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Makeup Wars: Wedding Guest Ideas

Am I the only one who has a million weddings to go to this year? One of my favorite cousins is getting hitched and I can't wait to celebrate with her! (And I really can't wait to see what fashion ideas are up her sleeve! She's quite the fashionista and have no clue what to expect. The last time I checked in with her, there wasn't even a wedding dress. She actually has a designer doing something for her, lucky gal!) Needless to say, I have no idea what to wear. I also don't know what to wear to my other cousin's wedding (not pictured); a country club wedding (cocktail attire) at 4pm in Massachusetts that might also have a beach theme. Thoughts? I'm open to your suggestions.

Weddings are a great time to try out looks you can't get away with every day at work and, since you get to wear fancy clothes at weddings, the makeup and hair needs to be special. And like Wormy's list of music for the reception, I have a better idea of what I don't like than what I would prefer. That said, wear whatever makes you happy. But because I can't decide on what to wear to the wedding, here are the things I know I will avoid.

Gouldylox List of Wedding Guest Style Don'ts:

1. No tacky strobing, especially at outdoor weddings. Leave the high shine for the clubs. Think pretty, respectful and about tonality, not high shine. Unless it's a party that is also a wedding. Or you're strobing with matte.

2.  Don't try all of your bag of tricks at once. Pick a fierce lip or a strong liner and have fun! But don't wear it all at once.

3. It's the bride's day, so if you know what her signature look will be (like a bright red lip), let that be her thing. Especially if you are going to be in family photos together. If you are not related to the bride and just attending, by all means, wear whatever strikes your fancy.

4. Know your crowd. If you are attending a very religious wedding or know their parents are super conservative, try to be a little respectful. I'm not suggesting you hide any part of who you are. I'm merely suggesting that you pick your look to fit the event.

5. No tight, spiral curls framing the face, please. It's a little outdated. Instead, opt for bent waves and loose styles. Those tight spirals make my head explode. I know you can do a little better! (Unless you are addicted to those ringlets. Then by all means...)

Hoping some of my other warrior colleagues have actual ideas? Me too! Check them out in the tiles below!

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Lipstick League: All You Need Is Love

Question of the Week: What was your first “signature scent’? Do you still wear it?

I have loved so many. Obvs, the first is Love's Baby Soft. I don't remember wearing one in high school other than a REALLY old bottle of Chanel No. 5 I "borrowed" from my Mom's vanity.  In college, I was all about Jessica McClintock and Calyx (which now smells gross to me.) And I can't forget that one perfume, Pear Glace', from Victoria's Secret. Right now? I waffle between Leila Lou and this, despite not caring enough to google what a Sud is. Also, for funsies, I've added my own comments to the links below, so check'em out!

  My Beauty Bunny - In the mood for a bright and colorful summer palette that's also cruelty free? The oh-so-pretty Pacifica Power of Love Coconut Infused Mineral Eye Shadow Palette is a must see! (And available at Target.)

  My Newest Addiction - Need some fabulous new lippies? Laura shares with us a few of her new favorite things from Rouge Bunny Rouge and the Glassy Gloss shades she has are gorgeous.

  Nouveau Cheap - G. finally (finally!) tried some ColourPop eyeshadows! Check out her in-depth review of the ColourPop + CoffeeBreakwithDani Metamorphosis Quad here.  I, Gouldylox, also love this palette, so check out my review, too!

  Prime Beauty - takes the new Too Faced new Born This Way foundation for a spin. Does it live up to the hype?

  Phyrra - gives you the deets on Strobing, makes recommendations based on skintone, and shows you how to do it! Hint, you already have the products in your makeup collection. Note from Gouldylox: Can we just call it highlighting? Enough with the renaming of stuff my mom did before I was born, Makeup Gods.

  we heart this - drugstore body wash has brought their A game with this line's new additions. Check them out!

  Beautygeeks - Summer is (sort of) here, and suddenly we have frizz on the brain (almost literally). If your hair’s more Sideshow Bob than Gisele, you’ll want to try some or all of these products in this extra-strength frizz-fighting regimen.  Note from Gouldylox: I haven't even clicked this link yet, but I'd be willing to match up my # Frizz fighter against whatever might be listed in Beautygeek's post. It's been my product of the week for more than 3 weeks and I literally can't find anything else I like better. Obliphica gave me back my hair. I don't even know what else to say. It's amazing. 

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber is back from a lengthy medical leave, and she'd love to have a quick heart-to-heart with you before delving back into glorious beauty product reviews!

  EauMG - You’ve heard of the “slow food” movement, but have you’ve heard of the “slow perfume” movement? Victoria reviews a small batch, limited edition perfume that is absolutely satsifying.

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - Are you in love with stippling? Here are 5 brushes you need to improve your skills!

  Gouldylox Reviews - I can't be the only one dealing with a serious case of the feels this summer, right? Check out some of these colorful ways to cope with stress.

  Love for Lacquer - What do you keep in your pool bag? Check out Jess’ essentials now!

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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Reinvent Your Lip Wardrobe With These New Formulas!

Sent for review. Contains affiliate links.

I can't pass a drugstore without checking out the new lip colors. It's a serious addiction. And since I spend so much time obsessively playing with color and texture, I've found some new lippies you just may want to grab now and reinvent your lip wardrobe!

Circa ($10) is new to Walgreens and so far, I'm digging what I've tried.  The Lip Crayons are super pigmented and build-able in a way lip crayons normally aren't. The more you layer on, the brighter the color gets. It doesn't look like you've layered on gobs of makeup. It's just brighter. You may want to lay down a layer of lip hydration first, but if you don't have dry lips, you'll be fine straight out of the tube. And they have enough "oomph" to really define the shape of your lip, even if you aren't the 20-year-old model all cosmetic companies think we are.

La Lacque and Le Matte from L'OREAL ($9) are two new formulas that are hitting shelves now. These lip pens are different because the formula is intense. Honestly, in the colors I purchased, neither are too different from each other, in a matte v. shiny way. But the pigmentation is insane. It's so much color, it's almost overwhelming. Don't be afraid to apply it with abandonment for a really intense lip. Or, try applying the color more gingerly by dabbing it into place. Either way, your lips will look amazing for the rest of the afternoon.

Clockwise: L'OREAL La Lacque/Lacque And Roll, CoverGirl/Magnetic Mauve, Circa/Passionate,  L'OREAL Le Matte/Made For Matte, Bonita/Natural Beauty

CoverGirl's Outlast + Hydration ($7) finally gets a long wearing lippie right. In no way is this formula dry. It also doesn't last as long, but I don't care. Magnetic Mauve is a universal mauve that looks gorgeous on everyone. It doesn't dry or crack or bother the lips in the normal way those long wearing lip products always do. I shy away from these long wearing formulas as a general rule, but this one gets my stamp of approval.

Bonita's Velvet Lip Cream ($3, Walgreens) goes on like a very wet liquid and dries down (although not completely) to a velvety, satin-y feel in about 60 seconds. I picked up Natural Beauty, a peachy nude, and love how it's truly a blend of lipstick and lip gloss in one perfect cream. I know some say these are a true matte, but based on the one color I picked up, it's more satin. Satin's are great- they are easier to wear and much more forgiving than a true matte. Plus, your lips will look more youthful! This formula is honestly like a matte that isn't annoying. If you like the idea of a matte, but hate the feel, this is the lippie you've been wishing for!

When you're looking for new beauty in my absolute favorite drugstore, CVS/Pharmacy, don't forget to scan your ExtraRewards Card and save big on everything beauty (my last haul saved more than half of my entire purchase, about $62!!). You'll earn $5 back for every qualifying $50 spent, plus get on the spot discounts and occasional coupons for beauty products.

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I Don't Want To Feel This Way: Coping With Stress

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I'm not really talking about beauty today. True, dealing with stress for long periods of time can certainly change your appearance. But forget beauty. Let's discuss stress.

I've been living under a constant, unrelenting boulder of stress for years and years. In fact, it's been that way for so long, I don't know what life would be like without it. I'm not talking about the kind of stress where you don't know if you're going to pass a test. I'm talking about the kind of stress that never goes away.

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My life could sound like a country song on most days, if I chose to sing that melody. I try not to, but it's a catchy tune and it's easy to get it stuck in your head, on repeat. I'm sure many of you have the same song available, if you choose to hear it. While it's always better to focus on the positive, it's not always easy to get rid of those kind of ear worms.

I'm not the only one. According to the APA, 44% of Americans say that their level of stress is up and affecting their daily lives. And those thoughts of, "if the house was clean, if I had more money, if my job was secure, if I could exercise, eat better, focus on the positive and get out of this rut" aren't actually helpful. Or even true.

"Americans cite lack of willpower as the biggest barrier to adopting healthier behavior. But 70 percent believe that willpower is something they can learn or improve--if only they had more money, energy or confidence in their ability to change", says APA Chief Executive Officer Norman B. Anderson, PhD. However, research shows that we must teach people how to structure their environment to increase the likelihood of making healthy choices at any given time. And that isn't always easy. So what's left? Sure, exercise would certainly help. But if  I can barely manage to hit the gym, how can I tell you do that? There are other things you can do to help curb that gnawing pain in your gut that keeps you awake at night.

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I recently took up practicing transcendental meditation. Yes, it's expensive. But I am finding a quiet peace in my inner mind and for those 40 minutes a day (which usually fly by). It's effortless to do, is effective even if you don't believe in meditation and isn't a cult. Sure there are some wacky ideas at the top of the TM food chain, but you don't throw out all of Judaism because of Kaballah. If you might be interested in learning transcendental meditation, there is most likely a center in your neck of the woods. For me, it's been kind of life-changing. Seriously.

Fix your TMJ:
TMJ is one of the most annoying parts of suffering from stress. I've actually shattered the disc that sits between the jaws from clenching. (I'll never forget that sound, the awful popping crunch in my head!) I've tried night guards from the drugstore, fancy night guards made by the dentist, inter-cranial massage and just about everything else. The only thing that has helped me is the Kacelia Tru-Align Body System. This super simple system realigns your body in just a few minutes per day. You just lay face down on the mat and the special padding and let gravity realign your body. It's been amazing for my TMJ. And TMJ isn't the only thing it's good for. According to the website, it works on everything from headaches to sciatica; pinched nerves to slipped discs. It feels so good. So. Good.

Yup. You loved it as a child for a reason. It helped take your mind off of whatever was bothering you. It helped improve hand/eye coordination and allowed you to be creative and focus on something else. Today, coloring mandalas is seen as a type of active meditation. There are several unbelievably gorgeous adult coloring books available. I love Creative Cats, Unicorns Are Jerks and Color Therapy: An Anti-Stress Coloring Book (which comes in hardback, so you never need a desk).

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Let It Go:
I'd like to believe that holding on to anger or resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. I want to be ready to make nice, but I don't know how. I'm sure the key to letting go of my anger and hurt lie here. But how to do that easily? I have no idea. If you've got the answers, fill me in, will ya?

I did recently have the realization that I need to protect myself more. That means not giving time or energy to those who will only use my generosity against me. While my first inclination is to help anyone and everyone where I can, pulling back is the only way I can protect myself. So to do that, I have to fight against every fiber in my being to save my feelings. It's a weird concept and I'm not at all used to it yet. I understand it, but putting that concept into action is another story entirely.

How are you coping with stress? Have you tried meditating or coloring? Is it helping? Share your story in the comments below!

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Colour Pop: Metamorphosis Collection

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I love Colour Pop. I basically pick up everything they release which is, honestly, an extreme amount of Colour Pop. Despite being sick of the green/bronze duo chromes that seem to be the most popular  duo chrome color in the history of the world*, I could not love this collection more.

For this collection, Colour Pop collab'd with Youtuber Coffee Break with Dani, who is the cutest thing ever. Metamorphosis contains four custom Colour Pop shadows for $20. Here's what you'll get:

Bravery- True medium brown in a Matte finish

Strength- Soft peachy caramel in a Satin finish

Hope- Radiant opal with pink, violet, blue and silver duo chrome in a Sheer Opal finish

Kindness- Warm red brown undertone with a gold, green and blue duo chrome in a Sheer Opal finish

Here is why you need this collection. Strength is the perfect transition shade for fair and medium skinned women. Bravery is a lovely brown that isn't too warm or too cool (but brings out the best in light eyes) and works as a smudgy liner and crease shade. Hope is gorgeous on the inner corners and looks lovely if you use a slanted liner brush to apply right above the cupid's bow of your lip. Kindness is gorgeous, despite being a color you've seen before. Ultimately, it's all super easy to wear and a very versatile collection.


And for $20, you can't lose. Grab it before it's gone from!

*Seriously. Almost everyone who makes makeup has this exact color in their collection, back to 1997, when MAC launched one.

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