The Lipstick League - Week of 11/17/14

Question of the Week: Do your beauty spending habits change during the holidays? Do you tend to purchase more (or less) beauty-related items for yourself at this time of year? 

Jess' Answer : I always tell myself I'm not going to go crazy around this time of the year, but it never happens.  Between the gift sets, the sales, limited edition items.. it gets out of control.  I just tell myself (and my husband) it's all for LFL research purposes to let YOU guys know if you should be spending your hard earned cash on these items for yourself & your loved ones!

Lipstick Links Of The Week

  Love for Lacquer - Jess has the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot to share with you PLUS how they compare to the individual boxed blushes! 

  My Beauty Bunny - Love multi-tasking products? Want baby-soft feet? Check out My Solemate - a moisturizing soap and light pumice-based stone all in one easy to use package! It's my new favorite shower gadget! 

  My Newest Addiction - Do you like to incorporate some holiday cheer into your makeup this time of year? Laura shares with us her three favorite Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks for the holidays!

  Nouveau Cheap - Having a hard time keeping track of all the beauty deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday? G’s got your back

  Prime Beauty - got together with several other bloggers to test the iconic Clinique Black Honey Lipstick to see if it really is flattering on all skin tones. See for yourself and enter to win a Clinique Black Honey Collection of your own! 

  Phyrra - Overwhelmed with where to start for Beauty Oils? Check out Phyrra's Beauty Oils You Need to Try Now with recommendations by skin type. 

  we heart this - We don't know if we're more in love with the glosses or the box when it comes to the MAC Holiday Objects of Affection Nude & Red lipglass collection

  Beauty Junkies Unite - As you're planning your Black Friday shopping strategy, RUN and do not walk to ULTA to pick up one (or both) of these gorgeous eyeshadow palettes from LORAC! They're limited edition, ULTA exclusives for Black Friday ONLY, and will be just $12 each. Are you a Vintage Vixen, or a Sultry Starlet? 

  EauMG - It’s time for this month’s “In the House” feature on EauMG! This is a brand overview of the Spanish niche perfume line, Ramon Monegal Perfumes. Victoria’s also included her “must try” picks! 

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - Check out these fruit inspired shades from Zoya’s Fall Ultra Pixie Dust line! 

  Gouldylox Reviews - Looking for holiday inspiration that is easy to wear? I've got a FOTD that is perfect, plus $100 Visa Gift Card to kick off your holiday shopping season. 

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

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*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection - Swatches & Review (Partial)

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Happy Friday! Today I have a few shades from the new Winter 2014 collection from KBShimmer! Christy never disappoints me with her collections - They are always so thought out and SO gorgeous! Along with the new shades being released, she is also bringing back some old favorites such as Merry Pinkmas, Snow Way! & Sugar Plum Faerie.

And as always, there is a special charity polish. When you purchase Pine-ing For Yule up until 12/15, $4 will be donated to Toys For Tots charity.  I absolutely love that Christy does this! And now onto the swatches!

Deja Brew - Described as a rich cognac brown linear holographic shade. This totally reminds me of coffee.  Formula was outstanding and perfect in two coats. 

Dressed To Gild - A gold cousin to Hexy Bikini, this is a beautiful holographic gold glitter textured shade.  This will dry to a matte finish and be fairly gritty. You can always apply a thicker top coat if you'd like. Formula was easy to work with and dried fairly quickly. Photo below shows two coats. 

Flake Dance - Silver holographic snowflakes with small silver holo glitters in a clear base. The perfect Winter top coat! I did have a few issues getting the snowflakes out, but once I turned the bottle over for a few minutes, they came out just fine!

Holly Back Girl - You can get this shade FREE! If you spend $70 or more on, enter code HBGFREE at checkout. (Valid until 12/31)  Described as a white crelly with red & green metallic glitters. This is pretty much Christmas in a bottle! Photo below shows two coats. 

Let's Sleigh Together - Pale grey crelly base with hex glitters in green, navy & pale mint plus circle glitters in blueberry and micro holo glitters for that extra sparkle.  Not your typical Holiday shade, but I LOVE it! Photo below shows two coats. 

Mauve On Over - Pale mauve crelly base with colored hexes in orange, navy & aqua.  This shade is based on the Pantone Fall / Winter 2014 color of the year shade. Christy totally nailed this one! Formula was perfect! Photo below shows two coats. 

Merry Pinkmas - Returning from last years blogger collection, Merry Pinkmas was created by Cris over at Let Them Have Polish! Light cotton candy pink base with red, green & neon glitters in different shapes and sizes. I am SO happy to finally have my hands on this - I LOVE it! Photo below shows two coats. (I probably could have used one more)

Too Cold To Hold - Another textured shade - Rich sapphire blue base filled with holographic silver, blue & green holo glitters for a bejeweled textured look.  Photo below shows two coats. 

Turnip The Beet - Rich sangria base with holo glitters in magenta, purple & red. This also a textured polish, but I can't WAIT to use a top coat with it to make it extra sparkly! Photo below shows two coats. 

Overall, I absolutely LOVE each and every one of these shades! Christy did a wonderful job as per usual. These are just some of the options she has to offer, so I would recommend checking out her shop at the links below!

What do you think of the KBShimmer Winter collection? Did you pick anything up?

Availability : KBShimmer | Harlow & Co

Price : $8.75

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*Provided for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

Pur Minerals Soul Mattes Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches & Review

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Happy Thursday! Today I have a brand new ALL MATTE eyeshadow palette from Pur Minerals to share with you! I think this is going to be the perfect Fall & Winter palette, especially if you're a big fan of matte shadows and rosy neutral tones.  Containing 8 shadows plus an eyeshadow brush, take a look at your new soul mate!

The shadows come housed in a chic metal container with a snap closure. Very comparable to the Kat Von D eyeshadow palettes. 
I definitely think these shades will look flattering on any eye color. They all blended seamlessly together and all but one had decent pigmentation. The 4th one in, Better Half, was not as pigmented as the other shades.  I felt like this one had a film over it, and I spent quite some time digging at it with my finger and an eyeshadow brush. It does take a bit of work to build up the color.  I didn't find there to be any powder or kick up either - which is always a huge plus in my book! 

Other than that one shade, I am absolutely in LOVE with the color range of this palette.  I definitely think if you owned Urban Decay Naked 3, this would be a great companion to that palette.  Or if you just love a warm rich neutral look, this is the palette to grab!  Even the eyeshadow brush is amazing quality. It's nice & fluffy and dense and works well with the shades. 

The names are listed on the back of the palette, but I completely forgot to take a photo for you - Sorry!

Sweetheart - Pale Pink
Companion - Vanilla
Adore - Light warm brown
Better Half - Raspberry

Alter Ego - Plum
Sidekick - Mocha
BFF - Cinnamon
Confidante - Tea Rose

Overall, I can definitely see myself getting a ton of use out of this palette! The shadows are absolutely perfect for this time of year and I am a sucker for cranberry / rosy toned shadows!

What are your thoughts on Soul Mattes? Is this something you may pick up for yourself?

Availability : Ulta | PurMinerals

Price : $32

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*Provided for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

Black Friday Survival Kit ft Shopular! #TreatYourself

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The craziest shopping day of the year is slowly creeping upon us. Stores opening at 2am, insanely long lines, pushy people and of course.. incredible deals. I teamed up with Shopular  to bring you the ULTIMATE Black Friday survival kit!

If you have never heard of Shopular, you need to immediately stop what you're doing and download their app.  Shopular is basically every single ad all rolled into one place. You can view Black Friday deals, weekly ads, get coupons and even get alerts from your favorite stores telling you about a new deal.  It has seriously been a lifesaver for me! 

So what was in my survival kit? Let's take a look!

1.) Reusable Shopping Bag - This is PERFECT for stashing everything you need from necessities to purchases!

Stress Ball - Shopular might help you save more, but this will help you stress less! (Especially when you see that crazy lady in front of you trying to buy up all of the TV's)

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm - If you are on the East Coast, it is going to be COLD standing outside! You don't want your lips to take a beating! These lip balms are all natural, vegan & made with organic ingredients. Your lips will thank you! Use promo code SHOPULAR for 20% off until 12/4/14.  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Quest Nutrition Energy Bars - These are going to be perfect to throw in your purse on the go. You're not going to have time to have a sit down meal, you'll miss the deals! I just ate the cookies & cream bar and it was DELICIOUS. Where have these been all my life? Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Foot Petals Insoles - You might not be wearing heels on Black Friday, but these will come in handy to put inside your flats or sneakers. You're going to need extra protection for those feet! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Vermints - The last thing you want is leftover Thanksgiving breath! Stash these in your coat pocket so you don't kill the cashier. Vermints are organic, gluten free & come in a fun reusable tin! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Simbihaiti Hair Bracelets - Put that hair up in a high pony and focus on the deals! You don't want to have to worry about your hair getting in the way when you're trying to focus! Plus, they make a super cute accessory! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Dearfoams Slippers - As the day winds down, your feet are going to need extra love when you get home. Slip on a pair of DearFoams slippers and prop them up. These are SO soft & comfortable to wear. Your feet will thank you. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Cosmetic Boulevard - And last but not least, the cherry on top. After a long day of shopping, pamper your skin with this amazing coffee scrub which contains all natural ingredients that will moisturize & exfoliate your skin. Instagram

Are you ready for Black Friday? What are some of YOUR must have essentials when waiting in long lines? I would love to know!

*Thank you Shopular for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own*