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Lipstick League: Trends of 2017


Question of the Week: What sort of beauty trends do you predict will be popular in 2017?

Navy, olive and khaki colors will be really popular in clothing and I think some of that will spill over into makeup, with a focus on some shadow palettes distancing themselves from super bright colors. However, metallics, especially gold, will be huge. Obviously, contouring is taking its last breath and I hope mask-like makeup is too. On the flip side, I suspect we will see a return to big glamor, bigger hair and a focus on very feminine looks. Minimalism meets Dynasty, maybe?

  Clumps of Mascara - ZOYA’s nail polishes are one thing. But ZOYA’s lipsticks? Oh.my.goodnessss...

EauMG - These days niche perfumes are more popular than ever. It seems like there is a new brand launched daily. Well, let’s take a sniff of an OG niche perfume launched in ‘97 that’s still delightfully weird and wearable.

fanserviced-b - Wondering if you should save up for the next ultra luxurious Caroline Hirons x Cult Beauty Box? I have a review of the latest one.

Gouldylox - Even if you don't have insurance, you can still up your style game with new glasses. Guess who's got the deets you need to game the system?

Nouveau Cheap - What to know my very favorite drugstore beauty product of 2016? Well just click right here.

Phyrra - Looking for a comfortable liquid lipstick? I've got the new Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks to show you! See which shades are must-haves and which to skip.

Prime Beauty - Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Deluxe Whoopie Pie Gift Set from FarmHouse Fresh!

we heart this - Gingerbread, Matcha Tea and Raw Mint...it's as delicious as it sounds, and it's just one of the BPAL Yule scents that is a legit must-have.

Beautygeeks - has found the best sunglasses for a beach vacation, especially if you’re sick of shades that suction themselves to your cheeks – and they’re super affordable!

Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber spoke to a dozen beauty junkies, just like you -- who told her all about their favorite facial mists that are great multi-taskers for hydration, reducing skin inflammation, and for prepping and setting makeup. See which ones made the cut!

Blushing Noir - Finding a decent cream highlight and contour product is a STRUGGLE. In this post I’ve picked a few favorites that are affordable and a few that are a bit more pricey.

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

Clumps of Mascara is Currently Craving: Everything Sunday Riley. I’ve been serious about my skincare game and Sunday Riley has reeled me in with almost every product.

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What's Stopping You From Losing Weight?






Am I the only one who has crazy conversations with herself? Example:

A stylist tells me that my hair is unusually dry and I should do something. I think to myself, "all I do is moisturize my hair". Then, like a flash of light, out of nowhere, I think, "I should try drinking more water since I drink virtually zero water. Maybe that is why my skin and hair feel like paper?  I should hydrate from the inside!"

Ok, that's normal. As a 43-year-old woman, I should already know I need to drink water. But I hate water, as it's not diet soda. So my internal discussion continues.

Then I think to myself, "How can I add more water to my diet? Eat more vegetables with a higher water content? Eat juicier foods? Drink less diet soda? Should I text my nutritional counselor, who is now retired, at 12:46 am on a Wednesday to ask her to how get more water in my diet? What else could I do?"

Water always looks sexier than it is, doesn't it?

HOW ABOUT DRINKING MORE WATER? THAT IS JUST CRAZY ENOUGH TO WORK!

This is a conversation I legitimately had with myself last night while deciding if  "binge eating" included eating another apple sandwich with Chik-Fil-A honey mustard in the little plastic tub after midnight. Somewhere in the back of my mind, something squeaked, "it's just a way for you to eat more sugar. Stop eating full stop.*" So what did I do? I skipped the bread and just ate apple slices and the honey mustard, which is basically pure sugar, by the way. I know Weight Watchers reminds me that I didn't get overweight by eating apples. But apples with sugar sauce after midnight? That seems like some kind of wish for a Gremlin to destroy all of my hard work, does it not?

Why do I let this guy make my food decisions? A dude who looks like that and sounds like Bridget Jones should not be in charge of me, right?
So why do I beg for the Gremlins to come in and take over? Probably because I'm self-soothing with food again, for reasons I don't fully understand. And since that is a longer post that involves professional help, what can we learn from my silly post-midnight, sugary-mustard-induced musings?

You know what food is good for you. And you know what food isn't. You know. You're pretty smart, after all. You may not like how the answer feels or even tastes, but you know the answer. I'm not talking organics over GMO. I'm not even talking Quinoa over rice. You know that giant restaurant meal isn't one serving. You know a large serving of fries is not your friend. You know guzzling soda isn't going to work long term. You know "just this once-ing" all of the time isn't working. You just have to make the choice that takes you where you want to go. 

It's in everything and scientists now say that sugar calories are not like other calories, as we were previously taught. 
SIDE NOTE:
Speaking of foods that are on the no list, let's talk about my public enemy number one. SUGAR. Sugar is officially on my naughty list these days. But like an abusive boyfriend who is also the sweetest, it's hard to ignore. Especially when it worms its way into my thoughts, how I feel and how bloated my face looked after the NB incident of 2016. I've been too embarrassed to tell you about the box of Nutty Buddy Bars I ate in one sitting, which actually made me physically ill for days. I had mood swings, headaches, I couldn't focus and my thoughts were wildly all over the place. Not to mention how I couldn't stop jonesing for more sugar. I knew what the right decision was when I was sitting on that couch, watching James Corden sing with Madonna, but I still ate the whole box, quietly, as to not wake my husband. Listening to the wrong inner monolog is what is stopping me from maintaining my weight loss.

So what's stopping you from losing weight? It's every decision you make with a cavalier attitude that doesn't actually consider if that decision is in line with your long-term goals. It's every time you reach for something, think you shouldn't and then pop it in your mouth anyway. It's every time you find an excuse not to hit the gym, or not even to do burpees in the basement. Sure, there's the fact that our easy, inexpensive food options are usually garbage, no-nutrient food. And the sugar in everything is beyond our current control. But still, as a fairly capable human, I know that eating sugary mustard sauce after midnight, or before midnight, is not a good snack. Neither is more pasta than you can fit in your hands, fried food (unless it's Lake Trout, which everyone should try once just to say they tried it), more than one serving of cookies or anything eaten as a single serving that comes in a bag bigger than your head. In the immortal words of  Eric the Actor, "You know what to do. You know what to do."

Each decision is a crossroad on your journey. You choose the path. But do you have the mettle to make the right choice when the gnocchi meets the plate? I think you do. Even when the cookies are out and the mustard sauce is peeled and apples are sliced. You can make the right choice. Because there is a little voice in your head that says smart stuff, like "try drinking more water." You just have to listen to it.


*true side note: My inner monolog is often trapped inside the word choices of the first Bridget Jones book. Am I the only one who's inner voice is sometimes British?



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The Secret to Getting Perfect Glasses Online, Every Time.


Harvey brown glasses


Eyeglasses are out-of-control expensive. None of this is helped by the fact that most of the makers of eyeglasses are owned by the same companies, who also own the companies who make the frames. While it seems like it's impossible to get quality lenses affordably, with a few of my tricks you can change your glasses like you change your shoes.

Harvey glasses from Glassesusa.com

Trick 1: Understand Your Prescription

You probably aren't an eye doctor and I'm definitely not one either. Here are the basics you need to know.
  • Contact lenses require a separate prescription. You can't order glasses with a contacts script.
  • If you have a complicated prescription, make sure you understand what makes it tricky. Bifocals? Do you require special lenses or coatings?
  • Get your eye doctor to determine your PD, or pupillary distance. This is the distance between your pupils. It's kind of a key measurement and while you can measure it yourself, it's easy to botch. 
When shopping online, only use a site that allows you to see the frame on your face while giving you access to all frame measurements. I prefer GlassesUSA.com for online shopping. 

Get the perfect glasses, online, every time!


Trick 2: Use Glasses You Already Have to Find the Perfect Fit

If you already have a pair of glasses that fit well, you've got the blueprint to finding your next pair online. You're also going to need a nice photo of looking straight into the camera, with a slight smile. This will give you a great sense of how your new glasses will look.
  • Determine your "temple arm" length to find glasses that will fit comfortably from your ear to your nose. Every pair of glasses has a few separate measurements on the arms and bridge. Understanding these numbers is key.  The temple arm measurement (mine is 135-140) is the length of the arm and the piece that curves around your ear.  If you have a pair of glasses that are comfortable, look to select a pair of glasses with a similar temple arm measurement. I wouldn't stray more than 5 millimeters either way unless your existing glasses are uncomfortable.
  • Determine the width of your glasses, by looking for a small number on the bridge of the nose. The width of my last pair of glasses was 52 per lens. Use this as a reference for how wide your lenses will be. If you want a wider lens, look for a slightly larger number. Again, don't stray too far from this number, unless you are going for a completely different look.
  • Determine the distance between your lenses. The number following the square is the distance between your lenses; in my case, this is 17. Picking a pair with a larger number means the lenses will be farther apart. On plastic frames, this may relate to how the glasses sit on the bridge of your nose. On frames with nose pads, this can be adjusted slightly. Again, you don't want to stray too far from your original number, unless you were unhappy with your fit. 



Trick 3: Understand Your Options

Do you need to upgrade your lenses to a fancier coating or weight? Maybe. Here's what they really mean:

Do your glasses feel heavy? If yes, consider getting a lighter lens. This is usually a very inexpensive upgrade that makes the glasses feel much nicer. Plastic lenses are high quality and much, much lighter than traditional lenses.

Are you tough on glasses? Do you take them on and off during the day, sometimes forgetting where you left them? Opt for an anti-scratch lens coating. You'll want to be careful cleaning your scratch-resistant glasses. I like using a dry eye glasses cloth. Avoid harsh cleansers at all costs!

Does the computer bother your eyes? Do you have trouble driving at night due to glare? Try an anti-reflective coating to help keep down painful glare. This can be very helpful in reducing eye strain from looking at a computer all day long. 

Now that you are ready to shop, where do you start?




I love GlassesUSA and just got my first pair of progressive lens glasses. No, progressives aren't those lenses that change color, they are bifocals without the obvious line across the lens. Honestly, I was terrified to step into progressive lenses online but, using my methods, the lenses are perfect.

Go to GlassesUSA.com. Sign in and create an account so you can keep more favorites in your account. This is clutch when making big decisions. Next, click on the photo in the middle of the page that says something like, "see yourself in any pair". Upload your forward-facing photo and adjust the markers so you are getting an accurate look.

Next, look down the left side of GlassesUSA.com and select whatever you like. To find a pair that will fit you properly, make sure you select the frame measurements that match your existing glasses. 

It's time to select your favorite pair, add your prescription and look for checkout codes. There is almost always a discount to be had, so make sure you do a quick search of the site. If it's your first time, you'll almost always get a very friendly discount. Now hit submit and wait for a week or two. When your glasses arrive in the mail, you'll get a sturdy case, a glasses cleaning wipe and the knowledge that if anything is wrong, they'll fix it. If anything goes wrong with your glasses within the first year (because of a manufacturing issue, not because you dropped them into a wood chipper) and GlassesUSA.com will make it right. 

I could not be happier with my own glasses! I chose progressive lenses in the Harvey Brown frame. The frames are stylish, sturdy and have a nice weight. The lenses are spot on and using my old glasses as a way to measure for new glasses ensured a perfect fit.

How much was your last pair of glasses? I bet you can save money online without sacrificing quality, especially for basic lenses, kids lenses and fashion lenses. Visit GlassesUSA.com and tell me how your shopping goes!


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Makeup Wars: Best Cream Highlight or Contour



Makeup Wars is back and today we are talking highlighting and contouring creams. Hint: if you can tell that you are wearing a contouring creme, you're doing it wrong. But never fear, you can still naturally shape your face without looking Picasso-y.


 The key to a sculpting your look without a heavy hand? A light touch and slightly darker cream blush. Here's the easiest way to contour your cheeks naturally. Dab a tiny bit of Bobbi Brown's Uber Beige on the tip of your finger and gently tap it into place, directly under your cheek bone. Blend it upward, using a sweeping motion. Now add a pop of color to the apple of your cheeks and a little highlighter if you need it. Go easy, use a light touch and use half of the makeup you think you need. Pretty, contoured and naturally beautiful. It's about bringing your best self forward, not about creating a mask.



Cream highlighters, however, are irresistible compacts of pure joy. Becca makes my favorites, hands down. The Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured is creamy magic on the skin. Opal, above, is like a strobe light of white. A little goes a long way!



If Opal and Becca Perfectors are all a little too "strong" for your tastes, try Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Luminizer by It Cosmetics. It's light, it's on the sheer side and it lasts all day.

Need more? Check out what inspires the rest of the Makeup Wars team by clicking the links below!





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Lipstick League: Super Pie, Huge Deals and Target



  Blushing Noir - HUGE DEALS at Rite Aid & NOW is the time to stock up on your holy grail beauty! See all of the Buy One Get One BEAUTY DEALS + get $20 when you spend $50. It’s basically madness.

  Clumps of Mascara - As if I needed yet another reason to be obsessed with Urban Decay.

  EauMG - If you were to make a perfume inspired by snow, what would it smell like? Well, apparently this French brand thinks snow smells like powdery white musk.

  fanserviced-b - If you’ve been wondering whether Beauty Pie, the new transparent-pricing (read: SUPER CHEAP) luxury makeup brand is worth a try, I have swatches and ingredient comparisons with similar prestige makeup that you need to see.

  Gouldylox - Forget nude lips, try these metallic beauties for a twist on your 2017 look!

  My Beauty Bunny - Curious about lash growth serums? I'm reviewing vegaLASH and sharing my impressive results!

  My Newest Addiction - Laura shares with us her recent discovery of Formulary 55. She describes it as the old school bar of soap, reinvented.

  Nouveau Cheap - Attention Target shoppers! Lots of exciting things are coming to the Target beauty department (very soon).

  Phyrra - Looking for a new nude, MLBB or living dead girl lipstick? I've got 30 of the Best Nude Lipsticks for Pale Skin! You're sure to find the perfect shade for you.

  Beautygeeks -geeked out with makeup artist Chase Aston about Kate Beckinsale’s beauty challenges when filming Underworld: Blood Wars.

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber has the scoop on two of the newest releases for 2017 from The Body Shop -- see what they are! (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? 

Find out here.)

Blushing Noir is Currently Craving: I need more beauty bags like a hole in the head but the SEPHORA COLLECTION Frosted Light Line got me like…. WHOA.


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Confidence in a Compact is Here! It Cosmetics Launches Their New Foundation TODAY.




It Cosmetics is launching their latest foundation revelation as part of their New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin! Skincare Collection. You can't say It Cosmetics doesn't constantly try to improve their skin-loving foundations, right? The latest in the line Confidence in a Compact, is truly different. Here's why:



  • The finish isn't as gloriously dewy as the holy grail CC+ Cream, it's more satin and naturally beautiful.
  • Confidence in a Compact feels very light on the skin. It's a full coverage foundation that goes on in light layers. 
  • You'll want to use the angled brush in the TSV, fingertips aren't going to work so well.
  • Of course, it's filled with the skincare you love from It. 


But you won't only get a new specially-angled brush for easy application. You'll also get It's latest in the skincare revolution, the Bye Bye Undereye Eye Cream and the Confidence in a Cream daily moisturizer. 


I got the chance to use both the Eye Cream and the Confidence Cream for a few months around their initial launch last fall. The area around my eyes improved dramatically (It always does when I use It Cosmetics exclusively!). 


The Confidence Cream is just that. It's hydrating, skin-smoothing and full of plastic surgeon-inspired ingredients that help you turn back the clock. 


To all of my little sisters who text/call/DM me on It Cosmetics TSV days, to ask the big question, DO I REALLY NEED THIS? If you are interested in a new foundation that doesn't look OMGGLAM, but instead is naturally beautiful or want to switch your skincare to simple, then yes. Give this a shot! The shade in Light is what works for me, although I'm a medium in their concealers.



Grab it from QVC today for a few pennies under $80. Some shades may sell out quickly, as this has been on pre-sale for a few days, so don't sleep! Let me know if you are picking this up or passing. Be sure to use #NewYearNewConfidence so I don't miss it!



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Three Beauty Products To Beat The January Blues





I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately; maybe it's political whiplash, my sick pooch or just the weird weather. Either way, it's been hard for makeup to make me happy*, but these three products genuinely did the trick. Need a little lift?


Something this gloriously glitter-filled is a phenomenal pick me up. Where it on it's own, over your eyeshadow or as a liner along the upper and lower rim (just be sure to keep it away from the water lines), Stila's Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow is the cotton candy of makeup right now. I grabbed Molten Midnight and Smoldering Satin for myself and am thinking of chasing down Kitten and Storm, too.



Definitely dab these on with your fingers. I love the look of these over your shadow, as a pop in the center of the lid.




Bravon Beauty is truly one of my favorite lines. His Lip Spa Aqua Gloss is the perfect lip gloss. Light, pigmented and never sticky, each one is a beautiful treat for the lips. My go-to shade is Skinny Dip.



 It's that perfect nude gloss that gives your lips a true nude look (the kind that looks good with a smokey eye), but isn't so taupe you'll look back on old selfies and go "huh". Skinny Dip (and all of the Lip Spa Aqua Glosses) are such a treat! Grab skinny dip as part of this kit from Bravon Beauty.



Need a pick me up on the cheap? Who doesn't? I grabbed this grape L'OREAL Infallible Paints in shade 302, Violet Twist. This tube actually boasts a doe foot applicator tor precise application, the pigment is outstanding, as is the wear time.



This will stain your lips slightly, but wow does the shine and shade make my heart sing.

Am I the only one feeling this way right now? What cheers you up on days like this? Let's discuss!


*Yes, we know that makeup shouldn't be the only source of happiness in life and it's certainly not mine. However, we've all gone through hours/days/weeks where we just aren't super excited about whatever normally fills us with joy.


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Hair Crush: Keune Tinta Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner




I'm having the best hair days right now and it's not because my momma gave me good hair. I mean, my hair is fine, considering it's essentially 95% gray, coarse and blonded. But it's also very dry, porous and texturally-challenged. My latest hair crush is slaying my hairs on the daily. It's smooth, it's shiny and the style holds for days, without much effort from me. Which is honestly, the definition of perfect, isn't it?

Keune's Tinta Color Care was designed to work with processed hair, which just makes sense since we all know how quickly colored hair goes from brilliant to lackluster. It's sulfate- and paraben-free, but lathers like a boss. Most sulfate-free 'poos can't be bothered to show their suds. Keune heard our cries and added a non-sulfate lathering agent that gives you a seriously luxe-feeling wash. Beyond giving me super shiny, happy hair, it helps keep your color safe, too, thanks to the following ingredients:

·       Silk protein repairs and nourishes hair.

·       UV Protection shields the hair from UV damage and color fading.

·      Color Stabilizer provides long-lasting hair color.

·       Keune’s patented Essential Mineral Complex features five minerals that nourish, treat and improve the condition of both scalp and hair.

My delicate blond hair requires real moisture and Tinta Color delivers, even though I don't use Keune to color my hair. My only wish? That the bottles of Tinta Color Care were larger.

Let your hair color remain as brilliant as intended. Tinta Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner (and everything else Keune) is only available from your friendly neighborhood salon.


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