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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Lipstick League - Week of 2.20.17

The Lipstick League Question of the Week

Quick! What were the last shampoo and conditioner purchases you made, and how are they working for you? 

G's answer: the last shampoo I purchased was the new L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo, which I just started testing last week, so the jury's still out on that one. The last conditioner I purchased was a large bottle of Redken All Soft when Ulta was having a liter sale a while back. I used to use this conditioner a lot back in the day, but it's been a while. I decided to revisit it because I honestly couldn't remember why I ever stopped using it (other than just wanting to mix it up and try new things). So far so good--I love how it detangles and leaves my hair very soft and frizz-free, yet it doesn't weigh down my fine, naturally-wavy hair. The only complaint I have is that if I decide to skip a day and not wash my hair, my next-day hair is a tiny bit more oily than usual. 

The Lipstick League Links of the Week

Nouveau Cheap - A tale of corporate acquisitions, blooming orange blossoms, and Fruit Loops. (Otherwise known as my review of the delightful, budget-friendly Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of Love.)

Phyrra - I have a rant to share - How Brands Should Make Foundation! I give constructive feedback on what we need to see in 2017.

Prime Beauty - has all the deets on the newly launched products in the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line!

we heart this - discovered a household cleaning tool that will help with something you probably need to do right at this minute: clean your makeup brushes!

Beautygeeks - has the scoop on Le Petit Marseillais, a much-loved French body care brand that’s just now showing up in North American drugstores. You’ll want to check it out, trust.

Blushing Noir - One of the best luxury lip pencil lines has expanded with 10 new colors! Learn more about the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils & see swatches here!

Clumps of Mascara - A skincare shop that also doubles as a therapy saloon? Say what?

EauMG - I’ve put together a list of refreshing perfumes that I think perfectly “match” Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery.

fanserviced-b - Ever wonder which products Asian Beauty fans really buy most? Here’s my roundup of the top 20 Korean and Japanese beauty products on Amazon.

Gouldylox - Ever walk into a store, asking for something magical and actually get it? If you have dry, damaged or frizzy hair, this is everything.

My Beauty Bunny - Have you heard of Enchanted Polish? I'm loving this indie nail polish brand and their fun holographic shades!

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

Nouveau Cheap is Currently Craving: Cetaphil has a new fragrance-free, bi-phase Gentle Makeup Remover that I can’t stop thinking about. I’m loving that it contains aloe vera, cucumber extract, and green tea.


  1. Colour inspirations full line is 75%off at Walgreens, plus BOGO half price! I got two foundations, a lip and cheek stick, and three nail polishes for under$10. The polishes are pretty badly separated, but they mix back up fine. Just be careful not to grab a tester!

    1. Sorry, the Colour PREVAILS full line is 75% off. derp.

  2. Ooh, I actually have an answer for this one! Herbal Essences Arabica Coffee Fruit Shampoo. I grabbed it on a whim at Walgreens a few weeks ago when I was looking for a new volumizing shampoo. This stuff smells amazing. I don't even care how it works. Actually, it seems to be working pretty well so far. It's all about the scent though. To me, it smells like Old Spice Amber. Herbal Essences describes it as "multi-layered scents of delicious crushed berries, warm caramel latte, and patchouli." THIS is the kind of shampoo I want from Herbal Essences. I loved their original shampoos. I was not a fan of their products when they relaunched. I feel like now they are starting to make products that are reminiscent of their originals. They've even returned to the original bottle shape for their new lines. I also bought Herbal Essences Naked Volume White Grapefruit and Mosa Mint Shampoo on the same shopping trip, but I haven't tried that one yet. It also smells amazing.

  3. I brought the OGX in Pink Sugar Plum. I mostly bought it for the scent but I do actually like it. It's supposed to be hydrating and it seems to live up to it's claim. I was on the fence cuz others in the brand have left me with straw hair!

  4. It's been a while since I bought shampoo for myself, especially since I bought extras of a favorite of mine, the L'Oreal EverCreme, which I suspect is discontinued, and I'm now on my last bottle of it. So the goal is to find a cleansing conditioner that makes my hair feel clean and not stripped.

  5. I got Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Dandruff Control shampoo and conditioner (and masque) because for some reason, maybe the dry winter air, my scalp has been driving me crazy recently. I'm also trying to avoid sulfates and silicones, so these fit the bill! I'm loving them so far. They make my hair feel so soft and clean without any buildup and they do seem to be helping my scalp. They also SMELL clean; not flowery or "manly" or anything, just a nice clean scent.


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