I recently got an email from Lauren, a beauty addict in Dallas, asking me if I have a favorite beauty sampling program. Um, obviously. It’s not like enough is ever enough for this beauty addict so of course I’ve belonged to more beauty sampling programs than wine clubs over the years (which is tough to do, mind you). The declared winner by a long shot? Glossybox!
Aside from Glossybox, I found with the majority of the sampling programs — Birchbox, Beauty Bar Sample Society, Beauty Army — I ended up giving away 90% of the samples. No bueno. Not only have I been disappointed with the practicality of the samples themselves (lipsticks that aren’t my color, ugly nail polishes), but the size of the items were always underwhelming. Basically, the only full size items would be unusable makeup and the good skincare and hair care items would be tiny single-use samples.
But, then I was lucky enough to discover Glossybox ($21 a month)… True beauty addicts created this sampling program. Not only are many of the items full size, but lots of them are from independent brands I wouldn’t have discovered had I not gotten a sample in my monthly box like Anatomicals and Etre Belle Cosmetics. There are also samples from luxury brands — this month’s Glossybox included a deluxe sample of Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask.
So, how does it work? Basically, you fill out your beauty profile and based on your answers the Glossybox team selects samples catered to your answers. You get 5-6 products per month. Honestly, I get more excited about opening up my monthly Glossybox than my wine club boxes (well, actually unless we’re talking a box from Frank Family Vineyards, in which case that box trumps even the best beauty products. Try their reserve chardonnay and you’ll be changed forever!)Posted by janna
…And her name is Stella Rose!
For those of you who feel completely abandoned by me, cursing my good name… How can you stay mad at me when you see my adorable excuse? Of course maybe I’m being narcissistic and you didn’t even notice I’ve been gone. Either way… The cute little princess in a tutu has taken up a great deal of time, but I’m ready to get back to beauty business!
Now, don’t worry… This isn’t going to turn into a mommy blog (though I do have a cute “Mommy and Me” skincare story). I’m just as bitchy as ever. Don’t believe me? Well, you obviously haven’t been reading my E! Entertainment Beauty Police column. I’ve been back with Beauty Police since last Monday and let’s just say I’ve been writing more “Beauty Bailouts” than “Get the Looks”.
So keep your eye out for more Beauty Binge posts and keep reading my E! Beauty Police for snarky commentary and makeup how-to’s. Binge on, lovelies!Posted by janna Tags Beauty Police, E!
Hello my lovelies!! I am so excited to finally announce there is a Baby Beauty Binge on the way, expected to make his/her glamorous arrival on October 24th. That’s right. Do the math. I’m 12 1/2 weeks pregnant and I’m sure you may have noticed that my posts in these past several weeks have dwindled down considerably and so have my podcasts. But as the headline states, I swear I’m not lazy, but I have had a bad bout of morning sickness and exhaustion for the past 12 weeks so please forgive me! The good news: supposedly I should start feeling better soon so my posts should pick up again AND I have a HUGE announcement to make in the next couple weeks regarding a new writing job that entails me flaunting my bitchy snarky voice you all seem to love so much. That’s right. I’m going to be be paid to be bitchy. Woo hoo!
Now here’s the little bit of bad news — with the pregnancy, blog, and new job I simply don’t have the time to keep up the podcasts. I know a bunch of you have written to me that you tune in to all the podcasts and I sincerely apologize. Please know that it was a tough decision but I’m just not at a point where I can spread myself too thin.
Let’s end with some good news — As I said my energy should be arriving any day now, which means more posts! And know that any skincare I’m reviewing means it’s gone through the Baby Beauty Binge wringer — meaning all the ingredients are super safe (not like I was recommending toxic products before but skincare now goes through an additional level of scrutiny). Now don’t worry. I’m not going to start reviewing maternity skincare and shit nor am I going to be doing “countdown to baby” posts. I mean come on. My name is Janna. I just wanted to make sure I share the good news with my lovelies!!Posted by janna
I know you all think I plop myself down in front of my vanity every morning and spend a good hour putting on my face — using several different concealers to camouflage my puffy eyes, carefully sculpting the perfect winged eye, prepping and painting on the perfect statement lip — ok that’s me on a big night out, but not during the week. I mean come on, I live in crunchy Northern California now so I’ve kind of been forced to embrace the “Fresh Face Look”. The good news? I found that I can actually look surprisingly good after dedicated 5-7 minutes to my makeup routine. And for those of you mommies and worker bees who don’t have more than a few minutes to slap on your makeup in the morning, you are going to love me forever:janna Tags Amore Pacific, Blush, Bronzer, Cle de Peau, Eyelash Extensions, Foundation, Laura Mercier, lipstick, Lipstick Queen, MAC, Mascara, Orlane, Primer, Tarte, Tinted Moisturizer, Votre Vu
We’re going high-end lip for Day 4 of our Smooches Challenge with Dolce & Gabbana Monica Voluptuous Lipstick in Magnetic Monica ($33). Let’s face it… nobody screams sexy louder than Monica Bellucci. I can’t promise you’re going to look like Monica when you slick on this voluptuously creamy, pigmented lipstick but you can certainly try channeling her. And don’t think I didn’t try this pose in the mirror several times. Incidentally, I looked like I was self-massaging a neck cramp.janna Tags Dolce & Gabbana, lipstick, Valentine's Day
We’re a week away from Valentine’s Day and what better way to piss off your loved one than showering him with kisses full of lip product? Seriously, the biggest trend right now is the Statement Lip but it kind of (operative words being “kind of”) takes away from the fun when your man ends up with a Statement Lip as well. Personally, wild horses (and a crabby husband with pink-stained lips) won’t drag me away from rocking a bright fuchsia lip this season, but even I don’t wear a bold lip every day. Hence, it’s on to find the best lip product for kissing your man. We’ll start out on the sheer side so my husband doesn’t ban me from kissing him by Valentine’s Day.
Day 1 Smoocher: Per-fekt Lip Perfection Geljanna Tags lip tint, Per-fekt, Statement lip, Valentine's Day
It’s time to be bitchy and figure out my Celebrity Beauty Blind Item! Guess which diva-slash-actress went on a morning show this week looking like she was promoting a remake of Working Girl? We’re talking bangs at least 4 inches high and sprayed to the bejesus. This diva is usually flawless in the beauty department so you can imagine how shocked I was when I saw this incriminating photo. Aside from the sprayed to the sky bangs, her ends look like they’ve taken a beating from all the highlights and hot tools, making her hair appear dry and brittle.
What should she do? First of all, she needs to fire her hairstylist who could be stabbed in certain circles for trying to bring back the Staten Island 80s trend. Judging by this pic of him (it’s a him, right?), he’s trying to recreate his own rockin’ coif on our Diva. Second, our Diva needs to get herself a deep conditioning treatment at a salon. Third, she needs to follow up with a weekly mask like Phytocitrus Restructuring Mask for Color-Treated Hair ($38), which is perfect for treating overly-abused tresses. I mean come on… you would think a woman who demands everything in a hotel be white before she steps foot would expect a bit more from her beauty team.Posted by janna Tags Celebrities, Celebrity Beauty Blind Item, Celebrity Blind Beauty Item
If you follow my blog you know that I’ve been using the new First Aid Beauty (FAB) Dual Repair Collection for the past few weeks (you can read about my love affair with FAB here) and I can say that we’re breaking new ground here. My bitchy sensitive skin hasn’t had a single tantrum from the active ingredients (a definite first) and I’m already seeing results! (And by “results” I mean good results, not “I want to hide my face in a ski mask” results)janna
2012 was such an amazing year for my little blog — I was chosen to be a finalist in the Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger Awards, I got to interview one of my idols Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlie Green, and I got my own podcast. Seriously, I am one lucky lady to have been able to grow my blog so quickly, and it’s 100% due to you lovelies who kept reading throughout the year. I promise to deliver ever more beauty addict meltdowns and scoldings for not wearing primer and SPF in 2013.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy re-reading my favorite posts from 2012 as much as I did:
#1 Wowza! I’m a Finalist in Allure Magazine’s Beauty Blogger Awards!!! I still can’t believe that after only being born 6 months prior, Beauty Binge was chosen by the “Beauty Experts” from thousands of other beauty blogs to participate in their Beauty Blogger Awards. It was such an honor and I owe a HUGE thanks to all of your for enduring my relentless campaigning and for voting for me!
#2 Interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlie Green Talk about lucky… In a total stab in the dark I blindly reached out to Charlie Green who has artfully made up the likes of everyone from Gisele and Heidi Klum to Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie. You can imagine my elation when she immediately wrote back that she had been reading my blog for months!! She generously gave me a lengthy interview full of fun stories and valuable makeup tips. The interview was so kick ass I split it up into two posts so is not to leave out any juicy details — you can read Part 2 of the interview here. Added bonus? She is insanely down-to-earth and fun. She’s one of those people I could talk to all day. Thank you, Charlie!!!janna
I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank you so much for all your support this year. I send you a day full of binging on everything delicious and fun and enjoying some quality family time!!
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