Lipstick League: Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you are enjoying the weekend, not working too hard and spending the last weekend of summer relaxing! In case you're pool side and need some beauty inspiration, the Lipstick League is here to fill that need! But first...

Here is another shot from my trip to Niagara last weekend. This is what it looks like standing under the falls. The water is so fast! It's like getting a "massage" from the water. I'm so glad I invested in a waterproof camera bag!

Question of the Week: False Lashes: Love ‘em or leave ‘em?
I can't use them. I can manage the ones at the drugstore with the little red strings, but otherwise, I'm clueless. I've had stylists show me, makeup artists spend a solid hour with me, trying to teach me and no dice. I can't do it. You?

  EauMG - found an amazing budget-friendly amber perfume that smells much more expensive than it $40-ish price tag. Just ignore the packaging and rather odd inspiration...

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage -Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue switcharoo probably has you down in the dumps. No worries, I have a list of high end and drugstore dupes!

  Gouldylox Reviews - Science is advancing so quickly, there is no need to settle. Update your fall routine with these breakthrough products and spend less time getting ready and more time looking fab.

  Lipglossiping - puts her undying love for the original bad-girl scent to one side while she does her best to judge Agent Provocateur’s latest release on its own merits.

  My Beauty Bunny - See how one cruelty-free blogger (that's me!) handled the ALS Challenge. Ice Bucket Challenge? Nah – Let’s Do Shots!

  Nouveau Cheap - The Fall 2014 collections are starting to hit drugstores, and here’s one of my favorites so far ($1.99 lipsticks, anyone?).

  Prime Beauty - tries out the new Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Collection and welcomes her to the US! Move over Chanel and Dior, Charlotte's in town!

  Phyrra - The Smart Guide to the Top Ten Best Makeup Brushes! Don’t buy another brush until you read this!

  we heart this - does humidity do a big ol' ugly number on your hair? We found a genius product that keeps it at bay beautifully.

  Clumps of Mascara - does her first video tutorial in years. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

  Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG - Té de Violetas is an awesome perfume blog with posts both English and Spanish. Travel to the luxurious perfume boutiques in Paris with Virginia's Olfactory Tour, so many gorgeous photos!

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Update Your Fall Beauty Routine With Scientific Breakthroughs

Sent for review. Purchased by me. Contains affiliate links. 

As the summer comes to close, it's time to update your fall routine. It's almost that time to lay off the bronzer and work the skincare for the most flawless face you can put forward. The technology in beauty products has been hard at work over the summer--getting better, working harder and giving flawless face--all while you've been relaxing by the pool. Here is what you'll need to update your look and routine for fall.

Update Your Foundation:

Foundations have changed since last spring. Newer, lighter, double-duty versions are cropping up everywhere; mixing skincare with real coverage. I'm not talking about a BB Cream, I'm talking about traditional foundation getting a makeover. In heavy rotation on my vanity are the following foundations:

BareSkin by bareMinerals is a really light feeling bi-phase formula. You only need a tiny bit, so don't over do it. If you apply too much, it will feel greasy. I have dry skin and think it's amazing. You will want to use the brush, if you can swing it, it's worth it.  If you are oilier, you may want to try a new mattifying foundation, like LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra 24H. Try it for $29.00.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is a bi-phase foundation that makes the skin look flawless while your skin feels naked. Try it for $48.00.

LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra 24H is a beautiful full-coverage, mattifying foundation that provides really long wear without the shine. Teint Idole gives a velvet finish without a heavy application. This foundation covers well, is available in a wide variety of colors and looks amazing on the skin. I'm not sure about 24-hour wear, but it gives an easy eight hours without many signs of wear. Try it for $45.50.

Update Your Shadow Palette:

Unless you are a palette hoarder like me, you may not have updated since the holidays last year. This fall, it's key to mix textures within a subtle palette. While science hasn't had a heavy hand in this category, new shadows and textures are everywhere. The LORAC Pro2 Palette  ($42.00) does this flawlessly. I also really like Stila's Eyes Are The Window palettes ($49.00), which offer warm and cool versions of the nudes and one palette of brights. Or make your own palette with Make Up For Ever's new Artist Shadows. They take a little getting used to, but wow are they pretty. (And wear flawlessly until you take them off.)

Update Your Lips:

Get out of that rut! Baby Pink is lovely, but not every day. If you've been wearing the same color for more than a month, you need to switch it up! Sephora is full of lip hybrids right now- liquid lipstick, glossy lipsticks and lip and cheek colors--it's the perfect time to try out a new color. Looking for lip inspiration? Check out this post where more than twenty bloggers weighed in with their favorites. Don't want to spend a fortune? Try one of the new Makeup Academy's formulations available at CVS/Pharmacy. They offer a full lipstick, Liquid Velvet Lipsticks, Power Pouts (chubby sticks), Lip Stains, Sheer and Intense Glosses. So many new formulas to try! They retail for from $5.00 to $12.00, pending sales and club savings.

Update Your Hair:

Technology is really changing where hair is concerned. Living Proof is truly living on the edge right now. Their Restore line reverses the signs of damaged hair, for reals. I've been using the Restore Instant Repairing Treatment, Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask Treatment and it's pretty amazing. After two uses my very bleached hair (especially the side with my bangs) was a hot mess. It's now like hair again. Really pretty, almost commercial-worthy hair. I'm gobsmacked. Products retail between $28.00 and $50.00.

Have fine hair and just need a little extra moisture? Dove just released Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam, a mousse that acts as a leave in conditioner. It's perfect for fine hair. All you need is a little bit of mousse and your hair looks healthier and shinier! Bouncy hair and more shine is yours, instantly. Try it for $5.99.

Update Your Skin:

It's time to start undoing the damage you did over the summer (please wear an SPF!). Again, let the technology work to your benefit.

If you need to fade sunspots, try Epionce. While they have several lines that truly work, they've just reformulated their hyperpigmentation products. Now they are supercharged and full of pigment reducing  super powers! I'm using it right now (I'll post the results when I've completed the process.) It won't hurt your skin or leave you itchy or red like some other products. My skin has been sensitive lately and this hasn't bothered in the least! Products retail between $54.00 and $136.00

The skin under the eyes needs some serious TLC once you hit 25. The more you can protect that area, the less damage you'll yearn to reverse. Korres Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum is the perfect choice for reducing fine lines and protecting the delicate skin around the eyes. And you can use it on the rest of your face, keeping your routine streamlined. This seems to work faster than most other products. I'm really impressed by how quickly this works! Try it for $45.00.

Lierac's Magnificent line promises to reduce fine lines by reducing and preventing glycoxidation, the destruction of the proteins that make the skin smooth and supple. If the kids made you crazy this summer and you need a little extra help, this might be just what you need.

Want to be on the cutting edge of skincare? Braver than most? Try Venox from Beverly Hills, MD Cosmoceuticals. It's synthetic snake venom proteins that can act like a topical botox. Sounds crazy, right? According to the company, here is how it works.  Much like Botox®, Venox smoothes skin by hindering the muscle contractions that create lines and creases - without the injection. Four powerful ingredients make this possible:

  • SYN-AKE®, a synthetic snake venom that inhibits wrinkle-causing muscle contractions while increasing skin elasticity;
  • Aloe Leaf Extract, which contains several antioxidants that help replenish aging skin's moisture and improve its natural firmness;
  • Palmitoyl Peptides which aid in activating the synthesis of skin-plumping collagen;
  • Extracts from the Ginkgo Biloba Tree which contain antioxidants that help slow down the aging process by protecting against free radicals.

Crazy right? I've nabbed a sample and will let you know about the results shortly! Or skip my review and nab your own for $149.00 right now. UPDATE!! Use code GOULDYLOX at checkout and save 30% until 9/11/2014.

 Oils are my favorite way to get results fast. Caudalie now offers an overnight treatment, Caudalie Polyphenol c15 Overnight Detox Oil,  that not only offers up their exclusive stabilized Grape-seed Polyphenols, but also includes a stabilized Vitamin C. This powerful cocktail detoxes the skin overnight and gives you rested, fresh, hydrated and brighter skin upon waking. Grab it for $52.

I've been wanting to really up my skincare game lately and what all of my blogger friends are buzzing about is the new Tria Age-Defying Laser. Several of my in-the-know amigos keep telling me that if I really want to change the appearance of my skin at home, this is the way to go. I'm fine with home lasers...now I just need it to go on sale. If you've tried this, please tell me what you thought. I've tried other lasers, peels and home products, but not the Tria. It's not cheap, but neither is spending loads of money month after month and not always seeing the big results. Try it yourself for $495.

Are you brave enough to change or routine (or try synthetic snake venom)? How will you switch it up for the fall? Tell me all about it! (Really. I want to know!)

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My Favorite Looks: The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Once again, lipstick seems to be dead in Hollywood. At least any shade of lipstick that would show up on camera. Sigh.

Save for a few celebs and our very own Lipstick Leaguer, Stef from We Heart This, lipstick was not a sight to behold at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys. (Yes, Stef was there and I can't wait to hear all about it!! She's so gorgeous!)

Other than Juliana Margulies, is it just me or did curves make a serious comeback? Maybe it was some of the dresses, but for the most part, the Red Carpet looked much healthier and curvier than in years past. I love it!

I adored Amy Poehler's boho waves and glittery dress. 'Lil Sebastian would have have too.

While Lena Dunham didn't bowl me over with that hair (or the dress), good for her for taking chances.

I loved Taylor Schilling's ear cuff. I'm obsessed with creepers and cuffs right now and I'm clearly not the only one! (The always amazing Tina Turnbow did her makeup, using Laura Mercier all the way.)

My favorite of the night had to be Sarah Silverman. My inner tomboy was so proud that one of us could  show so much skin and look so incredibly glamorous. It gives me hope that tomboys everywhere won't shy away from trying new looks and breaking out of their comfort zone. I squee'd the whole time she ran to the stage barefoot when she won the Emmy for We Are Miracles. Good for her for dropping the silly protocols of being famous and for acting like a regular person, not a Hollywood glambot. And no, her acceptance speech wasn't that bananas...it's a line from the special for which she just won an Emmy. Which apparently not many writers for other publications managed to see. Was she #HAF on National TV (that is simulcast all over the globe)? I doubt it. At least not until after her category was announced. LOVE HER.

Oh, one last thing. Based on my email box this morning, everyone who had their hair done used the new L'OREAL products. Seriously. Everyone used L'OREAL. And based on my own showering experience, the new Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture have been reformulated and are so luxe you may not want to ever use anything else.

Who was your favorite? Who missed the mark? Share your thoughts in the comments here or on Facebook!

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The Mascara That Blows My Mind

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I posted a picture last week and didn't even notice how crazy my lashes were. While it's only the second week I'm wearing the new Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and Subversion Primer, I'm in love. This mascara doesn't budge or flake off. It looks as good at the end of the day as it does at the beginning. While you can't really see it that well (and I hate when magazines do this), I'm also wearing Hourglasses Mechanical Gel Liner and Stila's new Spirit Palette.

I'm also really into the new Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Foundation that boasts twenty-four hours of flawless wear. While I'm not sure it's really twenty-four hours, it is more than eight and it stays matte and gorgeous.

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Lipstick League: Mysteries, Splurges and Sensual Reflections

Sorry I'm a little behind with the Lipstick League this weekend! Loxy and I headed north to Niagara Falls for the weekend and had a fantastic time! (I'm not sure I'll ever actually be dry again, though! Those plastic ponchos do not quite protect you as much as you think they might at Cave of the Winds!)

Clumps of Mascara - can’t wait to try Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics palette! But...will she like it? Dun dun dunnnn!

 Gouldylox Reviews - Wonder how something that calls itself "Bulletproof" actually stands up to smudging? Read the findings of my investigation of Too Faced's new Bulletproof Eyeliners!  

My Beauty Bunny - What products does a beauty blogger spend her cash on? Check out my very favorite cruelty-free faves and see!  

Nouveau Cheap - Your friendly neighborhood lip balm fanatic gave the new eos Visibly Soft Coconut Milk Lip Balm Sphere a whirl. Adorable packaging aside, is this worth a purchase? Click here to find out.

 Pink Sith - agrees that saving money on beauty items is awesome. but sometimes “saving” costs more than the “splurge” as she explains in her recent post.  

Prime Beauty - gets in touch with her sensual side (don't laugh!) with Laura Mercier's Sensual Reflections Collection for Fall 2014. Can it be soft and sexy at the same time? Find out!  

Phyrra - Craving Fall? Check out my Colour Pop Fall Tutorial!  

we heart this - No need to get out your fangs, we're giving away all 23 perfume oils in the BPAL Only Lovers Left Alive collection (based on the the Tilda Swinton/Tom Hiddleston vampire movie!)  

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage -Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue switcharoo probably has you down in the dumps. No worries, I’m giving an original bottle away! Plus, some really cool dupes inside! (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)  

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara - My girl Ren over at Makeup by Ren Ren creates an amaziiiing look using a cheap (yet powerful) little palette from Wet ‘n Wild.
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