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LBS Beauty: 5 Beauty Must-Haves for the Jetsetter

Tis the season to travel! Christina’s headed to Cali for Coachella and many of us will be planning our spring and summertime destination vacays in the coming months. Seasoned travelers know that easy adjustments can make any trip feel like a first class affair. When I’m away from home I always make sure these five essentials are in tow: 

1. A Moisturizing Mask


Whatever your preference: plane, train, or automobile; the recycled air in compact spaces dries skin at an unflattering rate. A refreshing mask upon arrival will is like a drink of water for your skin. When’s Essence Gel Masks are packaged individually and hydrate and soothe fatigued faces.

2. Makeup Removal Wipes

You don’t need to watch an investigative report to know that commonly shared areas–like airplane armrests, hotel remotes, and gas pumps are hotbeds of lingering dirt and bacteria. Use your makeup removal wipes (like the Yes to Cucumber ones above) to clean them up, and save the rest for your face. 
3. Candles
Nothing will keep homesickness at bay and usher familiarity in faster than comforting scents. Store a few of your favorite candles (or try a new fragrance) in travel sizes in your bag. My favorite luxury travel candles are by Trish McEvoy and Tocca. 
4. Tools

Brushes are expensive, so treat them with a little respect in your suitcase. Store them in an easily cleaned, compartmentalized makeup bag. You can also opt for a special Travel Brush Set to throw in your carry-on.

5. Bite Size Beauty

Preparing for a getaway where you can let your hair down a bit? Vacations are excellent opportunities to try new products. Round up some travel samples from your local beauty store and discover a new favorite.
Shop The Products: 
- Ashley Weatherford of August Skin, @sincerelyash on Twitter

Wearing your natural hair on vacay this year? Be sure to check our our Top 5 Natural Hair Tips for Travel too!

LoveBrownSugar 3 Year Anniversary Winners Announced

It’s finally time! Time to announce the winners of the LBS 3 Year Anniversary giveaways! Thank you ALL for being so amazing and coming back to the site on a weekly basis to enter my contests. I’m so honored that I have the chance to give back to you guys, even a fraction of what you guys give to me each day you come here and share in my experiences (and crazy talk). Love y’all! See below to find out if you won! If you’re a winner, scroll to the bottom for instructions on how to claim. Congrats!

Day 1: LiSi Cosmetics Gift Bag

Congratulations to Cindy Aiton!

Day 2: Carol’s Daughter Transition 1-2-3 Kit
Congratulations to Gloss & Sticks!

Day 3: No 9 Candle Co Candles

Congratulations to T’Rea, Ashley, and Zadry!
Day 4: Glossybox 3 Month Subscription
Congratulations to Tiffany Rene!
Day 5: POP Phone Giveaway
Congratulations to Leeann Diamond!
Day 6: Simply Be Animal Print Top
Congratulations to Jennifer Jacobssen, Kelleashia Tyus, Cherlyn Miller!
Day 7: Simply Be PU Sleeve Coat
Congratulations to Lasha, Nic, Cherice Allen!
Day 8: Simply Be Anna Sholz Dress
Congratulations to Keyanna, Kourtney Michelle, Danielle JuicyCarter!
Day 9: Carolina Amato Serpent Ring
Congratulations to Delana Murphy! (Updated 8/6 due to lack of former winner response)
Day 10: Debbie Merle Bracelet
Congratulations to Jay!

Day 11: Kera Plus Gift Bag
Congratulations to Mia Hall!

Instructions For Claiming Prize

Winners have 72 hours to claim prizes before new winners are chosen. Email LBS3Year@gmail.com with the following information:

1. Subject Line = Day (#) – whatever day’s giveaway you won.
2. First and Last Name
3. Mailing Address

Congratulations to all the winners! 

My Insta-Week: 7.30.12

Last week was fill up pink and turquoise. If you haven’t notices, those are my favorite colors! To sum it up, here’s a list of what I got into the last week of the month:

- I had the pleasure of hosting a super chic digital launch party for LiSi Cosmetics. Huge hugs to all my blogger boos who came out to celebrate. If you guys haven’t heard of LiSi, don’t be shy – go to the website and check out some of their products.

- I’ve been scouting out locations for my big end-of-summer LoveBrownSugar 3 Year Anniversary Bash which I can’t wait to share more details about! Everything is hush hush for now, but just know makeup, sweets & cocktails will be involved.

- Since I had been doing so much traveling during the first half of the month, I spent last week (and the weekend) catching up with friends & family. I had one of my good friends over for cocktails in my garden. Learning to appreciate little moments like this in life. Sometimes you need a break!

How was your weekend? Do tell!
Are we friends on Instagram? Find me! Username: LoveBrownSugar

LBS 3 Year Giveaway: Day 6

We’re winding down to the last 2 weeks left in my 3 Year Anniversary Celebration and I have a few more amazing prizes to give away! In celebration of LoveBrownSugar’s 3 years of existence, I’m partnering up with one of my favorite plus-size fashion sites Simply Be to do a 3-day giveaway blitz of some of their newest Autumn/Winter 2012 pieces.

The new fall collection, which I had the pleasure of viewing during a luncheon with the brand last week, is absolutely phenomenal.

Trying out the new collection at the Simply Be A/W 2012 Luncheon

From chic 70′s-style printed dresses to refined ladylike pieces and edgy leather -trimmed statement jackets, I am absolutely in LOVE with their latest collection. You can view the new A/W 2012 collection HERE.

So today through Wednesday, THREE of you lucky gals each day will have a chance to win a new piece from their collection.

Here’s today’s look:

This Animal Print Blouse it’s the perfect compliment to fall’s skinny jeans or leather minis. It’s lightweight, it’s trendy and it fits all body types. What more could you need?

Eligibility (Follow the directions in Rafflecopter below):

1. You must be following LoveBrownSugar on Facebook and Twitter
2. Leave a comment answering: “What would you wear with your Animal Print Blouse?”
3. *Bonus: Tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry!

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LBS 3 Year Giveaway: Day 3

It’s Day 3 of my LBS 3 Year Anniversary celebration! And in honor of the third day and the third year of LoveBrownSugar’s existence, I’m giving away THREE prizes! Today’s gifts come courtesy my newest obsession – No. 9 Candle Co.

This new brand of scented all-natural candles is the brainchild of two super dope young female entrepreneurs named Yasmine Parrish and Alicia Rodrigo. In 2011, they created No. 9 Candle Co; a line of candles that not only smell good but a few are actually multi-purpose! Their 100% soy candles can actually be used as a moisturizer when they warm up – how amazing is that?

In celebration of our 3 Year Anniversary No. 9 Candle Co is giving away three of their scented candles. Follow the rules below to enter to win! Three of you will win your very own candle!

Eligibility:
1. You must be following LoveBrownSugar on Facebook & Twitter
2. You must be following No. 9 Candle Co on Facebook & Twitter
3. Leave a comment below telling us: “What room would you put your No. 9 Candle in?”

*BONUS: For an extra entry, tweet your answers to @LoveBrownSugar & @No9CandleCo!