PurpleLab NYC has Your Lip Luvah

MyOwnJudge - PurpleLab LuvahWhen companies create beauty products, there are a lot of factors that go into the creative process. The color, consistency, and look are one thing, but what about the scent and the flavor? Does it have sunscreen in it, or maybe a plumper, how about pheromones and aphrodisiacs? Maybe mint to freshen the wearer’s breath, or should it last longer than the 9-5 and act as a stain? Most of the time, the wrong combo is created and you have a great looking product on paper that smells like animal musk (not in a good way) and sticks to your hair in the wind and your teeth at all other times, and then of course, companies get it right.

Purple Lab‘s Luvah is “… laced with aphrodesiacs, Complex OO (two plumpers), ylang-ylang, and a kissable vanilla/mint fragrance. There are two shades, named after all the types of guys there are to date! Mama’s Boy (rich nude) and Rich Jerk (a pop of berry).” (source)
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The compact comes with two colors, a brush applicator, a mirror with the cutest SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss) accent, and the packaging is purple! Not sold?

My favorite feature of the duo is how thick it is. Not on the lips, only on application. I was a bit lazy and used my finger to apply instead of the brush, and was surprised at how little I scooped up with my finger dip. Usually, products like these let my finger dip all the way down to the pan and I end up wasting my money at lightning speed.
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The stain is a bit lighter than the gloss. The gloss is packed with plenty of shimmer. As mentioned previously, the gloss isn’t uber thick, and is of a comfortable consistency. This has no goopy application that I dread from some of my previous purchases, and won’t hold onto your hair should the wind send it that way.

My favorite part of this gloss is that it smells like a great candy. I don’t think I’ve had anything that is similar to the smell, so I can only call it candy.

I’d recommend purchasing this gloss for the variety of lip looks – a subtle lip stain, a gloss, or if used together, a “3D” lip. The best pro for this compact is the purple packaging. You won’t ever miss the purple square in your handbag, and thus, you’ll always have your Luvah handy!

What’s your lip love?

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October is the month of Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, in case y’all haven’t realized just yet. This is a subject very close to my heart. While I was in high school, a friend started a school group that raised funds and awareness for cancer, and when I took over as president, for other causes as well.

Apart from being a female and wanting for everyone to have a chance for good health and survival, I know that the women in our lives are super duper important. John Mayer wrote a song called Daughters, where he sings about fathers and mothers being good to their daughters, because one day, they’ll be mothers too. Don’t get me wrong, I love men as well, but in an almost all female family, you start to get a little dizzy with the female power.

Please take a chance this month to speak to your doctor about check-ups and tests, or in the least do a self check on yourself. Remember to look beyond just your chest to check for abnormalities. You may think that looking for something is a bad omen because it’s as though you are inviting bad things to happen, but really, this is to better empower you to know when change happens, and to fix it quickly. Take a look at these sites for some more info: BreastCancer.org & the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. An educated woman is a healthier woman! A healthy & happy woman contributes to a happy & healthy family! Men – remember that you are not exempt from this and take care of yourself as well!

If you care to do a little helpful shopping this month though, there are various companies banding together with charities for the cause, so your money will always be well spent. Take a looksee through some of these, and let me know if you come across others that I forget to cover!

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ChinaGlaze is out with a trio of pretty pinks called Care in Colour to help support the cause. Click over to Head2Toe Beauty for yours! I have ordered a set for myself, so stay tuned for swatches as well!

PhotobucketPhilosophy has Shower (gel) For The Cure (everybody has to shower… right?) benefiting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund

shower for the cure is philosophy’s pink ribbon shower gel – a creamy all-in-one formula that can be used as a shampoo, shower gel or bubble bath. this long-time philosophy favorite contains a touch of milk proteins and fruit essences to provide a delightful experience for your senses. shower for the cure represents the spirit of every woman and 100% of philosophy’s net proceeds from the sale of shower for the cure will be donated to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. please note that this product is non-refundable. the memorable scent and poem on the pink ribbon shower gel was inspired by the unforgettable charity event, one of hollywood’s most beloved occasions which is held every spring and is chaired by Rita Wilson and Kate Capshaw.

Photobucket Purple Lab (famously of Huge Lips, Skinny Hips) has a lip gloss that is SWAC (Sealed With A Cure).

A delicious shimmering Pale Pink with Gold Flecks! PurpleLab has partnered with The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation to create a special lip gloss, SWAC (“Sealed With a Cure”), of which some of the proceeds will go to the charity. The gloss has been designed to boost “beauty, health, and confidence” while raising money for breast cancer research.

The gloss is: haraben-free, has health boosting and immune system enhancing ingredients including Mangosteens Echinacea, scented with uplifting Vanilla, has real gold flecks, and enriched with anti-aging peptides!

Keep checking back here for more details on the best ways to support causes & your beauty counter as well! 🙂 But if y’all know something I don’t? You know what to do!

Fashion’s Night Out – The Neverending Story (pic heavy)

PhotobucketDon’t look at me with such contempt lol, I have to finish this or else I’ll feel bad about not covering everything I set out to.

This post is going to be much more specific. And with much more pictures. Remember to click ‘read more’ to check out all the pictures. I started this feature so that the blog wouldn’t go on in length forever and people who are just checking out the blog could scan through articles and choose which ones they want to read. Plus, this way I can have much more material on the main page. Let me know if you like it!

There are several brands and stores that get my utmost respect and loyalty. This is through ups and downs, mishaps and elation… these brands/stores could knock me upside the head and I wouldn’t hesitate to forgive them and shop summore!

Want to know who they are? I’m in love with Betsey Johnson, Henri Bendel, Juicy Couture, PurpleLab, and Stila This fab five could do me no wrong.

Granted there are other brands to whom my loyalty is neverending as well (ahem Zoya & ChinaGlaze etc.) but these are the ones that did fab things on Fashion’s Night Out & landed in my memory card.

Like the photo to the right? It was the Fashion’s Night Out Batman symbol up on a building side in the Meatpacking District. I thought it was so cute & appropriate.

First stop – while I was on Fifth Ave in the upper 50’s I had to hit up Henri Bendel. They’re always the number one spot to catch all the new brands and products. They give little designers a big voice, and they have a creative team behind the Bendel logo as well. Check out the pics below:

PhotobucketAs if I couldn’t live without makeup for a day, I was greeted with MAC at the entrance. The brush display was pristine and I was trying to concoct a burglary, but I couldn’t.

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They also had the Style Black Collection which debuts in the US on 9/24 – the day after my birthday!

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Now Henri Bendel is always thinking of something cool. Their slogan at the moment is “I’d rather be naked than…” to promote accessories. All the designers in the building finished the sentence as well. For example, Personally, I’d rather be naked than wear fussy accessories.

Their mannequins for the day were super fab. They were all made out of different materials, like watches and gloves (get it? It goes with the theme!). You can click on the images to see ’em bigger.

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Out of gloves!

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I got to meet some designers and saw some really good accessories.

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That’s Paige Gamble with her accessories – she has some fab handbags y’all. That brown one caught my heart. See that piano? It has the Bendel girl on it. I figure if I lose some chubb, I might just look like her! lol

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I’m in love with the Bendel colors and stripes. I even had to stop and photograph Miss Sandra here because her outfit was fab-tastic.

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Next stop was Juicy Couture! If y’all don’t believe me when I say I love Juicy.. check out some of my stash:

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I also love strawberries – thus the mass of strawberry charms.

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Juicy Couture perfume

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charm bracelets galore!
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the mannequin fits the new Bird collection perfectly

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the staff was a swingin’ success with their getups 🙂

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see that crazy crowd?

One of the founders of Juicy Couture was in the store (it’s the P&G ladies), and there were plenty celebs at hand as well. The store in Soho didn’t do so bad either, turning into a swanky night spot with security checking id’s at the door!

Next stop – Betsey Johnson. I love the brand and Stila was there to do makeovers!

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live models, fancy staff getups, hurr dids

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Stila makeup pros at work!

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Did I mention I loved the designs?
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MOJ, Betsey J, & Stila in one picture!

I know this post is getting pretty long, but here’s the kicker. Last stop – Scoop to meet the Purple Lab mavens, and get some shopping done.

PhotobucketFirst, I entered the regular Scoop store insted of Scoop Street and got to enjoy the photobooth courtesy of Hudson jeans! I was there by myself so I had my camera to keep me company 🙂

Scoop for all the stores had great outfit layouts and inspirations, as well as fab DJ’s and drink centers. We all seem to shop a bit better with some alcohol in the system was the lesson of the day.

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As soon as I found out that my beloved Purple Lab was a store over, I had to scoo(p)t. 🙂

I was met with some of the Purple Lab gals, Veronica the Burlesque beauty, and a bird’s eye view of a rockin’ DJ who just happened to be wearing purple.

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Then of course, ya gotta check out the Purple Lab display and all the Huge Lips, Skinny Hips glosses.

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PhotobucketWhich one on my huge lips? Love Your Thighs, because I most certainly do!

As I left, I had to decline a lychee martini, because well… check the line.

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That’s all folks! Check back here as I start the New York Fashion Week coverage!

Finally! Bloggin’ Beauts

So how long has everyone waited for me to say something about the Bloggin’ Beauts event? To be the cohost and planner, you’d think I’d be right on top of it right? …. crickets

With sensitivity to the fact that many of my readers are not NY based, I have started a new blog for the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts. I will probably mercilessly reference the upcoming events and such, but everything else will be on the blog. That kind of treaty work?

Now! Without further ado, I present to you the companies that worked with us. Want more details? Scurry your butt over to the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts Blog!

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My Pretty Pink Box

and check out the My Pretty Pink Box Blog for updates!

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and check out the Jennifer Paige Designs Blog for updates!

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check out the Purple Lab Blog here!

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check out my Arbonne page to learn more & shop!

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check out the Zoya blog here!

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check out the Stila blog here!

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check out the Thevi blog here!

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check out the Tarte blog here!

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check the Solerra blog here!

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check out the 3Custom Color blog!

Please note that most of these companies are up on the blog craze and are utilizing their blogs to reach out to their customers/fans as well as offer promotional codes and discounts!