My Sally Hansen Pamper Party!

Well my loves, I had a fabulous Pamper Party + going away party for my good friend Su and I had it all documented via photos until, guess what? My camera decided to do some crazy stuff and I ended up with only TWO pictures of the almost 20+ that I took. My heart is broken but luckily my girl Nidia let me borrow some of her pictures. So…yeah.

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Nidia, Su and I got gathered at a swanky hotel downtown where I chatted to them about Sally Hansen®’s newest nail polish. Have you heard about it? I’ve purchased several bottles of these already and when I got the opportunity to host a party with some gal pals to share my love of this newest line, well, I couldn’t pass it down. Baby Toddler Clumps came with me and was such a sweet girl coloring while Mama “worked”.

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Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ promises to give you long-lasting nail color and shine for up to 14 days. The formula makes it so that you don’t even need to use a lamp. This alone is a home run for me because that means I don’t have to spend any extra time or money sitting at a salon every few weeks. There aren’t any tricks to applying this either. It applies  like a traditional nail polish and only has 2 steps.

Step 1: Apply Gel Color
Step 2: Apply Gel Top Coat

That’s it, girlfriend. No UV/LED light needed, no having to wait an hour for  1 coat to dry. None of that. This stuff is practically made for women like me who want lovely nails but don’t want to invest a ton of time in achieving them.

I love how the line has ton of different colors to fit just about everyone’s style and personality. Su loved B Girl, Nidia rocked Mad Woman but really my favorite of the collection is the burgundy goodness that is Wine Stock.

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I rocked that with some of those Sally Hansen nail strips some months ago and I’m thinking about recreating that look because I LOVED it. Now in terms of longevity, I’m going to keep it real with you gals…these won’t last for 14 days. At around 8 days, I noticed both Mad Woman and Wine Stock chipping on me.

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My belief is that no gel nail polish (that doesn’t require a light for hardening, that is) can last for 14 days. And this is coming from someone who cleans the house and washes dishes wearing gloves. Still, getting a good week out of nail polish from a drugstore brand is practically unheard of so I think these are stellar.

Also, the polishes don’t dry that quickly. Nidia noted that after applying her top coat, she managed to bump her nails after about an hour of application and smudged the polish. Womp. Still, I am finding these polishes are so so practical for gals who like to go some days (and maybe a week) in between applying nail polish. The shine seriously doesn’t budge, and that my girls, is awesome in itself.

Have you tried these polishes yet? Oh! But wait…Sally Hansen® has an incredible sweepstakes going on right now. My Instagram girls will love this one because all you have to do is snap a look of your current mani and you have the chance of winning the top 10 Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ polishes. Weee!

Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ At Last!
Gel without the light!

 

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®. Click here to buy more products.

My Dirty Child and Beauty Tips for Busy Mamas

This morning was a rough one for our household. Elle used to be such a morning person. She would wake up babbling and singing and was always so pleasant. But honey…those days are over. This girl is so anti mornings. She’s like her Daddy in that regard because me? I’ve always been a morning person. This morning she cried when I woke up her. She cried on the potty. She cried when I wiped her face. She cried when I brushed her teeth. She cried when I looked at her. She cried when I stopped looking at her. She cried while eating. She cried when I put her shoes on. She cried when I wouldn’t let her carry my laptop bag.

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It’s true, y’all. By the time I get to work I am just…emotionally DONE and I’m in that Watch what you say to me mode.. But, I can’t let it show because I don’t ever want to be “The Mom” in my office. I’m a business woman and don’t let the stresses of my crazy toddler get to me at work. Gotta keep it professional, baby. Can’t let ‘em see you cry.

My Experience With Warby Parker

So I’ve changed my hair…again. I blame almost 30-hood. Don’t worry. I’m not one of those women who freaks out over getting older. I am excited to kick rocks to my 20’s because I feel like 20’s has just been one big dress rehersal for my life. 30+ is where it’s really at. But wait, where was I?

Oh yeah. My hair. I chopped it off (again) and got a blonde taper. Which I’m lovin’. I’m also thinking of going jet black at some point, doing purple tips and maybe a gray streak. Just because. Gotta keep it cool, ya know? I hate when my hair is boring and for the past few months, it has been just that. I’ve also been wanting some new eyeglasses. A ton of my fellow beauty bloggin’ gals recommended Warby Parker and so I looked them up.

Need A New Hair Style? #UrsulaforMotions Has Us Covered

It’s a been a lil’ minute since I’ve talked about hair care. Many years ago, I started a blog called Loc Rocker and it was all fun up until I went and chopped my locs off in postpartum rage. And since then I’ve been rockin’ several different styles of short cuts. But when I think about Motions, I think of the good ole’ days. I rocked Motions back when I was in high school and college. I was in Walgreens a few days ago, sniffed a bottle of their shampoo and giiiiiiirl, the memories started a flowin’. Since Motions has just gotten back on my radar, it appears that I have been living under a rock because they’ve done some amazing things to their products since I last tried them.

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I’m a girl who wears her hair naturally but I am far from a product snob. If it works for my hair, I’ll use it and it’s good to know that Motions caters to women of all hair types and textures. They also have products for every part of your styling and maintenance routine. From shampoos, conditioners, oils, sprays and holding products, Motions will keep you covered.

5 Reasons Why Darshana Hair Oil is the Only Oil You Need This Fall

Oh hey! It’s me again. Don’t mind me. I’m just over here bragging about Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil. Yes again.


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I’ve covered this oil on Clumps of Mascara before but I recently purchased more bottles and it’s as if my love for this oil only magnified. I won’t rehash what I’ve already said how great it is but instead I will give you 5 reasons why you may want to purchase this liquid oil now that we’re in Fall.

And seriously? How is it already Fall? OMGGGahhhh!

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 137

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

My Beauty Bunny – Carry groceries, office supplies or your latest beauty haul in true style. Enter to win a gorgeous Thursday Friday Tote Bag from their Nautical Collection!

Nouveau Cheap – Have you seen the Halloween 2014 Limited Edition glitters from Sinful Colors yet? If not, click right here.

Prime Beauty – shares 6 Beauty Problem Solvers that will curl your lashes, remove deodorant stains, untangle your tresses and get every last drop of product out of the tube!

Phyrra – has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don’t buy another mascara until you read this!

we heart this – Would you like to see swatches of all 30 new Milani Bella gel powder eyeshadows? (Hint: you would!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber confides in us what one of her personal vulnerabilities is, and also one of her biggest beauty regrets in life.

Clumps of Mascara – puts away the beauty blogger hat for a second and gets real about some thangs.

EauMG – was curious about the Korean beauty box service, Memebox. Victoria shares her impressions of Memebox and the three Scentboxes (yes, boxes with a fragrance focus!) she ordered.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Glitter.Gloss.Garbage unveils September’s hottest Glossybox ever! Plus you can win one!

Gouldylox Reviews – Need a new fall lippie to switch it up without the commitment? Makeup Wars has you covered!

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

Question of the Week:

Quick: name three makeup products that you’ve
repurchased multiple times.

B says, “Sephora’s waterproof eye makeup remover, Urban Decay’s Zero eyeliner pencil and MAC’s Vino lipliner. Those are three of my staple beauty products.”

What about you?

See you next week!

Inspire Yourself


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Those were the words Esposo told me when I called him for what I thought would be a quick chat. What it turned into was a mini meltdown on my behalf. Excuse me while I turn this beauty blog into a venting public diary. You don’t mind, do you? You see…I’ve been going through thangs. Is it because I’ll be turning 30 and I feel like I should kinda sorta have my life in order? Is it because I want to love what I do while making money (which apparently is very rare)? Is it because I am realizing that I’m not okay with living the life that many Americans live and…hate? Okay, I know I’m being vague but roll with me.

I want happiness. I want money because money provides opportunity and experiences and…chances. Lately I’ve been getting discouraged in thinking I’ll have to work bOOOOooooring jobs that may pay well but that don’t touch anything. Or anyone. Deep down inside I know I was put here on this Earth to help people. Beyond giving them mascara recommendations, ya know? I’m not made to work in cubicles for companies for 40 hours a week, every week. That’s not my calling. Neither is being a stay at home mom. Could I do it? Absolutely. Do I want to? No.

I’ve spent my 20’s feeling lost and not knowing what I wanted and where I’m going. I can’t exactly pinppoint exactly what I want now but I know what I don’t want and I feel like it’s time to refine some things. And I don’t know how. It will require many prayers and some soul searching. I know I’ll get there but this is just a rough patch that I’m going through.

I may blog about it which may turn some of you off. Which I totally understand because you came here to talk about makeup. Not about the woes of a 29-year old. Am I right? But something is telling me that it’s okay to share a little. So…I’ll share.

But, in the meantime I’m going to inspire myself. And you should, too. Surely there were moments and times in your life that you thought you’d never get through. But you did. Here I am looking for inspiration when I have my own past experiences to glance at. So yeah, girlfriend. Inspire yo’self!!

Talk soon.

 

XOXO,
B

I’m Hosting A Prestige Cosmetics Twitter Party Again! #BackToBlack

Girls.

I had the worst headache everrrrrr last night. It was unreal. Luckily one of my gal pals was visiting and helped me Elle (because you know…Esposo has been traveling for work for 2 weeks now) and I could not have been more grateful. I’m thinking that my life as a new mother is scaring her. Truthfully, it scares me, too. My friend is shocked at how much goes into just getting these tiny (crazy toddler) humans fed and in bed. Yes, it’s unreal. And scary. It is indeed birth control for both her and myself. None of this has anything to do with this Twitter party that I’m hosting but I thought I’d give some insight into my life. HAAAA!!!!

This party, though…

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I’m excited about it. This is my second time hosting a Twitter party with Prestige Cosmetics and the first one was explosive! They brought me on board again and this time I’ll be co-hosting with my good friend and homie Erin of Scandalous Beauty and I am excitedddddd! We’re going to rap about Prestige Cosmetics’ newest collection and one lucky participant will snag a door prize. Be sure to RSVP to qualify for this door prize and join us as we chat about Prestige’s 18 new basic black products.

See you thurr!