes you through the essential makeup brushes every beginner needs!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Sleek MakeUP Pout Paints are amazing! Check out my review and swatches.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : Giveaway!!! Are you a beauty box lover who likes to support good causes? Be sure to enter Pammy Blogs Beauty's contest for a Total Beauty Collection Pink Embrace box!
  • Beauty Professor: The Jouer Holiday 2013 Collection is full of lush red lip color and the Beauty Professor has swatches of every stunning shade!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion & LIfestyle WebSite: There is never an excuse to have a bad hair day!
  • BeautyTidbits: Harshleen gives you a sneak peek into the exclusive Total Beauty Collection for HSN - Sampling box of 9 best selling beauty products for just $20!

  • Clean Eating Apple Pecan Protein Bar Recipe

    Last weekend we went to the apple orchard with my husband's family. It was a beautiful day and the orchard was packed! I asked my husband to buy the smallest bag for apples. So what does he get? A full bushel!

    Now I have a bushel of apples that I need to use in a week or two. The first place I turn for recipes? Pinterest! I found a Clean Eating Apple Cinnamon Raisin Pecan Protein bar recipe on Far Cleaner Life and made a few changes to create my own bars. Ingredients are as follows:

    3 scoops of whey protein (I used 2 scoops of chocolate and 1 scoop of vanilla)
    1.5 cups rolled oats
    1 medium apple, cored and chopped into small pieces
    1/2 cup of pecans, chopped
    1/2 can of 100% pure pumpkin (make sure no preservatives have been added)
    1/2 cup of natural unsweetened applesauce
    3 egg whites
    4 Tbsp of ground flax
    1 Tbsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1/4 tsp allspice

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    2. Combine all ingredients into a medium size bowl and mix well
    3. Grease 8x8 baking dish (I used coconut oil) and pour mixture into dish and spread evenly
    4. Bake for 20-25 minutes
    5. Let cool, cut and serve! You can wrap bars in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for later.

    These turned out delicious. 1/2 can of pumpkin is just enough pumpkin flavor (any more than that can be a bit over bearing). I love these types of bars for traveling or a quick breakfast with coffee in the morning.

    What's your favorite apple recipe? Please share below in the comments...I have a whole bushel left to go through!

    Shopping Sales

    Forget Black Friday, a lot of stores are having their sales early. Check out these epic sales from our favorite department stores...

    Neiman Marcus - Gift card event! Shop and you shall receive gift cards. Use BESTGC at checkout - Ends today!

    Lord & Taylor - Friends & Family sale time! Get an extra 25% off almost everything, and 10% off cosmetics and fragrances. Use promo code: FRIENDS.

    Bloomingdale's - Fashion Smash event, extra points on shopping which leads to reward cards! You have to be a loyalist, but you can sign up online if you're not.

    Giveaway Break - SinfulColors Leather Luxe Collection

    I've done several posts and sent several tweets about my love for dark nail polish in the Fall. So you can only imagine my excitement when I laid eyes on SinfulColors new line, Leather Luxe Collection, with tons of rich, bold colors!

    This line dries to a matte finish, which is fun and different. Below is a swatch of Cold Leather, which is a deep blue matte, kind of like a deep blue jean color. Pictured is a base with two coats (no top coat because I wanted to keep it matte).
    The full line includes:
    Laced Up: enthralling orange
    Leather Loose: safari sinful brown
    Whipped: beguiling black
    Get It On: bravely berry
    Strapped: scintillating seafoam
    My Turn: stunning steel
    Cold Leather: enchanting night sky
    Best part? These polishes are only $1.99, exclusively at Walgreens. The only thing better is winning a full collection from Lipgloss Break!

    Enter to win a full set of SinfulColors Leather Luxe Collection. SinfulColors is offering a full set to 2 winners!
    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, add me to one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook. Also be sure to follow SinfulColors on both Facebook and Twitter. 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, November 22nd. I will randomly select TWO winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck! 

    About Time...

    I’m really excited for About Time - A film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral. It's already getting rave reviews. Critics are already calling it ‘the first must see movie of the fall.’ 

    About Time centers around a young man who has the ability to travel back in time and relive any moments from his life. But instead of making every moment perfect, he learns that life and love are most extraordinary when you embrace all of their imperfections. Check out the preview below...


    The premise of this movie really makes me think about what I would change in my life, and in all honestly, I don’t think I’d change a thing even if I had the power to. All of my life changing moments have made me a stronger person. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for reason...  
    In About Time, Tim meets Mary, and it’s a game changer for him. Similarly, I associate my life-changing moment the night I met my husband. I believe everything happens for a reason, and fate has a funny way of working itself out into our lives. My husband and I lived an hour away from each other but yet, still ended up meeting one night in a city that neither of us lived in, and from then on we were soul mates. My husband compliments me perfectly, and makes me want to be a better person each day. He encourages me when I feel like I can’t go on, and who I go to for comfort.

    About Time comes out November 8th. Are you going to see this movie? If so, are you going to go with friends or a significant other? I think I might make this a date night movie. Let me know your review in the comments below!

    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.

    Shopping for a Cure

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and tons of brands are showing their support and generosity by donating proceeds from special items to Breast Cancer research groups and funds.  Below are a few brands and stores that are carrying specific items to help support this cause... - Perfect for travel! Sonia Kashuk is a makeup artist and a breast cancer survivor. 15% of the purchase price benefits the Breast Cancer Research Fund. - Avon is donating more than $6 from each Crusade Sock and Foot Works Overnight Treatment

     Tinte Cosmetics - For the month of October, 40% of the proceeds from the Blushed Beauty Matchbook Kit,Nikki Pink Shimmering Face Pearl, Double Bubble Flavored Lip Shine, Bubble Flavored Lip Color, & Pink Shimmer and Shine Box will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. - OPI Pink of Hearts was created exclusively for Susan G. omen for the Cure. OPI Will be donating $25K to the charity. - A soothing paraben and preservative-free lip balm. One dollar from each sale goes to the Young Survival Coalition. 

    Dr. Brandt Skincare - In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dr. brandt skincare will donate a portion of the proceeds from any GLOW, DNA or XYY online purchases from October 1st through 31st. Simply pick up one of these breakthrough anti-aging products on during the month of October and you’ll be helping to support breast cancer awareness.

    Mama Mio - Mama Mio is supporting the cause by donating $1 for every bottle of Boob Tube sold in the US to Look Good Feel Better, the cancer support charity that helps women manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment. - Shop specific 'Pink' items and get 10% off, while they will donate 5% to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Use promo code 'PINK' at checkout. All eligible items can be found here

    *Post may contain affiliate links via

    Sephora Gift Card Giveaway

    Happy Monday! Arielle over at Beauty by Arielle is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her blog's 2nd anniversary. It starts today and ends October 21st. The prize is a good one...a $100 gift certificate to Sephora! Enter below!
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    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Blushing Noir: OPI Supports Breast Cancer Awareness for the Seventh Year in a Row! See Pink of Hearts 2013 here!

  • Mama Fashionista: When you go check out Quinn's September Favorites, make sure to leave a comment and tell her yours!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Given that the season is changing, it is time to switch what we carry in our makeup bags. Can you guess what's inside Lola's Secret Beauty Bag?
  • TheFabZilla: Give your hair royal treatment. Win full-size bottle of Arganesse hair treatment oil, a $120 value! Open international.
  • Painted Ladies: Glitter lovers rejoice! e.l.f. Cosmetics Glitter Primer is a $2 bargain must have!
  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda shows you how to easily transform into a mermaid for Halloween!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: My hair is LOVE the nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin Daily Care Collection
  • In Her Makeup Bag: See what budget makeup products made it into Stephanie's "5 under $5" post!
  • BeautyTidbits: Check out the review and swatches of the new PureMoist Lipsticks from jane iredale.
  • A Little Polish: With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Stephanie share with us a pink skittle mani to show her support!
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : It is Giveaway time again!!! Visit Pammy Blogs Beauty for a chance to win 3 amazing items from Emani Cosmetics: their new HD Concealer, an eyeshadow trio, and a blush!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty?Fashion/Lifestyle Website: Can you justify $50.00 for an eye shadow palette? Yes, if it's Sensai by Kanebo
  • Lipgloss Break: MAC Cosmetics Paint Pots stay on all day - check out my review!
  • My Highest Self: Tina reviews L'Oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder, see the before and after photos!

  • MAC Cosmetics Paint Pots

    My new makeup go to product in the morning is MAC Cosmetic's Pro Longwear Paint Pot. I bought it more for the color, and not because the MAC rep told me it would stay on all day. 

    mac cosmetics paint pot
    I was a skeptic at first. I've never had good luck with eye shadow staying on without a proper primer. Well, there's a first for everything! I've never had a shadow last this long. No primer needed. From 7am to 7pm, a full days work, this stayed on. 

    My go to eye make up for the past few weeks has been Paint Pot in Rubenesque, black liner, and mascara. Super easy for early mornings when I need to get to work quickly and for traveling. I've been using a shadow brush to apply Paint Pot to my lids. It goes on super smooth and even. 
    mac cosmetics paint pot
    On my wishlist: Paint Pots in Let's Skate (pinkish pearl), Camel Coat (muted beige) and Painterly (nude beige). I love how versatile the nudes are. You can wear them alone during the day, and you can play them up with liner for night. You can also use these along with other shadows as a base shadow. These retail for $20 a pot. It's a little pricey, but you pay for the quality of product. I've been using mine for the past month, every day, and have barely made a dent in the pot. A little goes a long way! Purchase at or

    Have you ever tried Paint Pots? If so, what did you think? What's your favorite MAC Cosmetic product? Please share!

    Ellie Malta Capri pants

    I heart new workout clothes. It motivates me to go to the gym! My new favorite workout pants are from The Malta Capri pants, from their Bon Voyage collection, are ridiculously cute and unique. One of the coaches at my gym said, 'they look pants from the future!'

    These pants are so different, you're bound to be the only person wearing them at the gym. Hitting mid shin, these grey capris have a fuchsia band across the top and fuchsia straps at the bottom of each leg. There's also the added convenience as hidden inside pocket for a credit card, cash or a key. I was a little worried about how these would wash, but after 3-4 washings they remain just like new.

    Early morning Divvy bike ride in Chicago

    Early morning run in Chicago

    ellie fitness
    Fall walk in Michigan to check out the changing leaves
     Additional info from for the Malta Capri pants...

    • Moisture wicking pre shrunk fabric
    • UPF 50+ protection
    • Open side detail, contrast waistband 
    • Natural waist, hidden pocket inside waistband
    • Designed for running, yoga, outdoors 
    • Material – Eclon, Supplex contrast
    Ellie releases a fashionable new line of workout gear each month. October is themed Lightspeed and is releasing today! 

    Have you tried Ellie gear out yet? If so, which pieces? What did you think?

    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.

    Clean Eating Apple Crisp Recipe

    As much as I love Summer, as soon as October hits, I'm all in for Fall. Bring out the tights, bold nail colors, and cider mills. Last year we went to the orchards in Long Island and it was SO MUCH FUN. We brought back two huge bags of apples and I made a large bowl of apple sauce. But after one serving of it, as good as it was, I was kind of over it. So when my neighbor dropped off a bag of apples from a Michigan orchard, I hit the interwebs and researched some clean eating recipes.

    Apple Crisp it is! I found several clean recipes but many still called for butter and brown sugar. I found this recipe on The Slender Grapefruit that looked good, and did my own variation.

    Here's what I used:

    7 small green apples
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1/2 cup natural honey
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp nutmeg
    3/4 cups oats
    1/4 cup slivered almonds
    1/2 cup granola (I used Nature's Path Organic Coconut Chia Granola from Costco)
    2 tbs of ground flax
    1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Wash and chop up apples into cubes, toss with vanilla extract, and set aside
    3. Mix honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside
    4. Mix oats, almonds, granola, ground flax and Greek yogurt in separate bowl
    5. Spread apples in a 9x13 banking dish.
    6. Coat with honey mixture, and then top with oat mixture. Cover apples evenly.
    7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until apples are soft

    I served this over a little bit of Greek yogurt, instead of the usual ice cream that comes with crisp. Just keeping it clean! This got rave reviews from my husband and brother in law.

    What are your favorite 'apple' recipes? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! Please share!

    Jessica Cosmetics A Night at the Opera

    One of my favorite things about Fall is deep, dark nail colors! Here are swatches from Jessica Cosmetics A Night at the Opera collection. Details on the shades are below from 

    Velvet & Pearls - a brand new definition of black
    Opening Night - a debut-worthy fuchsia (similar to Zoya's Mason)
    Standing Ovation - a green guaranteed to get glowing notices (I will be sporting this for St. Patty's Day for sure)
    Overture - the start of something big in iridescent copper (fun to wear with neutrals)
    Blue Aria - an unforgettable song in cobalt (Love the name! This is a dark blue. Looks black in most lights)
    Prima Donna - a violet celebration of the inner diva (fun purple for fall!)

    I'm a huge fan of Jessica Cosmetics nail polishes. This line is perfect for the Fall we're having in Michigan. It's 80 degrees! But I can still get away with wearing some of these colors (Prima Donna, Opening Night, and Standing Ovation) since they aren't too dark, and could pass for a Spring/Summer shade.

    What colors are you wearing on your nails this Fall?

    Friday Favorites

    This is a style themed Friday Favorites. I usually keep an eye open for fun styles that I can wear to work and transition to night. I normally don't buy stuff that I can't wear to my office (we have a casual dress code, but I usually dress business casual). The past few weeks I've found some really great Fall pieces from H&M, and at Marshalls that are work and date night friendly :)
    Top: H&M, Pants: Blank NYC, Necklace:, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for, Shoes: Franco Sarto from
    Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim from, Jeans: DL1961, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for, Necklace:

    Normally I'm not a Target clothes shopper (they usually fit me weird) but I've been super impressed by their designer partnerships to date. Phillip Lim has been the best one yet!

     Dress: Marshalls, Jacket: boutique in Chicago, Shoes: DSW Nine West, Necklace: Francesca's
     Dress: Marshalls (old!), Jacket: boutique in Chicago, Necklace: RocksBox, Shoes: Marshall's Aerosoles (extremely comfortable!)
    Dress: Vince Camuto from Marshalls, Shoes: Aerosoles from Marshalls

    I'm a huge Marshalls fan. I find the cutest dresses, tops and shoes there. I'm kind of obsessed with my new beige suede booties from Marshalls. Because they are Aerosoles and have extra padding inside, they are super comfortable, even with the heel. I have been wearing them with both jeans and dresses.

    Where are your favorite places to shop for work and weekend clothes? Please share in the comments!

    NARS Bold Lip Tutorial

    Want to rock a bold lip this Fall? Check out this video tutorial by NARS head makeup artist, Cindy Rodriquez. All products used are inspired by Guy Bourdin's Holiday collection. Details on the collection coming soon!

    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Mama Fashionista: Get some celebrity endorsed swag AND contribute to a worthy charity! Quinn tells you how to give back with Burt's Bees.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes in Fresh Pink & Pink Plum and not only gorgeous, but they are also so much fun to use!
  • BeautyTidbits: Pamper your pout with Savannah Bee Beeswax lip glosses - all natural & deliciously glossy with a beautiful color payoff!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila has found her newest favorite copper eyeshadow - it's Vegas Lights pigment by Makeup Geek.
  • My Highest Self: Tina reviews Shower Steamers from Fortune Cookie Soap!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Curious about the Ageless Derma Anti Wrinkle Cream? Check out D.G.S.Beauty's review here.
  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda lets us peek into the 2013 Emmys Gift Bag that all the stars took home!
  • TheFabZilla: What exactly causes dark under eye circles? How do you conceal 'em? TheFabZilla shares how.
  • A Little Polish: Looking for the perfect vampy nail color for fall? Check out Stephanie's review of OPI's Muir Muir on the Wall
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : Have you scoped out any new Fall beauty collections? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her favorite Fall beauty items from Target!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Perfect fall manicure.
  • Peace Love and Glitter: A color bomb explosion for your lips!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty?Fashion/Lifestyle Website: It's pricey, and precious, feminine, and seductive --Juicy Jasmine by Krigler, that is!