Lipgloss Break

National Donate Your Hair Day

Pantene and Seventeen Magazine have teamed up to host the first-ever National Donate Your Hair Day on April 27, benefiting the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. This will be the first annual day of giving where people nationwide are encouraged to cut and donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.


Created in 2006, Pantene Beautiful Lengths inspires people to grow, cut and donate their healthy hair to create free, real-hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.  To date, Pantene Beautiful Lengths has received more than 311,000 hair donations from generous men, women, and children and more than 18,000 real-hair wigs have been provided to female cancer patients.  

In celebration of the inaugural National Donate Your Hair Day, Pantene and Seventeen Magazine will host an event on April 27 at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. Pantene Celebrity Hair Stylist Danilo will also be at the salon to support the hair donors and lend his voice to the program. 

Find out more about the program and participating salons at: http://beautifullengths.wordpress.com/national-donate-your-hair-day/



Giveaway Break - Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bags for Playtex

Playtex Gentle Glide Feminine Care has partnered with cosmetic and jewelry bag designer Stephanie Johnson to create Stephanie Johnson Exclusive Cosmetic Bags for the Playtex Brand. This is a limited edition collection that is being offered to loyal Playtex users via mail in program.

Stephanie Johnson designed these bags with today's modern woman in mind, along with the fun pops of colors on the Playtex Sport and Gentle Glide boxes. These are super cute bags - a must for traveling or for your gym bag!

Stephanie Johnson's colorful and unique collections have become a celebrity favorite, but it's her actions as an empowered woman that really sparked this collaboration. "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be in fashion, but my life took me in another direction" says Stephanie. She left her job as a marketing executive to pursue her dream of launching her own fashion company. Says Stephanie, "I couldn't be happier!"

Believe in yourself and in your dreams - powerful women will go far!

Now through August 30th, Playtex Gentle Glide and Playtex Sport brand tampon users who mail in two specially marked packages of Playtex will receive an exclusive Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bag worth $45. This is a ridiculous good deal and I highly suggest taking advantage of it! Or...you can try to win this from Lipgloss Break!


***Giveaway***

Enter to win a Stephanie Johnson Playtex Cosmetic Bag!

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!

For an extra entry, tell me about your empowerment moment...the moment you took control of your life and did what you love!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Thursday, May 10th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Beautiful Change Challenge #3 - Spring Cleaning





 





It’s getting warmer out and it’s officially Spring…yay! It’s the time of year for the ‘grand switch.’ This is what I call swapping out Winter clothes and Summer clothes in our drawers and closets. I have a few huge Tupperware containers that I keep all of our off season clothes in, and when the seasons change we swap out what’s in our closets for what was in storage. I store the containers in my basement until the next season.


Here are some ideas for Spring cleaning season:
  • If you didn’t wear it last year, you won’t wear it this year.  Donate clothes, shoes and accessories to Purple Heart or the Salvation Army. Make room for new trends in your closet
  • Having a bag ready for Purple Heart also encourages (and challenges) me to find other household items I’m not using any longer. I usually leave the bag(s) out for one week before scheduling a pick up.  I’m always finding stuff I can get rid of it and help unclutter my home.
  • Find a consignment shop near you for clothes that are ‘like new.’ If you have gently used clothes that you’re not going to wear again, try bringing them to a consignment shop. Consignment shops usually take in season clothes that are only gently warn (no deodorant stains, holes or visible wear). If they take on your items, you get a cut of what they sell for (I think 50% is normal). Extra cash for shopping trips!
  •  It’s garage sale season! I’ve never hosted one, but I’ve always gone in on friends’. This year, I’m joining forces with my neighbor to offload some household items we don’t use anymore.

If you find yourself giving a lot of clothes away, maybe because they were last year’s trends, then it’s important to think about this during your next shopping trends. I love joining in on new trends, but if a trend is very extreme (example, neon colors) then you most likely won’t want to wear that the next year. So to cut down on what you get rid of next year, try maybe adding accessory trends to your wardrobe, which are usually less expensive (Forever 21 and H&M are great for this) or pieces that aren’t extreme in trendiness (for example, color blocking with more neutral colors will carry over to other seasons).

What are your Spring cleaning tips? Please do share!



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


Country Music Awards Glam

Are you a country music fan? Too Faced Cosmetics is! Learn how to get Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert's Country Music Award looks!


Here's how to get Carrie Underwood's look:  

Eyes: Make smoldering eyes easy with Too Faced Smokey Eye Eyeshadow Collection, $36, TooFaced.com.

Lips: Compliment a smokey eye with pinky-nude Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Barely Legal, $19, TooFaced.com.

Skin: Get a bronze bod without the fake-bake like Carrie with Too Faced Royal Oil Coconut Oil Body Bronzer, $35, TooFaced.com.


Here's how to get Miranda Lambert's look:

Eyes: Accentuate eyes with Too Faced Natural at Night Eye Palette, $36, TooFaced.com. Signature How-To Cards made it simple.

Lips: For subtle shimmer, layer Too Faced Lip of Luxury Lipstick, $20, in Totally Nude with Glamour Gloss in Plush, $19, TooFaced.com.

Face: Highlight cheekbones with Too Faced Candlelight Glow, then add a hint of color with Ultra Flush Blush in  Who’s Your Poppy, $19, TooFaced.com.


Top 10 Online Coupons for Easter

These are courtesy of FreeShipping.org. Check out the site for more great deals :)

1. 1-800-Flowers
Save 15% on flowers and baskets through April 7 with promo code BUNNY15.

2. Kohl's
Take 20% off your purchase through April 7 with Kohl's promo code SMS9717.

3. Ulta
Get $15 off orders of $75 or more and free shipping through April 28 with code AFP312.

4. Pottery Barn Kids
Save up to 40% on select Easter products through through April 8 (no code required).

5. Coldwater Creek
Get free shipping on all orders with Coldwater Creek coupon FREESHIP. Hurry as this offer ends April 5.

6. Famous Footwear
Save 15% on any order through April 8 with coupon code WEDGES15.

7. Macy's
Take an extra 30% off through April 15 when you purchase three or more pairs of shoes with code SHOES.

8. Home Depot
Get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with coupon code SPRINGBF. Hurry as this offer ends April 5.

9. Joann Fabrics
Save 40% on one regularly-priced item through April 15 with promo code AE916.

10. M&Ms
Take 15% off orders of $60 or more through April 8 with coupon code HOP.



Week in Chicago

I’m in Chicago this week for work. Any fun beauty events going on in the city I should know about?

5 things I’m loving about Chicago right now:
1) The weather is beautiful…73 degrees!
2) I’m staying at the Amalfi hotel, which is connected to my building, making my morning commute a 5 minute walk indoors instead of 30 minute car ride.
3) Walking to Forever 21 with my teammates. Nothing says team bonding like a shopping trip!
4) Comfy hotel beds and not having to make them in the morning. 
4) Aveda mini toiletries. Rosemary Mint is the best!




Giveaway Break - Eucerin Calm




***Giveaway***

Enter to win the Eucerin Calm Line, including a full size moisturizing cream, anti-itch cream and body wash! Check out my review for the Eucerin Calm line. 

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 Friday, May 4th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Eucerin Skin Calming line


If you're familiar with my blog or know me personally, you know that I have eczema. It's manageable, but sometimes it will flare up out of nowhere and I become an itchy mess. I was excited to try out Eucerin's Calm line because it's suppose to be great for those with itchy skin.

All 3 products felt so good on my skin and didn't irritate it at all.

The Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme is a gentle non-greasy formula that combines calming oatmeal and rich emollients. It's a thicker cream, but doesn't leave your skin greasy, and it soaks in really quick. My skin still felt soft 24 hours later from using this after my shower.

Eucerin Skin Calming Itch-Relieve is an external analgesic lotion for itch skin with cooling menthol and natural oatmeal.  It doesn't have a strong menthol smell, but definitely has the cooling effects. This felt good on my irritated skin, and helped me from getting itchy at night.

Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash combines soap-free cleansing with omega oils and other natural lipids. This makes a great bath soak! It's an oil-like soap that rinses clean, with no scent. I added a shot to my bath under running water and it bubbled up into a soothing bath.

If you have sensitive, dry, or itchy skin I would recommend checking this line out.


CND Shellac Layering - Asphalt and Negligee

I really like layering Shellac Negligee over the darker Shellac colors. Pictured is two layers of Asphalt and one layer of Negligee (and of course base and top coats). It has a bit of a denim look to it. Easing my way from winter to spring colors!


Beautiful Change Challenge #2 - Beauty Routine



 


Now that Summer is around the corner I want to try and tighten up my morning beauty routine. With a shorter morning regime I can get to work faster, and ultimately, leave earlier, at the end of the day, while there is still plenty of sunshine left to enjoy.

I challenge YOU to do the same, not just to shorten up your routine but to also make positive changes to your routine.

The longest part of my morning routine is my hair. It takes me about 15-20 minutes to add product, dry and style every morning. And what’s worse, is everything I do is harsh on my hair. Even though I add leave in conditioner and oils for smoothing, drying it with high heat and then using a straightening iron is really tough on hair.

So as a challenge, I’m going to try and be less harsh on my hair. Here’s how: I’m not going to wash my hair every day. I’m going to try and only wash it 5 out of 7 days of the week. On my non-wash days, I’ll use a dry shampoo to restyle.

A celebrity stylist once told me that short hair looks better the next day without a wash, and I’ve found it easy to go a day without washing. I also have best friend who has long thick hair and she can go up to 3 days without washing and using dry shampoos. So no excuses, it can be done!


Are you going to try my challenge? If so, please tell me about it in the Glam chat below. Are you going to try something else? If so, please share!



 

New AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL™ lets you renew your hair to its naturally balanced state daily. Unlike ordinary shampoos, these sulphate-free formulas have Balancing Seaweed Extract; bringing hair back to its naturally healthy, most balanced state with each wash, for beautifully healthy-looking hair. Learn more here http://bit.ly/A1cjWg
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by AVEENO® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®