Lipgloss Break: beauty
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts

LipMonthly Review

I think it's pretty obvious that I'm obsessed with lipgloss, based solely off of the name of my site. I love trying new lip balms, glosses and lipsticks, and I'm always reading about the latest and greatest in lip products.  I recently learned about LipMonthly, which is a new monthly subscription service for lip products. How perfect does this sound?!?

For $10 a month, you'll get a curated box of lip balms, stains, lipsticks, and/or glosses. In my first box, I received the following:
- Stila lip liner in Fuchsia
- GlamNatural gloss in Poco Loco 
- Hard Candy Lip Tattoo lip gloss
- Lipology gloss 
- Ultraflesh mascara - this was a surprise!

The entire box was worth way more than $10! And each month there will be a surprise product, that may or may not be a lip product, that is included. LipMonthly will include a wide variety of brands, both popular and smaller niche brands, to bring the best assortment each month. 

If you're interested in trying it out, visit their site! They are currently running a promotion to get $5 off your first box! 

I LOVE monthly subscriptions because it allows you to try new brands that you may have never heard of before, and potentially fall in love with! Are you currently signed up for any other monthly subscription box? If so, which ones?

Giveaway Break - Bosley Hair Moisture Masque

Yesterday I posted about how much I love Bosley Moisture, you can enter to win one for yourself! 


Enter to win a Bosley Pro Hair Moisture Masque for yourself to try!

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. Make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below. Enter up to once a day to increase your chances of winning!
This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, July 13th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Bosley Moisture Masque Review

After this harsh winter I feel like I've been playing catch up taking care of my hair and skin...they've been so dry! I was on a mission to focus on my hair for the past few months, and tested out Bosley Professional Strength Healthy Hair Moisture Masque.

I love this stuff. I've been using it about 3-4 times a week. I'll first shampoo my hair, rinse, and then apply this conditioner from the roots to the ends. I like to try and let it stay on for about 5 minutes in the shower, and then I rinse it out.

I love how this moisture masque makes my hair feel. Now that it's getting humid in Michigan, I usually fear frizziness during the day, but I haven't had problems when using this. It also doesn't make my hair too soft or oily to style, and can usually still go a day without washing when using this product.

According to the site, this masque contains a 'blend of mango and shea butters, with Brazilian palm tree and avocado oils, adding rich moisture and shine.' It also includes red wine extract to help with antioxidant protection, LifeXtend complex to help nourish hair and ColorKeeper complex to help prolong and protect color. 

This masque is pretty thick, and smells really good. You can definitely tell this a salon quality product, which I love. It's like having a spa day, every day! You can find it at salons, HSN and Ulta stores, and retails for $24.95. You can find a store near you that carries Bosley by using the store finder on their site

Is your hair still recovering from the harsh winter? If so, what are you doing to help revive it?

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 - June 2

  • Slashed Beauty: Do you know how much product you end up throwing away? Find out how to use every last drop of your beauty products.
  • TheFabZilla: Find out why Kathryne from TheFabZilla is adding Givenchy Terre Exotique to her bronzer must-haves!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you love delectably scented roses and you love luxury beauty oils, then you will be delighted by the amazing By Terry Huile de Rose Nutri-Regenerating Firming-Lift Oil!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Give your face and body some extra love using the Lush Ocean Salt scrub. Check out D.G.S.Beauty's review here.
  • Geniabeme: Sleek i-Divine Supreme Shangri La Collection is super gorgeous for a date night!
  • beautyXposé: Kristin shares a first look at the Smashbox Full Exposure palette.
  • Makeup Life and Love: Get skin summer ready with Jamie in a weekend exploration of skincare featuring Tatcha Skincare.
  • daydreaming beauty: Start the summer with some color in your cheeks! Amber shows you her top blush choices for summer on daydreaming beauty!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Leelo from Beauty by Miss L reviewed cruelty free Abra Therapeutics Hydrating Cleanser.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's new sulfate-free shampoo bestie that's great for her chemically-treated hair!
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win Mary Kay CC Cream & Lash Love Mascara
  • BeautyTidbits: Lipstick lover? Lipgloss hoarder? Lipbalm addict? If you are a lippy-lover, you need to check out Lip Monthly!
  • Fluttering Lashes: Check out what's in this month's May Birchbox!! Some Sun Savvy products and more...
  • Glamorable!: Love Korean skincare? Then you should definitely check out Memebox! Glamorable is unboxing the Snail Superbox and sharing her thoughts on the products.

  • Nordstrom Event this Weekend

    Need to freshen up your look this weekend? Stop by the below Nordstrom locations for their Beauty Trend Event this weekend. Join Nordstrom Beauty for 1-on-1 consults with their beauty experts and industry insiders. You will also have access to free deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supplies last). Best part, admission is free! To RSVP or make special accommodations, call or stop by your nearest Nordstrom beauty counter. 

    Nordstrom Ala Moana
    1519 Kapiolani Blvd.
    Honolulu, HI 96814

    Nordstrom Alterwood
    3000 184th St. SW
    Lynnwood, WA 98037

    Nordstrom Arden Fair
    1689 Arden Way
    Sacramento, CA 95815

    Nordstrom Beachwood Place
    26200 Cedar Road
    Beachwood, OH 44122

    Nordstrom Burlington
    75 Middlesex Turnpike
    Burlington, MA 01803

    Nordstrom Northpark
    8687 N. Central Expy #2000
    Dallas, TX 75225

    Nordstrom Patridge Creek
    17310 Hall Rd.
    Charter Township of Clinton, MI 48038

    Nordstrom Pentagon City
    1400 S Hayes St.
    Arlington, VA 22202

    Nordstrom South Coast
    3333 Bristol Street
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    MAC Osbournes Collection

    Sharon & Kelly Osbourne have teamed up with MAC to create a vibrant selection of statement hues for eyes, lips and face. The 2 part collection is in limited-edition packaging inspired by the duo's signature red & violet color palettes. Look how beautiful they are! 

    Kelly Osbourne MAC Collection
    Kelly Osbourne MAC Collection 
    Sharon Osbourne's MAC collection
    Sharon Osbourne's collection

    2014 CEW Beauty Award Winners

    Below are the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) 2014 Beauty Award winners. If you're looking to try a new product, here's a great place to start!

    A full list of winners can be found below and online at

    The 2014 CEW Beauty Awards winners are:

    Bath and Body Mass
    Vaseline® - Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture

    Bath and Body Prestige
    Shiseido Cosmetics America - Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

    Acne Treatment
    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ - One Step Acne Eliminating Pads

    Anti-Aging Mass
    L'Oréal Paris - Revitalift Miracle Blur

    Anti-Aging Prestige

    Clé de Peau Beauté - Le Sérum

    Cleanser & Scrub
    Yes to Grapefruit - Brightening Facial Towelettes

    Eye Treatment Mass
    Vichy - Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

    Eye Treatment Prestige
    GLAMGLOW Inc. - Brightmud Eye Treatment

    Lip Treatment
    Fresh - Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

    Moisturizer Mass
    L'Oréal Paris - Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil

    Moisturizer Prestige
    Josie Maran Cosmetics - 100% Pure Argan Oil Light

    Hair Care Product
    Kérastase - Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate

    Hair Coloring Product
    Color Wow - Root Cover Up

    Hair Styling Product
    Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day (PHD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

    Eye Product Mass
    L'Oréal Paris - Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

    Eye Product Prestige
    Dior - Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

    Face Product Mass
    Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo

    Face Product Prestige
    bareMinerals - Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette

    Lip Product Mass

    Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour

    Lip Product Prestige
    Clé de Peau Beauté - Extra Rich Lipstick

    Lab Series Skincare for Men - Pro LS All-in-one Face Treatment

    Dior - Nail Glow

    Men's Scent
    Ralph Lauren Fragrances - Polo Red

    Women's Scent Mass
    Sonia Kashuk for Target® - Eau De Toilette in Pink Innocencia

    Women's Scent Prestige
    Coty Prestige - Honey Marc Jacobs



    Maybelline New York – Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

    Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

    Maybelline New York - Great Lash Mascara

    YSL Beaute - Touche Éclat

    L'Oréal Paris - Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

    Estée Lauder - Modern Muse Eau de Parfum

    Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Actives

    TRIA Beauty, Inc. - Age-defying Laser

    La Roche-Posay - Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid

    Belli Pregnancy Products Review

    When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately started doing research on beauty products and ingredients that are safe to use during pregnancy. I turned to my fellow beauty bloggers at the Beauty Blogger Coalition for advice, as well as baby sites such as Baby Center. 

    There are several lines out there that are safe to use during pregnancy, and some that are dedicated to mothers and moms-to-be. The first line I tested out as a newly pregnant woman is Belli, appropriately named to pamper us ladies with growing bellies :) I was fortunate to try Belli Skincare's Fresh Start Treatment Scrub, Stretchmark Minimizing Cream and Sheer Treatment Lip Balm. 

    This gentle exfoliate can be used on face or body, but I have just tested it out on my body. It's considered a micro scrub, which isn't very abrasive. You can't even see the exfoliate beads in the cream, they are so small. It features antioxidant-rich ginseng and green tea, as well as aromatherapy benefits of peppermint oil, which gently tingles when you massage it on, and leaves a light, refreshing smell after it's rinsed off.  Other benefits and features include:
     - Free of teratogens (ingredients linked to birth defects) and OB/GYN recommended
     - LactMed screened to avoid ingredients that may be harmful if passed through in a mother's breast milk. It's safe to use while breastfeeding.
     - Allergy tested. Free of parabens, BPA, phthalates and artificial dyes

    I've been using this 2-3 times a week on my belly, and about once a week on my legs. I use it on my legs to prep for shaving (remember, it's gentle!) and on my belly to prime my skin for the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream. A 6.5 oz tube retails for $24 at Buy Buy Baby or Ulta.

    Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream

    This cream is suppose to be used to treat existing stretch marks, but since I started to use this when I was newly pregnant, I've been using it on my belly to hopefully help prevent marks. This cream contains ingredients scientifically proven to visibly reduce the appearance of stretchmark depth and length. Key ingredients include ginseng (similar to the treatment scrub) to even out skin tone and avocado oil to soften and moisturize. 

    I've been using this every day after showering. The directions advise to apply twice daily for four weeks, and then use once daily until desired results are achieved. A 6.5 oz tube retails for $49. 

    Sheer Comfort Lip Balm
    If you follow my blog, you know I'm obsessed with lip balm. I keep one in every area of my life, in every purse, in every pocket. This balm is a hypoallergenic lanolin balm that relives dry lips. It contains the highest medial grade, ultra-purified lanolin oil, and nothing else. It goes on super smooth and is really shiny. I feel like it brings out the color in my lips along with glossiness. I love the slanted applicator and how long it lasts. Definitely one of the top balms I've ever tested out. 

    This balm has been highly tested to ensure safety of use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A 0.3 oz tube retails for $12. 

    Overall I was extremely impressed with this line. It will also hold a special place in my heart since it was the first pregnancy line I tried out :) It's nice having the peace of mind knowing that the products I'm putting on my skin are safe for my baby. The Belli slogan is "Expect Beautiful Skin. Enjoy Peace of Mind, " which is so true. Just because I'm pregnant, doesn't mean my skincare routine has to suffer. If anything, I should be pampering myself more, which I will do with additional Belli products!

    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.

    'Signature Straight' Hair Style Tutorial with John Frieda Frizz Ease

    Finally - it's 80 degrees out! Well, technically not yet, but the forecast for metro Detroit today says 80 degrees, so I'm pretty excited. I'm a girl who loves the hot weather. I don't worry about humidity because I know I have the right hair products to ensure a good hair day no matter what the weather is!

    Not just for the humid weather, but year round, I turn to John Frieda's Frizz Ease products to tame fly-aways and keep my hair from frizzing. One essential product for me is John Frieda's Straight Fixation styling cream. I use this daily to get my 'signature straight' hair style. Here are the steps I take to get this look:

    Tools and products I use:
     - round brush 
     - clip(s)
     - comb
     - hair dryer 
     - flat iron
     - Straight Fixation styling cream
    1 - Comb through clean hair with wide tooth comb and part your hair where it usually falls or off to the side. 
    2 - Apply a dime size amount of Frizz Ease Straight Fixation to your hair and evenly distribute with a comb (use more or less depending on the thickness and length of hair)
    3 - Divide your hair into sections with your clip(s) (I usually start with one side and section into 3 parts at a time)
    4 - Use hair dryer and round brush to blow dry each section at a time. I use my brush to roll my hair straight out, away from my face, and then under, making sure the hair dryer stays pointed at the round brush and hair until the very end, so the ends are straight.
    5 - After all the sections are done, I like to take the front chunk of my hair, on both sides of my part (maybe still a little damp), and blow dry it forward, and then re-part it. My hair dresser gave me this trick. It helps to give lift and body to the front portion of my hair, so it doesn't lay flat against my forehead. 
    6 - When my hair is completely dry I go through the sections again (without clipping) with my flat iron. I don't use a very hot iron. I usually set my temperature to around 250-300 degrees. 
    7 - Voila! My 'signature straight' hair style. 

    Now that summer is creeping up, everyone should be armed with Frizz Ease products to help fight the humidity and frizz! Just because it’s summer it doesn’t mean you can’t wear your hair down and proud! Show off your fierce hairstyles on Instagram with the  #downfor30 hashtag for the chance to win an EPIC NYC adventure. Each post with the #downfor30 & #sweeps hashtag (up to one a day) earns you a chance to win.

    The amazing prize package includes the following:
    • Round trip airfare for two (2) to NYC
    • Four (4) nights at the W Hotel Times Square
    • Breathtaking helicopter tour of Lady Liberty, whose newly-liberated locks are featured in our video: A Girl's Got to Be Free
    • Ground transportation via private sedan
    • Dinner at Stella 34 Trattoria with views of the Empire State Building
    • Brunch cruise for two (2) around Manhattan
    • Garment District Diva Trek for two (2)
    • Makeover at the John Frieda Salon
    • $750 cash to fund all your fun
    • A year of Frizz Ease® products so you can keep putting your fiercest hair forward

    You can find more details about this contest, as well as down style inspirations, at Good luck!

    Frizz-Ease believes that when you pull your hair back, you also pull yourself back. So we're challenging women everywhere to take on the world hair-first and wear their hair #downfor30 days straight with the help their favorite Frizz-Ease products. Join the movement at

    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by KAO via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of KAO.

    NARS at the 2014 Met Gala

    I love looking at the dresses from the Met Gala. If only I could be a fly on the wall at the actual event!

    Two beautiful stars looked fabulous wearing NARS this year. Here are the details from their look....

    NARS worked with celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez to create SJP's look for the Met. "Her makeup look is a modern version of something we'd see from the 1950s," says Lopez. Here are the products she used to achieve this look:
     - Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (new for summer 2014)

    NARS worked with celebrity artist Benjamin Puckey to create Solange's look. After seeing her dress, Benjamin decided that her focus should be her eyes. Here are the products he used:
     - Subra Dual - Intensity Eyeshadow (new for Summer 2014)

    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - May 3

  • Glamorable!: Need some Mother's Day gift ideas? Anastasia shares her top picks for every budget!
  • TheFabZilla: Do you like rose-scented products? Lippy lover Kathryne from TheFabZilla reviews Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose in Crimson. Love or leave? Find out.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 6 is the perfect mauve beige nude that is simply gorgeous!
  • My Highest Self: In need of a new acne spot treatment? Read Tina's review of the new Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector!
  • Slashed Beauty: Have you wanted to try your hand at nail art, but don't have the tools? Find out how to use a bobby pin to create a dotticure!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Check out D.G.S.Beauty's swatches and reviews of three nail polishes from Trind Cosmetic's Spring/Summer Collection “Beauty and the Beach.”
  • I Know all the Words: Does Sally Hansen Gel Polish really last for two weeks? Bailey put it to the test.
  • Geniabeme: Corals and Peach lippies are in this season! Come see my picks for this season!
  • My Newest Addiction: Laura from my newest addiction tells us how Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over! keeps her looking fresh and fabulous with no sleep required!
  • Makeup Life and Love: Ever heard of powder before foundation? Jamie shows us a helpful tip to keep foundation locked in place all day long.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Very simple nail art for short nails.
  • Spontaneous Chick: Head to Spontaneous Chick to read her Moroccan Hammam Review and enter to win your very own full sized kit.
  • Advice Sisters Beauty Fashion and Lifestyle Web Site: Who doesn't love pro-style products at peanut budget prices?
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Enter to win NeoCell Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid Supplements & Beauty Bursts, great for healthy skin and joints
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a set of Epic Blend Lip Balms - Vegan & Gluten Free!
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for a luxurious gift idea for Mother's day? Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Serum makes a delightfully decadent skincare treat!
  • Citizens of Beauty: Pamper your skin with a DIY Papaya Enzyme mask and scrub!
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Stephanie is loving her POPSUGAR Must Have NatureBox snacks! Find out how you can get this box for 50% off.